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Thursday, 22 February


Election Reorder: Senator begs Senate over statement Newtelegraph

The Senate had on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the statement The representative of Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday apologized to the Senate over statements credited to him that the amendment of the Electoral Act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate had []

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Meningitis outbreak: Four die in Niger31 cases reported Newtelegraph

An outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) Serotype C has claimed four lives in Niger state. Making this disclosure, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril said that thirty-one cases have been reported out of which there have been nine laboratory-confirmed cases. He said at a press briefing in Minna that the four deaths were []

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US preacher Billy Graham dies Newtelegraph

US evangelist Billy Graham one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century has died aged 99. Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, preaching to audiences worldwide in large arenas, beginning in London in 1954. Over 60 years, he is estimated to have personally preached to 210 million people. []

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Publish all properties recovered by EFCC, owners before selling them, Fayose tells FG Newtelegraph

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has told the federal government to publish all the properties it claimed to have recovered and their owners as well as buyers of the properties when they are eventually sold. The governor, who said Nigerians were no longer interested in being governed by propaganda, said Nigerians want to know []

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JUST IN: Senator Abdullahi Adamu sacked as Northern senators chairman Newtelegraph

Northern Senators have sacked Senator Abdullahi Adamu as their chairman. Senator Abdullahi Adamu was accused of mismanaging N70 million belonging to Northern senators. Senator Wamakko Aliyu is now the new chairman. More details later.  

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Ondo, investors sign MoU on cattle ranching Newtelegraph

The Ondo State government and a group of foreign investors have unfolded plans to raise a new generation of millionaires through cattle ranching and livestock farming in the state. The investors, under the name of Peace Aid Project, aimed to achieve the dream through reviving the moribund Cattle Ranch at Auga Akoko. The MoU was []

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Sexual offence court: Man jailed for 60 years for defiling 12-year-old Newtelegraph

Barely three weeks after the commissioning of a Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos yesterday delivered its first judgement by sentencing a 58-year-old tailor, Cobina Iziejen to 60 years imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl (name withheld). The Sexual offences Court commissioned on February 1st by the Lagos State Chief judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, convicted the []

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94 school girls missing after Boko Haram attack on Yobe school Newtelegraph

Fears grew in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potential scores of girls who have not been seen since a Boko Haram attack on their school two days ago. Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack. The []

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Wednesday, 21 February


Teacher flogs student to death in Zamfara Newtelegraph

A teacher at Government Day Secondary School Sankalawa in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State has allegedly flogged a student to death. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident was revealed on Wednesday by Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly. The deputy speaker, who spoke under matters of urgent []

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Dana blames bad weather for Port Harcourts mishap Newtelegraph

Dana Air has said its aircraft overshot the runway at Port Harcourt international airport due to bad weather. The incident involving a Dana Air Boeing MD-83 jet happened at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) on Tuesday. None of the 44 passengers and six crew on board was injured. Sam Adurogboye, the spokesman of the Nigerian Civil Aviation []

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French children being taught migration is a human right and we are all Africans "IndyWatch Feed War"

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a lifetime of open borders, while mass migration is a universal right, according to literature being handed out in French classrooms. The madness is complete. This brazen propaganda about Frances suicidal immigration policy is embarrassing, as is the fact that people actually buy into this irrationality. Most []


Yemen PM: A unified Yemen is of interest regionally, internationally "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr with the Charge dAffaires of the US Embassy to Yemen, Karen Sasahara. (Yemeni News)



Bahraini activist gets 5 years for opposing torture, war "IndyWatch Feed World"

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Activist in Bahrain jailed for five years

A court in the island state Bahrain has sentenced activist Rabeel Najab to five years in prison for criticizing his treatment in prison and the war that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen.

The International Federation for Human Rights, based in Paris, and others have criticized the trial in Bahrain.

Rajab was arrested in June 2016 in a major operation against dissidents in Bahrain. In July last year, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading rumors and [so called] fake news about Bahrain. The court then accused him of undermining the prestige of the state.


After his arrest he was admitted to a hospital several times. Sympathizers of Rajab feared for his life because he shared a cell with...


Americans express shock at acts of disorganized violence and are oblivious to its organized violence "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do": Samuel P. Huntington The latest American slaughter of innocents - at home instead of abroad - has led to the usual outpourings from political leaders expressing prayers and sympathy and then switching to attacks on the evil weapons wielders that completely avoid the social system relying on massive weapons production and their wielding by military forces glorified for making wars. The bloody horror in Florida that took seventeen lives is known to everyone in the USA but that same population is kept relatively ignorant of the bloody horror being perpetrated everyday in Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Palestine/Israel - to mention only the Middle East - by people using the armaments we sell them, when they're not being used by our own military which we train to use our weapons to kill people; foreigners, until further notice.


Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk Into a Bar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since the FBI never inspected the DNCs computers first-hand, the only evidence comes from an Irvine, California, cyber-security firm known as CrowdStrike whose chief technical officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, a well-known Putin-phobe, is a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank that is also vehemently anti-Russian as well as a close Hillary Clinton ally.
Daniel Lazare, Consortium News

The masses did not mistakenly choose fascism. Rather, there is a more fundamental nonidentity between class consciousness and mass movements. Fascism was not a Falschkauf (mistaken purchase) followed by buyers remorse. The people fought for it, fiercely and stubbornlythough this desire for fascism is also a desire for suppression, a fight for servitude, if you will, or an escape from freedom, as Erich Fromm put it in the title of his 1941 book.
Ana Teixeira Pinto, E-Flux

This week an angry dead end kid named Nikolas Cruz took his legally purchased AR 15 and walked into a school and opened fire. The FBI knew about Cruz because he had been reported to them. Cruz had been reported to the school, too. But nobody followed up. Cruz himself is one of those unpleasant looking young men that are visibly angry, and who exhibit, even in photographs, a quality of emotional disturbance. But nobody followed up. The FBI is too busy writing narrative fiction about Russia. The FBI is more concerned with constructing terrorist threats and then busting various patsies and making a big show of their success. This same week the US has continued to bomb Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia. This same week Mike Pence stomped around the site of the Winter Olympics and managed to insult most every foreign leader in attendance, but most acutely the hosts of this event. But then Pence is a vulgar rube from the hinterlands of Indiana. A fundamentalist Christian whose knowledge of the world is even smaller than his boss, the President.

The Hill reported.Approval of the FBI has increased among Democrats and decreased among Republicans since President Trump took office, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. So, uh, Dems and liberals are fawning over the FBI because, presumably, Mueller is after Satan-in-Chief The Donald, while Republicans are pouting because, presumably, the FBI isnt dropping the fictitious investigation of Russian collusion. Meanwhile, the FBI, famed for various cluster fucks like Waco and Ruby Ridge, not to mention COINTELPRO and countless undercover surveillances on journalists and dissidents of all kinds, is being embraced by liberal America. (COINTELPRO, as a reminder, attacked the Black Panther party, and among its victims were Fred Hampton, Geronimo Pratt, and Mumia Abu Jamal. And it was J.Edgar Hoover who wrote letters that described Hampton as the new black messiah one that...


Unbelievable after what has happened in Iraq: US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEE ALSO US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come Poisoning the World: after Iraq, LibyaPentagon admits and confirms the use of depleted uranium in Syria for 5,000 times Nothing learned from Iraq, USA Depleted Uranium Weapons Have Been Used in Syria US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria []


Bahrain activist Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweets "IndyWatch Feed War"


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AFP/File | High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been sentenced to a further five years in jail over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, is seen here in 2015 with his daughter Malak

DUBAI (AFP)  High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in jail on Wednesday over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, a judicial source and human rights groups said.Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf states Sunni minority rulers, was already serving a two-year sentence handed down last July for disseminating rumours and false information in television interviews critical of the government.

In the latest case, Rajab was found guilty of insulting a neighbouring country and spreading false news and rumours, a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The charges are linked to tweets and retweets, made via Rajabs account and critical of a Saudi-led coalition, including Bahrain, that has been fighting in Yemen in support of its beleaguered government since 2015.

The charges also relate to tweets critical of Bahrains treatment of inmates at the notorious Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama.

The kingdoms leading human rights groups, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, confirmed the charges and sentence.


China deploys warships to East Indian Ocean amid rivalry with India "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Chinese news portal says 11 Chinese warships have entered the East Indian Ocean this month, in what seems to have been a show of strength amid a rivalry in the region with India and a crisis in the Maldives.

A fleet of Chinese destroyers and at least one frigate, a massive amphibious transport dock, and three support tankers sailed into the Indian Ocean in February, reported on Sunday.

If you look at warships and other equipment, the gap between the Indian and Chinese navy is not large, it said.

The news portal did not say when exactly the fleet had been deployed or for how long, but Indian defense sources said on Tuesday that a Chinese flotilla of a destroyer, frigate, and tankers did enter the region around February 10 after conducting some drills in the South China Sea.

The flotilla, which according to the sources was well over 3,500 kilometers away from the Maldives, went back through the Lombok Strait after several days.

Indian satellites, warships, and long-range maritime surveillance aircraft like P-8I kept close tabs on the Chinese flotilla, which was in international waters towards Australia, The Times of India quoted a defense source as speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Chinese Defense Ministry did not respond to requests by Reuters for comment. But last week, the Peoples Liberation Army posted photos and a story on rescue training exercises taking place in the East Indian Ocean on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.

The under-construction China Maldives Friendship Bridge is pictured near the city of Male on February 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Regional countries, including Australia and India, associate Chinas recent naval deployment with an ongoing constitutional crisis in the Maldives, with which New Delhi has had longstanding political and security ties.

The Maldives plunged into crisis when President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.

Maldivian opposition leaders have urged India to intervene in the crisis. Despite New Delhis calls for ending the state of emergency, the Maldives extended it by another 30 days on Tuesday.

China, however, said on Tuesday that the Maldives has the wisdom and capabilities to cope with the current situation independently.

Beijing signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Maldives last year. It has also been striking deals with countries in Asia and Africa in line with its Belt and Road initiative to improve imports of key c...


Russian embassy demands better conditions for pilot jailed in the US "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian embassy in Washington, DC has asked the US authorities to ensure that pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko is kept in normal prison conditions, and continues to demand he be returned to his home country on humanitarian grounds.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry building Natalia Seliverstova


A source in the embassy has told TASS that Russian diplomats possessed information that the administration of the Fort Dix prison, where Yaroshenko is serving a 20-year sentence, refused him exercise and would not allow him to purchase the drugs and food he needs because of his poor state of health.

This aggravation of conditions for the Russian citizens has confirmed that the US authorities are unable to honor their international legal obligation in the Human Rights sphere, reads the text of the address released by the Russian diplomats.

We continue to insist that our citizen is returned to his motherland for humanitarian reasons, they add.

Konstantin Yaroshenko used to work as an aircraft pilot for an international cargo company. In 2011 he was sentenced to 20 years in a US jail for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the country. However, the charges against the Russian are based on the testimony of US agents who launched a sting operation against him. He was arrested in Liberia and flown to the US without any official extradition procedure, despite protests from Russia and violations of the diplomatic code.

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Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko.  Sputnik



Reps move to amend revenue sharing formula Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives, yesterday, initiated a legal framework for restructuring distributable revenue to the three arms of government. The resolution came following passage through second reading of a bill for an act to amend allocation of revenue (Federation Account etc), Act Cap., A15 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to establish the excess []

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Bed sharing raises risk of baby deaths Newtelegraph

Scientists have raised the alarm over the number of babies dying of suffocation, occasioned by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants.   According to the findings of a report published in Paediatrics, babies are safest sleeping on their backs in their own cribs without any pillows, toys, blankets or []

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Aiteo applauds Pinnick, others for involvement in football Newtelegraph

Major sponsor of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aiteo, has heaped praises on the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, his two vice, Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko; A U Mustapha, SAN and Andrew Onyearu, for bringing it into Nigerian football.   Speaking at the inaugural Aiteo/NFF Awards in Lagos on Monday, the Deputy Managing Director []

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Proscribed IPOB blames FG for members plight in prison Newtelegraph

The outlawed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday expressed dismay over a move by a lawyer representing Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, one of the sureties for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the ongoing case to release some of its members in prison custody to adjourn the case to a later date.   IPOB listed the members in []

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Treason: Court grants FGs request to separate Kanus trial from others Newtelegraph

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday granted an order separating the trial of the missing leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu from that of other co-defendants. The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako also agreed to a request by the Federal Government to separate the charges against Kanu from []

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Old age, not a challenge to creativity Fasuyi Newtelegraph

Pa Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi was one of the founding fathers of Nigerian art. He established the first cultural centre, TAFAS Cultural Centre in Lagos. In this interview, he talks about development in the visual art sector, TONY OKUYEME reports   At what stage did you discover that you have talent in art (painting)? I think []

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SOMALIA: Al-Shabaab steps up extortion and indoctrination as morale dips "IndyWatch Feed War"

Intelligence papers and interviews lay bare severity of terror groups rule in Somalia Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial pressures and an apparent crisis of morale. Intelligence documents, transcripts of interrogations with recent []



POLITICAL NOTES: Politics and the power of religion Newtelegraph

Should religious leaders play active role in politics or refrain from stepping into the political sphere?   This is one question that has defied a definite answer over the years, perhaps, because Nigeria is a country made up of diverse religions.   While it is the right of every citizen as provided in Section 40 []

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El-Rufai orders demolition of APC parallel secretariat Newtelegraph

turns factional office to recreation park   Party heads for court   Senator: Governor personally drove bulldozer to my house   Two days after the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State suspended Governor Nasir el-Rufai for six months, the state government yesterday ordered the demolition of the partys factional secretariat in Kaduna.     []

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Somali Maritime Police Hone Skills in Djibouti during annual multinational maritime exercise "IndyWatch Feed War"

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States as well as several international organizations, completed the seventh iteration of the annual multinational annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Feb. 7, 2018. This years exercise also included participation from the Somali Maritime Police, marking the first time in nearly 30 []



SOMALIA: Mogudishu traders protest tax hikes by shutting down main market "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somali traders boycotted business on Sunday (February 18) to protest tax hikes imposed by the government. Stalls in Mogadishus sprawling Bakara market a lifeline for the city and surrounding areas, remained closed for the day. Somalias central government imposed a 5% sales tax last month, part of its efforts to win billions of dollars []



Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coin, ruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness.

In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.  From its support for armed jihadists groups in Syria and its illegal occupation of that nation, transferring heavy military equipment to its puppet regime in Ukraine, supporting unending war in Afghanistan, to the military invasion of Africa, the commitment to maintaining U.S. global dominance has moved war and militarism to the center of U.S. strategy.

But nowhere is U.S. criminality more apparent and unrelenting than right here in the Americas where the Pan-European project was born in 1492. That was the year Europe was born, emerging from its relative cultural backwardness using with terrifying efficiency the only advantage it had over the more civilized people of the regionarmor protection and steel weaponsto slaughter the people, take the land and begin the 500-hundred-year nightmare the people of the world have suffered ever since.

Today, the barbarism of the Pan-European project continues under the tutelage of what history will recordif humanity survivesas the most violent, racist, oppressive human experience ever to have emerged in the short span of human existence on Earth: The United States of America.

After centuries experiencing the horrors of genocide, slavery, military dictatorships, environmental destruction, and neoliberal exploitation, the people of Latin America began to slowly extract themselves from the clutches of the hegemon from the North. Social movements and peoples undeterred by coups, structural adjustment and death squads started to take back their history in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and the rest of the continent. Venezuela has led the way, proclaiming the dawn of a 21st century socialism that would create the new society and the new human in the process.

Because of imperial overreach, the same trap that has ensnared other empires in decline, the U.S. was preoccupied with attempting to manage the mess it had created for itself as a result of the disastrous belief that it could fight two major wars simultaneously. So, while it was bogged down in Western Asia and the so-called Middle East, the full force of the U.S. repressive apparatus was not deployed against the fledgling people...


USA: Somali Man sentenced to 15 years for ISIS-inspired knife attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

A man who stabbed two brothers at the Mall of America last November and later claimed he did it on behalf of ISIS was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. As he was about to leave the courtroom, Mahad Abdiraham turned to news media cameras and held up the index finger on his right []



Apple might buy cobalt directly from miners "IndyWatch Feed World"

The mineral is used in the lithium-ion batteries that power devices ranging from smartphones to electric cars. As more things like cars go electricthus increasing the need for cobaltcompanies are increasingly worried that there could be cobalt shortages on the horizon. The average iPhone uses about eight grams of cobalt in its battery, but the

The mineral is used in the lithium-ion batteries that power devices ranging from smartphones to electric cars. As more things like cars go electricthus increasing the need for cobaltcompanies are increasingly worried that there could be cobalt shortages on the horizon. The average iPhone uses about eight grams of cobalt in its battery, but the average battery in an electric vehicle uses 1,000 times more. To help keep a steady supply of the mineral, Apple is reportedly in talks to buy it directly from miners, says Bloomberg. If the company does go ahead with its cobalt plans, it will no doubt come under immense scrutiny as two-thirds of cobalt is mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has a history of using child laborers as miners.

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UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed World"

Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed.

One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and this time around, it involves a country other than Saudi Arabia, the United States, or the United Kingdom.

In early 2015, Yemens President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled his palace in Aden after a takeover saw him unseated in a relatively bloodless manner (bloodless, that is, compared what followed after Saudi Arabias brutal intervention). Hadi was still recognized internationally as president even though he technically had already been overthrown. (By way of comparison, the United States insists that President Bashar al-Assad in Syria is not the countrys legitimate ruler, even as he continues to retain his office after around seven years of fighting).

Saudi Arabia, in particular, was adamant that Hadi maintained the countrys legitimate leader. Why? Because Hadi was the one who requested U.N. intervention and Saudi assistance to battle the Houthi-led insurgency. Without Hadi, their basis to bomb Yemen without a U.N. mandate becomes even more dubious than it already has been.

However, Saudi Arabia is not the only major player in Yemen. While the corporate media in tandem with the warmongering government officials who apparently have nothing better to do than to fabricate nonsense continue to blame Iran for the deteriorating situation in Yemen, the truth remains that there is one other U.S. ally heavily involved in destabilizing one of the poorest nations in the Arab world.

At the end of January of this year, the Telegraph reported that Yemens current government was preparing to flee Yemen entirely while a separatist group backed by the United Arab...


Why Pakistan is sending 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


Analysts say Pakistani forces are probably deployed to protect the Saudi royal family after purge of relatives left them vulnerable


Left behind when people flee "IndyWatch Feed World"

In humanitarian crises like South Sudans protracted conflict, people with physical disabilities struggle to escape when their villages are attacked.


Fuel crisis: NNPC imports $5.8bn worth of petrol Newtelegraph

Marketers demand subsidy arrears   LCCI: Modular refineries wont end scarcity   The Nigerian National Petroleum Cor p o r at i o n (NNPC) has imported 9.8 million metric tons of premium motor spirit (PMS) worth $5.8 billion to combat the fuel crisis that resurfaced since late last year.   This was disclosed yesterday []

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2019: Weve no confidence in INEC PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it has no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible elections in 2019.     The party also said the decision by the commission to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to monitor campaign funds of political parties is part of []

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49 passengers escape death as Dana plane overshoots runway Newtelegraph

Forty-nine passengers yesterday escaped death after a Dana Air aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt, overshot the Port Harcourt International Airport runway.   The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt. The aircraft was still in the []

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Poll sequence: Senate moves to punish pro-Buhari senators Newtelegraph

The Senate, yesterday, commenced a process of punishing its members who threw the chamber into confusion last week by insinuating that the amendment to the Electoral Act, reordering the sequence of elections, was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Consequently, the Upper Chamber directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate Senator Ovie []

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CCT fixes March 21 to decide Justice Ngwutas fate Newtelegraph

AbujaThe Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday fixed March 21 to decide the fate of the Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, who is standing trial on charges of false assets declaration. The tribunal will on the day rule on the competence of the charge brought against him by the Federal Government. The tribunal fixed []

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CITES ignores illegal import of wild elephants by China "IndyWatch Feed World"

China has imported over 80 Asian elephants from Laos and almost 100 juvenile African elephants from Zimbabwe in the last two years.


BPE classifies 37% of privatised firms non-performing Newtelegraph

Thirty-seven per cent of 142 businesses privatised by the Federal Government through the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) are not doing well while 62 per cent are performing optimally. Director-General of BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh, attributed the failure of the privatised firms to the prevailing harsh business environment which has forced many private or privatised []

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Herdsmen attack: ECOWAS court to hear suit against FG May 31 Newtelegraph

The ECOWAS Court of Justice yesterday fixed May 31 for continuation of hearing in a suit filed by Rev. Father Solomon Nfah and 11 Agatu indigenes in a case of Human Rights abuse and negligence against the federal government.   The plaintiffs are seeking N1 trillion compensation over deaths and general damages caused by herdsmen []

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Financials: 33 firms get N461m fines for nondisclosure Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has fined 33 quoted companies N460.7 million for failure to file their audited financial statements after the regulatory due date. Checks by New Telegraph showed that some of the firms were sanctioned for their inability to meet the regulatory requirements ranging between full year ended December 31, 2014 and 2017. []

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World Cup: Rohr shuts door on Enyeama Newtelegraph

  Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has finally ruled out goalkeeper Vincent Enyeamas return to the national team.   The coach said the inability of the former captain of the team to secure playing time had played a huge role in his decision.   Speaking with journalists at the inaugural Aiteo/Nigeria Football Federation Awards on []

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Ayade pledges N500m loan to LG workers Newtelegraph

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday set aside N500 million as loan to assist local government workers who wish to go into farming, saying that his government will work with officials of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to facilitate access to such loans.   Ayade made the pledge in Calabar []

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Obasanjo, Anyaoku, ex-govs eulogise Awolowo-Dosumu at 70 Newtelegraph

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, serving and former governors, among other eminent Nigerians, yesterday gathered to celebrate the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, who clocked 70 years.   The birthday was heralded with a thanksgiving service as well as her installation as []

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CAF Competition: Plateau, MFM set to complete job Newtelegraph

  Akwa upbeat ahead Hawk clash   as CAF approves Agege Stadium   The countrys representatives in the CAF Champions League, Plateau United and MFM FC, will look forward to completing the job they started a fortnight ago by securing passage to the next round of the competition.   Plateau, who won the Nigeria Professional []

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Joshuas chin is suspect Newtelegraph

Top Ranks CEO Bob Arum is not sold on the punch resistance of IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).     Joshua is scheduled to take part in a unification clash with WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.   In the []

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Spectators to pay N10,000 to watch Poland-Nigeria friendly Newtelegraph

Ahead of the pre-World Cup friendly between Poland and Nigeria in Warsaw on March 23, the Polish Football Association has announced the ticket prizes for the game.   It will cost Nigerian fans 160 Polish Zloty (equivalent of N17,197.20) to buy a Category A ticket, while Category B and C tickets will cost N12,895.20 and []

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Senate probes N34.5bn NNPC, Agip security account operation Newtelegraph

The Senate, yesterday, mandated its Committee on Public Accounts to investigate rationale behind a security account allegedly operated by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company.     This was sequel to an adoption of a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi- APC), which he entitled, Urgent need to []

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Buhari: Well continue to fight corruption, promote accountability Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that the Federal Government under his leadership would continue to fight corruption, pursue openness and accountability in the management of public resources.   The President stated this while delivering in Adamawa State his key note address at the first Adamawa State Anti- Corruption summit in Yola.   He said that []

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Herdsmen attacks: Buratai launches Operation Cat Race in Benue Newtelegraph

says exercise not targeted at individuals   As part of moves by the Federal Government to curtail attacks on people of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen and to end the incessant herdsmen/ farmers clashes, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, yesterday launched a special operation tagged: Exercise Ayem A []

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Ambode tasks workers on service delivery Newtelegraph

Ahead of the 2019 governorship election, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday appealed to workers in the state to ensure that their service delivery must impact on the lives of the residents.   Ambode said this yesterday at a 2-day training workshop facilitated by MESSR XLS Consults Limited in conjunction with the states Ministry []

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2019: No doubt Atiku is ready Newtelegraph

Permit me to add my petite voice to the euphoric voices already clamouring for Atiku Abubakars candidacy in the upcoming 2019 general elections.   And rightly so! A poorly-handled search for a presidential flag bearer by a discordance of characters over the years, has led the nation to an unfocused and unmitigated democratic debacle.   []

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Akeredolu reiterates commitment to industrialise Ondo Newtelegraph

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi A k e r e d o l u yesterday reiterated his commitment to industrialise the state as he inaugurated some projects in Ondo South Senatorial District to commemorate his first year in office.     Besides, Akeredolu said his administration was committed to rapid transformation of the state by []

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Egyptian journalist reportedly disappears after arrest "IndyWatch Feed War"


HuffPost Arabi reporter Moataz Wadnan was arrested on Friday and his whereabouts are unknown, his lawyer says


UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed War"

UAE Yemen(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []


UAE Ministry of Economy explores agricultural investment opportunities with Ethiopia "IndyWatch Feed World"

20 Feb 2018 | albawabaUndersecretary of the Ministry of Economy says that investments in the fields of agriculture and food industries are among the prominent sectors that attract UAE investments abroad as the country currently imports about 80 per cent of its food needs.


Kenya: Leaders demand audit of Dominion books before Siaya exit "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Nov 2017 | Business DailyA Siaya County leader and a community lobby group have demanded a thorough audit of an American-owned rice farm's financials before it is allowed to exit the region.


Job fears as Dominion firm stops operations in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Nov 2017 | The StandardUS company Dominion Group could be preparing to leave Kenya after 15 years of running a multi-billion farming project at Yala in Siaya County as its CEO Calvin Burges has written letters to employees telling them of plans to close down the business.


National hospital receives 2nd cancer treatment machine Newtelegraph

The National Hospital, has taken delivery of the second Radiotherapy machine for Cancer treatment,  in Abuja on Monday. The Elekta machine for Linear Accelerator (LINAC) is made up of several components to be coupled and installed soon. Speaking in a brief interview at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), National Hospital, Dr. Jeff Momoh, []

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UNICEF says world is failing newborn babies Newtelegraph

Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the worlds poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born. Globally, in low-income countries, the []

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BREAKING: Dana Air plane skids off runway, aircraft damaged (PHOTOS) Newtelegraph

A passenger plane belonging to Dana Airline skid off the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport as it was landing at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The aircraft, with number 9J0363, flew into Port Harcourt after taking passengers from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.   According to an eyewitness, Layefa Walter, a []

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Oshakati Bomb Survivor Zaaruka Opens Up After 30 Years
February 20, 2018
Nuusita Ashipala
New Era

Oshakati-Multi-millionaire businessman Ben Zaaruka, who survived the mysterious 1988 Barclays Bank bomb blast at Oshakati but lost his fiance in the attack, yesterday said a white man could have been behind the deadly explosion.

Mystery continues to shroud the fatal incident, but many senior leaders in Namibia today believe the attack formed part of the brutal strategy of the colonial regime to cause confusion and sow fear among Namibian people.

Twenty-seven people died in the attack, while several others were maimed.

Zaaruka, speaking publicly about the incident for the first time in 30 years, said his fiance at the time, Johanna Onesmus, who died a week after the attack due to severe injuries, told him that she saw a white man dropping a bag in the bank moments before the deadly explosion.

She said a white man, dressed in shorts, dropped a bag in the bank and left. I am not saying the white man had a bomb in that thing [bag], said Zaaruka yesterday at Oshakati.

He made the revelation when the attack was commemorated yesterday, speaking publicly on what could happened prior to the Oshakati bomb blast on February 19, 1988.

Zaaruka said his fiance told him this two days before she passed away on February 26, 1988.
According to Zaaruka, his fiance observed a man with a bag filling in a bank receipt before he dropped the bag on the floor. But before Onesmus could tell the white man that he was leaving his bag behind, having presumably forgotten it, she was struck by the shrapnel from the explosion.

Strangely, said Zaaruka, there were no police or army personnel in sight at the bank, as they only showed up an hour later after he and other civilians had transported the injured to hospital.

I stayed away for 30 years because it was war, we could not talk about those things, said Zaaruka, who himself was at the bank but survived the explosion.

Zaaruka had met his fiance at the bank that day as she needed assistance before she would travel to Lderitz.

He said he had previously shared the story with close acquaintances.

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Namibia: Qualified Teachers Demand Removal of Unqualified Ones
By Albertina Nakale
New Era

Windhoek Over 500 qualified teachers who are roaming the streets without jobs are demanding that the government removes all the unqualified teachers in public schools with immediate effect so that they can occupy those positions.

The qualified but unemployed teachers also demand that the government, through respective regions, should conduct a survey to collect data to find out which schools have unqualified teachers and remove them "as soon as possible from those posts and call in qualified ones".

The unemployed graduates from the University of Namibia last month wrote a letter to the education ministry permanent secretary, Sanet Steenkamp, expressing their dismay that unqualified teachers occupy teaching posts at their expense.

Initially the government was concerned about the shortage of teachers when it introduced the system of In-Service Training (INSET) at Unam and awarded a five-year contract to unqualified teachers.

Currently, close to 1,000 practicing junior primary teachers are enrolled in the programme, with the same number again to be enrolled each year over the next three years.

The unemployed graduates are up in arms that the government is responsible for the study fees of those that are in INSET and yet they are earning their monthly salaries which makes it hard for the new graduates to secure employment.

They demand that the INSET programme be halted as the country is producing more qualified teachers each year.

They say those that are in the programme should go for full-time studies.

"The posts that currently have unqualified teachers should be terminated and replace them with those that are qualified. Directors must not sign recommendation forms for unqualified teachers that principals bring to them, by this reason they are taking advantage of those that are qualified, but are not related to principals, it's hard for those teachers to be recommended by principals (sic)," the teachers petitioned.

Steenkamp, in an interview with New Era yesterday, rejected these demands, saying they cannot remove these unqualified teachers because they are on a five-year contract.

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Ral Receives Namibian Prime Minister
The two leaders held a friendly conversation discussing the excellent relations shared by their peoples and governments, and reaffirmed their intention to work on strengthening these ties

Author: Granma |
February 16, 2018 08:02:26
Photo: Estudio Revolucin

Army General Ral Castro Ruz, President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday February 15, received her Excellency Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, who is making an official visit to our country.

The two leaders held a friendly conversation discussing the excellent relations shared by their peoples and governments, and reaffirmed their intention to work on strengthening these ties. They also addressed a variety of issues on the current international agenda.

Accompanying the distinguished guest were Peya Mushelenga, minister of Yrban and Rural Development, and Namibia's ambassador in Cuba, Jerobeam Shaanika.

Also participating on the Cuban side were First Vice President Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez; Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Daz; and First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina Gonzlez.


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Daz-Canel Receives the Prime Minister of Namibia
During the fraternal meeting, Cubas First Vice President thanked Namibia for its support following Hurricane Irma, as well as in the fight against the U.S. blockade

Author: Granma |
February 16, 2018 09:02:39
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The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez, received on Thursday, February 15, Her Excellency Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, who is on an official visit to the island.

During the fraternal meeting, both sides agreed on the excellent state of bilateral relations and reiterated the will to promote further political ties and cooperation.

Daz-Canel thanked Namibia for its support following Hurricane Irma, as well as in the fight against the U.S. blockade.

Both politicians also exchanged on topics of interest on the international agenda.

The distinguished African guest was accompanied by Peya Mushelenga, Minister of Urban and Rural Development; Jerobeam Shaanika, Namibian ambassador to Cuba; and Elizabeth Assamany, deputy director of Policy Research of the Office of the Prime Minister, as well as other members of the official delegation.

Participating on the Cuban side were Rogelio Sierra Daz and Ileana Nez Mordoche, deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Investment, respectively; Gisela Garca Rivera, director of Sub-Saharan Africa at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, and other ministry officials.


Egyptian journalist detained, disappears in state custody "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York, February 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention and subsequent disappearance of Egyptian journalist Moataz Wadnan, and today called on the country's authorities to make public what they know about his whereabouts....


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Geostrategic Shale
Numerous environmental groups have warned that the Trump administrations policy of facilitating fracking poses a serious threat to the environment

Author: Elson Concepcin Prez |
February 19, 2018 16:02:00
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Its very clear. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, acts on impulse, with sudden, melodramatic outbursts. He has even described coal produced energy as clean, ignoring the harmful effects on the environment.

We have ended the war on American Energy and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world, he stated in his State of the Union Address, January 30, 2018.

Beforehand, as he took his first steps as tycoon-President, he described global warming as a lie, claiming it was irrational, and promptly turned his back on the Paris Agreement, signed by almost all countries of the world, and applauded by the international community.

He then found it inconsistent with his way of thinking and acting that the major oil-producing countries read Venezuela and Russia, fundamentally should benefit from the rising price of oil on the international market. Thus he threw all his weight behind the production of oil and gas through fracking (hydraulic fracturing), extraction from shale rock through the use of large amounts of water and chemicals that pollute the environment and have even been linked to diseases such as cancer.

According to International Energy Agency forecasts, U.S. crude oil production will reach the record figure of ten million barrels per day. It could reach energy self-sufficiency in 2035, through the accelerated extraction of shale oil and gas.

Studies have demonstrated the contamination of surface and subterranean fresh water sources in areas close to where fracking is undertaken, as well as the increase of greenhouse gas emissions.

In one of his Reflections on January 5, 2012, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, warned that exploitation of a platform with six wells can consume 170,000 cubic meters of water and even create harmful effects such as influencing seismic movements, polluting surface and groundwater and affecting the lan...


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Internet: The Same for Rich and Poor?
In a scenario in which access to information and telecommunications technologies is limited by the development of each country and peoples ability to pay for and learn to use them, the approval on December 14 by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of the withdrawal of measures established in 2015, that favored net neutrality, opens up new digital divides between rich and poor

Author: Yaditza del Sol Gonzlez |
February 13, 2018 12:02:37
Photo: Granma

As early as the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Defense had a system that allowed multiple computers located at different universities and research centers in the country to communicate in a single network the embryo of the great interconnection of networks that we know today as the internet. However, it was not until 1993 that the World Wide Web was put in the public domain.

From then on, and with the creation of Mosaic, the first popular Web browser, and other simple graphic tools for the use of the network, the number of hosts or computer equipment connected to the internet would begin to grow rapidly. So much so that, today, the net is an unavoidable means to access information media, social networks, download files and videos, and even as a source of work.

However, the possibility of using this technology and its contents could start to change, with users having to pay internet service providers more, for the privilege of access.

In 2015, under the Barack Obama administration, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the policy known as net neutrality to regulate broadband internet providers as a public utility. The regulations prevented companies from blocking websites, or charging for a higher quality, faster service, or certain content. In July, 2017, a new law was proposed including the withdrawal of these measures, which was approved by the FCC last December 14, by three votes to two.

According to El Pas, the change presented as a victory for freedom has come from the big suppliers themselves, as telecommunications giants like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon have aligned with the Trump government to break the legal barrier that prevented them from imposing their will regarding internet traffic...


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Why is Cuba Developing a New Pneumococcal Vaccine?
The mere fact of being able to tell Cuban families that a new, effective and safe Cuban pneumococcal vaccine will soon be available, work on which has been advancing since 2006, is already more than just good news.

Author: Lisandra Farias Acosta |
February 7, 2018 13:02:07

The new vaccine is another guarantee of the well-being of Cuban children. Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus

The mere fact of being able to tell Cuban families that a new, effective and safe Cuban pneumococcal vaccine will soon be available, work on which has been advancing since 2006, is already more than just good news.

Its a comforting thought, after so many years of development of this vaccine candidate, which includes seven serotypes in a single vaccine and, therefore, it is as if we were developing seven vaccines in one. This singularity has made preclinical demonstrations, the pharmaceutical development and clinical demonstration more complex, Darielys Santana Mederos, biochemistry graduate and general coordinator of the Finlay Institutes pneumococcal project, told Granma at the recently concluded Cuban Pediatrics Congress, Pediatra 2018.

According to the expert, following the introduction in the country of vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae and meningococci, pneumococcus is now the fundamental pathogen to cause pneumonia and bacterial meningitis in Cuban children. Therefore, prevention with a vaccine against pneumococci would have a significant impact on reducing the incidence of bacterial pneumonia and meningitis in this population, she added.

Although there are two commercially available vaccines of this type in the world, their prices are restrictive for Cuba. Each child must be immunized with at least three doses according to what is scientifically proven today, Santana explained, noting, Each dose, at the pharmacy price, is around 50 dollars, and Cuba would have to spend an excessively high amount.

Therefore, she said, we had to devise a development strategy for our own candidate, in order to protect our children against the bacteria.

The Finlay Institute has done just that. Under the trademark Quimi-Vio, the heptavalent vaccine will reach all Cuban provinces...


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President Maduro Sends a Message of Unity and Peace to Venezuelans
Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro posted a video through his Twitter account in which he sent a message of peace and called for unity, alongside several of his ministers

Author: Gabriela vila Gmez |
February 19, 2018 09:02:15
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CARACAS. President of Venezuela Nicols Maduro posted a video through his Twitter account in which he sent a message of peace and called for unity, alongside several of his ministers.

We want a United Venezuela, we want a Venezuela in Peace... We want a Venezuela for All. We do not need to raise our voice to say so: Together everything is possible, the president tweeted.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communication and Information, Jorge Rodrguez, noted that This is an effort of young Venezuelan filmmakers to include those who for decades were excluded, to send a message to Venezuela and the world of inclusion, hope, peace and of permanent dialogue.

On Saturday the head of state said he had prepared a surprise for Venezuelans and invited them to be attentive at 8:55p.m on Sunday, when he posted the video.

The tweet and video can be seen on the Presidents twitter feed @NicolasMaduro (in Spanish) here:


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Activists Around the World Call for the Closure of All U.S. Military Bases

Various initiatives are planned to mark February 23, the 115th anniversary of the occupation of part of the territory of Guantnamo by a U.S. naval base

Author: Nuria Barbosa Len |
February 13, 2018 10:02:33

ON February 23, coinciding with the 115th anniversary of the occupation of part of the territory of Guantnamo by a U.S. naval base, several pacifist groups plan to hold a major protests worldwide to demand the closure of the military base.

With various initiatives that include mobilizations, messages in alternative and, where possible, more traditional media outlets, concerts and other cultural activities, activists will seek to call public attention to the issue, especially in the United States.

One of the actions will be to use Twitter to share clear messages under the hashtags: #ReturnGuantanamotoCubaNow; #USOutofGuanatamo; #EEUUFueradeGuantanamo; #DevuelvanGuantanamoaCubaYa!; including tagging the twitter account of President Donald Trump @POTUS.

This forms part of the agreements taken at the conference organized by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, held at the University of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland, January 12-14, which addressed the need to close U.S. military bases located throughout the world.

The final resolution on the Guantnamo Naval Base concludes: the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Bases unanimously calls upon the global peace movement to organize, on or around February 23, 2018, Actions calling for the United States to promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantnamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding Cuban control of Guantnamo Bay to the U.S. to be null and void.

The Cuban chapter of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and the Dignity published its January 27 bulletin, in Spanish and English, on these issues, which already has the support of valuable intellectuals and artists, among whom is Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Prez Esquivel.

The Committee also asked other organizations around the world to screen the documentary All Guantnamo is Ours, by filmmaker Hernando Calvo Ospina, which has been translated into...


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Ral: A Tireless Promoter of Regional Integration and Staunch Anti-imperialist
Interview with Cuban researcher and essayist Abel Gonzlez Santamara, responsible for compiling the book Ral Castro y Nuestra Amrica. 86 discursos, intervenciones y declaraciones

Sergio Alejandro Gmez |
February 13, 2018 09:02:51

Rals revolutionary and integrationist thought is present in his speeches, like that given at the 2nd Celac Summit held in Havana 2014. Photo: Archive

Unlike academics and intellectuals who dedicate time to organizing their work, the ideas of revolutionaries with state responsibilities are often dispersed throughout time, among thousands of speeches, interviews, and statements.

It is therefore the researchers job to revive this legacy and organize it in such a way as to help one understand the scope of a figure, and the historic moment they were destined to live.

This is precisely what researcher and essayist Abel Gonzlez Santamara has done in his book Ral Castro y Nuestra Amrica. 86 discursos, intervenciones y declaraciones (Ral Castro and Our America. 86 speeches, remarks and statements) which was presented in the Nicols Guilln at Havanas Cabaa Fortress on February 7, as part of activities during the latest edition of Cubas International Book Fair.

Gonzlez Santamaras new book is more than a simple historical account, instead offering us Ral the statesman, whose work defined by over half a century of revolutionary efforts stands firm.

With Ral Castro y Nuestra Amrica the Cuban researcher leaves a tool for present and future generations to continue the journey initiated over 200 years ago toward achieving the unity and integration of Our America.

The book, Fidel Castro y los Estados Unidos: 90 discursos, intervenciones y reflexiones(Fidel Castro and the United States: 90 speeches, remarks and reflections) was presented during the last Havana International Book Fair; while a similar compilation dedicated to Army General Ral Castro is also being presented this year by Capitn San Luis publishers. Whats the link between the two works?

Both books share a dialectical link, because their authors, Comandante en Jef...


United States Republicans invite French racist "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 29 April 2017 video says about itself:

Is Frances National Front still fascist? UpFront (Reality Check)

Marine Le Pen, who recently resigned temporarily as leader of the National Front (FN), is now facing off against centrist Emmanuel Macron for Frances top spot.

Though she has stepped down temporarily, she remains a member of the FN, a party founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and a former Vichy Nazi, Leon Gaultier, which now supports her candidacy.

So has the party changed at all? In this weeks Reality Check, we examine whether the party has shed its fascist past.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

CPAC 2018: Far-right politician Marion Marchal-Le Pen to address conservative conference after Mike Pence

Moderate Republicans express concern at far right leaders invite

Lucy Pasha-Robinson

Tuesday 20 February 2018 12:54 GMT

The niece of French far right leader Mari...


Arbitrary arrests and continued incommunicado detentions by Sudanese government force "IndyWatch Feed World"

Khartoum, Paris - 14 February 2018. Several Sudanese, African and international organisations, including the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) wrote to 6 United Nations Special Procedure mandate holders to draw their attention to the worrying developments concerning the excessive use of force by Sudanese authorities to disperse peaceful protests across Sudan. The Open letter signed by FIDH and its Sudanese, African and International partners concerned the crackdown on [...]


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Cuba Cannot Be Defeated
Once again the Organization of American States (OAS) has demonstrated that rather than working for a more united and prosperous region, it seeks to create divisions and tension between all its member-states

Author: Redaccin Internacional |
February 14, 2018 10:02:11

Cuba will continue along its own path, and as much as submissive and servile lackeys, like the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, would like to destroy us, they will never be able to do so.

This according to Cubas Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra in response to recent interventionist remarks by Almagro regarding Cubas electoral process.

According to Rogelio Sierra, the OAS Secretary General tried to misrepresent the electoral process underway (in Cuba) in an attempt to de-legitimize it, in a show of support for campaigns against the Cuban Revolution and their allies.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), noted Sierra has no moral or ethical credibility whatsoever to judge what the Cuban government and people are doing. He is making a big mistake by failing to acknowledge, by ignoring, the Cuban peoples decision to be sovereign and independent, he stated, in reference to remarks made by Almagro in an event held recently in Miami.

The main theme of the Secretary Generals speech, with a heavily interventionist tone, was the Cuban electoral process, a subject on which he demonstrated a great lack of understanding.

During his speech Almagro noted that a non-democratic succession of power must not be permitted in Cuba - ignoring the fact that the island has a participative electoral system which ensures that the President of the Councils of State and Ministers is elected with support of the vast majority of the Cuban people. Direct elections are not they only democratic or most effective model, as the former Foreign Minister of Uruguay is well aware.

Almagro also made the most of the occasion to insult the Cuban government, which he described as a regime and dictatorship, while categorizing the Cuban Revolution as a dangero...


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Cuba Rejects Interference and Exclusion of Venezuela from Summit of the Americas
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement   
Author: MINREX |
February 15, 2018 09:02:33

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba energetically rejects the announcement by a group of nations in the hemisphere, released February 13 in Lima, that constitutes unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic de Venezuela, and at the same time categorically rejects the decision to reconsider the participation of the Venezuelan government in the 8th Summit of the Americas, to be held this coming month of April, in Peru.

A few days ago, the U.S. Secretary of State, on a tour of several countries in the region, stated that continuing in effect is the Monroe Doctrine, the most notorious interventionist policy of U.S. imperialism in our region. He called for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela and advocated strengthening sanctions on the country. The decision adopted is not unrelated to these declarations and actions.

In this context, Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls the arbitrary and aggressive U.S. Executive Order, renewed in January of 2017, that describes Venezuela as "an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy" of the superpower, and President Donald Trump's most recent warning about utilizing "a possible military option, if necessary."

It is unprecedented and incredible that now being used as a pretext is an alleged "unconstitutional rupture of the democratic order," precisely in a country which has held, within a few months time, municipal, regional, and Constituent Assembly elections, and has just called Presidential elections, precisely as has been demanded, including via external interference and unconstitutional, violent methods.

Cuba denounces this statement and the exclusion of Venezuela from the Summit of the Americas as contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by heads of state and government of countr...


Big Brother Naija: Housemate Ifu Ennada Calls CDQ Scammer Newtelegraph

Housemate in Big Brother Naija 2018, Ifu Ennada has accused popular rapper CDQ of defrauding her in school. The aspiring actress said this in the house on Monday, adding that the rapper is a mad man. Ennada told her fellow housemates that she did not only give him a lot of money but sacrificed a []

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Venezuelas Ruling Party Calls for Early General Vote
Tue Feb 20, 2018 06:29PM

Member of the Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello (C) walks during a public act in Caracas January 23, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

A top official of Venezuela's ruling Socialist party on Tuesday proposed holding legislative elections more than two years early to coincide with a presidential vote in April.

The vote for the opposition-dominated parliament is scheduled for late 2020 but Diosdado Cabello, the party's number two, said the legislative polls could be held on April 22, the same day as the presidential election.

The powerful Cabello told state television VTV he would make a formal proposal to the Constituent Assembly, which President Nicolas Maduro has used to sideline the opposition and strengthen his grip on power.

"This is a decision for the National Constituent Assembly," Cabello said.

Maduro has already brought forward the presidential poll by several months despite opposition claims that conditions do not exist to guarantee a free and fair vote.

Leading opponents have been barred from standing in the election in which Maduro is seeking a second six-year term, despite a worsening political and economic crisis.

Analysts say Maduro's government wants to bring forward the legislative poll for the same reason as the presidential election, to take advantage of divisions within the opposition coalition.

The opposition wrested control of parliament in December 2015 elections, but has seen its power usurped by the Constituent Assembly, which has assumed full legislative powers in Venezuela since it was created by Maduro last year.

(Source: AFP)


Buhari must order the arrest of Ango Abdullahi over his Fulani herdsmen comment Deji Adeyanju Newtelegraph

A pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate arrest of Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former vice-chancellor, over his recent comment on herdsmen that sparked outrage and drew condemnation, especially from the Southern leaders. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Vanguard last week, Prof. Abdullahi had []

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Claims of Delivery of Iran Missiles to Yemen 'Foolish Scenario': Qassemi
Tue Feb 20, 2018 02:19PM

A frame grab from video provided by Yemens War Media outlet shows Yemeni military servicemen beside a Qaher M-2 missile.

Iran has once again rejected the allegations about the Islamic Republic's provision of missiles to Yemeni forces, saying such claims are lies and a foolish scenario.

"Iran's missile program is for defensive and deterrent [purposes] and claims about the dispatch of missiles to Yemen despite the all-out blockade on this country are lies and a foolish scenario designed to exonerate the aggressors," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.

He added that Britain and France have expressed their concern over Iran's defensive missile program without providing any reason or wise justification.

A group of so-called independent United Nations experts monitoring the sanctions on Yemen reported to the Security Council in January that it had identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a statement on Monday called on Iran to stop taking actions which could lead to further escalation of the Yemeni conflict.

"I call on Iran to cease activity which risks escalating the conflict and to support a political solution to the conflict in Yemen," Johnson said.

His remarks came on the same day that the French foreign ministry also said in a statement that Paris was concerned about Iran's ballistic missiles program and its activities in the region, mentioning its support for the Houthis in Yemen.

In reaction to the allegations, Qassemi said the Islamic Republic has designed its defensive missile program based on its military doctrine and valuable experience it obtained during the eight-year war imposed on it by Iraq backed by major global powers in the 1980s.

He added that Iran's missile program aims to deter any aggression by extremist powers against the country.

"In this clear path that is completely in conformity with international principles...


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Saudi Arabia Faces 'Certain Defeat' in Yemen, Says Ex-Tory Minister
Former senior minister Andrew Mitchell tells MEE the UK must press Riyadh over Yemen bombardment ahead of bin Salman visit.

Jamie Merrill, Diplomatic Editor
Middle East Eye
Tuesday 20 February 2018 16:00 UTC

LONDON - A former Conservative cabinet minister has said that Saudi Arabia faces "certain defeat" and humiliation in Yemen and has called on Theresa May to use the upcoming visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to pressure the kingdom to halt its bombardment of the country.

In an interview with Middle East Eye, the former secretary for international development Andrew Mitchell said it was now clear Saudi Arabia would "not win a war from the air" and warned that the "human misery and heartache" in Yemen would continue unless UK and international pressure was used to force Saudi Arabia to return to the negotiating table.

A Saudi-led coalition has conducted bombing missions in Yemen since 2015 with arms and military support from the US, UK and other countries. At least 10,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, though the true death toll is potentially far higher as few organisations on the ground have the resources to count the dead.

"Saudi Arabia will not win a war from the air and the certainty of its defeat is underlined by the small scale of the Saudi forces on the ground in Yemen," Mitchell said.

"The current situation will lead to its humiliation in respect to Yemen, but also in relations to the wider region and with Iran."

The visit by the powerful Saudi crown prince to London next month, during which he will meet senior royals and the prime minister, Theresa May, is set to highlight the UK's close relationship with Saudi Arabia and its conduct in the three-year Yemen civil war.

"We are supporting of bin Salman's domestic agenda, which is really significant and vital for Saudi Arabia's future, but we would be failing in our duty as a candid friend and close ally if we didn't spell out our very clear concerns over Saudi policy in Yemen," Mitchell said.

He added that ministers must take a firm line with the crown prince over Yemen to steer him away from a "failed policy that has brought misery and heartache" to Yemen...


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Turkey Frees Top Pro-Kurdish Politician Detained Over Afrin Offensive Opposition
Tue Feb 20, 2018 04:41PM

In this file photo taken on November 3, 2017, the co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition People's Democratic Party (HDP) Serpil Kemalbay gestures as she speaks during an interview in Ankara, Turkey. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish officials have released the former co-leader of the countrys main pro-Kurdish party, whom they had arrested a week ago over her opposition to Ankaras ongoing cross-border offensive in Syrias northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said in a post published on Twitter that Serpil Kemalbay had been set free.

Defending peace is not a crime; it is an obligation, an honor! the post read.

An HDP official, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Kemalbay will have to report regularly to the authorities and cannot leave the country as she is placed under a travel ban.

Police arrested Kemalbay in the capital Ankara on February 13. She had handed over her job to Pervin Buldan at a party congress two days earlier.

Yuksekdag succeeded Figen Yuksekdag, who was stripped of her parliamentary status last May after being jailed on terrorism charges in November 2016.

Turkish media outlets reported that Kemalbay had been detained over calls for protests against Operation Olive Branch launched late last month.

Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian branch of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of terrorists, and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016.

This is while US officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the terrorist group.

The controversy over a possible Syria border force first started on January 14 when a report emerged on Reuters saying that the military coalition led by th...


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Over Dozen Civilians Killed in New US-led Strikes in Syrias Dayr al-Zawr
Tue Feb 20, 2018 01:36PM

A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows smoke billowing out following a US-led coalition airstrike in the western al-Daraiya neighborhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqqah. (Photo by AFP)

More than a dozen civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of aerial assaults in Syrias eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources told Syrias official news agency SANA that 16 people, including 9 women, were killed in the US-led aerial attacks against residential buildings in al-Bahra village on Tuesday afternoon.

The sources noted that the death toll is expected to rise as some people had been critically wounded in the airstrikes.

The London-based Airwars organization, which tracks civilian deaths in US-led airstrikes, reported earlier this year that a total of at least 5,961 civilians had been killed as a result of the attacks in Iraq and Syria.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on November 23 last year that 2,759 civilians, including 644 minors and 470 women, had been killed in US-led aerial attacks against civilian areas in Syria over the past 38 months.

The monitoring group added that the US-led air raids had claimed the lives of 98 people, including four children and as many women, between October 23 and November 23 this year.

The SOHR went on to say that the civilian fatalities had been mostly recorded in the northern provinces of Hasakah, Raqqah, Aleppo and Idlib in addition to the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

On December 14, 2017, Syrias Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the US-led coalition is indeed targeting civilian facili...


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Turkish Army Shells Pro-Syrian Government Forces As They Enter Afrin
Tue Feb 20, 2018 05:35PM

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters fire towards Kurdish forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region on February 19, 2018. (AFP photos)

The Turkish army has attacked pro-Syrian government forces that had earlier arrived in the Kurdish-held Afrin region in northwestern Syria to defend the Syrian Kurds against Turkeys offensive.

"Turkish regime forces targeted the locations of popular forces with artillery fire as they arrived to the Afrin region," Syrias state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of popular forces from the National Defense Forces (NDF) supporting the government in Damascus began entering the Kurdish-held region of Afrin through the al-Ziyara crossing point north of the town of Nubl.

Turkish state news agency Anadolu said Turkeys army fired "warning shots" at the Syrian popular forces, noting that they retreated to about 10 kilometers from the town because of the warning shots."

The shelling marks a major escalation of tensions between the two countries since Turkey and its allied militants launched a military offensive against Afrin last month.

In a statement on Tuesday, US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said the Kurdish forces had called on the Syrian government to help fend off Turkey's assault.

"The Syrian government responded to the invitation, answered the call of duty and sent military units today, February 20, to take up positions on the borders, and participate in defending the territorial unity of Syria and its borders," the statement said.

This is the first time that Syrian government forces are deployed in the area since 2012 when the YPG held the area under its control.

Meanwhile, Turkish media say Turkeys army and its allied Syrian opposition militants are advancing in Afrin and they have reportedly taken over a key road linking the Turkish-held town of Azaz to the city of Afrin. Turkish forces are in control of nine more villages in the region.

Earlier on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country is set to lay siege to...


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Russian Energy Minister: Russian Companies to Participate in the Rehabilitation of Oil Fields in Syria
13 February 2018

Moscow, SANA- Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said that cooperation in the oil and gas sector between Russia and Syria provides for recovery and development of oil and gas fields in Syria.

We have signed a separate roadmap. We consider the power sector and the oil and gas industry, mostly the restoration and the development of oil fields, Novak told reporters on Tuesday.

On February 6th, Syria and Russia signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of energy and mineral resources.



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Lavrov Asserts Importance of Preserving Syrias Territorial Integrity
20 February 2018

Moscow, SANA Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov asserted the importance of preserving Syrias territorial integrity.

During a press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Moscow, Lavrov commented on the situation in Afrin and the continuing Turkish aggression on it by saying that Russia is committed to resolving all issues related to this matter, but these solutions need to be done in a manner that respects Syrias territorial integrity.

The Turkish regime has been carrying out an aggression on Afrin since January 20th, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians using different types of weapons and shells including chlorine gas, which is prohibited internationally, in addition to its forces and affiliated terrorists organizations carrying out systematic vandalism of infrastructure, properties, and historical landmarks.

Maya Dayoub / Hazem Sabbagh


Iran strongly rejects claims of delivery of missiles to Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 20, 2018 Iran has once again rejected the allegations about the Islamic Republics provision of missiles to Yemeni forces, saying such claims are lies and a foolish scenario. Irans missile program is for defensive and deterrent [purposes] and claims about the dispatch of missiles to Yemen despite the all-out blockade on []


Netanyahu, Israel, the Powder Keg and the Match "IndyWatch Feed World"

Netanyahu, Israel, the Powder Keg and the Match | benjamin-netanyahu1 | War Propaganda World News


While authorities explain that they have enough evidence to indict the Israeli leader, Netanyahu goes out declaring war on Syria and Iran to distract from his probable indictment.

The Israeli prime minister accuses Tehran, at the security conference in Munich, of wanting to establish an empire in the Middle East. That is a laughable claim given Israels belief in its ideological and religious right to steal land from Arab people to create the Great State of Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu premiered at the Security conference in Munich with one of his already classic theatrical interventions.

As is also usual, Iran focused its speech. Brandishing a piece of drone in his hand, Netanyahu threatened an intervention against Iran, an incendiary threat and a decision that would set the Middle East on fire.

We will act not only against the Iranian allies, but against Iran itself, said the Israeli leader, who argued that the Tehran regime is displaying a growing influence in the Middle East.

The problem with Netanyahu is Israels growing isolation from the world and the shrinking support for its unilateral measures to destroy Gaza and dislocate its inhabitants, who Israel treats as trash.

The rest of the drone belongs, according to Netanyahu, to an Iranian device shot down last week when it entered Israeli airspace.

Do you recognize it? You should. Its yours, Netanyahu snapped at Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, also present at the Munich conference. He accused Zarif of lying with eloquence.

Netanyahu knows this practice well as he is an expert in it. He utilizes charts and drawings to fabricate threats against the people of Israel.

During question time, Netanyahu produced a map, in which Syria, Iraq, Iran and Yemen were painted in black, to...


Saudi Arabia faces 'certain defeat' in Yemen, says ex-Tory minister "IndyWatch Feed War"


Former senior minister Andrew Mitchell tells MEE the UK must press Riyadh over Yemen bombardment ahead of bin Salman visit


Adult elephants thank people for saving baby elephant "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Wild elephants salute the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch

28 November 2017

Wildlife officials rescue baby elephant from a ditch. Elephant herd salutes the men before leaving

In Kerala, India, a baby elephant falls into a ditch (or an abandoned well) and gets trapped there. As the family of wild elephants watches and waits on the other side of the river, local people and forest officials use an earthmover to help the baby get out.

Watch when they come running and welcoming the baby, checking whether it is fine. The incredible moment then occurs when the elephant family head turns and salutes the humans, thanking them for saving their little one.


Africas Manmade Water Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The imminent shutdown of Cape Towns piped water network should serve as a wake-up call for all of Africa to overhaul urban water-management systems. Unfortunately, like Africas water resources themselves, Cape Town's crisis seems likely to be wasted.


Africas Fallen Liberators "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In both South Africa and Ethiopia, the dominant political party grew complacent and corrupt, and suffered decay. But whereas post-apartheid South Africa created robust institutional safeguards, Ethiopia, after the end of Mengistu Haile Mariams dictatorship, never built national institutions that could save the country from its rulers.


Renewed Hope In South Africa: Inziles vs. Exiles. "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africas new president Cyril Ramaphosa.

By Terry Crawford-Browne, February 18, 2018

Afro-pessimists were astounded when in 1994 South Africa triumphed relatively peacefully over apartheid. The world had expected a racial bloodbath. The transition was described as a miracle, and Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a saint.

There is anger amongst South Africans that so much time, energy and money have since been squandered and that, under Jacob Zuma (and Thabo Mbeki before him), the African National Congress (ANC) betrayed their expectations. Citing Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and numerous other African disaster stories, pessimists have similarly been nonplused by the nonviolent transition in 2018 from Jacob Zuma to Cyril Ramaphosa.

In reality, the country has a long history of nonviolent resistance. More than a century ago, Mahatma Gandhi, during the 21 years that he lived in South Africa, developed his satyagraha (truth force or passive resistance) strategies before returning to India in 1914 to challenge British imperialism.

Gandhis principles became the foundation of the ANC when it was established in 1912, and that influence continued until 1960 when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chief Albert Luthuli because of his opposition to apartheid and his refusal to resort to violence. Within the ANC however, white activists (many of them members of the Communist Party) prevailed upon Mandela and others with arguments that nonviolence was futile against the apartheid system. The armed struggle was launched in 1961, and Mandela was arrested in 1963 after a tip-off to the government by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). South Africa became a hostage of the Cold War, its liberation delayed for three decades.

Charged with treason, Mandela and the leadership of the ANC were banished to Robben Island, eight miles from Cape Town. Instead of the death penalty, they were sentenced to life imprisonment, and he spent 27 years in jail. Others, including Thabo Mbeki, Joe Modise and Zuma went into exile. There, they became increasingly authoritarian and corrupt, but also divorced fr...


Egypt adds ex-presidential hopeful Abul Fotouh to terrorism list "IndyWatch Feed War"


Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh described Egypt's upcoming presidential elections as not being 'democratic' or fair


Africa and the Problem of Foreign Military Bases "IndyWatch Feed War"

A member of the Ghanaian air force guards a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules

A member of the Ghanaian air force guards a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules

From the Afro-Middle East Centre, February 19, 2018

At the establishment of the African Union (AU) in May 2001, discourses about human security and counter terrorism were ubiquitous both globally and on the continent. In Africa, the experience of the conflicts in Sierra Leone and the Great Lakes region weighed heavily on the continents people, and on the new body. The newly-formed AU thus sought to institute measures that would enhance peace and security and ensure human development, even allowing for the possibility of the organisation intervening in member states. Article Four of the AUs Constitutive Act stated that intervention in a member country could be endorsed by the body in the event that the government of that country severely repressed its population; the prevention of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide were explicitly mentioned.

Within months of the creation of the AU, the September 2001 World Trade Centre bombings in New York took place, forcing an additional imperative onto the AUs agenda. As a result, the AU has, for the past decade and a half, focused a great deal of effort on counter terrorism (in some instances to the detriment of member state populations). Coordination on counter terrorism has thus been enhanced between member states, and, worryingly, training, skills transfers, and direct deployment of troops from foreign powers especially the US and France had been sought to address that has been, to some extent, an exaggerated threat. This has unwittingly allowed, again, the mixing of foreign interests with those of the continent, often allowing foreign agendas to dominate.

In the past few years, a new form of foreign role on the...


Venezuela's Foreign Minister Continues 'South-South Dignity Tour' with Nigeria Visit "IndyWatch Feed World"

Onyeama expressed Nigeria's solidarity towards the electoral process in Venezuela, along with opposition to U.S. and EU sanctions.


Towards a new division of Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United Arab Emirates, a member of the Saudi coalition against Yemen, wants to create a new state that will allow it to control the Yemen region of Aden. At the time we are writing this article in French (16 Feb 2018), the strategic port of Aden is being exploited by the company Dubai Ports World. The plan to divide Yemen into a Yemenite faction supported by Saudi Arabia and a Yemenite faction which would be pro-Iranian, could lead to re-establishing peace. However, it would also cement (...)


Robert Steele: Autonomous Internet (Combined with CC & OSEE) Will Bury the Deep State and #GoogleGestapo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The plan

Here in Tokyo with Benjamin Fulford as my mentor-guide, I am meeting people who are going to charge the world. Everything Vladimir Putin is talking about both a post-Western economic paradigm and a post-Google Internet is being worked on in pieces.

I am especially fascinated by the leaders of the Chinese diaspora that I am meeting, who have direct access to Xi Jinping.

My gift appears to be in providing the comprehensive architecture for the convergence of three major programs that will be rolled out in 2018:

01 a cyber-currency backed by Asian gold;

02 the beginnings of the post-Google Internet focused on taking down Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (Amazon and Google next year); and

03 a global program for sustainable development that starts in Asia pioneering my Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) vision, and then rapidly scales to Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, and the Americas.

I have agreed to serve on the Board of a new gold-backed crypto currency whose crypto foundation is explicitly intended to scale across the three other modules I have in mind: exchanges, tools, and data-information-intelligence.

At this time is appears that I will be in Tehran and Moscow in March, Europe in April, and Beijing in May, assembling and inspiring a team of geniuses. Let me state for the record that if Donald Trump were to give me the Open Source Agency (OSA) that CIA has opposed for 40 years, I would remain based in the USA serving Donald Trump and the American public first, and the rest of the world second. Since my own government refuses to listen to me, I am going international and will probably be based in Asia.

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European's white skin did not come from Neanderthals and may be relatively recent "IndyWatch Feed World"

It has long been of interest to establish where Modern Europeans White Skin came from. But you know when you think about it, there is no way white skin came from Neanderthals. It's really a question of doing the math - but math that is supported by years of research and applying all we know about evolution. New Scientist reports that,"The people who built Stonehenge 5000 years ago were humans occupied Britain and mainland Europe who lost there darker skins of their African ancestors perhaps just 6000 years earlier, long after Neanderthals had died out" which was some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Below is the New Scientist Article written by Karl Gruber. For more science be sure to read the abstract provided below entitled "The Timing of Pigmentation Lightening in Europeans" written by Sandra Beleza Antnio M. Santos Brian McEvoy Isabel Alves Cludia Martinho Emily Cameron Mark D. Shriver Esteban J. Parra Jorge Rocha.


Sanusi, Miyetti Allah laud Fayose over anti-grazing law Newtelegraph

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi 11 and the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, have commended the Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose for enacting anti-open grazing law in the state. They said the law would cater for the well-being of parties involved, especially []

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FCTA loses N3bn from outdoor advertising Newtelegraph

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) loses about N3billion annually, due to its inability to organize its outdoor advertising sector towards effective internally generated revenue.   These facts to the came when the Department of Outdoor Advertising and Signage (DOAS) toured some major shopping malls in the city centre.   Deputy Director of DOAS, Hassan []

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Buhari, APC trashed my husband after 2015 polls Tinubus wife Newtelegraph

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has decried that her husband was trashed after the party won the 2015 elections. Mrs Tinubu revealed this when she featured on Your View, a breakfast show of Television Continental, where she alleged that Tinubu was sidelined despite []

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Buhari charges Africans to use Petroleum Summit grow economy Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday charged African countries to make use of the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) and grow the economy of the continent.   The President, who spoke at the first Petroleum Summit in Abuja, said the NIPS should be seen like the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) being organized in Houston, USA.   Represented []

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Maternal death: FG to engage 100,000 CHIPS agents Newtelegraph

As part of efforts at reducing was high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria, the Federal Government said it was engaging 100,000 agents under the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) programme. This was revealed by the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in Kaduna, yesterday. CHIPS []

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2019: South-East elders council back Buhari Newtelegraph

South East elders council yesterday said they will support President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election if he decides to run again. According to them, the All Progressives Congress, APC government had done well in fighting corruption and the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency.   Speaking on behalf of the group at Nnewi, the Chairman []

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Stock market opens week bearish Newtelegraph

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) market yesterday opened this week on  the negative territory as the overall performance measures, NSE ASI and market capitalisation, both fell by 1.53 per cent.   The downswing according to market watchers, was due to profit taking by investors after recent bullish rally.   []

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Nigerias improved business ranking driven by mining reforms Fayemi Newtelegraph

Nigerias improved ranking in the World Banks Ease of Doing Business was driven by various reforms in the mineral and mining sectors, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi said yesterday in Abuja.     The Minister said the reforms helped in repositioning the sector as a major revenue earner and improved the []

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Court concludes trial of 301 Boko Haram suspects, convicts 205 Newtelegraph

The Special Court created by the Federal High Court to try terrorism cases sitting Wawa detention facility in Kainji yesterday concluded the trial of about 301 suspects. Out the 301, a total of 205 suspects were convicted while 96 were discharged after trial for lack of evidence.   About 526 suspects were freed for various []

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Nigeria mulls 700,000 barrels daily oil output surge Newtelegraph

envisages 250,000 barrels from local producers   Nigeria is planning an increase of 700,000 barrels a day in her oil production. Data from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources sighted by New Telegraph showed that indigenous producers from the country aim to pump almost 250,000 barrels per day additional crude by 2020 as part of a []

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JUST IN: Kaduna APC factional office demolished Newtelegraph

The factional office of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Kaduna State has been demolished in the early hours of today.   New Telegraph gathered that the incident took place between the hours of 4-5 am in the morning.   The demolition of the building located at Sambo road, GRA Kaduna was said to have been []

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Oppressing the Palestinian people: the horror of Zionist apartheid "IndyWatch Feed War"

Oppressing the Palestinian people: the horror of Zionist apartheid NOVANEWS More of the world is finally recognizing the murderous Zionist state, often called the state of of Israel, for what it truly is: an apartheid state. As South African diplomat Clinton Swemmer put it, Israel is the only state in the world that can be called []


Turkeys Syria offensive enters 2nd month with slow progress "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters are seen in the town of Salwah, less than 10 kilometres from the Syria-Turkey border on February 19, 2018. (AFP)
ANKARA: Turkeys offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria will enter a second month Tuesday having made little progress while straining relations with Washington and The European Union.
Ankara on January 20 launched a cross-border air and ground operation agains...


Taino ancestry in Puerto Rico, other islands "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

My Ancestry DNA Results! (Puerto Rican)

1 January 2016

My Ancestry DNA results are finally in! Here they are from highest percentage to lowest:

Spanish/Portuguese 27%
British 26%
Native American 20%
Middle Eastern 7%
Nigerian 4%
North African 3%
Senegalese 3%
Italian 3%

Trace regions under %1 are not listed.

From St Johns College, University of Cambridge in England:

Researchers have produced the first clear genetic evidence that the indigenous people whom Columbus first encountered in the New World still have living descendants today

February 19, 2018

Summary: A thousand-year-old tooth has provided the first clear genetic evidence that the Tano the indigenous people whom Columbus first encountered on arriving in the New World still have living descendants today, despite erroneous claims in some historical narratives that these people are extinct. The findings are likely to have particular resonance for people in the Caribbean and the US who claim Tano ancestry, but have until now been unable to prove definitively that such a thing is possible.

A thousand-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the so-called Tano, the first indigenous Americans to feel the full impact of European colonisation after Columbus arrived in the New World, still have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

Researchers were able to use the tooth of a woman found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The woman lived at s...


German Scientist in 1952 Predicted the Name "Elon" would be Associated with the Colonization of Mars "IndyWatch Feed World"

In 1952, a German scientist predicted the name Elon would be associated with the colonization of Mars

Jun 13, 2017

Source: The Vintage News | By Domagoj Valjak

The South African-born billionaire businessman and engineer Elon Musk is one of the worlds leading innovators in space travel. His company SpaceX works on the creation of low-cost and energy-efficient spacecraft. Its possible that those spacecrafts will bring the first humans to Mars in the following decade. If SpaceX succeeds in its pioneering mission, the name Elon will undoubtedly become forever associated with Mars.

But this isnt the first time Elon and Mars have been linked. Far from it.

Wernher von Braun was a German aerospace engineer responsible for the development of one of Nazi Germanys most advanced weapons, the V-2 rocket. Nicknamed the vengeance weapon, the V-2 was the first long-range guided ballistic missile in the world.

It entered service in late 1944 and, by the end of the war, over 3,000 V-2 missiles had been launched by the Wehrmacht, killing around 9,000 civilians and military personnel. A further 12,000 forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners died after being forced to participate in the production of the notorious weapon.

First rank, from left to right, General Dr. Walter Dornberger (partially hidden), General Friedrich Olbricht (with Knights Cross), Major Heinz Brandt, and Wernher von Braun (in civil garment) at Peenemnde, in March 1941.

Von Bra...


The Truth About Black Panther (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Truth About Black Panther Video Stefan Molyneux Movie Summary: After the death of his father, TChalla returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, TChallas...

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Syrian Arab Army set to confront Turkey in Afrin within hours "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hello from the Nationals newsroom in Abu Dhabi.

Pro-government forces were set to enter the northern Kurdish enclave of Afrin to end Turkeys ongoing offensive there popular forces will enter Afrin within hours, reported Al Ikhbariya, Syrian state television reported.

Staying with Syria, and Rob Crilly looks at the political fallout Moscow faces by increasingly relying on mercenaries in its Syrian war. The result is a cloud of confusion about what happened and who was responsible for an assault on the Conoco oilfield, a lucrative and strategic prize now held by US allies, he says.

Turning to Yemen: dozens of Al Qaeda members were killed and many more captured in the country as the army seeks to expel them from outposts in the Hadramawt province.
The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, is driving out militants from eastern Yemen and areas considered Al Qaeda strongholds, reports Ali Mahmood from Aden.

Locally, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan was given a heros welcome yesterday as he was received by the countrys leadership at Al Bahr Palace in Abu Dhabi. The 27-year-old was injured in a helicopter crash last August in Yemens Shabwa province. Two other Emirati soldiers were injured in the crash, while four were killed.



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Africa's Largest Oil Summit Opens in Nigeria
2018/2/20 3:28:05

The first edition of what is said to be Africa's largest petroleum summit opened in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday, with an aim to revive the oil industry in Africa.

Nigeria's oil minister Ibe Kachikwu declared the summit open on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying Nigeria is willing to provide leadership for Africa in oil and gas.

Kachikwu said the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit was organized with the mission to make it Africa's most important platform and linkage to the world.

The summit features an exhibition of latest petroleum technologies, equipment and investment opportunities by global oil and gas firms.

"It is aimed at engendering potential-economic benefits, generate employment and expand businesses in Nigeria and Africa," Kachikwu said.

Nigeria's petroleum industry is the largest in Africa with proven oil and gas reserves of 37 billion barrels and 192 trillion cubic feet respectively.

Hundreds of delegates from oil and gas multinationals are attending the five-day summit in Abuja.


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China's Inroads Into Africa Trigger Envy and Allegations
By Mark Kapchanga
2018/2/20 10:31:56

Allegations of spying and surveillance pop up every day on the global political stage. They are, however, not always true but driven by malice.

A database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that as of August 2015, there were 1,419 active satellites in orbit around the earth mainly used for the collection of intelligence.

From time immemorial, revelations of spying always provoke outrage. In his famous treatise The Art of War, Chinese general Sun Tzu says: "Enlightened rulers and good generals who can obtain intelligent agents as spies are sure to make great achievements."

As recent as 2016, new documents made public by Wikileaks revealed that the US spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's private conversations with world leaders. The secret files showed that the National Security Agency listened in as Merkel had private conversations with other European heads of government and with former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

But even before the dust settled on this accusation, in late 2017 Berlin claimed Beijing was using LinkedIn to infiltrate political and business circles in Germany. The assertion followed claims from a German intelligence service that 10,000 of its citizens were targeted by Chinese spies, an allegation that China refuted.

In most cases, allegations of spying and surveillance cause strains between countries, and at times, even sever diplomatic ties.

Informed that such claims can create a rift between regions, a French paper Le Monde carried a story on allegations that China has been spying on African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa for six years.

In what appears to have been a manufactured story, Le Monde spoke to a number of anonymous sources, who said the alleged transfer of data was taking place at night. The story went further to say the alleged data transfer had been taking place since 2012, when the building was opened.

Trade between China and Africa has been rising thanks to policy benefits from a cooperative plan laid down by Chinese and African leaders in South Africa in 2015. At the summit, President Xi Jinping announced plans to...


News you may have missed #895: Africa edition "IndyWatch Feed War"

South African security contractor faces spy charges in South Sudan. Somalia appoints new police and intelligence chiefs. Ethiopia bans protests, media criticism, under state of emergency.


Senator Adamu hits ex-President: Obasanjo should be in jail Newtelegraph

Buhari: Well sell all recovered stolen assets   President Buhari has not bothered to interrogate Obasanjos role in the Halliburton scandal for which some Americans are cooling their heels in jail. Perhaps Buhari might wish to look into the Siemens affairs in which the Obasanjo administration was indicted   Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West) []

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AG F queries Magu, Keyamo over graft charge against CCT chair Newtelegraph

AGF gives EFCC chair, SAN, 48 hours to justify action The Federal Government has queried the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, over the two-count corruption charge recently filed by the anti-graft agency against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Umar. Also queried []

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19 more oil blocs to expire in 2019 Newtelegraph

Nineteen more oil blocs in Nigeria face expiration in 2019, investigation by New Telegraph has revealed. Already, 28 blocs had expired as at last quarter of 2016. But a document of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), sighted by this newspaper, showed that this would raise the number of expired oil blocs in the country []

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PDP: Nigeria not in safe hands, but on auto pilot Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disputed the claim of Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that Nigeria was in safe hands, when the reality on ground showed that the nation is on auto pilot and drifting to the precipice. In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said []

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1,306 Nigerians die in road accidents in three months Newtelegraph

No fewer than 1,306 Nigerians died in road accidents in the fourth quarter of 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. The NBS stated this in its Road Transport Data for Fourth Quarter 2017 posted on its website. The NBS said that 1,200 of the 1,306 Nigerians who died, representing 92 per cent []

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2018: Experts predict vibrant real estate Newtelegraph

As oil prices stabilise at 17 per cent higher than 2017 average and direct foreign investment increases, experts see surge in real estate activities in 2018. DAYO AYEYEMI reports   Following improvement in the economy, things are beginning to look up in Nigerias real estate sector with market operators getting set to tap into the []

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Eaglesll prove FIFA wrong Rohr Newtelegraph

Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr has said Nigeria will prove FIFA by emerging from Grop D of the World Cup despite being rated lowest in that section. Nigeria slipped in the current FIFA rankings; the Eagles are rated 56th in the world far behind Argentina, Croatia and even Iceland. Rohr is unfazed by the continuous []

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Burden of politics on Nigerias power business Newtelegraph

Unlike in electricity sufficient countries, business of power generation, transmission and distribution in Nigeria is enmeshed in politics. ADEOLA YUSUF reports   Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, shocked many observers of events in Nigerias power sector last Monday, September 11, 2017. That day, he took to the podium of the 19th []

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Echiejile seeks to cement Eagles position Newtelegraph

Super Eagles left-back Elderson Echiejile is happy to return to the pitch after an injury spell in the past few months made him miss games for the country, reports. The former AS Monaco player, who joined Belgiums second division side Cercle Brugge on loan from Turkeys Sivaspor on the final day of the winter []

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Gunmen abduct businessman, kill masquerade, two others Newtelegraph

Armed men have kidnapped the Chairman and Chief Executive of Always Petroleum and Gas, Alhaji Otinau Momohjimoh. The oil mogul, who is in his early 40s, was abducted about 8p.m. on Sunday opposite Okene Central Mosque, kogi State, where he often spend time with friends and business associates. A witness said the gunmen, whose numbers []

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DTigers not afraid of Mali Newtelegraph

The assistant coach of DTigers, Abdulrahman Mohammed, is unfazed about the threat of hosts of this weekends 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier series, Mali. Despite admitting the threat posed to the team by the hosts, the coach is confident that the team can repeat their 2017 FIBA Afrobasket feat having defeated the same opposition by []

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Police probe ex-speakers brothers killing Newtelegraph

Police yesterday commenced investigation into the murder of a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a ward rally in Nwofe Primary School, Agbaja, Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. The victim, Elias Nwankwegu popularly known as Okarika, who is younger brother of former Speaker of the state House of Assembly and Attorney-General, []

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Medview MD: FX, maintenance, bane of Nigerian carriers Newtelegraph

It is practically impossible for Nigerian carriers to compete with most of their foreign counterparts due to lack of resources, access to foreign exchange and lack of maintenance facilities in the country, Managing Director, Medview Airlines, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, has said. He disclosed this to New Telegraph in Lagos. The Medview boss lamented that it []

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PDP Suspends Elumelu, Five Other Party Chieftains Over Indiscipline Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, has suspended indefinitely a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and five other stalwarts of the party.
In a statement on Sunday night which was signed by Julius Egoh, Secretary of the Party in Aniocha North, the suspension was sequel to acts of gross misconducts and indiscipline by party chieftains.
According to the statement, the suspended chieftains, whose actions were considered inimical to the peace and progress of the party in the area, are as follows: Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Barr. Kress Njiokwuemeni, Hon. Chuks Oseme, Mr. Michael Osuoza, Chief Emma Eboh, and Mr. Kaikene Okolie.
The statement reads: Arising from an enlarged Exco meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Aniocha North Chapter, on Friday 16th February, 2018, at the Partys Secretariat in Issele-Uku, the following under listed members of the party are hereby suspended indefinitely from the Party in the area: Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Barr. Kress Njiokwuemeni, Hon. Chuks Oseme, Mr. Michael Osuoza, Chief Emma Eboh, and Mr. Kaikene Okolie.
The decision was unanimously reached after taking a cursory look at the undisciplined and gross misconduct of the above persons, which are inimical to the peace and progress of the party in Aniocha North Local Government Area.
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Threat amid runway risks Newtelegraph

With every tragic high profile crash, the general publics feeling about airline safety takes a punch. WOLE SHADARE writes   Safety issue The recent incursion of Akure airport runway by cows that prevented Air Peace aircraft to delay landing for about 20 minutes has again brought to the fore the need to improve aviation safety []

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Prepare for a tough budget, says South African finance minister "IndyWatch Feed World"

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been pressuring the finance ministry to reduce spending and increase revenue, according to finance minister Malusi Gigaba.


Russian document on Syria, basis for Valdai Forum talks, warns against Kurdish state, permanent US presence "IndyWatch Feed World"

A document that will form the basis of a Russian conference on Syria warned against any permanent American presence in the war-torn country and against the formation of a Kurdish state. The document, a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, presented the "rules of the game" in the Middle East, saying that 2017 was a changing point in the developments in the region. It noted that none of the bloody conflicts there have ended, some of which have escalated, amid fears of the collapse of local governments. It did however speak of positive change in the region as local players seek political solutions. The document will be presented at the Valdai forum that will be hosted by Moscow on Monday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to attend. It will also be attended by Syrian regime figures, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi. The document underlined the importance of the state as a crucial institution for the Middle East, meaning that strengthening the state and resolving conflicts are core priorities for regional players.


Mixed reactions trail Lagos Yoruba preservation law Newtelegraph

NUC: Law against universities admission policy JAMB: NCE has exclusive right on admission ASUU, SSANU: Better to introducing language as general study POLICY Stakeholders are divided over the Lagos Yoruba preservation law, set to deny candidates without a Credit Pass in Yoruba language, admission into the states higher institutions With the new Yoruba Language Preservation []

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Confronting unemployment with skills acquisition Newtelegraph

As unemployment continues to fester in the country, governments and other stakeholders, who are bent on winning the battle, have continued to evolve new strategies for more effective attack against the common enemy. CALEB ONWE reports   The creation of three million jobs annually was one of the campaign promises of the All Progressives Congress []

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Agina-Ude: How to boost anti-graft war Newtelegraph

A rights activist, Mrs. Ada Agina-Ude, is the Executive Director of Gender and Development Action (GADA). She speaks with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, on the anti-corruption war, women participation in politics and governance Why did you pick interest in activism and how long have you being involved in defending the rights of the people?   By nature, []

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Slok got no contract from Abia govt Witness Newtelegraph

The Accountant General of Abia State, Gabriel Chinenye Onyendilefu, yesterday told Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos that no contract was awarded to Slok Nigeria Limited by the state government while former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu was at the helm of affairs. Onyendilefu, who was also a permanent secretary in the []

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Court remands doctor over N25m theft Newtelegraph

A magistrates court in Ilorin, Kwara State yesterday remanded in prison a popular medical practitioner, Dr. Ayodele Joseph, over allegations of stealing medical equipment of his colleague worth N25 million. The magistrate, O. A. Adeniyi, refused pleas by counsel to the accused asking that he be granted bail in self-recognition and ordered the doctor to []

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New blood test shows promise for early autism detection Newtelegraph

Scientists yesterday said a new blood and urine test that could detect autism early in childrens urine and blood, was underway.   The researchers from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom (UK), said their test could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a major factor that was key in the management of []

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Yemeni Forces Ambush 12 Invading UAE Troops [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) Yemeni media released a video today depicting Yemens Army and Popular Committees bombarding Emirati troops in Taiz province.

Taiz is a consistent battle zone between Yemeni resistance forces, Saudi-backed mercenaries, Emirati troops, and even terror groups like al-Qaeda who fight side-by-side with Saudi coalition troops.


Victories on Multiple Fronts Against Saudi-backed Mercenaries and Emirati Troops

The video below depicts Yemens Army and Popular Committees luring Emirati troops into an ambush before killing 12 and destroying their military vehicles. Yemens resistance known by western media merely as the Houthis boasted multiple successes on various battlefields today repelling advances and killing dozens of Sudanese and Saudi-backed mercenaries.

Just in the past two days, Yemens resistance sniper unit took out 13 Saudi troops on various fronts beyond the Saudi border including Asir, Jizan, and Najran province. Yemens Army and Popular Committees expanded their defensive operations into Saudi territory throughout the course of the war in response to the devastating Saudi-led invasion, airstrike campaign, and blockade.

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Washingtons Participation in Warcrimes

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The Slow Genocide of the Tawergha "IndyWatch Feed War"

Residents of Tawergha are dying in desert in their attempt to return home after seven years. Make-shift tent camp in Qararet al-Qatef for forcibly displaced residents of Tawergha who are blocked from returning to their hometown by militias from Misrata, Qararet al-Qatef, Libya, February 10, 2018. | 2018 Emad Ergeha UN Human Rights Council...


Investissement: une confrence Paris sur la diversification conomique au Congo "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Feb 2018 | ADIACSelon Eric Raulet, directeur du dveloppement d'Eco-Oil qui dtient 50 000 ha de palmeraies, il est question de redynamiser des filires autrefois productives et rentables : palmier huile, arachide, cacao, fruits et agrumes, hva.


Sime Darby's Africa ambitions stall pending new deforestation rules "IndyWatch Feed World"

19 Feb 2018 | ReutersSime Darby Plantation has planted only 10,000 hectares in Liberia and has not laid a seed in two years, stalled by uncertainties over new environmental standards.


Whos Afraid to Celebrate Robert Mugabe Day? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Julian R. Cola As Cecil Rhodes boots settled into the rich, fertile soil between the great rivers of Zambezi in the northwest and Limpopo in the southeast, the Oxford-educated Englishman knew that he had struck gold. Literally. His foray was preceded by kith and kin David Livingston, with his discovery of Victoria Falls, and...


San Francisco Declared One Of Worlds Filthiest Slums "IndyWatch Feed World"

San Francisco has been declared one of the worlds filthiest slums, with conditions dirtier than slums found in third world nations such as Kenya or India.  According to an NBC investigation, great swathes of the city [...]


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US Anti-DPRK Smear Campaign Censured

The US should be prudent and practice self-control, keeping in mind that if it persists in the anti-DPRK smear campaign while unreasonably picking a quarrel with the DPRK over the human rights issue, it will pay dearly for all the consequences, said the chief of the information department of the Institute of American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry in a statement on February 15.

The statement came as the US is intensifying an anti-DPRK smear campaign while linking the death of American student Otto Frederick Warmbier to the DPRK again.

According to the statement, Warmbier is a criminal who was sentenced to a penal servitude pursuant to the DPRK law on March 16 2016 on apparent charges of having committed hostility toward the DPRK on a mission assigned by an American organization against the DPRK.

It is the current US administration that should answer why he died suddenly in less than a week after returning to the US with all his vital signs being normal, it said.

Though he was a criminal, the DPRK granted the request of the current US administration and returned him home from a humanitarian point of view according to the judgment of the Central Court on June 13 2017 in consideration of his poor health, it noted.

However, the Trump clan is intentionally stoking up the anti-DPRK smear campaign over his death, it said, adding it is an expression of their crafty trick to justify the attempt to stifle the DPRK by force by tarnishing its international image and finding an excuse for intensifying the international pressure campaign, awestruck by the might of the DPRK which has risen to the status of a strategic nation.


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US Condemned for Obstructing Koreas Peace and Reunification
The National Reunification Institute issued an indictment on February 14 to lay bare how the US has obstructed the improvement of inter-Korean relations and peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula in every way.

The following are the excerpts from it:

The US has trampled down the Koreans aspirations for reconciliation, unity and reunification through impudent interference and undisguised pressure since the very day it occupied south Korea.

After dividing the nation by rigging up the puppet Syngman Rhee regime, the US denied the contents of the July 4 1972 Joint Statement, the 1991, Agreement on Reconciliation, Nonaggression and Cooperation and Exchange between the North and the South the June 15 2000 Joint Declaration and the October 4 2007 Declaration, and egged such groups of traitors as the Lee Myung Bak conservative regime on to totally reject the implementation of the joint declarations. Such moves have reached the extreme since Trump came to power.

The US has aggravated tension in the Korean peninsula while being hell-bent on military buildup and DPRK-targeted war racket, so as to build a barrier in the way of improved north-south relationship and national reunification. The US perpetuated its military presence in south Korea and ceaselessly staged joint war games with south Korea under different codenames, especially Focus Lens, Foal Eagle, Team Spirit and Ulji Freedom Lens to extremely aggravate the peninsula situation.

Trump unhesitatingly said on the UN arena that they would exterminate tens of millions of Koreans and announced that the US would immediately resume Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises after the Winter Olympic Games, even though they said they would postpone the exercises until the Olympics in south Korea is over. This clearly shows who is the principal deteriorating the Korean peninsula situation and standing in the way of inter-Korean rapprochement.

The US has persistently resorted to despicable moves of disturbing reconciliation, cooperation and exchange between the north and south of Korea through a vicious smear campaign, sanctions and pressure.

Historically, it has cooked up the "Foreign Assistance Act", "Export-Import Bank Act" and...


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DPRK Mission Calls Again on UN Secretariat to Hold Intel Legal Forum
The Permanent Mission of the DPRK to the United Nations issued a press release on February 12 as regards the fact that one year has passed since the DPRK requested the UN Secretariat to organize an international forum of legal experts for reviewing the legality of the "sanctions resolutions" the UN Security Council has imposed on the DPRK.

In January last year the DPRK proposed the UN Secretariat to hold an international forum of legal experts to examine the legality of the "sanctions resolutions", the press release said.

Over the past year, it noted, the UN-based DPRK mission has repeatedly requested to the UN Secretariat to hold an earliest organization of an international forum of legal experts, on the occasions of the meetings with the secretary-general, the under-secretary-general for Political Affairs and the under-secretary-general for Legal Affairs, and through the letters the DPRK ambassador addressed to the secretary-general for five times, the Permanent Mission's press releases for 4 times, as well as at press conferences and interviews for 5 times.

However, it added, the UN Secretariat still turns away the DPRKs just proposal for organizing an international forum, persisting in its outdated sophistry, saying that pursuant to Article 39 of the UN Charter, it is for the Security Council to determine whether or not a particular action or set of actions or a particular situation or dispute constitutes a threat to peace, breach of peace, or act of aggression and thus it is for the Security Council to decide what recommendations are to be made or what measures are to be taken to maintain or restore international peace and security.

It urged the UN Secretariat to lend an ear to the voices from numerous legal experts and lawyers around the world, who support the DPRKs proposal saying that the Security Council has no legal ground or moral justification to condemn nuclear test or launch of ICBM and satellite as violation of international law.

And it called again on the UN Secretariat to immediately respond in a positive way to its proposal for organizing an international forum, in conformity with the mission stipulated...


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Vicious Farce of Trump Group
The Trump group has become extremely embarrassed by the atmosphere for inter-Korean reconciliation daily mounting as occasioned by the 23rd Winter Olympics.

A typical example is the "possibility of defection" of the DPRKs personnel dispatched to the south which is given much publicity through US media.

CNN and CBS of the US reported that more than 500 north Koreans are staying in south Korea, "better-off and free", and the north side authorities are closely monitoring them because of the possibility of their "defection" during the Olympics.

They even said that north Korean athletes had attempted "defection" in the middle of international games in the past, adding that, if a similar thing happens, the north cannot but be embarrassed and the south side authorities may be put in an awkward situation.

By putting into use the defectors of sportsperson and artiste origin, they went vicious to shake the pure minds of the DPRK people through such rhetoric as "round-the-clock surveillance" and "the first look at the rich and democratic neighbour".

The rubbish made by CNN and CBS is a hideous anti-DPRK farce being orchestrated at the instruction and under the manipulation by the Trump group, including the Central Intelligence Agency, upset by the present north-south relations wrapped by enthusiasm for reconciliation and unity.

In his recent "state of the union address", Trump viciously slandered the DPRK while raising "human rights issue". Not content with it, he met "defectors from the north", and the vice-president visiting south Korea took human scum to the "warship Cheonan memorial", where he made vituperation against the DPRK, shocking the world.

The wild act of the Trump group keen on turning the Olympics, symbol of peace, into a theatre for confrontation with the DPRK would only reveal its dirty nature as the kingpin of plot-breeding.

The Trump group bluffed about "the calm before the storm" and "fire and fury". Now it is using such human scum for a petty scheme.

Tragic is that the Trump group is going reckless, not realizing the transparent faith of the Korean people in socialism which can never be imitated, their mental power based on single-minded unity and the Koreans'...


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New Agricultural Guidance System
In early 1962 Kim Il Sung had a cooperative farm management committee set up in every county, and then a rural economy committee in every province, thereby establishing a well-knit national system of agricultural guidance from the centre to the lowest levels.

The new agricultural guidance system centred on the county cooperative farm management committee, makes it possible to ensure industrial guidance over the socialist rural economy.

The county cooperative farm management committee exercises unified control over agro-technicians, farming machine stations, farming implements factories, irrigation management stations and other state-owned enterprises in the service of the rural economy, and gives on-site direction and guidance over the business operation of cooperative farms. It also performs the function of both directing cooperative farms and bringing the states material and technological assistance to the rural economy.


Israel: Record-Low in Gaza Medical Permits "IndyWatch Feed World"


(HRW) The record-low rate of permits issued by Israel for Palestinians seeking vital medical treatment outside Gaza underlines the urgent need for Israel to end its decade-long closure of the Gaza Strip, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) said today in a joint statement. Record-high delays by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2017 in issuing required approvals and Egypts continued closure of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza have further restricted movement and caused additional suffering.

Israeli authorities approved permits for medical appointments for only 54 percent of those who applied in 2017, the lowest rate since the World Health Organization (WHO) began collecting figures in 2008. WHO reported that 54 Palestinians, 46 of whom had cancer, died in 2017 following denial or delay of their permits.

Were seeing Israel increasingly deny or delay access to potentially life-saving cancer and other treatment outside Gaza, with shockingly high numbers of Palestinian patients subsequently dying, while Gazas healthcare system subjected to half a century of occupation and a decade of blockade is decreasingly able to meet the needs of its population, said Aimee Shalan, CEO of MAP.

Israel should lift the unlawful sweeping restrictions on the freedom of movement of people from Gaza, most critically those with significant health problems, the organizations said.

For the last two decades, and especially since 2007 when Israel imposed a land, air, and sea blockade on Gaza, Israel has kept Gaza mostly closed, unlawfully depriving its population of basic rights. The United Nations and the Interna...


How We Picked The 2018 Worlds Most Innovative Companies "IndyWatch Feed World"

More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies (many identified through a new, public submission process) across 36 categories. Their mandate: Identify the most notable innovations of the year, and trace their impact on businesses, industries, and the larger culture. This work led us to create 2018s Top 50 and

More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies (many identified through a new, public submission process) across 36 categories. Their mandate: Identify the most notable innovations of the year, and trace their impact on businesses, industries, and the larger culture. This work led us to create 2018s Top 50 and sector lists.

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Orban calls for global anti-migration alliance in run-up to 2018 election "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban called on Sunday for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an April 8 election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory. Popular at home but increasingly at odds politically and economically with mainstream European Union peers, Orban has thrived on external controversy, including repeated clashes with Brussels and lately the United Nations. Those conflicts, mostly centered on migration since people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa flooded into Europe in 2015, have intensified as the elections approach and Orban poses as a savior of Europe's Christian nations. "Christianity is Europe's last hope," Orban told an audience of party faithful at the foot of the Royal Castle in Budapest. With mass immigration, especially from Africa, "our worst nightmares can come true. The West falls as it fails to see Europe being overrun." Orban is widely credited for reversing an economic slump in Hungary and controlling its public finances, culminating in a return to investment-grade for its debt, which was cut to 'junk' during the 2008 global economic crisis. To achieve that and hold onto power the prime minister, 54, has used methods that critics have called authoritarian, and picked fights with EU partners, especially in the West. Eastern leaders, most notably in Poland, have followed his lead.


Why history and art argue against a total ivory ban Africa Sustainable Conservation News


Ivory tells the history of the world it must never be banned

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UK legislation to ban ivory products from across history would criminalise some of the greatest art the world has seen. We need reason, not passion, in the fight against poaching

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A delicate and subtle artistic masterpiece front cover plaques from the Lorsch Gospels

The cover of the Lorsch Gospels is one of the most unexpected beauties in any of our museums. This yellowish-white carving comes from the depths of the dark ages, when Europe was supposedly a primitive and barbaric place yet it is a delicate and subtle artistic masterpiece.

It was made in Aachen, Germany, in about 810 to protect a splendid illuminated manuscript produced at the court of the Emperor Charlemagne. Its harmonious design, symmetrical arches, putti and robed figures cleverly emulate the lost splendour of ancient Rome a splendour Charlemagne longed to restore. In the lowest panel, the infant Christ lies in a manger watched over by an ox and ass in one of the earliest nativity scenes in art. This tender portrayal has a loving humanity that communicates directly with us across the centuries.

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And it could become illegal in Britain. Under new rules being seriously considered by the government, if a work of this age and quality came on to the market, no British museum or private collector would be allowed to buy it. How long will it be, if this legislation is introduced, before campaigners take the next logical step and call for treasures such as the Lorsch Gospels cover to be taken off display, or even destroyed, like the obscenities they supposedly are?

For this early medieval wonder was carved from elephant ivory. Under new rules, it is illegal in Britain to trade in ivory objects made since 1947, a totally proper and necessary measure against the modern ivory trade and its incitement of ivory poaching. Yet campaigners including the World Wildlife Fund, Tusk and the Duke of Cambridge insist that doesnt go far enough. Illegal ivory traders can forge pre-1947 antiques, they claim, in calling for a total ban on all trade in ivory objects. Unbelievably, the government is taking seriously the idea of banning trade in all ivory antiques, however old.

There is no rational argument for criminalising some of the greatest art in history just because it does not satisfy 21st-century moral qualms. The...


Israel and Egypt sign multi-billion-dollar gas deal "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel has signed a multi-billion-dollar deal with Egypt to supply natural gas to the northeast African country over a span of ten years. Israeli energy company Delek Drilling and its US partner, Noble Energy, announced on Monday that they had signed a gas deal worth $15 billion with Egypt to supply a total of 64 billion cubic meters of gas from Israel's Tamar and Leviathan offshore gas fields to Egyptian company Dolphinus Holdings over a 10-year period. Yossi Abu, chief executive of Delek Drilling, called the accord "great news" for Cairo and Tel Aviv and said the deal was the largest-ever export agreement for Israel's nascent natural gas industry. Abu expressed optimism that the deal could help pave the way toward turning Egypt into an export hub for Israeli gas.


The Question of Sanctions: South Africa and Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Terry Crawford-Browne, February 19, 2018

Sanctions against apartheid South Africa are, in the opinion of the writer, the only instance when sanctions have achieved their objective. They were also driven by civil society rather than by governments.

By contrast, US sanctions since the 1950s against Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea and numerous other countries have proved dismal failures. Even worse, they have inflicted unjustifiable misery upon the very people they were purportedly intended to assist.

The former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright remains infamous for her notorious comment on television that the deaths of five hundred thousand Iraqi children was a price worth paying in pursuit of US sanctions against the Iraqi government and Saddam Hussein. The cost of reconstruction for the devastation inflicted on Iraq since 2003 is estimated at US$100 billion.

At question is whether US government sanctions are actually intended to achieve any objective, or are merely feel-good gestures intended to satisfy a domestic political audience?  So-called smart sanctions freezing assets and imposing travel bans on foreign government officials have also proved completely ineffective.

South Africas Experience: Sports boycotts and fruit boycotts against apartheid South Africa over a twenty-five year period from 1960 until 1985 raised awareness about human rights abuses in South Africa, but most certainly did not bring down the apartheid government.  Trade boycotts are inevitably riddled through with loopholes. There are invariably businessmen who, for a discount or premium, are prepared to take the risks of flouting trade boycotts, including mandatory arms embargoes.

The consequences however, for ordinary people in the boycotted country are that wages for workers are cut (or jobs lost) to reflect the discount on exported goods or, alternatively, that prices for imported goods are inflated by the premium paid to a foreign expo...


Saving them from self destruction Newtelegraph

Angwan Tivi in Ruga community, a sex den for a good number of men in Abuja, is slowly turning into a HIV-infested den. REGINA OTOKPA reports on a unique case and efforts of a concerned NGO to change the tale of the community   Seventeen-year-old Christiana David (not real name), is five months pregnant and []

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UK pushes draft UN resolution condemning Iran for weapons smuggling in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"


Draft UN Security Council text accuses Iran of violating 2015 arms embargo on Yemen by transfering ballistic missiles to rebels


Belhaj case: MI6 chief met Gaddafi shortly before abductions, court papers show "IndyWatch Feed War"


Libyan papers referred to during Abdul Hakim Belhaj court hearing raise fresh questions about what Tony Blair knew about rendition operations


N10bn NHIS scam: APC government stinks corruption PDP Newtelegraph

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the alleged N10 billion theft by officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the height of official hypocrisy by President Muhammadu Buhari administration.   The party also disputed the claim of Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that Nigerian was in safe hands when the reality on the ground showed that []

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Former CIA Agent Admits US Meddled in Other Countries Elections "IndyWatch Feed World"

A former Central Bureau of Investigation (CIA) operative has confirmed the U.S agency has been meddling in the elections and internal political affairs of other countries since its inception in 1947.

The United States absolutely has carried out such election influence operations historically, said Steven L. Hall, a CIA operative who retired from the U.S. agency in 2015 after 30 years of service, the New York Times reported. I hope we keep doing it:

Halls revealed the information while discussing alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections.

If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all, Hall said, further justifying U.S. meddling.

Weve been doing this kind of thing since the CIA was created in 1947, Loch K. Johnson, another intelligence official, told the New York Times.

Weve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners you name it. Weve planted false information in foreign newspapers. Weve used what the British call King Georges cavalry: suitcases of cash, Johnson added.


The New York Times article further stated:

The CIA helped overthrow elected leaders in Iran and Guatemala in the 1950s and backed violent coups in several other countries in the 1960s. It plotted assassinations and supported brutal anti-Communist governments in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

A Carnegie Mellon scholar, Dov H. Levin, an expert on the historical records chronicling both overt and covert election influence operations, said he discovered that the U.S. carried out nearly 81 operations between 1946 and 2000.

Im not in any way justifying what the Russians did in 2016, Levin said. It was completely wrong of Vladimir Putin to intervene in this way. That said, the methods they used in this electio...


Naked couple found dead in car Newtelegraph

A naked couple found dead in a car are believed to have suffocated after turning on the engine to keep warm while allegedly having sex. The 39-year-old man and 44-year-old womans bodies were discovered by police in a locked garage in the city of Bottrop in western Germanys North Rhine-Westphalia state. Investigators said the naked couple, whose names []

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Nigeria ranks 11th country with highest newborn deaths Newtelegraph

  A new global report on newborn mortality released by the  United Nation Childrens Education Fund, UNICEF, has ranked Nigeria the 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths.   A statement made available to newsmen by UNICEF Communication Specialist, Eva Hinds on Monday in Abuja, noted that globally,  one million children do not survive beyond []

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Kaduna APC: An illegitimate group cannot suspend El-Rufai Newtelegraph

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has described the Senator Hunkuyi led faction of the party as illegal, saying that an illegitimate group cannot suspend the state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai. The party, therefore, describe that the purported suspension of  El-Rufai as laughable and should be disregarded by well-meaning Nigerians. This was []

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Fulani herdsmen: Gen Akinrinade bombs Buhari, INEC advocates state police Newtelegraph

Former Chief of Defence Staff and chieftain of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO, Lt Gen Alani Akinrinade rtd yesterday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of Fulani herdsmen crisis and the killing that have taken place in different parts of the country. Akinrinade who was the chairman of the first-anniversary lecture of []

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DPRK Celebrates Day of Shining Star
The service personnel and people of the DPRK celebrated the Day of the Shining Star, the birth anniversary of Chairman Kim Jong Il.

On this occasion, many people visited the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the sacred temple of Juche where President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il lie in state, and paid tribute to the portraits of smiling leaders.

The statues of the great leaders and their smiling portraits on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang and in all other parts of the country were visited by service personnel, civilians and youth and schoolchildren expressing profound reverence for them.

A constant stream of visitors flew to the venue of the 22nd Kimjongilia Festival in Pyongyang and venues of Kimjongilia exhibitions in provinces and photo exhibition venues.

Celebration performances were given at theatres in Pyongyang and local areas.

Schoolchildren throughout the country joined the Korean Children's Union, vowing to prepare themselves to be the future masters and reliable pillars of socialist Korea under the care of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Industrial establishments and farms across the country organized art performances representing the Korean people's high national pride and self-confidence blessed with illustrious leaders and brilliant commanders down through the generations, as well as sports and amusement games.

There were also national schoolchildren's folklore games such as kite-flying, shuttlecock game and rope-skipping at Kim Il Sung Square and other parts of Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang citizens spent a good time at leisure complexes such as the Mangyongdae Amusement Park, Rungna Amusement Park and Munsu Water Park.



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Congratulatory Letter to Kim Jong Un from Central Standing Committee of Chongryon
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un received a congratulatory letter from the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) on February 16, the birth anniversary of Chairman Kim Jong Il.

The letter said that the revolutionary career of Kim Jong Il was the noblest life of a peerless patriot who performed feats to shine forever in the history of the country by devoting his all to the prosperity of the country and happiness of posterity to come.

Kim Jong Il was the outstanding leader who brought up Chongryon to be the pioneer of the patriotic movement, an example of patriotism and loyalty and a model of overseas compatriots' movement true to the high intention of President Kim Il Sung, and the guardian of the destiny of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan, the letter noted.

It said that the history of loving care recorded with legendaries of the leadership, noble patriotism and compatriotism of Kim Jong Il is given a steady continuity thanks to the fatherly loving care and solicitude shown by Marshal Kim Jong Un who is bestowing everything on strengthening Chongryon and ensuring a happy life of the Koreans in Japan.

The letter stressed that the officials of Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan would fulfil their patriotic mission and honorable duty before the country and the nation in the movement to make a breakthrough in the independent reunification in hearty response to the task for national reunification set forth by Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address.



BREAKING: Miyetti Allah wants me dead, Benue state governor says Newtelegraph

The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has hinted that there is a plot by the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state led by one Gaurus Gololo to allegedly eliminate him. He stated this when he spoke with journalists in the state after a meeting with his predecessor, []

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"The New Druze" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The New Druze"
by The Zman

"In the late 10th and early 11th century, a form of mysticism evolved that incorporated elements of Islam, Greek philosophy, Gnosticism, bits from other esoteric faiths, that existed in eastern Mediterranean and what we now call the Middle East. The person credited with spreading this new faith was a guy named Muhammad bin Ismail Nashtakin ad-Darazi. He came to Egypt in 1017 and began preaching and attracting converts. He was branded a heretic and executed in 1018 by the sixth Fatimid caliph.

The Caliph, al-Hakim, was not hostile to the new faith, so much as hostile to ad-Darazi, who he thought was suffering from megalomania. His move against ad-Darazi was to put Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad in charge of...


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Congratulatory Letter to Kim Jong Un
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un received a congratulatory letter from the Central Committee of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front (AINDF) on February 16, the birth anniversary of Chairman Kim Jong Il (the Day of the Shining Star).

The letter said that Kim Jong Il's career is glorious as the sacred history in which he performed exploits for the country and nation and before the era and humankind.

It noted that he is being highly lauded as the father of the nation and the eternal sun of mankind as he ushered in the June 15 era of reunification and provided the firm foundation for independent reunification and peace and prosperity by devoting his efforts and energy, and led the global cause of independence to victory.

It noted that today Kim Jong Il's revolutionary career and exploits are being successfully carried forward by Marshal Kim Jong Un, another heaven-sent great man, and the cause of the sun pioneered in Mt Paektu is being dynamically advanced.

The present climate of national reconciliation, unity and reunification exciting the public at home and abroad is the grandiose picture brought about by the transparent idea of Kim Jong Un on independent reunification and outstanding leadership provided by him to put an end to the tragedy of national division and reunify the country by the concerted efforts of the Korean nation, it pointed out.

The letter stressed that the vanguard fighters of the AINDF and patriotic people of various strata would hold Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the eternal sun of the nation for all ages and dedicate their all to the struggle for national reunification led by Kim Jong Un, true to the behests of Kim Jong Il.



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Joint National Meeting of KCU Organizations Held
A joint national meeting of the Korean Children's Union organizations took place in Pyongyang on February 16 in celebration of the 76th birth anniversary of Chairman Kim Jong Il.

Attending it were delegates of the KCU from provinces and schoolchildren in Pyongyang and pupils joining the KCU.

Present there on invitation were vice-Chairman Choe Hwi of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, vice-Premier Jon Kwang Ho, chairman Kim Sung Du of the Education Commission, officials of relevant fields and the youth league, war veterans and persons of merit.

Pak Chol Min, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, made a report.

The reporter recalled that Kim Jong Il had visited many schools and schoolchildren's palaces, though he was very busy providing the revolutionary leadership and showed loving care so that the KCU members would grow up stoutly to be knowledgeable, moral and healthy.

He said that the history of loving care shown by the leader is being given a steady continuity on this land by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

He called on the KCU members to grow up to be dependable pillars of socialist Korea true to the pledge they made before the flag of the KCU, with the pride of having become a member of the glorious Kim Il Sung's and Kim Jong Il's Children's Union.

A ceremony for admission to the KCU was held at the meeting.

The pupils joining the KCU made an oath, led by Choe Hwi.

Officials, war veterans and persons of merit tied red neckties around their necks and attached KCU badges on their chests.

The pupils made the first greetings of the KCU member, responding to the slogan "Let us be always ready for socialist country", to be followed by congratulatory speeches.



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Stamps Issued to Highlight 76th Birth Anniversary of Kim Jong Il
The State Stamp Bureau of the DPRK produced new stamps (one sheet and one individual) in celebration of the 76th birth anniversary of Chairman Kim Jong Il.

Seen on the upper part of the stamps were letters reading "Celebration of 76th Birth Anniversary of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il" and "Juche 31 (1942)-Juche 107 (2018)".

A sheet depicting the statue of Kim Jong Il in Samjiyon County helps recall the brilliant revolutionary career and feats of the peerless patriot who provided the eternal foundation for the prosperity of the country and happiness of posterity to realize his noblest patriotic desire for building a powerful country throughout his life.

A stamp portrays Jong Il Peak towering high reflective of the spirit of February and Kim Jong Il's birthplace in the Paektusan Secret Camp, mental mainstay of the Korean army and people.



Israel to supply Egypt with $15bn of natural gas over next decade "IndyWatch Feed War"


Long anticipated deal is 'a coup for Israel' which has struggled to attract foreign investment in order to develop its largest gas field


Man arraigned for allegedly stealing phone from altar Newtelegraph

The police on Monday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Toyin Sunday, at a Badagry Chief Magistrates Court, near Lagos, for allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth N7,000 from a church. The accused, whose address was not mentioned, is facing a charge of stealing. The prosecutor, Inspector Akpan Ikem, told the court that the accused committed the []

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US Calls for Action to Halt Irans Powerful Network of Proxy Armies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iran Proxy Armies(MEMO)  US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Irans development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. McMaster accused Iran of escalating a campaign to increase its influence in the Middle East by building and arming Hezbollah-style []


Kalu urges Tinubu to accelerate reconciliation of aggrieved APC members Newtelegraph

Former Abia governor, Dr Orji Kalu has called on the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress ( APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to accelerate efforts toward reconciling aggrieved members of the ruling party. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu made the call on Sunday night while speaking with newsmen at the Murtala []

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We Want the World to Know: Activists Reporting on Occupation Face Legal Threats in Western Sahara "IndyWatch Feed World"

(GV) Among media freedom and human rights groups, Morocco is often described as having a relatively favourable landscape for media freedom, in contrast to other oppressive regimes and dictatorships in the neighbourhood, such as Egypt and Mauritania.

These assessments, which are already subjective, do not extend to the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

In a militarized environment with aggressive controls on media and citizen reporting, few stories of Western Sahara reach audiences beyond the immediate region. Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.

One group that has found itself on the edge of this divide is Equipe Media, a video documentation and human rights group that mainly reports on rights abuses committed by Moroccan forces in the territory.

Along with a Swedish film production collective, the Sahrawi media group recently released its first documentary film, 3 Stolen Cameras, which addresses the groups struggle to document and report on Moroccan violations in Western Sahara.

Our mission insists on showing that we are peaceful, says Equipe Media co-founder Ahmed Ettanji. We are campaigning our cause without violence and we want the world to know.

Multiple Sahrawi journalists who worked with Equipe Media are currently behind bars because of their work activities, including video coverage of the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

Western Sahara: A Disputed Territory

The conflict in Western Sahara dates back to 1975 when the former colonial power Spain withdrew from the sparsely-populated territory and joint forces from neighbouring Mauritania and Morocco moved in to take control. While Mauritania eventually withdrew from Western Sahara, Moroccan forces to date still control what is sometimes...


Soros and David Miliband's pro-migration NGO has funds frozen due to sexual harassment and fraud accusations "IndyWatch Feed World"

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), an open borders-backing NGO fronted by former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband has been accused of "hushing up" allegations of more than 30 crimes. UK government ministers froze funds to the NGO, which is a major partner of globalist billionaire George Soros, "based on direct reporting of sexual harassment and fraud", it was reported this week. With nearly five and a half million pounds of taxpayer cash at stake, a team from the IRC was sent to look into claims made over the body's behaviour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But according to The Sun, when an IRC team was sent to Africa to look into 24 cases where the scandal was first reported, it found a further 13 ethics breaches.

Monday, 19 February


The Promise of Telemedicine "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In developing countries, insufficient access to quality medical care undermines health outcomes and disadvantages entire generations. But as the successful implementation of a national telemedicine program in Ghana shows, well-planned digital solutions can help bring health coverage to those on the medical margins.


Coffee, Birds & India Forever "IndyWatch Feed World"


Ah, our favorite trifecta of the 2010-2017 era: coffee and birds and India! (Not to mention that the 2 species of birds featured in the article have graced this site in our Bird of the Day feature!) Just because we are back in Costa Rica does not mean the topics covered in this article are any less important to us. Thanks to Karen Weintraub for this:



Arabic press review: Dahlan Aid, and the face that launched a thousand protests "IndyWatch Feed War"


Egyptian activists wonder how Mohammed Dahlan-stamped food boxes were able to enter Sinai when transport of goods is on lockdown


Libya's huge riches could help bring an end to political violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Significant improvements in the economy would encourage ordinary Libyans to participate in planned elections, offering a glimpse of a light at the end of the tunnel

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