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Wednesday, 22 November

22:28

Slow-Motion Coup in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Slow-Motion Coup in Zimbabwe | zimbabwe-military | Special Interests World News

[image: AP]

So far its bloodless. ZANU-PF party head Robert Mugabe led the country since 1980 after gaining independence from Britain, first as prime minister, mostly as president.

An end of an era in the African state approaches. On November 14, Zimbabwes military took control of the countrys state-run ZBC television, Mugabe placed under house arrest.

On Sunday, he was dismissed as party leader. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabes sacked vice president, replaced him, an announcement saying:

President Robert Mugabe be and hereby is recalled as first secretary and president of the ZANU-PF party. He is therefore asked to resign forthwith.

In the event that the resignation would not have been tendered by midday 20th of November, 2017, the ZANU-PF chief whip was ordered to issue proceedings for the removal of the president in terms of Section 97 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20.

The announcement followed an emergency meeting of party officials, a statement saying (h)e has been expelled (along with two of his ministers and deputy president). Mnangagwa is our new leader 2018 elections to choose a permanent Mugabe successor.

Mugabes wife Grace, his choice to replace him one day, was also expelled. Mugabe little time left to step down or be removed by impeachment or something more sinister.

Hes aged-93, reportedly in poor health. Fast-moving events on Sunday came after thousands rallied in Harare, the nations capital, calling for him to step down, an orchestrated demonstration against him.

On Sunday, he met with Zimbabwe military chief Constantino Chiwenga, their second meeting since placed under house arrest last Wednesday. Reportedly, he demands immunity as a condition for leaving office voluntarily.

Days earlier, ruling party officials announced a bloodless transition of power was und...

21:41

The Faces Of Yemen Where Is American Outrage? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Brandon Turbeville for Information Clearing House - The calculations were made before Saudi Arabia tightened an already severe blockade on rebel-held parts of the country in response to a missile fired from rebel territory towards Riyadh airport. The blockade has closed the port of Hodeidah, a key entry point for food, and the airport in the capital Sanaa, where humanitarian flights have been landing to deliver aid and medicine. Mr Kirolos warned that unless the blockade is lifted immediately more children will die. Food shortages in Yemen have filled overcrowded hospitals with malnourished children, their skin often loose from hunger and with ribs jutting out. Malnourished children are especially vulnerable to death as a result of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. But while the mainstream Western press only mentions the Yemeni crisis in isolated articles, absent are the images of the Yemeni people who are being bombed, shot, tortured, starved and otherwise suffering from malnutrition and other war-related illnesses. There is no American outrage over the dying children in Yemen because Americans are not being told by their televisions, politicians, and entertainers to be outraged about the children in Yemen. There are no calls to enact revenge on the perpetrators of the violence in Yemen (mainly because the perpetrators are Americans and American allies). Yemenis are not even worthy of Americas thoughts and prayers or I Stand With Yemen hashtags and profiles.

21:30

Making Sense of the Middle East James Corbett on Declare Your Independence (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Making Sense of the Middle East James Corbett on Declare Your Independence Video Corbett Report So what was the Saudi purge about, exactly? And what does Yemen have to do with this? And how about the South Pars...

The post Making Sense of the Middle East James Corbett on Declare Your Independence (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:23

Stop Obama- And Trump-Supported War On People Of Yemen! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Staff of the Black Alliance for Peace - Barack Obamas administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. Back then, this war could not have been launched and executed without direct support from the U.S. military. That remains the case to this day. The United States provided intelligence sharing and targeting, air-to-air refueling, logistics support, while participating in the naval blockade and selling billions of dollars in weapons. We in the Black Alliance for Peace call on the people of the United States to demand an end to all military support to the murderous Saudi dictatorship. We demand that the blockade be lifted, and humanitarian aid be provided. We demand that the United Nations Security Council move to resolve the war in Yemen by calling for an immediate cessation of military actions, followed by a diplomatic resolution of the governmental crisis in that country. We call on the U.S. Congress to launch an immediate investigation into the Saudis possibly violating U.S. law by using U.S. arms to commit crimes against humanity.

21:08

Metal Toxicity: Health Dangers of Nickel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Metal Toxicity: Health Dangers of Nickel | nickel | General Health Special Interests Toxins

Nickel is a metal, commonly used to make coins, magnets, jewelry, stainless steel, electronics, and components of industrial machines. Most people are familiar with the attractive mirror-finish that can be achieved by nickel plating. However, despite the beautiful appearance, nickel exposure, especially in industrial and occupational settings, can present significant health hazards.

Effects of Nickel Exposure

Nickel is one of many carcinogenic metals known to be an environmental and occupational pollutant. The New York University School of Medicine warns that chronic exposure has been connected with increased risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological deficits, developmental deficits in childhood, and high blood pressure. [1]

Nickel exposure introduces free radicals which lead to oxidative damage and may also affect the kidneys and liver. [2] In 2012, Egypts Ministry of Agriculture administered liver function tests to 25 nickel-plating workers. Results showed they overwhelmingly suffered from compromised liver function. [3]

Researchers at Dominican University of California have linked nickel exposure to breast cancer. How? Well, nickel is believed to bind to estrogen receptors and mimic the actions of estrogen. It is well established that lifetime estrogen exposure is a breast cancer risk factor, and, unfortunately, even this imposter estrogen contributes to the risk. [4]

Additionally, nickel has been identified as a toxin that severely damages reproductive health...

20:31

Zimbabwe Witnessing An Elite Transition As Economic Meltdown Looms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Patrick Bond for Counter Punch - In Harare, Bulawayo and smaller Zimbabwean cities, hundreds of thousands of citizens joyfully took to the streets on Saturday, November 18, approving a Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) military semi-coup that resolves a long-simmering faction fight within the ruling party and ends the extraordinary career of Robert Mugabe at the age of 93. Initially refusing to resign, his rambling speech the following evening revealed a man either out of touch with reality, or attempting to compel from his enemies a full-fledged coup, or as CNN speculated delaying to ensure legal immunity and protection of his property from confiscation. Still, he faces a parliamentary impeachment process on November 21. After more than 37 years in power in the Southern African country he led to liberation in 1980, Mugabe is being replaced by his long-standing Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) comrade, Emmerson Mnangagwa (aged 75). On Sunday at Zanu-PFs emergency central committee meeting, Mnangagwa was made president. To ease his departure, Mugabe might be offered exile in South Africa where his family and cronies also possess abundant luxury real estate, such as a seaside mansion near Durbans airport. But concerns immediately arise that celebration of the coup and at least momentary popular adoration of the army will relegitimise Mnangagwas brutal Zanu-PF network and thus slow a more durable transition to democracy and economic justice.

20:18

The voice missing from the elephant trophy debate? Africans. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Washington Post

An African elephant in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rosie Cooney November 21 at 2:29 PM

Rosie Cooney is chair of the International Union for Conservation of Natures Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. Her views are her own.

The answers for conserving the Earths wild creatures seem easy from the office chairs of the affluent west. Ban trophy hunting! Hunt down the poachers! More tourism!

But the social media campaigns and President Trumps flip-flopping on Twitter over the past few days on U.S. elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia highlight the deficiencies of this model of decision-making. We need a lot less shouting and lot more listening and to different voices.

How can we help secure a future for wildlife? We know what the animal lovers and celebrities will say. We know what the hunting organizations will say. Weve heard these voices before, loud and clear, with the same simple answers. But what might the people and government of Zimbabwe say (if they could look away from...

20:11

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition to reopen Hodeidah port, Sanaa airport for aid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

File: A cargo ship moored at Yemens rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. (AFP)
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DUBAI: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow aid access through the port of Hodeidah and UN flights to Sanaa airport.
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The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen earlier this month following the interception of a missile fired toward the Saudi capital.
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It said it had to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran, seen by Riyadh as the movements main backers.
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The port of Hodeidah will be reopened to receive food aid and humanitarian relief, and Sanaa airport will be open for UN flights with humanitarian relief, a statement from carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA said.
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It added the decision would take effect from Nov. 23.
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The coalition allowed the resumption of international commercial flights and opened Aden port last week, but it said the main aid route into the country (Hodeidah) would stay closed until it was satisfied its Houthi opponents could not use it to bring in weapons.
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The Houthis, drawn mainly from Yemens Zaidi minority and allied to long-serving former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, control much of the country including the capital Sanaa.
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Saudi Arabia and its allies have been waging war against them on behalf of the government of President...

19:55

Exporting American values: Why is the US facilitating Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It's remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us "how things got so bad" explains to us that, "it's a complicated story" involving "warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe." No, Washington Post, it's simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the "Arab Spring" which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015's unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadh's preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage. We are told that US foreign policy should reflect American values. So how can Washington support Saudi Arabia - a tyrannical state with one of the worst human rights record on earth - as it commits by what any measure is a genocide against the Yemeni people? The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims." The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen. And why is there a cholera epidemic? Because the Saudi government - with US support - has blocked every port of entry to prevent critical medicine from reaching suffering Yemenis. This is not a war. It is cruel murder.

19:23

Televangelist accused of human trafficking, rape "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Televangelists: God Says We Need Another Private Jet!

16 January 2016

Theres an insane phenomenon called prosperity gospel where preachers tell their audiences to send them tons of money so they can live lives of luxury/private jets. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down.

If youve ever wondered why some Christian preachers must hopscotch the globe in fancy private jets, its in part so that they dont have to get on commercial planes with the demon common folk.

Preachers from the so-called prosperity gospel movement, Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, tried to explain their controversial need for their followers to give up their hard-earned dollars so they can fly in luxury in an interview posted Wednesday.

Copeland then pointed out he could scratch my flying itch by riding around in his single-engine, open-cockpit plane.

But were in soul business here, he said. We got a dying world around us. We got a dying nation around us. And we cant even get there on an airline.

Read more here.

From eNCA in South Africa:

Two women held for...

19:17

China is exporting authoritarianism globally, and the West is losing the old tools to stop it "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Xi Jinpings recent speech was of vast importance to the future of world power  CREDIT: ANDY WONG/AFP

By William Hague
The Telegraph
20 NOVEMBER 2017 9:30PM

In Zimbabwe and beyond, our best hope is to reform our own politics to set an example worth following

One of the minor successes of my time as Foreign Secretary was that I managed never to meet Robert Mugabe, despite having to sit only feet away from him at the UN General Assembly. A predecessor, Jack Straw, was severely embarrassed after shaking his hand and was reduced to the much-derided excuse that it had happened in a darkened room.

Since I was required to meet many of the worlds despotic, power-crazed autocrats, giving Mugabe a miss was a relief. He has demonstrated once again the truth that while the power of government to do good is limited, its ability to cause harm is infinite, bringing poverty and hyper-inflation to a country rich in natural resources and human talent.

A predecessor, Jack Straw, was severely embarrassed after shaking his hand and was reduced to the much-derided excuse that it had happened in a darkened room.

Since I was required to meet many of the worlds despotic, power-crazed autocrats, giving Mugabe a miss was a relief.

He demonstrated once again the truth that while the power of government to do good is limited, its ability to cause harm is infinite, bringing poverty and hyper-inflation to a country rich in natural resources and human talent.

READ MORE:
Resignation of Zimbabwe....

19:06

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Qatar's representative said the UAE had used "provable fabrications, and rhetoric not befitting of this House"

19:01

Best Treatment for Depression: Eating Cashews Will Treat Depression More Effectively Than Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cashew nuts are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and they offer a myriad of health benefits!

These nuts grow in hot and humid climates, so the biggest cashew producers in the world include Brazil, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Mozambique.

Yet, note that sometimes, cashew nuts might cause allergies in both, children and adults, just like peanuts.

These are their most important health benefits:

Rich in important nutrients-Cashew nuts are full of essential nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper, selenium, and iron. A handful of these nuts a day provides the needed amount of minerals.

Selenium is an important micronutrient which acts as a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxides, one of the strongest antioxidants. Also, zinc regulates digestion, DNA synthesis, and gonadal function.

High in calories- Cashews are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals, and 50 grams of cashews have 275 calories.

Rich in essential vitamins- 100 grams of cashews provide even 30% of the daily recommended level of B6 which lowers the risk of sideroblastic anemia and homocystinuria.

The vitamins in cashews are essential for the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbs on a cellular level, and Niacin prevents dermatitis or pellagra.

Contains zeaxanthin- This pigment is selectively absorbed inside the retinal macula in the eyes and has potent antioxidant and protective UV ray filtering properties. Therefore, it prevents age-related macular degeneration.

Can treat depression- Cashews are high in tryptophan, an amino acid we consume through food, and is important for our sleep quality, the development and growth of children, mood, behavior, and treats anxiety, depression, and manages stress.

Studies have shown that a handful of cashews is as effective as prescription antidepressants, but does not cause the side effects.

Support heart health- the oleic and palmitoleic acids in cashews support cardiovascular health, as they reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol.

Source:...

18:30

Another Big Anomaly Stretching from Africa Toward Antarctica (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Another Big Anomaly Stretching from Africa Toward Antarctica Video DAHBOO We have another anomaly. This time it stretches from the western edge of Africa and down toward Antarctica. Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war,...

The post Another Big Anomaly Stretching from Africa Toward Antarctica (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

18:30

Heroism and Horror in the Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There was nothing like "every man for himself" here. Even 5-year-old kids were helping any way they could. I dont know how to explain it. The horrifying conditions in Libya have developed a strong sense of community among the people.

17:19

France demands emergency UN meeting on treatment of migrants in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Paris threatened to impose sanctions on Libya if it failed to address "slave markets" inside the country

17:10

The Hidden Story Of Whats Really Happening In Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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16:41

What is Behind the Military Coup in Zimbabwe? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Photo Credit: Daily Star

Long-roiling factional conflict within Zimbabwes ruling ZANU-PF political party exploded last week in a military coup that quickly seized control of the government and state media. The coup was led by Commander of Zimbabwe Defense Forces Constantino Chiwenga, who is closely aligned with former vice president Constantino Chiwenga.

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Emboldened by President Robert Mugabes declining mental sharpness and physical health in recent years, Mnangagwa actively maneuvered to ensure that he would succeed the president. Mnangagwa served as one of Zimbabwes two vice presidents. From that position, he and his supporters, known as Team Lacoste, became embroiled in a bitter struggle with younger party members who coalesced around Secretary of Womens Affairs Grace Mugabe, wife of the president, and whose group was known as Generation 40, or G40.

As early as 2015, Mnangagwa began reaching out to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to discuss plans to implement a five-year transition government, in which both men would play a leading role. The unity government would compensate and reintegrate dispossessed former owners of large-scale farms. Reuters obtained hundreds of internal documents from Zimbabwes Central Intelligence Organization that revealed the plan. Key aspects of the transition planning described in the documents were corroborated by interviews with political, diplomatic and intelligence sources in Zimbabwe and South Africa, reports Reuters. The same sources left open the possibility that the government could be unelected. In one report, it was said that Mugabe feared that Mnangagwa would attempt to reverse land reform.1

According to the documents, senior military officials met with Tsvangirai, many of whom were saying it is better to clandestinely rally behind Tsvangirai for a change. Security officials also secretly met with Mnangagwa to discuss Mugabe. They all agree that Mugabe...

16:26

Economic warfare: Washington imposes 'massive' anti-dumping duties on Russian steel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US Commerce Department has concluded that carbon and alloy steel wire rod from Russia, Belarus, and the United Arab Emirates has been dumped on the US market at unfair prices. Russian steel faces the highest tariff of 756.93 percent. "The United States is dedicated to free, fair, and reciprocal trade with these countries, and this case was decided strictly on a full and fair assessment of the facts. The DoC is committed to protecting US companies being hurt by foreign manufacturers that refuse to play fair," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, commenting on the final results of an anti-dumping probe this year. According to the department, exporting companies from Russia, Belarus, and the UAE have been selling at dumping margins of up to 756.93 percent.

16:18

British taxpayers money to Bill Gates substandard African schools "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Profiting from the Poor: the case of Bridge International Academies in Kenya

8 November 2016

Pupils are not really learning and teachers are not really teaching at Bridge International Academies in Kenya. Still, many families sacrifice large sums of their budget, which go into the low cost education provided by this chain. But what lies behind the green walls of these schools? Should parents trust them, pupils put their future into their hands and international donors contribute to the success of a chain that is not up to standards when it comes to offering quality education for all? This video will be eye-opening for many.

Bridge runs more than 400 nurseries and primary schools across Africa. It started its expansion after opening its first school in a slum in 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya, where it currently operates 359 academies throughout catering to 102,644 students with over 4255 academy staff.

Bridge is financially supported by the likes of Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and education conglomerate Pearson Ltd. It is also supported by the World Bank and DfID-UK.

Bridges business model, which includes fee charging schools run by unqualified teachers delivering a scripted standardised curriculum, has faced heavy criticism. The Ugandan branch of Bridge has recently come under scrutiny for offering an education well below the national standards, which prompted the order by the Ugandan Education Ministry to close the schools in October 2016. Also attracting significant criticism is the Liberian governments announcement to outsource its primary schools to Bridge.

The company has plans to dramatically increase the scale and scope of its operations to deliver education services to over 10 million...

16:11

Amnesty International Pledges to Take on Israeli Apartheid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In an unprecedented development, Amnesty International has pledged to consider whether the Israeli government is committing the crime of apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

This marks the first time that the global rights NGO has said it will investigate Israeli practices specifically with regards to whether they meet the international definition of apartheid.

The statement came as Amnesty today published a new report in which the group charges Myanmar with practicing apartheid in Rakhine State, describing an institutionalized system of segregation and discrimination of Muslim communities.

For the Rohingya, Amnesty concluded, this system is so severe and extensive that it amounts to a widespread and systemic attack on a civilian populationclearly linked to their ethnic (or racial) identity. It thus legally constitutes apartheid, a crime against humanity under international law.

The report details a number of ways in which the Myanmar authorities have imposed state-sponsored segregation and discrimination on the Rohingya, including violence, denial of citizenship, travel restrictions and other forms of social, political and economic exclusion.

Caged Without a Roof: Apartheid in Myanmars Rakhine State unpacks the international law basis for its headline claim of apartheid, beginning with reference to the definition of crimes against humanity in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court which includes apartheid.

Noting how the term apartheid originated with a political system imposed by South Africas nationalist leaders between 1945 and 1994, the Amnesty report describes how, as a result of condemnation of this system, apartheid is expressly prohibited in international law.

Practices of apartheid are listed as grave breaches of international humanitarian law and war crimes in Article 85(4)(c) of Geneva Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts, adopted 1977.

In addition, three international treaties prohibit or explicitly criminalize apartheid, making it clear that the international community intended not only to condemn and criminalize apartheid as practiced in southern Africa but wherever it might be replicated (my emphasis).

The reports legal case vis--vis apartheid is strikingly similar to the argument that Israel too is committing such a crime, as defined in the Apartheid Convention and Rome Statute. Going forward, therefore, might Amnesty describe Israeli policies towards the Palestinians in such t...

16:09

U.S.drops over 3500 bombs on Afghanistan in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The U.S. military is set to triple the amount of bombs it has dropped in Afghanistan this year under the Trump administration compared with last year, according to new figures. So far this year the U.S. air force has dropped 3,554 bombs in Afghanistan against the Taliban as of October 31. This is almost three times the 1,337 it dropped in 2016 and almost four times the 2015 figure: 947. The increase is consistent with the new strategy that Trump announced in August that would see the presence of U.S. soldiers expanded. Strikes have also reached higher levels than previous years in other arenas that the military is operating. Since the beginning of 2017, the U.S. military has conducted 28 drone strikes against radical Islamists in Somalia. More than half of those-15 strikes-have been conducted since the beginning of September. The U.S. Africa Command conducted a total of 15 strikes in the whole of 2016. The U.S. military under Trump has already killed more civilians in the campaign against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) than under his predecessor Barack Obama. In Afghanistan, like in Somalia, Trump has given his commanders greater authority to strike targets, such as drug labs used by the Taliban for its lucrative opium production.

15:22

The Ongoing Agony of the Obama-Trump War on the People of Yemen! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Ajamu Baraka, November 21, 2017

From The Dissident Voice

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation.

Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam

Yemen, the poorest Arab nation on Earth, is the victim of a savage, illegal war waged by the Saudi Arabian monarchy.  Armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated weapons in the world manufactured and supplied by the merchants of death in the United States, the Saudis are providing another grotesque example of what happens when a powerful nation with modern weapons is unrestrained by law and basic human decency.

Flying hundreds of sorties and targeting the civilian infrastructurewater and sanitation plants, the electrical grid, agricultural fields, food storage facilities, hospitals, roads, schools the result is over 20 million people, or 70 percent of the population,  are now dependent on food imports; 7 million of them are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid to survive. Conservative reports put the number of dead from the Saudis barbaric air war since March 2015 at over 11,000, with the vast majority being innocent civilians. Meanwhile, untold millions have been displaced.

All of the above acts against the Yemenis are war crimes.

But the trauma and devastation of the people doesnt end here.

For the last two weeks, the gangster family running the Saudi state has imposed a murderous air, sea and land blockade preventing vital aid to those millions now dependent on it for their basic survival.

However, the Saudis are not the only ones implicated in this unfolding international crime. Like most of the egregious, international human-rights crimes of the late 20th and 21st centuries, the U.S. state is once again complicit.

The fact is the Obama administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. This is a war that could not then or today have been launched and executed without direct support from...

15:11

Global Decay: 26-nation survey reveals a very nervous world "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The planet is nervous these days, according to a massive new survey titled "What Worries the World," conducted among 21,044 citizens in 26 nations by IPSOS Public Affairs. In a majority of these nations - 19 of them, including the U.S. and its European allies - people say their own country is "on the wrong track." Only seven of the nations had a positive assessment. "China, India and Saudi Arabia remain as the top three countries most positive about their nation's direction of travel. 92 percent in China think their country is going in the right direction, along with 74 percent in India and 72 percent in Saudi Arabia," the poll analysis said. "At the other end of the spectrum - South Africa is the most anxious. Only 8 percent think their country is going in the right direction, followed by 15 percent in Italy and 16 percent in Brazil." Among Americans, 59 percent say the U.S. is on the wrong track, with strikingly similar negative findings from respondents in Australia, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Japan and Germany. Things are even more dire in Spain, where three-quarters say things are out of kilter, along with Mexico (73 percent), Britain (72 percent) and France (71 percent).

14:44

Somalilands Fading Chance for Recognition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

When Somaliland went to the polls last week, the self-declared state had more at stake than a transfer of power. The vote, if conducted in a peaceful and orderly way, would have been a chance for the self-declared state to make a compelling bid for international recognition. While the polls themselves occurred without major hiccups, violence erupted afterwards, when the Wadani opposition party to the ruling Kulmiye party claimed serious polling irregularities. In the ensuing chaos, seven people were killed amid outgoing President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyos pleas for all sides to show restraint.

The recent developments are an unexpected tragedy for a would-be country known for its relative stability since it declared independence from Somalia in 1991. For seasoned observers, it wasnt surprising that in the electoral run-up, the authorities seemed committed to get things right. Unlike neighboring Kenya, whose electoral process was flawed from the very beginning, the Somaliland government sought to avoid such attacks by using biometric voter registration in a bid to ensure the legitimacy of the vote. Whats more, outgoing President Silanyo banned government staff from using state funds for campaigning, and urged state media to provide equal coverage of all candidates. The nominees also participated in a presidential debate that was live-streamed from the capital, leading international observers to brand the process a success.

However, all these accomplishments are now on the verge of being undone. The accusations of vote-rigging levied against Kulmiye by Wadani party candidate Abdiraham Irro are threatening to throw Somaliland into political disarray. Not only is this undermining the states claim to legitimacy and recognition, it also has potentially far-reaching consequences. Without international recognition, Somaliland will face difficulties gaining international assistance to achieve a lasting peace accord with Somalia. Strategically located at the Gulf of Aden, Somaliland is crucial for achieving greater stability and security in the region.

Along with the allegations, Wadani offici...

14:30

Lebanons Hariri tells supporters Im staying with you "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

AFP | Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri greets cheering supporters outside his home in Beirut on November 22, 2017 after announcing he had agreed to put his shock resignation on hold

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, back in Beirut after a mysterious odyssey that saw him announce his resignation in Saudi Arabia, told cheering supporters on Wednesday that he was staying.Im staying with you were continuing together, to be the first line of defence for Lebanon and its stability, Hariri, looking buoyed and combative, told a large crowd gathered in front of his home.

Youre teaching the world loyalty, thank you, thank you, thank you, he said, wearing a dark blue sports jacket as he addressed hundreds of supporters waving flags with the colours of his Future Movement.

He flew in late Tuesday after spending around two weeks in Saudi Arabia in yet to be clarified circumstances and making stops in France, Egypt and Cyprus on his way back.

Lebanons politicians, including some of his staunch adversaries, were uncharacteristically united in calling for his return.

He told reporters earlier Wednesday that President Michel Aoun had asked him to put his resignation on hold pending further consultations and that he had agreed to do so.


14:18

Netanyahu cites "three stage plan" to deport 40,000 African asylum seekers 'without their consent' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel will begin deporting 20,000 African asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea and the Sudan, to an unnamed third-party country "without their consent," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday in a cabinet meeting. According to Israeli media the refugees will be sent to Rwanda, in return for which Israel will pay the African nation $5,000 per head. Using the term "infiltrators" to refer to Africans who crossed into Israel through the Sinai, Netanyahu said he had reached "stage three" of a plan to remove all asylum seekers. "Regarding infiltrators, we will discuss one of the aspects of this topic at the cabinet meeting," Netanyahu said. "Our policy towards infiltrators is three staged: Stage one is halting. We built a fence and enacted laws that completely blocked the flow of infiltrators and today we have zero infiltrators. Second stage is removal. We removed approximately 20,000 out of the existing infiltrators using various measures. Stage three is increased removal."

13:15

Corbyn demands May Government act to end suffering of Yemeni people "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has today (Monday) written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding her Government acts to end the conflict in Yemen. The letter follows repeated reports from the United Nations (UN) and other agencies about the scale of the "devastation and destruction in Yemen", with millions of Yemenis at risk of death as aid cannot be delivered. Jeremy Corbyn argues that the "UK has a crucial role to play" and calls for the UK to end support for the Saudi-led coalition's conduct in this war. He urges the Government to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and call for an immediate ceasefire through the UN to enable the negotiation of a long-term political peace.

12:30

Scores Injured As Police Attached To Delta Govt House Clash With Protesting Students "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 22N (URHOBOTODAY)-Report reaching Urhobotoday.com has revealed that scores of people were injured as Police officers attached to Government House Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday clashed with protesting students as the premises of Delta State Government House.
Urhobotoday correspondent revealed that police threw caution into dustbin by throwng tear gas indiscriminately at the protesting students in attempt to disperse the student who were reported to be on peaceful protest match.
In the course of police action, Urhobotoday.com source disclosed that several protesters were alleged have been injured in the ensuing commotion.
Our source equally disclosed that vehicles were also damage in the ensuing confrontation.
The source said some of the protesters were arrested and detained by Anti-Terrorism Police Squad attached to the Governor.
Details Later

12:09

US: Soros-tied donor network to ramp up efforts to elect left-wing prosecutors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Soros has poured millions into DA races The Democracy Alliance, a secretive left-wing dark money donor network whose members each direct hundreds of thousands in funding to progressive groups, is set to ramp up efforts to elect far-left prosecutors across the nation, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The documents, which were gathered from the Democracy Alliance's three-day fall investment conference last week at the posh La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., show that electing ultra-progressive prosecutors in cities across the country is of high importance to the deep-pocketed donors as part of their "resistance" efforts and 2018 strategy. Closed events were held at the summit on issues ranging from using the state of California as a progressive template to expand elsewhere, to the "importance of prosecutor races." "Progressive prosecutors are winning -- from Florida to Pennsylvania, Texas to Illinois," a flyer for a session reads. "Bold reform candidates have been propelled by movement players and driven record voter turnout of African Americans, Latinos and Millennials -- and are shifting the political narrative." Liberal billionaire George Soros, a co-founder of the Democracy Alliance, was listed as a host for the event, which shared an "early peek at more than 30 hot races" that overlap in key 2018 battlegrounds.

12:05

Warri: Fire Guts Ogbe-Ijoh Market Again "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-Popular Ogbe-Ijoh market, located in Warri, Delta State commercial nerve centre notorious for annual disaster is up in flames again..
It was gathered that wide fire gutted the market early hours of Wednesday.
The fire, an eyewitness said started from a small portion of the market and spread to other stalls.
The source blame the inferno on electrical surge.
Our correspondent could not verify independently what led to the fire outbreak as at press time.
Unconfirmed report however says soldiers deployed to the scene had prevented people from rescuing their wears following report that hoodlums are capitalising on the situation to loot.
The market has notoriety for yearly fire outbreak.
It would be recalled that Nigerian Tribune had reported some time ago that stores in the market harbour illegal refined petroleum products which are ferried in plastic kegs from the creeks.

12:02

Muslim Brotherhood-backed party submits legal complaint over Egypt executions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

The Freedom and Justice Party is appealing to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights over 'flaws' in the judicial process

12:01

Free Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab now "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Bahraini faces 15 years in prison for tweeting about Yemen war

8 August 2017

The co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Nabeel Rajab, is facing up to 15 years in prison for tweeting about the war in Yemen, with charges including spreading false rumours in a time of war.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Campaigners call for release of Bahraini prisoner of conscience

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

HUMAN rights campaigners gathered outside the Bahrain embassy in London yesterday calling for the release of a man jailed for criticising the regime on Twitter and an end to reprisal attacks.

Nabeel Rajab faces 15 years in prison for exposing torture in Bahrains Jau jail where he is already serving a two-year sentence for spreading fake news after giving interviews to journalists.

Mr Rajabs offences also include tweets he sent criticising the devastating war in Yemen waged by the Saudi-led coalition. At least seven million people are on the brink of famine in the war-torn country t...

11:56

Facebook still lets ads discriminate against Jews and other minorities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 November 22, 2017, 9:57 am
A year after site said it would stop prejudicial advertising, landlords are still able to exclude certain people from seeing rental ads

Facebook

Facebook

 A year after Facebook vowed to stamp out discriminatory advertising, landlords can still exclude specific races, minorities and other categories of people from seeing rental ads on the social media site.

ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads last week and had no issue filtering out Jews, African-Americans, Spanish speakers and many more groups from viewing them, the news site reported Tuesday.

One ad excluded Facebook users with interests such as Judaism, Hasidic Judaism, Orthodox Judaism and Reform Judaism.

This was a failure in our enforcement and were disappointed that we fell short of our commitments, Ami Vora, Facebooks vice president of product management, said in a statement to ProPublica. The rental housing ads purchased by ProPublica should have but did not trigger the extra review and certifications we put in place due to a technical failure.

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to publish housing advertisements that indicate any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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11:46

Kim Jong-un says North Koreas economy expanding despite sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The course for simultaneous development of the economy and the nuclear program was correct, and the economy of North Korea is showing growth this year, said the countrys leader Kim Jong-un.

The current situation proves that our party chose the right path by developing the economy and nuclear power simultaneously In spite of the brutal sanctions of the United States and its satellites, the national economy has expanded, the Korean Central News Agency quotes the leader.

Kim Jong-un said it is necessary for North Korea to strengthen self-reliance to prevent a nuclear war and hinder the heinous intrigues of sanctions.

According to Kim, atomic weapons allow people to enjoy a happy life under a blue sky, preventing nuclear war.

They are necessary to protect against the long-term nuclear threat of US imperialism, he added.

The course for simultaneous development of the economy and nuclear program was chosen by Pyongyang in May 2016.

In July, Bloomberg reported the economy of North Korea grew by an estimated 3.9 percent in 2016, to about $28.5 billion, the fastest pace in 17 years.

Wages have grown quickly, and GDP per capita can now be compared with Rwanda, an African economic rival, the media reported quoting data from the Bank of Korea.

The governments investment in weapons of mass destruction is spurring economic growth in the isolated country. Annual per capita income is about 4.5 percent that of South Koreas and was estimated at 1.46 million won ($1,300).

Another reason for the GDP expansion are reports that Pyongyang is abandoning the old socialist economic model, and by some assessments, the private sector now accounts for up to half of the countrys GDP.

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11:33

UK dangerously complicit in Saudi war on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A former Tory cabinet minister has said that the UK is being dangerously complicit in the Saudi war on Yemen that is directly promoting a famine and the collective punishment of an entire population.

The former international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, said on Tuesday that Britain is involved in a conflict thats doomed to strategic failure.

He also warned of a humanitarian catastrophe the likes of which we have not seen in decades.

On November 6, Saudi Arabia announced that it was shutting down Yemens air, sea, and land borders, after Yemeni fighters targeted an international airport near the Saudi capital with a cruise missile.

London has been resisting international calls to stop aiding Saudi war crimes in Yemen, amid overwhelming evidence that British weapons and intelligence are being used to target Yemeni civilians.

A report published by The Guardian in May showed that the UK was selling record quantities of arms to countries the Foreign Office listed as having poor human rights records, including but not limited to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Burundi and the Maldives.

 

Mitchell also warned that a 15-day Saudi-imposed blockade was endangering tens of thousands of lives.

The United Nations made a plea for the Saudi war machine to remove its blockade, warning that without aid shipments untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die and that its partial lifting was not enough.

Read more: 

The position is very precarious. One of the aid shipments contains medicine to combat the cholera outbreak, and t...

11:04

Hariri Back In Beirut, Withdraws Resignation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

[Hariri says postpones resignation upon Aouns request]

Hariri back in Beirut to tackle political crisis

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Beirut late Tuesday night, 17 days after he announced his shock resignation from Riyadh where his stay had raised fears over his freedom of movement and the countrys stability. Upon arriving at Beirut airport shortly before midnight, Hariri was received by a number of security officers before he headed in a convoy to the tomb of his late father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, on Martyrs Square in central Beirut where he paid his respects on the eve of Lebanons Independence Day.

I tell the Lebanese Thank You, MTV quoted Hariri as saying.

The prime minister had flown from Paris via Egypt and Cyprus, where he held talks centering on maintaining stability in Leb...

10:56

US Kills 100 Terrorists in One Airstrike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An American fighter jet. (Photo: www.airforce.com)An American fighter jet. (Photo: www.airforce.com)

The United States air force killed more than 100 terrorists in a manned air strike on Sunday in Somalia. The terrorists belonged to the al-Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab. The strike was followed up with an attack by Somali ground troops, according to the local news agency SONNA.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the government of Somalia and impose a theocratic state ruled according to their interpretation of sharia law. Al Shabaab was responsible for a truck bombing that killed at least 358 people in Mogadishu in October, among many other horrific terror attacks.

U.S. Africa Command stated the strike was carried out against an al-Shabaab camp some 125 miles north of the capital Mogadishu. There have been 29 such strikes so far this year. Of these, seven took place between November 9 and 14.

President Trump authorized precision airstrikes against al-Shabaab targets in March. He designated parts of Somalia as zones of ...

10:09

Palestinian Reconciliation Hangs in the Balance as Hamas, Fatah Meet in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Haaretz

A long road lies ahead for the reconciliation deal as key issues remain unsolved and both sides accuse each other of evasion

Jack Khoury Nov 22, 2017 10:00 AM

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Palestinian young men hold up their passports as they wait to cross at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, November 20, 2017. SAID KHATIB/AFP

Talks between Hamas and Fatah will continue in Egypt on Wednesday in an effort to reach agreement on implementing the next phases of their reconciliation deal.

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The talks, which are being brokered by Egyptian intelligence, opened Tuesday at an Egyptian intelligence facility. Along with Hamas and Fatah, the smaller Palestinian parties also sent representatives.

Fatahs delegation was headed by Azzam al-Ahmad. Hamass delegation was led by the deputy head of its political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, and its leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar.

The Egyptians managed to prevent any leaks from the meeting, so it remains unclear whether the parties will actually be able to reach agreements on the main issues: Establishing a unity government, convening the Palestinian National Council and holding general elections.

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Senior officials from both Fatah and Hamas said that, at least on a declarative level, all parties are committed to the reconciliation. Nevertheless, many obstacles must still be overcome.

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Shortly before the talks began, a senior Fatah official told Haaretz that despite Hamass talk of being committed to the reconciliation which calls for the Palestinian Authority to resume authority in Gaza Hamas still controls the territory in practice. Not only are Hamass forces effectively in charge of security, he said, but the senior officials it appointed to various government offices in Gaza still see themselves as the people in charge of civilian affairs.

One issue that hasnt yet arisen in the reconciliation talks, he added, is a dispute over land. Shortly before the first phase of the agreement was implemented, Hamas distributed tens of thousands of dunams of Palestinian government lands in Gaza, including lands where Israeli settlements once stood, to various armed militias, first and foremost its own military wing.

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The Fatah official termed this a very significant issue. Almost a third of the territory went to the armed factions, and this proves that Hamas isnt ceding substantive power, he explained.

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Hamas, for its part, accuses the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority of evading its own...

10:03

Mueller Investigating Kushners Efforts to Combat UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the lead-up to the vote on the resolution, there were speculations that Russia could veto it, thus protecting Israel after the Obama administration decided to abstain

Amir Tibon (Washington, D.C.) Nov 22, 2017 8:07 AM
Haaretz

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Washington, D.C., U.S., November 21, 2017. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

WASHINGTON Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russias interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, is reportedly examining actions taken by Jared Kushner against a UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Mueller is looking into efforts made by Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law, against the resolution, which passed in December 2016, during the transition period between the Obama and Trump administrations.

The UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank was proposed by Egypt, and the Obama administration controversially decided not to veto it. Israeli officials reached out at the time to the Trump transition team, asking the president-elect to try and exert influence over different countries to block the resolution.

Trump, in turn, attacked the resolution on his social media accounts and called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, requesting he reverse his countrys support of the resolution.

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In the lead-up to the vote on the resolution, there were speculations in the Israeli media that perhaps Russia could veto it, thus protecting Israel from the lack of a veto by the Obama administration. Eventually, however, Russia voted in favor of the resolution, as did all the 14 other members of the UN Security Council, except the U.S., which chose to abstain.

Trump took to Twitter following the vote, writing, in reference to his slated inauguration date: As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.

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The White House, in turn, blamed the passage of the resolution on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus settlement policies. If we didnt see acceleration in settlement activity and wouldnt hear that kind of rhetoric from the Israeli government then maybe the U.S. would have taken take a different view, then-Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said.

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Netanyahu, for his part, called the resolution cra...

09:32

Asaba Intl Airport: Delta Refutes Allegation Of Contractors Leaving The State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Okowa


LAGOS NOVEMBER 22ND (NEWSRANGERS)-The Delta State government has refuted allegations making the rounds in online media that major contractors are existing from the state due to harsh working conditions.
Denying the report in a press statement made available to Urhobotoday.com, Delta State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah argued that that Asaba Airport project is a very vital project to the socio-economic life of Deltans, adding that the Government would do everything possible to ensure that the right thing is done and the project completed to international standards.
I wish to categorically state that those reports are totally false and baseless. As at today, reputable companies that have track records of quality project delivery like CCECC, Setraco and Levante are very much on ground executing several projects across the State.
CCECC, a reputable Chinese company operating in the State, just finished the Cable Point Road Dualisation Project, Alisimie Ozanogo Road and is currently handling the Dualisation of the Owa-Eke/Owa-Aliero/Owa-Oyibu Road in Boji Boji Owa.
In addition, the company is handling the reconstruction of Amekpa, Afiesere, Ofuoma Road and the Sector A of the Ughelli Asaba Road Dualisation.
Levante, another construction giant, is working on the Sapele-Amukpe Road Dualisation as well as Abraka Township Roads. Also, Setraco just finished the recently commissioned 10....

09:21

African governments are closing down space for civil society "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"There's certainly been a decline in the accountability of public institutions and government that is worrying."

09:11

Demolition: Ambode allays fear, promises adequate compensation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has assured residents of Irede Road along Badagry Expressway of minimal demolition to pave the way for road expansion, assuring that residents affected by the planned road expansion would be adequately compensated. Speaking through Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowoshe, at a stakeholders meeting with the residents on the project, the governor said that the project was meant to sensitise the residents on the significance of the project as the project would boost the economy of the area and enhance standard...

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08:34

How Chinese See the Fall of Their Countrys Old Friend Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(GV)  As political and military forces in Zimbabwe move to push longtime President Robert Mugabe from power, Chinese are watching the possible removal of a man many describe as a dictator with interest.

Mugabe, 93, has ruled Zimbabwe for more than 30 years since the countrys independence from British colonial rule. When the majority of western countries started to sanction Zimbabwe for Mugabes land seizure policy and human rights abuses in the early 2000s, China stepped in and became Mugabes most important ally.

Throughout the years, relations between Zimbabwe and China have grown closer through loans, construction and investment projects and diplomatic visits. Between 2010 and 2015, China granted Zimbabwe over US$1 billion in loans.

Such financial support has led Zimbabwes opposition party to accuse Beijing of aiding Mugabe and stealing billions from the country with illicit trade in the diamond industry. And, in fact, Zimbabwes economy has been deteriorating under Mugabes regime, and corruption is a serious problem. At the start of November Mugabe sacked his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a move to seemingly position his own wife Grace Mugabe to take over the presidency.

The situation culminated on November 15, 2017 when the military took control of the country. Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans poured into streets of the capital Harare to celebrate and chanted anti-Mugabe slogans like Mugabe must go and No to Mugabe dynasty. ZANU-PF removed Mugabe as leader of the ruling party, pulling Mnangagwa into the spot, and threatened to impeach Mugabe if he didnt step down as president.

So far, however, Mugabe has refused to resign.

Such an old friend was not reliable

Quite a number of international media outlets have speculated Chinas involvement in the Zimbabwean coup as the military action took place just three days after the commander of the Zimbabwe army, Constantino Chiwenga, returned from a visit to China.

On popular social media platform Weibo, many Chinese netizens have also repeated the theory:

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08:02

The Ongoing Agony of the Obama-Trump War on the People of Yemen! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation.

Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam

Yemen, the poorest Arab nation on Earth, is the victim of a savage, illegal war waged by the Saudi Arabian monarchy.  Armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated weapons in the world manufactured and supplied by the merchants of death in the United States, the Saudis are providing another grotesque example of what happens when a powerful nation with modern weapons is unrestrained by law and basic human decency.

Flying hundreds of sorties and targeting the civilian infrastructurewater and sanitation plants, the electrical grid, agricultural fields, food storage facilities, hospitals, roads, schools the result is over 20 million people, or 70 percent of the population,  are now dependent on food imports; 7 million of them are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid to survive. Conservative reports put the number of dead from the Saudis barbaric air war since March 2015 at over 11,000, with the vast majority being innocent civilians. Meanwhile, untold millions have been displaced.

All of the above acts against the Yemenis are war crimes.

But the trauma and devastation of the people doesnt end here.

For the last two weeks, the gangster family running the Saudi state has imposed a murderous air, sea and land blockade preventing vital aid to those millions now dependent on it for their basic survival.

However, the Saudis are not the only ones implicated in this unfolding international crime. Like most of the egregious, international human-rights crimes of the late 20th and 21st centuries, the U.S. state is once again complicit.

The fact is the Obama administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. This is a war that could not then or today have been launched and executed without direct support from the U.S. military. The United States provided critical support in the form of intelligence sharing and targeting, air-to-air refueling, logistics support, participation in the naval blockade, and billions of dollars in weapons sales.

That support continues under the Trump administration, including the finalization of the multi-billion-dollar arms deal with the Saudis that was initiated under the Obama administration.

Starvation is rampant, and the innocents are dying but who cares when there is money to be made and geopolitical interests to protect. As the indispensable nation, the nation above all nations, it is of no real concern that starvation is a war crime. Rogue states, especially....

07:36

How to Beat Your Wife "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Thanks to our friends at MEMRI who scour the web for videos that show the evil embedded in radical Islam, heres some advice on how to beat your wife. This is not a new video but is worth watching nonetheless.

Of course Clarion utterly deplores the suggestions made in this clip by Egyptian cleric Sad Arafat on Al-Nas TV. If you are concerned that someone you know is subject to such sharia-based punishment please contact us.

 

 

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07:31

Review Of Iboris Declaration: I No Longer Belong To Any Political Party. I Am Now A Father To All "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


By Felix Tony Nwaka
LAGOS NOVEMBER 22ND(URHOBOTODAY)-What a powerful declaration! The statement was said to have been made by H.E. Chief James Ibori at Owhelogbo, where he was hosted by the former Delta State SSG, Comrade Ovuozuorie Macaulay. Unfortunately, I couldnt attend the ceremony as I needed to address some compelling family issues.
I truly wish I was there to hear with my own ears. I had to call a few friends who were at the occasion to confirm the story. Behold, they all repeated the statement.
For purposes of clarification, or more appropriately, for those who may be in doubt, Chief James Ibori is (or should I now say was) the undisputed leader of PDP in Delta State.
He was like the soul of the party; the cord that held all the diverse forces in the family together. I can speak authoritatively on this, having served as a local government chairman and his ALGON Chairman at the time, a commissioner, and a caucus member of Delta State PDP.
Anyone who is not in pretension about the political dynamics of Delta PDP knows that Chief Iboris exit from the party is like taking life out of the political family he had nurtured since 1999. I honestly doubt if some people have taken the time to deeply reflect on the implication of his statement.
Maybe th...

06:46

Trudeau and his Canadian 'sunny ways' spells out foreign intervention plans, liberal imperialists plead 'more, faster' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(with postscripts further below) On November 15, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a speech to a UN-organized international conference in Vancouver of Canada's wishes to step up foreign military intervention, under the guise of 'peace operations'. The '2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference' is taking place in Vancouver from November 15 to 17. Many details were missing from Trudeau's remarks. These reflect the government's wariness over intervening into places where volatile military and humanitarian conditions prevail, particularly in Africa. Military missteps or fumbles could easily derail the sunny public relations bubble which surrounds the government's proclaimed 'peacekeeping' goals and on which Canada's (small-l) liberal imperialists stake their reputations.

06:30

Another '20 Years and Back' Whistleblower Talks About Covert Space Marines Recruitment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When people with incredible professional credentials come forward to talk about being covertly recruited for a '20-years-and-back' mission in space, that also have key pieces of collateral to prove their claims, it makes it hard not to listen to at least ask more questions.

by Christina Sarich, guest writer

In a video created by Dr. Michael Salla, Michael Christopher Gerloff, a former marine and police officer for the city of Seattle, as well as a UN peacekeeping advisor who went on a mission to Liberia, describes his recruitment into a secret space program loosely referred to as the 20-and-back.

After a high school party with friends along a country road, Gerloff noticed a white light that moved very quickly on the horizon. He relates an aerial display that violated the laws of aerodynamics as 18-year old sin 1978.


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06:24

NATOs Plans for persuasion and impacting the media "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In his excellent NATO, a Monstrous Institution Karel van Wolferen writes:

Having survived Afghanistan, NATO continued to play a significant role in the destruction of Gaddafis Libya, and in the destruction of parts of Syria through covertly organising, financing, and arming Isis forces for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government. And it continues to serve as a cover for the war making elements in Britain and France. Americas coup in the Ukraine in 2014, which resulted in a crisis in relations with Russia, gave NATO a new lease on life as it helped create entirely uncalled for hysterical fear of Russia in Poland and the Baltic states. (Emphasis added.)

Professor van Wolferen puts his finger on an often forgotten fact. NATO has to continually seek a new lease of life, a raison detre. If factions predominately Western and US led were not encouraged, or inspired by oil and other natural resources to be bloodily carpetbagged, NATO would be redundant. When the Berlin Wall came down and the world rejoiced, things must have looked bleak in NATO-land.

Nothing could make this more cynically, starkly clear than a letter, written in June 1979, from General Alexander Hague, NATO Secretary General, on handing over the position to his successor Joseph Luns. The letter reads:

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Grand Quartier General des Puissances Alliees en Europe
Belgium

26 June 1979

His Excellency Joseph M.A.H. Luns
The Secretary General
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Brussels/Zaventem Autoroute
B-1110 Brussels, Belgium

Dear Joseph,

On leaving the post of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, I feel it my duty to stress once again certain aspects of allied strategy which demand our further attention and effort.

Yet in my view, planning for the deployment and use of modernized nuclear forces in Europe can adequately be accomplished only if full understanding and cooperation are achieved. It is therefore necessary to prepare systematically and persistently, a basis for making a success of the NATO council meeting in December, bearing in mind primarily the crisis inside the Alliance over neutron weapons deployment. Every effort should be made to counter any hesitation or vacillation among the allied nations during decision making meetings.

We will never be able to put inapprovto effect our joint plans in this vital area unless quite exceptional efforts are made to check European tendencies toward neutralism, pacifism and unila...

06:00

Top Samantha Power Aide is Now Lobbying to Undermine Opponents of Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Starving children with haunting eyes and emaciated bodies. Bombed-out hospitals and homes. A cholera epidemic that is the largest and fastest-spreading in modern history. These scenes have sparked outrage and a flurry of denunciations of the U.S.-backed war in Yemen, which is led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

October 2017: Grace Mugabe Says: There Is Oil In Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Western mining experts hid exploration maps on Zimbabwes mineral resource base during the colonial era, but the country is slowly discovering its worth in terms of underground wealth, First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has said.

05:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Resigns!
November 22, 2017
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mugabe resigned from office following a week of unrelenting calls from the public and his own party Zanu-PF to step down after 37 years at the helm. Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda made the announcement during a joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate at the Harare International Conference Centre that was debating a motion to impeach the now former President. It was during the debate that Advocate Mudenda received the former Presidents correspondence announcing his resignation before he terminated business.

Reads the resignation letter: The honourable Jacob Mudenda, notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in terms of the provisions of Section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment Number 20), 2013. Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.

My decision to resign is voluntary from my heart and arises for my concern for the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for the smooth, peaceful and non violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability. Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Section 96(1) which deals with Resignation of President or Vice President says, The President may resign his or her office by written notice to the Speaker who must give public notice of the resignation as soon as it is possible to do so and in any event within twenty-four hours. Advocate Mudenda said he would make further pronouncements on the way forward today.

In terms of the Constitution it beholds the Speaker of the National Assembly to make sure that the proper legal processes are put i...

05:36

Mother, two children killed in Lagos church "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Suspected assasins yesterday stormed a Celestial Church Christ killing a mother and her two children at Temu village in Ikosi Ejirin Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. The incident occurred at Temu community in Epe area about 2a.m. The killers were said to have scaled the fence of the church, gained access into the premises and killed the victims. The church is located inside a residential building. The woman has been identified as Iyabo, while the two children were David (four) and Rachel (eight). Witnesses claimed that they were...

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05:34

Recovered loots: When EFCC, Law Reform Commission disagreed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Law Reform Commission recently disagreed on the proposal by the anti-graft agency to keep at least seven per cent of recovered monies and assets for its use and other issues. PHILIP NYAM reports   The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has made a proposal to the National Assembly to amend the act establishing it by empowering the agency to retain seven of recoveries from proceed of crime by corrupt public officials. The position of the anti-graft agency was canvassed...

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05:16

El-Rufai, others mourn Education Commissioner "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kaduna State was thrown into mourning yesterday following the shocking death of the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jonathan Andrew Nok, whose news of his sudden death paralysed activities in the ministry. The erudite scholar died in the early hours of yesterday in Kaduna, the state capital, after a brief illness. Nok was first appointed the Commissioner for Health and Human Services in August 2015, before his redeployment to the education ministry as the commissioner. As the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, the late Nok was...

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04:56

DTigress players receive FGs N17.5m cash reward "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Players and officials of the senior women basketball team, the DTigress, have praised President Muhammadu Buhari after receiving the Federal Governments N17.5m earlier promised for winning the 2017 Women FIBA Africa Cup of Nations adding that the latest gestures by thepresidency will spur the team to do better in future. The players were paid N1m each while the five technical crew members each got N500,0000. Speaking on her team mates behalf after receiving the transaction alert of N1m which is her own share of the presidential reward, the captain Aisha...

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04:49

Berta Caceres Post-Humous Award by All African Peoples Revolutionary Party "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Photo taken Monday at AIM West Coast Annual Conference in San Francisco meeting November 20-21, 2017 at 2969 Mission/26street from 10 am-6 pm. Here Akubundu of "All African Peoples Revolutionary Party" (AAPRP) with Bill Means, David Escobar (Lenca), Madonna Thunder Hawk and Tony Gonzales gives award at the AIM West Coast conference with acknowledgement of Berta Caceres bravery Awarded on

04:45

Buhari laments poor investment in aviation infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Despite the huge potentials in air transport sector, President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria has not done well in the area of aviation infrastructure. The President, who made the disclosure yesterday at the opening of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) World Aviation Forum in Abuja, said the sector needs to be ready for exponential growth as predicted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which puts current forecast air transport growth in the sector to double in the next 20 years. Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,...

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04:36

Policemen sack Lagos Trade Fair Complex Concessionaire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chairman of Aulic Nigeria Limited, Concessionaire of Lagos International Trade Fair Complex (LITFC), Prof. Nick Ezeh, on Monday alleged that he had been chased out of his office by 200 policemen, who were armed to the teeth. Ezeh told our correspondent that the policemen claimed to be working on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, to take over the complex. He said: They stormed my office on Monday evening, chased my staff and I out of office. They locked us out, even as they couldnt...

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04:30

PDP: Georges camp demands Makarfis resignation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Markafi: You are desperate The Campaign Organisation of Chief Olabode George, one of the aspirants for the National Chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called for the resignation of the partys national caretaker chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. The group said that the handling of the processes leading to the holding of the partys national convention had been compromised. The campaign organization said Makarfi should resign his position forthwith for the sake of propriety, equitable balance and moral appropriateness. The PDP has scheduled the exercise for December 9,...

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04:26

NLC expresses regret over delayed negotiation of new minimum wage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday expressed regrets that negotiations for a new national minimum wage were yet to commence even as the economic fundamentals were changing. NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, while speaking at the ongoing Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council in Yenagoa, lamented that the prevailing economic scenario when the agitation for a national minimum wage started has changed. He said: It is a matter of concern that up till now, negotiations for a new minimum wage is yet to start. As at the time we tabled...

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04:18

Liberian crisis will be resolved constitutionally Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the current political crisis in Liberia will be resolved through constitutional means. The President therefore urged all parties to exercise patience while waiting for the verdict of the Supreme Court. While receiving the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, who is the current Chairman of ECOWAS, at the presidential villa, Abuja, Buhari expressed the hope that the outcome of the countrys Supreme Court verdict would be acceptable to all in order to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Speaking on the political situation in Guinea...

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04:18

Senate probes non-payment of pensions to state judges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate has mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate non-payment of severance gratuity, pension and arrears of other entitlements of retired judicial officers by the state governments across the country. It also mandated same committee to review the laws impeding the harmonisation of the process of prompt payment of retirement benefits of all judicial officers in the country. The committee has four weeks to carry out the assignments and turn in its report. The resolution to conduct the investigation followed a motion by Sen....

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03:40

Call for urgent action to combat West African food security threat "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, according to a Greenpeace Africa report.

03:30

UN urges Sudan to address plight of millions displaced in Darfur "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The UN human rights office has called on Sudan to make it possible for 2.6 million internally displaced Darfuris to return home.

03:22

Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

imbabwes President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said. A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him. Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets. Mr Mugabe, 93, was until now the worlds oldest leader. He had previously refused to resign despite last weeks military takeover and days of protests. The letter did not mention...

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03:18

NNPC declares 539km gas pipeline projects delivery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Targets additional 1000km of gas lines   The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said yesterday that it had completed, commissioned and delivered 539 kilometres of gas pipelines between 2010 to date as part of an aggressive expansion of gas pipeline infrastructure across the country. Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this in Abuja, according to a statement by the corporation at the 2017 Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. In the paper entitled, Revival and Development of Local Manufacturing Industries: Chemical...

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03:17

Mugabe: From hero to villain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robert Mugabes exit as Zimbabwean leader, which launches the nation into a new era, marks a historic moment that will echo across Africa, where he was among the last surviving heroes of the anticolonial struggle to remain in power, FELIX NWANERI reports     It is a new dawn in Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe, yesterday, bowed out. The 93-year old revolutionary had been in power in the southern African country since its independence 37 years ago. A leader, who was initially lionized, Mugabe later came under fire for being...

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03:14

Stakeholders want increase in police funding, barracks clean up "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A roundtable discussion on the menace and security challenge posed by Badoo, a cult gang fingered for indiscriminate killings and terror operations in Ikorodu, area of Lagos has called for increase funding and better training of the Nigerian Police if they are to effectively perform the task of protecting the citizenry. It also wants healthier and more congenial living conditions for the officers and other security forces. Moderated by Prof Nosa Owens-Ibie, dean, College of Social and Management Sciences, Caleb University, Imota in Ikorodu; the roundtable also asked the government...

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03:12

CHAN 2018: Ezenwa wary of Libya, Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles Home-based captain, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship tournaments. Considered one of the favourites for the 2018 title in the competition for home-based stars, Nigeria was placed in Group C with Libya, Rwanda, and Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two out of four previous tournaments, then finished third in 2014 before making a shock exit after the first round last year. Many Nigerian supporters believe the country will coast to a top-two...

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03:11

N4.6bn fraud: EFCC tenders Fani-Kayodes account statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday asked Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos to admit the account statement of a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode as an exhibit. EFCCs lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, made the request during the examination-inchief of a compliance officer with a bank, Tosin Owobo, at the on-going trial of Fani- Kayode and three others over alleged N4.6 billion fraud. Owobo had in his testimony told the court that upon a request, the former ministers statement of account at...

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03:11

Senate wants FG to immortalise Ekwueme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ACF, Nwobodo, others pay tribute   The Senate, yesterday, requested the Federal Government to immortalise the late former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, by renaming the Federal Polytechnic, Oko or other key federal institution or assets after him. This, the Senate said, was to appreciate innumerable and patriotic contributions of Ekwueme to the social, economic, and political development of Nigeria during his lifetime. That was even as more tributes poured in for the late politician from across the country yesterday. The Senates resolution was made sequel to a motion, the...

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03:11

Court remands 2 for impersonating bank directors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For allegedly claiming to be directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited (MBRL), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday arraigned two men before a Lagos Federal High Court. The two men, Chester Ukandu and George Achi, who appeared before the court, allegedly posed as directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited (MBRL) in a letter addressed to the Ilupeju, Lagos branch of Skye Bank, intimating it of appointment of new signatories to the account of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited. In a charge filed yesterday before Justice Mohammed Aikawa by the...

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03:11

Pepsi Academy turns 25, Laloko counts blessings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pepsi Football Academy is 25 years old today after it was founded on November 22 1992. The renowned academy, which started operating at the old Agege Stadium at inception, has produced many players for clubs and different cadres of the national teams. Among the players are former Chelsea midfielder and current Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi who plies his trade in the Chinese Super League. Others are Elderson Echiejile, Osaze Odemwingie and Stephen Makinwa. It has also registered well in competitions across the West African sub-region as well as...

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03:11

Reps begin budget debate next week "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

House of Representatives will commence deliberation on the 2018 appropriation bill next week. This is contained in the 2018 budget process time table released yesterday. According to the time table, the lawmakers will debate and pass the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper, (FSP) between November 22 and 23. Making the timetable public at yesterdays plenary, deputy speaker, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, noted that debate on the budget will begin next week Tuesday, 28, through to. Wednesday,29 and Thursday, November 30. According to him, the debate will be...

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03:05

Lebanons PM returns to Beirut "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has finally returned to Beirut as tensions mount in the region over his sudden resignation earlier this month.
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Hariri touched down at Beiruts Rafik Hariri International Airport after stopping over in Cairo where he held talks with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and a quick pit stop in Cyprus where he spoke with President Nikos Anastasides, Lebanons Naharnet news reports. The politician was met by security forces on arrival.

Prior to his engagement in Egypt, Hariri spent the weekend in Paris, holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron who is reportedly trying to mediate in Lebanons crisis. Before Hariri travelled to Beirut, el-Sisi spoke on the phone with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, and the two leaders stressed the importance of preserving Lebanons national unity.

Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a televised statement from Riyadh on November 4, blaming Iran for having a destabilizing influence in Lebanon and the Middle East and saying that his life was in danger from political opponent, Hezbollah. This led some to speculate the resignation statement had been made under duress while the PM was in Saudi Arabia, a claim repeated by Aoun. Hariri has denied these claims.

Aoun has repeatedly said that he will only accept Hariris resignation if he delivers it on Lebanese soil. Riyadh has used the Hariri situation over the past week to target its r...

02:52

Israel to pay Rwanda $5,000 for every African refugee it accepts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Israel currently houses 40,000 asylum seekers, which includes 27,500 Sudanese and 7,800 Eritrean refugees

01:53

"The Human Condition" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"The Human Condition"
by Meanings of Life

"Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings?

Are we the result of our dreams, as Prospero, in the Shakespeares The Tempest asked? Are we able to raise our nature and become the dignified beings evoked by Pico de la Mirandola (Its the seeds a man cultivates that "will mature and bear fruit in him. If vegetative, he will become a plant; if sensual, he will become brutish; if rational, he will reveal himself a heavenly being; if intellectual, he will be an angel and the son of God")?

Almost two centuries ago, Spencer characterized the contradictory features of natives from the African east coast: "He has at the same time good character and hard heart; he is a fighter, conscientious, good in a precise moment, and cruel, pitiless and violent in the other; superstitious and rudely irreligious; brave and pusillanimous, servile and dominator, stubborn and at the same time fickle, relied to honour views, but without signs of honesty, niggard and economical, but careless and improvident".

Its probably a good definition of a certain primitive man, to whom we are undoubtedly connected. But we are also cultural and ethic beings. We are able to change our values and behaviours. As William James says, human beings can...

01:45

Russias Arms Sales to Middle East Countries Spike to Record-High Levels "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russias exposition at the Dubai Airshow 2017 included the combat helicopter Ka-52, multi-mission fighter MiG-29M, Su-35 supermaneuverable air defense fighter, Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft, combat-transport helicopter Mi-35M, long-range air defense system S-400 Triumph, and short-range air defense missile system PantsirS1. The Russian Knights aerobatic demonstration team performed extraordinary stunts riding through the skies to greatly impress spectators.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is interested in procuring the Sukhoi Su-35 multi-role fighter. The country is considering the purchase of 10 or more of such aircraft. The UAE and Russia signed a letter of intent on the purchase of Su-35 fighter jets in Feb. 2017. The talks are in progress. The Emirates will be the second country after China to buy the plane.

The UAE has already purchased Russian ground weapons, such as BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles and Pantsir S1 air-defense systems. In February, the Emirates entered into military contracts with Russia worth $1.9 billion. The deal includes 5,000 anti-armor missiles in addition to training and logistic support. The UAE started talks with Rostec company on the development of light fighter based on the MiG-29 twin-engine aircraft with development set to kick off in 2018.

The military cooperation with the UAE is a good example to illustrate the increasingly growing demand for Russian weapons in the Middle East. Orders from Arab countries account for roughly 20 percent of Russian weapons exports. Last year, Russia delivered more than $1.5 billion in arms to Algeria, $37 million to Egypt, $374 million to Iran and $300 million to Iraq. Today, the Russias portfolio of weaponry orders from the countries of the region is $8 billion. In 2017, the Russian defence industry has been making major inroads in the Middle East and North Africa. Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia are intere...

01:37

Saad Hariri Lands, On a Well Chosen Eve, in Lebanon- "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Lebanons prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country late on Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation

His plane touched down at Beirut international airport shortly before midnight, a statement from his office said.

Hariri had promised he would return to Lebanon in time to mark its 47th independence day on Wednesday and would clarify his position.

On Tuesday he travelled to Cairo to see the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom he thanked for his support for Lebanon.

Hours later Hariri flew from Cairo to Larnaca in Cyprus where he met late at night with President Nicos Anastasiades, said a Cyprus government spokesman.
After a brief visit he flew on to Beirut where he is expected to take part in the independence day military parade early on Wednesday and the customary reception at the presidential palace.

 A dual Saudi citizen who has previously(??) enjoyed Riyadhs backing, Hariri resigned in a mysterious broadcast from the Saudi capital

Questions remain over whether the resignation will stand, forcing negotiations on a new government, or if he might withdraw it.

Under Lebanons constitution the president is bound to accept a premiers resignation however it is tendered, according to the Lebanese constitutional expert Edmond Rizk.

Although it is not outlined in the constitution, Rizk said, custom dictates this resignation is supposed to be submitted to the president of the republic.

A resignation brings down the government and the president then engages in consultations to select a new prime minister to form a cabinet.

In Lebanon, divided for more than a decade between a pro-Saudi camp and a Tehran-backed alliance, that process typically takes months of political wrangling.

But the discussions also aim to strike a balance between the countrys diverse religious communities.

As part of Lebanons presidential-parliamentary system, the premier must be a Sunni Muslim, the president a Maronite Christian and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim.

More than a week ago Hariri said he could walk back from his resignation if Hezbollah withdrew from regional conflicts, including Syria.

Hezbollah, whose forces are fighting in neighbouring Syria along government....

01:32

Zimbabwe Coup: Mugabe Out- Mnangagwa In "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulated Zimbabweans after former President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday evening as pressure mounted for him to step down.
Mnangagwa said that he is on his way back to Zimbabwe after going into self-imposed exile following his dismissal on 6 November. Said Mnangagwa:
I want to congratulate the people of Zimbabwe on reaching this historic moment. Together we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity. As I make my way back home, I look forward together with you the people of Zimbabwe to tackle the political and economic challenges facing our beloved country Zimbabwe. God bless Zimbabwe.

Recall my mention of Mnangagwa being in South Africa? 
Flashback: What did South Africa Know About the Zimbabwe Coup?

"She said Mnangagwa was allowed to enter South Africa after he was fired and was then allowed to return to Zimbabwe after the military made its move on Tuesday, suggesting that South Africa had some knowledge of the developments" 

Clearly South Africa's government was aware that a coup was going to take place, giving shelter and protection to Mnangagwa.What other nations shared that awareness?

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

In this post I touche...

01:18

La BAD, l'Initiative for Global Development et Grow Africa co-organisent le premier forum Leadership pour l'agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

20 Nov 2017 | VivafrikFinanc par la Fondation Rockefeller, le forum se tient, au sige de la BAD Abidjan sur invitation, en marge du Sommet l'Union africaine Union europenne (UA-UE) prvu du 26 au 30 novembre 2017 dans la capitale conomique ivoirienne.

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23:59

Why Imo PDP chairman Barrister Charles Ezekwem (Ikemba Okigwe) Must Be Commended. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State, is enjoying its reformation and overhauling process, with the state Chairman, Barr. Charles Chukwudi More

23:40

Robert Mugabe Resigns: Zimbabwe celebrates despite missed opportunities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So, its finally happened. At the age of 93, almost four decades after taking power, the geriatric and despotic President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has resigned. He had little choice. Facing impeachment for allowing his wife Grace to usurp control as his body failed him, the country in the midst of an uneasy military takeover Continue reading "Robert Mugabe Resigns: Zimbabwe celebrates despite missed opportunities"

23:11

US warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The warning comes two weeks after US-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthis from Yemen

22:39

Facing impeachment, Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mugabe resigns as impeachment begins

Mugabe resigns as impeachment begins

Robert Mugabe has resigned as Zimbabwes president, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule.

The 93-year-old clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, which also told him to leave power.

On Tuesday, wild celebrations broke out during a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabes resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

People danced and car horns blared on the streets of Harare at news that the era of Mugabe who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 was finally over.

Zimbabwes former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, ZANU-PF legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa told Reuters, after the resignation.

Separately, ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters that Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours and that he would serve the remainder of Mugabes term until the next general elections, which must be held by September 2018.

The origin of Mugabes sudden downfall lies in rivalry between members of Zimbabwes ruling elite over who will succeed him, rather than popular protests against his rule.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked ZANU-PFs favourite to succeed him, Mnangagwa, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife Grace, 52, known to her critics as Gucci Grace for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping.

Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as The Crocodile, is expected to take over as president.

Zimbabwes military chief Constantino Chiwenga urged restraint across all political parties after the resignation.

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22:23

Americans quiet over their government's support of the Saudi-led slaughter in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As the world focuses on isolated incidents of terrorism taking place in Western countries, the wholesale slaughter being committed by Western countries against others generally goes unnoticed unless being pinned on the victim nation. However, even with Americans and other Westerners paying scant attention to Iraq and Syria, the conflict in Yemen scarcely gets a mention except in communities of human rights activists and geopolitical commentators. Even after Yemen has overtaken Syria as the world's greatest humanitarian crisis, most of the world has remained deathly silent about the situation unfolding there. While not overwhelmingly involved with troops, bombing campaigns, and the like in the way that it is in Syria or Iraq, the United States is nonetheless complicit in the destruction of an entire country by providing intelligence, weapons, and political support to Saudi Arabia and the GCC in their war against the Yemeni people. In addition to that support, however, the United States has, at times, also contributed limited direct military support to the Saudi effort. Comment: The US and UK governments are unabashedly supporting this war on Yemen: U.S., British and Saudis thwart Freedom and Democracy in Yemen - again Shameless: UK sells 457% more arms to Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen Endless war: US to vote on whether to continue supporting Saudi led war on Yemen

22:16

Ron Paul: Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored.

A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story involving warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.

No, Washington Post, its simpler than that.

The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country.

It started with the Arab Spring which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadhs preferred leader.

Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk of starvation and cholera rage.

We are told that US foreign policy should reflect American values.

So how can Washington support Saudi Arabia a tyrannical state with one of the worst human rights record on earth as it commits by what any measure is a genocide against the Yemeni people?

The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.

The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen.

And why is there a cholera epidemic? Because the Saudi government with US support has blocked every port of entry to prevent critical medicine from reaching suffering Yemenis. This is not a war. It is cruel murder.

The United States is backing Saudi aggression against Yemen by cooperating in every way with the Saudi military.

Targeting, intelligence, weapons sales, and more.

The US is a partner in Saudi Arabias Yemen crimes.

Does holding hands with Saudi Arabia as it slaughters Yemeni children really reflect American values? Is anyone even paying attention?

The claim that we are fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen and thus our involvement is covered under the post-9/11 authorization for the use of force is without merit.

In fact, it has been reported numerous times in the mainstream media that US intervention on behalf of the Saudis in Yemen is actually a boost to al-Qaeda in the country.

Al-Qaeda is at war with the Houthis who...

22:02

US labels Venezuela a global threat at UN, EU approves arms embargo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia. "The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world, "Washington's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared during the session. Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, both vocal critics of the government in Caracas. The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who objected to Washington's interference in Venezuelan internal affairs. "The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a threat to international peace and security," said Bolivian UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday.

22:00

Ankara threatens to disable US radar over F-35 deal ban, blind Israeli defense "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An editorial in a Turkish conservative pro-government newspaper said Ankara could leave Israel exposed to an Iranian missile attack by disabling a US radar station, in retaliation for a possible Washington ban on the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. The editorial was published on Sunday by the Yeni Safak newspaper in apparent response to concerns voiced by a US Air Force official. Heidi Grant, the deputy undersecretary of the USAF for international affairs, had earlier said that Turkey's deployment of the Russian-made S-400 long-range anti-aircraft missile system may expose vulnerabilities of the US-made F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. Turkey plans to purchase over 100 of the advanced warplanes from Lockheed Martin. The newspaper called the implication that the planned deal may be frozen "blackmail" by Washington, and suggested that in retaliation Ankara could dismantle the Kurecik radar station. The powerful AN/TPY-2 X-band early-warning radar, which was set up by the US in the eastern province of Malatya in 2012, is part of NATO's system of airspace surveillance in the region. The newspaper says that unlike similar surveillance sites in Israel, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE, the Kurecik radar station can detect missile launches from the entire western part of Iran. With the site disabled, that airspace would no longer be properly monitored by NATO, the editorial said.

22:00

Six years post NATO 'intervention': Libya is home to slave trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NATO's military intervention in Libya in 2011 has justifiably earned its place in history as an indictment of Western foreign policy and a military alliance that, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been deployed as its sword. The destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries involved. But now, with the revelation that people are being sold as slaves in Libya (yes, you read that right - in 2017 the slave trade is alive and kicking Libya), the cataclysmic disaster to befall the country has been compounded to the point where it is hard to conceive of it ever being able to recover - and certainly not anywhere near its former status as a high development country, as the UN labeled Libya in 2010, a year prior to the "revolution." Back in 2011, it was simply inconceivable that the UK, the US and France would ignore the lessons of Iraq in 2003, just nine years previously. Yet ignore them they did, highlighting their rapacious obsession with maintaining hegemony over a region that sits atop an ocean of oil; this regardless of the human cost and legacy of disaster and chaos this particular obsession has wrought. When former UK Prime Minister David Cameron descended on Benghazi in eastern Libya in the summer of 2011, basking in the glory of the country's victorious "revolution" in the company of his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, he did so imbued with the belief he had succeeded in establishing his legacy as a leader on the global stage. Like Blair before him, he'd won his war and now was intent on partaking of its political and geopolitical spoils. Cameron told the crowd, "Your city was an inspiration to the world, as you threw off a dictator and chose freedom."

21:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Mugabe Resigns! . . . Announcement of a New Leader Tomorrow
November 21, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

Watch the ZANU-PF Parliamentary Reading of Resolutions for Recall of President Robert G. Mugabe on Tuesday November 21, 2017:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_kXeeBaf7k

HOW IT HAPPENED . . . LIVE

17:46 Hon Bonyongwe and Hon Chinamasa are back to the Speaker of Parliament and can be heard talking of terminating the debate.

Parliamentarians murmur to each other and erupt saying Mugabe must go, Mugabe must go.
Debate has briefly stopped here as and the Speaker announces that debate has been terminated.

He announces that President Mugabe has resigned. The house erupts in cheers and the speaker struggles to contain the gallery.

17:53 The Speaker of Parliament now reads the resignation letter.

President Mugabe has resignation with immediate effect. Members of the public who came to the gallery chant Kutonga Kwaro by Jah Prayzah.

17:56 The house has been adjourned and the speaker advises that a new President will be announced tomorrow.
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Parliament this afternoon sits to start the process of impeaching President Mugabe.

Zimpapers Online gives you updates of this historic event.

14:30 The Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda has acknowledged to the House receipt of the motion to impeach President Mugabe and he says the motion is admissible in terms of the rules of Parliament.

14:35- The motion was moved by Senator Monica Mutsvangwa and seconded by Mabvuku/Tafara legislator James Maridadi.

14:40- Advocate Mudenda is now outlining the procedures to be followed and outlining what the Constitution provides in moving such a motion which he described as historic since independence.

14:42- The National chamber is packed beyond its capacity which has resulted in some of the legislators to sit in the public gallery.

14:47- Advocate Mudenda said after consultation with the president of t...

20:56

JAMB postpones sale of 2018 UTME application forms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the postponement of its sale of application forms for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). JAMB, which had earlier announced today, Wednesday, November 22, for the commencement of the application processes for the next years edition of its examination, said a new date would be announced soon. In a statement issued this evening by the examination body and signed by its Head of Media and Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, noted that the new development is not unconnected with the failure...

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20:52

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speech by Republic of Zimbabwe President Robert G. Mugabe, Delivered on Sunday November 19, 2017, Two Days Before His Formal Resignation: 'Our Whole Nation At All Levels Gets Refocused'
November 21, 2017
Zimbabwe Herald

To watch this national address by Republic of Zimbabwe President Robert G. Mugabe on Sunday November 19, 2017 at State House in Harare just click on the website below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Xgp-icshs&t=212s

FELLOW Zimbabweans.

I address you tonight on the back of a meeting I held today with the nations security forces Command Element. This meeting, which was facilitated by a mediating team led by Father Fidelis Mukonori (S.J.) of the Catholic Church, followed an operation mounted by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in the week that has gone by, and which was triggered by concerns arising from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and in the ruling Zanu-PF Party. Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I, as the President of Zimbabwe, and as their Commander-in-Chief, do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to, and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concern for the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people.

As I address you, I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all as citizens of our great country, and who thus deserve our untrammelled attention.

Todays meeting with the Command Element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy, so all our people can go about their business unhindered, in an environment of perfect peace and security, assured that law and order obtain and prevail as before, and endure well into the future.

If there is any one observation we have made and drawn from the events of the past week, it is the unshakeable pedestal upon which rests our state of peace, law and order, amply indicating that as Zimbabweans we are generally a...

20:48

Meanwhile .. things seem to have gone haywire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

All things seem to have gone haywire and broken..it may not be such a bad thing

I confess commentating over the past decade may have taken a toll on my sanity

Cyborg

The purge of the Satanic Khazarian cabal that turned the West evil is accelerating at an undeniable pace. Most importantly, Pentagon sources confirm multiple Internet reports that Marines stormed the CIA headquarters this past weekend. One of the aims was to shut down Operation Mockingbird, the CIA group that turned the mass media, as well as Google, Facebook, etc. into mass mind-control propaganda, say NSA sources.

These moves, combined with the purge of all the Saudi royals and military who were linked to 9/11, as well as the removal of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe and the imminent removal of Israeli satanist Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, leave no doubt that the long-awaited arrests and roundups of cabalists worldwide has begun.

The Rothschild/Saxe Gotha family group is also losing control over Europe. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel (Hitlers daughter) failed to form a new government. In France, a hundred legislators from Rothschild-slave President Emmanuel Macrons party have defected, as mass protests against this election-stealers rule break out all across the country.

Benjamin Fulford

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20:33

Will America's renegade wars ever cease? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear weapons. Since the first Korean War killed at least 20 percent of North Korea's population and left the country in ruins, the U.S. has repeatedly failed to follow through on diplomacy to establish a lasting peace in Korea and has instead kept reverting to illegal and terrifying threats of war. Most significantly, the U.S. has waged a relentless propaganda campaign to discount North Korea's legitimate defense concerns as it confronts the threat of a U.S. war machine that has only grown more dangerous since the last time it destroyed North Korea. Comment: See: Why North Korea hates AmericaThe hidden origins of the wars in Korea and Vietnam The North has lived under this threat for 65 years and has watched Iraq and Libya destroyed after they gave up their nuclear weapons programs. When North Korea discovered a U.S. plan for a Second Korean War on South Korea's military computer network in September 2016, its leaders quite rationally concluded that a viable nuclear deterrent is the only way to guarantee their country's safety.

20:19

BREAKING: Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwes President "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, ZANU-PF legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa told Reuters, after the resignation of Robert Mugabe. Separately, ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters that Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours and that he would serve the remainder of Mugabes term until the next general elections, which must be held by September 2018.

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20:09

Israel and Saudis: Best of Friends? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Theyre strange bedfellows, allies of convenience against a common adversary Iran for its sovereign independence and opposition to their hegemonic ambitions.

In an unprecedented interview with London-based, Saudi-owned Elaph.com, IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot said Israel is willing to share intelligence with Riyadh.

He claimed with Trump as US president, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat.

We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran.

Riyadh and Tel Aviv share many common interests, he added, calling Tehran the regions biggest threat.

Fact: Washington, Israel and Riyadh are the regions leading state sponsors of terrorism supporting the scourge the Islamic Republic opposes.

Fact: Iran hasnt attacked another country in centuries. Israel and Riyadh are permanently at war internally and/or abroad the regions two leading human rights abusers, a threat to world peace, what Iran fosters and supports.

Eisenkot lied claiming Tehran aims to control the Middle East by means of two Shiite crescents. The first from Iran through Iraq to Syria and Lebanon, and the second from Bahrain through to Yemen until the Red Sea.

This is what must be prevented in the region. In this matter, there is complete agreement between us and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has never been our enemy. It has not fought us nor have we fought it.

Fact: Israel seeks regional dominance along with Washingtons presence. Riyadh wants uncontested Arab world control.

Fact: Both countries are warrior nations....

19:32

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ex-freedom Fighters Seek Court Blessings
November 21, 2017
Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

WAR veterans have approached the High Court seeking an order declaring the intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to a lawless and chaotic situation created by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe in the country, as a lawful and justified action meant to defend constitutionalism. ZDF, according to the war veterans, realised that President Mugabe had been captured by his wife and her G40 gang to an extent that he was no longer able to exercise his functions before moving in to protect the nation by weeding out the criminal elements that had positioned themselves around the head of State.

Failure by the President to make key decisions, allowing his wife and the G40 to embark on serious purges in the ruling Zanu-PF had the effect of destabilising the country. To that end, the liberators said, ZDF rightly intervened with corrective measures in the best interest of the President and the nation at large in terms of Section 212 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) yesterday filed a court application for declaratory order saying the court should correctly interpret the law and proclaim the legitimacy of the militarys intervention to the dire situation since Tuesday last week.

In the court application, President Mugabe, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, ZDF Commander General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga and Attorney General Advocate Prince Machaya were listed as respondents in the official capacities. ZNLWVA also filed a separate urgent chamber application requesting the court to treat the declaration matter with urgency. The court is yet to first rule on whether or not the case should be heard on an urgent basis.

Maunga Maanda & Associates represent the freedom fighters in both matters. In his founding affidavit, ZNLWVA president Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa said the intervention was of national interest considering that First Lady Grace Mugabe had captured President Mugabe and abdicated his functions.

As an association that brought about the liberation of the people of Zimbabwe, applicant considers the inte...

19:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President, ED Bury the Hachet
November 21, 2017
Fidelis Munyoro Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday reconnected with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he begins processes towards a final solution and roadmap for the country. Cde Mnangagwa was fired from the Vice Presidency by President Mugabe on November 6, precipitating a chain of events that culminated in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces intervening to weed out criminals who had surrounded the President and who stoodaccused of fomenting an environment that had the potential to lead to violent confrontation.

Sources close to developments said the two spoke for about 10 minutes over the phone after midday,and during the conversation President Mugabe told Cde Mnangagwa to return home immediately. Cde Mnangagwa acceded to the request.

The former VP is said to have told the President that he had left Zimbabwe for security reasons to which the President assured him he had nothing to fear as he was not involved in any threats that may have been posed.

Updating the nation on the latest developments last night, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga said the ZDF were pleased with new the latest developments which included contact between President Mugabe and his former deputy. Cde Mnangagwa, he said, was expected back in Zimbabwe soon.

As this happens, we as the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and security services urge Zimbabweans to remain calm and patient, fully observing and respecting the laws of the country for the sustenance of the precious peace we should never lose, he said while briefing journalists at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks, formerly KGVI.

Gen Chiwenga also urged other political players in the country including members of the ruling Zanu-PF, war veterans, opposition parties, students and members of the public to refrain from any conduct that threatens peace, life and property. He urged students at various institutions across the country to be calm and proceed with their educational programmes as scheduled.

Once again, as the Z...

19:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

University of Zimbabwe Students Call for Prof Nyaguras Ouster
November 21, 2017
Melisa Makoto and Audrey Rundofa
Zimbabwe Herald

University of Zimbabwe students yesterday staged a demonstration and refused to write their examinations calling for the resignation of Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura. The students said they were tired of corruption at the university, including the allegedly dubious award of a doctor in philosophy degree (PhD) to First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe in 2014. University of Zimbabwe former students council secretary-general Mr Chrispen Mahachi, who was leading the protest, said they wanted Prof Nyagura to resign because he gave Dr Mugabe a PhD within three months, saying the act devalues the standards of the institution.

This is clearly a students agenda as you can see our motive as students is to send a message that we are tired. Levi Nyagura must resign for donating a PhD to (First Lady)Grace Mugabe, he said

Our learning standards as UZ continue to deteriorate and we have moved from number 41 on the international ranking to a three-digit number, which is totally unacceptable. Mahachi also said UZ students no longer have job security, so there was need for President Mugabe to resign.

Today we were supposed to start our exams, but we said we cannot because we do not have job security; we want to have job security first, we want our brothers who are unemployed who have graduated at this same institution to be employed such that when we go into the industry as well (we) will have an assurance of job security, he said.

Tawanda Nyandoro, a student at the institution, said: The real issue is that Levi Nyagura donated a PhD to Grace Mugabe and we are saying we want that PhD back because a student who is studying philosophy right now will feel as if that programme is worthless as it was given to (Dr) Grace Mugabe on a silver platter.

Shepherd Raradza, another student, accused the Vice Chancellor of failing to upgrade the premier tertiary learning institution. The latest developments comes after ZANU-PF recalled President Mugabe from the position of party First Secretary on Sunday and replaced him with former Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom the ruling party also reinstated as a Cen...

19:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sh5b Set Aside to Improve Food Security
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation   

In Summary
The ministry is in talks with millers to start blending different kinds of flours to provide food that has all rounded ingredients.
Agriculture Secretary Anne Onyango said her ministry is focusing on developing strategies of increasing food production.

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI

The government will spend close to Sh5 billion in a multipronged initiative to improve the countrys food and nutrition security.

The five-year programme seeks options that increase food availability and promote greater access to adequate and nutritious food, therefore improving livelihoods.

Apart from the mandatory maize flour fortification, the Agriculture ministry is in talks with millers to start blending different kinds of flours to provide food that has all rounded ingredients.

Agriculture Secretary Anne Onyango said her ministry is focusing on developing strategies of increasing food production, strengthening distribution and marketing systems, and developing reliable storage systems.

She spoke during the ongoing National Agrinutrition Conference in Nairobi, where she represented Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett.

Fortification is described as the deliberate addition of micronutrients to improve nutritional quality of food supply that assists humans to enjoy optimal metabolism and normal growth.

19:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Court Declines to Suspend CBK Tender for New Currency Notes
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation   

Central Bank of Kenya building in Nairobi County on November 1, 2017. The CBK has been given the leeway to open bids for the printing and supply of the new Kenyan currency. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
De la Rue had gone to court to stop the opening of bids for the tender to print and supply the new Kenyan currency notes.
De la Rue and EPZ claimed that if the process is allowed to continue, local companies would be locked out.

By MAUREEN KAKAH

The Central Bank of Kenya will on Wednesday proceed to open bids for the tender of printing the new Kenyan currency after the High Court declined to suspend it.

Justice Enoch Chacha Mwita set the hearing of a case in which De La Rue Security Printing firm had sought to stop the ongoing tender, to be on November 30.

TENDER

The judge issued the directions on Tuesday after CBK accused the firm of illegally acquiring tender documents for a process it had not participated in.

Through lawyer Ochieng Oduol, CBK wants the firm to explain how it acquired the documents that it attached as evidence in the case.

Despite pleas from the firm to the court to temporarily suspend the tendering process, the judge insisted that the issues raised needed to be responded to and a determination made.

We must find out the veracity of the alleged documents. If they are valid we proceed with the case that is before us because it is a constitutional matter. If they are merited, nothing will stop the court from nullifying the whole tender, said Justice Mwita.

DISPUTE

According to CBK, De la Rue was not pre-qualified to tender or invited to submit or participate in the disputed tender yet it has in its possession a confidential document that should not be disclosed unless a court order has been issued.

CBK also claimed that there are avenues the firm should have used to request the disputed documents but it did not do so, hence the documents should be struck out and considered inadmissible.

CBK also claimed that...

19:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kenya Battles Claims of Soliciting Uhuru Congratulatory Messages
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation   

President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledges greetings from Kenyans during Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, 2017. Kenya was on Tuesday caught in a diplomatic storm following claims that it was soliciting congratulatory messages from foreign countries after his re-election. PHOTO | RAPHAEL NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Financial Times reported that Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed had asked UK counterpart Boris Johnson to recognise Mr Kenyatta's re-election.
Mr Johnson obliged, sparking criticism in London that he had moved too fast to recognise Mr Kenyatta.
The government has been openly tweeting and broadcasting any congratulatory messages that come in.

By PATRICK LANG'AT

Kenya was on Tuesday caught in a diplomatic storm following claims that it was soliciting congratulatory messages from foreign countries after the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The respected London-based Financial Times reported that Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed had asked her UK counterpart Boris Johnson to recognise the re-election of Mr Kenyatta following the Supreme Court dismissal of the petitions he had faced.

Mr Johnson obliged, sparking criticism in London that he had moved too fast to recognise Mr Kenyatta.

The paper said most Western powers were waiting for the President to be sworn in next Tuesday before they send their congratulatory messages.

The Times, in a report on Tuesday afternoon also quoted an e-mail allegedly sent by Kenyan ambassador to Brussels Johnson Weru that suggested he was pushing other nations to congratulate President Kenyatta after securing a second term following a disputed repeat election after his August 8 win was annulled by the Supreme Court in a petition filed by his main challenger Raila Odinga.

Following the Supreme Court of Kenya ruling early today and which has upheld the victory of President Kenyatta, I am kindly requesting your indulgence in preparing and dispatching a suitable congratulations m...

19:01

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Calm Returns to Nairobi After Protests Over Uhuru's Victory
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation
   
Residents in Congo area of Kawangware, Nairobi County, go about their business on November 21, 2017 a day after calm returned to the area. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
Sporadic chaos, violence and demonstrations were witnessed in some areas after Mondays Supreme Court decision that upheld President Uhuru Kenyattas victory.
But on Tuesday, calm returned to the areas, businesses were opened and people went about their day-to-day activities.

By COLLINS OMULO

Calm has returned to most areas in Nairobi that experienced sporadic chaos, violence and demonstrations after Mondays Supreme Court decision that upheld President Uhuru Kenyattas victory.

A spot check by the Nation around Kawangware, Kibera, Githurai 45, Dandora and Kariobangi South established that most residents had already resumed their day-to-day activities, with business also slowly going back to normalcy.

BUSINESS AS USUAL

In Kawangware 46, it was business as usual as residents went about their activities, selling various wares as most businesses slowly opened and even matatus were plying their routes.

In Kawangware 56, Stage 2 and Congo, which witnessed running battles between youths who had barricaded roads and anti-riot police on Monday, normalcy had returned with only a few telltale signs of the chaos left behind.

Calm returns to Kibera.

Nevertheless, clusters of youths could be seen in different places chatting even as others were busy in their businesses.

This area is now good. On Monday, I could not even open my business but now as you can see I am readying my wares for the day, said Mama Muthoni, a mama mboga at Kawangware 56.

CALM

In Kibera, the area was peaceful and businesses were open. The area did not experience any widespread tension on Monday although there were reports that one person was killed.

The always volatile Ayany and Olympic areas was calm, with only pockets of youths chatting. There was no police presen...

19:00

The Platform Economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While developed countries in Europe, North America, and Asia are rapidly aging, emerging economies are predominantly youthful. Nigerian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese young people will shape global work trends at an increasingly rapid pace, bringing to bear their experience in dynamic informal markets on a tech-enabled gig economy.

18:50

False News: 60 Minutes Treats US As Yemen Savior "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Adam Johnson for FAIR - In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis thats left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera. Correspondent Scott Pelleys segment, When Food Is Used as a Weapon, employed excellent on-the-ground reporting to highlight the famine and bombing victims of Saudi Arabias brutal two-and-a-half year siege of Yemen. But its editors betrayed this reportingand their viewersby stripping the conflict of any geopolitical context, and letting one of its largest backers, the United States government, entirely off the hook. As FAIR has previously noted (10/14/16, 2/27/17), US media frequently ignore the Pentagons role in the conflict altogether. Pelly did not once note that the US assists Saudi Arabias bombing campaign with logistical support, refueling and the selling of arms to the tune of $400 billion. The US also routinely protectsSaudi Arabia at the UN from condemnationa shield that may have vastly prolonged the war, given that it signals the support of the most powerful country on Earth.

18:46

Mugabe resigns: new leader to be announced Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

17.53. The Speaker of the Zimbabwean Parliament reads President Robert Mugabe's resignation letter.

18:46

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on Tuesday. Mugabe had ruled almost unopposed since the country won independence from Britain.   A jubilant crowd trooped out as horns of vehicles blazed through the streets. Many of the people described the moment as historic. Watch videos below: The sun has set in Harare, but overjoyed Zimbabweans are just getting started with their celebrations #MugabeResigns pic.twitter.com/Os2ICbHtm3 News24 (@News24) November 21, 2017 A group of ecstatic Zimbabweans chanting rest in peace, rest in peace outside the rainbow towers where the...

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18:42

60 Minutes ignores Washington's role in Yemen Carnage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

"American complicity in the war is so broad in scope, it merited a warning last year from the USs own State Department they could be liable for war crimesyet it hardly merits a mention in major media accounts. The war just is, a collective moral failing on the part of all partiesirrational sectarian Muslims lost in a pat cycle of violence caricature." (thanks Amir)

18:27

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Top Court Upholds Kenyattas Poll Victory
November 21, 2017

NAIROBI. Kenyas Supreme Court yesterday validated the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking opposition protests that left two dead, according to police. While the court decision led to celebrations in ruling party strongholds, protesters took to the street in opposition areas in the capital and the west of the country. One protester was killed in Nairobis Kibera slum, while a paramedic tending the injured at a demonstration in western Migori was also shot dead, according to police.

The death toll from four months of election chaos now stands at 54, with most protesters killed at the hands of police, according to rights groups. The protests erupted after the Supreme Court dismissed two petitions seeking to overturn the victory of Kenyatta in October 26 elections, paving the way for him to be sworn in for a second five-year term on November 28.

The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent, said Chief Justice David Maraga, referring to Kenyatta. Maraga had in September annulled an August election due to irregularities and illegalities, a historic decision hailed across the globe as an opportunity to boost Kenyan democracy.

However, the ruling a rare victory for Odinga only deepened acrimony and protests, leaving the country deeply divided. Accusing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of failing to make fundamental reforms to improve the vote, Odinga withdrew from the October ballot which he urged his followers to boycott.

In the run-up to the vote, a top election official fled the country, saying the poll would not be credible, and IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati himself said he could not guarantee a free and fair election. Election day was marred by chaos in opposition strongholds, with polling stations unable to open in 25 constituencies. The boycott handed Kenyatta a landslide victory of 98 percent, although turnout was only 39 percent.

This time, Odinga and his National Super All...

18:23

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

IMF Cautions Kenya on Rising Debt
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
The fiscal deficit was at 7.9 per cent from a previous forecast of 6.2 per cent.
Mikkelsen said an IMF mission would visit Nairobi in mid-December to review its programmes with the government.

By KEVIN MWANZA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that Kenyas rising debt needs to be contained to avoid vulnerabilities to the economy from unforeseen shocks.

IMF Resident Representative in Kenya Jan Mikkelsen on Tuesday said that while the economy had shown resilience to drought and prolonged electioneering this year, the rising public debt was a concern and needs to be checked to avoid dragging down the economy in future.

LOANS

Kenyas public debt has been on an upward trend in recent years, rising to Sh4.4 trillion by the end of September from less than a trillion shillings in mid-2014.

Mikkelsen said the country requires clear policies to address debt vulnerability, which could increase further if Treasury pursues another syndicated loan and a second Eurobond as indicated by Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich two weeks ago.

The fiscal deficit needs to be reduced a little bit to make more room for the private sector and also to reduce the public debt pressure, he told the Nation on the sidelines of an event hosted at Strathmore Business School, Nairobi.

We still do see growth in the Kenyan economy, which is quite resilient. It will of course assume that political stability returns to the country.

DEFICIT

A Budget Review and Outlook Paper released in September showed that the level of public debt to GDP ratio was expected to rise to 59.0 per cent this fiscal year, from a previous target of 51.8 per cent.

The fiscal deficit was at 7.9 per cent from a previous forecast of 6.2 per cent.

The official said an IMF mission would visit Nairobi in mid-December to review its programmes with the government.

The international lender has a st...

18:20

Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as infiltrators "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

What has become of you? Are you the Zionist Union or the expelling union? Have you gone mad? In your tactics for wooing votes, youve abandoned your fundamental values and ability to tell right from wrong.

Tamar Zandberg, a lawmaker from the leftist Meretz Party, shouted that at the left-bloc Zionist Union members who yesterday backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus draconian legislation to forcibly deport the remaining roughly 40,000 African asylum seekers to a third country Rwanda. 

Zandbergs party leader Zehava Gal-On, added that the Zionist Union leader, Avi Gabbay, has forgotten what it means to be human playing a bitter pun on the Gabbays recent echoing of Netanyahu, where he said that the left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday that it is time to increase the pace of deporting African migrants, as the Jerusalem Post reported, introducing a bill which passed 53-10 on Monday much thanks to Gabbays support of a policy that is contrary to Labors former position.  

Jerusalem Post Gil Hoffman yesterday summarized Gabbays many shifts rightwards since his being elected chair of Labor this summer:

Gabbay said recently that there would be no need to evacuate settlements in a peace deal, that he would not sit in a coalition with the Joint (Arab) list, that he was not sure if there was a partner on the Palestinian side, that the Left forgot what it means to be Jewish, and that the whole land of Israel is ours, because it was promised to our patriarch Abraham by God.  

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18:18

YouTube Bans Donbass News Agency, Cutting Crucial Ukraine Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donetsk (GPA) In the latest sweeps on pro-Russian fake news, Donbass News Agency has been removed from YouTube for covering Ukrainian war crimes.

Western censors targeted a crucial source of information yesterday, shutting down the English language YouTube channel for the Donbass News Agency (DONi). DONi is one of the top sources documenting Ukrainian war crimes and ceasefire violations, yet according to YouTube, their channel was guilty of violations of many or serious types of spam, fraudulent activity, and misleading content or other YouTube practices.

This move by YouTube is an outrage since DONi was not biased but just recorded the war crimes of Kiev in a conflict most westerners dont even remember is happening. Geopolitics Alert has used DONi as a source several times due to their coverage of events western media fully ignores.

The removal of the DONi channel on YouTube is just part of a larger ongoing crackdown against independent media. YouTube is not only trying to clear up independent news as they try to push customers towards their premium content plans but is also facing backlash from the US government for allowing Russia to interfere in the election.

Related: Censorship Of RT And Sputnik Shows US Hypocrisy On Subversion

Its not just YouTube

All of the major social media sites appeared in front of Congress recently, where they were all threatened with regulation if they didnt begin self-censorship.

This censorship is now across all social media platforms and doesnt just apply to pro-Russian content. Censors have also begun deleting profiles that report the truth about countries like Syria and Yemen. The new censorship rules arent just pro-US but also meant to keep disparaging news about regimes in places like Israel and Saudi Arabia away from the masses.

The editors of Geopolitics Alert have also not been immune with one editor having their Facebook deactivated for a week for showing terrorist images, relatin...

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Uhuru Kenyatta Says He Will Lead Kenya's Healing After Poll
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017
Kenya Daily Naton   

President Uhuru Kenyatta. He will take his oath of office next week. PHOTO | NATION |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Tuesday said President Kenyatta was willing to lead the healing needed after a protracted poll dispute.

But Mr Odinga has rubbished the Monday Supreme Court judgment, saying it was given by judges under duress.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to reach out to all Kenyans in his second term once he is sworn into office on Tuesday.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Tuesday said President Kenyatta was willing to lead the healing needed after a protracted poll dispute.

SWEARING-IN

The president would like to assure all Kenyans, those who voted for him and those who did not, that he will be president of all Kenyans.  No one should fear that they will be marginalised or penalised for their political choice, Mr Esipisu told journalists at the steps of Harambee House, which houses the presidents office.

Next week, the president will take his oath of office. On that day, he will rededicate himself to the path of peace, prosperity, constitutional order, and of healing.

President Kenyatta will be sworn in on Tuesday November 28 by the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi in the presence of Chief Justice David Maraga who on Monday led a six-judge Supreme Court bench to unanimously uphold his election victory on October 26.

Former prime minister and Mr Kenyattas arch-rival Raila Odinga withdrew from the repeat poll after successfully petitioning the presidents August 8 win.

'TRIUMPH'

The Nasa leader has demanded a fresh, credible election under a new electoral commission, saying it was the only way for the country to move forward.

Further, Mr Odinga has rubbished the Monday Supreme Court judgment, saying it was given by judges under duress.

But in the statement, State House termed the decision as a triumph of the rule of...

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Lebanons Hariri in Egypt amid resignation crisis at home "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Kenyan Soldiers Don't Smuggle Charcoal in Somalia - KDF
The Kenya Defense Forces yesterday disputed allegations its soldiers are involved in charcoal smuggling in Somalia.

The charcoal trade generates major income for al Shabaab.

KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo rejected as untrue the UN Security Council's Somalia and Ethiopia Monitoring Group's report that KDF is involved in export and import of charcoal from and into Somalia.

He said it [the report] is similar to the one the group has been making "with a little variation in wording every year around the same time since 2012".

Obonyo said the KDF is deployed in the only 150km of Somalia's coastline.

He said the SEMG report does not specify sectors where the charcoal trafficking takes place and who is managing those ports. The group did not visit those areas, he said.

"KDF is not in charge of the management of port operations in Kismayu. They are under the Somali Federal Government and Jubaland State authorities," Obonyo said.

"KDF is not in Somalia to do business, but to enforce Amisom's mandate. We are in Somalia to ensure safety and security of the Somali people. Kenya has made a lot of sacrifices to liberate Somali people."

The UN banned the charcoal trade in Somalia in February 2012 to deny al Shabaab revenues. This was after it emerged the charcoal trade was generating major income for the al Qaeda-linked terror group.

Kenyan soldiers overpowered al Shabaab in Kismayu in September 2012 in the offensive Operation Sledge Hammer in which they dethroned the militants and seized control of the coastal town.

But Obonyo said the Kenyan troops were replaced by those from Siera Leone, who later left and were replaced by those from Burundi and Ethiopia, and the Family Police Unit from Nigeria.

SEMG has deplored the continued charcoal trade through Somali ports controlled by Amisom.

The SEMG report expresses concern that the charcoal trade still provides significant funding for the militia. It urged the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to continue its work, with the Federal Government of Somalia.

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AMISOM Begins to Withdraw Troops From Somalia
by  Daily Nation
November 21, 2017, 6:20 am

African Unions Mission in Somalia has begun withdrawing its troops from the country against the backdrop of heightened insecurity in Mogadishu.

The capital has witnessed almost 1,000 deaths in just three months.

This is the highest number of fatalities recorded in the country in such a short time since Amisom operations began in 2007.

The intensified attacks have caused a security scare in Somalia, leading to the resignation of Defence minister Abdirashid Abdullahi and army boss Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid.

The fears have also led to the dismissals of senior security and intelligence officials, with the US State Department ordering Americans to leave the country.

The United Nations asked local and foreign staff to be more vigilant while in Somalia. The same warning was issued to government ministries.

TERRORISM

In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Information Minister Abdirhaman Osman Yarisow admitted that the war on terrorism was becoming complex.

He said terrorists were changing tactics and conducting an asymmetric warfare.

It is very difficult to stop terrorists who want and are ready to kill themselves, especially if they want to do so in populated areas, the minister said.

The government has succeeded in securing its institutions and that is why al-Shabaab terrorists are desperately turning to populated civilian zones to make newspaper headlines.

ATTACK

Shortly before his sacking following Somalias worst ever attack that claimed the lives of more than 400 people last month, National Intelligence and Security Agency director general Abdillahi Mohamed Sanbalooshe unleashed stinging attacks on partners and the global community, saying the country needed material support not tears or hollow empathies.

To defeat al-Shabaab, Somalia requires expertise and equipment. It needs a new paradigm of cooperation between our security services and international partners, he said in a New York Times opinion piece.

We have been operating a...

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Citizens celebrate Mugabe resignation as Zimbabwe president "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The rule of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is over after he tendered his resignation in a letter to parliament, according to the house speaker. The 93 year old has been in power since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. Mugabe's future had been the subject of intense speculation in recent days, after the Central Committee of the ruling ZANU-PF Party gave him an ultimatum to step down.

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As Lebanon Puts Army on High Alert, Israel Faces a Much More Capable Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Joseph Aoun, the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces has put the military full readiness mode after observing the Israeli enemy conducting provocative maneuvers on Lebanons southern border.

This comes as Lebanese President Michel Aoun stated,

Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means.

In conjunction with these statements, Hezbollahs leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced yesterday that its volunteers would return from Iraq to Lebanon as ISIS had been neutralized in Iraq. The timing indicates that while Hezbollah has helped Iraq to achieve victory against terrorism, reinforcements are now needed in Lebanon as many fear another Israeli invasion.

During his recent visit to Moscow, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil warned Israel that if it seeks to start another war with Lebanon, the Israeli invaders will not be successful. Bassil also praised the role of Hezbollah in helping to fight terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq, while also praising Hezbollahs role as a defender of Lebanese sovereignty.

With Israel and Saudi Arabia acting as de-facto allies, even more brazenly than in the past, many Lebanese fear that Israel will invade Lebanon yet again, in-line with Saudi statements that Hezbollah is a threat to regional security. Hezbollah and its international partner Iran have slammed Saudi statements as lies.

Objectively, Hezbollah does not threaten anything except the ability of Israel to easily occupy Lebanon and the ability of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda to gain footholds in Lebanon. Hezbollahs cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army and Iraqi Armed Forces is fully legal as Baghdad and Damascus have welcomed Hezbollahs assistance in the war again terrorism. Indeed, Hezbollah fighters often fight side-by-side with Syrian Arab Army soldiers and Iraqi soldiers.

Saudi Arabia has further accused Iran of supplying Yemens Houthis with long-range missiles via Hezbollah. This accusation is absurd due to the logistical impossibility of such things at the present time.

Yemen remains under a Saudi naval blockade and any Iranian ships attempting to supply Houthis would be instantly visible to all international parties. Furthermore, as Hezbollah has neither an air force nor navy, the idea that Iran could somehow supply Yemen via Hezbollah is not only fiction but very poor fiction.

Hezbollahs fighters serve as a kind of national guard which supplements the Lebanese Armed Forces. Members of the primarily Christian Free Patriotic Mo...

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AFRICOM Escalates Pentagon Presence in Somalia
By JOHN VANDIVER, STARS AND STRIPES 
November 18, 2017 

There are now 500 U.S. troops in Somalia, where the military has carried out daily airstrikes in the past week, but the Department of Defense refuses to call it a buildup.

I would not associate that with a buildup, as youre calling it, Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters at the Pentagon on Nov. 16. I think its just the flow of forces in and out as different organizations come in that might be sized a little differently.

McKenzie said the boost in attacks was simply a matter of hitting targets as they emerge. So theres no particular rhythm to it, except that as they become available and as were able to process them and vet them, we strike them, he said.

Still, the sudden surge of servicemembers into Somalia over the past several months and the rapid spike in airstrikes 28 so far this year is a reversal from the past, when there were no regular troops in the country and airstrikes were extremely rare.

Driving the U.S.s recent escalation is a closing window of opportunity as a 20,000-strong coalition of African armies prepares to leave the country after a decade of leading the battle against the al-Qaida-aligned group al-Shabab.

For 10 years, the African Union Mission in Somalia helped ensure relative stability in the war-torn country, pushing al-Shabab out of the capital of Mogadishu and numerous other strongholds. But al-Shabad were never defeated, and with the African Unions pullout set to begin in coming weeks, the U.S. and its partners have little time to degrade the militants before the multinational fighting force leaves. When the unions drawdown will be completed in 2020, Somalias fledgling army will be in charge of the fight.

There is uncertainty about whether clan-based Somalia, which has a fleeting history of centralized government can marshal the unity to prevent an al-Shabab resurgence.

The group would most likely retake some lost territory should AMISOM forces withdraw before the (Somalia National Army) is capable of effective independent operations against the group, Robyn Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Africa Command, told...

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AMISOM is Leaving by 2020: What That Means for Somalia
International Policy Digest

If its current timetable isnt revised, by December 2020, all AMISOM combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from all of Somalias cities, towns, and villages that theyve liberated from the al-Shabaab terrorist organization. The troops have been in Somalia for over a decade to support the Federal Government of Somalia against radical elements of al -Shabaab, who continue their insurgency against the Federal Government of Somalias institutional and militarys presence in Somalia.

AMISOM, comprised of troops drawn from Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Burundi, is deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia through funding support by the EU and UN. The troops alongside the Somali National Army remain the main source of protection for the government as they patrol major roads connecting the Somali capital to the regions and have managed to liberate significant cities such as Mogadishu, Kisimayo, Beletweyne and Baidoa.

The AU mission though it didnt fully achieve and pacify the country as required and expected, deserves credit for creating an enabling an environment for the Somali government to re-organize and prioritize their resources and establish a national army to build on the current progress in liberating the remaining areas still controlled by al-Shabaab.

The AMISOM troop drawdown has already been felt in different parts of Somalia although the Special Representative of the African Union chairperson for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, stated that transition must be gradual, conditions-based, responsible and done in a manner that will not compromise the safety and security of the Somali people.

Besides their military operations against the al -Shabaab group, the AMISOM troops have been training and equipping the Somali National Army (SNA) with the objective of gradually handing over security duties in liberated areas to the SNA. After close to 18 months of successful operations that uprooted al-Shabaabs control on major cities, by mid-2013 the offensives by AMISOM and SNA came to a halt. Neither AMISOM nor the Somali army had the capacity to push beyond areas already recovered. Their hold on the existing territory would be te...

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Shadow World Exposes Greed, Profit and the Business of War "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers.

The U.S. accounts for more than half the worlds annual arms deals. Trump may make it much easier for the government to sell weapons by enlisting the Pentagon and State Department to more aggressively peddle the products of U.S. arms manufacturers. His administration also has proposals and plans in the works to make nuclear weapons more usable, with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon each working on prototypes of a delivery system for future nukes.

Trumps actions reinforce all the most profoundly disturbing aspects of Shadow World, a documentary based on Andrew Feinsteins book on the global arms trade that premiered on PBS at 9:30 pm ET.

Feinstein was once an African National Congress (ANC) member of South Africas Parliament. As he recounts in the film, Nelson Mandelas successor, Thabo Mbeki, spent $10 billion on weapons. Three hundred million dollars was spent on bribes to senior politicians, officials, and military officers. At the same time, Mbeki claimed there were no funds for developing life-saving medications for 6 million South Africans suffering from HIV/AIDS.

The financial oversight committee on which I was the ranking ANC member started to investigate the deal and the corruption. The ANC leadership instructed me to stop the investigation, Feinstein said in an interview with ITVS/Independent Lens interactive editor Craig Phillips. When I refused, they thwarted the investigation, including removing me from the committee and then forcing me out of Parliament.

As Feinstein wrote in his first book on corruption in South Africa, he took an interest in global defense contractors, especially how they were propped up by their own governments. He recognized there was no comprehensive book on the subject and developed the Shadow World project.

The film manages to cover quite a bit of history from President Ronald Reagan to President Barack Obama. Commentators featured in the film also reach back before to reference developments that happened with CIA covert operations in the 1950s to the 1970s. And President Richard Nixons disdain for diplomacy is highlighted through a clip of Nixon expressing the urge to use nuclear weapons.

Many of the key arguments in the film come from journalist Vijay Prashad, who condemns policymak...

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Tambuwal flags of ICT training for 23,000 Sokoto civil servants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Tuesday flagged off special computer appreciation training for 23,361 civil servants in Sokoto state. The program, the largest of its kind in the public sector in the country, will see to the training of 23,361 workers in computer appreciation and other aspects of information and communication technology (ICT). Speaking at the flag off of the event in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the training has been made compulsory for all workers and was designed to improve the capacity of civil servants for them to operate in tune with modern day...

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17:13

GTB takes over Ladojas house over alleged N207.1m debt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos has granted leave to a Receiver/Manager of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Olamide Owolegbon, to take exclusive possession of a property situated at 57,Oscar Ibru Way, Apapa, Lagos, belonging to former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State over alleged N207.1 million debt. The order was sequel to the granting of an ex-parte application filed and argued before the court by a Lagos lawyer, Temilolu Adamolekun, on behalf of the bank and the Receiver/Manager seeking a takeover of the property pending...

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Daily Digest 11/21 - Energy Majors Hit Hard By Climage Regulation, Web Sites Watching Your Every Move "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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17:05

2019: Buharis men beg Okorocha to drop Presidential ambition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group, mobilizing support for President Muhammadu Buharis second term bid has called on Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state to shelf his presidential ambition come 2019. The group, Democratic Youths Congress for Buhari 2019, said that having appraised and acknowledged the capacity and track record of Governor Okorocha, they arrived at the conclusion that there was the need to dialogue and urge him to drop his ambition in the interest of continuity and political stability of the country. On a visit to the Imo state Government House yesterday, national...

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17:00

BREAKING: President Mugabe resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Embattled Zimbabwes President, Robert Mugabe has finally resigned.  According to the parliaments speaker, Jacob Mudenda, Mugabe resigned in a letter addressed to him. The surprise announcement came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against the 93-year-old leader in a joint sitting of parliament. Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last weeks military takeover, and days of protests against his rule. He has been in power since independence in 1980.

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16:28

US/Saudi/Israeli Alliance for Greater Regional Turbulence? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Stephen Lendman Global Research, November 20, 2017 VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE:  stephenlendman.org  (Home Stephen Lendman).  Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. The alliance is beset by failures. Longstanding US/Israeli plans to redraw the Middle East map failed to achieve its objective so far. Libya in North Africa remains an ungovernable cauldron of violence. Shias close to Iran []

16:03

Reps halt sale of PHCNs N20B assets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives yesterday directed auctioneers carrying out sales of Non-Core Assets belonging to the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, to suspend further sales pending a probe its investigation. Meanwhile, the House has resolved to probe the sales of light assets owned by the defunct  Power holding company Nigeria, PHCN, valued at N20billion. This followed a motion brought by Hon. Rita Orji (PDP, Lagos). Orji in the motion expressed concern over the fraudulent act the sales were carried out and agreed that there was an urgent need...

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16:01

Backgrounder: Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Summary

Lebanons Hezbollah (Party of God in Arabic) is a Shia politico-military grouping at the forefront of Irans bid for control of the Middle East. The militant group serves to bolster Iranian influence via operations in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. These activities have made the group a sworn enemy of Saudi Arabia, which has tried to isolate and pressure Hezbollah wherever it operates. The Saudi-backed prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, recently resigned from office in protest of Hezbollahs influence in Lebanon and Iranian expansionism in the region. Two days later, Saudi Arabia accused Hezbollah and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) of being directly responsible for a missile attack on Riyadh from Yemeni territory. Furthermore, the United States has also sought to ramp up pressure on Hezbollah by implementing new sanctions against the group, which is already designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

While anti-Iranian powers regard Hezbollah as a threat, the group has established itself in Lebanon as an armed political movement with strong support from the Lebanese Shia community.

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15:58

Senate postpones 2018 budget debate, considers MTEF "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate on Tuesday announced the postponement of debate on the 2018 Appropriation Bill to Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. The upper chamber had fixed Wednesday for the debate. President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who announced the shift of the debate on Tuesday, said it was to enable the chamber to pass the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). We are hoping that the MTEF will be laid tomorrow (Wednesday) and to be passed this week. Secondly, the distribution of documents, I hope you have all received documents accompanying...

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15:58

I lured her with N10 sweet, rape suspect says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 30-year-old rape suspect, Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday admitted to luring a nine-year-old primary four pupil with a N10 lollipop sweet. Abubakar, a commercial motorcyclist and resident of Tudun Fulani in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger, disclosed this while being interrogated by the Niger State Child Right Protection Agency. Abubakar said: I saw her outside her school where I had parked my motorcycle to buy sweet and she told me to give her sweet. I gave her a sweet and then lured her to an uncompleted building and had...

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15:49

Buhari Congratulates Obiano "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the people of Anambra State, the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, election observers as well as security agencies on the peaceful conduct of the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state. According to the president, the processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits. This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing. He particularly expressed...

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15:32

Alleged N4.6bn fraud: EFCC asks court to admit Fani-Kayodes account statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos to admit the account statement of a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, at Zenith Bank Plc, as an exhibit. EFCCs lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, made the request during the examination-in-chief of a compliance officer with the bank, Tosin Owobo, at the on-going trial of Fani-Kayode and three others over alleged N4.6 billion fraud. Owobo had in his testimony told the court that upon a request, the former ministers statement...

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15:30

From rail and airports to its first overseas naval base, China zeroes in on tiny Djibouti "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President of African nation will visit China this week

By Kinling Lo
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 8:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 3:00pm
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15:13

Amosun presents N345bn budget to Ogun Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N345.42 billion to the state House of Assembly. Christened Budget of Accelerated Development, Amosun said the 2018 estimates represented an increase of 57 percent compared with this years budget of N221.129billion. The governor disclosed that the budget will be funded from the projected Internally Generated Revenue of N149.258billion representing 43.21percent; statutory allocation of N48billion from Federation Account representing 13.90 percent and capital receipts of N98.160billion, representing 28.42 percent. Presenting the appropriation bill at a plenary which was...

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15:11

El-Rufai mourns late commissioner for Education "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has described the late commissioner for Education in the state, Professor Noks  as one of the best this country has produced, and one of the most committed persons to have served Kaduna State. The government statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to Governor Nasir El-Rufai  said  Professor Nok was a man of intellect, ability and deep conviction who will be sorely missed. READ ALSO: BREAKING: Kaduna state commissioner for education is dead  The Kaduna State Government is saddened by the loss of Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, our respected Commissioner...

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15:08

Facebooks ad platform still lets users discriminate against protected minorities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Once again, Facebooks insanely lucrative ad platform is under fire, regarding the questionable ways that advertisers can target ads. ProPublica has brought up numerous exampleslast year it was able to exclude certain ethnic groupsincluding African-Americans and Hispanic Americansfrom seeing certain ads; earlier this year groups such as Jew haters Nazi party could be specifically targeted

Once again, Facebooks insanely lucrative ad platform is under fire, regarding the questionable ways that advertisers can target ads. ProPublica has brought up numerous exampleslast year it was able to exclude certain ethnic groupsincluding African-Americans and Hispanic Americansfrom seeing certain ads; earlier this year groups such as Jew haters Nazi party could be specifically targeted by ads. In the wake of each scandal, Facebook pledged to crack down and fix the problem.

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15:01

JUST IN: EFCC, SSS, NIA clash over arrest of Ayo Oke, Ita Ekpeyong "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday clashed with operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, in a bid to arrest former heads of the two agencies. According to reports, EFCC operatives were resisted by armed security agents of the two agencies when they storm the homes of the former head of the NIA, Ayo Oke, and former head of the SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, respectively in Abuja. The situation has reportedly caused traffic mayhem in the area. The EFCC had invited Oke...

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14:56

Salmans Shake-Up: Saudi Maneuvers Are Bad for the American People "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Riyadh is now serving as a temporary prison, holding some of the 201 people that have been detained on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. 1,800 bank accounts have been frozen.

The drama is escalating on the international front as well. The Saudis are blaming Iran for a recent missile attack from Yemen. The Prime Minister of Lebanon has resigned from his post while in Riyadh and echoes Saudi rhetoric against Hezbollah.

The price of oil is rising again, the highest its been in two years, approaching $58 per barrel.

Whats going on? Something is clearly boiling below the surface on the Arabian Peninsula. How can we interpret these chaotic moves?

 

Middle-Men for Wall Street & London

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Abdallah S. Jum'ah, right and Exxon Mobil Corporation President Rex Tillerson, attend a forum on U.S.-Saudi Relations and Global Energy Security, Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Abdallah S. Jumah, right and Exxon Mobil Corporation President Rex Tillerson, attend a forum on U.S.-Saudi Relations and Global Energy Security, Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Why does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exist? Did it simply arise naturally? Does the mindset of the people living in the region simply long for this Wahabbi autocracy? This is what certain forces would like us to believe. But the reality is that the rise of the House of Saud, and the prolonged life of this absolute monarchy that beheads and tortures, is closely linked to forces outside the region, namely, western oil bankers.

The British empire discovered, in their efforts to dominate the region, that ibn Saud, known as Abdulaziz in the Arab world, was a great middleman. In 1915, a friendship and cooperation pact was signed with this autocratic ruler, and the British supplied him with huge amounts of weapons. It was mainly due to British military and financial support that ibn Saud was able to beat down all his rivals, and dominate the Peninsula. In 1938, oil was discovered, and the third Saudi s...

14:46

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Mubi Attack: Death Toll Rises to 50
Nov 21 2017 12:12PM
Nigeria Daily Trust

The Adamawa Police Command says the death toll in Tuesdays Mubi mosque suicide attack has risen to 50.

The commands Public Relations Officer, SP Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

Abubakar said that a young boy was responsible for the blast which occurred during the early morning prayer.

We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured , Abubakar said.
NAN reports that the attack happened in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday around 5 a.m. when Muslims were observing the early morning prayer.

The incident was the first in three years since the liberation of Mubi town from Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.

14:43

NBS: Nigerias economy fully recovers, GDP growth hits 1.4% "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerias economy is fully on recovery path, recording a positive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1.40% growth in Q3 2017 (yearon- year), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced yesterday in its Q3,2017 GDP result. With the latest result, Nigerias economy has recorded two consecutive positive growths in real terms, having emerged from the grip of recession in Q2 2017. The GDP growth during the quarter in focus was driven by improved production activities both in oil and non-oil sectors of the economy. This growth is 3.74% points higher than the...

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14:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Many Feared Dead in Mubi Mosque Bombing
By Kabiru R. Anwar, Yola
Nigeria Daily Trust
Nov 21 2017 10:07AM

A suicide bomber has detonated a bomb in a Mosque in Mubi town, killing several worshipers.

Daily Trust learnt that the attacker suddenly bumped in to the mosque located in Anguwan Shuwa ward during early morning congregation on Tuesday.

A resident said he saw atleast twenty lifeless bodies lying on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the blast.

The Mubi North council chairman Musa Ahmad Bello said the number of casualty had not yet been ascertained as rescue workers were still removing bodies from the scene.

He said injured persons had been evacuated to the hospital.
Mubi is in Adamawa state, North-East Nigeria.

14:37

No minister, senator can steal billions under Buhari Sagay "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Falana: $300bn looted funds yet to be recovered   The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has said that the President Muhammadu Buharis administration has put an end to high level corruption among government officials, stressing that there is no cabinet minister, National Assembly member or Permanent Secretary that can steal billions of naira again. Speaking yesterday in Lagos at a conference on Tracking Noxious Funds organised by the MacArthur Foundation and Kent Law School, the PACAC chairman said against the narration in some quarters,...

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14:35

2019: Ogun West group picks Adeola as consensus candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

*Rejects Amosuns aides The Ogun West Consultative Forum has endorsed an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Senator Solomon Adeola, as the consensus candidate of Yewa-Awori people for the 2019 elections in the state. The group, which described itself as an independent political volunteer force, said Adeola, currently representing Lagos West in the National Assembly, was selected because of his popularity and electoral advantage over other aspirants. The lawmakers endorsement was announced in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, by the President of the group, Chief Kayode Ajibola. Ajibola, who was flanked...

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14:35

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Suicide Bomber Kills 50 in Nigeria in Deadliest Attack This Year
Percy Dabang, Ardo Hazzad

YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Some of the dead were in pieces beyond recognition, said Bayi Muhammad, a worshipper at the mosque in Mubi who said he only escaped the blast because he was late for early morning prayers.

The government and military have said numerous times since 2015 that Boko Harams eight-year insurgency is almost defeated but the group continues to attack civilian and military targets.

Tuesdays bombing brings the number killed in 2017 to at least 278, according to calculations by Reuters. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll is at least 50 but there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure.

Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram held territory in 2014. Troops pushed them out in early 2015. The group mounts suicide attacks in public places such as mosques and markets.

Tuesdays attack was the biggest in Nigerias northeast since two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more at a market in Adamawa last December.

It is also the first attack on Mubi since armed forces recaptured the town from Boko Haram in 2014.

The blast bears the hallmarks of a faction led by Abubakar Shekau, which forces women and girls to carry out suicide bombings. The attacks often leave only the bomber dead.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 in its attempt to create an Islamic state in the region. It has killed more than 20,000 and forced around 2 million people to flee their homes.

The group split in 2016 and the faction under Shekau is based in the Sambisa forest on the border with Cameroon and Chad and mainly targets civilians with suicide bombers.

The other faction is based in the Lake Chad region and led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi. It mainly attacks mi...

14:30

Ibori Slams Nigerians For Shedding Crocodile Tears Over Death Of Alex Ekweme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief James Ibori


LAGOS NOVEMBER 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has said Nigerians are shedding Crocodile tears over the death of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
Ibori said this in a statement by signed his spokesman, Tony Eluemunor.
The former Governor said the country refused to allow Ekwueme rescue it.
Though His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was a great leader, a national father-figure, a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics, I Chief James Onanefe Ibori can never stop asking what if! Ibori said.
It is ironic that the nation that betrayed this mans effort to rescue it from political and economic morass will, now that he is dead, begin to shed crocodile tears.
Even those who betrayed the very effort to make Ekwueme President, may begin to, hypocritically; of course, bewail the fact that Ekwueme or the Igboman or woman, never ruled Nigeria.
Ekwueme was an extraordinary polyvalent scholar who earned multiple degrees in Architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, philosophy and law from several universities. He was a gifted architect whose professional legacies dot various Nigerian cities.
In politics, h...

14:28

Sayyed Nasrallah: ISILs State is Over, AL Statement Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

November 20, 2017 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denounced an Arab League statement describing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as ridiculous and absurd, denying their claims that the resistance group was sending ballistic missiles to Yemen. In a televised speech delivered on Monday, Sayyed Nasrallah said the allegations in the AL statement issued by Arab []

14:25

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14 Ancient Egyptian Artifacts Including Amulets, Vase, to Be Returned from Cyprus: Ministry
Nevine El-Aref
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The objects include an alabaster vase inscribed with King Ramses II's cartouche, and 13 amulets of different shapes, sizes and materials

The Egyptian embassy in Cyprus is set to receive a collection of 14 artefacts that have been stolen and illegally smuggled out of the country within a matter of days, an Egyptian antiquities official has said.

The objects include an alabaster vase inscribed with King Ramses II's cartouche, and 13 amulets of different shapes, sizes and materials. The subjects include the goddesses Sekhmet, Neith, Isis, and the Udjat and Djed symbols. Ushabti figurines are also among the collection.

Shaaban Abdel Gawad, director-general of the Antiquities Repatriation Department, told Ahram Online that the retrieval of these objects started last year when Interpol reported that it had seized a collection of stolen ancient Egyptian artefacts in Nicosia.

The Repatriation Department, he said, carried out its own investigations and discovered that the seized objects were illegally smuggled out of the country after the passing of the Antiquities Law in 1983 and arrived in Cyprus in 1986, which means Egypt has a right of recovery.

In collaboration with Egypt's ministries of foreign affairs, justice and international cooperation, said Abdel Gawad, Cyprus has approved Egypt's right to retrieve the artefacts and they will be returned shortly.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281863.aspx

14:25

The Sheikh of Ethiopia: How Saudi purge could disrupt an African country "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Undefined

Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, one of Ethiopia's biggest investors, among those arrested in Saudi anti-corruption campaign

14:20

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International Law Prevents Recovery of Rosetta Stone from UK, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Tells MPs
Gamal Essam El-Din
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Minister Khaled El-Enany said the UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 does not help in recovering the Rosetta Stone

In a question and answer session before parliament on Monday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said he regrets that the ministry has not so far been able to recover all Egyptian antiquities smuggled abroad.

"The UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 stipulates that an ownership document is a prerequisite in order to be officially able to recover smuggled antiquities," said El-Enany, adding that "for this reason, we have not been able to recover the Rosetta Stone which was smuggled into England in the 19th century."

El-Enany, however, said that "Egypt was able to recover as many 1,100 antiquities from 20 countries across the world in 2016 and 2017."

"Some of these were recovered through bilateral negotiations and others through lawsuits," he said.

El-Enany deplored that "the smuggling and sale of Egyptian antiquities on world markets will not stop as long as Egypt does not have ownership documents of them."

"In England the sale of antiquities is a legalised practice and this also makes it difficult to recover our pieces there," said the minister, adding that "in 1983 Egypt decided to make sale of antiquities illegal, but this is just an Egyptian law."

He said some Egyptian antiquities smuggled into England were are always on show in exhibition halls there, with ownership documents of some pieces indicating that they were bought at EGP 2 per piece in 1932.

El-Enany said there are two kinds of Egyptian antiquities in Israel.

"While the first ones are the ones which were discovered in Israel itself as in old times the pharaohs occupied this land, the second are the ones which were smuggled from Sinai into Israel," said El-Enany, adding that "Egypt was able to recover many of its smuggled antiquities from Israel."

The minister revealed that a national committee including the ministries of antiquities, foreign affairs, the Administrative Control Authority, the National...

14:17

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Tutankhamun's Gold Sheets on Display for First Time Ever at the Egyptian Museum 
Nevine El-Aref
Wednesday 15 Nov 2017

Egypts Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany is set to inaugurate on Wednesday evening theexhibition of Tutankhamuns unseen treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where the golden sheets of Tutankhamun will be on display for the first time ever.

The event will be attended by foreign and Egyptian Egyptologists as well as members of the media and government officials.

The exhibitions date falls on the 115th anniversary of the museums opening as well as the 60th anniversary of the re-opening of the German Archaeological Institute Cairo.

Christian Eckmann, a pioneering German restorer who restored the golden sheets of Tutankhamun, told Ahram Online that the exhibition will put the sheets on display for the first time since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922.

In 2014, Eckmann said, a joint project of the Egyptian Museum, the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, the University of Tbingen and the Rmisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz in Germany was established to do archaeological, technological, scientific and iconographic analysis of an important but largely ignored collection of artefacts discovered in the tomb.

The project, as well as the current exhibition, was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the German Foreign Office.

Eckmann says that the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings revolutionised our understanding of Egypts past, as it was the first time an undisturbed royal Egyptian tomb was ever discovered.

Carter and his team had meticulously documented the position and appearance of approximately 5,400 objects, including furniture, weapons, clothing, vessels, food, chariots, and cultic items. However, he did not have time for a comprehensive analysis of all the discoveries.

"This is especially true for a group of exquisitely ornamented gold-sheet and leather appliqus that were found scattered on the floor of the antechamber and the treasury, close to the royal chariots," Eckmann told Ahram Online.

Eckmann said t...

14:15

South Africa arrests in continuing rhino horn investigations by Rhino8 team "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Arrests in Rhino poaching related crimes continue. Photo: SAPSArrests in Rhino poaching related crimes continue. Photo: SAPS

Over the past four weeks, the Rhino 8 Task Team has arrested several suspects for various crimes related to rhino poaching.

The Rhino 8 team comprises of various government departments including members from various disciplines of the South African Police Service, Customs and Excise, the South African National Defence Force and Ezemvelo and SANParks Game Rangers.

This team has been doing sterling work since its inception, arresting dozens of suspected rhino poachers and recovering arms, ammunition and vehicles among other incriminating items.

Once again, over these past four weeks the team arrested 50 more suspects in the areas of Acornhoek, Skukhuza, Phalaborwa, Hluhluwe, Barberton and KwaMsane.

Two of these suspects, aged 24 and 33 years, were arrested as recently as this past weekend after they were found in possession of .375 hunting rifle in KwaMsane. Police also seized a Toyota Hilux Bakkie in which they were traveling.

During these arrests the team also confiscated several other vehicles including a Toyota Quantum, VW Golf Polo, a BMW 3 series, and 17 firearms including rifles and pistols, a variety of ammunition, silencers, axes, knives and cellphones.

Most of the suspects have since appeared in various courts on charges relating to unlawful possession of firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of dangerous weapon/s, trespassing, kidnapping and assault.

In the meantime at least six suspects that were arrested earlier this year have been convicted and sentenced to 39 years accumulatively.

One of these accused, Maphoyisa Mahlaule was sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment for Hunting a Protected Animal, Possession of Unlicensed Firear......

14:14

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Mummy Discovered at Fayoum's Deir Al-Banat
Nevine El-Aref
Tuesday 14 Nov 2017

During excavation work carried out at the Deir Al-Banat (Al-Banat Monastery) archaeological site in Fayoum, an Egyptian-Russian mission from the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies discovered a wooden Graeco-Roman sarcophagus with a mummy inside.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the sarcophagus is in poor condition, with cracks all over its lid and base. The mummy, however, is well-preserved.

He explains that the mummy is wrapped in linen and has a blue and gold cartonnage mask. The mask is decorated with scenes depicting the sky deity Kheibir, while the mummy's chest is decorated with the face of the goddess Isis. The legs have an image of a white sabot.

Mohamed Abdel-Latif, head of the antiquities ministrys Coptic and Islamic Antiquities Department, said that the sarcophagus and the mummy underwent conservation work at the site before they were transferred to Fayoum for restoration.

Abdel-Latif said that Deir Al-Banat is known for its Islamic and Coptic antiquities, with its Graeco-Roman necropolis and early Coptic churches and cemeteries.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281484.aspx

14:11

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Egypt's Central Bank Holds Interest Rates as Expected
Reuters
Friday 17 Nov 2017

Egypts central bank kept interest rates unchanged as expected on Thursday, concluding that further declines in inflation were needed to warrant a shift towards a looser policy.

The bank, which has raised interest rates by 700 basis points since the flotation of Egypts pound currency last November, held the overnight deposit rate at 18.75 percent and the overnight lending rate at 19.75 percent.

Egyptian inflation dipped for the third month running in October but remained above 30 percent.

The bank said the baseline inflation outlook remained consistent with achieving its inflation targets of 13 percent in the fourth quarter of next year and single digits thereafter.

Against this background, the MPC (policy committee) decided that current policy rates remain appropriate, it said in a statement.

Nine of 10 economists polled by Reuters on Tuesday had predicted the MPC would hold rates for the third month in a row.

They saw rates being cut in coming months as inflation continued to ease.

The Egyptian pound has lost half of its value since it was floated as part of a $12 billion International Monetary Fund programme aimed at reviving the economy.

Authorities hope the IMF deal will help revive an economy that has been struggling since a 2011 uprising drove tourists and investors away.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281650.aspx

14:05

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Remembering Leila Mourad: Egypt Cinema's First Female Superstar
Ashraf Gharib
Saturday 18 Nov 2017

The singer and actress was born 17 February 1918 and died 21 November 1995, leaving an indelible legacy in Egyptian cinema

Until the mid-1940s and in spite of the passing of 20 years from the first Egyptian feature film, Egypts young cinema didnt know the phenomenon of the box office star.

In its simplest form, this Hollywood term means that fans search for their favourite star and see him or her in every film, without paying attention to any other details. Thus, a stars name can be enough to ensure a films success.

The birth of a box office star is what happened when Leila Zaki Mourad known as Leila Mourad, born 17 February 1918 to Jewish parents and an artistic family appeared in Long Live Love (1938). She passed away 21 November 1995, leaving behind a large legacy in Egyptian cinema.

Leila Mourad came to the world of cinema from the field of singing. Her voice only graced The Victims (1935), directed by Mario Volpe. However, she didnt achieve the success other competing songstresses did in their films.

Mourad herself didnt consider her cinematic career was launched except with Long Live Love, with the famous singer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab as male lead and directed by Mohamed Karim. And her entire artistic career rested on this debut success. The film was a hit largely due to Abdel-Wahabs huge popularity. It was also known that Karim, the director, wasnt convinced of this young songstress whom Abdel-Wahab brought and imposed on the director. Nevertheless, the films reception was enough to give Leila Mourad impetus to continue on the silver screen, even without Abdel-Wahab.

Mourad found her ideal director in the form of Jewish producer and director Togo Mizrahi. He recognised the potential star in her, an actress to fit the tastes of the late 1930s and the early 1940s, with weepy melodramas dominating cinema halls at the time.

Mizrahi pushed Leila to acquire what she lacked in order to be a cinematic actress. He was able to work on her shyness, which Mohamed Karim had criticised, emboldened her in facing the camera, and trained her on facial expression and v...

13:56

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Egypt's Famed Musician Omar Khairat to Perform in London for the First Time
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The event is organised by Egypt's FACE for Children in Need charity organization

On Friday 1 December, Egypt's renowned composer and pianist Omar Khairat will give a concert at St. John's Smith Square in London, marking the musician's first appearance in UK's capital.

Organised by FACE for Children in Need, and under the patronage of the Egyptian Embassy in London, the concert is expected to gather an audience of over one thousand.

Khairat, 69, is a reputed composer and pianist, whose original compositions, which bridge contemporary Arab music and western tunes, have earned him a large following in Egypt and the region.

Khairat composed the musical scores of over 50 Egyptian films, including The Sixth Day (1984), The Terrorist (1993), Mafia (2002), Girl's Love (2003), The Embassy in the Building (2005) and Deer's Blood (2006). In television, his memorable works include Lailat El Qabd Ala Fatma (1984) and Dameer Abla Hekmat (1991).

He also composes music for theatre and special occasions, such as the opening ceremonies of important Egyptian cultural and regional festivals.

Khairat has also arranged compositions by celebrated Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, releasing them as "Wahabiat" 1 and 2. His arrangement of the well-known songs of Um Kulthoum brought him additional acclaim.

He is particularly known to audiences in the Arab world for his frequent performances with his Omar Khairat Group, which continues to fill concert halls to the brim.

"Although I re-recorded my music in London, this will be the first time I will be performing to an audience in England, and I hope it will be a successful concert and achieve the noble goal for which it was organised," Khairat commented in the press release for the London event.

The event aims to raise funds and increase awareness of the problem of street children and orphans in Egypt, of whom up to 2,500 are cared for by the FACE charity every year.

Founded in 2003 in Egypt by a mother of three young children, today FACE has grown into a prom...

13:52

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Egypt's Sisi Hold Talks With President Anastasiades, Addresses Cyprus Parliament
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The Egyptian President is set to attend a tripartite summit with Cypriot president Anastasiades and Greek PM Tsipras on Tuesday

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi spoke of his support for Cyprian reunification and of growing bilateral cooperation in Nicosia on Monday, at the start of a two-day visit to the Mediterranean island.

El-Sisi and Cypruss President Nicos Anastasiades signed several MOUs in the fields of security, communication, medicine and business, and in subsequent addresses to reporters, Anastasiades welcomed his Egyptian counterpart and said the two countries are bound by strong historic ties.

He described Egypt as a strategic partner for Cyprus and the European Union, affirming his country's support for Cairo's efforts to curb irregular migration and terrorism.

El-Sisi said that his country stands by the reunification of Cypriot territories in accordance with international law and legitimacy. He also said cooperation between his country and Cyprus in the field of energy production would enhance peace and stability in the region.

The Cypriot president informed El-Sisi of the latest developments in negotiations to reach a peaceful resolution to the Cypriot territorial dispute following the failure of reunification talks in Switzerland, describing the Turkish presence on his soil as a sort of occupation.

El-Sisi said the growing military cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus in light of a 2015 agreement enhances ties between the armies of both countries.

El-Sisi also gave an address to the Cypriot House of Representatives, where he praised the efforts of Cypriot MPs to safeguard democracy in their country, reaffirming Egypt's support for the unification efforts of the Mediterranean island.

"I am sure that your efforts and determination will result in resolving the issue of unifying Cypriot territories, which is not only essential for your country but for the Middle East as well," he said.

"E...

13:48

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Egypt, Cyprus and Greece Leaders Commence Tripartite Summit in Nicosia
Ahram Online
Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras commenced their tripartite summit at Cyprus' presidential palace in Nicosia on Tuesday.

The summit is the fifth to gather the leaders of the three countries since 2014.

The Egyptian president arrived on his two-day visit to the Cypriot capital on Monday, accompanied by a delegation which includes the ministers of foreign affairs, trade and industry, communication and petroleum.

El-Sisi held talks on Monday with Anastasiades on enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus on several regional and international files, affirming Cairo's support for the reunification of Cypriot territories in accordance with international law and legitimacy.

The Egyptian president also gave an address on Monday to the Cypriot House of Representatives during which he praised the efforts of Cypriot MPs to safeguard democracy in their country, reaffirming Egypt's support for the unification efforts of the Mediterranean island.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/281898.aspx

13:33

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Arab League Chief Says Lebanon Should Be 'Spared'
AFP
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Monday Lebanon should be "spared" from spiralling regional tensions, during a visit to Beirut a day after Arab diplomats condemned Lebanese movement Hezbollah.

The Arab League held an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday in Cairo at the request of Saudi Arabia, which called the ministerial-level session to discuss "violations" by its rival Iran.

Despite the meeting's strongly worded concluding statement, Abul Gheit said Arab nations sought to keep Lebanon insulated from harm.

"No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon," Abul Gheit said after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Baabda.

"Lebanon has a special character, a particular and special structure. The League recognises this," he told reporters.

Earlier Abul Gheit told Lebanon's National News Agency that "Arab countries understand and take into account the situation in Lebanon and want to spare it... from any dispute."

Abul Gheit also met parliament speaker Nabih Berri and will attend a conference organised by the United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

In statements posted on Twitter, Aoun said Lebanon could not be held "responsible" for regional conflicts.

"It did not attack anyone, and it therefore shouldn't pay the price for these conflicts with its political stability or security," he said.

"Lebanon cannot accept the suggestion that its government is a partner in terrorist acts. The position that Lebanon's delegate to the Arab League took expresses a universal, national will," Aoun added.

On Sunday, Arab foreign ministers strongly criticised Lebanon's powerful Shia movement Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

In the meeting's concluding statement, they pledged to hold Hezbollah "responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries with modern weapons and ballistic missiles".

They also demanded Hezbollah stop intervening in regional conflicts and spreading extremism and sectarianism.

Lebanese Foreign Minister...

12:31

UPDATE: Mubi Suicide Attack: Death toll rises to 50 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Adamawa Police Command says the death toll in Tuesdays Mubi mosque suicide attack has risen to 50. The commands Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. Mr. Abubakar said a young boy was responsible for the blast which occurred during the early morning prayer. We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured, Mr. Abubakar said. The attack happened in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday around 5...

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12:27

Improvements in African governance slowing down, says Mo Ibrahim report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While governance has improved in most African countries in the last 10 years, average governance improvement has slowed, says the latest Mo Ibrahim report.

12:22

British government, stop supporting Saudi mass murder of Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 May 2017

There is a state of emergency in Yemens capital after a recent outbreak of cholera. John Iadarola (Host of ThinkTank), Chavala Madlena (Investigative Journalist, Filmmaker) discuss on a special episode of The Young Turks previously recorded LIVE at Oslo Freedom Forum.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Act to stop Yemen slaughter, Corbyn tells May

Tuesday 21st November 2017

JEREMY CORBYN wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday demanding she act to end the war in Yemen as a million people stand on the brink of famine.

The Labour leader condemned the government for its role in supporting the Saudi-led invasion coalition and urged Theresa May to suspend arms sales to Riyadh and call for an immediate ceasefire through the UN.

Britain has licensed more than 3.3 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia since its bo...

12:19

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists blamed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

AFP

AFP/File / by Aminu ABUBAKAR | Nigeria maintains Boko Haram is a spent force but its continued attacks underline the lingering threat, particularly to civilians

KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP)  At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.

So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP.

Several people were injured. We dont have the figure now because they have been taken to several hospitals for treatment.

It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.

It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.

Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: We all know the trend. We dont suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.

The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.

Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.

They gave lower death tolls but both said the number of those killed was likely to rise.

Another emergency services official described the blast as devastating. He said only that there were high casualties.

Roof blown off

Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he had just returned home when he heard the blast.

I was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries, he added.

The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.

This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its....

12:17

Russias past, Americas future? Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia  ED-NOTE Something to think about: Czar comes from Caesar and the last Russian dynasty was named the ROMANov. J.POST Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, Stalin led them out of the Politburo, whispered veterans of the Bolshevik Revolution, as winter []

11:28

UN chief stresses 'mutually supportive' nature of Africa's free trade and industrialization "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Industrialization is a primary driver of economic growth and job creation, and will be pivotal in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, says UN secretary general Antnio Guterres.

11:02

President of ISNA Addresses Extremist Group in India "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One of Americas top Muslim leaders recently met with the leaders of a leading Indian Islamist group while on a trip to Hyderabad.

Azhar Azeez is the President of the Islamic Society of North America, (ISNA), the largest Islamic organization in America. While on a recent trip to India, he met with the leaders of Indian Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami.

Jamaat e-Islami was founded by Abul Ala Maududi in 1941 with the goal of promoting Islam as a total code for life. It recently altered its doctrine and says it supports democracy and secularism in India. However, it is still primarily an ideological movement with limited impact in the political sphere.

Jamaat e-Islamis branch in Bangladesh was involved in war crimes against non-Muslims during Bangladeshs  1971 war of independence.

ISNA was founded in part by members of the Egyptian Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. Declassified FBI memos reveal that ISNA was identified as a Brotherhood front as early as 1987. One memo cites a source that has traveled worldwide on behalf of ISNA and other Brotherhood entities who is convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States. but has no formal ties to that or any other Islamist group.

The president of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from 1984 to 1994, an Egyptian named A...

11:01

Japans Abe welcomes US move on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Associated Press

People watch a TV screen showing file footage of North Koreas missile launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Koreas

The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local):

3:45 a.m.

Japans leader has welcomed Americas re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHIN-zoh AH-bay) tells reporters in Tokyo that Japan supports the move as a way to increase pressure on North Korea.

His statement Tuesday followed President Donald Trumps announcement in Washington that the U.S. is putting North Korea on Americas terrorism blacklist. Trump said the designation is long overdue, and promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a maximum-pressure campaign.

Japan is increasingly nervous about North Korean advances in developing nuclear weapons. North Korea has sent missiles over Japan twice this year in tests into the Pacific.

3:25 a.m.

The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.

North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration a...

11:00

A Third Saudi Failure in Foreign Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

London (AHT)  Since 81year old Salman bin Abdelaziz was crowned king of Saudi Arabia in early 2015 and appointed his 32-year-old son, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as Minister of Defense and later on crown prince, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undertaken three attempts aimed at reducing Irans expansion in the Middle East.

Soon after becoming Defense Minister, MBS started a war with neighboring Yemen with the declared purpose of defeating the Iranian backed Houthis.  With an almost three year ongoing war, it is difficult to understand how the richest nation on earth with the capability of purchasing the most sophisticated weapons has failed so far to defeat the poorest nation in the world.  Instead, the Houthis seem to have upgraded their defenses and are now capable of sending ballistic missiles to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.  More than 5,000 Yemeni civilians have, to date, lost their lives in Saudi air raids.  Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are suffering from malnourishment and diseases such as cholera due to the war which continues with no end in sight.

saudi purgesMohammad bin Salman Al Saud
Image: The Kremlin

The second failed Saudi attempt to reduce Iranian influence in the region is the Saudi led blockade imposed on Qatar earlier this year.  The Saudis, with the support of their Gulf allies and Egypt, intended to isolate Qatar as a means of reducing Iranian influence and to put Qatar under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council lead by Saudia Arabia.   Qatar had been known for its freelance foreign policy which had elevated the county in the international community largely thanks to its enormous resources in gas and oil.  However, this attempt backfired on Saudi Arabia and actually f...

10:51

With the USAs help, Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day by Juan Cole Screen shot / YouTube The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in []

09:45

Zimbabwe: Coups and Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe: Coups and Cryptocurrencies from STRATFOR via Financial Sense As most of the world focuses on the political impact of Zimbabwes coup, a select group of analysts and technology watchers is scrutinizing the effects of the government upset on cryptocurrencies in developing...

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09:24

The Last Post: The Arab in the background of BBC colonial drama "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Yemen set drama told the story of the British soldiers and their wives in the last years of British rule, but its Arab characters did not really get a look in

09:13

BREAKING: Kaduna state commissioner for education is dead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kaduna  State commissioner for education, Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok is dead.  He died in the early hours of today after a brief illness. The brilliant Commissioner of Education, Professor Nok, was said to be the first person in the world to discover the gene responsible for an enzyme which causes sleeping sickness.

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09:04

Great Northern Kenya wildlife aerial count begins "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Capital FM (Kenya)

,The exercise which will be carried out until the end of the month will cover the Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru ecosystems/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 The Kenya Wildlife Service has kicked off this years aerial survey of elephants, buffalos, grevys zebras and giraffe in the greater northern landscape of Kenya.The exercise which will be carried out until the end of the month will cover the Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru ecosystems.

In a statement, KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said the data collected will be compared with that from past aerial surveys to discern the species trends as well as establish their total numbers and distribution.

Approximately 15 aircraft will systematically survey the five ecosystems. The collated information will then be compared to past aerial survey counts of wildlife to help us evaluate the success of our landscape and species conservation efforts as well as provide information on where we need to concentrate our future conservation resources. Trends in land use, livestock, and human settlements are also noted, cited the statement.

The Great Northern Kenya Wildlife Count includes an area of more than 65,516.96 sq. kilometres and will take seven full days (at a minimum) to cover by aircraft.

This area is singularly one of Kenyas great wildlife conservation areas. Wildlife survives here because of the goodwill of its residents, including land use that supports or tolerates wildlife.

The last survey was carried out in June in the Tsavo-Mkomazi Ecosystem that lies in both Kenya and Tanzania, reporting that a total of 12,866 elephants were counted 12,843 in Tsavo ecosystem and 23 in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania.

Overall, the elephant population in Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem increased by 14.7 per cent over the past three years (2014-2017) an annual increase of 4.9 per cent.

A total of 1,167 carcasses were recorded during the survey. The very old elephant carcasses had the highest proportion with more than 53.4 per cent of the total number of carcasses, followed by old carcasses at 44.0 per cent....

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09:00

Song of Pheryllt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



 


Much of the material here is drawn from medieval sources inspired by the work of Virgil.  Pheryllt is the welsh form of Virgil.

However do note the immediate affinity to metal workers and alchemy as we discovered through the Kolbrin Bible which does have internal authenticity.  This work at least remembers an ancient sect of teachers or Druids who were also out of the Bronze Age tribe of global metal workers central to the Atlantean world.


Beyond that the time of Stonehenge was prior to 2500 BC and the historical knowledge of the druids time in during Roman times. Linking them is questionable but considering the concurrent Egyptian world and the natural continuity of shared scholarship as shown us with the Kolbrin, it is not impossible at all.



That we are now dredging up bits and pieces is excellent, particularly as i also have a clear grasp of the physicality of the after life and can authenticate much of the material from that aspect.

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Song of the Pheryllt - who were the Mysterious Druid builders of Stonehedge?


https://atlantisrisingmagazine.com/article/song-of-the-pheryllt/


Welsh history alludes to a very ancient and enigmatic sect of Druids that may be the very first wave of magician priests in the British Isles, even predating the Celtic Druids by hundreds or even thousands of years. Both historical documents in Wales, as well as the rhythmic poems regularly recited by the Welsh Bards, mention an obscure...

08:54

South Africa rhino poaching surges in KwaZulu-Natal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Safarious

Nov 20, 2017

Travelling rhino poaching gangs shift focus to KwaZulu-Natal

Business is booming in Africas oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, which has become the favourite new destination for South Africas rhino horn poaching gangs. Whereas poaching in the giant Kruger National Park to the north west dropped by almost 10% last year, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi has recorded an astonishing 100% growth in poaching in just three years. Tony Carnie of Roving Reporters filed this story from the frontline:

The carcass of a dehorned rhino poached close to the Corridor Road, a tarred public road that runs through the centre of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Source: Supplied

Kruger is much bigger and much closer to the porous border with Mozambique, but there just seems to be something special about the smaller Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park that makes it worth driving an extra 400 500km for regular moonlight poaching expeditions.

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07:13

Italian scientist brings pasta power climate adaptation solution to West Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Heat tolerant durum wheat discovery can help eradicate poverty Research wins international Food Security prize

06:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt Signs 2 Agreements With Kuwaiti Fund Worth $57 Million to Finance North Sinai Development Projects
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

The agreements will fund water infrastructure and cultivated land development projects

Egypt's Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr signed two agreements worth 17.5 million Kuwaiti Dinars ($57 million) in Kuwait on Sunday with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) for development projects in North Sinai, according to a statement issued by the ministry on Monday.

The first agreement, worth 12.5 million Kuwaiti Dinars ($41 million), will fund sustainable water infrastructure projects in Al-Arish city.

The fund will help finance the governments $900 million three-year financing planned projects for the Sinai Development Programme, Nasr said.

The government has been financing the Sinai Development Programme through various funding agreements with the Saudi Fund for Development and other funds to establish water desalination plants and electricity projects, build schools and health units, and develop agricultural lands.

The second agreement signed on Sunday with the KFAED, worth 5 millionn Kuwaiti Dinars ($16.5 million), will finance a 400 thousand-feddan reclamation project in North Sinai. This fund would increase the area of cultivated land in North Sinai in order to offer job opportunities and establish a residential community as a way to achieve sustainable development.

This is in addition to helping farmers by facilitating the movement of their crops to markets, facilitating access of fertilizers and pesticides and increasing livestock, besides providing more than 5000 individuals with job opportunities and encouraging investments in the area, the statement read.

KFAED has so far provided $2.763 billion in financing to 44 projects in Egypt, in addition to $52 million in the form of 15 technical grants, according to Abdul-Wahab Al-Badr, director general of the KFAED.

On Monday, Nasr met with the Egyptian-Kuwaiti economic cooperation council to discuss the incentives offered to investors by the new investment law, including tax breaks of 50% on investments costs...

06:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt Parliament Approves 290 Mln Euro ERBD Loan to Upgrade National Railway System
Ahram Online
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday a financing program worth 290 million euros provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to pay for upgrades and fleet expansion of the country's national railway system, state-owned MENA news agency reported.

According to MENA, the program's approval was discussed by the House during its general assembly following a report presented by its transportation and economic affairs committees.

The deal, originally signed in June 2017, allocates the financing to Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to be used for the acquisition of up to 100 new diesel locomotives.

During Sunday's assembly, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal said that "loans were the bitter medicine for the building up of the economy," adding that the agreement signed between Egypt and the EBRD was not as bitter as MPs initially perceived.

Egypt signed the deal with the European bank last June in an attempt to boost the ailing railway system.

Some 300 million Egyptian riders use trains annually. In the last two decades, mass-casualty train accidents became common in Egypt. Thousands of passengers have been killed or injured in fatal accidents caused by derailment of outdated carriages, fires due to poor industrial safeguards, malfunctions, or human error at manually operated signal-crossings. The government has also started to digitalise the archaic signal-crossing system, which has been the cause of many deadly collisions.

According to a statement by the EBRD, the bank will finance the acquisition of up to 100 new diesel locomotives under a supply-and-maintenance contract outsourced to the private sector in accordance with the EBRDs procurement policy.

The EBRD will also provide "technical assistance support to ENR to develop and implement a comprehensive freight reform programme and a commercialisation plan for the freight sector."

Egypt is a founding member of the EBRD and has been receiving funding since 2012, with the bank investing 2.3 billion euros in 47 projects in the country to date.

Egypt has recently signed various agreements...

06:00

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story Continue reading "Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?"

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06:00

BREAKING: Robert Mugabe resigns as President of Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes parliament which is dominated by a ZANU-PF super-majority has begun impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was expected to resign during a televised address on Sunday, but instead clung on to power after reading a speech which did not acknowledge the demands of ZANU-PF elite and the Zimbabwean army.

05:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egypt, Cyprus and Greece: Consolidating a Mediterranean Alliance
Dina Ezzat
Monday 20 Nov 2017

In Nicosia today President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will pursue a closer engagement with two of his best Mediterranean partners: Cyprus and Greece

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to arrive Monday afternoon in Cyprus' capital Nicosia for talks with his counterpart Nicos Anastasiades.

During his visit to Egypts northern Mediterranean neighbour, El-Sisi is also expected to meet with Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, considered in Egyptian diplomacy circles as one of the closest possible allies of Egypt in the European Union and in the Mediterranean zone.

The three leaders of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece were expected to hold a three-way summit to discuss their planned two-path cooperation: energy and security.

A top issue for the Egyptian president in Nicosia is the conclusion of a process to define maritime borders between Egypt and Greece. According to Egyptian and Greek sources, this process was launched a few years ago with firm support form both El-Sisi and Tsipras, who both wish to see this demarcation as a beginning for the full exploitation of the eastern Mediterranean's natural gas reserves.

We cannot be exploring the potential fields without reaching an agreement on the demarcation with Greece, explained an Egyptian official.

Egypt already reached a demarcation deal with Cyprus in 2004.

Iinformed European and Egyptian diplomats say that Cairo will go ahead with negotiating a three-way cooperation with an eye on two things: the first, to explore the potentially wide and generous natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean, and the second, to consider the construction of a gas pipeline to allow for potential gas finds to be imported to markets around the Mediterranean and across Europe.

This ambitious project is something that the three governments are hoping would allow for a significant economic advancement which they desire.

I guess one could say that there is a firm political will in the three capitals to move forward, but that the actual implementation requires the completion of the work...

05:58

Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Silence over Yemen Misery: Daeshs State Toppled with Albukamal Victory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Zeinab Essa 20-11-2017 | 21:54 Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Monday a televised speech in which he tackled the latest political developments in the region and Lebanon. At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled both the Iraqi and Iranian people over the victims who fell due to []

05:50

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nile Matter of Life or Death, Says Al-Sisi
November 21, 2017

CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that Egypts share of Nile water is a matter of life or death for his nation.

No one can touch Egypts share of Nile water, President al-Sisi said in a televised talk during the inauguration of the Middle Easts largest fish farm in Kafr El-Sheikh province, Delta. It is Al-Sisis first remarks on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) since negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia stalled over the project last week.

Last week, Egypts negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan failed to approve an initial study on the effects of Ethiopias new dam on the downstream states.

The irrigation ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan did not approve the consultant companys introductory report of the studies despite Egypts initial approval, while asking for amendments that would affect the studies and make the report contentless.

President al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn are scheduled to meet in Cairo next month to discuss the deadlock.

President al-Sisi noted that he understands the developmental goals behind the GERD, adding that the development for Ethiopia in this case is a matter of life and death for Egypt.

Egypt is worried about its annual share of 55,5 billion cubic metres of the Nile River water amid the GERDs rapid construction.

Egypts ties with Ethiopia have seen ups and downs since the latter started the dam project in April 2011 as Egypt has been suffering from turmoil following an uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

Xinhua.

05:42

Adeniran threatens to back out of PDP peace accord "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has threatened to back out of the peace accord signed by aspirants to the National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Eight of the aspirants signed the peace pact last Tuesday, promising to abide by the outcome of the National Convention provided it was transparent, free and fair. But at the press conference yesterday by the Director General of Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, the former minister alleged lopsidedness in the composition of the list of ad hoc committee to...

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04:45

LG poll: Police nab 54 party officials, members for electoral offences "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

as Osinbajo visits Kwara today The police in Kwara State have arrested no fewer than 54 officials and members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) over alleged sundry electoral offences. One of those arrested was the Assistant Publicity Secretary, Femi Yusuf. They were arrested for their alleged involvement in electoral offences and for protesting against outcome of just concluded local government election in the state. Although the All Pro- gressives Congress (APC) won the 16 council areas in the election, the PDP won eight Councillor positions out of the available...

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04:33

Buhari: Im under pressure to establish national carrier "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he is under immense pressure to establish a national carrier for the country. Speaking while receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Muyiwa Aliu, at the presidential villa, Abuja, President Buhari said his government will work with regulatory agencies in the aviation sector to make air travel safer throughout the country. He assured the visitors of the determination of his administration to speed up the improvement of infrastructure in Nigerias aviation sector. The President, who received three awards recently won by...

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04:27

Nasarawa spent N3bn on water schemes in 6 years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nasarawa State Government said it has spent over N3 billion to construct and rehabilitate water supply schemes in the state in the last six years. Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Mr. Abdulkarim Kana, who declared this during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, said that the amount was an indication of the state governments commitment to providing portable drinking water to the populace. According to Kana, the government had rehabilitated the Mada Water works, supplying water to over 30...

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04:24

Ortom to prosecute cartel behind over-bloated wage bill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday vowed to prosecute those behind over-bloated wage bill in the state, which made it extremely difficult for his administration to pay workers salary. The governor who stated this while addressing a monthly stakeholders meeting at the Government House in Makurdi, where he said the current states wage bill stood at N7.8 billion, restating his administrations readiness to reduce it to N4.5 billion. While adding that going by the recent figure released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the state wasranked third in the federation...

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04:01

Overcoming Kubwa Hospitals new technology challenge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As Nigeria makes effort to be on the same page with other developed and developing economies of the world in deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools in the delivery of social services, some unforeseen challenges have emerged in the process. Migrating from the analogue to digital system is not just a global trend, but have become the most acceptable measure of  enhancing productivity, as certain human limitations are presumably  eliminated by deploying the right digital tools. The e-health system,  which entails the use of information and communications technologies in...

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03:56

Airlines seek improved intra-Africa air connectivity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

23 states endorse full YD implementation Africas apex airline body, African Airline Association (AFRAA) has called on African Governments and stakeholders to enable airlines to improve intra-Africa connectivity by unlocking the barriers to connectivity. The 23 States that have signed up for the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision towards the Single African Air Transport market were urged to follow through on their commitment in order to stimulate the development of inter-African air transport and the realization of aviations economic and social benefits. The Assembly also called upon States with...

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03:43

Army gets 137 new Generals "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Army Council, has announced the promotion of 45 Brigadier Generals to the rank of Major General, while 92 Colonels were elevated to the rank of Brigadier General. The disclosure was made yesterday in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig.Gen. Sani Usman. A source, who spoke in confidence with New Telegraph last night, said the promotion could not have come at a better time, considering the fact that many senior officers recently retired from service, having clocked either the mandatory requirement of age or...

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03:43

New Telegraph Awardll compel me to do more Tambuwal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has added colours to the muchexpected New Telegraph Award coming up on Saturday. In his response to the award notification, the amiable governor, who dedicated the honour to the people of Sokoto State, said the recognition would spur his administration to do more in order to fulfil the promises made to the people. Tambuwal, who emerged Governor of the Year, in a letter addressed to the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said: This recognition is not to...

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03:43

Buhari to CJN: Probe of judges, not to intimidate judiciary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that he is in support of the action of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen in designating special courts to try corrupt and financial crimes offences. The President further stated that the investigation of the judges at the beginning of the year was not, in any way, to intimidate or usurp the powers of the judiciary. Buhari spoke in Abuja while declaring open the 2017 All Nigeria Judges Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI). My lords, earlier this year, the...

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03:40

HYPREP rallies Ogoni communities for clean-up "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), has rallied people of oil impacted communities in Ogoniland, Kpean and Buan communities in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers state for the clean-up of the impacted areas. Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, who led his team at a sensitization programme, said in a statement that his agency had said is picking companies that would begin to demonstrate their technology for the cleaning up. HYPREP, which is the organisation responsible for the remediation process for Ogoniland, also disclosed that the demonstration by...

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03:38

FG confirms collapse of Ajaokuta concession "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ministry insists assets ownership intact The Federal Government has confirmed that the entire concessioning arrangement for the Ajaokuta Steel Complex has crumbled. Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, which stated this in a statement, also debunked media reports credited to the director of Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL), Dr. S.O. Nwanbuokei, that the protracted litigation surrounding the ownership of the Ajaokuta affects ownership structure of the Steel Complex. Dr. S. O. Nwanbuokei, an engineer, had earlier debunked a claim by the minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, that the protracted litigation surrounding...

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03:36

Dangote opens new cement Plant in Congo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dangote Cement will officially open its 1.5million metric tonnes per annum capacity Cement Plant in Congo on Thursday. Constructed at a conservative cost of $500 million, the Plant is expected to directly employ more than 1, 000 people as thousands of indirect jobs will also be created. The Plant, which is now the largest in Congo, rolled out its first bag of cement on the August 7. Currently in 17 African countries, the Congo Plant commissioning will bring the total of Dangote Cement fully operational Plants to 10 across Africa....

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03:13

Trump puts controversial decision allowing elephant trophy imports on hold "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service allowed elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported to the US, lifting a previous ban under former President Barack Obama.

03:06

Libyan Revolutionary Committees Movement: A Message to Our Brothers and Sisters in Africa and the Diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Salem Zubeidy Libyan Revolutionary Committees Movement A Message to our Brothers and Sisters in Africa and the Diaspora This letter is addressed to our brothers, officials, and residents of the sub-Saharan African countries, who are characterized by dark features. There have been many reactions and statements by African leaders, politicians, organizations, and institutions following an...

03:04

BATR: Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump's Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

Nov. 2 Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a st...

02:30

Zimbabwe Parliament starts process to impeach Mugabe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe's parliament opened a session on Tuesday to discuss a motion on impeaching President Robert Mugabe who is clinging to power after 37 years in office.

01:59

Mugabes impeachment begins today "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwes ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on charges that include allowing his wife to usurp constitutional power. The motion is now due to be presented to parliament today. Senior party member Paul Mangwana said the process could take as little as two days to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed by tomorrow. A deadline set by Zanu-PF for his resignation passed on Monday. Separately, military leaders said they had planned a roadmap for Mr Mugabes future, and that the ousted former...

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01:58

Libyan Peoples National Movement Statement About Media Coverage of the Slave Trade in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Unofficial Translation Official Statement in Arabic The Libyan National Peoples Movement About the Media Coverage of the Slave Trade in Libya The Libyan Peoples National Movement (LPNM) has followed the recent news about the sale and purchase of human beings in the southern and western regions, the great alarm of the leaders of African countries...

01:51

Ajimobi, others for agric seminar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A two-day seminar on emerging opportunities in agriculture comes up in Ibadan on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, 22. The event, a stakeholders forum with the theme, That Our Cup May be Full, which will feature livestock and crop farmers, food processors, finance and insurance, agricultural inputs, veterinary practitioners, research and product presentation, among others, is being organised by YAI Agricultural Concepts. According to Mr. Toye Fawole, the CEO of TF & Associates, event management consultants to the organisers, the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, is being expected...

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01:31

We Shall Overspread "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While there is a big debate in the US about the old monuments, Russia is erecting new ones. Starting with the eye sore of a Kalashnikov statue in Moscow that had a bit of a glitch of sporting a German rifle instead of the famous Russian export and finishing with a monument to manspreading aka Russian Emperor Alexander the Third in Crimeas Yalta. While manspreading is a great metaphor for the Crimea reunification, lets put aside the Ukrainian side of the issue and take a closer look at the schmock du jour.

Alexander the Third statue is seated somewhat uncomfortably on what looks like a pile of shit, with his hands on a sword and the words Russias only allies are its army and fleet engraved on the base of the monument. During the unveiling ceremony that was attended by President Putin, the emperor was lauded as the Peacemaker who

defended the interests of the country directly and openly, and this policy ensured the growth of Russias influence and increase of its authority in the world. The countrys industry was booming and dynamically developing. All the while, [Alexander the Third implemented a] labor legislation [that] was far more progressive than in many other countries at that time. Workers rights were protected, factories and plants were opened, new branches of industry were created, railway network was expanded []

At the same time, he believed that a strong, sovereign, independent state should rely not only on economic and military might, but also on traditions; that it is important for a great people to preserve their identity, and that progress is impossible without respect for their history, culture and spiritual values.

Lets review Alexander the Thirds record in more detail, shall we? Apart from his progressive labor legislation (that, for instance, allowed for a 12 hour working day, but limited 12-15-year-old kids working day to 8 hours), he is also infamous for introducing a bunch of less delightful legislation. One of the most notorious pieces is the so called cooks children circular that limited access to school and higher education for the children of coachmen, lackeys, cooks, laundresses, small shopkeepers and similar people who were not supposed to aspire to achieve secondary and higher education. Revolutionary activity in Tsarist Russia, including the group that planned and executed the assassination of Tsar Alexander the Second, was seen as a direct consequence of too much education, the excess of which had to be dispensed with.

In general, Alexander the Third really loved Russian language an...

01:18

L'agro-cologie pour une bonne gouvernance foncire en Afrique "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

20 Nov 2017 | AfriqueJetLes participants la deuxime confrence sur le foncier en Afrique ont invit les gouvernements africains promouvoir l'agro-cologie pour une bonne gouvernance foncire sur le continent.

01:11

Abuja light rail to commence operation two months time Minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are indications that the long awaited phase one of Abuja light rail system, will finally come on stream in two to three months from now. The take off of the system is expected to reduce the traffic congestion already being experienced in some parts of the nations capital. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Mohammed Bello, who gave the hint when the management team of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC, led by its new Director General, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, visited him in Abuja, said the commencement...

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01:02

PDP convention: Kashamu, George groups meet over SWest crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Leaders of the South- West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, yesterday met behind closed doors with former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, in Lagos, stating that attempts to sideline his group will contaminate the December 9 National Convention and render it a nullity. Ogundipe, who was accompanied by other members of his executive, including Chief Pegba Otemolu, Otunba Femi Carena, among others, disclosed this while reading the communiqu of the parley at a press conference that took place at the office of...

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01:02

Presidency: 5m pupils getting free meals in 19 states "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Presidency yesterday said that it was currently feeding over five million pupils in 28,249 schools across 19 states in the country. The pupils are being fed under the governments National Homegrown School Feeding (NHGSF) Programme. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said that the states include Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa and Niger states. According to Akande, Kano and Katsina states are expected to...

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01:02

Winners emerge at essay competition "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The grand finale and award of prizes to the winners of the 2016/2017 edition of the Youth Tourism Connect national essay competition, held recently in Abuja. The project is an initiative of Desigo Tourism Development and Facility Management Company Limited. It is designed to engage the attention, ideas, talents, intelligent, creativity, innovation and energy of youths across Nigeria. The programme, which was designed to attract young Nigerians between the ages of 11-18 for junior category and 19-35 for senior category, commenced in October 2016. In the second category, Ogbaga Sunday...

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01:02

90,000 military retirees to undergo verification Board "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Military Board yesterday, said over 90, 000 retirees on its payroll, will undergo verification exercise, even as it enjoined those affected to avail themselves of the scheduled dates. The Boards Acting Director, Brig.Gen. Adekunle Adesope, who made the disclosure in Abuja, said centres had been designated across the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the purpose. He further disclosed that November 27, 30, December 1 and 3, have been scheduled for retirees in the ranks of Private and Lance Corporal (and equivalent), Corporal...

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01:01

NDE trains 600 youths under agric development scheme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Determined to key into the Federal Government initiative programmes, the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme, the National Directorate of Unemployment (NDE) has commenced the first batch training on agricultural development for 600 unemployed youths in the 19 Northern states of the country, including Kebbi State. The programme, which took place yesterday in Birnin Kebbi with the aim of empowering the youths in the country, according to NDE Director-General, Dr. Nasiru Ladan, selected the trainees from the 19 states in the north and the Federal Capital Territory, who would be exposed...

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01:00

World community has a collective responsibility to stop human trafficking, support victims "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Editorial Comment: While the plight of black-skinned Libyans and African migrants cannot be ignored, let us not forget that the cause of the dire conditions faced by African refugees in Libya today is NATO and the UN Security Council itself, that passed resolutions 1970 and 1973 sanctioning military intervention that destroyed the Jamahiriya. To fully...

01:00

Haiti: In the Face of an Illegitimate Government "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mara Torrellas Resmen Latinoamericano Interview with Henry Boisrolin, member of Haitian Democratic Committee MT: Haiti is now in a difficult situation because, while the UN occupation force MINUSTAH left the country, another one arrived. The country is indirectly ruled by the United States and private corporations and is going through a new intervention, whats your...

00:39

Trump helping Saudi regime killing millions of Yemenis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

7 November 2017

Something is going on inside Saudi politics and Trump is for it. John Iadarola and Jennifer Briney, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

The Trump administration has tied the United States to the impetuous young crown prince of Saudi Arabia and seems to be quite oblivious to the dangers. But they are growing every day.

Saudi Arabias King Salman and his favorite son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, have broken with the traditional patterns of consensual politics in the royal family, and the results are likely to be a much less stable kingdom with increasingly impulsive and erratic policies.

A purge is now under way that includes imprisonment of top princes (albeit in a former luxury hotel), the confiscation of assets, and at least two mysterious deaths.

I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, they know exactly what they are doing

Read more here.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabias slaughter in Yemen

20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the military power of...

00:31

Trudeau Government's "Returning Terrorist Integration" "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

So, let me get this straight? The government of the day, which happens to be the Liberals, are all set to "provide the appropriate disengagement and reintegration" for those that joined ISIS/Daesh. Superficially (on the surface/externally or outwardly ) we're supposed to believe that ISIS are brutal killers, that had to be ruthlessly put down but - we're going to be real nice to them all.

This concept only makes sense when one realizes these persons and their families were employed as an irregular mercenary army. Hired to destroy, destabilize and kill on behalf of Canada, as full participants, in a larger political agenda. Known as remake the middle east and north africa. Yah, that same agenda I've talked about for years now.

Accept reality boys and girls. Our government employed brutal killers to destroy nations, displace people and redraw borders. And now they are going to bring them home!

CBC: Radio Canada International

Farah Mohammed Shirdon of Calgary was featured in a Daesh video burning his Canadian passport and declaring jihad on the west. He was apparently killed in Mosul in 2015

...

00:26

NEPA AND THE WITCHES! STORIES BY SAM OKAFOR "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Witchcraft needs to be refined and made more relevant to our daily lives like flying to avoid those hectic traffic More

Monday, 20 November

23:46

Israel to deport 40,000 African asylum seekers without their consent, many to Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel will begin deporting 20,000 African asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea and the Sudan, to an unnamed third-party country without their consent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday in a cabinet meeting. According to Israeli media the refugees will be sent to Rwanda, in return for which Israel will pay the African nation $5,000 per head. 

Using the term infiltrators to refer to Africans who crossed into Israel through the Sinai, Netanyahu said he had reached stage three of a plan to remove all asylum seekers.

Regarding infiltrators, we will discuss one of the aspects of this topic at the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said. Our policy towards infiltrators is three staged: Stage one is halting. We built a fence and enacted laws that completely blocked the flow of infiltrators and today we have zero infiltrators. Second stage is removal. We removed approximately 20,000 out of the existing infiltrators using various measures. Stage three is increased removal.

The prime minister added that Israel will no longer require asylum seekers to sign a document authorizing their deportation, a controversial practice done in the past and known as voluntary deportation, in which Africans were sent to third-party countries Rwanda and Uganda. Refugee groups have alleged the deportations were coerced; the refugees faced imprisonment in Israel, or deportation.  

This removal is enabled thanks to an international agreement I achieved, which allows us to remove the 40,000 remaining infiltrators without their consent, Netanyahu continued. This is very important. It will enable us later to make the Holot facility unnecessary and to use part of the vast resources we allocate there for inspectors and increased removal. That is why we are succeeding here. But our goal is to continue removing significantly more then what we have until now.

Holot is a desert detention facility. At Holot asylum seekers may leave during the day, but must return by evening to be locked behind Holots gates. Under orders announced Sunday, the facility will be closed in the next three months. In the weeks leading up to the shut-down, the refugees say they believe they will be deported. 

For years we have been saying the Holot detention facility was not built for a proper purpose, it is meant to break the spirits of asylum seekers [and force us] to leave, said refugee organizer Mutasim Ali from Darfur on social media. Ali is the first and only Sudanese national who was granted asylum by Israel in a surprise move in 2016. Before receiving his protective status he resided in Holot prison for one year.

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23:30

Plague Warning: The Black Death In Madagascar Can Trigger POLIO "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

plague

A researcher is warning that the plague outbreak thats reached a crisis point in Madagascar could trigger polio. As aid workers are now only focused on the black death, polio has taken a backseat, and some health experts believe that that could be devastating.

Dr. Derek Gatherer from Lancaster University fears aid workers will be so focused on the medieval disease that they will forget nationwide efforts to prevent polio cases. It could derail the polio vaccine campaign, which would be a setback for eradication, he told The Daily Mail. If [the] Madagascan health service is bursting at its seam coping with plague, then getting the polio vaccine programme running to plan will be something of a challenge.

International aid workers are desperately battling to contain the crisis, which has prompted 10 nearby African countries to be placed on high alert by the World Health Organization. Nationwide polio campaigns have been in place in recently to immunize millions of children aged up to five years old against the condition, which can cause paralysis.

Professor Allen Cheng, an infectious disease expert at Monash University, warned of the dangers of the plague and said this years outbreak has been unusual because it is airborne. He wrote in a piece for The Conversation, in which he said: Its not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence. The plague, which is caused by the Yersina pestis bacteria, killed hundreds of millions of people in three devastating outbreaks, including the Plague of Justinian in the 6th century.

It is easily treated with antibiotics in the current global climate, however, experts are still concerned it will cause eternal havoc because it...

23:19

Mugabe calls cabinet meeting as impeachment begins "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Photo AAP

Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Photo AAP

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe has called his cabinet for a meeting at his State House offices, the chief secretary to the president and cabinet says in a notice.

The meeting is called for Tuesday, the same day his ruling party members plan to impeach him.

This is the first time the ministers are set to meet for their routine weekly meeting with Mugabe since the military took power on Wednesday.

Cabinet meetings are usually held at Munhumutapa Building in the centre of town, but an armoured vehicle and armed soldiers are camped outside the offices.

Party begins Mugabe impeachment

Meanwhile, his ruling party says in a draft impeachment motion Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe is a source of instability, has shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin over the past 15 years,.

The ZANU-PF party said it would discuss the 93-year-old leaders impeachment on Monday, after a noon deadline expired for him to resign after nearly four decades in power.

Impeachment could see Mugabe kicked out by a vote in parliament in under a day and would represent an ignominious end to the career of the Grand Old Man of African politics, who was once lauded across the continent as an anti-colonial hero.

ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters the partys members of parliament were to meet at 11:30 AEDT (to start mapping out Mugabes impeachment.

On paper, the process is relatively long-winded, involving a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly, then a nine-member committee of senators, then another joint sitting to confirm his dismissal with a two-thirds majority.

However, constitutional experts said ZANU-PF had the numbers and could push it through in as little as 24 hours.

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23:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/08/mission-creep-in-darkest-africa/

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earths land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.

As I sought to explain in my last book American Raj How the US Rules the Muslim World, the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called allies but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.

The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.

...

23:08

Egypt is getting a new capital..courtesy of China "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-new-capital/index.html
Egypts new capital city moved a step closer to reality with the announcement that Chinese developers will largely fund the megaproject.

The China Fortune Land Development Company (CFLD) agreed to provide $20 billion for the currently unnamed city, after a meeting between heads of the firm and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

This follows a previous commitment of $15 billion from another Chinese state-owned company, bringing the project close to its $45 billion budget requirements for phase I.

Plans for the new capital were first announced in March 2015. Government officials described the development as a solution to crowding, pollution and rising house prices in Cairo.

Cairo Capital is a momentous endeavor to build national spirit, foster consensus, provide for long-term sustainable growth, said the project website. (The) new city will create more places to live, work and visit.

The 700 square kilometer city to be constructed in the desert to the East of Cairo would become the new seat of government, and it is presented as a far grander vision than the current capital.
Proposals for the city include housing for five million people, over 1,000 mosques, smart villages, industrial zones, a 5,000-seat conference cente...

23:02

Genocide as a Strategy of War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi terror-bombing, aided by US aerial bombardment by warplanes and drones, was orchestrated in Washington by the Obama administration, escalated by Trump.

War since March 2015 includes a suffocating land, sea and air blockade, preventing essentials to life in enough amounts reaching desperate Yemenis enduring the worlds severest humanitarian crisis, worsening daily, mostly ignored by Western media.

On November 16, a statement by Human Appeal, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, ACTED, ZOA, INTERSOS, CARE, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Saferworld, Mercy Corps, Handicap International, Action Against Hunger USA, International Rescue Committee, Relief International, Save the Children, and Premiere Urgence Internationale explained outrage by the humanitarian community in Yemen.

Cruel, inhuman and illegal blockade prevents the entry of food, fuel, medicines and supplies, exposing millions of people to disease, starvation and death, the statement said amounting to a policy of genocide forced on defenseless Yemenis.

Over 20 million people desperately need humanitarian aid, seven million on the brink of starvation, 17 millions not knowing where their next meal is coming from.

The humanitarian community in Yemen calls on the Saudi-led coalition to immediately reopen all Yemeni ports to commercial and humanitarian cargo, without which millions of people are at risk of starvation and death, the statement said, adding:

Humanitarian flights to Sanaa must be allowed to resume immediately to ensure the movement of aid workers and the transport of relief cargo.

A same day...

22:51

Millions of child labourers and slaves "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

27 September 2017

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea, Haunted by Abuse in Libya

Almost 100,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy through Libya since the beginning of the year, according to UNHCR reports. Most are fleeing poverty and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. But, in Libya theyre caught in an endless cycle of abuse, violence and exploitation. The majority reports being kidnapped, forced into labour or sold into slavery by street gangs, smugglers and militias that operate in the country.

UNHCR estimates that over 1.3 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Libya. UNHCR calls for unrestricted humanitarian access inside the country to ensure that international protection is given to refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable people.

By Trvon Austin:

Nearly 200 million are modern slaves or child laborers

20 November 2017

According to a report by the United Nations...

22:16

Yemen Quietly Slips Away, Much Like its Starving Children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Michelle Shephard, November 19, 2017

From The Toronto Star

These are the stark facts, and the only simple ones, about the situation in Yemen: The country has suffered the worlds worst cholera outbreak in modern history and people do not have access to food.

Cholera is spread by contaminated water, which is all that is now available in many parts of the country. More than 2,000 have died. The World Health Organization estimates there will be a million cases by the end of the year.

The lack of food is now endemic. Food prices have soared, the economy has collapsed, and government employees havent been paid for nearly a year, which has forced more than 20 million Yemenis, or about 70 per cent of the population, to rely on aid.

This month, a Saudi-led military coalition stopped most of that aid from entering the country by blocking airports, ports and borders. Ostensibly the blockade was to halt the shipment of arms. But illegal smuggling routes ensure the flow of weapons, and it is food, medicine and fuel that are being held back.

The heads of three UN agencies World Food Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization issued a joint statement Thursday saying seven million Yemenis, mainly children, are on the brink of famine.

Children who die of starvation do not cry; they are so weak they quietly slip away, their deaths often unnoticed at first in hospitals overwhelmed by patients.

Which is also an apt description for Yemens slow demise.

Its not about us we have no power to stop this war, says Sadeq Al-Ameen, an aid worker based in Yemens capital, about the countr...

22:09

US sanctions businesses linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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US Treasury Department says a network of individuals and companies counterfeited Yemeni bank notes for Irans Revolutionary Guard

21:09

Slave auctions in Libya - Disturbing video shows real life slave trade, humans being bought & sold in the open "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Footage from hidden cameras shows young refugees being auctioned off for as little as $400, after they were kidnapped from Libya and Niger. Refugees are being kidnapped from Libya and Niger, and sold in auctions for as little as $400, according to an investigative report that documented the abuse in war-torn Libya through hidden cameras that showed young men being lined up to be inspected for buyers, with auctioneers referring to them as "merchandise" and "big strong boys for farm work." It is highly likely that there are even more barbaric auctions held for females, and there have been widespread reports of this happening, but so far no footage has been collected of these crimes.

21:02

U.S. sanctions individuals, entities for Iran-linked counterfeiting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned a network of individuals and companies it said counterfeited Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran Revolutionary Guards Qods Force.

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The network circumvented European export restrictions in order to provide the counterfeiting supplies and equipment, according to a Treasury statement.

President Donald Trump last month declared Irans Revolutionary Guard a supporter of terrorism and authorized Treasury to impose tough sanctions limiting its access to goods and funding.

Republican Trump has been critical of the 2015 agreement his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, reached with Iran and said the United States must take stronger steps to ensure the country does not acquire nuclear weapons.

The counterfeiting scheme exposed the deep levels of deception that the Qods Force, a Revolutionary Guard unit carrying out missions outside the country, employs against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

According to Treasury, Pardavesh Tasvir Rayan Co.  is a printing operation controlled by businessman Reza Heidari and owned by Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding that procured equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni rial bank notes.

Qods Force used the currency to support its activities.

Heidari used front companies and other methods to keep European suppliers in the dark about their ultimate customer. He coordinated with Mahmoud Seif, Tejarats managing director, on the logistics of procuring materials and moving them into Iran, Treasury said.

Treasury sanctioned both men and both companies, as well as ForEnt Technik GmbH, which Heidari owns, and Printing Trade Center GmbH for serving as front companies in the operation.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert, editing by G Crosse and Cynthia Osterman


01:00

Lebanese Communist Party: How Saudi Efforts to Provoke War Were Stopped "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The following article is based on an interview with Jana Nakhal, a leader in the Lebanese Communist Party. Joyce Chediac BEIRUT. Pictures of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri line the streets in every neighborhood of this city. The large somber portraits bear the Arabic hashtag All of us are with you. Just last week, Saad...

01:00

Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: An Interview with John Philpot "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Libyas Muammar Qaddafi and Ivory Coasts Laurent Gbagbo, together here in 2007, shared Kwame Nkrumahs dream of a United States of Africa and advocated an African currency and monetary policy. The ICC indicted both leaders in 2011, when Libya was invaded by NATO, Ivory Coast by France. Qaddafi was murdered on Hillary Clintons orders that...

01:00

The Russian Revolution and the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Bolshevik Revolution had the effect of convincing other early agitators for mass change that their efforts were not in vain. Earl Bousquet Grenadas Maurice Bishop (C) with Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua and Cubas Fidel Castro. The Russian Revolution did get support from the Caribbean, then called the West Indies, when it shook the world...

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