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Wednesday, 15 August

04:38

Zimbabwe Hwange rangers catch ivory poachers with Zambian phone Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Bhejane Trust

Sinamatella contact on Saturday, 2 rangers based in Sinamatella on a patrol in the Inyantue area found tracks of a group of 6 poachers. After tracking them for about 4 hours, they encountered the group resting. They opened up but unfortunately the whole group escaped. However, all their kit and ivory was recovered this included 13 elephant tusks weighing 172kg in total ( it looks like three of these tusks were old and thus pick-ups) therefore the group had shot 6 elephants on this trip. There was also a .375 rifle with ammunition, a Zambian cell phone, a Zambian ID document, various personal kit, dried elephant and buffalo meat, and assorted medicines.

Of note is that these Zambians are crossing the lake and traversing all the way to Hwange to poach the Sebungwe area is now of no interest to them as they have wiped out all the big ivory. As per normal we can expect no assistance or follow up from the Zambians!

04:23

#EndSARS: IGP vows full compliance to Osinbajos directive as F-SARS gets new CP Newtelegraph

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has pledged fully comply with yesterdays presidential directive for a total of r haul if the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS). Accordingly, the elite squad, which was hitherto under the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Department (FCIID), Force Headquarters, will henceforth be coordinated and supervised by []

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04:22

Tramadol taking suspects dies after 10 days of marathon sleep Newtelegraph

Barely ten days after he was arrested by the Ondo State Police Command for alleged kidnapping, a tramadol taking suspect yesterday died in his sleep. Since he was arrested by the Police in Owo in Owo Local Government area of the state, the suspect has been in sleeping mode. The suspect and his gang allegedly []

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04:19

Police detain Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe Newtelegraph

The Nigerian police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday, arrested and detained a Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe. Apart from Mr Ogundipe, this newspapers editor-in-chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained and manhandled by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja. Officials at the police headquarters []

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03:15

Kaduna deputy speaker resigns Newtelegraph

The Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, Hon.John Audu Kwaturu has resigned from his position. It would be recalled that Kwaturu defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last week. In a two-paragraph letter, the lawmaker said, I hereby tender my letter of resignation as []

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02:51

Zimbabwe rangers shoot problem elephant in Victoria Falls town Africa Sustainable Conservation News

A serious and sad story despite the bizarrely funny it is written was the elephant sitting on the sofa with tea and biscuits when it refused to leave the house, and how did that taxi driver carry those people while running away from the elephant. KS

 

Newsday (Zimbabwe)

RANGERS from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) have killed a rogue bull elephant which had terrorised Victoria Falls residents.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

ZimParks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said the elephant was put down on Thursday after wreaking havoc in the resort town, refusing to leave a house in Mkhosana suburb.

They tried to drive it away and it started being more violent and charging at people. Rangers were left with no choice, but to put it down, Farawo said.

In tuckshops, residents lost many valuables as it was destroying the buildings before eating sweets, biscuits and sugar, among other groceries.

Residents of Mkhosana, under ward 11, said the stubborn elephant had become rogue.

A resident, Milton Mudimba, said the elephant last week destroyed a gate at his house before helping itself to vegetables in the garden.

We woke up and tried to chase it away and it turned against us. It had a habit of moving door-to-door and one of my neighbours vehicles was destroyed by the animal in broad daylight, he said.

Said another resident:On Monday near Mukali shops, it started chasing after a taxi driver who was carrying people. We are happy though that it has been killed.

After shooting it down, ZimParks allowed residents to share the game meat.

Over the years, Victoria Falls and surrounding areas have been recording several cases of human-wildlife conflicts, with some of them turning fatal.

 

Chief Mvuthu said 1 134 animals, including goats, donkeys and cattle, had been killed by lions and hyenas in his area since the beginning of last year.

02:48

PHOTO: Alex Iwobi makes Nollywood debut Newtelegraph

Sources are claiming that Super Eagles and Arsenal football club player, Alex Iwobi, is starring in a yet to be released Nollywood movie. The Arsenal forward, who is ready for the new Premier League season, allegedly took acting classes to properly prepare for his performance in the movie. While many of his football fans are []

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02:35

Flood destroys over 50 houses in Kebbi Official Newtelegraph

More than 50 houses were destroyed in Dakingari town in Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi on Monday night by heavy downpour that resulted to flooding. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the late hour rain rendered many people homeless in the town. Rabiu Kamba, the Executive Director of the State Emergency Management []

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01:59

No automatic ticket for Ambode, others in Lagos Tinubu Newtelegraph

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday declared that the party will not give automatic ticket to any aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 elections, noting that all the aspirants will pass through a direct primary. He also disclosed that APC in Lagos State will elect all the partys candidates []

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01:55

Okowa, Four Other Governors Emerge Winners Of 2018 Good Governance Poll Urhobo Today

Okowa


LAGOS AUGUST 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The African Leadership Magazine UK, organizers of the annual Good Governance Poll in Nigeria have unveiled the list of winners in the just concluded Good Governance Poll.
The winners who shall be decorated and presented with the instruments of honour at the International Forum on African Leadership, on the 25th September, 2018 at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, were unveiled by the Publisher, Dr. Ken Giami in Abuja, Nigeria, after the editorial board concluded the collation of both offline and online votes across all the channels and platforms. The event with the theme: Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Africa Our Home-grown Solutions, has as the keynote speaker, His Excellency, John Magugufuli, President of the Republic of Tanzania.
The winners are:
1. BEST GOVERNOR GRASSROOTS & PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State
2. BEST GOVERNOR INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Nyesome Wike, Rivers State
3. BEST GOVERNOR EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT,
Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, Kaduna State,
4. BEST GOVERNOR, PEACE & SECURITY
Alh. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Gombe State
5. ALM OVERALL BEST GOVERNOR,
Alh. Ikinwumi Ambode, Lagos State
6. BEST GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS
Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC
The Poll which...

01:46

Saraki dares Buhari over National Assembly siege Newtelegraph

The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent judicial panel of inquiry into the assault on the National Assembly by masked gunmen. Saraki made the demand on his Twitter handle on Tuesday morning. The very serious questions about last Tuesdays siege on the National []

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01:40

Voters Registration: Delta Govt Declares Thursday And Friday Public Holiday Urhobo Today


LAGOS AUGUST 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State Governor Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared Thursday 16th and Friday 17th August, 2018, public holidays to ensure public servants in the state participate fully in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Hon Festus Agas.
According to the statement, the declaration is informed by the fact that the ongoing voters registration exercise will terminate on Friday, 17th August, 2018.
It is expected that public officers who have not registered before now will take advantage of the work-free days to do so and ensure that they are not disenfranchised.
Similarly, officers that are yet to collect their permanent voters card should take advantage of the holidays to do so and conclude this important aspect of our political process.

01:31

Evwreni Kingdom Agog As Mama Osiobe Joins Her Ancestors At 102 Urhobo Today

Mama Esiobe


By Young Erhiurhoro
LAGOS AUGUST 14TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The remains of late Mrs. Dorcas Achediuwevwi Osiobe nee Erheromebe who died on the 24th of April, 2018 at the ripe age of 102 years was committed to mother earth on the 10th of August, 2018 in her home town of Unenurhie, Evwreni Kingdom in Ughelli North LGA of Delta state.
The funeral ceremonies which began with service of songs and night of tributes on August 9 at Mamas residence saw children, families, friends, members of the Anglican Church and the entire Unenurhie community in attendance.
The vicar of St. Marks Anglican, Unenurhie, Rev. Peter Atumremu who conducted the service of songs extolled the virtues of late Mrs. Osiobe as a generous and kind mother to the church and also to the community. He therefore advised all her children to emulate those adorable virtues, especially by holding strongly to the service of God and humanity. In his tribute to the life and times of the late Mrs. Osiobe, her younger half brother and also the head of the Erhomebe family, Chief Moses Avwenayeri Erheromebe have this to say of his late sister:
We are born of the same father but different mothers. But until my sister died, she never took me as a half brother as many Urhobo people do these days. She was a mother to me and that was why even my children called her until she died Mama-O...

01:25

Saraki Senate Presidency style treasonable APC Newtelegraph

For failing to reconvene the Senate as requested by the Presidency, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the leadership style of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki as treasonable. The party, which stated this in a statement issued in Abuja, however, said that the party would not spend any money to have the Senate []

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01:23

Akpabios Defection, Bad Omen for APC, Says Former Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor. OBLONG MEDIA

Senator Godswill Akpabios deputy while he was Akwa Ibom State governor,  Mr. Patrick Ekpotu has said the defection of his former More

01:14

Prof Nabofa: A Prototype Of Urhobo Culture Urhobo Today

Professor Nabofa


By Young Erhiurhoro
LAGOS AUGUST 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-On Friday August 10, 2018, a heroic and iconic Uwheru personality, a Professor of Religious Studies, a thinker and philosopher of Urhobo Studies, a traditional diviner, a dedicated Rosicrucian and a man of many indescribable parts, late Professor Michael Young Nabofa, Ph.D, IRC, RME, FAR was peacefully laid to rest in his residence.
In fact, the Holy Writs, a book of standard and order of Christianity written for thousands of centuries ago, disclosed that, When a good man dies, the people mourn but when an evil man dies, the people rejoice. The same holy book said, Rejoice with them that rejoice and mourn with them that mourn. These are true aphorisms among many cultures around the world. This is also true of the Urhobo people in the western Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Truly, the late Professor Michael Young Nabofa was really good to his native Uwheru people and also to every person or group of people he associated with while on this earthly enclave. However, instead of his death to cause mourning to his people and those that knew him according to the words of the Bible, the people rejoiced and celebrated the peaceful passage of this man to the other side of the world. Well, an Iroko tree had fallen from Uwheru Kingdom, an entire library in Religious Studies had gone from the academic world, a...

01:14

NIGERIA IS WITHOUT A PRESIDENT, BUHARI IS AN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ILLITERATE JUNAID EXPLODES. OBLONG MEDIA

Junaid Mohammed, Second Republic lawmaker, on Tuesday, lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the tensed political atmosphere in the country. Mohammed, More

01:04

NIGERIAS ELECTRICITY GENERATION DROPS TO 2,684MW OBLONG MEDIA

Electricity generation in Nigeria on Monday dropped to 2,684 megawatts, as there was decline in output from the hydropower plants More

01:02

Kano uncovers $1 million stashed in foreign account by Kwankwaso Newtelegraph

The Kano State Government has revealed how it discovered a sum of over $1 million allegedly paid by former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to a university in Ukraine where no Kano state student was studying. The shocking revelation was made by Dr. Hussaini Akilu Jarma, the governors Senior Special Assistant on Higher Education on Monday []

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00:55

Buhari has destroyed Nigeria beyond imagination in just three years Charlyboy attacks President. OBLONG MEDIA

Maverick entertainer and activist, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charlyboy, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed Nigeria More

00:36

Why the PDP Is Ten Times Better Than the APC, By Femi Aribisala. OBLONG MEDIA

We have now had three-and-a-half years of APC rule. We have now seen what APCs change actually entails. We are More

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Tuesday, 14 August

23:01

The Uyghur Militant Threat: China Cracks Down and Mulls Policy Changes "IndyWatch Feed World"

China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in what it asserts is a bid to prevent the kind of mayhem that has wracked countries like Syria and Libya.

The Chinese Communist Partys Global Times charged in its Chinese and English editions that the criticism and reports were aimed at stirring trouble and destroying hard-earned stability in Xinjiang, Chinas gateway to Central Asia and home to its Turkic Uyghur and ethnic minority Central Asian Muslim communities.

The crackdown, involving introduction of the worlds most intrusive surveillance state and the indefinite internment of large numbers of Muslims in re-education camps, is designed to quell potential Uyghur nationalist and religious sentiment and prevent blowback from militants moving to Central Asias borders with China after the Islamic State and other jihadist groups lost most of their territorial base in Iraq and Syria.

Concern that national and religious sentiment and/or militancy could challenge Chinas grip on Xinjiang, home to 15  percent of its proven oil reserves, 22  per cent of its gas reserves, and 115 of the 147 raw materials found in the Peoples Republic as well as part of its nuclear arsenal, has prompted Beijing to consider a more interventionist policy in the Middle East and Central and South Asia in contradiction to its principle of non-interference in the affairs of others.

The Global Times asserted that the security situation in Xinjiang had been turned around and terror threats spreading from there to other provinces of China are also being eliminated. Peaceful and stable life has been witnessed again in all of Xinjiang Xinjiang has been salvaged from the verge of massive turmoil. It has avoided the fate of becoming Chinas Syria or Chinas Libya, the paper said.

Five Chinese mining engineers were wounded last week in a suicide attack in the troubled Pakistan province of Balochistan, a key node in the US$ 50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) intended to link the strategic port of Gwadar with Xinjiang and fuel economic development in the Chinese region. The attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) rather than Uyghurs.

The Global Times...

23:00

Yemen: Fake News in Americas Mainstream Outlets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eric Zuesse On Friday, August 10th, CNN headlined Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen and reported as if the United States doesnt have any important role to play in targeting and supplying the bombs and missiles for what the news-report refers to as the Saudi-led coalition. It even says at 0:15 in the video, Saudi Arabia, through air strikes, leads the coalition, including the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Sudan and doesnt even mention there the main party, other than the royal Saud family the U.S. Government itself which provides not only detailed authorization of each target but also the weapons and the training on how theyre used. The accompanying printed CNN news-article says nothing at all about the U.S. Governments involvement until the very end of the article, where a U.S. propagandist is quoted: After the strike, the United States, which largely supports the coalitions campaign, issued a statement. US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties, said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.

22:48

Europe must stand behind Canada in Saudi row or risk its own values "IndyWatch Feed War"

In its response to Ottawas row with Saudi Arabia, the EU is repeating past mistakes


By JUDY DEMPSEY

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The Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, left, with prime minister Justin Trudeau, has called for the release of Samar Badawi, a leading Saudi womens rights activist

Saudi Arabias reaction was swift last week when Canadas foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, called in a tweet for the release of Samar Badawi, a leading Saudi womens rights activist. It dumped assets, expelled the Canadian ambassador and told the 10,000 Saudi students studying in Canada to pack their bags.

This was a test case for the wests commitment to defending human rights activists in semi-democratic and authoritarian countries. But instead of standing up for Canada, Europe backed away from a Nato ally and a country that recently forged a major trade deal with the EU.

A spokesperson for the EUs foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Brussels was seeking clarification from the Saudi authorities about Ms Badawis arrest. The UK said both Canada and Saudi Arabia are close partners and urged restraint during the current situation. Britain and Saudi Arabia recently set a target of $90bn in trade and investment deals over the next decade.

From Germany there was silence. Berlin had its fingers burnt last year when Sigmar Gabriel, the former foreign minister, criticised Saudi Arabias adventurism in Lebanon and Yemen. Since then, Daimler, Siemens, Deutsche Bank and other companies have been cold-shouldered by Riyadh.

As it did before the Arab uprisings of 2011, the EU is putting economic interests and stability before human rights and the rule of law.

Take Iran. The EU is determined to save the nuclear deal that Mr Trump has disowned. His recent decision to impose new sanctions on Iran has horrified the Europeans. Their fear is that hardliners will become emboldened and walk away from a nuclear deal that had put the non-proliferation regime back on the agenda.

Meanwhile, inside Iran there is increasing...

22:38

Revolution in Aspen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Raheel Raza with Dr. Tawfik Hamid at the Aspen meeting of progressive Muslims (Photo: Clarion Project)Clarions Raheel Raza with Dr. Tawfik Hamid at the Aspen meeting of progressive Muslims (Photo: Clarion Project)

A revolution in Aspen, Colorado took place August 8, 2018.

The event was a meeting of modern Muslim minds titled Reform in a Politically Correct World. I would be understating this to say that it was mind blowing.

Hosted by the JCC (Jewish Community Centre) and CCAT (Canadian Coalition Against Terrorism) with generous donors, it was attended by over 250 people who were informed, well read and curious.

However they had never experienced or heard anything like this.

Since 9/11, there have been many conferences held on progressive Islam and reform by moderate Muslims. Unfortunately their message and voices have been drowned out by the hysterical din of the Islamist narrative which attracts mainstream media like a bee to honey.

Added to these voices of jihad-ism, are the other Islamist culprits like Linda Sarsour, Siraj Wahhaj, CAIR and more promoting a victim ideology and Islamophobia supported by the regressive left and politically correct leaders.

In this atmosphere of denial, the gathering in Aspen was unique in every way, and something shifted on that day.

What made this meeting so different and electrifying?

To begin with, the participants came from diverse backgrounds and showed the spectrum of diversity within the Muslim world. Syrians, Yemenis, Bangladeshis, Egyptians and Pakistanis all on one platform. Despite different opinions, varied organizations and nationalities, the binding factor for all of us was that we mutually embrace the values of a liberal democracy, gender equality,...

22:19

Ron Paul: Trump versus his own administration? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Are President Trump's senior cabinet members working against him? It's hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the president's stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons see as adversaries needing to be regime-changed. Remember just as President Trump was organizing an historic summit meeting with Kim Jong-Un, his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, nearly blew the whole thing up by making repeated references to the "Libya model" and how it should be applied to North Korea. As if Kim would jump at the chance to be bombed, overthrown, and murdered at the hands of a US-backed mob! It seems that Trump's appointees are again working at cross-purposes to him. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he was invoking a 1991 US law against the use of chemical weapons to announce yet another round of sanctions on Russia over what he claims is Putin's involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. The alleged poisoning took place in March and only now did the State Department make its determination that Russia was behind it and thus subject to the 1991 sanction law. Was there new information that came to light that pointed to Russian involvement? According to a State Department briefing there was none. The State Department just decided to take the British government's word for it. Where do we get authority to prosecute Russia for an alleged crime committed in the UK, by the way?

22:10

APCll win Abia in 2019, says Kalu Newtelegraph

A former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dr. Orji Kalu, yesterday said the APC will win the state governorship election in 2019. Kalu, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said: The APC will win in []

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22:06

Scientists track the speed of death as it moves through a cell "IndyWatch Feed World"

For the first time ever, scientists have witnessed death itself moving through a cell and have measured its speed. The revolutionary finding could hold potential for the future treatment of cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine witnessed the wave-like motion of cell death and published their groundbreaking findings in the journal Science. The team found signals that trigger death to travel through cells in a domino-like effect, at a rate of three micrometers per minute. A micrometer is equal to one-millionth of a meter. These signals trigger apoptosis, a type of cell suicide or programmed cell death (PCD). It is the most understood form of cell death and is used by the human body to get rid of old or damaged cells. "This work is another example of how nature makes use of these trigger waves - things that most biologists have never heard of - over and over again," biochemist James Ferrell said. "It is a recurring theme in cell regulation. I bet we'll start to see it in textbooks soon." Scientists used the egg of an African clawed frog, which is a single, large cell, to conduct the experiment. After removing the cytoplasm and placing it in a tube, they then initiated apoptosis and used a fluorescent green protein that glows when apoptosis occurs.

21:30

Berto Jongman: Did Israel Murder or Sell into Pedophilia Slavery Yemenite Children Who Entered Israel? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

State told to release 300,000 unpublished files on missing Yemenite children

Justice Minister Shaked orders police documents be produced; calls on two health and welfare organizations to publish any material they have

Disputed by scholars and seemingly refuted by three state commissions that examined the affair and concluded that most of the children had died, the case has kept resurfacing, not least because most of the families were not given their childrens bodies or informed of their burial places.

21:03

Inside Namibia's HIV success story "IndyWatch Feed World"

Facing one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, Namibia has become the first country in Africa to have more than three-quarters of its HIV-affected population virally suppressed.

20:42

Exclusive: NM Compounds Links to Al-Qaeda "IndyWatch Feed War"

The New Mexico compound where cultish Islamist extremists were found; inset: American imam and al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki (Photo: Clarion Project)The New Mexico compound where cultish Islamist extremists were found; inset: American imam and al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki (Photo: Clarion Project)

At least one of the women at the Islamist cult compound in New Mexico had links to al-Qaeda in that she was a big fan of al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, according to a public account from a Muslim activist and reports from sources who spoke to Clarion Projects Clarion Intelligence Network.

One woman also reportedly claimed to be the mahdi, a figure in Islamic end times prophecy who is supposed to join forces with Jesus to win a final apocalyptic war that ends with global Islamic rule.

Anwar al-Awlaki was an American imam who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. He became al-Qaedas biggest recruiter because of his English-language, digital magazine Inspire that provided instructions used for carrying out terrorist attacks like the Boston Marathon bombing, among other items of inspiration.

One source recalled seeing Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whose children and family members resided at the New Mexico compound, preach at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia when it was run by Anwar al-Awlaki.

 

Female Cult Leader

Since the story about the jihadi compound in New Mexico broke, the media has focused mainly on Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of the Brooklyn-based Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who abducted his son, denied him his prescribed medication and performed an Islamic exorcism-type ritual on him. The boy, named Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, is believed to have died in February.

However, several sources say that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was not the ideological leader of the cult that housed themselves at the compound.

The actual leader was most likely a woman from Haiti named Jany Leveille, who cult members called Maryam (or Mary), a name adopted to equate her with a modern incarnation of the mother of Jesus. She is the second wife of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.

In 2017, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj went on a trip to Saudi Arabia. W...

20:32

Israel and Hamas reportedly near truce after days of relative quiet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jerusalem official quoted as saying Gaza ceasefire virtually done, as defense minister mulls lifting border restrictions

A picture taken on August 9, 2018 shows people inspecting the rubble of a cultural center following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
A picture taken on August 9, 2018 shows people inspecting the rubble of a cultural center following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

Israel and Hamas are reportedly on the verge of reaching a ceasefire agreement following a lull in fighting after a major flareup last week that saw the sides on the cusp of a full-scale military confrontation.

An Israeli official told the Los Angeles Times that a deal with the terror group that rules the Strip is virtually done.

There was no official Israeli confirmation of progress toward a deal, but senior defense officials are set to discuss easing a closure of the Palestinian enclave later Tuesday.

Israeli and Hamas officials have reportedly been engaged in intensive efforts via Egypt and the UN in recent weeks to reach a long-term deal to return calm to the restive border region in exchange for easing restrictions on the Strip. Last week a Hamas official predicted a truce would be inked by the end of the month.

Israel has officially been mum on the talks with Hamas, which Jerusalem and others label a terrorist group.

Last week, Hamas announced it had reached an Egyptian- and UN-brokered ceasefire agreement with Israel, after a day in which dozens of rockets and mortar shells rained down on southern Israel and the military responded with extensive airstrikes.

Jerusalem officially denied that a deal had been reached, but the days since Hamas announcement have seen a significant decrease in violence in Gaza.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is set to...

20:09

Yemeni children killed by United States bomb "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 13 August 2018 video says about itself:

Yemeni Children Massacred With US-Made Bomb

Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus. Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis told said that the US is not engaged in the civil war. We are joined from Sanaa by journalist Nasser Arrabayee.

This 13 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

MSNBC Finally Covers US-Backed Slaughter Of Children In Yemen

20:07

Link Pan-African News Wire

COMESA to Mediate Kenya, Zambia Trade Dispute
14 AUG, 2018 - 00:08
 
NAIROBI. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate between Kenya and Zambia trade dispute, officials said yesterday.

Francis Mageni, COMESA Director for Trade Customs, told journalists in Nairobi that Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports from Kenya over health standards and rules of origins respectively.

We are working closely with officials from Kenya and Zambia in order to resolve the issue in order to promote intra-regional trade, Mageni said during the Fourth COMESA Heads of Customs Sub-Committee meeting.

Mageni said Zambia has rejected milk imports from Kenya because it contains a total bacteria count beyond the maximum levels permitted in Zambia.

It has been argued by Kenya that whatever the bacterial count, milk that has gone through the ultra heat treatment (UHT) kills all pathogens making it safe for human consumption, Mageni added.

In order to unlock the trade impasse, scientists from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization have also been consulted to determine if Kenyas milk is safe for Zambian consumers.

The director said that whether the trade dispute will be resolved hinges on the COMESA member states but there is no set deadline.

Timelines are good to gauge progress or achieve results but there are certain things if you fix timelines you set up yourself for failure, he added.

The COMESA official said that Zambia officials have already being invited to inspect the safety of Kenyas milk value chain in order to find a holistic solution.

Zambia has also imposed restrictions on Kenyan palm oil exports because it doubts whether they have enough local content to get preferential access into the Zambia market.

Mageni said that COMESA has facilitated Zambian officials to visit Kenyan palm oil production facilities to confirm if the edible oils are produced in Kenya.

He said the trading bloc has managed to eliminate over 150 Non Tariff Barriers (NTB) between the member states over the past two decades.

He noted that the most difficult NTBs to remove is where influential players who own industries encourage their government to put in place barriers that will...

20:01

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Ayatollah Khamenei: No Negotiations with Cheating, Bullying US
Mon Aug 13, 2018 09:20AM
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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses a group of ordinary Iranians at a meeting in Tehran, Aug. 13, 2018. (Photo by IRNA)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic will not enter into new negotiations with the United States due to cheating and bullying nature of its government.

Speaking in a meeting with a large group of Iranian people in Tehran on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei dismissed talks with the US after President Trump called for direct negotiations with Tehran, saying Washington is only after concessions.

In a clear reference to US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Leader said, Why should we sit for negotiations with a bullying [and] cheating regime, which negotiates like this?

Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May, and said that he plans to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Elaborating on Trump's offer of direct talks with Iranian officials, Ayatollah Khamenei said, Of course, they act upon a threadbare and worthless political game in this regard; one of them says [they want negotiations with Iran] without any preconditions, the other one sets preconditions.

Unlike what some people may think in the country, Americans request for negotiations is nothing new and has been repeated many times during the past 40 years, but has been met with Iran's negative answer. Even then American president, Reagan, who was more powerful than the current ones, in the famous case of McFarlane, sent him secretly to Tehran for negotiations, but he returned without any results 24 hours later.

They have a special formula for negotiations, which must be understood and then this question must be answered that will any wise person enter into negotia...

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Montenegro accuses ex-CIA officer of plotting coup with Russia to overthrow the government "IndyWatch Feed World"

Prosecutors in Montenegro have demanded the arrest of former CIA officer Joseph Assad, accusing him of involvement in an alleged 2016 Russian-backed plot to overthrow the government and block the country's inclusion in NATO. Assad - an Egyptian-American who came to the US in 1990 before serving as a counterterrorism specialist in the CIA, has denied the charges, claiming that he was in Montenegro to provide personal security advice to a political consultant from the west. He has asked that the US reject any extradition request. "This is a deception campaign against a loyal American who had no role in any crimes or coup in Montenegro," Assad said in a statement issued on Saturday through his lawyer, reports The Guardian.

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40 Yemeni Children Killed in Saudi-led Strike on Yemeni Bus: ICRC
Tue Aug 14, 2018 09:24AM
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The picture taken on August 13, 2018 shows Yemeni boys demonstrating outside the offices of the United Nations in Sanaa to denounce a recent Saudi-led airstrike that killed dozens, including children, in the northwestern province of Saada. (By Reuters)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says 40 children were among 51 civilians recently killed during a Saudi airstrike on a school bus in northwestern Yemen.

In a new toll on Tuesday, the ICRC said that 56 children were also among the 79 people wounded in Thursdays strike on Saada Province, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old Saudi-led war.

The children were returning from a trip organized by a religious seminary when the bus came under attack. Images later circulated online, showing pieces of a US-made bomb on the scene

Over the past days, Yemeni cities have been the scene of protests against the new Saudi crime.

Thousands of mourners attended a funeral procession for many of the dead children in Saadas provincial capital of the same name on Monday, venting their anger against Riyadh and Washington.

The crowd held pictures of the children and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its ally and key arms supplier, the United States.

The Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen has held the US -- the main weapons supplier to the Riyadh regime -- responsible for the carnage.

The UNICEF, the United Nations children fund, called the carnage the single biggest attack.

The Saudi-led coalition however described the attack as legitimate, with coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki even claiming that the strikes conformed to international and humanitarian laws.

Geert Cappelaere, the regional director in the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF, has said there is no excuse for the continued complacency towards the war on Yemen.

The United Nations Security Council has called for a credible and transparent investigation into the airstrike.

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19:52

Rabaa: The massacre that ended the Arab Spring "IndyWatch Feed War"

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What you need to know about the Rabaa massacre, five years on

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Iranian Economic Delegation Discusses Joint Agreements with Syria
14 August 2018

Damascus, SANA- A meeting embracing a number of figures who are interested in the economic issues in Syria and an economic Iranian delegation was held Monday to discuss the reality of the bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries and the mechanisms to activate and develop them.

During the meeting , held at Damascus-based Dama Rose Hotel, both sides underlined the necessity to develop and activate the agreements signed between the two countries and to put them within a long-term strategic agreement that will be as a comprehensive framework for all the agreements in a way that would contribute to upgrading economic relations between the two sides.

Participants in the meeting also tackled the reality of customs cooperation, calling for reducing the period of customs clearance to facilitate the arrival of goods as soon as possible and to reduce the costs.

The meeting also dealt with means to expand domains of trade exchange between the two countries to include new types of products in a way that would achieve an increase in the rate of bilateral exchange.

The participation in expos organized by the two sides and the mechanism to establish permanent centers for national products in both countries were also on the table.

The meeting touched upon ways to enhance the investment cooperation between the two countries and to benefit from the experiences of the Iranian companies in the domain of construction, in addition to issues related to all domains of industrial, agricultural and cultural cooperation between the two sides.

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The Rabaa massacre five years on: Doctors haunted by memories of victims burnt alive "IndyWatch Feed War"

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International Media Delegation Inspects Reality of Liberated Areas
14 August 2018

Damascus, SANA- A media delegation embracing 47 journalists representing international media outlets on Monday visited Jdeidet Yabous border crossing and they inspected the reality of work at the temporary housing center which receives the displaced Syrians who return to the homeland and they inspected the medical and food services provided to them.

The delegation is visiting Syria to inspect the reality of the liberated areas and the services provided by the state to guarantee the return of the displaced.

Members of the delegation toured Yelda town in Eastern Ghouta, and they inspected the restoration works at the schools and the clinics in the city, in addition to visiting the health center and inspecting the services it provides to citizens.

Education Minister Hazwan al-Waz briefed the delegation on the taken measures for the restoration of schools at the areas liberated by the Syrian Arab army before the beginning of the new schoolyear to be able to receive the largest possible number of students at schools.

The delegation also visited the temporary housing center in al-Harjala and the complex of schools.

Al-Hirjala Mayor Abdul-Rahman al-Khatib who supervises the temporary housing center told journalists that the center currently embraces 700 persons, and tomorrow it will receive 1500 persons as the number and the number of the received people will reach 7,000  from the locals of Kefraya and al-Fouaa and all their needs will be guaranteed.

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19:18

Saudi Terror Bombings, US, UK, French Weapons Fuel Mass Slaughter in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Terror Bombings, US, UK, French Weapons Fuel Mass Slaughter in Yemen By Stephen Lendman, Saudi/UAE terror-bombing a bus in Yemens northern Saada province Thursday was the latest mass atrocity in the country. According to an updated ICRC body count, 51 Yemeni civilians were killed, including 40 children 79 others injured, including 56 children. []

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Five Drones Downed Near Hmeimim Airbase in Lattakia
14 August 2018

Lattakia, SANA- Five drones launched towards the Russian military base in Hmeimim Airport in Lattakia province were downed on Monday evening.

SANA reporter in Lattakia said that the drones were destroyed in air at a safe distance from the airbase without any causalities or material damage in the area.

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Two Citizens Martyred in IED Blast in Homs Countryside
13 August 2018

Homs, SANA- Two citizens were martyred in a blast of an IED of terrorists remnants in the area surrounding Sneisel village in Homs northern countryside.

SANAs reporter said that an IED from the remnants of the terrorists went off, causing the martyrdom of two citizens in a farmland in the area surrounding Sneisel village in Homs northern countryside.

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Taliban Blindsides U.S. Forces with Surprise Afghan Offensive
In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul.

By Carlo Muoz
The Washington Times
Monday, August 13, 2018

The Taliban is on the verge of dramatically expanding its control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and American forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administrations strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said Monday a Taliban assault on the city of Ghanzi a key provincial capital linking other areas under the Islamic militant groups control just 75 miles southeast of Kabul has killed roughly 100 Afghan security forces and some 20 civilians over the past three days.

While the Afghan forces, backed by U.S. and NATO advisors, claimed Monday night to have retained control of central Ghanzi, local reports indicated Taliban fighters still held pockets of the city and had simultaneously swept in and taken over most of the surrounding provinces rural areas.

Analysts said the development has underscored the Talibans capability for a resurgence in Afghanistan and will likely increase the groups political leverage over peace talks with U.S. officials that the Trump administration has quietly been trying to get off the ground.

Should the Taliban ultimately wrestle Ghazni away from Afghan security forces, it would mark the first major district center to fall to the group since it captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz in 2015.

When President Trump introduced his administrations new strategy for Afghanistan on Aug. 21, 2017 a plan based on increasing military pressure to push the Taliban into a peace negotiation he said his instinct was actually to withdraw American forces from the war zone entirely.

With the current developments as a backdrop, some wonder whether the president will be able to resist pulling the plug...

18:12

U.S. is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen By Kathy Kelly On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Saada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to []

18:01

Netanyahu met Sisi in secret visit to Egypt: Israeli media reports "IndyWatch Feed War"

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17:37

JUST IN: No date for National Assembly reconvening Saraki, Dogara Newtelegraph

The leadership of the National Assembly has said no date has been for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was contained in a joint statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan, media []

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17:13

Another man shot dead in Ado-Ekiti Newtelegraph

Assassins struck again late yesterday, killing another man said to be in his late thirties around Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State. It was gathered that the gunmen had traced their target and eventually shot him at close range at a junction close to the end of the newly constructed overhead bridge at []

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17:10

Musa scores winner in debut Newtelegraph

  Ahmed Musa yesterday made a dream start to life at his new club Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia scoring the winner against Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates in the Arab Club Championship. The match at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, was just five minutes when midfielder Yahya Al Shehri drew the []

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17:02

Sani: Kaduna APC, NWC on collision course Newtelegraph

BABA NEGEDU reports on the controversy over the suspension slammed on the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has been lifted by the national leadership of the party   Except something is done and urgently too by the national leaders of the All Progressives []

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16:55

Okowa to Makarfi: Im neutral in PDP presidential race Newtelegraph

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, declared his neutral posture in the jostle for presidential ticket under the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform. The governor urged the immediate past national chairman of the party and former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who came to consult him on his presidential ambition in Asaba, []

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16:50

EFCC didnt recover N21bn, 400 guns from Dauras home DSS Newtelegraph

The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday, said no raid operation has been carried out at the home of its former Director-General, Mr. Lawal Daura, since his sack last week. There were reports that a search conducted on Dauras Katsina and Abuja homes, had culminated in the recovery of N21 billion, 400 assorted arms, as []

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16:50

Appeal Court halts arrest of INEC chairman Newtelegraph

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division yesterday stopped the execution of the warrant of arrest issued against the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, by Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Pam, drafted from the Taraba Division, is hearing the contempt proceeding based on a fiat granted []

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16:45

Buharis place in our history Newtelegraph

  Here is a man that has told Nigerians the truth about our nation. Unfortunately, some of us misunderstood him from the onset, but now the reality is staring on our faces. President Muhammadu Buhari came into an empty administration, no basic policy on issues. Boko Haram was the one that shook the country to []

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16:34

Moses confident of starting shirt against Arsenal Newtelegraph

Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses believes hes working seriously hard to earn a starting shirt ahead of Chelseas game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Nigerian international who came on from the bench to replace Pedro in the Blues 3-0 whitewash of Huddersfield on Saturday, played an integral part under former manager, Antonio []

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16:27

Tweaking aviation business model to stay afloat Newtelegraph

To pare down their colossal operating costs, Nigerian carriers must restructure operations and eliminate complexity. WOLE SHADARE writes     Adaptation One of the major problems of Nigerian carriers is the inability to tweak their operations when the model they start with appears not to be working. Yes, no airline goes into service with the []

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16:11

Indian rupee hits record low of 70 to the dollar "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Indian rupee hit a record low of 70 to the dollar on Tuesday as emerging market currencies are sold off by investors spooked by the Turkish financial crisis.

The under-pressure rupee touched 70.09 briefly during mid-morning trade as fears grow that the plight of Turkeys lira will spread to other emerging countries.

The under-pressure currency touched the psychologically important mark during mid-morning Tuesday trade. (AFP)

South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Russia have all seen their currencies slip over the past week because, like Turkey, they remain heavily dependent on foreign capital, especially the dollar.

The rupee has been on a downward spiral throughout 2018 after starting the year at 63.67.

India is a massive net importer of oil, securing more than two-thirds of its needs from abroad.

Analysts say the high crude prices are squeezing the Indian currency, making it less appealing to investors.

The fall in the rupee is leading to a widening of Indias current account deficit, when the value of imports exceeds the value of exports, they say.

AFP

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(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1637: The Central Bank Illusion is Falling Apart | Pieces of the Puzzle are Coming Together "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Aug 13, 2018

UK housing home values have now declined for five consecutive months in a row. The real estate bubbles around the world are popping. The entire central bank economic recovery illusion is now coming to an end, the economy will continue to deteriorate and eventually collapse. The economy is falling apart and and Kim Dot Com has a warning to everyone, get out of the dollar and put your money into cryptocurrency and gold. The Emerging markets are breaking down and the Fed might not raise rates anytime soon.



Published on Aug 13, 2018

Peter Strzok has been fired. Omarosa says she has recordings of Trump saying the N word but this story is starting to fall apart. This entire show that we are watching might be a plan to trap the deep state and the MSM. A 2011 report from FB shows that they believe they can change public opinion during elections, so maybe it really wasn't the Russians that alters elections. Most of the illegal children that come to America do not have parents that came with them so they were never separated from their parents. Senior Taliban leader says the peace talks are going very well. The explosive device in Yemen was American made. Q drops more breadcrumbs and the pieces to the puzzle are coming together. The deep state is panic mode and they are being setup right now. Enjoy the show, the more you know.

14:23

Why is Nigeria so religious, yet so poor? By Olu Fasan. OBLONG MEDIA

A few months ago, the popular American preacher TD Jakes came to the church I attend in London. Preaching on More

14:11

EXCLUSIVE: Former Dauras ally says disgraced SSS boss took bribes, betrayed Buhari OBLONG MEDIA

A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, has accused his former principal of More

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US Soldier in Afghanistan Dies from Wounds in Roadside Blast
By LUIS MARTINEZ ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN
NBC News
Aug 13, 2018, 6:19 PM ET

PHOTO: Sgt. 1st Class Reymund R. Transfiguracion, 36, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, died August 12, 2018 from wounds sustained as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device attack in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 7, 2018.U.S. Army

A U.S. Army soldier has died from wounds sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near him while he was on patrol in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Monday. Staff Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion is the fifth American military service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year.

Transfiguracion, 36, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, sustained his injuries on August 7 while on a combat patrol in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. The Pentagon said in a statement that the incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he served as an engineer sergeant.

The Green Beret joined the Army in 2008 and had previously deployed to Iraq and the Philippines.

There are about 14,000 American service members serving in Afghanistan in support of a NATO training mission known as Resolute Support. They advise and assist the Afghan military in its fight against the Taliban. Most of these personnel carry out their missions at bases in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

A smaller portion of the U.S. force serves in a counter-terrorism mission known as Operation Freedom's Sentinel targeting ISIS-Khorasan and al Qaeda.

Born in Sarrat Ilocos Norte, Philippines, Transfiguracion enlisted in July 2001 with the Hawaii National Guard July 2001 serving as a motor transport operator. He deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard from 2005-2006.

He joined the active duty Army in February 2008 and again deployed to Iraq.

He then deployed to the Philippines for six months in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines from 2010-2011.

He was selected for Army Special Forces and was assigned to Joint Base Lewis - McChord and B Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special...

14:00

Yemeni Children Matter "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weve been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments before death rained down on them.

13:46

High cost of Nigerias refineries ineptitude Newtelegraph

Nigeria, Africas biggest crude exporter, spent N879.781 billion on fuel import in just three months, an amount that could have been saved but for gross inefficiency of refineries in the country. Adeola Yusuf writes     It started with the revelation that the worth and cash spent by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to []

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13:46

Press Statement: PDP To Buhari, APC: Speak Out on N21 billion Daura Loot OBLONG MEDIA

August 11, 2018 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenges the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to end More

13:24

From the stables of Dr. Chinweizu, a Critic, Author and Poet. Why Federalism, Confederalism Or Restructuring Is Not Enough OBLONG MEDIA

The Federalism of the First Republic, of the 1963 Constitution, is being demanded by some as the solution to Nigerias More

13:10

PDP PRESS RELEASE: NO SOUTH EAST PDP GOVERNOR IS JOINING APC OBLONG MEDIA

We have read with dismay the claim by governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State that two governors of the South More

13:00

Fear grips varsities over ASUUs withdrawal from negotiation Newtelegraph

FAILED NEGOTIATION Following the pullout of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Dr. Wale Babalakin-led Agreement Renegotiation Team to end crises in the university system, stakeholders are worried that the development signals bad omen for the system   Committee: Were surprised by unions decision Union: Babalakin has frustrated our efforts   Less than []

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12:57

Nigeria doesnt need bicameral legislature Adeyeye Newtelegraph

Hon. Ajibayo Adeyeye is a former Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly and presently Special Adviser to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Health. In this interview with ADEWALE AJAYI, he speaks on governance in Ondo State, executive and legislative feud, among other issues   You were in the Lagos State House of []

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12:55

Marching against land grabbers Newtelegraph

The indigenous people of Abuja recently went on a street protest as part of activities marking the United Nations International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples. CALEB ONWE reports     Like a wounded lion, the indigenous people of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), have consistently expressed their anger about the seizure of their []

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12:50

Construction: How to avoid wastes, by experts Newtelegraph

In a bid to build houses for personal or public use, many developers have got their fingers burnt for failing to play by the rules. Dayo Ayeyemi reports.   In what could be referred to as a case of penny wise pounds foolish, a nine-storey building, still ongoing, has been marked for demolition in Lagos []

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12:39

Life Presidency For Buhari: Authors Of Tyranny & Messengers Of Esau Must Not Set Nigeria On Fire! Intersociety. OBLONG MEDIA

Chances for the survival and advancement of democracy and rule of law in Nigeria are steadily fading, threatened and endangered More

12:28

Indonesia eases Nigerias crude sale meltdown, mops up 1.55m barrels Newtelegraph

  Indonesian refiner, Pertamina, last weekend lightened the crude sale melt down rocking Nigeria at the global market, as it mopped up 1.55m barrels of crude grades from the country. This came hours after the United States (U.S) took over India market from Nigeria, selling 6 million barrels of crude for November-January delivery. Nigeria, Africas []

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12:19

Those accusing me of backdating my professorship are insincere LASU VC Newtelegraph

Some members of the Lagos State University (LASU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have accused the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, of non-possession of PhD certificate and backdating his professorial promotion, among others. In this interview with MOJEED ALABI, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria-designate defends himself against the allegations. Excerpts:   []

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12:17

A space for working mothers to breastfeed Newtelegraph

Work, they say, has been a constant barrier to most mothers who claim they desire to exclusively breastfeed their children. To clear off this excuse, the Federal Government is putting policies such as review of maternity leave and establishment of crches to ensure adequate breastfeeding of all babies at no cost. REGINA OTOKPA reports   []

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12:10

Experts: Infrastructure limits skyscrapers construction in Nigeria Newtelegraph

  Dearth of infrastructure has been blamed for low level of construction of skyscrapers in Nigerian cities to solve accommodation problems. According to housing experts, skyscrapers are good for the economy, but absence of infrastructure such as electricity to power the lifts (elevators) is one of the limiting factors. Commenting on Housing Development Group platform, []

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12:10

Grace Schools to partner organisations on CSR Newtelegraph

The Proprietor and Administrator of Grace Schools, a group of private schools in Gbagada, Lagos, Mrs. Tokunbo Edun, has expressed the desire of the school to partner corporate organisations to increase its present level of involvement in corporate social responsibility activities. This was as she said that the schools annual indigent scholarship award, a veritable []

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11:00

The Dogon Mystery: How Could A Primitive Tribe Know the Unknowable? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Stranger Times

Like many African tribes, the Dogon people of the Republic of Mali have a shadowed past.They settled on the Bandiagara Plateau, where they now live, some time between the 13th and 16th centuries. For most of the year, their homeland 300 miles (500 km) south of Timbuktu is a desolate, arid, rocky terrain of cliffs and gorges, dotted with small villages built from mud and straw. Although most anthropologists would class them as primitive, the two million people who make up the Dogon and surrounding tribes would not agree with this epithet. Nor do they deserve it, except in the sense that their way of life has changed little over the centuries. Indifferent though they are to Western technology, their philosophy and religion is both rich and complex. Outsiders who have lived with them, and learned to accept the simplicity of their lives, speak of them as a happy, fulfilled people whose attitude to the essential values of life dates back millennia.

VISITORS FROM SIRIUS

The Dogon do, however, make one astounding claim: that they were originally taught and civilisedby creatures from outer space specifically, from the star system Sirius, 8.7 light years away. And they back up this claim with what seems to be extraordinarily detailed knowledge of astronomy for such a primitive and isolated tribe. Notably, they know that Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, has a companion star, invisible to the naked eye, which is small, dense, and extremely heavy. This is perfectly accurate. But its existence was not even suspected by Western astronomers until the middle of the 19th century; and it was not described in detail until the 1920s, nor photographed (so dim is this star, known as Sirius B) until 1970. This curious astronomical fact forms the central tenet of Dogon mythology. It is enshrined in their most secret rituals, portrayed in sand drawings, built into their sacred architecture, and can be seen

in carvings and patterns woven into their blankets designs almost certainly dating back hundreds, if not thousands of years.

INTERPLANETARY CONNECTION

All in all, this has been held as the most persuasive evidence yet that Earth had, in its fairly recent past, an interplanetary connection a close encounter of the educational kind, one might say. The extent of Dogon knowledge has also been subjected to scrutiny, in order to establish whether all that they say is true, or whether their information may have come from an Earthbound source a passing missionary, say. So, how did we in the West come to know of the Dogon beliefs I There is just one basic source, fortunately very thorough. In 1931, two of Frances most respected anthropolo...

10:30

THIS is What You MUST Know about Electromagnetic Chambers Discovered INSIDE Great Pyramid of Giza "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The evidence is OVERWHELMING that what we were taught in school about ancient human civilization, particularly about the Ancient Egyptians is FAR from accurate, specifically that, our true history was far older, and advanced than we ever thought possible

And the most recent scientific evidence further demonstrates that the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt WAS NOT a tomb built for the Pharaohs, but is literally a massive technological structure that is beyond our current understanding.

You may have seen the news articles that reported on a recent study Published in the Journal of Applied Physics, which was conducted by researchers and Physicists from Germany and Russia, which provided scientific data based on calculations which showed that the Great Pyramid can concentrate electromagnetic energy inside of its internal chambers as well as under its base and inside the subterranean chamber.
The significance of this discovery cannot be overstated, because we NOW have scientific data which supports that the Great Pyramid of Giza was a technological structure of some kind.

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10:15

2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Workshop and Goldmine of Treasures Unearthed in Saqqara "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Ashley Cowie

A team of Egyptian-German Archeologists announced to the worlds media yesterday that their recent dig in Saqqara, Egypt, led to the unearthing of a rare mummification workshop containing mummies and sarcophagi. And among the buried treasures was a silver face mask gilded with gold dating back to between 664 BC and 404 BC, a press statement said.

Mummies have haunted popular culture since Howard Carters discovery of Tutankhamuns tomb in 1922, but early cinema had installed the whole idea of a mummys curse in the human psyche. Boris Karloff starred in the 1932 movie  The Mummy  and the 1999 movie  The Mummy  and its sequel  The Mummy Returns,  breathed air into the trend of giant mummies being controlled by tormented, vengeful spirits caught somewhere between life and death.

An engraved stone sarcophagus found in the burial chamber.

An engraved stone sarcophagus found in the burial chamber. Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Mask of Precious Metals

Yesterday, Ramadan Badry Hussein, head of the Egyptian-German team, from the University of Tbingen in Germany told journalists at Live Science that the mummies mask had eyes containing calcite, obsidian and a black gemstone and he added that Very few masks of precious metal have been preserved to the present day, because the tombs of most ancient Egyptian dignitaries were looted in ancient times and that the finding of this mask could be called a sensation.

Mummy Workshop

The archaeologists first excavated a building made of mudbrick and limestone which they suspected was a mummification workshop as it contained bowls and measuring cups containing oils and named with other substances used for mummifying bodies. They found two large basins which they believe might have been used to dry mummies with natron and prepare bandages that would be used to wrap them, the statement said.

Researchers and media gather in the newly-discovered mummy workshop

Researchers and media gather in the newly-discovered mummy workshop. Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

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08:00

Israel Detaining Jewish Activists for Supporting Palestinian Rights "IndyWatch Feed World"

Facing backlash against its controversial nation-state bill, passed last month, Israel has detained Jewish writers and activists who oppose the laws definition of Israel as an entirely Jewish state, with no mention of the value of democracy or equal rights for Palestinians.

On Sunday, writer, professor and political commentator Peter Beinart was on vacation, traveling from Greece to attend a family bat mitzvah in Israel when he was detained by the Shin Bet, Israels security agency, at Ben Gurion Airport in Jerusalem, he reported Monday in an article for The Forward.

Beinarts was one of three such detentions at airports and border crossings in recent weeks.

Israel-born poet Moriel Rothman-Zecher arrived at Ben Gurion with his wife and infant daughter on July 29. Agents allowed his family through customs but detained him for approximately three hours, claiming his involvement in nonviolent protests was a slippery slope to violence against the state, and asking him for the names of pro-Palestinian and peace organizations and of fellow activists and friends.

Rothman-Zechner called the experience jarring and unpleasant but acknowledged how common and more abusive the situation is for countless Palestinians, and anyone else without his Israeli citizenship and white privilege.

He wondered how he would explain the incident to his daughter when she is older. Its painful to think about telling her one day, Hey kid, on our first visit to Israel, your aba [father] was detained at the border because he thinks Palestinians are human beings deserving of equality, he said.

A week after Rothman-Zechers detention, Simone Zimmerman, a founder of IfNotNow, an organization of young American Jews fighting Israels occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, was detained with a friend, Abigail Kirschenbaum, at the Taba Border Crossing between Israel and Egypt.

According to.....

07:51

07:49

Neocon Bill Kristol Celebrates Social Media Purge "IndyWatch Feed World"

Imagine my surprise.

Neocons are breaking out the champagne to celebrate the removal of Alex Jones from social media.

Jonathan Last, the editor of The Weekly Standard digital edition, after defending the removal of Jones, made an interesting comment:

The conservative view isnt just that communities have the right to create standardswe have always believed that there is wisdom and virtue in doing so. If we didnt, then wed be libertarians.

Poor ill-educated fool. Libertarianism is all about ethical standardsprimarily the ethic that one individual (or the state) doesnt have the right to use physical violence against another individual or a group of individuals.

Neocons dont subscribe to this. In fact, they believe violence is the preferred tool for dealing with stubborn and recalcitrant foreign leaders and regimes that reject the neoliberal economic order.

The cost for imposing this ordercheered on by Kristol and his co-conspiratorscost a million and a half human lives. Bill and his post-Trotskyite comrades declared this as a victory and urged the same treatment for Iran, Libya (mission accomplished), Syria (500,000 dead), Afghanistan (it is reported Trump is looking for a way out), and much of Africa where murderous Saudi Wahhabi inspired terrorists kill hundreds, including school children.

Imagine the shoe on the other foot. If Bill and his comrades were ejected from social media there would be a loud hue and cryand, of course, the accusation that social media is run by antisemites.

Back in 2003 as the above mentioned invasion was unfolding journalist Jim Lobe wrote about the neocons and...

07:38

SAMDADDY WILL SECURE VICTORY FOR IMO PDP UDEAGU TELLS DELEGATES. By Lancelot Obiaku. OBLONG MEDIA

Ahead of the September governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State, a staunch member of the More

07:35

ITEMS FOUND IN EX DSS BOSS HOUSE.. OBLONG MEDIA

Light Amuntions 200,000 PVCs #21Bn Cash A Threat To Our Democracy Amidst Fight Against Corruption Perhaps the most ignored of More

06:47

Video of Schoolchildren Just Moments Before Being Massacred by U.S.-Backed Saudi Bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

This blood is on Americas hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis.

by

By backing the Saudi coalitions war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit in the atrocities taking place there, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Facebook. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab)

As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenisincluding 40 young childrenmassacred by the latest...

06:27

Montenegro seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer accused of role in pro-Russian coup "IndyWatch Feed World"

Government prosecutors in Montenegro, the youngest member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, claim that a former officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency helped pro-Russian plotters organize a coup in 2016. In October of that year, authorities in Montenegro accused nationalists from Russia and Serbia of staging a failed plot. Their goal was allegedly to kill the countrys then-Prime Minister Milo Dukanovi, spark a pro-Russian coup in the country, and prevent its entry into NATO. The allegations surfaced after 20 Serbians and Montenegrins were arrested in Montenegro for allegedly planning an armed coup. The arrests took place on election day, October 16, 2016, as Montenegrins were voting across the Balkan country of 650,000 people. The plotters had even hired a long-distance sharpshooter who was a professional killer for the task of killing ukanovi, according to Montenegrin police. After killing the prime minister, the plotters allegedly planned to storm the parliament and prompt a pro-Russian coup.

Russia has vehemently denied the allegations. But in March of last year, the then British foreign secretary Boris Johnson appeared to validatethe Montenegrin governments allegations. Since then, a sensational trial has been taking place in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica of the 20 men who were arrested in October 2016, in addition to two Russians who are being tried in absentia. During the trial, prosecutors fingered Joseph Assad, a former CIA officer, as a co-conspirator in the coup plot. The Egyptian-born Assad served as a counter-terrorism expert in the CIA after arriving in the US in 1990, but eventually left the agency to launch his own security firm. It is believed that at the time of the alleged coup plot, Assads firm was employed by Aron Shaviv, a political strategist connected with the Democratic Front, a vocal pro-Russian opposition party in Montenegro. Shaviv, who has joint British and Israeli citizenship, said he hired Assads firm to provide counter-surveillance against Montenegros security services. According to Shaviv, the Montenegrin authorities spied on him and harassed him because of his connections to a domestic political party that is seen as pro-Russian.

But prosecutors in the trial of the alleged coup plotters claim that Assads role was to organize and provide escape routes and methods for the coup plotters. In light of these allegations, a warrant has been issued for Assad, accusing him of operating a criminal enterprise,...

06:17

Tesla car corporation handed to Saudi regime "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 8 August 2018 video says about itself:

Saudi Crown Prince MBS [Mohammed bin Salman] Invests $2B in Tesla, a billionaire Elon Musk company producing electric cars.

From Bloomberg in the USA:

Elon Musk Hands Teslas Wheel to Saudi Arabia

He just gave the huge oil producer dangerous leverage over his electric-car maker.

Oil interests have killed electric cars before.

By Liam Denning

13 August 2018 17:44 CEST

Six days into Tesla Inc.s tweetstorm, weve reached the valuation-by-semantics stage.

In a blog post Monday morning, CEO Elon Musk wrote he wanted to answer some questions about his surprise announcement last Tuesday regarding taking the company private. But like the boards belated we got this on Wednesday, Musks update lays nothing to rest and exposes a big risk.

First, the obvious: Why is the world still getting information about the most material of events for Tesla in a piecemeal mix of tweets and blogs rather than a detailed 8-K filing with the SEC?

The bigger issue is the one tackled in a section of Musks post titled Why did I say funding secured? Why indeed.

To summarize, Musk claims Saudi Arabias [governmental] sovereign wealth fund has approached him several times since early 2017 on the subject of taking Tesla private. At a meeting on July 31 of this year:

[T]he Managing Director of the fund expressed regret that I had not moved forward previously on a going private transaction with them, and he...

06:01

19 NYSC members injured in Ogun road crash Newtelegraph

No fewer than 19 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) escaped death today shortly after passing out from their orientation camp in Ogun State. The corps members, who were involved in a road crash, suffered varying degrees of injuries. The incident happened about 3:16pm at the DANCO filling station area along the Lagos-Ibadan []

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06:00

PHOTOS: Saraki, Obasanjo in closed door meeting Newtelegraph

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Monday, visited a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Saraki, who was accompanied by his aides, however, kept mum on the reconvening date of the National Assembly. The visit, which lasted about two hours behind closed doors, held at the ex-presidents residence within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), []

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05:44

Infantilizing Black America "IndyWatch Feed World"

In contemporary political discourse, black America often seems to be perceived as a monolith. We are expected to think, act, and vote as one, and any attempt to step outside the bounds of our pre-determined spectrum of thoughts can lead to summary excommunication. Our diversity pertains to our race, ethnicity, gender orientation, or sexual preference when set against the rest of the American population, but the diversity of opinions, beliefs, and values found among American blacks is seldom acknowledged. Even though the 'black community' in America includes immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, as well as multiracial individuals and descendants of the slave trade, we are often grouped together as one large indistinguishable ideological bloc.

05:39

British Theresa Mays hostile environment against artists "IndyWatch Feed World"

This British TV video says about itself:

Windrush: Hostile environment policy like Nazi Germany BBC Newsnight

19 April 2018

The former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, said that some ministers were deeply unhappy about the introduction of the hostile environment strategy under then Home Secretary Theresa May. He and David Goodheart from the Policy Exchange spoke to Evan Davis about the policy.

Newsnight is the BBCs flagship news and current affairs TV programme with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

By Paul Bond in Britain:

International artists visa refusals highlight UK governments hostile environment against migrants

13 August 2018

The Conservative governments hostile environment against migrants is impacting on artists visiting the UK.

Members of three acts at the WOMAD world music festival were denied entry to Britain last month, while a dozen authors have been barred from attending this months Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Nick Barley, the director of this years Edinburgh festival, said visa applications for several authors from the Middle East and Africa were still outstanding. The festival open...

05:09

Report Details Horror of UAE Torture Chambers in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

August 13, 2018 A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison (Photo by AP) Over 49 detainees have been tortured to death in clandestine prisons run by the UAE in southern Yemen where brutal interrogation techniques, including physical and psychological torture, are used by Emirati forces, a report says. The report provided []

04:16

Fragments Of US-Made Bomb Found At Site Of Saudi Attack On Yemeni School Bus "IndyWatch Feed World"

It seems highly likely that the Saudi-led coalition used a US-made bomb in its deadly airstrike on a bus carrying Yemeni schoolchildren last week according to a local journalist Photos by journalist Nasser Arrabyee show [...]

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04:06

Anger Spreads at Mass Funeral for Yemeni Children Killed in School Bus Bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Funeral Yemeni Children(MEE)  Thousands of Yemenis protested against Riyadh and Washington on Monday as they took part in a mass funeral for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition. At least 29 children were among those killed in the air raid on Thursday on a bus in a crowded market in Dahyan, Saada province, according []

03:50

The Secret Battle for Africa "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Secret Battle for Africa by James Corbett The International Forecaster if its a question of optics, theres no doubt that Chinas checkbook diplomacy is earning it more friends in Africa than Uncle Sams gun-barrel diplomacy. In October 2017...

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03:13

Mourning and Anger at Funeral of Yemeni Children Killed in US-Saudi School Bus Attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

SADAA, YEMEN Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sadaa, northern Yemen, to hold a funeral procession for the children who were killed on August 10 by U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Dhahian city next to a crowded market. The deadly attack came while they were on a picnic to Dhahians outskirts after graduating from summer school.

The mourners, who came from across the country, walked in a long convoy next to vehicles that carried the bodies of more than 30 children, as participants carried pictures of the attack and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States. America Kills Yemeni Children, read several banners.

A source in Yemens Health Ministry, based in Sana`a, said in a statement that 51 people were killed in the raids, including 40 children. Those numbers are likely to rise, as the Health Ministry said that 79 people were wounded in the attack, including 56 children and the bodies of other children are still missing.

Twenty kilometers north of Sadaa, in Dhahian city, where the attack took place, 50 pick-up trucks ensconced in green drapes, bearing the bodies of children and their teachers, were escorted by their families and thousands of their supporters. Some caskets contained only shreds of victims corpses.  

On the rooftops surrounding the funeral procession, mothers of the deceased children watched as the convoy of vehicles that carried their loved-ones passed by, tears flowing steadily from their faces, and some mumbling prayers.  Fifty-year-old Deifah Ali al Ma`ss lay beside her child in the funeral procession. She died of shock after hearing that her son was one of the children killed in the airstrike.

The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, a number of ministers, members of Yemens House of Representatives, military and security leaders, government officials, and social figures were all present at the funeral procession.

 

Blame for this and other atrocities laid at the feet of the U.S.

The families of children, mourners, and officials all held the United States responsible for the attack. The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee said in his speech during the ceremony that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the crime of targeting children in Dahian, pointing to the statement by the U.S. State Department, which said that the Saudis have the right to liquidate all opponents....

02:43

Senator Misau slams Ojudu over conspiracy script claim Newtelegraph

Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, has stated that the Presidency should be ashamed that it is pushing the conspiracy script that top officials of the nations security apparatus are working for the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Reacting to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) statement that debunked the []

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02:33

Saraki, Ekweremadu planned arrest, false alarm, says APC Newtelegraph

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has described the alleged planned arrest of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu as a hogwash false alarm. The party stated this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena inAbuja. The opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party []

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02:32

EFCC is manned by unqualified professionals- Bafarawa Newtelegraph

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Alhaji Attaihiru Bafarawa has on Monday disclosed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is manned by unqualified professionals who need to be well trained. The former Sokoto governor who was exchanging views in Minna with newsmen called for a total overhaul of the Commission adding that, []

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02:32

Sarakis agents controlling Kwara APC Group Newtelegraph

A political group, Ilorin Emirate for Buhari, IEB, has alleged that the Kwara State chapter of All Progressive Congress, APC, have in its rank men and women whose loyalty to the party is in doubt on account of their relationships with Senate President Bukola Saraki. The group is campaigning for President Muhammadu Buharis reelection in []

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02:29

JUST IN: No weapon, N21 billion was found in Lawal Dauras house DSS Newtelegraph

The Department of State Services has denied the rumours making the round that a huge sum of money and weapons were found in the house of its sacked Director General, Mr. Lawal Daura. The service said that the rumours emanated from some fake videos which it said were circulated as being the outcome of a []

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02:01

Heres the Video of Schoolchildren Just Moments Before Being Massacred by US-Backed Saudi Bombing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Schoolchildren Saudi BombingThis blood is on Americas hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis. (CD)  As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenisincluding 40 young childrenmassacred by the latest U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before the coalitions []

01:51

Are We Governed by Secondary Psychopaths "IndyWatch Feed War"

You need to indoctrinate empathy out of people to arrive at extreme capitalist positions.

 Frans de Waal, An Interview with Frans de Waal, The Believer, September 1, 2007

My question is prompted by the recent Senate vote (unanimous as far as I can determine) for a $38-billion, ten year military aid package to Israel, the single largest in U.S. history, but its something Ive pondered and written about for decades.

In the Israeli case, the best defense apologists can muster is that our spineless mollusks in Congress would do the right thing but for fear of AIPACs swift retaliation. While there is an element of truth here its unfair to our invertebrate friends. It conveniently overlooks the fact that in other situations absent any AIPAC pressure Congress assiduously avoids doing the right thing. Instead, it directly or indirectly funds brutal and barbarous overt and structural violence across the globe, a veritable galaxy of moral blind spots.

Hence my question: Are we, almost across the board, governed by psychopaths? Lest I be misunderstood, Im not suggesting our rulers lack a conscience or any vestige of empathy. The situation is both more nuanced and more dangerous. Were not talking about primary psychopaths like Jeffrey Daumer and Ted Bundy or fictitious murderers like Dexter or Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs. We need to set aside those individuals who are empathy-impaired as a result of damage to the brains prefrontal cortex and those born with abnormal brain chemistry.

Our focus should be on the powerful people whove allowed their biologically inherited empathy trait to atrophy, to be self-anesthetized in order to pursue their ambitions within the rules of the game. This bracketing is required by the capitalist systems priority on accumulation, the milieu within which its logic dictates being highly selective about whom compassion is to be directed. Jon Ronson, an expert on psychopaths, is convinced that the way capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy. In his research, Ronson discovered that many traits found on the psychopath checklist are, in fact, positives for non-murderous psychopaths. Why? Because these traits render distinct advantages in achieving success in the highest ranks of politics, business and the military.

For example, on a given morning a member of Congress might present a public face of compassion as she sincerely scolds public officials who kidnap refugee children from their parents. Then, in the afternoon, she votes for U.S. military policies that terminally (as in dead) separate other children from their parents in Palestine, Afghanistan or Yemen. That evening, she embraces her partner, plays fetch with the family...

01:47

PHOTOS: Tambuwal visits Atiku Newtelegraph

Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, visited former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in Abuja on Sunday night. Both politicians who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are nursing presidential ambition. Tambuwal also held a meeting with Gbenga Daniel, director-general of Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation. The reason for his []

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01:09

BoI unveils leather products manufacturing financing scheme Newtelegraph

To improve capacity of operators in the leather products manufacturing sector and intensify import substitution, especially those in Aba cluster, the Bank of Industry (BoI) has unveiled the Aba Finished Leather Goods Cluster Financing programme targeted at over 150,000 artisans in the cluster. According to the bank, the financing programme which will see beneficiaries accessing []

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01:06

Video Captures Yemeni Schoolchildren Moments Before U.S.-Backed Bombing "IndyWatch Feed World"

As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenisincluding 40 young childrenmassacred by the latest U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the children just moments before the coalitions airstrike shows the dozens of kids excitedly gathered on a bus for a long-awaited field trip celebrating their graduation from summer school.

By backing the Saudi coalitions war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit in the atrocities taking place there. Sen. Bernie Sanders

According to CNNwhich obtained and published the footage Mondaymost of the children on the bus were killed by the Saudi airstrike less than an hour after the video was captured.

This is just the latest horrific attack on civilians by the Saudi-led coalition, which has received explicit military and political backing from the United States. Images sent to Al-Jazeera by Yemens Houthi rebels suggest that a Mark-82 bombwhich is manufactured by the massive American military contractor Raytheonwas used in the strike, though the photos have yet to be independently verified.

Watch the footage (warning, the video is graphic):

According to the Houthi Health Ministry, 79 people in total and 56 children were wounded in the attack, which quickly drew condemnation and demands for an independent investigation from international humanitarian groups, the United Nations and a small number of American lawmakers.

By backing the Saudi coalitions war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit in the atrocities taking place there, Sanders, I-Vt., wrote on Facebook. We must end our support for this war and focus our efforts on a U.N.-brokered cease-fire and a diplomatic resolution.

As Al-Jazeera notes, the U.S. has been the biggest supplier of military equipment to Riyadh, with more than $90 billion of sales recorded between 2010 and 2015.

Meanwhil...

00:56

BREAKING: National Assembly calls off Tuesday Reconvening Newtelegraph

The National Assembly will no longer reconvene on Tuesday, August 14. This announcement was made by Mr Abdulrazak Namdas. He said the house was yet to decide the date to reconvene. This is contrary to the announcement made by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Yusuf Lasun, who said the Senate will reconvene on []

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00:56

What V.S. Naipaul said at the 92d Street Y "IndyWatch Feed War"

V.S. Naipaul died Saturday in London at 85. As someone who revered Naipaul for years and studied his writing closely, till I stopped just as abruptly 15 years ago, I want to offer a tribute.

I saw Naipaul once, at the 92d Street Y, and something he said will always shape my understanding of him. He took questions on cards from the audience, and read one question aloud. Why did you turn your back on Trinidad? Naipaul cried out, This is not a question, it is a form of abuse. Then he explained in a few words that he left Trinidad because he needed a wider field for his imagination. He was speaking of a writers needs. And he found that field, first in the rustleproof paper in a BBC radio studio in England as a young man suffering nervous breakdowns in a faroff land. Later by becoming the worlds novelist, for a few years in the 80s and 90s anyway, which was a tremendous achievement for someone from a traditional Indian background born in Trinidad.

Sentence to sentence his writing was beautiful. His phrasing was short, natural, and chiseled. Thats what I studied as much as anything, the style: I wanted to write like that. All the little Naipaulians, Derek Walcott once said, derisively. Thats because Naipauls gift for storytelling gave him a lot of power to interpret the world to the west. I dipped into a bunch of his books last night and reflected that he was in essence a travel writer bringing the south to the north. His most famous works were: VS Naipaul goes somewhere exotic/violent and comes back to London and NY to report on local manners.

He chronicled viciousness. I remember loving the story, The Tramp at Piraeus, about a boat trip from Athens to Cairo. Last night I reread it and saw what an ugly story it told so well, about international travelers humiliating an old man. In a Free State, the novella that helped make his name, was brilliant as a composition: a nightmarish trip through a country that is clearly Uganda under Amin, replete with a scene of Israelis soldiers training at a remote base. The book works as a travelogue. But it is extremely dyspeptic when it comes to its subjects, and marred, as much of Naipauls stories are, by sexual distaste (and misogynist portrayal of the woman character who has a sexual assignation). Its revealing to me that the bit I remember the most from that book is the admonition not to turn off your key while your car is going down a mountain road to save gas the steering wheel locks, you crash to your death. Even writing fiction, Naipaul was a travel writer.

I found myself laughing out loud last night when I read portions of The Suffrage of Elvira. Naipauls best books for me are the first few set in Trinidad. The Suffrage of Elvira, Miguel Street, The Mystic Masseur. They are delightful and cutting and knowing and clipped. By leaving Trinidad and becoming the wor...

00:54

Bye-election: APC victory signals Buharis triumph in 2019- Aspirant Newtelegraph

The victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the weekend bye-elections signal victory for President Muhammdu Buhari come 2019, according to a House of Representatives aspirant, Alhaji Abu Najakku. Najakku , who is warming for contest for Birnin Kebbi/Bunza/Kalgo Federal Constituency, Kebbi on the platform of APC, said this in an interview with the []

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00:40

New Pope to be Crowned as Francis Issued Arrest Warrant "IndyWatch Feed World"

New Pope Expected to be Crowned as Francis Issued Arrest Warrant

http://beforeitsnews.com/v3/celebrities/2018/2475455.html

Judy Byington

Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria was said to be the front runner candidate in an impending coup to remove Pope Francis despite an upcoming papal visit to Ireland on August 25 according to a source within the Vaticans Roman College of Cardinals.

Pope Francis Jorge Bergoglio and eleven other prominent figures have been found guilty of criminal conspiracy to abduct, traffic, ritually torture and murder children, plus being co-conspirators in the disappearance of eight children from Catholic facilities in Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. On August 10 a European Court issued a Summary Judgement including Bench Warrants for their immediate arrest.

The eleven other defendants - members of the Vaticans Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult were bankers, religious leaders, mafia bosses, businessmen, politicians and World Council of Churches officers. They included Irish Catholic Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, Canadian Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, two top officials of the World Council of Churches and prominent European politicians and businessmen. (See July 12, 2018 posting at www.itccs.org ).

In February 2013 Pope Maledict (Benedict XVI) was removed from office after being convicted of crimes against humanity. Both Popes Ratzinger and Francis were considered Satanic pedophiles after over 68 child trafficked survivors testified in two years of court hearings before six judges of the Brussels-based International Common Law Court of Justice.

The ICLCJ Court order read in part,"By refusing to respond to the Court's Summons the accused are declaring their implied guilt pro confesso, as if they have confessed to the charges brought against them. Accordingly, the Judgement requested by the plaintiffs is hereby granted, and all twelve of the accused are declared to be guilty of a monstrous criminal conspiracy to abduct, traffic, ritually torture and murder children. A Bench Warrant is hereby issued for the immediate arrest and imprisonment of the accused prior to their final sen...

00:38

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00:31

10 Ways We Can Bridge the Great American Political Divide "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump has intentionally cleaved America into two warring camps: pro-Trump or anti-Trump. Most Americans arent passionate conservatives or liberals, Republicans or Democrats. But they have become impassioned for or against Trump.

As a result, people with different political views have stopped talking with each other. This is a huge problem because democracy depends on our capacity to deliberate together.

So what can we doall of usto begin talking across the great divide? Here are 10 suggestions:

1. Dont avoid political conversations with people who are likely to disagree with you, even in your own family. To the contrary, seek them out and have those discussions.

2. Dont start by talking about Trump. Start instead with kitchen table issues like stagnant wages, shrinking benefits, the escalating costs of health care, college, pharmaceuticals and housing.

3. Make it personal. Ask them about their own experiences and stories. Share yours. Try to find common ground.

4. Ask them why they think all this has happened. Listen carefully and let them know youve heard them.

5. If they start blaming immigrants or African-Americans, or elites, or Democrats, or even Obamastay cool. Dont tune out. Ask them about why they think these people are responsible.

6. Gradually turn the conversation into one about powerwho has it, who doesnt. Ask about their own experiences at work, whats happened to their jobs, how others among their families and friends are treated.

7. Ask them about the roles of big corporations and Wall Street. For example:

Why is it that when corporations and Wall Street firms violate the law, no executive goes to jail?

Why did Wall Street get bailed out during the financial crisis but homeowners caught in the downdraft didnt get help?

Why do big oil, big agriculture, big Pharma, and Wall Street hedge-fund managers get special subsidies and tax loopholes?

8. Get a discussion going about how the system is organized, for whom, and how its been changing. For example:

Why is it that only four major airlines fly today when a few years ago there were 12? Why are there only four Internet service providers?

How is this increasing concentration of economic power across the entire economy driving up prices?

Why are pharmaceutical companies and health insurers able to charge more and more?

Why can corporations and their top executives declare bankruptcy and have their debts forgiven, when bankruptcy isnt available to people laden with student debt or to homeowners who...

00:20

Why The Government Cant Win Against 3D Printing "IndyWatch Feed World"

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you breaking news on the latest government fight that cannot be won over 3D Printing. We, of course, go over Senator Blumenthals comments, the past actions of Obamas justice department and Trumps more recent decision regarding blueprints belonging to Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed.

Later on, we go over Trumps strategy, John Bolton, Kim Kardashian, Jim Acosta of CNN and a lot more.

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00:20

Horrifying UN Report Details Widespread Child Rape by High-Level UN Employees "IndyWatch Feed World"

A deeply disturbing report has finally been released by the United Nations detailing the rampant sexual exploitation of children by UN employees that is widespread, throughout multiple countries.

While pieces of the report were released previously, the full report, detailing the scope and horrifying nature of the abuse was only just released in July.

As Disobedient Media points out in a scathing report,

Aid work is not a vehicle of charity, but is, in a very real sense, a cover for atrocity. It is a weapon, a blunt instrument of power that is wielded to exploit the most vulnerable populations in crisis around the world. We can now state that sentiment as fact, not opinion.

The report reads like a nightmare and states in part:

Agency workers from local and international NGOs as well as UN agencies are among the prime sexual exploiters of refugee children often using the very humanitarian assistance and services intended to benefit refugees as a tool of exploitation. Male national staff were reported to trade humanitarian commodities and services, including medication, oil, bulgur wheat, plastic sheeting, education courses, skills-training, school supplies etc., in exchange for sex with g...

00:19

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port "IndyWatch Feed War"

The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let it dock.

The Aquarius, which was left stranded with 630 migrants aboard in June after being turned away by Rome and Valletta, resumed rescue operations off the Libyan coast last week.

On Friday, it picked up 141 people in two separate operations, half of them children, but it has again struggled to find a port to bring them ashore.

AFP/File | The Aquarius is a 77-metre (250 foot) rescue boat which has the capacity for carrying between 200 and 500 people

Sophie Beau, president of the vessels operator SOS Mediterranee, said the ship, which is currently situated between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa, had again received official negative replies from the two countries.

Were asking all European countries to find a solution. Were asking them to be responsible and find a safe port in the Mediterranean, she said, accusing Italy and Malta of flouting international maritime law.

Tove Ernst, a spokesman for the European Commission, said it was in contact with a number of member states that have approached us regarding the incident to try to find a swift resolution to the standoff.

Since June, Italys new far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has regularly turned away rescue ships operated by foreign NGOs such as the Aquarius, accusing them of playing into the hands of people smugglers.

On Saturday, he said the Aquarius would never see an Italian port again.

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His hardline stance has sparked a row among EU members, underscoring their failure to come up with a common approach to the influx of people trying to escape conflict, persecution or poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

In June, Spain stepped in and welcomed the Aquarius.

France, which was within closer range but did not allow the boat access, took in 78 of the migrants after they landed.

AFP

00:06

BRICS Leaders Are Reinforcing, Not Replacing, The Global System Of Power "IndyWatch Feed War"

Can the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc rise to the occasion, as Donald Trump jerks Western imperialism out of traditional alignments? With war-talk against Iran blowing through Trumps tweets, and with Washingtons trade wars raging against both China and traditional allies, there was talk here in Johannesburg about counter-hegemonic prospects during the last week of July. Chatter about reforming multilateral economic power structures, launching a new BRICS credit ratings agency and prospects for leapfrog technology within the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) also filled the air. The most vainglorious elements of South Africas ruling elite were thrilled that BRICS leaders descended for several days of pageantry.

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23:41

Secret Report Reveals Torture Used in Saudi-led Coalition Prisons in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres and forced disappearances.

The information in the report matched the testimonies of prisoners and abductees given to human rights activists. Such details also reinforced what had been revealed by the Associated Press in previous investigations.

The report revealed some of the atrocities taking place in these secret UAE-controlled prisons situated in southern Yemen. The violations range from murdering detainees and abductees to torture and deprivation. Moreover, the report listed sites and names of secret graves, detainees tortured to death and missing persons, as well as identities of the torturers and the details of interrogations.

The report lists the types of physical and psychological torture conducted in the prisons administered directly by Emiratis, including rape with devices or sticks or directly by other individuals, electrocution in the chest, armpits and male organs, as well as flogging with sticks, rods, cables and ropes.

The executioners also use the method of holding detainees in the air, applying hot pepper and salt on open wounds, sleep and medicines deprivation, slapping and kicking, pouring cold water on the body, and insulting as well as cursing them.

The secret prisons are under the supervision of Adens security director, Ali Shayi Hadi, who is loyal to UAE. In these prisons, detainees are subjected to severe torture sessions. These include flaying their skin using rods and hammers, electric shocks, smashing bone with stones, burning body parts with melted plastic, placing the detainees in a narrow space called Al-Dhaghata, (the pressure space) in addition to pressing the testicles with plastic ropes, and sticking needles under the nails.

The report reveals that in the prisons of Ali Shayi Hadi, a person named Awad Rashad and nicknamed the beast is also involved in the killing of the detainees. Rashad was recently transferred to an unknown location or assassinated for the secrets he knew and was replaced by another called Ali Al-Emirati to oversee the tortures going on.

Top Photo | The entrance of Aden Central Prison, known as Mansoura, where one wing is run by Yemeni allies of the United Arab Emirates is shown in this May 9, 2017 photo in Aden, Yemen. Hundreds of Yemenis in the hunt for militant have disappeared into a network of secret prisons run by the UAE and Yemeni militias it...

23:33

US Provided Intelligence and Bomb Used in Massacre of Yemeni Schoolchildren "IndyWatch Feed World"

SANAA, YEMEN Last Thursdays horrific bombing of a bus full of school children in northern Yemen was carried out using a weapon sold to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition by the United States, photo evidence of the bomb site has revealed.

The photos taken at the scene by Ahmed AbdulKareem for MintPress News and by other local journalists indicate that a Mark 82 (MK-82) bomb, jointly manufactured by U.S. weapons companies Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, had been used in the attack.

The attack killed at least 50 and wounded over 60 others, the vast majority of whom were young children. Despite the fact that those targeted were civilians and mostly children, the Saudi-led coalition defended the strike, calling it a legitimate military operation.

MK-82 bombs, along with other general purpose MK series bombs, have been sold to the Saudi-led coalition by the U.S. through a series of contracts made in 2016 and 2017. In addition to last Thursdays atrocity, the Saudi-led coalition has used the MK-82 bombs to target Yemeni civilians in the past, such as the coalitions bombing of a funeral in 2016 that left over 140 dead and 525 wounded.

A close-up of a bomb fragment found at the scene of the airstrike on a Yemeni school bus last Thursday. Ahmed AbdulKareem | MintPress News...

23:22

U.S. Is Complicit In Child Slaughter In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Saada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children. CNN aired horrifying, heartbreaking footage of children who survived the attack being treated in an emergency room. One of the children, carrying his UNICEF issued blue backpack, is covered with blood and badly burned. Commenting on the tragedy, CNNs senior correspondent Nima Elbagir emphasized that she had seen unaired video which was even worse than what the CNN segment showed.

23:15

Yemeni Children Protest Saudi-Led Aggression After School Bus Airstrike Tragedy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dozens of children took to the streets of Yemens capital Sanaa to protest the deadly Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country. They carried pictures of the kids slain in an airstrike that hit a school bus earlier this week. The young protesters of various ages chanted anti-Saudi slogans and carried banners in both Arabic and English. Who allowed you to shed the blood of the children of Yemen? one of the signs, addressed to Riyadh, read. Some of the children held the postmortem photos of the schoolkids, who died in a Saudi-led airstrike that hit a packed school bus in the town of Dahyan in the northern Saada Province on Thursday. 51 people, including 40 children between 10 and 13 years of age, were killed and 79 others injured in the attack, according to Taha al-Mutawakil, the health minister for the Houthi authorities in Yemen.

22:25

US bomb pieces found at Yemen bus strike site as Pentagon says 'we may never know' who supplied it "IndyWatch Feed World"

US bomb pieces found at Yemen bus strike site as Pentagon says 'we may never know' who supplied it | 13 Aug 2018 | A Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb was likely used by the Saudi-led coalition to strike a bus full of children in Yemen on Thursday, a local journalist claims, after bomb fragments from the scene were recovered. The Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in the Dahyan area of the Houthi-controlled Saada province last Thursday, leaving 51 dead, most of them children, and injuring at least 79 others. Just as the dust was settling at the scene of the strike with charred bodies being recovered, locals found fragments of the bomb used.

22:13

Israeli defence minister says more Gaza violence inevitable "IndyWatch Feed War"

Another round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, despite attempts to reach a long-term truce.

Lieberman said in a video statement distributed by his office that the question is not to know if the next confrontation (with Hamas) will take place, but when.

AFP | A picture taken on August 9, 2018 shows smoke billowing over Gaza City after an Israeli air strike

Lieberman also appeared to suggest that all Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since protests and clashes along the border began on March 30 were linked to Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the enclave.

Hamas has suffered 168 dead, 4,348 wounded and dozens of terror infrastructures destroyed, he said.

Many of those killed have been young people protesting or clashing with soldiers near the border fence in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Two journalists and, according to the World Health Organisation, three medics have been among those killed.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations or attacks. One Israeli soldier has been killed since March 30.

There have also been three major military flare-ups between Israel and Hamas since July on top of the months of tension along the border.

Thursday saw extensive Israeli air strikes in retaliation for the launching of more than 180 rockets and mortar rounds by Hamas and its allies beginning on Wednesday night.

Three Palestinians were killed in the Israeli strikes, including a mother and her 18-month-old daughter, while seven Israelis were wounded by Palestinian rocket fire as hundreds took refuge in bomb shelters.

It was one of the most serious escalations since the 2014 Gaza war and followed months of rising tensions.

There have been efforts by UN officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, though Israeli officials have not commented on them.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.

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22:09

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21:58

Protests at funeral for Yemeni children killed in coalition strike "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Thousands of Yemenis, including many children, shout slogans against Saudi Arabia and the US after air raid kills at least 40 children

21:50

Canada & the Saudis: Snowflake Versus Tyrant "IndyWatch Feed War"

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the UK after a meeting with PM Theresa May (Photo: Jack Taylor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the UK after a meeting with PM Theresa May (Photo: Jack Taylor WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Canadas ongoing spat with Saudi Arabia can be likened to a snowflake versus tyrant.

In a recent tweet, Canada reminded Saudi Arabia about its human rights record, specifically relating to the incarceration of liberal blogger Raif Badawi and now his sister, a womens rights activist.

The kingdom responded by imposing trade restrictions, recalling its ambassador and declaring Canadas ambassador persona non grata.

Two points are worth noting about this incident:

First, Canada is operating from a very weak and isolated position. The Canadian government has steadily weakened all trade accords under NAFTA and has lost its position of authority among G7 nations after a series of diplomatic and trade gaffes, including a disastrous trip to India by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau has come to be known as a man-child and after his trip to China, he was nicknamed Little Potato. The Trudeau government also has been appeasing Iran, which irks Saudi Arabia.

Such is the lure of oil. Yet even Western countries are not supporting Trudeau on the latter decision.

(On a side note, Pakistan has come out in support of Saudi Arabias human rights record. What an interesting conundrum that none of Trudeaus members of parliament of Pakistani origin have condemned Saudi Arabia. Talk about infiltration!)

Saudi Arabia probably has the worst human rights record in history. They have beheaded more people than ISIS. The day after they tried to defend their human rights record, they bombed a school bus in Yemen. The death toll is currently at 40.

Second, the real reason the Saudis are paranoid about social media regarding human rights or any criticism of their attitude towards women is because most of the Arab Spring uprisings were started through social media.

While Crown Prin...

21:45

NAACP Poll: Mr. President, You Have Lost Black Women [PBI: And Are Ignoring Black Men] "IndyWatch Feed War"

New Poll: Nations Most Competitive Races May Hinge on Trumps Racism

BALTIMORE Today, the NAACP released results from a new poll, conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions, pulling data from voters in 61 of the nations most competitive midterm races. The poll analyzed views of African American, White, Latino, Asian American, and Native American voters in these districts, which will ultimately decide which party controls the House.

There is a 13 point advantage for the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate (51% to 38% with 11% undecided) in the House race among all voters, with differences by race/ethnicity.

Other TakeAways below the fold.

  • Trumps approval numbers are underwater for all voters of color, and for no racial/ethnic group of voters surveyed does he have majority approval.
  • Voters across all racial and ethnic groups believe Trump is setting race relations back.
  • Trumps strategy of trotting out black people to support him is not working,
  • A positive message on immigrants that focuses on the similarities between immigrants and all Americans is broadly popular across all ethnic and racial groups.

Most Important Quote:

Henry Fernandez, Principal, African American Research Collaborative, said, One of the most interesting findings in our survey is that African American women have the highest negative reactions to Trump.  When asked whether Trump has ever made them feel disrespected, fully 89% of African American women said YES.  No other group was close to this percentage.  This is a new finding that may have huge implications. Trumps disrespect would appear to be a major motivator for black women to turn out to vote. Given the high turnout of black women in the 2017 Alabama Senate election for example, Trumps perceived disrespect may have helped flip Alabamas Senate seat to the Democrats and may be putting the Senate in play in November.

Read full report.

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21:38

China may be running out of cash to splash Enters post-spending spree reality, starting in the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Chinese dream of buying up the whole world could turn into a massive pile of unpaid IOUs.

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By Shih Ya-hsuan

On Aug. 6, US Senator Marco Rubio urged China to immediately and unconditionally release Sun Wenguang (), a professor at Shandong University, who was arrested after commenting on Chinese President Xi Jinpings () spending spree in Africa in an interview with Voice of America.

This is yet another example of free speech being suppressed, but what is it about this spending spree that cannot be talked about?

During a visit to South Africa late last month, Xi committed China to invest US$14.7 billion in the country, which shows how his Chinese dream means buying up the whole world.

This should be compared to the revelation in late June by Li Xiao (), a professor of finance at the School of Economics at Jilin University in Chinas Jilin Province, that 80 percent of Chinas US$1.9 trillion net foreign exchange reserves according to Lis definition, total foreign exchange reserves minus foreign currency-denominated debt is held by foreign-invested companies.

If this number is correct, China can only make immediate use of about US$380 billion of its more than US$3 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves.

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With China spending about 4 percent of that amount in South Africa, it is perhaps not such a mystery that Sun called for an end to the spending spree, saying: There are so many poor people in China, having problems attending school, making a living in their old age and getting medical care, issues that must be urgently resolved.

Suns disappearance is a sign that the spending spree is unlikely to come to an end, because it is the foundation of Chinas global geopolitical strategy. This is the source of Chinas interest in suppressing Taiwan and no one will ever know if there are other interests involved.

However, in view of this trend, the only way that the spending spree will come to an end is if there is no more money to spend.

Perhaps it is not so strange, then, that Ernesto Pernia, director-general of the Philippines National Economic and Development Authority, last month announced that although the countrys president brought back an earmarked US$24 billion of Chinese foreign direct investment and overseas development aid from...

21:00

'You are playing in our courtyard': PA lashes out at Egypt over Gaza talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

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As Egypt attempts to reconcile Palestinians and broker a truce between Hamas and Israel, Fatah officials say they feel sidelined

20:31

Terrorist attacks in the Middle East and North Africa down by almost 40% last year "IndyWatch Feed World"

Terrorist attacks took a nosedive last year in one of the most terrorism-prone regions of the world. The number of attacks in the Middle East and North Africa dropped to 3,780 in 2017, from more than 6,110 the year prior. That's a decrease of almost 40%. And the number of deaths caused by terrorism in the region fell by almost half. The numbers, from the Global Terrorism Database, a compilation of attacks published yearly by the University of Maryland, show that the steepest drops were in Iraq, Turkey (due to fewer strikes by Kurdish rebels), Libya, Yemen (where incidents fell despite the civil war), and Syria.

17:45

More Evidence of War Crimes Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More Evidence of War Crimes Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin from ZeroHedge A prominent Yemeni journalist who throughout the war has been instrumental in getting images and information out of...

The post More Evidence of War Crimes Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

17:06

US bomb pieces found at Yemen bus strike site as Pentagon says 'impossible to tell' who supplied it "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb was likely used by the Saudi-led coalition to strike a bus full of children in Yemen on Thursday, a local journalist claims, after bomb fragments from the scene were recovered. The Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in the Dahyan area of the Houthi-controlled Saada province last Thursday, leaving 51 dead, most of them children, and injuring at least 79 others. Just as the dust was settling at the scene of the strike with charred bodies being recovered, locals found fragments of the bomb used in the strike. Harrowing images from the site, shared by journalist Nasser Arrabyee, show fragments that appear to be from the 500-pound MK-82 bomb, which the US continues to sell to Saudi Arabia.

17:05

Report: Mass torture in network of UAE-run prisons in south Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mass Torture in Network of UAE-Run Prisons in South Yemen A report obtained by Al Jazeera reveals the existence of 27 sites used to torture and sexually abuse Yemeni detainees. A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison [File: Maad El Zikry/AP Photo] A report obtained by Al Jazeera alleges that detainees []

16:50

Madagascar proposes paying illegal loggers to audit or buy their rosewood Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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  • In June, the World Bank facilitated a workshop to discuss what Madagascar should do with its stockpiles of illegally logged rosewood.
  • Madagascar has been grappling with the question for years, but has been unable to make a proper inventory of the stockpiled wood or control illegal exports.
  • The rosewood could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars on the international market, but the country cannot sell it until it shows progress in enforcing its own environmental laws.
  • At the workshop, Madagascars government proposed a radical solution: paying loggers for access to their illicit stockpiles in order to keep tabs on the wood, or even buying the wood back from them directly.

Nobody knows just how much rosewood Madagascars timber barons have hidden away in caches throughout the country. Buried in the sand, sunken in rivers, or tucked away in remote, walled compounds, these illicit stockpiles are thought to be worth tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in all, the product of a wave of illegal logging that laid waste to the countrys national parks during a political crisis surrounding a 2009 coup dtat.

But after years of Sisyphean attempts to figure out the extent of the haul, Madagascars government is now proposing paying loggers for access to their illicit stockpiles in order to keep tabs on the wood, or even buying the wood back from them directly. By doing so, the government hopes to clear the way for the wood to be exported legally so the country can at la...

16:46

Kenya Why cheetahs in the Maasai Mara need better protection from tourists Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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August 12, 2018 8.59am SAST

In parts of the Maasai Mara its not uncommon to see more than 30 tourist vehicles at a sighting. Femke Broekhuis

The global cheetah population is continuing to decline with only about 7000 individuals left in Africa. This is thought to be about half the population that existed 40 years ago. The decline has been caused by the loss and fragmentatio...

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Zimbabwe to Continue Engaging US on Sanctions
13 AUG, 2018 - 00:08
Herald

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo addresses the media while flanked by head of Europe and Americas Ambassador Chitsaka Chipaziwa (left) in Harare yesterday. (Picture by Memory Mangombe)

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe will continue to re-engage the United States of America despite the regrettable signing into law of the amended Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act (ZIDERA), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo has said.

Further, Dr Moyo said post-election violence which erupted in Harare on August 1 should not be allowed to blemish the countrys recent peaceful polls and its commitment to re-engage with the international community.

Last week, US President Donald Trump signed into law the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act of 2018 which is an amendment to the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001.

Speaking to journalists at his Munhumutapa Offices yesterday, Dr Moyo said some of the issues raised in the amended ZIDERA had already been addressed by Government since the ushering in of the new dispensation in November last year.

While we regret that ZIDERA continues to exist in any form, we are determined to continue in the re-engagement with the US administration, as we together seek to restore our bilateral relations to normalcy, he said.

ZIDERA remains a challenge in that it is an extra territorial law, as Zimbabwe is not legally bound by another States domestic laws. However, some of the issues it raises, (such as) rule of law and enjoyment of freedoms, have been ushered in by the new dispensation.

The rule of law, freedom of expression, free and fair elections have already been accomplished in the new dispensation.

Reforms of political and economic laws are ongoing endeavours in the new dispensation. The unprogressive aspects however, of the amended act refer to some issues which are being addressed by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commiss...

16:15

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Chamisa Missed Recount Deadline  
Lawson Mabhena Assistant News Editor
Zimbabwe Herald

Mr Nelson Chamisa and his MDC-Alliance cannot prove to the Constitutional Court that presidential election results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) were wrong as they did not make use of a provision in the Electoral Act which allows for the recounting of votes within 48 hours, the Zanu-PF legal team has said.

Mr Chamisa last Friday filed his election petition at the Constitutional Court challenging President Mnangagwas victory in the July 30 harmonised elections.

Zanu-PF will this morning file opposing papers against the election petition.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Zanu-PF secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana queried the wisdom of claiming that the election results were wrong without requesting a recount as provided for by law.

Official results from ZEC indicate that President Mnangagwa won the elections with 50,8 percent of the votes cast, beating Mr Chamisa who got 44,3 percent.

In his appeal, Mr Chamisa claims to have won the majority of votes and that the results announced were manipulated.

He, however, did not demand a recount in any offending polling station within 48 hours of the final announcement on August 3, as he was entitled too, in order to prove that the results were wrong.

Section 67 A (1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) that deals with Recounting of Votes states that: (1) Within forty-eight hours after a constituency elections officer has declared a candidate to be duly elected in terms of Section 66 (1), any political party or candidate that contested the election in the ward or constituency concerned may request the Commission to conduct a recount of votes in one or more of the polling stations in the ward or constituency.

A request for a recount made in terms of subsection (1) shall:

a) be in writing, signed by an appropriate representative of the political party or candidate making their request; and

b)state specifically the number of votes believed to have been miscounted and, if possible, how the miscount may have occurred, and

c) state how the results of th...

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Remembering Our Gallant Freedom Fighters 
Freedom Nyamubaya
Elliot Ziwira@ The Book Store

As you read this instalment from the shelves of the Bookstore today gentle reader, spare a moment for the brave sons and daughters of the Motherland, who put their lives, limbs and blood on the relentless blade of the colonialists machinery of brutality and plunder.

It is such selfless sacrifice that we celebrate today on Heroes Day as we commemorate the coming of age of an African, nay Zimbabwean dream, fashioned on blood, sweat and psychological traumas characteristic of war.

What makes the day even more significant today is that it has ushered in a new dispensation in the wake of a military intervention that halted former president Robert Mugabes catastrophe-bound individualistic train, which mockingly wailed and whistled past the graveyard of yesteryear heroes; believing them to be dead, buried and forgotten.

But on November 15, 2017, Zimbabwe reverberated with the songs that liberated us as a nation from colonial shackles, as the peoples army, true to its liberation war promise, sought to restore the legacy of the struggle that had united a people keen on mapping its own destiny.

The liberties that we enjoy today among them the liberty to exercise our constitutional rights to cast ballots in favour of our preferred political representatives as we did in the harmonised elections of July 30, wouldnt have been possible had it not been for the sacrifice of the sons and daughters of this great nation, who selflessly laid their heads on the block.

Even Mugabe enjoyed the freedom to cast his ballot, along with his wife and daughter in favour of the MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa; not surreptitiously even. Such is the nature of democracy; such is the price of sacrifice.

The right to be or not be part of a political outfit or ideology as enshrined in our Constitution did not come on a silver platter, neither was it a reward of mere utterances of preparedness to die for this country. Thousands of people; liberation fighters and their supportive masses alike, paid the ultimate price by dying and not just promising to die as some dullards do today in front of beaming camera lights, yet w...

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Womens Exhibition to be Multifaceted
13 AUG, 2018 - 00:08
Zimbabwe Herald
 
At the Gallery

The eQualities of Women exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare on August 23.

The exhibition reflects on this years International Womens Day theme, which is entitled Press for Progress, focusing on the practical implementation of Gender Parity.

As a subtext, movements such as Times Up and Me Too fall within the exhibitions lens and notably, the priority lies in the celebration who have made remarkable achievements throughout history. The exhibition thus develops a multifaceted approach in its appearance, with didactics around the physical space arranged in a manner that is interactive.

The exhibition has been designed to be inspirational, commemoratory, informative and educative. Featuring works from the likes of living artists such as Virginia Chihota, Portia Zvavahera, Doris Kamupira and others from yesteryear, this celebration of the contributions of women to society stands to be an indicator for the progressions that have been made throughout history.

A section will be dedicated to descriptive narratives of political, economic, social and cultural leaders such as Mbuya Nehanda, Mama Mafuyana, Victoria Chitepo, the First Lady, Hon. Auxillia Mnangagwa; juxtaposed to Stella Chiweshe, Divine Ndhlukula, Natalie Jabangwe, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Hope Masike.

This profiling of these women will offer the Public a chance to reflect and suggest whom they feel has contributed immensely to development locally, regionally and globally.

As mentioned in the former, the Public is welcomed by the exhibition to provide information. The exhibition will have a series of events taking place. The first one will be the Artist Talk, which is set to be held on Friday the 24th of August 2018 at 14:30Hrs.

The focus of the Artist Talk is to bring the audience together with the artists in order to reflect on the exhibition on a content and context based level. This programme is open to all members of public.

The second of the Public Programmes that will take place during the eQualities of Women is the Curatorial Walkabout.

The Curatorial Walkabout is a counterpart programme to the Artist Talk...

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Methods of Torture at US-Backed Prisons in Yemen: Bone Smashing, Rape, Electrocution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prisons Yemen(MEMO)  Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres and forced disappearances. The information in the report matched the testimonies of prisoners and abductees given to human rights activists. Such details also reinforced what had been revealed []

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Video of Baltimore Officer Beating a Man Leads to Cop's Resignation
By Amir Vera and Holly Yan, CNN
1:00 AM ET, Mon August 13, 2018
Just click on the link below to watch the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JIpkiCCyqc

The video starts with a man screaming in a police officer's face.

"For what?!" the man yells on a Baltimore sidewalk.

The officer responds by shoving the man backward against a brick wall.

"Don't touch me!" the man yells, slapping the cop's hand away.

Then the video gets really ugly.

The officer starts throwing punches and continues pummeling the man for the next 12 seconds, the bystander's video shows.

They both eventually fall to the ground, and the officer pins the man down with his arm across his neck. The man's blood starts pooling on the sidewalk.

What happened Saturday morning marks the latest controversial use of force against a black person by police.

The Baltimore officer who attacked the man is also black. So is another officer who witnessed the attack, but did little to intervene.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was "deeply disturbed" by the incident, and the officer seen throwing punches was quickly suspended. The Baltimore Department tweeted late Sunday that the officer resigned.

What led up to the attack

The incident began around 11:45 a.m. while officers were working on "a crime suppression detail related to crime in the area," Baltimore police spokesman T. J. Smith said.

"Two officers encountered a man, whom one of the officers is familiar with," police said.

"After the first encounter, officers released him and ... approached him again to provide him a citizen's contact sheet," police said.

Smith said officers are required to fill out a contact sheet any time they talk to a citizen in relation to any type of investigation, no matter how brief the encounter.

"When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused," police said.

Police did not identify the man, but CNN affiliate WJZ identified him as Dashawn McGrier.

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Baltimore Police Officer Suspended With Pay After Viral Video Shows Him Punching, Tackling Man
A video surfaced online of a Baltimore police officer repeatedly punching a man. Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle said that "the officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident."

Talia Richman and Kevin Rector
The Baltimore Sun
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A Baltimore police officer was suspended with pay by the department Saturday after a viral video emerged showing him repeatedly punching a man in the face before taking him to the ground.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was deeply disturbed by the video, and that the incident is under investigation.

The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident, Tuggle said. Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage.

Police said a second officer on the scene at the time of the incident was placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Attorney Warren Brown, who is representing the man who was punched, identified his client as Dashawn McGrier, 26. Brown said McGrier was not being charged with a crime, but was taken to a hospital and was having X-rays taken of his jaw, nose and ribs late Saturday for suspected fractures from the altercation.

Brown said McGrier had a previous run-in with the same police officer whom he identified as Officer Arthur Williams in June that resulted in McGrier being charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, and resisting arrest. Brown said that in that incident and in the one Saturday, McGrier was targeted without justification by the officer.

It seems like this officer had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag, Brown said. And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and demeaning to my client, to that community, and to the police department.

Williams could not be reached for comment.

Tuggle did not identify the officer or the man who was p...

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Missile Fragments From Yemen Bus Bombing Traced Back to Lockheed Martin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lockheed Martin Yemen(ZHE)  A prominent Yemeni journalist who throughout the war has been instrumental in getting images and information out of the country ahead of Western journalists has photographed and examined fragments from one of the exploded missiles found at the site of the US-Saudi coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 []

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White House Struggles to Name a Single Senior African-American Working in the West Wing
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Trump, could not name a single senior official working today in the West Wing who is African-American.

by Kristen Welker
NBC News
Aug.12.2018 / 7:11 PM ET

WASHINGTON Seven months after Omarosa Manigault Newman departed the Trump administration under a cloud, the White House struggled on Sunday to identify any African-American serving in a senior role in the West Wing.

After two days of questions to communications officials from NBC News, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that Henry Childs II, a Commerce Department official on loan to the White Houses Office of Public Liaison since May, is carrying out many of the duties Manigault Newman had as an assistant to the president and director of communications for that office.

Separately, Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could not name a single senior official working today in the West Wing who is African-American. Pressed by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview on "This Week," Conway at first pointed to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who does not work at the White House.

She did not mention Childs but talked instead about a staff member she identified as Ja'Ron, who she said helps Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on prison reform policy. She acknowledged that Ja'Ron, whose last name is Smith, does not work in the West Wing and noted that we have a number of different minorities working at the White House.

Mercedes Schlapp, a White House spokesperson, told NBC News that Childs and Smith work closely on economic development issues for urban communities and urban revitalization.

The struggles by Trump officials to explain a lack of black representation in the White House come amid new charges made by Manigault Newman that Trump was recorded using the N-word during his time on the NBC reality-TV show "The Apprentice." The presidents advisers deny he ever did so.

It also comes on the anniversary of a deadly riot caused by white supremacists marching on Charlottesville, Virginia. Those same sympathizers gathered...

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Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters, White Nationalists Sneak Out of Their Own D.C. Rally
Jason Kessler planned the Charlottesville hate march. Exactly one year later, he and a dozen supporters got run out of the nations capital.

KELLY WEILL
Daily Beast
08.12.18 6:33 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C.The racists wanted a show of force, a two-hour rally, and the respect of the nations capital. They got none of it.

Instead, the two dozen or so white supremacists were outnumbered by more than 1,000 protesters. The group relied all day on a heavy police presence to escort their rally and then, before it was even scheduled to start, they fled in police vans.

Unite the Right II, meant to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville hate rally, was a bust. Its organizer, Jason Kessler, had spent the previous year accumulating enemies, from white supremacists who attended his first rally to thousands of anti-fascists protesters who were ready to shut down his sequel on Sunday.

Kesslers faction assembled in a Virginia subway station in the afternoon. Rather than face protesters at the subway stations entrance, they lingered by a private bus until a swarm of policemore than one officer per white supremacistrushed them into the station.

Police had previously suggested three private train cars for the white supremacists, in order to keep them separated from protesters. But the small group couldnt fill a single train car, even with their police escort. 

More police joined the escort in D.C., when the racists unloaded at a D.C. station and led a short march to Lafayette Square in front of the White House, escorted by police motorcycles and vans the whole way. Photojournalists who attempted to film the march saw a less friendly response; police shoved cameras and camera operators away as they walked backward recording the marchers faces.

The dozen white nationalists filtered into a heavily blockaded area in front of the White House, where Kessler delivered remarks, in part acknowledging the rallys failure, and aired some old talking points in which he claimed to be a free speech activist and not a white nationalist. Behind him, a foll...

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'Old Jim Crow, New Jim Crow!' Charlottesville Confronts Racism in Sunday Rally; 4 Arrested
Ryan W. Miller, Laura Peters and Mike Tripp
USA TODAY
10:50 p.m. ET Aug. 12, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Activists honored the victims of last year's violent clashes with white nationalists and denounced racial bigotry on Sunday, but the all-day demonstrations still resulted in a few tense moments and four arrests.

The chanting, gathering and mourning lasted from morning to late afternoon, when local police took down their checkpoints and a few hundred activists, University of Virginia students and residents dispersed from downtown Charlottesville.

A year ago, violent clashes between counterprotesters and white nationalists led to injuries and a death, making the college town synonymous with racial unrest and amplifying the message of white nationalists.

This year, the activist's recurring message was that white supremacy has existed in the community for years and it can't be ignored.

The crowd converged on Booker T. Washington Park to mark the first anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally last year. Sporting shirts and signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "C'ville Fights Back." They listened to speakers and chanted "Old Jim Crow, new Jim Crow, this racist system's got to go."

"White supremacy doesn't just look like Nazis walking through the streets," said rally participant Grace Aheron, 27.

Don Gathers, a member of the local Black Lives Matter Movement, told the crowd oppression and racism must be defeated and the city must be held accountable.

We cannot continue to let hate win, he said. It is imperative that each one of us get out there and do our part.

Throughout the day, police stayed out of the park, remaining on the road outside. Some of the protesters burned sage to dispel negativity, a sharp contrast to last year's torch-burning march of white supremacists.

But a heavy police presence frustrated the activists, who called it an overcompensation for last year's events. Police brought armored vehicles, riot gear and set up two downtown checkpoints where people were subject to bag checks. Authorities also blocked traff...

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The Secret Battle for Africa "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Secret Battle for Africa


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In October 2017 United States African Command confirmed that three Green Berets had been killed and two more had been wounded when their patrol was ambushed in Niger. Reaction to this news from the non-Corbett Report audience was: What? Theres a United States African Command? followed swiftly by What are Green Berets doing conducting patrols in Niger, anyway?
First things first: As my long-time viewers will be aware, there is indeed a United States African Command (AFRICOM). It was established in 2007 an...

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Police, Counterprotesters Dramatically Outnumber White Supremacists at Rally
By STEPHANIE MURRAY
08/12/2018 04:06 PM EDT

Police and counterprotesters significantly outnumbered a small group of so-called Unite the Right participants Sunday in Washington, D.C., at a rally on the one-year anniversary of the deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead.

About 30 rallygoers, representing a loose coalition of groups including white supremacists and neo-Nazis, arrived at a Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, on Sunday afternoon and took the train into the city, where they headed to Lafayette Square across the street from the White House.

A sea of counterprotesters met the group and stood along the edges of Lafayette Square during the roughly hourlong gathering. Dozens of police officers were in the area, some on horseback. The far-right group had a permit to protest in the park until 7:30 p.m. but left shortly after 5 p.m., around the time it began to rain. Some counterprotesters shot fireworks in the direction of police officers around the time that Unite the Right participants were escorted away. Some protesters also threw eggs at police officers.

Chants of "Go home Nazis" echoed through the park. Away from the square, members of the anti-fascism group Antifa burned what appeared to be a Confederate flag. Members of Black Lives Matter, the group that arose in protest of police shootings of unarmed black men, called on the Antifa members to uncover their faces.

Jason Kessler, who organized the Unite the Right event, told reporters he did not care about the low turnout. "People were rightly scared of coming out," Kessler said. "We had to prove the point we could do this rally and people would be safe."

At last year's rally, participants, who were officially protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statue, had violent clashes with opposition groups. The tensions came to a head when a man allegedly rammed his car into a group of protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The man, James Fields of Ohio, pleaded not guilty to a federal hate crime in July.

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Rally by White Nationalists Was Over Almost Before It Began
By Richard Fausset
New York Times
Aug. 12, 2018

WASHINGTON After weeks of hype, white supremacists managed to muster just a couple of dozen supporters on Sunday in the nations capital for the first anniversary of their deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., finding themselves greatly outnumbered by counterprotesters, police officers and representatives of the news media.

But even with the low turnout, almost no one walked away with the sense that the nations divisions were any closer to healing.

Indeed, the streets of downtown Washington were charged on Sunday with tension, emotion and noise, particularly in the afternoon, as the right-wing agitator Jason Kessler and perhaps 20 fellow members of the far right some wearing bright red Make America Great Again hats, some draped in American flags marched under heavy police escort from the Metro station in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood to their barricaded and heavily protected rally area near the White House.

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They were surrounded by a vast, rolling plume of counterprotesters, who hurled insults, waved middle fingers and chanted Shame!

You killed a girl in Charlottesville! one voice in the crowd yelled, referring to Heather Heyer, a woman who was fatally injured when a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters a year ago.

A similar dynamic to the one in Washington played out in Charlottesville on Sunday, where few if any far-right demonstrators could be found, and where the most palpable tensions developed between left-wing protesters and the police, whose presence in the city was heavy and, some argued, heavy-handed.

The problem is, the only opposition is the police, said Pastor Robert Lewis of the Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church, as he and a group of religious representatives stood facing rows of officers in an effort to form what he called a buffer between them and the protesters.

Only a handful of arrests were reported in Charlottesville on Sunday, including a man and a woman who got into a fistfight after the man saluted th...

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Secret Report Reveals Torture Used in Saudi-led Coalition Prisons in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres and forced disappearances. The information in the report matched the testimonies of prisoners and abductees given to human rights activists. Such details also reinforced what had been revealed by the Associated Press in previous investigations.

UAE: Up to 25 years in jail for cyber criminals "IndyWatch Feed World"

The UAE has made an amendment to a 2012 Cyber Crime law, increasing financial penalties and extending jail terms to up to 25 years for terrorism related activity, WAM Agency reported today. Those engaging in cybercrimes in the UAE can be sent to jail for a period not exceeding 25 years in addition to a fine up to some $1 million.

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15 state Assembly speakers sacked in three years Newtelegraph

No fewer than 15 speakers of state houses of Assembly have been impeached in the first three years of the present administration. The speakers, according to a nationwide survey by New Telegraph, were relieved of their positions by their colleagues over sundry allegations such as corruption, abuse of office and gross misconduct. Others lost out []

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13:57

Kaduna: Bandits ambush, kill four policemen Newtelegraph

Operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command, were on Saturday night plunged into mourning, following the murder of four of their colleagues. According to police sources, the four policemen were mowed down in Kaduna State by suspected herdsmen. The policemen were said to have been ambushed. The four men []

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13:56

2019: Crisis looms in Lagos as Obanikoro, Adeola fight for APC senatorial ticket Newtelegraph

Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and Senator Solomon Adeola, are currently locking horns over the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial ticket for the Lagos West senatorial district. Obanikoro joined the APC in 2017 from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and is seeking to displace the incumbent, Adeola, who is the []

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Impeachment: 15 Assembly speakers axed in three years Newtelegraph

FELIX NWANERI writes on the wind of change blowing across the state Houses of Assembly, which have so far swept away leaderships of legislative bodies in 10 states in the present dispensation     Impeachment proceeding is seen as a serious legislative business because of its appreciation as a technique for the function of the []

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13:55

5 banks rake in N10.8trn HY2018 deposits Newtelegraph

Despite grappling with the effects of a sluggish economy, deposit money banks (DMBs) in the country continue to be successful in their quest to attract deposits. New Telegraphs analysis of half year 2018 results of some significant lenders in the industry show that four out of five of them recorded an increase in customer deposits []

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13:54

Awolowo: Nigeria should broaden Newtelegraph

The Executive Director/CEO, Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, says exporting raw materials by Nigerians without value addition is at the root of its economic problem. In this interview with ABDULWAHAB ISA in Abuja, Awolowo says the export council is working on strategies to transform Nigeria into a processing hub   As CEO []

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13:54

NASS siege: Afenifere, Ohanaeze, NEF, others seek judicial probe Newtelegraph

   reject IGPs investigation condemn EFCCs freezing of Benue, Akwa Ibom govts accounts   The Nigerian Leaders and Elders Forum comprising Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pan- Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has rejected the probe being carried out by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesdays []

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13:53

New revenue template: RMAFC engages NNPC, DPR, Customs Newtelegraph

A high powered delegation from the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) is currently on scheduled visit to key revenue agencies of Federal Government preparatory to coming up with a revised revenue template authorised by President Muhammadu Buhari, New Telegraph has learnt. RMAFCs team headed by the Acting Chairman, Shettima Umar-Abba Gana and commissioners []

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13:51

Army court-martials 44 officers, soldiers over murder, negligence Newtelegraph

The Army has constituted a General Court-Martial (GCM) to try 44 of its officers and soldiers involved in on-going operations in the North-East and other parts of the country. Specifically, the GCM, which is sitting at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, will try the officers and soldiers on offences bordering on alleged murder, manslaughter, unlawful possession []

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13:50

Substance abuse raises risk of premature death Newtelegraph

Adolescents with serious conduct and substance use problems are five times more likely to die prematurely than their peers. Findings of a new study presented in the journal Addiction, shows that substance- related deaths were the most common among teenagers indulging in substance abuse, in addition to traffic-related deaths, suicides and deaths resulting from assaults. []

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13:05

Discover the Secrets Your Egyptian Zodiac Sign Reveals About Your Life! "IndyWatch Feed World"

While most Americans are familiar with the Western Zodiac, many are unaware that this isnt the only zodiac system that has existed throughout history. Dating back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians, the Egyptian Zodiac provides a unique and insightful look into our true selves.

First discovered on the ceiling of the chapel of the Hathor temple in Dendera, the Egyptian Zodiac is also known as the Dendera Zodiac. Much like the Western Zodiac that we are familiar with, the Dendera Zodiac is also built on the classical 12 zodiac signs, which means that the signs correspond with those that we are already familiar with Taurus, Cancer, Leo, etc., using the same date structure. This is due to the fact that the classical zodiac signs upon which these systems are based was originally created by the Babylonians.

Each of the signs is associated with one of the Egyptian Gods or Goddesses. By understanding the strengths, weaknesses, skills, and talents of the godly influence on your sign, we can, in turn, predict elements of your own personality. Your Egyptian Zodiac sign can provide insight into your behavior, character, and the destiny before you.

Determining your zodiac sign, however, is a little more challenging. There are two different schools of thought regarding which dates are assigned to each of the zodiac signs. While many websites and articles today will try to apply dates similar to those associated with todays Western Astrology to the Egyptian Zodiac signs, these are not the original dates. Ancient Egyptians assigned 3 decans, or 30 days, to each of the signs, dates that sometimes spanned various points throughout the calendar.

Discover the secrets your Egyptian Zodiac sign reveals about your life:

The Nile (January 1-7, June 19-28, September 1-7, November 18-26)

Those who are born under the sign of the Nile are highly positive and forward-thinking individuals, with your attention on the future and where you are going rather than being caught up in the struggles of your past. This is a great quality, so dont let anyone change the way you view life! You arent a fan of conflict at all, in fact, you avoid it at all costs. Try not to pass up an opportunity in life just to take the easy road while conflict may be uncomfortable, it may also be the path to your biggest goals and dreams.

Amon-ra (January 8-21, February 1-11)

Natural born leaders, those who are born under this sign find that others follow your lead wherever you go, even when you arent trying to set an example. You have incredibly high standards an...

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Volunteers on front line fight ebola "IndyWatch Feed World"

After an ebola death in D R Congo, a family is persuaded against traditional burial practices that proved deadly in previous outbreaks. But there's a problem.

12:58

James Corbett: The secret battle for Africa between the US and China "IndyWatch Feed World"

In October 2017 United States African Command confirmed that three Green Berets had been killed and two more had been wounded when their patrol was ambushed in Niger. Reaction to this news from the non-Corbett Report audience was: "What? There's a United States African Command?" followed swiftly by "What are Green Berets doing conducting patrols in Niger, anyway?" First things first: As my long-time viewers will be aware, there is indeed a United States African Command (AFRICOM). It was established in 2007 and has been the spearhead of Uncle Sam's attempts to gain a military foothold on the African continent. My viewers will likewise be aware that the whole Kony 2012 psyop was similarly used as a cynical ploy to increase American military intervention in Africa. But the extent of US Special Forces penetration in Africa (also reported on in these pages in recent years) is a reality that is still only gradually being revealed to the public. A recent congressional review of the incident in Niger has again cast a spotlight on the use of Special Forces around the world, with the Pentagon now floating the possibility that they will cut back on commandos in Africa to concentrate on the "real" enemies: Russia and China.

12:45

Yemeni children stage protest against Saudi-led aggression after school bus airstrike massacre "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dozens of children took to the streets of Yemen's capital Sanaa to protest the deadly Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country. They carried pictures of the kids slain in an airstrike that hit a school bus earlier this week. The young protesters of various ages chanted anti-Saudi slogans and carried banners in both Arabic and English. "Who allowed you to shed the blood of the children of Yemen?" one of the signs, addressed to Riyadh, read. Some of the children held the postmortem photos of the schoolkids, who died in a Saudi-led airstrike that hit a packed school bus in the town of Dahyan in the northern Saada Province on Thursday. 51 people, including 40 children between 10 and 13 years of age, were killed and 79 others injured in the attack, according to Taha al-Mutawakil, the health minister for the Houthi authorities in Yemen.

10:55

Che Guevara and the Southern Africa Struggle to Defeat Racist Settler Colonialism "IndyWatch Feed War"

A-APRP Today there is a never ending barrage of attacks against the Cuban Revolution in general and Ernesto Che Guevara in particular.  Those attacks come regularly from the reactionary capitalist right wing as well as from the reactionary European so-called left.  The truth about Ches role in establishing the groundwork in Africa that helped lead...

10:47

Fidels Cuba Embraces the Impossible "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fidel taught us that nothing is impossible In each speech by Army General Ral Castro Ruz, the same name is repeated several times: Fidel. 92 years after the birth of the Commander in Chief, Granma shares some ideas of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba about his brother of life and struggle,...

10:00

Free Lula March Ready to Occupy Braslia "IndyWatch Feed War"

National Free Lula March approaches urban area of Braslia The three columns set off around 6:30 in the morning to Braslia on the fourth day of march / Jlia Dolce Rute Pina The National Free Lula March is getting closer and closer to the capital city of Brazil every day. As this Monday marks the...

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Cuba and the United States: A Primer on History and Politics "IndyWatch Feed War"

G.LL. Williams The relationship between Cuba and the United States is a relationship of history and politics. It is a relationship which shows the nature of Capitalism and Imperialism. It is a relationship which also shows the nature of the struggle for Socialism and Socialist Revolution. Cuba, the first revolutionary Socialist state in Latin America,...

09:21

How NATO-linked Think Tanks Control EU Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed War"

By F. William Engdahl New Eastern Outlook 27.04.2016 A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washingtons Arab Spring Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now []

07:39

Muslim migrants found guilty of raiding German ship now in Germany on welfare, cant be deported "IndyWatch Feed War"

What could possibly go wrong? Any other course of action would be Islamophobic. Convicted Somali Pirates Found Living in Germany On Benefits Unable To Be Deported, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, August 8, 2018: A new investigation has revealed that of ten Somali pirates who were found guilty of raiding a German ship, five ended up []

06:41

Egyptian forces kill 12 suspected militants in Sinai raid "IndyWatch Feed War"

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06:15

How Justin Trudeau Should Respond to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

As every good poker player knows, sometimes the right move is to go all in.

Given his cards and the obvious over-the-top attempt by his opponent to scare him off a winning hand, Justin Trudeaus next move should be to see Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans (aka MBS) diplomatic break and raise him a wide-ranging ethical challenge.

In response to Saudi Arabia suspending diplomatic ties, withdrawing medical students and selling off assets in Canada over an innocuous tweet, the Trudeau government should:

  • Demand an immediate end to Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. More than 15,000 Yemenis have been killed, including dozens of children on Thursday, since Riyadh began bombing its southern neighbour in 2015. Ottawa should suspend air force training until they stop bombing Yemen. In 2011 Saudi pilots began training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Cold Lake, Alberta with NATOs Flying Training in Canada (NFTC).
  • As Trudeau promised before the 2015 election, the Liberals should re-establish diplomatic relations with Riyadhs regional competitor Iran.
  • Labour minister Patricia Hajdu should hold a press conference in Ottawa or at the International Labour Organization in Geneva to call on that country to adhere to international labour standards. Exiled Saudi labour activists could be invited to discuss how unions have been outlawed in the kingdom since 1947.
  • Culture minister Pablo Rodriguez should launch an investigation into Saudi funding of mosques, Islamic schools, universities and Arabic language media......

05:59

Man kills mother-in-law in Ondo Newtelegraph

A 29 years old farmer, Segun Daniel at the weekend allegedly beaten his mother-in-law, Mrs Beatrice Lajuwomi to death in Igbotako in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. The incident, sources in the community said the 29-year-old farmer had a hot argument with the 42-year-old mother-in-law over the custody of his child who was []

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05:56

Declassified: Cables sent by CIA Director Gina Haspel detail extreme torture of al-Qaeda suspect "IndyWatch Feed World"

The extreme torture of a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist, including waterboarding, forced nudity and a "walling technique," have been detailed in newly declassified cables sent by a current CIA director Gina Haspel. The cables, sent by Haspel to agency headquarters in late 2002, reveal the torture of suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at the secret US detention facility in Thailand. The CIA believed the Saudi Arabian suspect was involved in the planning of the USS Cole bombing in Yemen in 2000 and believed he knew about other planned attacks. The cables, most of which were either written or authorised by Haspel, reveal Nashiri's weeks-long interrogation included waterboarding, forced nudity, shackling, being slammed against walls, confined in a small box and enduring mock executions.

05:25

Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie receives life term in Egypt retrial "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Egypt's court of cassation last November upheld another life sentence against Badie

05:05

Kidnappers kill 4 Policemen in Kaduna forest Newtelegraph

Four operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team, have been killed by suspected kidnappers. New Telegraph gathered from security sources, that the IRT operatives three Inspectors and a Sergeant were killed in an ambush at the Rigasa area of Kaduna. According to the source, the operatives were deployed In []

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04:58

Senate leadership not party positions, PDP tells Oshiomhole Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole that the position of Senate Presidency and that of deputy positions do not belong to political parties but to Nigerians, who elect persons into the Senate through their elected representatives. The party said in a statement []

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04:26

EFCC chides Buharis aide, Femi Ojudu, over Saraki, Benue Newtelegraph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that the recent freezing of Benue and Akwa Ibom state governments accounts, was consequent upon months of investigation activities by its detectives. This was as the Commission denied being in bed with the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, ostensibly to undermine the President Muhammadu []

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04:04

Megalodon sharks, film fiction and reality "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video is called The Meg, Official Trailer #1 (2018). Jason Statham, Ruby Rose: Megalodon Shark Movie HD.

By Carolyn Gramling, 12:41pm, August 10, 2018:

What The Meg gets wrong and right about megalodon sharks

A paleobiologist helps Science News separate fact from fiction in the film

OK, so what if a giant prehistoric shark, thought to be extinct for about 2.5 million years, is actually still lurking in the depths of the ocean? Thats the premise of the new flick The Meg, which opens August 10 and pits massive Carcharocles megalodon against a grizzled and fearless deep-sea rescue diver, played by Jason Statham, and a handful of resourceful scientists.

The protagonists discover the sharks in a deep oceanic trench about 300 kilometers off the coast of China a trench, the film suggests, that extends down more than 11,000 meters below the ocean surface. (That depth makes it even deeper than the Mariana Trenchs Challenger Deep, the actual deepest known point in the ocean). Hydrothermal vents down in the trench supposedly keep those dark waters warm enough to support an ecosystem teeming with life. And spoiler alert!   of course, the scientists investigation inadvertently helps megalodons escape from the depths. The giant living fossils head to the surface, where they terrorize shark fishermen and beachgoers a la Jaws.

But could a population of megalodons actually have survived down there? To explore what is and isnt possible and what we still dont know about sharks, Science News went...

03:53

FLASHBACK: What was Nellie Ohr doing getting a ham radio license just as spying on Trump team was exposed in 2016? "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the late 1950s, when I was entering early adolescence, I became an amateur radio operator. It was like joining a very large audio-visual club whose geekiness was on steroids. Along with knowledge of electronics and Morse code, being a total techno-weirdo was an absolute pre-requisite. The world back then seemed to be a much larger place, and communicating with foreign countries via the short-wave spectrum was a challenging and random proposition. So it was fun and exciting to communicate by code or voice with hams in remote parts of the planet. At least at first. Unfortunately, the conversations were confined to exchanging names and locations, describing the strength and clarity of the other operator's signal, and discussing the type of equipment and antenna being used. This never varied. For example, I once had a chance contact with a Christian missionary in the far-away Belgian Congo. At the time, the Belgians were relinquishing colonial control, Katanga Province had declared independence, and a bloody civil war had broken out. The missionary briefly mentioned in passing that the communist-backed Simba rebels were lurking about, but so far so good. With that small detail out of the way, he then quickly moved on to truly important matters such as the fact that he was using a homemade transmitter, a Hammarlund HQ-110 receiver, and a dipole antenna. And that was that.

03:01

Kenyans rage as human-elephant conflict escalates Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Standard (Kenya)

Rage as human, wildlife conflict escalates By Wainaina Ndungu | Published Sat, August 11th 2018

Elephants crossing a section the road at Maasai Mara National game reserve .The reserve has established a compensation fund for livestock keepers neighboring the park to tame the runaway human-wildlife conflict. The compensation amount depends with the nature of damage .(Kipsang Joseph, Standard)

Paul Kibui owns a farm at Kithoka and has witnessed at least eight elephants electrocuted by a fence erected in Imenti forest. Mr Kibui regrets that while jumbos are valued by the government, little attention is paid to the welfare of farmers neighbouring national parks.

Government officers would promptly arrive to remove the tusks but not care much that residents farms became more vulnerable to destruction by jumbos after every electrocution because a part of the fence would be broken, said the farmer. His sentiments reflect feelings of many Meru residents and leaders as the country celebrates International Day of Elephants at the ASK Showground in Meru today. Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala is expected to be the chief guest at the event. Most residents who called Muuga FM during the morning show wondered why the day was being celebrated yet families have lost loved ones and others have been impoverished...

02:46

Zimbabwe man trampled to death by elephants; bad effect on school attendance Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Newsday (Zimbabwe)

VILLAGERS under Chief Chisunges area in Mbire district have expressed concern over a spike in human-wildlife conflicts, with the latest incident happening yesterday after a man was trampled to death by a stray elephant.

BY SIMBARASHE SITHOLE

Incoming legislator Douglas Karoro confirmed the incident and appealed to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) to intervene and put down the rogue jumbo.

I can confirm that the man was killed by an elephant this morning (Thursday) in the bush and the stray elephant went away. Members of parks and wildlife are being assisted by villagers to hunt down the elephant, he said.

The legislator said the government needs to urgently address human-wildlife conflict through community participation and stakeholder involvement.

The human-wildlife conflict needs to be urgently addressed by the government through community participation and stakeholder involvement. As it stands, humans are on the receiving end, as they cannot go about their daily livelihoods and business in fear of wild animals, he said

This will lead to increased food insecurity in Mbire as farmers will be afraid to work in their fields, he said.

School children are also dropping out of school as they fear being attacked by wild animals.

We have also witnessed a sharp increase in school dropouts as children fear attacks from these animals on their way to school, Karoro said.

Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Advocate Martin Dinha told Vice-President Kembo Mohadi in a briefing in May at Mahuhwe, Mbire district, that the province was recording an increase in childhood marriages due to a high level of school drop outs.

02:29

Why the Left/Right Seems Driven Towards Internet Censorship As A Way to Avoid Hurt Feelings "IndyWatch Feed World"

The topic of censorship is one that triggers great debate, triggering the discussion of our individual rights and freedoms, as well as the greater good of our nation as a whole. Should censorship be banned as a whole, or is there a place for some degree of this influence in our society?

There are many countries in which extreme censorship is a way of life. In countries such as Eritrea, Africa, journalists who choose to defy the rules are imprisoned, some choosing to be exiled rather than risking arrest where they will often spend extended periods of time behind bars without actually being charged with a crime or tried in court, no end to their imprisonment in sight. For citizens in Eritrea, any potential contact with the outside world is limited, with only 1% of the population accessing the internet, and 5.6% in possession of a cell phone.

It is a reality that is so distant and foreign for the average American, that it is hard to truly comprehend. Here in the United States, the First Amendment protects our right to free speech, but just how far should we be taking this as a society?

Its a conversation that has once again come into the spotlight with the recent banning of Alex Jones and Infowars from a number of different platforms including social media giant Facebook. A well-known conspiracy theorist who has been accused of hate speech, Jones has also been removed from YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes.

On one hand, there are those who argue that Jones removal from the sites was a violation of his first amendment rights. Pointing to the aforementioned countries known for their extreme censorship, they state that allowing platforms like these to silence Jones opinions is a step in that direction, a potentially slippery slope that starts with limiting our voices online and leads to control of our freedoms in the public.

However, there are also many Americans that are supportive of the decision. He has with various kinds of content caused various different kinds of harm, explained Susan Benesch of Harvards Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Egregiously false conspiracy theories are bad for the functioning of democracy. How many other people have gotten their ability to understand the world and distinguish fact from fiction degraded by Alex Jones?

In fact, a recent survey by Ipsos revealed that...

02:18

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed World"

This month was marked by incredible amounts of water falling in a very short period of time all over the world; killing thousands, displacing millions... and damaging more crops. China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, South Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sweden, Russia, Italy and the US, were the most affected by the sheets of rain and the resulting flash floods during July. Japan also experienced an historic flood that caused widespread damage, 200 deaths and thousands displaced. Italy, Brazil and South Africa all had their share of unseasonable or 'rare' snow this month, leaving the local population rather surprised. As the 'heavens opened' in many places, high temperatures, droughts and wildfires hit California, Sweden, Norway, and Greece; the latter being the worst affected with 94 deaths, hundreds of displaced, 2,500 square kilometers ravaged with hundreds of people forced to flee to the beaches. There were significant fires in California, but no record was broken, until now, the fire of 1937 maintains the record with almost 90,000 square kilometers burned. Even combining all of the hectares burned by fire in California in the last five years aren't enough to beat that 1937 record. In addition, since the 1930s there has been a net decrease in the incidence of fires in the state. The same applies to the fires that developed in Europe, no records were beaten and there has been a significant drop in the incidence of fires since the 1980s, as Adapt 2030 has stated. The high temperatures recorded in July in Europe do not compare to those of the 1930s, not to mention the extreme heat experienced in Europe and much of the US over several years in the late 19th century. Again, we see the mass media focusing and magnifying the localized incidences of high temperatures and wildfires; one headline even stated that the world hasn't experienced such high temperatures since the emergence of our civilization (10,000 years ago), a statement that is just plain wrong. The Earth's surface temperatures are indeed rising due to geologic and volcanic activity, and the more direct incidence of solar rays due to the weakening of the magnetosphere. But forgotten amid the hype is that temperatures in higher layers of the atmosphere have been plummeting. Proof of this is seen in the increasing incidence of solar and lunar halos, noctilucent clouds, multicolored steles, ever-growing hailstorms and of course, unseasonable snowfalls. And let's not forget that we had rare snow events in the northern and southern hemispheres in both June and July this year. So don't be fooled, many of the earth changes we are now seeing are due to the low solar activity, the weakening of the magnetosphere, as well as the cosmic rays maximum. And all these changes are not specific to our Earth, we are finding parallels in other planets of our solar system. As someone said, "not by fire, but by ice..."

01:27

Climate Strategy Needs Tailoring to the Worlds Poorest "IndyWatch Feed World"

An effective climate strategy to protect everyone on Earth, and the natural world as well, is what the planet needs. But Austrian-based scientists have now confirmed something all climate scientists have suspected for more than a decade: there can be no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the twin challenges of climate change and human poverty.

That catastrophic climate change driven by business as usual fossil fuel energy reliance will by 2100 impose devastating costs worldwide, and drive millions from their homes and even homelands,  has been repeatedly established.

So has the need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable resources, almost certainly by imposing some kind of carbon tax worldwide.

But a new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis warns that if agriculture is included in stringent climate mitigation schemes, there will be higher costs in the short term.

If humans dont act, then climate change driven by global warming will create conditions that will put an extra 24 million people, or perhaps 50 million extra, at risk of hunger and malnutrition.

Crop yields could fall by 17%, and market prices could rise by 20% by 2050. And if they do act with a global carbon tax or its equivalent, then by 2050 an extra 78 million or perhaps 170 million, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa and India could be priced out of the food market. So for many of the poorest people on the planet, the cure could be worse than the disease.

The findings are important to help realize that agriculture should receive a very specific treatment when it comes to climate change policies, said Tomoko Hasegawa, a systems engineer and researcher at IIASA, and of Japans National Institute for Environment Studies. He added:

Carbon pricing schemes will not bring any viable options for developing countries where there are highly vulnerable populations. Mitigation in agriculture should instead be integrated with development policies.

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00:31

Three Palestinians are buried as Israeli forces neutralize incendiary balloon from Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gaza

In Photos: Funerals of 3 killed Palestinians commence in Gaza
GAZA CITY (Maan) 9 Aug The people of Gaza commenced the funeral processions of the three Palestinians who were killed during Israeli airstrikes on Thursday afternoon. Palestinians carried the body of killed pregnant mother Enas Mohammad Abu Khammash along with her 18-month-old toddler in one coffin, which was wrapped with the Palestinian flag.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780660

Huge incendiary kite from Gaza lands on kibbutz power lines
Times of Israel 11 Aug A large incendiary kite launched from Gaza landed on power lines near Kibbutz Sufa, sparking a quick operation by employees from the Israeli Electric Corporation to remove the device before a fire was started. The 4-meter (about 13-foot) kite, which landed on Friday, caused a power outage at the kibbutz and in the surrounding area. It was removed from the high-voltage wires by electric company workers using a crane. In another community near the Gaza Strip, police sappers neutralized an incendiary balloon flown over from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave that landed next to a dining room in an Israeli community in the Eshkol Region. In response, the Israeli military on Saturday afternoon said it targeted a cell responsible for launching incendiary balloons in the northern Gaza Strip. Reports in Palestinian media said two people were injured in the Israeli strikes in El-Bureij. There were also Palestinian reports of a second IDF strike elsewhere in the Gaza Strip. Earlier, another incendiary device sparked a fire in the Nir Am nature reserve. The blaze was largely under control by Saturday afternoon, according to the Parks Authority. The arson attacks Saturday came on the heels of clashes along the Gaza border on Friday that saw three Palestinians killed, according to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza The violence that erupted over the weekend came after Hamas and Israel appeared to be honoring an informal cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-strikes-gaza-cell-launching-incendiary-balloons-as-arson-attacks-continue/

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00:26

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2018-40 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: August 6 - Yemen - The Saudi-U.S.-Al-Qaeda Alliance Is Now Official 'News' August 9 - U.S. 'Fine Tuning' Of Saudi Airstrike Target List Creates Results August 6 - Codename Acor Sycamore - The...

Sunday, 12 August

23:31

Aid Group: Ships Not Willing to Save Mediterranean Migrants "IndyWatch Feed World"

ROME Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbor for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard.

SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be now unwilling to get involved fearing they will be stranded with migrants aboard and denied a port to disembark them.

On Friday the groups chartered ship Aquarius, which it operates in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, rescued 141 people in waters off Libya. Of these, 25 were found adrift on a small wooden boat that had no motor and was believed to have been at sea for about 35 hours, the group said. The other 116 people, including 67 unaccompanied minors, were rescued later that day, it said.

Nearly three-quarters of those rescued originate from Somalia and Eritrea. Many migrants recounted how they were held in inhumane conditions in Libya, where human traffickers are based, the aid group aid.

It added that Libyas rescue coordination authorities wouldnt provide the Aquarius with a place of safety and asked it to request safe harbor from another countrys authorities.

The Aquarius was sailing north in the Mediterranean on Sunday in hopes of receiving docking permission from another country.

SOS Mediterranee said that in a disturbing development, rescued people on board told our teams they encountered five different ships which did not offer them assistance before they were rescued by Aquarius.

Aboard Aquarius is Doctors Without Borders project coordinator, Aloys Vimard, who elaborated.

It seems the very principle of rendering assistance to persons in distress at sea is now at stake. Ships might be unwilling to respond to those in distress due to the high risk of being stranded and denied a place of safety, the statement quoted Vimard as saying.

SOS Mediterranee said many of those aboard were extremely week and malnourished. Those rescued in recent years have said they receive scanty rations while kept in Libya to await the opportunity to leave on human smugglers unseaworthy boats.

What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse, the group quoted Nick Romaniuk, its search and rescue coordinator as saying.

In June, Aquarius was forced to sail north for days with more than 600 migrants to Spain after Italy and Malta refused it docking permission. Since then, other private rescue vessels have had to wait for days until some country agreed to let migrants disembark.

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23:29

Yemen: A Week Of Deadly Airstrikes And Civilian Deaths "IndyWatch Feed War"

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

21:12

Al-Qaeda Turned 30 and Its Alive & Well. Why? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A terror attack in Huta, Yemen, a bastion of Al-Qaeda jihadists (Photo: SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)A terror attack in Huta, Yemen, a bastion of al-Qaeda jihadists (Photo: SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)

Al-Qaeda turned 30 over the weekend.

Although the notorious terror group has become a household name, many may think its shelf life passed and its merely hanging around our domiciles like a dusty old product surpassed in modernity and efficiency (read: ISIS).

Not so fast, warned the State Department on August 11 as it doubled the bounty on two of al-Qaedas top dogs to $10 million. The pair, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah (aka Mohammed al-Masri and Abu Muhammad a-Zayat) and Sayf al-Adl, both had a hand in the deadly bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya 20 years ago this month. (That anniversary passed as well without mention.)

See Clarions infographic: 10 Al-Qaeda Leaders You Should Know About

Yet, not only is al-Qaeda still on the CIAs radar, our intelligence services can confirm it never disappeared. So, why dont we hear about it? More importantly, is the threat posed by the organization still alive and well in the U.S. and against American interests abroad, not to mention worldwide? And if so, why has the group been so hard to neutralize?

 

Why we dont hear about al-Qaeda

19:56

UN Seeks Credible Investigation into Yemen Bus Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor The UN Security Council has called for a credible and transparent investigation into the martyrdom of at least 29 children in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in Yemen. The British ambassador, Karen Pierce, who holds the council presidency, told reporters following a closed-door meeting on Friday that if any investigation that []

14:00

Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin "IndyWatch Feed World"

A prominent Yemeni journalist who throughout the war has been instrumental in getting images and information out of the country ahead of Western journalists has photographed and examined fragments from one of the exploded missiles found at the site of the US-Saudi coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured the vast majority of which were children.

10:00

Resist Apartheid: Thousands Rally Against Israels Nationality Bill "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv, Israels capital, to reject the controversial Nationality Bill, approved by the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, in July. The march was led by Palestinian Israelis who make up around 20 percent of Israels population. The protest included the left-wing political party Meretz, legislator of the Zionist Union Micky Rosenthal, rights organizations...

10:00

Colombia: Jesus Santrich Denied 2nd Habeas Corpus "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Colombian General Prosecutors Office announced Saturday that the Supreme Court of Bogota rejected a habeas corpus petition filed by Jesus Santrichs representatives, for the second time. The move will extend Santrichs detention, which started on April 9 due to an extradition request from the United States Department of Justice. According to a statement, which...

10:00

Nicaragua: The Best Way to Prepare for New Destabilizaton Attempts "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gustavo Espinoza A conversation with Carlos Fonseca Tern, Vice Secretary for International Relations of Nicaraguas Sandinista Front for National Liberation The best way to be ready for new destabilizaton attempts is to deepen the model of popular participation in decision taking Compaero Carlos, how do you assess whats going on right now in Nicaragua? How...

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