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Monday, 20 November


'Fake diplomacy': Haley says US ready to 'fight for justice' in Syria without UN approval "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US does not consider itself constrained by the United Nations Security Council and might seek "justice" in Syria on its own terms, the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US took similar action in Libya in 2011. "With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russia's obstructionism, we will continue to fight for justice and accountability in Syria," Haley said, blasting Russia's vetoing of the draft resolution on the extension of the Syrian chemical weapons probe on Friday. The draft, proposed by Japan, envisioned the "technical extension" of the probe for another 30 days. Explaining Russia's decision to block the resolution, Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said that there is no sense in prolonging the mission if some glaring flaws in its work are not amended. "There can be no other way after the JIM's [the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism] leadership disgraced itself with its fictitious investigation into the sarin use incident in Khan Shaykhun and signed off on baseless accusations against Syria," he said.


Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick Markey

CAIRO (Reuters) Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to confront Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariris surprise resignation and after an escalation in Yemens conflict.

Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 in an announcement made from Riyadh. Hariri cited fear of assassination and accused Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife in the Arab world.

Hezbollah, both a military force and a political movement, is part of a Lebanese government made up of rival factions, and an ally of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny those accusations.

What Iran is doing against some Arab countries calls for taking more than one measure to stop these violations, interferences and threats, which are carried out through many various means, Hossam Zaki, Arab League Assistant Secretary, told Asharq al Awsat newspaper in an interview.

Stopping them requires a joint Arab policy.

He said the meeting would send a strong message for Iran to step back from its current policies.

Egypts state-owned newspaper Al Ahram cited an Arab diplomatic source saying the meeting may refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council.

The emergency Arab foreign ministers meeting was convened at the request of Saudi Arabia with support from the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait to discuss means of confronting Iranian intervention, Egypts state news agency MENA said.

Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir told Reuters last week the kingdoms actions in the Middle East were only a response to what he called the aggression of Iran.

Unfortunately countries like the Saudi regime are pursuing divisions and creating differences and because of this they dont see any results other than divisions, Ira...


Libya says it will investigate slave auction footage "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | A demonstrator, standing through the smoke from tear gas, raises his fist during a march against slavery in Libya on the Champs-Elysees avenue face antiriot police in Paris on November 18, 2017

TRIPOLI (AFP)  Libya will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, the internationally recognised government announced Sunday, following the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off.Chaos-ridden Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse in the North African country at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men are presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Metig said his UN-backed Government of National Accord would investigate the allegations, in a statement posted Sunday on the Facebook page of the GNAs press office.

Metig said he would instruct the formation of a commission to investigate these reports in order to apprehend and bring those responsible to justice, the statement added.

The foreign ministry in a statement added: If these allegations are confirmed, all implicated persons will be punished.

The CNN report apparently showing migrants being auctioned off in Libya was shared widely on social media, provoking outrage in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

The grainy footage shot on a mobile telephone shows a man CNN said was Nigerian and in his 20s being offered up for sale as part of a group of big strong boys for farm work.

In the CNN report, a person identified as an auctioneer can be heard saying 800 900 1,000 1,100 before two men are sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars ($875).

Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest against slavery in Libya, according to French police. The gathering led to clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the African Union, on Friday called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a despicable trade from another era.

Senegals government expressed outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil that constituted a blight on the conscience of humani...


BREAKING: Willie Obiano wins Anambra governorship election Newtelegraph

The incumbent Governor of Anambra State and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, has emerged winner of Saturdays governorship election in the state.   Obiano who will serve for another 4 years as governor defeated 36 others to emerge winner.   He won in all the 21 local government areas by a wide margin. He won his local government, Anambra East and defeated all his opponents in their local governments.   The All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Tony Nwoye is far behind in second position. The PDP...

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Accident over Rothschilds Manor, was Jacob involved? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Either a Rothschild was in the air or a very close family friend.

says a leading London nightly

A plume of smoke was seen over the woodland shortly after the two aircraft came down
A plume of smoke was seen over the woodland shortly after the two aircraft came down 




Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as President of Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed War"


HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and gave the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power after a de facto coup.

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FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe (right) and His wife Grace

Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, a senior party official told a news conference.

In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement was met by cheers from the 200 ZANU-PF delegates packed into the partys Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.

Mugabes 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from the party, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her G40 political faction.

Speaking before the meeting, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

Hes trying to bargain for a dignified exit, he said.

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Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15,2017

He then followed up wit...


Zimbabwes Mugabe Clings to Power as He Is Fired as Party Leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest amid growing calls to step aside as Zimbabwes leader

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Updated Nov. 19, 2017 8:05 a.m. ET

HARARE, ZimbabwePresident Robert Mugabe was expelled from the ruling party he has led for more than four decades on Sunday, party officials said, piling pressure on the 93-year-old to relinquish power.

Five days after tanks rolled into Zimbabwes capital to take control of the Southern African country, Mr. Mugabe has resisted calls to step down as president, even as the support from his party crumbles. Analysts said that unless Mr. Mugabe agrees to step aside, parliament would likely move to impeach him in the coming days.



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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as head of the ruling Zanu-PF party and replaced by the deputy he sacked earlier this month. Emmerson Mnangawa will take over as leader of the party, Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association confirmed. Mr Mutsvangwa also said the party was beginning the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe....


Weekly Review And Open Thread 2017-42 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: Nov 13 - Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide - Media Complicit No progress has been made towards lifting or breaking the total Saudi blockade. There are new rumors of...


Human trafficking, Illegal Migration Threat to National Security, Says Saraki Newtelegraph

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the alarming tide of human trafficking and illegal migration by some Nigerians as threat to national security that requires urgent response. The President of the Senate, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, made the remarks when the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli, led senior members of the agencys management team on a courtesy visit to him in at the National Assembly. Saraki said...

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Fayose slams FG over hiring of Malaysian economic experts for N458m, says; Buhari has no clue Newtelegraph

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has questioned the rationale behind the Federal Governments  hiring of consultants from Malaysia with the sum of N458 million to help Nigeria build her economic capacity, saying; the federal governments action is a clear vote of no confidence on President Muhammadu Buharis government and economic experts in the country. The governor, who said; it is shameful that Nigeria, which produced the likes of African Development Bank (ADB) President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank, Mrs Aruma Otteh; Independent Non-Executive...

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Pentagon lies about killing Iraqi civilians "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Report: US Kills 31x More Iraqi Civilians Than Pentagon Claims

18 November 2017

Whenever the Pentagon gives its official estimate of civilians theyve killed, go ahead and multiply that by about THIRTY-ONE. John Iadarola, Ben Mankiewicz, and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

The Pentagon claims that its air war against ISIS is one of the most accurate in history and that it is so careful in who it targets that the 14,000 US airstrikes in Iraq have killed just 89 civilians.

It turns out that the militarys assertion is a stunning underestimation of the true human cost of Washingtons three-year-old war against ISIS. An 18-month-long investigation by the New York Times has found that the US-led military coalition is killing civilians in Iraq at a rate 31 times higher than its admitting.

It is at such a distance from official claims that, in terms of civilian deaths, this may be the least transparent war in recent American history, Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal report.

From April 2016 to June 2017, Khan and Gopal...


'The President is gone': Zimbabwe ruling party votes to oust Mugabe "IndyWatch Feed World"

Initial media reports about Mugabe's ouster were confusing: While the country's ruling party had voted to expel him, several sources quoted by western media outlets said the vote was only the trigger to start the process of removing Mugabe, and that he is still technically president of Zimbabwe. Fortunately, the ruling Zanu-PF party have issued a quick clarification: Mugabe - who has obstinately refused to officially abdicate in accordance with the military's demands - has until noon tomorrow to resign. If he doesn't, he will be impeached.


Breaking: President Robert Mugabe sacked as ruling party leader Newtelegraph

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was fired as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabes fate told Reuters.   Mugabe was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month. He has been expelled, one of the delegates said. Mnangagwa is our new leader.   Mugabes wife, Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding Mugabe, was also expelled from the party.   Speaking before the meeting, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa said the 93-year-old Mugabe was running out of...

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Kuwait Airways is not obliged to transport Israeli passengers ! "IndyWatch Feed World"

above~Very short take off on runway 23 for Kuwait City via Frankfurt!



Israel to shut migrant centre and deport Africans "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | A file picture shows African migrants gathering before their release from the Holot detention centre in Israels Negev desert, on August 25, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israels cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally.Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries.

The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country, the public security ministry said in a statement.

Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country.

They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among Israelis there and elsewhere.

Speaking ahead of Sundays vote, Netanyahu noted that after building a fence on the Egyptian border and deporting some 20,000 African migrants through various deals, Israel has reached the third stage of its efforts accelerated removal.

This removal is taking place thanks to an international agreement I reached that enables us to remove the 40,000 infiltrators remaining, remove them without their consent, he told ministers.

This will enable us to close down Holot and allocate some of the large funds going there to inspectors and removing more people, said Netanyahu.

Holot, an open facility in the desert that can host 1,200 migrants who are allowed to leave to work during the day, would be closed three months from December 16, according to the decision.

A public security ministry spokesman said an extension to that deadline would be set if necessary.

Ahead of the vote, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Holot had become a hotel for infiltrators at the tax-payers expense that does not encourage their exit and costs 240 million shekels ($68 million, 58 million euros) a year.

In a Twitter statement, Erdan however stressed the closure of Holot was conditioned on us seeing that the policy of removing infiltrators to a third country was indeed taking place.

Neither Erdan nor Netanyahu gave details about the deal and the third country.



Gani Adams is the Symbol of Yoruba Unity Alaafin Newtelegraph

  Alaafin Of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111 on Saturday said the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate Otunba Gani Adams is the symbol of Yoruba Unity. Alafin while speaking during a thank you visits of Otunba Adams to the palace said he has received over 500 letters and messages applauding him for choosing Otunba Adams for the position The appointment of his predecessor Bashorun MKO Abiola  was greeted with criticism and stiff opposition but Gani Adams choice was accepted by everybody both at home and abroad . It is a...

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Peacekeeping Is No Job For Ordinary Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rick Salutin in Rabble. Peacekeeping always seems like a good idea at the time, then it tends to go awry. It did right from the start when Canada's Lester B. Pearson proposed a UN force to resolve tensions in the Mideast in 1956, after Britain, France and Israel invaded Egypt. Pearson got the Stanley Cup -- I mean, the Nobel Peace Prize -- for it, and probably became prime minister as a result six years later. Even that didn't go smoothly. Pearson wanted Canadian troops as part of the force but the Egyptians gagged when they heard names like the Queen's Own Rifles and Princess Patricia Light Infantry, with a little Union Jack on the then-Canadian flag, the Royal ensign. They'd just been blasted by Royal British bombs.


Freak hailstorm injures dozens and destroys 50 homes in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed World"

Apocalyptic hailstorm destroys 50 houses and injures dozens in Zimbabwe on November 15, 2017. Sometimes mother nature is passive aggressive, throwing a horrifying curve ball out of the clear blue sky. Something that you could never see coming. Something that you probably didn't even know was possible. On Nov. 15th, more than 10 people were injured and rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital after their homes collapsed following an apocalyptic night hailstorm that left 50 families homeless in Emthunzini suburb on the outskirts of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The 1-hour-long hailstorm also destroyed properties in Pumula South and Nkulumane suburbs, with the roofs of some houses being blown away. A real disaster! The hailstorm started just after 9PM and lasted approximately one hour. First came the strong winds, then loud noises from the outside. Before residents started to understand what was going on, the doors and roofs were blown away and the walls started shaking and bricks started falling. 50 houses were completely annilihated, had crumbled down, leaving 50 families homeless. The apocalyptic situation was worsened by power outages.


World Economic Forum migration top dog: terrorism homegrown issue not linked to Muslim migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall []

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3 Ways America Just Made the World a Safer Place "IndyWatch Feed War"

A MQ-9-Reaper UAV DroneA MQ-9-Reaper UAV Drone (Photo: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Last week, terrorists from around the globe were taken out by U.S. strikes. Heres a look at three places America hit last week, making the world a safer place for everyone.

  1. America drone striked ISIS terrorists in the center of Libya, the first of such strikes since September, sending a signal to extremist groups in Africa that they will not be tolerated. U.S. strikes there last September killed 17 terrorists, while a major bombardment close to a year ago saw 500 strikes against terrorists holed up in the coastal city of Sirte.
  2. The U.S. conducted six days of airstrikes against ISIS and al-Shabaab in Somalia, bringing the number of strikes against Somali terrorists to 28 this year. The strikes were carried out in coordination with Somalias government. They were in retaliation for a previous attack by al-Shabaab against a convoy of U.S. and Somali forces. Al-Shabaab is al-Qaedas affiliate in Somalia.
  3. Two Iraq brothers, Yusuf and Umar Demir, both terrorists, were killed in an American airstrike in the city of Al-Qaim, a town in western Iraq close to the Syrian border. Just days later, two German news outlets quoted security...


Sokoto pays N3billion scholarship in two years Newtelegraph

    Sokoto state government has paid a total of over three billion Naira scholarships to its students from 2015 to date, Executive Chairman of the state scholarship board, Hon Altine Shehu Kajiji, has revealed.   A press statement issued in Sokoto weekend showed that beneficiaries of the tuition fees and upkeep allowance include students studying in USA, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Turkey, Sudan, Antigua, Bangladesh, India, Uganda, and Niger Republic.   It also includes payments to more than 10,000 Sokoto students in public and private schools across Nigeria.   Most...

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At least 12 killed, 2 others seriously injured in car crash at Salgaa area, Kenya "IndyWatch Feed World"

A car crash at Salgaa area along Nakuru-Eldoret highway in western Kenya left at least 12 people dead and two others seriously injured, local media reported on Sunday. The accident, involving a shuttle bus and a truck, occurred around 03:00 a.m. local time (00:00 GMT), Daily Nation newspaper reported. "All the 11 passengers and the driver of the shuttle died on the spot," Japheth Kioko, Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) of the nearby Rongai town, told the newspaper.


Anambra Guber Election Final Results from the 21 LGA As Announced By INEC more to come. OBLONG MEDIA

Orumba South LG Final Result: APC = 3,808 APGA = 8,125 PDP= 2,412 Orumba North LG Final Result: APC = More


JUST IN: Anambra Election: APGAs Willie Obiano in early lead Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has won in nine out of the 10 available results from local government area in the Anambra State governorship election. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, commenced the announcement of the results on Sunday morning. It said only 16 results will be announced for now. The other five results will be announced by 1 pm, INEC said. The results so far showed that the incumbent, Willie Obiano, is in the lead. His party, APGA, has taken nine out of the available 10 local government areas...

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Saudi Arabia: Israel's dream state "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel is happy to let Riyadh lead the anti-Iranian alliance, but not so happy to pay the political price of real cooperation Israel has no better ally than Saudi Arabia. It fights Hezbollah and overthrew the Lebanese prime minister who had lived in peace with that organization for a year. There is no other country in the world, including the United States, that acts with such resolve against Iran. Saudi Arabia even went to war in Yemen, not for the Yemenis, who as far as Riyadh is concerned could die of starvation, but to block Iran's influence. Saudi Arabia has warned Hamas against renewing its ties with Tehran and is pressing Washington to come out of its coma and act against the Iranian threat. It seems as if Saudi Arabia would be happy to have Israel join the "Sunni axis." Good for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who dared to get rid of several ministers in his battle against corruption and isn't afraid to confront the Saudi religious oligarchy. Saudi Arabia is the dream of the Jewish state. Its behavior toward Iran makes mincemeat out of the axiom behind Israel's security strategy, namely that all Arab states seek to destroy it, but in return Saudi Arabia reinforces Iran's status as the ultimate enemy.


Has something changed in Earth's atmosphere? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Something has just changed in Earth's atmosphere. This week alone atmospheric compression events deluge Greece and Italy with once in a multi-century floods, feet of snow, winter storms a few weeks before summer in South Africa, November typhoon out of season far far south near Cambodia, UK colder than Moscow and 14 locations have been chosen for geoengineering programs to begin in our atmosphere.


Zimbabwes ruling party expected to expel Mugabe "IndyWatch Feed War"

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling party will dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and kick him out, stripping its ruler for the last 37 years of one of his final vestiges of authority, the head of the liberation war veterans said.

Speaking to Reuters as he walked into an extraordinary meeting of ZANU-PFs central committee, Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

We are going all the way, Mutsvangwa said. Hes trying to bargain for a dignified exit.

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Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded a campaign over the last 18 months to remove the only leader Zimbabwe has known, said ZANU-PF would also dismiss Mugabes wife Grace as head of its Womens League and reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The former state security chief, known as The Crocodile is thought to be in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilizing an economy in freefall.

State television said late on Friday that Mugabe, who has so far resisted pressure to quit, would meet military commanders who seized power in a de facto coup four days ago, along with a Catholic priest who has been mediating between the two sides.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabes expected overthrow.

His stunning downfall in just four days is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Ugandas Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congos Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to quit.


Protesters calling for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down take to the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Men, women and children ran alon...


NCC using social media networks effectively, say Minister, stakeholders Newtelegraph

The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu and stakeholders in the country have commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its effective deployment of social media to project the activities of the Commission. Shittus said the Commission has impeccably deployed social media networks for public communication and urged all stakeholders to emulate the Commission to expand the frontiers of public sector communication, good governance and national development. Shittu stated these at a two-day Seminar on Social Media for Good Governance: Leveraging ICT for National Development, held at Treasure Suites and...

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Lebanon FM to skip Arab League summit on Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Lebanons Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting in Cairo called by Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanons foreign minister will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia to discuss violations committed by Iran, a ministry source told AFP.Arab foreign ministers will gather in Cairo on Sunday at the request of Riyadh, whose simmering regional rivalry with Tehran has escalated in recent weeks.

But Lebanons top diplomat Gebran Bassil will not be among them, a foreign ministry source said.

This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League, the source said.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not be present.

For more than a decade, Lebanons political class has been largely split between Iran-backed movement Hezbollah and its allies, and a Saudi-supported coalition led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri stepped down from his post on November 4 in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking fears Lebanon would be caught up in the spiralling tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, are long-standing rivals based as much in geostrategic interests as religious differences.

According to a memo seen last week by AFP, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile it says its air defences intercepted near Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, and it has accused the Iran-backed rebels of firing the missile.

Saudi Arabias powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later accused Iran of direct military aggression against the kingdom by supplying the rebels with ballistic missiles.




Saudi Arabia and Arab Allies Call Emergency Meeting in Cairo on Sunday To Discuss Iran, Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iran A Revolutionary Guard missile, the Shahab-3, under a picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans supreme leader. Credit Hasan Sarbakhshian, AP
 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 10:23


Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah.

A Houthi militant shouts slogans as he stands next a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

A Houthi militant shouts slogans as he stands next a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally against US support to Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa. (photo credit:REUTERS)

CAIRO, November 19 Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

Regional tensions have risen between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariris surprise resignation and after an escalation in Yemens conflict.

Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 in an announcement made from Riyadh. Hariri cited fear of assassination and accused Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife in the Arab world.

Hezbollah, both a military force and a political movement, i...


As US Fuels War Crimes in Yemen, House Says US Involvement is Unauthorized "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

House passes non-binding resolution on US role in war in Yemen; the measure fails to confront the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis there.


Anambra Election: INEC official results (LIVE UPDATES) Newtelegraph

The Anambra governorship election held on Saturday was characterised by low turn out and late arrival of materials and personnel in many areas. The election, was, however, violence-free except in isolated incidents. Here is the official result as announced by INEC Idemili North Local Government Area APGA 12,180 APC 4,632 PDP 2,767 UPP 2,847 Anambra West Local Government Area APGA 8,152 APC 4,261 PDP 1,578 UPP 207 Nnewi South Local Government Area APGA 10,465 APC 2,765 PDP 3,255 UPP 596 Anambra East LGA APC 5,248 APGA 20,510 PDP 1,132...

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Okowa Discloses Plan To Build Ultra Modern Markets In Ozoro, Burutu And Oghara Urhobo Today


LAGOS NOVEMBER 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has disclosed plans to construct three ultra modern markets at Ozoro, Burutu and Oghara in the 2018 fiscal year.
He disclosed this on Tuesday at Orerokpe while commissioning the multi-million-naira Orerokpe Ultra Modern market, at Orerokpe, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Governor added that the gesture was aimed at assisting the local government councils and to improve trade and commerce in the said areas.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barrister Mary Iyasere, disclosed that the Orerokpe Modern Market was constructed at a cost of N284m and it comprises of 196 open shops, 28 lock up shops, four offices, 16 toilets, one cold-room, one storage room, one open hall, water borehole reinforced concrete underground water tank, steel elevated portable water tank, PHCN electricity supply, external flood lights, platform for yam tubers, among other facilities.
The Orodje of Okpe, HRM Gen. Felix Mujakperuo, Orhue I, in his remarks, thanked the Governor for constructing the market, adding that the market will be put to proper use.
He disclosed that the old Orerokpe market will cease to exist in the next three months and urged all the traders in Orerokpe to apply for shops in the new market.


Robert Mugabe Is Ousted From His Ruling Party in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Robert Mugabes own party voted to oust him as its leader on Sunday, a day after thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets to celebrate his stunning fall from power after a military takeover.

How China helped depose 'dozing despot' Robert Mugabe after flooding Zimbabwe with billions to build hospitals, schools and even the 35million Parliament "IndyWatch Feed World"

As he was driven back to his opulent palace in Harare on Tuesday, surrounded by bodyguards in military fatigues and wearing motorcycle helmets, Robert Mugabe had no reason to suspect that his 37-year rule was about to end. Having been in power since 1980, Mugabe not to mention Grace, his high-handed, grasping second wife thought he was invincible. Just days earlier, he beamed with satisfaction at a ceremony to change the name of Zimbabwe's main airport to the Robert Mugabe International Airport.


Emerhor to empower Deltans on 60th birthday Newtelegraph

The Delta State All Progressive Congress, APC, leader and business mogul, Olorogun Otega Emerhor has set out to use the occasion of his 60th birthday on Saturday, November 25, 2017 to give back to the society and empower Deltans by giving them starter packs. Olorogun Emerhor, as part of the activities lined up for the Diamond Jubilee celebration; will organise free medical outreach, Charity novelty football match, cultural dance competition and an empowerment programme, as part of his social responsibilities to the community. In a statement signed by his media,...

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Nine months old rape victim gets N10m damages Newtelegraph

Kano State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir Umar, has awarded N10 million damages in favour of a nine-month girl Khadija, who was raped sometime last year 2016 in the ancient northern commercial city. Justice Umar, in his judgment condemned the crime, stating that the objective of the Nigerian constitution was the promotion and protection of human rights and it also provides that every person regardless of their gender have a right to life and human dignity. The sexual assault on the little baby last year drew national condemnation, prompting...

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Moses, Oshoala voted Nigerias Footballers of The Year Newtelegraph

  Improved Super Eagles star and Chelsea FC of England super star, Victor Moses, has been named at the Nigeria Footballer of the Year 2017. He was named at the Nigerian Sports Awards staged which was held at the Eko Hotels and Suites at the weekend. The Chelsea utility player beat Anthony Okpotu and Stephen Odey in the votes to win the best player award. Moses, who is also in line to win the CAF African Footballer of the Year award, helped Chelsea FC win the Premier League title and...

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Sack of 22,000 Teachers in Kaduna State: Sanity inter-coursed with impunity Newtelegraph

INTRODUCTION As Justice Chukwudifu Oputa once opined, that impunity destroys the confidence of the people in the authority and the role of the state. It makes healing and social integration, rehabilitation and reconciliation difficult if not impossible. We shall with this at the back of our mind, discuss the shameful and deleterious sack of 22,000 workers in Kaduna State. When an angry Fela sang, Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense, it was because he realized that things were not really what they claimed to be. We totally agree with the...

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Again 5 killed in Borno suicide attack Newtelegraph

  A teenage boy and four female suicide bombers were killed, while his mother and three others were injured in a multiple suicide attack in Alakareemti village of Jere Local Government area in the outskirt of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday The Public Relation Officer of the Borno State Police Command, DSP Victor Isuku, who confirmed this in a press statement said in the wee hours of today (Saturday), two female suicide bombers detonated their IED vest in the outskirt of Alakaramtii village in Jere Local government killing themselves...

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Oil rises amidst expected extension of OPEC cuts Newtelegraph

Oil markets edged up on Thursday as expectations that OPEC will extend production cuts at a meeting at the end of this month outweighed rising U.S. crude production and inventories. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $62.06 per barrel at 0742 GMT, up 19 cents, or 0.3 per cent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at 55.39 dollars a barrel, six cents up from their last settlement. Traders said oil rises due to efforts led by the Organisation of...

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We knew Ofe nsala would fail Igboezue Newtelegraph

says, call for boycott of Anambra poll, enemy action IPOB fights back with juju scare   Igboezue International has said that it knew all the while that the Anambra electorate would not boycott the crucial election and described advocates of boycott as enemies of the state and anti-democratic elements. This idea of a boycott now popularly known as Ofe nsala, in the South East, I have always said, IPOB did not think it through before declaring it, it said. Igboezue stated this yesterday in a press statement endorsed by Comrade...

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$5.5bn loan: Analysts disagree with IMF on naira vulnerability Newtelegraph

Say dollar loan will increase foreign reserves   As the Federal Government commenced move on Friday to issue $5.5 billion fresh Eurobond in a move to rebalance government debt in favour of more foreign borrowing, the Minister of Finance, Ms Kemi Adeosun and other experts have said that rather the prediction by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the move would raise the exchangerate vulnerability of the naira, the impact on the local currency would be positive. The government is planning to switch its borrowing mix so that foreign loans...

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Developing Centers of Excellence and Economic Hubs in Somalia An Alternative Approach to Development "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook 14 Somalia, like many countries, is land-locked on one side, and sea-locked on the other. If Somalia had been land-locked neighboring Germany or sea-locked neighboring Singapore, its development history would have had an entirely different trajectory. In January 2016 I presented Global Economic Futures to the CEO and Leadership of []



Anambra guber: Obiano in early lead Newtelegraph

  Anambra State Governor and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Chief Willie Obiano, is leading comfortably in the governorship poll according to results declared so far at some polling units and wards in the state. Obiano as at press time won with wide margin in majority of the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at polling units after the conclusion of the election process. Others, however, had not been declared at press time. According to early results from some of the 21 local governments in...

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Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady Newtelegraph

Tuesday looked so promising and Adele was very happy. The only dark spot was the fact that Jay hadnt answered her calls or called back, neither did he respond to her text messages. It wasnt the first time such would happen but she just wasnt feeling too cool about it anymore. By midday, she got really worried. Why wasnt he answering her calls? Could something be wrong? An icy hand grabbed her chest and her heart raced. Jay detested her getting family involved whenever he didnt return home. The last...

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General in charge of US nukes says he will defy an illegal strike order from Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Above~U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command



Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike "IndyWatch Feed War"

Exclusive: The Iraq WMD fiasco wasnt the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter.

By Gareth Porter, November 18, 2017, Consortium News.

In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that supported that claim.

Satellite photos of the supposed Syrian
nuclear site before and after the
Israeli airstrike.

But nothing about that alleged reactor in the Syrian desert turns out to be what it appeared at the time. The evidence now available shows that there was no such nuclear reactor, and that the Israelis had misled George W. Bushs administration into believing that it was in order to draw the United States into bombing missile storage sites in Syria. Other evidence now suggests, moreover, that the Syrian government had led the Israelis to believe wrongly that it was a key storage site for Hezbollah missiles and rockets.

The International Atomic Agencys top specialist on North Korean reactors, Egyptian national Yousry Abushady, warned top IAEA officials in 2008 that the published CIA claims about the alleged reactor in the Syrian desert could not possibly have been true. In a series of interviews in Vienna and by phone and e-mail exchanges over several months Abushady detailed the technical evidence that led him to issue that warning and to be even more confident about that judgment later on. And a retired nuclear engineer and research scientist with many years of experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has confirmed a crucial element of that technical evidence.

Published revelations by senior Bush administration officials show, moreover, that principal U.S. figures in the story all had their own political motives for supporting the Israeli claim of a Syrian reactor being built with Nor...


CBN, Kenya to hold rates next week Reuters Newtelegraph

Nigeria and Kenya will both leave monetary policy unchanged next week, a Reuters poll forecast, as inflation in Nigeria is not yet tame enough while an interest rate cap in Kenya limits policymakers room for manoeuvre. All 15 analysts polled this week said rates would be held at 14.0 per cent in Nigeria and 10.0 per cent in Kenya. However, the Kenyan central bank is hamstrung by the cap imposed last year that limits commercial lending rates to 4 percentage points above its official rate. The interest rate cap in...

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CHAN: Eagles up against Libya, Rwanda, Eq. Guinea Newtelegraph

Nigeria will tackle 2014 champions Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea in the group stage at the 5th African Nations Championship taking place in Morocco, 13th January 4th February 2018. The matches of Group C will be played in Tangier. Libya shocked the African football family by winning the 2014 edition in South Africa at the expense of Ghana, despite the North African nation being embroiled in political turmoil at the time. Nigeria finished third at the same competition. Rwanda was the last team to qualify for the finals, after...

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Nigerians paid more for petrol, kerosene, gas in October NBS Newtelegraph

Paul Ogbuokiri The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the average price paid by consumers for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) increased by 0.1 per cent year-on-year and 1.0 per cent month-on-month in October. According to a report obtained from the NBS website by the News Agency of Nigeria. NAN, the price of petro increased to N146 in October from N144.5 in September 2017. The report reviewed states with the highest average price of premium motor spirit (petrol) to include Yobe (N 152.50), Benue (N 150.83) and Ebonyi (N148.57). It named...

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  Collation officer disappears The collation officer for Aguluzuigbo ward, which is the ward of former National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, disappeared without collating the result of the ward. He was said to have gone to the local government headquarters at Nneni without the result, which was in favour of APGA.     Obiano votes, predicts landslide victory Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, yesterday expressed optimism that he would record landslide victory in the governorship election. Obiano, who spoke to journalists after casting his vote at Eri...

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Good corporate governancell boost $70bn telecoms industry NCC Newtelegraph

  TThe Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has said that adherence to good corporate governance creates a focus on value creation proposition that leads to sustainable growth of the nations $70 billion telecoms industry. He said in his remarks at the zonal sensitisation workshop on the code of corporate governance for the telecoms industry held in Enugu over the weekend where he also announced that the Commission had commenced compliance and enforcement monitory to the code by the telecoms companies. Dambatta said the...

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FOCI begs FIRS on pending N36bn withholding tax credit notes Newtelegraph

  Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) said over N36 billion Withholding Tax (WHT) credit notes belonging to its members are pending with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). FOCI, the umbrella body for all the construction firms in Nigeria observed that, the pending WHT credit note has constrained its members from applying for tax settlement. Consequently, the body is appealing to FIRS, to work out modalities that will guarantee a hitch- free refund of excess WHT and Value Added Tax (VAT) in the construction industry. FOCI President, Engr. Nasiru A....

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Cauliflower stir fry Newtelegraph

This food episode features a recipe that will resonate brilliantly and tickle the palates of those who are subscribed to the keto diet. Many things come as a fad in Nigeria, diet choices are not left out. In a country where most of our staple meals are packed with carbohydrates, going a different route will not only be difficult, fraught with temptations, but also very expensive. Here is a relatively cheap option in this caulifried rice.   Ingredients 3 portions fish or chicken 1 head of cauliflower ...

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Remembering the October 1917 Russian Revolution Newtelegraph

On Tuesday November 7, 2017, Russians marked the centenary of the Great October Revolution that saw the replacement of capitalism with communism. One hundred years is indeed a long period in terms or reckoning but small time in terms of historical process. In every major campaign in which success is key, it is a consciousness raising process first. Karl Marx in his very important remark during the funeral oration at grave side of Feuerback said historians have interpreted history in different ways but the key issue is to change it....

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Luxury kitchen towels Newtelegraph

am yet to see a kitchen that lacks what to clean at every point in time. As long as one activity or the other is going on in the kitchen and sometimes even elsewhere in the home, you do need kitchen towels and a support of paper towels to keep the kitchen and home in its entirety clean and dry. Smart home owners keep separate towels for dishes, wiping up messes, hot pads, towel aprons, kitchen mittens and more. What I want you to know is that you can totally...

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Law School /NOUN: The Judgment, AGFs connivance and way forward Newtelegraph

First and foremost, Justice H.I.O.Oshomah of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt deserves encomiums for doggedly concluding the long-drawn-out suit filed by law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN) which challenged the Council of Legal Education over their obstructed admission into the Nigerian Law School. However, the judgment, archetypal of well-orchestrated calligraphy is glaringly unpragmatic and aggregately falls below the bar of justice, symptomatic of survival of the fittest; a verdict against the beleaguered common-man with colossal manipulations and dangerous implications. Without mincing words, in the...

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Yemenis Sit Between the Hammer and Anvil of US-backed Saudi Siege and Airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) Yemeni forces launched a long-range ballistic missile at the King Khalid Airport in early November in retaliation for the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Days later, Saudi Arabia tightened their already-existing blockade. This impacts Yemeni life in a number of ways and puts millions of Yemenis on the brink of death.

Nearly 1,000 days ago, Saudi Arabia along with most of the Gulf Cooperation Council and backed by western allies launched a brutal war against Yemen to defeat a popular uprising and prop-up the Saudi puppet government of Mansur Hadi.

International observers estimate the death toll from Saudi airstrikes and military operations is about 5,000 but local estimates suggest that total is over 13,000.

The number of Yemenis killed by the ongoing siege is harder to calculate. Not long after beginning the war, the Saudi coalition imposed a land, sea, and air blockade effectively turning Yemen into an open-air prison.

yemen famineAttribution 2.0 Generic Flickr: CDC Global

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

Aid, which was already severely restricted, is now nonexistent. The previous measures put seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine, made 17 million food insecure, and triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak infecting nearly 1 million and killing over 3,000 since April.

The Saudi measures in early November increased this existing blockade by closing Yemens few remaining lifelines including the Aden airport, Hodeidah port, and various land routes. The siege also restricts the flow of movement, and the Sanaa airport has been closed to commercial travel for years. (Saudi airstrikes attacked the Sanaa airports communication equipment last week just to ensure aid cannot enter.)

People living in Sanaa say the once bustling capital has become a ghost town as the prices of available goods have skyrocketed.

  • Fuel: People wait in long lines in hopes of filling their cars to get to work. Yemenis report parking their car in line and walking home, only to return the next day and wait. Sewage pumps require fuel to function so lack of fuel will cause cholera rates to spike again.
  • Foodstuffs: Yemen imports nearly 80% of food so millions are expected to die if the siege continues.
  • Medical supplies...


Phortion occidentalis new species an extinct endodontoid land snail from late tertiary deposits at langebaanweg cape province south africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

Phortion occidentalis new species an extinct endodontoid land snail from late tertiary deposits at langebaanweg cape province south africa


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Two-Faced Trump Spokeswoman Carelessly Boasts That the US Doesnt Need UN Approval To Wage War In Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nikki Haley: US ready to fight for justice in Syria without UN approval

The US does not consider itself constrained by the United Nations Security Council and might seek justice in Syria on its own terms, the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US took similar action in Libya in 2011.

With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russias obstructionism, we will continue to fight for justice and accountability in Syria, Haley said, blasting Russias vetoing of the draft resolution on the extension of the Syrian chemical weapons probe on Friday.

The draft, proposed by Japan, envisioned the technical extension of the probe for another 30 days. Explaining Russias decision to block the resolution, Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said that there is no sense in prolonging the mission if some glaring flaws in its work are not amended.

There can...


Military Coup in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed World"

Military Coup in Zimbabwe | military-coup-africa | Special Interests World News

Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, heading the nations ZANU-PF party, earlier as prime minister, for the last 30 years as president. Hes now aged-93 in poor health.

On Wednesday, Zimbabwes military took control of the countrys state-run ZBC television.

Addressing the nation, spokesman General SB Moyo said criminals committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country were targeted in order to bring them to justice, adding:

The military is seeking to pacify a degenerating, social, and economic situation. He ludicrously denied a coup occurred, saying Mugabe and his family are safe and sound and their safety is guaranteed.

On November 14, ZANU-PF accused the army chief of treasonable conduct after he challenged Mugabes sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa for disloyalty, a former intelligence chief, seen as his successor.

Ruling party members believe a bloodless transition of power is underway, Mubabe heavily guarded under house arrest, preparing to announce his resignation.

Mnangagwa may succeed him. On Tuesday, tanks and armored vehicles rolled through Harare, the nations capital.

According to South African News24, Mugabe arranged for his wife Grace to leave the country ahead of his resignation. She reportedly fled for neighboring Namibia.

Over night, there were reports of explosions, gunfire near Mubabes private residence, and incidents of military abuse.

On Wednesday morning, things were calm in Harare though usually busy streets were largely empty, activity picking up later in the day.

No disturbances were reported elsewhere in the country. Its unclear if CIA operatives are involved in whats going on.

A tweet from Americas embassy in Harare cited ongoing uncertainty likely not much longer if Washington orchestrated Mugabes ouster, an imperial foe.

Things remain tense in Harare, troops deployed to keep order. African policy analyst Nii Akuetteh said a coup is underway to replace Mugabe.

If it is not a coup, the military should be back in their barracks. The milit...


UN World Food Programme predicts second wave of refugees to sweep Europe "IndyWatch Feed World"

Middle East is only getting worse, the head of the UN World Food Programme said. He added there is a clear link between hunger and migration. Living conditions, mostly food distribution, in refugee camps in crisis-affected regions had deteriorated dramatically before the European migrant crisis struck in 2015, David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP) told German newspaper Die Zeit. "We paid a heavy price for this mistake and I'm afraid we're about to make it once again," Beasley believes. According to the UN food chief, while many asylum seekers wanted to stay in their home region, the lack of food has driven them away. "If they don't have enough food, they will leave. And many of them would go to Europe," Beasley said. While the UN has been seemingly making progress in fighting world hunger over the last 10 years, the number of people suffering hunger worldwide has now dramatically increased again, Beasley said, adding that the food crisis is caused mainly by wars and climate change. Yemen is threatened by famine because Saudi Arabia is blocking the country's ports, preventing aid deliveries, Beasley said, urging Gulf countries not to stand aside but instead join the food aid program for crisis-stricken regions. A WFP report from March says that some 108 million people across the globe faced "crisis food insecurity or worse," a dramatic increase from 2015 when the figure was 80 million. The document says that major food crises were fueled by "conflict, record-high food prices and abnormal weather patterns."


Zimbabwe's President makes first public speech since alleged coup "IndyWatch Feed World"

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appears since Army tanks drove through the streets of the capital and made a statement on national television stating that they intend to bring criminals to justice who have surrounded the President. While it later emerged that Mugabe was under house arrest, yesterday he was pictured in a meeting with military leaders and today he made a public appearance at a graduation ceremony at the Open University of Harare. Mugabe made a short apolitical speech and led the crowd in the national anthem. He was received with warm applause by the university students.


Security Council-appointed panel says no missiles sent to Houthis, refuting Saudi Arabia claim "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV November 18, 2017 A United Nations Security Council-appointed panel has said in a confidential memo that it has seen no evidence to support Saudi Arabias claims that missiles have been transferred to Yemens Houthis fighters by external sources. The panel made the conclusion in a confidential assessment sent to Security Council diplomats []


Will Saudi warmongers kill millions of Yemenis? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

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

22 September 2017

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

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


Hillary announces she is resigning as Fox Newss president of the United States "IndyWatch Feed World"

In an exclusive to Now This, Hillary Clinton has announced that she is resigning as Fox Newss president of the United States. Even the popular vote winner has noticed that the channel cant seem to keep her name out of their mouths, with Sean Hannity even letting a President Clinton slip through those things he calls lips.

Anything Hillary continues to lead Fox News stories even though the election was over a year ago. Its not like theres a million Dumpster fires to cover, including Paul Manafort under house arrest, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III lying to Congress, Don. Jr. playing footsie with Wikileaks, Jared Kushner caught omitting information from the Senate, and Mueller interviewing basically everyone except Omarosa (give it a few weeks), just to mention a few.

Then that whole thing about Trump refusing to disavow an alleged child molester after being caught himself bragging on tape about committing sexual assault. Oh wait, thats exactly why they cant stop talking about Hillary.



New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed World"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...


Kingdom of UAE Traficking In (US?) Arms In Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

[US approves $2 billion arms sale to UAE

UAE violates UN arm embargo in Somalia

In a protest against the creation of a UAE military base in Somalia, banners read No to military bases, no to aggression outside the UAE embassy in London, UK, on 2 March 2017.

According to monitors, the continuous support of some foreign countries for terror in Somalia threatens peace and security due to the possible return of piracy off the Somali coast.

The report said that it had enough proofs that a UAE ship could have been carrying illegal weapons and banned materials to Somali before it was intercepted and kidnapped....


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WASHINGTON President Trump on Friday reversed the governments decision to start allowing hunters to import trophies of elephants that were killed in two African countries, pending a further review.

His evening Twitter message reversed a decision by his own administration over Zimbabwe that was announced this week and promoted as recently as Friday afternoon by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabe...


Large turn-out as Kwara elect local govt chairmen, councilors Newtelegraph

Voters turned out in large numbers yesterday in Kwara state to take part in the local government election conducted across the state. Although the election was generally peaceful as residents conducted themselves in an orderly manner and complied with no movement order, there were, however, pockets of skirmishes initially in some polling units visited by our reporter. In some poling units in Ilorin West voters complained about the non-availability of result sheets and vowed not to go on with the election unless the sheets were provided. Senate President, Dr. Bukola...

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Re: Why billionaire Benny remained elusive Newtelegraph

I have just read an opinion piece written by Funsho Arogbundade published on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in The Sun Newspaper and I am truly amazed at the insinuations and misrepresentation of facts expressed by the writer in an attempt to malign the character of Mr. Benedict Peters, the founder and CEO of AITEO Group.  The intention, clearly, is to create an illusion of his wealth as a function of his participating in and benefiting from acts of corruption.   First, the writer attributes Mr. Peters shy public life to a well-orchestrated plan designed to keep him away from the...

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Thugs beat electoral officers, disrupt PDP primaries Newtelegraph

Thugs disrupted the primary elections organised by the Peoples Democratic Party to decide its chairmanship candidate for Kanke in the Feb. 18 local government elections in Plateau. The thugs, who invaded the Kwall Stadium, venue of the election, beat up members of the PDP electoral committee and officials of the party and destroyed several cars. Worst hit in the attack was one Mr. Anthony Joro, a member of the electoral committee, whose ear was mutilated. Also hit was Mr Dauda Waptu, the PDP Chairman in Kanke Local Government, who sustained...

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UN Chief Guterres: Yemen war is "stupid", time to end it "IndyWatch Feed World"

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has referred to the ongoing Saudi-Yemeni conflict as "stupid", calling on the regime in Riyadh and its allies to put an end to hostilities. In his address to reporters on Thursday Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief had written a letter to the Saudi UN envoy Abdallah al-Mouallimi asking the Saudi authorities to reopen Yemeni land and sea borders, shut down earlier this month over security and arms smuggling concerns. Guterres and his officials are "heartbroken at the scenes we are seeing from Yemen and the risk of continued suffering of the Yemeni people," Dujarric added. He called the war "man-made", underscoring the unprovoked conflict has caused an enormous death toll of over 12,000 Yemenis since it began in March 2015. Comment: The death toll is probably closer to 100,000: Having lost the war against Yemen, Saudis try genocide In his letter to Mouallimi, Guterres demanded that the Saudis allow UN flights to the Yemeni capital Sana as well as Aden, and to end the blockade of the key ports of Hudaydah and Salif. He also spoke in favor more thorough inspections at the Hudaydah port, after Saudi Arabia claimed that ships docking there were smuggling arms into rebellious Houthi-controlled areas.


Confidential UN brief reveals no proof Iran sent missiles to Houthis "IndyWatch Feed World"

While the Saudi-led coalition and Washington have accused Iran of the Yemeni rebel missile attack targeting King Khalid International Airport near Riyadh, Tehran has strongly denied the claims. On November 10, a panel appointed by the UN Security Council sent a confidential letter to diplomats, which states that it has seen no proof of Saudi Arabia's claims that Iran was responsible for the recent missile attack by the Yemeni Houthi rebels targeting Riyadh, the US-based investigative website The Intercept reported on Friday. According to the members of the panel, the tightening of Yemen's blockade by the Saudi-led coalition and the invocation by Saudi Arabia of paragraph 14 of resolution 2216, which allows UN member states to take measures to prevent the transfer of military goods to Houthis, is allegedly an attempt to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians. However, Riyadh insists that the closure of all Yemeni ground, air and sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition forces is temporary and will not interfere with food deliveries to the country.


Archangel Michael, Steve Beckow -- What Happened to Civilization in 1200 BC? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Archangel Michael: What Happened to Civilization in 1200 BC?

By Steve Beckow

As an historian by training, I have an abiding interest in historical matters. One mystery has long intrigued me and I asked Archangel Michael about it in my last reading through Linda Dillon, Nov. 15, 2017.

Right around 1200 BC, many civilizations fell, were eroded, or suffered some other obstacle to their progress.

Various theories have been advanced - natural disaster, invasion of the "sea people," etc.

But what actually happened? Archangel Michael says it had to do with the withdrawal of our star family from active participation in our societies. They felt it was time for us to manage our own affairs.

We promptly turned on each other and started a series of never-ending wars of conquest that lasts to this day.

From a personal reading with Archangel Michael and Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Nov. 15, 2017. Thanks to Dana for our transcript.

Steve Beckow: There is a mystery that Im hoping you can help me solve and thats that something happened in 1200 BC to numerous civilizations and they experienced at least a hiccup in the case of Egypt but also fell in the case of the Hittites and some of their neighbors. What happened in 1200 BC, Lord?

Archangel Michael: There was a great deal that happened in that area that you would term 1200 BC. First of all, during that time many returned home (1) and we do not just mean to the Sacred One (2) but also many returned to the ships (3) and there was a cleavage, a breaking of much of the partnership and co-creative partnerships between your star brothers and many civilizations.

There was also a similar t...


Macron escalates French neocolonial war in Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

French soldier in Mali with skull mask

This photo of a French Foreign Legion soldier, part of the invasion of Mali, shows the real face of that war.

That war is not against Al Qaeda terrorism (supported by the French government in Libya and in Syria). It is not for womens rights, human rights or secularism.

It started in support of a military dictatorship.

It brings death, mainly to Malian civilians.

This war is a neo-colonial war.

The French Foreign Legion became infamous in the nineteenth century for its atrocities while imposing colonial rule in Algeria and elsewhere. Now, it plays a role in twenty-first century neo-colonialism as well.

By Kumaran Ira in France:

France intensifies intervention in West Africa with launch of Sahel G5 force

18 November 2017

The Sahel, which has been devastated by the 2011 NATO war in Libya and the resulting French war in Mali starting in 2013, is facing a new military escalation as France steps up its deployments in the strategic, resource-rich region in its former colonial empire.

The new regional force set up by Paris, the Sahel G5...


Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest Newtelegraph

  The Vicar in-Charge of the Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye Memorial Anglican Church, Ajao Estate, Lagos, Venerable Michael Odumuyiwa, has said that human being cannot but experience hardship in one way or the other. The Vicar, who was answering questions from our correspondent at the Adult Harvest celebration of the church, encouraged Nigerians to take their focus from the present hardship in the country and rather get connected to God in order to enjoy divine satisfaction with even the little God has blessed them with. He said: Today we are celebrating...

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Revelations from a high-profile Qatari official reveal a wider anti-Syria conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed World"

A few days ago, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Hamad Bin Jassim in an interview with the BBC announced that his country had been providing all sorts of assistance to the armed opposition groups in Syria through Turkey for years. At the same time, Doha wasn't alone to show its supports to anti-Assad forces, as it was joined by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE and Turkey itself. All this began back in 2007 after Israel suffered a humiliating defeat in South Lebanon, while being unable to overcome Hezbollah's resistance in 2006. According to the former Qatari Prime Minister, Qatar was in charge of the so-called "Syrian Dossier" on behalf of the US and Saudi Arabia, adding that he had access to both American and Saudi paperwork on the staging of a so-called "Syrian civil war." Hamad Bin Jassim announced that weapons and equipment was distributed to all sorts of opposition groups via Turkey. These operations were a common routine of American, Turkish and Saudi military personnel in this country. At the same time, the Incirlik Air Force base would host a joint operational headquarters, where intelligence officers from the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Morocco, Jordan, Israel, France and Great Britain would coordinate the course of proxy operations in Syria. Washington has gone as far as to dispatch 6 special reconnaissance satellites for those officers to observe the entire territory of Syria 24 hours a day non-stop. This operational command center was in charge of military operations in the north of Syria. As for the operations in southern parts of Syria, to coordinate those Washington created a similar command center at the King Hussein Air Base in Jordan, where officers from Jordan, Israel, the United States, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar would join their efforts in a bid to outsmart Syria's government.


How Russia Outmaneuvered Nikki Haley at the UN Debate on Khan Sheikhoun "IndyWatch Feed World"

Analysis The events at the United Nations Security Council surrounding the joint OPCW-UN-JIM investigation  report (the report) into the alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapon attack are not being widely reported.

This is unfortunate because they show that international opinion is swinging heavily against the report, which has lost credibility.

Here an account of what happened on the two most recent occasions when the UN Security Council discussed this issue is necessary.

On 24th October 2017 the Russians vetoed at the UN Security Council a resolution to extend the OPCWs mandate in Syria.  They complained that the resolution presented to the UN Security Council to extend the OPCWs mandate had been brought forward in haste before its report had been provided to the UN Security Council.   They pointed out that this was obviously inappropriate and appeared intended to led authority to the report before it was published. They said that there was actually no need to bring forward a resolution to extend the OPCWs mandate in that way, and that the more correct time to bring such a resolution forward was after the report had been submitted to the UN Security Council for its consideration.

The Russians during the 24th October 2017 UN Security Council session also severely criticised the methodology used to prepare the report by the OPCW-UN-JIM team, pointing out that it was being prepared without inspections of the two sites in Syria relevant to an understanding of the incident: Khan Sheikhoun itself, where the attack allegedly took place, and Al-Sharyat air base, from where the attack was allegedly launched.

At this point it is necessary to say that the current structure of the UN Security Council means that the US can normally rely on a built-in majority in any vote in the UN Security Council.  In the overwhelming of cases where resolutions are presented to the UN Security Council the US can rely on the well-nigh automatic support of 9 to 10 of its members, which is enough to pass a resolution where there is no veto.

Though this proved to be the case with the resolution presented to the UN Security Council on 24th October 2017, the account of the discussion around the resolution provided by the United Nations press centre shows that the Russian concerns both about the seeming haste in bringing the resolution forward, and concerning the flawed methodology being used to prepare the OPCW-UN-JIM report were widely shared even by some states which voted for the US backed resolution.

The two strongest statements expressing such doubts were made by the ambassadors of Ethiopia and Egypt, both of who are normally reliable US allies.

Here is how the UN...


African Union calls for slave market probe "IndyWatch Feed War"

(From L) Rwandas president Paul Kagame, Senegals president Macky Sall, Malis president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita and president of the Commission of African Union (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat attend the opening of the 4th Summit on Peace and Security on November 13, 2017 in Dakar. (AFP)

DAKAR: The African Union (AU) on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate slave markets of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men.

The demand follows the release of CNN footag...


Did Bill Gates actually thank the Saudi regime for its philanthropic work in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

All Saudi regime media claimed yesterday that Bill Gates in his visit to Saudi Arabia actually thanked the Saudi government for its humanitarian work in Yemen. Kid you not. But something happened: Saudi Gazette had to change its headline (which said that "Gates praised Saudi humanitarian work in Yemen") and the content of its story clearly after receiving a complaint from Gates.  If you google Bill Gates and Yemen you can still see the false original headline of the story.


Zimbabwes ruling party to fire Mugabe on Sunday Anti-Mugabe Crowds On The March "IndyWatch Feed War"


HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling ZANU-PF party will hold a special central committee meeting on Sunday morning to dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader, two ZANU-PF sources said on Saturday.

The meeting, which is scheduled to start at 1030 am (3.30 a.m. ET) will also reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabes wife, Grace, from the leadership of the ZANU-PF Womens League.

people holding signs reading The message for the Mugabes was clear. EPA photos

Reporting by Ed Cropley and MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by James Macharia



Zimbabwe protesters begin marching towards Mugabe residence



Spanish police shoot Muslim screaming Allahu akbar holding suspicious object, cops say not terror-related "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sources close to the inquiry said they were not probing it as a terror incident and believed the unidentified man may have been acting under the influence of drugs. Of course. Drug-addled people routinely start screaming Allahu akbar and threaten border patrol officers with suspicious objects. BREAKING NEWS: Spanish police shoot Frenchman of north African []


US, European Nations Slammed for 'Complicity' Warcrimes Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Published on 

US, European Nations Slammed for 'Complicity' as Humanitarian Groups Demand Aid for Yemen

"The choice is between resolution, or complicity in the suffering; there is no third option."


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Chinas military met with Zimbabwe army chief before coup "IndyWatch Feed War"


By Elizabeth Shim

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe (R) maintained close relations until the coup that placed Mugabe under house arrest this week. File Photo by Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Nov. 17 (UPI)  Africas no. 1 foreign investor could have had a hand in the military-led coup in Zimbabwe that placed former President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwes army commander, met with senior Chinese military officials before he led the Zimbabwean military to seize control of power in Harare and detain Mugabe, CNN reported Friday.

Speculation is growing Beijings Gen. Li Zuocheng, who met with Chiwenga, may have backed the coup, after Li told Chiwenga Zimbabwe and China are all-weather friends, according to the report.

Since the meeting and the coup, China has not publicly condemned the ousting of Mugabe from power, according to The Guardian.

Wang Xinsong, an analyst on policy at Beijing Normal University, said the Chinese government has been carefully watching domestic infighting among Zimbabwes factions and was concerned about friction building up in the Mugabe regime.

China, which owns many assets in Zimbabwe, may have been nervous following the introduction of an indigenization law that would have allowed the Zimbabwean government to seize foreign-owned assets in the country, according to the report.

Since Mugabe to...


Donald Trump puts unpopular elephant trophy decision on hold after widespread negative outcry "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Independent

Change had attracted widespread negative outcry

By Jeremy B White San Francisco

A male elephant attempts to stand on its feet at the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya November 2, 2016 Reuters

Donald Trump says he is halting a controversial change allowing the import of elephants killed by hunters abroad.

Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts, Mr Trump said in a Friday night tweet.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Trump administration was lifting a ban on importing hunted elephant trophies. The US Fish and Wildlife Service had already moved to begin allowing people to import hunted lion trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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French Interior Minister says there are 300,000 illegal Muslim migrants in France "IndyWatch Feed War"

What could possibly go wrong, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe? These illegal Muslim migrants make France diverse! Diverse like this: Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York []


Egypt: Enraged Muslim mob of 1,000 attacks church, Christians lock themselves inside "IndyWatch Feed War"

Churches are closed, the Coptic Christians are being attacked and their property destroyed, and there is no deterrent. The Copts always pay the price of this coexistence, not the aggressors. The reactions of officials are disappointing, and when there is any dispute or an attack, the first alternative is to close the church and put []


Steve Beckow -- What is the Phase of Ascension Called Accountability? "IndyWatch Feed World"

What is the Phase of Ascension Called Accountability?

November 18, 2017

Source: Golden Age of Gaia | by Steve Beckow

Folks who want to sit out the phase of Ascension called Accountability are invited to do so. Read no further.

It may not be your mission. It is a part of mine.

Were in the phase of Ascension which, prior to 2012, commentators would have called Accountability.

It occurs to me that some readers may not remember those times and may not be familiar with this phase or the way this blog no longer the 2012 Scenario, but the Golden Age of Gaia is handling it. (1)

Only later (2011) did I meet up with Archangel Michael. Hes toned me down over the years. But I still feel the ardor flare, as Tanga has pointed out. (2)

Accountability refers to the phase of Ascension which is concerned with several things.

Its concerned with putting an end to the elites (cabals, deep states) hold on the planet so that as many people as possible can ascend, including any recalcitrants whove stopped undermining global society and world peace.

Its concerned with putting an end to their intention to cause a World War III, in which most of Earths population would be destroyed.

Its concerned with regime change where the deep state is in control of governments. You see Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe happening as we speak.

Its concerned with having the truth about everything be known.



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#AnambraDecides2017: Obiano, Obaze, Chidoka, Tony Nwoye, battle for votes (LIVE UPDATE) Newtelegraph

Anambra state governorship election is currently ongoing. The main contenders are Osita Chidoka, Tony Nwoye of APC, Wille Obiano of APGA, Oseloka Obaze of PDP and Godwin Ezeemo of PPA.  Follow our live updates  Reports from Amamkpu ward 6, Mgbakwu PU: 007 and 010. There is no single security agent here and some of the party representatives say there will be no vote if the card reader network fluctuation continues. A Policeman escaped bullet mistakenly fired by his colleague at Aroma Junction, very close to the INEC office in Awka. A...

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Zimbabwe on Edge Amid Negotiations After Military Takeover "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Anita Powell November 16, 2017

Zimbabweans are hoping for a speedy and smooth resolution to their nations sudden political crisis, as opposition figures, civil society and religious groups urge longtime President Robert Mugabe to step down in the wake of a military takeover.

But reports Thursday said Mugabe was resisting, and South Africas president, Jacob Zuma, dashed hopes of a quick final act, telling his parliament, It is too early to take any firm decision now.

Mugabe hasnt been seen in public since being placed under house arrest in Harare by soldiers Tuesday night. Mediators sent by the South African government met at Mugabes home Thursday and at State House.

Analyst Knox Chitiyo of the Chatham House research institution, was in Harare when the military deployed its tanks on Tuesday. Chitiyo, who is Zimbabwean, says the longer the military is perceived to be in charge, the more unstable things will become.

The key issue is the time scale, he told VOA in Johannesburg. The military will wantthese negotiations to be completed, as quickly as possible. They want to have the president, or if its acting president, in place as soon as possible. They want an interim administration announced, I think, as soon as possible. The military does not want this to drag out, because the longer all this drags out, the murkier, the messier it could become.

Some key figures in Zimbabwes opposition are proposing a transitional government ahead of the elections already planned for next year.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday urged Mugabe to resign.

Mr. Robert Mugabe must resign, step down immediately in line with the national sentiment and expectation, taking full regard of his legacy and his contribution to Zimbabwe, pre- and post-Zimbabwe, he told reporters in Harare.

The vice president whom Mugabe recently fired arguably the catalyst for this military takeover has kept a low profile. Emmerson Mnangagwa, says Piers Pigou of the International Crisis Group, will lose credibility if he appears too close to the military.

Its absolutely critical for the new incumbent to be able to, I suppose, be able to distance themselves from the illegal actions of the armed forces here, or ostensibly what looks like it, he told VOA. I simply dont know how theyre going to put lipstick on that...


Heavy spring snowfall closes Lesotho border post near Matatiele, South Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Africa and Lesotho decided to close the Qasha's Nek border port of entry on Friday because of dangerous conditions caused by heavy snowfalls. "A heavy disruptive snowfall at the port has created harsh conditions for travellers from both countries, resulting in extremely dangerous underfoot conditions for all including officials," said a statement issued on Friday by department of home affairs spokesman Thabo Mokgola. Telephone lines have been damaged and electricity outages reported in the area. The border post is close to Matatiele.

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Young elephants fleeing Mozambique poachers shot on South African farm Africa Sustainable Conservation News


Young elephants fleeing Mozambique poachers shot on SA farm

2017-11-14 12:00 Louzel Lombard Steyn

Cape Town Two young elephants were shot in the Komatipoort region close to the Kruger National Park after their herd was reportedly terrorized by poachers across the Mozambican border.

According to the Mpumalanga Tourism & Park Agency (MTPA), the elephants were from a herd that damaged farming crops in the Coopersdal area. Louw Steyn, manager of MTPAs Hunting & Development department, said the elephants were young and most likely fleeing from the Mozambican side of the border.

Video footage published by The Lowvelder show the two young elephants before they were shot. According to farmers in the area, the older of the two were in a poor condition.

According to Michele Pickover of the EMS Foundation, the callousness of MTPA towards the two young elephants is unacceptable. If the elephants were trying to escape [poachers], and therefore became separated from their families, [they must have been] severely traumatized. It is then even more unacceptable that the MTPA did what they did.

MTPA has refused to comment on whether there were any mitigation measures or alternatives considered before the decision was made. An MTPA spokesperson confirmed to The Lowvelder, however, that the elephants could not be relocated using a helicopter to chase the animals along, because there was a calf in the herd.

The killing closely follows a national conference on Human-Elephant Conflict Management in South Africa, which MTPA attended, which highlighted the importance of adhering to the Department of Environmental Affairs Norms and Standards for Elephant Management.

According to these, a damage-causing animal (DCA) is only to be shot as last resort after alternative options, incl...


Trump bags anti-Obama trophy elephant trophy ban partially lifted Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New York Times

Update: On Friday evening, President Trump tweeted that he would leave the ban in place, pending further review.

Elephants are remarkably empathic and intelligent, even capable of self-awareness.

And then theres the Trump administration, which announced this week that it would lift a ban imposed by the Obama administration on importing elephant heads, feet and other body parts severed as trophies after the animals are shot for sport in Zimbabwe. A few weeks ago the administration said it would end a similar ban on imports from Zambia.

The policy reversal is a gift to the big game trade from Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, whos apparently not satisfied with scrapping environmental and species protections on just one continent.

Lifting this ban could endanger gains made by governments and environmental groups to protect elephants from illegal trade in ivory and other body parts. At the very least it sends yet another message that this is an administration in service of itself and its cronies.


US-Elephant trophies Trump will maintain ban on trophies from Zimbabwe Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New York Times

WASHINGTON President Trump on Friday reversed the governments decision to start allowing hunters to import trophies of elephants that were killed in two African countries, pending a further review.

His evening Twitter message reversed a decision by his own administration over Zimbabwe that was announced this week and promoted as recently as Friday afternoon by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts, Mr. Trump tweeted. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!

Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, said in a statement later Friday night that the decision applied to two African countries, though it did not name them.

President Trump and I have talked, and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical, the statement said. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being removed.


Will AI scarecrows warn off elephants? Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New Scientist

An African forest elephant in a woodland setting in Loango National Park, Gabon. Hes on your farm, eating your crops

Michael Nichols/National Geographic/Getty

When you think of agricultural pests, elephants are probably near the bottom of the list. But they do an enormous amount of damage to nut and banana plantations precisely because they are too big, tough and smart to scare off once they start eating. Now, Australian researchers have developed an AI scarecrow that can do the job. It has been so successful that they are looking to adapt it to other smart pests the long term goal is a scarecrow that understands the type of pest approaching and can tailor its scaring strategy.

Scarecrow technology has a long history of ignominious failure, and not just for elephants  animals quickly learn to tune out a deterrent if it becomes apparent that there is no threat. Many growers have described birds perching and even roosting on devices that were designed to scare them off. So researchers from CSIRO, Australias national research organization, decided the answer was artificial intelligence.

Their AI scarecrow bears little resemblance to what you may be picturing. It has three elements: sensors that detect what kind of pest is approaching, a processing brain to identify them and decide how best to respond, and deterrent devices that can respond intelligently with the right combination of sound or light. These can be scattered widely to encompass any area that needs protection, even if its the size of a plantation.

Then it is loaded with a library of predator sounds, animal alarm calls and irritating tones, as well as its own self-generated noises anything we would consider as scary or startling, says senior researcher Ashley Tews. What constitutes a scary sound is an ongoing area of species-dependent research. However, previous work indicates that leopard and tiger growls can make elephants depart the scene. Its also well known that elephants are terrified of bees.

Our goal is to use the systems adaptive mechanism in a kind of int...


Namibia elephants damage water supplies Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New Era

John Muyamba

Kamupupu-Kamupupu villagers 15 km south of Tondoro village are struggling to get water after elephants destroyed water reservoirs on Saturday.

As a result, they cannot pump water for themselves and their livestock as the tank was pushed down from its stand and the water pipes destroyed.

When New Era visited the village on Wednesday villagers said the junior primary school now has no water and villagers have to fetch water from another village 15 km away.

Joseph Sivaku, the councillor for Tondoro Constituency, said it seems the elephants that used to terrorise Musese green scheme project have migrated to Kamupupu and nearby valleys, in the forests of Tondoro in the vicinity of Kamupupu.

They move in herds of hundreds. This year is the second destruction of a borehole earlier this year they also destroyed the borehole at Mutjokotjo village about 14 km away from Kamupupu village where we are now, Sivaku said.
The elephants damaged the water tanks and pipes on Saturday night, destroyed the tap where the community fetches/sources water from and then on Monday pushed over the 10,000-litre tank. The community is now left with no choice but to walk 15 km to the next village to fetch water and the river is far, also 15 km away at Tondoro village. As you can see livestock around the borehole are waiting for water but unfortunately the community cant pump water because of this destruction.

Sivaku wants the environment ministry to have a contingency fund in place to use for bringing water to the community from elsewhere or to fix the damage and restore water supply with speed as now the school has no water, the community has no water and also the livestock since Saturday night.

Thee borehole was serving 1,500 people and their livestock. This is the problem we have and we are urging relevant authorities to take action, he told New Era.

The borehole was constructed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
For them is to drill and install the water infrastructure and now that it was destroyed it should be fixed by the ministry of environment because these elephants are their responsibility. I understand they visited the scene and made some assessments. What we nee...


USA Wildlife Trafficking Report Submitted to Congress Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Imperial Valley News
November 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Department of State has submitted the first annual
report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt
(END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016.

Wildlife trafficking remains a serious transnational crime that threatens
security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation
efforts, and human health.

The U.S. government is combating this illegal trade at home and abroad by
targeting three strategic priorities: strengthening enforcement; reducing
demand for illegally traded wildlife; and building international
cooperation. Wildlife trafficking is one of four areas highlighted in
Executive Order 13773, signed by President Trump on February 9, 2017,
calling for a comprehensive and decisive approach to dismantle organized
crime syndicates.

The Act directs the Secretary of State, in consultation with the
Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce, to submit to Congress a report
that lists Focus Countries and Countries of Concern, as defined in the Act.
Each Focus Country is a major source, transit point, or consumer of
wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives. Being identified as a
Focus Country is neither a positive nor negative designation. Many Focus
Countries have taken significant steps to combat wildlife trafficking,
including in partnership with the United States.

A Country of Concern is one whose government has actively engaged in or
knowingly profited from the trafficking of endangered or threatened
species. The United States looks forward to continuing dialogue with both
Focus Countries and Countries of Concern to identify steps to thwart
transnational organized crime engaged in wildlife trafficking.

The 2017 Focus Countries identified are Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma,
Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India,
Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria,
Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo,
Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The 2017 Countries of Concern
are Madagascar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Laos.

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.



Egypt opens Gaza border for first time since unity deal "IndyWatch Feed War"


A Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing said it was expected to stay open for three days


America to Cut UXO Aid to Cambodia: an explosive legacy forgotten History's Shadow

Reports from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) suggest that the US government will cut its $2.5m a year funding to help rid the Southeast Asian country of the scourge of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). It is estimated that the US dropped more than 2 million bombs on Cambodia between 1963 and 1975, largely as part Continue reading "America to Cut UXO Aid to Cambodia: an explosive legacy forgotten"


The US Issues A Travel Warning For This Holiday Season (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The US Issues A Travel Warning For This Holiday Season Video X22 Report US begins to push the agenda to stop other news sources from reporting the news, this is another step in trying to block the truth. Zimbabwe...

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Qatar Is at the Center of Today's Arab Tangle "IndyWatch Feed War"

In early November, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabias defense forces intercepted a Burkan-2 ballistic missile targeted at Riyadhs King Khalid International Airport. Yemens Houthi-controlled defense ministry has taken the credit for the launchbut given the extent of the Iranian sway over the Houthi military, the real responsibility for the attack lies with Tehran. Since the airport is a civilian installation and, as such, under international humanitarian law, cannot be attacked, the Iranian missile strike is also a war crime.


Provisional victory against Trumps elephant killing plans "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

16 November 2017

Trump is making poachers great again. Ana Kasparian, Michael Shure, and Mark Thompson, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed for ABC News today.

Even though elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import such trophies if there is evidence that the hunting benefits conservation for that species.*\

Read more here.

That was two days ago. But now

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Trump puts hold on this weeks decision to again allow trophies from elephant hunts in Zimbabwe

by Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears

November 17 at 11:08 PM

President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday night announced that the administrations reversal of a ban on importation of elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia has been put on hold until further review. The sudden decision follows protests from animal rights groups and even some conservatives after the administration decided to reverse an Obama-era rule barring such imports.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had announced the policy shift just two days earlier, with officials signaling in a statement that they would expand efforts to promote trophy hunting as a form of conservation.

African elephants are lis...



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Egypt stalls dam talks with Ethiopia and Sudan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Above, officials and stakeholders during the press conference on the Renaissance Dam project in Ethiopia.

CAIRO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn confirmed his countys determination to complete the Renaissance Dam on schedule during a recent visit to Qatar.

However Egypt has announced that it is studying the necessary measures to protect its water rights after Ethiopia and Sudan refrained from signing a preliminary report submitted by the French Consultative Office on the dams impact on Egypt.
The current status of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations is alarming given that water security is a key component of Egypts national security and harming it is not an option, said the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry.
He said, Egypt will seek to overcome the complexity of negotiations through reaching out to Ethiopia and Sudan as well as the rest of the Nile countries and the international community.
In a joint press conference with his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts in Cairo on Wednesday, Shoukry said, Egypt d...


U.S. Seeks to Bolster Saudi Arabia in Face of Expanding Iranian Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump administration exploring range of actions to stop Irans supply of sophisticated weapons to its Middle East allies, including Hezbollah

Nov. 17, 2017 6:54 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration is looking at ways to quickly strengthen Saudi Arabias missile defenses and disrupt the flow of advanced Iranian-made weapons across the Middle East as concerns grow over a destabilizing new crisis in the region.

U.S. officials said they have rushed to ease regional tensions after an eruption of unexpected developments, including Saudi Arabias internal political upheaval, the mysterious resignation of Lebanons prime minister while visiting Riyadh, and the launch by Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen of an Iranian-made missile that was shot down near the Saudi capital.

The Trump administration is pushing for a quick resolution to the political stalemate in Lebanon so the U.S. and Saudi Arabia can focus on what Washington sees as the most significant regional threat: Irans supply of sophisticated weapons to its Middle East allies, including Hezbollah.

A still image taken from a video distributed by Yemens pro-Houthi Al Masirah television station showing what it says was the Nov. 4 launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Riyadhs airport. Photo: reuters tv/Reuters

The state of uncertainty is not serving anyone but Hezbollah and its allies, said a senior Trump administration official. The longer it goes on, the worse it is for Saudi interests and U.S. interests and the interest of our friends.

To address what it sees as the biggest danger from recent developments, the Trump administration is exploring new plans to help deter the Iranian threats. Top of the agenda is making sure Saudi Arabia has the abilit...


Migrant crisis: Europe should stop using Libya as a dumping ground "IndyWatch Feed War"

With no central government and its own crises, Libya is ill-equipped to deal with an influx of returned migrants requiring shelter


Famine May Be Unfolding Right Now in Yemen UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations relief wing on 17 November 2017 warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in Yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day.

People queue to fill containers with water from a tank provided by UNICEF in Sanaa, Yemen. Some 14.5 million people in the country have no access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Photo: UNICEF/Algabal2017

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), sounded the alarm during a news briefing in Geneva.

 He was responding to a question from a journalist who asked him to clarify a warning yesterday from UN aid chiefs that the closure of air, sea and land ports in Yemen threatened millions of vulnerable children and families.


It means that these are the number of people in areas where theres an IPC4 Integrated Phase Classification 4 which is the last step before obviously 5, which is famine [] But you are correct, there may be as we speak right now, famine happening, and we hear children are dying. I mean, theres excess mortality as a cause and consequence of undernourishment.

Yemen imports up to 90 per cent of its daily needs, including fuel, which has now reached crisis levels.

Reserves are in such short supply that three Yemeni cities have been unable to pump clean water to residents in recent days, according to UN partner the Red Cross.

This has left one million people at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak, just as the country emerges from the worst epidemic in modern times.

Other diseases are also a threat, including...


Traits of bad leaders and how not to acquire them "IndyWatch Feed World"

Its great to read books and articles about what the great leaders do so that we can model ourselves on the best, and I highly recommend that.

However, its also worthwhile taking the time to understand what bad leaders do so that we can learn what to avoid which can be just as helpful.



2.2 million voters pick Anambra gov today Newtelegraph

Over two million voters will be participating in todays election in Anambra State, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission. The INEC boss, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said it is the first time in the history of the state that 2,158, 171 people collected their PVCs and are ready to vote in an election, while assuring that the electoral body would give all political parties and their candidates equal treatment. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting, Yakubu said: With 37 political parties fielding candidates, this is the first governorship election with...

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More work for Eagles, says Owolabi Newtelegraph

 charges team to be fearless   Former international, Felix Owolabi, has cautioned the Super Eagles not to be carried away with the 4-2 victory against Argentina in an international friendly match played on Tuesday in Russia. Two goals from Alex Iwobi and one apiece from Kelechi Iheanacho and Brian Idowu allowed the Eagles turn around a two-goal deficit to secure the handsome victory in the game. Speaking with Saturday Telegraph, Owolabi said the team played very well in the encounter and showed character of a potential champion, but advised that...

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Eagles with boarding pass to Russia Newtelegraph

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is still about eight months away but there are players who are certain to be on the plane to Russia for Nigeria barring injury or massive loss of form. Following are the players whose places in the Super Eagles squad to the Mundial are sealed. Mikel Obi The Tianji Teda of China midfielder has been the spine of the team; he has become something of an enigma since he assumed the captaincy role of the Eagles in Samson Siasias brief second stint as the coach...

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Godfatherism, zoning to shape Anambra polls Newtelegraph

Obiano, Nwoye, Obaze, Chidoka in close race INEC, police assure Anambrarians on credible polls Election, litmus test for INEC, security agencies PDP       After months of campaign, lobbying and wide consultation across the nook and cranny of Anambra State for votes, the popularity of the candidates will be tested today as people of Anambra go to poll to elect who will steer the ship of the state for the next four years after the expiration of the first term of the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano in March 2018....

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Construction industry must undergo needed reforms to become more efficient Onashile Newtelegraph

Today, at the grand finale of the 27th Biennial Conference and General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), holding in Abuja, a fellow of the body and the Managing Partner of Consol Associates, Mr. Obafemi Oluwole Onashile, would be inaugurated as the President of the institute, along with other members of the new executive council. He spoke with DAYO AYEYEMI on his focus for the institute and many innovations he would be bringing on board, among other issues. Excerpts   What is the importance of the Biennial...

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I almost died of high blood pressure leading MFM Enakhena Newtelegraph

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club Sport Director, Godwin Enakhena, in this interview with EMMANUEL TOBI speaks on the teams preparation for the CAF Champions League and other issues ahead of the new season.     Congratulations to MFM for moving being relegation threatened team to a Continental team. How would you rate your last season? You learn from whatever you do in life. It was a wonderful experience for MFM. We started from nowhere and we got into the league in the 2015 season and we were...

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I quit studying law to avoid hell, now Im regretting Gbade Ojo Newtelegraph

Dr. Gbade Ojo is an Ibadan-born academic, political scientist, and clergy currently serving in the government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State as Chief of Staff. SOLA ADEYEMO met him recently where he opened up on his life style, and how he is combining lecturing, pastoral and family life with involvement in politics. Excerpts:     Could you recall some of your remarkable experiences? There are a number of remarkable experiences I had and can recollect during my youthful days. First was the day I got married at the...

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GOV. WIKE: New Telegraph Award will spur me to do more for Rivers Newtelegraph

Wins Man of the Year Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has said the conferment of the 2017 New Telegraph Newspaper Man-of-the-Year award on him will spur him to do more for the people of state. Wike who spoke against the backdrop of a letter notifying him as the winner of the award by the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, Mrs Funke Egbemode, said he was elated and as such, would continue to do more for his people. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Emma Okah,...

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Bringing back Enyeama will c ause disunit y in Eagles Esin Newtelegraph

     Teams confidence high ahead of World Cup A former Nigeria midfielder, Etim Esin, has dismissed calls to recall erstwhile Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, to the national team. He said such a move could throw a spanner in the works and truncate the rhythm and unity in the team ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer. The calls for the return of Enyeama, who retired from the national team in controversial circumstances, have intensified in recent time due, in the main, to the uninspiring performances of Daniel...

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Today, the process of searching and getting a job in Nigeria has become so difficult. This may be the reason why a good number of the unemployed find themselves loitering within the gambit of desperation. Tragically, according to findings in this report by Isioma Madike, the ever-growing army of job seekers not only chases the unavailable jobs, but also fall prey to the antics of scammers, who usually rip them off     MedPro Global Resources is situated along Ikorodu Road, Lagos, precisely at Onipanu Bus Stop. They are not...

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LPUs to purchase power directly from GenCos Word on the street Newtelegraph

The recent regulation by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for Large Power Users, LPUs, to purchase power directly from the generation companies as announce by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has been received with mixed feelings by consumers on the streets. Further to the earlier announcement of May 15, the Minister went on to endorse in the last few days the plans towards the commencement of direct sale of power by the GenCos to LPUs. While many consumers were at a loss of how...

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The alarming state of the N100 note Time to go polymer Newtelegraph

The N100 note is the lowest denomination of actual paper money in Nigeria today. This is following the adoption of the polymer notes for the N5, N10, N20 and N50 notes a few years ago. Despite the marked penetration of electronic payment options in the Nigerian market today, one would observe rightly that Nigeria is still very much a cash-based society where it is reported that about 112million people, more than 65 per cent of her massive population, live below the poverty line. These people continue to spend though in...

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ESTHER NUVUE ALEXANDER: I want my soups in every womans refrigerator Newtelegraph

At what age did you start cooking? I have been cooking almost all my life. I remember making mouth-watering meals even at the age of 10 for my siblings. My mummy was a fantastic cook and I found myself glued to her side in the kitchen right from a very tender age. What then inspired your obtaining a certification as a professional chef? The desire to polish my act, acquire more skills and be able to hold forth among world class chefs. What were the reactions of your parents to...

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Sukuk: An alternative economic model in Nigeria Newtelegraph

On 5 March 2009, the Vaticans official newspaper LOsservatore Romano reported that banks should look at the rules of Islamic finance to restore confidence amongst their clients at a time of global economic crisis. Author Loretta Napoleoni and income strategist, Claudia Segre, said that The ethical principles on which Islamic finance is based may bring banks closer to their clients and to the true spirit which should mark every financial service. They suggested Western banks could use tools such as the Islamic bonds, known as sukuk, as collateral. Historically, Catholic...

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US-UN-backed Haitian Police Massacre Teachers and Students Demanding Money for Schools, Not the Army "IndyWatch Feed War"

Haiti Action Committee Reports of a mass killing by the US-UN occupation trained and supervised Haitian police in Port-au-Prince Police brutally beat teachers and students in Cap-Haitien demanding money for education, not to restore the murderous army Monday, Nov. 13, was a day of extra-judicial killings of men and women estimated by community...


AIbom senatorial dispute must be handled with caution Group Newtelegraph

The International Human Rights and Anti- Corruption Society (IHRAS) yesterday urged the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to ensure a speedy delivery of judgement and fairness in the disputes trailing the Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial seat in the Senate. The group further called for transparency and integrity in dispensation of justice in the matter. The position of the group was contained in the interim report sent to the President of Court of Appeal calling for a speedy hearing of the matter. The groups Secretary, Lennox Kachina,...

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International tourism: Africa region records strongest growth Newtelegraph

The latest report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation World Tourism Barometer, has revealed that Africa region has recorded the strongest growth rate. This is as tourism this year is headed for another record growth with international tourism remaining stronger in the Northern Hemisphere during the summer season with international tourist arrivals between July and August totalling over 300 million for the first time ever with many destinations recording double digit growth. Overall, the report disclosed that between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist...

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Zambia named ITB Berlin 2018 Cultural and Convention Partner Newtelegraph

Zambia tourism is to receive a huge leap as the Southern region based country has been named as partner of the cultural and convention partnership for 2018 by Messe Berlin, organisers of ITB, a yearly travel and tourism trade exhibition. The countrys tourism authority stated: Our country will be able to promote all the magnificent sites we have to offer and market Zambia as a preferred tourism destination of choice to the international travellers. We would like to highlight with emphasis on Destination Zambias rich cultural products. Its culture is...

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Man remanded for raping minor to death in Osun Newtelegraph

A 30-year-old man, Ahmed Matunma Wojuekun, was yesterday arraigned before an Osogbo Chief Magistrates Court in Osun State for raping a minor to death. The incident which occurred at Mofoworade village, Ifetedo of Ife South Local Government Area of the state, reportedly led to the death of the minor identified as Dupe Lawrence, after Ahmed forcefully had a sexual intercourse with her. The suspect has however been charged for rape and murder as Police prosecutor, Inspector Olusegun Elishathe, told the court that, the offence contravened sections 221(1), 319(1) of the...

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2019: Ogun commissioner resigns, reverses Newtelegraph

Fayose suspends aides There was drama yesterday as the Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, momentarily resigned his appointment in the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun and later reversed it. Ashiru, an investment banker who was appointed in 2011, had reportedly resigned on Friday morning to pursue his governorship ambition in 2019 elections after falling out with his principal. This is coming as Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, suspended his Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jide Egunjobi, for negligence of duty. Fayose, who announced the suspension...

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Kwara govt promises to complete road projects before 2019 Newtelegraph

The Kwara State Government said despite concerns from the legislative arm, every of its ongoing project under the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IF-K) would be completed by the end of its tenure. The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, who spoke with journalists on the state of roads in the state, said apart from the roads being done under the IF-K, Governor AbdulFattah Ahmed had also only recently directed the ministry to compile a list of all roads in need of rehabilitation across the state which would be done...

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What Next for Zimbabwe After Robert Mugabe: Division and Hatred? Or One Love? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Earl Bousquet The Caribbean has long had a close association with the Southern African liberation struggle and movements, especially the role played by Cuban soldiers in beating back the racist South African forces trying to turn back the tide of liberation progress in Angola in the late 1970s. There was also the fact that Grenadas...


What did South Africa Know About the Zimbabwe Coup? "IndyWatch Feed War"

 The other day we entertained the idea of China being involved in this post.. Forfended! Did China Influence the Military Take over in Zimbabwe?

But we have have other wielders of influence involved- South Africa and England/UK.. ala the glory of the commonwealth - South Africa Returns to the CommonWealth

 "The Queen and John Major sent congratulatory messages to President Nelson Mandela, who issued a statement declaring himself 'delighted'. He said the Commonwealth's decision was 'a tribute to the momentous changes that have taken place in our country as well as a challenge for South Africa to play its part in the worldwide quest for a peaceful, harmonious and caring world"
Just what did South Africa Know About Zimbabwe's Coup?
Some believe the South African government knew in advance about Zimbabwe's coup d'etat caption

In July 2013, when South African diplomats struggled to persuade Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to delay an election that would terminate five years of a fractious unity government, they sought a number of assurances. A smoothly run election was a primary concern but South Africa also wanted a guarantee that the Zimbabwean army and police would end their open support of Mugabes Zanu-PF party....


Beware of The 4 Most Conceited and Obnoxious Signs of the Zodiac "IndyWatch Feed World"

To attempt to advise conceited people is like whistling against the wind.

  • Thomas Hood

We all have that one person in our lives with an unbelievable sense of entitlement. They truly believe that the world owes them everything in life, hand-delivered on a silver platter. Incredibly self-centered and me-focused, these narcissistic individuals view themselves with an inflated sense of ego, believing that they are smarter, more talented, and better looking than their peers in every situation.

For some, this deeply rooted sense of heightened sense worth may be instilled upon them throughout their childhood, raised in a home that spoils them and inflates their egos. For others, however, these narcissistic tendencies are a product of our personality, traits that we were born with.

While there are many ways to predict and understand our personalities, one that has been relied upon since the times of our ancient ancestors is the study of Astrology. Developed by ancient Egyptians, the Zodiac provides us with the key to unlocking how our birthdate can influence our personalities, revealing our strengths and weaknesses, along with some of our greatest secrets. In reviewing the personalities associated with each of the Zodiac signs it is revealed that there are 4 signs that are more likely to develop narcissistic, egotistical and obnoxious personality traits to an extreme.

Source: Psych Central


Here are the 4 Zodiac signs most likely to be a complete narcissist:  


(April 20 May 20)

There is no question that those born under the sign of Taurus are known for their intelligence. Practical and hands-on, the Taurus takes a considerable amount of pride in their vast wealth of knowledge, dedicat...


Election eve: What Anambrarians should do. OBLONG MEDIA

We are in the midst of another election season and Anambra is setting the mood for what is to come More



Check out the speech that was read yesterday at a retreat by the Pope. Regardless of religion, see how beautifully More


Biafran Secession: Ojukwu Had No Choice Mobolaji E. Aluko. OBLONG MEDIA

Ojukwu was ambitious. He admitted this fact in an interview held in Umuahia on 4 November 1968. This is no More


Food for thought and deep reflection. OBLONG MEDIA

Our intellectuals remain in denial, and one can only wonder what it will take to jolt them up. Maybe another More



1. We live in times where we see many humans, but not enough humanity;* 2. We live in times where More


Gov Fayose may become President Fayose! OBLONG MEDIA

I love Fayose despite his ways and means. Hes a man. He has liver! In his write up Enjoy the More


Buharis Visit To South East Not Genuine, He Wants Cheap Votes Agbakoba. OBLONG MEDIA

Chief Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Tuesday, said President Buharis visit to the South More


Update on Barr Ikechukwu Ikejis sudden death. OBLONG MEDIA

Barr. Ikechukwu Ikeji died of Acute Hypertension as the autopsy revealed. That lead to rupturing of the arteries causing the More


Mugabe agrees to step down! OBLONG MEDIA

A twitter handle claiming to be speaking on behalf of the provisional government of Zimbabwe says President Robert Mugabe has More


Of what political value is Emeka Ojukwu jr? OBLONG MEDIA

His presence in APC is a mere public relations deodorant without the grassroot odour! He does not command a voter More


Libya 'slave market' probe called for by African Union "IndyWatch Feed War"


CNN footage of live auction in Libya where black youths are sold off for as little as $400 prompted outcry


Palestine: Saudi Arabia, Egypt using Rafah crossing to pressure us "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | November 17, 2017 The Rafah crossing between the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt is being used a tool to pressure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to enter into US-backed peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian Authority official has said. The Rafah crossing has become a tool that Egypt and Saudi Arabia use to pressure []


Asaba Airport To Be Shut Down Over High Cost Of Maintenance Urhobo Today

LAGOS NOVEMBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Anyone depending on the Asaba International Airport for flight issues should consider having a rethink and planning an alternative as information available to this medium is that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may give order for the immediate downgrade and shutdown of the Airport in no distance time.
Information filtering in from the Delta State Government House where Governor Ifeanyi Okowa seats as the numero uno is that Nigerias foremost indigenous construction company, ULO Consultants Ltd, has written a letter of disengagement from the airport beginning from November 20th 2017. The letter we gathered from government house insiders was received by Okowa on 17th November 2017.
According to our informant, the letter signed by Chief Uche Okpuno whos the company Chairman stated unfavorably working conditions imposed on them (their foreign partners) indirectly by officials of the State Government Ministry of Works.
It added that the estimates prepared by the Ministry of Works in 2014 without our inputs negates due process and principle of contract, as no reputable Civil Engineering company of competence was involved in the preparing of a competitive Bill of Engineering measurement and evaluation.
We gathered that Okowa instead of reviewing the contract in line with the current economic situation of 2017 insisted that ULO conti...


BREAKING!!! CHAN 2018: Eagles battle Libya, Rwanda Newtelegraph

The Super Eagles home-based team will have Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea to contend with at the next CHAN competition in Morocco next year. In the draw conducted on Friday in Morocco, the Eagles are drawn in Group C. The team will be based in Tangier for the competition scheduled to start from January 13 to February 4. Speaking with New Telegraph immediately after the draw, ex-international and Team Cordinator of the Super Eagles, Patrick Pascal, said it was a good draw for the team. I think it is a...

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Zimbabwe: Domestic Rivalries, US-China Competition Underlie Political Crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

NEW YORK (Analysis) On November 14, 2017 military forces in Zimbabwe took control of the streets, sequestered President Robert Mugabe in his residence, and publicly announced that the kinda sorta but not really coup was merely a clean-up operation intended to target criminals. While the claim does have some merit Zimbabwes government, like those of nearly all nations in Africa and the Global South, grapples with endemic corruption it remains difficult to ignore the long and sordid history of military coups in Africa, and then avoid the tendency to view the developments in Zimbabwe through the same lens.

Indeed, most media outlets quickly branded the operation a military coup detat.  However, a more critical analysis reveals that this episode is decidedly different from the countless coups that have taken place in the post-colonial history of Africa. In fact, a number of Zimbabwean commentators have made precisely that claim (see here and here).  

George Shire, a London-based political analyst, and veteran of Zimbabwes liberation struggle, incisively noted to Al-Jazeera, The dominance of ZANU-PF [Zimbabwes ruling party since liberation] on the political landscape in Zimbabwe is not in questionWhat you see is really a leadership contest taking place Zimbabwean style. This point is critical in that, typically, a coup would overthrow not only the President, but an entire ruling party in favor of a military that either assumes control itself or installs some new power structure or party. In this case, however, the military has intervened to block one faction of the ruling party from assuming power in favor of another faction....


Breaking! Bomb Scare in Onitsha police station Newtelegraph

The commercial city of Onitsha was rattled with the news of a bomb scare planted at Awada police station. According to a source who spoke to New Telegraph, the bomb was planted in two buckets with wires and placed behind the cell block. The source said that the bomb was discovered by some policemen in the course of their regular patrol within the station premises. He said that the policemen tried to disconnect the wire and the wire mistakenly fell into the gutter and they all took to their heels....

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Anambra Poll: Delta Police Restricts Movement On Niger Bridge Urhobo Today

Delta CP, Zanna Ibrahim

LAGOS NOVEMBER 17TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta Police Command has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement between Delta and Anambra states through the Niger Bridge with effect from mid-night on Friday.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, issued the order in Asaba on Friday to forestall any breach of security Anambra Poll: Delta Police Restricts Movement On Niger Bridge ahead of the Saturday gubernatorial elections in Anambra.
A statement by Mr Andrew Aniamaka, the Commands public relations officer, however, added that only those on official and emergency duties with genuine means of identification will be allowed passage during the period of the restriction order.
Against the backdrop of the forthcoming guber elections in Anambra slated for Saturday, November 18th 2017, the Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movements, the statement read.
The restriction order is on movement through the Niger Bridge linking Asaba to Onitsha with effect from 12 mid-night, Friday, 17th November, 2017 till after the elections.
While regretting the inconvenience the restriction will cause commuters, especially those traveling to the South-East and South-South States, the police enjoin them to take alternative routes.
Commuters can also make...


Pragmatic Sunni Front Against Iran Is Gone U.S. disengagement policy leaves the Middle East To Russia and Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"



 NOVEMBER 17, 2017 11:24

The long-drawn civil war has brought nothing but suffering to the Syrian people.

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zari

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran attend a news conference in Moscow in April.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have agreed that there is no military solution for the Syrian crisis.

America is adopting the disengagement policy of former president Barack Obama and abandoning the Middle East to Russia and to Iran.

This unlikely strategic coordination between the two great powers is the death knell of the revival of the grand anti-Iranian front of pragmatic Sunni states Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Egypt which the American leader had so proudly announced during his visit to Riyadh last May. That front had never gotten off the ground, partly because of the break-up with Qatar and partly because of Egypts ambivalent attitude towards Iran now that Cairo has strengthened its ties with Moscow and is aligning its position on Syria with its new ally.

Saudi Arabia, understanding that no American intervent...


Hezbollah holding Lebanon hostage: Saudi FM "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, left, with his Spanish counterpart Alfonso Dastis in Madrid on Friday

MADRID (AFP)  Saudi Arabias foreign minister on Friday accused Hezbollah, which Riyadh blames for the shock resignation of Lebanese premier Saad Hariri, of holding Lebanon hostage and using its banks to launder money.Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Madrid that the Shiite group was destabilising Lebanon by maintaining its arsenal and fighters in the Mediterranean nation.

You cannnot have a militia with a military force that operates outside the scope of the government, he told reporters after talks with Spanish counterpart Alfonso Dastis.

We see Hezbollah hijacking the Lebanese banking system to launder money, we see Hezbollah hijacking Lebanese ports in order to smuggle drugs, we see Hezbollah engaging in terrorist activities and interfering in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, he added.

Unless Hezbollah disarms and becomes a (solely) political party, Lebanon will be held hostage by Hezbollah and by extension Iran, he said.

This is not acceptable to us and is not acceptable to the Lebanese.

Lebanon, long abused by regional powers seeking to exert influence, was plunged into uncertainty this month after Hariris shock resignation, announced on television from Riyadh.

Hariri said he was stepping down because of Hezbollah and Irans grip over his country.

The resignation which caught even some of Hariris closest advisers off guard comes at a time of mounting tension between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are backing opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

His subsequent failure to return home to officially quit in person fuelled claims that he was acting under orders from his Saudi patrons.

But both Hariri and Riyadh have denied allegations he was being held against his will, with the Lebanese leader on Friday dismissing all speculation about his situation as rumours.

We are supportive of Prime Minister Saad Hariri but we are against Hezbollahs takeover of Lebanon, Jubeir said.

Hariri was expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France later Friday, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his resignation.


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

By Brandon Turbeville As the world focuses on isolated incidents of terrorism taking place in Western countries, the wholesale slaughter being committed by Western countries...


Israel Releases Trove of Documents From 1967 Six-Day War "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel has released new documents dating from the 1967 war. According to Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth the papers date from the period during and immediately after the war and document Israeli officials discussions regarding the fate of the occupied Arab territories.

In one of the documents Zerah Verheftig, a minister, suggested distinguishing between Sinai and Golan on the one hand, and the West Bank on the other. He said, Sinais regions and Golan Heights are considered to be occupied by Israel, while the West Bank has been liberated.

Moreover, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said during a government debate in December 26, 1967, I do not think that the Arabs will agree and accept the borders that were formed after the war. He went on, Egypt will in no way accept Israels permanent presence in the East bank of the Suez Canal.



Arab prisoners are shown captured during the Arab-Israeli Six Day War in June 1967. Exact date and location unknown. (AP Photo)

Arab prisoners are shown captured during the Arab-Israeli Six Day War in June 1967. Exact date and location unknown. (AP Photo)

On 1 October 1967, the Israeli Government discussed the idea of exchanging prisoners with Egypt. Minister Yigal Allon proposed a prisoner exchange, Egypt is detaining our security officers, those who have been professionally trained in Israel, have taken military grades and were sent there to work. It is true that they failed, but they are not responsible for that in reference to the Israeli intelligences attempt to blow up offices of US and British interests in Egypt in the 1950s, and the arrest of their agents in Egypt.

Minister Pinchas Sapir responded, Egypt does not care about the five thousand Egyptian prisoners that were held by Israel. Therefore, Israel does not consider these prisoners as useful leverage.

Dayan also said that he rejected the idea of abusing Egyptian prisoners for the sake of Israels reputation, When the Egyptian prisoner is under my hand and unable to do anything, I would not harm him. I do not want the world to put Israel on the list of countries that mistreat prisoners.

In another discussion, which was held on December 27, 1967, a proposal was made to liberate part of the Egyptian prisoners as a sign of goodwill. During the discussion, Dayan said that the detai...


Saudi Arabia calls on Hezbollah to disarm, threatens its expulsion from Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed World"

Riyadhs foreign minister says peace loving countries exploring ways to reduce terrorist groups influence in Beirut.



Saving Somalia Through Debt Relief "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Somalia needs humanitarian aid to stem its short-term suffering, but that cash will not break the country's deadly cycles of drought, hunger, and poverty. To do that, the IMF must forgive Somalia's crushing debt, just as it has for nearly every other heavily indebted poor country.

Saving Somalia Through Debt Relief "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Somalia needs humanitarian aid to stem its short-term suffering, but that cash will not break the country's deadly cycles of drought, hunger, and poverty. To do that, the IMF must forgive Somalia's crushing debt, just as it has for nearly every other heavily indebted poor country.


The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Really Working Together "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia and Israel

Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become the trend among anti-imperialist commentators.

Yes, Saudi Arabia is an oil-rich country who uses its money to great effect on the international level. Saudi Arabias relationships with nuclear powers Russia and China have also been intensifying. However, what the media wont tell you is that theres actually a hidden reason why Russia offered to sell Saudi Arabia its advanced S-400 missile defense system while spending years flirting with selling Iran a the lesser S-300 system. According to Asia Times:

Russias carefully-calibrated weapons sales to the opposing Persian Gulf powers follows a pattern established by China over the past decade. China sells missiles to Iran as well as to the KSA, but it sells more advanced missiles to the Saudis, because the Saudis are the weaker of the two adversaries, and China wants to maintain the balance of power. Russia has been called a spoiler in the Middle East so often that the term clings like a Homeric epithet. In recent weeks, Russian policy has shifted to classic balance-of-power politics. [emphasis added]

China knows this, Russia knows this, and most importantly, Saudi Arabia knows this, too.

That is why on multiple occasions, Saudi Arabia has expressed its desire to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia.

And when the Kingdom says it wants...


Under Trump, US Favorability Rating Plummets to Historic Low "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US is usually number 1 in the German research firm Gfks rankings, headed up by political consultant Simon Anholt. They ask some 22,000 people around the world to rank countries on six scales.

This year it fell five full places to number 6. No such fall has taken place since 2004, when Americans elected George W. Bush to a second term. And in the past, falls only lasted for a year.

Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world, not Trump.

The Gfks poll doesnt just measure favorability, but looks at 6 dimensions of a country, so that the US fall from grace is all the more surprising. The dimensions are governance, people, culture, exports, immigration-investment and tourism.

Credit: GfK

Credit: GfK

In governance, the US had been in 19th place. It is now in 23rd. Out of 50 countries. People think the US is worse governed than nearly half of the developed countries in the world. This dramatic fall in the governance score is pretty obviously caused by Trump.

There are categories where the US still performs very well. It is second in Culture and in Exports. So they like our music and films, and want to buy our cars. It is fifth for immigration-investment, which is a significant statistic. There are four other countries people from around the would rather invest in over the US, and four other countries theyd rather emigrate to than the US. I think the word got out that we as a country voted for Trump.

Germany has risen to the top of the list, displacing the US from global leadership. The only category where Germany is not in the top 5 is tourism. (Not sure why Germany is *nice*.).

Germany improved its standing markedly in some countries. It was up 5 points in the view of Egyptians, e.g. But Americans are suspicious of it it did not break the top ten with them.

France came in second, propelled by the popularity of Emmanuel Macron for governance but also benefiting from the impression that its culture and tourism are first rate.

Japan also climbed up the rankings this fall, in part on the quality of its exports.

The finding about the US decline is alarming and could be a sign that Trump is dragging the country down. In turn, that is important because many US goals require international cooperation.

Read Gfks press release on the study...

Friday, 17 November


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Zimbawe: Zanu-PF Calls for President Mugabes Resignation "IndyWatch Feed War"

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