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Wednesday, 25 October

04:08

Buhari Rejects Same Currency For ECOWAS New Telegraph Online

Nigerias President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, advised the ECOWAS Presidential Task Force On Currency Programme to thread with caution citing the organisations decision to adopt a common currency by the year 2020 as unhealthy and one that may be doomed to fail, with the former Head of State pointing fingers at the European Unions trial of such, which was a herculean task and still unaccepted by some of its member countries. Buhari made mention of the problems faced by the EU in realising the same objective to finetune his notion...

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04:04

From Democracy to Freedom Presentations : In Philadelphia, Richmond, and... "IndyWatch Feed World"

This winter, we will be offering presentations on our new book, From Democracy to Freedom. If you can arrange something for us in your town, university, or elsewhere, please contact us: rollingthunder@crimethinc.com. Below are the details about the next two presentations, coming up this weekend in Philadelphia and Richmond.

Presentation: From Democracy to Freedom

Democracy is the most universal political ideal of our day. George Bush invoked it to justify invading Iraq; Obama congratulated the rebels of Tahrir Square for bringing it to Egypt; Occupy Wall Street claimed to have distilled its pure form. From the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the autonomous region of Rojava, practically every government and popular movement calls itself democratic.

And yet it was democracy that brought Donald Trump to power, not to mention Adolf Hitler.

What is democracy, precisely? How can we defend ourselves against democratically-elected tyrants? Is there a difference between government and self-determination, and are there other ways to describe what we are doing together when we make decisions? Drawing on the latest book from the CrimethInc. collective, the presenters will explore these questions and more. Join us for a lively discussion!

Friday, October 27, 7 pm

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Philadelphia, PA

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03:48

30,000 Studies of Foundational Biomedical Science Had Errors Due to Contaminated Cells "IndyWatch Feed World"

Researchers recently announced that significant, possibly foundational parts of the field of biomedical science could be rendered invalid, because of a long history of flawed data. It was described as a systemic failure in flawed data that goes back several decades.

A recent investigation alleges that over 30,000 published scientific studies are wrought with errors due to their use of falsely identified cell lines. Apparently what they call immortalcells contaminated other research cultures in a laboratory.

One immortal cell line was the topic of a film recently, about an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks whose cervical cancer cells were stolen without her knowledge or consent on February 8, 1951. She died of cancer on October 4 the same year, and her family was unaware that her cancer cells would be used to make an untold amount of profit.

Her cervical cancer cells were turned into the oldest and most commonly used immortal cell line. It is called the HeLa cell line.

The immortal cells were used in Jonas Salks infamous Polio vaccine in 1952. The vaccine ended up being responsible for an untold number of people getting cancer, and it was officially claimed that it was due to the Rhesus monkey kidney cells in the vaccine being contaminated with a cancer causing virus, SV40.

According to Wikipedia:

Scientists have grown an estimated 20 tons of HeLa cells, and there are almost 11,000 patents involving these cells. The HeLa cell lines are known to overtake other cell cultures in laboratory settings and it is estimated that HeLa cells, at one point, contaminated millions of dollars worth of biological research.

So the 30,000 + published studies are now compromised because cell cultures in the lab were contaminated with immortal cells (possibly even HeLa cells).

For example, a researcher studying lung cancer might publish a paper based on experiments with cells that were not from the lung, b...

03:44

South Africa 36 arrested for rhino poaching in first three weeks of October Africa Sustainable Conservation News

rnews.co.za

Oct 23, 2017

36 arrested for rhino poaching in the first three weeks of October

Over the past three weeks, 36 suspects, between 22 and 40 years of age, were arrested for crimes related to rhino poaching.

The Rhino 8 Task Team has been relentless in its effort to bring the down scourge of rhino poaching in the country, particularly in the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Game Reserve, said police spokesperson, Brig Vishnu Naidoo.

The task team, which comprises of various government departments including members from various disciplines of the South African Police Service, Customs and Excise, the South African National Defence Force, Ezemvelo and SANParks Game Rangers, continues to work tirelessly to stop the merciless slaughter and dehorning of rhinos as well as that of elephants.

He said that since the beginning of October to date, some members of the task team were able to arrest the 36 suspects in the areas of Acornhoek, Calcutta, Hazyview, Elukwatini and Skhukuza (Mpumalanga); Hluhluwe, Mtubatuba (kwaZulu-Natal) and Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa (Limpopo).

During these arrests the team also confiscated four motor vehicles including a VW Golf, a Ford Ranger Wildtrack, a Nissan Navara; 12 unlicensed firearms including rifles; a variety of ammunition, silencers,  a hacksaw,  axes, knives, 27 cellphones and three rhino horns as well an elephant tusk, added Brig Naidoo.

Most of these suspects have since appeared in various courts on charges of unlawful possession of firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of dangerous weapon/s, trespassing, hunting a protected animal, kidnapping, assault, possession of remains of a wild animal, in terms of the Immigration Act for either being illegally in the country/without proper documentation and/or possession of suspected stolen property.

He said that despite a multitude of arrests by the Rhino 8 Task Team, there still seems to be greater persistence by suspects wanting to poach rhino.

It is with hoped that the arrest of these 36 suspects would serve as a warning and deterrent to other potential poachers.

The strategies we have in place now are intended to significantly reduce the chances of poachers. We applaud the communities for their continued support in fighting this scourge, added Brig Naidoo.

With this growing help from the commu...

03:41

Unpaid Salaries: NLC set for showdown with Gov Bello New Telegraph Online

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has revealed plans to storm Kogi state and confront the Governor, Yahaya Bello, over his nonchalant attitude towards the welfare of workers in the state. According to the union, they were also ready to embark on a  massive protest to the National Assembly and the Presidential Villa, to protest the irresponsible approach of Bello to issues. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, lamented that the insensitivity of the governor towards the plight of workers who were owed...

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02:38

Edo Police Command Gets New CP New Telegraph Online

Edo State Police command now has a new Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Babatude Kokumo. Mr Kokumo who resumed duty on Monday took over from embattled former CP Haliru Gwandu who assumed office in Edo on September 22, 2016. Gwando replaced Mr Fumihan Adeoye in the wake of 2016 governorship polls in the state. Mr Babatude Kokumo was CP Armament, Force Headquarters, Abuja. He arrived the State Police Command Headquarters about 3:51 pm Monday. On arrival, he inspected the sentry and was ushered into the CPs Office where he was received by his predecessor, CP...

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02:34

NYT Laments Forever Wars Its Editorials Helped Create "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Adam Johnson for FAIR - Corporate media have a long history of lamenting wars they themselves helped sell the American public, but its rare so many wars and so much hypocrisy are distilled into one editorial. On Monday, the New York Times (10/22/17) lamented the expansion of Americas forever wars overseas, without once noting that every war mentioned is one the editorial board has itself endorsed, while failing to oppose any of the engagements touched on in the editorial. The Times began by noting the sheer scope of US military reach: The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. American forces are actively engaged not only in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that have dominated the news, but also in Niger and Somalia, both recently the scene of deadly attacks, as well as Jordan, Thailand and elsewhere. An additional 37,813 troops serve on presumably secret assignment in places listed simply as unknown. The Pentagon provided no further explanation.

02:21

Buhari followed due process in Mainas sack Presidency New Telegraph Online

The Presidency has denied reports that  President Muhammadu Buhari did not follow due process in ordering the immediate sack of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, from service. Commentators on social media had said the presidential order violated the provisions of the Civil Service Rule that stipulated how civil servants could be fired. But the Presidency, on its Twitter handle, NGRPresident, insisted that due process was followed adding that President Buhari will continue to ensure that due process is followed every step of...

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02:20

New York Times and US wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Left unmentioned in the editorial: from Afghanistan (both the 2001 invasion and Obamas 2009 surge) to Iraq (the 2003  2003 invasion and Obama re-entering the country in August 2014 to fight ISIS) to Syria (both CIA-backed regime change and bombing ISIS) to Korea to our drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the New York Times has endorsed and often cheered every of these forever wars. " (thanks Amir)

02:16

Japans Largest Department Store Withdraws Products From Israeli Settlements "IndyWatch Feed World"

Earlier this month, the store was scheduled to host an event featuring Israeli wines, including wines made in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen land. But after Japanese civil society raised concerns, Mitsukoshi shortened the event and removed all wines which Japanese BDS activists indicated were made in Israeli settlements, The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)reported.

A spokesperson for Palestine Forum Japan, a network of BDS activists, said:

We warmly welcome this principled decision by Mitsukoshi department store to pull products made in illegal Israeli settlements from its shelves. By refusing to sell these products, the store is complying with international law and Japanese foreign policy. It is also respecting human rights and advancing justice and peace.

Mitsukoshis action serves as a model to other Japanese companies trading with those in illegal Israeli settlements on occupied land. Japanese companies must immediately end their complicity in Israeli violations of human rights by stopping all trade and cooperation with Israels regime of occupation and apartheid, or increasingly face both reputational damage and financial losses.

BDS activists in Japan will continue to support the Palestinian call for boycott until the Japanese government implements sanctions against Israel, as was done against apartheid South Africa, to end Israels decades-old denial of Palestinian human rights.

In July 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a warning on its website, advising that settlement activities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are in violation of international law, and one must be aware of the financial, reputational and legal risks when involved with economic activities in these areas.

Mitsukoshi is recognized as Japans oldest department store and was established over one hundred years ago. Its also one of the nations largest. Eight years ago, the company merged with Isetan to form Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings.

The call for BDS calls to impose Boycott, divestment, and sanctions on Israel until such time that the military occupation is ended, Palestinian citizens of Israel enjoy equal rights, and Palestinian refugees are permitted to return to their homes and their land.

What is clear from the many articles written, conferences held, strategies contrived and laws passed regarding BDS is the following: there is nothing in t...

02:02

Famous wrestler faces trial for allegedly killing wife, locking up corpse to decompse New Telegraph Online

A renown wrestler, John Eke Uti a.k.a. Power Uti, was on Tuesday hauled up before an Ebute Meta Magistrates Court, Lagos, for allegedly killing his wife, Toyin, Uti, 55, was arraigned before Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams on a two-count charge of murder and disrespect of corpse. After going through the case file, Magistrate Folarin-Williams sid she did not see anything both in the accuseds statement and in the police investigations to show that the accused killed his wife and quashed the remand application brought by the police. She, therefore, admitted the...

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01:59

NATOs humanitarian war brought Libya bloodshed, slavery "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 12 April 2017 video is called Migrants being sold as slaves in Libya, IOM reports.

Slavery in Libya was abolished in 1857; before, eg, the United States of America, or the Dutch colonial empire abolished it. However, NATOs 2011 humanitarian war on Libya brought it back.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Slaves on our Streets: Migrants taking deadly boat crossings to Europe after fleeing forced labour in Libya

Every time I worked for someone they had a gunif you complain they dont pay you, they will shoot you

Lizzie Dearden, Sicily

Tuesday 24 October 2017 11:00 BST

Sometimes they would just come and take you, make you do your work and then go. If you asked for money, you were looking for your death.

Bright, a 29-year-old Nigerian man, laughs bitterly at the thought of challenging the heavily-armed Libyan men who forced him to work in the conflict-ridden country for four years.

He is among thousands of migrants to risk deadly boat crossings over the Mediterranean Sea to escape abuse in Libya, which has become one of the worlds major hubs of modern slavery.

The Independent, in partnership with our sister paper the Evening Standard, is exposing the human trade in Britain and around the world as part of a special investigation.

...

01:49

BREAKING: EFCC Seals Mainas Plaza, Properties In Kaduna New Telegraph Online

The anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has sealed two houses allegedly owned by the embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Reform Team, Abdulrahseed Maina in Kaduna State. The two properties include a two-storey shopping plaza at number 2c Ibrahim Taiwo road and another one storey duplex at Katuru road all located in the state capital. An official of the commission confirmed the sealing to Channels Televisions correspondent via telephone which took place today and further stated that five more houses in the state capital belonging to Maina were being traced...

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01:42

Buhari felicitates with `Baba Ijebu at 82 New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Ogun businessman Chief Kensington Adebutu as the philanthropist clocks 82 on Oct. 24. The president in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday, lauded Adebutus contributions to the growth of the economy. Buhari also lauded Adebutu for providing jobs to thousands of Nigerians, especially the youth. He praised the business acumen, hard work and determination that enabled Adebutu to rise from a humble beginning to sit atop a business empire currently. Buhari affirmed...

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01:28

THEY ARE ALMOST THERE, CONTINUE ARGUING AND SLEEPING. OBLONG MEDIA

Buhari went to Turkey for the D-8 meeting. Currently, countries that make up D-8 are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, More

01:15

Theres No Defending Founding Fathers Who Practiced Slavery "IndyWatch Feed World"

(OW)  This summer, on the very day that white supremacists rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was down the road visiting Montpelier the home of James Madison, our fourth president.

On the house tour, we stopped in Madisons upstairs library, where he spent hundreds of hours reading about earlier attempts at self-governance.

There, he imagined the previously unimaginable: freedom of religion, freedom of expression, the right to a jury of ones peers. Madison would go on to write those amendments into the Constitution, earning him the name Father of the Bill of Rights.

As we stepped outside to Montpeliers beautiful grounds, we learned something else: To keep his small family of four white people in the height of 18th century luxury, James Madison enslaved 100 black people.

Indeed, Montpelier now has an Enslaved Community Exhibit and tour. I was eager to see how these two Madisons were being interpreted: the man who conceived  unimaginable freedoms for himself and his kind, while simultaneously denying freedom to countless others.

The Enslaved Community Exhibit is powerful: historians, archeologists, and descendants have worked hard to document the lives of the hundreds of African Americans enslaved at Montpelier over the years.

Artifacts of their lives are on display, and hundreds of their names are painted on the exhibit walls. Videos recreate the story of enslaved people who tried to escape and were recaptured and imprisoned.

Then I took the tour.

The white guide began to explain why James Madison didnt free any of the people he enslaved when he died. James Madison was a practical man, the guide said. He knew that they would not be welcomed into the deeply prejudiced society of the time.

I tried to give the man a way out. Perhaps this is what Madison told himself so he could sleep at night. But if hed asked any of the people he enslaved, Im sure they wouldve preferred freedom.

No, no, the guide continued, slave states required that freed men and women leave the state within a year. Even the North wasnt welcoming. They wouldve had to go all the way to Canada.

Canada? Would that really have been worse than slavery?

When I wrote to the Montpelier administration afterward expressing my outrage that their staff would justify slavery on any grounds, the reply included this information: A visitor to Montpelier in 1835 noted that [Madison] talked more on the subject of slavery than on any other, acknowledging, without limit...

01:14

JUST IN: Gunmen kill 2 policemen, abduct expatriate in Kogi New Telegraph Online

The police in Kogi on Tuesday confirmed the killing of two police officers and the abduction of an expatriate by unknown gunmen at a construction site in the state. Spokesman of the state police command, ASP William Aya, told newsmen in Lokoja that Insp. Ezekiel Negedu and Sgt. Gini John were killed while on guard duty on Obajana Oshokoshoko Kabba road. Aya said that John died on the spot while Negedu died on arrival in hospital. According to the police spokesman, about 15 gunmen emerged from a nearby...

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01:12

Famine Can Constitute a War Crime and Should Be Prosecuted Independent UN Rights Expert "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert on 23 October said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.

Two children carry water in Leer, Unity State in South Sudan, parts of which have been declared as famine-affected. Photo: OCHA

If the famine comes from deliberate action of the State or other players using food as a weapon of war, it is an international crime, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, told journalists in New York.

The expert spoke to the media after presenting her report to the General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, also known as the Third Committee, where she said an estimated 70 million people in 45 countries need emergency food aid.

Those countries include Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, where around 20 million people are hungry or face starvation as a result of man-made conflict.

States and other parties involved in conflicts, Ms. Elver said in a press release, need to recognize their own duty to act, and above all, avoid using hunger as a weapon of war.

The right to food is an unconditional human right and legal entitlement for all people, not a d...

01:00

The Transformative Power of Africas Youth "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The magnitude of need in Africa is great, but with a growing population of young, ethical leaders, so is the potential. By improving access to education and financial services, Africa's youngest leaders will be well positioned to help the continent achieve rapid, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth.

00:52

Road Accidents in Africa among Deadliest Worldwide with 650 People Killed Each Day "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official on 23 October said, calling for more to be done to keep drivers as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists safe.

Street vendors work between vehicles stuck in traffic in Tema, Ghana. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

There is projected increase in urbanization, motorization, infrastructure development projects and vehicle ownership in the region over the coming decades. Road traffic fatalities and injuries will continue to take a rising toll on countries if no significant changes are made, warned the Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, addressing the 2017 Africa Road Safety Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

To change this trend, Todt urged participating governments to implement the Global Plan for the Decade of Action and the African Road Safety Action Plan, which focuses on safer roads, vehicles and road users. It also details improved post-crash care and stronger road safety governance, including the enforcement of strong legislation.

He also called for implementing basic laws not obeyed in some countries, such as using seat belts and helmets, child safety seats, and prohibiting drunk drivers.

As much as strong legislation is important, a national vision and leadership are essen...

00:43

The Emerging Trend in Southeast Nigeria by Livy-Elcon Emereonye OBLONG MEDIA

There comes a time in someones life when certain decisions (even very painful and non-palatable ones) are made after intensive More

00:34

VP AND THE $2 BILLION 2ND NIGER BRIDGE: SOPHISTRY OR FREUDIAN SLIP? By Robinson Tombari OBLONG MEDIA

Prof. Osinbajo allegedly said the APC Government paid $2 Billion, 2 days back, for the 2nd Niger Bridge. He said More

00:24

In Search of Justice for the dismissed Army 38. By Musa Ibrahim OBLONG MEDIA

The Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee on Tuesday, 17th October 2017 held a hearing on a number of petitions against More

00:21

Saudi Arabia plans $500bn business zone next to Red Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

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NEOM dubbed to be biggest private industrial zone that will extend across Egyptian and Jordanian borders

00:17

Press Release October 23, 2017. Mainas Reinstatement: A Classical Example Of Honour Among Thieves PDP. OBLONG MEDIA

Jeffery Archer, the British Author in his Classical Novel Titled Honour among thieves postulated that criminals do not compromise the More

00:12

Dont Deceive Us With Second Niger Bridge, MASSOB Tells FG. OBLONG MEDIA

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has called on the Federal Government to declare an More

00:10

Egyptian forces go all out against ISIS in Libya "IndyWatch Feed World"

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) Egyptian forces have stepped up their anti-ISIS intervention in the war-striken nation of Libya, employing state-of-the-art combat aviation against jihadist militants.

The Egyptian defense ministry has released footage captured from the targeting pods of their combat aircraft showing Egyptian Apache gunships and Eurofighter jets striking ISIS positions, gathering points and movements in Libya.

According to military affiliated sources, Egyptian attack helicopters and warplanes engaged and destroyed elements of the ISIS terrorist group attempting to cross the border from Libya into western Egypt.

Reports say that the latest engagement by Egyptian forces of Islamic State terrorists in Libya saw them destroy at least eight armed pickups along with their crews.

...

00:09

Buhari is surrounded by cankerworms Dino Melaye New Telegraph Online

Dino Melaye, a senator representing of Kogi west, says President Muhammadu Buhari is surrounded by caterpillars. Melaye said this on Tuesday while contributing to a debate on the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the presidential task force team on pension reforms, into the federal civil service. The motion was sponsored by Isah Misau, senator representing Bauchi central.   Speaking on the matter on Tuesday, Melaye alleged that Malami has been abusing his office. He described Mainas reinstatement as pathetic and said the AGF will run us into a constitutional crisis...

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Tuesday, 24 October

23:39

Fourth humpback whale in under a month found along East London coastline in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

While East Londoners have been enjoying a bumper season of whale sightings over the past few weeks, a fourth humpback whale in less than a month has beached and died along the East London coastline. East London Museum principal scientist Kevin Cole said the strandings were a new record for his cetacean database. Yesterday, Cole examined the badly decomposed carcass of the fourth dead humpback on the rocks west of Chintsa West. He said the body of the fully adult male had been seen floating in the ocean for a week or two. Cole said it had washed up on the rocks on early Sunday evening.

23:38

Breaking News: National assembly okays autonomy for local governments, INEC to be in charge of Local government elections!!! OBLONG MEDIA

The National Assembly on Tuesday, granted full financial and administrative autonomy to all the 774 local council authorities across Nigeria More

23:35

JUST IN: Senate investigates Mainas return, reinstatement, promotion New Telegraph Online

The Senate, yesterday, set up an ad hoc committee, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the secret return of Abdulrasheed Maina to the country, his reinstatement into the public service and promotion to the rank of director. The Senate also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for his prompt intervention in directing that Maina be sacked while also setting up a panel to investigate the dramatic development. The resolutions of the Senate followed a point of order raised by Senator Isah Hamman Misau, who came through orders 42 and 52 of the Senate...

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23:27

South-West presidential tribunal on Human Right abuses by military resumes in Lagos New Telegraph Online

The Presidential Investigation Panel commissioned by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on August 11, 2017 to review compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, has officially commenced sitting at the Ikeja High Court, Lagos. The ten-man panel which was headed by Honorable Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, JCA, sat to investigate on matters that concerns the fight against insurgency and terrorism affecting civilians. The panel was instituted to review extant rules of engagement applicable in the Armed Forces of Nigeria and extent of compliance...

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23:26

Former ministers call for international education aid to be enshrined in law New Telegraph Online

An expert group of former Education Ministers and heads of government, including former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and former United Kingdom Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, have written an open letter to G20 heads of government calling for international education aid to be enshrined in law to combat a global education crisis. The Atlantis Group also called on the G20, as leaders of the major industrialised and emerging economies, to take a lead by enshrining in law a commitment to education investment and assistance as a percentage...

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23:13

Updates: Herdsmen Demand N25m Ransom For Omafuaire Release Urhobo Today

IGP Idris


LAGOS OTOBER 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Fulani herdsmen who on Monday kidnapped Octogenarian Chief James Omafuaire, his wife and customer at his Ikpeshi Quarry site in Akoko Edo Council Area of Edo State are demanding N25 million for his release.
Omafuaire, elder brother of Vanguard Newspaper Senior Photojournalist, Akpokona Omafuaire was kidnapped along with his wife, Mrs. Victoria Omafuaire and a customer while in the site but released the wife after.
The kidnappers called Charles Omafuaire, his son later Monday night demanding N25 million ransom to release the Octogenarian.
Christy Omafuaire Atie, who confirm the ransom demand said that the kidnap has caused panic in the family.
She appeal to the police authority to swing into action to rescue her father while appealing to the herdsmen to lower the demand. Omafuaire was supervising his workers at his quarry site in Ikpeshi near Auchi when the Fulani herdsmen with guns kidnapped him, his wife and a customer.
Chief Omafuaire, an Olomu Chief hails from Akperhe-Olomu in Ughelli-South Area of Delta State, he is a retired Supritendent of Police and former Divisional Police Officer, Igarra. He is over 80 years old.

22:56

'Still feels like a dream': Halawa arrives home after four years in Egyptian jail "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Ibrahim Halawa vows to campaign to free innocent people imprisoned in Egypt and around the world after being released

22:44

Buhari receives report on Mainas reinstatement New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buharis Chief of Staff has received the report of how fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina was reinstated to the civil service. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, confirmed that the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, submitted the report to the presidents chief of staff, on Monday evening as directed. Mr. Adesina spoke on a live Channels Television news programme on Monday night. He had earlier in the day confirmed that Mr. Buhari ordered the sack of Mr. Maina and demanded a full report of the circumstances of Mainas recall and posting to...

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22:39

Handover federal roads to states, Tambuwal appeals to FG New Telegraph Online

Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has appealed to the Federal Government to hand over federal roads in the country to the state governments for effective management so as to ensure long-term viability. He made the appeal when he received the Senate Committee on Works led by its Chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya, at the Government House in Sokoto late Monday night. There is the need for the federal government hand over the roads to states because states governments are closer to the people and we have more efficient methods of supervision. If this is done, it will go a...

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22:27

AN ACCOUNT OF THE KINGS GRAVEN IMAGE. Written by Adakole Emmanuel J. OBLONG MEDIA

1. And it came to pass that a certain Governor from the East by the name Rochas the son of More

22:01

Unicef alert over continuing high rates of child marriage in Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, the UN Children's Fund has warned..

21:54

African elephant poaching down, ivory seizures up "IndyWatch Feed World"

Elephant poaching in Africa continues to fall but last year saw record seizures of illegally traded ivory.

21:45

Presidency Shops For New IGP. OBLONG MEDIA

The embattled Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, may in few weeks be forced out of the police force as More

21:37

Where the New York Times Fails to Understand War "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, October 23, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Lets read a New York Times editorial from Monday:

The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. While the number of men and women deployed overseas has shrunk considerably over the past 60 years, the militarys reach has not. American forces are actively engaged not only in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that have dominated the news, but also in Niger and Somalia, both recently the scene of deadly attacks, as well as Jordan, Thailand and elsewhere.

Thats a big elsewhere that includes Libya, Pakistan, the Philippines, etc.

An additional 37,813 troops serve on presumably secret assignment in places listed simply as unknown. The Pentagon provided no further explanation. There are traditional deployments in Japan (39,980 troops) and South Korea (23,591) to defend against North Korea and China, if needed,

The gratuitous claim that what U.S. troops are doing halfway around the globe is defensive helps explain why this extreme militarism is tolerated. This editorial will go on to scratch its head in bewilderment, but the U.S. would not have gotten into these wars without the hard work of the New York Times, which has so normalized the mouthing of patent nonsense in defense of permanent war that it goes unnoticed even in an editorial lamenting permanent war.

along with 36,034 troops in Germany, 8,286 in Britain and 1,364 in Turkey all NATO allies. There are 6,524 troops in Bahrain and 3,055 in Qatar, where the United States has naval bases.

Plus 14,617 in Italy, 12,489 in Afghanistan with 4,000 more on the way, 12,342 in Kuwait, 5,963 in Iraq, etc, etc, plus many more mercenaries and contractors than troops in some of these locations. And of course has naval bases in plain English is props up brutal dictatorships with horrific results to come.

Americas operations in conflict zones like Africa are expanding: 400 American Special Forces personnel in Somalia train local troops fighting the Shabab Islamist group, providing intelligence and sometimes going into battle with them. One member of the Navy SEALs was killed there in a mission in May. On Oct. 14,...

21:16

Lightning bolt kills two girls in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two girls, aged 8 and 13, died after being struck by lightning in Bayafuthi, Msinga, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on Monday. Nomcebo Shabalala and Amahle Sithole were on their way to school when they were struck. Weziwe Thusi, Acting MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said: "This is a devastating blow to the entire community and a sad reminder that we are now in the summer season where the frequency of lightning incidents has somehow increased from what it used to be due to the reality of climate change. While this is an act of nature, it is a growing problem especially in summer and warrants that we all learn methods of adapting to these unpredictable weather patterns. We wish to assure the affected families of our support and assistance. The uMzinyathi District Disaster Centre has been directed to work very close with the bereaved families". Cogta is appealing to residents to heed storm warnings. The department in partnership with municipalities will continue its awareness campaigns and partner with the schools to ensure that children at a young age are armed with information on what to do to cope with the growing problems caused by natural disasters.

21:06

Court Orders Jonathan To Appear As Metuhs Witness New Telegraph Online

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered President Goodluck Jonathan to appear before it to testify as a witness in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh. Justice Okon Abang has therefore issued a subpoena compelling Jonathan to appear before the court tomorrow, October 25. Jonathan is to appear as a defence witness in the suit filed by the Federal Government against Metuh. Metuh is facing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million out of the $2.1 billion dollars arms...

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20:49

Harvard Org. Gives CAIR Founder Call of Service Award "IndyWatch Feed War"

CNN reports on the United Arab Emirate's designation of CAIR as a terrorist entityCNN reports on the United Arab Emirates designation of CAIR as a terrorist entity (Photo: video screenshot)

 

The largest student organization at Harvard University is giving the founder and executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) a prestigious award in November.

Nihad Awad will be honored with a guest lecture followed by receipt of the Ivy League universitys Phillips Brooks House Associations 2017 Robert Coles Call of Service award. Previous recipients have included former vice president Al Gore.

Awad was a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhoods Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to advance Hamas and the overall Islamist agenda. He was recorded at a 1993 meeting discussing how to support Hamas and the goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.

CAIR was also listed by federal prosecutors as an entity of the Brotherhoods Palestine Committee.

For more information on CAIR, read Clarion Projects Fact Sheet on CAIR

CAIR has a history of Islamist extremism. The U.S. Justice Department labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in an enormous  Hamas terror-financing trial involving the Holy Land Foundation and listed CAIR as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.

In 2008, the FBI officially ended its use of CAIR as a Muslim outreach partner after the designation by the Justice Department.

In 2014, CAIR was designated a terrorist organization on by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...

20:41

Hamas Begs Iran for Help, US Envoy Says Hamas, which has only brought ruin and misery to Palestinians, now begs Iran for help and again vows to destroy Israel. "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY MICHAEL WILNER, ADAM RASGON
 OCTOBER 23, 2017 19:48

 

US special representative for international negotiations took to Twitter to make the claim.

US President's envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt meeting with PA leader Mahmud Abbas

US Presidents envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. (photo credit:AFP PHOTO / PPO / THAER GHANAIM)

WASHINGTON Hamas is begging Iran for help in its armed resistance against Israel, a senior Trump administration official said on Monday, addressing the visit of several Hamas leaders to Tehran over the weekend.

Their visit comes amid talk of Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, which have split rule over the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank, respectively, for nearly a decade.

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Fatah is committed to a peaceful, political path forward in its fight for Palestinian statehood. Hamas considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the US and other Western powers believes that violence is the right path forward in its efforts to destroy Israel and claim Palestine their own.

Hamas, which has only brought ruin and misery...

20:15

Meet the child soldiers of Yemen, sent into battle by adults "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Many child soldiers in Yemen are driven not by poverty but belief in their cause - and often with the encouragement of parents and politicians

19:02

Pentagon mulls amplified Africa role to counter IS group The war is morphing. Were going to see more actions in Africa, not less. "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP | General Joseph Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefs the media on the recent military operations in Niger, at the Pentagon on October 23, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-10-24

The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their caliphate, American officials say.

After IS lost its de facto capital Raqa in Syria this month, and its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul earlier, the group has aspirations to establish a larger presence in Africa, the US militarys top officer General Joseph Dunford said on Monday.

From Libya to Egypts Sinai, to East Africa and West Africa the jihadists have already posed a threat, Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a press conference.

He was discussing the October 4 clash in Niger, West Africa, that cost the lives of four American soldiers.

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18:23

We have imprisoned no political activists, Egypts Sisi says in interview "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP and France 24

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-10-24

Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, a visit that represents a delicate balancing act for the French leader.

Macron is under pressure from human rights groups for France to put an end to what Human Rights Watch has deemed disgraceful policies of indulgence towards the former Egyptian general, who ousted the elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Egypt is a key French partner in the Middle East and a major buyer of French weapons with orders exceeding five billion euros since 2015.

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EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONE ACCORDING TO THE LAW

We have imprisoned no political activists, Sisi told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview that will air on Tuesday. Everything has been done according to the law, within its jurisdiction. Our friends can come and confirm this themselves.

An Elyse Palace statement ahead of Sisis visit said the head of state pairs talks would focus on security and regional stability but also the human rights situation to which France is particularly attentive. During his three-day visit to France, which began on Monday, Sisi is also slated to meet the countrys defence and foreign ministers and French business groups.

To watch...

18:20

Global ivory seizures increase but what does this mean for the poaching of elephants Africa Sustainable Conservation News

For years ivory seizures have been taken as a rough measure of the size of the illegal ivory trade globally and an indicator of levels of poaching.  Working on the basis that seized ivory represents about 10% of the illegal ivory being traded and of elephants being poached, the seizure rate has been carefully watched by conservationists and law enforcement agents alike.  The new CITES report suggesting an appreciable rise in seizures would normally be taken to suggest an increase in the volume of trade.  But given that more countries are, at least on paper, committed to cracking down on  the trade, does it now indicate better enforcement? Or is it still and indication of high demand for poached ivory and undiminished poaching and smuggling, with the smuggling of carved ivory rather than tusks a new method of evading seizure?  I think the jury is out and CITES, for obvious self-promoting reasons, is putting a very optimistic gloss on a set of potentially worrying figures. Its own press release seems contradictory with poaching down but elephants numbers declining due to continued illegal killing and loss of habitat.  Their own report below notes a decline in poaching in East Africa but admits very high rates of poaching in central Africa and, while rightly noting the relative good health of southern African populations, ignores the increase in elephants poaching in Botswana and South Africa and quite high rates of poaching using poison in Zimbabwe. KS

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PRESS RELEASE

CITES: African elephant poaching down, ivory seizures up and hit record high

 

  • Overall elephant poaching in Africa gradually declines for 5th year in a row, and drops in eastern Africa to pre-2008 levels
  • Africas elephant populations continue to fall due to continued illegal killing, land transformation and rapid human expansion
  • Elephant populations in southern Africa stable or increasing
  • Global illegal ivory trade transactions remain as high as in previous 6 years, with record-numbers of large-scale ivory seizures reported in 2016
  • Ivory processing in Africa for smuggling of finished products to Asia on the rise
  • Domestic legal markets being closed and ivory price dropping

 

Geneva, 24 October 2017 The latest CITES report on the status of elephants and ivory trade reveals that in 2016, the overall downward trend of elephant poaching in Africa continues, with significant declines seen in East Africa. At the same time, 2016 records the highest level of seizures of illegally traded ivory by weight since commercial international trade was banned by CITES in 1989.

The announcement is based on new reports of the CITES MIKE Programme (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and updates on the conser...

17:45

Bannon Backs Isolation of Qatar, Comparing Threat to North Korea Iran Allied to Qatar; China Funding Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Jennifer Jacobs

October 23, 2017, 6:41 PM EDT
Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist and chairman of Breitbart News, speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, on Oct. 23, in Washington, DC. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Saudi Arabia-led isolation of Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorists and relationship with Iran is the most important foreign confrontation in the world, U.S. President Donald Trumps former strategist Steve Bannon said in a speech.

Bannon backs the Saudi effort and said Qatar must be held to account for allegedly funding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic terrorism, Bannon said in remarks hosted by the Hudson Institute on Monday.

I think the single most important thing thats happening in the world is the situation in Qatar, Bannon said. Whats happening in Qatar is every bit as important as whats happening in North Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Saudi Arabias leaders rebuffed his request in meetings on Sunday to end the isolation of Qatar by their country, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The diplomatic row began in June shortly after President Donald Trump visited the Mideast and called for an end to terrorist financing by countries in the region.

Bannon called Trumps speech a milestone in U.S. policy toward the Mideast.

I dont think it was just by happenstance that two weeks after the summit that we saw the blockade by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and Egypt and the ki...

16:02

Tickets For Consious Music Festival ubuntu

The tickets for the UBUNTU Conscious Music Festival in Kansas City 3-4 December 2017 are now available online. http://consciousmusicfestival.org/#tickets More than 15 artists over 2 days. Please share it with everyone who would like to participate in using our voices and music to spread the message of real hope and prosperity. We have a simple plan to get humanity out of this insane

15:30

Rand: U.S. in So Many Wars Even 'Warmonger Lindsey Graham' Can't Keep Track "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rand: U.S. in So Many Wars Even 'Warmonger Lindsey Graham' Can't Keep Track --Numerous politicians unaware of U.S. presence in Niger following death of four soldiers | 23 Oct 2017 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took aim at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Sociopath-S.C.) Monday in a tweet protesting the United States involvement in numerous overseas conflicts. "You know you are in too many wars in too many places when even warmonger Lindsay Graham can't keep track anymore," Paul said. [*Exactly!*] During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Graham revealed he was unaware of the significant U.S. presence in the African nation of Niger. "I didnt know there was 1,000 troops in Niger," Graham said.

15:20

Victor Ochie, Face Of New Spirit In Delta State Urhobo Today

Hon Victor Ochei


By Ejiro Nosa Parick
LAGOS OCTOBER 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The struggle this time is the struggle for independence. Today I come to you with a heavy heart. You know everything about the opposition in Delta state. We tried our best. People of delta state today want liberation, they want to survive. We want to have our right and state back-what wrong did we do in electing these leaders that have hijacked our dear state?
We had a hope that we would be the envy of states in Nigeria thereby creating a structure which would lead to emancipation of the people economically, politically and culturally.
But today we are sorry to say that the history of the 26 years of its existence has been the history of dying cries of the people of Delta state, the history of poverty, insecurity and poor infrastructure.
I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment in the orderly transfer of power; we celebrate the unity that keeps us free. Each moment in history is a fleeting time, precious and unique. But some stand out as moment of change. In which courses that shape centuries, this can be such a moment.
Forces now are converging that make possible for the first time the hope that many of Deltans deepest aspirations can at last be realized.
In pursuing our goals of full employment, better housing, excellence in education, in rebuilding and improving our rural...

14:45

FUPRE: Evelyn Oboro Educates Omo-Agege On Legislative Procedures (DOCUMENTS) Urhobo Today

Evelyn Oboro in group picture with FUPRE Staff


LAGOS OCTOBER 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, that President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the bill establishing the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, FUPRE, Senator Omo-Agege hurried to the media particularly the social media to heap on himself the praise of sponsoring and getting the bill passed in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly. His e-rats were also not left out in the show of shame in the social media claiming that their messianic boss has the copyright to the FUPRE Bill.
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14:15

Buhari to Jonathan: My achievements are real, not lies New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has told his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that his administration has recorded concrete and verifiable achievements since he assumed office in 2015. Buhari was responding to a statement credited to former President Jonathan last week that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has performed abysmally. Jonathan had alleged that the Buhari administration has continued to feed Nigerians with lies and has deployed hi-tech propaganda to cover up its misrule. The former president also attacked the Buhari government for failing to fix the power sector. But, Buhari...

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14:14

Edo: Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Abduct 80-Years-Old Omafuaire In Igarra Urhobo Today

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LAGOS OCTOBER 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday kidnapped Chief James Omafuaire, his wife and customer at his Ikpeshi Quarry site, after collecting N200,000.
Omafuaire, elder brother of Vanguard Newspaper Senior Photojournalist, Akpokona Omafuaire was kidnapped along with his wife, Mrs. Victoria Omafuaire and a customer while in the site.
According to Christy Omafuaire Atie, My father was supervising his workers at his quarry site in Ikpeshi near Auchi when the Fulani herdsmen with guns kidnapped him, his wife and a customer.
They collected N200,000 from the customer and released his wife but they took both of them inside the bush.
They have not contacted us. We call on the Edo State Governor to do everything to release my father. We beg the kidnappers to release him unhurt.
Chief Omafuaire is a retired Supritendent of Police and former Divisional Police Officer, Igarra. He is over 80 years old.

13:24

EFCC seals Mainas $2m Abuja mansion New Telegraph Online

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday sealed-off a palatial mansion owned by the embattled former chairman of now defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina. The property, located at No. 10 Amisi Musa Street within the Jabi Lake area, had EFCC keep off inscriptions on the extended fence, as at the time Dambazau visited. The EFCC is investigating Maina over alleged mismanagement of N2 billion pension funds. The whopping sum was alleged to have been misapplied through fraudulent biometric contracts in the Office...

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13:22

NLC seeks fresh probe into Mainas recall New Telegraph Online

  Fayose: Sack, an afterthought The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate full investigation into the controversial reinstatement and posting of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdullahi Maina. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said Mainas recall was an insult on Nigerians and the height of arrogance and impunity. The NLC stated that Mainas re-engagement was an affront to law and procedure; insult to Nigerians; and a...

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13:22

Akeredolu signs MoUs on agric projects New Telegraph Online

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, yesterday in Akure, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with two firms on agricultural projects and appealed for speedy take off of the projects. Akeredolu signed the MoU for the construction of a powderised egg factory with Greenfield Poultry Ltd. The second MoU with Adventum Global Inc, USA, was for the construction of a factory for cultivation and processing of large scale agricultural products. The governor thanked the managements of the companies for their interest in the state, adding that construction work at the project sites...

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13:15

Multiple bomb blasts kill 16, injure 18 in Borno New Telegraph Online

At least 16 people were killed and 18 others injured after a male and two female suicide bombers detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) strapped to their bodies at Muna Gwarage and Dusman village, outskirt of Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Demian Chukwu, said that there were three explosions. He further said: In all, 16 persons were killed, while 18 others were injured in the three explosions. At about 8pm, a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped on him at Muna Garage. He killed...

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13:15

Senate: Federal agencies failed to remit N1.7trn revenue New Telegraph Online

NNPC operated at N3.1trn deficit in four years Stunning revelation emerged yesterday that many of the revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government shortchanged the nation by failing to remit part of their revenues to the tune of N1.7 trillion between 2012 and 2016. This was even as one of the leading agencies, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), claimed to have operated at a deficit of N3.1trillion during the period under review. The N1.695,585,887,406 reportedly lost by the Federal Government during the stated period was from a total sum...

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13:15

$1.3bn Malabu scandal still haunting Nigeria Osinbajo New Telegraph Online

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that Nigeria is still suffering from the consequences of the secrecy involved in the award of the contract for OPL 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd in 1998. The vice president stated this yesterday while speaking in Jakarta, Indonesia at a conference on beneficial ownership organised by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Osinbajo said hidden corporate ownership systems were responsible for corrupt incidences like the Malabu scandal. The vice president said such unfortunate scenarios remained real and present danger to most countries,...

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13:11

PDP demands Dambazau, Malamis sack New Telegraph Online

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of former Chairman of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina and others who helped him return to the country and got restored to his duty post with added promotion. The party also called for the sack of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who were allegedly fingered in restoring Maina to office. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, yesterday, PDP said...

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13:11

Judges absence stalls FGs $406.8m suit against Shell New Telegraph Online

  Hearing of a $406.8 million suit filed by the Federal Government against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd and its subsidiary, Shell Western Supply & Trading Limited, over alleged crude oil theft at the Federal High Court in Lagos has been fixed for November 15. In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/336/16, before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, the Federal Government, through its lawyer, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), is claiming $406.8 million from the defendants, representing the shortfall of money paid into its account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The...

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12:59

North: No consensus yet on restructuring New Telegraph Online

The Arewa Research and Development Project, (ARDP) recently gathered the northern intelligentsia in Kaduna to discuss the way forward on the vexed issue of restructuring in the country and how it would affect the North. BABA NEGEDU reports     Since the narrative on the need to restructure the political and economic space of the country started gaining momentum, the belief in most quarters has been that the North is opposed to the idea of restructuring. This might be so, because apart from the fact that the North presently holds...

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12:58

Russia 2018: Avoid sentiments, Akpoborie charges Rohr New Telegraph Online

         says Eagles still lack good goalkeeper   Former international, Jonathan Akpoborie, has warned Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to avoid politics and sentiments ahead of the World Cup. Akpoborie applauded the performance of the German since taking over the team despite few people giving him a chance when he was employed. To be honest, I did not expect much from him, the former VfB Stuttgart of Germany striker said. I played against his team in the Bundesliga, but he has done well for the Super Eagles. The game against...

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12:26

Want Hurricane Harvey Emergency Aid? Dont Boycott Israel, Demands Texas Town Unconstitutionally "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hurricane Harvey laid waste to Houston and areas of the Texas and Louisiana coasts, leaving many residents dependent on the same taxpayer-funded state emergency aid they like all tax-paying Americans paid dutifully for years under the assumption those most in need would not be utterly devastated in times of disaster.

Harvey continues to be a disaster. But, for residents of at least one Texas town, receiving governmental relief comes with quite the catch one forcing them, in no uncertain terms, into United States foreign policy since they must certify allegiance before funds will flow.

Allegiance, that is, not to the United States as horrendously fascistic as that would, itself, be. No, hurricane victims in the small Lone Star State town of Dickinson have to vow allegiance to Israel, certifying that they will not throughout the entire duration of their assistance agreement with Texas boycott the aforementioned interminable U.S. ally, occupier of Palestine, and established abuser of human rights. Israel.

And they may not be alone for long no matter how unconstitutional the premise for the appalling clause in the City of Dickinsons Hurricane Harvey Repair Grant Application and Agreement since its nonsensical placement there can be blamed on nascent Texas law mandating state agencies not contract with any entities boycotting Israel. Residents would be acting as independent contractors in the capacity outlined by the application thus, would be theoretically obligated to the same restriction.

Other states, albeit unaffected by this particular natural disaster, are codifying similarly authoritarian legislation....

12:20

Guardian Sells False Image of an Open Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Guardian essay on a new Israeli open-rooftops project in Jerusalem, part of a Season of Culture, sadly falls into a standard trap for feelgood articles of this kind. It fails to provide the main context for Jerusalem: that the native Palestinians live under a belligerent Israeli occupation that is ultimately trying to evict them from the city.

Ignoring that context when reporting on life for Jews and Palestinians in Jerusalem is gravely irresponsible journalism.

Does this misrepresentation simply reflect author Hannah Ellis-Petersens ignorance? Or is it a consequence of who is footing the bill: the Rockefeller Foundation sponsored the article.

Note these infuriatingly misleading introductory paragraphs:

For its Season of Culture, the ancient capital has thrown open its rooftops to encourage residents to see beyond their blinkered boundaries. But the reality is a city where the divides are growing deeper.

The standfirst sets the mendacious balanced tone, as though Palestinians could ever afford the luxury of choosing to be blinkered in a city where the Israeli-run, occupation municipality is openly hostile to them, and where their homes can be demolished for the smallest infraction of opaque, Israeli-imposed planning rules.

The citys divides are not growing deeper. They were always deep in a city where the occupying power has sought for five decades to colonise Palestinian East Jerusalem with Jewish settlers. There are now more than 200,000 of these settlers gradually displacing the native Palestinian population.

Living side by side in Jerusalem are communities who exist with no interaction with one another kept apart by fear, nationalism and religion.

No, that is not what keeps them apart. Just imagine an article on apartheid South Africa stating that whites and blacks had no interaction because they were kept apart by fear, nationalism and religion. In reality, the two populations were kept apart by the colour of their skin. For blacks under apartheid, and today for Palestinians under occupation, their inferior status is dictated to them. They have no say in the matter.

Palestinians and Israelis are kept apart by the structural violence of occupation, which confers on them entirely different rights and life choices. Jews in Jerusalem have Israeli citizenship; Palestinians have a residency that Israel can easily revoke. Potentially, Jews can live almost anywhere in the city; Palestinians are confined to ghettoes, where they are being suffocated of space and services to encourage them to leave....

11:30

Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Ivan Petricevic

One of the most mysterious and enigmatic monuments on the surface of the planet is without a doubt the Great Sphinx at the Giza plateau in Egypt. It is an ancient construction that has baffled researchers ever since its discovery and until today, no one has been able to accurately date the Sphinx, since there are no written records or mentions in the past about it. Now, two Ukrainian researchers have proposed a new provocative theory where the two scientists propose that the Great Sphinx of Egypt is around 800,000 years old. A Revolutionary theory that is backed up by science.

The study was presented at the International Conference of Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy held in Sofia titled: GEOLOGICAL ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF DATING THE GREAT EGYPTIAN SPHINX CONSTRUCTION.

The authors of this paper are scientists Manichev Vjacheslav I. (Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Alexander G. Parkhomenko (Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

The starting point of these two experts is the paradigm shift initiated by West and Schoch, a debate intended to overcome the orthodox view of Egyptology referring to the possible remote origins of the Egyptian civilization and, on the other, physical evidence of water erosion present at the monuments of the Giza Plateau.

Sphinx

According to Manichev and Parkhomenko:

The problem of dating the Great Egyptian Sphinx construction is still valid, despite of the long-term history of its research. Geological approach in connection to other scientific-natural methods permits to answer the question about the relative age of the Sphinx. The conducted visual investigation of the Sphinx allowed the conclusion about the important role of water from large water bodies which partially...

10:34

Meet Playboys first transgender playmate "IndyWatch Feed World"

Playboy's first transgender Playmate, Ines Rau. Photo Instagram

Playboys first transgender Playmate, Ines Rau. Photo Instagram

LOS ANGELES [DPA]

Playboy readers looking back on the life of Hugh Hefner will find a tribute to the late magazine founders openness toward LGBT rights in the upcoming edition.

While honouring Hefner, who died on September 27, on the cover, the inside of magazine will showcase French model Ines Rau as the first transgender playmate.

The November/December issue of the magazine represents a breakthrough moment for the transgender community, but there could also be a downside.

It is a watershed moment for the transgender community because it puts us in the same position as every other woman, transgender broadcast journalist Zoey Tur told dpa.

The importance of being in a publication like Playboy is, that its a big step towards acceptance, said Tur, but cautioned that a partially nude photo is demeaning and it is sexist and it plays into the stereotype.

Its not the first time the 26-year-old model of north African descent has appeared in the magazine. She was previously featured in a special edition of the May 2014 issue.

Since then she has been on an upswing. She has starred in a campaign for the French fashion house Balmain, in couture fashion shows and in Vogue Italia. She is also branching out beyond the modelling industry.

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10:18

Explotacin laboral y persecucin: los abusos de la empresa Feronia en el corazn de frica "IndyWatch Feed World"

19 Oct 2017 | El DiarioLa Empresa agroindustrial Feronia, financiada por bancos de desarrollo occidentales, promueve el acaparamiento de tierras en Repblica Democrtica del Congo y ha sido denunciada por explotacin laboral y otros abusos.

10:18

Mozambique, los latidos de la tierra "IndyWatch Feed World"

21 Oct 2017 | Noticias de NavarraLa estacin de autobuses inaugura una muestra sobre el paso del suelo africano a manos de multinacionales.

10:18

Interview with Geoffrey Morley, Director, Cross Agriculture Ltd, bronze sponsors of the Agribusiness Congress East Africa in Kampala "IndyWatch Feed World"

23 Oct 2017 | Agri-East Africa"We currently manage over 50 000 acres of agricultural land in East Africa and are growing over 20 different crops."

10:08

We will not follow in the footsteps of Iraq and LibyaNorth Korean Diplomat "IndyWatch Feed War"

[ Ed. note The non-proliferation conference mentioned in the article took place in Moscow October 19-21. Choi Sun Hee, North Koreas delegate, announced that while attending she had no plans to meet with either the representatives from the US or South Korea. ] Oct. 23 (UPI)  North Koreas senior diplomat on North America said []

08:00

Top Senators Didnt Know That The US Has Troops In Niger "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Some top senators are saying they are stunned to find out the United States has troops in Niger as questions swirl about the raid that killed four US servicemen there earlier this month.

The Pentagon, however, said Monday that it has kept Congress informed of the operation. The Pentagon told CNN it keeps Congress regularly informed on the movements within the agency. And the White House said Monday it notified congressional leaders in June about 965 troops conducting counterterrorism duties in Niger and Cameroon. According to CNN, military investigators are looking into the exact circumstances of the October 4 raid, including how Sgt. La David Johnson was separated from the 12-member team as it was ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters.

CNNs Chris Cuomo asked Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) on New Day Monday whether he knew there were troops in Niger. I did not, Casey replied. When you consider what happened here, the four sergeants lost their lives, I think theres a lot of work that both parties and both branches of government need to do. Not only to stay more informed but to focus on why were there and what happened to get to the bottom of this. But it isnt just Democrats who were left in the dark.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told NBCs Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday: They are going to brief us next week as to why they were there and what they were doing. He said I didnt know there was 1,000 troops in Niger. I got a little insight on why they were there and what they were doing. I can say this to the families: They were there to defend America. They were there to help allies. They were ther...

08:00

Sudan jails al-Tayar journalist over article alleging corruption in president's family "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during his visit to the war-torn Darfur region, in Bilal, Darfur, Sudan September 22, 2017. A Sudanese criminal court convicted an editor to six months in prison for publishing an article that accused Sudan's first family of corruption, according to news reports. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

New York, October 23, 2017--Sudanese authorities should immediately release al-Tayar Editor-in-Chief Osman Mirgani from prison and drop all charges against him and al-Tayar columnist Mohamed Zine al-Abidine, the Committee to Protect journalists said today.

07:44

Shackles Aren't Bracelets: Why We Should Be Concerned About the Marketing of Punitive Technology "IndyWatch Feed World"

Courts, parole officers and sheriffs do not issue ankle bracelets. J-Lo wears ankle bracelets. Women in Egypt have worn gold and silver ankle bracelets for centuries. These accessories have little in common with the black boxes the criminal legal system straps on ankles as punishment. The most benign word we can use for them is monitors. Spanish-speaking immigrants have another term: grilletes, or shackles. Whatever you call them, they are devices of unfreedomnot [...]

07:37

Critiano Ronaldo beats Messi Neymar, Messi to win FIFA The Best awards New Telegraph Online

Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the 2017 FIFA footballer of the year in The Best awards ceremony held in London, England.  The 31 year old beat fellow finalist Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain. Also, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane beats both Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri to win The Best FIFA manager for 2017.

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06:48

ADP mourns death of PDP caretaker chairman New Telegraph Online

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) Lagos State Chapter has condoled with the leadership and members of PDP over the demise of its Lagos State caretaker committee chairman Chief Babatunde Osholanke.  In a statement by the party, it described the death of the PDP chieftain as untimely. It was with sadness we received the shocking news of his untimely death, Mr. Osholanke a hard-working member of his party and a good Nigerian citizen. We pray that such untimely death will cease amongst our political leaders in Nigeria. Our party prays that almighty...

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06:45

China-Ruble Settlement and the Dollar System "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By F. William Engdahl

The Peoples Bank of China has just announced a payment-versus-payment (PVP) system for Russian ruble and Chinese yuan transactions. The stated aim is to reduce currency risks in their trade. The only conceivable risk would be from the US dollar and potential acts of US Treasury financial warfare to damage Russian-Chinese trade which is becoming very significant in volume and value. By December it should reach $80 billion, a 30% rise over 2016. Yet there is more to this seeming technical move by China and Russia than meets the eye.

The official announcement, posted on the website of the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) adds the enormously significant note that CFETS plans to introduce similar PVP systems for yuan transactions with other currencies based on Chinas Belt and Road initiative.

This confirms what I discussed in an article I posted in April 2016, namely that the grand design behind Chinas Belt, Road Initiative (BRI) has an integral gold-based currency component that could change the global balance of power in favor of the nations of Eurasia, from Russia and the nations of the Eurasian Economic Union to China and across all Asia.

Earlier termed the New Economic Silk Road, the BRI is a vast network of high-speed rail linkages being constructed criss-crossing the countries of Eurasia including Central Asia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and, of course, the Russian Federation and extending to Iran, potentially to Turkey and East Africa. Altogether at present some 67 countries are participating or have asked to join the ambitious project whose total cost could run into trillions of dollars and will transform global trade. HSBC estimates that the BRI infrastructure project, which today encompasses countries generating almost one-third of global GDP, will generate an additional $2.5 trillion worth of new trade annually This isnt chump change for the...

06:33

JUST IN: Girouds Scorpion Kick Wins Puskas Goal Of The Year New Telegraph Online

Olivier Girouds well-taken scorpion kick against Crystal Palace has been announced the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.   The award given to Giroud is the first time a player from the EPL will be winning it. The goal has huge reputation from English football fans as its execution was near-perfect. Masulukes winning goal and bicycle-kick was pipped by Girouds goal after receiving the highest number of votes. Other categories to be awarded tonight is the male and female coaches of the year, the best player in...

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05:48

I didnt reinstate Maina, Dambazau lied Head of Service New Telegraph Online

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday said there was no truth in the reports that she approved the reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior. In a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga, the HoS insisted that Mainas reinstatement and posting did not emanate from her office. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation wishes to inform the public...

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05:39

Buharis sack of Maina an afterthought Fayose New Telegraph Online

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described President Muhammadu Buharis directive for the immediate disengagement of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdullahi Maina, as an afterthought, saying; The President only acted to save his face from the global embarrassment caused him by the outcry of Nigerians on the news of Mainas reinstatement. Governor Fayose demanded the immediate arrest and trial of Maina as well as sack of all those who perpetrated his reinstatement, which he described as fraudulent and shameful. In a statement...

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05:34

NLC seeks fresh probe into Mainas recall New Telegraph Online

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on  President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate a full investigation into the controversial reinstatement and posting of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdullahi Maina. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said the recall of Maina was an insult on Nigerians and the height of arrogance and impunity. Maina was accused of diverting several billions of pension funds after being investigated by a Senate committee...

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05:27

British secret files on Nigerias first bloody coup, path to Biafra. OBLONG MEDIA

They all left for the home of Lt. Col. Unegbe on Point Road which was only two streets away. Unegbe More

05:18

Kenya opposition says demos will resume on Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed World"

Kenya's opposition alliance says demonstrations for electoral commission reform will resume on 24 October and continue until all changes are realised and fair elections held.

04:50

WHERE ARE THE OWNERS OF THOSE HOUSES. By Tola Adeniyi. OBLONG MEDIA

When I wrote Visit the Mortuary in the Sunday Times early in 1974, the motive was to draw attention to More

04:43

Protect the Remaining Animal Species on Earth Their Future is Our Future "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Unless the international community integrates wildlife conservation with sustainable development, it will not be able to protect the remaining animal species on Earth, the head of a United Nations-backed environmental treaty on 23 October 2017 said at the opening of a wildlife conference in the Philippines.

A lion watches his territory in Kenya. Photo: UN/DPI Photo

Development without a regard for the environment is not sustainable. Their future is our future, said the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Brandee Chambers, in a press conference on the opening day of the Twelfth Meeting of countries that have joined CMS.

The week-long event is being billed as the years largest wildlife conference, and is for the first time being convened in Asia since the treaty was adopted in Germany in 1979.

More than 1,000 delegates from 120 countries are expected for the five-day conference that will focus on protecting some of the most vulnerable animals in the world, such as the whale shark, which is the worlds largest fish with a rapidly declining population due to fishing, illegal poaching, and other human activity.

Among other animals that the hundreds of governments, civil society and private sector representatives, and experts will discuss are ten species of vultures and the Steppe Eagle, which are threatened with extinction, and the giraffe, which is not safeguarded by any convention.

Participants are also expected to strengthen their work with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to conserve African carnivores, such as the African lion, the cheetah, the leopard, and the African wild dog.

These proposals are...

04:31

Pentagon Uses Niger Ambush To Bolster AFRICOM Military Budget "IndyWatch Feed World"

The October 4 ambush in Niger that killed four US Special Forces members forced the Pentagon to admit that they had been routinely carrying out ground patrols inside Niger, but African command (AFRICOM) may be cashing in on the incident.

With the revelation that there are US military operations ongoing in Niger and countless other countries, AFRICOM is noting that theyd requested a lot more military equipment than they got, and some of that might conceivably have come in handy during the ambush.

The US special forces were, after all, sent out in unarmored vehicles, with no air surveillance, and no way of evacuating if a problem happened. Instead of questioning why they sent troops into such dangerous circumstances in the first place, officials just say it proves they shouldve been given way more equipment.

Few questions are being asked about why the US is in Niger in the first place, and instead, officials are focusing the investigation in such a way that the solution will be an even bigger military budget, to facilitate even more pointless wars.

Top photo | Chadian troops and Nigerian special forces participate in the Flintlock exercises with the U.S. military and its Western partners in Mao, Chad. (AP/Jerome Delay)


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04:27

Another Corruption Scandal At The Presidency How Abba Kyari And Jalal Arabi Undermined The State House Medical Centre. OBLONG MEDIA

The State House Medical Centre (SHMC) is the specialist hospital located inside the Presidency. Its primary function is to provide More

04:22

THE CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT DO WELL IN THE EMERGING ERA OF THE 21ST CENTURY OBLONG MEDIA

Those who believe everything is a scam: A lot of Nigerians are still of the notion that anyone who says More

04:09

Police arrests man with fake $880,000 in Minna New Telegraph Online

A 37-year-old man, Abubakar Suleiman was on Monday paraded by the Niger state Police Command in possession of 88 bundles of fake dollar notes worth eight hundred and eighty dollars. Addressing Journalists at the State Command, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abigail Unaeze said that Suleiman was arrested when he took the money to one Engineer Abdullahi Sambo of Shango area in Minna. The suspect was reported to the Chanchaga police division by one of the relatives of Sambo, Mamman Manya who suspected some shady deal with Abubakar showed the money...

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04:04

Real Detroiters Speak Out To World Conference Of Mayors "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Kris Balderas-Hamel for Workers World - The World Conference of Mayors is convening its 33rd anniversary conference in Detroit from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26. Was Detroit picked to host this event because of its dramatic population loss, record poverty and unemployment, mass home foreclosures and water shutoffs? Because of the racism and devastating austerity visited upon this majority African-American city? Not at all. Detroit was chosen for this international conference because of the alleged exemplary leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan and his administration, which transformed Detroit into a city of extraordinary opportunities and possibilities, according to wcmdetroit2017.com. The Moratorium Now Coalition says the city was picked to host the WCMs International Trade and Investment Conference because of a development resurgence in which public revenues generated through taxation are being funneled to the capitalist corporations and banks. Downtown Detroit has been gentrified. Sports arenas and commercial venues have proliferated at city taxpayers expense, while the neighborhoods and residents are forgotten and left to fend for themselves. Once the hub of the worlds automobile industry, with a population over 1.8 million, Detroit now has fewer than 673,000 residents. The population was decimated after two capitalist tsunamis flooded the city.

04:01

Dying For The Empire Is Not Heroic "IndyWatch Feed World"

Opinion Predictably, the news media spent most of the week examining words Donald Trump may or may not have spoken to the widow of an American Green Beret killed in Niger, in northwest Africa, in early October. Not only was this coverage tedious, it was largely pointless. We know Trump is a clumsy boor, and we also know that lots of people are ready to pounce on him for any sort of gaffe, real or imagined. Who cares? Its not news. But it was useful to those who wish to distract Americans from what really needs attention: the U.S. governments perpetual war.

The medias efforts should have been devoted to exploring really exploring why Green Berets (and drones) are in Niger at all. (This is typical of the establishment medias explanation.)

That subject is apparently of little interest to media companies that see themselves merely as cheerleaders for the American Empire. For them, its all so simple: a US president (even one they despise) has put or left military forces in a foreign country no justification required; therefore, those forces are serving their country; and that in turn means that if they die, they die as heroes who were protecting our way of life. End of story.

Thus the establishment media see no need to present a dissenting view, say, from an analyst who would question the dogma that inserting American warriors into faraway conflicts whenever a warlord proclaims his allegiance to ISIS is in the national interest. Patriotic media companies have no wish to expose their audiences to the idea that jihadists would be no threat to Americans who were left to mind their own business.

Apparently, the American people also must be shielded from anyone who might point out that the jihadist activity in Niger and neighboring Mali is directly related to the US and NATO bombing of Libya, which enabled al-Qaeda and other Muslim militants to overthrow the secular regime of Col. Muammar Qaddafi. That Obama-Clinton operation in 2011, besides producing Qaddafis grisly murder and turning Libya into a nightmare, facilitated the transfer of weapons and fanatical guerrillas from Libya to nearby countries in the Sahel as well as Syria. Since then the US government has been helping the French to stabilize its former colony Mali with surveillance drones and Green Berets based in Niger. Nice work, Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. (Citizen Trump was an early advocate of US intervention in Libya.) Need I remind you that the US/NATO regime-change operation in Libya was based on a...

03:53

BREAKING: EFCC hits Mainas $2 million mansion New Telegraph Online

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has stormed a mansion belonging to an embattled civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, media reports says. According to a report by Premium Times,  stern-looking police officers were seen at the building located at No. 10 Hamisu Musa Road, Jabi, around 3:40 p.m. on Monday. The building is believed to have been bought for $2 million. Another of Mr. Mainas houses located at No. 12, Road 11, Kado Estate is also billed for similar exercise. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari earlier today ordered his sack and called for...

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03:32

I was introduced into robbery in prisonRobbery suspect New Telegraph Online

A 29 years old armed robbery suspect, Kola Ogunbiyi said yesterday that he was introduced to armed robbery and the members of his gang when he was in prison as awaiting trial suspect. Ogunbiyi who was paraded alongside other 12 armed robbery suspects said he was given N25.000.00 as his own share from the sales of the car snatched at gunpoint in different parts of Ondo State. One of the vehicles snatched at gunpoint belonged to a police officer. The vehicle was recovered alongside the service rifle belonging to the...

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03:27

JUST IN: Sule Lamido Declares Interest In 2019 Presidential Race New Telegraph Online

A former Governor of Jigawa State, Dr. Sule Lamido has declared interest in the 2019 Presidential race. A month after Fayose declared his intention, Lamido has written members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) informing them of his decision to fly the partys flag. In a letter addressed to PDP members, the former governor said all the PDP needs to reposition the country is to take over power in 2019 and bring it back to its path of recovery. The PDP chieftain lamented that the nation has departed from the...

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03:21

Buhari attends ECOWAS meeting in Niger New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday depart for Niamey, Republic of Niger, to participate in a meeting on common currency for the West African sub-region.  The President just returned from Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday where he spent four days on a state visit and attended the D-8 summit. A statement by the Special Adviser on media and publicity Femi Adesina member countries of the ECOWAS Task Force on Common Currency are Nigeria, Cote dIvoire, Ghana and Niger.   Adesina said President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of...

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03:16

Aare Ona Kakanfo: Gani Adams Is Right choice Ooni New Telegraph Online

The Ooni of Ife, Oba  Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Monday urged the newly proclaimed Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Otunba Gani Adams to use his new position to right the wrongs in Yoruba land, even as he described him as the right choice for the position. Ooni of Ife made the submission during a visit by the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo to him in his palace in Ile Ife.   Congratulating the Aare designate, Ooni applauded his choice and prayed that God empower him to carry out the work...

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03:14

Miyetti Allah faults Northern Govs for not revamping grazing routes New Telegraph Online

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, yesterday faulted Northern governors in Nigeria for not revamping grazing routes in their domains as part of strategies to end years of conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country. National President of the association, Muhammad Kirowa stated this during a meeting convened by Governor Samuel Ortom held at Government House in Makurdi, the state capital. The meeting was held primarily to brief leaders of the herdsmen and other relevant stakeholders on the planned implementation of the anti-open grazing law...

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02:13

Kenya to charge opposition leaders sister with incitement to violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kenyas President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a Jubilee Party campaign caravan rally in Nairobi, Kenya October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner Reuters

By Duncan Miriri

NAIROBI (Reuters) Kenyan authorities will arrest and charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga with incitement to violence after attacks on the election board, the chief prosecutors office said on Monday.

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Odinga has pulled out of the re-run of an election he was due to contest on Thursday against President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying problems with the election board meant the vote would not be fair. He has called for protests and a boycott and on Sunday said on Twitter there would be no election.

We resume our picketing at IEBC (election board) offices countrywide on Tuesday and Wednesday. We maintain that there will be no election on Thursday, he said, without giving details.

Kenya is East Africas richest economy and a trade and transport gateway as well as a hub for diplomacy and security, so its stability is considered vital for the region.

Odingas supporters disrupted a training session for election officials last week in the western city of Kisumu, which is his political stronghold. They attacked election staff and destroyed tents and polling material, witnesses said.

Ruth Odinga, who is the opposition leaders sister and a former deputy governor of Kisumu county, was present at the protest, according to Reuters witnesses. Prosecutors instructed police to arrest her, opposition Senator Fred Outa and others.

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02:11

Chocolate Barons Devastate National Parks In West Africa "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Davis Harper for Eco Watch - For several years, chocolate barons have devastated forests to make room to plant cocoa, a crop that naturally grows in shade. Now, a report from Mighty Eartha nonprofit that works to conserve threatened landscapesshows new evidence that illegal deforestation is occurring in protected areas; specifically, in the national parks of West Africa. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce a combined 2.6 million tons of chocolate60 percent of the world's supply. It's no wonder so many of these nations' protected lands are at risk. According to Mighty Earth's report, 10 percent of Ghana's tree cover has been replaced by cocoa monocultures. The Ivory Coast, once heavily forested and extremely biodiverse, has lost seven of its 23 protected areas to cocoa. Due to habitat loss, its chimpanzees are now endangered, and its elephants are nearly extinct. This means that companies like Mars, Nestl, Hersey's and Godiva are on the hot seat for making products using cocoa grown by uncertified sources. "Chocolate companies have taken advantage of corrupt governance in Ghana and the Ivory Coast to deforest parklands," saic Glenn Horowitz, CEO of Mighty Earth. With a rising demand for the world's guiltiest pleasure, chocolate companies are also taking advantage of farmerson average, these growers are paid less than 80 cents a day.

01:59

Black heron video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is a black heron video.

These African birds are known for spreading their wings parasol-style above shallow water, making shadow which attracts fish to feed on.

I saw them perform this trick in the Gambia.

01:33

Mr 2Kay Robbed At Gun Point In Hotel Room New Telegraph Online

Singer, Abiye David Jumbo popularly known as Mr 2Kay, was robbed at gun point in his hotel room at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday. The incident occurred at about 11:00 pm, during the Buckwyld and Breathless concert where he also performed. A statement from Grafton Records, the label to which the artiste is signed, confirmed that he was attacked when about four robbers gained access to his room as he mistook them for room service. They forced their way into his room and waved a gun...

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01:20

Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador "IndyWatch Feed War"

Notice the outrage about his appointment in Western media.  If this was the Saudi king, there would not have bene such an outrage although the Saudi regime is far more oppressive than Zimbabwe.  

01:18

According to the New York times Africans complain about Chinese NOT US colonialism "IndyWatch Feed War"

"In Southeast Asia and Africa, there are complaints about a new era of Chinese colonialism."

01:12

Newspaper ads offer employment help for new immigrants to Israel but only if youre Jewish "IndyWatch Feed War"

Did the law in Britain and the United States allow apartheid South Africa to advertise job opportunities to white Britons and Americans that were not also available to those countries black citizens? And was it possible for the apartheid regime to hold employment recruitment sessions for whites-only in London and Manchester, in an effort to bolster its white population?

And even if British and US law allowed them to do such things, can we imagine that these practices would have passed without eliciting noisy protests outside the careers advice meetings and questions in each countrys legislature?

And yet this is exactly what is happening right now in the US and Europe in a different context: Israel. And so far there has been not a peep. Yes, Israel is singled out, but the exceptionalism works to its advantage, not to its detriment.

The Jewish Agency for Israel advertisement

The Jewish Agency, an international Zionist organisation with semi-governmental status in Israel, is currently publicising in the UKs Jewish Chronicle newspaper job opportunities in Israel for British citizens but only if they are Jews. Those interested can attend meetings in London and Manchester, organised by the Agencys Global Service Centre.

Israel has been far more careful about concealing the nature of its apartheid policies than South Africa was. It therefore intentionally uses language as a tool of deception. Its racist ads do not explicitly refer to Jews, which might make the rest of us deeply uncomfortable. Instead, it adopts code words for Jews that only those who can benefit will understand.

Olim and the Law of Return

To decode this and similar adverts, we need to understand how Israel originally engineered an apartheid structure of citizenship, embedded in a piece of foundational legislation known as the 1950 Law of Return. It...

01:00

Arabic press review: Egypt denies authenticity of attack tape "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Egypt claims leaked recording from Friday attack is fabricated, while Algeria says it dismantled an IS cell

00:53

West Eyes Recolonization of Africa by Endless War; Removing Gaddafi Was Just First Step "IndyWatch Feed War"

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By Dan Glazebrook*

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00:34

BREAKING: Buhari Orders Immediate Sack of Abdulrasheed Maina from Service New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate disengagement of EFCC wanted Abdulrasheed Maina from the civil service.  This was announced by the Presidents Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a press statement. The president said the circumstances of Mr. Mainas return to the civil service must be investigated. The president directed the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, to submit to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, a report on the circumstances leading...

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00:26

What Does a UAE-backed Independence Referendum in Yemen Mean? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Aden (GPA) With global momentum building from separatist referendums in Spain and Iraq, southern leaders in Yemen eye their own independence referendum. But is this movement worthy of support? What does southern secession mean for the war against Yemen led by the Saudi coalition?

Southern secession in Yemen is not a new concept. Formerly two nations, North and South Yemen, the two countries unified in 1990 leading up to the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Before unification, South Yemen was known as the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen: a socialist state with strong ties to the Soviet Union, Palestine, and Cuba. While supporting South Yemens self-determination and calls for secession might seem like a no-brainer, the current Southern Transitional Council is a far cry from the Marxist-Leninist guerillas who overthrew British occupation and established an independent socialist state in the 1960s.

Saudi special forces patrol Aden in Yemen's south 2015Flickr: AHMED FARWAN

U.A.E. Occupation and Imperialism in Yemen

Before the Saudi-led intervention against Yemen, the Southern Movement was very decentralized lacking any concrete structure or long-term vision. The United Arab Emirates has since taken it upon themselves to hijack the movement as a means to carry out their own political, military, and economic occupation in Yemen. While Saudi Arabia bombs Yemenis in the north, the U.A.E. floods the south with troops. The U.A.E. is also responsible for establishing 18 black site detention centers throughout southern Yemen in partnership with none other than the United States. Inmates report unimaginable torture as discovered by the Associated Press.

Those leading the movement represent nothing but foreign interests. This campaign is merely a manifestation of the Saudi-U.A.E. proxy war in Yemen. Yes, thats right: two members posing as allies in the war against Yemen currently face their own power struggle in the south.

The current leader of the Southern Movement is militia commander and governor of Aden Aidarous al-Zubaidi: the U.A.E.s man in the south. Formerly an ally of the Saudi-imposed President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Zubaidi and his allies grasped the Southern Movement as a way to diminish Hadis power which wasnt much to begin with anyways.

Zubaidi announced last week that the Southern Transitional Council w...

00:22

My Achievements Are Not Propaganda And Lies Buhari New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has told his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that his administration has recorded concrete and verifiable achievements since he assumed office in 2015. Buhari was responding to a statement credited to former President Jonathan last week that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has performed abysmally.   He noted that the administration programmes were laced with propaganda and lies. President Buhari who spoke yesterday at the opening of a two-day Nigeria Governors Forum Conference for media handlers of states chief executives in Abuja, said his administration has delivered in...

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00:15

Quarry Employers Union move to crash construction cost New Telegraph Online

The Union of Tipper and Quarry Employers of Nigeria (UTQEN), said it is set to crash the cost of construction in Nigeria, boost development of the solid mineral sector and bridge the $2 trillion infrastructure deficit of the country. Aliu Mayungbe, the Acting National Chairman of the union, disclosed this while announcing the maiden National Delegates Conference cum election of its national executives, which is to hold in Lagos on October 24, 2017. Mayungbe said that having executives at the national level of the union would strengthen its activities, unity and enable it to reduce the...

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00:03

Just In: Everton Sacks Ronald Koeman New Telegraph Online

Everton has sacked their manager, Dutchman, Ronald Koeman after a disappointing start to the season despite spending a huge amount of money.   Koeman will be the second manager to lose his job this season after Leicester also dismissed Craig Shakespeare for an unsavory start to the season. Already, David Moyes, Carlo Ancelotti and many other managers have been mooted with talks being at advanced stages with Moyes.   Unluckily, they are currently languishing in the 18th position after 9 rounds of matches and havent won any of their Europa...

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23:59

JUST IN: Evans application stalls fresh arraignment New Telegraph Online

The fresh arraignment of the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans on charges of murder and illegal possession of firearms was on Monday stalled at a Lagos High Court in Igbosere.  The Lagos State Government has filed two separate charges containing a total of 11 counts against Evans and four others at the court presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo. However, the arraignment of the five accused persons was stalled owing to an application filed by Evans lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, seeking to quash the charges. The application was brought pursuant to...

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23:58

Mainas Reinstatement: Charley Boy, Deji Adeyanju blast Buhari New Telegraph Online

Our Mumu Don Do Movement, led by Charley Boy and some Civil Society activists, in their continued daily sit-out-protest, yesterday in Abuja berated President Buhari over his endorsement for the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, to Civil Service. One of the groups leaders, Deji Adeyanju said that Buharis government has become famous for making suspected criminals saints, especially those who are not in opposition to his government. Recall that Maina who has being at large,  was the former chairman of the Presidential Committee on Pension Reform Task Force Team (PRTT )...

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23:18

BREAKING: Metuh wants Jonathan to appear as witness New Telegraph Online

A former spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has asked a Federal High Court to allow former President Goodluck Jonathan appear in court as a witness. It is the second application by Mr. Metuhs lead counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, for witnesses to appear in court. The former spokesman is being tried for allegedly misusing N400 million public money. The Court of Appeal on September 29 authorised the appearance of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to also testify in the case. Mr. Dasuki was however absent in court on...

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23:16

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Evans, arraigned on fresh charges New Telegraph Online

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike. a. k.a Evans, faces second arraignment at an Igbosere High Court on Lagos Island amid watertight security. Last week, Mr. Onwuamadike reversed his guilty plea, saying he admitted guilt under pressure. More details later.

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23:10

Evelyn Oboro, Omo-Agege In Media War Over FUPRE Bill Urhobo Today

Hon Evelyn Oboro, Member Representing Uvwie/Sapele/Okpe Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives (Middle) in a group Photograph with Staff of FUPRE


LAGOS OCTOBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-The member representing Uvwie/Okpe/Sapele Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Evelyn Oboro and member representing Delta Central in the House Of Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege are presenting enmeshed in media war on who is responsible for the passage and approval Federal Universty of Petroleum Resources Efferun, FUPRE Bill that was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting to Omo-Ageges claim of receiving credit over the approval of the Bill, Oboro who said she had already ready reported the case to Senate leadership over an alleged attempt by Omo-Agege to claim the glory for the FUPRE Bill stated that the Bill establishing the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State, was her brainchild, dating back to 2014 when she assembled consultants to draft the bill.
Oboro who made the claim while playing host to a delegation of various academic unions...

23:06

Court slams N2m fine on police for detaining Evans in-law New Telegraph Online

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday slammed a fine of N2 million on the police for illegally detaining one, Okwuchukwu Obiechina, said to be a brother-in-law to suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans. The judge while delivering judgement in a suit filed by Okwuchukwu and his wife, Nzube, to challenge their detention since June 2, berated the police for infringing on the fundamental rights of the duo. The court further held that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrate court...

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21:58

2 Places You Dont Want to Go in Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

In front of the central station on New Year's Ever 2016 in Cologne, Germany, the site of hundreds of sexual molestations by migrant gangs in 2015In front of the central station on New Years Ever 2016 in Cologne, Germany, the site of over a thousand sexual molestations by migrant gangs in 2015 (Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

 

  1. No-go zone in Colognes inner city screamed the headlines of the German newspaper Die Welt, while District Mayor Andreas Hupke said to reporters, Police have given up on the Ebertplatz area. The local newspaper Express reported Ebertplatz is degenerating into a lawless area in the middle of Cologne city. The area is reportedly made up of young migrants from North and Sub-Sahara Africa who are dealing drugs and have formed gangs.Cologne was made famous by migrant rape gangs on New Years Eve in 2015, where more than 1,200 women were sexually assaulted and robbed in front of the central station and other locations. According to Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state Ralf Jaeger Most of the cases [of rape and sexual assault in Cologne] will remain unsolved.
  2. Meanwhile in Sweden, 20 members of the Moderate Party requested the army be sent in to restore order to the countrys most dangerous no-go zones, Breitbart reported. The situation in our areas of exclusion has dete...

21:00

Ambiguous Militants Ambush and Kill Dozens of Egyptian Security Forces "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cairo (GPA) A raid on a militant hideout backfired on Friday when Egyptian security forces in Giza found themselves on the wrong end of an ambush.

Militants killed 54 police in what appears to be a very coordinated attack. Evidence suggests the militants may have purposely fed intelligence to counterterrorism officers to lure Egyptian security forces into an ambush. The attackers also made-off with police equipment and weapons.

RELATED: Daesh in The Sinai: Weekend of Attacks & Rockets Fired at Israel

But who are the militants? This answer is not exactly clear. The ambush reeks of Daesh (ISIS) activity and mirrors another devastating attack from 2015 when ISIS militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings in the Sinai killing over 50 police. It would make sense attributing the ambush to Daesh considering the recent increase in activity over the past few weeks. Last week, ISIS militants attacked at least seven security checkpoints throughout Egypt, particularly in the Sinai region. Rockets were later fired towards Israel.

Egypts Interior Ministry quickly released a much lower death toll for the attack likely due to avoid embarrassment or give the militants any credibility. Many are left wondering if Islamist militants were able to infiltrate law enforcement.

This event falls in line with increasing ISIS attacks and activity throughout Libya as the United States recently revamped air strikes against the group in North Africa. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi vowed to increase counterterrorism offenses in response to the attack which will likely translate into an even broader crackdown on all dissent.

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19:26

Female suicide bombers kill 14 in Maiduguri New Telegraph Online

Three female suicide bombers in Nigeria have targeted the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing 14 civilians. One of them set off her explosives at a big bus station and another at a nearby camp housing people who have fled unrest during Boko Harams eight-year insurgency. The two explosions were at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Sunday in the suburb of Muna. A third bombers explosives did not go off when the others did and she ran off. But they did subsequently explode, killing only the bomber. No group...

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18:15

Gay dating app's new Egyptian alert: The police want to arrest you "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

The warning from Grindr comes after a homophobic purge in Egypt that has seen around 70 people arrested

18:04

Four soldiers killed in attack on UAE-backed Yemeni forces "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

The attack on the base in south Yemen also saw five assailants killed

17:51

Can African elephants be used to sniff out landmines? Africa Sustainable Conservation News

The Conversation

How African elephants amazing sense of smell could save lives

October 22, 2017 1.11pm SAST

Chishuru, a male African elephant, indicates a target scent during trials. Graham 

For 27 years Angola was gripped by civil war. Half a million human lives were lost and wildlife, too, was decimated to sustain troops. Rhino and elephants became valuable targets rhino horn and ivory served as currency for arms among rebel forces.

During the conflict elephant populations fled across the border into Botswana, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When the war ended in 2002 animal populations slowly started to return to their pre-conflict grazing grounds. But a huge problem remained: millions of landmines...

15:57

What Ive been reading "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

1. Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education, edited by Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson.  The new university Minerva explains its educational philosophy, imagining redesigning higher ed from scratch.  I would do something very similar to what they did, and this book explains the curricular philosophy and practice in great detail.

2. Olivier Roy, In Search of the Lost Orient: An Interview.  There should be a book like this for every substantive thinker, namely a very long, book-length interview with frank rather than perfunctory answers.  The dialog covers Afghanistan, Yemen, 1968 Paris and radicalism, China, political Islam, and women (ahem), among other topics.  Recommended.

3. Aaron Carroll, The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully.  Yes, that is the Aaron Carroll, the one who writes about health care policy.  What does the evidence actually say about which foods are good and bad for you?  Ill just say my diet is healthier than I had thought, and beware added sugar.

I have only browsed Abbas Amanats Iran: A Modern History, but it appears to be a very readable and highly useful 908 pp. overview of Persian/Iranian history, though less theoretical and conceptual than what an economist might be looking for.

Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: A Musician of Conscience, is a very high quality book, I would have read more of it except I cant stand listening to Toscanini.

Eric A. Posner has the forthcoming Last Resort: The Financial Crisis and the Future of Bailouts.  He argues that much of what was done was not fully legal.

Dani Rodriks...

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15:42

South African Households Struggle to Make Ends Meets "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The rising pressure caused by increasing prices and an ailing economy are leading many South African households to struggle financially. According to a recent survey of South African households, the rising pressure caused by increasing prices and an ailing economy are leading many to struggle financially. The result is that a large number are having

15:16

Okowa Pours Encomium On Uduaghan @ 63 Urhobo Today


LAGOS OCTOBER 23RD (NEWSRANGERS)-Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Saturday extolled the virtues of his predecessor in office, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, describing him as an embodiment of the ideals of diligence, commitment and exemplary patriotism.
Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, congratulated Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan as he turns 63 years on Sunday 22nd October, 2017.
While praying God Almighty to continue to bless the former Governor with good health and long life, Okowa said; It is with profound joy that I write on behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, to express very warm felicitations to you on your 63rd birthday anniversary.
Your contributions to the peace and development of Delta State remains indelible in the hearts of Deltans, especially to the families and children who benefited from the laudable programmes you initiated during your administration.
As an administration, we have complemented the free maternal health care and under-5 child care your administration pioneered by introducing the Contributory Health Commission in the state with a view to making health care affordable to Deltans and fast track our goal of attaining universal health coverage.
I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 63 years of a remarkable life filled with monumental achie...

15:00

Pentagon Uses Niger Ambush To Bolster AFRICOM Military Budget "IndyWatch Feed World"

The October 4 ambush in Niger that killed four US Special Forces members forced the Pentagon to admit that they had been routinely carrying out ground patrols inside Niger, but African command (AFRICOM) may be cashing in on the incident.

The U.S. Will Invade West Africa in 2023 After An Attack in New York According to Pentagon War Game "IndyWatch Feed World"

WHEN THE PENTAGON peers into its crystal ball, the images reflected back are bleak. On May 23, 2023, in one imagining from the U.S. military, terrorists detonate massive truck-bombs at both the New York and New Jersey ends of the Lincoln Tunnel. The twin explosions occur in the southern-most of the three underground tubes at 7:10 a.m., the beginning of rush hour when the subterranean roadway is packed with commuters making their way to work.

14:32

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Africas Changing Literary Scene
October 23, 2017
Ainehi Edoro
Correspondent

Today we are witnessing the emergence of an African literary market. Independent publishers have sprouted all over the continent: Cassava Republic and Farafina in Nigeria, Modjaji Books, Chimurenga, and Jungle Jim in South Africa, Kwani in Kenya. But theres a catch.

This industry is emerging at one of the most difficult times in global publishing. Aside from grappling with the issues everyone else is facing, African publishers have problems of their own. First, Africa lacks a strong tradition or infrastructure for publishing. Second, the $14 it costs to buy a Penguin Classic is what many Africans earn in a week.

Finally, within the continent, African literature has to compete in a media space monopolised by Nollywood and the thriving pop music industry.

According to a recent UNESCO study, there is one library to every million Nigerians. Unlike western publishers who depend on library sales and the bookstore circuit, the African publisher depends solely on an extremely volatile and unregulated market run by daredevil pirates and colluding customers looking for a cheap buy.

Still Bibi Bakare, the founder of Cassava Republic, is convinced that the future of African literary publishing is bright. Our golden age is in front of us, she tells me. The solution, she believes, lies in taking seriously the ongoing changes in the contemporary African literary scene.

Perhaps we should begin by debunking the claim that Africans dont read a long-held view that is widely touted in conversations about African publishing. Claims like this often conflate reading and buying.

A reading culture does not necessarily depend on a standardised book market. Africa has always had a vibrant reading culture sustained by an informal economy of books consisting in piracy and an informal culture of book-lending.

Data from digital reading platforms also suggests the opposite. The expansion of mobile technology in Africa is creating a reading culture that embraces a staggeringly wide variety of texts romance, inspirational books, religious writing, and so on.

The more interesting question becomes: How can African publishers leverage this unorthodox reading cult...

12:59

The leadership question New Telegraph Online

Visionary leadership is the principal element, which ensures that government serves as a vehicle for the attainment of citizens socioeconomic aspirations, but dearth of such in Nigeria has continued to raise questions over the countrys leadership recruitment process, FELIX NWANERI reports   T here is no doubt that a major challenge, which Nigeria has faced in more than half a century of her existence as an independent nation is incompetent leadership. This, perhaps, explains why Africas most populous country has continued to lag behind in an emerging world order that...

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12:59

PDP stakeholders endorse Adeniran as national chair New Telegraph Online

Ex-presidents, ex-ministers, others root for him NEC, Northern caucus meet this week   Barring any lastminute change in plan, former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, might emerge as the next National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Multiples sources confirmed to New Telegraph that major stakeholders in the party have endorsed Adenirans candidature for the PDP national chairmanship. Northern caucus and former presidents are with him. The Northern caucus is going to take a common position this week to back Adeniran. Most of the stakeholders are rooting for...

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12:59

Telecoms N1.5trn contribution to GDP paltry Teniolaof New Telegraph Online

Olusola Teniola, an engineer, is the President of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON). In this interview with KUNLE AZEEZ, he examined key and thorny issues that have defined the telecoms landscape in the last three quarters of this year and submitted that, despite the euphoria on telecoms contribution to the national Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in the first two quarters of the year, the contributions are actually below expectations. Excerpts:     How would you assess the telecoms industry in terms of major issues that have dominated...

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12:59

Lagoon suicide: Victim left Ondo for church programme in Lagos, says family New Telegraph Online

The body of Mr. Oluseye Adekunle, who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Friday was, yesterday, recovered by the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA). According to LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, a fisherman saw Adekunles floating body yesterday morning by a river bank in Lekki. He said that the deceased jumped off the Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge into the lagoon on Friday. Tiamiyu explained that a coordinated effort of LASEMA, Lagos State Waterways Authority and Marine Police recovered the floating body around 5.00a.m.and handed it over to the Lagos State Health...

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12:58

Army begs family for forgiveness after killing son New Telegraph Online

Chairman of Block village, located at New Market, Lekki Phase One, Lagos State, Chief Bola Ekundayo, has revealed that the Nigerian Army has asked for forgiveness after shooting and killing 20-year-old Sodiq Ismail. Ekundayo said that the leader of the Operation Crocodile Smile 2, Major Ibrahim, sent his apologies to the leaders of the community. Ibrahim allegedly implored the family of the deceased and community members, not to pursue the case further. Ekundayo disclosed that members of the community had been living in fear since Sunday, which was the first...

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12:57

Ive been to prison thrice, says man held for stealing 57 brainboxes New Telegraph Online

An ex-convict, Mr Kunle Afolabi, 31, arrested on Friday for stealing brainboxes of 57 cars, has revealed his reason for always targeting Toyota cars. Afolabi was arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command. Afolabi, , an ex-convict from Oye-Ekiti, was arrested around 4:00 a.m. on Friday at CMS after escaping from Broad Street, Lagos Island where he had gone to vandalise a Toyota Corolla belonging to a Deacon of the First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lagos. Recovered from him immediately after his...

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12:57

Infinity Trust: Harsh milieu hits profit New Telegraph Online

The mortgage industry has continued to contend with operational challenges. Chris Ugwu writes that the harsh environment is beginning to impact negatively on earnings of Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank Plc.   Despite the current economic headwinds, the mortgage banking sector in Nigeria has been confronted with plethora of challenges that have impeded the attainment of its policy objective of acting as a catalyst for the development and provision of affordable housing in the country. Some of the challenges include delay in accessing NHF funds/dearth of long term funds. Besides, most...

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12:57

NFFs Tech Committee kicks over new Falcons coach New Telegraph Online

A fresh crisis is brewing in the Nigeria Football Federation as some members of the Technical Committee have kicked against the appointment of Randy Waldrum as the new Manager of the Super Falcons. One of the prominent members of the committee informed New Telegraph that the body was not aware of the appointment. The statement from the NFF stated that: The board has approved the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee for the appointment of Mr. Randy Waldrum as Technical Adviser of the Super Falcons, and directed the secretariat...

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12:56

Controversy trails new bonus rule New Telegraph Online

NFF: Only Super Eagles,Falcons will get bonus Dikko: CHAN Eagles are also Eagles   Controversy has trailed the announcement of new bonus rule for all the national teams in the country by the Nigeria Football Federation after the bodys Annual General Assembly last week. The NFF in a communiqu released after the AGA in Jos, Plateau State, said henceforth only the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons would be entitled to bonus payments for every match. Players, coaches and backroom staff of other teams will earn daily approved allowances at...

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12:56

Nigeria-Britain association honours Anyaoku, Williams New Telegraph Online

Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and a renowned accountant, Akintola Williams, have been honoured by the Nigeria-Britain Association (NBA) with Life Time Achievement (LTA) awards for their services to humanity and in encouraging friendly relations between Nigeria and Britain. They were honoured at the associations 2017 Presidential Cocktails held in Lagos at the residence of the Deputy British High Commissioner in Nigeria. Williams, who is the patron of NBA and Anyanoku, vice patron, were presented with commemorative plaques and artworks by the association. President of the association, Funmi...

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12:31

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One-on-one With the SADC Boss Lady
ZIMBABWE SUNDAY MAIL REPORTER

Zimpapers Television Network spoke to Sadc Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax at the blocs headquarters in Botswana last week, focusing on issues like the role of foreign observers in African elections, economic management in Southern Africa and the continents place in the comity of nations. The following are excerpts of Dr Taxs conversation with Zimpapers Head of Television, Nomsa Nkala.

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Q: You have been the Executive Secretary of Sadc for the past four years, and you are the first woman to hold that post. What does this milestone mean for you and African women?

A: I appreciate this appointment and the trust bestowed upon me. Such positions are competitive, strategic and politically sensitive. And Sadc, in particular the Heads of State, felt it fit to provide me this opportunity to serve the organisation.

With regard to women, I encourage them that these positions are not for any particular gender. One just has to be confident, prepare themselves and take up the challenge.

Q: Tell me about your relationship with your male counterparts given the strong link between leadership and patriarchy.

A: My relationship is very good; excellent because it depends on how you relate with them yourself. If you go there and say, I am a woman; here I am, I need favours, then you might find challenges.

In the region, I interact with Heads of State, ministers, and I get proper guidance and the needed support without being looked at as a woman. I am looked at as the Executive Secretary of Sadc.

I also relate and work closely with my counterparts in other regions. For example, in Comesa we have a tripartite arrangement and we have taskforce of CEOs. We lead and they chair on a rotational basis. In that configuration/arrangement, what I have seen is respect, support and encouragement. I have not felt that I am here and that I have been looked at as a woman. No.

Q: Some former liberation movements in Sadc say regional instability is largely caused by their former colonial masters. Do you agree?

A: Yes and no. I may agree because dependence is still there. We are sti...

12:17

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Zimbabwe President Mugabe Back from Successful Uruguay Visit
 SUNDAY MAIL REPORTER
Takunda Maodza recently in Montevideo, Uruguay
Sunday Mail

President Mugabe returned home from Uruguay yesterday after attending the World Health Organisation Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases, a meeting that culminated in him being named a WHO Goodwill Ambassador.

NCDs are chronic diseases that cannot be passed from person to person, and include chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, cancer and diabetes.

The President who was accompanied by ministers Dr Walter Mzembi (Foreign Affairs) and Dr David Parirenyatwa (Health and Child Care) was welcomed at Harare International Airport by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Also there to welcome President Mugabe were ministers Dr Sydney Sekeramayi (Defence), Happyton Bonyongwe (Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs), Dr Joram Gumbo (Transport and Infrastructure Development) and Miriam Chikukwa (Harare Provincial Affairs); Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, and other senior Government officials and service chiefs.

In an interview on landing, Dr Parirenyatwa described the conference as a huge success, while also hailing President Mugabes appointment as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Africa in the fight against NCDs.

All the nations came up with a declaration on NCDs to be put up the agenda of prevention, he said.

Dr Parirenyatwa said among other things, the declaration urges nations to mobilise resources to fight NCDs.

This is a new page for Zimbabwe. President Mugabe is involved in a big way as Ambassador, and Zimbabwe should be a model in the fight against NCDs, he said.

Dr Mzembi said Zimbabwe had taken the opportunity to boost diplomatic relations with Uruguay.

The thrust going forward is linking Zimbabwe with new markets, he said.

In Uruguay, President Mugabe met that countrys leader, President Tabare Vasquez, and the two explored areas of economic co-operation.

Dr Mzembi and Uruguays Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa followed that up with their own closed-door discussion.
...

12:09

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Government in Drive to Contain NCDs Inter-ministerial Task Force on Cards: President National Policy Framework in Place
October 19, 2017

President Mugabe addresses a plenary session of the World Health Organisation Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases in Montevideo, Uruguay, yesterday. In attendance were Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Walter Mzembi and Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa. (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

Takunda Maodza in MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay
Zimbabwe Herald

Government is making efforts to establish an Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) because such diseases need a multi-sectoral response, President Mugabe has said. NCDs are chronic diseases that cannot be passed from person-to-person and include cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Addressing the World Health Organisation Global Conference on NCDs, which was officially opened by Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez yesterday, President Mugabe, who arrived here on Tuesday, said Zimbabwe had adopted several strategies to combat challenges posed by new health outbreaks, including NCDs. He said the country, through the Ministry of Health and Child Care, had also developed a national NCDs policy.

Efforts are also underway to establish an inter-Ministerial Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases through the Ministry of Health and Child Care. This initiative comes from our awareness that non-communicable diseases need a multi-sectoral response, and comes on the back of our highly-acclaimed Aids Levy. We have established Health Levy Fund, an innovative financing mechanism to raise resources for the procurement of medicines, supplies and equipment for the management of non-communicable diseases, among other conditions. This fund is derived from a five percent surcharge of mobile communications usage, he said.

In the case of non-communicable diseases, Zimbabwe has adopted a National Health Strategy spanning from 2016-2020, which we have dubbed Equity and Quality in Health: Leaving No One Behind. The strategy provides the framework that guides the efforts of our Ministry of Health...

12:03

Ortom cautions supporters over second term bid New Telegraph Online

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, at the weekend, cautioned his supporters not to fight anyone over his second term bid. The governor said he became governor in 2015 through divine intervention, adding that he would look up to God again for guidance at the appropriate time to declare his intention to contest for another term of four years. Ortom spoke at the funeral of a retired university administrator, Edwin Anagende, at his village in Saghev, Guma Local Government Area at the weekend. He said power belongs to God, who gave...

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12:03

U.S. scores NAPTIP high in human trafficking fight New Telegraph Online

Impressed by the renewed efforts the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has put into the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria, the United States of America (USA), has thrown its weight behind the activities of the Agency. The USA also commended the Agency for the number of convictions it has secured since its inception which was pegged at 331 as at September, 2017. According to the USA, such feat was laudable, bearing in mind the series of technicalities associated with prosecution of cases such as...

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11:59

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Zimbabwe, Uruguay Seek to Boost Ties
October 21, 2017
Takunda Maodza in MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
Herald

PRESIDENT Mugabe on Thursday met Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez at his offices in Montevideo, the countrys capital, where the two leaders discussed ways to boost bilateral and economic ties. President Mugabe was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Walter Mzembi in the meeting. Dr Mzembi later met Uruguay Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Rodolfo Nin Novoa at his offices. Briefing the media on the two meetings, Dr Mzembi said Zimbabwe would soon dispatch a delegation to engage Uruguay in areas covering energy and agriculture. Uruguay, which is home to 3,5 million people, has excelled in agriculture and renewable energy production.It is a follow-up to a meeting the two Presidents held in the morning, (to) which I accompanied our own President. I think we have something going with the Uruguayans, very warm people and very genuine. What they have informed me is that their own President has instructed that a delegation be dispatched to Harare to follow up on the Presidential discussion. We have refined it a little bit in our own meeting to a position where we are saying the Minister of Agriculture for Zimbabwe and the Minister of Energy for Zimbabwe must first come up here to familiarise with the issues that the two Presidents discussed, said Dr Mzembi.

Dr Mzembi said Uruguay had distinguished itself, particularly in cattle ranching, to such the extent that it now exported to most countries around the world. He said such an experience was critical for Zimbabwes experience in the same sector.

The first aspect being the area around cattle ranching and beef production, where Uruguay is excelling to the extent where, despite the fact that it is one-tenth the size of Zimbabwe, they actually host 20 million heads (cattle), and they are exporting to 140 countries; and clearly that provides a very useful benchmark study for our Minister of Agriculture, said Dr Mzembi.

In addition, they are actually notwithstanding that they are a 3,5 million population country growing food enough to feed 30 million people, so they are exporting to feed more than 26 million people across the g...

11:49

Over one billion 'invisible' people on Earth live with no identity proof - study "IndyWatch Feed World"

A recent global study by the powerful World Bank has revealed statistics showing that more than 1.1 billion people on earth have no proof of identity, an indication that some 15 percent of the global population is being denied health and education services. Many of these 'unidentified' people live in Africa and Asia, in areas plagued by poverty, epidemics and continuous armed conflict, and over one third of them are children, according to the World Bank's "Identification for Development" (ID4D) program, as reported by NDTV. According to ID4D program head Vyjayanti Desai, a primary reason that people remain unidentified is because of the geographical distance between populations in rural developing areas and government services which are typically housed in urban regions. Traveling from areas of the high-altitude Peruvian Amazon regions to government offices can take five days on foot and by boat, according to Carolina Trivelli, Peru's former development minister.

11:21

ELN FARC: Declaration of Montecristi "IndyWatch Feed War"

On this day, delegations of the National Liberation Army-ELN and the political party Revolutionary Alternative Force Common FARC, have met in Montecristi, Ecuador, birthplace of national hero Eloy Alfaro, for the purpose of evaluating the development of the peace process with the national government. After deliberating for two days, we would state the following:...

11:00

EZLN-CNI: Marichuy, A Very Different Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

Marichuy and members of the Indigenous Council tour Zapatista Territory. Luis Hernndez Navarro English Interpretation by Chiapas Support Committee Some 21 years ago, on October 11, 1996, an indigenous Nahua from Jalisco read the political statement of the nascent National Indigenous Congress. In the name of more than 600 delegates coming from all over the...

Russias Initiative on Combating Glorification of Nazism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dr Alexander Yakovenko Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Russia attaches great importance to combating the glorification of Nazism, and any forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Once again we put forward draft resolutions to the United Nations General Assembly on this issue. It is a...

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Closing UNs Africa Week, Assembly President Says Continents Vision Getting Close to Reality
General Assembly President Miroslav Lajk addressing the Assemblys annual joint debate on the New Partnership for Africas Development and the 2001-2010: Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa. UN Photo/Cia Pak

20 October 2017 Addressing the final event of this years Africa Week at the United Nations, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajk on Friday highlighted the continents transformative changes driven by the African Unions development agency.

First, I want to acknowledge the importance of the New Partnership for Africas Development (NEPAD), Mr. Lajk told an Assembly plenary meeting, referring to the programme first established in 2001 and then integrated into the African Unions structure to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of continental and regional priority projects.

NEPAD was something of a trailblazer [] Since its adoption in 2001, NEPAD has led to transformative change, Mr. Lajk said, noting that it predates the UNs 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Unions Agenda 2063 by more than a decade.

For example, he said, NEPADs Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme has improved agricultural productivity on the continent, changing the lives of many African farmers.

Additionally, NEPAD has led to big strides in the integration of African trade. The finalization of the tripartite free trade agreement this summer among the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community(SADC) and East African Community (EAC) was an important step.

The continental free trade area is no longer a distant dream. It could very soon be a reality, he said.

However, faster progress needs to be seen, not only in the two sectors of agriculture and trade, but also in infrastructure, industry, economic diversification and poverty eradication, said Mr. Lajk.

He went on to stress that no development in Africa can take hold unless it is led from within, noting that there are many exciting developments at the national level, and African countries are also building their capacities for domestic resource...

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Graham: 'The War is Headed to Africa'
By Sophie Tatum
6:00 PM ET, Fri October 20, 2017

Graham: There will be more missions, not fewer

Washington (CNN)Americans should anticipate more military operations in Africa as the war on terrorism continues to morph, Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Friday.

"This war is getting hot in places that it's been cool, and we've got to go where the enemy takes us," Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill.

The South Carolina Republican's comments came after a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis and followed the news that four US servicemen were killed in action in Niger in an ambush by ISIS fighters.

"The war is headed to Africa, Graham said. "It's beginning to morph. As we suppress the enemy in the Mideast, they're going to move, they're not going to quit."

Graham also said "the rules of engagement are going to change," and explained that the US approach to counterterrorism operations will be more aggressive, moving to what he called "status-based targeting."

"So, if you find somebody who's the member of a terrorist organization, then we can use lethal force, they don't have to present an immediate threat," he said.

Graham added that authority for decision-making will also shift from the White House to the field, echoing some of President Donald Trump's plans for the United States in Afghanistan.

"Micromanagement from Washington, DC, does not win battles," Trump said in August.

Graham argued that with more autonomy in the field, it will be necessary for the administration to keep Congress informed, "because if we don't like what you're doing we can cut off the funding. But for us to make that decision, we got to know what you're doing."

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Niger Raid Highlights US Military's Growing Role in Africa
Agence France-Presse
October 21, 2017 9:45 AM EDT

The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including al-Shabab in Somalia, ISIS affiliates in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Of the 8,000 special forces troops deployed globally this year, more than 1,300 are in Africa, according to officials from the US Special Operations Command, which is based in Tampa, Florida.

Another 5,000 or so are in the Middle East. In five years, the number of US commandos in Africa has tripled from only 450 in 2012.

"The war is morphing," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Friday.

"We're going to see more actions in Africa, not less. You're going to see more aggression by the United States towards our enemies, not less," he told reporters, adding that US forces would be getting greater leeway in their rules of engagement.

Typically, the highly trained and well-armed commandos are grouped in teams of about a dozen, who work for two or three months as instructors to classes of about 300 soldiers from an African nation.

On any given day, the operators are deployed across about 20 nations, SOCOM said, though it did not provide a list of nations or the numbers of troops concerned.

According to a report to Congress by General Thomas Waldhauser, who heads the US Africa Command, American forces have a notable presence in Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda and Kenya.

Officially, the United States only has one military base in Africa Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

But special forces outfits, including the Green Berets, the Navy SEALs and Marine and Air Force commandos, also use an air base at Moron in southern Spain for Africa operations.

'Persistent facilities'

And the United States has "persistent facilities" in hos...

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Where Does the U.S. Have Troops in Africa, and Why?
Oct 22, 2017 6:51 PM EDT
CBS News

The deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month -- and the ensuing controversy surrounding President Trump's calls to their families -- has thrust a little-discussed country into the spotlight, and could lead to a reevaluation of the U.S. presence on the African continent more generally.

The Pentagon has slowly been bolstering the U.S. presence in Africa in recent years to partner with African nations to thwart various extremist terrorist organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Boko Haram and al Qaeda. The four troops slain in an ambush earlier this month -- Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright -- were in Niger to help the Nigerien government fight extremists.

The U.S. has roughly 800 military personnel temporarily deployed to Niger, and roughly 8,000 military personnel spread across the continent, according to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Many of those troops are there to support African partners, alongside allies like France, with the goal of increasing the African nations' own security capabilities and stabilizing the region. AFRICOM only began initial operations 10 years ago, in October 2007.

Niger offers a glimpse of that growing presence. In February 2013, former President Barack Obama announced a 40-person increase in Niger, bringing the total number of U.S. military personnel to 100. Back then, Obama described it as an "intelligence collection" mission. Now, the number of soldiers in the country is eight times higher.

A handful of African nations host the bulk of U.S. military personnel, who are generally deployed on rotations for a few months at a time. Djibouti, situated across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, is one of the world's smallest countries but currently hosts more U.S. military personnel than any other African nation. Roughly 2,000 -- or about one in four U.S. military personnel on the continent -- are temporarily deployed to Djibouti.

U.S. troops have been in Djibouti for years. Camp Lemonnier is the only permanent U.S. base in Africa, and serves as a key outpost for surveillance and combat operations against al Q...

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THE U.S. WILL INVADE WEST AFRICA IN 2023 AFTER AN ATTACK IN NEW YORK ACCORDING TO PENTAGON WAR GAME
Nick Turse
October 22 2017, 11:16 a.m.

WHEN THE PENTAGON peers into its crystal ball, the images reflected back are bleak.

On May 23, 2023, in one imagining from the U.S. military, terrorists detonate massive truck-bombs at both the New York and New Jersey ends of the Lincoln Tunnel. The twin explosions occur in the southern-most of the three underground tubes at 7:10 a.m., the beginning of rush hour when the subterranean roadway is packed with commuters making their way to work.

The attack kills 435 people and injures another 618. Eventually, well come to know that it could have been much worse. The plan was to drive the trucks to high profile targets elsewhere in Manhattan. Somehow, though, the bombs detonated early.

This spectacular attack, which would result in the highest casualties on U.S. soil since 9/11, isnt the hackneyed work of a Hollywood screenwriter it is actually one of the key plot points from a recent Pentagon war game played by some of the militarys most promising strategic thinkers. This attack, and the war it sparks, provide insights into the future as envisioned by some of the U.S. militarys most important imagineers and the training of those who will be running Americas wars in the years ahead.

The 5/23 terror attack was a small but pivotal part of a simulated exercise conducted last year by students and faculty from the U.S. militarys war colleges, which are the training grounds for prospective generals and admirals. Sprawling and intricate, the 33rd annual Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Special Program (JLASS-SP) brought together 148 students from the U.S. Air Forces Air War College, the Army War College, the Marine Corps War College, the Naval War College, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, the National War College, and the National Defense Universitys Information Resources Management College. They collaborated for several weeks of remote war-gaming conducted via cyberspace tools, telephones and video teleconferencing, according to Pentagon documents obtained by The Intercept. It culminated in a five-day on-site exercise at the Air Force Wargaming Institute at Maxwell Air...

09:29

Mugabe scrapped as WHO goodwill ambassador..but why was he even chosen? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/who-rethinks-mugabe-goodwill-role/news-story/8378a96ae85eda9717704f9063f8412c

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a WHO goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organisation says.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in a statement on Sunday that he had listened to those expressing concerns.

Over the last...

09:00

Cristina Fernandez Wins Senate Seat in Argentinas Legislative Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turnout reached almost 80 percent, according to electoral authorities. Former president Cristina Fernandez won a seat in Argentinas senate at the same time Mauricio Macris conservative Cambiemos coalition made gains in both houses, according to the results in Argentinas heated mid-term legislative elections. Cambiemos won about 40 percent of the vote while the Front for Victory coalition led by...

08:50

Something Previously Unknown to Science 9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth Found in Germany Could Reshape Human History "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By The Daily Galaxy

The fossils weve found arent what wed expect for the area we found them in, said Natural History Museum deputy director Herbert Lutz. We dont know where this new species fits in the family tree. There are similarities to species that lived in Europe around this time. But one tooth, the canine, differs from these. We know of similar examples from Africa, but these new finds are considerably older. We dont want to speculate, but we wonder what could explain that. That investigation is just starting.

The amazing discover opens mysterious possibility that could rewrite what we know about where early human life emerged. What these finds definitely show us is that the holes in our knowledge and in the fossil record are much bigger than previously thought, says Lutz. So weve got the puzzle of having finds that, in terms of the expected timeline, dont fit the region we found them in. Weve got two teeth from a single individual. That means there must have been a whole population. It wouldnt have been just one, all alone like Robinson Crusoe. So the question is, if were finding primate species all around the Mediterranean area, why not any like this? Its a complete mystery where this individual came from, and why nobodys ever found a tooth like this somewhere before.Its believed that these teeth belonged to a great ape that was potentially an early hominin species, one that could have been related to members of the African hominin tribe. The canine tooth shown below, is indicative that this ancient being is unlike any other specimen found in northern Europe.

The-molar-fossil-on-the-left-and-the-canine-fossil-on-the-right

Its something completely new, something previously unknown to science, Lutz told ResearchGate. Its a complete mystery where this individual came from, and why nobodys ever found a tooth like this somewhere before.

In the Miocene, a window of time more or...

08:30

Outrage sees Mugabe lose WHO envoy post "IndyWatch Feed World"

Robert Mugabe.

Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe to the largely ceremonial post at a high-level WHO meeting on chronic diseases, attended by both men, in Uruguay on Wednesday.

At the time, Tedros praised Zimbabwe as a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all.

But Tedros said in a statement on Sunday he had listened to those expressing concerns and heard the different issues raised.

After reflection he decided to rescind the appointment, saying it was in the best interests of the WHO.

Several former and current WHO staff had said privately they were appalled at the poor judgement and miscalculation by Tedros, elected the first African head of WHO in May.

Mugabe was head of the African Union (AU) when the bloc endorsed Tedros a former health and foreign minister of Ethiopia over other African candidates.

Mugabe, 93, is blamed in the West for destroying Zimbabwes economy and numerous human rights abuses during his 37 years leading the country as either president or prime minister.

Britain said Mugabes appointment as a goodwill ambassador for non-communicable diseases in Africa was surprising and disappointing and that it risked overshadowing the WHOs global work.

The United States, which has imposed sanctions on Mugabe for alleged human rights violations, said it was disappointed.

The US administration of President Donald Trump, which is already questioning financial support for some programmes of United Nations agencies, is WHOs largest single donor.

The controversy came as WHO struggles to recover its reputation tarnished by its slowness in tackling the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa from 2014-2015 under Tedros predecessor Margaret Chan.

The post...

07:53

Gana, Babalakin, others to honour UNILAG VC at book launch New Telegraph Online

The former Minister of Information and former Chairman of the universitys Governing Council and the incumbent Chairman and Founder of Bi-Courtney Group of Companies, Prof. Jerry Gana and Dr. Wale Babalakin respectively are some of the dignitaries expected to grace a book launch in honour of the ougoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Prof. Rahamon Bello. The public presentation of the book which is entitled; Walking the Vision: Rahamon Bello, will hold at the university today. According to the organisers, it is part of the series of...

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07:31

CUSTOMS REVENUE GENERATION IN PERSPECTIVE. OBLONG MEDIA

Between Yorubaland and the Hausa/Fulaniland, there are 14 Area Commands of the Customs. The Yorubaland alone has 11 Area Commands More

07:04

Food for thought. OBLONG MEDIA

The Restructuring being forced upon a very reluctant North is totally different from the dummy the North is willing to More

07:03

Nigeria heading for financial crisis, says WBank. OBLONG MEDIA

The World Bank has said Nigeria may be heading for serious financial crisis following the decision of the government to More

06:42

Femi Fani-Kayode: THE MARCH FOR FREEDOM AND THE MONSTER FROM FUTA JALON OBLONG MEDIA

The greatest crime that man has inflicted on his fellow man in the last 50 years is the evil concept More

06:34

The return of Glover Hausas in the Nigerian Army: Exposing 95% dominance of key army formations in Igbo land by northern muslim officers. OBLONG MEDIA

It is sad and shocking that what is called Nigerian Army today and its mother security and defense establishments are More

06:02

WHO to rethink naming Robert Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The head of the World Health Organization has said he is rethinking his decision to name Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, as a goodwill ambassador after the move provoked global outrage. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe's 93-year-old authoritarian leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. The decision triggered confusion and anger among WHO member states and activists who noted that Zimbabwe's health care system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe's regime. "I'm listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible," Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, tweeted on Saturday night.

05:58

Recolonization Of Africa By Endless War "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Dan Glazebrook for RT. Exactly six years ago, on October 20th, 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was murdered, joining a long list of African revolutionaries martyred by the West for daring to dream of continental independence. Earlier that day, Gaddafis hometown of Sirte had been occupied by Western-backed militias, following a month-long battle during which NATO and its rebel allies pounded the citys hospitals and homes with artillery, cut off its water and electricity, and publicly proclaimed their desire to starve [the city] into submission. The last defenders of the city, including Gaddafi, fled Sirte that morning, but their convoy was tracked and strafed by NATO jets, killing 95 people.

05:44

Nnamdi Kanu vs Gani Adams; The idiocy of a people: OBLONG MEDIA

Over the weekend, the news was all over the place that the Alafin of Oyo, arguably the highest traditional institution More

05:40

More than 160 Russian servicemen took part in rescue of Russian women and children in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

More than 160 Russian generals and officers took part in the operation to save Russian women and children, who were then taken by military aircraft from Syria's Hmeymim to Russia's Grozny on Saturday, Russian parliament's upper house member Ziyad Sabsabi said. On Saturday, a special flight with the first large group of 7 women and 14 children between the ages of three months and ten years, rescued from the hot spots of the Middle East, arrived in Russia's Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic. "This was a military operation, not a humanitarian action, involving more than 150 officers of the Russian Armed Forces and more than 10 generals who participated in the release and return of our citizens, in this regard, special thanks to the Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov," Sabsabi, who is also Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's special representative in the Middle East and North Africa, said.

05:23

Drama as Judge withdraws from Ogun PDP leadership tussle suit. OBLONG MEDIA

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday withdrew from a suit on the leadership tussle More

05:20

Food for thought. OBLONG MEDIA

There are these consistent fallacies that have been perpetuated over the years. Let me address some of them from my More

05:18

HISTORY CORNER: Benin Origin Of Some Igbo : The Heart Of Pre-Imperial Benin Is Igbo By Victor Wilberforce OBLONG MEDIA

Benin is the name of the capital, Kingdom and Empire that proceeded forth. I shall later sit down to put More

05:11

H.E. Governor Okorocha, the over N500m ZUMA statue, and the South East leadership problem: OBLONG MEDIA

I think until we truly get interested in politics to the point of being part of the *selection process*, we More

05:00

The History of Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed World"

A LITTLE GUN HISTORY

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

56 million defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are "citizens". Without them, we are "subjects".

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America beca...

04:59

Israel maneuvers to put US on war footing with Iran "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the week that the puppet president, Trump announced he was tearing up the nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran, it appears that it is Israel that is the one pulling his strings from the outset. Rehmat's World wrote that American writer and author Dan Sanchez in an article had predicted that the bloody war by Israel and its Zionist lobbyists in the Middle East was destined to fail, in which he calls Israel a warmonger. Even as early as 1990, former president Reagan accused Israel of misleading him over the Iran contra affair. Trump's announcement that it was a "bad deal" clearly illustrates his willingness to wag tail when told by his master but also his naivety on the world stage and grasping of the fundamentals of basic diplomacy. The obtuse and train wreck of a moron even had the brass neck to lay blame on Iran for successive US invasions in the Middle East and North Africa.

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04:02

Egyptian crackdown on LGBT community leaves many asking if it's time to leave "IndyWatch Feed World"

For Mostafa, a gay Egyptian man in his mid-20s, seeing rainbow flags flying at an open-air rock concert in the Arab world's most populous nation was thrilling. But he had a feeling it wouldn't end well. Dozens of people have been arrested and put on trial in Egypt in the ensuing crackdown. Some were also beaten and subjected to invasive physical exams, spreading panic in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender circles. Comment: HRW & Amnesty International demand Egypt end 'crackdown' on gay men Many of Mostafa's friends are deleting their profiles on cellphone dating apps and scrubbing their social media accounts, which police have long used to ensnare people suspected of being gay or transgender. Some who were at last month's concert have gone into hiding. There has even been talk of fleeing the country. "The problem is that no one can tell the limit of this crackdown and how far it might go," said Mostafa, a community activist who asked to be identified by one name, for fear that he too might be swept up by police. "There was an incredible amount of hate speech by the media and by people on social media. Everyone I know is depressed and fearful."

03:40

Iraq: Fighting in Disputed Territories Kills Civilians "IndyWatch Feed World"

(HRW)  Apparently indiscriminate firing during fighting on October 16, 2017, in a town near Kirkuk involving the Kurdistan Regional Governments Peshmerga forces and various Iraqi government forces left at least 51 civilians wounded and five dead, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraqi forces in control of the town, Tuz Khurmatu, subsequently let civilians loot property unimpeded for at least a full day before taking action. Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government forces should take all feasible steps to minimize civilian casualties and prevent looting.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces need to resolve the current crisis in ways that fully respects human rights and avoids harming civilians or their property, said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

Tuz Khurmatu, an ethnically mixed Kurdish, Turkmen, and Arab town in the disputed territories around Kirkuk, 65 kilometers south of the city, had been under the joint control of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) forces, the Popular Mobilization Forces (known as the PMF or Hashd al-Shaabi,) and local police, and the scene of sporadic clashes over the last three years. Fighting again erupted on October 16, 2017, as Iraqi forces asserted control over the city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas. According to three medical workers at a Turkmen-run hospital, fighting on October 16 left five civilians dead, and 51 wounded.

Human Rights Watch spoke to three men wounded by apparent indiscriminate fire during the clashes. Hamid, said that at about 3:45 a.m. he, his brother, and his mother were sitting in the living room of their home in a Turkmen neighborhood when, he said, there were two blasts all of a sudden and I lost consciousness. I woke up at about 4:30 a.m. at the hospital, bleeding from my head and the left side of my torso.

When Hamid returned home that night, he saw two large holes in their living room roof. I dont know why our house was hit, Hamid said. There was no fighting nearby, nor any military installations that I know of.

Nadim, a Turkmen living in another Turkmen neighborhood, said he was in his garden at 4 a.m. when a mortar landed next to him, hurling metal fragments into his right hand and leg. Nadim said that as the mortar landed, he saw an ongoing battle between Peshmerga forces and PMF about 300 meters from his home.

Ammar, a Turkmen, lives in the same neighborhood, about 500 meters from the local headquarters of the Badr Organizati...

03:40

More ivory-related arrests in Gabon Africa Sustainable Conservation News

In Makokou, on October 18, 2017, just four days after the arrest of four

traffickers with 26 kg of ivory by the judicial police, another arrest of

ivory traffickers took place.

In a motel of the place, the named EGUANEBE Dieudonn? and MALONDA BINDZA

Arnaud Boris, both of Gabonese nationality, were arrested when they were

preparing to market eleven (11) ivory tusks, of which two (02) were whole,

and nine (09) had been cut into two sections.

This operation was carried out by the officers of the RDG and the Ministry

of Water and Forests with the support of Conservation Justice.

The offenders, who carried the ivories in a red trolley bag, went to a

Makokou hotel to complete the transaction, as they are used to doing. While

they were preparing to proceed with the sale of ivories, the agents of the

RDG and Waters and Forests had the chance and the ability to intervene and

surprise them in the act of wrongdoing.

The named EGUANEBE Dieudonn? and MALONDA BINDZA Arnaud Boris will be driven

to the station of the RDG, and during the hearing, they?ll quote named EBOT

Joli as being the owner of the ivories.

A team will be formed in order to go to the village of Messene, 10 km from

Makokou, to call on this individual named EBOT.

After his arrest, he will confirm his guilt.

After trial, all the offenders were placed in custody in the jails of the

DGR while waiting to be auditioned by the Ministry of Water and Forests and

to be brought before the prosecutor.

Despite the efforts made by the Government, the number of ivory traffickers

does not seem to be diminishing. The number of elephants is plummeting in

the Minkebe forest, with more than 20,000 killed in the last decade. And

elephants, massacred in the depths of the forest and especially from

Cameroon, are often forced to move closer to the villages of the South.

This accentuates the conflicts between the populations and the pachyderms.

Recent articles in the English newspapers ?The Mirror? and ?Independent?

mention that ivory originating in Gabon financed terrorist activities,

including Boko Haram, in other countries. These facts have been confirmed

by the National Agency of National Parks. With ivory trafficking garnering

significant financial benefits and flows, it is understandable that it may

interest and be linked to other types of crime. The links between ivory

trafficking and security problems are numerous and have been highlighted in

many countries, particularly following investigations initiated by

international institutions (US Fish & Wildlife Service, European Union,

Interpol, etc.).

According to protectors of nature, the sentences are not dissuasive enough,

knowing that they are only six months of prison in Gabon aga...

03:09

How to Harness the Energy of Trees In 3 Simple Steps "IndyWatch Feed World"

While trees are known as healing to the scientific community for the way in which they provide us with the oxygen necessary to survive, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air we breathe, Taoist masters believe that the powers of these incredible plants reach far beyond just the air that we breathe. Deeply rooted into the Earth while reaching high up to the Universe, trees have a unique way of harnessing the energies and powers that the Universe provides.

These energies carry great healing powers, enhanced by the fact that trees exist in a constant state of meditation. Discovered and cultivated by Taoist masters, the ability to form a deep, spiritual connection with the trees around us in order to tap into their energies has long been practiced.

In a number of aboriginal cultures, it was believed that trees possess a spirit who had agreed to take the role of being the connection between the Earth and the Universe. It was their job to ensure that there was a balance between the two, maintaining the separation that was created at the beginning of time. Their healing capabilities were discovered as various groups of people began to use their bark and leaves for medicinal purposes, witnessing the healing properties that the trees possessed.

Other cultures, such as that of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and people across the Middle East, believed that trees were placed on Earth for the purpose of guiding humankind. They stressed the importance of showing trees the highest of respect. Stephen Scharper, Professor of Religious Ethics and the Environment at the University of Toronto explains, The Koran and the Hebrew Bible both deal with warfare and talk about the impropriety, in fact, the great sin, of destroying trees in warfare. And part of it is they know the importance of trees for the whole civilization to exist.

Source: ThoughtCo

 

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