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Friday, 20 July

01:50

VIDEO: Ekiti Governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, meets Buhari in Aso Villa Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. According to Buharis Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, Fayemi was accompanied by the governors of Kebbi and Ogun states, Abubakar Bagudu and Ibikunle Amosun, respectively. Fayemi defeated the incumbent deputy governor, Prof Olushola Kolapo of the PDP in a keenly contested []

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01:49

Senators fight over Buharis lopsided appointments Newtelegraph

Senators on Thursday were divided across party lines over the composition of the board of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had read The Presidents letter on the floor of the Senate in which former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Tunde []

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01:37

Delta Online Publishers Raise Alarm Over Threat To Life Of Its Member By Okowas Aides Urhobo Today

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa


LAGOS JULY 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) has raised the alarm over threat to the life of one of its members, Mr. Albert Ograka, Publisher of www.blanknewsonline.com by officials of Delta State government while executing his lawful duty as a journalist.
A press statement signed by the Secretary of DOPF, Mr Shdrack Onitsha made available to URHOBOTODAY.COM said Ograka life was threatened by Delta State government officials following a report published in his online website which bothers on alleged N500m fraud in Delta State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), an agency of the state government.
In the statement, DOPF condemned in totality the idea of bulling, harassing, intimidating and threatening journalists who are doing their legitimate business with little or no provocation by the agents of Delta state government.
The group revealed that Mr Ograka specifically indicted the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Delta State Governor, Mr. Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, Delta State Directorate of Orientation, Mr. Eugene Uzum and Delta South PDP Chairman, Emman Amgbaduba who threatened him on telephone with respect to the publication.
Though when we called Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr. Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu who allegedly called and requested that the said report should be pulled down and apology if n...

01:20

JUST IN: Ortom reverses self, says lm still in APC Newtelegraph

Less than 72 hours the governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom denounced his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor yesterday recounted, as he said he was still with the party. Ortom, who on Monday said he had been issued a red card in APC, therefore would no longer stay in []

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Thursday, 19 July

23:34

Benue APC publicity secretary, woman leader dumps party Newtelegraph

The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State assumed a disturbing dimension as the publicity of the party, Mr. Samuel Agbo and Woman Leader, Mrs. Dooshima Jirgba have resigned their membership and positions from the party. The resignation of the party officials came as the APC also denied issuing a red []

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22:36

Saudi Arabias defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabias air defense forces intercepted a missile fired toward the city of Jazan by Houthi militia at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday.

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Saudi Arabian air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards the city of Jazan by Iranian-backed Houthi militias at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday .(Reuters)

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The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen Turki Al-Maliki said the missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.

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The missile was intercepted and destroyed, no injuries were reported, Saudi Press Agency said.

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Al-Maliki added: This hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regimes continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolutions 2216 and 2231 that aim to safeguard the security of Saudi Arabia and the international community.

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1341671/saudi-arabia

21:45

Monoatomic Gold: Is It a Danger to Your Health? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Pro Chang

Many people are claiming that monoatomic gold, also known as monatomic gold or white powder gold, holds the key to health, energy, and longevity, but is monoatomic gold even real?

According to some archaeologists and scientists, this exotic white powder gold is real and was used by certain ruling class of the Egyptians, Sumerians, Babylonians, and secret societies for esoteric rituals, and to increase vitality and longevity. Many researchers of occultism believe that monoatomic gold is still being used for esoteric rituals by secret societies of today.

What is Monoatomic Gold?

Monoatomic elements, such as monoatomic gold, are made of single atoms not bound to one another. One strange and exotic property of monatomic gold is that when heated to certain temperatures, it becomes very light, even to the point where it produces antigravity properties. For this reason, understanding how monatomic gold works may hold some of the keys to unlocking the secrets of antigravity and superluminal technology.

As mentioned at BlueEmeraldAlchemy.com.

The center of the periodic chart of elements consists of what are known as the transition elements, meaning that they can transit from metallic to monatomic or diatomic via chemical treatment or through other means (what some would refer to as shadow chemistry or arcane chemistry or even alchemy). Take gold for example. When you have two or more gold atoms in a microcluster, it will have metallic properties, but if you have only one atom, it will then have ceramic properties, which means that it becomes chemically inert but at the same time will have superconductive capabilities even at room temperature. The weight of these amazing materials can also change by heating, becoming lighter, even to the point of levitation. Because it is chemically inert, it can be ingested for health, wellbeing and super-energizing at the cellular level.

Conventional science is aware of six phases of matter, which are gas, liquid, solid, plasma, Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), and liquid crystal. What conventional science isnt aware of yet or doesnt want to accept are monatomic elements. These monatomic elements are only a few examples of many other phases of matter that are yet to be discovered.

Monatomic elements are sometimes refer to as ORME (orbitally rearranged monatomic elements). According to Jim Marrs, ORME actually means the Tree of Life in Hebrew. This could be why some people like to associate monatomic gold or white powder gold with immortality.

The Relationship Between Microclusters and Monatomic Elements

In the late 1980s, some n...

20:54

Our Priority Is To Sack PDP Non-Performing Govt Delta APC Faction Urhobo Today


LAGOS JULY 19TH (URHOBOTODAY0-The Delta State factional chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said dislodging the non-performing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Ifeanyi Okowa is its utmost priority.
The party made this known on Wednesday through its factionalChairman, Cyril Ogodo, during its maiden expanded state Executive Committee meeting held at the partys state Secretariat in Asaba.

What is upper most for the party at this point is how to dislodge the non-performing and corrupt PDP government in the state come 2019, Ogbodo said.
While acknowledging the existence of an APC faction that conducted parallel congresses in the state and claimed legitimacy through a contentious court consent judgement, he noted that the duly elected Exco was not party to such judgement.
Ogodo used the opportunity to thank party faithful and stakeholders for standing firm in the face of the many challenges faced by the party during the recent congresses, saying his Exco was poised to work to reconcile and unite all aggrieved party members, adding that Delta State must be rescued in 2019, this is not negotiable. he concluded.
The state leader of the party, Otega Emerhor, briefed (SEC) members on the state of affairs of the party and congratulated Ogodo and his executives for their success at the congresses and for their successful swearing-in.
He added that the new National Chairman of the party was being misled, which enabled the Ogboru/Omo-Agege group to obtain an alleged fraudulent...

20:44

Immigration makes nations stronger - just look at France "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the world lurches ever closer towards nationalistic fervour, lets hope many heed the lessons of Frances World Cup win, made possible by African immigrants

20:01

Gulf states in dangerous scramble for Africa "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somalia and its neighbours must focus on achieving internal unification, or any benefits reaped from new investment will be lost

19:54

Celebration In Agbarha-Otor As Grace Ibru Joins Her Ancestors Urhobo Today

Madam Grace Ibru


By Young Erhiurhobo
LAGOS JULY 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The quiet Agbarha-Otor community of the ancient Agbarha Kingdom in Ughelli North LGA of Delta state was recently a bee-hive of activities as the remains of late Madam Grace Osheho Ibru who passed away on April 2nd, 2018 was committed to mother earth in her community on July 18th, 2018.
During the funeral service which was held at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Agbarha-Otor, the guest preacher admonished the great Ibru family to always live in the bond of love and friendship. He enjoined Mamas children to be closer to God even in this moment of grief and told them to emulate the kind virtues of their late mother. The guest preacher went further to thank the Ibru family for the humanitarian services they have been given to the community and the Church of God. He equally enjoined them to do more to the people as God will continue to bless them.
Thereafter, a bounteous reception was put together for invited guests at the Pathways Event Centre, a property of the Ibru business conglomerate also in Agbarha-Otor. The reception drew together creme de la creme of the society both from Nigeria here and abroad ranging from family members, business associates, political allies, social clubs, chiefs, women and youths...

19:29

Asaba 2018: Delta State Sets To Host African Senior Athletes Urhobo Today

Athletes at the trial run inside Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba


LAGOS JULY 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)- The Delta State Acting Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, has stated that the state government is ready to host the continent at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship tagged Asaba 2018 scheduled for August 1st 5th .
Deacon Otuaro who disclosed this Wednesday while declaring open the African Tour/Trial, and test run of facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship, said all the necessary facilities needed for the championship were in place for a successful event.
He said athletes from 45 African countries including Nigeria will be in Asaba for the championship, stressing that Today marks the test running of the facilities in preparation of the African Senior Athletics Championship and as you can see we are very set for the country, we are set for Africa. For everyone, both athletes and guests, as a state government, our simple message is that Delta state is set to give them a beautiful hosting; we are an accommodating people, everything that is needed to make this championship a success is set and we are welcoming them all.
The acting Governor said adequate security and other logistics had been provided to ensure a hitc...

19:07

Decolonization and Semiperipheral Postcoloniality: Hungarian Experts in Nkrumahs Ghana "IndyWatch Feed World"

Notes from the LeftEast editors: this piece was first published in the Hungarian journal Mezosfera, and was reprinted with kind permission of the author and the journal. It should be cited as: Zoltn Ginelli, Hungarian Experts in Nkrumahs Ghana. Decolonization and Semiperipheral Postcoloniality in Socialist Hungary, Mezosfera Issue No 5, Refractions of Socialist Solidarity, ed. Eszter Szakcs (Budapest: tranzit. hu, 2018), http://mezosfera.org/hungarian-experts-in-nkrumahs-ghana/.

How was Hungary connected to post-WWII decolonization? What does this episode of Eastern European history tell us about shared postcolonialities, transnational interconnectivity, and semiperipheral positioning strategies? This study aims to address these questions in the context of socialist Hungarys evolving relations with independent Ghana under the Kwame Nkrumah regime (19571966), by focusing on the role of Hungarian experts in a transnational context. My aim is to show how this encounter led to the professionalization and internationalization of Hungarian postcolonial knowledge production, and how parallels in colonial history were drawn between Hungary and Africa. I interpret various cases by introducing the notion of semiperipheral (post)coloniality, which connects insights from postcolonialism and world-systems analysis to show the intertwined discursive and structural processes of semiperipheral relations affecting colonial discourse in the activities of experts.

Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah in Budapest, 28 July 1961. MTI Photo: Jen Pap. MTVA.Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah in Budapest, 28 July 1961. MTI Photo: Jen Pap. MTVA.

Semiperipheral Eastern Europe and decolonization

Eastern Europe seems to be the black sheep of postcolonial studies. The regions complex colonial experiences and changing relations to the (post)colonial world have only recently been pushed into the limelight. Due to th...

19:06

South African land expropriation key to Mandela's vision, says Ramaphosa "IndyWatch Feed World"

Land expropriation without compensation is a key programme in achieving the vision of a free South Africa, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

17:40

South Africa: NUMSA Condemns Attacks on Abahlali Basemjondolo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Statement of solidarity issued by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) condemns in the strongest terms the attacks against members of Abahlali baseMjondolo (ABJ). Members of Abahlali were allegedly attacked by Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers at a land occupation site on the 2nd and 3rd of July in Thembisa. According to Abahlali this site has been attacked 12 times since residents occupied the empty piece of land in February this year. Last week an attempt was made on the life of the president of ABJ Sbu Zikode, after his vehicle was allegedly maliciously tampered with.

A fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly throttled and beaten for taking a photograph of the police. One lady was injured after her shack was destroyed while she was still inside it and a piece of zinc sheeting hit her head. A pregnant woman was assaulted by the police, and another woman is in hospital after she collapsed in fear during an attack by the police.

We are also alarmed by the statements which have been made by executive members of the eThekwini Municipality.  According to an online article published by IOL the mayor Zandile Gumede side lined the ABJ movement and accused suggested that the organisation was being manipulated by external forces.NUMSA condemns the ANC-led government for attacking Abahlali and its members. We also condemn officials at eThekwini municipality for making threats against members of the landless peoples movement. We view these utterances in a very serious light. It is clear that the state is relentlessly attacking this movement because it is fighting for the rights of the African landless working class majority in our country. It is clear the state views Abahlali as a threat and is using the state security a...

17:22

The case for introducing rhino to Australia Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Well meant, but not a solution as far as I can see. Australia has massive problems with introduced species and also culls huge numbers of kangaroos to protect grazing. This is not an answer to poaching in Africa and Asia. It mentions white rhino (the least endangered of the species) but not black of the incredibly vulnerable Asian species for introduction and the latter would need forest not savanna envcironments. At the end says it is tongue-in-cheek, so is this all some sort of satire? KS

 

The Conversation

July 18, 2018 9.29pm SAST
Australia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try? Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition after all, weve had...

16:35

Thursday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

1. Does legalizing marijuana boost housing values?

2. the subtext covers innovation in Africa.

3. Secret life of an autistic stripper.

4. Why people like exaggerated stories.

5. They also revealed that the eventual decision about who should leave the cave first was not based on strength, but decided by the boys themselves. It was based on who lived furthest away from the cave and therefore would have the longest cycle back home.  Link here.

6. Lawn average is over (WSJ).

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16:27

South Africa: Abahlali Continues to Grow Despite Threats and Repression "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa Abahlali baseMjondolo: Our leaders continue to live under threat and we continue to receive detailed information from multiple credible sources about plans within the eThekwini ANC to continue their campaign of serious repression, including assassinations, against our movement. In recent days unknown men have been driving around asking people where our General Secretary lives.

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At around 9 pm on Sunday two members of Abahlali sustained serious injuries from being shot at with live ammunition by the Metro Police during a protest by metro police. The protest was organised in the eNkanini land occupation in Cato Manor as a result of electricity not being available in the area for more than three days. Mr. Zungu and Mr. Zikalala are currently in hospital for injuries sustained in the leg and in the hand respectively. It is fortunate the bullets did not go in a life threatening part of their bodies. Once again it has been made clear that the lives of impoverished black people count for nothing in this society.

As we have being saying since 2005 we do not need electricity, our lives need electricity, especially in this cold weather in winter.  When there is an electricity fault in elite suburb the municipality respond immediately, but impoverished black are expected to live without electricity for days. We are left to die in the shack fires caused by candles because we dont have electricity. When we organise and show our anger by going to the street we are attacked.

Although we are operating under very careful security measures we are sufficiently well organised, and have enough depth in our leadership, to be able to continue with our struggles, and to continue to build our movement. This weekend the movement was able to launch two new branches in Volkrust and Amersfoort in Mpumalanga, and to presented ubuhlaism in Daggakraal, also in Mpumalanga, where some residents have begun the process to join our movement. We now have branches in good standing in five provinces, including more than forty new land occupations in KwaZulu-Natal alone. In April this year our audit of members in good standing in KwaZulu-Natal passed 50 000. There are still a number of branches to audit in KwaZulu...

16:20

Despite public outcry, SARS still above the law (II) Newtelegraph

SARS: Turning guns on the protected   In this concluding part of the Special Anti Robery Squad (SARS) story by JULIANA FRANCIS, victims of police brutality relate their gripping encounters with men of the unit while security experts and the Force speak on challenges and efforts to reform the squad   Mr Victor, who introduced []

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16:16

Bandits kill 30 in Zamfara communities Newtelegraph

About 30 people were killed by bandits in fresh attacks on five communities in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State. An indigene of the area, Malam Bawa Abdullahi, said on the phone that the villages ransacked by the bandits were Sakkida, Gyadde, Sabon Gari, Farin Zare and Orawa. Abdullahi, who gave the account on []

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16:15

Insecurity: Buharis govt confused, incompetent OBJ Newtelegraph

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday took a hard stance on the spate of insecurity across the country, saying that President Muhammadu Buharis government appeared confused while the nation has become badly divided and left to drift perilously. Obasanjo made the observation in a goodwill message he sent to the first Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Leaders []

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15:21

George Soros: Obama Was His Greatest Disappointment "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York billionaire George Soros is not a fan of former President Obama telling the New York Times that Obama is his greatest disappointment, lamenting that he was frozen out by the administration despite his financial support.

Soros was an early backer of Barack Obamas 2008 presidential campaign. In Paris, Soros told me that Obama was actually my greatest disappointment. Prompted by an aide, he immediately qualified himself, saying that he hadnt been disappointed by Obamas presidency but felt let down on a professional level. While he had no desire for a formal role in the administration, he had hoped that Obama would seek his counsel, especially on financial and economic matters. Instead, he was frozen out. NYT

[Obama] made one phone call thanking me for my support, which was meant to last for five minutes, and I engaged him, and he had to spend another three minutes with me, so I dragged it out to eight minutes, Soros said.

The liberal billionaire told the NYT that he was mostly disappointed because he had hoped to be consulted on economic and financial issues, and that Obama was known to take his supporters for granted and to woo his opponents.

After that, the 87-year-old financier was left out in the cold where he would subsequently focus his efforts on facilitating the wholesale transport of mostly North African migrants into Europe via human trafficking networks.

Soros also praised Senator John McCain and said the main priority of his political activism was to promote bipartisanship, explaining that Republicans on the far right led him to become one of the top funders for the Democratic Party.

And as Democrats set their eyes on November and the midterm election push to regain control of the House of Representatives, the long-term goal of ensuring a Democrat resides in the Oval Office in 2020 remains the partys glaring concern. Meanwhile the biggest question remains unanswered, as nobody quite knows what Soros is up to regarding the 2020 election, while he told The Times I dont particularly want to be a Democrat.

Soros, who also poured millions of dollars into Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential run, wouldnt say if he would back Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the upcoming presidential election, but said when it comes to politics, I dont particularly want to be a Democrat. ......

14:32

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Zimbabwe Expresses Gratitude to COMESA

19 JUL, 2018 - 00:07 
Prosper Ndlovu in Lusaka, Zambia
Zimbabwe Herald

ZIMBABWES new political dispensation is grateful for the support it continues to receive from regional leaders and is geared towards holding free, fair and transparent elections this month-end, Minister of Presidential Affairs in charge of Monitoring and Implementation Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said yesterday.

The minister, who is representing President Mnangagwa who could not attend the 20th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Heads of States Summit underway here, said Harare was committed to meeting its obligations and playing its part as a member of the trading bloc towards fulfilment of the regional economic integration agenda.

Zimbabwe is now under a new political dispensation.

The transition which took place in Zimbabwe in November 2017, was peaceful, orderly and within the tenets of the supreme law of the land.

In that respect, I would like to thank you, your excellences for the tremendous support and generosity that you so generously extend to the people and Government of Zimbabwe during this period, he said.

Zimbabwe is committed to meeting its obligations as a member of Comesa and advancing the broader regional integration drive.

The minister said the campaign trail in Zimbabwe ahead of elections was going on smoothly despite the isolated bombing incident that occurred in Bulawayo a few weeks ago.

Campaigning is going on peacefully. This is despite the unfortunate explosion at a zanu-pf rally on the 23th of June 2018, which claimed lives of two people, he said.

However, I wish to say that the Government of Zimbabwe is committed to and has put in place measures to ensure a free, fair and peaceful and credible and non-violent election.

Minister Mumbengegwi also said Zimbabwe was grateful and honoured to receive the Comesa pre-election assessment and observation missions to participate in monitoring the election process.

Zimbabwe greatly appreciates that Comesa responded positively to the invitation to observe elections, he said.

Turning to the summit programme, Cde Mumbengegwi c...

14:28

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Increasing Intra-regional Trade on Spotlightas Comesa Policy Organs Meet Ahead of Heads of States 

By Southern Times
Jul 16, 2018
Prosper Ndlovu

POLICY organs meetings for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are underway in Lusaka, Zambia ahead of the Ministerial dialogue this weekend and the 20th Heads of States and Governments Summit scheduled for 18-19 July.

Zambias Acting Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Matthew Nkhuwa, officially opened the 38th Inter-Governmental Committee meeting, the first pre-summit policy organs engagement that was held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre between Tuesday andThursday.   

The Inter-Governmental Committee is responsible for the development of COMESA programmes and action plans pertaining to regional integration and will review reports on the implementation of regional integration programmes and make recommendations to the Council of Ministers that will meet on 14 15 July 2018.

Delegations from 17 out of the 19 COMESA States are attended the Inter-Governmental Committee meeting, which brought together, principal/permanent secretaries drawn from a multiplicity of departments and ministries to discuss and review the implementation of regional integration programmes and activities. These included the DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Libya, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In his address, Nkhuwa, noted that since the establishment of the COMESA Free Trade Area in 2000, Intra-COMESA total exports has increased from US$1,5 billion in the year 2000 to reach US$9,6 billion in 2015.

Several COMESA countries recorded notable positive growths in their 2016 global exports, these include Djibouti (204%), Comoros (109%), Uganda and Madagascar (10%), Sudan (8%) and Burundi (6%). Regarding imports, COMESA countries that recorded growths in their 2016 global imports were Seychelles (62%), Djibouti (57%), Sudan (2%) and Ethiopia (1%), he said.

However, he indicated a slight decline of US$1,6 billion was recorded in 2016 due to among other factors, drought, which affected most of the countries especially in Eastern Africa. The minister observed that COMESA has been focusing on continuing to build consensus of the...

14:22

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Namibia Mourns Death of First Foreign Affairs Minister

By Editor
14 July 2018   |   5:13 pm

The Namibian government has announced the passing of one of Africas finest diplomats, Namibias first Foreign Minister and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab

With a profound sense of sadness, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency, Dr. Hage G. Geingob announced today, 14 July 2018, the passing of a friend, a comrade and giant of the Namibian struggle for liberation, Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab, the Namibian presidency said in a statement.

President Geingob said the death of Gurirab, whom he described as one of the leading architects of Namibias diplomacy, marked the end of a rich chapter in Namibian history.

Moreover, the President said that the exceptional work of Gurirab in service of the liberation movement, SWAPO and the Namibian people shall be cherished forever.

Geingob, who visited family earlier today to console and to express condolences, said the funeral arrangements shall be announced in due course.

14:17

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'Gurirab An Architect of Namibia's Diplomacy'

2018-07-16
by Ndanki Kahiurika and Theresia Tjihenuna
Namibian

SIX months after celebrating his 80th birthday, one of Namibia's longest-serving politicians Theo-Ben Gurirab died at a Windhoek hospital on Saturday.

President Hage Geingob on Saturday said without Gurirab as one of the leading architects of Namibia's diplomacy, a more prosperous chapter is closing.

The exceptional work of comrade Gurirab in service of the liberation movement, Swapo, and the Namibian people shall be cherished forever, he stated.

Later on Saturday, Geingob visited the family at their Klein Windhoek home to comfort them and offer condolences.

Founding President Sam Nujoma was among those who visited the Gurirab home to express condolences to his widow, Joan Guriras.

Others included the Namibia Media Trust's Gwen Lister, Swanu's president Cornelius Iijambo, Alpheus !Naruseb and Bience Gawanas.

Vice president Nangolo Mbumba, who yesterday said Gurirab's death was saddening, credited the diplomat for helping him get elevated to a ministerial position.

I will miss him. He pushed me to hold talks with the South Africans at Walvis Bay. That was how I was recognised for my role and promoted as a minister in the government, he said.

Mbumba described Gurirab as a man who loved his country, and who demonstrated his patriotism by his active involvement in United Nations Resolution 435 that eventually opened the doors for Namibia's independence.

He was a patriot. He knew the United Nations in and out, and studied international relations to ensure peace between Namibia and other countries, and was well-known and respected in diplomatic circles. We had hoped to have him with us a little longer, but we have to move on and continue, he added.

Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi yesterday said he arrived too late at the hospital after he heard of Gurirab's illness.

On Saturday lunch time, when I heard that my old comrade was getting weaker, I drove to the hospital to see him. Sadly, I arrived just after he had left us, but I was able to pay my respects to him, to his wife, Joan, their two sons, and members of the immediate family. My wife an...

14:13

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Gurirabs Work Must Console Us All

July 18, 2018035
Dr Tobie Aupindi
New Era Namibia

To Madame Joan Guriras, the children Dantago, Hagane and the rest of the family of the late Theo-Ben Gurirab and to the entire SWAPO Party. I am truly saddened, as I join the rest of the world in mourning the passing of Cde Gurirab, a true hero of the Namibian liberation struggle and stalwart of Swapo.

As Namibians we must be consoled by the dedicated work of the late Gurirab, because his struggle was our struggle and his triumph was our triumph. Eventually, Namibia gaining independence, peace, democracy and our quest to achieving prosperity for all is and will always be part of the legacy of the late Cde Gurirab.

When the news of his passing came in, I could not believe it. Because it was just on 5 June 2018 that we were sitting with this great giant in the Swapo politburo meeting. From the moment he walked in the meeting, there was some kind of aura around him. As he walked in, Dr Hage Geingob, the president of the republic and of the Swapo Party, applauded him and other stalwarts for being committed to the work of Swapo, like attending politburo meetings and other party activities.

Today, as the news of his passing is travelling across the Namibian nation and the world over, I am overcame with a lot of emotions as I travel back in time, to the era of the liberation struggle when we were refugees living in the camps in Angola and later on in Congo.

It was Swapo stalwarts such as the late Cde Gurirab who inspired us to stay strong whenever they visited the Swapo camps deep in the mountainous bushes.

Eventually, he continued to provide me with encouragements, advices and wisdom when he was prime minister too. Ironically, the late Cde Gurirab will always say whenever another hero had fallen that we do not mourn heroes, but we celebrate the life they lived.

Gurirabs life has always been about commitment, dedication and giving. His life and sacrifices should remind us of the much work that still need to be done in order for Namibia to realise our developmental objectives. He stood unwavering through the test of time to see that freedom and justice w...

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Surprise Angolan Hyperinflation Hits Shoprite

18 JULY 2018 - 15:07
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Hyperinflation in Angola dragged down Shoprites full-year revenue, sending the share price down as much as 6.5% on Wednesday.

Africas largest food retailer reported a 3.3% increase in sales to R145.6bn for the 12 months to June, with very high and increasing inflation as well as a 50% currency devaluation since January hitting its previously strong Angolan business.

In the 2017 financial year, Angola, where Shoprite has 30 supermarkets, accounted for the largest share of non-South African sales. Non-South African supermarkets accounted for 13% of the groups trading profit.

Last year Shoprite said Angola, where it had purchased a distribution centre to improve supply chain efficiencies, offered significant growth potential despite concerns about currency depreciation.

The countrys official inflation rate fell to 20.3% year on year in June from 20.7% in May, according to Bloomberg data.

Retail analyst Syd Vianello said investors were spooked by news of hyperinflation in Angola. "There was no sign of it in the first-half results," said Vianello, adding that no other South African company doing business in Angola, such as Nampak, had alerted investors to the problem.

"With hyperinflation you might as well deconsolidate the results of the Angolan business," said Vianello, describing the difficulties of tracking values in a hyperinflationary environment.

Shoprites non-SA performance highlighted the difficulties of operating in countries that are driven by resource prices and volatile exchange rates, Vianello said. "The situation can turn around quickly, theyve just got to ride it out."

Shoprites share price recovered to close 3.73% lower at R212.30.

Shoprite said if Angola were excluded, the non-SA supermarkets achieved a 3% increase in sales. This is a dramatic turnaround from the 32.3% turnover reported by non-SA supermarkets in the previous financial year.

Asief Mohamed, chief investment officer at Aeon Investment Management, said Shoprites traditionally strong performance in the rest of Africa, particularly in Angola, had supported a high rating for the group. Wednesdays operational update highlighting difficulties in the non-SA businesses meant a review of that high rating was i...

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Islamic Body Condemns Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

2018-07-09 06:00:01

RABAT, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) strongly condemned Tunisia's terrorist attacks on Sunday that killed at least nine.

The ISESCO affirmed its solidarity with Tunisia in the face of terrorism, it said in a statement.

At least nine members of Tunisia's security forces were killed on Sunday by a group of terrorists in a border security station in northwest Jendouba province, confirmed the interior ministry.

According to the ministry, the nine victims were from the National Guard. Eight of them were killed on the spot and one died of heavy injuries later.

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The excuse is Irans alleged support for the Houthis. The rationalizer is Saudi Arabia. The internal threat is both real and perceived socioeconomic change in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regimes survival mechanism has been to transmute social anxiety into heightened hostility and project it onto Iran. The result has been the mass bombing and starvation Continue reading "Saudis Destroying Yemen To Distract Oppressed Population"

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Algeria Condemns Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

2018-07-09 05:14:51|Editor: mym

ALGIERS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Algeria on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack that killed at least nine Tunisian security officers, and expressed its solidarity with Tunisian authorities in their fight against the scourge of terrorism.

"Algeria strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted Sunday a patrol of the Tunisian National Guard in the province of Jendouba," Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Abdelaziz Benali Cherif was quoted as saying by APS news agency.

He expressed condolences to the families of the security officers, the Tunisian government and the Tunisian people.

"We express our full solidarity with Tunisia, and we remain convinced that the heinous and blind terrorism can never destabilize this brotherly country to combat and defeat this scourge," he concluded.

Tunisia on Sunday witnessed the deadliest terrorist attack for over two years when a mine exploded at the passage of their patrol in the province of Jendouba near the border with Algeria, local media reported.

The source added that when the mine exploded, terrorists opened fire on the patrol, before running away.

The latest major attack in the country dates back to March 2016, when terrorists raided security facilities in Ben Guerdane near the border with Libya, killing 13 National Guard officers and 7 civilians.

Security cooperation has always been at the heart of the Algerian-Tunisian relations, amid the increasing terrorist threat on their shared borderline.

To effectively respond to the upsurge of terrorist acts throughout the Maghreb and Sahel region, the two countries have strengthen their intelligence and military operations.

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Algeria Issues Postage Stamp in Honor of Mandela

2018-07-19 03:34:45|Editor: yan

ALGIERS, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Algeria on Wednesday issued a new and unified African postage stamp to commemorate the centenary of the birth of anti-apartheid icon, the South African late leader, Nelson Mandela.

Both Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technology and Digitalization, Imene Houda Feraoun, and Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, attended the ceremony of issuing the postage stamp, which was held at the Museum of the History of Post and Telecommunications at the "Grand Post" in the capital Algiers.

The idea of issuing a unified postage stamp was initiated at the 37th ordinary session of Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU) held in Algiers in April, to pay tribute to Mandela, who devoted his life to combat apartheid in South Africa.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison to defend his cause, passed away in 2013. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, before he became the first South African president in the same year.

Algerie Post is also due to issue a stamp bearing the logo "Al-Quds, eternal capital of Palestine" on November 15, which will coincide with the anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Palestine in Algeria in 1988.

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Africa's Largest Trading Bloc Appoints New Secretary-General

2018-07-19 03:09:41|Editor: yan

LUSAKA, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Africa's largest trading bloc, on Wednesday announced a new secretary-general.

Chileshe Kapwepwe, a former deputy minister of finance from 2008 to 2011 in the Zambian government, was announced as the new secretary-general during the 20th Heads of State and Government Summit in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

She succeeds Zimbabwe's Sindiso Ngwenya who has stepped down and becomes the first female to head Africa's biggest trading bloc.

Kapwepwe, who is also the chairperson of Zambia's revenue agency, the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), served as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Alternate Executive Director for its Africa Group One Constituency from 2012 and is an accountant by profession.

With 21 members following the admission of Tunisia and Somalia, COMESA was formed in December 1994, replacing the Preferential Trade Area which had existed since 1981.

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Libya's Deputy Head of Presidential Council Resigns

2018-07-19 06:20:33|Editor: yan

TRIPOLI, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Fathi al-Majbari, deputy head of the Libyan presidential council of the UN-backed government, resigned on Wednesday evening, local TV reported.

"I announce my resignation from my position and from the Government of National Accord (GNA). I call on the patriotic ministers to resign as well," al-Majbari told local TV channel Libya al-Hadath.

"Tripoli is under the rule of the militias, and we have tried to reform but failed. It is not a city suitable for political action and needs real treatment," he said.

Al-Majbari added that the government is unable to provide security for the people.

"Unfortunately, the militias control the financial resources, and what is happening within the GNA is a play," he said.

Al-Majbari, who is close to the eastern-based army commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, was almost kidnapped in June when gunmen attacked his residence in the capital Tripoli.

The attack wounded two of his bodyguards, before he managed to mysteriously escape to the Tunisian capital.

The kidnapping came hours after he announced support for Haftar's handing over of oil ports to the eastern-based interim government's oil corporation instead of the Tripoli-based UN-backed government's oil corporation.

Al-Majbari is the third member of the presidential council to resign.

The Presidential Council of the GNA was formed based on the UN-sponsored political agreement signed in Morocco later in 2015 by the Libya parties in order to end the state of political division.

The council consists of nine members: president, five deputies and three ministers of state.

Despite the signed agreement, Libya remains politically divided between two governments in the east and the west, both competing for legitimacy.

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Libya Calls for Unified International Position to End Political Division

2018-07-19 06:20:34|Editor: yan

TRIPOLI, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Wednesday called for a "unified international position" to end the state of political division in the country.

Serraj made his remarks during a meeting with ambassadors of the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Russia and China, the UN envoy and the representative of the European Union to Libya, in Tunisia, according to a statement issued by the prime minister's information office later on Wednesday.

"Whenever we take a step towards reconciliation, we are faced with those who bring us backwards," Serraj said, pointing out that the recent Paris meeting on Libya was "the latest attempt for consensus, to which international attitudes varied."

"Some of those who participated in the conference took advantage of this disparity to renounce their decisions and escape from their obligations. There are also those who seriously violated their decisions, such as what happened in the port ports," he added.

"The political division wouldn't have continued if the obstructers were faced with a firm, decisive unified international position," Serraj said, saying that "negative interference from regional and international countries extend the current state, and the obstructers rely on the contradiction of those positions."

He pointed out that some countries "take sides with some parties to the conflict, and some even provide some of those parties with arms despite the arms embargo."

"Patience is beginning to wear thin against the slackness of the international community, which has lost much of its credibility in the Libyan street for its policy of double standards sometimes," Serraj said.

Despite signing a UN-sponsored peace agreement by the Libyan parties later in 2015, Libya remains politically divided between two governments in the east and the west, both competing for legitimacy.

France hosted in May a meeting on Libya with the participation of different Libyan parties to end the political crisis in the country.

The parties agreed to hold and commit themselves to "credible" presidential and parliamentary elections slated for Dec. 10.

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Kenya's Jubilee Party Can Borrow Lessons from China: Official

2018-07-15 03:00:34|Editor: mym

NAIROBI, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Secretary general of Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party said Kenya is keen to borrow lessons from the Communist Party of China (CPC) in a forum held in Nairobi on Saturday.

Raphael Tuju said that CPC has been able to unite a country of more than 1.3 billion people so that socio-economic development can take place, and his party is keen to borrow lessons from that.

The secretary general said to strengthen itself, the Jubilee Party is exploring possibilities of establishing a party school to inculcate a culture of discipline among party members.

He also noted that Jubilee is prioritizing enhancing its fight against corruption in order to eliminate wastage of public resources.

Hu Jianhua, executive deputy head of the Party School of the CPC Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional Committee, said political parties need to raise party disciple among party officials so that they do not lose focus on the goal to improve the lives of ordinary citizens.

"From my personal understanding and experience, ruling parties should ensure party members adhere to code and conduct of party so that the country can achieve prosperity," Hu said during a training forum for Jubilee Party by the CPC.

Kenya's ruling party said it is using the forum to gain knowledge on how to strengthen the party to ensure its long-term survival.

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Arms Embargo Not Conducive to Peace in South Sudan: Chinese Envoy

2018-07-14 07:27:00|Editor: mym

UNITED NATIONS, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The introduction of an arms embargo on South Sudan is not conducive to the political process in the country, said China's permanent representative to the United Nations on Friday.

The African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development -- two major mediators in South Sudan, have indicated that additional punitive measures are not advisable. The Security Council must listen to them, said Ma Zhaoxu, the Chinese ambassador.

"Sanctions serve only as a means, not an end. Any measure by the council must be conducive to the political settlement of certain issues."

The South Sudan political process has achieved positive and recognized progress. It shows that all parties in South Sudan have the will to pursue peace and resolve issues through political channels, he said.

In today's context, the Security Council must play its constructive role and continue to support the mediation efforts of regional players, said Ma. "While they are working hard, we must hold our confidence and keep up our patience so as to jointly facilitate the political process in South Sudan."

Although the draft was modified to accommodate the views of China and several other council members, it still insists on imposing an arms embargo, which could lead to further escalation, he said. That's why China abstained in the voting, said the ambassador.

China has been supporting the peace process in South Sudan and will continue to do so, he said.

The Security Council on Friday adopted the U.S.-drafted resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan in addition to current sanctions, till May 31, 2019.

The resolution won nine votes in favor, the minimum requirement for adoption. China and five other council members abstained.

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Xi Congratulates Groundbreaking Ceremony of Julius Nyerere Leadership School

2018-07-16 22:08:22|Editor: Yurou

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Monday congratulated the groundbreaking ceremony of Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Tanzania.

In a congratulatory message, Xi said that on the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Julius Nyerere Leadership School co-founded by the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania, the African National Congress of South Africa, the Mozambique Liberation Front Party and the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the SWAPO Party of Namibia and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, he extended his warm congratulations on behalf of the CPC as well as in his own name.

Xi said that the six parties in southern Africa are the important forces to lead the national liberation and economic construction in their respective countries.

Jointly building Julius Nyerere Leadership School is an important move for the six parties to strengthen their self-construction and improve their governing capacity and will play an active role in promoting the development and progress of their respective countries, Xi said.

For a long time, Xi added, the CPC has maintained a traditional friendship with the six parties, which has played an important and strategic guiding role for the development of China's bilateral ties with the six countries, respectively.

The CPC is willing to take this opportunity to enhance exchanges with political parties in Africa including the six parties and learn from each other, so as to jointly promote the construction of a closer community with a shared future for China and Africa and make contributions to advancing the lofty cause of peace and development for mankind, Xi said.

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Leadership School for Six African Countries Launched in Tanzania

2018-07-17 03:19:21|Editor: ZX

Song Tao (C), head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony of the Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Kibaha, some 40 kilometers from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on July 16, 2018. Party leaders from African countries laid the foundation stone for the Julius Nyerere Leadership School on Monday. (Xinhua)

DAR ES SALAAM, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Party leaders from six African countries laid the foundation stone for a leadership school in Tanzania on Monday.

The Julius Nyerere Leadership School, co-founded by six parties in southern Africa, is located at Kibaha, some 40 kilometers from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The six parties are Revolutionary Party of Tanzania, the African National Congress of South Africa, the Mozambique Liberation Front Party and the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the SWAPO Party of Namibia and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by high level officials including general secretaries of the six parties as well as Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on Monday also congratulated the groundbreaking ceremony of Julius Nyerere Leadership School.

Xi said in a congratulatory message that the six parties in southern Africa are the important forces to lead the national liberation and economic construction in their respective countries.

Jointly building Julius Nyerere Leadership School is an important move for the six parties to strengthen their self-construction and improve their governing capacity and will play an active role in promoting the development and progress of their respective countries, Xi said.

CPC stood side by side with the six parties in southern Africa in their struggles for national independence and liberation and nurtured profound friendship, said Magufuli, adding that the six parties thanked the CPC for its continued sup...

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2nd BRICS Media Photo Exhibition Opens in Cape Town

Xinhua| 2018-07-18 22:33:19|Editor: ZD

Co-chairmen of the BRICS Media Forum cut ribbon at the second edition of BRICS Media Joint Photo Exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, July 18, 2018. The second edition of BRICS Media Joint Photo Exhibition opened in South Africa's Cape Town on Wednesday to shed light on the cultures, lives, development and cooperation of BRICS countries. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

CAPE TOWN, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The second edition of BRICS Media Joint Photo Exhibition opened in South Africa's Cape Town on Wednesday to shed light on the cultures, lives, development and cooperation of BRICS countries.

The event at Cape Town International Convention Center is part of the two-day BRICS Media Forum starting Wednesday and the upcoming 10th BRICS summit to be held on July 25-27 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The exhibition, displaying 98 pictures selected by media groups from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has been jointly organized by China's Xinhua News Agency and South Africa's Independent Media.

The photos on display captured moments of the past in areas including economy, politics, society, culture, landscape, people's lives as well as exchange and cooperation, according to Cai Mingzhao, president of Xinhua and executive chairman of the BRICS Media Forum, at the opening of the event.

"The photos show people of BRICS countries striving for development and progress with wisdom, hard work, and win-win cooperation," said Cai.

"They also demonstrate the BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, and foretell the great prospects of BRICS cooperation," he said.

Media houses from BRICS countries will further strengthen communication and coordination and tell new and great stories about the BRICS cooperation to add luster to it, Cai said.

The 3rd BRICS Media Forum is held under the theme of "BRICS Media Cooperation - Fostering an Inclusive, Just World Order."

Iqbal Surve, executive chairman of Independent Media and co-chairman of the BRICS Media Forum, said photos selected for the event reflect an important point made by BRICS countries about a just world order.

Wednesday marked the centennial anniversary of the birth of late South African Pre...

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Kenya Mulls Reforms to Combat Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing

2018-07-19 00:44:03|Editor: yan

NAIROBI, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to enact a series of reforms to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Henry Rotich, cabinet secretary in the National Treasury, said in Nairobi that money laundering has devastating economic, security and social consequences because it diminishes government tax revenues and harms honest taxpayers.

"I have therefore proposed amendments to the Capital Markets Act in order to curtail money laundering and the financing of terrorism as well as other key capital markets' malpractices including corporate governance breaches," Rotich said during the launch of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) 2018/2023 strategic plan.

Kenya cannot afford to have its reputation and financial institutions tarnished by associating with money laundering, especially in today's global economy, Rotich said.

He said the government will also scale up reforms that will improve corporate governance and enhance uptake of capital products and services.

The level of new investments in the capital markets remains limited, with only 66 companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, Rotich said.

"So in order to encourage new listings particularly by local firms, the CMA will review its regulatory and legal framework to encourage new listings. This will enhance liquidity at the capital market and make the stock exchange more vibrant," he said.

Rotich said that as economies develop, capital markets tend to play a bigger role than the banking sector.

"At the moment the banking sector assets contributes over 75 percent of all financing in Kenya while the capital markets and other financial sub-sectors contribute the remainder," Rotich said.

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Africa's Largest Trading Bloc Hails Belt and Road Initiative

2018-07-19 02:39:32|Editor: yan

LUSAKA, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Africa's largest trading bloc on Wednesday said the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative should be embraced because it was a catalyst for social and economic transformation.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar and Chairperson of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), said the significance of the initiative was that it provides a holistic development approach that envisions infrastructure, energy and information communications technologies as enablers for social and economic transformation.

The global initiative will "benefit our countries," he said.

"It is my conviction that we should design and implement the Belt and Road Initiative at the regional level if we are to derive maximum benefits," he said in remarks delivered at the 20th Summit of the COMESA Heads of State and Government in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.

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Angola's Central Bank Reduces Lending Rate to 16.5 Pct

2018-07-18 05:46:11|Editor: Yurou

LUANDA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The Central Bank of Angola (BNA) reduced its benchmark lending rate from 18 percent to 16.5 percent following the analysis of main macroeconomic indicators by the monetary policy committee meeting held Tuesday in the capital, Luanda.

A statement released Tuesday indicated that the central bank also lowered the reserve ratio from 19 percent to 17 percent.

In addition, a trend is expected for the reduction of the interest rates of credit in the economy, added the statement.

Since last December, Angola's central bank interest rate had not experienced changes after having risen from 16 percent to 18 percent in November 2017.

The statement also said that the country's Gross International Reserves in June 2018 stood at 17.5 billion U.S. dollars against 18.98 billion U.S. dollars in May 2018.

The next meeting of the policy committee is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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Anna Von Reitz -- Never Doubt it "IndyWatch Feed World"

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Never Doubt It



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

This has been a very introspective day, despite the usual amount of hectic activity, phone calls, correspondences and case work. I have had cause to think deeply about my friends and compatriots on this narrow road. So many have struggled and still are.

Rod Class is preparing his answer to the Federales challenge of his right to keep and bear arms.

Other friends are taking the accounting and system errors straight to the source-- the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Still others are forging ahead with new means of enforcing and accessing indemnity guarantees.

I am so grateful to know all these wonderful, determined people. It makes me proud to be part of the effort to restore America and the rightful American government --- to, as Donald Trump put it -- "Make America Great Again".

We might also say --- "Make America American Again".

We have been under the thrall of corrupt European and corporate powers for a long, long time. It feels good to know that we finally have the "weather gauge" on the vermin and that our Ship of State is no longer headed for the jagged rocks our enemies had in mind for us.

We can thank many, many, many good men and women for that, people here in the states and people in far away and unexpected places like South Africa and Estonia and Paraguay, too.

People of goodwill, people who are honest, have risen up and taken action, each in their own way and their own place --- and the difference is now being felt.
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Egypt to Open a Recently Discovered Giant Black Mystery Sarcophagus Despite Warnings "IndyWatch Feed World"

Egypt To Open A Giant Black Mystery Sarcophagus Despite Warnings

July 18, 2018

By Arjun Walia



Not long ago, Egyptian Archaeologists discovered a huge 2,000-year-old sealed coffin, and as youd imagine, they want to open it to see who or what is inside.

The sarcophagus was discovered in a tomb deep under the Egyptian city of Alexandria earlier this month (July 2018). Its believed to be the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria. Its 9ft long, 5ft wide and 6ft deep, according to Mostafa Waziri, the general secretary of Egypts Supreme Council of Antiquities.

This has sparked quite the storm on the internet, as people point to the well known curse of the pharaohs, a term used to refer to a supposed curse believed to be thrown upon anyone who disturbs an ancient Egyptian mummy.

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Nigeria unveils name and logo of new national airline "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Nigerian government has launched a new national carrier, Nigeria Air, replacing the collapsed Air Nigeria.

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A Timeline of Media-Inflamed Fear-mongering (2000-2017) "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Zero Hedge | by Staff Writer, July 11th 2018

The news cycle is sensational enough when we're dealing with the regular issues of the day. But, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes, add in some uncertainty and urgency such as when the world is dealing with an outbreak like SARS, Mad Cow Disease, Ebola, or even Y2K and each headline seems to get more provocative or speculative than the last.

Today's graphics come to us from Information is Beautiful, and they show the intensity of news mentions for different topics that stoked frenzies in the media from 2000-2017.



Courtesy of Visual Capitalist

VISUALIZING EBOLA SENSATIONALISM

We all make mistakes, but headlines for Ebola brought a new level of hyperbole to the table.

"Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen" CNN (link)

"New Ebola Cases May Soon Reach 10,000 a Week, Officials Predict" NYT (...

12:11

NFF crisis: Battle shifts to July 27 Congress Newtelegraph

Pinnicks group lobbies FA chairmen to shun meet Well get quorum, Giwas faction insists   The fight for the soul of Nigerian football between Amaju Pinnick and his rival Chris Giwa will take a defining turn on July 27 when the Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation called by the latter takes place, New Telegraph []

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Ekiti poll: Winners and losers Newtelegraph

Last Saturdays governorship election in Ekiti State has been won and lost, but its outcome was a mixed bag for the contenders and their respective godfathers. The poll, which saw the defeat of the ruling Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state, was a big win for some and great loss for others. Among the []

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New national carrier, Nigeria Air, targets 81 routes Newtelegraph

Govt to own 5% equity   Sirika: Action not to kill domestic airline   The Federal Government yesterday made good its promise as it unveiled the name of a new national carrier Nigeria Air. It also unveiled the logo of the carrier, which is a wave-like ribbon depicting the nations flag and its motto []

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Urhobo Community Sues BEDC Over Seven-Month Blackout Urhobo Today


LAGOS JULY 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The people of Edhe Muoyavwe community in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, have dragged the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to court over what they described as wickedness and anguish meted out on them in the past seven months by keeping their area in darkness.
The community, in suit number HCH/29/2018 filed before the State High Court sitting in Oghara under the Lordship of Justice Patricia Obanor (Mrs.), demanded explanation on why they have been in total darkness for over seven months when they are purportedly up-to-date in the payment of bill.
But in a swift reaction, the Manager, Public Affairs of BEDC, Mrs. Esther Okolie said, the people in the community owe N3.5million yet they claimed they have paid and took us to court, I will not speak further, we will meet in court.
The people further stated that they were also in court to demand monthly explanation of the bills sent to them, adding that BEDC has refused to make available to them until they wrote to them through their lawyer.
Counsel to the community, Tony Elumejowo said, My clients had been in total darkness for over seven months, we are in court for BEDC to explain how they arrived at the N3.5million given to our clients.
Ejumejowo claimed that his clients had been paying their bills, lamenting the inhuman act of BEDC by leaving his clients in total darkness for over seven months.
He added that the action of the electricity distribution company had paralyzed busin...

11:59

9Mobile: ALTON berates Rivers over tax demand Newtelegraph

  The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has condemned the Rivers State Government for shutting down the offices of one of its members, Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited (EMTS) trading as 9Mobile, over unlawful tax demand.   ALTON said the state government through its revenue agency; Rivers State Internal Revenue Service (RIRS) []

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11:57

FGll give succour to Ogun flood victims Osinbajo Newtelegraph

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday promised that the Federal Government would assist victims of flooding which wreaked havoc on Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. He made the promise when he visited to commiserate with Governor Ibikunle Amosun and people of the state over the incident which resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of []

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11:57

Katsina: Missing brides body recovered in Niger Republic Newtelegraph

Body of a newly married young girl, Hindatu Yahaya, who was swept away by flood in Jibia Local Government Area, has been recovered in Niger Republic. She got married three days before the flood. Her husband, Malam Sani Yahaya, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Jibia, that the body had been recovered. []

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11:56

BHaram: Police arrest 22 Chibok schoolgirls abductors Newtelegraph

Suspects responsible for bomb attacks on Maiduguri CP   Police said yesterday they had arrested 22 members of the Boko Haram group involved in the April 14, 2014 abduction of over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok in Borno State. Most of the suspected Boko Haram commanders paraded yesterday by the Borno []

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11:56

Ekiti: INEC holds emergency meeting with RECs Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, summoned its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in the 36 states and Abuja, to an emergency meeting. The meeting came barely four days after the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, which observers said, fell short of the acceptable global standard. The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. []

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11:54

APC lawmakers oppose long adjournment in Ekiti Assembly Newtelegraph

A fresh crisis is brewing in the Ekiti State House of Assembly over adjournment of legislative business to October by majority members who belongs to People Democratic Party (PDP). Twenty three PDP legislators of the 26-member assembly, led by the Speaker, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, at a plenary on Tuesday adjourned plenary till October 8 in []

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11:53

Fayemi receives certificate of return, vows to keep campaign promises Newtelegraph

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the winner of the July 14, 2018 election. The governor, flanked by his wife, Bisi, the deputy governor-elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief Jide Awe, and []

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06:14

Hawaiian telescope detected asteroid over Africa five hours before entering atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed World"

This week, a team of scientists announced that a University of Hawaii telescope took images of a harmless asteroid that exploded over Africa five hours before it entered the Earth's atmosphere on June 2. The university's Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope took photos of the asteroid, which was named 2018 LA. Even though the asteroid was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey telescope in Arizona a few hours later that same day, ATLAS played a major role in pinpointing the asteroid's final destination over Botswana, where its atmospheric entry was captured by security camera footage. "Prior to the ATLAS measurement, impact predictions showed 2018 LA hitting the Earth anywhere from Madagascar to the South Pacific - a range spanning almost half Earth's southern hemisphere," a July 13 University of Hawaii blog post stated.

05:50

Nelson Mandela in Tour de France cycling race "IndyWatch Feed World"

This Twitter message of today is by Belgian cyclist Serge Pauwels, a member of the South African Dimension Data cycling team, now riding in the Tour de France race; which today commemorates Nelson Mandela.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg with Mandela helmet. NOS photo

The photo shows South African cyclist Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of the same team, also with special Mandela helmet.

05:14

Pastor claims he carried out ritual murders of over 600 in Ghana "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Pastor claims he carried out ritual murders of more than 600 children handed to him by devil-worshipping doctors and nurse

  • Pastor claims to have murdered 675 people handed to him as sacrifices in Ghana
  • Said they were mostly children given to him by an occult group in medical world
  • In a bizarre TV interview, unnamed man said he spent 17 years living with Satan
  • Local reports do not say when or where the alleged ritual murders are said to have taken place and makes no mention of a police investigation

A pastor has claimed to have carried out the ritual murders of more than 600 children handed to him as sacrifices by devil-worshipping doctors and nurses in Ghana.

The unnamed man wore a mask to disguise his identity as he made the shocking claims in a bizarre video, telling a television interviewer he had spent 17 years living with Satan.

In his confession, he said he had killed 675 people who were mostly children given to him by members of an occult group in the medical profession.

A pastor has claimed to have carried out the ritual murders of more than 600 children handed to him as sacrifices by devil-worshipping doctors and nurses in Ghana

Local reports, however, make no mention of any police investigation into alleged ritual murders and does not say when or where they are said to have taken place.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, went on to say that he was born with dark spirits and once had more than 650 demonic spirits at his disposal some of which he named.

He said he had needed to make the sacrifices in order to sustain his power but has since left the Satanic kingdom, according to reports in the country.

04:35

#Antifa Italy: The Government of Change is still anti-Working Class "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Naples, in early June, a Malian man was shot by three youths in a drive by shooting. As they fired they chanted Salvini, Salvini. Matteo Salvini leader of the League (formerly the Northern League) only got 17% of the vote in Italys election but in the new government of change in coalition with the Five Star Movement has become Minister of the Interior. This is an ideal role for him to play his racist card.

Originally published by Libcom.

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

Many Italians, including workers, who after years of increased exploitation under both Right and Left governments, listen to his siren calls that all their problems are not really down to the failures of the capitalist system. They are all down to migrants, or the Roma or Sinti minority.

Tweeting like Trump, he spreads false news in order to gain maximum publicity for his campaign to boost his support amongst the fascistic right. Asserting that that the good times are over for migrants who supposedly stay in 3 star hotels and get 40 euros a day (in reality they dont stay in hotels except in some transit situations and the amount they get in euros is just enough to buy a packet of cigarettes) he portrays himself as the only one to fix the migrant crisis. In fact the number of migrants to Italy had already decreased enormously thanks to a dirty deal the previous (centre-left) Democratic Party (PD) had done with the Libyans. This reduced migration across the Mediterranean but condemned asylum seekers and refugees to slavery in North Africa.

Salvini does not acknowledge this, or the fact that the crime wave he is going to solve has been falling in Italy for the last 2-3 years. In fact there is as much continuity as change in his migrant policy. And his racism does not stop with recent arrivals. His next easy target has been the Roma? and Sinti people who he accuses of all kinds of crimes. He called for all of them (there are between 100,000 and 200,000 in Italy i.e. less than 0.3% of the population) to be registered, echoing the race laws of the late Fascist era against Jews which were a preparation for their deportation to the death camps. Salvini later appeared to back down on this in the face of widespread hostility but still announced his disappointment that at least half of the Roma and Sinti have Italian citizenshi...

04:18

Breaking: Yemen Hits Saudi Oil Refinery in Riyadh with New Kind of Drone Attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

SANAA, YEMEN A source inside of Yemens Air Force told MintPress that an unmanned long-range drone, dubbed the Samad 2, targeted an Aramco oil refinery in Saudi Arabias capital city of Riyadh, located over 1000 km (621 miles) away from Yemens capital, Sanaa.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MintPress that the drone successfully bombed the Aramco refinery and then returned to its base in Yemen.

Saudi Aramco confirmed that there was a fire in one of their storage containers, saying in a statement:

Saudi Aramco and Civil Defense firefighters managed to control a limited fire that took place this evening in one of the reservoirs at the Riyadh refinery the cause of the accident is under investigation.

In an update on its official Twitter account, Aramco later claimed the fire stemmed from an operational incident.

A Yemeni military source told MintPress that the attack was in retaliation for the Saudi-led coalitions ongoing siege of the Yemeni people, as well as for its attacks on the strategic port city of Hodeida, which is the lifeline for the majority of Yemens population.

Speaking to local media, Yemens Army Spokesman General Sharaf Ghaleb Luqman promised more surprises in coming days, adding, what the Air Force has achieved is a new deterrent phase.

Yemens Air Force revealed to MintPress that the long-range Sammad 2 drone was named after Yemens late President Saleh Ali al-Sammad, who was assassinated in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Hodeida.

While Yemens Air Force has used drones to carry out attacks on Saudi and UAE fighters in the past including a recent strike on coalition bases in Al-labinat in Al-Jawf east of Sana`a th...

03:46

Murder on the beach: British-backed wars helped create the Tunisian killer "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three years ago on 26 June, a 23-year-old Tunisian armed with a machine gun mowed down 38 tourists at a beach hotel in the resort of Port El Kantaoui. Thirty British tourists were among the dead in the worst attack on Britons since the July 2005 London bombings and Tunisia's deadliest attack ever. The atrocity was perpetrated by an adherent of the Islamic State (IS) group, which claimed responsibility. But, in a broader context, it is another instance of terrorism arising partly from UK foreign policies for which British governments remain unaccountable. 'Two guys from England' The murderer, Seifeddine Rezgui, an engineering student, had been trained in neighbouring Libya, reportedly visiting there several times in late 2014 and early 2015. Training was conducted by both IS and Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda-linked Tunisian terrorist group in camps near the Libyan city of Sabratha, 60 miles over the border from Tunisia. Rezgui is said to have possessed only 120 bullets for his attack, suggesting he had become an expert shooter from his training at these camps.

03:26

Egypt Will Open Giant Black Mystery Sarcophagus Despite Warnings "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Brett Tingley

A giant black sarcophagus the likes of which have never been seen has been found deep within the ground in Egypt, and a whole lot of scientists want to open it despite having neither one earthly nor one unearthly idea what might lie waiting possibly maliciously inside. Say it with me now: What! Could! Go! Wrong? [cue applause and intro music]

RELATED: A Massive, Black Sarcophagus Has Been Unearthed in Egypt, And Nobody Knows Whos Inside

Todays episode of What The Hell Are They Thinking? comes to you straight from the ancient city of Alexandria in Egypt, one of the cradles of Western civilization as we know it. Earlier this month, construction crews there unearthed the kind of true archaeological mystery which can only be found in Egypt. A massive alabaster head was found in the ground, the identity of which still remains a mystery. Even stranger (and scarier), a massive black sarcophagus was discovered nearby, measuring two meters by three meters, weighing over 30 metric tons, and carved entirely from black marble. Sounds like the perfect way to entomb an immortal evil wizard if you ask me.

How would you feel if some science nerds a few thousand years from now cracked open your coffin to look at your embarrassingly shriveled remains? How are they supposed to know youre a grower and not a shower?

But they didnt ask me. Instead, a team of archaeologists and scientists from Egypts money hungry Ministry of Antiquities will crack the menacing-looking thing open despite the entirety of the internet knowing that its a terrible i...

02:38

Lawyer gave my boyfriend juju to escape from SARS custody Newtelegraph

A girlfriend to an armed robbery suspect; Loveth Ogbu yesterday told policemen that her boyfriend; Bukola Adeoye aka Agbara escaped from the custody of the Ondo State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) with the aid of charm given to him by a lawyer who visited him in the police custody. The lawyer, according to the 23 []

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02:37

Buharis N242bn INEC fund, plot to subvert 2019 polls PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the N242 billion request by President Muhammadu Buhari from National Assembly to fund next years general elections is a plot to frustrate the general elections. The party noted that the presidents request might only succeed in dragging the elections into a financial controversy and ultimately subvert the entire process. []

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02:26

No plan to attack Cross River community, says Miyetti Allah Newtelegraph

The Cross River State Branch of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has debunked rumours that Fulani herdsmen were planning to attack residents of Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River. The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Hassan Abo, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Calabar, described []

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02:21

Lies About Putin, Syria and the Alawite Alliance: Christians Are Thriving in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls.

The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among the least popular senators.

No wonder. Graham is reliably wrong about most things.

But being both misguided and despised have done nothing to diminish Sen. Grahams popularity with Big Media, left and right. Thus were his pronouncements accorded the customary reverence, during a July 10 segment, on Fox News The Story.

Which is when he told anchor Martha MacCallum that, Putin is not doing anything good in Syria.

Then again, Lindsey is being consistent. The revival of one of the worlds oldest Christian communities, in Syria, is not something the senator weve come to know and loathe would celebrate.

Its true. A new Syria is emerging from the rubble of war, reports The Economist, a magazine which is every bit as liberal and Russophobic as Graham and his political soul mate, John McCain, but whose correspondents on the groundin Aleppo, Damascus and Homshave a far greater fidelity to the truth than the terrible two.

In Homs, the Christian quarter is reviving. Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street. Groom of Heaven, proclaims a billboard featuring a photo of a Christian soldier killed in the seven-year conflict. And, in their sermons, Orthodox patriarchs praise Mr. Assad for saving the Christian communities.

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02:20

GOtv Boxing Night 15: Houanvoegbe Will See Stars, Boasts Dodo Newtelegraph

Light middleweight boxer, Akeem Dodo Sadiku, has warned his opponent at GOtv Boxing Night 15, Franc Houanvoegbe of Benin Republic, to expect an explosive fight that will leave him seeing stars. The two boxers are billed to clash in an international light middleweight challenge at the event, which holds on 29 July at the Indoor []

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02:20

Botswana DISS spooks implicated in mysterious ivory stockpile Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mail and Guardian (South Africa)

(Luc Gnago/Reuters)(Luc Gnago/Reuters)

Botswanas intelligence agency has been accused of using its anti-poaching operation to conceal elephant tusks from the responsible government department, potentially using it as a conduit for ivory smuggling.

This comes after the department of wildlife and national parks anti-poaching unit raided a storage facility at a directorate of intelligence and security services (DISS) camp in Ngwashe, near Nata village in northern Botswana, allegedly finding a large stockpile of elephant tusks.

Highly placed departmental sources told INK that the department was unaware of the stockpile at Ngwashe until last week and that the DISS could not explain why it kept such a large number of tusks in a warehouse in the bush, as this was not standard procedure.

They said the DISS officer at the scene could not account for the stockpile and told wildlife department officials that questions should be directed to Isaac Kgosi, the former DISS head who was sacked earlier this year.

The sources said the wildlife department has refused to take over the tusks without a proper inventory. The department wants to know how the DISS was able to collect so much ivory without its knowledge and where the agency got it from.

According to wildlife officers, the correct procedure is that the DISS must first report to the department how and where it obtained each tusk.

Botswana takes a tough line on poaching and smuggling of animal products, and follows an unwritten shoot to kill policy with poachers. The Wildlife Conservation and National Parks Act carries a fine of 50 000 pula (R64 750) or a 10-year jail sentence for possession of ivory.

The wildlife department falls under former president Ian Khamas younger brother, Tshekedi Khama.

The DISS underwent an abrupt change of leadership after Botswanas new president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, fired its founding director-general, Isaac Kgosi, in May this year and replaced him with Brigadier Peter Magosi.

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02:10

Nigerian Broadcasting Commission closes Ekiti state radio and TV "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York, July 18, 2018--The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the federal government-run broadcast regulator, should immediately permit the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 14, police acting on the order of the NBC evacuated the state government-owned radio...

02:01

JUST IN: Saraki, Tambuwal, Wike, Ortom, Secondus, meet in Ilorin Newtelegraph

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, met yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara state, with National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and other high ranking members of the opposition party in what was seen as a further step towards his possible return to the PDP. Others who attended the meeting included former Jigawa []

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01:51

The most dangerous job in Yemens war zone? Being a homegrown reporter "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Starved to death, tortured, used as a human shield: any journalist exposing violence and corruption in Yemen can become a target

01:31

Katsina flood: Corpse of missing bride recovered in Niger Republic Newtelegraph

The remains of Hindatu Yahaya, a young girl who got married three days before the flood in Jibia town in Katsine, which eventually swept her away, have been recovered in Niger Republi. Husband of the deceased, Malam Sani Yahaya, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jibia. The Corpse of my missing []

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01:04

The Global Growth of U.S. Special Operations Forces "IndyWatch Feed World"

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down. When the attack was over, one Somali soldier had been wounded  and had that been the extent of the casualties, you undoubtedly would never have heard about it.

As it happened, however, American commandos were also operating from that outpost and four of them were wounded, three badly enough to be evacuated for further medical care. Another special operator, Staff Sergeant Alexander Conrad, a member of the U.S. Armys Special Forces (also known as the Green Berets), was killed.

If the story sounds vaguely familiar combat by U.S. commandos in African wars that America is technically not fighting it should. Last December, Green Berets operating alongside local forces in Niger killed 11 Islamic State militants in a firefight. Two months earlier, in October, an ambush by an Islamic State terror group in that same country, where few Americans (including members of Congress) even knew U.S. special operators were stationed, left four U.S. soldiers dead Green Berets among them. (The military first described that mission as providing advice and assistance to local forces, then as a reconnaissance patrol as part of a broader train, advise, and assist mission, before it was finally exposed as a kill or capture operation.) Last May, a Navy SEAL was killed and two other U.S. person...

00:54

PHOTOS: Gov Ortom, Wike, Ahmed, Saraki, others meet in Ilorin Newtelegraph

Benue state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, are currently in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital. While the main purpose of the visit is unknown as at press time, the governors alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki, Kwara State Governor, Abduldatah Ahmed attended the Fidau Prayer for Late Alhaja Aishat Baraje, []

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00:51

FG names new national carrier Nigeria Air Newtelegraph

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday announced that the name of the proposed new National Carrier is Nigeria Air. The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while unveiling the airline to investors at the ongoing Farnborough International Air Show in UK. The colour is green white green. Details later

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00:49

PHOTOS: Thugs set ablaze classrooms built by Dino Melaye Newtelegraph

Hoodlums yet to be arrested have set ablaze two classrooms built by the Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye. The two classrooms, Government Girls Secondary School, Sarkin Noma, Lokoja were billed for commissioning Tomorrow Thursday, 19, 2018 but have, however, been reduced to ashes by the hoodlums. The classrooms were razed in the middle []

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00:41

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Counter-Attack" -- July 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - July 18, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)


The Deep State have launched a counter-attack in response to the conclusion of the Trump-Putin summit.


The counter-attack is a last ditch effort by the Cabal to delay progress toward GESARA.


Israel is in the process of being liberated from Cabal influence as per GESARA compliance.


Once Israel is liberated, the last step will be the internal issues of the U.S.


Zimbabwe election is one of the very important trigger events required for GESARA.


The conclusion of Zimbabwe's election will guarantee Zimbabwe's status on the world stage.


According to sources, we're on the very cusp of the RV releasing.


No further information about the RV can be shared at this time.


We can only continue to watch the greatest show on Earth.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RV/GCR VISIT:

http://www.dinarchronicles.com/intel.html

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00:40

Ex-Supreme Court Justice, Katsina Alu dies at 76 Newtelegraph

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysious Katsina-Alu, is dead. He died at the age of 76 and would have been 77 next month. A family source who confirmed his passing on to New Telegraph yesterday morning said, he died after a brief illness in an Abuja hospital, adding that the demise came barely seven []

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23:38

Migrants rescued in Distress in Maltese Search and Rescue Zone illegally transferred to Tunisian territorial waters "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over the past four days, the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone has collected information that strongly suggest that a boat carrying 40 migrants from several African countries seeking protection in Europe was illegally transferred into Tunisian territorial waters after having already reached international waters and the Maltese Search and Rescue (SAR) zone.

Originally published by Watch the Med Alarm Phone.

Among the group are eight women, two of whom are pregnant. The wooden boat had left from Libya and was rescued on Friday the 13th of July north of the oil platform Astrat in international waters and in the Maltese SAR zone by the supply vessel Sarost 5. MRCC Tunis as well as the crew of the supply vessel confirmed the position of the migrant boat in the Maltese SAR zone. Both Malta and Italy denied the supply vessel their permission to disembark the migrants in Maltese and Italian harbours.

The migrants are still in limbo. After rescue, they were provided with some food and brought to the oil platform. Later, the supply vessel took course on Sfax/Tunisia to disembark the people there. The authorities of Sfax, however, refused to allow them to disembark. They were then told to disembark in Zarzis/Tunisia. But since Monday the 16th of July, at 1am, they are also blocked from entering the port there.

We demand that the people are safely and immediately brought to a safe harbour in Europe. We demand that European coastguards take responsibility for coordinating Search and Rescue operations of boats in situations of distress in their Search and Rescue zones, as legally mandated. We demand a long-term solution that allows those in distress at sea to be swiftly disembarked in European harbours, rather than the case-by-case evaluations that we see currently, which unnecessarily prolong the suffering of those rescued. We also declare our solidarity with the crews of non-governmental and commercial vessels that carry out vital search and rescue operations despite the obstacles that European governments create.

WatchTheMed Alarm Phone, July 18, 2018

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23:09

Repression on the Nile: Sisi and Bashir team up to preserve power "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Activists fear Egypt and Sudan's leaders are collaborating to quash dissent after opposition figurehead Sadiq al-Mahdi barred from Egypt

22:54

Daily Digest 7/18 - Health Insurers Collecting Personal Details, Detroit Reborn At A Cost "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Daily Digest 7/18 - Health Insurers Collecting Personal Details, Detroit Reborn At A Cost
  • In the Worlds Most Dangerous Nation, Police Get a $3 Bonus
  • Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You And It Could Raise Your Rates
  • In face of strike threat, Metro says finances are 'unsustainable'
  • U.S. warns African nations against Chinese debt, offers 'sustainable' alternative
  • Federal judge rules in favor of bondholders on Puerto Rico debt
  • Scammers target those with outstanding student loans
  • Interest on credit-card debt tops $100 billion
  • Australian Housing Costs Rival New Yorks, but Boom May Be Ending
  • Reserve Bank focuses on household debt risks (Australia)
  • 5 years after declaring bankruptcy, Detroit reborn at a cost

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21:47

PHOTOS: Governor Wike arrives Kwara Newtelegraph

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has arrived Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital for official and pro-Nigeria engagements. Governor Wike is accompanied by Senator George Sekibo, Senator Adawari Pepple and Member Representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency, Dr Barry Mpigi. Recall that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, who had earlier visited Gov. Wike in Port Harcourt, []

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21:02

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1617: The Point of No Return | There is No Escape "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Jul 17, 2018

Ireland to move its oil reserves out of the UK. Major trouble ahead for the housing market. We are now in stage 2 and once stage 3 hits it is game over. IMF is pushing how trade wars are going to cost 400 billion or so. But when we take a closer look we can see the IMF is telling the whole story. The Fed is pushing the idea that the economy is doing fine under their rule, the tariffs and tax cuts they don't know how this is going to effect the economy.



Published on Jul 17, 2018

Comey and others are now pushing the idea that it is time to rise up against the President. Obama is screaming on the sidelines. Putin calls out Soros for election meddling and drops a bombshell about Clinton. The war is coming to an end in Sudan and the administration is now getting involved with the peace talks in Afghanistan. Russia and the US are going to work together to destroy the rest of the paid mercenaries, the troops we be leaving Syria and Iraq. Assad will not be removed. The deep state is in trouble, there is no escape.

20:31

South Africa slashes new HIV cases by almost half "IndyWatch Feed World"

New HIV infections in South Africa have fallen by 44 per cent in the last five years, the countrys latest HIV household survey has found.

19:00

Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife "IndyWatch Feed War"

ISIS IN ACTION

On 10 July, the Libyan National Armys (LNA) Criminal Investigations Department in Brega arrested an individual suspected of being an ISIS fighter. During the arrest, the suspect was discovered to possess a suicide belt.

On 10 July, in the earlier hours of the morning, a large contingent of Special Deterrence Forces (Rada) fighters with at least 16 vehicles, raided the house of a suspected ISIS member in Tripoli. A large number of arms and ammunition were also seized. However, on 11 July Rada said that the assailant was not linked with ISIS and that both he and his pregnant wife were killed in the raid.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 14 July, Federica Mogherini, the European Unions foreign policy head, visited Tripoli to reestablish the EUs diplomatic presence in Libya. Accompanied by UN Envoy Ghassan Salame, Mogherini met with Government of National Accord (GNA) head Fayez al-Serraj and Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Taher Siala. In a statement, Mogherini restated the EUs support for the UN initiative for elections and discussed with Serraj ways to secure Libyas land borders and train its coast guard.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

This article was republished with explicit permission from the author. Featured photo: BRQ Network, Flickr.

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19:00

US, Israel Attempt To Destabilize Iran through Joint Group "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington D.C. (AHT) Israel and the United States have created a joint group a few months ago, through which they aim to destabilize Iran from the inside, sources reported.

Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and his US counterpart John Bolton met recently in Washington to develop a strategy to put pressure on the Iranian government and shower it publically with avalanches of criticism.

According to the source, there is no question this group is at least trying to overthrow the Iranian current government. However, and according to an official, Nobody is seriously considering a change in regime, the formed team is instead aiming at exploiting the internal weaknesses of Iran to create more pressure and help change the Iranian behavior.

The US seems to fear its waning power in the Middle East, especially after the defeat of the terrorist groups in Syria which the US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel and other client regimes have been supporting.

Moreover, the members of the group who have convened a few times during the last few months use social media as a platform to address the Iranian people; a tactic that has already been tested by US and Israeli officials.

For instance, videos by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu are posted online on Facebook, with Farsi subtitling, to encourage Iranian people to protest against the government. For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted a series of tweets in support of Iranian protesters and highlighting the growing funding of the Revolutionary Guards to provoke the people against supporting resistance movements in the region, especially as economic woes are on the rise in the country.


Read more:

US Outlets Peddling Russiagate Scramble to Meddle in Irans Politics

The MEK: From Revolutionary Group to Imperialist Asset

US Imperialist Policies Towards Venezuela and Iran Show Their Hand


Also, deploying diplomatic teams in various countries across the world and lobbying large international bodies such as the UN, IMF, and the World Bank come as part of a series of steps determined to weaken Iran and its government.

On a related note, the Israeli Channel Hadashot quoted a document sent from the Israeli Foreign Ministry addressed to all Israeli missions worldwide that read We must increase pressure on Iran by first...

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Canadas Military shapes Coverage of Deployments "IndyWatch Feed War"

To the military, shaping media coverage of deployments is what roasting a marshmallow is to a summer campers Smores; there isnt one without the other.

Even before beginning a small peacekeeping mission the Canadian forces have an elaborate media strategy.

At the end of June Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance brought journalists with him on a visit to Mali. They toured the facilities in Gao where an advance team was preparing for Canadas UN deployment to the African nation. An Ottawa Citizen headline described Vances trip as part of an effort at selling the public on the Mali mission.

The tour for journalists was followed by a technical briefing on the deployment for media in Ottawa. No photography, video or audio recording for broadcast purposes was allowed at last weeks press event, according to the advisory. Reporters were to attribute information to a senior government official. But, the rules were different at a concurrent departure ceremony in Trenton. Canadian Armed Forces personnel deploying to Mali are permitted to give interviews and have their faces shown in imagery, noted the militarys release.

None of these decisions are haphazard. With the largest PR machine in the country, the military has hundreds of public affairs officers that work on its media strategy. The Canadian Forces studies the news media, writes about them in its refereed journalsthe Canadian Army Journal and the Canadian Military Journal learns from them, develops policies for them and trains for them in a systematic way, explains Bob Bergen, a professor at the University of Calgarys Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. Canadian journalists simply do not access the Canadian Forces in the scholarly fashion that the military studies them. There are no peer-reviewed journals to which they contribute reflections on their success or failure as an industry to cover the 1991 Persian Gulf War or the 1999 Kosovo Air War.

While the tactics have varied based on technologies, balance of power and type of conflict, the government has pursued extensive information control during international deployments, which are invariably presented as humanitarian even when motivated by geostrategic and corporate int...

18:00

How P&G found the insight behind its Emmy-nominated ad The Talk "IndyWatch Feed World"

Multicultural agency Egami CEO Teneshia Warner on The Talk, why brands need to work on their cultural competency, and how multicultural agencies are no longer niche.

Teneshia Warner is the first-ever African-American woman to accept a Grand Prix award on stage at Cannes Lions . . . last month.

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17:50

FBI Reveals Explosive Details of Terror Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mohammed-ElshinawyMohammed-Elshinawy

The FBI just released details of what it describes as a plan to accept money to fund a terrorist attack in the U.S. [that] was not a standalone plotit led to the uncovering of a broader conspiracy involving an international ISIS financing network, shady shell companies, and a plan to develop weaponized drones for use by the terror group.

The story was published after District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Mohamed Elshinawy, 33, of Edgewood, Maryland, to 20 years in prison. The plea bargain included admission of guilt to

  • conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization;
  • providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS;
  • terrorism financing;
  • making false statements in connection with a terrorism matter.

The following is the full report from the FBI on this shocking story:

It was a counterterrorism investigation with an unusual twistthe suspect in a recent FBI Baltimore case was on the receiving end of money being transmitted into the United States from foreign terrorism operatives overseas, rather than the more common occurrence of a suspect sending money out of the U.S. to benefit a foreign terrorism group abroad.

And the money, as the suspect understood it, was to help him plan a terrorist attack on American soil.

After a thorough investigation by the FBI and in light of the compelling evidence against him, the suspectMaryland resident Mohamed Elshinawypleaded guilty, admitting to conspiring with others to provide material support and resources to ISIS and engaging in terrorist activity. In March of this year, he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

The case began in June 2015, when the FBI became aware of an individual located in Egypt wiring money to someone in the U.S. for nefarious reasons. The investigation identified the recipient of a $1,000 money transfer as Elshinawy, a 30-year-old newspaper deliveryman who resided in Edgewood, Maryland. Physical surveillance showed that Elshinawy, who picked up the money on June 28, 2015the same day it was transferredthen drove to his local bank branch and deposited most of it.

A few weeks later, the FBI q...

17:42

Buharis Aide Dragging Nigerias Presidency into the Gutters, Says Apostle Suleman Newtelegraph

General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman has described as a poorly-executed hatchet job, the tweet on Sunday, in which Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Lauretta Onochie told barefaced lies and made no pretenses to professionalism while castigating Suleiman on the outcome of the recently concluded Governorship election []

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17:24

Ekiti Poll: Emerhor Congratulates Fayemi, Assures Deltans Of The Same Victory In 2019 Urhobo Today

Olorogun Emerhor Otega


By Young Erhiurhoro
LAGOS JULY 18TH (URHOBOTODAY0-The Delta state APC leader, Olorogun Otega Emerhor has congratulated the Ekiti state governor elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi over his victory in the last Saturdays governorship election across the state.
In a statement issued through his Media Aide, Aghogho Orotomah and made available to Uhobotoday.com, the business magnate congratulated the governor elect and the entire APC in Ekiti state for claiming the state from PDP government.

On behalf of myself, as the APC leader in Delta state and the entire APC large family in our state, I heartily congratulate my brother and friend, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the governor elect of Ekiti state for the landslide victory in the just concluded governorship polls. This is a victory for democracy in Nigeria. This again shows the magnanimity of President Buhari in fighting corruption from this country.
it is not a fight on the pages of newspapers and television but practical fight which resulted in cleaning up the system of government in Nigeria. The Ekiti state governorship polls as attested to and confirmed by INEC officials and security officials was conducted in free, fair and just atmosphere. In this case, APC has just added another eagles feather to his cap of victories as a political warlord. This again...

15:40

If Arab States Ban the Brotherhood, Why Dont We? "IndyWatch Feed War"

This short video makes the case that its high time we ban the Muslim Brotherhood. If the can do it in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE, shouldnt we.

Watch the clip and then please write to your elected officials with our pre-prepared letter thank you!

 

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14:32

My take on the Statue of Liberty "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

That is my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

Cleveland described the statue as keeping watch and ward before the gates of America. This is not exactly warm rhetoric  the plaque with Emma Lazaruss poem welcoming the huddled masses to America was not added until 1903  and although Cleveland supported free trade, he opposed Chinese immigrants, as he regarded them as unable to assimilate. The statue was never about fully open borders.

We Americans tend to think of the statue as reflecting the glories of our national ideals, but thats not necessarily the case. In her forthcoming Sentinel: The Unlikely Origins of the Statue of Liberty, Francesca Lidia Viano points out that you might take the torch and aggressive stance of the statue as a warning to people to go back home, or as a declaration that the U.S. itself needs more light. Her valuable book (on which I am relying for much of the history in this column) also notes that the statue represented an expected spiritual initiation to liberty before crossing the border, and was seen as such at the time. The ancient Egyptians, Assyrians and Babylonians all regarded border crossing as an important ritual act, associated with great spiritual changes. The Statue of Liberty promoted a transformational and indeed partially mystical interpretation of assimilation.

There are other interpretations of the statues purported message based on the details of its design. You plausibly can read the statue as a Masonic icon, a homage to the family coat of arms of Bartholdi the sculptor, a hearkening back to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a celebration of Orientalism, Orpheus and Samothracian civilization, and as a monument to the dead of the Revolutionary War. The statue also contained design clues celebrating the now-French city of Colmar (home base for Bartholdi), and threatening revenge against the Germans for taking Colmar in 1871 from the Franco-Prussian war.

And that does not even get us to the main argument.  In the meantime, I would stress what a wonderful and splendid book is Francesca Lidia Vianos.....

12:45

Uganda government nets $1.9m from social media tax in a week "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Uganda government has collected Shs7 billion ($1.9m) in one week from the newly-introduced tax on social media and mobile money transactions.

12:35

Saraki, legislators perfect moves to dump APC Newtelegraph

  Barring any last minute changes to the plans, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the end of the week.   New Telegraph investigations indicate that some members of the splinter Reformed APC (R-APC) will be dumping the APC next week as the National Assembly embarks []

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12:28

The DRC: Natural Resources, Silent Hidden Holocaust Seminar Sat. 4 Aug. Cape Town "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Terry Crawford-Browne, World BEYOND War South Africa Coordinator, July 17, 2018

The Congo: NATURAL RESOURCES, HIDDEN SILENT HOLOCAUST

World BEYOND War and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign are partnering with the Congolese Civil Society in South Africa to hold a symposium on Saturday 4 August in the South Africa Museum here in Cape Town to observe the 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the uranium for which was mined in the Congo, then a Belgian colony. An estimated 10, 000 Congolese refugees now live in Cape Town, and many more elsewhere in South Africa.

Adam Hochschilds King Leopolds Ghost chronicles the atrocities of the period from 1885 until 1908 when the Congo was purportedly King Leopolds private property. An estimated ten million people (half the population) died and/or had their hands cut off if, as slave labour, they failed to collect sufficient rubber. International outrage finally caused the Belgian government to take over the territory as a Belgian colony instead of the Kings personal domain, but little improved.

The Shinkolobwe mine was closed when the Congo became independent in 1960. Cement was poured into its shafts to prevent supplies of its uranium from reaching the Soviet Union. The Central Intelligence Agency (in conjunction with American and South African diamond interests) then orchestrated the assassination of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and subsequently the coup detat in 1965 that placed President Joseph Mobutu in power until 1997.

The Congo is endowed not only with uranium, but also copper, cobalt, diamonds, gold, tin, oil, coltan and manganese. The Congo was again plundered during Mobutus kleptomaniac regime, but its circumstances have deteriorated even further since the Kabilas (father and son) took over. With Mobutus demise, the Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler organised a loan from the Union Bank of Israel to purchase weapons and to fund Lawrence Kabilas takeover of the coun...

12:11

Buhari budgets N242bn for 2019 elections Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, hinted that the 2019 general elections would cost the nation a whopping sum of N242,445,322,600.   He asked the National Assembly to approve a virement for the amount in the 2018 budget.   The President made the request in a letter he forwarded to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola []

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Neither Cuban Public Media Nor Its Journalists Are For Sale
Full text of speech by Cuban President Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez, presented July 14, during the closing of the Union of Cuban Journalists 10th Congress

Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez | internet@granma.cu
July 17, 2018 15:07:22

Speech by Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the closing of the 10th Congress of the Union of Cuban Journalists, in Havanas International Conference Center, July 14, 2018, Year 60 of the Revolution

Well, to begin to comply with the mandates of the Congress, and support Ronquillo and the new leadership, before December, Ill be on Twitter (Applause and exclamations).

Compaeros of the Party, state and government leadership here present;
Esteemed National Journalism Prize winners;
Dear journalists:

Following our most recent tours through several provinces and the days of this Congress, two scenarios that allow us to more closely share experiences and meditations with the national press, I have better understood why Fidel once asked you to consider him one of your own.

Cuban journalists have the indisputable merit of having upheld the voice of the nation in the most adverse circumstances and moments, with admirable loyalty, a great sense of responsibility, talent, intelligence, and contagious enthusiasm that always generates interesting proposals.

No less was and is expected of those who are proud to belong to a guild ennobled from its beginnings by intellectuals of the statue of Jos Mart, Fidel Castro, and the most brilliant leaders of the Revolution, from 1868 to the present day.

Today, after long and tiring years under the simultaneous siege of the most severe material shortages and the unacceptable lack of appreciation of some of our own sources, it is legitimate to recognize that the majority of you have had to struggle very hard to practice with dignity a trade that demands not only talent and effort, but also very elevated ideals, to reject - in the midst of great economic sacrifices - the offers of relatively generous payments that the lucrative industry of the campa...

12:07

Osinbajo inaugurates BUAs $350m cement plant Newtelegraph

  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has called for the reduction of prices of cement, stating that the product could be cheaper in Nigeria despite arguments on the cost of production. Osinbajo, speaking while inaugurating the $350 million BUA Cement Plant at Kalambaina, Sokoto State, yesterday, said that that the 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum cement []

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Like Silver in the Bedrock of the Andes
A special plenary session entitled For the Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, central theme of the 24th Meeting of the So Paulo Forum, focused the debates of the second day of this annual space for political coordination

Bertha Mojena Milin | internet@granma.cu
July 17, 2018 10:07:27

A special plenary session entitled For the Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, central theme of the 24th Meeting of the So Paulo Forum, focused the debates of the second day of this annual space for political coordination, underway in Havana.

This has been a cross-cutting theme in all the debate and dialogue spaces throughout the event, which will contribute to the Final Declaration and Plan of Action to be announced on Wednesday afternoon, during the closing of the Meeting.

Granma shares some essential ideas on which many have agreed, and that define the challenges on the road toward that essential unity for the struggles of the present and the future of our peoples:

- It is important to preserve the experiences of governments of a popular and anti-imperialist nature, promoted by parties that form part of the So Paulo Forum.

- The emancipatory efforts and anti-capitalist ideals of social and popular movements must be encouraged and offered resolute support.

- We must work hard to consolidate a lasting peace and promote efforts to advance the sovereign integration of what Mart called Our America.

- When there is unity, determined and capable political leadership, clear objectives, a fighting spirit, and the support of the popular classes, the options to contain, and even to defeat, any counter-revolutionary offensive are multiplied.

- It is a duty to properly explain and boldly and creatively defend the unquestionable economic, social and political gains achieved during the experiences of popular government that for one reason or another have suffered major setbacks (from Honduras in 2009 to Brazil today), as well as the achievements and strengths of those governments that endure amid enormous internal and external difficulties and challen...

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What Does the XXIV Sao Paulo Forum Propose?
The XXIV annual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) began yesterday in Havana, with the participation of 400 delegates from member parties and guests

Daina Caballero Trujillo | informacion@granmai.cu
July 16, 2018 09:07:21

The XXIV annual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) began yesterday in Havana, with the participation of 400 delegates and guests from member parties, as well as representatives from social movements and organizations on the left from Latin America, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world.

The opening session was presided by Jos Ramn Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cubas (PCC) Central Committee; Mnica Valente, FSP executive secretary; and Gleisi Hoffman, president of the Workers Party in Brazil (PT).

Also present were Foreign Minister Bruno Rodrguez Parrilla and other Cuban leaders, regional coordinators of the event, and special guests including Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and former Presidents Dilma Rousseff, from Brazil, and Manuel Zelaya, from Honduras.

Jos Ramn Balaguer Cabrera, member of the PCC Secretariat and head of its international relations department, commented, The highest leadership of our Party has made the decision to contribute to concluding this new meeting of the continents left forces with practical agreements, and with greater collective consciousness on the need to advance in the construction of broad continental unity, on the basis of integrationist principles represented by Simn Bolvar and Jos Mart in the 19th century, and Fidel Castro and Hugo more recently.

11:59

Ekiti guber: We were not involved in voting buying PDP Newtelegraph

Olanipekun denies taking PDPs brief   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was not involved in the allegation of vote-buying in last Saturdays governorship election in Ekiti State. The party said it spent its resources and energy on a democratic campaign before the election, and therefore, did not set up kiosks for the see []

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Sao Paulo Forum, a Vital Battle for Unity
Granma International talks with Jos Ramn Balaguer Cabrera,Party Secretariat member, about the history and importance of the gathering

Bertha Mojena Milin | internet@granma.cu
July 16, 2018 16:07:27

We must have a sense of the historic moment as Fidel taught us. Balaguer Cabrera said. Photo: Fernando Surez

The 24th annual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum began July 15, in Havana, at a critical time for the continent and for the lefts struggle worldwide.

Given the occasion, GranmaInternational conversed with Jos Ramn Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee Secretariat and head of its international relations department.

What has the Sao Paolo Forum represented to date?

It must be recalled that the moment in which the Forum was founded was one of great uncertainty for some, very similar to these times and some figures like Lula and Fidel were vital. They saw that socialism could not disappear, that an alternative was needed, so that all those left parties, all those political forces that had a distinct view of society continue the struggle against the capitalist system exploitative in its essence so that it not continue imposing itself on our peoples.

There was no intention to impose anything, establish norms or lines, but rather to sit down to discuss the disappearance of the Soviet Union, so the concept that a truly just society could exist was not lost, that history was not over. It was an extraordinary moment that remedied the disarray that existed.

Later in Havana, in 1993, Fidel spoke of the need for unity of left-wing forces as the only alternative, a life or death question. Continuing could not be renounced, because life had shown that when forces on the left are united they can win in representative democracy systems; in elections they could take power and move societies toward more just models.

And despite the obstacles and threats, the destabilization attempts of all kinds, it has been shown that when there is unity, they can struggle and continue winning despite the adverse conditions, as seen with projects like the Bolivarian Revolution, or...

11:58

Sanctions as antidote to taming firms late disclosures Newtelegraph

Financial disclosure is one of the key post-listing requirements quoted firms are expected to adhere to in order to boost investors confidence but sanctions appear to be the only effective way to compel firms to comply. Chris Ugwu writes   Financial reporting is important for any company quoted on the floor of the Exchanges world []

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11:57

Powerful 78-year-old crocodile of Oje Newtelegraph

Oje is a community in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, known for sale of assorted traditional textile materials. In the popular Oje Market, located in- between Ali Iwo and Beere compounds, there is a crocodile that attracts attention from many people from far and near to the extent that some attribute spiritual power to it. The []

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11:56

Schools, hospitals, markets shut over Ebonyi, CRiver crisis Newtelegraph

All the schools, markets, hospitals and other facilities have been shut at Igbeagu community in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and their neighbouring Ukele in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State in the protracted boundary dispute between the two communities. The two communities have been at war since 2005 with many []

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11:56

Bandits kill two policemen in Kaduna Newtelegraph

Bandits have killed two policemen in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State during a patrol in the area. This came as some of the policemen, who conveyed the bodies of their late colleagues to the command headquarters, killed a yet-to-be-identified woman while protesting the way their colleagues died.   The policemen were killed on []

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11:53

Senate confirms Musiliu Smith, six others for PSC chairman Newtelegraph

The Senate, yesterday, confirmed the appointment of former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Alhaji Musiliu Smith, representing South-West, as the chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC) and six others as members of the commission. Others nominees approved by the Senate are Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi representing North-East and Mr. Lawal Bawa, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police []

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'Latin America Undergoing Transformation': Venezuela's Maduro
17 July 2018
Telesur

Addressing 479 delegates representing leftist political parties and social movements, President Maduro said: "We must confront and diminish the current Latin American right-wing."

"Latin America is undergoing a permanent process of renewal and transformation," Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro told the closing ceremony of the XXIV Forum of Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

Addressing 479 delegates representing leftist political parties and social movements from across the world, Maduro said: "We must confront and diminish the current Latin American right-wing, which has tried to destroy the integration processes of the continent."

The forum, held in the Cuban capital of Havana, focused on ways to strengthen unity and integration across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Venezuelan president vowed to continue in his fight against the forces of imperialism, manifest in constant attacks by the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump.

"In Venezuela, we believe in permanent combat. Venezuela wants peace with equality, justice, democracy: we are the sons of Chavez and Bolivar," Maduro said.

Venezuela has lodged a formal request to host the next edition of the annual Sao Paulo Forum, according to the vice-president of International Affairs of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Adan Chavez.

The Forum emerged in 1990 as the result of the Encounter of Left-wing Political Parties and Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean promoted by late Cuban President Fidel Castro and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

11:52

Protest as flood sweeps away six-year-old boy in Edo Newtelegraph

Residents of Uselu community in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State yesterday protested the death of a sixyear- old boy in flood. The kindergarten pupil of a nursery school in the community was swept away by flood in an open gutter close to the Five Junction on the Benin-Ugbowo- Lagos Expressway following a downpour, []

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Nicaragua Defeats The Not-So-Soft Coup
17 July 2018
Telesur

July 19 will be a massive celebration of the coup's defeat and a categorical vindication of President Daniel Ortega's Sandinista government's efforts for peace in Nicaragua.

On July 19, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition activists whose not-so-soft coup attempt against the Sandinista government, begun on April 18, has failed. Ever since April 21, when President Daniel Ortega called for a process of National Dialogue to peacefully resolve opposition demands, Nicaragua's political opposition and their allies have worked to sabotage talks for a negotiated solution. They have regularly staged extremely violent provocations falsely seeking to portray the government as being wholly responsible for the crisis and demanding President Ortega's resignation.

Early in July, the opposition reneged on an agreement to dismantle the roadblocks their armed supporters have used since late April to try to destroy the country's economy and intimidate the general population. On July 9, the government declared it would no longer permit the opposition to abuse the population's basic rights to peace and security, stating: "Faced with the daily suffering imposed on Nicaragua's families, who since April 18 have suffered violence from terrorists who have murdered, tortured and kidnapped hundreds of citizens, the same terrorists that have burned and destroyed hundreds of families' homes, public buildings, small- and medium-sized businesses, such that the state is bound to act in accordance with the law to guarantee the right of its citizens to live in peace, with security and respect for the human rights enshrined in our political constitution, in the charters of international organizations and in human rights conventions."

Opposition Violence

Subsequently, Nicaragua's national police have worked with local communities around the country to clear the opposition r...

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Mexico: President-Elect AMLO Will Launch Public Peace Forums
 AMLO has suggested "transitional justice" to stem the violence resulting from 12 years of militarized drug war.

Published 12 July 2018

Lopez Obrador has also proposed public consultations for other major issues, including the construction of a new airport and his own performance as president.

Mexico's President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, better known as AMLO, will begin a series of 'popular consultations' next month to discuss his proposals to fight drug crime through negotiation and amnesties, the program coordinator said.

AMLO, a leftist who won the presidency by a landslide and is scheduled to take office on December 1, has suggested "transitional justice" to stem the violence resulting from 12 years of militarized drug war. The plan could include truth commissions, special courts, reparations for victims and reduced sentences for low-level offenders. The idea is to move forward with public support, AMLO and his team have said.

From August through November, he will hold discussion forums with victims and the general public in some of Mexico's most violent cities, program coordinator Loretta Ortiz told Reuters. If Mexicans embrace the approach, it will go in 2019 to Congress, where Lopez Obrador's allies have a majority.

Ortiz said her team is still forming a plan for measuring the public response: "The consultation results will generate the public policies we will implement for peacekeeping. The road to peace for the country is this one," she said.

In the beginning, the war on drugs declared by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon was promoted as the solution to cartels, crime and violence; however, the strategy quickly became counter-productive.

Since December 2006, after Calderon, a member of the National Action Party, announced his so-called war against drug trafficking, more than 80,000 people have been killed or disappeared. Human rights groups and several journalists say the true death toll is over 100,000. Among the victims are civilians, criminals, police, officials and soldiers.

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Mexico: AMLO to Cut Own Salary by 60%
16 July 2018
Telesur

It's part of the president-elect's "republican austerity" plan aimed to finance health, education, and other social programs.

Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will cut his own salary by 60 percent once he is sworn in.

After a meeting with his future cabinet, Lopez Obrador told the press that the country's president earns about US$14,270 a month, according to the treasury department. I will earn 108,000 pesos a month [about US$5,700], 40 percent of what president Pea currently gets. I choose to earn less than half, complying with my promise, he said.

This is part of a plan dubbed by Lopez Obrador as republican austerity, which aims to reduce government and bureaucracy costs and use the savings for social programs, one of his main campaign promises.

He said he wanted to lower his salary even more but that would affect other future public servants that today earn more in universities and companies, as the austerity measures state that no public servant will be able to earn more than the president.

If I lowered my salary even more, they would feel more resentful. I'm a moderate, not a radical, he said.

The austerity plan was officially presented on Sunday, although it had already been leaked. It consists of 50 measures, including cutting some of the highest salaries and benefits in the federal government, reducing the exempt staff and operation costs by 70 percent, not acquiring any new vehicles and limiting travel expenses.

It will also cut half the government's expenses on publicity and prohibit private meetings between officials and contractors.

Lopez Obrador has been meeting with future cabinet members of his administration, which will begin its mandate on Dec. 1. Two weeks after being elected by 53 percent of voters, the future president will be taking a break from post-victory work on July 16 to 19.

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AMLO to Create Truth Commissions for Disappeared People
17 July 2018
Telesur

Lopez Obrador's future secretary of interior announced a different strategy to find the whereabouts of missing people and prevent disappearances.

Mexico's future secretary of the interior said the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will implement a national plan to repair relatives of victims and prevent further forced disappearances, as well as a new strategy to combat this national problem that has left tens of thousands missing.

It's time to talk about memory and repair. We won't simulate a human rights policy and that there's nothing going on in Mexico. The State has been unable to prevent disappearances, of looking for the victims and finding out their whereabouts, said Olga Sanchez Cordero, the soon-to-be secretary of the interior.

In a forum called Oblivion, truth or justice? Sanchez Cordero pledged the future government will review the possibility of drug decriminalization, repair victims and work on public policies aiming to recover and promote economic spaces and life projects as an alternative to the violent war on drugs.

Speaking about drug decriminalization, a controversial proposal that a great part of the conservative Mexican society opposes, Sanchez Cordero echoed the words of Lopez Obrador, who said he would do anything necessary to pacify the country.

One of Lopez Obrador's main campaign promises is a possible amnesty on minor crimes, as part of his national reconciliation plan, a proposal criticized by many who fear the criminals will be out on the streets again. Besides, Sanchez Cordero also announced plans for a reduction of sentences for those who provide information about missing people and future truth commissions to investigate the thousands of cases of forced disappearance in the country.

The truth commissions would investigate specific cases and complete regions, besides a great national truth commission in charge of analyzing cases all across the country. All these commissions should work side-by-side with the State's justice authorities, taking into account the demands of the victims.

After Sanchez Cordero finished speaking, several mothers and...

11:01

Reps pass N271bn FCT 2018 budget Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives has passed through second reading, the 2018 appropriation bill of N271,532,518,887 billion for the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA). The proposed budget is made up of N56, 166 billion for personnel costs, N 61,134 billion as overhead costs, while the balance of N154,232 billion is for capital projects. Leading debate on the []

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10:59

Osun APC ticket: 12 aspirants kick against direct primary Newtelegraph

Twelve governorship aspirants vying for the Osun State governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have kicked against the adoptionof adirectprimaryfor the partys ticket. Osun State governorship race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday kicked against the outburst of the The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole on Monday []

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10:59

Murder: Police pick up PDP guber aspirant Newtelegraph

Police yesterday arrested a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Borno State, Alhaji Grema Terab, in connection with alleged killing of a political supporter in his residence. Terabs arrest came shortly after the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, left the Fordhams Hall, the venue of his consultation with supporters of the party in Maiduguri. []

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10:53

Eating cucumber could reduce blood sugar levels Newtelegraph

  Cucumber has long been known to benefit health, including helping to achieve healthy skin and relief from constipation. Now experts said diabetes type 2 sufferers could lower their blood sugar by eating cucumber. According to the Diabetes Council online, an organisation run by diabetes experts, the widely cultivated nutritious vegetable in the gourd family, []

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10:53

Buhari seeks Senates approval of AMCON, FCSC chairpersons, members Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, nominated Barrister Muiz Banire (SAN) as the chairman of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Bello Tukur as Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC). The President, in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and read on the floor of the Chamber, also nominated []

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10:49

Buhari seeks ICCs support on corruption, illicit financial flow Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the states parties to support an International Criminal Court (ICC) with jurisdiction over serious cases of corruption and illicit financial flows by state actors. The President, who stated this yesterday at The Hague, also assured the international community of a free, fair and peaceful 2019 general election in Nigeria, []

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10:48

NBS, SMEDAN to embark on MSMEs data survey Newtelegraph

The National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) is set to conduct national survey on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs for year 2017. The Third in series, the survey on NSMMEs is to be undertaken in collaboration with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).   It would amongst other things, be useful in []

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10:48

Shippers Council plans to audit terminal operators Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) is to embark on a periodic audit of all terminal operators both manually and electronically as part of efforts to ensure best practices.   The council called on terminal operators to embrace automation system for cargo clearance. Its Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hassan Bello, made the call []

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10:48

Ogun crisis: Appeal Court awards N600,000 cost against PDP Newtelegraph

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has struck out a motion by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to relist its appeal challenging a lower courts judgment that validated the Ogun Chapter Executive led by Engineer Adebayo Dayo.   It equally awarded N600,000 cost against the party. The money is to be paid to a []

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10:48

Supreme Court dismisses Ecobanks appeal against Honeywell Newtelegraph

The Supreme Court has again, dismissed an appeal initiated by Ecobank Nigeria Limited against Honeywell Flour Mills Plc over partial freezing of its accounts.   The dismissal was predicted on a decision by the Court of Appeal which upturned ruling of a Federal High Court which restrained chairmanof HoneywellGroup, Dr. ObaOtukedo, thecompanys directorsandsubsidiariesfrom withdrawing from []

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09:36

Commerce massif de terres: le nouveau monopoly "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Jul 2018 | AllNews.chL'tude porte principalement sur deux pays, le Kenya et l'Ethiopie

09:36

Dutch company indicates interest in building cattle ranches in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Jul 2018 | Cownexxion indicates its interest in building cattle ranches in Nigeria on sidelines of meeting between NIgeria's President and CEOs of Dutch companies at The Hague.

09:36

AAF Code of conduct for land acquisition and land use in agricultural and agribusiness projects "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Jun 2010 | PhatisaThe African Agriculture Fund and its portfolio companies commit themselves to these principles and guidelines in undertaking agricultural and agribusiness investments across Africa.

09:36

AAF ESG Annual Report 2014 "IndyWatch Feed World"

31 Mar 2015 | PhatisaAfrican Agriculture Fund Environmental, Social and Governance Annual Report 2014

09:36

AAF Tax Policy Statement "IndyWatch Feed World"

30 Nov 2015 | PhatisaAfrican Agriculture Fund Policy Statement Regarding Tax and Transparency

09:36

AAF ESG Annual Report 2015 "IndyWatch Feed World"

31 Mar 2016 | PhatisaAfrican Agriculture Fund Environmental, Social and Governance Annual Report 2015

09:36

AAF ESG Annual Report 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

31 Mar 2017 | PhatisaAfrican Agriculture Fund Environmental, Social and Governance Annual Report 2016

09:36

AAF ESG Annual Report 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

31 Mar 2018 | PhatisaAfrican Agriculture Fund Environmental, Social and Governance Annual Report 2017

08:12

Mind-Blowing Interview: Cosmic Wars, Interplanetary Breakaway Elites & Off Planet Origins "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In this 1st part of a 2 part discussion, I had the honor and privilege to be able to interview Dr. Joseph Farrell in person! Join us in this mind-blowing discussion as we delve deep into the many mysteries of our Ancient past all the way up to modern day!

 

PART 2 OF INTERVIEW HERE:

We began the talk in the far ancient past as we try and unravel the mysterious origins of man. Joseph gave us his thoughts on Zacharia Sitchins work as he states his own ideas as to the origins of humanity and how the human race began. He gave us his thoughts on why the God of the Old Testament in the Bible is a Doom and Gloom kind of God. He also talked about Genesis 1:26, Come let us make man in our image and after our likeness and he gave a good explanation to that verse. He explained how Christianity will eventually catch up to terms that its origins are more Egyptian than anything else.

He also explained how Mars had a civilization long, long ago and the people there had some type of cataclysmic type event that destroyed all life on the red planet. I entertained the idea that possibly before the cataclysmic event took place, the rich and powerful got a one way ticket to Earth as a type of Ancient Breakaway Civilization that came and seeded life here on this Blue Planet. He mentioned how Mars may have been a moon to another planet that exploded which created the Asteroid Belt. While on the Mars topic we discussed how Cairo, Egypt means Place or Camp of Mars. And that could possibly tie in the connections to the Face and Pyramids on Mars with the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt.

TALKING POINTS:
Ancient Cosmic War
Ancient Origins of Man
Were We Created as a Slave Species?
Intervention of the Gods
Creation Epics
Exploding Planet Myths
Mars Flood and Mythology
Breakaway Civilization
Tribal Legends
Planetary Seeding
Asteroid Mining

07:30

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Ecuador: Poverty Increases by 3% in Just Six Months
Protesters take to the street of the Ecuadorean capital Quito against the policies of the government of President Lenin Moreno. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 July 2018
Telesur

A government agency also said that extreme poverty saw an increase from 7.9 percent to 9 percent.

Between December 2017 and June 2018 Ecuador has seen an increase in poverty to 24.5 percent from 21.5 percent, the countrys National Institute of Statistics and Census (Inec) said in a report Monday.

The agency also said that extreme poverty saw an increase from 7.9 percent to 9 percent. The new figures are calculated during a period that amounts to half of the time the government of President Lenin Moreno have been in power. Moreno took office in May 2017.

The agency defines a person to be poor if they have a per capita family income of less than $84.72 per month and are in extreme poverty when they earn less than $47.74. Former President Rafael Correa shared the statistics on his twitter and lamented the news.

Meanwhile the agency reported that In the same period unemployment saw a slight decrease from 4.6 percent to 4.1 percent and underemployment from 19.8% to 19.4%.

Local media reported that at least 70.5 percent of the population of Ecuador, with some 16.8 million inhabitants, is of working age, and 66.4 percent of that is economically active, meaning they have a job or are seeking employment.

06:51

The Enigma Of The Giza Pyramids Were They Really Built By The Egyptians? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Graham Pick

There are many inexplicable structures scattered to the far flung reaches of this planet. No matter the continent or the country, each has its own mysterious megalithic sites and mystifying edifices.

Some of these are well known whereas others are hidden away, covered in dense undergrowth or placed in remote locations, still awaiting discovery.

Archaeologists and historians have investigated many of the more renowned sites and have provided the public with their conclusions. These conclusions are generally accepted as fact, even though the majority are based upon nothing more than supposition and assumption.

Whether the deductions are regarding age and origin, or construction methods, they are usually formulated from ideas and hypothesis. There are very few historical records, and even fewer known facts regarding these amazing structures.

A prime example of this lack of true knowledge is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is one of the best known ancient structures in the world, and is listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Yet very few real facts are known about this enigmatic building.

Although nothing more than assumption, based upon speculative archaeological dating methods, it is generally accepted by historians and Egyptologists that the great pyramid was constructed between 4,500 and 5,000 years ago, by the Egyptians, as a tomb for the  forth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops. It was supposedly built over a twenty year period, culminating in 2,560 BC. Everything that is claimed by Egyptologists regarding this pyramid is based upon nothing more than a single mark found in an interior chamber naming a work gang (or so it is proposed). Hardly concrete evidence!

Although the actual construction process is completely unknown many theories have been proposed about how the huge megalithic blocks used in its construction were moved and positioned. Although intriguing, the method of construction is, and will most probably remain, a complete mystery.

If as claimed however, the Great Pyramid was constructed in just 20 years, then its builders were nothing short of phenomenal!

There are estimated to be 2,300,000 blocks used in the construction, each weighing anywhere between 2.5 and 80 tons. To complete the construction in just 20 years, each block would have to be quarried, cut, transported and put into place every 4.6 minutes, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 65 weeks a year, for...

06:14

So Paulo Forum Resolution on the Situation in Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed War"

el19digital Translated by Internationalist 360 The XXIV Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum held in Havana, Cuba from July 15 to 17, spoke of the situation in Nicaragua, rejecting interventionism and condemning the destabilizing, violent and terrorist actions of the coup right. With this pronouncement and resolution, the Forum supports the Nicaraguan government for its...

06:00

Nicols Maduro Moros Before the So Paulo Forum "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cuba Debate Unofficial Translation by Internationalist 360 Speech by Nicols Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at the special plenary session on Fidels thought, during the XXIV Meeting of the Forum of Sao Paulo, held at the Havana Convention Center, on July 17, 2018, Year 60 of the Revolution. (Stenographic Versions ...

05:08

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Research Shows Poor White People Are Decidedly More Pessimistic Than Poor African-Americans
Poor whites and African-Americans often live in different worlds. The answer to the disparity may lie in politics

ALEX HENDERSON
JULY 17, 2018 11:30AM (UTC)
This article originally appeared on AlterNet

Yesterday afternoon, author/researcher Carol Graham appeared on Charles Ellisons Reality Check program on WURD AM/FM (a liberal/progressive African-American talk radio station in Philadelphia) and discussed the emotional differences between poor blacks and poor whites. It was a fascinating conservation: according to Grahams research, poor African-Americans in the United States are, on the whole, more optimistic than poor whites who Graham described to Ellison as being much more likely to fall into despair. As worried as the African-American community is by the Trump Administration and its horrible policies, Graham finds poor whites to be in a much worse state emotionally and are decidedly more pessimistic.

WURD callers, mostly African-Americans living in Philadelphia, offered different views on Grahams findings. Some asserted that formerly middle-class whites who fell into poverty during the Great Recession were ill-equipped, emotionally, to handle the types of economic struggles African-Americans have been facing all these years. But another explanation for Grahams findings is that poor whites whether they became the neo-poor during the Great Recession or were poor long before that are much more likely to have been thoroughly indoctrinated into right-wing Republican ideology, especially in Republican-dominated areas of the U.S. And as a result, they feel a certain self-hatred and blame themselves for their economic misfortunes in a way that poor African-Americans dont. Poor whites (especially the ones based in rural areas or small towns) and poor African-Americans often live in very different worlds and everything from the media outlets they embrace to the churches they attend to the music they listen to is likely to affect whether they view the poor as morally deficient or as people who have been seriously screwed over.

As much as right-wingers like to whine abou...

04:58

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From Public Housing To Running For Congress: African-American Women Find Their Voices In Jahana Hayes
Jahana Hayes addresses delegates at a Democratic nominating convention for the 5th Congressional District. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

Daniela Altimari
Contact Reporter
dnaltimari@courant.com

Politics wasn't a common career path for girls growing up in Waterburys Berkeley Heights public housing project. Many families were ravaged by addiction. Gunfire was common.

"It was a hard community,'' recalled former resident Aletha Minnis. "Some of us made it out, and some of us didn't."

Among those who made it out was Jahana Hayes. Pregnant at 17, she enrolled in community college and eventually became a history teacher; in 2016, she was honored by President Obama as the national Teacher of the Year.

Now, at age 45, Hayes hopes to become the first African-American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

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Im a fighter, Hayes said recently. Time and time again, I have had doors shut in my face and have had to walk around and knock on the back door.

Hayes is facing former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary for the open 5th District seat. The matchup has sparked a debate about how much and even whether experience matters in politics: Glassman, 59, has had a 30-year career in public life while Hayes is making her first run for elective office.

Glassman, an attorney who won the Democratic Partys endorsement, has highlighted her long record of service on the state and local levels. Im running for Congress because I believe Washington is broken and I have the skills and experience to fix it, she said at a recent candidates forum in Washington, Conn.

But Hayes says her years of living in the margins have given her a perspective thats every bit as valuable as conventional political experience.

I know what its like to go to bed to gunshots outside, I know what its like to wake u...

04:49

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No Passes Needed for African American Museum on Weekdays in September
By Crusader
July 16, 20180533

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

By Peggy McGlone
washingtonpost.com

It appears the end is in sight for timed passes to Washingtons hottest museum.

Two years after its star-studded opening, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will not require timed passes for visitors on weekdays in September. The month-long reprieve serves as a test for the future, officials said.

Weekend visitors will still need to have the free timed passes.

The museum has welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors since it opened on Sept. 24, 2016, including 1.5 million in the first half of this year. The passes distributed online in advance and for same-day use have been used to limit lines to enter, control crowds in the galleries and provide a better museum experience.

04:48

Fish scales, ancestors of hair, feathers "IndyWatch Feed World"

This music video from Europe says about itself:

Animal body coverings song

9 January 2016

Simple video used to teach students who are ELLs [Euroleague for Life Sciences] about different animal body coverings: feathers, skin, scales, or fur.

Music taken from Dommo107/Universal Music Corporation.

From the University of Virginia in the USA:

The ancient armor of fish scales provide clues to hair, feather development

July 17, 2018

Summary: How do scale patterns on fish provide understanding of the development of feathers, fur and even cancer? Biologists are investigating.

When sea creatures first began crawling and slithering onto land about 385 million years ago, they carried with them their body armor: scales. Fossil evidence shows that the earliest land animals retained scales as a protective feature as they evolved to flourish on terra firma.

But as time passed, and species diversified, animals began to shed the heavy scales from their ocean heritage and replace them with fur, hair and feathers.

Today the molecular mechanisms of scale development in fish remain remarkably similar to the mechanisms that also produce feathers on birds, fur on dogs and hair on humans suggesting a common evolutionary origin for countless vastly different skin appendages.

A new study, scheduled for online publication Tuesday in the journal eLife, examines the process as it occurs in a common laboratory genetics model, the zebrafish.

Weve found that the molecular pathways that underlie development of scales, hair...

04:43

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Questions Over Diversity on L.A. Community College Board
Some faculty members at Los Angeles community colleges question the lack of black leaders on the district's board and among their presidents.

By Ashley A. Smith 
Issues in Higher Education
July 17, 2018

The latest appointment to the Los Angeles Community College District's Board of Trustees has some faculty members upset and questioning whether black leaders are being denied top spots in the district.

Protesters attended the board's meeting last week to voice their frustration about the appointment of a Latino man, who was selected over three African-American women candidates, to fill a vacant board seat and leaving the governing body without any black trustees. The protesters also criticized the lack of black leadership across the district's nine two-year colleges.

Sandra Lee, a psychology professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, who also interviewed candidates for the board as part of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, said the protesters didn't just decry the failure of the board to support black representation, but also the selection process that led to a nonblack president being appointed at Southwest College last Wednesday.

"Not only did Southwest not get a black president, but we have no black presidents at any of the nine colleges," she said. "That hurts black faculty, it hurts the district and I don't think anyone is enhanced by that lack of representation."

The board ultimately chose David Vela, who formerly served on the Montebello Unified School District board in East Los Angeles, to serve as a trustee. The board and Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez also confirmed Seher Awan as president of Southwest College and named Melinda Nish interim deputy chancellor. Neither is African-American.

Awan has more than 12 years of community college experience and was most recently the vice president of administrative services at San Diego City College. Nish was most recently the interim associate superintendent and vice president of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College, a two-year institution in northern Santa Barbara Count...

04:38

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Avalon Police Investigate Racially Motivated Attack on African-American Resident
WTAE
6:37 PM EDT Jul 16, 2018
Sheldon Ingram 
Reporter

AVALON, Pa Paul Morris Sr. says the racial slurs started first and then he was attacked by a group of at least eight to 10 people that included a few women.

The alleged incident happened July 7 at Jackman Inn, a neighborhood bar.

"I said 'Who are you?'" says Morris, after hearing the first round of slurs. "And he said, 'We are here to eradicate the earth of (racial slur), one-by-one.'"

Soon after, Morris says he was attacked physically and the bar manager says at least 10 people told police it was a racially motivated attack.

Several of the alleged attackers were identified as members of a well known white nationalist group, called Keystone Skinheads.

Charges have not been filed but Police Chief Tom Kokoski says charges will likely be filed this week.

"If there are any potential hate crimes or something of that nature, then these individuals are going to be appropriately charged."

04:21

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Transition" -- July 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - July 17, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)


The Trump-Putin summit concluded as planned.


The summit's public conference caused enough racket to bring the rats out.


Trump has been successful in what he was told to do from the very beginning which is to expose the corruption and drain the swamp.


Trump was the man for the job in handling the backlash and ultimately assisting humanity in the transition toward GESARA.


All countries are undergoing reforms in preparation for GESARA.


Every country must be GESARA compliant and Israel is the rotten egg.


The process of liberating Israel from Cabal influence has begun as the Trump-Putin summit concluded.


Progress toward announcing GESARA is quickening.


Zimbabwe's election will be a pivotal moment in history.


The result of the election will greatly contribute to the progress toward the transition to GESARA.


Zimbabwe is expected to announce their gold-standard any time after their election.


All necessary requirements for the RV have been completed for quite some time now.


The coordination of the timing of certain events will trigger the release of the RV.


Once GESARA is announced and the QFS is introduced to the public; it will take at least a decade for poverty, hunger, and disease to be completely eradicated.


Currency holders will be the first to acquire access to the QFS via the RV prior to GESARA.


The RV is essential in giving the opportunity for currency holders to aid humanity before and during the transition.


...

04:20

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CVS Health Apologizes After Manager Called Police on Black Customer Over Coupon
By BILL HUTCHINSON
Jul 16, 2018, 1:52 PM ET

PHOTO: A CVS manager called the police on a black woman after she tried to use a coupon he didnt recognize.Camilla Hudson

CVS Health Corp. apologized to an African-American woman on Monday after a manager of one of its Chicago stores, who was also president of the Illinois Log Cabin Republicans chapter, wrongly accused her of using a counterfeit coupon and called the police on her.

Two employees who were involved in the Friday night incident "are no longer employed by CVS Health, the national drugstore chain added in a statement.

One of the employees was identified as Morry Matson, a candidate for alderman in Chicago's 48th Ward. He was also president the Illinois chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans until Monday.

Gregory T. Angelo, national president of the Log Cabin Republicans, issued a statement to ABC News on Monday saying that the group's Illinois chapter "has been terminated" over Matson's conduct.

"Log Cabin Republican Chapter Leaders have a duty to conduct themselves in a manner becoming of an organization advocating equality and inclusion of all Americans -- whether or not they are acting in an official capacity on behalf of LCR or otherwise," Angelo said in his statement. "As news articles highlighting Mr. Matson's actions from this past weekend show, not doing so can have detrimental consequences not only for individuals chapters, but for the national organization as a whole."

Matson declined to comment when reached by ABC News.

He and another CVS employee were fired after customer Camilla Hudson, 53, posted a cellphone video on Facebook of Matson calling 911 on her and accusing her of using a phony coupon.

"We have sincerely apologized to Ms. Hudson for her experience in one of our Chicago stores," CVS, a Rhode Island-based company, said in its statement. "Our Region Director in Chicago contacted her as soon as we were made aware of the incident.

"We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who wer...

04:02

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Protesters March for a Third Day Over Police Shooting in South Shore
Chicago Sun-Times

A rally and march organized by The Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression, in the South Shore neighborhood near the site where Harith Augustus was shot and killed by Chicago police, Monday, July 16th, 2018. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times

About 150 people marched and rallied in the South Shore neighborhood on Monday near the site of the Saturday police killing of 37-year-old barber Harith Snoop Augustus.

The protest, organized by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, marked the third day of public action against the killing of Augustus.

Demonstrators first gathered on Monday at 71st Street and Chappel Avenue at around 6 p.m.

By 7:30 p.m., demonstrators began marching west on 71st Street toward the barber shop where Augustus had worked for years. He was shot by police, prompting three days of protest.

Frank Chapman, an organizer with Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, said the lack of audio in the body camera footage released by police leaves many questions unanswered.

We dont know all the elements of the situation are, what the police said to Augustus, what prompted him to run, we dont have all the answers, Chapman said.

Chapman also cited the killing of Augustus as a reason to implement an elected police accountability board.

A lot of these situation involving police shootings are rooted in how officers interact with our community. We want a say as to how our communities are policed, Chapman said.

Fourteen-year-old Erica Plunkett, a resident of South Shore, was also present at Mondays protest.

She said Augustus cut her little brothers hair for years. Hearing him cry over the news of his death on Saturday motivated her to join Mondays action.

Its sad to know his family wont be able to enjoy any more time with him, Plunkett said.

03:53

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Protests in Chicago Continue After Officials Release Video of Police Shooting
 People march, shout, pray and protest against the alleged shooting of Harith Augustus by a Chicago Police officer during a confrontation in Chicago on 15 July 2018. (Tannen Maury/Tannen Maury/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)

By Mark Guarino
Washington Post
July 16 at 10:39 PM

CHICAGO Tensions escalated in a Chicago neighborhood Monday, a day after the police department released a video showing officers skirmishing with a black man and then shooting him in the street on Saturday.

A rally late Monday on the spot where the shooting took place attracted about 200 people who chanted in unison. Some onlookers argued in the middle of the street about whether the police had a good reason to shoot. Two police helicopters hovered overhead. Suddenly, a middle-aged man darted up to police officers watching the scene.

Human beings dont behave like that! he screamed at them. An elderly woman from the corner joined in. Youre hurting people! she yelled.

Its gotten worse since Saturday, said Kay Thomas, 16, who was carrying groceries home from the corner Walgreens. I never saw my neighborhood this upset.

To many black and Latino residents on the citys South and West sides, the Saturday afternoon shooting of Harith Augustus, a barber in the South Shore neighborhood, is unquestionably linked to the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald, an unarmed 17-year-old. The aftermath of that shooting resulted in an incriminating report by the U.S. Department of Justice into practices by the police department, the electoral ouster of States Attorney Anita Alvarez, the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and fresh vulnerability for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is in the midst of a reelection bid for a third term in February 2019.

Turning up the heat this summer is the pending trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder for shooting McDonald 16 times as he backed slowly away. A police dashboard-camera video in that case was released more than a year after Emanuel narrowly won...

03:39

Mass Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The mass hysteria following Trumps meeting with Putin is likely to last for days. Most are outraged. Few see the light.

By Mike Mish Shedlock

My article Congratulations to President Trump for an Excellent Summit with Putin spawned numerous some I could not tell if they were sarcastic or not.

For example, reader Brian stated There is zero doubt now that Putin stole the election from Hillary. So much so that she MUST be given the nomination again in 2020. All potential challengers must step aside. To refuse her the 2020 nomination would be evidence of traitorous activities with Putin.

I congratulated Brian for brilliant sarcasm but he piled on. It now seems he was serious.

Mainstream media, the Left an the Right were in general condemnation.

Numerous cries of treason emerged from the Left and the Right (see the above link)

It Happened No Trial Necessary

A friend I highly respect commented There is simply no question that they did it. You can legitimately claim that its not important or that there has been no tie to Trump shown. On the Russians side, they can say, screw off, we were pursuing our interests. But you cant take the view it did not happen. It happened.

There is a question who did it. Indictments are just that, not proof.

The US fabricated evidence to start the Vietnam war and the US fabricated WMD talk on the second war in Iraq. US intelligence had no idea the Berlin Wall was about to fall. The US meddled in Russia supporting a drunk named Yeltsin because we erroneously thought we could control him.

They Are All Liars

Its a mystery why anyone would believe these proven liars. That does not mean I believe Putin either. They are all capable liars.

Lets step back from the absurd points of view to reality.

US Meddling

The US tries to influence elections in other countries and has a history of assisting the forcible overthrow of governments we dont like.

  • Vietnam
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Drone policy

All of the above are massive disasters of US meddling. They are all actions of war, non-declared, and illegal....

03:02

2019: IBB endorses Kabiru Tanimu Turaki for President Newtelegraph

Former Nigeria military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has thrown his weight behind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, saying your agenda is capable of redeeming Nigeria. General Babangida said on Tuesday when he played host to the PDP Presidential aspirant at his uphill residence in Minna Niger state that []

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02:58

Apologize to Fayose, Lere Olayinka tells EFCC Newtelegraph

Lere Olayinka, the spokesperson of Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) owes his principal an apology. Olayinka said this in reaction to the commissions denial of a tweet posted on its verified Twitter handle on Sunday. Just read that @officialEFCC has disowned its inglorious tweet about @GovAyoFayose []

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02:52

Court serves Dasukis release warrant on DSS, AGF Newtelegraph

The federal high court in Abuja has served a warrant of release of Sambo Dasuki on the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice. A federal high court had on July 2 granted Dasuki conditional bails which he perfected full today. According to PRNigeria, []

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02:42

2019: Ive no reason to leave PDP- Umahi Newtelegraph

Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Dave Umahi yesterday said he has no plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) contrary to rumours making rounds in the polity that he was planning to join the All Progressives Congress(APC). Umahi stated this at Government House, Abakaliki while reacting to the speculations. He noted that he cannot join []

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02:39

Dont push me over defection Saraki Newtelegraph

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki returned today to a tumultuous welcome to Ilorin, his hometown, some ten days after the Supreme Court cleared him of allegations of false asset declaration instituted against him by the federal government. As early as 8.00am supporters of the Senate President had visited the Ilorin international airport and its adjourning []

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02:39

Ekiti guber: We were not involve in voting buying PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was not involved in the allegation of vote buying in last Saturdays governorship election in Ekiti State. The party said it spent its resources and energy on a democratic campaign before the election, and therefore, did not set up kiosks for the see and buy of votes as []

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02:32

Egypt targets social media with new law "IndyWatch Feed War"

Egypts parliament has passed a law giving the state powers to block social media accounts and penalize journalists held to be publishing fake news.

Social media was seen as an important tool of dissent during the 2011 revolution. (File photo: Reuters)

Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which makes them subject to prosecution for publishing false news or incitement to break the law.

The Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, headed by an official appointed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will supervise the law and take action against violations.

The bill prohibits the establishment of websites without obtaining a license from the Supreme Council and allows it to suspend or block existing websites, or impose fines on editors.

The law, which takes effect after it is ratified by Sisi, also states that journalists can only film in places that are not prohibited, but does not explain further.

Supporters of Sisi say the law is intended to safeguard freedom of expression and it was approved after consultations with judicial experts and journalists.

But critics say it will give legal basis to measures the government has been taking to crack down on dissent and extend its control over social media.

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa programme coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the vague wording of the law allows authorities to interpret violations and control the media.

That power of interpretation has been a constant powerful legal and executive tool that was used to justify excessive aggressive and exceptional measures to go after journalists, he told Reuters.

Hundreds of news sites and blogs have been blocked in recent months and around a dozen people have been arrested this year and charged with publishing false news, many of them journalists or prominent government critics.

Reporting by Cairo Bureau; Editing by Giles Elgood

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02:27

ExxonMobil Lagos hq shut by protesting workers Newtelegraph

The Lagos headquarters of ExxonMobil has been shut down by the companys workers unions over the sacking of 860 spy police without entitlement. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workers besieged the office of the oil company, protesting the sacking of workers, mainly Nigerians, on Tuesday in Lagos. The protesters accused the []

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02:20

Nigeria Olympian, Jerry Okorodu Is Dying Of Hunger Over Non-Payment Of 10 Months Salary Urhobo Today

Jerry Okorodudu


LAGOS JULY 17TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Jerry Okorodudu, an Olympian on Tuesday in Lagos said he was dying of hunger over the non-payment of his 10 months salary by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Okorodudu, Nigerias boxer in the 1994 Los Angeles Olympic Games, U.S., says he is owed the salary arrears by the sports ministry without any explanation.
He told the told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the situation had deprived him of providing for his family, adding that he had resorted to begging in order to eat and feed his family.
It will be recalled that the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games bronze medallist had in 2016 gone cap in hands begging the same ministry to pay him 14 months salary arrears.
The matter was later resolved and he got his salary arrears then.
I have travelled to Abuja severally and also written letters to the ministry but nothing is forthcoming, all they do is to keep referring me to different people in the ministry.
I am dying of hunger and can no longer cater for my family because my salary has not been paid in the last 10 months.
I have represented this country during my active years and should not be treated this way, this is bad, he said.
A similar thing happened in 2016 where I petitioned the ministry and the court ordered them to pay me the 14 months sa...

02:08

Court threatens to strikeout case against Senator Jang Newtelegraph

Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos has threatened to strike out the criminal case instituted against the former Governor of the Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Jonah David Jang by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) if the commission continues to delay proceeding with flimsy excuses. Justice []

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02:03

Samsung in N65m Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in Nigeria Newtelegraph

Justice Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has given his ruling on the copyright infringement suit against Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited (Samsung) and Ringier Media Nigeria Limited (Ringier Media) by Eagle Eye Production Limited (Eagle Eye). The Abuja-based production company had filed a N65 million lawsuit against Samsung for allegedly []

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01:50

Buharis govt has failed woefully, says Prof. Jerry Gana Newtelegraph

Former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof. Jerry Gana has vehemently chided the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration which he said has failed woefully to provide security for the safety of Nigerians. Prof. Gana, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), stated this while fielding []

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01:34

As Saudi-Led Attack on Hodeidah Escalates, Yemeni Tribes Bolster Resistance "IndyWatch Feed World"

HODEIDAH, YEMEN The attack on Hodeidah Yemens fourth largest city and predominant port on the Red Sea, responsible for providing over 70 percent of Yemenis food, aid and medicine has gained speed this week as the U.S.-Saudi-led coalition rejected an initiative from the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, aimed at ending the fighting in the port city and surrounding area.

Griffiths had presented a plan on June 3, during his visit to Sanaa, in an effort to stop the fighting along Yemens West Coast, but the plan was rejected by the Saudi-led coalition despite having been supported by the Houthi rebels. We have accepted that the United Nations have a technical and logistic role in the port of Hodeidah but the enemies have refused to do so, stated Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi during a televised speech on Friday marking the anniversary of Al-Sarkha (the slogan) the day of Houthis declaration of opposition to U.S. policies in the Middle East in 2002. The enemies excuses were cut off by our initiative, he added.

Earlier this month on July 4, Martin Griffiths said that he had held talks with al-Houthi. During a press conference that same day, Griffiths stated Im greatly reassured by the messages I have received [from the Houthis], which have been positive and constructive.

The Saudi-led coalition, however, rejected Griffiths efforts. The coalition, which has been waging a war against Yemen since early 2015, claims that the Houthis are using Hodeidah for weapons deliveries, an allegation rejected by Hodeidah`s local residents and the Houthis.

However, the Hodeidah port is the lifeline for the majority of Yemens population, which is why Saudi Arabia has make it into a target, attacking the Yemenis lifeline to survival. An attack against it threatens over 70 percent of the population, who are in need of relief aid like food, fuel and medicine owing to Saudi Arabias ongoing war against the poorest country in the Middle East.

As a result of the coalitions rejection of the UN-backed initiative, the Houthis as well as Hodeidah`s local residents have threatened to turn Hodeidah into a graveyard of Saudi and UAE troops and their mercenaries, who are engaging in a genocidal war against Yemen that has left over 10,000 civilians dead and nearly a million injured, and who are using the blockade of humanitarian aid as a weapon of war.

The Saudi-led blockade of Hodeidah port over the last two years which has prevented medical supplies, food and humanitarian aid from reaching Yemen has created one of the wor...

01:31

'An assassination of journalism': Egypt passes controversial media laws "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Personal social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers set to be monitored under legislation decried by journalists and rights groups

01:26

No Nerve Agents Found "IndyWatch Feed War"

In terms of suffering caused, there is often not, in fact, much to choose between dismembering and burning people alive with high explosives, shredding them with shrapnel, and choking them with poison gas. Modern conventional weapons can be far more cruel and devastating than, for example, chlorine gas. But chemical weapons, prohibited by international law, are extremely potent in allowing Western humanitarians to justify intervention in response to crimes real, hyped or imagined that the West has itself far surpassed using more respectable forms of mass murder.

Noam Chomsky has observed that propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. This is certainly true for social control at home, but propaganda also allows nominally democratic states to wield their military bludgeons abroad in much the same way as totalitarian states.

Thus, in April, it happened again: the entire corporate media system rose up with instant certainty to damn an enemy state for crimes against humanity on April 7, in Douma, Syria.

This was not acceptable death by bomb and bullet; this was a nerve gas attack. The villainous agent on every journalists lips: sarin, a highly toxic synthetic organophosphorus compound that has no smell or taste, but which quickly kills through asphyxiation.

As we discussed at the time, there was no question that this was a repetition of the fake justification for war to secure non-existent Iraqi WMDs, or to prevent a fictional Libyan massacre in Benghazi. Instead, the Guardian editors insisted that this certainly was a chemical gas attack, orchestrated by Bashar al-Assad, that left dead children foaming at the mouth. From the safety of his Guardian office, assistant editor Simon Tisdall hammered the drum for a war that risked even nuclear confrontation:

It means destroying Assads combat planes, bombers, helicopters and ground facilities from the air. It means challenging Assads and Russias control of Syrian ai...

01:22

Buharis Star Losing Its Shine ahead of Nigeria Elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

Summary

The Nigeria elections appear as a dark cloud looming over President Muhammadu Buharis head. His time in office has seen the country jump from one crisis to another. But in recent months, the incumbent president has faced his greatest political challenge yet. On July 5, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) split, and will now be known as the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC). Those who left the party did so in the hopes of depriving the former general a second term in office.

The split has weakened confidence both within the cabinet and among ordinary citizens, causing some analysts to wonder whether Buhari will be able to win a second term and be able to uphold his campaign promises of rooting out corruption and bolstering a flailing economy. His record over his first term has fallen short of the mark and, when combined with rumors of failing health and long stints in London hospitals, the overall suggestion is that if Buhari doesnt step down, he will have a rough reelection campaign ahead of him.

 

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00:02

Deadly floods in Aboisso, Cte d'Ivoire "IndyWatch Feed World"

Flooding in south eastern Cte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has left at least 2 people dead. Flooding first struck areas of Aboisso department on 13 July, 2018. Further flooding was reported over the following days. More than 500 have been affected, with at least 200 people displaced from their homes. According to local media, heavy rainfall in south eastern Cte d'Ivoire as well as river catchment areas in neighbouring Ghana, increased levels of the Bia River, causing it to overflow.

Tuesday, 17 July

23:22

Major flooding strikes 2 states of Nigeria with 48 people dead "IndyWatch Feed World"

Update, 17 July 2018: The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, has confirmed that 48 people have now died in the flooding in Jibia local government area of Katsina State. Twnety people are still missing. "This is the worst natural disaster I have ever witnessed in my life. I believe this is the worst ever seen in the state," the governor said. "The devastation caused by the heavy rains (and) flood at Kukan Danmaciji of Jibia LGA is indeed enormously overwhelming and heartbreaking. While praying for the repose of the departed souls, the Katsina government will do it's able best to alleviate the sufferings caused by the losses."

21:39

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Special Ops: 133 Countries Down, 17 to Go? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down...

20:00

These sunscreen startups cater to long-ignored minorities "IndyWatch Feed World"

You typically you dont see sunscreen companies advertising black women frolicking on the beach, but the sun doesnt discriminate.

Six years ago, Chinelo Chidozie and her sister-in-law Ndidi Obidoa were on a family vacation in Key West, Florida. After spending several long days in the burning heat, the Nigerian-born sun lovers decided to the right thing and buy some sunscreen. They bought a few bottles of mass-produced sunscreen at a pharmacy, but they didnt get the results they hoped for.

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17:00

The Egypt-Israel gas deal: What's the chance it will go up in smoke? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The rush is on to complete a $15bn deal to export Israeli gas to Egypt. But with nearly enough gas to supply itself, does Egypt even need it?

13:33

Nicaragua Defeats the Not-so-soft Coup "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tortilla con Sal Internationalist 360 This Thursday July 19th, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition...

10:22

So Paulo Forum for the Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed War"

Like silver in the bedrock of the Andes Bertha Mojena Milin | internet@granma.cu A special plenary session entitled For the Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, central theme of the 24th Meeting of the So Paulo Forum, focused the debates of the second day of this annual space for political coordination, underway...

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