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Saturday, 24 February



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Al-Jaafari Re-elected as Rapporteur of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization
23 February 2018

New York, SANA- The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (also known as the Special Committee on decolonization or C-24) has re-elected Syrias Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, as its rapporteur by acclamation.

The election of al-Jaafari took place in the opening session of the UNs Special Committee on Decolonization held Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York.

Al-Jaafari thanked the committee members for re-electing Syria to this position, stressing that he will continue exerting efforts to complete the Committee work on decolonization.

Shaza/Rasha Raslan


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Foreign Ministry: France Not Eligible to Play Any Role in Peace Process in Syria As Long As It Supports Terrorism
22 February 2018

Damascus, SANA Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that France is not eligible to play any role in the peace process in Syria as long as it provides support to terrorism and its hands are stained with Syrian blood, reaffirming the Syrian states rejection of Frances hostile attitudes and threats which aim at exerting more political pressure on the Syrian sovereignty.

The Ministry sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General and President of the UN Security Council in response to statements by the Permanent Representative of France to the UNon February 7, 2018, the Ministry noted that France has never stopped its policy in circulating allegations and lies which lack credibility through its letters whose main objective is to distort facts and protect Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization which was designated by the UNSC as al-Qaedas branch in Syria.

Since the very beginning of the crisis, France has been the spearhead of supporting terrorism and terrorist organizations in Syria, topped by Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliated groups, said the Ministry, adding that the truth about the financial support provided by the French government was video- and audio- recorded by the media.

The Syrian Arab Republic urges the UN Security Council to put an end to Frances practices which undermine the credibility and reliability of the UNSC, violate its resolutions and defy the UNs Charter, in addition to protecting terrorists inside the Council and violate the role France should play as a permanent member state of the UN Security Council, the Ministry concluded.



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Nebenzya: No Agreement on Draft Resolution Demanding 30-day Truce in Syria
23 February 2018

New York, SANA- Russias Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzya said that there is no agreement on the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden demanding a 30-day nationwide truce in Syria.

Nebenzya made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

He added that Russia has presented several amendments to the draft resolution given that his country has repeatedly requested guarantees to ensure the implementation of the proposed 30-day truce, but had yet to receive an answer.

There is some kind of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the situation in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, moreover, the coordination between various media outlets to circulate rumors and lies and organize propaganda campaign to accuse Syrian government of using chemical weapons in the areas will not help understand the reality of what is taking place, he said.

Nebenzya referred to the tragedy in the Iraqi al-Ramadi and al-Falloujah as well as the Syrian Raqqa city which has been disregarded, meanwhile more focus was laid on the Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo and other places which encourage terrorists to continue their practices to torture civilians, noting that the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta turned citizens into hostages and prevent them to leave despite the Hmeimim based Russian Coordination Centers calls on all parties to hand over their arms and settle their legal status.

He said that some international actors do not care about what is happening in Eastern Ghouta and prefer to besmirch Syria and Russia, instead of exerting pressure on the parties to end their fighting. Work also continued behind the scenes in to undermine the ongoing political processes.

what we need is not symbolism, not decisions for the sake of decisions, but rather measures that are commensurate with conditions on the ground, said the Russian diplomat, adding that to achieve stability in Syria, all Syrian parties should exert significant efforts and start dialogue which is the only way to solve the crisis.

Nebenzya called upon all partners to cooperate with the Unit...


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Armed Groups Fire 70 Rocket Shells on Medical Surgery Hospital and Residential Areas in Damascus and Jaramana
23 February 2018

Damascus, SANA One civilian was killed and 60 others were injured on Friday due to 70 rocket shells fired by the armed groups on the residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its Countryside, in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement.

A source at Damascus Police Command said that armed groups fired a rocket shell on Salaheddin area in Rukn Eddin neighborhood in Damascus, killing one civilian and injuring tens others, some of them are in critical situation, in addition to causing severe material damage to public and private properties.

Seven other civilians were injured due to attacks with shells on Bab Touma and Ish al-Warwar, the source said.

The armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Sheikh Raslan area in Bab Touma neighborhood with a mortar shell, injuring a civilian, while another shell landed in Bab al-Salam area, causing only material damage.

The source added that an attack with a rocket shell by the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta caused massive material damage to the ICU at the Medical Surgery Hospital in Baghdad Street in Damascus, damaging medical equipment in the hospital, cars parked in the area, and surrounding houses.

Earlier, the source told SANA that the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta also fired mortar and rocket shells on the neighborhoods of Mezzeh 86, Barzeh, al-Joura, al-Qaboun, causing material damage to houses and properties.

A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that a number of shells landed in al-Assad residential suburb and its vicinity, causing only material damage to properties and infrastructure.

Three shells were landed on al-Homsi neighborhood in Jaramana city, causing only material damage, the source added.

SANA reporter said that units of the Syrian Arab Army have responded to the attacks by targeting the areas from which the shells were launched, inflicting losses upon the armed groups in personnel and weapons.

Material damage due to shelling att...


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More Civilian Casualties Due to Shelling Attacks on Residential Areas in Damascus and Its Countryside
23 February 2018

Damascus/Daraa SANA-A civilian was killed and 50 others were injured on Friday due to shelling attacks by the armed groups on the residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its Countryside.

A source at Damascus Police Command said that one civilian was killed, 42 others were injured, some of them are in critical situation, and material damage was caused to public and private properties when the armed groups fired a rocket shell on Salaheddin area in Rukn Eddin neighborhood in Damascus.

Seven other civilians were injured due to attacks with shells on Bab Touma and Ish al-Warwar, the source said.

The armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Sheikh Raslan area in Bab Touma neighborhood with a mortar shell, injuring a civilian, according to the source.

Another shell was landed in Bab al-Salam area, causing only material damage.

The source added that massive material damage was caused to the Intensive Care Unit at the Medical Surgery Hospital in Baghdad Street in Damascus due to attack with a rocket shell by the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta.

Earlier, the source told SANA that the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta also fired mortar and rocket shells on the neighborhoods of Mezzeh 86, Barzeh, al-Joura, al-Qaboun, causing material damage to houses and properties.

A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that a number of shells landed in al-Assad residential suburb and its vicinity, causing only material damage to properties and infrastructure.

Three shells were landed on al-Homsi neighborhood in Jaramana city, causing only material damage, the source added.

SANA reporter said that units of the Syrian Arab Army have responded to the attacks by targeting the areas from which the shells were launched, inflicting losses upon the armed groups in personnel and weapons.

Material damage due to shelling attack on residential neighborhoods of Daraa

Material damage was caused on Friday when the armed groups fired shells on the residential nei...


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One Civilian Killed, Others Injured in Turkish Shelling on Afrin
23 February 2018

Aleppo, SANA More civilians were killed and injured as the Turkish regime escalated its aggression on Afrin area.

Civil sources told SANA reporter that the Turkish regime forces on Thursday targeted with heavy artillery Jinderes town, killing one civilian and injuring three others, one of them in critical condition.

The sources added that the Turkish shelling caused severe material damage to public properties, crops and the houses of residents.

They stated that popular forces, in cooperation with civil committees, destroyed a Turkish military vehicle in Rajo area and clashed with other terrorist groups in the surrounding of Deir Sawwan village, inflicting severe losses upon their tanks in personnel and equipment.

The Turkish regime forces fired 15 artillery shells on the residential neighborhoods in Afrin city while the armed terrorist groups positioned in Samaan Castle targeted with 50 shells al-Ziyarah village, causing the injury of many civilians who were transported to the hospital in al-Zahra town in the northern countryside of Afrin.

Rasha Raslan


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Turkish Regime Continues Aggression on Afrin Area, Targets Vehicles Loaded With Aid
23 February 2018

Aleppo, SANA- The Turkish regime forces and its mercenaries fired artillery shells on a convoy of vehicles loaded with aid and fuel and on civilianspassing cars on the road between Noubol and Afrin in northern countryside of Aleppo, killing one civilian and injuring at least 12 others.

SANAs reporter said that artillery of the Turkish forces on Thursday targeted with more than 50 shells a convoy of buses, civilians cars and trucks carrying aid and gas cylinders and fuel tanks near al-Ziyara village before they arrived in Afrin city.

The reporter added that the Turkish aggression claimed the lives of one civilian, injured 12 others and destroyed a number of cars, trucks and fuel tanks.

The injured civilians were taken to the hospitals in Afrin city and al-Zahraa town, the reporter said.



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Putin: Russian Forces Alongside Syrian Army Defeated Terrorist Organizations in Syria
Moscow, SANA-Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian forces participating in the task of combating terrorist organizations in Syria, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army, have succeeded in achieving victory over dangerous and massive terrorist organizations and eliminating them.

Putins remarks came during a ceremony on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day.

The Russian President congratulated Russian servicemen on the occasion and thanked them for successes in fighting international terrorism in Syria as they have showed the courage and willingness to solve the most difficult tasks and worked courageously alongside the Syrian Army to defeat large well-equipped terrorist groups under real combat conditions.

Manar/ Ghossoun


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Lavrov: Terrorists in Eastern Ghouta Use Civilians as Human Shields
23 February 2018

Moscow, SANA Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the root of the problems in the Eastern Ghouta is the presence of Jabhat al-Nusra and groups affiliated to it which target the capital Damascus with shells, use civilians as human shields, and claim that humanitarian conditions are bad there.

In a press conference with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov on Friday, Lavrov said that the terrorists use civilians in Eastern Ghouta as human shields in order to put the blame for any casualties on the Syrian Army and government and present them as parties that violate international humanitarian laws, adding that whoever wants to ensure the human rights of the civilians in Eastern Ghouta should put pressure on the terrorist organizations that exist there.

The Russian minister said that the US-led international coalition doesnt seem to fight Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in Syria, adding that al-Nusra is not being targeted. We still have no evidence that the US-led coalition considers the Nusra as a target for its military campaign.

Lavrov also noted that the so called White Helmets have repeatedly been caught falsifying information.

He pointed out that the proposed UN Security Council resolution on Syrias ceasefire (proposed by Kuwait and Sweden) doesnt guarantee that the terrorists will lay down their weapons, but at the same time, Moscow is ready to back the proposal.

In order to make this resolution effective and we are ready to agree on a document that will do so we propose a formula that will make the ceasefire real and based on the guarantees of the parties that are currently residing in East Ghouta; the guarantees should be backed by the external powers, including those who have influence over the extremist groups that entrenched themselves in the Damascus suburbs, the minister said.

Lavrov said that the Astana process remains the only barrier that prevents the United States from dividing Syria, noting that these plans, even though they are denied by the US, are being implemented by them east of the Euphrates.

On the agreem...


For Some Reason, Being White Still Matters in America "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the wake of the August 2017 Neo-Nazi rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA, the University of Virginias Center for Politics (with Reuters/Ipsos) conducted a survey that warned, some Americans express troubling racial attitudes even as majority oppose white supremacists.

Asking whether white people and/or racial minorities in the United States were under attack, it found the following:

+ 14 percent agreed that white people were under attack but disagreed with the statement that nonwhites were under attack.

+ 31 percent strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needed to protect and preserve its White European heritage.

+ 16 percent agreed that marriage should only be allowed between two people of the same race and 17 percent agreed that marriage should be restricted to the same race.

Since the nations founding four centuries ago, racial identity has played a key role in the countrys social, moral and political orders especially what it means to be white.  The first Africans land in the British colony of James Town (now Virginia) in 1619 and their status, either slave or indentured servant, remains somewhat a mystery.  Along with other early colonialists, whether Dutch in New Amsterdam or Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay, the world was divided between the white settler and the other, the darker-skinned Native peoples.  The forced importation of slaves from African and, later, African-American peoples only made the need for whiteness for some that much more important. Over the subsequent centuries the meaning of race, especially what was considered white, fundamentally changed.

So important was the issue of racial difference that it was memorialized in the Constitution, with male slaves granted only 3/5th a white males citizenship identity.  Thomas Jefferson fully embraced his whiteness in deed (i.e., ownership of slaves, fathering six children with his slave, Sally Hemings) and in word.  In Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), he argued:

I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind. It is not against experience to suppose, that different species of the same genus, or varieties of the sam...


Tinubus Letter: Oyegun meets Buhari Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari met with John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday afternoon over the crisis rocking the party. Recall that Mr Tinubu had written a letter to Odigie-Oyegun accused the chairman of sabotaging the reconciliation assignment given to him by the president. Odigie-Oyegun arrived the presidential villa at 3 pm and []

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A Conversation with Andre Vltchek "IndyWatch Feed War"

Andre Vltchek

This week I spoke with philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist Andre Vltchek. Vltchek has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to The Great October Socialist Revolution, a revolutionary novel Aurora and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: Exposing Lies Of The Empire. His other books can be viewed here. Also be sure to watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky On Western Terrorism. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

I spoke with him about his work and his thoughts on the current imperialist attack on independent media.


Danny Haiphong: Could you give readers a background of who you are and what influenced you to take the path of independent journalism and analysis?

Andre Vltchek: First of all, lately I do not define myself as a journalist. These days, journalism is synonymous with the oldest profession. I document the world, I inform people, and I propagate my political ideas. I dont believe in objective reporting it simply does not exist, and those who claim to be objective, like the BBC or The New York Times, are actually the most professional propagandists for the Western Empire. I may be a propagandist, too, but for the left, for internationalism. And I never hide who I am and...


Apc must be held responsible for the killings in Nigeria- Secondus Newtelegraph

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should be held responsible for the killing of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen across the country. Addressing party members at the Finbarrs Road secretariat Umuahia, Secondus said at the beginning of a three-day working []

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Racism Is Literally Killing African-American Mothers "IndyWatch Feed War"

At first glance, tennis star Serena Williams and the late activist Erica Garner dont have much in common. They lived different lives on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. But as black women in America, they both shared horrifying stories due to complications from childbirth. Our country spends more on health care than any other high-income country but still holds the worst record for maternal mortality in the developed world. This maternal health crisis is driven by the high rates of African-American women who die while pregnant or within one year of the end of a pregnancy. Black mothers die at three to four times the rate of white mothers due to pregnancy-related complications. While existing health disparities can add to the risk, one recent study found that racism is a major driver of the gap.


Israel and school violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Of course, the New York Times account ignores the long record of Israeli bombing of schools in Lebanon and Palestine and the bombing by fighter jets of school children in refugee camps. Also, what about the targeting of Bahr Al-Baqar school in Egypt in April of 1970? That does not count as school violence for the New York Times?


Dapchi Girls: Hold Buhari responsible for abductionAccuses FG of lying to Nigerians Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari-led Presidency directly responsible for the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state and several other atrocities committed by insurgents against citizens, particularly in the northern part of the country. PDP in a statement said the Buhari Presidency has put Nigerians at risk []

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Police arrest another gang member of Zenith Bank robbery Newtelegraph

The Imo State Police Command has arrested a member of the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen. The suspect, Chinomso Onwuegbuchulam, popularly known as Ogolo, was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers. The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, []

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53 persons jailed for life for 2013 bombing Newtelegraph

A  court in Turkey sentenced a man to 53 life sentences for a 2013 bombing which killed 53 people near the border with Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The bombing in Reyhanli was, at the time, the deadliest spillover of violence from Syria into Turkey. Five children were killed. The court case did []

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Ipokia Youth holds symposium on ICT entrepreneurship Newtelegraph

  The annual Ipokia Youth symposium is set to hold this Saturday with issues about youth entrepreneurship in the Information Technology expected to dominate the discourse. According to a statement issued by the Chairman of the Central Organising Committee of the symposium, Mr. Ola Agbetokun, the theme of the event is Reconciling Ipokia Youth with []

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Woman dies in church after giving testimony Newtelegraph

A hairdresser died in the church immediately after giving testimonies before the congregation at Universal Church of God. The deceased, simply identified as Mpofu attended a church service at Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe where she gave a testimony thanking God for the wonders He had done in her life. According to reports by B-metro, Mpofu slumped immediately []

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Boy hires assassins to kill parents so he could inherit wealth Newtelegraph

A 22-year-old man has been tricked by police into thinking that a hitman he hired had killed his family so that he could inherit their wealth. Detectives discovered a plot to kill his mother, father and 10-year-old sister in Sochi, Russia. He detailed how and where his family should be murdered, drawing up a floor []

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Dapchi Girls: Ortom identifies with Yobe govt over missing schoolgirls Newtelegraph

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has identified with the government and people of Yobe State over the missing schoolgirls of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi. The governor expressed optimism that the schoolgirls will soon be found and reunited with their families. Governor Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase described the []

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Resurrection City Participant Considers Current Poor Peoples Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

My deeply moving experience was to see the Washington Mall filled with African-American and other activists living in poverty conditions. They were on the ground in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. The cold rains and action turned the ground into deep mud. My memory is strong of the mud and walking on planks to the makeshift and somewhat dismal clinic. Now, many years later, the Poor Peoples Campaign is being resurrected. Another attempt is flinging itself at the government, the churches, and the entire American society -- still divided by class. Poverty has largely become normalized in America. The minds of most have become inured to inadequate food, housing and health care for millions of us. We certainly must have not only a national call, but also national change -- to be morally revived and eliminate systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.


Governor circulates nude photos of lover for revenge Newtelegraph

The governor of Missouri has been indicted and taken into custody for circulating photographs of his bound and partially nude lover, local media reported Thursday. Governor Eric Greitens was arrested Thursday afternoon on the first floor of Carnahan Courthouse in St Louis, according to an eyewitness report by a journalist from the St Louis Post-Dispatch. []

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Nigeria: 85-year-old Muslim cleric leads Muslim mob that demolishes church building "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamic law forbids Christians to build new churches. Thats the only law that Mudasiru Owoyale doubtless respects. What Nigerian law says is of no import to him; he considers that to be manmade law, vastly inferior to the supposedly divine law, Sharia. Muslim Cleric destroys N8.7m church building, arraigned, Vanguard, February 22, 2018 (thanks to []



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The Lebanese/Israeli Line In the Sand Is Drawn In the Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gas fields: Enough reason for Israeli-Lebanese war?

While this gas field quarrel might not bring about the next Israeli war, the ever-increasing presence of Iran and its militias in the southern Syrian border with Israel does not bode well for Lebanon

Robert Frost, the famous American poet, concludes his poem Mending Walls with the assertion that good fences make good neighbors. While this might generally be the case, for both Lebanon and Israel, it seems that neither a fence nor border demarcation can keep these two nations from a recurrent conflict.

In the past, Israel has on many occasions attacked Lebanon due to the latters inability to prevent non-state actors, such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and later Hezbollah, from launching attacks into its territories. The last such Israeli act was in July 2006, when the Israeli Ar...

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Friday, 23 February


Leaders pledge to end Kenya-Tanzania rift "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Kenyatta, center, wants to see trade ties with Tanzania revive and thrive once more following years of disputes [Xinhua]

Kenya and Tanzania are moving closer to resolving a years-long trade dispute that has disrupted the ease of business across their borders.

Earlier in February both Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli agreed to resolve all issues which have contributed to a trade dispute.

The two met at the East African Community (EAC) summit in Kampala, Uganda, which opens today.

The two hoped that trade between them on the one hand, and other East African nations, could thrive again.

In recent years, the two have accused each other of introducing unnecessary levies sometimes reaching more than 100 per cent. Kenya says this has left it with a competitive disadvantage in Tanzanian markets.

For its part, Tanzania says that its products go through a rigorous inspection regimen sometimes leading to three sets of verification thereby raising costs.

The two have also accused each other of putting barriers to each others companies to register as businesses.

The business rift between the two neighbors has impeded trade in EAC because the trade between them accounts for some 45 per cent of all goods traveling through the economic zone.

At one point, Kenyas exports fell by 60 per cent in 2017 due to the rift, the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics said.

The EAC summit meets at a time when many member states have not done enough to fulfill their commitments to the grouping, the secretariat has said.

The Summit will look at ways to increase taxes on imports to the economic bloc, and finding alternative means of financing for business.

The BRIC Post with inputs from Agencies


Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Kevin Samson

Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.

At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).

A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at depths of up to 35 feet, the Harbour is so polluted that scientists saw it as the perfect challenge to test their research.

The system that scientists at CSIRO have created is called Graphair, named after the microscopic graphene film that developers say will stop pollutants completely in a single step, as opposed to the m...



Without the North, Nigeria and Nigerians would be reduced to nonentities. In 2005, Goldman Sachs Investment Bank forecast that Nigeria More


Crises in APC: Tinubu writes Buhari, accuses Odigie-Oyegun of sabotage. OBLONG MEDIA

Tinubu made the allegation in a letter written to the president, vice-president, senate president and speaker of the house of More


Parents stone governor's convoy over Boko Haram kidnap "IndyWatch Feed World"

The confusion following a Boko Haram attack on a girls' college in Nigeria's Yobe state continued yesterday as angry residents attacked the state governor.


Prof. Ango Abdullahi is the new leader of NEF OBLONG MEDIA

Northern Elders Forum appoints new leaders, condemns insecurity in the country A meeting was held by the Northern Elders More


REVEALED: How British spy chief courted Gaddafi on secret visit to Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"


Documents presented in court also reveal how MI6 defined British Muslims as a potential security threat


Dubai accuses Djibouti of illegally seizing key Africa port "IndyWatch Feed War"


A Djibouti policeman stands guard during the opening ceremony of Dubai-based port operator DP Worlds Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti port February 7, 2009. (Reuters)
DUBAI: Dubai has said it is seeking international arbitration against Djibouti after the Horn of Africa nation terminated its concession at a key port that is the main transit route to landlocked Ethiopia.
The emirate said the Djiboutian governments termination Thursday of the 50-year concession it granted to Dubai-owned DP World to operate the Doraleh container terminal in 2006 was illegal.
Announcing its decision on Thursday, Djiboutis transport ministry said that it was merely implementing a law adopted in November last year that sets a legal framework allowing for the renegotiation, if necessary, of contracts already concluded dealing with the management or exploitation of strategic infrastructure.
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In the current case, the contract of concession for Doraleh container terminal contains elements that are in flagrant contravention of state sovereignty and the higher interests of the nation, it said.
But Dubai countered that the Djiboutian legislation flew in the face of international law, as repeatedly upheld by arbitration tribunals.
The illegal s...


Books as resistance! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Our friends at the Hargeysa Cultural Center in Somaliland are organizing the 11th Hargeysa International Book Fair.


One killed as protest rocks Plateau College Newtelegraph

A student of the College of Education, Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State lost his life yesterday while property believed to worth millions of naira were destroyed during a protest. Reacting to the protest, the management shut down academic activities indefinitely. The students had embarked on a protest to demand the release []

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Restored Republic via a GCR as of Feb. 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Feb. 23 2018

Compiled 12:36 am EDT 23 Feb. 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery; Author, "Twenty Two Faces,"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Feb. 22 2018 The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net712-770-4016 pin123456#

1.This could go real soon, maybe before the weekend.

2. The new CEO for HSBC Bank John Flint, who started today, was considered a "good" guy as compared to the one they recently let go this week.

3. Prosperity Packages went out for three days beginning today Feb. 22 and would also be sent out on Feb. 23 and 24.

4. Zimbabwe has to get their currency up and going real soon because of their debt due to two nations by Feb. 28. Their debt to other nations has been forgiven.

5. Our US Treasury sources say it would happen real soon.

6. Our Zim redemption center contacts had to go dark.

7. Canada may be using 800 numbers for the three banks in addition to a central call center 800 number for all of Canada.

8. There were two 800#s for the US with the dividing line being the Mississippi River.

9. Use the 800#s to get the better screen rates at HSBC banks (HSBC and Wells Fargo), which would be better screen rates than found at the Tier 1 banks.

B. Feb. 22 2018 9:27 pm EST Zap: ...


Nigerias fish deficit hits 2.2m tons Newtelegraph

  Despite smuggling and abuse of import quota restrictions, Nigeria is currently facing 2.1 million tons of fish deficit. The Director of Federal Department of Fishery (FDF), Muazu Mohammed, said this in a chat with New Telegraph in Lagos. He said that the country still depends on one million tons of fish annually as against []

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After Inflicting Machete Cuts On Wife, Man Kill Self With Same Weapon (PHOTOS) Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-A middle aged man whose identity has not be established on Monday reportedly inflicted severe machete cut on his wife, then allegedly killed himself with same machete in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
A veteran journalist, Alicia Dominic Okobi who posted the development on her Facebook page, purportedly described how the incident happened.
Below is her account of the incident.
This is Evangelist Mrs Promise lying down critically at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre Asaba.
Her husband inflicted these injuries on her with a machete on Monday evening.


UBUNTU FESTIVAL - Change of Venue ubuntu

For reasons beyond our control, we had to move the UBUNTU FESTIVAL to a new venue. The Mbombela Stadium Complex in Nelspruit (Mbombela) is famous for its unique architecture of giant giraffes holding up the walls of the oval. It is also home to the Mpumalanga show and very suitable to handle our event in the beautiful grounds around the stadium - while we utilise the hospitality facilities in


ONE SMALL TOWN Update from Mayor Ron Higgins ubuntu

Mayor Higgins gives an inspiring outline of his implementation of the UBUNTU ONE SMALL TOWN plan of action - and how CONTRIBUTIONISM will open the way for full self-sustainability. Click the link to listen to the radio interview and be inspired - Share this with your mayor - and let them contact me for a way forward to implement it in your community.


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Al-Jaafari: Endangering Lives of 8 Million Civilians in Damascus to Protect Terrorists in Eastern Ghouta is Unacceptable
22 February 2018

New York, SANA Syrias Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that endangering the lives of 8 million civilians in Damascus in order to protect terrorists in Eastern Ghouta is unacceptable act.

Al-Jaafari made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

He added that the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden to the UN Security Council was not coordinated with the Syrian delegation which is a big shame.

The Syrian diplomat noted that terrorist groups situated in the Eastern Ghouta and designated as terrorist organizations by the UN Security Council have been targeting Damascus with hundreds of rocket and mortar shells on a daily basis, causing the death and injury of dozens of civilians.

He said that those terrorist organizations control humanitarian aid convoys which enter the Eastern Ghouta, distribute them on their members and arrest anyone who protests their practices.

The US-led coalition has moved from the proxy war against Syria to the direct aggression on it in order to achieve what the terrorists failed to achieve, al-Jaafari added.

He noted that the United Nations continues to turn blind eyes and deaf ears to the Israeli occupations repeated attacks on the Syrian territory within the framework of its support to the terrorist groups, not to mention overlooking the US-led international coalitions crimes including the complete destruction of Raqqa city under pretext of fighting Daesh terrorist organization and ignoring the Turkish aggression on Afrin area.

Al-Jaafari said the aforementioned facts stress that this international organization suffers a professional and ethical crisis through adopting the stances of states which support terrorism in Syria and denying the right of the Syrian government to defend its citizens.



Hospital imprisons nursing mothers, babies over bills Newtelegraph

Partner abandons teenage mother at facility   I do not have money to pay. Besides, the loss of the baby is depressing for me. I even begged them to consider my dead baby and empathise with me by reducing the bill, but they rejected all the appeals Mrs. Funmulayo Adegboye, a petty trader   []

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Tinubu to Oyegun: You are frustrating APCs reconciliation Newtelegraph

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) assumed a new twist yesterday as the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, accused the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun of frustrating the reconciliation effort initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu, who heads the APC National Reconciliation Committee, made the claim in a letter he []

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Initiation: Cultists gang-raped us for days Schoolgirls Newtelegraph

Some schoolgirls in Lagos yesterday recanted their ordeal while being forcibly initiated into cultism by cult members who are their schoolmates. One of the victims, who identified herself simply as Alaka, said that one of the cult boys, Dare, took her and her friend, Suliat, to join his group. Dare took me away from school []

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Missing schoolgirls: Parents weep as angry youths attack govs convoy Newtelegraph

  Govt denies Armys rescue EU condemns abduction Geidam: Were still searching for missing girls   Parents and guardians of the missing schoolgirls in Government Girls Technical College Dapchi, Yobe, broke into tears when Governor Ibrahim Gaidam visited them without saying a word on the whereabouts of the girls. Parents and guardians of the missing []

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Nollywood stars in Gods Vineyard Newtelegraph

Call them legends of Nollywood and you are stating the obvious. At various point in the evolution of the industry, they ruled the screen. Today, many of them now work for God. TONY OKUYEME, LANRE ODUKOYA and ADEDAYO ODULAJA profile these star actors   ZACK ORJI It is not for nothing that Zack Orji is []

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N650m campaign funds: EFCC rejects Akinjides settlement offer Newtelegraph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected an offer for an out-of-court settlement by a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide, and two others on trial over alleged N650 million fraud. Akinjide was, on January 16, re-arraigned by the anti-graft agency alongside Senator Ayo Adeseun and one []

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Give me time to think about 2019, Buhari tells APC govs Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will soon address Nigerians on his plans towards the 2019 general elections. Buhari, yesterday, told governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to give him more time on the 2019 election. The President has been under pressure from various political groups, including a group []

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Council of State okays $1bn to boost agriculture Newtelegraph

Jonathan, IBB, Shagari, Shonekan absent at meeting   The National Council of State (NCS) yesterday endorsed a decision by the Federal Government to inject fresh $1 billion (about N360 billion) into the agricultural sector for increased economic activities and promotion of livestock farming. Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State disclosed this while briefing State House []

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Night shifts increase diabetes risk Newtelegraph

Scientists said working night shifts may have adverse effects on blood sugar levels, thereby increasing the risk of diabetes. According to a new report which was published online in the journal Diabetes Care, working nights shifts less than three times a month increased the risk of developing diabetes by 24 per cent, but working nights []

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Teenage survivor: How my mother and I escaped being killed by herdsmen Newtelegraph

An 18-year-old lady, Hannah Toweh, has narrated how a herdsman entered her familys farm and laid an ambush for her and her mother, Mrs. Patricia Toweh, at the Ofunwengbe community in Ovioa South-West Local Government Area of Edo State. Hannah, who spoke from her hospital bed, said that the herdsman attacked them with a machete []

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Neanderthals were painting and decorating at least 20,000 years before humans arrived "IndyWatch Feed World"

Paintings found in Spanish caves have been found to be at least 68,000 years old, meaning they were made 20,000 years before the entry of modern humans into Europe. The artists, therefore, say a team led by Dirk Hoffmann from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, were Neanderthals. The paintings - located in caves called La Pasiega, Maltravieso, and Ardales - are the subject of a paper published in the journal Science. Hoffman is also lead author of a second study, published in the journal Science Advances, analysing a collection of 120,000-year-old painted and perforated seashells found in another Spanish location, called Cueva de los Aviones. Dating evidence reveals that the artefacts, like the paintings, were fashioned many millennia before the arrival of Homo sapiens, meaning that they, too, were the work of Neanderthals. Hoffman and colleagues note that similar finds in Africa, attributed to modern humans, have been uncontroversially accepted as proxies for symbolic behaviour. With only a few contested exceptions, symbols - artefacts and paintings, for instance - have not previously been discovered in Europe dating to any earlier than about 45,000 years ago. Thus, it has been assumed that symbolic thought and language were the exclusive province of humanity.


How Kenyas Lagnet Theatre is taking on Aids, pollution and injustice "IndyWatch Feed World"

With an emphasis on outreach and education, Lagnet Theatre has been staging works to inform its Kenyan community for almost 20 years, focusing on teen pregnancy and HIV.


Rehashing the Failed APC Propaganda Machine: The Daily Trust Misadventure. By Simeon Nwakaudu OBLONG MEDIA

In the run up to the 2015 General Elections, the All Progressive Congress (APC) hired a vicious media propaganda team More



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RDC : le militant de la cause des Pygmes, Jean-Franois Mombia, retenu Roissy "IndyWatch Feed World"

22 Feb 2018 | Jeune AfriqueAprs avoir frapp la porte des banques de dveloppement europennes pour dfendre la cause des Pygmes, le militant congolais a t expuls vers le Sngal


Insecurity: Ondo halts monarchs coronation anniversary Newtelegraph

For the second time, the Ondo State government yesterday stopped coronation anniversary of Oba Sunday Adeyeye Ajimoh, the Alale of Akungba in Akoko Southwest Local Government area of the state. The state government had, last year, July, directed indefinite suspension of Oba Ajimohs coronation on the grounds of insecurity. Oba Ajimoh, who was installed in []

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US, Japan, four other countries to participate in 19th Enugu Trade Fair Newtelegraph

Six countries, including the United States of America, Japan, South Africa and Indonesia have indicated interest to participate in the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair. President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Pharm. Emeka Udeze, who said this during a press conference at the chambers complex in Enugu, yesterday, said this []

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Afrin Locals Confirm Their Belonging to Homeland, Welcome Popular Forces
22 February 2018

Aleppo, SANA- Afrins locals gathered in the main square of the city on Thursday to confirm their belonging to the homeland and welcome the popular forces engagement in confronting the Turkish regimes continued aggression on Afrin area, SANA reporter said.

The locals reaffirmed that Afrin area is an integral part of the Syrian territory and they will not allow forces of Erdogan regime and its mercenaries from terrorist groups to desecrate their land, adding that aggressors will be defeated.

Over the past two days, groups of popular forces arrived in Afrin to support the locals against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists and the continued aggression of the Turkish regime.

Turkish regime continues its brutal aggression on Afrin for more than a month, causing the death and injury of hundreds of civilians, the majority of whom are women and children.



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Three Civilians Killed, 22 Others Injured Due to Attacks With Shells in Damascus and its Countryside
22 February 2018

Damascus, SANA- Three civilians, two children among them, were killed and 28 other citizens were injured, six of them are children, when the armed groups fired shells on Damascus and its Countryside in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta fired on Thursday a mortar shell on Barzeh neighborhood, killing a child and injuring six civilians.

Six other citizens were injured and a material damage was caused due to mortar shells fired by the armed groups on al-Qamariyah neighborhood, Bab Touma, al-Baramkeh and Aleppo Street, the source added.

A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that the armed groups fired six rounds on Jaramana area, killing a civilian and causing material damage to the houses and properties.

Later, the source said that a child was killed and ten others were injured due to an attack with eight shells on al-Wafideen Camp, adding that ten other shells were landed in the vicinity of Harasta residential suburb.

A source at Damascus police command told SANA that three civilians were injured due to a shell launched by armed groups fell on Al-Yaman Street in Baramkeh neighborhood and another on al-Zablatani area causing material damage.

The source added that three civilians were injured in al-Tijara area as a result of the landing of two shells fired by armed groups.

Units of the Syrian Arab Army have responded to the attacks by conducting precise strikes against the areas from which the shells were launched , destroying a number of rocket launching pads and fortified positions and inflicting heavy losses upon the armed groups.

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Peskov: Courtiers Supporting Terrorists Are Responsible for Situation in Eastern Ghouta
22 February 2018

Moscow, SANA- Countries and parties which support terrorists are responsible for the latest developments and the situation in Eastern Ghouta area, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Those responsible for the situation in East Ghouta are those who support the terrorists, those that are still there. As you know, neither Russia, nor Syria, nor Iran belong to the category of such states, for it is they who on the ground are engaged in an irreconcilable struggle against the terrorists in Syria, Russian TASS news agency quoted Peskov as saying, commenting on US accusations about Russias alleged responsibility for the situation in East Ghouta.

Peskov said that Russian mission in the Security Council is engaged in forming a draft resolution on Syria, clarifying that the position on this resolution and possibility of using veto against it could be answered by the Russian Foreign Ministry.



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Foreign Ministry: Some Western Officials Are Complicit in the Crimes of Terrorists Against Civilians in Damascus and its Countryside
20 February 2018

Damascus, SANA The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the Security Council on the attacks carried out by armed terrorist groups on Damascus and its countryside, killing and injuring dozens of innocent civilians, affirming that terrorist officials and others who provide cover for these terrorists are complicit in these crimes.

In the letter, the Ministry said that armed terrorist groups located in the Eastern Ghouta targeted Damascus city and its countryside on Tuesday February 20th with scores of lethal shells, killing and injuring dozens of civilians as the shells targeted streets, residential neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, public establishments, and even the headquarters of diplomatic missions.

The Ministry said that this grave escalation by the terrorists, who fired more than 45 shells at Damascus in a few hours claimed the lives of six civilians and injured 29 more as of the date of writing these letters, is a continuation of the crimes committed on daily basis by these terrorists against the citizens in Damascus, as they have fired over 1,500 shells during the past seven weeks, killing and injuring hundreds, most of them women and children.

The Ministry noted that these attacks come at a time when some Western officials and others are carrying out campaigns that can only be described as direct support for these terrorists that encourage them to kill and carry out terrorist attacks without fear of being accountable.

The Ministry affirmed that these officials are complicit in the terrorists crimes against innocent civilians in Damascus and its countryside, as they are denying the Syrian states right to defend its citizens, fight terrorism, and confront those who fund and arm terrorists, adding that this is part of the underhanded conspiracy concocted by those officials around seven years ago, during which all parts of Syria suffered from terrorist bombings and massacres perpetrated by terrorists upon instructions from their masters i...


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Lavrov: West Turns Blind Eye to al-Nusra Attacks on Damascus
22 February 2018

Belgrade, SANA- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that the Western countries are turning a blind eye to the attacks carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations of the Eastern Ghouta.

In a press conference with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic in Belgrade, Lavrov said that Moscow has deep concern over the way of tackling the humanitarian issues in Syria which aims at blaming Damascus and protecting the terrorist organization.

He added that Russia is ready to consider the draft resolution that will be read at the UN Security Council session today, but it has proposed a clear formula, which is that any calm cannot include the terrorist organizations that systematically bomb the residential areas of Damascus.

Lavrov said that Russia had called for Thursday UN meeting.

We offered to consider the situation in Eastern Ghouta and the situation around it. If our arguments are ignored yet again, we will have no other choice but to believe that the authors of this initiative yet again want to blame Damascus and protect terrorist groups, he said.

He said that Jabhat al-Nusra and those who interact with it continues to shell the city of Damascus from their positions and use the civilian population of Eastern Ghouta as a human shield.



Cyril Ramaphosa: We will accelerate our land redistribution program "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

According to reports in the South African media, Ramaphosa said that the policy of land expropriation of land without compensation was taken by the ANC at its 54th Congress, where he was elected ANC President.

We will accelerate our land redistribution program not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation, Ramaphosa said during his maiden State of the Nation Address in Parliament last Friday.

We will pursue a comprehensive approach that makes effective use of all the mechanisms at our disposal. Guided by the resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the governing party, this approach will include the expropriation of land without compensation, he said.

He said the policy would work to ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.

He also called on financial institutions to help mobilize resources to a...


Saudi-occupied south Yemen, hell on earth "IndyWatch Feed World"

This July 2017 video is called Yemen: The Destroyed city of Aden.

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports about Belgian journalism student Katya Bohdan.

She went to Yemen to study the bloody war in that country.

Translated from the NOS report:

She ended up in Aden for a week at the end of January. Beforehand, people had told her that she would not find anything interesting there, because the port city was supposedly safe and protected by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Nothing was less true. Large parts of the city have not yet recovered from heavy bombing in 2015. There is no infrastructure and garbage is everywhere which is no longer being collected.

Most hospitals are closed and the fire brigade has also been closed down. The city is very sad indeed, very baffling to see that.

So, it turns out that the crown prince of the Saudi absolute monarchy, His Royal Highness Mohammad Bin Salman, the instigator of the lethal invasion of Yemen, prefers spending his riches on playing at being King Louis XIV in...


More than 100 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world.

Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled.

But fears have been growing about the whereabouts of the students, and one schoolgirl who escaped said it was likely they were taken by Boko Haram fighters.

We have every reason to suspect that they were taken away by the attackers, said Aisha Yusuf Abdullahi, 16, who returned to her home in Yobes commercial hub, Potiskum.

Anxious parents and guardians converged on the school on Wednesday to demand answers, with conflicting figures as to how many girls were missing.

The Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam said over 50 remained unaccounted for while the police commissioner of the state said 111 were still missing.

Eight hundred and fifteen students returned to the school and w...


Primitive art: Neanderthals first painters "IndyWatch Feed World"

An artists impression of what a Neanderthal would have looked like. (AAP)

The worlds oldest known cave paintings were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, suggesting our extinct cousins were far from being uncultured brutes.

A high-tech analysis of cave art at three Spanish sites, published on Thursday, dates the paintings to at least 64,800 years ago, or 20,000 years before modern humans arrived in Europe from Africa.

That makes the cave art much older than previously thought and provides the strongest evidence yet that Neanderthals had the cognitive capacity to understand symbolic representation, a central pillar of human culture.

What weve got here is a smoking gun that really overturns the notion that Neanderthals were knuckle-dragging cavemen, said Alistair Pike, professor of archaeological sciences at Englands University of Southampton, who co-led the study.

Painting is something that has always been seen as a very human activity, so if Neanderthals are doing it they are being just like us.

While some archaeologists already viewed Neanderthals as more sophisticated than their commonplace caricature, the evidence until now has been inconclusive.

With the data from the three Spanish cave sites described in the journal Science, Pike and colleagues believe they finally have rock-solid proof.

The early cave art at La Pasiega, Maltravieso and Ardales includes lines, dots, discs and hand stencils and creating them would have involved specific skills, such as mixing pigments and selecting appropriate display locations.

Scientists used a precise dating system based on the radioactive decay of uranium isotopes into thorium to assess the age of the paintings.

This involved scraping a few milligrams of calcium carbonate deposit from the paintings for analysis.

A second related study published in Science Advances found that dyed and decorated marine shells from a different Spanish cave also dated back to pre-human times.

Taken together, the researchers said their work suggested that Neanderthals were cognitively indistinguishable from early modern humans.

Joao Zilhao of the University of Barcelona said the new findings meant the search for the origins of...


2019: APC governors meet President Buhari tonight Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to meet with state governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) tonight at the conference hall of the Wife of the President, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Newsmen report that the meeting might be a follow-up to the Daura meeting which was held at the presidents private resident last Friday. The Chairman []

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Missing Yobe Girls: No girl has been rescued, Govt. apologies over misleading statement Newtelegraph

The Yobe state Government, on Thursday, apologised for its earlier misleading statement claiming some of the abducted school girls at Government Girls College Dapchi had been rescued. Abdullahi Bego, Director-General, Press Affairs to Yobe state Governor, gave the apology over the statement, which turned out to be untrue. Yobe State Governor, Gaidam We issued the []

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Reps raise alarm over N11 bn extra budgetary spending at NEMA Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives committee on emergency and disaster preparedness yesterday raised an alarm over extra-budgetary spending amounting to N11 million at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The lawmakers said while they approved the sum of N1.8 billion for NEMA in 2017, documents presented by the agency showed that it expended over N11billion. The []

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South African To Cut Diplomatic Ties With Israel Over Its Treatment Of Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed World"

The South African government is intending to sever diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people. South Africa has been vocal in its support for the Palestinian cause and has [...]


Thousands of Americans Jailed For Debts Chased By Private Collectors "IndyWatch Feed World"

An estimated 77 million Americans have a debt that has been transferred to a private collection agency. Thousands have ended up in jail over debts as small as $28, with African-Americans and Hispanics the most affected. The findings come from a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spanning 26 states and Puerto Rico, published []


BOOK RELEASE: The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana "IndyWatch Feed World"

Feb 22, 2018 Press Release BOOK RELEASE: The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana New analysis on the success driving Ghana's Board-managed cocoa sector From 2000 to 2010/11 Ghana doubled cocoa production to become second largest producer in the world Between 2005 and 2012, poverty incidence dropped more among cocoa-households than


Alberto Fujimori: the Tainted Legacy of a Remarkable Leader History's Shadow

Former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori is due to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, just a month after he was pardoned on medical grounds having served less than a decade of a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and corruption. It looks set to be a forlorn and tainted end to a Continue reading "Alberto Fujimori: the Tainted Legacy of a Remarkable Leader"


South African president pledges to seize white farmers land without compensation and redistribute to black citizens "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country. The government plans to accelerate land redistribution through expropriation without compensation. "The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans," said Ramaphosa, who was sworn into office to succeed Jacob Zuma as president last week.


Lightning kills one, 200 injured after downpour in Ghana "IndyWatch Feed World"

One person is dead with hundreds wounded at Ngleshie Amanfrom near Kasoa in the Ga South Municipality following thunder and rainstorms that accompanied the heavy downpour on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. A lightning that struck during the rains killed a 38-year-old man and the storm ripped the roofs of a cluster of schools as well as some houses at Ngleshie Amanfrom. Accra FM's Evans Darko reported that the sheets wounded scores of individuals. In other instances the roof caved-in and fell on some school children who were having lessons at the time.


JUST IN: Student killed during protest at Plateau College of Education Newtelegraph

The Management of the College of Education Gindiri, Mangu Local Government of Plateau state has close down academic activities in the School indefinitely, following students protest, which claimed the life of a student and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed. Investigation revealed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding for the released of []

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Army appoints new spokesman Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Army has appointed a new spokesman. He is Brig-Gen. Jude Chukwu. The new Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Chukwu, takes over from Brig-General Sani Usman, who has since resumed at the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, hear Jos, Plateau State, for the Senior Executive Course 40. Good evening []

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Buhari signs law to extend FCT budget lifespan Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has signed into law the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation (Amendment) Act 2018 that will enable the extension of the administrations budget lifespan. Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate) Ita Enang inba statement yesterday said the Act amends the FCT Appropriation Act 2017 and extends the implementation []

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Ekiti 2018: Your stolen N8bn cant buy Ekiti peoples votes, PDP tells Fayemi Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has said no amount of stolen money deployed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) will buy the votes of the people in the July 14 governorship election. State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Jackson Adebayo, made this known on Thursday, while reacting to media report that Minister of Mines []

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NEHAWU Response to the 2018 Budget Speech
21 February 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] note the tabling of the 2018 Budget Speech today by Minister of Finance Mr. Gigaba. The 2018 Budget speech as presented by Minister Gigaba today was uninspiring, disappointing, lacked vision and courage and has dampened the jovial mood of all progressive forces in the country that we are entering a new growth path, whose task is to address the triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and deepening social inequalities and put our country on a radical path of economic transformation, diversification of the economy and manufacturing led growth path.

This budget speech presented by the Minister who presided of the looting, plundering of our State Owned Enterprises, has today missed an opportunity, to reassure working class and poor South Africans that, the African National Congress led government has solutions to the problems confronting society at large. On the contrary, this budget constitute a frontal attack on the gains of the workers, this is demonstrated by the grand standing orthodox, conservative austerity measures presented in form of budget cuts, regressive tax regime, lowering of head counts in the public service, and an affront on workers' wages and conditions of employment.

Macroeconomic framework:

As NEHAWU, we expected that the Minister will shift the macroeconomic policy away from neo-liberal conservative approach that privileges dependency on foreign savings, fiscal discipline, a flexible exchange rate and inflation-targeting to a one whose orientation is growth through redistribution, a macroeconomic policy framework that privileges manufacturing as a driver of growth, and supports comprehensive progressive active social policy. A Macroeconomic framework that favors productive sectors, employment creation, poverty reduction whose orientation is to crush social and income inequality.

Regressive tax regime:

Today the Minister proposed to raise Value Added Tax by one percentage point from 14 percent to 15 percent; he has also proposed to increase the fuel levy by 22c/litre and the road accident fund levy by 30c/litre, effective 4th April 2018. NEHAWU, rejects this tax measures because they are a frontal attack...


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NEHAWU Currently Preparing for a Strike at the Department of Water and Sanitation
21 February 2018

The strike action comes after failed protracted negotiations with the department that lasted more than 12 months solely because the department was not negotiating in good faith. The department continued to make unfulfilled promises in the Departmental Bargaining Chamber, which resulted into the union declaring a dispute and obtaining a strike certificate in December 2017. The Acting Director General requested to meet the union on the 19th December 2017 wherein he requested time to resolve the impasse but to date he has dismally failed to even come back to the bargaining chamber to report progress.

To make matters worse the Acting Director General unilaterally decided to pay only 32% of merit bonuses and promotions to our members. The following are the issues in dispute:

Failure to Sign off new conditions of employment for construction employees which were discussed and finalized two years ago.
Full payment of merit bonuses and promotions retrospectively from 2017.
The demand for construction workers to receive their merit bonus on December 1st every year
Failure to ensure that the contracts of Project based workers are linked to the life span of the projects
Failure to provide conducive working environment and working conditions of our members in the form of clean offices and tools of trade
The department should stop the outsourcing of projects for building of dams which renders the departmental construction directorate redundant and may lead to job loses.
Address the safety challenges of water control aides/officers
Implementation of arbitration award on cleaners, drivers and groundsmans
The department must stop the unilateral process of establishing the Single Catchment Management
Agency and consult with labour

Irregular appointments must be stopped and the department must account to the money spent on a manager in Mbombela who was booked in a hotel for more than 12 months replacing a manager transferred to Pretoria from the same office.

To this effect, the national union will be commencing with lunch hour pickets effectively from the 05th March 2018 leading to the total shut down on 08th March 2018. Unfortunately...


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COSATU Really Disappointed by Governments Underwhelming 2018/9 Budget
21 February 2018

COSATU is disappointed by the governments underwhelming 2018/9 budget as presented by the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba in Parliament today. The budget was supposed to put flesh, set targets and time frames in support of the vision articulated by SONA but it failed. It offered no concrete strategies to help us create alternatives to the neoliberal development strategy that has left many workers and poor people mired in poverty. We are not going to succeed in developing an alternative production system that is based on domestic demand and human needs with this budget.

We enthusiastically welcomed the vision and plan outlined in the State of the Nation address by President Ramaphosa last week but its obvious that he sold us a dummy and the whole vision was nothing but a false prospectus. While the President was emphatic on the need for government to kick-start the economy, create jobs to absorb the millions of unemployed and to tackle the scourge of corruption and state capture that; the budget is deafeningly silent on how is that going to be achieved.

Unfortunately, this is another disappointing occasion, where government has failed to rise to the occasion and come with a serious plan and budget to address the nations many crises. This budget bares little correlation with the SONA and it is another missed opportunity.

COSATU has continued to argue that we need to move towards a people driven and people centred development since the Neoliberal policies of the last two decades that have leaned on market forces have seen more people sliding into poverty

We need an alternative development strategy because pursuing economic growth for its own sake is not enough. Economic growth is only a means to an end and in itself; it is not enough to solve the triple crisis of unemployment, deepening poverty and inequality.

What matters to us as the workers is the quality of growth and not necessarily the quantity. We have experienced jobless growth before that increased inequality and poverty and also introduced technology in the workplace without caring about the plight of the workers at the same time ignoring and undermining our...


Venezuela: Revenge Of The Mad-Dog Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

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


2018 UTME: Candidates protest exam date, seek postponement Newtelegraph

Human and vehicular movements along Bariga-Akoka road, Lagos, were, this afternoon, impeded when hundreds of candidates, who have registered to sit the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) staged a protest over what they described as the inconsiderate stance of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) by fixing the examination for March. The candidates []

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British musician Stormzy attacks Theresa May on Grenfell disaster "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 21 February 2018 music video from Britain says about itself:

Stormzy at the Brit Awards: Yo, Theresa May, wheres the money for Grenfell?

After winning two of the nights biggest awards, the south London MC expressed dismay over the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster and castigated the Daily Mail. Stormzy delivered a verbal attack on Theresa May in a show-closing freestyle performance, asking the prime minister, Theresa May, wheres the money for Grenfell?, adding that the government just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.



Martin Luther King, Jr., Credit Unionist "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

While reading Paul Thompson's historical novel The Credit Union Woman a while back, I was struck by an aside about how, during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an attempt was made to form a credit union. Since then, I've been wondering about what came of that initiative, and today being Martin Luther King Day felt like a good reason to do a bit of research on the topic.

The boycott itself persisted from December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, until December 20th, 1956, when the Supreme Court ruling ending bus segregation took effect. In that time, African Americans in Montgomery got intensely organized under the umbrella of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), which held regular mass meetings and brought together leaders from a broad cross-section of the community. While the impetus for that organization's establishment was handling the logistics of the boycott, it also became a vehicle for advancing other civil-rights related projects, one of which was a credit union.

The first mention I could find of the MIA advancing the idea of forming a financial institution is in a May 24th, 1956 document entitled "Recommendations to MIA Executive Board," in which King lays out a series of restructuring suggestions for the organization. Among these ideas, which were approved by the Executive Board on May 30th, includes the recommendation that:
In order to valuably utilize the present relaxed phase of the bus situation and capitalize on the prevailing enthusiasm and amazing togetherness of the pe...


Tinubu blasts APC chairman John Oyegun Newtelegraph

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has accused the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, of sabotaging efforts to unite the party. According to a report by Cable, Mr Tinubu in a letter written to the president, vice-president, senate president and speaker of the house of representatives said Mr []

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ANC Urges All Eligible Voters to Cast Their Votes in By-elections Today
21 February 2018

The African National Congress calls on all eligible voters to go out in their numbers and cast their votes in the by-elections to be held today in Ward 13, Overstrand Municipality and Ward 2 in Beaufort West Municipality, both in the Western Cape Province.

These by-elections are held as the ANC reaffirms its commitment to work to rebuild the people's confidence in the movement and regain all lost support in all areas of country, including in the Western Cape province. We have further committed ourselves to renew our focus on addressing the key challenges facing our people the creation of jobs, especially for the youth, as well as fighting crime and corruption.

The ANC applauds the selfless efforts by the ANC volunteers and supporters in the Western Cape for their tireless efforts campaigning for a decisive victory. As we celebrate 100 years of President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, it is efforts such as these - working for the good of the movement and South Africa - that inspire us to remain resolute on our mandate to renew the ANC and unite the movement and South Africans.

The ANC is confident of yet another peaceful, credible, free and fair by-election under the stewardship of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and with the commitment to political tolerance of all parties.

All those who are eligible to vote are urged to register to vote if they have not yet done so. The ANC also calls upon all South Africans to check their registration details and update their address ahead of 2019 National Elections at their local IEC offices on weekdays, during office hours, or to use the voter registration weekend on the 10th and 11th March 2018 to check and update their details.

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Amnesty International says Rohingya crisis consequence of society encouraged to hate Accused President Donald Trump of poisonous rhetoric "IndyWatch Feed War"


LONDON (Reuters) The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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 Photo: People hold a banner with picture of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that hate-filled rhetoric by leaders was normalizing discrimination against minorities.

We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty.

Last week, the United States urged the U.N Security Council to hold Myanmars military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

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A Rohingya woman breaks down after a fight during food distribution at Kutupalong refugee camp

Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the U.N..

More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Rohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Jan. 22, 2018.



BREAKING: 2 Dapchi schoolgirls killed in rescue operation, 13 still missing Newtelegraph

Two dead bodies of the missing Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on Monday, in Yobe state, have been recovered by the Nigerian military during a rescue operation on Wednesday. According to a report by Reuters two of the girls were killed while 13 others are still missing. The report said a resident []

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Bread riots: Hundreds still in Sudan jails despite promise of release "IndyWatch Feed War"


Opposition leaders fear the release of activists was only to calm protests at austerity measures


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ANC Welcomes "Tough But Hopeful" Budget Focused on Inclusive, Job-creating Growth
21 February 2018

The African National Congress (ANC) welcomes the redistributive and people-centered budget tabled by the Minister of Finance, Comrade Malusi Gigaba, today. The budget speaks to challenges confronting South Africa in a difficult global environment, but most importantly recognizes and embraces the opportunities offered by the sense of optimism and renewed investor confidence in South Africa.

Once again, the National Treasury has been able to balance the need for fiscal consolidation and strengthening our fiscal position on the one hand, taking into account the revenue shortfalls from last year, with our historic mission to redress the legacy of apartheid and turn the tide on exclusionary and segregationist policies benefiting a few, on the other. In this regard, the ANC particularly welcomes the allocation of almost R60 billion over the next three years to fund fee free higher education and training for children from poor and working class backgrounds.

The ANC has also noted the increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate, for the first time since 1993. The exemption of basic necessitates, including zero rated food items - and other necessitates, shield the poorest of the poor from the potential regressive nature of the tax and introduce rather a more progressive and redistributive manner of raising revenue. We further welcome the above-inflation increases in social grants, which once again affirms our commitment to a comprehensive social security net for the most vulnerable in our society.

Now is the time to harness and capitalize on the improvements in business confidence and investor sentiment in South Africa, for the benefit of all our people. The African National Congress unequivocally supports efforts by the ANC led government to consolidate the deficit and stabilize debt in the medium term. The austerity measures implemented within government must be directed to further fiscal consolidation, freeing up much needed resources to enable the ANC led government to realize its obligations in terms of our social compact.

The ANC remains committed to the mobilisation all social partners behind an economic recovery plan. Such plan must...


Protest in Istanbul against bloodshed in Syrias Eastern Ghouta Russians, you are killing Ghoutas children. "IndyWatch Feed War"


Syrian opposition politician George Sabra (C) takes part in a protest in front of Russian Consulate in Istanbul on Feb. 22, 2018 during a protest against the airstrikes and shelling by the Syrian government forces in Ghouta. (AFP)
ISTANBUL: Over 200 people on Thursday protested outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul against the deadly assault on Syrias rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
More than 350 civilians have been k...


Another Rep dumps Labour Party for APC Newtelegraph

The gale of defection in the House of Representatives continued yesterday as the only Labour Party lawmaker, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi representing Ogbomosho/North/South/Orire federal constituency of Oyo state defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). According to Ogunwuyis letter, which was read on the floor of the house by the deputy speaker, Hon. Sulaimon Yusuf []

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King penguins, male-female difference "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2014 video says about itself:

Just above Antarctica, off the island of South Georgia, lies a breeding hot spot for elephant seals and king penguins known as Gold Harbour.

Filmmaker Richard Sidey captures incredible raw footage and the natural sound of this wild bounty for part of his series, Speechless. [W]ith the absence of narrative, the viewer is left to create their own narrative and their own experience, without being told what to think It gives everyone the possibility of seeing these places for what they are without the restrictions of cost and the environmental impact, he says.

From ScienceDaily:

Distinguishing males from females among king penguins

February 22, 2018

It is difficult to distinguish males from females among King Penguins, but a new Ibis study reveals that King Penguins can be sexed with an accuracy of 100% based on the sex-specific syllable pattern of their vocalisations. Using the beak length, King Penguin individuals can be sexed with an accuracy of 79%.

The new findings may help investigators understand how King Penguins choose mates, and they offer a cost-effective, non-invasive technique for researchers to sex King Penguins in the field.

The sex-specific syllable pattern in King Penguin calls is a very interesting finding, both from an evolutionary perspective as it is rare in non-passerine species, but a...


In Nigeria, A Template For Solar-Powered Minigrids Emerges "IndyWatch Feed War"

How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries. On a humid November day in the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu (pronounced bomb-ou bomb-ou), Akinola Oduola clambers down a wooden ladder propped against a minaret that overlooks a tight cluster of adobe, wood and concrete homes. This is my work, Oduola says by way of introduction, gesturing toward the mosque that is taking shape nearby. This is not hyperbole. Oduola has spent the past three years single-handedly willing this mosque into existence. Hard work is important for those who call Gbamu Gbamu home. When hes not building his mosque, Oduola is a welder and motorcycle repairman -- an in-demand profession in a town where the bulk of the population travels to and from Gbamu Gbamu along a deeply rutted 10-kilometer dirt road.


Thousands of Americans Jailed for Debts Chased by Private Collectors "IndyWatch Feed World"

An estimated 77 million Americans have a debt that has been transferred to a private collection agency. Thousands have ended up in jail over debts as small as $28, with African-Americans and Hispanics the most affected.

The findings come from a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spanning 26 states and Puerto Rico, published on Wednesday. The practice violates many US state and federal laws, which prohibit the jailing of debtors.

In one case cited in the report, a disabled woman who wears a prosthetic leg was shackled by her waist and feet by two armed US marshals before being put in jail overnight.

They had a warrant for my arrest and I asked them for what, he didnt say what it was for. He said, Hell tell you later, said Tracie Mozie of Dickinson, Texas.

Law enforcement officials had entered Mozies bedroom to arrest her over a $1,500 federal student loan she took out in 1986 to pay for truck-driving school. The loan had mushroomed to $13,000 with interest and fees. Monzie was unable to pay because she is unemployed and lives on disability benefits.

The ACLU examined more than 1,000 cases in which civil court judges issued arrest warrants for debtors. In some instances the amounts were as small as $28. Letters were sent over bounced checks as low as $2, the ACLU found.

The report is the first ever to analyze the cooperation between courts and the private debt collection industry across the US, according to the ACLU. Private debt collectors use the criminal justice system to try to compel repayments, even when the debts are disputed or when the debtor cannot repay. More than 6,000 debt collection firms operate in the United States, collecting billions of dollars each year.

Following their arrest, debtors may remain in jail for several days until they can pay the bail. In some cases, the ACLU found some people were locked up for as long as two weeks.

This practice violates the many state and federal laws as well as international human rights standards that prohibit the jailing of debtors.

The report finds that the long-term consequences of arrests for both courts and people can be profound and scarring. Arrest warrants can be entered into background check databases which mean they can jeopardize future employment, housing applications, education, and access to security clearances.



Egypt: Muslim TV host hands out chocolates to celebrate downing of Israeli F-16 "IndyWatch Feed War"

We have many times seen the Palestinians celebrate the murder of Israeli civilians by passing out candies, and this is in the same vein. A culture of violence produces people who celebrate and glory in violence. Israel was, remains, and forever will be the No. 1 enemy of Egypt and the Arab world, regardless of []


Britain warns of Islamic State attacks in South Africa after couple kidnapped - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Britain warns of Islamic State attacks in South Africa after couple kidnappedThomson Reuters FoundationJOHANNESBURG, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Britain has warned of a threat of attacks by Islamists on foreigners in South Africa after two British nationals were kidnapped in a small town there, but South African police said they had no evidence militants were ...and more 


Heineken extends UCL football experience to Port Harcourt Newtelegraph

After kicking off the special live viewing of 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League knockout games on February 14 in Lagos, International Premium Lager Beer, Heineken has now extended its premium cinematic football experience to the city of Port-Harcourt, with live broadcast of the Chelsea vs Barcelona game on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. The much anticipated clash between last []

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Prince Kazeem Eletu washes hands off crimes as he launches foundation on 40th birthday Newtelegraph

Lagos socialite and philanthropist, Ambassador (Dr) Prince Kazeem Eletu Odibo has washed his hands off the travails of the notorious serial killer, Adeola Williams famously known as Ade Lawyer, who was recently paraded in Lagos by the Nigerian Police for alleged murder. Ade Lawyer was apprehended alongside former National Union Road of Transport Workers (NURTW) []

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Pakistan tight-lipped on Saudi Arabian troop deployment "IndyWatch Feed World"

Details sketchy on deployment of more than 1,000 soldiers on train and advise mission in the kingdom.

Islamabad, Pakistan  Pakistans government has refused to share details on the deployment of a contingent of more than a thousand soldiers to Saudi Arabia, prompting concerns that the troops could support the kingdoms ongoing military campaign in Yemen.

The Pakistani government and military both deny that the troops, whose deployment was announced last week, would operate outside the borders of Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, Pakistani defence minister, told the countrys senate that the troops would operate in a train and advise capacity.

The contingent, once deputed in Saudi Arabia, will perform its training and advisory mission while remaining within the geographical boundaries of the kingdom, he said.

The ministers briefing to the Senate was met, however, with dissatisfaction from Raza Rabbani, the Senate chairman, who said it failed to provide basic details on the troops role in the Gulf kingdom.

This is shedding no light on the decision that has been taken by the prime minister. I am sorry, but this statement is inadequate, Rabbani said.

The new deployment would be an addition to an existing force of 1,600 troops currently stationed in Saudi Arabia, and would be governed under a 1982 agreement between the two countries on military cooperation.


Corruption: TI Report Has Vindicated PDP Newtelegraph

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the latest report by Transparency International (TI) showing that corruption has worsened under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has vindicated its stand that the current APC-led government is inherently and overtly corrupt. The party said, by this new TI report, the African Union (AU) must have now realized []

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Declining Interest in STEM Education in Nigeria: The Need for Urgent Intervention Newtelegraph

By 2030, more than half of the jobs in the world will be STEM  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  based. According to research from Brookings  a Washington based research institution  more STEM-oriented metropolitan economies perform strongly on a wide range of economic indicators, from innovation to employment. But how prepared is Nigeria for this reality? Are students in []

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Timeline of Attacks on US Embassies Abroad "IndyWatch Feed War"

The attack on the U.S. embassy in Montenegro February 22, 2018, is unfortunately part of a long string of embassy attacks (see our infographic below).

Last nights attack saw an assailant throw an explosive device most probably a grenade at the embassy in the middle of the night before blowing himself outside the compound, according to the government of the Balkan country.

No embassy personnel were injured. At present the attacker has not been identified.


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Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadis attack village, seize girls 2 girls dead, 76 rescued "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others.after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village. The rescue drew cheers of relief, amid the grief and anxiety for the two girls and 13 others missing. The seizure of these girls recalled Boko Harams brazen 2014 abduction []


Obama spent 3 times more cash meddling in Israeli elections than Russian trolls spent on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed World"

The "Russian trolls" spent a $100,000 on Facebook ads during the US election. Former POTUS Barack Obama spent $350,000 to interfere with the Israeli elections, and try to defeat incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. Via The Gateway Pundit... Obama spent more than three times as much to interfere in the Israeli elections than the Russians spent on Facebook ads. Barack Obama also interfered in the Kenyan, Egyptian, German and British elections.


Benue killings: Soldiers providing cover for armed Fulani herdsmen Tiv leaders Newtelegraph

Leaders of the Tiv nation has expressed displeasure over the operation of the Ayem A Kpatuma, a military exercise code-named Cat Race launched in the state by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to restore peace in Benue State communities following attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen. The leaders accused the army of allegedly providing cover []

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Cow throws football club into crisis Newtelegraph

It appears that the issue of cows causing havoc is not limited to only Nigeria if news out of Scotland is anything to go by. According to multiple reports, a cow in that country has caused crisis for a Scottish Championship club after a runaway hit its reserve goalkeeper. Queen of the Souths Sam Henderson, []

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Thursday, 22 February


Sokoto introduces tractor hire scheme Newtelegraph

Sokoto state government said it will start a tractor hire scheme to boost mechanization in farms and assist farmers to enhance their production capacity. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Kware LGA when he inspected agricultural processing machines to be distributed to farmers under the states FADAMA III additional funding scheme. We are starting []

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Quinn Slobodians *Globalists* "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The subtitle is The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism.  Imagine a novel and interesting coverage of the post-war Austrian School, here relabeled the Geneva School, a well-done partial history of the WTO and EU, and a book where the central characters are not only Mises and Hayek, but also Alexander Rstow, Wilhelm Rpke, and Michael Heilperin.

And its written by a Wellesley historian who appears to be entirely sane and responsible throughout.

The main lesson, and here these are my own words not those directly of the author, is that various liberals came to realize that their dreams for a free world order in fact involved quite an extensive international legal apparatus, far removed from the traditional nightwatchman state.  The EU and the Four Freedoms are in this view the actual instantiation of historic classical liberalism, arguably more than anything the United States has done of late.  And if you dont like the over-regulation and excess bureaucracy of the EU, well maybe youd better realize those are difficult to avoid secondary consequences of having the international law be so strong as to actually constrain state power (again my words, not Slobodian, though his book may lead you to this idea).

Wilhelm Rpke it turns out is the (a?) bad guy, and I have to say I always considered him a third-rate, misguided agrarian thinker.  It turns out his views on Africa were not entirely sound, and furthermore he sought to pull the rest of the liberals away their economic libertarianism, keeping in mind that Hayek already favored a social welfare state and socialized health insurance, among other interventions.

I folded over 12 separate pages in this book, which is considerably higher than average.

That all said, I dont quite buy onto the whole story.  I read Hayek as rebelling against the vanquished Austro-Hungarian Empire, rather than keeping it as a mental model for reform.  Nor am I persuaded by the idea of a identifiable Geneva School, whether as an independent group or as a sub-branch of the Austrians.  In my view, the connections running through Geneva are historical ones (various people and institutions got put there), not intellectual in nature....


Finally, Fayose meets Buhari (PHOTO) Newtelegraph

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, a critic of  President Muhammadu Buhari has finally met the president.  Mr Fayose is among the governors who are attending the Council of State meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Other governors in attendance are those of Sokoto, Delta, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, Lagos, Nasarawa, Abia, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kebbi, Plateau, Kano, []

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Fire razes IDP camp in Plateau Newtelegraph

The newly constructed ultra modern Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau has been razed by fire. The camp was constructed by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief, and Rehabilitation, which came into being after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states in the country. Mr. Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief, []

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BREAKING: Jonathan, IBB absent as Buhari meets Obasanjo, others in Aso Rock Newtelegraph

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are have stayed away from the meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting is currently holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), are []

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VIDEO: Egyptian woman fights back after sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed War"


Rania Fahmy filmed retaliating against attacker, who was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison


Sudan crisis at risk of 'falling off the world's radar' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Although more than five million people in Sudan need aid, the country is at risk of falling off international donors radar, a senior United Nations official has said.


Encounter With Uber Driver Results in FGM Arrest "IndyWatch Feed War"

A chance encounter between an Uber driver and an anti-FGM campaigner resulted in an arrest and trial of the driver for FGM offenses in the UK.

Sami Ullah, 29, a trustee for the charity Integrate, got into the car of a Somalian Uber driver. While making small talk, the conversation turned to FGM. While the driver (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) agreed with Ullah that FGM was wrong, he said that he had had his daughter cut.

I did the small one to my daughter. Other people did the big one, but I did the small one.

Ullah asked the driver if he knew that the procedure was illegal, to which the driver replied that it was custom and tradition, saying, some people did it and some people dont.

The driver then asked Ullah, Do you know why we do it? to which he answered, Its so women dont feel sexy all the time.

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After Ullah got out, he used his Uber app to identify the driver. He then called the police.

An examination by a specialist showed that the daughter had indeed been cut not in the severest form but nevertheless in a way that is classified as FGM.

Since the driver did not perform the procedure himself on his daughter, he was charged with cruelty to a child under the age of 16 years, having responsibility for a child under that age and willfully assaulting/ill-treating/abandoning the child to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.

The case in now in trial.



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Boko Haram: The Jihadist Killers Nigeria Seems Unable or Unwilling To Stop How often has the Government of Nigeria Declared Victory over Boko Haram since 2009? "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | Suicide bomb attacks and abductions have been the hallmarks of Boko Harams bloody insurgency

LAGOS (AFP)  Nigerias Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.- Fundamentalist

Boko Haram aims to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria a campaign that has cost at least 20,000 lives since 2009 and at its peak displaced 2.6 million from their homes. The name loosely translates from the Hausa language as Western education is forbidden.

Founder and spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf pinned the blame for Nigerias ills on Western values left by colonial master Britain, criticised the countrys corrupt secular regime for neglecting development in Muslim regions and advocated a return to fundamentalist Islam.

He came to the attention of authorities in 2002 when he began to build a following among disaffected youths in Maiduguri.

Yusuf was killed in police custody in 2009 after an uprising in Maiduguri that prompted a military assault which killed some 700 people and left the groups mosque and headquarters in ruins.

Many of its supporters fled the country.

Violent turn

Boko Haram was broadly peaceful before Yusufs death.

But his successor, his right-hand man Abubakar Shekau, undertook a violent campaign of deadly attacks on schools, churches, mosques, state entities and security forces.

Some Boko Haram members are thought to have trained with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali in 2012 and 2013.

Among the groups most notorious acts was the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok. A total of 107 have since been released, found or escaped.

The mass abduction brought world attention to the insurgency at a time when Boko Haram was seizing territory across the northeast, which became a largely no-go area, with the violence spilling over into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

In August 2014 Shekau proclaimed a caliphate in the Borno town of Gwoza and in March 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.


The long-divided Boko Haram underwent a major split in 2016 when the IS recogn...


US sees Russia as adversary to be destroyed "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian leader needs to understand that the United States has no real intention of establishing friendly ties and would rather see Russia destroyed, says an analyst in Washington.

James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst, told Press TV on Wednesday that Moscow had to change the mindset that one day Washington will be ready for a rapprochement.

He made the remarks while discussing statements by Russian Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said earlier in the day that Moscow regretted the deterioration of ties between the two sides over US claims that Russia had interfered in its democratic affairs.

Several US congressional committees along with Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been investigating allegations of Russias interference in the 2016 election and its collusion with the campaign of President Donald Trump.

The Russians constantly refer to their American colleagues as their American partners, and they dont seem to understand that the establishment here has no intention whatsoever of ever thinking of Moscow as a partner or as colleague, Jatras said.

They look at them as an adversary to be destroyed, he said of American leaders view of their Russian counterparts. They think that they can treat them like Serbia or Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan.

Jatras argued that Washington was looking forward to either force a regime change upon Russia or at least push it back from Syria and Ukraine.

He described as absurd claims by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who charged in an indictment last week that Russia was behind a hacking campaign that sought to change the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.

According to Muellers indictment, two Russian entities Concord Catering, and Concord Management and Consulting were in control of the Internet Research Agency, a group that coordinated the alleged meddling by directing hacking attacks that exposed Democrats secrets.



I Felt Like I Was Representing Every Black And Young Person "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dionna McPhatter shares the challenges of being a young black woman in the old boys club.

Marketing has historically been one of those industries that runs on putting consumers into neat demographic boxes. As an African-American tech entrepreneur, Dionna McPhatter has spent her professional life stepping out of those prescribed boxes. Now, as cofounder of BLKBOX, a creative agency with clients ranging from Samsung, Marc Jacobs Beauty, The St. James, and Wayfair, shes using data analytics to break brands free from that outdated thinking.

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South Africa's Brand New President Wants To Confiscate Land From White Farmers "IndyWatch Feed World"

If youve been following much international news, youve probably heard that, after literally years of scandal, abuse, and incompetence, South Africas president Jacob Zuma was finally forced to resign last week.
This is a big deal for South Africa.
The country has been suffering for nearly a decade under Zumas corruption.
And people are certainly hoping that the new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will represent a positive, new chapter for South Africa.


Im Not Taken Seriously: Teen Designer Shami Oshun Forges Her Own Path "IndyWatch Feed World"

African-American designer Shami Oshun, 18, doesnt see many women like her in the fashion industry. So shes busy blazing her own trail.

It didnt dawn on 18-year-old Shami Oshun that she was preternaturally talented at designing clothing until last year. She needed a dress for prom and was running out of time, so she whipped together a glorious purple gown trimmed with large fabric flowers in one dayall using $15 worth of tulle fabric.

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15 Dead After Saudi Arabia Launches Terror Attacks on Civilian Cars in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) 15 civilians in Yemen lost their lives today after Saudi Arabia launched a series of airstrikes targeting cars in Saada province.

The recent terror attacks in Saada are just another case of Saudi Arabia attacking civilians in Yemen without remorse. The United States and western allies provide military and intelligence support to all members of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.

Additional airstrikes targeted Taiz, Sanaa, Dhamar, Hajjah, and Hodeidah provinces without reports of casualties.


terror attacksRescue workers at the scene of a prison attack in Sanaa in December.

Yemen Responds to Ongoing Aggression

Yemens Army and Popular Committees retaliated by launching attacks on Saudi military targets beyond the border in Jizan province.

President of Sanaas Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, spoke today at a meeting with various governors and leaders. He e...


Accenture: Technology fast changing lifestyles Newtelegraph

Technology is now firmly embedded throughout our everyday lives and is reshaping large parts of society, Accentures Nigerias Managing Director Technology, Mr. Niyi Tayo, has said.   He said this during the presentation of a new report by the company in Lagos. Tayo explained that advancing technology is fueling intelligent enterprises and that this requires []

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Tough budgetary choices put South Africa on a fiscally sustainable path "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This is the challenge of our time, to build a South Africa in which all people have a decent standard of living, access to economic opportunities and opportunity to pursue their dreams. Malusi Gigaba Budget Speech February 2018

Minister of Finance Knowledge Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba says South Africa must confront and overcome a number of challenges if it is to sustain growth [GCIS]

In his briefing to journalists before his budget Speech, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was at pains to point out that the media should look at the budget holistically and not just focus on a few points such as raising taxes.

We have a positive narrative to tell and that is reflected in the raising of our gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections. We have taken the tough decisions to put us on a fiscally sustainable path while at the same time undertaking growth enhancing initiatives, he said.

After several years during which economic growth undershot our projections, we now see the improved growth projections for 2018 and subsequent years as a floor, rather than a ceiling. We are convinced that as business and consumer confidence return, and as government follows through on its commitments to enable growth with prudent, fast and decisive action, we can exceed our growth projections, he said in his Budget speech.

The toughest choice to make was raising the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate from 14 per cent to 15 per cent, which puts it on a par with neighbouring states. This is the first VAT rate increase since 1993 and the first done by an African National Congress government. It will add R22.9 billion ($2 billion) to revenue every year.

The other tough choices involved cutting state expenditure, as programmes that were not efficient were cut. The total saving over the next three years was R85 billion, but these savings were to a certain extent offset by the additional R57 billion needed to provide free tertiary education.

The bottom line is that at the time of the October 2017 MTBPS, gross national debt was projected to breach 60 per cent of GDP in 2021/22, and continue rising thereafter. This Treasury projection reflected major revenue shortfalls, weak economic growth and a limited policy response. It prompted a sell-off in the rand in October and November 2017.

The outlook also represented a major departure from the 2017 Budget figures, which previously showed the debt-to-GDP ratio declining from 2018/19 onward.

Scenarios for growth...


Health benefits of cucumber (3) Newtelegraph

Cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trailing or other supporting frames, wrapping around supports with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit. Face Mask: For oily skin grate 1/2 cucumber into a bowl and add one tablespoon of honey. []

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We will not condone Cattle Rustling in Kogi Government Newtelegraph

The Kogi State Government has warned cattle rustlers that their nefarious activities will not be condoned in the State. Speaking through his Director of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, Governor Yahaya Bello said the states hospitality should not be taken as gateway for criminal elements, assuring the people that government will protect them []

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NOGIG 2018: NLNG dominates swimming Newtelegraph

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas yesterday proved that they were the best in swimming at the ongoing 17th Nigerias Oil and Gas Industry Games tagged NOGIG 2018, as they emerged tops in the swimming event concluded on Wednesday at Chevron Complex, Gbagada, Lagos. NLNG won five gold and one silver medals to top the medals table []

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Farmers get N1.4bn fertilizer subsidy in Sokoto Newtelegraph

Sokoto State Government yesterday expressed its readiness to spend N1.4 billion to subsidise cost of fertilizer for farmers in the state in the 2018 farming season.   Governor Aminu Tambuwal stated this in Sabon Birni Local Government Area during flagoff of fertilizer sales for dry season farming and distribution of improved seedlings to farmers across []

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Fowler urges IoD members to embrace VAIDS Newtelegraph

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, yesterday urged members of the Institute of Directors (IoD) to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). He gave the advice in Lagos while making a presentation on tax amnesty scheme to IoD members. In the presentation entitled; Achieving Voluntary []

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Herdsmen: Stakeholders debunk closing of 30 primary schools in Ogun Newtelegraph

Stakeholders in Yewa North, Ogun State have described a report that 30 primary schools were shut down in the area following Fulani herdsmens attack as not only mischievous, but a calculated attempt by some people to malign the name of the local government. According to the stakeholders, the figure was exaggerated as only one primary []

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Benue: Tsav loses bid to stop trial Newtelegraph

A Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court yesterday dismissed a preliminary objection filed by a former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav to stop his prosecution by the Benue State Government for injurious falsehood. Ruling on a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court, the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Isaac Ajim, stated that his court had []

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Sport betting has come to stay in Nigeria Brooks Newtelegraph

The publisher of Brooks Sporting Pools and Lotto, Alex Brooker, has described sports betting in the country as something that has come to stay.   Speaking at the presentation of his new sports, pools and lotto journal, Brooker said betting has taken more youths away from evil vices as they are making money from their []

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ADP blasts Ambode over refuse on the streets of Lagos Newtelegraph

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has described the heaps of refuse that have recently characterized Lagos as a disaster, an eye-sore and a shame to be associated with a strategic state like Lagos. The party has warned of a possible outbreak of an epidemic in the state. The party through its Lagos spokesman, Prince Adelaja []

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Importance of local communities and their perceptions in viable conservation and development projects Africa Sustainable Conservation News


Study delves into overlooked community perceptions of conservation impact

  • A new study measures the impacts of conservation projects on peoples lives by letting the people define what matters to them.
  • The study has adapted the Global Person Generated Index (GPGI), an index that has previously been used in the health sector to see what people consider important for their quality of life, and lets the people rate the performance of those domains.
  • The study found that overall, the local people were most commonly concerned with agriculture, health, livestock, education, jobs, and family-related activities, but more than 50 percent of the people who were interviewed said that the conservation projects had had no significant impacts on these aspects of their well-being.

Most conservation projects today must answer a key question: How does the project affect the local people? But high-quality studies that measure the impacts of conservation projects on peoples well-being remain few and far between.

Whatever rigorous research does exist tends to focus on a narrow range of economic indicators, such as household income or expenditure, serving as proxies for peoples well-being. But well-being can mean different things to different people. And indicators like income, while objective, may not capture aspects of well-being that are actually important to the people themselves, some conservationists argue. Instead, the conservationists have called for complementing the more objective methods with approaches that measure what the people think are important to them, because peoples perceptions of impacts can determine future support for conservation projects.

To that end, a new study published in World Development has found a novel way of measuring impacts on peoples lives...


British lawmakers launch inquiry into cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed War"

A global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the last year has seen wild gyrations in their valuations, making fortunes for some investors, while others have lost heavily. (Reuters)



African migrants begin hunger strike over Israel policy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hundreds of African migrants in Holot detention center on Wednesday started a hunger strike against Israels disputed policy on them to leave the country or face imprisonment, Anadolu reports.


Attack on Yobe school: Army rescues abducted girls Newtelegraph

  Some of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State have been rescued by the Nigerian Army.   Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Director General to Yobe State governor on Press Affairs, who disclosed this yesterday, admitted that some of the schoolgirls were actually abducted by Boko Haram []

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$2.1bn arms deal: EFCC grills ex-COAS, Ihejirika Newtelegraph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has interrogated a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), over his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal.     Highly placed sources said Ihejirika arrived the headquarters of the antigraft agency at 11:00am yesterday. One of the sources, who spoke in []

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RMAFC: MDAs, states, LGs owe N168bn tax liability Newtelegraph

The Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of federal, state and local governments are collectively indebted to Federal Government in tax obligations of about N168 billion, New Telegraph has learnt.     The amount, which represents unremitted taxes obligations these bodies are expected to pay into the federation account, was uncovered by tax audit exercise conducted []

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Three Immigrants Arrested In Paris For Cannibalism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three African immigrants have been arrested in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois for attacking a man by biting at his face and eating pieces of his flesh.  The men, all from Cape Verde, were arrested [...]


Heavy drinking increases risk of dementia Newtelegraph

Scientists yesterday said people who drink enough to be hospitalised were at serious risk of dementia and Alzheimers disease.   According to findings published in the Lancet Public Health journal, more than a third, 38 per cent of the 57,000 cases of early-onset; dementia were directly alcohol-related and 18 per cent had an additional diagnosis []

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Sultan: Corruption still high under Buharis watch Newtelegraph

accuses politicians of exploiting herdsmen crisis     The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar III, yesterday gave a damning report on the anti-corruption war of the present administration. He declared that in spite of the effort being made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), cases of corruption were still very high []

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Delta Steel: Prostate from mismanagement Newtelegraph

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK   Despite efforts to revive it and restart production of steel for local and export purposes, the multibillion naira Delta Steel Company (DSC) has remained comatose, writes YEKEEN AKINWALE, who visited the firm situated at Owvian, Aladja town, Delta State, in this concluding part   When that place was flourishing, they []

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Senator in trouble over missing N70m Newtelegraph

Sani: Monkeys carted away lawmakers millions   The Northern Senators Forum, yesterday, sacked the former Governor of Nasarawa State and its Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), over alleged mismanagement of N70 million under his custody.   The Forum also replaced Adamu with the former Governor of Sokoto State and Senator representing Sokoto North []

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Nigerias inactive phone lines rise to 93.3m Newtelegraph

The bearish trend in the telecommunications market in Nigeria persisted last year as the number of dormant telephone lines increased significantly to over 93.3 million or 38.5 per cent since 2001, New Telegraph has learnt.   According to data obtained from the telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), from the total of 241.3 million []

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NPA: INTELS has paid $42.6m to FG Newtelegraph

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, has disclosed that Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) Nigeria Limited has paid $28.1 million out of the original debt.   She said that another payment of $14.5 million is awaiting official confirmation. The total amount so far paid by INTELS to NPA is $42.6 []

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Demolition: Go to court, el-Rufai tells APC faction Newtelegraph

Defiant party faction erects canopy, seeks Buharis aid   Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has dismissed the outrage trailing the demolition of the secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State as misplaced. He said his administration acted within the laws governing land use and urban development in []

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Electricity consumers decry erratic supply, crazy bills Newtelegraph

Electricity consumers in Umuahia and its environs have expressed worry over erratic power supply and crazy bills from the Enugu Electricity distribution Company (EEDC). Some of the consumers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia that the situation had deteriorated as they had been paying for energy not supplied.   Mr. Chukwudi Ikokwu, []

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After 3 Years of Neutrality, Pakistan Will Send Troops to Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamabad (GPA) After remaining neutral and declining involvement for the past three years, Pakistan will send troops to Yemen to fight on behalf of the Saudi invaders.

Pakistans defense minister, Khurram Dastigir, spoke to the Senate on Monday. He said 1,000 Pakistani troops would join the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Dastigir claimed the forces would provide intelligence and training support but would not see combat.


The Saudi-led war against Yemen will enter its fourth year in March. Riyadh has failed in every way, shape, and form. On the ground, Yemens resistance forces known only as the Houthis throughout western media have only grown stronger in the past three years. Now, Yemens Army and Popular Committees have domestically produced long-range ballistic missiles, improved their air defenses, and manufactured naval missiles.

Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis) gained full control of Yemens capital Sanaa following a failed coup orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Saudi Arabia. Yemens resistance has successfully maintained security and eliminated terror elements from groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS...


Stock market records marginal gain Newtelegraph

  Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday sustained positive trajectory as the overall market performance indices firmed up marginally with a gain of 0.02 per cent or N4billion.     Transactions on the stock market had returned to bullish trend the previous day as stock market extended gaining streak []

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Dividend: Shareholders seek reversal of CBNs policy Newtelegraph

Some shareholders have called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reverse its new guidelines on dividend payment for banks and discount houses to avoid erosion of banking stocks quoted on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).       CBN had on the 31st of January, 2017, released an update on []

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APC chieftain calls for credible presidential primaries Newtelegraph

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha, yesterday urged the APC caucus to conduct a democratic presidential primary ahead of the 2019 general election.     Addressing journalists in Warri, Unuagha said all aspirants in the forthcoming presidential primary of the party should be given equal opportunity during and []

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Onazi eyes victory over Alanyaspor Saturday Newtelegraph

Ogenyi Onazi is eyeing victory over Alanyaspor when they face Trabzonspor in Saturdays Turkish Super Lig outing at the Bahcesehir Okullar Stadyumu.   The Nigeria international featured for 67 minutes against Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday but could not save the Black Sea Storm from their fifth top-flight loss this season, no thanks to Emmanuel Adebayors []

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World Cup: Iceland plans to subdue Nigeria with 66,000 fans Newtelegraph

    If support is to be used a yardstick for advan as tage, then the Super Eagles will be playing as the away team when they battle Iceland at this years World Cup as no fewer than 66, 000 Icelandics will storm Russia to support their national team.   The European countrys population is []

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Reps probe modern slavery, domestic violence Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committees on Human Rights and Foreign Affairs to investigate increasing cases of modern slavery, human trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour involving Nigerians at home and abroad and proffer solutions.   The resolution was arrived at following an adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, []

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Killings: Reps urge FG to beef up security in Zamfara Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives, yesterday, called on the federal government to provide special security attention to the state by providing a coordinated and sustainable security intervention.   The lawmakers said the intervention should not be limited to land and air military operations; State Security Services and other security agencies. The advice was given following the []

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Traditional rulers seek unity among Nigerians Newtelegraph

Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Attah of Igala, His Royal Majesty, Michael Amen Oboni and Jaja of Opobo, His Royal Majesty, Dandeson Douglas Jaja, yesterday canvassed unity among Nigerians, saying all ethnic groups must promote their cultures.   Speaking yesterday at the Conference on African Origins, organised in Lagos yesterday, []

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Charley Boys group wants Buhari to resign as Petroleum Minister Newtelegraph

accuses NNPC of deceit, cover-up   A group of activists, led by Charles Oputa,(a.k.a, Charly boy) with the name, OurMumuDonDo Movement, yesterday in Abuja made real its threat to occupy the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) in protest against fuel scarcity that had lingered across the country.   The group also urged President Mohammadu Buhari to []

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Armed gangs wipe out 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed World"

Armed gangs wipe out 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria | 18 Feb 2018 | Armed men stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion in Nigeria. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith. Houses belonging to believers have also been razed with authorities doing little to help, an anti-persecution watchdog claimed. Open Doors spoke to one Christian who described the broad daylight attack carried out by a group of Fulani - one of Africa's largest ethnicities.


The Strategic Challenge for the Latin American Left "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rafael Correa After the long and sad neoliberal night of the 1990s which broke entire nations like Ecuador and since Hugo Chvez won the Presidency of the Republic of Venezuela at the end of 1998, the rightist governments of the continent began to be overthrown like houses of cards, bringing popular governments aligned...


Au Liberia, la population veut voir enfin reconnus ses droits sur la terre "IndyWatch Feed World"

21 Feb 2018 | AFPLes organisations de dfense des populations craignent que la nouvelle loi foncire ne soit vid de sa substance, aprs avoir t considrablement amend en septembre 2017 par l'Assemble nationale, puis bloqu au Snat.


Burkina Fasos Citizen Movement Fighting for Democratization of Their Political System "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dawn News Le Balai Citoyen which means the citizen broom in English is a civil society movement founded on August 25, 2013 with The vision of making Burkina Faso a fair and honest society in a democratic state of law and with the mission to Constitute a force of proposals and pressure for social change...


Marichuy: If I dont attain the candidacy, the struggle will continue. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Marichuy speaks at rally to collect signatures. Blanche Petrich Mara de Jess Patricio Martnez, Marichuy, who aspires to an independent candidacy to the Presidency, and five council women from different ethnicities on the Indigenous Government Council-National Indigenous Congress recognized that if at the end of the deadline the National Electoral Institute (INE, its initials in...


Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist "IndyWatch Feed World"

Expand Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. 2015 Reuters (Beirut) The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, [...]


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Outbreak of Optimism in South Africa May Spur IPOs, Bourse Says
By Neo Khanyile
February 21, 2018, 11:55 AM EST
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Some good IPOs in the pipeline, CEO Newton-King says
JSE Ltd. had challenging year, cut its staff by 24%

The operator of Johannesburgs stock exchange expects improved sentiment following Cyril Ramaphosas election as South African president to encourage companies to sell shares in initial public offerings this year.

Ramaphosa, who succeeded Jacob Zuma last week, is expected to oversee improved management of Africas most-industrialized economy. Bourse operator JSE Ltd., which handled 21 new listings in 2017, could see some of that positivity materialize in IPOs and new exchange-traded funds, Chief Executive Officer Nicky Newton-King said in an interview on Wednesday.

When things are more positive, then entrepreneurs and boards of directors feel more inclined to come to the public market, Newton-King said. We never talk exactly on this, but weve got some good IPOs in the pipeline and some interesting ETFs. But lets see when they come to market.

The South African rand has gained 12 percent against the dollar, more than any other major currency, since Ramaphosa won a contest to lead the ruling African National Congress in December. Last week was the Johannesburg benchmark stock indexs best in more than eight years as the new president was sworn in.

The JSE will receive a further boost when Old Mutual Plc, the insurer that started in South Africa more than 150 years ago, ends the primary listing it has had in London since 1999 in exchange for one in Johannesburg, Newton-King said. Were soon going to welcome Old Mutual, so thats going to be really nice to have them come home.

She spoke after the bourse operator reported results for a challenging year in which operating revenue fell 5 percent to 2.2 billion rand ($189 million) and it cut staff by 24 percent to 364, according to a filing.


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South Africa's Ramaphosa Promises to Accelerate Land Redistribution

South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to accelerate the redistribution of land to black populations in the country.

Ramaphosa on Tuesday insisted on the need to carry out a reform intended to heal the wounds of the past and to redistribute land to Blacks.

We will not allow smash and grab interventions, that we will not allow. We will handle this matter in the same way that we have always handled all difficult issues in our country, he said.

We will not allow smash and grab interventions, that we will not allow. We will handle this matter in the same way that we have always handled all difficult issues in our country.

According to a recent study, agriculture remains largely in the hands of the descendants of the settlers. The white farmers held 73% of the land, against 85% at the end of apartheid.

If there has ever been anything that many South Africans would like to have line of sight of , is the lifestyle audit of their public representatives. Now that is something I believe we have to do and this will be done starting with the executive of the country. Yes, we will go in that way, he added.

The new president also said he is determined to heal the wounds of the massacre of Marikana, when 34 minors were killed by the police in 2012 in a mine belonging to the society which he was an administrator.


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South Africa Just Raised Its Sales Tax for the First Time in 25 Years Amid Political Upheaval
South Africa will increase its VAT for the first time in 25 years as part of an attempt to reduce its budget deficit.

South Africa's annual budget, delivered by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday, is the first under new President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba during a pre-World Economic Forum briefing on January 18, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa is to increase its value added tax (VAT) for the first time in 25 years in order to help bridge a gap in the government's budget.

The news came as part of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's first annual budget in the South African Parliament in Cape Town. The speech also marked the first budget under new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africa's VAT, which has remained constant since 1993, will increase to 15 percent from 14 percent as of April 1 this year. This is part of the Treasury's attempt to shrink its budget deficit, which stands at 4.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the 2017/18 fiscal year.

Last week saw momentous political change in Africa's most developed economy as Ramaphosa took over as president following former President Jacob Zuma's resignation. Ramaphosa is viewed favourably by the business community, not least for his pledge to fight the corruption that plagued Zuma's administration of which Zuma denies wrongdoing.

The U.S. dollar fell against the South African rand on news of the VAT hike, and was trading over 0.7 percent lower immediately after the news.

"This is a tough, but hopeful budget," Gigaba said, as reported by Reuters.

"We decided that increasing VAT was unavoidable if we are to maintain the integrity of our public finances," he added.

South Africa's Treasury intends for its consolidated deficit to fall to 3.5 percent of GDP by the fiscal year of 2020/21. It also revised...


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Dont Get Ahead of Yourselves Ramaphosa to Opposition on Cabinet
20 FEB, 2018 - 03:02 

CAPE TOWN. President Cyril Ramaphosa has reined in opposition demands of a prospective Cabinet reshuffle, saying an announcement on a new Cabinet will be made by him at the appropriate time.

President Ramaphosa took to the podium in the National Assembly yesterday to address both Houses of Parliament during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) reply. This after parties debated his SONA on Monday for a marathon 10 hours.

When the time came to address one of the most common themes in the debate the composition of a new Cabinet Ramaphosa was quite critical of opposition parties in their attacks on ministers.

Whatever views one might hold about members of Cabinet, this does not justify in any way the kind of character assassination and insults we have heard, he told the House.

African National Congress MPs applauded him as he spoke. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini looked up from her desk and listened intently.

Opposition parties have made a strong call for President Ramaphosa to reshuffle his Cabinet and axe some ministers, especially those who have been linked to the controversial Gupta family. The House then fell silent in anticipation.

On the matter of the composition of Cabinet, an announcement will be made by the president at the appropriate time, he said.

Groans then came from the opposition benches, which were soon replaced by the same sense of anticipation. So, dont get ahead of yourselves, he said off speech. It will be addressed and when it is addressed, it will be addressed very carefully without any noisy interventions that I am hearing on this left-hand side, he said with a smile.

Lock them up! shouted one male Democratic Alliance MP.

As for President Ramaphosas promise to review the size and configuration of his Cabinet, he said that would be a much longer process.

Changes of this nature need to be well considered, they should be evidence-based and should not be made in haste.


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Why is Ramaphosa Hosting Private Dinner for Zuma?
20 FEB, 2018 - 03:02

JOHANNESBURG. President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to host a dinner yesterday evening in honour of his predecessor former president Jacob Zuma.

The Presidencys Tyrone Seale confirmed that President Ramaphosa would be hosting a private dinner for former President Zuma and his Cabinet, amid talks of a looming Cabinet reshuffle.

The cocktail affair, set to be taking place at Tuynhuys in Cape Town was meant to bid farewell to Cde Zuma and members of his executive. Cde Zuma resigned last week, following transitional talks between himself and the ANCs newly-elected leadership collective.

Former president Zuma was not present for President Ramaphosas election, nor his maiden State of the Nation Address. In an exclusive interview with the SABC, just hours before he resigned, Cde Zuma questioned the ANC leaderships decision to recall him as South Africas head of state and said he was not defying the movement, but disagreed with its leaders.

He also claimed he was not provided with reasons to explain why the NEC had recalled him.

Attempts to confirm Zumas attendance were unsuccessful. News24s resident analyst Ralph Mathekga said it was odd that President Ramaphosa was hosting a dinner in honour of the controversial former president.

Is this for KwaZulu-Natal? Is he trying to say, dont worry, we are throwing a party for Zuma, we will protect him, questioned Mathekga.

He said it was clear that the ANC had no intention of publicly distancing itself away from the former president, which he said could cost President Ramaphosa.

Maybe they are trying to curb the nations excitement and say there is actually no new dawn or even to deal with Zuma, to manage him, speculated Mathekga.

They might have to say he was great once in a while, even though they know he is not, the analyst said.

Mathekga said he believed the move could also be an attempt to show KZN that Cde Zuma, who is from that province, was still valued by the movement, in a bid to retain support from one of the countrys largest provinces come e...


Is Sweden complicit in Saudi war on Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 21, 2018 Last year, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm told a conference that the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Yemen was one that has far too long been neglected and forgotten by the global community and what Yemeni people were going through was difficult to imagine. It is such statements that, besides []


UN Women seeks nations commitment on gender equality Newtelegraph

As report lists lack of data, poor funding as gaps for womens empowerment The UN Women recently called the world community to hold accountable for gender equality commitments those in power across different countries of the world. To this end, the international organisation, has therefore called for the institution of a vibrant civil society with []

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Somaliland journalist detained without charge "IndyWatch Feed War"

People wave flags as soldiers and other military personnel of Somalia's breakaway territory of Somaliland march past during an Independence day celebration parade in the capital, Hargeisa on May 18, 2016. Somaliland authorities detained journalist Mohamed Aabi Digaale on February 17, 2018. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP)

Nairobi, February 21, 2018--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization Human Rights Center, and Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye, the East Africa director of Universal TV, told CPJ.


Okorocha Is Inflicting Pains And Suffering On Imo People Archbishop Obinna. OBLONG MEDIA

The Archbishop AJV Obinna of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri on Sunday, February 18, 2018, took a swipe at Governor More


Thousands of Americans jailed for debts chased by private collectors "IndyWatch Feed World"

An estimated 77 million Americans have a debt that has been transferred to a private collection agency. Thousands have ended up in jail over debts as small as $28, with African-Americans and Hispanics the most affected.

The findings come from a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spanning 26 states and Puerto Rico, published on Wednesday. The practice violates many US state and federal laws, which prohibit the jailing of debtors.

(Human Rights violation)

In one case cited in the report, a disabled woman who wears a prosthetic leg was shackled by her waist and feet by two armed US marshals before being put in jail overnight.

They had a warrant for my arrest and I asked them for what, he didnt say what it was for. He said, Hell tell you later, said Tracie Mozie of Dickinson, Texas.

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Law enforcement officials had entered Mozies bedroom to arrest her over a $1,500 federal student loan she took out in 1986 to pay for truck-driving school. The loan had mushroomed to $13,000 with interest and fees. Monzie was unable to pay because she is unemployed and lives on disability benefits.

The ACLU examined more than 1,000 cases in which civil court judges issued arrest warrants for debtors. In some instances the amounts were as small as $28. Letters were sent over bounced checks as low as $2, the ACLU found.

The report is the first ever to analyze the cooperation between courts and the private debt collection industry across the US, according to the ACLU. Private debt collectors use the criminal justice system to try to compel repayments, even when the debts are dis...


Somali Uber driver in UK had daughter's genitals mutilated to stop her from "feeling sexy" "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Somali heritage Uber driver allowed his seven-year-old daughter to be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) because he said it stops "women feeling sexy all the time", a court has heard. The case represents one of the first times a prosecution for the crime - common in some migrant and Muslim cultures - has been brought to court in the UK, despite being illegal here since 1985 and hundreds of successful prosecutions in France. "The case concerns... a practice that is illegal in this country and is becoming illegal in countries around the world," Anna Vigars QC, prosecuting, told the court as the case began Monday. "But, there are communities in Africa and the Middle East where it is common," she added, according to The Guardian. The prosecution alleges that the Somali father, who speaks "broken" English, admitted allowing his daughter to be cut to charity worker and anti-FGM campaigner Sami Ullah after picking him up in his Uber in March 2016.


Somaliland journalist detained without charge "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nairobi, February 21, 2018--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization...


New Report Claims Meat Eaters Are Destroying The Planet "IndyWatch Feed World"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who care about the environment may want to consider going vegetarian. According to the report Appetite for Destruction, meat consumption is impacting some of the worlds most valuable and vulnerable regions. This is largely due to the substantial amount of land needed to produce animal feed.

The Western diet, which is notoriously high in meat in dairy, is the major culprit. In fact, the growing popularity of the diet means an area 1.5 times the size of the European Union could be saved if global consumption of animal products was cut to meet nutritional requirements, reports The Independent.

The areas most threatened include the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas. There, water and land resources are already sought after.

According to the report, excessive animal product consumption is responsible for 60 percent of all biodiversity loss. The world is consuming more animal protein than it needs and this is having a devastating effect on wildlife, said Duncan Williamson, WWF food policy manager.

A staggering 60 per cent of global biodiversity loss...


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Buhari has found himself in exactly the same position he was in 1983 before he was overthrown by Babangida. His More



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African Union Gives Zimbabwe Thumbs Up
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02
Photo: AU Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat
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Zimbabwe did not experience a coup, and the world should respect the countrys decision, as the new political leadership is implementing reforms that are giving people more freedom and democracy, the African Union (AU) has said.

Addressing journalists at the end of his three-day visit to Harare yesterday, AU Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat said his delegation had been satisfied with the peaceful situation on the ground. The AU, he said, would help Zimbabwe overcome the sanctions-induced economic challenges it was facing.

Zimbabweans have been asking for more freedom and more democracy and the authorities of the transition have responded positively, said Mr Faki.

You are aware that this country has been subjected to two decades of sanctions, so we need to work together so that this country can really harness the potential it has for economic development and so that Zimbabwe can play its role, not only at the regional level, but at continental level.

I am satisfied with the visit we have had and together with the authorities of Zimbabwe we have taken stock of the situation that obtains.

Mr Faki added: The authorities of Zimbabwe have committed themselves to various actions and opening up the political and democratic space so that free and fair elections are conducted in the country.

He said Zimbabwes decision to undergo a transition should be respected by everyone, as no laws were violated.

Everybody has noted that the transition has been peaceful, according to the laws of the land. It is the responsibility of the AU to support and accompany countries in such situations to ensure there is peace and stability, said Mr Faki.

All others have to respect the sovereignty and decisions of the country. If there is any unconstitutional change of Government then we also have our instruments. We have our rules that apply in that case. We are here to support the country in transition, a transition that has been publicly supported by the people of Zimbabwe.

Mr Faki said the AU...


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ED Meets Equatorial Guinea Envoy
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02 
Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Equatorial Guinea has pledged to continue working with the new administration in Zimbabwe and take the bilateral ties to new heights.

This emerged after visiting Equatorial Guinea special envoy Mr Gabriel Lima Obiang delivered a special message to President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday.

After the meeting, Mr Obiang told journalists that Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, had extended an invitation to President Mnangagwa to visit that country.

We also came here to congratulate the President and the people of Zimbabwe for the way they handled the transition leading to the new dispensation, said Mr Obiang.

We wish him the best and we are proud of what he is doing both in Government and internationally. As Africans we are proud of what the President has done, proud of the Zimbabweans for the way they handled their affairs.

Mr Obiang, who is also his countrys Minister of Mines, reiterated the countrys support for Zimbabwe, saying they viewed the Southern African country as a good place for investment.

In the future, we want to see Equatorial Guinea investing in various sectors of the economy in Zimbabwe, he said.

Mr Obiang said soon, both countries were expected to initiate high-level meetings as part of strengthening the bilateral cooperation.

Ties between Harare and Malabo were strengthened in 2004 when Zimbabwe foiled an attempted coup by mercenaries to topple President Nguema and replace him with exiled opposition leader and Spanish-based Severe Moto.

Zimbabwean security forces arrested British mercenary Simon Mann and 69 others at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport when they landed to pick up weapons, while on their way to overthrow President Nguemas government.


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Zanu-PF Youth League to Honor Former President Mugabe
21 FEB, 2018
Herald Reporters

The Zanu-PF Youth League will today mark National Youth Day with various activities to commemorate former President Robert Gabriel Mugabes contribution to the liberation and development of the country.

This was said by Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi in an interview on the sidelines of an ongoing ideological training workshop for students held in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union at the University of Zimbabwe yesterday.

Tomorrow is going to be Youth Day, so youth will be doing charity work and will be associating with each other, discussing development issues, issues that challenge them and we are also going to have time to interact with these students tomorrow and reflect on this training they have gone through, he said.

We are going to be listening to the youths, they have their own issues they want to convey to the leadership of the party and we will give them a platform to talk to the leadership. That time of us going to rallies is gone, our new dispensation is going to be interactive, so tomorrow is going to be the starting point for us.

Cde Togarepi described Cde Mugabe as a hero who had done a lot for the countrys development, adding that a youth delegation is expected to visit the former President at his home today.

He is our hero, he is our icon, he said.

He is somebody who has contributed to the development of this country immensely.

So, this day came about recognising him as our leader and what he has done for this country.

So you cannot celebrate the Youth Day without including Robert Mugabe in the process, so we are going to celebrate with him in mind and where possible some of our youths will be going there to sing happy birthday with him. Toenda ne ma bhosvo ikoko kunocelebrata nemukuru wedu, tinomuda.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Service Commissions chairman Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah has confirmed that today is a public holiday with respect to public officers as gazetted by President Mnangagwa on...


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Zimbabwe Government to Fulfill Pledges to Tsvangirai
19 FEB, 2018
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa consoles Mr Morgan Tsvangirais mother Mbuya Lydia Chibwe Tsvangirai and other mourners at the MDC-T leaders residence in Highlands, Harare yesterday. (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

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PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday assured the family of MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai that Government will fulfil the pledges he made to the politician regarding his welfare. President Mnangagwa said Government will consult with the family to see how the promises he made to the former Prime Minister could be fulfilled.

The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) said this when he visited Mr Tsvangirais Highlands residence in Harare to pay his condolences following the MDC-T leaders death at a South African hospital last Wednesday.

President Mnangagwa was accompanied by his two deputies, General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) and Kembo Mohadi, Government ministers and senior Government officials.

He said during his visit to Mr Tsvangirais residence last month, the politician raised some concerns and requests he wanted addressed and as the Head of State and Government, he had acceded to them and would ensure that they are fulfilled.

He gave me a list of things he wanted addressed that time and I gave him my word that the issues would be addressed, said President Mnangagwa.

I will keep my promise. His requests would be honoured. When we are done with the burial, I will come and talk to my uncles the Tsvangirai family.

I will come here and explain what he requested and all that I promised him. I will explain all what I said and promised to each and every request he made. I will also come with my Vice Presidents, they shall be present when I come. I will honour those promises that I made to him.

President Mnangagwa said the Tsvangirai family were his uncles by totem, since he was a nephew of the Dziva clan.

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Violence Mars Tsvangirai Burial
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02 
Zvamaida Murwira in BUHERA
Zimbabwe Herald

VIOLENCE reared its ugly head at MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirais burial here yesterday, with rowdy party youths threatening to torch a thatched hut in which the partys co-vice president Dr Thokozani Khupe and secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora had sought refuge after being assaulted.

Quick reaction by the police, who moved in to disperse the rowdy youths, saved the situation. Police escorted the pair to a nearby primary schools grounds from where they then followed the proceedings.

The youths considered Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora as obstacles to co-vice president Mr Nelson Chamisas road to leading the party. This came as Mr Tsvangirais uncle Mr Innocent Zvaipa assaulted a University of Zimbabwe student at the graveyard in full view of mourners for photographing Mr Tsvangirais mother, Gogo Lydia Tsvangirai.

On arrival at Mr Tsvangirais homestead, Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora had to scurry for cover as the youths bayed for their blood in front of mourners and dignitaries that included ambassadors from Western countries and Mr Tsvangirais close friend and Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Dr Khupe was heckled by youths who protested against her presence at the burial, when she was boycotting party meetings in Harare. Dr Khupe has boycotted meetings convened by Adv Chamisa in protest over what she feels is his unconstitutional rise to power.

She was jeered on her arrival, together with Mr Mwonzora. They were manhandled before the police intervened and whisked them away to a hut at Mr Tsvangirais homestead. That was when the youths threatened to torch the hut.

When Dr Khupe eventually joined proceedings at the school grounds, she wept uncontrollably and had to be comforted by MDC-T national treasurer Mrs Theresa Makone and the partys womens assembly chairperson Mrs Lynette Karenyi.

Away from Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora plight, Mr Tsvangirais uncle Mr Innocent Zvaipa assaulted a University of Zimbabwe female student at the graveyard for photographing Mr Tsvangirais...


The Egypt-Israel gas deal is scandalous and shameless "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh | MEMO | February 21, 2018 After Al-Sisi opened the very large Zohr gas field about two weeks ago the newspapers celebrated and announced the news that Egypt will achieve gas self-sufficiency this year by means of the Zohr, North Alexandria, Nawras, and Atoll gas fields. The Egyptian citizens lived this []


Again El-Rufai threatens to demolish Hunkuyis House Newtelegraph

The Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial district, Suleiman Hunkuyi has cried out over plans to demolish another of his property in Kaduna. In a tweet Wednesday afternoon,  Hunkuyi said the state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has sent a bill of N 30 Million Naira to him as ground rent to be paid within 30 days. Hunkuyi said he []

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South African President Vows To Seize White Property And Give It To Blacks "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Africas new president Cyril Ramaphosawidely being hailed as Africas new savior by international mediahas vowed to seize land belonging to white farmers without compensation and hand it over to blackseven though he has admitted [...]


Tunisia FM Concerned ISIS will Grow in Libya Following Defeat in Syria, Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 18 February, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui is reported to have stated in an address at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that ISIS will attempt to return to Libya following its defeat in Iraq and Syria. In his speech Jhniaoui called for the need for cooperative international counter-terrorism efforts, arguing to win our battle against terrorism, it has to be under the name of war of thoughts, which will eradicate extremist thinking that attempts to attract young people to ideological distortions, in addition to fighting poverty and unemployment.

isis in libyaCredit: Ministrio da Indstria, Comrcio Exterior e Servios

On 12 14 February, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), a Geneva-based NGO, facilitated talks between a range of different Libyan actors in Geneva. CHD did not publish a list of attendees, but those invited are reported to have included Government of National Accord (GNA) Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maitig, House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh, Central Bank of Libya Governor Sadiq al-Kabir, and former head of the General National Congress (GNC) Nuri Abu Sahmain. The organisers of the event stressed that all participants were invited in their personal capacity as individuals, not as representatives of certain institutions. HCD held a similar event in May 2017, as well as a meeting of over 90 of Libyas mayors in Tunisia in December 2017.

On 15 February, the Egyptian army announced it had foiled an infiltration attempt after reportedly destroying ten 44 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition on the Libyan border. This is the latest in a series of similar claims by the Egyptian army to have destroyed convoys of vehicles carrying weapons and fighters into western Egypt.

On 13 February, it was confirmed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) had suspended Libyas to vote at the UN for...


Syria, South Sudan and Somalia hit bottom in corruption index "IndyWatch Feed World"

Most countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, according to the latest Corruption Perception Index.


Catholic social teaching "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Modern tech unravels mysteries of Egyptian mummy portraits "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new exhibit explores the science of ancient funeral paintings Everybody's a critic. Even back in second century Egypt. While digging in Tebtunis in northern Egypt in the winter of 1899-1900, British archaeologists stumbled upon portraits of affluent Greco-Egyptians placed over the faces of mummies. One grave contained an ink and chalk sketch, a bit larger than a standard sheet of printer paper, of a woman from around the years A.D. 140 to 160. The sketch includes directions from an unidentified source to the artist to paint the "eyes softer." That ancient critique is now the name of a temporary exhibit at Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Ill. "Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt" features the sketch, along with six more intact or nearly intact Egyptian funeral portraits, one still attached to its mummy. All were discovered more than a century ago but recently examined using modern scientific tools.


China Amman says CITES ignoring Chinese Asian and Zimbabwean elephant imports Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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By Adam Cruise

In the last two years, China has imported more than 80 live Asian elephants from across its border in Laos and almost 100 juvenile African elephants from Zimbabwe. They were all destined for zoos throughout China.

According to wildlife investigator and film-maker, Karl Ammann, the Laotian Prime Minister last year publically declared the trade in live elephants illegal under national laws. Furthermore, says Ammann, the transactions should not have been possible under current international laws outlined by the Convention in the Trade of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the global body governing the international trade.

Asian elephants are considered a species threatened with extinction CITES lists them under Appendix I, meaning that commercial trade in Asian elephants is prohibited unless the elephants are leased for non-commercial purposes or they originate from a CITES-approved facility of captive-bred animals. According to Ammann, Laos does not have a single CITES-approved breeding facility.

Zimbabwes elephants, however, are listed under Appendix II. This means that trade is allowed, provided the Zimbabwean authorities do not deem it detrimental to the survival of the species and that they are satisfied the animals are legally obtained.

There is no mention in the CITES regulations on the welfare or the ecological issues that may arise from snatching juvenile elephants from their family herds in the wild. Whats more, Zimbabwe alone determines whether the trade is detrimental or whether they are legally obtained. There arent any independent checks from the international community or CITES.

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In 2016, China officially imported 50 live elephants from Laos, as stated by the CITES trade database, while Ammanns underc...


Scores of girls missing after new Boko Haram school attack Nigerian government spending a lot on arms, ammunitions, vehicles but it isnt clear they really want to do away with Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed War"



BOKO HARAM/AFP / by Aminu ABUBAKAR, with Phil HAZLEWOOD in Lagos | Fourteen missing Chibok girls were seen in a video released on January 15 by their abductors

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

The jihadists gained worldwide notoriety in April 2014 when they abducted 276 girls from their school in Chibok, in neighbouring Borno state.

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and since May last year, 107 have either escaped or been released as part of a government-brokered deal. A total of 112 are still being held.

Mondays incident sparked fears of a repeat of Chibok and on Wednesday morning some 50 parents and guardians gathered at the school demanding information.

Our girls have been missing for two days and we dont know their whereabouts, Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among those missing, told AFP.

Although we were told they had run to some villages, we have been to all these villages mentioned without any luck. We are beginning to harbour fears the worst might have happened.

We have the fear that we are dealing with another Chibok scenario.

Confused picture

According to school staff, there were 710 students at the state-run boarding school, which caters for girls aged 11 and above.

Inuwa Mohammed, whose 16-year-old daughter, Falmata, is also missing, said it was a confused picture and that parents had been frantically searching surrounding villages.

Nobody is telling us anything officially, he said. We still dont know how many of our daughters were recovered and how many are still missing.

We have been hearing many numbers, between 67 and 94.

Police in the state, which is one of three in the northeast Nigeria worst-affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, said they had no reports of abductions following the attack.

Yobes education commissioner, Mohammed Lamin, said the school had been shut and a rollcall of all the girls who have returned was being conducted.

It is...


Russia ready to help negotiate Afrin conflict settlement Foreign Ministry "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia will be ready to assist in the settlement of a conflict in Syrian Afrin (65 kilometers from Aleppo) if the parties deem this necessary, Russian president's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa said on Monday. "Russia is not imposing its role on anyone," said Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister. "If somebody sees it is needed, we are ready to do a good turn so that to stop bloodshed and find common denominators," he went on to say. "The most important for us is the approaches stemming from the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and respect for territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity of Syria," the Russian diplomat said.


FLASHBACK: How the CIA and its Qatari partners helped create Syria's Jabhat al Nusra "IndyWatch Feed World"

A recent interview given by: an 'anonymous' Qatari security official, has shed further light on CIA-led covert arms shipments to militants fighting in Syria. In this Reuters article, the security official and several 'anonymous' rebel Commanders confirm that Qatar has "tightened coordination of arms flows [plural] to Syria," under alleged concern of weapons ending up in the hands of Al Qaeda linked Islamic extremist militants; the very militants as noted previously, that have continually formed the spearhead of the insurgency against the Syrian Government: "Rebel fighters in Syria say that in recent months the system for distributing arms has become more centralized, with arms being delivered through opposition National Coalition's General Command, led by Selim Idriss, a general who defected to the opposition and is a favorite of Washington."(my emphasis) What has been long confirmed by 'official sources' in the mainstream press, is that these arms shipments commenced in at least "early 2012. We can be sure, as with the majority of the official timeline, that leeway has been given in these statements: its highly likely smaller arms shipments/smuggling into Syria started much earlier. Statements from eyewitnesses in Libya confirm that arms shipments from the port of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group stronghold Misrata, commenced rapidly after the fall of Gaddafi. Sibel Edmonds also reported in November 2011, long before any corporate media revealed, that the CIA, along with its Turkish and NATO counterparts had been working from the "nerve centre" at the joint US-Turkish air-base in Incerlik, Turkey, since April/May of 2011, coordinating 'rebel' elements and 'activist's'. Edmonds posits the likely theory that this was one of the initial staging grounds used by the CIA and its regional partners, to smuggle weapons, fighters and materiel into Syria as the insurgency took hold.


Two French soldiers killed in Mali attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

File photo for a soldier of Frances Barkhane mission patrols in central Mali, in the border zone with Burkina Faso and Niger as a joint anti-militant force. (AFP)
PARIS: Two French soldiers were killed after their armored vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Mali, the French presidents office said on Wednesday. Another soldier was injured as a result of the explosion.
France has deployed around 4,000 French troops in the West Africas Sahel region as part of Operation Barkhane aimed at tackling Islamist militants in the region. (Reuters)
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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, and Malis President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, center right, visit soldiers of Operation Barkhane, Frances largest overseas military operation, in Gao, Northern Mali, May 19, 2017.


Complicit Western Media Primps for Its China Witch Hunt Close-up "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its Chinese New Year and time for our special entertainment edition of China Watch.  We document the atrocities at the CCTV New Years Gala!  Racism! Outrage!  And the back story on why China went blackface to show its love for Africa!

Then we look at witch hunts against foreign influence.  Do you know why witch hunts arent coming back in America?  Because they never went away!  China Watch examines the US governments witch hunt machinery that was developed to root out Communist influence in glamorous Hollywood and is now gearing up for a run at Chinese influence in the United States.  No its not McCarthyism.  Its a lot, lot worse.  And scarier.

And doing the dirty dog is dangerous to your health!  A Malaysian rapper risks Malaysian government wrath over a risqu Year of the Dog video.

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