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Sunday, 16 September

23:27

Gombe 2019: Justice Bulkachuwas son to run for governor under APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aliyu Haidar Abubakar, the son of first female President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has joined the Gombe governorship race. He is seeking to succeed Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant. Abubakar who is running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), submitted his nomination form at []

The post Gombe 2019: Justice Bulkachuwas son to run for governor under APC appeared first on Newtelegraph.

20:40

God has prepared me to be next Lagos governor Sanwo-Olu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress(APC)in Lagos,Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday said he had a strong conviction that God had prepared him to be the next governor of the state. Sanwo-Olu made the statement at Lagos City Hall while speaking at the formal launch of his governorship bid. NAN reports that members of []

The post God has prepared me to be next Lagos governor Sanwo-Olu appeared first on Newtelegraph.

19:16

We didnt freeze Davido, Senator Adeleke or Adeleke familys accounts EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied freezing the bank accounts of Peoples Democratic Partys Governorship candidate for next Saturdays election, Senator Ademola Adeleke. There were reports that the anti-graft agency had frozen the accounts of Adeleke and those of his family members. But, the EFCC has described the widely-circulated reports as fake []

The post We didnt freeze Davido, Senator Adeleke or Adeleke familys accounts EFCC appeared first on Newtelegraph.

18:26

Senate: I cannot be impeached- Saraki "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senate President and Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bukola Saraki has disclosed that the call for his impeachment after the senates adjournment cannot hold waters, saying they dont have the number to impeach me. Dr. Saraki said on Sunday afternoon while responding to questions from journalists at the Peoples Democratic Party []

The post Senate: I cannot be impeached- Saraki appeared first on Newtelegraph.

18:23

Re : Has Boko Haram Become A Money Spinner For The Army Brass?, By Bmidl Adml-Oltj, A Rejoinder. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi Coming across such an article with such a title in the Premium Times journal of September 11, 2018 edition, has elicited this response duly addressed to the editor, for the purposes of correcting all the wrong impressions contained in the said article. This rejoinder has therefore become that avenue upon which []

The post Re : Has Boko Haram Become A Money Spinner For The Army Brass?, By Bmidl Adml-Oltj, A Rejoinder. appeared first on Newtelegraph.

18:14

Im still APC member Deputy speaker Lasun Yussuff "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff has reaffirmed his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and denounced rumour of his defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Wole Oladimeji the deputy speaker said the news about his purported []

The post Im still APC member Deputy speaker Lasun Yussuff appeared first on Newtelegraph.

17:45

China Buying Billions in Assets All Across Africa! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China Buying Billions in Assets All Across Africa! Video The Money GPS Video Source

The post China Buying Billions in Assets All Across Africa! (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

16:23

Dozens killed in air strikes and clashes in Yemen's Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Attacks by Saudi-led coalition forces on the Houthi-held port city kill 32 fighters along with several employees of a rebel radio station

14:17

Tony Blairs Saudi regime corruption "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 24 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Saudis Buy Former UK Prime Minister Blair for $12 Million

Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK and an architect of the Iraq War, is a mercenary that Saudi Arabia hired to present themselves as modernizers and cover for their invasion of Yemen, says Medea Benjamin, the author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

By Joe Gill in Britain:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tony Blair is a mercenary for Saudi and oil-gas interests. He cant be taken seriously

REMARKABLY, for an instigator of a war in Iraq that was declared illegal by the UN, former prime minister Tony Blair is still treated as an elder statesman in Britain.

The former Labour leader was recently given a fawning interview on BBC Radio 4s flagship morning Today programme in which he had free rein to...

13:22

EIA reports growing role of Vietnam in illegal ivory trade "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Maritime Executive

elephants

BY MAREX 2018-09-13 19:16:09

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has released a report Exposing the Hydra: The growing role of Vietnamese syndicates in ivory trafficking documenting the findings of a two-year undercover investigation.

Investigators successfully infiltrated several ivory trafficking syndicates operating in Mozambique, South Africa, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, building a detailed picture of how these criminal organizations are structured, how they cooperate with one another and how they also traffic other endangered species such as rhinos and pangolins.

In contrast to China, which closed its domestic legal ivory market in January and stepped up enforcement against ivory trafficking, the Government of Vietnam has not demonstrated serious commitment to tackling wildlife crime, says the organization. Instead, the past decade has seen Vietnam serve as a prominent transit route for large ivory shipments to China as well as overseeing a growing carving industry and one of the worlds biggest markets for ivory sales.

The report states that since 2009, 56 tons of ivory have been seized in Vietnam and a further 20 tons linked to Vietnam seized in other countries. This is equivalent to ivory sourced from approximately 11,414 elephants.

EIA estimates that since 2015 the ivory traffickers identified during the course of their investigation have been linked to seizures totaling 6.3 tons of ivory and 299 kilograms of rhino horn, including the recent record seizure of 50 rhino horns in Malaysia in August 2018. Between January 2016 and November 2017 there were at least 22 successful shipments of ivory from Africa, with an estimated weight of 19 tons and potential revenue of $14 million.

The report cites some maritime examples of the trade including:

Danang, Vietnam 2015

In August 2015, officers at Tien Sa port made three separate seizures of ivory tusks. The first case involved 700 kilograms of ivory and rhino horn in two containers shipped from Mozambique and discovered hidden inside blocks of fake stone. A few days later, another 2.2 tons of ivory was detected concealed inside containers of timber sent from Nigeria. Both shipments were intended for the same Vietnamese company. This was followed by the seizure of another ton of ivory and four tons of pangolin scales concealed in a shipment of beans loaded at Port Klang, Malaysia.

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12:05

Geopolitics Alert Editor Randi Nord at UNHRC: US Facilitates War Crimes in Yemen [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Geneva (GPA) Geopolitics Alert founder and editor, Randi Nord, participated in two side panels about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen at the United Nations Human Rights Council 39th session during its first week.

The first panel, sponsored by INSAN Organization, covered human rights violations and crimes against children in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition. The panelists included Dr. Aiman al-Mansor, the organizations director, Eike Fimann, Deputy of La Ruche Initiative in Germany, Abdulsalam Aldhahebi, a human rights activist with Insan Organization, and Randi Nord of Geopolitics Alert. Hassan Fartousi, Ph.D. moderated the discussion.

Since its inception, the United States has tried to portray itself as a defender of human rights both at home and globally. But, for well over three years, the children of Yemen have had to experience first-hand the worst oppression the US has to offer.

The US declaration of independence reads that all humans everywhere have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, Washingtons very own involvement in Yemen eliminates these so-called inalienable rights for millions of Yemeni children many of whom have never experienced a life without daily threats of airstrikes on their homes as well as ground violence, starvation, disease, and uncertain futures.

According to the Legal Center for Rights and Development, by the wars twelve hundredth day, over 14 thousand civilians were killed by Coalition airstrikes. Of those civilian deaths, over 2 thousand were women while over 3 thousand were children. Thats without counting the thousands of injuries: children left disabled as well as mentally and physically scarred for life or orphaned.

The vast majority of these lives cut short are not from ground fighting but rather due to airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. In fact, when we factor that the war began in March of 2015, that means six children are either killed or injured each day from airstrikes.

The United States plays a key role facilitating the Saudi-led coalitions ability to carry out these airstrikes in several ways. In May of 2017, US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabias King al-Saud inked a series of documents securing the KSAs intent to purchase 110 billion USD worth of weapons including tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, and so on.


Read more about the US-backed war in Yemen:

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

UNHRC: Saudis Fight Back Against Report about Targeting Civilians in Yemen

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11:07

The Canadian government should listen to Yemeni protesters and end its support for Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Canadas sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the subsequent use of these arms to perpetrate war crimes within Yemen raises a moral dilemma for Canadians. Our international role is that of a peacekeeper, intervening to prevent conflict. The events in Yemen are highly reprehensible, and our involvement as an arms dealer in what the UN has described as the worlds worst humanitarian crisis not only sets a bad precedent, but goes against all of our supposed national values.

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Some argue that the arms deal is good for Canada, creating a projected 3,000 jobs and boosting our economy. However, as a nation with a reputation for peacekeeping and diplomacy, it is a questionable decision for the government to use a mere 3,000 jobs as the justification for becoming an accessory to war crimes and the bloodshed of tens of thousands of innocent people.

While supplying these arms may appear to be in the best interest of Canadians, it has deep social and political implications both nationally and internationally. As tensions rise between Saudi Arabia and Canada following a Twitter exchange requesting the release of human rights activists, Canada should make the right choice to end the deal and its support for the Saudi Arabian government in this conflict.

Canada must strive to use its place on the world stage to help advance human rights in all corners of the world, regardless of the potential economic or political gain ensured by turning a blind eye.

Junaid Ishaq is a second-year Pathobiology student at Victoria College.

https://thevarsity.ca/2018/09/15/the-canadian-government-should-listen-to-yemeni-protesters-and-end-its-support-for-saudi-arabia/

09:05

Resilient China is firewall in emerging currency crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China is the last bulwark against a deep crisis in emerging economies going fully global, analysts say, although a prolonged trade war could sap Beijings defences.

Emerging countries loosely defined as having fast growing but volatile economies have seen their currencies battered in recent weeks, plunging their finances into turmoil, and raising fears of global contagion.

But China, the worlds second-biggest economy and itself categorized as an emerging market, doesnt share a key downside of the worst-hit countries: their rampant current account deficits.

The possibility of a currency crisis in China is unlikely, said Guan Qingyou, chief economist at Chinas Rushi Advanced Institute of Finance.

AFP

Chinas ability to resist risk is relatively strong.

Nail in coffin

Current account deficits must be financed with foreign currencies, and as central banks across the world enter a cycle of tighter monetary conditions, especially the powerful US Federal Reserve, cheap money will become scarce.

Higher US interest rates are another nail in the coffin for emerging countries needing external financing, said Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at FXTM.

A meltdown of the Turkish lira somewhat stemmed by a recent massive interest rate rise and the Argentinian peso are cases in point, as both countries have exceptionally large current account deficits, said Oliver Jones, markets economist at Capital Economics.

South Africa, Colombia and, to a lesser extent, India and Indonesia are in similar danger of being trapped in Fed rate rise pain, he said.

But the currencies of Korea, Thailand and Malaysia have done much better because of their close trade ties with Beijing and their healthier current account positions.

Strong reserves

China itself still boasts a strong foreign reserve position and has taken steps to cut debt, both useful shields against global turmoil.

Our foreign exchange reserves are still relatively high, said Guan at the Reality Institute. In addition, China has already started the process of deleveraging after the end of 2016.

But even if fundamentals are still holding up, only the very brave dare predict how damaging ongoing trade tensions with the United States will be to Chinas position.

Recent tentative sign...

06:44

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Big Dreams for Special Economic Zones
OPINION & ANALYSIS
CONTRIBUTOR
Edwin Kondo
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

As is now public knowledge, our regulations were published on the 17th of August, 2018.

These are the legal instruments that allow us to discharge our mandate to licence which is to designate areas, attract investors in those specified zones, (and) administer the zones we would have established.

We have been pre-occupied with building the institutional framework.

It has really been about building the institutional framework, but further to that, if I can add, we have also been building the institution itself from the ground up, starting off with my appointment four months ago, and we have been working with a fantastic team of deployees from various ministries.

But it has also necessitated that as an organisation, we begin the recruitment process to populate our organogram and we have been busy doing that.

We have also been busy developing various plans and at this stage, I wouldnt want to go into the various plans because they must go through the due processes, but we have been developing the various plans, including spatial distribution plans.

Spatial distribution plans look at where you are going to position zones.

And these are based on competitive advantages of each province.

So, you have heard the President, His Excellency, talking about Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Beitbridge, Mutare and other areas and we are busy putting those declarations into actual legal-designated areas.

We will be publishing those very soon.

Also, we have been busy developing the processes because to be able to say this applicant has qualified for a license or not, we have to have a process; we have to have a very sound and robust technical process for us to be able to do so.

We have come up with those processes and now they are in place.

We have been looking at the backlog in terms of those that have applied and trying to clear that, but going forward, we are, as we speak, now busy going through the applications.

The applications have different levels of informati...

06:44

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The ED Cabinet: An End of History
OPINION & ANALYSIS
CONTRIBUTOR
Richard Mahomva
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

Opinion has naturally been split with regards to Cabinet appointments made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

But to be fair, the new Cabinet appointments reflect a reasonable bargain between the State and the electorate.

From another perspective, the appointments represent a rebranded structure of governance as this marks a departure from what others have referred to as the recycling of old wood.

The 2018 Cabinet is also reflective of the much anticipated distribution of roles between the ruling party stalwarts and experts drawn from other sectors outside Zanu-PF. It also has an even demographic spread which responds to the general clamour for youth and womens inclusion in policy-making.

Most importantly, the structure of the new Cabinet demystifies the perception of Government top posts as rewards for loyalty, which often opened up the State to criticism over ostensible nepotism.

At the same time, this has neutralised the overrated rhetoric on the militarisation of the State post the November 2017 transition, which led to the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe.

Analysts are agreed that the new Cabinet represents an inter-gender and inter-generational balance, which, in essence, was the subject of political debate before the July 30 harmonised elections.

Political scientists and analysts also agree that the new-look Cabinet marks the beginning of an epoch-making era that could redefine the ethos of the countrys contemporary politics. Such a consensus on the structural realignment of Government is in tandem with the philosophical premise identified by political theorist Francis Fukuyama in his 2011 work The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.

Fukuyama submitted in his work that modern politics have reached the end of history. However, what he terms history in his book neither refers to epochal shifts nor the flow of political events.

Instead, this implies that the successive stages of societal quest for political liberties across the globe had reached its final stage....

06:22

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Sanctions to Remain Until Zimbabwe Demonstrates Reforms -Official
The U.S. government will not lift sanctions against Zimbabwe until the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa demonstrates it is changing its ways, a senior U.S. economic official told a congressional panel on Thursday.

Manisha Singh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, told a House of Representatives hearing there were 141 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa and former president Robert Mugabe, that are currently under U.S. sanctions.

Our pressure on Zimbabwe remains in place. We are trying to use this pressure to leverage political and economic reforms, human rights observations, Singh said.

Our pressure on Zimbabwe remains in place. We are trying to use this pressure to leverage political and economic reforms, human rights observations

We want to see fundamental changes in Zimbabwe and only then will we resume normal relations with them, she added.

Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwes new president on Aug. 26 after the Constitutional Court confirmed his July 30 election victory, dismissing a challenge by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa has called for the lifting of U.S. sanctions against officials from the ZANU-PF ruling party, top military figures and some government-owned firms, which were imposed during Mugabes rule for it called violations of human rights and democracy.

The EU lifted most of its sanctions in 2014, but has maintained those against Mugabe and his wife Grace.

The July ballot was touted as a crucial step toward shedding the pariah reputation that Zimbabwe gained under Mugabe as well as securing international donor funding.

Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat from California, said Zimbabwe was trying to reach out to us now and I want to know where we are with that.

We are always open to conversations. We are open to a demonstration from the government that it is changing its ways, that it is observing human rights, Singh added.

06:17

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zambia President Slams 'Reckless Propaganda' on China Relations
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

Zambian president Edgar Lungu has described as misleading and reckless propaganda, recent reports that China was set to seize national assets over loan payment default.

In a speech at the opening of parliament on Friday, Lungu stressed that Lusakas dealings with Beijing was mutual and not on the level of master and slave. He added that the relations were set to be entrenched in the interest of both parties.

Our friendship with China is mutual and no amount of reckless propaganda will deter us from entrenching this relationship for the common good of our people, he said.

Ignore the misleading headlines that seek to malign our relationship with China by mischaracterising our economic cooperation to mean colonialism.

Ignore the misleading headlines that seek to malign our relationship with China by mischaracterising our economic cooperation to mean colonialism. China does not have that record, neither does it seek a horse-and-jockey relationship with Zambia.

We are fully conscious as a nation and we are alive to the fact that we need to uplift the lives of our people. I need to emphasis that all forms of bilateral co-operation with China are and will always be informed by this noble focus, he added.

Information from Africa Confidential, a London-based publication had suggested that two state entities were to be taken over by China. Its report was widely reported by other portals that the power company, Zesco, was due for takeover after the state broadcaster.

Zambias external debt figures are pegged officially $9 billion. Like other African nations, its indebtedness to the East Asian giant continues to soar especially in the area of infrastructure development.

Lungu joined fellow African heads of states and government who participated in the just ended Forum on China Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, held in the Chinese city of Beijing.

The Chinese president promised $60 billion new aid for the continent amid rising concerns...

06:12

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia and Eritrea to Sign Peace Agreement in Saudi Arabia
Africa News

Ethiopia and Eritrea will attend a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to sign an agreement cementing the thaw between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, a UN spokesman disclosed on Friday September 14.

Saudi King Salman will host the signing ceremony in Jeddah to be attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq did not provide details, saying the Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders would sign a further agreement helping to cement the positive relations between them.

UN chief Antonio Guterres to be among those attending Sunday's signing ceremony in western city of Jeddah.

On Tuesday, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea reopened two land border crossing points for the first time in 20 years, clearing the way for trade between the two nations.

Ethiopias Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritreas President Isaias Afwerki signed a declaration of peace in July that formally ended two decades of hostility.

Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s, and war broke out later that decade over a border dispute.

A 2002 UN-backed boundary demarcation was meant to settle the dispute for good, but Ethiopia refused to abide by it.

A turnaround began in June when Abiy announced that Ethiopia would hand back to Eritrea the disputed areas including the flashpoint town of Badme where the first shots of the border war were fired.

06:05

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US, UK Issue Ethiopia Travel Alerts Ahead of OLF Rally in Addis Ababa
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 
Africa News
15/09 - 04:00

The United States and the United Kingdom have issued security alerts for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa ahead of the return of a former rebel group, the Oromo Liberation Front, OLF.

The U.K. alert was issued on Friday with hours to the event whiles in the case of the U.S. its alert was issued on Thursday in connection with flag protests in Addis Ababa.

The scuffles between Oromo youth and city dwellers had as at Friday led to one death after federal forces clashed with protesters. The painting of public places in the OLF colours has been condemned by police who maintain that waving flags was not illegal under law.


OLF leadership are expected to quit their base in Eritrea and formally return home after it agreed a deal with the federal government weeks ago in Asmara. OLF will now engage in peaceful armed struggle.

Summary The U.K. travel advice

On 12 and 13 September 2018, there was sporadic violence as large crowds gathered in various parts of Addis Ababa; with the planned arrival of the senior leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Addis Ababa on Saturday 15 September 2018.

It is expected that large crowds will again gather; you should exercise particular caution around Addis Ababa and in particular anywhere where large crowds are gathering, as per the advice below; British Embassy staff have been advised to avoid the area around Meskel Square and the Stadium area on Saturday 15 September 2018.

There are frequent incidences of civil unrest in Ethiopia, including protests and strikes. Some of these can cause temporary closure of roads or disruption to local business and transport, and in the past some have escalated into serious violence. These incidents are often limited in duration and localised.
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06:00

Egyptian court orders arrest of Mubaraks sons over stock market manipulation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An Egyptian criminal court ordered the arrest of ousted President Hosni Mubaraks two sons on charges of stock market manipulation, state news agency MENA reported Saturday. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, with seven other men, are accused of violating stock market and central bank rules to make unlawful profits through dealing in shares of Al Watany Bank of Egypt.

05:56

All eyes on Kunle Adegboyega "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The clich that gold fish has no hiding place perfectly depicts the situation in which honourable Adekunle Adegboyega, who is popularly known as Texaco, has found himself as the dude is battling to cope with what seems like a permanent question on the lips of many towards him.   The main reason why the amiable []

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05:54

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trade War to Impact Africas Growth as Commodity Prices Remain Low
By Southern Times
September14, 2018
Correspondent

Over the last few months, the trade war between China and USA has been escalating and this has had a bearing on commodity prices and trade.

The trade war has raised global uncertainty and has the potential to derail the global growth thrust which has been broad-based. According to a report released by the African Import and Export bank, the actions by the US to redress trade imbalances also hold significant implications for Africa.

China and the EU, which are the prime targets of US protectionist policies, are also Africas largest trading partners, together accounting for over 44 percent of total African trade in 2017. The impact on Africa could be especially pronounced given that the region has become heavily dependent on China in recent years.

"For instance, IMF research analysing Africas increasing exposure to China has shown that a one percent decline in Chinas domestic investment growth is associated with an average 0.6 percent decline in Africas growth. The extent seems to be even more pronounced for resource-rich countries, especially oil exporters.

"Conversely, efforts by the US to redress trade imbalances may also present opportunities for Africa, as manufacturing companies, especially Chinese, could relocate to Africa to take advantage of lower labour costs and preferential access into the US market afforded by the African Growth and Opportunity Act provided these benefits are retained under the current US Administration, stated the report.

On a week to week analysis, the commodity prices for precious metals had been on the down side as the global uncertainties continued. However the prices showed some gains last weeks.

Gold markets fell on Monday 6 August, reaching the $1207 level, before bouncing a bit. On Tuesday 7 August the yellow metal  increased by US$8 or 0.66% to US$1,210.81 an ounce and the price continued on the positive line by adding US$2.11 an ounce or 0.17% to 1,213.36 the following day. Trading Economics analysts expect gold to trade at US$1226.85 an ounce. by the end of this quarter.

Overally, the precious metal price has been rather ne...

05:47

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Namibian Genocide Victims' Remains Are Home... But Germany Still Has Work to Do
2018-09-10 10:34

Human remains kept by German institutions as part of their colonial loot were repatriated to Namibia at the end of August 2018 the third time this has been done. And once again, the process was marred by serious friction, a clear illustration that both the German and Namibian governments have not come to terms with the problems involved.

Most human remains that had been taken from Namibia were from people killed during the genocide between 1904 and 1908, or related atrocities under German colonialism. Its not known how many such remains are still in German collections.

But their repatriation cannot be de-linked from the need by Germany to admit to its colonial, state-sponsored crime. And the former colonial power has yet to take whats needed to provide redress.

It took a full century after its colonial dreams of empire ended for Germany to accept and then reluctantly responsibility for the traumatic past. Only in July 2015 did the foreign ministry confirm that the term genocide was applicable to what happened in then German South-West Africa. This was finally confirmed as official policy a year later.

But bilateral negotiations remain at an impasse. The main unresolved issues are the full recognition of the genocide, an appropriate apology and a willingness for redress on the side of Germany.

During the ceremonies around the restitution of remains, German official pronouncements once again remained evasive. This means: no formal recognition of genocide, no official apology, and no mention at all of any redress.

True reconciliation remains a remote hope.

Obfuscation

On 29 August, 27 human remains were handed over. The solemn ceremony took place in a prominent Berlin church. The speech by Michelle Mntefering, Germanys Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, offered no deep apology. At the end, she bowed in deep mourning and asked, from the bottom of my heart for forgiveness.

Such wording does not go beyond the individual remorse offered in 2004 by German Minister Heidemarie...

04:59

I was a bad boy while growing up Jide Kososko "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko is an interesting personality. He has been in the film industry for over 50 years. He began his acting career as a child actor in 1964 with the Ifelodun Travelling Theatre Group. He has featured in several Nollywood movies of both English and Yoruba Genres. In this interview with VANESSA OKWARA, []

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04:36

Lagos guber: Pressure mounts on Tinubu to support Ambode "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ahead of the September 25 All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Lagos State, the partys National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has come under intense pressure to allow the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to seek re-election.   A credible source close to the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole said Ambode has become []

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04:35

Inside Ebute Ero: Where friends converse while defecating in the lagoon "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Carrying shit on the head is outdated in current Lagos   39m Nigerians indulge in open defecation, says UNICEF   90% households consume faeces-contaminated water NBS     Group defecation and discussion on the pavement erected to separate the land from the Lagos Lagoon on the Lagos Island is commonplace in Ebute Ero an []

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04:32

Iyiola Omisore: SDPll free Osun from Aregbesolas bondage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

    The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore is a former deputy governor of the state. He speaks in this interview on why he wants to take over from the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, his Restoration Agenda, among other []

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04:22

Governors, senators rift threatens Buharis re-election "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The current political logjam between some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and members of the National Assembly in their states, may negatively affect the electoral fortunes of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16, 2019 presidential election, Sunday Telegraph has learnt.   While the governors are out to stop the senators from returning to []

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04:21

2019: 63 candidates may contest presidential election Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Next years presidential election will still be a crowded contest as no fewer than 63 political parties will be fielding candidates in the crucial election.   This is coming in spite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some 39 political parties, which gave birth to []

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04:21

Arrest, prosecute Adeosun for forgery, PDP tells FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Minister reportedly left for UK yesterday     The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of former Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for forgery. Adeosun, who resigned as minister on Friday, was accused of forging her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate. PDP said she should be []

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04:15

Buhari and restructuring gambit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The recent tirade between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar over restructuring of the country may underscore the disposition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the issue, writes BIYI ADEGOROYE   If there is any matter that has elicited exchange of verbal barbs between President Muhammadu Buharis government and many []

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04:11

Buhari wants HSBC to refund stolen assets from Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the global banking giant, HSBC, to return all stolen funds within its custody.   The President said this was necessary to assist the Nigerian economy to pick up and stabilise.   Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday, said that []

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03:59

APCs direct primariesll prevent corruption Nabena "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr. Yekini Nabena is the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with JOHNCHUKS ONUANYIM, he speaks on the partys planned direct primaries, corruption war, defections from the party, planned impeachment of the Senate President and other issues   Several months after your convention, your party has not been []

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03:57

Use your other room power to get your hubby to deliver Nigeria Apostle Chimezie "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Apostle Fidel Chimezie is the Founder of Nigeria Ministers Project, the Chief Apostle of Nigeria Ministers Project and Apostolic Discipleship Project (ADPRO). Ordained as an Apostle in 2007, she was formerly an Evangelist, went to Apostolic Training School in Jos under Apostle Jeff Omo- Osagie. She speaks to ESTHER BAKARE about the role of women []

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03:56

Oge Okoye : Sexy queen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Oge Okoye is a popular actress, entrepreneur and model. She was born on November 16, 1980 in London United Kingdom. She relocated to Lagos with her family, and went to primary and secondary school in London. She graduated from Nnamdi Azikwe University with a bachelors degree in Theater Arts. She performed in the block []

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03:39

Yemen and Spain: Destruction and Death versus Spanish Unemployment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Spains President, socialist Pedro Sanchez, canceled a week ago the sale of 400 laser-guided missiles to the Saudis for humanitarian reasons (value of the missile contract 9.2 million US$ 10.7 million). A couple of days ago, he reversed that noble decision, reinstating the sale, because the Saudis threatened cancelling their contract for 5 Corvette warships to be built by Navantia over the next few years, for a value of 1.8 billion (US$ 2.1 billion), providing work for some 6000 shipyard workers in one of the economically worst hit areas of Spain, Cadiz Province of Andalusia.

>So, to save jobs, Sanchez decided to sell the bombs after all, the very bombs that will further decimate the Yemeni population kill masses of children and increase the untold, unfathomable misery for this poor country, strategically located on the Gulf of Aden.

The war ships Spain is producing for the Saudis are certainly not going to bring peace to the world either; they bring perhaps work to Spanish shipyard workers, but, Dear Mr. Sanchez, where are your ethics?  Where is your sense of Human Rights?

Would it not be more ethical to help Spanish workers find alternative jobs, or while they are looking, pay them unemployment at a decent level? Perhaps exceptional unemployment, because the reason for the unemployment in this case is exceptional and ethical to the point that the workers would probably understand a sense of integrity and conscience they may proudly pass on to their children.

To top it all off, Spains Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, pretends that the Saudis have to guarantee that the missiles will not be used against Yemenis. Whom does she think she is fooling? Would the Spanish people be so blind to reality to believe this lie? I dont think so. The Spaniards, having gone themselves through ten years of foreign imposed economic austerity hardship, an economic warfare of sorts, are more awake than believing dishonesties that serve the capitalist, profit-seeking war industry.

The Spanish bombs may substantially contribute to the killing of tens of thousands of Yemenis and among them countless defenseless children and women. The delivery of these missiles would be a tacit recognition and acceptance that the Saudis, supported by the US, the UK and France, block vital food and medical supplies from entering Yemen, thereby starving literally millions to death. And most likely the Spanish warships are creating in Yemen or elsewhere even worse human suffering.

Instead, Mr. Sanchez, why not show your heart and compassion for these innocent victims of western aggression, override your Minister of Defense, and block the sale of the 400 deadly missiles and the 5 killer Corvettes?

According to Mint Press News (10 September, 2018), the UN estimates that nearly 20 million Yemen...

02:09

Saudi, UAE turning OPEC into 'tool for US,' Iran says "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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01:39

Mini-dossier : Le parlement allemand controle PHC/Feronia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

14 Sep 2018 | Radio OkapiUne dlgation du parlement allemand vient d'effectuer une mission de contrle des activits de l'entreprise Plantation et Huilerie du Congo PHC/Feronia. Reportage de Radio Okapi.

00:08

Sudan economic crisis: New government is sworn in as PM keeps finance portfolio "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Abdalla Hamdok, former UN official who was initially named finance minister, declines appointment

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23:39

We Tried: Kind Of "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I read an article a while ago somewhere on the web entitled something like What Happened to My Country? (referring to the US, but the same question could be asked by pretty much anyone anywhere the US has managed to colonise in one way or another) and while I agreed that there might be more than a few others asking themselves that same question, I had to admit that any reasonable appraisal of what our country might have been has been answered by any number of researchers and historical figures who have pointed out that the United States, in spite of its rhetoric, has never been a place of which one could be proud.

For most of its history, from the moment the first Europeans stepped ashore on what is now known as North America, it has represented the absolute worst tendencies of the human race. There is nothing revolutionary about genocide. Every empire, since time immemorial, has used this barbaric means of theft. You can give it any label you want, discuss the various -isms that may or may not have justified outright murder and theft, but it comes down to, in my opinion, something very simple: The Few against The Rest. And that isnt very profound, nor should it be news to anyone.

The situation in the US, and ever more so in The West (or its vassal states, wherever they may be) in general, has become so toxic (in every sense of the word), and dangerous to The Few, that they no longer even attempt to hide their disdain for the rabble. Major crimes of all sorts go unpunished. They simply do what they want to. Right out in the open, as if to say, Whatcha gonna do about it, huh?

Theyve managed to divide what could be an international coalition of peace-loving people into distinct socio-political straight- jackets, fighting amongst themselves for the right to lead whats left of The Left or The Right (theres little difference these days), an exclusionary and divisive tactic that has largely succeeded.

A lot of people (most people, probably) think that the internet, and social media in general, have been a boon to society. I tend to disagree for a number of reasons.

(1) Speed kills. Whether you drive too fast or indulge in the chemical known under that name, theres a good chance youll end up dead or physically or mentally handicapped.

With optic fibre and constant increases in the speed of wireless communications, we are inundated (overloaded?) with information. And I would reckon that most of it is pretty much useless. How many updates do we need, for example, on the lives of celebrities, on Trumps latest mood, or even the suffering of the Palestinians or Yemenis?

In the first case, who cares what celebrities are up to? They dont care what you think.

In the second case, its just The Donald being The Donald, even though now hes President.

...

22:53

African swine fever outbreak in Eastern Europe has now spread to Western Europe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The highly contagious disease, which has severely afflicted the agriculture business in Eastern Europe over the last several years, has now been found in the western parts of the EU, potentially threatening a ban on meat exports being imposed on local firms. At least two cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been registered in Belgium, as pigs infected with the virus have been found there. It is unclear so far how the disease made its way to Western Europe, after having hurt the agricultural sector in the eastern part of the EU. The ASF virus poses little threat to humans, but is deadly for pig populations on farms and, since to it is highly contagious, could lead to mass culling of pigs and boars in the region to prevent the disease from spreading. In Romania alone it cost local farms 230,000 pigs, bringing huge losses, according to some estimates reaching almost $12 million. Moreover, the virus outbreak could prompt the government to impose a ban on pork exports, further increasing losses for the agricultural sector, even for farms that are unaffected.

22:47

Golden rules to achieve flawless skin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Is flawless skin just too much to ask for? Wake up in the morning you see a dark circle under your eye. You have an upcoming event; you sight a zit which can ruin your makeup. Well worry no more because the flawless, blemish and acne free skin that you have always desired is []

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21:13

Kenya: Muslims murder two non-Muslims for failing to recite the Quran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There were three non-locals who were ordered to recite the Shahada. One had lived with locals all his life so he was able to read and was freed. The Shahada is the first chapter and most common prayer of the Quran. This is reminiscent of other incidents, including when the Muslim in Minnesota who asked []

21:01

Violent neonazis arrested in Chemnitz, Germany "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

Germany: Hamburgs anti-fascists respond to Chemnitz riots

28 August 2018

Over two thousand people marched through the streets of Hamburg on Tuesday, in condemnation of recent right-wing riots in Chemnitz.

People held anti-racism banners calling on Hamburgers to fight fascism in Germany.

The demonstration, which was called by the Interventionist Left movement, started at Rote Flora former theatre before ending at Park Fiction.

The Hamburg rally was a response to right-wing riots in the east German city of Chemnitz.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Paramilitary members in Chemnitz arrested for violence

In the German city Chemnitz fifteen men were arrested for committing violence after a demonstration of far-right groups in the inner city. They are members of what they themselves call a civil guard.

The men are said to have threatened guests at a birthday party last night after the demonstration and demanded from them that they show their ID cards. The party people alerted the police.

Then the fifteen men went on a manhunt in a park for people with a non-European appearance. They chased seven people and wounded an Iranian.

Racism and xenophobia

There have been tensions in the East German city for weeks

On September 4 there...

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20:54

A bit late for regrets: Norwegian politicians 'regret' participation in NATO's 2011 destruction of Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In 2011, Norway, led by current NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg, agreed to drop 588 bombs on Libya as part of NATO's operation to oust its leader Muammar Gaddafi, a decision a 260-page report found "ill-informed," sparking belated reproach and regret among politicians. A state commission has concluded that Norway's Labor leadership and then-PM Jens Stoltenberg knew "too little" about the situation in Libya before they agreed to take part in NATO's operation in the spring of 2011, which effectively plunged the relatively prosperous North African country into chaos. Norway played an active role in NATO's bombings of Libya, dropping a total of 588 bombs or one-tenth of the overall NATO effort, leaving many Libyan cities in ruins. Almost immediately, a debate about the righteousness and the necessity of this campaign blazed up. Former diplomat and humanitarian activist Jan Egeland demanded an investigation into the bombings as early as 2012, citing numerous victims among civilians, whom the UN-backed NATO raids were supposed to protect.

20:45

Africa 2018: Worth Far More Than Blood Diamonds to the Colonials "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Africa 2018: Worth Far More Than Blood Diamonds to the Colonials Author: Phil Butler  Journal-NEO The world needs to be prepared for raging imperialism to resurface in Africa. The new form of colonialism will take a friendlier appearance, but the legacy...

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19:05

Aare Gani Adams losses father "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The father of Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, Iba Gani Adams is dead. Pa Lamidi Adams who passed on in the early hour of Saturday in a private hospital in Lagos, was 80 years old. In a press statement made available by the family, Pa Lamidi Adams ran a private transport business in Oturkpo in []

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19:01

Sen. David Mark visits IBB in Minna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sen.David Mark has arrived Minna, capital of Niger State to hold a private meeting with the former military President Ibrahim Babangida. The meeting lasted for two hours at the Hilltop residence of the former military ruler. NAN reports that Sen.David Mark arrived at about 1.30pm in company of Sen. Zainab Kure, Sen. Tunde Ogbeha and []

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18:54

Underage Tanker driver kills 2, injures 7 in Niger "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At least two persons have been confirmed killed and seven others critically injured after an underage driver of the overloaded fuel tanker lost control and ran into peoples property in Kwamba, Suleja local government area of Niger state. Also, the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has called for a national legislation that will []

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18:49

Nigerian ambassador to Qatar, Abdullahi Wase, is dead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ambassador of Nigeria in Doha, Qatar, Amb. Abdullahi Wase is dead. A statement in Abuja on Saturday by the spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Elias-Fatile, said Wase, a non-career ambassador from Plateau State, had been sick for a while until his death on Friday night. The late envoy would be buried in Doha []

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18:46

Flood sacks 35 Edo communities, renders 30,000 homeless "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No fewer than 35 communities in Etsako East and Etsako Central Local Government Areas of Edo have been sacked by flood, occasioned by unending rains and overflow of the River Niger. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the flood which displaced over 30,000 people, also damaged hundreds of hectares of farmland across the []

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18:42

2 killed, 70 cows rustled in Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gunmen killed two persons and rustled 70 cows in Turu village, Kuru District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau, Police said on Saturday in Jos. DSP Terna Tyopev, Plateau Police Command Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the incident occurred []

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18:40

Ebonyi gov lauds Tambuwal, says he has all it takes to lead Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The governor of Ebonyi state and chairman of the South East governors forum, Engr. Dave Umahi has declared that Sokoto governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has all it takes to lead Nigeria. Governor Umahi who hosted Tambuwal and his presidential campaign team at the State House on Friday said the former Speaker of the House of []

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18:34

Osun guber: Freezing of Adelekes account tyrannical PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as oppressive, tyrannical, provocative and a direct recipe for crisis, the freezing of personal accounts its governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke and those of his family members, including music star, David Adeleke (Davido) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The party in a statement by its National []

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17:38

A Traditional Right: Jimmie kesson and the Sweden Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Swedens elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties).

The favoured line for political watchers of Sweden is standard.  Few monumental disagreements have registered since Sweden became a model free-education welfare state with impeccable health services funded by high taxes.  But Europe has caught a rash, and it has become something of a contagion.  The symptoms are clear enough: consternation at Brussels at the centralising European machinery; concerns about immigration; apoplexy about perceptions of rising crime; and the corrosions posed to the once seemingly impregnable welfare state.

Swedens own contribution to such fears comes in the form of Jimmie kesson of the Sweden Democrats, a person who reminds the observer of fascist politics that appearances, and the aesthetic of appeal, matter.  Last Sundays elections saw the SD do well, garnering 42 of the 342 seats in the Riksdag.

While his party was nursed in the bosom of neo-Nazi politics in the 1980s, kesson has spruced matters up, giving the impression that slickness and modern looks are somehow contradictory to reactionary politics.  (Parallels are evident in the cosmetic adjustments made to the Front National in France.)

His party members seem well kitted out, dressed less to offend than to blend.  Decency is all in, and efforts are being made to keep the more savage sentiments in the cupboard.  Open Swedishness is being promoted as a platform for integration, and kesson has been conscious to carry the necessary political ornamentation that comes with good public relations.  Jonas Chongera, a Congo-born former pastor, has been seen keeping him company as a member of the municipal council of Forshaga in Vrmland.  Four years ago, the lapsed pastor made it clear that responsibility for refugees was a fundamental goal of the party, proud that the SD was the only one daring to ponder the imponderable issue of immigration. And that was before the arrival of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015.

As Barbara Wesel of Deutsche Welle observed, It seems that voters really buy this image of the nice son-in-law that Jimme kesson is projecting you know, sort of every mothers dream if she wants to marry off her daughter.  Not that this is an image that needed to be sold in the first place.  Traditional voters have been put off by policies seemingly placed on the autopilot of...

17:32

Germany: Muslim migrant stabs man while screaming Im a Muslim, I want to kill you, I kill Christians, Allahu akbar! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Danke, Merkel! Celebrate diversity! Diversity is our strength! 23-year-old Somali accused: attempted homicide for a cigarette?, translated from 23-jhriger Somalier angeklagt: Versuchter Totschlag wegen einer Zigarette?, Osthessen News, September 15, 2018 (thanks to Searchlight Germany): 12.09.18 Process trial at the Fulda district court: Since Tuesday morning, a 23-year-old Somali is sitting there at the []

17:02

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Catalyst" -- September 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - September 13, 2018


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


The retaking of Idlib remains at a standstill.


Idlib is the last major city held by the Syrian opposition.


The fate of Idlib and the Syrian Civil War is being discussed at this very moment.


The end of the Syrian Civil War will be a significant geopolitical victory for BRICS as well as significant progress toward GESARA.


It is GESARA compliant for all nations to be at peace.


Meanwhile on the financial front...


The Philippine Peso (PHP) is set to significantly increase in value once the QFS is fully operational.


The Philippines still holds a significant amount of gold from Japanese occupation during WWII.


This gold has been keeping the PHP from rising/falling over the decades.


The start of the RV will allow the QFS to become fully operational.


The RV (exchanging/redeeming of Zimbabwe bond notes specifically) will clear Zimbabwe of their national debt.


Once Zimbabwe's national debt is gone, the country's economy will soar and in return provide the world with rare natural resources.


Zimbabwe is the catalyst.


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15:42

Egypt court orders arrest of Mubarak's sons over stock market manipulation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Gamal and Alaa accused of failing to notify stock market of deals to acquire majorities in several banks through front companies

15:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ANC Congratulates SASCO on Winning SRC Elections at the University of Limpopo
14 September 2018

The African National Congress (ANC) congratulates the South African Students Congress (SASCO) on winning the Student Representative Council (SRC) Elections at the University of Limpopo (previously known as Turflop). As the oldest, biggest and most progressive student organisation on the African continent, SASCO reclaimed the SRC in this institution by winning 9 out of 13 seats.

The Progressive Youth Alliance, under the banner of SASCO, has done exceptionally well in this year's SRC elections in our institutions of higher learning. The PYA has won the majority of seats at the University of South Africa (UNISA), University of Pretoria (UP), University of Free State (Qwa Qwa Campus) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Lovedale College, Buffalo City College, East Midlands Colleges, Flavious Mareka Colleges and Free State School of Nursing.

These victories send an unequivocal message that students remain unwavering in their support for the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM), and continue to have confidence in the PYA, and SASCO in particular, to deliver on their aspirations.
The ANC encourages students in the following institutions of higher learning which are scheduled to have SRC elections in the near future, to vote for SASCO:

1. University of the Witwatersrand (Wits): 16 - 17 September 2018
2. Central University of Technology (CUT): 19 September 2018
3. University of Zululand (UniZulu): 21 September 2018
4. Nelson Mandela University (NMU): 26 September 2018
5. Sol Plaatje University (SPU): 26 September 2018
6. University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN): 26 - 27 September 2018
7. Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT): 27 - 28 September 2018
8. Sefakgo Makgatho University (SMU): 01 October 2018
9. Walter Sisulu University (WSU): 04 October 2018
10. University of Venda (UniVen): 08 October 2018
11. University of Johannesburg (UJ): 13 October 2018
12. Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Date to be confirmed

The PYA as led by SASCO remains the only home for progressive South African students. All PY...

15:36

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Statement on the Release of South African Crime Statistics 2017/2018
12 September 2018

The ANC has noted the release of the Crime Statistics for 2017/2018 reporting period.

The National Development Plan's Outcome 3 states that: "In 2030, all people living in South Africa feel safe, have no fear of crime, are properly served by the police and courts, and know corruption no longer eats away at their livelihoods."

The ANC is cognisant of the reality that behind the statistics are real feelings and real lives. They represent the memory of that gruesome rape or murder, the fearful home invasion and loss of property.

We call upon all organs of civil society to become partners in tackling crime and making our communities safe. The grim picture conveyed by these statistics must spur all of us into action and all law enforcement agencies must redouble their efforts in arrest this scourge.

The broad categories of criminal trends over the last ten years have been reducing, accounting for a 4.4% decrease in general crime. Such a decrease is merely a drop in the ocean and does nothing to make people feel safer in their communities. Crime is a cancer that eats away at the fibre of society which must be eradicated through collective action. While we acknowledge that notable decline has been recorded in a number of instances, such as property related crime down by 6% and serious crime down by 6%, the overall picture remains one of serious concern.

The continued increase in gender-based violence should have all of us hanging our heads in shame. What makes this category of crime despicable is that its victims are women who remain vulnerable members of our society. We all have a duty to protect our young girls and women at all costs, yet we repeatedly fail them. Gender based violence is an indictment on our nation and society must rise in unison and declare that "enough is enough".

The war against crime is not the exclusive responsibility of the police, but of every single member of society. Those who commit crimes are members of our communities. They are our neighbours, our friends, our siblings, our spouses, yet we choose to be complicit in their crimes by being silent. Failure to report a crime makes one an accomplice and a...

15:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

SACP Welcomes Court Ruling Against Unscrupulous Evictions by the Banks and Their Parasitic Collaborators
13 September 2018

The South African Communist Party welcomes the ruling by South Africa Gauteng High Court, that there must be a reserve price set by a court in matters where execution is granted against immovable property used as a debtor's primary residence, except under exceptional circumstances. The judgment was delivered on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 in Johannesburg, and has made the input of the debtor important for consideration in such cases.

The SACP congratulates the Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation (LLHRF) for assisting the court as amicus curiae. In its submission to the court, the LLHRF set out the lived experiences of community members, mainly working class and poor households disadvantaged by the apartheid regime and further impoverished by the banks through evictions.

The SACP has been working together with the LLHRF in fighting the evictions. The Foundation has proved that unscrupulous evictions and housing fraud are being perpetrated by syndicates which include the banks, estate agents and others involved in "property development" together with some municipal housing officials and unscrupulous members of the police force and the legal profession.

In South Africa there was no reserve price set in cases of a foreclosure. There were many houses unjustly repossessed and sold by the banks on auction. The result was that the houses were sold at ridiculously low prices. It became common for houses to be sold for R100, and LLHRF has documentary records of three houses sold for R10.

Even if a person has defaulted on a bond - once the remainder of the bank loan is paid off and legal and administration costs are also paid, the rest of the money should go back to the person who has defaulted. This was not the case.

The judgment is therefore a major victory on various fronts.

ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY | SACP

FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES ON SACP STATEMENTS CONTACT:

Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo
National Spokesperson & Head of Communicatio...

15:26

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NEHAWU Preparing for a Strike at SASSA
14 September 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] is currently preparing for a strike at the South African Social Security Agency [SASSA]. The strike comes as a result of the continued disregard to processes which seek to undermine the Labour Relations Act, as amended.

The national union met with the SASSA management on the 16th August to resolve issues as part of averting the strike but the management has elected to remain intransigent. Though the national union has been very patient in giving the management an opportunity to concede to our demands, however, our patience has ran out after we came to the realisation that SASSA has no intention of conceding to our demands hence we took the decision to go on strike.

Having served the notice to strike on the 16th August 2018 SASSA instead chose to file an application for a Variation of the 2016 Essential Services Committee designation that Grant Administration and Senior Grant Administration should form part of Essential Services designation, as an attempt to avert our strike. In this regard, we want to inform the public in particular the grant beneficiaries that our demands still remains as:

Biometric Enrolment of beneficiaries to be suspended
Consultation on Biometric Enrolment of Beneficiaries to be prioritized
Job evaluation in the grants administration to be undertaken
The option of inclusion of the biometric enrolment in the KPA's of the specific employees to perform this function, subject to the Job Evaluation results.
As a result the national union has established a national war room to drive mobilisation for the full blown strike. The following is an adopted national program toward the strike. From the 24th September 2018 to the 2nd October 2018 we will be convening general members meetings across the country to engage members on the impeding strike. A national meeting will be convened on the 5th October 2018 to consolidate the mandate from the members before the strike commences on the 10th October 2018. The union will mobilise all its members and workers at SASSA to join the strike to send a strong message to the management that we will not tolerate their act of arrogance and failure to treat worker...

15:20

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

COSATU Welcomes the Conclusion of the Parliamentary Public Hearings on Expropriation Without Compensation
COSATU welcomes the conclusion of the Parliamentary public hearings on expropriation without compensation (Section 25 of the Constitution). We now urge Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee to move with speed, diligence and thoughtfulness in drafting its recommendations on amendments to the Expropriation Bill and Section 25 of the Constitution.

Landlessness is a national crisis in South Africa and despite government's efforts; millions of South Africans remain condemned to the brutal and inhumane squalor of informal areas. Millions of farm workers, labour tenants and their families, as well as communal land residents, especially women remain landless and without security of tenure. They remain at the mercy of farmers and traditional leaders, who can deprive them of their homes and land with little legal or state protection.

Property ownership of all types remains overwhelmingly white male dominated, and to pretend this is not so is to be dangerously delusional.

The federation supports progressive and rational constitutional and legislative amendments that will speed up land reform and restitution. This can, where needed, include expropriation without full or partial compensation. In particular, instances such as:

Abandoned land;
Neglected land owned by absentee landlords;
Idle land that is needed for productive public use;
State owned land;
Land occupied by farm workers and labour tenants historically;
Land who's value has been unfairly inflated due to massive state investments there or nearby;
Land held to speculative ransom by the owner that is needed for productive use;
Land that is offered by its owner to the state as a donation e.g. for land reform etc;
Land that was expropriated during the apartheid or colonial eras where market value was not paid to the original owner or paid for by the current owner; and
Land who's owner benefited from an unfair discriminatory loan during the apartheid era e.g. a farmer who was given a below market value loan and now wants market value compensation.
Agricultural land above land ownership limits set by the Minister for Agriculture as envisa...

15:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

France Charges Two Men Over Suspected Plot to Kill Congo Republic Opposition Figure
LYON, France (Reuters) - French prosecutors have charged two French men over a suspected plot to assassinate an opposition politician from Congo Republic living in the Paris region, an official from the prosecutors office said on Friday.

The two men were charged in the city of Lyon on Wednesday with association with criminals and possession of explosives, the official said without naming the target or giving details of the plot.

A third man suspected of involvement in the case was arrested as a witness but has not been charged, the official added.

A Congolese government spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Human rights groups often criticize Congolese authorities for heavy-handed tactics toward opposition leaders and demonstrators.

Several prominent opponents of President Denis Sassou Nguesso have been jailed in recent years. Ex-army chief and presidential candidate Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko was sentenced in May to 20 years in prison for violating state security and illegally possessing weapons.

Reporting By Catherine Lagrange; Additional reporting and writing by Aaron Ross

15:15

Hugh Fitzgerald: An Unfortunate Outcome At Cargill "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DENVER (AP) A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday. Every reasonable effort was made to accommodate these workers, but with a 24-hour round-the-clock schedule, []

15:12

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rwanda to Immediately Free Jailed Opposition Figure
U.S. lawyer Peter Erlinder (L) greets Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire at a high court in the capital Kigali June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Hez Holland

KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has decided to immediately free Victoire Ingabire, an opposition leader jailed for 15 years, after President Paul Kagame exercised his power to grant mercy, the justice minister said on Saturday.

Ingabire, who leads the unregistered FDU-Inkingi opposition party, will be freed along with other prisoners, including singer Kizito Mihigo, jailed in 2015 for plotting to kill President Paul Kagame, the justice ministry said in a statement.

There is nothing political about her release, there is nothing political about her imprisonment, Justice Minister Johnston Businge told Reuters by telephone, downplaying the significance of Ingabires release.

The president has granted mercy, and under the constitution, he is allowed to do that, he said, when asked for comment, adding that she had asked for mercy two times in the past, including last June.

The precise time of Ingabires release was not immediately clear but officials and lawyers said it would be on Saturday.

Kagame is lauded for Rwandas economic recovery after the 1994 genocide but critics say he has muzzled free media and dissenting voices.

His office was not immediately available for comment.

Ingabire was jailed for 15 years in 2012 for conspiring to form an armed group to undermine the government and for seeking to minimize the 1994 genocide.

She returned from exile in the Netherlands to contest a presidential election in January 2010, but was barred from standing after being accused of genocide denial.

Her lawyer welcomed the decision to free her.

Since the beginning of the trial we have been requesting her release and now that she is going to be free, we are all happy, Gatera Gashabana told Reuters.

More than 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda when an ethnic Hutu-led government and ethnic militias went on a 100-day massacre.

Afterwards, Kagame, who...

15:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pan African Women from Liberation to Gender Equality
History must not be mansplained
Photo Credit: Jarius Mmatule

Pinky Kekana
Reprinted from Pambazuka
Aug 18, 2018

The March undertaken by the women of South Africa to mark the opening of Womens month is a stark reminder that women are still demanding basic respect, and the right to be treated as equals even amongst their most intimate partners. The struggles of women across the world are far from homogenous. From Cape to Cairo, Morocco to Madagascar: the atrocities committed against women are an indictment on humanity.

The historical record in so far as Africa is concerned shows that women have not only enjoyed respect, but also they have been formidable leaders. Despite this historical fact we seldom read or hear of Queen Nzinga [queen of Mbundu in the current Angola] who resisted the early thrusts of colonialism whilst building an empire which could rival any other in the world

In Ethiopia, it was Queen Taytu Betul (c.18511918), wife of Menelik (King of Shoa and later Negus Negast or King of Kings) who deftly shielded Ethiopia from colonialism. She is credited for devising a plan that led to the Ethiopian victory at Makalle. It is said that her presence was crucial in the Ethiopian victory at Adwa in 1896, the most significant victory of any African army during the climax of European colonialism. UMntwana uMkabayi kaJama a trusted advisor of King Tshaka, it said that one of the greatest leaders seldom made decision without her counsel. At every phase of numerous moments, women have been immensely influential.

It is little wonder that even in Africas oldest liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC), was largely influenced by the actions of women. Within its ranks the ANC has one of the oldest female formations on the continent, in form of the Bantu Womens league, which has now morphed into the ANC Womens League.

Prior to its formation a group of women led by Charlotte Maxeke burned their passes in front of municipal offices, staged protest marches, sang slogans and fought with the police 1913. This was of the first protests of defiance against the...

14:56

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The Socialist Party of Nigeria and Osun 2018 Election: Matters Arising
Segun Sango, Chairman Socialist Party of Nigeria
Photo credit: PM News Nigeria

Wole Olubanji
Reprinted from Pambazuka
Sep 13, 2018

The Socialist Party of Nigeria sees the current internal fighting among the Nigerian ruling elite, as an opportunity to offer an alternative that is pro the masses working people of the country.

We are lucky and very fortunate that the members of the ruling class are fighting among themselves conspicuously at the national level, which has percolated through to the states of the federation. There is no doubt that this crack in the ruling class shall significantly alter the character of the 2019 general election. And before 2019, it could determine the Osun 2018 gubernatorial election as it helped shaped too the Ekiti election a month earlier.

This is also the ripest moment for the people to reject the rich-politicians from the mainstream political parties, who are ably experienced in deceiving and disappointing the common people every four years. And the masses can do this by uniting against these elites while they are busy fighting themselves over matters of no significance to the growing rate of inflation or unemployment.

But who shall the masses replace these exclusive class of politicians with? How would the people determine a genuine and clear-headed candidate from a lying one? After all the good people of Osun have been deceived in the past by politicians who promised heaven on earth, and even identified with the common people by wearing the simple attires of average citizens, and even patronising, to frenzied showmanship, the street-side bukas where the artisans and students have their breakfast and supper.

There is an emerging light in this election that glows differently from the rest. This statement is intended as both figurative and literal expression. There is a light in the candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria, in the person of Barrister Alfred Adegoke, whose participation in the 2018 Osun election has illuminated the issues of importance to the survival of the average households in Osun State, and the sustainable growth of the Osun econom...

14:50

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PUDEMO Elects New Leadership
Mario Masuku and Mlungisi Makhanya
Photo credit: PUDEMO

Peter Kenworthy
Reprinted from Pambazuka
Sep 13, 2018

The Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), the largest democratic movement in Swaziland, recently elected a new leadership at its General Congress. Mlungisi Makhanya was elected new President.

In his opening address, outgoing President Mario Masuku highlighted the need for the rebuilding of PUDEMO and condemned the corruption of Swazi King Mswatis absolute rule at PUDEMOs 9th General Congress, held in Witbank, South Africa.

No amount of ritual pseudo electoral processes can redeem such an inherently flawed system, Masuku said in a press release from PUDEMO.

According to the press release, PUDEMO will launch campaigns against land evictions, the Swazi governments corruption, gender based violence and unemployment.

Sacrifice and resilience

Mario Masuku was PUDEMO President for many years. He has been arrested on many occasions and charged, though never convicted, with terrorism and sedition, the latter for shouting Viva PUDEMO at a May Day rally. He has spent several years in prison awaiting trial.

He was, however, a well-respected figure outside Swaziland, meeting with heads of state in the region and receiving a democracy award in the Danish Parliament from former Danish Speaker of the House, Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft.

This congress was an historic moment indeed, also for Comrade Mario Masuku, who is now ready for different roles as the epitome of sacrifice and resilience in the struggle for freedom in Swaziland, said new Secretary General Wandile Dludlu.

Masuku is currently working at a home for orphans and vulnerable children here at Mbabane on a daily voluntary basis and plans to continue his work to promote human rights in Swaziland. 

New leadership

Former Secretary General Mlungisi Makhanya was elected President of PUDEMO, and Zodwa Mkhonta Deputy Pre...

14:16

Yemen and Spain Destruction and Death versus Spanish Unemployment An Appeal to Spains President, Pedro Sanchez "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Spains President, socialist Pedro Sanchez, canceled a week ago the sale of 400 laser-guided missiles to the Saudis for humanitarian reasons (value of

14:11

Buhari Is The Problem Not The Solution Pete Hoekstra "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian President Muhummadu Buhari writes of building an economic bridge to Nigerias future (The Three Changes Nigeria Needs, op-ed, June More

09:30

EFCC vows to punish officials who raided Standard Chartered Bank "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

anti-graft agency we denies authorising any raid   Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed the Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos head office of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited yesterday, according to online media reports. The reports stated that a former Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. []

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09:07

Starving Yemenis Forced To Eat Vine Leaves to Stay Alive "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Source In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the suffering there as parents and children waste away.The main health center []

09:05

#Nike and the Sweatshop problem "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Recent anger over Nikes current endorsement deal reminded me of a period in the 1990s when Nike was facing consumer anger of its labour practices and a strike by Indonesian workers at one of its factories.

Originally published by Libcom.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

CW: the following video contains accounts of racial and sexual abuse on the shop floor by factory supervisors.

Recently trainers giant Nike hired Colin Kaepernick to be its new celebrity sponsor. Kaepernick is a professional American style Football player but his fame is largely boosted by his public protesting against police killings of African Americans.

...

08:01

Saving an impala in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 24 August 2018 video from South Africa says about itself:

After watching this stranded Impala struggle for 20 minutes to escape this man-made waterhole this kind and brave local man decided to intervene and save the life of this unfortunate buck in Kruger national park.

07:51

British art exhibition against arms trade, Big Oil, injustice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stop warplanes, picture: Peter Kennard

By Ceren Sagir in London, England:

Friday, September 14, 2018

Artists launch rebel exhibition against the arms trade, oil and injustice

ARTISTS who withdrew their work from the Design Museum in opposition to an arms industry event are displaying it in their own exhibition from tomorrow.

The Nope To Arms collective will put up their work along with other political, activist and grassroots art until September 23 in Brixton, south London as part of the London Design Festival.

Work by 40 artists including Shepard Fairey, Jeremy Deller, the Guerrilla Girls, Tania Bruguera and Milton Glaser will be shown at the From Nope to Hope exhibition.

The exhibit, making up a third of the original event, was removed on August 2 after finding out the museum recently hosted an event for major global arms company Leonardo.

Ex-Finmeccanica. Finmeccanica/Leonardo; linked to corruption in India; and to corruption in Panama and convicted crooked Italian businessman and politician Berlusconi.

Leonardo has armed and supported human rights abusing regimes and dictatorships around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Philippines.

Artist and exhibition organiser Charlie Wa...

07:41

Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.  These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether its organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as weve seen in Egypt, that means that your []

07:38

Austria, Italy propose processing refugees on ships "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said asylum-seekers would be well looked after on a ship. Both governments support curbing immigration in their countries and hope to restrict border crossings from Italy.

    
A boat with over 900 asylum-seekers in Italian waters (picture-alliance/dpa/O. Scardino)

The interior ministers of Austria and Italy backed a proposal that would hold rescued refugees aboard ships in the Mediterranean Sea until their asylum claims were processed. The suggestion was unveiled Friday in Vienna, during a conference on migration between the EU and several African countries, including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Morocco, Niger, Mali and Tunisia.

For those who manage to make it into a European states territorial waters and are then picked up by a ship, we should use the ships to carry out the appropriate checks on whether they deserve protection, Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said in a joint press conference with his counterpart, Matteo Salvini.

You are well looked after on a ship, Kickl said. He added that the asylum case processing should last a few days and that those with no chance of asylum should be denied entry to Europe.

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Italys Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (R) and his Austrian counterpart Herbert Kickl
Kickl and Salvini said asylum-seekers could have their applications processed before setting foot in Europe

Since migrant routes from Turkey to Greece were largely shut in 2016, asylum-seekers have been following the Mediterranean route to Italy. The new Italian government has made shutting down the route a policy priority.

Austria, which took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum-seekers in 2015, is currently led by a conservative government that promised to prevent another such influx and has sought to restrict border crossings from Italy.

The Austrian and Italian proposal represented an alternative to the regional dis...

06:01

Snowing in Africa Wow "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

COMMENT: Well its not hailstones down here. It is snow. Even the animals are confused.

REPLY: Well it certainly looks very dramatic from here in Florida.

05:58

CLERICS AND 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PREDICTIONS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Buhari, Saraki, Atiku, Dankwambo favoured   It is yet another season of political prophecies and the countrys men of God, as usual, have been making earth-shaking declarations. Since December 2016, the pastors and prophets have up their game by broadcasting their prophecies for the coming 2019 elections year. ISIOMA MADIKE reports some of these declarations, []

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05:57

Tinubu to Adeboye: My hands are tied on Ambodes 2nd term "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Asiwaju not supporting any aspirant Hamzat   The last may not have been heard of the controversies trailing the second term bid of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu reportedly told the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christians Church of God, Pastor Adeboye, that he (Tinubu), will not prevail on any []

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05:55

Insecurity: Yari deserves impeachment, says Marafa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator Kabir Marafa, representing Zamfara Central in the National Assembly yesterday said for failing to safeguard lives and property of residents of the state, Governor Abdul aziz Yari, ought to have been impeached. Marafa, who stated this while briefing State House Correspondents, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, blamed []

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05:54

ALLEGED CERTIFICATE FORGERY: Finance Minister Adeosun resigns "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has resigned her position as Nigerias Minister of finance. Her resignation which was confirmed by multiple sources to Saturday Telegraph last night, came several hours after intense suspense her purported resignation had generated . The Minister was absent at West Africa Monetary Zone ( WAMZ), which held yesterday []

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05:53

PDP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: Aspirants may agree to prune number of contestants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are strong indications that the presidential aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections will prune down their number before going for the primary in October, Saturday Telegraph has learnt. The development, Saturday Telegraph learnt, is ostensibly to check any move which may mar the process leading to []

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05:52

Ex-BBNaija contestant, Nina: I dont take my admirers seriously "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Nina, in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA, responded to knotty issues plaguing her brand name and gave an insight into her journey from obscurity to prominence.     How really was life growing up? My upbringing was exciting and I didnt lack anything. Though I wasnt born with a silver []

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05:51

Tinubu wont stop me, says Sanwo-Olu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ambodemania group emerges, says gov must remain till 2023   The political battle in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the partys governorship candidate continued yesterday as loyalists of two aspirants, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, intensified their efforts to ensure that their principals win the partys September []

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05:45

Fashanu: Im not free, Im dating a wonderful person "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former football star, John Fashanu, is very popular among Nigerian football fans despite playing for the Three Lions England at the expense of the Green Eagles (now Super Eagles). In this interview with LUKMAN OLOGUNRO, he stated, among others, what Nigeria should do after the Russia 2018 World Cup, his love life and his regrets. []

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05:44

Alleged Saraki moles: Whither Kwara APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BIODUN OYELEYE reports that the grand opposition against the political leadership of Dr. Bukola Saraki in Kwara State, may suffer much damage if those against the Senate President continue to demarket one other.   Moles Alert: Kwara APC Beware! That was the title of a message that went viral on several social media platforms last []

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05:33

Lady who jumped off Third Mainland Bridge: How I was blackmailed after defrauded of N75m by syndicate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I made N31 from the deal, says Islamic cleric     Three months ago, Nigerians were stunned speechless when a woman, later identified as Mrs. Akinloye Oluwatoyin, allegedly jumped off the Third Mainland Bridge, into the Lagoon over an alleged discovery of her nude pictures and that of her lover on the internet. Rumour was []

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05:33

National Gathering of Libyan Tribes and Cities Affirms Support for the 7th Brigade, Calls for Disbanding Militias Within 3 Days "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

JANA Agha Tarhouna During the General Meeting of the Libyan Tribes and Cities held in the city of Tarhouna on Saturday, the Tribes affirmed their support for the Seventh Infantry Brigade and all the entities that worked to support them in their confrontation with armed militias that control the sovereign institutions in the Libyan...

04:03

Port Harcourt agog as Maristella Okpala emerges Miss Earth "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following the hype and anticipation, the 17th edition of Miss Earth Nigeria pageant held at the prestigious Presidential hotel, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, September 8. And it was no less a fun fair as promised. A build-up to the event had all the contestants camped for ten days at the Reventon Park (Lamborghini) hotel, []

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03:58

Aiteo Cup: Eagles star boosts Sokoto United with 100k per goal against Pillars "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles defender Shehu Abdullahi has made a pledge of N100,000 for each goal scored by Sokoto United against Kano Pillars in the Aiteo Cup round of 32 on Sunday. The Bursaspor star made the promise via Social Media on Thursday. He said the gesture was a demonstration of his support and encouragement for Sokoto []

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03:58

NSA lauds Quadri, Eagles feats "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) Unmissable Incentives, have congratulated Nigerias ping-pong superstar, Aruna Quadri for doing the country proud by winning its first African title at the just-concluded 2018 ITTF Tennis African Senior Championship held in Mauritius. Unmissable Incentives also hailed the Super Eagles of Nigeria for beating Seychelles 3 -0 in an []

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03:57

Osun guber: Borrowing for devt good omen, says Oyetola "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

APC: Court didnt nullify Osun candidates primaries The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, yesterday said borrowing to build infrastructure is worthwhile. This emerged on a day the APC refuted the reports that the Abuja Federal High Court has nullified the Direct primaries that produced Oyetola. He spoke []

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03:52

WAFU U-17 AFCON: Eaglets battle Black Starlets in crunchy final "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Nigeria and Ghana will rekindle their rivalry when the countrys cadet teams faceoff today in the final of the WAFU U-17 AFCON qualifying championship in Niger. The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria saw off the hosts 2-1 while Ghana also outplayed Cote dIvoire with the same scoreline to set up a mouth-watering finale at the []

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03:52

Joshua aims to take out Povetkin "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles, is now one week away from his big fight at Wembley Stadium with Alexander Povetkin, and the champ isnt revealing a whole lot about his strategy, but it does sound like he wants to get a knockout: Go in there, and have fun []

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03:46

APC, Oshiomhole lack capacity to unseat Okowa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A political pressure group, the Okowa Legacy Group (OLG), has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) for boasting about taking over Delta State in 2019 from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The group attacked the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for listing the oil rich state among the states to be captured []

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03:43

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NEHAWU Statement on the Presidential Jobs Summit
13 September 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] is deeply dismayed and disappointed by the lack of progress in the working groups convened at NEDLAC to prepare for a Presidential Jobs.

Business and Government posture in these negotiations is deplorable, pathetic and lacks seriousness, commitment and much needed resolve to tackle persistent high levels of social inequality, poverty, unemployment and deindustrialization of the South African economy.

The working groups set out to prepare for the jobs summit have been meeting for the past three months, and there has been little progress to register due to the lack consensus and commitment on the most far reaching issues, that have a potential to deliver on decent jobs.

Big conglomerates are refusing to invest and create decent jobs in strategic sectors of the economy, they are forever on investments strikes, are retrenching workers in the mining, manufacturing, construction and other sectors of the economy, are not even prepared to engage in any meaningful discussion on the moratorium on retrenchment to save existing jobs.

Government is planning to retrench 30 000 or more workers in the public service and is not prepared to fill critical vacant posts, there is not even an attempt to deal with these austerity measures and cutbacks which are weakening the public service, and the quest to build a capable developmental state has been relegated to the backburner.

Both Government and Business are reluctant and are showing disdain in discussing far reaching macro-economic, industrial, trade and social policies that can take the country away from the current crisis we are confronted with. Business continues to shift goal posts and has not tabled any proposals on local procurement to induce aggregate demand in the economy.

The Presidential Summit, which has been convened to deal with the job blood bath, deindustrialization and inclusive growth is failing to meet its objective, business and government are sabotaging it from within, through lack of commitment to engage on the far reaching changes that must be made on the economic policy front, and the structural changes that must be made in...

03:43

Northerners seek support to solidify APGA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in northern parts of Nigeria want the National Working Committee of the party to reduce the cost of forms for Nomination and Expression of Interest into electives position for next years general elections to enable them to compete favorably with other parties. The protesters who came in []

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03:42

Flooding: ECOWAS, Edo Govt meet to mitigate impact "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Edo State Government has rescheduled the two-day National Planning Workshop for Flood Emergency Response and Management for September 17 and 18. The government is organising the workshop in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Early Warning Mechanism for Nigeria. In a statement, the state government said the workshop, themed Building []

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03:42

Immigration seizes 436 voter cards, 192 National ID slips from foreigners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Thursday, said it seized 436 voter cards and 192 National Identity slips from foreigners in the second and third quarters of the year. The state Controller of Immigration, Mr Joshua Ajisafe, who stated this in Katsina, said 729 irregular migrants were repatriated by the []

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03:38

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NEHAWU Update on the State of Government Buildings and Relocations
12 September 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] has been busy with processes to protect its members and workers from working in unsafe government buildings since the fire that broke out at the Bank of Lisbon Building in the Johannesburg CBD.

Last week we called on all our members to not go to work in unsafe buildings especially in the 8 buildings [Namely 30 Simmonds, 75 Fox, Perm Building, Thusanong Building, Corner House, Sage Building, ABSA building, and the Bank of Lisbon Building] which were deemed unsafe in the Johannesburg CBD and the Civitas building in Pretoria which houses the National Department of Health. Our members heeded our call and refrained from entering such premises.

Subsequently, due to pressure exerted by the national union, government started with relocation plans. However, government tried to process the relocations without any consultation with NEHAWU. We met with government on Monday night 10th September 2018 to vent our anger at the unilateral implantation of the relocations. The meeting agreed on a task team to work on the deployments of staff into temporary facilities. Six areas were identified where staff who perform critical core functions will be relocated to temporarily. This is to ensure that there is minimal disruptions to service delivery. This afternoon the national union and the employer will view two of those temporary sites at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College and the Ann Latsky College.

The national union will this afternoon write to the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, to ask him to appoint a team that will handle the issue of relocations. As NEHAWU, we believe that relocations should be handled centrally and not by individual government departments. We hope that government will move with speed to process the issue of relocations as it might have an adverse effect on the functioning of government services.

As NEHAWU, we are extremely unhappy with the inability to shoulder the blame for the state of the Civitas Building by the Minister of Public Works. The department is responsible for maintaining government buildings and ensuring that they comply with health and safety standards. Therefore, we call on t...

03:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egyptian Foreign Minister Concludes Visits to Ethiopia and Eritrea 
MENA, Ahram Online
Friday 14 Sep 2018

Foreign Minister attends African Union (AU) Commission in Ethiopia and seeks to strengthen ties with Eritrea

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry returned to the country on Friday, arriving from Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, after attending meetings for the African Union (AU) Commission. He followed up the meetings with a visit to Eritrea.

Shoukry was in Addis Ababa for a ministerial retreat on 12 and 13 September, where the participating members discussed the monetary and administrative review processes of the commission for 2016 and 2017.

His later visit to Eritreat's capital of Asmara was undertaken with the intent to discuss means of boosting bilateral relations between the two nation-states, according to Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid.

Abu Zeid highlighted that the Egyptian foreign minister delivered a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to his Eritrean counterpart, President Isaias Afwerki, on strengthening bilateral relations across all domains.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/311547.aspx

03:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights Holds Seminar in Geneva, Discusses Compensation for Terrorism Victims
Ahram Online
Friday 14 Sep 2018

The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) held on Friday its second seminar themed "Terrorism and Human Rights in Egypt: compensating the victims of terrorism and the supporting role of Qatar."

The remarks were made on the sidelines of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The seminar was a continuation of the first seminar held on Wednesday by EOHR on forced disappearances in Egypt, during which they sought to refute such accusations.

Friday's seminar was attended by a number of diplomats, journalists and rights activists, and included the attendance of the President of EOHR, Hafez Abou Seada.

In his speech, Abou Seada said that it was necessary that the international community works closely with countries that are fighting terrorism, like Egypt, as part of an implementation of a resolution by the Security Council obliging countries to cooperate in the exchange of information and increase funding, all while preventing the movement and accommodation of terrorism leaders.

He said that EOHR took on the cases of terrorism victims, filing lawsuits for their rights in compensations from countries supporting terrorism, including Qatar. He said Qatar had been proven to fund terrorist organizations active in Egypt, and this has lead to a huge number of casualties.

Egypt is among a number of states, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE, who have severed diplomatic and transport links with Qatar since 5 June 2017, accusing the oil-rich state of supporting terrorism and meddling in internal affairs. This resulted in one of the worst diplomatic disputes in the region in years. Qatar continues to deny the charges levelled against it.

Abou Seada added that EOHR keeps calling for a commitment to human rights and maintaining the sovereignty of state, as well as fair and just trials - even if defendants are charged with terrorism-related offenses.

Last week, an Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death earlier this week,...

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Egypts Road to Development Success
Reem Leila
Ahram Online
Friday 14 Sep 2018

The Galala Mountain plateau is shaping up as an ambitious touristic and investment destination

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi this week inspected a number of development projects in Galala, located between Ain Al-Sokhna and Zaafarana on the Red Sea.

Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said the Galala Mountain projects aim to create a new urban area including residential, commercial, educational and tourism facilities.

These projects provide more than 150,000 direct and indirect job opportunities in different fields. More than 100 Egyptian companies and 10 engineering consultancy offices are involved in the projects.

The town of Galala is 700 metres above sea level. The temperature is 10 degrees less than surrounding areas, making it a perfect site for resort developments.

A 1,000 feddan resort area has been earmarked at Ras Abu Al-Darag on the Gulf of Suez. It will include two hotels, one on the mountain, the second on the coast.

The mountain hotel will include 300 rooms and 40 chalets and the beach resort 300 rooms and 60 chalets. A modern mall and a marina for yachts will also be constructed.

Rich with marble quarries, including the beige-coloured Galala marble, the area will include an LE40 million marble factory.

The positive impact on investment movement, tourism and industry make it essential to finish these projects quickly, said Al-Sisi.

Al-Sisi also visited the site of the King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz University, 7km away from the city. The university will be built over 100 feddans and will comprise 13 faculties, including medicine, agriculture and mining.

The planned city will include an international medical centre and an Olympic village where sporting events will take place. The distinctive mountainous and coastal environment, say tourist operators, gives the new resort wide appeal.

Mohamed Mahdi, marketing manager of Amer Group, the owner of Porto resorts which operates in Ain Sokhna, says the Galala project r...

03:16

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184 Tunisian Migrants Land in Lampedusa, Italy Again Lashes Out at Malta
Friday, 14 September 2018, 14:13

A total of 184 migrants have arrived at Lampedusa in several small boats over the past few hours, with Italy lashing out at Malta once again.

According to several Italian news outlets, Italian home affairs minister Matteo Salvini said that Malta had dumped its problem on Italy.

On Thursday night the Maltese government referred to a number of boats crossing the Mediterranean, saying that these were not Search and Rescue (SAR) cases, as confirmed by Salvini in a tweet.

The Maltese authorities will, as in every case, apply all applicable conventions.  These conventions do not allow authorities to forcefully intercept boats transiting on high seas.  Any interference with the right of passage would be considered as an illegal interception. In his own tweet, Minister Salvini admits that the boats are not facing difficulties while navigating, the statement said.

The government regretted the fact that once again the Italian authorities are resorting to unconventional tactics to try and circumvent its responsibilities.

 A few hours later it was reported that most of the boats had reached the Italian island of Lampedusa. The migrants are Tunisian.

Speaking at a summit in Vienna, Salvini said Italy was working on innovative and efficient solutions to tackle these arrivals. Including returning the migrants to Tunisia

He was quoted as saying that the migrants could be steadily repatriated using scheduled flights. Italy was also working to speed up the identification process.

Salvini said Italy would soon reach an agreement with Tunisia. At the summit, he also met his Tunisian counterpart to discuss the migration problem.

According to reports, another boat with some 15 Tunisian migrants on board ran out of fuel and is stranded in Maltese waters. Reports say that Italy has asked Malta to intervene but has so far not received a reply.

Questions have been sent to the Office of the Prime Minister.

 Malta and Italy have been at loggerheads all summer. The latest standoff w...

03:11

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Tunisia Cereal Crop Harvest Down Due to Insufficient Rainfall
2018-09-12 01:11:52
Editor: yan

TUNIS, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Tunisian cereal crop for the current 2017-2018 season reached 14.1 million quintals, as 520,000 hectares were damaged by insufficient rainfall, Tunisian Agriculture Ministry said Tuesday.

The current harvest didn't meet the preliminary forecast of 14.3 million quintals at the beginning of the harvest season.

With a total production of 12.3 million quintals, the provinces in northern Tunisia are the most productive regions in the country. The central and southern provinces produced a total of 1.8 million quintals of cereals.

03:07

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Tunisia Will Offer Public-Private Partnerships Worth $4.7 Billion
Sept. 13, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.       

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia will offer public-private partnership projects for the energy, transport and other sectors worth 13 billion dinars ($4.7 billion) to revive the economy and create jobs, the investment minister told Reuters.

The partnerships include a deep water port at Ennfidha city and subway in the eastern city of Sfax as well as water, environment, logistic and technology projects.

Foreign investment in Tunisia has been sluggish since the 2011 ousting of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali ushered in an era of political and industrial unrest.

At least 500 foreign companies left Tunisia after 2011, officials said.

"We will present next week at an international conference major projects aimed at re-attracting new investments that will contribute to the creation of employment opportunities, raise Tunisia's foreign currency revenues and revive growth", investment minister Zied Ladhari said.

"Today investors should know that Tunisia is a competitive destination with many privileges... We aim to attract investors from Europe, America and the Gulf," he added.

($1 = 2.7921 Tunisian dinars)

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Pritha Sarkar)

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The first commune in Kobane: construction and challenges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Canton system does not entirely follow my vision. Communes must be built, a PYD member read Abdullah Ocalan's letter from Imrali among a few other members of PYD in the Kobane canton in 2014. The member paused for a bit after closing Ocalan's letter and addressed his friends, We have a new task to do, friends.

This story was narrated by Ferhad Hemmi, a journalist and one of the participants who took part in establishing the first commune in Kobani, during an interview. Hemmi was one of the attendees when Ocalan's letter was read in the center of PYD.

Ocalan proposed that demand in order to empower people at the grassroots level by making decisions through direct democracy institutionalized first in communes and then assemblies, council and a confederation of councils at a higher level. In democratic confederlism, commune is the smallest organizational and decision- making base. Ocalan's dissatisfaction with the Canton System comes from its hierarchal nature which resembles the State in its structure.

After Ocalan's call for establishing communes in Rojava, some members of PYD and other civil people came to gather to initiate the first commune in Kobane. The group was comprised of 10 people -- 4 women and 6 men-- varying in terms of age and social status.

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Human origins, video "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 14 September 2018 video says about itself:

The story of human evolution began about 7 million years ago, when the lineages that lead to Homo sapiens and chimpanzees separated. Learn about the over 20 early human species that belong in our family tree and how the natural selection of certain physical and behavioral traits defined what it means to be human.

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DRC journalist jailed for criminal defamation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Goma, September 14, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Tharcisse Zongia, editor-in-chief of the satirical weekly Grognon, who was jailed on September 6 in Kinshasa for criminal defamation, and take action to abolish the country's criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Fired Muslim Workers Win $1.5 Million Settlement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

DENVERA big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday.

Cargill Meat Solutions, a division of Minnesota-based agribusiness company Cargill Corp., also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in accommodating Muslim employees prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan beef processing plant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.

Wichita, Kansas-based Cargill denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to avoid further litigation, the federal agency said. The dispute dates back to the firings of the workers in late 2016 after management rescinded policies allowing Muslim employees to take short breaks for prayer.

In 2017, the agency found that the workers had been harassed and discriminated against for protesting the unannounced policy change that denied them opportunities for obligatory prayer. Hundreds of Somali-Americans work at the plant in Fort Morgan, northeast of Denver.

In a related announcement, a Teamsters union local that was supposed to represent the workers will pay them $153,000 to settle discrimination complaints.

The federal agency said it determined that Teamsters Local Union No. 455, based in Denver and in Fort Morgan, failed to advocate for the Muslim workers in their dispute with Cargill and even harassed them because of their race, religion and national origin. The workers were dues-paying union members.

Union officials denied wrongdoing. But the local unit agreed to pay the workers, undergo training in handling grievances, and publicize employee rights to be free of discrimination based on race or national origin.

In its capacity as a bargaining representative for its members, labor unions have an obligation to represent their members regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability, Elizabeth Cadle, the federal agencys regional district director, said in a statement.

Like other U.S. firms that employ Muslim line workers at meatpacking and processing plants, Cargill managers must balance religious accommodations with demands of processing meat in an operation that frequently runs 24 hours. Managing possible disruptions not only slow production but can create safety issues for line workers.

Providing our employees with religious accommodation is an important part of engaging and supporting our employees, and our policy has remained consistent for more than 10 years, Cargill Meat Solutions president Brian Sikes said in a statement.

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