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Monday, 25 September


One Dead, 7 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One woman was shot dead and seven others were injured after a shooting suspect, identified as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee today. Samson, originally from Karthoum, Sudan fired multiple rounds before being stopped by a church usher. The usher, identified as Robert Engle, 22, confronted []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Second Coming of Global Witness
Mzingaye Khumalo
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

Forget the transparency issues that Global Witness is raising about the Marange diamonds. That is just but a gimmick.

Critics from time immemorial have argued that the meaning of a given text lies in the empty spaces between sentences or words.

Similarly, the Germans have a proverb which says if you want to kill a dog you allege that it has rabies.

The aforementioned assertions aptly sums up the agenda of Global Witness insofar as its interests in the Marange Diamond Fields are concerned and as epitomised in its September 2017 publication of its report titled An Inside Job.

The publication in its entirety literally attempts to allege that the Marange diamonds have rabies, so to say, in deliberate efforts to kill the dog.

In pursuit of the takeover of the Marange Diamond Fields, the US, through Global Witness, claims to have uncovered new evidence that reveals how Zimbabwes feared Central Intelligence Organisation, (CIO), the military, notorious smugglers, and well-heeled political elites, all gained control or ownership of companies operating in Zimbabwes diamond fields.

This report is a follow-up to a similar one published in 2010 whose title was Return of the Blood Diamond.

The 2010 publication made claims that Zimbabwes Zanu-PF political and military elite are seeking to capture the countrys diamond wealth through a combination of State-sponsored violence and the introduction of opaque joint-venture companies.

At the centre of the claims was the then Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Dr Obert Mpofu, whom it said had been at the forefront of efforts to block oversight of the joint venture companies, Canadile Miners and Mbada Diamonds.

Whereas Minister Mpofu is no longer in the midst of things today, a new fall guy has been identified, of which this time is the Central Intelligence Organisation.

It stands to be seen if the Global Witness will manage to play President Robert Mugabe, who represents the aspirations of the masses, against his own intelligence service.

But judging from President Mugabe...


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US$360m Windfall for Farmers
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail
Chief Reporter

Farmers who delivered grain to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) are smiling all the way to the bank as the parastatal has promptly doled out at least US$360 million for the produce to date.

The Sunday Mail is reliably informed that Treasury has upped weekly disbursements to GMB, which has seen the parastatal paying about US$40 million to farmers every week.

Notwithstanding some hitches, the GMB is transferring the money into farmers accounts within two to three weeks of delivering grain.

This is a notable progression from previous years when payment would take months.

As a result of the effective payment system, many farmers have already started preparing for the forthcoming season.

Buoyed by the success of 2016-17 season, Government has set the tone for yet another bumper harvest during the 2017-18 season.

Last Friday, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made told The Sunday Mail that Treasury has tremendously supported the post-harvesting season as $360 million has been paid to farmers so far.

To date, US$360 million has been paid for maize. Deliveries are still coming and we continue to make payments, he said.

The pace with which we are paying is smooth and I must commend the Minister of Finance and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for the way they have tremendously supported us.

I know there may be one or two farmers that may not have been paid as a result of one anomaly or the other, but surely from the broader perspective, the payment system has been very effective this season.

Dr Made said payment has also been effective for producers of small grains.

For the first time in so many years, communal farmers have delivered small grains like sorghum, rapoko, cowpeas, sunflower and groundnuts. These are reaching 40 000 metric tonnes.

The small grain farmers have been paid around US$15 million.

Soyabean farmers have delivered 18 000 metric tonnes of the crop and have been paid US$12 million.

Dr Made said the swift pa...


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Africa Has to Be Wary About Its Resources
Taurai Changwa
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

AS commodity prices are trekking northwards on the international market, many African countries, which have predominantly resource-rich economies, are beginning to celebrate.

Growth in many such resource-rich countries, including Zimbabwe, is expected to be underpinned by the mining sector.

But it must be noted that the net benefit accrues to global resource consumers who value add these minerals and resources into commodities that are later on absorbed as finished products by African countries.

So Africa becomes the biggest loser.

Greed has really stifled progress in Africa.

Moreso, there is a global financial architecture that is not friendly to African economies.

Many global mining houses that make a living out of mining precious resources on the continent have offshore accounts through which they use to bank their proceeds.

This, they argue, is ostensibly meant to facilitate offshore transactions.

For African countries, money that is banked in this way becomes dead capital since it does not sweat for local economies.

Though it is practically impossible to list the sheer amount of minerals that are found on the continent, it is very easy to count companies that are involved in value addition and beneficiation.

Clearly, with such seemingly scandalous endowments, Africa should be the richest continent in the universe.

However, as long as the current status quo remains, Africa will continue to be a source of raw materials that sustains industrialisation and wealth creation on other continents.

Time and again, President Robert Mugabe always talks about beneficiation, but little progress is being made.

It is worrying that Africa continues to import both basic commodities and sundry items.

There is no reason for all these products not to be manufactured in Africa.

Africans are not children of a lesser God, whatever the Americans, Europeans, Australians and Asian can do, they, too, can also accomplish.



Nigeria needs restructuring to create balance Senator Bola Tinubu. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said restructuring will bring much needed balance More


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EDITORIAL COMMENT: UN Created to Cause Wars?
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

The world has a long way to go before global peace can be achieved, forgive us for handing such a bitter pill.

The mess engulfing the United Nations is testimony that the evolution of international unity from being a myth into reality is still a far cry.

When the UN was established in 1945, following the destruction caused by the Second World War, it was pertinent that there would never be a repeat of that or anything close to it.

The opposite has, however, been true.

Conflicts have erupted unabated, with the UN not doing much to facilitate peace in ravaged nations. Syria can attest to that, so can Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq; the list seems endless.

Whatever justifications there is behind the wars, they are still wars and innocent people have suffered and continue to suffer.

People are crying for help, may the UN please hear them.

The 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly ends in New York tomorrow and it is clear that no coherent and convincing framework will be put in place to address this pressing issue.

Instead, United States President Mr Donald Trump used the platform to display his arrogant and reckless persona in his inaugural address at the Assembly.

History will remember him as the statesman who threatened to totally destroy North Korea on an international podium.

Mr Trump is spoiling for a war and the UN is unlikely to do anything about it. Here is why.

Mr Trump leads one of the five countries that are the permanent veto-wielders within a multilateral institution that is one of the most dictatorial establishments in the world the UN.

It is an issue of organisational structure, period.

Only 15 members among them his US, Britain, China, France and Russia are within the UNs Security Council, which is one of the institutions six principal organs charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.

Why should a select few consid...


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Nhari-Badza Rebellion Was Always Coming
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

Comrade Kenny Constantine Mabuya, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Kenny Ridzai (born 1952), was deployed to the war front in Rhodesia in 1972. He fought many battles and was at one time mistaken for a sellout by Frelimo comrades who went on to torture him. Despite the torture, after he was released, Cde Kenny refused to be sent to the rear in Zambia.

In this interview with our team comprising Munyaradzi Huni and Tendai Manzvanzvike, Cde Kenny narrates his several battles at the war front around Centenary area. He narrates how he was later shot and sent to the rear. A few weeks after his arrival at the Zanu farm near Lusaka, the Nhari-Badza rebellion started. Cde Kenny says he was not surprised at all because he had worked under Nhari and Badza at the war front. While at the war front, he had seen enough such that when the rebellion started, he knew it was always coming.

SM: Last week you indicated that after you met some of your comrades, you refused to go to the rear to rest and was deployed around the Centenary area. Tell us of your operations there.

Cde Kenny: Like I told you when it was suggested that I should go to the rear to rest, I said I was not injured and handisati ndanyatsorova hondo. Of course I had been tortured by the Frelimo comrades and I was skinny but I wanted to go back and fight the struggle. So on deployment, we were put in sections. A section would have seven comrades. Our commander at this time was James Bond. There was also Cde Mabhonzo, Kid Marongorongo and others. We were instructed to go and open the war front around Karuyana. This area borders with Centenary, where there were some commercial farms. We were deployed in three sections, I was leading one of the sections, the other two were being led by Cde Tamai and Cde Christopher. Our mission was to mobilise povho. We were supposed to educate povho about the war. However, if we met Rhodesian soldiers, we were supposed to ambush them and plant landmines along roads that the Rhodesians were using. So around that area, we had only two ambushes one at Karuyana bridge where all the three sections converged for this offensive. We planted a landmine close to the bridge. W......


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Surrounded by About 100 Rhodesians, I Still Survived
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

COMRADE Kenny Constantine Mabuya whose Chimurenga name was Cde Kenny Ridzai (born 1952 in Filabusi) two weeks ago narrated how despite the fact that he could not speak Shona, he joined Zanu from Lusaka, Zambia. He spoke about his training at Intumbi in Tanzania and how he was deployed to the war front at the beginning of 1972.

In this interview with our team comprising Munyaradzi Huni and Tendai Manzvanzvike, Cde Kenny narrates how after a battle in the Chunya area, he got separated from fellow comrades. Two of his comrades lost their lives during this battle and immediately after the attack, Rhodesian helicopters came to finish them off.

He narrates how he became a son of some family around Chief Makuni area in Mt Darwin for about two months as he tried to evade the Rhodesian forces. While staying with this family, one day Rhodesian soldiers surrounded this homestead armed to the teeth, but Cde Kenny survived. How exactly did he survive?

SM: Cde Kenny, lets continue with your fascinating story. After being deployed to the war front in 1972, when exactly did you start the war?

Cde Kenny: We got to a stage where we said we had mobilised povho enough and we have enough ammunition to start the war. You know I actually think some of the ammunition is still in Mavhuradonha Mountain. Zvombo zvakanga zvakawanda izvozvo and panovigwa zvombo sometimes paizivikanwa nemunhu one. In 1972 after about two to three months in Rhodesia, we were ready for war. We started with ambushes nekuteya zvimbambaira. Some of the comrades in our group included Cdes James Bond 007, Kid Marongorongo, Mabhonzo, George Rutanhire, Vhuu and others. During this time we would move around in groups of seven people only. My commander at this time was James Bond. But before this on our way to Rhodesia, my commander was Cde Gwitira. At one point I was a commander of my section. We were the first comrades to open Chaminuka Sector. In fact hondo isati yarwiwa, pakatanga kutakurwa homwe yaMbuya Nehanda. The leaders said Mbuya Nehanda should be taken from Mt Darwin to Chifombo for her safety. So she was taken to Chifombo before the war started. You may want to kn...


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Its Decision Time for Farmers
Peter Gambara
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

The summer season is upon us and a lot of farmers are contemplating what crops they should grow.

Since Government introduced soyabeans to the Command Agriculture programme this year, I have heard some farmers debating whether they should incorporate both crops in their cropping programme and, if so, how many hectares of each crop they should grow.

In this article, I look at how profitable it is to grow some of the most common crops in Zimbabwe.

In order for farmers to be able to compare how profitable it is to grow each of the crops, it is essential to look at each crops Gross Margin Budget.

Such a budget simply looks at how much income one will get per hectare, how much it costs to grow a hectare of the crop, and how much money the farmer will be left with after meeting those costs.

It is therefore necessary to know the recommended seed, fertiliser and chemical rates as well as the diesel required to till a hectare, expected yield levels and prevailing market prices.

I will start with the most common crop in Zimbabwe maize.

The Command Agriculture programme set the target for maize at 5 tonnes per hectare.  At a GMB producer price of $390 per tonne, a farmer will rack in US$1 950 per hectare before costs.

The programme recommends basal fertiliser of 350 to 400 kilogrammes per hectare (kg per ha), whilst top dressing fertiliser is recommended at 350kg per ha. A bag of basal fertiliser sells for around US$29 per 50kg, whilst a bag of AN or Urea sells for around US$32 per 50kg. One requires 25kg of seed per hectare and this costs US$60 for a 25kg of short to medium season variety and US$90 for a long season variety.

It requires about 100 litres of diesel to plough, disc, plant, apply herbicides and harvest the maize using a combine harvester.  Its costs approximately US$70 per ha to hire a tractor drawn disc, US$70 to US$80 per ha to hire a tractor-drawn planter, US$20 per ha to hire a tractor-drawn boom sprayer and US$100 per ha to hire a plough.

The total costs per hectare can then be summa...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Win-win Between Zimbabwe, China Education
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
Ambassador Huang Ping
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

Last week, President Mugabe bade farewell to a group of Zimbabwean students going for various studies in China of a scholarship programme. We publish a speech delivered by Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Huang Ping at the event held at State House in Harare.

Your Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe,

Your Excellency Dr Grace Mugabe,

Honourable Dr Christopher Mushohwe, Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services and Executive Director of the Presidential Scholarships Programme.

Dr Misheck Sibanda, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet,

Representatives from Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng Company,

Dear students and your family members,

Distinguished guests,

Comrades and friends,

All protocols observed,

Good Morning. Mangwanani.

It gives me great pleasure to attend todays farewell ceremony for students of presidential scholarships sponsored by Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng Company.

First of all, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Your Excellency President Mugabe for hosting the event for those students and sending Dr Mushohwe to accompany them to China.

I still remember vividly that in August last year, it was here at the State House that Your Excellency bid farewell to students going to China.

This year, you once again take time out of your busy schedule to see off the students.

It shows the great importance Your Excellency attaches to the Zimbabwe students, to China-Zimbabwe all-weather friendship as well as to educational co-operation with China.

My appreciation also goes to Hon. Minister Mushohwe, for your excellent achievements in the management of Presidential Scholarships Programs, especially carrying out the China-related programs which we are celebrating today.

I would like to express my appreciation to Qingdao Hengshun Zhon...


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Corporate Strategy Under Dollarization
Persistence Gwanyanya
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

It appears the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has done almost everything that a monetarist can do to address the cash challenges under dollarisation.

As such, the persistence of cash shortages could just be a reflection of the impotence of monetary policy under this currency regime.

It is thus unsurprising that the RBZ has been increasingly calling for participation from other economic agents to complement its efforts towards the achievement of a permanent solution to the cash crunch.

The central banks call augurs well with the proposition that Zimbabwe needs to rebalance her economy towards increased production and exports, whilst simultaneously reducing consumption of imports as a permanent solution to her cash challenges.

Achieving this economic rebalance requires business to evolve from import dependence to export-driven models. This clearly calls for strategic rethinking at corporate level, not only for the good of the country, but also for the sustenance of business.

Just like in the case of China, this evolution should be supported by sound investment and business policies. The absence of monetary policy independence brought by dollarisation has incapacitated the apex bank from printing money.

Economic agents now have to earn money from mainly exports. It is estimated that exports contribute about 60 percent of the countrys liquidity.  As such, the liquidity challenges could be traced to the underperformance in the export sector.

Thus, in the current environment, the future of business lies in its ability to explore opportunities in the export market. This is because the continued dependence on imports would be unsustainable due to exorbitant cash premiums in the parallel market.

The current cash shortages have meant increased reliance on the black market for foreign currency to meet business import requirements. Barely 10 months after the introduction of bond notes, cash premiums have grown to more than 40 and 27 percent for electronic money and bond notes respectively. This has made it very difficult for import-dependent enti...

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Sunday, 24 September


Tunisia bans forced anal exams for suspected homosexuals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tunisia will finally ban forced anal examinations of men the authorities suspect of being homosexuals, the country's minister for human rights said. Homosexuality is illegal in the North African state, carrying a prison sentence of up to three years. Now, the practice of forcing men to undergo an anal examination is due to end, although homosexuality will remain illegal. "These exams can no longer be imposed by force, physical or moral, or without the consent of the person concerned,"Mehdi Ben Gharbia told AFP. Human rights groups have long called for an end to the examinations, labeling them as "cruel" and "inhuman."


Iraq wants nuclear power - U.S. war on Iran just got more difficult "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Iraq is today, little more than an aspiring Islamic Republic on the Iranian model. The only reason for this is the US war on Iraq in 2003. While much of Ibrahim al-Jaafari's speech to the UN dealt with Iraq's recent successes and long term political strategy to combat Salafist terrorism, the Iraqi Foreign Minister's most important remark made during his address to the UN General Assembly was that Iraq seeks to exercise its legal option to create nuclear energy facilities. Comment: Jafari's brief remark: "Iraq calls for assistance from nuclear countries to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes in Iraq to acquire the nuclear technology." This is not the first time Iraq has sought to being producing its own nuclear energy. Beginning in 1979, French nuclear scientists began building a nuclear reactors near Baghdad called Tammuz 1 and 2. The reactors are also referred to by their French name Osirak. In spite of guarantees from the French scientists that the reactors were incapable of weapons grade enrichment, Israel resorted to numerous illegal measures to stop the project from being successfully competed. This included a state-sponsored assassination of a scientist in Paris. In 1980, agents of Israel's secret intelligence service, Mossad, killed Yahya El Mashad, an Egyptian national in his hotel room due to his role in the Iraqi nuclear energy programme.


Flood ravages communities in Cross River State, Nigeria; 3,000 farmlands destroyed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Twelve communities in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State have been flooded following two days of heavy rain, while more than 3,000 farmlands were equally destroyed. The incident, which occurred between the late hours of September 18 and the early hours of September 19, has rendered hundreds of residents homeless as properties worth millions of naira were destroyed. John Inaku, the Director General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), told NAN on Sunday, during an inspection of the affected areas that the economic survival of residents of the submerged communities had been seriously affected. Mr. Inaku stated that more than 1,000 people have been displaced and are taking refuge in nearby communities. According to him, the state government has promised to address the plight of the people


Flooding inundates 450 rice farms in Kwara, Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four hundred and fifty eight farms under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) anchor borrowers' scheme have been submerged by flood in parts of Kwara State. The farms are situated on the 3, 200 hectares federal government's Tada-Shonga irrigation land for rice cultivation in Shonga, Edu Local Government Area of the state. The produce was due for harvest in October, this year. The Kwara State governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed, who led a federal lawmaker, Aliyu Ahman-Patigi, representative of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Elijah Aderibigbe and the Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Adeniyi Aremu, to the flooded farms, urged the federal government to come to the aid of the affected farmers. Ahmed, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Abdulwahab, said the disaster had hampered the state's quest to showcase it's efforts in rice production. He noted that the fund for the rice cultivation was sought from the CBN.


BREAKING: Chief Imam of Lagos, Garuba Ibrahim Akinola, is dead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Chief Imam of Lagos, Garuba Ibrahim Akinola is dead, New Telegraph can report.  He was aged 100. As at the time of filing this report, circumstances surrounding the death of the Lagos foremost cleric were still sketchy as none of the family members were ready to make a formal statement on the death of their patriarch. Sources, who confined in New Telegraph said that Imam Akinola died of undisclosed ailment at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital at about 5 pm, where he was being taken care of before he passed...

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A World Doomed in a Never Ending War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A World Doomed in a Never Ending War | world-collapse-war | Special Interests Trump US News War Propaganda World News

Are you disappointed with Donald Trumps bellicose continuing with the deployment in Afghanistan? Well, if you are not; you should be. Predicting a non-ideological President, who prides himself on making pragmatic decisions, raises prognostication to a new level of mystical proportions. Instilling hope during an election campaign seldom translates into dynamic action on every pledge made. Defending Trump no matter how many times he walks back on a promise is not the standard to judge his administration. Call him a turnaround artist if you wish, but the reality of the power elite inside the military, intelligence agencies and the state department is showing just how far they are willing to go to maintain their force of destructive rule.

The most astute Jack Hunter writes in 16 years ago, we began a war on terror that will never end. His purge from the Rand Paul staff was a signal that forecast just how difficult it is to drain the swamp.

When Donald Trump ran for president, he promised to end the nation building, particularly in a country like Afghanistan. He was going to be the leader who would reset Americas wandering foreign policy recklessness. Now Trump has completely flip-flopped, announcing the U.S. wont be leaving Afghanistan anytime soon the very definition of the nation building the president deplored as a private citizen and as a candidate.

Perhaps worst of all, the terrorists won. Fear perpetuates the Forever War, in which America has been stuck since 9/11. The goals of Osama bin Laden were met.

Such bin Laden goals really share many of the same objectives of the globalists who are the driving element underp...


The Kurds that have signed up with Daesh "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Western Press is presenting Daesh as a racist organization that would be fighting Kurds simply because they are Kurds. Baloney: there are Kurdish units within Daesh. Abu al-Hadi al-Iraqi was the Kurdish leader in Al-Qaeda. During the CIA's Operation Cyclone against the Soviets, he led Al-Quaeda's "Kurdish camp". After the US invasion, he managed the Ashara guest house in Kabul, as al Quaeda's number three man. Now he is being detained in Guantanamo. In November, the Islamic Emirate in Iraq (from which would germinate Daesh) released a video entitled "Message to Kurds and the Martyr Operation". The organization was calling Kurds to join it.


Egypt: Muslim ex-kidnapper admits they get paid for every Christian girl they bring in "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If all goes to plan, the girls are also forced into marriage with a strict Muslim. Their husbands dont love them, they just marry her to make her a Muslim. She will be hit and humiliated. And if she tries to escape, or convert back to her original religion, she will be killed. Will the []


US strikes Islamic State group camp in Libya, killing 17 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


The strikes were carried out on Friday in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord


Arab League Opposition to Kurds Only Fuels Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A rally for Kurdish independence in Erbil ahead of the Sept.25, 2017 referendumA rally for Kurdish independence in Erbil ahead of the Sept.25, 2017 referendum (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)


Sunni Arab leaders have largely been silent on the September 25 Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, but Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abdul Gheit visited the Iraqi Kurdish capital last week to dissuade the Kurds from holding the vote.

In a recent letter to Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, Ahmed described his fears of disintegration and fragmentation, noting in his plea that the Arab League is strongly keen on ensuring the territorial integrity of the Arab states.

What seems lost on Ahmed is the strategic pragmatism in allowing the Kurds to further solidify their proven bastion against Iran and successive waves of regional instability.

The Kurdistan region is an effective vanguard against Iran, the chief instigator of regional division. At the same time, it has been the Kurds who have beaten back ISIS from their other borders.

The region has also weathered simultaneously a collapse in oil prices, a total cut of support from Baghdad, the arrival of two million refugees and the onslaught of ISIS. Standing in stark contrast to their surroundings, the Kurds are the model for stability.

Tellingly, who else vehemently opposes Kurdish self-determination in Iraq and Syria? Iran and her shadow proxies.

The regional balance continues to tilt in favor of Irans aspirations to create a Shiite crescent from Iran to Syria to counter the Sunni world, the West and Israel, all under a nuclear umbrella and aided by Russia. Kurdish independence would stymie that.

Competing regional designs, whether pan-Arab irredentism or Americas freedom agenda, now lay in tatters with Iran picking up the pieces.

With Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Qatar and Lebanon now overrun with Iranian influence, and with Irans expansionist sights now set on unprecedented relations with Turkey, it may not be long before the remaining Gulf States meet the full bru...


African Drum Beating "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hear O hear
Listen attentively to the thuds
Sweetly escaping the beating drum
Listen closely to its screams
Bewitchingly exploding
Expressions aforetime caged
Listen carefully to the beats
Rhythmically expelling sounds
Swollen with dreams long forgotten
The African drum sings songs of hope
The African drum speaks speeches of hope
In her every sound is sewn Africas sweat
A testament of toil, her toil maintaining peace
In her every tempo stands bold
Illuminated wishes of her people
Hear O hear
Africa loudly speaks.


Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference,
September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC.

War is humanitys deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th Century, an estimated 165 wars killed as many as 258 million people more than 6 percent of all the people born during the entire 20th century. WWII claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and 34 million civilians. In todays wars, 75 percent of those killed are civilians mostly women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

The US is the worlds leading purveyor of war. Its our biggest export. According to Navy historians, from 1776 through 2006, US troops fought in 234 foreign wars. Between 1945 and 2014, the US launched 81% of the worlds 248 major conflicts. Since the Pentagons retreat from Vietnam in 1973, US forces have targeted Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and the former Yugoslavia.

Wars against nature have a long history. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the worlds oldest tales, recounts a Mesopotamian warriors quest to kill Humbaba a monster who reigned over a sacred Cedar Forest. The fact that Humbaba was the servant of Enlil, the god of earth, wind, and air didnt stop Gilgamesh from killing this protector of Nature and felling the cedars.

The Bible (Judges 15:4-5) relates an unusual scorched-earth attack on the Philistines when Samson caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail-to-tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails . . . and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines.

During the Peloponnesian War, King Archidamus began his attack on Plataea by felling all the fruit trees surrounding the town.

In 1346, Mongol Tartars employed biological warfare to attack the Black Sea town of Caffa by catapulting bodies of plague victims over the fortified walls.

Poisoning water supplies and destroying crops and livestock are a proven means of subduing a population. Even today, these scorched-earth tactics remain a preferred way of dealing with agrarian societies in the Global South.

During the American Revolution, George Washington employed scorched-earth tactics against Native Americans who allied with British troops. The fruit orchards and corn crops of the Iroquois Nation were razed in hopes that their destruction would cause the Iroquois to perish as well.

The American Civil War featured Gen. Shermans March through Georgia and Gen. Sheridans campaign in Virginias She...



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Namibia conserving desert rhino and elephants in Kunene "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nature Conservancy

Were helping protect the worlds largest free-ranging population of black rhino and providing jobs to communities in a virtuous cycle.

Namibias Kunene region represents one of the last true wildernesses in Africa and a rare opportunity to conserve a vast desert ecosystem and enhance its peoples quality of life.

The frigid waters of the southern Atlantic collide with the worlds oldest desert, the Namib, along the infamous Skeleton Coast, named for countless shipwrecked sailors who perished among its baking dunes. The harsh Skeleton Coast gives life to many uniquely adapted animals and plants, many of which survive by siphoning precious moisture from sea fog.

Further inland lies Etosha National Park, one of the worlds largest wildlife refuges. The Etosha Pan, a dry lakebed left behind when the Kunene River changed course long ago, offers a fleeting oasis during the rainy season for myriad wildlife, including enormous flocks of flamingoes. But for most of the year, the parks resident animals survive on waterholes fringing the pan.

The regions community and government lands link Skeleton Coast and Etosha national parks to form one of the worlds largest conservation areas reaching across more than 15 million acres. The Kunenes rocky desert, arid grasslands and dry riverbeds provide a sparsely populated corridor for iconic wildlife:

The desert-dwelling black rhinoceros finds its last free-ranging stronghold...


According to Emmanuel Macron, the days of popular sovereignty are over "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Thierry Meyssan, September 5, 2017, via VoltaireNet Delivering a keynote speech before the most senior of French diplomats, President Macron revealed his conception of the world and the way in which he intends to use the tools at his disposal. According to him, there will be no more popular sovereignty, neither in France, nor in Europe, and therefore no more national or supra-national democracies. Neither will there be any more collective interest, no more Republic, but an ill-defined catalogue of things and ideas which compose the common good. Describing their new programme of work to the ambassadors, he informed them that they should no longer defend the values of their country, but find opportunities to act in the name of the European Leviathan. Entering into the details of certain conflicts, he described a programme of economic colonisation of the Levant and Africa. Participating in the traditional Ambassadors Week, President Macron gave his first general speech on foreign policy since his arrival at the Elyse Palace [1]. In this article, all the quotations in inverted commas


Which African governments spy on technology users the most? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Telecom companies are releasing transparency reports to announce how often governments ask for user information, and how many users the government wants to spy on.


The return of Egypt: The end of the Saudi era : "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The return of Egypt: The end of the Saudi era 24, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, During the two decades that followed the return of Egypt to the Arab League after the signing of the Camp David Accords and before the coups of the Arab Spring, the Saudi-Egyptian-Syrian tripartite was closer to Syrian-Saudi bilateral []


Namibia working to reduce human-lion conflict "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


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Shoot to Save lessons for African conservation from Central Asia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Not Africa, I know, but I think this piece shows important lessons about integrated conservation that are applicable to Africa. KS



California Academy of Sciences

SOLUTIONS | 06.13.17
Shoot to Save
To protect a rare Central Asian goatand the snow leopards that depend on itconservationists are turning to an unlikely ally: trophy hunters.


Robert Parry: The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-Gate Ignoring Israels Control of US National Security, Foreign Policy, and Media "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robert Parry

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the concern is that American political campaigns are being influenced by foreign governments whose interests may diverge from whats best for America, why not look at countries that have caused the United States far more harm recently than Russia?

After all, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Wahabbi leaders have been pulling the U.S. government into their sectarian wars with the Shiites, including conflicts in Yemen and Syria that have contributed to anti-Americanism in the region, to the growth of Al Qaeda, and to a disruptive flow of refugees into Europe.

And, lets not forget the 8,000-pound gorilla in the room: Israel. Does anyone think that whatever Russia may or may not have done in trying to influence U.S. politics compares even in the slightest to what Israel does all the time?

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Arab Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Illustrative photo of from a Muslim weddingIllustrative photo of from a Muslim wedding (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Nabeelktd)


Women in Arab countries have been slowly breaking the glass ceiling in an unlikely profession as officiators of marriage and divorce.

Over the last years, governments in Tunisia, Egypt the UAE and the Palestinian territories appointed qualified women to be officiators, a job once monopolized by men. Tunisia, which appointed its first woman to the position in 2007.

I was the first woman appointed to this job, said Doucha a-Sachbani. It was in a rural village and the men who held this position before me were sheikhs and others who had graduated from high institutions for judges. The job was hard in every way but particularly because I had to fight against all the old customs, and I wasnt even from the area.

But despite all the difficulties, marriages are now being officiated by a woman. The people have a choice either to use a man that they know or me.

The next year Egypt followed suit, appointing Amal Suileman Affifi to the position. Despite the fact that Affifi had a degree in law, a group of men who worked in the profession demanded the government only appoint men citing the limitations of women in sharia law.

Their demand was rejected.

Seven years later, the government appointed another woman, Waffa Kuttub, to the position. Kuttab has a masters degree in law and sharia and is the youngest person in Egypt ever appointed as a marriage and divorce officiator.

In the entirety of the Gulf States, only one woman has been appointed to such a position. In 2008, Fatima el-Awani was appointed in Abu Dabi by the United Arab Emirates. After obtai...


Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Saudi-backed president says 'intransigence' of the Houthi rebels is prolonging Yemen's civil war


Donald Trump get endangered cheetahs fur from Saudi king "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Rapid decline of cheetahs due to depleting habitat & poaching

27 December 2016

Scientists are warning that the cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction, with depleting habitats and poaching to blame for the plummeting numbers. CCTVs Clementine Logan reports.

From the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Cheetah-fur robes and silver dagger among 83 gifts Donald Trump received from Saudi Arabia

By Emma Gatten

5 September 2017 7:21pm

The White House accepted 83 gifts from Saudi Arabia during a presidential visit by Donald Trump earlier this year, including cheetah and tiger fur-lined robes,

Tigers are endangered animals. Tiger products are illegal in most countries. Cheetahs are endangered. Most people found out to have cheetah fur robes or leopard fur robes get arrested by police. Apparently, there is one law for most people, and quite another law for...


United States bombs killing Yemeni children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made in the U.S.A.

22 September 2017

A major new investigation by Amnesty International reveals a bomb that killed 16 civilians in Yemens capital last month was made in the U.S.A. Among the survivors was 5-year-old Buthaina, whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike. She lost her entire family in the strike.

Amnesty Internationals arms expert analyzed remnants of the weapon and found clear markings that matched U.S.-made components used in laser-guided, air-dropped bombs. Coalition airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties, as well as overall civilian casualties. The latest finding by Amnesty comes as some European Union countries recently tabled a motion at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses committed by all sides in the conflict. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called the humanitarian crisis in Yemen an entirely man-made catastrophe. We speak with...


Lebanons First Hockey Team "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group of Lebanese Montrealers who love to play hockey have decided to get organized and form Lebanons first hockey team. Theres still no formal structure but they have already played a couple of exhibition games against Team Haiti, Egypt, Morocco & Algeria and have won on every occasion.

Theyre doing it out of love for the sport and their country Lebanon but theyre also aiming big and want to get accepted into the International Ice Hockey Federation. Unfortunately, in order to do so, they will need the support of the Lebanese authorities and proof that the country has at least one ice hockey rink and a league with teams, which is not gonna happen anytime soon.

Lebanons hockey team has players coming in from Toronto, Ottawa, Michigan, Calgary and France. Thats a pretty awesome initiative. I wish them the best of luck and I hope they will be able to take things to the next level.

You can check out their Facebook page [here] and heres a video of their full game against Algeria:


UN peacekeepers in Congo hold record for rape and sex abuse, over 700 cases "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

She had been orphaned by a brutal conflict, but the 14-year-old Congolese girl found refuge in a camp protected by United Nations peacekeepers. The camp should have been safe the day she was raped. A delegation from the U.N. was paying a visit, and her grandmother had left her in charge of her siblings. That


Saudi Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir at UN Demands Qatar Stop Terror Support Wants Iran Out of Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


By Kambiz Foroohar

September 23, 2017, 1:45 PM EDT
  • Al-Jubeir warns of Irans role in Yemen hurting regional peace
  • Says no military solution to Yemen crisis entering fourth year
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

 Photographer: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

Qatars support for terrorism has destabilized the region and Doha must stop its financing of terror groups, Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly.

In a relatively restrained address, Jubeir demanded that Qatar abide by the previous agreements it had made and warned of Irans meddling in Yemen.

The Saudis, backed by United Arab Emirates and two other regional allies, broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar in early June, imposed an economic embargo, and cut transport links. The Saudi coalition has made a number of demands, including the closing of Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera and expelling certain political groups.

QuickTake on Why Qatar Crisis Defies Rapid Resolution



The Kurds that have signed up to Daesh "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Western Press is presenting Daesh as a racist organization that would be fighting Kurds simply because they are Kurds. Baloney: there are Kurdish units within Daesh. Abu al-Hadi al-Iraqi was the Kurdish leader in Al-Qaeda. During the CIA's Operation Cyclone against the Soviets, he led Al-Quaeda's Kurdish camp. After the US invasion, he managed the Ashara guest house in Kabul, as al Quaeda's number three man. Now he is being detained in Guantanamo. In November, the Islamic Emirate in (...)


Saudi Arabia Says It Shot Down Ballistic Missile From Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia says it shot down a ballistic missile fired by Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen during the kingdoms National Day.

A statement carried early Sunday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency said the missile targeted Khamis Mushait, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia thats home to the King Khalid Air Base.

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SCUD type ballistic missile

The statement says the missile was intercepted and destroyed without any casualties and Saudi forces later attacked the missiles launch site inside of Yemen.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis in Yemen since March 2015. The Houthis and their allies have access to a stockpile of Soviet-era Scud missiles and locally designed variants.

The war has killed more than 10,000 civilians. The United Nations has criticized Saudi-led airstrikes for killing civilians.

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Saudi Arabia Patriot anti-missile batteries


Eniola Ajao bags first multi-million naira deal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nollywood actress, Eniola Ajao seems to be basking in the euphoria of her fame, as there are feelers from reliable source that the popular Yoruba actress may be smiling to the bank to the tune of millions of naira having just secured a plum deal with Asport Betting Company. Although the information is yet to be in the public domain, the actress we gathered has been in a happy mood over the done deal, which will definitely change her status. The Epe, Lagos State born actress, who has been consistent...

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Solve for the Italian-Libyan equilibrium "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Failing to stem the tide of refugees arriving Europe, Italy and the rest of the European Union have agreed to pay Libyas Government of National Accord (GNA), the UN-backed interim government that is struggling hold control of the country, to keep them from arriving in Italy and instead put them into detention camps in Libya.

The accord signed Feb. 3, provides for Italy to pay 220 million ($236 million) to the Libyan coastal guard and provide training to help them catch the vesselsprimarily rubber dinghies. The Libyan coast guard will be charged with sending the boats back to Libya and putting people into camps. The political instability of Libya is such that there would be little guarantee of the conditions in which the migrants would be kept, according to Arjan Hehenkamp, general director of Mdicins Sans Frontires (MSF).

Here is one story.  In Libya they understand the Coase theorem:

A security source in Libya spoke to Associated Press late last month saying: Yesterdays traffickers are todays anti-trafficking force.

I believe the size of the Coasean payments will rise.  If Libya is paid to halt migrants, and finds this a satisfactory or indeed even profitable arrangement, they also will act toboost the supply of potential migrants.  Producing potential migrants will at some point become one of their more significant economic sectors.  And the larger the number of bottled up would-be migrants, the more Italy and/or the EU will pay to stop them.

Yet what is Italy otherwise to do?  I find it striking how underreported this story has been.

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Osinbajo inaugurates electricity meter, syringe factories in AIbom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the problem of irregular power supply in Nigeria is caused by inaccurate billing system resulting from insufficient metering machines. Osinbajo made the remarks on Saturday in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom while inaugurating an Electric Metering Factory as part of activities marking the 30th anniversary of Akwa Ibom creation. The vice president said that Nigerias economic development hinged on effective power supply, lamenting that Distribution Companies (DISCOs) had not been able to collect tariffs because of non-availability of meters. The electric...

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Declaration of IPOB as terrorist group is hate speech Igboezuo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

lauds Saraki, Senate The President of Igboezue International and Diaspora, High Chief Pius Okoye said the mere pronounment of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the Chief of Army Staff, LT General Turkur Buratai was a prelude to the agenda to proscribe the group. He described the pronouncement as a hate speech. Also, he said that the Abuja High Court declaration of IPOB as a terrorist body, via an exparte injunction cannot stand the rigorous test of the law. Okoye, who made the statement in...

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Christianity is not about going to church Mrs Akinyemiju "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Mrs Adun Akinyemiju is the Chief Executive of Dansol Schools in Lagos, born out of a vision to raise Godly children that will be the light to their society. She is also the coordinator of Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI) Nigeria and West Africa. In this interview with ESTHER BAKARE, she spoke about her ministry, Christian schools and Christian education.   Can you please introduce yourself? First and foremost, Im not an educationist but an educator; I started as an administrator in the University of Ife, then Bayero...

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Kanu: Why FG cant hold Abaribe, others responsible -Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The move by the Federal Government to hold Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and others responsible for the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), may hit a brickwall as legal opinions outside government circles do not seem to support such a plan. A source conversant with the matter told our correspondent that the preponderance of legal opinions showed that it was the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai, and the Commanders of Operation Python Dance (2) that should be held responsible for Kanus disappearance...

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Navy Appeals To Okowa To Compensate Oghara Landowners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Centre)

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Centre)

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Nigerian Navy has appealed to the Delta State government to pay compensation to the original owners of the land offered to it by the state government for operational purpose.
The Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji, made the appeal when he met with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House, Asaba, the state capital.
We request Your Excellency to please consider the plight of the original owners of the land in Oghara that was given to the Nigerian Navy by paying ghee compensation, he said.
In as much as we appreciate the kind gestures of the Delta State government, we dont want a situation where the peace that currently exists in the region will be disrupted by disgruntled landowners.
Rear Admiral Onaji, who led top officers of the Command on a familiarisation visit to Governor Okowa, commended the numerous assistance of his administration to the Navy and other security agencies operating in the state.
He said, Be assured that the Navy will always be there securing our waterways and also be available to tackle security issues as the need arises.
The Navy loves a peaceful environment and will ensure that the people live in peace with one another.
Responding to their requests, the governor commended the Chief of Naval Staff for his commitment to developing the Force to face any challenge.
He said the initiatives of the naval chief have been felt in Delta State and in the Niger Delta region, promising to look into their request and proper possible solutions to them.
The activities of the Navy have helped to curb sea piracy and protection of national assets, especially facilities that transport crude and gas, Okowa said.
It is important that the Navy does not relax on its duties, because of the importance of having secured maritime for socio-economic activities.
Today, we have peace in the creeks largely due to the efficiency of the Navy in collaboration with other security agencies and stakeholders which has impacted greatly on the economy of the country, he added.


House wife laments: My husband disappeared after I had triplets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Uchenna Inya ABAKALIKI A housewife Mrs. Ukamaka Nkwegu, who gave birth to triplets about three weeks ago at Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Azuiyiokwu Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday, begged her runaway husband, Nkwegu Nwiziogo to return to her and see the triplets she had for him. Besides, Mrs. Nkwegu, who does menial jobs for people to carter for the twins and another child she had before giving birth to the triplets; two boys and one girl, is appealing to government and concerned individuals to help her take care of the...

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Dreamy asymmetrical hemlines "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hemlines are always a way to make a statement although seldom used. This however, doesnt take away from beauty and dreamy quality that a hemline that is flowy and sexy can give you. To achieve this look, you should endeavour to go for fabrics that are light and can give you that ethereal quality. You cannot go wrong in the sexy department with an asymmetrical number. Remember that the asymmetrical lines are not limited to the dress or skirt hems, even your tops, cut out details, crop tops etc can...

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Breakup an extreme option Tinubu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Warns against ignoring restructuring calls The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has warned against any attempt to spilt Nigeria, stating that such extreme position will not resolve the gargantuan challenges facing the country but rather complicate them. He also warned that discarding the call for secession, stating: It would be wrong to mistake this for a tempest in a teapot. If not careful, we may be tossed about like a teapot in a tempest. We must listen to what is being said so that we...

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Bossladies Nest 21: Heart under my blouse "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Juliet Bumah   Mouth agape, Jay stared at the receding back of this fabulously beautiful, sashaying eve. Beautiful, yeah, tantalizingly beautiful! Her figure looked like it was sculptured by a love- struck artist. He was shocked. You know, you really dont appreciate the beauty of certain things that are close to you, until you hold them away from you. Hed been living with his wife for so long that hed forgotten she was a beauty. She was a beauty, for his friends all wowed when they met her at their...

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Agitations: Breakup not an option, says Mark "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Favour Nwaze Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has, for the umpteenth time, stated that breakup of the country is not an option, insisting the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. He said that those who are agitating for Nigerias disintegration are missing the point. Nigeria has crossed many crucibles. We cannot reverse ourselves. The only option is to move on in a manner that is progressive, peaceful and united. We may have our disagreements, but a break up is not an option. We can resolve our differences...

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Three hours with gamblers: I lost millions on Ghana bet "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A huge trend in the financial lives of many Nigerian men, some women and youth is the betting phenomenon. It has always been there as they say gambling is an age old trade. With the coming of the internet and several virtual options for betting, in addition to the economic downturn and resultant loss of jobs, gambling has become a source of livelihood; with the trend picked up tempo with even more people keying into the frenzy. VICTORIA NONIKE and OLATUNJI TEMIDAYO recently spent three hours in several gambling houses...

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What Igbos must do now A letter from Prof Obi Nwakanma. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Part of the reason why Igbo political action is defective is that we talk too much, and act miserably. The More


Nnamdi Kanu: Clap and dance but you are a terrorist too. By Chima Okereke. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Let us take a journey into the timeline of how you are a likely terrorist and what went down leading More


How Ndi-Igbo can move on with Ziks doctrine of indivisibility of Nigeria. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nnamdi Azikiwe was not only the most powerful, and most emblematic figure of Nigerian nationalism, but that Nigerias failure stems More





Buharis UN Hypocrisies. "IndyWatch Feed Africa" under: Uncategorized


Food for thought. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The biggest crime committed against the Ogoni people was the killing of Ken Saro Wiwa and his eight colleagues. Their More


Somebody tell Lai Mohammed that Nollywood, not oil is our biggest export Reno Omokri. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For the past four days, I have been holidaying in The Seychelles, a beautiful Island with beautiful people on the More


We must guard against separating Nigeria into small pieces, Tinubu warns. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AMID IPOB CRISIS It is better to restructure and correct imbalance Being more pragmatic, separating the nation into small pieces More


Saudi Arabia intercepts rebel missile from Yemen on national day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Ballistic missile targets Khamis Mushait, which is the Saudi-led coalition's main airbase for operations in Yemen


BoI lifeline to Kaduna SMEs, MSMEs hits N47bn "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abdulwhab Isa Abuja In continuation of its support to entrepreneurs across the country, the Bank of Industry (BoI) said it has disbursed loans in excess of N47billion to support Kaduna State industrialists in the SMEs and MSMEs categories. Managing Director of BoI, Mr. Olukayode Pitan confirmed the figure at a meeting with the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai. According to him, the loan facility has saved engendered over 84,500 direct and indirect jobs. The banks interventions cut across various sectors of the states economy such as Argo-business, petrochemical and...

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IPOB: The ants, Hyenas and purveyors of falsehood. "IndyWatch Feed Africa" under: Uncategorized


Teenager caught having sex with a goat in Niger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dan Atori Minna A 15-year-old boy was on Saturday arrested by the Niger State Police Command for having sex with a female goat. The teenager, Kabiru Idi of Gbeganu area, in Bosso Local Government Area of the state was arrested by police operatives attached to the Kpakungu Division in Minna following a tip-off. Our Correspondent learnt from witnesses that this is the second time the suspect has committed the same offence in the area. The Police Public Relations Officer, Babalola Adewole, confirmed the incident, saying operatives attached to Kpakungu Police...

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Restructuring: Were not afraid, but wont be stampeded Northern elders. "IndyWatch Feed Africa" under: Uncategorized


IPOB rally in London. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Group seeks Orjis arrest, prosecution over alleged N2.6bn misappropriation. "IndyWatch Feed Africa" under: Uncategorized


Suspected pirates ambush, kill three security officers in Bayelsa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Three security personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Police were at the weekend ambushed and killed by suspected sea pirates along the Okoron Creek in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The Bayelsa State Commandant of the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, confirmed the incident and claimed that two policemen and one NSCDC personnel were killed in the attack. But Senior Police source, who faulted the claim by the NSCDC command, said that the murdered security personnel were on routine anti-pipeline vandal patrol...

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FG plans road worthy certificate for imported used vehicles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hopes that the Federal Government would soon ban the importation of used vehicles in pursuit of the Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) may have been dashed as the implementing agency of the NAIDP, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), is not looking in that direction for now. Rather, the NADDC is working on a plan, in conjunction with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to introduce compulsory issuance of road worthy certificates on all used vehicles to be imported into Nigeria from their countries of origin. According to...

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Goldbergs empowerment scheme lands in Ekiti "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

People of the Fountain of Knowledge State Ekiti, as you read would have benefitted from the Goldbergs empowerment scheme which landed in the state earlier this month. The laudable initiative dubbed Isedowo was launched last month by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II. The second edition in Ado Ekiti was designed to also reward artisans with excellent entrepreneurial ideas with grant of N300, 000 to support their businesses. Goldberg, from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc, would, through the scheme, extend its affinity with the people...

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Archbishop calls for collective effort against human trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tai Anyanwu with agency report A Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has stressed that a multi-pronged approach is required to effectively wage war human trafficking and aiding victims. Speaking to global leaders at a United Nations event on Tuesday, in New York City, USA, the Archbishop said: The issue of trafficking in persons can only be fully addressed by promoting effective juridical instruments and concrete collaboration at multiple levels by all stakeholders. He made the observation while address a High Leaders Event hosted by...

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GMO products safe for human consumption -NBMA DG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Director General/ CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, yesterday frowned at the impression that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) products are dangerous for human consumption. Speaking at the Second South-West Agroecological Biosafety Awareness workshop at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Ebegba, therefore blamed the antagonist of consumption of GMO products for the rumour. The Director General, who was represented by Mr. Alex Abutu, however challenged Nigerian scientists to come out in their numbers and defend the usefulness of modern biotechnology to the growth and development of...

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Dont take us for granted, Ijaw women tell soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Delta Ijaw Women Initiatives (DIWI), an association of Ijaw women from riverine communities in the Niger Delta, has again called on the Federal Government and the military authorities to halt any plans to carry out their Operation Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta region because it is not necessary at this time. In a statement signed by its President, Hon. Ebimaye Bebenimibo and Spokesperson, Comr. Ebi Adams of the government or her military agencies to heed this call will leave us with no option other than to mobilise our...

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Victory in your wilderness "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Every Prophet, Prophetess, men and women of God will at one point or the other in their lifetime pass through the wilderness of the life. When we talk about victory in wilderness, we mean victory over an uncomfortable situation or place. Wilderness connotes a battle field; its a place of struggling where everyone must fight to move out victoriously. In 1Kings 19:1-7, Ahab told Jazeebel all that Elijah had done and withheld how he has slain all the prophets with the sword. Common Jazeebel came up against the prophet of...

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Nigeria sells N207bn treasuries to mop up liquidity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sold N207 billion in treasuries on Thursday to mop up liquidity, a day after it raised more money than planned via a debt auction as it moved to keep borrowing costs high to support the currency, traders said. The bank is aggressively mopping up funds from the banking system to help curb inflation and battle weakness in the local currency. This is pushing up costs, especially for the government, which is battling to contain a widening deficit. It sold six-bill open market bills (OMO)...

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LONDON: The so called terrorist group IPOB applied to protest in London. They were granted permission and they matched the More


Anthony Lamar Smith killed in St Louis, killer scot free "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 22 September 2017 video from Missouri in the USA says about itself:

That verdict was a travesty

Watch: St. Louis workers denounce acquittal of killer cop, crackdown on protests

By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis

23 September 2017

Protests in St. Louis against the acquittal of Jason Stockley, the police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith on camera in 2011, have now entered their second week. Police in riot gear have arrested hundreds of mostly peaceful protesters and journalists in what amounts to a military-style lockdown of the city using pepper spray and tear gas.

WSWS reporters spoke with protesters and St. Louis workers about the verdict and the suppression of protests by the police.

By Niles Niemuth in the USA, 23 September 2017:

The 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was an open-and-shut case of police murder.

Smith was a 24-year-old African-American who was driving away from police after they burst in on what they claim was a drug deal. Stockley, who is white, was recorded on a dashboard camera saying, Im going to kill this motherfucker, dont you know it. Less than 45 seconds later, his partner Brian Bianchi rammed their police SUV into Smiths car. Video of the incident shows that Smith remained in the car and made no attempt to flee.

Stockley jumped out of the SUV and shot Smith five times. Forensic evidence revealed that Stockley fired the kill shot from six inches away. The officer then returned to his vehicle, rummaged through a duffel bag and returned to Smiths car to plant a throwaway gun on the dead victim. Tests showed the gun had only Stockleys DNA on it.

In addition to hi...


Will French ortolan bunting eating stop at last? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is an ortolan bunting video from France.

From BirdLife:

22 Sep 2017

In France, the Ortolan Bunting may soon be finally off the menu

The French Ministry of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, plumpened and drowned in brandy. Its a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980.

By Alex Dale

Ortolan is a dish savoured with an almost ritualistic relish. Custom dictates that the diner eats the bird while wearing a napkin over their head; this, it is said, is to ensure the rich aromas do not escape while the gourmand chews the bird, bones and all, a process that lasts for several minutes. Pragmatically, the ritual may also have arisen because eating it is a messy business indeed. Or, others might say, out of shame. Because the process of delivering the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana from perch to palate is a gruesome affair indeed.

The cruelty begins in the field, where around 30,000 Ortolan Buntings are captured every year during the autumn migration, as their flightpath from eastern Europe to west Africa takes them across France and in particular Landes, a poaching hotspot in the south-west of France. Here, songbirds are trapped in huge numbers, either in nets, or, in Provence, by getting snared by glue smeared on the branches of their favoured trees. BirdLife estimates around 500,000 protected passerines are illegally caught every year in France. Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs and Brambling Fringilla montifringilla are also targets for poachers, and many other species, such as European Goldfinch...


Guess Who Concocted the War on Terror Doctrine Before 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Guess Who Concocted the War on Terror Doctrine Before 9/11? | war-on-terror | 911 Truth Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News War Propaganda World News

The War on Terror is a concoction to manipulate you out of your rights and allow an endless war against a faceless enemy.

War on Terror has become a catchcry phrase after the biggest of all false flag operations, September 11th. While its true that 9/11 became the pretext for the War on Terror, and catapulted the doctrine from an idea to official US policy (and a preeminent Western ideology going into the 21st century), the idea didnt originate with the George W. Bush Administration. The origins of the phrase War on Terror can actually be traced back to around 1979 and to another infamous New World Order agenda-pusher by the name of Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel. The War on Terror has become such a hackneyed phrase that its worthy of being trademarked and corporatized, if the Military Industrial Complex hasnt done so already. Think of how much carnage, death and destruction have been wrought in the name of fighting the War on Terror and its various offshoots such as Radical Islamic Terrorism  millions of people killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Palestine and more  and theres no sign of it stopping. The War on Terror is the ultimate abstract endless war against a nebulous faceless enemy. Its not going to stop until enough people see through the deception.

Meet Benjamin Netanyahu, Inventor of the War on Terror

Netanyahu is more than just an Israeli politician. Netanyahus father, Benzion Netanyahu, was a leader of Revisionist Zionism, a colonialist, aggressive, xenophobic and expansionist form of Israeli nationalism founded by Zeev Jabotinsky in the early part of the 20th century. Netanyahu was already talking about terrorism in 1979 when he wrote his book International Terrorism: Challenge and Response that year. He wrote another book on terrorism in 1995, a major work entitled Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International...


Adorable Chimpanzee Is Learning To Trust Again, And The Photos Are Too Cute "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

This 10-month-old chimpanzee hasnt had the easiest start in life. Though he is now cared for by kind caregivers, Farah once lived in chains after being seized by wildlife traffickers who killed his mother.

Sadly, his story is not unusual. Every year, millions of helpless animals are orphaned as a result of poaching or human negligence. In fact, the illegal industry generates a profit of five to 20 million dollars annually. Even if the trade does result in species going extinct, many poachers do not care as it is profitable short-term.

Fortunately, Farah is now living a good live at Mefou Sanctauary, Ape Africas safe haven which is located in Cameroon, Africa. The non-profit is focused on the conservation of chimpanzees, monkeys and gorillas.

When Farah first arrived at the sanctuary, he was distrustful of humans and shied away from the strange sights and sounds. The patent caretakers eventually earned his trust, however. Now, hes realizing humans arent all that bad.

In the photo below, Farah curiously looks at his caregiver, Stephanie.



London Grenfell Tower disaster damages mental health "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

London, England: Grenfell survivors and local residents outside Kensington & Chelsea Council Town Hall demanding the resignation of the council

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 23 September 2017

GRENFELL INFERNO! unprecedented trauma

THE GRENFELL Tower disaster triggered a mental health crisis of an unprecedented scale, a leading doctor has said 100 days on from the fire.

NHS data shows 457 adults have been flagged as being in urgent need of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, while 39 children are also receiving specialist mental health care.

Survivors and nearby witnesses of the June 14 inferno, which left so many dead, are considered to have a 50% chance of developing the disorder, according to health service modelling. Those mentally scarred by the tragedy report suffering from flashbacks and sleeplessness, which can be triggered by the sight of the towers wreckage, clinicians say.

Dr Alastair Bailey, the clinical psychological lead at the NHS Grenfell Tower Trauma Service, said the impact of the fire is unlike anything seen before by the health service. He said: It is unprecedented, I dont think we have experienced anything like it. We had similar events that have been large-scale, traumatic events that have occurred in the UK.

We think about the London bombings, the terror attack in Tunisia which affected British nationals and other events....


Trump Looking To Expand Drone Strikes Outside Conventional Warzones "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US President Donald Trump is seeking to loosen some Obama-era limits on drone attacks and ground raids outside conventional warzones US media reports have said.

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trumps top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from the administration of Barack Obama, the former US president.

The officials said the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA would be expanded to include foot-soldier fighters with no special skills or leadership roles.

The officials added that proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting.

The New York Times report comes after NBC News published a story on Monday about the Trump administration contemplating policy changes that will further expand the CIAs authority to conduct drone raids in a number of countries, both in and out of warzones.

NBC News cited officials at intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, Congress and the White House, who all requested anonymity to discuss the classified programme.

The international human rights organization Reprieve has found that since Trump took office in January this year, at least 30 civilians have been killed in ground raids and drone attacks in Yemen, where the US is not formally at war. That number includes women and children.


Foreign policy disaster

The US military has admitted that civilians, including children, were probably killed in Yemen, in the first operation authorised by Trump.

In one week in March, the Trump administration...


Southeast Asia sees rapid spread of a 'super malaria', resistant to the most effective anti-malaria drug "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat. "It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."

Southeast Asia sees rapid spread of a 'super malaria', resistant to the most effective anti-malaria drug "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat. "It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."


Somalias Puntland region captures weapons-laden boat from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Somalias semi-autonomous region of Puntland seized a boat loaded with weapons from Yemen in Saturdays early hours, the regional maritime police chief said. Puntland authorities displayed dozens of anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, AK-47 rifles and dozens of boxes of ammunition seized from the boat after it was stopped in coastal waters off the Horn of []



Ten days of awe: standing with whom? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So its Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment and Remembering, and we of the Jewish persuasion are beginning ten days of intensive reflection that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We are urged to engage in self-examination, both of our personal lives and of our behaviors and attitudes in the complex world in which we live and contribute. This introspection and renewal involves taking personal responsibility for our destiny and the destinies of our communities, being unsparingly honest, and actively apologizing and forgiving. I love this part of my tradition because words are not enough; there are no Hail Marys, there is no forgiveness from on high, and at the end of the day, we actually have to DO better in our relationships with ourselves and our world. If you are a spiritual person, you have to work on that too in the here and now; there is no backup heavenly place where everything will come out fine.

As a secular Jew who finds our traditions and culture part of the bedrock of my psyche, I am obsessed by a topic that is most fraught and perilous in the Jewish community. We are besieged by forces right and left with the message that Judaism is Zionism and uncritical support of Israel is a core Jewish value, in fact the only nonnegotiable ticket to community acceptance. For these reasons at this time, I cannot ignore my relationship to Israel/Palestine. For me, this annual introspection invites an honest evaluation of history in all its voices, a recognition of the behavior and policies of the pioneers and fighters who created the State of Israel, an examination of the foundations of modern political Zionism and its current day consequences, and ultimately a willingness to express regret and apology. This is a perfect topic for the Ten Days of Awe and fully within our prophetic tradition which is focused on issues of justice.

So, how do we define ourselves as Jews in the Diaspora while living in the era of a hyper Jewish nationalism? For the me the first step is examining the realities and framing of history and claiming it in our own voice. The Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, in his A History of Modern Palestine, notes that early Zionism was a European phenomenon with a clear disregard for indigenous populations. Early Zionists relied (cautiously) on the goodwill of colonial powers. (The Jewish homeland could have been in Palestine, Argentina, or even Uganda.) The Zionists carved out territory in Mandate Palestine as a haven from European persecution (which was an understandable motivation given the pogroms and anti-semitism of the time), and this became a clearly settler colonial movement when it focused on a national revival in the land of Palestine for Jews at the exclusion of the people actually living there. This was both an intellectual concept focused on the predicament of European Jewry (which was largely described as endless persecution and anti-semitism despite....


Syrian refugee falsely accused of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As this video shows, hundreds of Syrian refugees in Arnhem city in the Netherlands have demonstrated against ISIS terrorism in Paris and in their homeland. They stated they wanted peace all over the world, not terrorism.

Their signs said things like: I am Kurdish, I am against terrorism and pointed out that they fled Syria because of ISIS violence.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Apology demanded as Yahyah Farroukh freed without charge

Saturday 23rd September 2017

THE employer of a Syrian refugee wrongfully arrested for terrorism demanded an apology from the police yesterday.

Suleman Sarwar, who manages the Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, said there had been abuse, threats, anger, and hatred, since Yahyah Farroukh was arrested at his place of work last Saturday over the Parsons Green Tube train bombing.

When Mr Farroukhs mother heard of his arrest, she suffered a heart attack and reportedly remains in a critical condition in a hospital in Egypt after collapsing from shock.

Mr Farroukh, 21, was released without charge on Thursday.

Mr Sarwar is asking for a fully unreserved apology from the Metropolitan Police, saying: The investigation brought Yahyah, his friends, family, place of employment and...


Flash floods kill two, blocks roads leaving 150,000 isolated in eastern Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Flash floods caused the death of two people in El Gedaref in eastern Sudan on Wednesday and blocked off the road leading to and from 27 villages. The Bandigyo-Simsim road has become inaccessible. A resident in Bandigyo told Radio Dabanga that a pregnant woman died on the road, in Sidra area, as she attempted to travel to El Gedaref on a tractor. A herder died in a flash flood the same day. "The water washed away the part of the Bandigyo-Simsim road at Khor Sidra a few days ago. "27 villages, accommodating about 150,000 people have become isolated," he said. The road interruptions are causing a shortage in food. Meanwhile, numbers of families were forced to leave flooded homes. The resident mentioned the proliferation of snakes and the deteriorating health environment.


The Collapse of South Africa | Dan Roodt and Stefan Molyneux (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Collapse of South Africa | Dan Roodt and Stefan Molyneux Video The mere mention of South Africa in a discussion provokes deep images of institutional racism, discrimination and horrific violence. Stefan Molyneux is joined by Dan Roodt for a...

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The 89-year-old who threatened the Egyptian regime even in death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt's refusal this week to allow a funeral for former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad Mahdi Akef reveals a regime that understands its hold on power is precarious


The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...


Kenya president hints at changes in law to tame judges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya's President Kenyatta has hinted at constitutional changes targeting the judiciary, deepening his attacks since the Supreme Court nullified his August election victory.


Urhobo Group Renews Agitatation For New Delta State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-Members of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, from the Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta and Bayelsa states, have called for the creation of New Delta State, covering the present Delta Central and Delta South senatorial districts, as recommended by the 2014 National Conference.
At a meeting in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, to review the forums activities, Urhobo-PANDEF members, who also passed a vote of confidence on Chief Edwin Clark, urged the Federal Government to expeditiously attend to the 16-point agenda of PANDEF.
They said: We support the creation of more states, especially New Delta State, to encompass the present Delta Central and Delta South senatorial zones as recommended by the 2014 National Conference.
The gathering, presided over by eminent Niger Delta leader, Professor G. G. Darah, had in attendance Professors S. W. E. Iboje, Temi Akporonor, A. S. Akpotor, Atare Otite, Victor Jike, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba, Chief Raphael Okene, Chief George Ugen, Chief Westham Adehor, Chief Ruth Timothy, Dr. Sunny Awhefeada, Mr. Peter Darah, among others.
Professor Darah commended the group for convincing youths to lay down arms for dialogue, attributing the gradual economic stability being experienced by the nation to PANDEFs intervention.
They resolved that oil companies operating in Urhobo land should move their headquarters to the area, while pipeline surveillance and security contracts for oil facilities in Urhobo land should be awarded to the Urhobo people.


EFCC Confronts Nwaoboshi Over N1.2b Corruption Allegation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-The Senator representing Delta North Constituency, Peter Nwaoboshi has been summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for obtaining a loan of N1.2billion from the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) to buy electrical equipment but he allegedly ended up diverting the facility to personal use.
The Senator who was summoned through the Clerk to the National Assembly has allegedly paid back only N150million from the loan which was given three years ago.
Apart from the loan, Nwaoboshi is being investigated for his role in a N1.580bilion contract to supply some construction equipment and trucks to the Delta State Direct Labour Agency in 2010.
It was alleged that the supplied mostly refurbished trucks instead of new ones as quoted on the contract bid.
The senator is among the 18 of the nations 109 senators who are either under investigation or trial for over N367.5billion alleged fraud by the EFCC.
Even though the Senator excused himself on the day the NEXIM board approved the facility for his company, the anti-graft agency said the deal signifies internal abuse.
An EFCC document on the matter read: The loan, which was approved for the senator when he was a member of the banks board of directors, was meant for the purchase of equipment and electrical materials but the senator allegedly diverted part of the funds to acquire properties in Lagos.
The senator is said to have been defaulting in repayment.
He has not honoured the invitation of this commission but since he has no immunity, our detectives are on his trail, an EFCC source said.
The Senator is also under probe for allegedly using one of his companies, Bilderberg Enterprises Ltd, to secure a contract from the Di...


How Israel robs Palestinians of Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel has quietly revoked the citizenship of thousands of members of its large Palestinian minority in recent years, highlighting that decades of demographic war against Palestinians are far from over.

The policy, which only recently came to light, is being implemented by Israels population registry, a department of the interior ministry. The registry has been regularly criticized for secrecy about its rules for determining residency and citizenship.

According to government data, some 2,600 Palestinian Bedouins are likely to have had their Israeli citizenship voided. Officials, however, have conceded that the figure may be much higher.

The future offspring of those stripped of citizenship are likely to suffer problems gaining citizenship too.

Human rights groups have severely criticized Israel for violating its own laws, as well as international conventions to which it is a party, in carrying out such revocations.

Sawsan Zaher, a lawyer with Adalah, a legal center for Israels Palestinian minority, told The Jerusalem Post newspaper: This policy is illegal and in contravention to international law because you cannot leave someone stateless.

Harsh treatment

Palestinian citizens, one in five of Israels population, are descended from Palestinians who survived a mass ethnic cleansing campaign waged during Israels creation in 1948.

Today, some 200,000 Bedouins live in Israel, most of them in a semi-desert area known as the Naqab (Negev).

One of the two fastest-growing groups in Israels population, the Bedouins have faced especially harsh treatment. Israel continued expelling them to Jordan, Egypt and Gaza through the 1950s and to this day tightly limits the areas in the Naqab where the Bedouins can live.

Revelations of the revocations emerged as Ayelet Shaked, the far-right justice minister, warned Israels judges to prioritize demographic concerns and maintenance of the states Jewishness over human rights. She called growing numbers of non-Jews in the state national challenges that risked turning a Jewish state into an empty symbol.

According to Adalah, Bedouins typically learn that they have been stripped of citizenship when they approach the interior ministry for routine services such as renewing an ide...


American Propagandist Warns of Russian Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After President Donald Trumps detestable performance at the United Nations General Assembly last week, the New York Times had an opportunity to counter the presidents heedless belligerence with a message of diplomacy and dialogue. What it did instead was publish an op-ed from discredited former ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Obamas unforgivable appointment and one of the principal arm-twisters that convinced an irresolute president to get behind an invasion of a sovereign state (Libya) on the basis of manufactured lies too incredulous to believe. This unrepentant jackanape had the temerity to pen an article calling on Americans to heed George Washingtons ancient warning to be constantly awake to the specter of foreign influence, a prelude to the establishment goal of outlawing foreign media and exerting a stronger grip on the information flow in the digital space.

With any Power essay, her smart media handlers make sure that her photo is always a central element of her pose. She perpetually appears in a posture of earnestness, her face displaying a kind of inveterate sadness born of too much knowledge of humanitys dark side. Her somewhat emaciated cheeks, particularly in black and white photographs, lend her the self-abnegating glow of an ascetic or religious eremite. Having absorbed the image of this saintly spirit, readers then move to her missive.

Shuttering Dissent

Power, whose presence in the UN was a carmine monument to hypocrisy, quickly summons the hysterical phantom of Russian election interference as her theme. As any good paid propagandist would do, Power tells us we can focus on the technical details of the hacking, influencing, meddling, and manipulating, but we shouldnt overlook other vile means by which foreign powers ruin our democracy by aiming falsehoods at ripe subsets of our populationand not only during elections.

Here Power reveals her multiple goals. First, she aims to shift the narrative away from the collapsing scenery of the Russian hacking allegation, since the technical facts now show that DNC emails were leaked by an insider, not hacked by a foreign agent. This is what the mainstream press has been slowly doing for months now, moving the debate from the phantom hack itself to the influence of so-called propaganda platforms funded by Russian government, namely RT and Sputnik, and several thousands bots of unknown provenance on social media. In truth, the majority of the intelligence communitys report on the hacking was forced to point fingers at R...


US-made Bomb Killed Civilians in Yemen Residential Building, Says Amnesty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

September 22, 2017 A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemens capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more including a five-year-old girl called Buthaina whose photograph went viral after the strike was made in the US, Amnesty International has said. The assessment was based on an examination of the []



    The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB yesterday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the proscription order made against it by the same court on Wednesday. IPOB made this request in a motion on notice marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/871/17 and filed at the registry of the court yesterday through its lead counsel Ifeanyi Ejiofor. Other lawyers are Maxwell Okpara, Chinwe Umeche, Habila Turshak, P.M Umegborogu and Augustine Ezeokeke. The court had on Wednesday granted an ex parte application filed and argued by the Attorney General...

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Chipolopolo cant stop Eagles, says Eguavoen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Less than three weeks to the World Cup qualifiers between Nigeria and Zambia taking place in Uyo, former Super Eagles Manager, Austin Eguavoen, has expressed confidence that the three-time African champions have all it takes to beat the Chipolopolo and secure a ticket to the Russia 2018 World Cup. The Eagles beat Chipolopolo in the opening day of the qualifying series with a 2-1 win in Ndola but the 2012 African Cup of Nations winners have not lost a match since then. They cut Nigerias lead to just three...

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Five players who can replace Echiejile in Eagles left back "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is building a squad that is developing into one of the most dangerous in Africa. The German coach has blended youth with experience, and the three time African champions are looking like a side capable of dominating on the continent for along time to come. Rohrs team is not without blemishes though; the coach has repeatedly said Eagles are not a finished article yet and one area of the team that needs immediate attention is the left back. Full-back is the single most demanding position...

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Nurturing young talents will help Nigerian basketball Udoka "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  General Manager of the 2017 Afrobasket champions Dtigress, Mfon Udoka, has stated that the discovery and development of young talent is the highway for Nigerian basketball to the world stage. The Nigeria womens national basketball team, have won the FIBA Africa womens championship only three times since its inception in 1966 and the former international said the only way to put a stop to this infrequency is by nurturing talents from the grassroots. The process starts from the young age because it is kind of too late to initiate...

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South East not marginalised El-Rufai "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FG lied over Radio Biafra, says UK govt Ohanaeze backs proscription of Biafra group   Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday debunked insinuations in some section of the country that the South-East geo-political zone was marginalised by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari. This emerged on day the United Kingdom denied receiving any request from the Federal Government to shut Radio Biafra, which was headed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. Also, the Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide, the...

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Simi: Adekunle Gold singing with my name, flattering "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After a few years of serenading her fans with great tunes including Jamb Question, Open and Close and recently, Joromi beside the EP with Falz the Bahd Guy titled Chemistry, Simi has a self-titled album, Simisola to her name. In this interview with ADEDAYO ODULAJA, the X3M Music act and producer born as Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye speaks on music, life and her career so far. Excerpts   What category is this album of yours, debut or sophomore? Its my sophomore album; I had a gospel album back in 2008. It...

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Osinbajo visits Akwa Ibom today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to visit Akwa Ibom State today to inaugurate a 350 million per annum capacity syringe factory and a metering factory in Onna Local Government Area. Also, the vice-president will inaugurate a reconstructed General Hospital in Etinan Local Government Area of the state. The inauguration of the multi-million-naira projects is part of activities marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state. The states Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, while briefing journalists on the activities marking the 30th anniversary, had hinted the syringe...

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Eze begs LMC to review assault case "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FC IfeanyiUbah defender, Stephen Eze, has pleaded with the League Management Company to review his case of assault against a referee that resulted in the league body banning him for 12 matches. The former Sunshine Stars defender said he never assaulted the referee and never mouthed any fowl words during the encounter but only complained about the decision that was against his team. Some of the Anambra Warriors players took the laws into their hands in the aftermath of their 2-1 away loss to Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja during the...

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It was a successful season for Enyimba Akas "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chima Akas has described the just concluded season as a success for Enyimba FC after helping the club to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup. The Peoples Elephant finished third on the league table as they returned to the continent. Akas who was one of the shining lights of the club said it was not easy playing away from home from the start till the end of the season and still achieved continental qualification. The target was to win the league or qualify to play in the CAF Champions League...

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I would have been a banker if not for football John Ogu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles midfielder tells CHARLES OGUNDIYA that the national team will qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they face Zambia in their last home game in the group. Excerpts:   Playing at the World Cup, what is it to you personally? It is going to be a big place for me. I think for every footballer playing in the World Cup it is something to be proud of. Playing at the World Cup and representing a country like Nigeria is a big blessing. So we just have to take...

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TMC flays CAN on FG-SUKUK bond "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An Islamic body named The Muslim Congress (TMC) has faulted the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on the issuance of Sukuk bond by the federal government. CAN had earlier claimed the move is unconditional and described the issuance as an attempt to sell Nigeria to the Arab nations. Head of the Islamic body, Dr. Luqman AbdurRaheem, in his press statement says, It is time that CAN, with its propaganda, lies and deceits, which have over the years become its trademarks be corrected in order that it does...

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Election crisis brews in Abia NULGE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Abia State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) is experiencing crisis following the alleged refusal of the members of the present executive council to conduct election after the expiration of her tenure. This is even as a group, Concerned Members Forum of NULGE (CMFN), Abia State chapter has appealed to the national body of the union to intervene. While commenting on the development, the chairman of CMFN, comrade Samuel Ejiogu, said on July 3, 2013, the present executive members of the council which included comrades...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe 'President an African Hero'
By Munyaradzi Huni

Malawian president Professor Peter Mutharika says President Mugabe's rich history makes him the only remaining hero of African nationalism.

He said he always cherished meetings with President Mugabe whom he described him as "the last man standing", adding he learns a lot from the African icon.

President Mugabe and his Malawian counterpart are in New York attending the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, which started on Tuesday.

Speaking after visiting President Mugabe at his hotel, the Malawian leader said Zimbabwe and Malawi shared a long history that will never be forgotten.

"We spoke about Malawi and Zimbabwe. The long history. You know President Mugabe is my brother. Former president of Malawi and myself, we have worked very cordially.

"Zimbabwe and Malawi are almost one country. No conflict, no dispute whatsoever. Hundred percent friendship," said Prof Mutharika.

"I would like to come to Zimbabwe and he also wants to come to Malawi. We spoke about the continued exchange of our visits in the near future," he said.

Turning to his meetings with President Mugabe, he said: "I always learn so much from him. You know he has such a rich history. He is the only remaining hero of African nationalism, the struggle for independence. He is the last man standing. He has such a rich history of Africa.

"Each time I meet him I learn so much. He gives us a perspective of where we have come from. I am always excited to meet him."

The Malawian leader has continued to disappoint the West that was hoping they could use him to strain relations between Malawi and Zimbabwe. Instead, he has spoken openly about his affection for his Zimbabwean counterpart.

After attending the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York two years go, Prof Mutharika spoke about his country's close relations with Zimbabwe.

"We have excellent relations with Zimbabwe. We have never had any problems . . . In the...


PFN, others hold debate in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in conjunction with Centre for Multi- Religious Dialogue has conducted a Christian/Muslim dialogue in Lagos. The inter-religious debate held at Decross Gospel Mission, Agege, Lagos was titled Which Way to Eternal Life? The dialogue attracted Muslims and Christian clerics who in the spirit of tolerance marshalled their points in the most peaceful way during the debate. Moderator of the debate, Pastor Nureni Alabi had earlier read the rules of engagement, urging participants to conduct themselves in the most civil way and tolerate opposing views...

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What Hurricanes Reveal About Humane and Inhumane Politics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hurricanes Expose the Real Politics in the Caribbean Misin Verdad Translated by Internationalist 360 Events must be considered from different perspectives. On the one hand, there is the reactions of nature itself to what has been consistently denounced as climate change, the result of pernicious actions of the system within the framework of the industrial...


Facing Irma in Cuba: Saldremos adelante! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights An Expert on Interventions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Misin Verdad Translation By Les Blough, Axis of Logic Via Tortilla Con Sal Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the Jordanian prince in charge of UN human rights issues, again poisons the Venezuelan situation to give a further respite to the agenda of intervention against the country. In tune with Luis Almagros troupe at the Organization of...


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Zimbabwe President Hits Out At Trump
By Munyaradzi Huni

President Mugabe has said the world is "embarrassed, if not frightened" by what appears to be a return of the biblical Goliath in reference to US President Donald Trump, whose speech at the 72nd Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly seemed to threaten other nations.

In his speech, Mr Trump threatened to obliterate North Korea and attacked Iran in a manner condemned by many delegates.

President Mugabe urged Mr Trump to blow his trumpet in a way that brings unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness and dialogue to the world.

He said all countries should respect the provisions of the UN Charter to bring peace and development to the world.

He said Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular had defeated imperialism and so "bring us whatever monster by whatever name and it will suffer the same defeat".

"Are we having the return of Goliath?" asked the President in reference to Mr Trump.

President Mugabe said each nation should build on its strength and that there should be respect for each nation's independence and sovereignty.

He also called on the US government to tackle serious issues to do with climate change saying "let's work together, climate change is real".

President Mugabe then expressed his condolences to the people of Puerto Rico and other nations devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

While urging nations that can assist to chip in with a helping hand to those affected, the President said the world at the moment "demands more, not less, solidarity".

The President said Zimbabwe supported Africa's position regarding reforms of the UN Security Council saying the process was moving too slowly.

He said this raised suspicion that those benefiting from the current set up could be derailing the discussions.

He said the current set up of the UN perpetuates a historical injustice, adding the gap between poor and rich nations continue...


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Yemenis Flaunt UAE Armored Vehicles Seized During Battle [PHOTOS] "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sanaa (GPA) Millions of Yemenis poured into the streets yesterday to celebrate the third anniversary of the September 21st Peoples Revolution. One of the highlights from yesterdays rally included parading UAE armored vehicles seized during battle.

The Saudi-backed coalition against Yemen includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as most members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and many other allied nations. This coalition enjoys significant military support from western allies such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 900 Days of War Against Yemen Has Destroyed

The Saudi-led war against Yemen has killed tens of thousands from air strikes alone. Targets typically include civilian homes, farms, factories, roads, and just about anything imaginable besides military targets.

he ongoing siege and blockade have also killed tens of thousands, however, this number is harder to track. Thousands have died due to a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak which has infected nearly 600,000 mostly women and children.

The destruction of Yemen and humanitarian disaster is not an unfortunate side effect, but rather part of the Saudis strategy as they attempt to beat Yemen into submission.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen just months after revolutionary forces took control of the capital city Sanaa. Their goal in the war is to prop up the puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Yemens resistance movement, Ansarullah, expelled Hadi from the capital on September 21st, 20014.

The photos below depict Yemens resistance parading a seized UAE armored vehicle through the streets of Sanaa as a symbol of their resilience, power, and motivation.


President of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi sits in UAE armored vehicle.



The palm oil crisis in Nigeria - and beyond "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

08 Sep 2017 | EcologistIn June, Environmental Rights Action/FOE Nigeria and representatives of the Owan and Okomu communities delivered a letter to the Governor of Edo State urging him to uphold a revocation Order on 13,750 ha of land expropriated by Okomu Plc.


Scientists develop anti-HIV superweapon that targets 99% of mutations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scientists have successfully engineered and tested antibodies that can attack 99 percent of HIV strains and prevent infection in primates. This major breakthrough could one day be used to produce a highly effective human vaccine against the virus. "These super-engineered antibodies seem to go beyond the natural and could have more applications than we have imagined to date," Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International Aids Society, was cited as saying by Silicon Republic. "As a doctor in Africa, I feel the urgency to confirm these findings in humans as soon as possible," she added.


Watch Yemeni Fighters Storm Enemy Site Beyond Saudi Border [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jizan (GPA) Fighters from Yemens Army and Popular Committees carried out an operation today on a Saudi military site beyond the border in Jizan.

Yemens resistance forces have expanded their operations beyond the Saudi border in retaliation for the Saudis ongoing airstrike campaign, invasion, and occupation of Yemen. Part of the Saudis strategy against Yemen includes flooding the country with foreign mercenaries.

The Saudi-led war against Yemen has killed tens of thousands from air strikes alone. Targets typically include civilian homes, farms, factories, roads, and just about anything imaginable besides military targets.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 900 Days of War Against Yemen Has Destroyed

The ongoing siege and blockade have also killed tens of thousands, however, this number is harder to track. Thousands have died due to a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak which has infected nearly 600,000 mostly women and children.

The destruction of Yemen and humanitarian disaster is not an unfortunate side effect, but rather part of the Saudis strategy as they attempt to beat Yemen into submission.

Yemens resistance, on the other hand, only strikes military targets such as Saudi military outposts and weapons storage facilities.

The video below released from Yemens military media center depicts fighters storming a Saudi military site in the province of Jizan.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen


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These 10+ Photos From The First-Ever Comedy Pet Photo Awards Are Amazing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Animals specifically, household pets dont just make the world a better place, they make it a funnier one, as well. This is particularly evident in the following photos, which were winners in the first-ever Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

First prize went to Nando Harmsen from The Netherlands. The image he submitted shows his horse happily and oddly skipping across a field. And, the rest in the collection are as equally hilarious. The categories included: junior, gone to the dogs, pets who look like their owners, and ancients. 

Though this was the years first competition, submissions from over 2,500 entries from at least 73 countries were received. Some photos were sent from Mexico, the Philippines, Uganda, Kazakhstan and New Zealand. Nature photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam were the brains behind the project, in addition to the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Credit: Axl Marsh/Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

Said Sullam, who is an African landscape photographer:

Although some images had been shot on smartphones most of them were sharp and well composed and, as photographers, both Paul and I were thrilled to see so much quality from entrants using non-professional photographic equipment!

Due to natural disasters and worsening humanitarian crises, the news has been anything but positive lately. While it is intelligent to stay informed of current events, it is also necessary to be reminded of the humor and good which exists in this world. Hopefully, this series inspires more smiles in a time of global discomfort.

Scroll through some of the 2017 finalists and prepare to chortle from laughing so hard:


Friday, 22 September


Trump to roll back some limits on drone strikes and raids "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Trump administration is set to roll back various limits on drone strikes and commando raids put in place under former President Barack Obama, The New York Times reported Thursday. Under the policy, strikes would be expanded to include "foot-soldier jihadists" who do not necessarily have leadership roles, instead of allowing strikes only if militants are considered a "continuing and imminent threat" to U.S. citizens. The proposed strikes would also no longer have to go through high-level vetting, according to the Times. The rollbacks would apply to commando raids and drone strikes outside of conventional battlefields, and would affect missions in countries where the U.S. has not targeted active Islamic militants, as well as countries such as Yemen, Libya and Somalia, where the U.S. are taken aim at militants, according to the report. The proposal, which has taken shape over the past few months, will leader an intensified fight against terror organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and al Qaeda. The proposal is likely to enrage human rights groups advocating for increased limits and bans on drone strikes to avoid civilian casualties. However, the Trump administration will keep the requirement that there needs to be "near certainty" that no civilians will be killed during an attack.


UN Headquarters: Over 50 countries sign treaty to ban nuclear weapons, US vows never to be part of it "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 50 countries, with Brazil and South Africa among them, signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at a signature ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Brazil's President Michel Temer was the first to put his signature under the document. The high-level signature ceremony was attended by several heads of state and government along with dozens of foreign ministers, including Austrian, Irish and Cuban ones. Guyana, the Vatican and Thailand are expected to provide signed advance copies of the ratification instruments later in the day. On September 20, the draft treaty banning nuclear weapons was open for signing. The document is due to come into force 90 days later after 50 countries have ratified it. Under the treaty, the parties will be obliged never and under no circumstances to develop, produce, or stockpile nuclear weapons as well as to use or threaten to use them. It compels non-nuclear signatory states not to deploy third nations' nuclear weapons in their territories. The treaty was approved on July 7 at the talks that major nuclear powers (Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and France) skipped. Two hours later after the document had been passed, the UK, US and France released a joint statement vowing they would never become party to the treaty. Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow would not ratify the nuclear weapons ban treaty as it runs counter to the country's national interests.



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World Food Programme chief says Gulf must 'step up' Yemen aid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


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Bashir Visit Highlights Abuses in Darfur "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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UN General Assembly: Cuba Will Never Accept Any Preconditions or Impositions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Non-aligned Countries Unify Against Unilateral Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The 120 nations that make up the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strengthen their ties to face the unilateral sanctions and other actions promoted by imperial agents to bend initiatives that stimulate a multipolar scenario, said the head of the Presidential Commission to the Non-Aligned Movement, Samuel Moncada in New York, USA on Wednesday. In statements aired...


Why is the USA in Afghanistan? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Caleb Maupin Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USAs longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the countrys mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is...

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