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Wednesday, 20 June

22:55

Botswana ministry to take over con struction of Nxai Pan-Mkadkgadi fences Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Mewt Takes Over Makgadikgadi Fence Construction

Rakops Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism will take over supervision of Makgadikgadi/Nxai Pan boundary fence alignment construction.

Minister Tshekedi Khama told residents of Rakops at a kgotla meeting he addressed jointly with Minister of Agriculture and Food security Mr Patrick Ralotsia in Rakops on Tuesday.

He expressed concern with the current human/wildlife conflict situation that prevails in Boteti, noting that the move would enable the ministry to closely monitor the project and ensure timely completion.

Mr Khama explained that in 2015, his ministry took a decision to erect 105-kilometre boundary fence alignment from Phuduhudu to Sookwane on the side of tribal land, fencing the river inside the park to prevent animals from entering tribal land as they destroyed the fence, which was initially on the side of the park to access water.

The Department of Buildings and Engineering Services, he said, was tasked with the responsibility to supervise installation of the fence and the project encountered some challenges deterring its completion.

The contractor, who was engaged to erect the fence, he said, had some grievances with regard to the project and lodged his complaint at court, hence the delay.

He noted that the contractor had removed the whole old fence before erecting a new one and wild animals, especially elephants, had free movement into tribal land.

Minister Khama further indicated that since the number of elephants in Botswana exceeded the population, it was time to consider lifting the hunting ban, but noted that only citizens should be allowed to hunt.

He stated that it was essential to establish a list of animals that could be hunted, citing that the most challenging factor was that other countries prohibited entry of animal products.

Khumaga residents, he said, would be allocated campsites, but noted they should agree on a location of where campsites could be erected.

Mr Khama also raised a concern that Batswana were not major stakeholders in the tourism sector, saying they only participated as employe...

22:14

BREAKING: Buhari signs N9.12tr 2018 Budget with reservations Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an appropriation bill of N9.12trillion into law for the 2018 fiscal year. The President while signing the document at the presidential villa on Wednesday, however, raised concerns over irregularities in the financial document. President Buhari said he was compelled to append his signature to the document in the interest of []

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20:59

Mozambique-China Pemba the place for illegal ivory deals Africa Sustainable Conservation News

CNN

Can a Chinese law help save African elephants?

By David McKenzie, Brent Swails and Estacio Valoi, CNN

On January 1, China banned all trade in ivory, a move aimed at stopping the killing of elephants by cutting demand for the material in the worlds largest market. CNN traveled to Mozambique to find out if the ban is working.

Pemba, Mozambique (CNN)Its no secret where the ivory deals take place in Pemba.

Despite a new blanket ban on the ivory t...

20:30

Namibia Chris Browns response to death of desert-adapted lion Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Conservation Namibia

In light of the recent backlash against Namibia for the death of a desert-adapted lion, we would like to share the succinct response of Dr Chris Brown, CEO of the Namibia Chamber of Environment, who responded to a foreign nationals questions regarding Namibias management of lions in the wild.

The below questions were addressed to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) by a foreign national, questioning Namibias wildlife conservation strategies:

Could you please explain to the public (and to me) what the heck is going on in Namibias so-called conservancies with regard to wildlife, especially lions and elephants.
Are you aware that the Hoanib counts only one (1 !!) male reproductive lion and that this individual Last of the Mohicans is in great danger to be killed?
Are you aware that shooting and poisoning
Are you aware as well that a complete pride of lions there has been poisoned? seems to be the main hobby of Namibian farmers? This even without justification because of loss of livestock.
Are you aware at all that worldwide lions face extinction?
What then is the use of beautiful films like Vanishing Kings if the vanishing is MET-endorsed?

After these questions I do have some requests as well:
Could you please clarify if MET really is in a hurry to address the Puros community in this matter? They are notorious lion killers.
Could you please clarify what your action is with regards to the extremely urgent collaring of the few remaining lions?
Could you please clarify your course of action in the prosecution of the culprits of the shooting and poisoning? This is dragging on for years by now. It creates the impression as if they have got a secret go ahead from your ministry. This does not contribute to your countrys reputation Im afraid.
Could you please shed your light on the practice of earmarking reproductive male lions (which are by now a rarity. Inbreeding is the result.) as a problem animal with the sole purpose to find a fake justification for selling it as a trophy animal? The strong will die; their heads on a wall in New York or Moscow; the weak genetically spoken uninteresting ones remain.
Could you please clarify what exactly justifies the name Conservancy?

With due respect, I await your reply.

To which the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) responded as follows:

Dear Frank,
This is the Namibian environmental NGO community replying to your e-mail of 20 April 2018 to Dr Lindeque of the Ministry of Environment & Tourism, to add our perspective to that of our government colleagues. By way of backgroun...

19:34

CITES reports success of month long operation against wildlife smugglers Africa Sustainable Conservation News

CITES

PRESS RELEASE

Month-long transcontinental operation hit wildlife criminals hard

Operation results in 1,974 seizures and the identification of 1,400 suspects

1.3 tonnes of elephant ivory, 8 tonnes of pangolins scales, 4,000 birds and 27,000 reptiles among the specimens seized

Geneva, 19 June 2018 An international operation against the illegal trade in wild animals and plants including timber has seen hundreds ofseizures worldwide as well as arrests of suspects.

Code-named Thunderstorm and targeting the people and networks behind global wildlife crime, the operation involved police, customs, border, wildlife,  forestry and environment agencies from 92 countries and resulted in millions of dollars-worth of seizures.

The month-long operation, from 1 to 31 May, has so far brought 1,974 seizures and the identification of some 1,400 suspects, triggering arrests and investigations worldwide. Further arrests and prosecutions are foreseen as ongoing investigations unfold.

According to INTEPOL, total worldwide seizures reported to date include:

  • 43 tonnes of wild meat (from bear, elephant, crocodile, whale and zebra etc.)
  • 1.3 tonnes of raw and processed elephant ivory
  • 27,000 reptiles (including approximately 869 alligators/crocodiles, 9,590 turtles and 10,000 snakes)
  • almost 4,000 birds, including pelicans, ostriches, parrots and owls
  • several tonnes of wood and timber
  • 48 live primates
  • 14 big cats (tiger, lion, leopard and jaguar)
  • the carcasses of 7 bears, including 2 polar bears

The operation saw 8 tonnes of pangolin scales seized worldwide, including almost 4 tonnes by Vietnamese maritime authorities on board a ship arriving from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Two flight attendants were arrested in Los Angeles attempting to smuggle live spotted turtles to Asia in their personal baggage.  Both suspects have been charged with smuggling CITES-protected species and a transnational investigation has been opened between the countries concerned.

A man was arrested in Israel and awaits deportation to Thailand after his hunting photograph on social media led to the seizure of multiple wildlife items at his home including fox, jackal and mongoose bodies.  Follow-up inquiries have revealed that the suspect was also engaged in p...

19:00

The Circuit of Death in the Greater Mediterranean , by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

A very strange traffic is crossing the Mediterranean in one direction, weapons to Africa and the Middle East in the other, refugees who are the victims of these weapons. Unsurprisingly, the European political leaders are pretending not to know the main cause of these migrations.

18:48

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 20, 2018 (Maps, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 20, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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On June 20, clashes between the Saudi-led coalition forces and the Houthis continued in the area of the al-Hudaydah airport, south of the port city of al-Hudaydah. On June 19, the coalition and its proxies once again entered the airport, but failed to establish full control of it. The Houthis were able to secure a number of positions in the area.

At the same time, coalition-led fighters continued their attempt to outflank al-Hudaydah from the eastern direction, engaging the Houthis in the Matahin square area.

The square remains contested, but the highway linking al-Hudaydah and the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, was closed because of the clashes. The only save highway from the besieged city is heading in the northern direction.

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 20, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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The coalitions forces are steadily heading to their main goal to isolate the city of al-Hudaydah by land. The most complicated part of this plan would be to cut off the highway heading from al-Hudaydah in the northern direction. If this goal is achieved, the fate of al-Hudaydah will be pre-determined.

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18:44

Trumps USA quits United Nations Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nikki Haley, Trump nominee. Cartoon by Kate Salley Palmer

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The United States is quitting the United Nations Human Rights Council. That has been announced by UN ambassador Haley.

Donald Trumps mouthpiece Haley earlier made a laughing-stock of herself with a press conference similar to the 2003 infamous speech at the UN by General Colin Powell, then George W. Bushs Secretary of State. Powell then promoted war on Iraq with forged evidence, while covering up the replica of Picassos famous anti-war painting Guernica hanging there. Ms Haleys press conference promoted the Trump-Saudi royal family genocidal war on the people of Yemen with forged evidence; as part of promoting Trumps plans for war on Iran. At least, Colin Powell has apologized for the lies he told then. Ms Haley so far has not done so; I doubt whether she ever will.

Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council, said Haley.

On that, Ms Haley is correct. But she forgot to mention two prominent examples of that. The absolute monarchy Saudi Arabia, elected to the council thanks to support by the United States government and its NATO ally, British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. Saudi Arabia, where women activists campaigning for the right of women to driv...

17:22

Lion conservation, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2018 video is called Unbelievable! Male lion rescue his lioness from lions and hyenas.

From Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution:

Lion conservation research can be bolstered by input from a wide-range of professionals

June 19, 2018

Summary: To tackle the sharp decline in lion numbers, conservation research should consider wild prey, livestock and the environment, not just human-lion interaction, a new review suggests.

The conservation of lions, while maintaining the well-being of people that live around them, is a complex problem that should be addressed by a wide range of professionals working together, suggests a new review published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Rather than focusing solely on human-lion interaction, factors such as the environment, wild prey and domesticated livestock should be considered to get a full evaluation of the problem. This approach can generate effective policies to address the dramatic decrease in lion populations seen in recent years.

We reviewed lion conservation research and found that most of this work was completed by experts from three highly-related disciplines: biology, wildlife conservation and environmental science, says Professor Robert A. Montgomery, lead-author of this study, based at the Michigan State University, USA and affiliated with Oxford University, UK. Human-lion conflict is a multi-dimensional issue involving not only people and lions, but also livestock, wild prey, and the environment. Thereby, we recommend that researchers studying human-lion conflict work together with colleagues from ecology, conservation, economics, sociology, and the humanities, among others, to fully evaluate this issue to develop sustainable solutions.

Since the lamentable...

17:22

israel Lost in Syria, But Its Ready With Another War Crime: Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel Lost in Syria, But Its Ready With Another War Crime: Yemen Ryan Forst Iran is too formidable a foe to move against just yet and especially after the humiliating defeat in Syria. For those of you unfamiliar with the Greater Israel project (Oded-Yinon plan), it aims to extend Israels borders from Egypt to Iran. []

17:21

Battle for Hodeidah: Pro-government forces take airport, says commander "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Pro-government forces launched an operation last Wednesday to clear Hodeidah of Houthi rebels

16:52

2019: Ex-guber aspirant dumps PDP for APC Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Partys (PDP) camp in Abia state was yesterday depleted following a defection of its former governorship aspirant, Friday Nwosu to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Nwosu, until his defection had battled Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in court over an alleged tax clearance certificate fraud he initiated against the governor.   Nwosu, our []

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16:50

Stanbic IBTC shareholders get N1.10k dividend Newtelegraph

Shareholders of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc yesterday approved the banks 2017 dividend recommended by the board.   The approval was given at the companys sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos.   The shareholders at the meeting endorsed the final dividend of 50kobo per share recommended by the bank having paid an interim dividend []

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16:31

APC Convention: Imo Chief of Staff rallies support for Oshiomhole Newtelegraph

Ahead of June 23 National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Chief of Staff to the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Chief Uche Nwosu has called on the partys delegates from the South-East to support former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole for the National Chairmanship position of the party.   Nwosu, who []

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16:31

NFF: Eagles focused, ready for Iceland Newtelegraph

Team leaves for Volgograd tomorrow Federation confirms full bonus for teams qualification   The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday declared that the Super Eagles were focused and ready to record their first win at the ongoing FIFA World Cup against Iceland on Friday in Volgograd.   NFFs Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, noted that after series []

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16:29

Niger: Seven die as cholera spreads to three LGAs Newtelegraph

  Seven people have died as cholera outbreak has spread to three local government areas in Niger State with 74 cases recorded. The Secretary of Bida Local Government Area, Suleiman Sheshi, in a letter addressed to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, confirmed 10 deaths and 60 cases.   However, the state government had []

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16:28

Benue: Army arrest three killers of Ortoms security adviser Newtelegraph

Troops of the Nigerian Army, Operation Whirl-Stroke (OPWS), operating in troubled communities of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states yesterday announced the arrest of three killers of Governor Samuel Ortoms Senior Special Assistant on Special Security, Mr. Denen Igbana. Igbana was murdered over two years ago.   Force Commander of the OPWS, Major-General Adeyemi Yekini, who []

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16:26

Terror war: Presidency approves special funding Newtelegraph

directs MDAs on yearly budget provisions Worried by the rising spate of violent extremism in the country, the Presidency has approved the implementation of a national action plan to prevent and counter the menace.   Consequently, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government have been directed to make provisions for execution of the plan in []

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15:53

Ibori, Igbinedion Listed Among Four Other Ex-Govs Convicted Of Corruption Urhobo Today


LAGOS JUNE 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A report by TransparencIT Nigeria has listed six cases of corruption against six former governors that has been concluded.
The former state chief executives were convicted for corruption offences in various Nigerian courts while one of them was convicted and served his jail time in the United Kingdom.
On the list are recently convicted former governors of Taraba and Plateau states, Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye, a serving senator.
1. Jolly Nyame of Taraba. He was convicted by a high court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to serve a jail term of 14 years for diverting N1.64 billion.
2. Joshua Dariye of Plateau. He was also convicted to serve a jail term of 14 years for misappropriating N1.16 billion ecological funds while he governed the state between 1999-2007.
3. Former governor of Adamawa state James Bala Ngilari. He was sentenced to jail for 5 years without an option of fine for defrauding his state of N167million.
4. Former governor of Edo state Lucky Igbinedion. He was also sentenced to six months imprisonment for money laundering worth N25billion, but got a plea bargain that made him pay fine of N3.5million.
5. James Ibori of Delta state The former governor who has since completed his time in jail, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for money laundering by a London court for laundering $250million.
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14:00

Is a War With China on the Horizon? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Theres no other imperial tradition like it. For two millennia, dynasty after dynasty rose and fell, spread and shrank, reaching into Southeast Asia and far out into the steppes of Eurasia, its commercial fleets 3,500 ships in the fourteenth century voyaging as far as Africa. Its true that ours Continue reading "Is a War With China on the Horizon?"

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13:14

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SACP Free State Statement of the Provincial Executive Committee Plenary Session of the 7th Provincial Congress
13 June 2018

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Free State held its seventh Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) ordinary plenary session of its 7th Provincial Congress in Bloemfontein on 9th June 2018. The PEC received a presentation of alliance reconfiguration by a Central Committee (CC) member, comrade Frans Baleni. The PEC also received a political input by CC member, comrade Lechesa Tsenoli as well as the provincial political and organisational reports.

The meeting discussed both these important reports as well as a report presented by South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in the context of the Auditor-General audit findings on municipal finances.

Post-Nasrec political trends in the province

The PEC noted that the post-Zuma period has given rise to a new positive mood and hope in the liberation movement and society as a whole. The PEC agreed that the post-Nasrec orientation at a national level signal a plausible break with the downward trajectory that faced the movement and the country. The downward trajectory was occasioned by wanton looting of public resources by parasitic networks and factionalism in our movement. The situation however remains dire in some provinces such as the Free State. The ANC in the province is still plagued by high levels of factionalism and divisions in the post-Nasrec era.

The conduct of some leaders of the ANC in the province points to an orchestrated attempt to undermine the positive mood of the post Nasrec moment. These could reverse the prospects of rolling back the parasitic networks and associated factionalism that have weakened our movement and plunged our state institutions in chaos.

The distasteful insults directed at the ANC President by a leader and Mayor of Dihlabeng Municipality and the factional appearance and address by the regional chairperson of the ANC in Lejweleputswa at the KZN court appearance of comrade Zuma are not coincidental. The PEC calls for an investigation to ensure that the cost associated with ferrying people from the Free State to comrade Zuma`s KZN court appearance were not paid with tax payer`s money, in l...

13:10

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SACP Supports the National Health Insurance, Condemns Health Care Profiteers
18 June 2018

The South African Communist Party has noted the pursuit of an orchestrated campaign against the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI). The SACP is combat ready and will take the capitalist profiteers - who benefit from the status quo - and their agents head-on until the NHI is successfully implemented. The SACP is therefore encouraging the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to release the NHI Bill for and in the interests of the workers and poor, the majority of our nation.

The NHI must equalise access to quality health care for all, regardless of whether one is employed or unemployed, and regardless of one's class location and income category. At the heart of the campaign against the NHI are private financial interests and fronted elitist groupings. Private monopoly interests walk all the way to the banks smiling while the majority of South Africans, especially the workers and poor, face exclusions by private hospitals and medical aid schemes.

Those workers who have a medical aid cover find themselves stranded around midyear onwards as medical aid schemes increasingly structure "benefits" to curtail or even exclude day-to-day medical care needs. Private hospitals are charging astronomical fees and medical aid administrators and brokers continue to benefit financially while the workers and poor suffer.

Our country is spending 8.5 per cent of its gross domestic product on health care. However, the greater portion of the money - that is 4.4 per cent - is spent on only 16 per cent of our population. Only 4.1 per cent is spent on 84 per cent of the over 56 million population. This is inhuman, cruel and unjust if not also barbaric and is obviously unacceptable. The NHI must bring an end to this class inequality in health care.

Health care is a human right rather than a commodity. South Africa is host to the world's unequal access to quality health care. This is what private monopolies that have captured the lion's share of health care funds are seeking to entrench. Theirs is primarily profit making rather than health care.

ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY | SACP

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13:06

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NEHAWU North West PEC Statement
19 June 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] in the North West province convened its 7th plenary session the Provincial Executive Committee [PEC] meeting of its 11th Provincial Congress on the 13th-14th June 2018.

The PEC considered the international context, political and socio-economic situations as well as organisational assessment.

The meeting also took place after the province finally witnessed the forced resignation of the Premier of the North West and the decision by national government to invoke section 100 of the constitution against the provincial government.

This PEC meeting took place after the conclusion of the public service wage negotiations which lasted for almost ten months. The PEC agreed that these negotiations were the most difficult as they took place under conditions which were not favourable to the workers.

On International

The meeting remembered The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale which marks 30 years since it took place in Angola. To us Cuito Cuanavale, where battle lines were drawn alongside ideological conviction, is a historic turning point in the struggle for the total liberation of the region from racist rule and aggression. It represents the defeat of the South African Defence Force and the USA which was aided by UNITA, by the Angolan army which fought alongside Cuban, Soviet Union, MK and SWAPO forces.

We noted and condemn the barbaric killings by the Israeli troops of innocent Palestinians including women and children in Gaza. We condemn the actions of apartheid Israel and the USA in their brutal annexation of lands from the Golan Heights in Syria to the whole of Palestine to Lebanon. In this regard, we reiterate the call for our government to cut all ties with Apartheid Israel guided by the African National Congress 54th national conference resolution to immediately and unconditionally downgrade the SA embassy in Israel to a liaison office. We will also ensure that we implement all activities under our international relations pillar.

On the Political Situation

The meeting noted that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the passing on of the African National Congress' longest serving President, Cde Oliver Reginald Kaiza...

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NEHAWU Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Committee Statement
19 June 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] in the Mpumalanga province convened its Provincial Executive Committee [PEC] meeting on the 14th - 15th June 2018 in Mbombela. The meeting deliberated on the work of the union and implementation of our program of action as mandated by the six months work plan, CEC and 10th Provincial Congress.

International situation

The PEC assessed and discussed international developments especially, the US-North Korea summit, the recent Presidential election in Venezuela, and the situation in both Palestine and Swaziland as priority countries. The meeting was impressed with the work of the union on the international front especially the two big successful marches in solidarity with the people of Palestine and the call for the release of Amos Mbhedzi. The PEC resolved to intensify its solidarity work with the people of Palestine and the release of Cde Amos Mbedzi. The meeting further resolved that there is as a need to persuade all MDM formations to pressurize the Swaziland government and to ensure that Cde Amos Mbedzi is released as soon as possible. The PEC further welcomed the meeting which took place between the US and North Korean President as part of managing the tensions between the two countries. We salute and congratulate the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for winning the elections overwhelmingly against the imperialist forces.

Political Situation and ideological work

The PEC noted that the whole movement is very weak on the ground. The branches of the MDM formations and the alliance are not strong enough ideologically, and the membership lacks political direction. The meeting noted that factionalism and patronage continues to define our political spectrum and our movements are under serious attack from reactionary forces from within. The PEC applauded the improved alliance relations in the Province since the provincial alliance summit which was convened almost two years ago. We are however disturbed by the fact that there are no concrete joint political, international and socio-economic programs on the ground, and that the alliance is turned into an alliance of deployments and congresses.

The meeting noted...

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COSATU's Land Reform Statement on the Day We Mourn 105 Years Since the Adoption of the Natives Land Act
On this day, 19 June 1913, the Union Parliament passed the Native Land Act, which consolidated the dispossession of African land and its natural resources. The South Africa Act and the land acts of 1913 and 1936 rendered Africans landless, homeless and hopeless. The lack of progress in expediting land reform is seriously disconcerting and the consequences of those decisions like poverty, unemployment and inequality are still with us today.

It is lamentable and deeply unjust that 105 years after the adoption of the Native Land Act, millions of our members and their families still find themselves landlessness across South Africa. This ranges from millions of South Africans condemned to living in squalor in informal areas to millions living landless in rural areas. It includes farm workers who work the land for their survival but they still have no land security.

This is a crisis has gotten worse since 1994 because despite government's efforts and billions of Rands spent, most farming land is in white hands. Property ownership is deeply racially skewed. COSATU believes that a mixed approach is needed to resolve this and that it must be balanced and sustainable. It must advance the cause of transformation because continuing on the current trajectory is to invite future conflict.

Section 25

Much has been said about Section 25 of the Constitution. The federation believes that the section provides a clear mandate to government. Yes it establishes property rights, including the right to compensation when expropriated but it also compels government to advance land reform and restitution. It compels government to provide security of rights and tenure to the dispossessed and states that property rights cannot block this broader transformational mandate.

COSATU does not believe that the Constitution can be blamed for government, property owners and society's failures to transform.

We must own our failures and not look for scapegoats.

Expropriation Bill, 2016

COSATU participated in the development of the Expropriation Bill at Nedlac and during Parliamentary negotiations. We strongly support it because it is based upon the progressive tra...

12:57

BIS: Trust, missing link in cryptocurrencies Newtelegraph

Cryptocurrencies model of generating trust limits their potential to replace conventional money, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.   The BIS is an international financial institution established by central banks to foster international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for the worlds apex banks. It also provides banking services, but []

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ANC Statement On the Outcomes of the Special National Executive Committee Held on the 18th of June 2018
19 June 2018

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) met in a Special Session on the 18th of June 2018, as decided by its 3rd regular meeting held on the 26th to the 28th of May 2018 to consider reports on the E Cape, Free State and North West, and more generally preparations for Regional and Provincial conferences.

The Special NEC dealt with these issues based on the report of the National Working Committee.

ON REGIONAL AND PROVINCIAL CONFERENCES

EASTERN CAPE

The Special NEC noted the update on the audit and preparations for Regional conferences in the province and urged the National Officials to ensure an urgent political programme, working with the PEC and NEC Deployees, to facilitate a political solution that will ultimately aid unity and renewal given the organizational challenges, including ongoing litigation.

LIMPOPO

The Special NEC received and welcomed a report on the preparation towards the Limpopo Provincial Conference which is expected to take place from the 22nd of June 2018. The NEC will assist the province to ensure a successful conference.

The Special NEC took note of the disbandment of the RECs in Waterberg and Peter Mokaba Regions as well as the subsequent appointment of Regional Task Teams(RTT's) in both Regions.

The Special NEC noted the work being done by the Provincial Dispute Resolution Committee and NEC Deployees to resolve complaints and disputes with affected structures and ANC members in Limpopo, and urge that these processes be concluded and decisions communicated to structures before the Provincial conference sits.

FREE STATE

The Special NEC noted the report of the NEC Deployees as requested by the last NEC on the Free State Conference and accordingly endorsed and accepted the outcomes of the Free State Provincial Conference.

The Special NEC urged the newly elected PEC and NEC deployees to make use of available legitimate instruments to facilitate unity and renewal in the Province of the Free State.

KWAZULU-NATAL

The Special NEC noted that the challe...

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China and DPRK Hold Third Meeting to Discuss Peace in Korean Peninsula
Jessica Stone@JessicaStoneTV
China Global Television Network
June 19, 2018 at 9:54 PM

The leaders of China and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea met for a third time in three months. This comes as Seoul and Washington suspend military drills scheduled for August. Its all part of renewed efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

CGTNs Jessica Stone reports.

DPRK leader Kim Jong Uns trip comes as Beijing takes steps to strengthen its role as a mediator between Washington and Pyongyang. Beijing is claiming it has compelling security and economic interests in the region.

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcomed Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju to the Great Hall of the People. Xi and Kim also inspected an honor guard together.

According to Chinese domestic media reports, Kim thanked Xi for his support, telling him he hopes to work with China and other concerned parties to promote and establish a solid, long-lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim was also expected to brief Xi on his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last week. Xi told Kim he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can carry out the results of their historic summit, and Seoul welcomed the meeting.

The governments of South Korea and China share the same strategic goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Also, our government hopes China will play a constructive role in resolving this problem. We hope Chairman Kim Jong Uns visit will contribute to that, said Noh Kyu-duk of the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

On Monday, Seoul and Washington announced they are suspending plans for their annual August military drills. Last week, President Trump appeared to surprise some in the region by announcing he was willing to suspend the exercises as long as Kim was engaging in good faith negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said regional defense remains a priority, and Pyongyang will be expected to live up to its recent...

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Congratulatory Letter and Floral Basket to Xi Jinping
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, sent a congratulatory message and a basket of flowers on June 15 to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, on his birthday.

In his message he extended the warmest congratulation and friendly greetings to the Chinese President.

Xi Jinping at the helm of the Chinese Party, government and military has led the Party and people to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, opening up bright prospects for socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era, Kim Jong Un said, adding that Xi has also raised the profile of China on the international arena and made a positive contribution to protecting global peace and security.

He highly appreciated the latest meetings with Xi, saying that they marked occasions in deepening particular comradeship and trust between them and further bolstering up the DPRK-China friendship, strategic choice of the two Parties and two countries, as required by the new era.

It is a steadfast will of the Korean Party and people, he noted, to set great store by the blood-tied friendship and steadily strengthen it, whatever the situation and challenge. And he was hopeful that the concerted efforts with Xi Jinping would give fuller play to the invincible vitality and inexhaustible potential of the bilateral ties, a priceless asset of the two Parties and two peoples.

He wished Xi Jinping greater success in his responsible work with good health and happiness for his family.

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Bitter Past of Pain and Frustration Should Not Be Repeated
The conservative group of traitors in south Korea is going more reckless at a time when the expectation and desire of the public for implementation of the historic Panmunjom Declaration grow stronger with each passing day.

Having hurled mud at the third and fourth inter-Korean summits and the Panmunjom Declaration, the "Liberal Korea Party" set itself against the adoption of a bill backing the Panmunjom Declaration at the "National Assembly".

All the fellow countrymen are trembling with anger at the reckless moves of the conservatives to make a mockery of the historic agreement common to the nation reflecting its unanimous desire.

The misbehaviour brings into bolder relief the true colours of the group of traitors against reunification.

Hong Jun Phyo and his LKP are a group of the worst traitors like Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye.

The fellow countrymen still remember the great joy at the birth of the June 15 Joint Declaration in June 2000 which witnessed a breakthrough in the 55-year-long history of national division and the emotional days when the October 4 Declaration was adopted in 2007.

The thrice-cursed crimes of the Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye groups of traitors will never be pardoned as they reduced the priceless north-south declarations to scraps of paper and drove the inter-Korean relations into the lowest ebb, trampling upon all the successes gained by the June 15 Joint Declaration.

A handful of the LKP coterie is now going to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors.

The authorities and ruling and opposition parties of south Korea decided to adopt the bill supporting the Panmunjom Declaration. This is a reflection of the public mind that the crime-woven history should not be repeated and the Panmunjom Declaration should be implemented to the letter.

Clear is the intention of the LKP coterie claiming that there is no "hardcore content". It is to block the compulsory and institutional implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration which stands above any political group and regime. In fact, such attempt is a crime agains...

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Firm Pledge Made at Party Central Committee
Chairman Kim Jong Il started working at the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea on June 19, 1964. He was lost in deep thought throughout that night. At dawn the next day, he looked up at the Party flag fluttering in the sky over the building of the Party Central Committee for a while before saying to officials in the following vein: The WPK has traversed the most glorious and brilliant road along with the red flag. The Party flag crystallizes the revolutionary history of President Kim Il Sung. It is my lifelong task to strengthen and develop the WPK into the eternal party of Kim Il Sung, and we should carry through this glorious cause.

This firm pledge he made at the dawn represented his noble faith and steadfast will which heralded the rosy future of the WPK.

Over the nearly five decades from that historic day the Chairman made great efforts to develop the WPK into the Juche-type revolutionary party which breathes and acts with the Presidents ideology both in name and in reality, and the vanguard for the revolution which firmly defends and glorifies his ideas and exploits.

He formulated the Presidents revolutionary ideology as an integral system of the idea, theory and method of Juche, and made sure that the WPK was developed into a powerful body that is ideologically pure and organizationally integrated, an organization over which the Presidents revolutionary ideology holds undivided sway, under the unfurled banner of modelling the whole Party on the Juche idea.

After the demise of the President, he added brilliance to the purity of the Partys ideology from one century into the next by putting forward the revolutionary slogan The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung will always be with us! He also made public such immortal classic works as The Workers Party of Korea Is the Party of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung and The Workers' Party of Korea Is the Great Party Which Carries Forward and Accomplishes Victoriously the Revolutionary Cause of Comrade Kim Il Sung, in which he gave comprehensive and perfect answers to theoretical and practical problems arising in developing the WPK into the glorious party of Kim Il Sung for eve...

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Nigeria imports N42.3bn wheat in 1 month as U.S. raise price Newtelegraph

  Importers are to pay N42.3 billion ($115.7 million) this month on 275,924 tons of wheat, as United States has doubled price of the grain.   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said this month that the costs of wheat production had increased price to $420 per ton.   It was gathered that []

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WPKInvincible Guiding Force
Chairman Kim Jong Il started working at the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea in June 1964. Under his nearly-half-a-century-long leadership, the WPK has developed into an invincible revolutionary party. Its history adorned with victory and glory is shining more brilliantly thanks to Kim Jong Il who performed immortal exploits in its building and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who is successfully carrying forward his cause.

Kim Jong Il strengthened and developed the WPK into a revolutionary party of a Juche type in which the unitary character of the leaders ideology and leadership are securely guaranteed.

With a plan to develop the WPK into the party of President Kim Il Sung, he conducted energetic ideological and theoretical activities to formulate the Presidents revolutionary ideology as Kimilsungism, an integral system of the idea, theory and method of Juche, and further enriched it as required by the times and the developing revolution. He ensured that all problems arising in Party building and activities were solved in line with the Presidents plan and intention and energetically led the effort to embody the requirements of the Juche idea in the revolution and construction to the letter, with the result that the unity in ideology and purpose and organizational solidarity of the Party ranks were consolidated rock-solid.

Kim Jong Il developed the WPK into a powerful political General Staff in implementing the socialist cause.

With an unshakeable will to carry forward the socialist cause of Juche pioneered by the President down through the generations, he clarified the scientific accuracy and veracity of socialism and made sure that the principle of collectivism, the original features of socialism and the Juche character and national identity were strictly maintained in the revolution and construction. Under his leadership the WPK could steer the cause of socialism along the road of victory even in the face of the imperialists sanctions and blockade.

Kim Jong Il ensured that the WPK developed into a motherly party that forms an integral whole with the people and serves them.

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Motto for Party Officials
The history of the Workers Party of Korea, which always emerges victorious, enjoying absolute support and trust of the masses of the people, is associated with the energetic leadership of Chairman Kim Jong Il who led the Party officials to be faithful servants of the people.

Flower and Butterfly

It happened when the Chairman took a break on a lakeside during his on-site guidance trip in the summer of Juche 59 (1970).

Feasting his eyes on the beautiful scenery of the flowering lakeside, he said to his entourage as follows: If you carefully examine the movements of bee and butterfly, it will be easy to discern between fragrant and scentless flowers. This principle still works in human life. As bees and butterflies travel in quest of fragrant flowers, so the people find their way to warm-hearted Party officials. Fragrance of a Party official precisely means his humanity and kindness. Bees and butterflies go in quest of fragrant flowers to collect nectar, the source of their living, whereas the latter emits fragrance to promote pollination for bearing good fruits with the help of the former. The same is the case of relationship between the party and the people. Only when the masses of the people entrust their destiny to the party and are guided by it can they add lustre to their political integrity, and only when the latter rallies the foremr behind it can the latter emerge victorious in the revolution.

Listening to his precious teachings, the officials realized afresh the principles of life and Party work from a common natural phenomenon and kept deep in their minds that the integral whole of the party and the masses is the mode of existence of the WPK.

Fertilizer and Fruit

One day in May Juche 62 (1973), the Chairman had talks with officials on the cause of some shortcomings revealed in work with people.

He said in the following vein: I think it is attributable to the fact that Party officials do not make a deep study of their work methods without a high sense of being responsible for the peoples political integrity, adding that the most important for them in equipping themselves with correct work methods and art of leadership is to cherish the spirit of devoted service to the people and the self-sacrificing spirit of...

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Genius of Ideology and Theory
Chairman Kim Jong Il illuminated the path ahead of the era of independence by energetically conducting ideological and theoretical activities with unexcelled wisdom.

Endowed with extraordinary insight and analysis and judgment, good memory and profound knowledge, he formulated President Kim Il Sungs revolutionary ideology as Kimilsungism, an integral system of the idea, theory and method of Juche, in the early days when he started working at the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea on June 19, 1964. It is his unique achievement that he glorified the Presidents as the guiding ideology in the era of independence by further developing and enriching it as required by the times and the developing revolution.

Busy as he was with the overall affairs of the country, the Chairman authored many works that gave comprehensive solutions to the building of party, power organs and working peoples organizations, literature and the arts, Koreas reunification, the cause of global independence and all other fields of the revolution and construction. They include On the Juche Idea, the library of the Juche idea and Juche philosophy, and many other works which provided correct answers to the theoretical and practical problems arising in party building and its activities, and encyclopedic ones which clarified the principled matters for developing the Korean Peoples Army into an invincible army, building up the peoples government and stepping up socialist economic construction and cultural development.

On the Art of the Cinema and other works published in the days when he guided the cinema, opera and drama sectors to bring about a revolutionary change in their work served as ideo-theoretical assets that ushered in the Renaissance of the 20th century.

When the tragic event of collapse of socialism happened in several countries in the previous century he published a series of works such as The Historical Lesson in Building Socialism and the General Line of Our Party, Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable and Socialism Is a Science, in which he corroborated the truth that it is a law of irresistible historical development that mankind advances towards socialism.

In the grim periods when the country was at the crossroads of downfa...

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Global green bond issuance hit $155bn in 2017 Newtelegraph

  Global green bond issuance rose to $155 billion in 2017 after an impressive record was reported in 2016.   According to a report obtained by New Telegraph, the Director, Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), Ms. Justine Leigh-Bell, said over 1500 green bonds were issued across the globe during the period, accounting for 78 []

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OPS seeks FGs intervention on duties, levies Newtelegraph

Manufacturers and importers using Nigerian seaports and borders have linked high spate of smuggling and false declaration to the soaring import duties considered to be the highest in West African ports. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports   Importers under the umbrella of the organised private sector (OPS) are battling with tariffs on 144 items, which the Federal []

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79 microfinance banks get CBNs nod in 3yrs Newtelegraph

  A total of 79 microfinance banks (MFBs) were granted new licences by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) between July 31, 2015 and May 31, 2018, findings by New Telegraph have revealed.   Data obtained from the apex banks website last week showed that the number of authorised MFBs in the country as at []

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Idanre hills: Great city among hills Newtelegraph

Idanre Hill is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria. It is a phenomenal wonder of nature and tourist attraction. Located in Idanre Town, about 24 kilometers southwest of Akure, Ondo State capital, the ancient Idanre Hills had been a home for the Idanre community for almost 100 years. It resides []

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One week, five deaths, shock in Ondo school Newtelegraph

The death of five staff of the Ondo State-owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO) has thrown the institutions community into mourning and created controversy over reasons for the death. Babatope Okeowo reports     Stakeholders are of the view that the non-payment of salary for about eight months led to the deaths while management of []

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N860,000 theft: Victim seeks justice, compensation over police torture Newtelegraph

The question of whether torture of suspects in police custody is a true test of obtaining confession or not became an issue few months ago at Ayete Local Government Area in the Ibarapa zone of Oyo State when Halidu Oguntowo (37), a commercial motorcyclist, was accused of stealing N860,000 and tortured to the point of []

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Changing Suruleres landscape with Gbaja Ride Newtelegraph

With about almost one million residents, Surulere, a lively community in the heart of Lagos, is not insulated from the many challenges associated with a budding mega city, chief of which is the daily transportation quagmire in the state.   For Lagos, a state that has about 65 per cent of Nigerias economic activities under []

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Egypt face early exit, lose 3-1 to Russia Newtelegraph

The Pharaoh of Egypt are facing an early exit from the World Cup after losing their second consecutive Group A game on Tuesday night. A 3-1 win for Russia gave the hosts a comfortable victory to add to a 5-0 triumph in their tournament opener, and they are now favourites to make the last 16. []

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Kim Jong-un Visits China for 3rd Time in Three Months
By Liu Xin
Global Times
2018/6/19 22:53:39

North Korea counts on China to make US keep security promise: expert

Chinese President Xi Jinping met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing on Tuesday, and the two leaders discussed topics including the US-North Korea summit in Singapore.

The two leaders had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the current development of China-DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea or North Korea) relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

They agreed to safeguard, consolidate and develop China-North Korea relations, and jointly push forward the sound momentum of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula to make a positive contribution to safeguarding world and regional peace, stability, prosperity and development, Xinhua reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a daily press conference on Tuesday, "We hope the visit would further deepen China-DPRK ties, strengthen bilateral strategic negotiations on key issues and promote regional peace and stability."

Kim visited China in March and May, at which times Xi met with him in Beijing and Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The latest trip follows Kim's summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore, in which the two signed an agreement on denuclearization and established a new relationship.

"Kim discussed details on implementing the agreement signed in Singapore as North Korea needs assistance on denuclearization and China is an indispensable part of a peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula," Zhang Huizhi, vice dean of the Northeast Asian Studies College at Jilin University, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

L Chao, a research fellow on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that North Korea hopes China can serve as a mediator to make sure the US realizes its promise to provide security to North Korea.

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New Negative List Showcases Chinas Resolve to Opening-up Amid Sino-US Trade Row
Global Times
2018/6/19 22:13:40

New negative list will ease limits on foreign investors

The announcement of a new negative list that will ease limits on foreign investment shows that China's commitment to opening-up will not be hindered by Sino-US trade friction, and the move will also be significant in maintaining the stability of global trade, experts said on Tuesday.

China has finalized the new negative list, which will be released soon, the China Securities Journal reported on Tuesday.

Yan Pengcheng, spokesman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said in April that "the new list is 'a significant reduction of restrictions' and represents a greater determination by China to promote opening-up in key areas," according to the report.

The new list will have two sections - one for nationwide implementation and the other for pilot free trade zones, read a statement published on the official website of the NDRC.

The statement said that restrictions on energy, resources, infrastructure, transportation, commercial logistics and professional services will be scrapped or loosened in the upcoming list.

Tian Yun, director of the China Society of Macroeconomics Research Center, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the move indicates China will fulfill its commitments of opening-up, and the development pace will not be hindered by either intensifying Sino-US trade tensions or the unstable international trade environment.

"The move is quite significant to countries and regions around the world, especially to those neighboring countries that have benefited a lot from China's market-oriented reforms and import expansion policy in recent years," Tian said, adding that China's move is vital to maintain regional trade stability.

Tian forecast that more foreign companies would come to China under the new list, but only foreign companies that possess core technologies and those that can provide high-quality services will get most of the benefits.

Data from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) showed that in 2017, foreign investment in China hit a new high of 877.56 billion yuan ($136.72 billion), up by 7.9 percent from...

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Promote Complete Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula With Further Efforts
Global Times
2018/6/12 17:53:39

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday (June 12) held the first meeting between leaders of the two countries in Singapore since the end of the Korean War in 1953. The two leaders signed a joint statement, which includes North Korea's reaffirmation of its commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as well as Washington and Pyongyang's pledge to jointly set up a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Peninsula. The two sides noted they would work toward establishment of a new relationship.

The statement concluded, "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Both Trump and Kim expressed their satisfaction over their meeting in a short media briefing.

No matter how hostile the two used to be against each other, how close they once were to a new war, today's Kim-Trump summit highlighted a new possibility peaceful denuclearization of North Korea, Washington addressing Pyongyang's core concerns and the Korean peninsula heading toward the realization of permanent peace.

Is the result of this summit reliable? Since there is no expression such as "complete," "verifiable" or "irreversible denuclearization" in the joint statement, some people from the US and South Korea may think the declaration is "not thorough enough" and still doubt whether North Korea would eventually abandon its nuclear program. But the correct response should be promoting the thorough implementation of the agreement through continuous efforts.

Did anyone dare to believe that such a summit can actually take place half a year ago? A certain force is pushing such seemingly impossible things toward becoming possible.

This force is the new logic of international politics in the 21st century. This is not an era in which everything is decided by conquest. No matter how powerful a nation's military, it cannot solve all the problems concerning its core interests, neither can it create well-being and peace. Mutual respect for others' core interest...

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American Media Fail to Grasp Full Picture of Trump-Kim Summit
Global Times
2018/6/13 19:58:40

US media has been rife with complaints about the Singapore summit's achievements. They criticized that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has won US' concession without making any new commitment. They also doubted US President Donald Trump's pledge to end joint military drills with Seoul, saying that it satisfies both Pyongyang and Beijing.

After the meeting with Kim, Trump sent eight tweets to defend the summit's results. He said that those who were against his earlier military threats toward North Korea and those who are against the Singapore summit are "the same haters."However, voices that criticize the summit greatly outnumber Trump's supporters, and have whipped up public opinion.

Trump's historic summit with Kim was criticized by the US media, because he talked too big. The Trump administration pledged not to make any compromises and requested North Korea to denuclearize immediately, declaring that Washington wouldn't respond until Pyongyang acts accordingly. Such negotiation tactics are accepted in the corporate world, because the boss decides whether to compromise or not. However, it is much harder for a country's media to accept policy reversals from Trump.

American media's debate on US gains and losses after the Kim-Trump summit has strayed from the point. Instead, they should focus on whether the summit helps facilitate the complete denuclearization of North Korea, and does so with minimum cost. However, all they care about is whether Trump made concessions and if North Korea and China benefited as a direct result. If the two Asian countries do benefit, the US media will be upset to the greatest extent.

North Korea-US negotiations will be a long-term process. Those critics think the US should recklessly exert maximum pressure and that's where US' advantage lies. The progress of negotiation between North Korea and the US should never be decided by US' domestic politics. It is a global goal to achieve complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula through peaceful negotiation. The process should be as steady as possible, and speed shouldn't be the only pursuit.

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End of War Games Will Be a Big Step Forward for Peninsula
Global Times
2018/6/12 21:48:41

US President Donald Trump held a press conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Tuesday afternoon, in which more information was revealed. Trump expressed his satisfaction with the results of the summit, saying Kim would "be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security and prosperity for his people." He also added that he was confident North Korea would implement the agreement reached by the two sides and disclosed he and Kim have invited each other to visit their own country.

Trump said Kim assured destruction of a "major missile engine testing site" not included in the document signed during their summit. He vowed to "stop the war games," which was widely interpreted as a hint to stop the joint military exercises with South Korea, one of the major demands by Pyongyang. He also said he hoped to bring US soldiers stationed in South Korea back home at some point.

If the US stops joint military exercises with South Korea, it will be a big step forward on the Korean Peninsula. If achieved, China's "suspension for suspension" proposal, which calls for North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of US-South Korea military exercises, would come to reality. A new leaf will be turned over.

With a cooling down of military activities, less US military participation, and possibly an eventual US troop withdrawal, the peninsula will completely walk out of the shadow of the Cold War. If political process moves toward this direction on the peninsula, the whole region will benefit. 

These will be natural developments once the North Korea nuclear issue is completely resolved. Since the "North Korea threat" no longer exists, there will be no grounds for the US and South Korea to continue large-scale military drills and for Washington to maintain its military presence in South Korea.   

Public opinion in the US and South Korea were doubtful over whether North Korea would actively implement any agreement reached. But the main obstacle to the peace process of the peninsula in the future may come from Washington and Seoul, or even Tokyo. Right after the summit concluded, Western media criti...

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US Move to Suspend Military Drills With South Korea a Calculated Move
By Wang Peng
Global Times
2018/6/19 17:58:39

US President Donald Trump announced on June 12 that he intended to end US military drills with South Korea, calling them "inappropriate" and "provocative." He also said he wants "at some point" to withdraw US troops currently stationed in South Korea. A public clamor resulted as this was seen to be another of Trump's whimsical decisions. Criticized by US politicians, Trump's shocking declaration left Seoul at a loss and made South Korean troops nervous.

Japan is more nervous than South Korea. After all, while South Korea has been endeavoring to improve ties with the US, North Korea and China, Japan faces an unfavorable geopolitical environment given its soured relations with countries in the region. Tokyo needs to make sure that US troops in Japan will not be influenced by Washington's plan to pull troops out of South Korea, otherwise Japan would have to reshuffle its defense arrangement.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on June 13 that "the drills and the US military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East Asia's security" and that Japan would continue joint military exercises with the US and stick to plans to bolster its defenses against a possible ballistic missile strike by North Korea.

According to the reaction of US politicians and the international society, Trump's announcement is more likely to be his personal declaration. This seems to be a negotiation strategy by Trump.

US alliances with Japan and South Korea are cornerstones of the US' military and political influence in the Asia-Pacific region, to which US troops in the two countries are vital.

One and a half years in office, Trump has been through great upheavals and is no longer an outsider to politics. Instead, he combines the sagacity of a businessman with Washington's political wisdom. Although unfair and shunned by the international society, his method did benefit the US from the point of view of Machiavelli's empiricism. His announcement in Singapore can be viewed from this perspective.

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Broader Change Needed for China's Stock Market to Prosper
By Yi Xianrong
Global Times
2018/6/19 22:38:39

Looking back at the past few years, a basic consensus has been reached among financial practitioners and the relevant government departments in China that the main problems and risks in the domestic financial market are a result of its improper structure. The difficulties of addressing the excessive proportion of indirect financing and the inadequate proportion of direct financing are also an important factor.

Lately, A shares have finally been incorporated into the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. This has led to hopes for greater development and prosperity of the Chinese stock market, both at home and abroad, and is seen as a milestone for the market.

From now on, overseas recognition of China's stock market is likely to increase, making it easier to attract international capital and boost the market's prosperity.

However, the market's performance has not yet reflected this optimism, with the A-share indexes having dropped recently, instead of rising.

The current situation is actually helpful for the A-share market, including the evolution of the Sino-US trade dispute, the easing measures of the central bank, positive macroeconomic data in May and generally satisfactory performance by domestic companies in the first quarter.

So why are domestic investors unwilling to put their money into A shares?

The modern stock market should offer a path to profit. In the US, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has soared in value over the years and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen from about 6,000 points in early 2009 to more than 25,300 points now.

But the Chinese stock market has been far less reliable, making it hard for investors to gain any profit.

The low return rate on investment has been an embarrassment for China's stock market. Some have even joked that the yield from fixed deposits is better than that of the stock market.

But the stagnation of the domestic stock market is not only because of the financial market environment. China's overall investment environment is also to blame.

For more than a decade, the real estate market has seen a long-term continuous rise. Even though the government has be...

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China Knows Better as Trump Tariff Strategy Tricks US Voters
Global Times
2018/6/16 7:37:48

The Trump administration announced tariffs on Chinese high-tech and industrial imports worth of $50 billion. The first round, on imports totaling $34 billion, will begin July 6, while the second round is still under review.

China's Ministry of Commerce responded immediately firmly opposing the lack of consistency in US policy by starting a trade war. China announced it would respond with equal measure matching US action in size and scale. Any results from earlier talks will be invalid.

China and the US have held three rounds of trade negotiations from which they were able to find common ground. During mid-May discussions in Washington, both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in the agriculture and energy sectors to avoid a trade war. During negotiations both China and US delegations achieved a level of commonality in pushing for a win-win solution.

However, the White House decided to pick and raise its stick on the trade issue. As three weeks remain before the tariffs go into effect, was Friday's move a tactic meant to apply pressure on China so they would yield to subsequent negotiations? Or is it intended to sacrifice the progress that had been achieved in previous talks to impose tariffs on high-tech Chinese products? The true intention behind the move has proven to be a conundrum for many speculators.

The cost is high for the US to impose such tariffs. Not only will they face equal retaliation from China regarding scale and strength, but also forfeit product orders that had placed with the US during previous negotiations. Obviously, this is not a profitable trade measure. From a public standpoint, the White House decision defies its logic.

The US on Friday said if China retaliates, the White House will attach additional duties. This is a threat that will not work with China. Nor will it condone reckless behavior from the US, and it is not afraid to forgo the benefits already in place designed to achieve long-term gains. China's "don't want, yet not afraid" attitude toward a trade war remains the same.

Washington chose to take the narrow path by imposing tariffs or going back and forth with their decisions, despite room for negotiations. One r...

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Rising Nationalism in US Biggest Threat to the World
By Yu Ning
Global Times
2018/6/19 22:08:40

US President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policy of separating children from their parents on the US-Mexico border has drawn the ire of a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals. However, the US president doubled down on Monday claiming "the US will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility."

No matter how Trump defends the policy, separating border-crossing children and parents is a nationalist practice. Trump sees immigration policy through the lens of nationalism. In his view, past immigration policies have led to increasing competition for low-wage jobs, a threat to English as the national language, rising public costs for social services, and increased risks of crime and terrorism, therefore, uncontrolled immigration across the southern border and the flow of refugees from the Middle East must be stopped. He had previously pledged to build a wall between the US and Mexico and signed a controversial executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The economic and foreign policies of the president who espoused the doctrine of America First are also nationalist. Economically, he advocates protection of US jobs, opposes free trade and recklessly accuses other countries of unfair trade practices with the US. Diplomatically, he withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement and demanded allies pay for US military protection. 

A raging fever of nationalism rising in the world's sole super power sends an alarming signal. Nationalism is a challenge to globalization. Rising nationalism and protectionism could hinder the process of globalization and jeopardize the world order. The US often points an accusing finger at alleged economic nationalism of other countries including China, but now, the reality is that Trump's truculent nationalism is posing the biggest threat. With the US' strong military and financial strength, if nationalism goes to an extreme, it will bring awful consequences. It's commonly held that totalitarian regime could emerge in such way.

It's fair to say that the US nowadays has become the world's biggest destabilizing factor,...

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Trumps Gamble Bets on Interests of US Public
Global Times
2018/6/19 16:18:39

US President Donald Trump has requested the US Trade Representative (USTR) to identify a new list of $200 billion of Chinese goods for slapping additional 10 percent tariffs. Last week, the US announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion of Chinese products, which prompted Beijing's retaliatory tariffs on US goods. Trump threatened that the new duties will go into effect if China insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced, and if Beijing takes new retaliatory steps against the tariff on $200 billion worth of goods, the US will identify another $200 billion products for additional duties.

It is clear that Trump wants to intimidate China, forcing it to accept US tariffs last week and give up the new retaliatory duties that Beijing recently announced.

China doesn't want to engage in a trade war with the US. It didn't force sanctions on the US and its announcements of tariffs are responses to Washington's unreasonable duties on Chinese products, which violate WTO principles.

China-US trade is conducted under multilateral trading rules, and the US was playing the leading role when the rules were established. The US' low saving rate and restrictions on high-technology exports to China all contribute to its large trade deficit.

China has been active in resolving the trade imbalance and the two sides reached a series of consensus after three rounds of talks. But Trump's unreasonable decision to impose a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese exports goes against the logic of dispute settlement and has taken China, US society and the world by surprise.

Trump's latest statement indicates that he wants to launch a trade war on China and control its scale by forcing Beijing not to strike back. In this way, he can show off his capability and prove that his hardline approach works, in addition to showing that he is the unrivaled choice for president so that he can please US voters as much as possible.

The US leader is gambling. He hopes China will tolerate his capricious and obstinate attitude, and endure threats with a view to placate the US to avoid more losses coming. Thus Washington would have full control on ho...

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Stock Market Drop Amid Escalating Tariff Threat
Charlotte Norsworthy
NPR
Jun 19, 2018
4:31 p.m. ET

The U.S. stock market fell sharply Tuesday in response to President Trump's recent threats to add another layer of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 287 points, or about 1.15 percent, marking its sixth straight daily drop. The broader S&P 500 index lost 11 points, or about 0.4 percent.

The threat of a trade war is leaving investors uncertain and is fueling market volatility, said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com.

"Markets are responding to all of the rhetoric with the trade war," McBride said. "A lot of what we're seeing may be negotiating tactics, but it's just going to be a choppy ride due to this concern."

Asian markets also took a hit Tuesday in response to Trump's announcement. China's Shanghai composite index dropped 3.8 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 2.8 percent and Japan's Nikkei was down 1.7 percent.

"The Chinese economy is highly dependent on exports and what you are seeing is this reflected in Chinese equity markets," McBride said.

Most European indexes were also down Tuesday.

11:10

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Hedge-fund Boss Who Predicted 87 Crash Says Next Recession Will Be Really Frightening
June 19, 2018 5:39 p.m. ET
By MARK DECAMBRE

Paul Tudor Jones, a hedge-fund luminary, on Monday said the next economic downturn confronted by the U.S. could be an ugly one.

The next recession is really frightening because we dont have any stabilizers, he said, speaking at an event sponsored by Goldman Sachs GS, -1.33%  and hosted by its CEO Lloyd Blankfein called Talk at GS.

Well have monetary policy, which will exhaust really quickly, but we dont have any fiscal stabilizers, Jones said.

The billionaire investor said the dynamic created by the Federal Reserve, as it attempts to normalize interest-rate policy from the 2007-09 financial crisis, is unsustainable, referring to valuations for stocks that many on Wall Street view as pricey.

Joness comments come after he told CNBC last week that stock market and bond yields are set for a crazy rise.

I think youll see rates go up and stocks go up in tandem at the end of the year, Jones said last Tuesday. He made the case that real rates remain historically low and that rising bond yields, which move inversely to bond prices, wont deter investors from scooping up stocks.

That is conducive to equities being jacked up and ready to go, he said during his interview with Blankfein on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.15% ended the session down 287 points, or 1.2%, at 24,700, wiping out all the blue-chip benchmarks 2018 gains as heightened concerns about trade tensions between China and the U.S. roiled global markets.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.28% meanwhile, closed off 0.3%, while the broad-market S&P 500 index SPX, -0.40% finished Tuesday trade down 0.4%.

Jones is widely credited with predicting, and profiting, from the stock-market crash on Oct. 19, 1987, which saw the Dow lose nearly 23% of its value, marking the largest one-day percentage decline for the blue-chip benchmark in its history. Jones founded Tudor in 1980 and became known for trading everything from currencies to commodities. His record has featured middling returns and an exodus of billions from his hedge fund in more recent years. According to a Forbes list...

10:58

End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem.

On June 11, Italys new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying 629 refugees and economic migrants, from docking at its ports.

A statement by Doctors without Borders (MSF) stated that the boat was carrying 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women.

From now on, Italy begins to say NO to the traffic of human beings, NO to the business of illegal immigration, said Salvini, who also heads the far-right League Party.

The number of refugees was repeated in news broadcasts time and again, as a mere statistic. In reality, it is 629 precious lives at stake, each with a compelling reason why she/he has undertaken the deadly journey.

While the cruelty of refusing entry to a boat laden with desperate refugees is obvious, it has to be viewed within a larger narrative pertaining to the rapidly changing political landscape in Europe and the crises under way in the Middle East and North Africa.

Italys new government, a coalition of the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement and the far-right League party, seems intent on stopping the flow of refugees into the country, as promised on the campaign trail.

However, if politicians continue to ignore the root causes of the problem, the refugee crisis will not go away on its own.

The disturbing truth is this: Europe is accountable for much of the mayhem under way in the Middle East. Right-wing pundits may wish to omit that part of the debate altogether, but facts will not simply disappear when ignored.

European politicians should honestly confront the question: what are the reasons that lead millions of people to leave their homes? And fashion equally honest and humane solutions.

In 2017, an uprising-turned-civil-war in Syria led to the exodus of millions of Syrian refugees.

Ahmed is a 55-year old Syrian refugee, who fled the country with his wife and two children. His reason for leaving was no other than the grinding, deadly war.

He told the UN Refugees Agency: I was born in Homs and I wanted to live there until the end, but this vicious war left us no other choice but to l...

10:31

Shareholders endorse CAPs N1.4bn dividend Newtelegraph

Shareholders of Chemical and Allied Products (CAP) Plc yesterday at their 53rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) endorsed their companys N1.435 billion dividend, amounting to 205 kobo per every 50 kobo share, for the 2017 financial year even as the company assured of steady growth in profitability and expansion.   The shareholders who commended the company []

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10:30

Succession crisis hits Owerri Federal Poly Newtelegraph

The selection process for a new Rector to replace the incumbent at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri has begun. But members of staff of the institution have raised the alarm over what they described as invincible hand of the management, twisting rules in favour of a particular and unpopular candidate as tenure of the incumbent []

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10:30

Moodys: FGs efforts to raise non-oil revenue futile Newtelegraph

  Efforts by the Federal Government since late 2015 to increase non-oil revenue have been largely unsuccessful, international credit rating agency, Moodys Investors Service, has said.   The agency stated this in a report on sub -Saharan Africas biggest oil exporters Nigeria and Angola released yesterday.   In the study, entitled: Governments of []

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10:29

Lagos High School Music Challenge kicks off Newtelegraph

High school students and lovers of live music are in for exciting times as a novel Lagos High School Music Challenge (LHSMC) kicks off. LHSMC is a unique music contest aimed at harnessing music talents among children and teenagers in the state while empowering and offering early guidance into the ever growing and exciting world []

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10:26

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Trump Argues There is No Alternative to the Detention on Children 
By TESSA BERENSON
Time.com
June 19, 2018

President Donald Trump claimed that the only options for immigration enforcement are releasing all undocumented immigrants into the country on their own recognizance or prosecuting them criminally and separating parents and children.

Speaking before the National Federation of Independent Business Tuesday afternoon, Trump defended a policy that has led to 2,000 children being separated from their parents by claiming that there were no alternatives.

We can either release all illegal immigrant families and minors who show up at the border from Central America, or we can arrest the adults for the federal crime of illegal entry, he said.

By law, when adults are detained and criminally prosecuted, their children cannot be kept with them in jail, and a 2016 court ruling shut down federally run family detention centers. But the Bush and Obama administrations generally declined to prosecute adults who were caught traveling with their children, handling them through an administrative process or releasing them with GPS ankle bracelets.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the U.S. would prosecute everyone caught crossing illegally, a policy change which requires that children be separated from parents being held while they await trial. Recent polls show two-thirds of Americans oppose the family separation policy, which Trump has falsely blamed on Democrats.

Speaking to the NFIB, Trump called on Congress to give him the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit.

Read More: Here Are the Facts About President Trumps Family Separation Policy

Trump also argued that Democrats support illegal immigration because they view immigrants as potential voters. Someday theyre going to vote for Democrats, he said.

Federal and state laws bar non-citizens from registering to vote or voting in elections other than a few towns and cities which allow it in local races, and multiple nationwide studies have found only a handful of incidents of non-citizens actually casting ballots.

Trump also argued that undocumented immigra...

10:17

Journalists undergo training for election reporting Newtelegraph

Ahead of 2019 elections, the United States Consulate on Monday kicked off a two-day workshop for journalists in South-South geo-political zone of the country on effective election reporting.     The training was in fulfillment of a promise by the United State Consul General, Mr. John Bray during the 2018 World Press Freedom Day that []

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10:17

2019: APC seeks 4 LGs support for Abia South senatorial slot Newtelegraph

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ukwa Federal Constituency, Abia State has sought support of four Local Government Areas in Abia South Senatorial District to produce a new Senator for the district ahead of 2019 elections.   Besides, they had unanimously zoned the House of Representatives position of the constituency to the Ukwa West LGA. []

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10:17

2019: Sarumis UK-based daughter eyes Ajimobis job Newtelegraph

Worried by the manner of politics of violence, use of voodoo and character assassination being played by many people in Nigeria, an Oyo State woman born by a British mother, Omobolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, has vowed to revolutionise the State in line with the ethos imbibed from the United Kingdom, if voted as governor in 2019.   []

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10:17

World Sickle Cell Day: Over 40m Nigerians carry AS gene Akinsete Newtelegraph

  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN), Dr. Annette Akinsete has raised an alarm over high burden of sickle cell disorder in the country, saying about About 40 million Nigerians were carriers of the AS gene.   Akinsete, who disclosed this in Lagos at the weekend, also said that over 150,000 []

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10:16

Buhari hails Okonjo at 90 Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday congratulated the Obi of Ogwashiukwu in Delta State, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.   The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, joined Ogwashiukwu community and the extended Okonjo family, professional colleagues and friends of the monarch in celebrating []

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10:16

PFN rejects court sentence on five Christians in Yola Newtelegraph

Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has called on the Federal Government to intervene in what it described as unjust sentence of five Christians to death by a Yola High Court for killing a herdsman. The penalty, it said could further strain the relationship between Christians and Muslems in the country.   PFN National Publicity, Bishop []

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10:01

Heres just how few refugees Trump is allowing into the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed World"

At a time when there are more refugees than ever before, the administration has drastically cut the number of displaced peoplefrom places like Syria, Iraq, and Somaliathat we take in.

The U.S. is on track to admit fewer refugees this fiscal year than ever before in the history of the resettlement program. At the same time, there are now more refugees and internally displaced people globally68.5 million people fleeing war and persecutionthan at any earlier point in history.

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09:42

US Quits UN Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed War"

UN Human Rights Council(MEE)  The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a chronic bias against Israel, a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. US ambassador to the UN Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to alter the council. []

09:39

S'attaquer aux causes profondes de la dforestation au Liberia "IndyWatch Feed World"

18 Jun 2018 | CommodafricaOu $2 milliards de greenwashing ?

09:39

Phoenix looks to India to feed Africa as part of rice expansion "IndyWatch Feed World"

08 Dec 2017 | BloombergThe company plans to spend $300 million over the next five years, mostly on increasing processing and production, as well as expanding into farming in Africa, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, Dhawan said.

08:52

World Has 68.5 Million Displaced People, U.N. Agency Says "IndyWatch Feed World"

As of 2017, there were 68.5 million refugees fleeing persecution and war all over the world, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Its a record number for a community often met with disdain and discrimination by countries it hopes might offer shelter and safety.

The UNHCR number includes 25.4 million refugees, 40 million internally displaced people and 3.1 million asylum seekers. The number of refugees in 2017 was nearly 3 million higher than the figure for 2016, The Independent reports, and only 100,000 were resettled by the international community.

What we are seeing in this data is overall displacement at an unprecedented high six years in a row, Matthew Saltmarsh, a UNHCR spokesman, told The Guardian. In terms of refugee numbers it is the largest increase in a single year.

The numbers may be swelling, but they are not being met with a corresponding increase in resettlement help and other support. In fact, its often the opposite.

In the United States, the Trump administrations family separation practices are receiving intense scrutiny amid reports of young children being taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and forced into detention centers. According to The New York Times, nearly 2,000 children have been detained in a six-week period. In a White House briefing Monday, President Trump defended his policy, saying that undocumented migrants could be murderers and thieves and so much else.

The United States harsh immigration policies are not unusual in todays world. As Bloomberg reports, disagreements over whether to accept refugees are threatening to overtake an upcoming European Union summit:

In the run-up to the June 28-29 summit that is supposed to be focusing on euro-area integration and Brexit, Spain is attacking Italys hardening stance on refugees while French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for a revamp of the EUs system for sharing the burden of asylum seekers. Three years after droves of people fleeing wars and chaos in the Middle East and North Africa threatened to overwhelm the EU, the immigration crisis threatens to throw European...

08:51

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Anger Mounts Against Trump Over Child Separation Policy
Hundreds protest against policy of separating children from those caught crossing the US-Mexico border.

Pressure is mounting on US President Donald Trump to reverse his policy of separating children from refugees and migrants who cross the US-Mexico border.

"Families belong together," protesters chanted on Sunday, as hundreds gathered outside detention centres in the states of Texas and New Jersey, calling for an end to the practice.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" approach towards migrants and refugees who cross the US southern border without documents, promising to prosecute those who did so.

Part of that approach has been separating children from their parents who are detained.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman told reporters last week that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults who crossed the US border without documents between April 19 and May 31.

Sunday's protests coincided with the celebration of Father's Day in the US, and drew several legislators from the Democratic Party.

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney shared the stories of five men detained in the New Jersey facility who were separated from their families.

"All 5 of these men brought their families to the US to escape #gangviolence in their home countries," she said on Twitter. "They came hoping for a better, safer life for their loved ones. Instead they were separated from their children & have received no update on their children since being detained."

All 5 of these men brought their families to the US to escape #gangviolence in their home countries. They came hoping for a better, safer life for their loved ones. Instead they were separated from their children & have received no update on their children since being detained.

 One man broke down when telling me about how his young daughter was ripped from his arms. This is inhumane and traumatizing.

Other members of Congress toured a converted Walmart supermarket that is housing about 1,500 children, dozens of whom have been separated from their parents under the "zero-tolerance" policy.

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08:04

US pulls out of UN human rights council "IndyWatch Feed World"

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. EPA/PETER FOLEY

WASHINGTON, D. C., RAW The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it an organisation that is not worthy of its name. It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.

Haley, Trumps envoy to the UN, said the US had given the human rights body opportunity after opportunity to make changes. She lambasted the council for its chronic bias against Israel and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights, Haley said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appearing alongside Haley at the State Department, said there was no doubt that the council once had a noble vision.

But today we need to be honest, Pompeo said. The Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights.

The announcement came just a day after the UN human rights chief, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. But Haley, cited longstanding US complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel. She had been threatening the pull-out since last year unless the council made changes advocated by the US

Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded, Haley said.

Still, she suggested the decision need not be permanent, adding that if the council did adopt reforms, we would be happy to rejoin it. She said the withdrawal notwithstanding, the US would continue to defend human rights at the United Nations.

The move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements and forums under the presidents America First policy. Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that America First does not mean America Alone, the administration has re...

06:31

Russia Squeezes Out The West From Africa Without a Fight "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Evgeny Krutikov Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/russia-squeezes-out-the-west-from-africa-without-a-fight/ source: https://ria.ru/analytics/20180601/1521817838.html The Central African Republic is captured by Russian mercenaries. Mozambique relaunches relations with Russia

06:26

Refugees, stay out, European Union says "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Human Flow Official Trailer

18 August 2017

A ground-breaking new documentary about the global refugee crisis from Ai Weiwei.

About Human Flow: Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.

Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya,...

06:16

Trumps Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed World"

We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. While you argue with the 17-year-old at the movie theater who gave you a small popcorn when you paid for a large, someone is being obliterated in your name. While we sleep and eat and make love and shield our eyes on a sunny day, someones home, family, life and body are being blown into a thousand pieces in our names.

Once every 12 minutes.

The United States military drops an explosive with a strength you can hardly comprehend once every 12 minutes. And thats odd, because were technically at war withlet me thinkzero countries. So that should mean zero bombs are being dropped, right?

Hell no! Youve made the common mistake of confusing our world with some sort of rational, cogent world in which our military-industrial complex is under control, the music industry is based on merit and talent, Legos have gently rounded edges (so when you step on them barefoot, it doesnt feel like an armor-piercing bullet just shot straight up your sphincter), and humans are dealing with climate change like adults rather than burying our heads in the sand while trying to convince ourselves that the sand around our heads isnt getting really, really hot.

Youre thinking of a rational world. We do not live there.

Instead, we live in a world where the Pentagon is completely and utterly out of control. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the $21 trillion (thats not a typo) that has gone unaccounted for at the Pentagon. But I didnt get into the number of bombs that ridiculous amount of money buys us. President George W. Bushs military dropped 70,000 bombs on five countries. But of that outrageous number, only 57 of those bombs really upset the international community.

Because there were 57 strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemencountries the U.S. was not at war with and places that didnt have ongoing internal conflicts. And the world was kind of horrified. There was a lot of talk that went something like, Wait a second. Were bombing in countries outside of war zones? Is it possible thats a slippery slope ending in us just bombing all the goddamn time? (Awkward pause.) Nah. Whichever president follows Bush will be a normal adult person (with a functional brain stem of some sort) and will therefore stop this madness.

We were so cute and naive back then, like a kitten when its first waking up in the morning.

The...

06:12

World Cup: Salah returns but Egypt lose 3-1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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With Egypt's loss on Tuesday, Arab teams in the World Cup are left with zero points from five games

05:40

In Yemen's port city of Hudaida the 'sound of warplanes' never ceases "IndyWatch Feed World"

As a Saudi and Emirati-led coalition continues launching air raids in the Yemeni port city of Hudaida, nearly 4,500 families have fled their homes in the front line districts amid rising fears of a humanitarian catastrophe. Five days into the offensive, residents inside Houthi-held Hudaida pondered an uncertain future as thousands of other civilians were forced to abandon their towns and villages on the city's southern outskirts due to the escalating bombardment. "The sound of the warplanes above never ceases, night and day," Manal Qaed, an independent journalist who works with a community centre for the displaced in Hudaida, told Al Jazeera over the phone on Sunday. "The planes are low in the sky; we hear every explosion on the edges of the city," added the 34-year-old. "Everyone is worried. We just don't know what is going to happen."

04:24

South Africa what will happen if rhino breeder John Hume goes bankrupt? Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Save the Rhino

Worlds largest rhino farm at risk of collapse

19 JUN 2018

By: Cathy Dean

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04:11

End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

North African immigrants near the Italian island of Sicily (Vito Manzari/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)

03:40

Boy, 13, drowns in a pond in Kano Newtelegraph

A 13-year-old boy, Usman Faisal, has drowned while taking his bath in a pond at Gadam Village of Ungogo Local Government Area in Kano State, according to an official. Mr Saidu Mohammed, the Spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday Mohammed []

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03:40

Police quiz 73-year-old man over alleged rape in Delta Newtelegraph

A 73-year-old man identified simply as Joseph Umuluku, is currently cooling his heels in the custody of the Nigeria Police Force (`B Division) in Warri, over a case of alleged rape. A senior police officer at the station, who did not want his name mentioned, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Warri. The source []

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03:34

Ekiti 2018 : Osinbajo, Tinubu, Oyegun lead party chieftains for Fayemi election Newtelegraph

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, led creme de la creme in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) to Ekiti to kick start the campaign for the candidate of the party in the July 14 gubernatorial election, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Addressing the crowd at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium, Ado-Ekiti, venue of the mega rally, the []

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03:22

Senegal defeat Poland in World Cup clash Newtelegraph

Senegal got Africas first win of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Poland in Moscow on Tuesday. The team was helped by two fluky goals: a deflection, and a score by a player who was apparently unnoticed by the Poland defense. In the 37th minute of an evenly matched game, Sadio Mane held []

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02:59

Yemen: A Bad Place for Failing Kidneys, as US-Saudi-Led War Cripples Treatment and Transit "IndyWatch Feed World"

HODEIDA, YEMEN For two years now, 28-year-old Hafedh Hassan has made the wearying trip 80 miles each way, on bad roads from his village in the coffee-growing Haraz region to this city on Yemens west coast, where a brilliant red sun meets the dazzling Red Sea.

Hafedhs kidneys are failing him, and medical staff at the Hemodialysis Center here in Hodeida, administers life-saving dialysis treatments in two four-hour sessions twice a week. Patients in the advanced stages of renal failure typically need twice that many sessions, but three years of near-constant airstrikes by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition have left Yemens roads impassable, reduced its hospitals and clinics to rubble, and short-circuited its electricity service, while a ruinous blockade of Yemens ports has depleted the countrys supplies of food and life-saving medicines.

With his face swollen and his skin as pale as any ghost, Hafedh lies in the hospital bed while his teenage son sits beside him, watching worriedly.  When Hafedh finishes his treatment, he and the boy will find a spot outside to sleep until his next dialysis treatment.

I came here after a long and agonizing trip through rough, bumpy roads . . . I manage to score free medicine, but I find it hard to pay for transportation

Still, Hafedh counts himself one of the lucky ones, all things considered. He is, after all, still alive. Receiving only half the medicines they need, three of every five patients at this dialysis clinic will die, a figure that may very well rise given the escalation of hostilities as the coalition tries to take the city and shut down the vital supply line it provides.

 

A Petri dish for death, disease, and chronic illness

Supported by the United States and other Western military powers, the war in Yemen has transformed this candy bar-shaped nation on the Arabian Peninsula from the poorest country in the Middle East to a Petri dish for death, infectious disease, and chronic illnesses.

Citing the war, lack of medicines, frequent electrical outages, and crumbling transportation infrastructure, Yemens Ministry of Human Rights in March attributed more than 1,200 deaths over the last three years to a lack of treatment for patients in the advanced stages of renal failure; another 6,000, the agency said, will likely die within the next year or two of inadequate treatment.


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02:44

Houthi officials: Yemen's Navy captures French vessel laden with foreign mercenaries "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yemen's Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing operation near the port, according to Houthi officials, who gave no further details. Mohammed al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement, tweeted: "Thanks to the Yemeni Coast Guard in Hodeida, a French or American boat was seized." He confirmed in a later tweet that a French naval vessel named the M/Y Jehol ll was captured by Yemen's Coast Guard near Hodeidah.

02:36

As Crimes Pile Up, They Become Invisible: Western Complicity In Saudi Arabias Dirty War In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The complicity of Western governments in the ocean of suffering being wrought in Yemen exposes them as agents of Saudi brutality. After three years of relentless conflict, it has been estimated that out of a population of 27.4 million, 22.2 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million are food insecure, 14.8 million lack basic healthcare, 4.5 million children are suffering malnourishment, while 2.9 million people are internally displaced. As for dead and injured, the toll stands at almost 10,000 and 50,000 respectively. As a result of the conflict, the country is also facing the "largest documented cholera epidemic of modern times." And this epidemic can only have been intensified by the Saudi bombing of a cholera treatment center in the west of the country, causing the French NGO Mdecins Sans Frontires to halt their work at the facility.

02:20

Egypt's new defence minister 'arrested Morsi during coup': Former official "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Former presidential palace official says Mohamed Ahmed Zaki's promotion is reward for his role in Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's rise to power

02:13

In Yemens Hudaida, The Sound Of Warplanes Never Ceases "IndyWatch Feed War"

As a Saudi and Emirati-led coalition continues launching air raids in the Yemeni port city of Hudaida, nearly 4,500 families have fled their homes in the front line districts amid rising fears of a humanitarian catastrophe. Five days into the offensive, residents inside Houthi-held Hudaida pondered an uncertain future as thousands of other civilians were forced to abandon their towns and villages on the city's southern outskirts due to the escalating bombardment. "The sound of the warplanes above never ceases, night and day," Manal Qaed, an independent journalist who works with a community centre for the displaced in Hudaida, told Al Jazeera over the phone on Sunday. "The planes are low in the sky; we hear every explosion on the edges of the city," added the 34-year-old.

01:52

MY TAKE ON THE PRESIDENTS OF NIGERIA 1999 till date By Bernard Ogbe. OBLONG MEDIA

I was with a group yesterday having political discussions To my greatest supprise, some people where antagonizing themselves Some said More

01:48

150,000 Nigerian children born with sickle cell disease annually Don Newtelegraph

Prof. Aliyu Babadoko, Consultant Hematologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, said on Tuesday that 150,000 Nigeria children were born with sickle cells disease annually. Babadoko made the disclosure while presenting a paper during the World Sickle Day celebration at Kaduna State University (KADSSU) main campus in Kaduna. The don, at the []

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01:43

Battle For al-Hudaydah Can Become Turning Point In Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://southfront.org/battle-for-al-hudaydah-can-become-turning-point-in-yemen-war/ The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies are developing their military operation to capture the western Yemeni port city of al-Hudaydah from the Houthis. This very advance started on June

01:25

Wizkids runway image sells for N179,889 online Newtelegraph

Each image of Wizkid walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday at the Milan Mens Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 has been put up online for sale by a photo company for $499 (N179,889). On Getty Images website, photos of the singer included a long shot, his back view, as well as a close []

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00:54

What is Trump's position? Exactly what he campaigned on "IndyWatch Feed World"

Elected for his promises to change the paradigm, President Trump continues to astonish all those who take him for an idiot. Yet all he is doing is implementing the ideas that he developed during his electoral campaign, thus taking his place in a political tradition which, although long neglected, is solidly anchored in US history. Leaving aside the President's public relations communications, Thierry Meyssan analyses his acts as compared with his engagements. During the US Presidential electoral campaign, we demonstrated that the rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not concern their style so much as their culture [1]. The outsider challenged the Puritan domination over the USA, and demanded a return to the original compromise of 1789 - the Bill of Rights - between the revolutionaries who were fighting King George, and the major land-owners of the 13 colonies. Not as amateur in politics as people thought, he had already displayed his opposition to the system on the very day of the attacks of 9/11 [2], then, later, with the controversy he maintained concerning President Obama's birthplace. We did not interpret Donald Trump's fortune as a clear signal that he would be taking action in service of the rich, but as proof that he would defend productive capitalism against speculative capitalism. We pointed out that on foreign policy, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama had chosen the option of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, implementing the strategy of Admiral Cebrowski to destroy the state structures of all the States in the Greater Middle East [3] ; while on the interior, they suspended the Bill of Rights - all of which led to the depreciation and pauperisation of the poor white elements of US society. On the contrary, Donald Trump continually denounced the American Empire, and announced the return to Republican principles. He espoused the ideas of Andrew Jackson (1829-37) [4], and was adopted by the ex-collaborators of Richard Nixon (1969-74) [5].

00:36

Police nab suspected gun runner in Bayelsa Newtelegraph

The Police Command in Bayelsa said on Tuesday that it had arrested a suspected gun runner who sold an AK 47 riffle for N500,000 and a Berrata pistol for N250,000. DSP Asinim Butswat, Spokesperson of the command, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the suspect was arrested in a sting operation on []

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00:36

Court remands suspected kidnapper in Lagos Newtelegraph

The police in Lagos on Tuesday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Frank Amos, over alleged kidnap and dishonest receipt of N200,000 from the Lagos State Government. Amos was brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates Court on a four-count charge bordering on kidnap, fraud and stealing. The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, []

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00:25

YEMENS NAVY CAPTURES FRENCH VESSEL LADEN WITH FOREIGN MERCENARIES "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front  Written by Ahmed Abdulkareem; Originally appeared on Mint Press Yemens Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing []

00:14

FAAN beefs up security at airports over ISIS threat Newtelegraph

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up security and surveillance at the major airports in the country following a recent report that terrorists were sneaking into Nigeria from Syria. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the move was []

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00:11

39-Years-Old APC Presidential Aspirant, Akpodiete Urges Buhari To Step Down Urhobo Today

Barr. Christmas Akpodiete


LAGOS JUNE 19TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Thirty Nine- Years- old All Progressive Congress(APC) Presidential candidate, Barr. Christmas Akpodiete has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to step down for him in the coming 2019 presidential election.
Akpodiete who officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential election under the platform of APC made this known yesterday while addressing his supporters in Abuja, Nigerias capital.
He commended the National Assembly and President Buhari for the speedy passing and signing of the not too young to run law.
Thanking President Buhari for his service to Nigeria, Akpodiete however pledge to fight corruption in a better and more sophisticated way.
The nation is in a dare need of a younger President, and the time to retire the political Oligarchs is now. he stated. .
He also said his party the APC stands a 100% chance of winning the upcoming 2019 elections with him as the flag bearer.
It will be recalled that in 2015, Akpodiete unsuccessfully ran for the office of the Governor of Delta State.
Akpodiete is the managing Director of Oceanic Petroleums and energy development company. And the CEO of Global Union Money transfer, a brand new international money transfer company based in New York, US...

00:00

UPU: Urhobo Ancestors Are In Tears A Rejoinder Urhobo Today

UPUPresident-General Olorogun Moses Taiga


By Uruemuesiri Obah-Young
LAGOS JUNE 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-I refer to a 1,438-words piece with the above caption, published on page 18 of Vanguard, Wednesday May 30, 2018, in which one fictitious Urhoboyovwin Ufuoma, a cowardly goon of spoilers and enemies of Urhobo Nation, woefully attempted to taint the unity, peace and intelligence of the Urhobo Nation with falsehood, while putting on the garb of a patriot.
One hates to join this petty-minded, faceless and childish traducer in further dragging Urhobo through the mud, but as a member of the UPU, a true born of Urhobo and one who refuses to stand mute in the face of misleading and lingering verbal tyranny, this response becomes necessary in setting the records straight.
There is no faction in the Leadership of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU). UPU is one, indivisible and is currently led by Olorogun (Dr.) Moses O. Taiga, JP. It is an organisation governed by rules and regulations and greater than any individual, no matter how highly-placed. Factions or a factional President-General (PG) exist only in the twisted minds eyes of the tiny band of Urhobo enemies. The ancestors of Urhobo and Urhobo People worldwide know who their PG is, and like the Kegites say, the gods are v...

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23:30

IRGC Chief Says Yemen Close to Victory "IndyWatch Feed War"

June 19, 2018 Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Tue. that the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen is turning in favor of victory for the Yemenis. Major General Mohammad Ali Jaafari made the remark on Tuesday, referring to the recent clashes in Hudaida, Yemens principal port on the Red Sea, between Yemeni []

22:45

Atlantic Council Lies Dashed "On the Rocks" in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Atlantic Council describes itself as:

an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

The Atlantic Council seeks to create this secure and prosperous world for its corporate-financier sponsors which include weapons manufacturers like Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing big-oil interests like Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil big-banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, and HSBC and also governments and organizations like the US State Department itself, the UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and NATO.

Yet despite the scale and scope of both the Atlantic Councils mission and resources, its ability to influence public perception appears to be diminishing.

It has been in Syria in particular where the Atlantic Councils influence has reached all time lows in both credibility and effectiveness. This is owed mainly to the fact that Atlantic Council experts are confined to armchairs in offices scattered across the West while alternative media sources are on the ground in Syria.

A recent piece co-authored by one of these Atlantic Council experts Aaron Stein along with US Army reserve officer Luke J. OBrien serves as an example of how ineffective the Atlantic Council and its sponsors have become in communicating narratives to the public.

...

22:44

How About Some Outrage For All The Victimized Children-Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

So if you see the wives of former presidents speak out about the child separation policies, ask yourself where they get the moral authority to speak out on such issues, after their husbands have bombed the crap out of many countries, killing many many children in the process. And dont lets get started about Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.

 

 

https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2018/06/outrage/

22:21

Yes, Yemen is Our Fault "IndyWatch Feed War"

 
The acceptance of responsibility, the preservation of integral principles and moral integrity, are attributes we all search out in other people and ourselves. Its a trait that is undeniably beneficial to not only our conscious but in practical matters involving trust and friendship. On the world stage, this is no different. So its time we said it: Yes, a reckless American foreign policy is partially responsible for the crisis unfolding in Yemen. And yes, because of that, weve got to help solve it.

If youre not completely familiar with the civil war currently ravaging the small, poor nation on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, dont worry, youre not alone. The staggeringly low amount of attention the conflict has gotten in Western media reflects the sad status of normality that humanitarian crises have taken up, at least when they occur in the Middle East.

In 2012, Yemen overthrew its longtime leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was replaced by Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The transition however failed to unite the fractured country, and Houthi rebel groups eventually forced him to resign in 2015, leading the rebels to establish their own government. Hadi escaped capture and fled to Saudi Arabia, where he enjoys the backing of officials in Riyadh. The war between the two groups is complicated, and it becomes even more confusing with the realization that countless separatist organizations, such as The Southern Transitional Council, are also fighting for control of the nation.

The result so far? Eight million people are at risk for starvation, almost a third of the entire country.

Yemen was already facing problems before the drums of war could be heard in the distance. Severe ecological issues have plagued the country for decades, manifesting in an extreme lack of water and constant droughts, an increase in cyclones, and most recently a worryingly large cholera outbreak that has already claimed the lives of thousands. Currently, its the worst recorded outbreak in human history, with an estimated 800,000 suspected cases.

Owing to its proximity to a large share of the worlds oil supplies, the conflict has attracted a large amount of attention from regional powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia, and as usual, it hasnt gone over too well for the local population. In response to an intervention from Iran in support of the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia along with the UAE launched a surprise attack on the port city of Al Hudaydah as recently as June 13, which humanitarian groups are saying will make the current death toll skyrocket.

This attack risks more people dying, but it also risks cutting the lifeline of millions of Yemenis,...

21:24

BATTLE FOR YEMENS AL-HUDAYDAH ON JUNE 19, 2018 (VIDEOS, MAPS, PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front 19.06.2018 Click to see the full-size image The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies have faced a new series of attacks by the Houthis on their logistical lines along the western Yemeni coast. The main attacks took place in the areas of Durayhimi Taif, Jan al-Asfal and al-Fazzah. Pro-Houthi sources claimed that the entire []

20:34

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies have faced a new series of attacks by the Houthis on their logistical lines along the western Yemeni coast.

The main attacks took place in the areas of Durayhimi Taif, Jan al-Asfal and al-Fazzah. Pro-Houthi sources claimed that the entire logistical line of the coalition was interrupted. However, these areas were not captured. So, the coalitions forces will soon be able to restore supplies to its group involved in the battle for al-Hudaydah.

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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At the same time, the coalitions forces continued clashing with the Houthis in the area of the al-Hudaydah airport and south of the port city itself. A few days ago, pro-coalition sources claimed that the al-Hudaydah airport was captured by the coalition. However, clashes in the area continued.

According to pro-Houthi sources, up to 30 vehicles of the coalition-led forces were destroyed and up to 200 fighters of the coalition-led forces were killed in the clashes during the past few days. These claims are partly confirmed by released videos and photos...

19:51

South Sudan's girls talk of their needs, hopes and fears "IndyWatch Feed World"

Conflict in South Sudan has displaced 4 million people and placed 7 million in need of humanitarian help - and adolescent girls are suffering most.

19:31

Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after bird flies into engine Newtelegraph

Saudi Arabias official team plane caught fire in mid air as they travelled to their World Cup match on Wednesday. The Green Falcons, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group []

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19:06

Fierce clashes as coalition forces enter Yemen's Hodeidah airport "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Civilians flee towards the densely populated city centre as the battle engulfs the strategic coastal road

19:00

US, UK, France Block Central African Republics Request For Chinese Arms "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bangui (PANW) The US, France and the UK have put on hold, a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese Weapons deliveries for its national forces.

All the three nations have raised concerns about the use of lethal equipment CAR requested that include Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear gas grenades and other weaponry for its army and police.

The CARs defense minister has asked UN sanctions committee on June 5 to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow the shipments, AFP reported Friday.

France said it had concerns concerning some lethal equipment included in this exemption request, citing anti-aircraft weapons and ammunitions, according to a document obtained by AFP.

The French mission to the United Nations requested additional justifications concerning this lethal equipment in order to be able to take a decision.


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The United States noted that there was no threat of an air attack in CAR and questioned deliveries of eight grenade launchers, four anti-aircraft machine guns as well as anti-personnel grenades and rockets.

Britain said it was concerned that the shipments would pass through Cameroon unescorted to the border with CAR.

The council imposed an arms embargo on the Central African Republic in 2013 when the country descended into bloodshed but its sanctions committee last year gave the green light for Russia to supply weapons to the national forces.

China wants to donate military equipment which includes 12 armored vehicles and four assault vehicles, 50 pistols, six sniper rifles, ten submachine guns with silencers and some 30 machine guns of various calibers.

The list of equipment from Chinas Poly Technologies also includes 300 rockets, 500 anti-tank grenades, some 725,000 rounds of ammunition of various types and 15,000 tear gas grenades.

This post originally ran on Pan African News Wire.

The post...

18:27

Debt Rattle June 19 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Vittorio Matteo Corcos Sogni 1896   Threatened By The Truth Julian Assange Anniversary (IE) 25,000 Flee As Fighting In Yemen Port City Hodeida Escalates (AP) Its Time To Get Enraged At What Western Imperialists Have Done To Syria (CJ) Paul Tudor Jones Warns The Next Recession Will Be Really Frightening

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17:36

Is supermarket shopping in Kenya increasing the risk of poor nutrition? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The middle-class boom in many African cities has resulted in several lifestyle changes but one is proving particularly dangerous.

17:11

Wike to LG chairmen: You must pay salaries Newtelegraph

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has directed the Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Councils elected during last Saturday council polls to prioritise payment of workers salaries as they assume office.   Then governor, who spoke yesterday while swearing in the newly elected Chairmen at the Government House, Port Harcourt, appealed to them to also []

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17:10

Aircraft insurance premium: Issues, fears, prospect Newtelegraph

While aircraft insurance premium has marginally reduced as a result of safety record, other factors have made it to be on the high side, which has made airline operations cumbersome. WOLE SHADARE writes   Good safety record Nigeria and global aviation industry has continued to enjoy good record when it comes to accident; an indication []

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16:34

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday.

By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according to a report by the UN refugee agency.

The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide, it said.

AFP/File / by Nina LARSON | A UNHCR report showed 16.2 million people were freshly displaced last year, equating to some 44,500 people being pushed out of their homes every day or one person every two seconds

We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities arent left dealing with this alone, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

But around 70 percent of that number are people from just 10 countries, he told reporters in Geneva ahead of the reports launch.

If there were solutions to conflicts in those 10 countries, or in some of them at least, that huge figure, instead of rising every year, could start going down, he said, calling for more political will to halt the crises driving so many from their homes.

Every two seconds

The report showed that 16.2 million people were freshly displaced last year, and included those forced to flee for the first time as well as those who had been previously displaced.

This equates to some 44,500 people being pushed out of their homes every day or one person every two seconds, UNHCR said.

Most people flee within their own country, and are defined as internally displaced people, or IDPs.

By the end of 2017, there were some 40 million IDPs worldwide, down slightly from previous years, with Colombia, Syria and Democratic Republic of Congo accounting for the greatest numbers.

Another 25.4 million people more than half of them children were registered as refugees last year.

That is nearly three million more than in 2016, and the highest known total to date, it said.

South Sudan numbers...

16:27

Ignorant & Racist Parents Complain about a Black Kid at a Keserwan Nursery "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is such a f*cked up story! A Sudanese toddler was rejected from a Zouk Mikhael nursery after parents threatened to take out their children if a black kid was enrolled. The nursery ended up rejecting the kid but the Health Ministry intervened and condemned the nurserys actions stating it violated the most basic rights of humans and children. The Syndicate of Nursery Owners in Lebanon also met and asked the authorities to press charges against the complaining parents, which is a great response.

At this point, I believe the ministry should force the nursery to re-enroll the Sudanese toddler and take the necessary legal actions against parents who decide to take out their children. The nursery should be fined as well for even considering acting on such ignorant complaints.

Kijjo, who works in cleaning services in Lebanon, said he was looking to check his son into a nursery as both he and his wife work during the day. When he reached an agreement to enroll Rizk for $150 at a nursery close to his home the family was delighted.

We were so happy. I came home and told my wife that we would take him the next day, Kijjo recalled.

When the family reached the desk to register the child, he said one of the parents started looking their way.

A woman noticed my kid was black and told the staff, if you enroll him at the garderie [nursery], I will pull my son out and let all the other mothers here take their kids out with mine, Kijjo said, adding that the parents then took their complaints to the administration. [Source]

16:18

BBCs Jerusalem backgrounder for young people breaches style guide "IndyWatch Feed War"

In September 2017 the BBC World Service launched a new project aimed specifically at younger audiences.

Stephen Titherington, Sr Commissioning Editor of BBC World Service English, says: BBC Minute has turned News on its head. Young people are information hungry, but only if its done in a way which matches their own energetic curiosity. With new BBC Minute Video, partners can now share vision as well as sound with their audience. We are delighted to have two new partners in Egypt and Jordan, bringing BBC Minutes fresh sounding news coverage to more audiences in the region.

Broadcast in the English language, BBC Minute bulletins are vibrant audio summaries of the news headlines and topical stories delivered in a high-energy style that entertains as much as it educates and informs. It is broadcast twice an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a team of young journalists in London. The team also produce BBC Minute On which focus on a single subject or key story in more detail and is broadcast twice daily.

Those BBC Minute On backgrounders billed as making sense of the news are available online and hence potentially the subject of editorial complaints.

In early December 2017 one edition appeared under the title BBC Minute: On Jerusalem. Its synopsis states:...

16:08

Saudi-led coalition storms Yemens Hodeidah airport compound "IndyWatch Feed War"

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition stormed the airport compound of Yemens main port city Hodeidah on Tuesday after fierce battles with Iran-aligned Houthis fighting to defend their sole port, residents and Yemeni military sources said.

Hodeidah port's cranes are pictured from a nearby shantytown in Hodeidah, Yemen

FILE PHOTO: Hodeidah ports cranes are pictured from a nearby shantytown in Hodeidah, Yemen June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

The capture of the airport would be an important gain for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who have said they can seize the heavily defended city quickly enough to avoid interrupting aid to millions facing starvation.

They have stormed the airport, an anti-Houthi Yemeni military source told Reuters.

A resident also said the compound had been stormed.

This is the first time we hear the clashes so clearly. We can hear the sound of artillery and machinegun fire, the resident, who requested anonymity, told Reuters, adding that warplanes bombarded the airport earlier in the morning.

The Western-backed alliance launched the onslaught on Hodeidah seven days ago in order to turn the tables in a long-stalemated proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that has compounded instability across the Middle East.

The upsurge in fighting has wounded and displaced dozens of civilians and hampered the work of aid groups in the port city, which is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.

The United Nations says 22 million Yemenis depend on aid, and 8.4 million are on the verge of starvation.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday that the coalition was taking a measured approach to minimize risks to civilians, and allowing the Houthis an escape route inland to their bastion in the capital San...

16:02

UN says over 25,000 people have fled Yemen fighting at Hodeida and more expected "IndyWatch Feed War"

The UN spokesman said Monday that tens of thousands of residents have fled the fighting along Yemens western coastline where Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition are engaged in fierce battles with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told reporters that about 5,200 families, or around 26,000 people, have fled the fighting and sought safety within their own districts or in other areas in Hodeida governorate.

The number is expected to increase as hostilities continue, he said.

The UN Security Council again reiterated its call for the rebel-held ports of Hodeida and Salif to be kept open and operating safely in a press statement issued after closed door briefings by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock.

Abdo Heider, AFP | Members of displaced Yemeni families who fled battles between government forces and Houthi fighters near the Hodeida airport stand on the balcony of a school used as temporary housing inside the city of Hudeida on June 17, 2018.

Russias deputy UN ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, whose country holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, told reporters that Griffiths confirmed the ports continue to operate.

Emirati troops, along with irregular and loyalist forces in Yemen, have been fighting against Houthis for Hodeida since Wednesday. Coalition warplanes rained missiles and bombs on Houthi positions near Hodeida airport, in the citys south.

Very disturbing

The campaign to seize control of Hodeida threatens to worsen Yemens humanitarian situation, as Hodeidas port is the countrys main entry point for most humanitarian aid.

The situation is very disturbing, Polyansky said. We all hope that nothing terrible will happen further in Hodeida. That is our shared analysis of the situation.

The offensive for Hodeida has faced criticism from international aid groups, who fear a protracted fight could force a shutdown of the citys port and potentially tip millions into starvation. Some 70 percent of Yemens food enters via the port, as well as the bulk of humanitarian aid and fuel supplies. Around two-thirds of the...

15:29

2019: Akpodiete Declares For Presidential Election, Urges Buhari To Step Aside For Him Urhobo Today

Barr Christmas Akpodiete


LAGOS JUNE 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Peoples right activist, Mr. Christmas Akpodiete, has officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential election, under the platform of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Akpodiete made this known yesterday while addressing his supporters in Abuja, Nigerias capital.

Akpodiete commended the National Assembly and President Buhari for the speedy passing and signing of the not too young to run law.
In his remark, the 39 years old peoples right activist, thanked President Buhari for his service to Nigeria and pledge to fight corruption in a better and more sophisticated way.
He also called on the President to step down for him and to allow him fly the party flag in the upcoming 2019 elections.
The nation is in a dare need of a younger President, and the time to retire the political oligarchs is now. he emphasized.
He also said his party the APC stands a 100% chance of winning the upcoming 2019 elections with him as the flag bearer.
It will be recalled that in 2015, Akpodiete unsuccessfully ran for the office of the Governor of Delta State.
Akpodiete is the managing Director of Oc...

13:41

Localization, Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed War"

Do people know that supermarkets routinely fly apples to the UK from South Africa to be washed, and then they're flown back again? Norway flies fish to China to be de-boned and then flies it back. We are talking about the most outrageous waste, and a major cause of climate change.

13:36

June 12: Reps verdict on Abiolas recognition Newtelegraph

The decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, Chief MK.O Abiola as well as declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day precipitated a rancorous plenary in the House of Representatives, PHILIP NYAM reports.   On June 6, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari in a surprised move declared June []

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13:33

PFLP: Commander Ahmed Saadat Calls for Deepening the Level and Extent of Popular Democracy "IndyWatch Feed War"

A press release issued by the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat The excesses against the masses will place our people in front of the crater of a volcano that could explode at any moment Commander Ahmed Saadat calls for supporting the movement of the masses and deepening the...

13:13

Fuel imports: Ceaseless culture of waste Newtelegraph

The cost on importation of refined petroleum products into Nigeria in just three months hit N963.2 billion an amount enough to build 28 units of 20,000-barrel capacity modular refineries. ADEOLA YUSUF reports the colossal waste   Nigeria has not stopped to pay heavily for its years of reckless neglect of its refineries. Africas biggest []

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13:04

Yemen: Our Complicity Lies Bare "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Guardians Editorial 18-06-2018 | 12:50 Even if the UK warned against attacking the vital port of al-Hudaydah, we bear responsibility for the horrors of this war.   The fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemens misery have fallen away entirely. The assault []

12:59

Certificates for highest bidders: LASU VC raises red flag Newtelegraph

Worried by what he described as commodification of education in Nigeria, the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun has raised the alarm and offered solutions to halt the drift        queries First Class awards by private varsities     To the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the []

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12:38

FG: Total bullish on oil, gas local content Newtelegraph

  Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPN) is pushing the boundaries of the Nigerias oil and gas local content, the Federal Government has said. The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), an agency of government, said this in a statement last weekend. It said that the biggest Offshore Loading Terminal (OLT) Buoy has been []

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12:36

2017: N505bn travel tickets grossly under declared Expert Newtelegraph

  puts total earnings at N605bn The N505.2 billion of tickets reportedly sold by both foreign and domestic carriers for 2017 has been disputed by an aviation expert who insisted that the total tickets sold should not be less than N600 billion. Aviation consultant and former Commandant, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Group Capt. John Ojikutu []

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12:36

I was ridiculed for my dullness NIJs best grad Newtelegraph

At the just-concluded fifth convocation of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Edward Tochukwu Emmanuel won four prizes to emerge the best graduating student for the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) set. He speaks with JOSEPH AGUMAGU about his humble beginning, several hurdles he had to cross, his role models and plans []

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12:25

A challenge called open defecation Newtelegraph

The negative practice of people defecating in the open has earned Nigeria the third place in the global ranking of countries with highest incidence of open defecation. REGINA OTOKPA reports     The worrisome trend of people who defecate in the open cuts across every state in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory. Hardly []

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12:15

Experts seek building code execution law Newtelegraph

Beyond mere pronouncement, professionals in the housing sector have called for an executive bill for the enforcement of the National Building Code. DAYO AYEYEMI reports   With Nigerias housing sector still facing challenges, professionals in the built environment are eagerly looking forward to legislation to ensure compliance to the provisions National Building Code (NBC). To []

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12:11

FG to shut border over rice smuggling Newtelegraph

As a measure to curtail the smuggling of foreign rice and other toxic materials into Nigeria, the Federal Government has said that it will, in a few days time, shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, stated this when he interacted with []

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12:01

A kingdom of veteran sex workers Newtelegraph

Jabi Upstairs is a popular slum in the Jabi District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and home to a community of women whose livelihood revolves around sex, liquor and cash. CALEB ONWE reports   In the animal kingdom, it is generally accepted that the lion is the king of the jungle but as for []

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11:03

The US scapegoats Iran to cover up its own failure in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed World"

Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state. Yemen after three years of relentless airstrikes and a blockade is enduring one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. The 500 "moderate" rebels we funded and armed in Syria at a cost of $500 million are in retreat after instigating a lawless reign of terror. The military adventurism has cost a staggering $5.6 trillion as our infrastructure crumbles, austerity guts basic services and half the population of the United States lives at or near poverty levels. The endless wars in the Middle East are the biggest strategic blunder in American history and herald the death of the empire.

10:50

US Policy of Separating Children from Parents is Unconscionable Torture "IndyWatch Feed War"

The sickening images of children cruelly separated from their parents and held in cages as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions policy of zero-tolerance will leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the USA, said Amnesty International today. This is a spectacularly cruel policy, where frightened children are being ripped from their parents...

10:00

Colombia: Far Right Ivan Duque Declares Support for the Zionist State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Colombias new president-elect Ivan Duque has said hes considering to move their embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and become the third Latin American country, and the fourth in total, to follow the example of U.S. President Donald Trump. During a campaign event on May 16, Duque said he doesnt rule out the possibility of placing...

10:00

Operation Barbarossa II: The Wurlitzer of War Plays On "IndyWatch Feed War"

Christopher Black While the excitement of the World Cup in Russia keeps many of us fixed on the merits of the contending teams and the drama of the games, the news out of Brussels is disturbing. Theyre preparing for war. With Russia. There is no other way to read what Jans Stoltenberg announced at a...

09:39

En Afrique, l'Eglise catholique s'engage dans le champ politique "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Jun 2018 | Le TempsLes vques sont intervenus en Tanzanie, au Soudan du Sud at au Mozambique o ils ont dnonc l'achat ou la vente de terres africaines par des trangers.

09:39

Nigeria: Farmers urge Okomu Plc to implement and full compensation "IndyWatch Feed World"

18 Jun 2018 | ITVSome farmers in Oke Uhumwurde local government area and Owan East have called on the Federal and Edo State Government to prevail on Okomu Oil Palm PLC to complete the compensation for lands acquired for its plantations in their communities.

09:39

Nigeria: Ayade's Agric revolution excites S/African farmers, partner Cross River on feed mill "IndyWatch Feed World"

18 Jun 2018 | News GuruCross River State Governor says his administration intends to establish a yellow maize farm which will be the biggest in Africa, in partnership with South African agribusiness.

08:02

Sudanese authorities prevent papers from distributing, question reporters "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington D.C., June 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to stop harassing the press by censoring news outlets, questioning journalists, and revoking reporters' accreditation....

07:05

Five migrants die, 100 rescued off Libya's coast "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

More than 800 have died making the crossing in 2018

06:25

Yemens Navy Captures French Vessel Laden with Foreign Mercenaries "IndyWatch Feed World"

HODEIDA, YEMEN Yemens Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing operation near the port, according to Houthi officials, who gave no further details.

Mohammed al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement, tweeted: Thanks to the Yemeni Coast Guard in Hodeida, a French or American boat was seized. He confirmed in a later tweet that a French naval vessel named the M/Y Jehol ll was captured by Yemens Coast Guard near Hodeidah.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam accused France and Britain of being involved in the recent attack on Hodeidah. Abdulsalam told a local television station on Saturday that British and French warships are on standby on Yemens western coast to launch missile and aerial attacks.

The French newspaper Le Figaro confirmed that Frances Special Forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign on Hodeidah. A French military source later confirmed to Reuters that French special forces are operating in Yemen.

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05:54

Hundreds killed, thousands flee as Saudi forces bomb Hodeidah to 'liberate it' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Civilians are fleeing Hodeidah after hundreds were killed in the Saudi-led coalition's bomb campaign to take the strategic Yemeni port from Houthi rebels. The death toll and the disruption of vital supply lines has alarmed the UN. Over 4,000 families have fled the city since June 1, according to the latest report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that describes people losing their entire livelihood after airstrikes destroyed their farms. "The air attacks were extremely heavy and violent back there, hitting humans, trees and houses - everything," one of the displaced Yemenis told RT's Ruptly video agency. "A lot of people died - children and seniors" in the shelling of Hodeidah by the Saudi-led forces, another civilian added. On Friday, AP reported that the number of casualties from the first three days of the operation stood at more than 280 people. But the death toll is feared to have grown as the coalition, which is seeking to reinstall the ousted government, continued to bomb Hodeidah on Saturday and Sunday, despite initial pledges to limit their bombing to the airport area, in what they call a "military and humanitarian operation" to "liberate the port of Hodeidah in western Yemen".

05:17

UN tasks FG on security, condemns attacks in Damboa Newtelegraph

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard has urged the Federal Government to step security activities aimed at protecting its people. The call came in its latest message condemning the twin suicide attacks on June 16, in the town of Damboa, Borno State, that left dozens of people dead and scores injured in one []

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05:15

Ugandan president, officials verbally attack and threaten media "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nairobi, June 18, 2018--Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni should stop making statements that denigrate and threaten the press, and ensure that his government does not take actions that conflate journalism with terrorism or national security threats, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

04:41

The Western Media is Whitewashing Genocide in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

With the United Nations warning that millions of civilians could die from violence or starvation from the ongoing military siege of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, there is no other way to describe what is happening except as genocide.

The more than three-year war on Yemen waged by a Western-backed Saudi coalition has been arguably genocidal from the outset, with up to eight million people facing imminent starvation due to the years-long blockade on the Arabian country, as well as from indiscriminate air strikes.

But the latest offensive on the Red Sea city of Hodeida threatens to turn the worlds already worst humanitarian disaster into a mass extermination.

Hodeida is the entry point for 90 percent of all food and medical aid into Yemen. If the citys port stops functioning from the military offensive as UN aid agencies are warning then an entire country population of more than 20 million will, as a result, be on the brink of death.

The Saudi coalition which includes Emirati forces and foreign mercenaries, as well as remnants from the previous regime (which the Western media mendaciously refer to as government forces), is fully backed by the US, Britain and France. This coalition says that by taking Hodeida it will hasten the defeat of Houthi rebels. But to use the cutting off of food and other vital aid to civilian populations as a weapon is a blatant war crime. It is absolutely inexcusable.

This past week an emergency session at the UN Security Council made the lily-livered call for the port city to remain open. But it stopped short of demanding an end to the offensive being led by Saudi and Emirati forces against Hodeida, which is the second biggest stronghold for Houthi rebels after the capital Sanaa. The port citys population of 600,000 is at risk from the heavy fighting underway, including air strikes and naval bombardment, even before food, water and medicines supply is halted.

Since the Security Council meeting was a closed-door session, media reports did not indicate which members of the council voted down the Swedish call for an immediate end to hostilities. However, given that three permanent members of the council, the US, Britain and France, are militarily supporting the Saudi-led offensive on Hodeida, one can assume that these states blocked the call for a cessation.

As the horror of Hodeida unfolds, Western media are reporting with a strained effort to whitewash the criminal role of the American, British and French governments in supporting the offensive. Western media confine their focus narrowly on the humanitarian plight of Hodeidas inhabitants and the wider Yemeni population. But the media are careful to omit the relevant context, which is that the offensive on Hodeida would not be possible without the crucial military support of Western governmen...

04:38

Western Media Whitewash Yemen Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 18.06.2018 With the United Nations warning that millions of civilians could die from violence or starvation from the ongoing military siege of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, there is no other way to describe what is happening except as genocide. The more than three-year war on []

04:35

25,000 Have Fled Fighting in Yemen, U.N. Says "IndyWatch Feed World"

SANAA, YemenThe U.N. spokesman said on Monday that tens of thousands of residents have fled the fighting along Yemens western coastline where Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition are engaged in fierce battles with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the U.N. Secretary-General, told reporters on Monday that about 5,200 families, or around 26,000 people, have fled the fighting and sought safety within their own districts or in other areas in Hodeida governorate.

The number is expected to increase as hostilities continue, he said.

Emirati troops, along with irregular and loyalist forces in Yemen, have been fighting against Houthis for Hodeida since Wednesday. Coalition warplanes rained missiles and bombs on Houthi positions near Hodeida airport, in the citys south.

The offensive for Hodeida has faced criticism from international aid groups, who fear a protracted fight could force a shutdown of the citys port and potentially tip millions into starvation. Some 70 percent of Yemens food enters via the port, as well as the bulk of humanitarian aid and fuel supplies. Around two-thirds of the countrys population of 27 million relies on aid and 8.4 million are already at risk of starving.

Dujarric also said that U.N. Special Envoy in Yemen Martin Griffiths will be giving a briefing to the Security Council from Sanaa. Griffiths arrived on Saturday and aims at avoiding an all-out-assault in Hodeida.

The campaign to seize control of Hodeida threatens to worsen Yemens humanitarian situation, as Hodeidas port is the countrys main entry point for most humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, witnesses said that Yemens Houthi rebels have shelled a village in the center of the country, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 15.

Residents said that the rebels bombarded the Haglan Maris village late Sunday, and that most of the dead belong to one family. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of security fears.

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04:12

As Families the World Over Celebrated Eid Al-Fitr, Yemenis Marked the Holiday by Mourning Their War Dead "IndyWatch Feed World"

SANAA, YEMEN My mom said we dont have enough money to buy new clothes this Eid because of the war, proclaims Nassem, a young Yemeni girl. Instead, her hands are adorned with henaa a black liquid applied to form intricate designs to the skin. I want dad to see my hands, hell like it, Nassem says.

But Nassems father likely wont be able to oblige his daughters wishes anytime soon. Instead, he is on the battlefield in Hodeidah defending against the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition, which is waging a brutal assault on the port city. Volunteers have descended on Hodeidah from all over Yemen to assist residents and repel the U.S.-Saudi-led attack.

The annual feast of Eid al-Fitr, an important Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, kicked off last Friday in Yemen. But for Nassem and other Yemenis the occasion was far more somber. For them, there was no Eid, only raids, a suffocating blockade, the threat of cholera, rubble, tears, and fear of the next airstrike.  

Millions of Muslims the world over celebrate Eid al-Fitr with joyous festivities. Their homes are decorated; families and friends exchange gifts, gather for feasts; children play in parks, indulge in sweets, and set off fireworks as food and gifts are distributed in abundance.  Muslims in the United States and Saudi Arabia are no exception, celebrating while their counterparts in Yemen have lived in fear of U.S. and Saudi military action for six consecutive Eid holidays.

 

Saudis ignore timing of their offensive

Though Saudi Arabia is ostensibly a Muslim country, that factor wasnt enough to stop the Saudi-led coalition from carrying out a barrage of airstrikes on the Muslim holiday. Seven civilians including a woman and two children were killed in Friday night airstrikes in Saada and Beni Fayed.

Warplanes hover overhead every now and then, I cannot celebrate as I see others lose their family members, houses and properties, Hussein Shurgubi, a journalist based on Saada, told MintPress. Shurgubi has been busy monitoring hospitals and health facilities since the Saudi aggression began, killing or injuring 36,000 people since 2015.

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03:36

BREAKING: Cholera outbreak claims 15, 60 cases recorded in Niger Newtelegraph

No fewer than fifteen persons have been confirmed killed by an outbreak of Cholera in Bida Local Government Area of Niger state. Findings by our Correspondent have it that not less than sixty cases have been recorded in the outbreak which occurred on Sunday. A reliable source who pleaded anonymity told our Correspondent that as []

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03:27

ISIS commanders sneaking jihadis into Nigeria from Syria Newtelegraph

LEADERS of ISIS are sneaking battle-hardened jihadis from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists there for possible attacks in Britain. Fanatics from the West African state are also being sent to the Middle East for training in a chilling exchange programme. Insiders fear strong links between Nigeria and the UK will make it easier for []

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03:12

Former Israeli Energy Minister arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israeli former minister of energy and infrastructure, Gonen Segev, who is also a member of parliament, has been arrested on suspicion of espionage activities on behalf of the Iranian intelligence services, the Israeli police said on Monday. "Segev was detained for questioning immediately upon his arrival in Israel after the gathered information revealed that he had been in contact with Iranian intelligence services and assisted them in activities against Israel. The investigation revealed that he had been recruited and acted as an agent on behalf of Iranian intelligence," the police said on Twitter. The Shin Bet security service said that Gonen Segev was accused of spying for Iran and aiding the enemy during wartime. According to the police, in recent years Segev lived in Nigeria, and in May he traveled to Equatorial Guinea. "He was transferred to Israel at the request of the Israeli police after Equatorial Guinea did not allow him to enter its territory due to his criminal past," the police said.

02:38

Western-supported terrorists continue to destroy Libya "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Great Tribes of Libya have issued the following situation report for Libya - June 17, 2018 1. Libya is still suffering and being occupied illegally by the radical terrorist mercenaries brought into our country by the CIA and other covert groups in 2011. These terrorists call themselves "militias" to mask their real identity and intentions. These militias are made up of radical Islamists and psychopathic criminals. The many criminal militia gangs in Libya have joined forces as they see all the Libyan people are against them. The Libyan people look for a country wide election to put a real leader and real security back in our country. These militias are made up of Muslim Brotherhood, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Ansar al Sharia, Al Qaeda, ISIS, the Sallafist groups. and all other militia gangs of mercenary criminals stealing from and destroying Libya. 2. The UN imposed puppet government in Tripoli has joined forces with these militia groups and supports them with arms and money. 3. Misurata gangs have now joined forces with these militias in order to maintain their area of illegal control. 4. Some of the leaders of these militias are as follows: Ibrahim Jadhran, Ishmael Sallabi, Zayad Balaam and Ibrahim Sharkasi. These men are all criminals, they are all working outside of our Libyan laws and security regulations. They have no respect for humanity, no respect for property. Today they sent missiles into 2 oil tanks at the port of Ras Lanuf, destroying those tanks and closing any access to the road between Tripoli and Benghazi. These men are thieves and murderers, they care not about the innocent Libyans who continue to suffer daily from lack of food, electricity, water, fuel, etc. They look only to their own gains and the theft of Libya resources. It is estimated that there are some 50,000 of them in Libya.

02:21

Dr. Anthony Monteiro "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dr. Anthony Monteiro and the Struggle for the Soul of African-American Studies at Temple

01:59

11 youths die in road accident in Katsina State Newtelegraph

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Katsina State has confirmed that 11 youths lost their lives in a road accident Sunday night while celebrating Sallah. Mr Godwin Ngueku, the Katsina Sector Commander of the corps, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Katsina. Ngueku said that the accident []

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01:56

1 killed in Lagos cult clash Newtelegraph

A deadly clash by two rival cult groups has resulted to the death of an unidentified man at Alapere in Ketu, near Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) crime correspondent learnt that the incident took place at Modupe Street, off Kazeem Street in Alapere late on June 17. A resident of the area, who []

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01:51

Air force begins bombardment of Zamfara bandits Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Air Force commenced aerial bombardments on Monday, in a joint military offensive to end the banditry in Zamfara communities. The Commander of the 207 Quick Response Group of the air force, Group Capt. Caleb Olayera, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Gusau. He was speaking after taking delivery of two airplanes []

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01:27

Razed villages and empty fields await Congo-Brazzaville's displaced "IndyWatch Feed World"

Civilians can finally return to Congo's Pool region, but a shaky peace agreement and scarce food and services may keep them away

00:50

Sudan: UN's Planned Cuts to Darfur Mission Risk Rights Protection "IndyWatch Feed World"

Expand United Nations Mission in Darfur peacekeepers stand guard in Shagra village, North Darfur, October 18, 2012.  2012 Reuters   (New York) The United Nations Security Council should ensure that its peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region continues to conduct human rights monitoring and public reporting in all of Darfur. The mandate of the [...]

00:40

Chinas Pacific Islands Push Has the U.S. Worried "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the gritty, steamy streets of Papua New Guineas capital Port Moresby, signs of Chinas push into the Pacific island nation are inescapable.

A Chinese worker stencils a logo for China Railway Group outside the new national courthouse its building; China Harbor Engineering Group laborers tar roads under the searing midday sun.

Little by little they are taking slices of our businesses, said Martyn Namorong, who campaigns to protect local jobs and communities as China ramps up infrastructure spending in the resource-rich nation, often bringing its own workforce. My people feel we cant compete.

The nation of 8 million people is the latest frontier in Beijings bid for global influence thats included building artificial reefs in the South China Sea, a military base in Africa and an ambitious trade-and-infrastructure plan spanning three continents.

Advertisement for China Construction Bank outside the airport in Port Moresby.
Photographer: Jason Scott/Bloomberg

Chinas thrust into the Pacific islands region, a collection of more than a dozen tiny nations including Fiji, Niue and Timor Leste scattered across thousands of miles of ocean, has the U.S. and its close ally Australia worried. The region played a key role in World War II and remains strategically important as Western powers seek to maintain open sea lines and stability. For Beijing, it offers raw materials, from gas to timber, and a clutch of countries who could voice support for its territorial claims.

Weve seen a huge surge in Chinas state-directed economic investment and mobilization of an enormous amount of capital in the Pacific which clearly has a strategic intent, said Eric B. Brown, a senior fellow in Asian affairs at Washington-based think tank the Hudson Institute. The sovereignty of these nations could be compromised by these p...

00:22

The Battle of Hodeidah - part 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

"On June 17 and 18, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies, backed up by French special operations forces, continued their military operation in order to capture the port city of al-Hudayadh in western Yemen from the Houthis and their allies....

00:01

Abuja airport records 1.02m passengers in Q1 FAAN Newtelegraph

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says that no fewer than 1.02 million passengers travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during the first quarter of 2018. FAANs First Quarter Report obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Monday, in Abuja showed a 38.9 per cent growth from 623,727 recorded during []

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00:00

I am from Salamiya but none of this applies to me "IndyWatch Feed World"

In Syria, one could notice some of the significant remarks denigrating others based on their religion, sect, race or color. This article by Abdullah Amin Al-Hallaq forms part of a special series focused on Oral Culture and Identity in Syria. It is the outcome of an ongoing partnership between SyriaUntold and openDemocracy's North Africa West Asia in a bid to untangle the roots of sectarian, ethnic and other [...]

Monday, 18 June

23:46

Coalition Ignores Famine Warnings and Continues Assault on Yemen as Critics Question US Complicity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ignoring international aid groups warnings that an attack on the Yemeni city of Hodeida, which is held by Houthi rebels, could exacerbate hunger in an impoverished and war-torn nation already on the brink of famine, Saudi-led U.S.-backed coalition forces continued a sweeping assault on the Red Sea port city Saturday, reportedly seizing control of an airport.

Since the fighting started earlier this week, thousands of Hodeidas 600,000 civilians have evacuated and hundreds of people have been killed. The port city is the main conduit through which about 70 percent of international aid reaches Yemenis, many of whom are battling starvation and outbreaks of infectious diseases such as cholera.

The Norwegian Refugee Councils office in Yemen told Reuters that humanitarian agencies cannot currently access areas south of the city where people are most likely to have been injured, affected, and displaced, leaving us without a clear picture of needs.

The lack of humanitarian assistance, following suspension of aid programs and with limited NGO staff on the ground while a military offensive is ongoing, will have severe consequences on a region already facing restrictions on the import and internal transportation of vital supplies, including medicines, food, and fuel, Frederic Pelat, head of Mdecins Sans Frontires mission in Yemen, warned Thursday. Yemenis living in the northern parts of the country depend on vital supplies that pass through Hodeidas port.

23:44

Russia 2018: Germans awake to doom, gloom after Mexico loss Newtelegraph

Germany woke to gloomy headlines of chaos and humiliation on Monday after the defending World Cup champions fell 1-0 to Mexico in a shock opening defeat in Russia. Long used to the dominance of their national team, Germans are digesting their teams first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years and wondering []

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23:34

Dogara condoles Bauchi windstorm victims Newtelegraph

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has commiserated with victims of Saturdays windstorm in Bauchi and called for governments intervention. The storm, which wrecked the state capital, also affected other towns and villages in the state. Dogara, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, []

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23:33

Police nab killer suspect in Enugu Newtelegraph

The Police in Enugu State said they have arrested Chibuike Odoh, one of the killer suspects operating within Ehamufu axis of Isiuzo Local Government Area of the state. The Spokesman of the Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Enugu. Amaraizu said that the suspect was []

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23:31

Ondo PDP promises free, fair primaries Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has promised its members vying for different elective positions free and fair primaries. The Chairman of the PDP in the state, Clement Faboyede, stated this on Monday in Akure when Mrs Funmilola Ademoyegun picked an expression of interest form at the partys secretariat. Ademoyegun is seeking to []

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23:29

How Saudi Arabia Tried to Blame Doctors Without Borders After Bombing Its Cholera Treatment Center "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Saudi embassy in the United States pointed the finger at Doctors Without Borders after the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed the medical humanitarian groups newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen.

The Saudi government circulated a misleading fax from a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) employee, to try to absolve itself of responsibility for the airstrike. I contacted MSF for clarification, and the organization said the fax is being misrepresented, and strongly condemned the unacceptable attack on a medical facility.

On June 11, the US-backed Saudi coalition waging war on Yemen bombed a cholera treatment center in the northwestern town of Abs. This medical facility, which had just been built, was operated by MSF, and was clearly marked on the roof with the logos of MSF and the Red Crescent.

The Saudi coalition has repeatedly targeted civilian infrastructure in its three-year war on Yemen, with more than one-third of its thousands of air raids hitting civilian sites. This has devastated the health system in the poorest country in the Middle East, unleashing the worst humanitarian catastrophe on Earth and the largest cholera outbreak in recorded history, with more than 1 million cases of the easily preventable disease in 2017 alone.

Early on June 13, the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC tweeted a photo of a fax from MSFs administrator of communication and liaison in Djibouti. This document is dated June 11, and the Saudi embassy claimed it showed MSF clearly admit that the unfortunate facility incident was due to their failure to update their coordinates per standard procedures.

MSF told me this claim is false. The organization clarified that it gave the Saudi coalition the GPS coordinates for its cholera treatment center at least 12 times in writing, and the coalition acknowledged receipt of these coordinates in writing at least nine times.

23:27

Russia 2018: Eagles can still progress Pinnick Newtelegraph

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has declared that notwithstanding the 2-0 loss to Croatia in their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Super Eagles have the wherewithal to lift themselves up and still reach the knockout rounds of the competition. Croatia made good from set pieces []

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23:13

John Pilger: Its Time to Bring Julian Assange Home to Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy.

The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be.

They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.

Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julians case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme dangers that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.

We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture.

I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smears engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him.

In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated March 8, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the feeling of trust that is WikiLeaks center of gravity.

This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of exposure [and] criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on his reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.

Their main weapon would be a personal smear. Their shock troops would be enlisted in the media those who are meant to keep the record straight and tell us the truth.

The irony is that no one told these journalists what to do. I call them Vichy journalists after the Vichy government that served and enabled the German occupation of wartime France.

Last October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Sarah Ferguson interviewed Hillary Clinton, over whom she fawned as the icon for your generation.

This was the same Clinton who threatened to obliterate totally Iran and, who, as U.S. Secretary of State in 2011, was one of the instigators of the invasion and destruction of Libya as...

22:20

Has Madagascar Managed to Avert a Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

After weeks of political strife, Madagascar has announced the formation of a national unity government meant to stave off a full-fledged crisis. But with the countrys economy still shaky and the prospect that upcoming elections this autumn could scuttle painstaking progress made in recent years, the island nations struggles are likely far from over.

 

Rolling out the new unity government

The government reshuffle came about after proposed electoral reforms tabled by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina sparked an opposition-led protest movement this past spring. According to the opposition, the reforms would have barred their candidates from running in elections slated for later this year. Even after the courts overturned the proposed reforms, however, the protests continued, with at least two people killed and 16 wounded.

In a bid to put a stop to the crisis, the Constitutional Court ordered the formation of a national unity government that proportionately represents the outcome of the last legislative elections in 2013. The new governments cabinet includes allies of the president as well as two of his predecessors: Andry Rajoelina, who came to power in a coup in 2009, and Marc Ravalomanana, the man he ousted.

Both men who were banned from running in 2013 have said that they plan to run in elections tentatively slated for this autumn. Unfortunately for the people of Madagascar, both men trail dubious records behind them and either one could yet turn the countrys current simmering strife into a full-blown crisis.

 

Protecting against political amnesia

Ever since the country achieved its independence from France in 1960, Madagascar has endured no small share of political tension. Over the past decades, the Indian Ocean nation has been roiled by a long running series of revolts, military coups, mass protests, violent suppressions, and an inability among the political class to agree on who has the right to rule.

Both Rajoelina and Ravalomanana fit squarely within this violently chaotic pattern of politics. In 2009, Rajoelina seized power with the backing of the military and the high court, following days of anti-government protests in which more than 100 people were...

21:30

Why Flying Is Harder "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lines for airport security (Illustrative photo: ALEX WONG/Getty Images)Lines for airport security (Illustrative photo: ALEX WONG/Getty Images)

Almost a year ago, the U.S. banned laptops on flights from 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports. The ban includes tablets and some large mobile phones. That was because of a plot to conceal powerful bombs in the batteries of these devices.

Now, one of the masterminds behind that technology has been identified, reported Newsweek. He is Hamayun Tariq, a 41-year-old car mechanic from the UK.

Tariq managed to evade authorities twice and travel abroad. He is believed to be somewhere in Iraq or Syria at the present time.

He most likely learned his trade from top al-Qaeda operatives while in Pakistan. After he returned to the UK, he was arrested and sent to prison for tax fraud. Upon his release in 2014, he left the country for ISIS-controlled territory in the Middle East.

Tariq was identified by an Aimen Dean, a former al-Qaeda explosives expert who now works as an undercover agent for the UK. Dean said he met Tariq, who also went by the name of Abu Muslim, in the field.

While in Syria, Tariq encouraged lone wolf attack in the West, posting details on social media on how to assemble bombs.

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21:02

Murder Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, June 18, 2018.

Murder Incorporated is a three-book series by Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, which I can highly recommend based on the first book. The other two are not out yet.

Book One, Dreaming of Empire, is a critique of U.S. imperialism, a debunking of U.S. nationalist myths, a corrective or alternative history of the U.S. nation. Politically, a book like this would never be permitted in U.S. schools, and its clearly not aimed at clearing that hurdle. It uses curse words, which would provide a handy excuse for keeping it out. Its also not straight history. Its part chronological, part theme-based. It mixes historical accounts with pop-culture, with quotations from scholars, historical sources, and analysts interviewed by the authors.

Dreaming of Empire also does not try to leave the past in the past. Instead it proposes to explain current wars, the weaponization of outer space, and the rhetoric of contemporary U.S. politics through a myth-busting hard look at the past. And theres little the U.S. public needs more. Indeed the authors seem to have concentrated on topics around which damaging myths have been constructed, including the glories and goodness of the Founding Fathers.

Reading here in Charlottesville, Im struck by the extent to which local boys, Jefferson and Monroe (and the latters Doctrine), dominate this story. I wonder how many people realize that when a participant in a fascist rally here last summer drove his car into a woman and killed her, he was in that moment driving past the location of James Monroes first house here. Im sure its more people than realize that Charlottesville is not a hotbed for fascists (they mostly come from elsewhere) but is a town that was founded by and which still prominently honors fascists avant la lettre.

The authors of Dreaming of Empire are smart enough not to call sacred founding fathers fascists as an idiot like myself might do. Instead they allow such fascists to convict themselves in their own words. Here we read John Winthrop thanking God for bringing deadly epidemics to native peoples, Benjamin Franklin crediting God with a plan to extirpate the savages, Jefferson advocating that tribes be exterminated, Jefferson likening African Americans to orangutans, and an Iroquois telling Washington to his...

21:00

Tambuwal pledges to provide basic social amenities, infrastructure, not flyovers Newtelegraph

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has promised to provide basic social amenities and infrastructure to improve the lives of the people. He made this known to civil servants and heads of government agencies in the state that paid him the traditional Sallah homage at Government House on Sunday in Sokoto. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of []

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20:33

'No time to negotiate': UAE calls on Houthis to leave Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Emirati warning comes as aid agencies continue to raise concerns for Yemenis fleeing the key port city

20:29

The EU is facing an existential crisis but it is migration, not Brexit, that will be its undoing "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alongside sunburnt Brits, they are one of the modern staples at Southern Europes popular tourist spots: Arab and African men selling tourist tat. These men (and occasional woman) come from many places. Some will have escaped conscription or slavery in Eritrea; others have gone in search of a better life from a poor but peaceful village in Tunisia or Senegal.

By JULIET SAMUEL

The Telegraph

If they can raise enough cash and get a spot on a boat crossing the Mediterranean, their odds of getting to Europe are high 98 per cent make it. That is why people keep trying. But once here, joining society isnt easy. Even those with strong legal asylum cases have to wait months to be assessed. So they end up sleeping rough and hawking fake designer handbags.

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When I was a student, I used to think that a land without borders could be a cosmopolitan idyll, where different peoples exchanged ideas and voted freely for governments with their feet.

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Migrants being rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius earlier this month

Migrants being rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius earlier this month CREDIT: REUTERS

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But now were seeing what it really looks like: squalid camps in train stations and ports, a thriving people-trafficking industry and a growing underclass of informal workers in places that already have millions of unemployed. As a result, weve seen the rise of far-right parties across Europe and the start of what could well be a gradual erosion of the EU project.

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The migration surge has been fuelled by technology and growing wealth, which have for the first time brought the means to flee conflict and migrate economically within the reach of millions.

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The EU hasnt created this situation, but with its migration policies, it has removed from national governments the means to address it and, with its legal structure, it has neutered Brussels ability to step in instead, since national politicians cant agree on an approach. And the more that...

20:27

My resignation from African Alliance has no connection with 2019 elections APC chieftain Newtelegraph

Ambassador Nurain Abayomi Mumuni, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that his resignation from African Alliance Insurance Plc as one of its Directors has nothing to do with the forthcoming 2019 elections. Amb. Mumuni, in a statement made available to the press on Monday, June 18, stated that his decision []

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20:08

Battle For Yemens al-Hudaydah On June 17-18, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Battle For Yemen's al-Hudaydah On June 17-18, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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On June 17 and 18, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies, backed up by French special operations forces, continued their military operation in order to capture the port city of al-Hudayadh in western Yemen from the Houthis and their allies.

The goal of forces of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and their proxies is to outflank the Houthi-held port city from the eastern flank and to isolate it from the rest of the Houthi-held area.

The coalitions operation started on June 13 from an attempt to capture the al-Hudaydah airport, which is located south of the city. By June 18, the coalitions forces had entered the airport and launched an attempt to enter al-Hudaydah city itself. At the same time, a group of coalition-led forces advanced on the Al-Matahen roundabout aiming to capture the eastern flank of the port city.

These efforts are actively supported by strikes of the coalitions airpower and artillery. Coalition-led forces also have a significant advantage in military equipment over the Houthis. However, there is a problem.

The coalitions supply lines are overstretched over the western Yemeni coast. The Houthis use this to carry out attacks on reinforcements and supply convoys of the coalition heading to al-Hudaydah.

20:06

UPDATED: Congo-Brazzaville's hidden war "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the government's scorched-earth campaign against opposition Ninjas, civilians are the overwhelming victims

20:06

Researchers Detect Light From Growing Plants "IndyWatch Feed World"

For the first time, light from plant growth may let humans see almost at a glance how greedily the planets vegetation sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

US-based researchers have confirmed that they can detect the same glow invisible to the human eye from trees, grasslands, crops, mangroves, marches and desert plants as the green things put chlorophyll to work and photosynthesise leaves, flowers, fruits and roots from atmospheric carbon.

The pay-off is simple: an easier and potentially more accurate way of calculating the global carbon budget and assessing the climate cost of human exploitation of fossil fuels.

But the same information will help biologists and geoscientists advance what is sometimes called earth system science: how carbon-based lifeforms make their living from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide in a continuous trafficking that has fuelled 3bn years of evolution.

And at the heart of the study is a new realisation that images from an orbiting satellite deliver better information in a reliable fashion.

Researchers have exploited data from orbiting earth observation satellites to measure the diminishing thickness of the polar ice caps and their dwindling extent, as human-induced global warming warms the oceans and raises the sea levels.

They have helped measure the response of different kinds of forest to global warming, and changes to ocean chemistry as ever greater levels of greenhouse gas enter the atmosphere, as humans burn ever more fossil fuels.

But one satellite, launched specifically to answer questions about the traffic between living things and the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, has delivered information with even greater precision that anyone expected.

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire report in the journal Global Change Biology that years of observation of solar-induced fluorescence a glow from plants that no human could expect to see, but an instrument can detect have confirmed that there is a direct relationship between gross primary productivity and the amount of fluorescence registered by the eye in the sky.

No Exceptions...

20:00

Fuel to the Fire: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recent eruptions of violence in Libyas so-called oil cresent between armed forces loyal to Haftars Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival  armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks.  In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result of the shelling, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. These clashed demonstrates the dangers associated with fighting in and nearby industrial facilities storing large quanitities of potential hazardous substances and the wider risks associated with a chemical incident in armed conflicts. This blog will provide a brief outline on open-source reporting and satellite imagery from the area and a brief background the ongoing targeting of the oil infrastructure in Libya and their associated wider socio-economic and environmental consequences.

First attack on Ras Lanuf

On Thursday June 14, oil tanker nr. 2 at the Fida oil farm was reported burning, first mentioned on social media and later confirmed through geo-location.

This was also later confirmed with NASA and ESA Sentinel 2 imagery.

19:50

Multiple Studies Show Disturbing Trend of Child Suicide Rates When School Starts "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: The Free Thought Project | by John Vibes

While the annoying cultural cliche suggests that our years in school should be the best times of our lives, for many of us it is actually a traumatizing experience that has lifelong consequences for our mental health. After graduation, many of us are left to work through issues such as anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, dependence on authority, need for external validation and a long list of mental health problems that can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, antisocial behavior, or worse.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people over the age of 15, and the third-leading cause for those over 10. According to statistics from the CDC, over the past 10 years, the suicide rate for White children and teens between the ages of 10 and 17 was up 70 percent, and up 77 percent among African-American children. Since mental health is such a serious problem among teens, it is time to start examining the place where they spend the vast majority of their time.

Peter Gray of Psychology Today and The Foundation for Economic Education has pointed out that suicide rates among teens actually increase during the school year, citing numerous studies.

During extensive research on the subject, Gray found this correlation in data that was recorded of children's emergency psychiatric visits at Connecticut Children's Mental Center in Hartford. The data shows an obvious decline in teenage psychiatric visits during the summer months, which is somewhat of a statistical anomaly considering the fact that students have more time to themselves during the summer, and emergency visits, in general, rise drastically during the summer, according to the CDC.
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19:47

Botswana costs of wildlife damage Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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WILDLIFE DAMAGES GOBBLE OVER P36 MILLION

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Government has paid P36.2 million to farmers country wide as compensation in the last three financial years.

Responding to a parliamentary question on Monday, the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr Tshekedi Khama said during the 2015/16 financial year an amount of P8.8 million was disbursed as compensation, P4.4million in 2016/17 while P23 million was paid to farmers in 2017/18.

Mr Khama said Tutume Wildlife office disbursed P211 754.50, P349 989.30 and P885 269. 15 in 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively

The minister said 365 cases of elephants damages in ploughing fields were reported in Maitengwe, Nkange, Seneta and Tutume villages between January and April 2018.

The Member of Parliament for Nkange Mr Edwin Batshu, had asked the minister to state the amount spent in compensation of farmers for damages caused by wild animals during the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/19 and to state the amount spent by Tutume Wildlife office in the same period. Mr Batshu also wanted to know the number of cases of elephant damages in ploughing fields reported at Tutume Wildlife office by farmers in Maitengwe, Nkange, Senete and Tutume villages between January and April 2018. (BOPA)

19:35

Covert Geopolitics: Why Venezuela and Syria Cannot Fall "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicols Maduro has won a second six-year term.

Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d' Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, declared: "People of Venezuela are now facing similar situation as the Syrian people."

True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage.

During the Spanish Civil War, Czech anti-fascist fighters, volunteers in the International Brigades, used to say: "In Madrid we are fighting for Prague". Madrid fell to Franco's fascists in October 1939. Prague had been occupied by German troops several months earlier, in March 1939. It was the blindness and cowardice of the European leaders, as well as the support which the murderous fascist hordes received from populations of all corners of the continent, which led to one of the greatest tragedies in modern history a tragedy which only ended on May 9, 1945, when the Soviet troops liberated Prague, defeating Nazi Germany and de facto saving the world.

More than 70 years later, the world is facing another calamity. The West, mentally unfit to peacefully end its several centuries long murderous reign over the planet a reign that has already taken several hundreds of millions of human lives is flexing its muscle and madly snapping in all directions, provoking, antagonizing and even directly attacking countries as far apart as North Korea (DPRK), China, Iran, Russia, Syria and Venezuela.

What is happening now is not called fascism or Nazism, but it clearly is precisely that, as the barbaric rule is based on a profound spite for non-Western human lives, on fanatical right-wing dogmas which are stinking of exceptionalism, and on the unbridled desire to control the world.

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19:27

Abahlali to Approach the #Durban High Court for a Spoliation Order "IndyWatch Feed War"

Archive image by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

South Africa: We are all amaMpondo! Abahlali baseMjondolo will this morning approach the Durban High Court on an urgent basis to apply for a Spoliation Order against the eThekwini Municipality. 

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Image: Archive image by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

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

On Friday at about 10am the notorious eThekwini municipal Anti Land Invasion Unit descended on the Barcelona 2 transit camp (amatini or government shacks) in Lamontville and violently and unlawfully evicted the residents from the disgraceful transit camps that there were forcefully imposed on them seven years ago for the FIFA World Cup.

The residents were told straight on their faces that they are amaMpondo and that they should return to the Eastern Cape. This is not the first time that people from the Eastern Cape have been openly discriminated against by high ranking politicians and officials in Durban. This is a dangerous politic that continues to tear apart all the gains made by our democracy.

The ANC is creating a very dangerous situation in which impoverished people are forced to fight amongst one another. When Xhosa speaking people are removed from the tins at gunpoint, and Zulu speaking people are then brought into the tins, there is a very high risk of serious conflict.

Our position as Abahlali is that we are all amaMpondo and we are all amaZulu. A neighbour is a neighbour and a comrade is a comrade. We will continue to build unity in the neighbourhoods, and in struggle, and we will continue to oppose the politicians that are trying to divide impoverished people. 

We call on all traditional leaders to condemn the conduct of the ANC in eThekwini in the clearest and strongest terms, and to reject this attempt by the politicians to divide the people. 

At the same time as the ANC and the Municipality are playing a very dangerous game of trying...

19:00

4 ways we can step up adaptation and protect vulnerable communities from climate change impact "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Last month, a blistering heat wave killed at least 60 people in Karachi, Pakistan. Across East Africa, severe flash flooding displaced hundreds of thousands, and just days into this year's hurricane season, a tropical depression off the coast of Mexico exploded into a Category 4 storm overnight.

18:55

Western Media Whitewash Yemen Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the horror of Hodeida unfolds, Western media are reporting with a strained effort to whitewash the criminal role of the American, British and French governments in supporting the offensive.

18:00

Yemen army offers safe routes for Hodeidah civilians Iran looms large "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unless they get the green light from their leaders in Iran they will never give up their weapons or surrender in peace and spare the innocent citizens in Hodeidah and the rest of the Yemeni territories under their control their atrocities.

Houthi militants willing to put down their weapons would also be given safe passage, the army said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Sunday that nearly 5,000 families have been displaced from Hodeidah province this month.

Forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition pushed their offensive to recapture Hodeidah. (AFP)

The Yemeni army said on Sunday it was ready to open safe corridors for civilians who want to leave Hodeidah.

Houthi militants willing to put down their weapons would also be given safe passage, the army said.

Fighting continued to rage around Yemens largest port as forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition pushed their offensive to recapture the city. Coalition jets bombed the airport as pro-government forces moved closer to dislodging the militants.

The UAE, a main coalition partner, said the operation was designed to help the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to persuade the Houthis to withdraw.

We are at a turning point, because as long as the Houthis hold Hodeidah, they will continue to impede the political process, Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, said on Twitter. We firmly believe that the liberation of Hodeidah will pull the Houthis back to the negotiating table.

The people of Hodeidah did not want to be governed by Iranian backed religious extremists, he said. We will continue to focus on our two main goals: To protect the flow of humanitarian aid and to protect civilians.

The Yemeni military said about 500 Houthis had been killed in the battle for Hodeidah, which is a crucial aid supply line, but also a conduit for supplies of Iranian arms to the militants.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Sunday that nearly 5,000 families have been displaced from Hodeidah province this month.

Yemeni government spokesperson Rajeh Badi told Arab News the Houthi militias understand only the language of force.

He said they were not optimistic about the outcome of talks between Griffiths and the Houthi leaders.

Unless they get the green light from their leaders in Iran they will never...

17:41

USA: State Rep. Ilhan Omar wins DFL endorsement for Fifth Congressional District "IndyWatch Feed War"

State Rep. Ilhan Omar won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement Sunday for a seat in Congress to represent the west metro. If elected, she would become the first Somali-American member of Congress. A first-term member of the Minnesota House representing Minneapolis, she is already the nations first and only Somali-American lawmaker. Omar was endorsed at a []

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17:37

Primates in danger, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2011 video is called Primates- What is a Primate?

From the German Primate Center:

Primates in peril

June 17, 2018

Primates are fascinating. They are intelligent, live in complex societies and are a vital part of the ecosystem. Lemurs, lorises, galagos, tarsiers, monkeys and apes are our closest biological relatives and just like them, humans are also primates. However, while the human population spread to all corners of the earth, many of our closest relatives are under serious threat. An international team of leading primate researchers, including Christian Roos of the German Primate Center (DPZ) Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, has analyzed and evaluated the situation of many endangered non-human primate species in Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a review article published today. In their study, the researchers investigated the influence of human activities on wild primate populations.

Primates live in tropical and subtropical areas and are mainly found in regions of Africa, South America, Madag...

17:26

Yemen: Attacking Hodeidah Is Trumps Deliberate Act of Cruelty "IndyWatch Feed War"

Attacking Hodeidah Is Trumps Deliberate Act of Cruelty by Patrick Cockburn The Trump administration is guilty of many acts of deliberate cruelty, such as taking away the children of immigrant parents at the US border. But just as the world was watching the lead up to the Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting in Singapore last Monday, the []

14:00

How Saudi Arabia Tried to Blame Doctors Without Borders After Bombing Its Cholera Treatment Center "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Saudi embassy in the United States pointed the finger at Doctors Without Borders after the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed the medical humanitarian groups newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen. The Saudi government circulated a misleading fax from a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) employee, to try to absolve itself of responsibility for the airstrike. I contacted MSF for clarification, and the organization said the fax is being misrepresented, and strongly condemned the unacceptable attack on a medical facility.

13:27

Western Media Whitewash Yemen Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

Finian Cunningham With the United Nations warning that millions of civilians could die from violence or starvation from the ongoing military siege of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, there is no other way to describe what is happening except as genocide. The more than three-year war on Yemen waged by a Western-backed Saudi coalition...

10:20

Interview with Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, Leader of the Workers Party of Brazil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Elson Concepcin Prez | internet@granma.cu The workers leader, the man who during his term as President of Brazil pushed for laws and social plans that allowed some 30 million Brazilians to be lifted out of poverty, whom all the polls indicate is the favorite, by a large majority, to win the presidential elections of 2018,...

10:00

Colombia: Election Outcome Endangers Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, the FARC, is worried that Duques victory could hurt the historic peace process. After Colombias President-elect Ivan Duque announced he will review the peace agreement reached between the government and the demobilized insurgent group, the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, the FARC, expressed their willingness to meet Duque and keep working...

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