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Saturday, 26 August

23:23

Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square, London should be removed, says far-right BNP "IndyWatch Feed World"

The statue of Nelson Mandela in London's Parliament Square should be removed because the anti-apartheid leader was not British, did nothing for the UK, and was a violent terrorist, the far-right British National Party (BNP) has said. David Furness, a BNP spokesman, told RT the bronze statue of the late president of South Africa should be removed from Parliament Square and placed in the South African embassy. His call comes amid a growing public debate about the removal of public symbols that could be considered racist. Calls to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to violent clashes between far-right groups and anti-fascists earlier this month. There are now similar calls in the UK for the removal of Lord Nelson's statue, which stands atop Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, because he has been deemed a white supremacist.

22:57

US airlifts ISIS fighters from Deir ez-Zor to safety claims war monitor "IndyWatch Feed World"

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has claimed that on Thursday morning the United States airlifted a number of ISIS fighters from the city of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria's east to safety. The Observatory claimed that two US helicopters were used to extract four ISIS fighters and a civilian from a house used as an arms depot in the city's Beqres suburb. Of the five people extracted, besides the local civilian, the others was a foreign bomb expert and three Egyptian jihadists. The Observatory also went onto explain that the US troops also destroyed the arms depot. It was also reported that shaved hair belonging to the extracted people was found in the vicinity. The Syrian Army is rapidly making progress from expelling ISIS in central Syria before they focus on completely liberating the city of Deir Ez-Zor.

22:54

How (Not) To Challenge Racist Violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Aviva Chomsky for Common Dreams - Everyone from mainstream Republicans to a spectrum of Democrats to corporate executives to antifa leftists seems eager and proud to loudly denounce or even physically confront neo-Nazis and white nationalists. But the extremists on the streets of Charlottesville, or making Nazi salutes at the Reichstag, are engaging in only symbolic and individual politics. Even the murder of a counter-protester was an individual actone of over 40 murders a day in the United States, the great majority by firearms. (Double that number are killed every day by automobiles in what we call accidentsbut which obviously have a cause also.) Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing these small-scale racist actors, or celebrating vigilante-style responses. But what about the large-scale racist actors? There has been no comparable mobilization, in fact little mobilization at all, against what Martin Luther King called the greatest purveyor of violence in the world todaythe United States government, which dropped 72 bombs per day in 2016, primarily in Iraq and Syria, but also in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, making every single day 9/11 in those countries.

22:43

Egyptian authorities close 1300-member church because it was upsetting to Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

The blockading of the church caused Coptic residents of Ezbat Al-Forn Village to write a letter to Egypts president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, titled We were prevented from prayer like criminals. President el-Sisi has long been deemed to be the hope of Egypt. His words sent shockwaves throughout the world when he declared over 2 1/2 []

22:40

What A Revived Poor Peoples Campaign Needs To Do "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Amanda Abrams for Yes! Magazine - In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. and his allies started the Poor Peoples Campaign, a movement meant to improve the lives of low-income Americans. But King was assassinated a few months before its political actions officially kicked off, and the campaign never reached its full potential. Fifty years later, Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP, is joining other religious and activist leaders to launch a new Poor Peoples Campaign, picking up where King left off. Although King is universally associated with civil rights and the struggles of African Americans, the original Poor Peoples Campaign was an inclusive effort to alleviate the poverty of Americans of all races. And todays organizers say that goal is fundamental to the new campaign as well. In this deeply polarized socio-political climate, the message is an attractive one, emphasizing not left or right, but a collective moral obligation to allow everyone a fair shot at a decent life. Barbers inclusive language certainly succeeded in North Carolina, where the popular Moral Mondays protests he spearheaded in 201314 helped elect a Democratic governor last year. But for the new movement to gain national traction, it will need to appeal not only to African Americans and progressive Whites, who currently make up Barbers base, but also draw in poor and working-class Whites, too.

22:08

AT&Ts Slow Internet In Poor Neighborhoods Sparks Complaint "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jon Brodkin for ARS Techinica - AT&T is facing a complaint alleging that it discriminates against poor people by providing fast service in wealthier communities and speeds as low as 1.5Mbps in low-income neighborhoods. The formal complaint filed today with the Federal Communications Commission says that AT&T is violating the Communications Act's prohibition against unjust and unreasonable discrimination. That ban is part of Title II, which is best known as the authority used by the FCC to impose net neutrality rules. But as we've explained before, Title II also contains important consumer protections that go beyond net neutrality, such as a ban on discrimination in rates, practices, and offerings of services. "This complaint, brought by Joanne Elkins, Hattie Lanfair, and Rachelle Lee, three African-American, low-income residents of Cleveland, Ohio alleges that AT&Ts offerings of high-speed broadband service violate the Communications Acts prohibition against unjust and unreasonable discrimination," the complaint says. AT&T is not immune to the ban on discrimination "merely because its discrimination is based on investment decisions," the complaint also says.

22:04

London Notting Hill Carnival after Grenfell fire "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

19 March 2010

Claudia Jones, Trinidadian was an outstanding leader in the Black British struggle for equal rights. Deported from the States for her anti racist activities she landed in London and began campaigning for equal rights for the West Indian communities. She fought injustice, police brutality, housing and education discrimination. She set up the West Indian Gazette and created what is now known as the Notting Hill Carnival.

This video is the sequel.

By Zita Holbourne in London, England:

Marking carnival in the spirit of respect for the victims of the Grenfell fire

Saturday 26th August 2017

This years Notting Hill celebrations will be a more sombre affair as we remember those who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy, says ZITA HOLBOURNE

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL has existed throughout my life and is part of the fabric of London society.

Renowned internationally, it is one of the biggest outdoor carnivals in the world, but the roots of carnival sometimes seem forgotten or perhaps not known at all by the thousands of people who attend each year.

Growing up it was about mas, the costumes, floats, steel pan, sou...

22:01

Artists WIthdraw From Israeli Sponsored Cultural Event "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Staff of BDS - Following a popular campaign across several countries in a matter of days, nine acts have withdrawn from the Pop-Kultur festival in Berlin due to sponsorship by the Israeli embassy. Send a letter of thanks to these principled artists for standing in solidarity with Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Young Fathers were among the latest to withdraw, recalling their long history of opposing any form of hatred including racism and anti-Semitism and their support for a peaceful solution that allows Palestinians the right to return to a safe homeland and that allows Israelis and Palestinians of all faiths (and none) to live together in peace. Sleaford Mods announced their manager Steve Underwood would withdraw from a panel discussion at the festival. They join Syrian artists Mohammad Abu Hajar of Mazzaj Rap and DJ Hello Psychaleppo, Islam Chipsy from Egypt, Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi, UK artists Annie Goh and Iklan feat. Law Holt and the Finnish band Oranssi Pazuzu. Thurston Moore, who performed at Pop-Kultur last year, tweeted in support of these principled artists and urged the festival to withdraw Israeli embassy sponsorship in solidarity with Palestinian call for cultural boycott.

22:00

27 Dead After Boko Haram Attacks on Nigerian Villages "IndyWatch Feed War"

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Residents in Nigerias northern Borno state say attacks by Boko Haram extremists on several villages in the past week have killed at least 27 people.

Modu Jialta, a member of a self-defense group with the Nganzai local council, says the Islamic extremists entered villages on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people by slitting their throats and shooting them. He says the bodies were buried on Friday.

Mai Abatcha Monguno, commander of the Guzamala local councils self-defense forces, says 12 other people were killed in attacks on villages there.

Local defense forces are asking for more government support to fight Boko Harams insurgency, which has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced millions in the past eight years. Deadly attacks also have been carried out in neighboring countries.


21:51

Somalia is a country and not a video game -OP-ED "IndyWatch Feed War"

All wars by their nature are ragged, and sadly seasoned watchers of the Horn of Africa have had ample proof of this down the years. What often starts off with reasonably clear objectives ends up being nebulous and opaque. The Greek dramatist Aeschylus (525 456 BC) was spot on when he wrote; In war, []

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20:34

EPL: Spurs keen to improve Wembley form New Telegraph Online

  Tottenham are still getting used to calling Wembley home, but need a sharp improvement as Burnley prepare to visit in the Premier League on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettinos side struggled at Englands national stadium when playing European home fixtures there last season, and have so far fared no better in the Premier League. Chelseas 2-1 []

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20:26

Monarchs of oil producing communities laud Buharis anti-corruption fight New Telegraph Online

  The Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON), have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for making conscious efforts to eliminate corruption in the country. The association gave the commendation in a communiqu issued at the end of its 26th National Conference held on Friday in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom. []

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20:17

At the Watchers "IndyWatch Feed War"

African-Americans need a Great Awakening to repair their broken culture   President Trump Is 100% Right The Medias Feeding Hate And Division   The Bookworm Beat 8/23/17 Leftist insanity, August edition   What Happened: The Delusional Handmaids Tale  Colin Kaepernick The New Social Justice Poster Child   The Bookworm Beat 8/25/17 the illustrated edition and []

20:08

Saudi Petrodollars Buy-Off Madman Muqtada al-Sadr To Be Front-man In Sunni-Owned Rogue Shia Movement "IndyWatch Feed War"

[Iraqs madman Shia outcast finally goes over the edge and joins forces with Saudi Arabia and UAE. The Saudis have obviously bought him off, in order to split the Shia into warring halves, mirroring the split within all Sunni factions, between Wahhabi/takfiri Sunnis and normal peace-loving Sunnis. Sadr is a disgrace and a miserable human being.]

Muqtada al-Sadr
Muqtada al-Sadr

Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr intends to undertake a series of visits to Arab and European countries, a high-level political source in the movement revealed on Friday.

Riyad Ghali, Sadrist affiliate Ahrar bloc MP, said that Sadr seeks to put an end to I...

19:47

Qatar Says Five Suspects in News Agency Hacking Detained in Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

DOHA Qatars attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatars state news agency in May.

The hacking helped precipitate the diplomatic rift that has since opened up between Qatar and some of its powerful Arab neighbors.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June over comments briefly posted on the Qatar News Agency attributed to its ruler in which he allegedly praised their arch-foe Iran.

Qatar said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani did not make the statements and that hackers had posted a false story on QNA.

In comments published by QNA on Saturday, Qatars Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri said the suspects were being interrogated, without specifying their nationalities or any other details.

Our friends in Turkey answered us a short time ago. Five people were detained and they are being investigated. Qatari prosecutors are working with Turkish authorities to follow this case, he was quoted as saying by Qatari media.

Marri has said Qatar has evidence that the hack was linked to countries that have severed ties with Doha for allegedly supporting Islamist militant groups and advancing the agenda of their arch-rival Iran in the region charges Doha denies.

The dispute has defied mediation attempts by the United States and Kuwait.

(Writing by Stephen Kalin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)


...

19:17

New sauropod dinosaur discovery in Tanzania "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

24 August 2017

A titanosaur the size of a killer whale once stomped across Africa

A humongous wide-necked dinosaur one that weighed as much as two cars stomped across the landscape of prehistoric Africa during the Cretaceous period, a new study finds.

The 5-ton beast, a titanosaur (an herbivorous long-necked and long-tailed dinosaur) was tall; its head reached 13 feet (4 meters) in the air when its neck was extended. The dinosaurs remains were found in rock in southwestern Tanzania dating between 100 million and 70 million years ago, the researchers said.

Its not uncommon to unearth titanosaurs in South America, but its rare to find the giant dinosaurs in Africa, making the newly identified creature a remarkable find, the researchers said.

Researchers named the titanosaur Shingopana songwensis, which they said was 26 feet (8 meters) long, or about the size of an orca whale. Its genus name means wide neck in Swahili, whereas shingo and pana are the Swahili words for neck and wide, respectively, in reference to the giants bulbous neck vertebra, the researchers wrote in the study. The species name honors the Songwe region of the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania, where the dinosaur was first discovered in 2002, and excavated in the following years.

From the National Science Foundation in the USA:

New species of sauropod dinosaur discovered in Tanzania

Fossil remains recovered from 70 to 100 million-year-old rocks in southwestern Tanzania

August 25, 2017

Paleontologists have identified...

19:02

Buhari hails successes in agriculture sector New Telegraph Online

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hailed the successes recorded by the country in agriculture in the past two years. The President stated this when he received the State governors who paid him a good will visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. You are all doing your best and we are lucky our best has []

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18:47

Kenya Linda Boni operation bombing destroying flora and local livelihoods Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Star (Kenya)

Whats a few trees compared to lives?

Aug. 26, 2017, 12:00 am
Inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet with other senior security personnel during a tour of Boni forest in Lamu county to inspect the operation Linda Boni meant to flush out Al Shabaab militants on June 15,2016Inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet with other senior security personnel during a tour of Boni forest in Lamu county to inspect the operation Linda Boni meant to flush out Al Shabaab militants on June 15,2016

Operation Linda Boni director Joseph Kanyiri has asked civil society groups and activists in Lamu to stop interfering with its activities.

He said some members of Save Lamu and Lamu County Wildlife Conservation Committee have been making utterances that disparage the operation.

The two groups have opposed the ongoing bombing of the forest. They say it will destroy the forests immense flora and fauna and destroy the livelihoods of the Aweer community.

The Aweer are traditionally hunters and gatherers and depend on the forest for survival.

Last week, Kanyiri said the state will bomb the...

18:46

Hurricane Harvey smashes into Texas New Telegraph Online

  Hurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas with winds of up to 130mph (215 km/h) battering coastal areas. The storm, which has even stronger gusts, is the most powerful to hit the US mainland for 12 years. Up to 40in (1m) of rain is expected to fall. President Donald Trump has signed a disaster []

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18:45

Trump pardons controversial sheriff Arpaio New Telegraph Online

  US President Donald Trump has pardoned ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt. Arpaio, 85, was found guilty after he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. He was due to be sentenced in October. The president had hinted at the pardon at a rally in []

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18:41

Police injured outside Buckingham Palace New Telegraph Online

  Counter-terror police are investigating after two police officers were injured while arresting a man with a knife outside Buckingham Palace. Officers saw a large bladed weapon in the mans car when it stopped near the palace on Friday evening. As they arrested him, both men suffered minor arm injuries, police said. The 26-year-old man []

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18:36

EPL: Arsenal will test us Klopp New Telegraph Online

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Arsenal still represent a major test for his sides credentials despite no longer being a Champions League team. Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season and failed to qualify for European footballs elite competition for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over as manager in []

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18:34

Mourinho wants Zlatan, Lukaku to compete New Telegraph Online

  Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to challenge Romelu Lukaku for a starting berth when the Swedish striker returns to action. Ibrahimovic, 35, signed a one-year contract with United this week, having been sidelined since sustaining a serious knee ligament injury four months ago. Lukaku has made an impressive start to his []

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18:32

Mayweather, McGregor face-off before 466m fight New Telegraph Online

  Conor McGregor claimed he has never seen Floyd Mayweather in worse physical shape as the pair exchanged words at a raucous weigh-in in Las Vegas. McGregor weighed in at 153lbs for Saturdays 154lb fight, with Mayweather 149.5lbs, before a face-off that drew roars from the thousands in attendance. McGregor screamed in the face of []

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18:21

U.S. forces in Somalia raid; three children reported among dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somali forces supported by U.S. troops shot dead 10 Somalis, including three children, in a village near the capital Mogadishu on Friday, a witness and local officials told Reuters. The involvement of U.S. troops was confirmed by U.S. Africa Command, which said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties. The Somali army initially said no []

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18:10

Belgian soldiers shoot dead man in Brussels in alleged terrorist attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

Belgian soldiers have shot dead a man in the centre of Brussels after he came at them with a knife shouting Allahu Akbar God is great in Arabic. The attacker, a 30-year-old Belgian of Somali origin, was not known to police for terrorist activities but the authorities are treating the case as a terrorist []

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17:35

Delta: Two Killed In Gun Duel As JTF Nab Kidnap Kingpin In Sapele Urhobo Today

Delta State logo
LAGOS AUGUST 26TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The joint military patrol team attached to the 19 battalion of the Nigeria Army in Sapele, Delta State has arrested a kidnap kingpin identified as Robinson Okotie.
While the Okoties criminal activities has unsettled the people of Sapele community, leader of the patrol team, Lt Col. Aji Mohammed confirmed his arrest yesterday, saying the suspect was arrested around Ugbeyiyi Junction by Memory Super Market in Sapele, upon which he duly confessed to being a member of the kidnapping ring that has been operating in Sapele and its environs.
He said that the suspect also confessed to have been responsible for the killing of two soldiers in the area recently who were on routine patrol along Ovoh Creek.
Accordingly, the suspect led the team to their hideout where they arrested one David Adogbefi, another gang member. Okotie also confessed to terrorizing the creeks including Benin River Oil Workers in the recent times.
Mohammed added that during search for the arrest of other gang members in the creek, the team engaged a few members in a fierce gun battle where two of the suspects were killed by the military, while others escaped with bullet wounds.

15:36

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen coast "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen coast | 26 Aug 2017 | A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Friday during training, with a search underway for one U.S. service member, the U.S. military said. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that five other service members aboard the aircraft had been rescued and the crash took place about 20 miles (32 km) off the southern coast of Yemen at 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

14:49

Exploring The Shadows Of Americas Security State "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alfred W. McCoy for Tom Dispatch. In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital surveillance, agile drones, and biometric identification. In 2010, almost a decade into this secret war with its voracious appetite for information, the Washington Post reported that the national security state had swelled into a fourth branch of the federal government -- with 854,000 vetted officials, 263 security organizations, and over 3,000 intelligence units, issuing 50,000 special reports every year. Though stunning, these statistics only skimmed the visible surface of what had become historys largest and most lethal clandestine apparatus.

14:25

Ten civilians killed in US-backed raid in Somalia: Official "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV August 25, 2017 Ten civilians have been killed in a US-backed raid on a farm in southern Somalia, according to the deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region. The raid on Barire village early Friday led to the deaths of three children aged 8 to 10 and a woman among others, Ali Nur []

12:29

FG moves against Kanu, seeks his arrest New Telegraph Online

   asks court to revoke IPOB leaders bail   Group warns against Kanus arrest ACF hails quit notice withdrawal   The Federal Government yesterday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to revoke the earlier bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. The Federal Government, which is prosecuting []

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12:29

Moyo Lawal: Marriage FOR me must be for better for worse New Telegraph Online

Widely considered controversial by many, Moyo Lawal, who holds a degree in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos, has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. The Lagos State-born actress, who boasts of roles in productions like Shallow Waters and Tinsel among others under her belt, speaks on life, career and relationships in []

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12:28

Nigerian showbiz stars with unresolved beefs New Telegraph Online

This piece is a cursory look at some of Nigerias showbiz personalities who are at daggers drawn over various grouses and are yet to mend fences many years after. Olaniyi Aderuku writes.   Genevieve Nnaji and Kate Henshaw Saying these actresses rank among the best in their industry is stating the obvious. Apart from being []

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12:28

Opposition doesnt mean hostility, antagonism Buhari New Telegraph Online

Fayose: Why I was absent at president, govs meeting   Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday advanced reasons why he ignored the meeting of state governors with the President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Clarifying this via his Twitter handle, Fayose said he could not abandon his planned event just to attend []

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12:28

32 new Obas for Ibadan: Nemesis has caught up with Ajimobi, Olubadan Oyediji New Telegraph Online

The head of the Seriki family of Ibadan, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, who believes that he should he is the rightful claimant to the throne of the Olubadan squares up with the occupier of the throne, Oba Saliu Adetunji, in this faceoff interviews by SOLA ADEYEMO. Olubadans media director, Adeola Oloko, spoke on behalf of the []

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12:27

Charged police officer, victim of conspiracy Source New Telegraph Online

Johnbosco Okoroeze, the arrested police officer who has been arrested fingered in the escape of an undergraduate ritual killer of an eight-year-old in Port Harcourt, Ifeanyi Dike, has been described as a victim of a conspiracy by those who do not want to see Dike face the law for his crimes. Okoroeze has since been []

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12:27

Performing with Lagbaja again depends on our connection Ego Ogbaro New Telegraph Online

A decade ago, the professional marriage between singer Ego Ihenacho Ogbaro and the masked saxophonist cum vocalist, Lagbaja, was dissolved albeit amicably. They parted ways exactly 10 months after Ego got married and that sparked off new wave of speculations. In this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA, the lady of songs reminisces on moments with her []

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12:26

JAMB BOSS, OLOYEDE: I wont lower standards to encourage private varsities New Telegraph Online

Professor Is-haq Oloyede is the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). In this interview with MOJEED ALABI, he clears the air on the controversies trailing the announcement of the new cut-off marks for admission into higher institutions, reintroduction of post-UTME tests, among other issues     With the announcement of the new []

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12:25

Ajimobi confers obaship on Ladoja, Balogun, others New Telegraph Online

        instals new monarchs on Sunday   3 profs, 16 others jostle for Akarigbo stool   In spite of his opposition to the chieftaincy law review of Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday evening conferred obaship title on Senator Rasidi Ladoja as the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland. The late hour decision was also carried out []

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12:25

NIG vs CAM: Chukwu: Nigeria good for three points New Telegraph Online

A former Super Eagles skipper and coach, Christian Chukwu, has expressed confidence in the ability of the Super Eagles to deliver the three maximum points in the crucial Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lions of Cameroon. The match is billed to take place in Uyo on September 1 with a reverse fixture billed for []

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10:16

Biafra: US lawyers storm Nigeria to gather evidence against FG, Obiano, Ikpeazu, Buratai, others. OBLONG MEDIA

US Attorney Bruce Fein, and his Partner W. Bruce DelValle with witnesses during the visit. A renowned United States Attorney, More

08:49

Ku Klux Klan, a British view "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ku Klux Klan advertisement

This 1920s advertisement from Illinois in the USA shows various businesses were Ku Klux Klan sponsors then; including Ford Motor corporation of the anti-Semitic big businessman Henry Ford.

The Everybody Welcome in the ad probably excludes African Americans, Jews, socialists, Roman Catholics, LGBTQ people, feminists, etc. etc.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

A dark corner of US politics

Friday 25th August 2017

PETER FROST explores the origins of one of the nastiest, most racist organisations in world history the Ku Klux Klan

HOWEVER much President Donald Trump ducks and dives and carefully edits his latest soundbite, it is clear that he is one of a very few US citizens who doesnt think the tiny Ku Klux Klan is a racist organisation fit only to be condemned to the dustbin of history by all reasonable people.

Perhaps that isnt too surprising. There is overwhelming evidence that Trumps father Fred was arrested at a Klan rally in New York in the 1920s and theres good reason to suppose that his grandfather was also close to the obnoxious organisation.

The Klan has a long history. The dust and smoke of the civil war had hardly cleared in 1865 when a small group of white southerners on the defeated side met to form what would become one of the nastiest, most racist organisations in world history the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)....

08:40

President Putin Allowed Netanyahu To Vent His Iranophobia: Unfortunately, We Can Not Help You Here "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

{State Of} Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime feels threatened by Irans growing influence in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon, Netanyahu told Russian President []

07:56

Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 14 civilians, including children - witnesses "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 14 civilians, including children - witnesses | 25 Aug 2017 | Airstrikes, apparently conducted by the Saudi-led coalition [of sociopaths] in Yemen, have killed up to 14 civilians, including six children, witnesses on the ground report. The attack targeted the Faj Attan area on the southern outskirts of Sanaa and also reduced two buildings to rubble, Reuters cites local sources as saying.

07:22

Alleged assassination attempt: OGD is hallucinating, says Kashamu New Telegraph Online

The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has described the alarm raised by former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, that he sponsored an alleged assassination attempt on his life as a hoax, spurious allegation without any basis in fact and evidence whatsoever. A statement issued by Kashamus Media Adviser, Austin Oniyokor, []

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06:20

BREAKING: Gbenga Daniel escapes assassination attempt New Telegraph Online

Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Ogun state has escaped an assassination attempt, New Telegraph can report authoritatively.   In a petition written to the IGP and made available to New Telegraph, the ex-Ogun state governor accused Senator Buruji Kashamu of the attack. It is public knowledge that there is no love lost between Senator []

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06:19

BREAKING: FG asks court to revoke Nnamdi Kanus bail New Telegraph Online

The Federal Government has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the revocation of the bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The application was attached as a press release and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja by Mr Salihu Isah, Special Adviser, []

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05:33

Donald Trump and Britain "IndyWatch Feed World"

This January 2017 video from England is called Stand up to Racism London protest at Trumps inauguration.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Corbyn vows no deal with far-right defender Trump

Friday 25th August 2017

JEREMY CORBYN pledged yesterday to prevent any sweetheart deal between Britain and the US following Donald Trumps defence of far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville.

The Labour leader said he was appalled by the US presidents speech in which Mr Trump said violence had come from many sides and that you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.

Neonazi protesters had chanted: Jews will not replace us, and a car was deliberately driven into anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer, killing her and injuring 19 others.

Mr Corbyn said: We had a white supremacist group there with KKK symbols and nazi symbols as if all the civil rights movement, as if everything...

05:25

National Catholic Reporter: The Muslim Jesus provides common ground for Christianity, Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note that the National Catholic Reporters Rafat Al-Dajani uncritically repeats the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations claims about anti-Muslim hate crimes, without mentioning how often these hate crimes turn out to have been perpetrated by Muslims themselves (scroll down at that link to find many examples). Rafat Al-Dajani also leaves out a few passages of []

04:20

Boris Johnson's cash pledge to Libya to help with refugees will only "trap them in a war zone" - MSF - Update: Traffickers brag about bribing Coast Guard "IndyWatch Feed World"

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has pledged to give Libya 9 million (US$11.5 million) to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe. He has provoked a widespread backlash from NGOs, however, which claim the policy traps refugees in a war zone. Speaking on a trip to Libya's capital, Tripoli, Johnson said the UK would support the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) to "reduce the number of illegal migrants heading for Europe." Libya has been in crisis ever since the UK-backed ousting of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which left the country divided between two opposing factions. "Libya is the front line for many challenges which, left unchecked, can pose problems for us in the UK - particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism," the foreign secretary said. "That's why it is so important that we work with the Libyan government and our partners to help bring stability to Libya, stopping it from becoming a fertile ground for terrorists, gun runners and people traffickers in close proximity to Europe."

03:56

God Save the Queen played in war-torn Libya "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

The UKs national anthem as youve never heard it before BBC News

25 August 2017

A Libyan military band tried to perform the British national anthem for the arrival of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as he arrived in Benghazi.

These Libyans are warriors of warlord General Haftar, boss of one of at least three governments killing each others soldiers and civilians in NATOs brave new Libya.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that Mr Johnson is the first NATO country politician ever to visit General Haftar, who, they say:

reigns in the east of the country and does not obey the UN-recognized [so-called] unity government in the capital Tripoli.

This is euphemism by the NOS. Warlord and [by now ex?] CIA asset Haftar not only does not only not recognize the Tripoli government, he has bloody fights with them.

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03:48

Skeptics and true believers clash over sequencing ancient Egyptian DNA "IndyWatch Feed World"

Cameras roll as ancient-DNA experts Carsten Pusch and Albert Zink scrutinize a row of coloured peaks on their computer screen. There is a dramatic pause. "My god!" whispers Pusch, the words muffled by his surgical mask. Then the two hug and shake hands, accompanied by the laughter and applause of their Egyptian colleagues. They have every right to be pleased with themselves. After months of painstaking work, they have finally completed their analysis of 3,300-year-old DNA from the mummy of King Tutankhamun. Featured in the Discovery Channel documentary King Tut Unwrapped last year and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1, their analysis - of Tutankhamun and ten of his relatives - was the latest in a string of studies reporting the analysis of DNA from ancient Egyptian mummies. Apparently revealing the mummies' family relationships as well as their afflictions, such as tuberculosis and malaria, the work seems to be providing unprecedented insight into the lives and health of ancient Egyptians and is ushering in a new era of 'molecular Egyptology'. Except that half of the researchers in the field challenge every word of it. Enter the world of ancient Egyptian DNA and you are asked to choose between two alternate realities: one in which DNA analysis is routine, and the other in which it is impossible. "The ancient-DNA field is split absolutely in half," says Tom Gilbert, who heads two research groups at the Center for GeoGenetics in Copenhagen, one of the world's foremost ancient-DNA labs.

03:27

Babylonians, worlds oldest trigonometrists discovery "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Ancient Babylonian tablet worlds first trig table

24 August 2017

UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the worlds oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, most likely used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces, temples and stepped pyramids.

Read more here.

Plimpton 322, the most famous of Old Babylonian tablets (1900-1600 BC), is the worlds oldest trigonometric table, possibly used by Babylonian scholars to calculate how to construct stepped pyramids, palaces and temples, according to a duo of researchers from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia: here.

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03:06

Tanzania Amy Dickmans work to get communities onside in lion consevation Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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The biggest threat to African lions isnt trophy hunters, its their lack of value to local people

Lanisha Butterfield interviews WildCRUs Amy Dickman

Lion populations are at a tipping point.

There are now fewer than 25,000 left in the wild. But while there is general public appreciation of the consequences of a decline in the lion population, the causes behind the fall are less understood.

Public outcry flooded social media when Cecil the lions son, Xanda, was killed by a hunter in Zimbabwe in July, meeting the same fate as his father a year before. Big game trophy hunting is one of the most widely reviled threats to the lion population, and consequently one of the most discussed. However, the biggest single threat to the future of wild big cats is not trophy hunting. It is direct, everyday conflict with humans. An issue that has not yet captured public consciousness in the same way.

In 2011, 37 lions were killed in the area around a single village. Thats the equivalent of half the wild lions lost to trophy killings across the whole of Africa, in a year.

For some groups in Africa, such as the Barabaig and Maasai tribes of Tanzania, lion hunting is a cultural norm. Lions are considered a vermin, akin to rats in the city or foxes on farms. They are a very real danger to local peoples families and their li...

03:04

Namibia new anti-poaching chief says communities vital in protecting wildlife Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New Era/allAfrica

 

Communities Key in Anti-Poaching War Kashikakumwa

 

 

By Albertina Nakale

Windhoek The newly appointed head of the anti-poaching unit, retired police commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa, says community members are one of the cornerstones, and most sophisticated and effective weapons in the battle against poaching that has reached alarming proportions in Namibia.

Early this month, government appointed the retired Oshana regional police commander as the head of the newly established anti-poaching unit.

One of his strategies, he says, will be to go back to the community members because poachers are part and parcel of such communities.

He said whenever the poachers go and carry out criminal activities, they always come from and go back to the community.

I find it a serious challenge, looking at degree of the strategies used by poachers nowadays. This requires someone to prepare to the fullest. The strategies I am going to use will not be much different from the previous ones. In any war, you always need the support from the communities at large. One will not achieve his or her national goals without the strong backup of the community members, Kashihakumwa told New Era in an interview.

The former police commander has pledged to work hard to consolidate and strengthen the relationship with other security agencies to succeed in the fight against poaching.

We should establish positive consultation all the time so we take the upper hand which will enable us to frustrate, isolate and discourage the poachers so that they dont have any room be it in Etosha or Bwabwata National Park or any corner of this country, he remarked.

He vowed to make sure no single second, minute, hour, day, week or month goes by without his unit knowing what these guys are thinking and planning to do at any given time or place.

According to Kashihakumwa, this would only work if everyone works as a team and the operation is intelligence-driven.

The organisation and establishment of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, particularly the Directorate of Wildlife and National Parks, was amended to create the anti-poaching unit, which was approved by the Public Service Commission, with a staff structure consisting of 495 members.

Namibia has since 2014 lost 245 elephants due to poaching and this year, 17 elephants have been illegally hunted. Equally, Namibia has lost 241 rhinoceros to poaching since 2012.

This year alone, 18 rhinos (both government and privately owned) have been poached.

Due to the mounting cases of poaching recorded, 246 accused of different nationalities have been implicated in the slaughter of elephant and rhino since 2014.

Out of the 246 accused persons, a whopping 180 are Namibians, 23 are Angolans, 19 are Zambians,...

02:51

Alabama daycare worker dumps 5-year-old boy on the road after he dies in daycare van "IndyWatch Feed World"

Court documents filed in the Manslaughter case against Valarie Patterson indicate that Kamden Johnson died from being left in the daycare's van. Final autopsy results have not been released but preliminary results showed there was no physical trauma to the 5-year-old boy. Court documents also show that Patterson, after finding Kamden in the van, dumped his body "on the side of Demotroplis Road." There is no mention of Johnson's death being attributed to a hot vehicle, but the high temperature that day was 93-degrees. On Wednesday, Jasmyn Williams Johnson, the mother of Kamden Johnson, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the daycare and its owners. The civil suit alleges that the daycare owners, Carl and Angela Coker, along with Preschool Academy Director Kenya Anderson, were negligent in the operation of the unlicensed daycare causing the death of Kamden.

02:28

Pope: Every foreigner who knocks at our door is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Youre much more likely to meet Muhammad. Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September []

02:19

Boris Johnson's cash pledge to Libya to help with refugees will only "trap them in a war zone" - MSF "IndyWatch Feed World"

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has pledged to give Libya 9 million (US$11.5 million) to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe. He has provoked a widespread backlash from NGOs, however, which claim the policy traps refugees in a war zone. Speaking on a trip to Libya's capital, Tripoli, Johnson said the UK would support the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) to "reduce the number of illegal migrants heading for Europe." Libya has been in crisis ever since the UK-backed ousting of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which left the country divided between two opposing factions. "Libya is the front line for many challenges which, left unchecked, can pose problems for us in the UK - particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism," the foreign secretary said. "That's why it is so important that we work with the Libyan government and our partners to help bring stability to Libya, stopping it from becoming a fertile ground for terrorists, gun runners and people traffickers in close proximity to Europe."

02:05

Second Massacre in 48 Hrs: Saudis Target Yemen Home Killing or Injuring 38 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) The Saudi-led coalition against Yemen carried out yet another massacre last night when warplanes targeted a residential neighborhood with four air strikes. 38 civilians were either killed or wounded in the attack mostly women and children.

According to YemenExtras local sources, the attack targeted three buildings Sanaas Atan neighborhood. So far, 14 people have been killed and at least 24 more injured. The number is expected to rise as rescue teams and security staff dig through the rubble.

The martyrs included children as young as 5 and a couple just married two weeks ago.

Yemen is in a chronic state of mourning due to the Saudi-led terrorism. Last nights massacre comes just 48 hours after another violent attack. On Wednesday, coalition planes targeted a hotel near Sanaa. Killing nearly 50 civilians and injuring almost 20 more.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 800+ Days of US-Saudi Aggression Has Destroyed in Yemen

Yesterday, Yemenis filled the streets in various provinces protesting the Saudi-led war and U.S.-backed terrorism.

Ansarullah spokesman, Mohamed Abdel Salam, quickly condemned the recent attacks. He called the Saudis cowardly attacks an expression of failure. He explained that the kingdom and their allies use the United Nations as a cover to carry out their despicable war crimes without opposition.

Salam also stressed that Yemens resistance would not sit idly by as passive victims. He reiterated Ansarullahs determination to confront the Saudis both militarily and politically until their aggression ends.

[PHOTOS] Yemen Unveils Line of Homemade Rifles With Anti-Air Capability

Yemens Republican Guard and Ansarullah have made significant strides in their military capability over the past year. Months ago, Yemens resistance announced the completion of long-range homemade ballistic missiles. Just this week, Sanaas Ministry of Defense militar...

02:02

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01:59

JUST IN: Fayose absent as Buhari meets governors New Telegraph Online

President Buhari has received 36 State Governors led by Chairman Nigerian Governors Forum, Abubakar Yari Governor of Zamfara State in State House. Mr Buhari had earlier met with the leaders of the two main political parties in Nigeria, PDP and APC. However, Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose was absent at the meeting. Fayose is a critic []

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01:14

OPC warns over eviction threat to Yorubas, raises alarm over plot to gag media New Telegraph Online

The Oodua Peoples Congress, (OPC) has called on leaders and stakeholders in the Southern part of the country to caution the Niger Delta Agitators (NDA), over threat of eviction of Yorubas resident in the region, warning that the backlash of such move may not be palatable. A group, the Niger Delta Agitators was widely reported in the media []

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01:10

Court jails mechanic 3 months for stealing bag New Telegraph Online

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced a motor mechanic, Murtale Useni, 20, to three months imprisonment for stealing a bag. Useni, who resides at Jayi Tipper Garage, Abuja, was arraigned on a count charge of stealing. The convict pleaded guilty to the charge. The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict []

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01:00

Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed War"

1) As noted here last week, the BBC did not produce any reporting about the recent visit to Iran by a Hamas delegation. The JCPA has an article explaining the significance of that visit.

Now, again, the Iranian regime is telling the Hamas leadership in no uncertain terms that the Islamic movement must make a correct strategic decision, consistent with the changing balance of power in the Middle East, and align with Iran, which has become a regional superpower. Its hegemonic status now grounded in the Shiite crescent, which includes Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon, Iran is leading the ongoing struggle against Israel. In his meeting with Izzat al-Rishk, Parliament Chairman Larijani said that Hamas must draw conclusions from the Middle Eastern developments in recent years, particularly those in Iraq and Syria.

2) At the Tablet, Tony Badran discusses Hizballahs shopping list.

In remarks delivered at the Port of Beirut, Ambassador Richard reviewed the material contents of a $100 million co...

00:51

Endless slaughter: Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 14 civilians, including children "IndyWatch Feed World"

Airstrikes, apparently conducted by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, have killed up to 14 civilians, including six children, witnesses on the ground report. The attack targeted the Faj Attan area on the southern outskirts of Sanaa and also reduced two buildings to rubble, Reuters cites local sources as saying. The bodies of several children, who appear to be as young as 10, have been recovered by rescuers, the agency said. According to AP, eyewitnesses say that at least 14 civilians were killed in the early morning airstrikes, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers pull more victims from the rubble.

00:34

Agitation for Biafra will never stop Biafra National Guard New Telegraph Online

A pro-Biafran outfit, Biafra National Guard (BNG) has called on Nigerias Federal Government to quickly set in motion the process of conducting a referendum to determine the fate of the people of Igboland instead of the continued killing, incarceration and forceful disappearance of Biafran agitators allegedly masterminded by security agencies. BNG in a statement signed []

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00:33

UN group says Facebook has been ignoring its pleas to deal with migrant torture videos "IndyWatch Feed World"

Earlier today, the Times of London came out with a shocking report about human traffickers using Facebook to broadcast videos of migrant torture and abuse as a way to elicit ransoms from migrants families. Footage that has remained on the social media site for months shows Libyan gangmasters threatening the lives of migrants who have fled Continue reading UN group says Facebook has been ignoring its pleas to deal with migrant torture videos

Earlier today, the Times of London came out with a shocking report about human traffickers using Facebook to broadcast videos of migrant torture and abuse as a way to elicit ransoms from migrants families. Footage that has remained on the social media site for months shows Libyan gangmasters threatening the lives of migrants who have fled their homelands, often in the hope of reaching Europe, writes the Times.

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00:19

APC backs establishment of special courts for hate speech New Telegraph Online

The National Youth Caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday in Abuja expressed support for the establishment of special court for hate speech in the country. The National Chairman of the group, Mr Mark Nsimbehe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the groups news briefing that the courts would []

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23:50

Dont Get Jittery Yet- Chidoka Campaign Tells Obiano New Telegraph Online

Governor Wille Obiano and his weakened faction of the now almost moribund All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has begun a reign of terror on our great party, the pan-Igbo United Progressive Party (UPP). Since the conclusion of our governorship primary and their failure to stop the emergence of frontline contender in the Anambra governorship race, []

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23:43

JUST IN: IPOB rejects withdrawal of Igbo quit notice by Arewa youths New Telegraph Online

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has rejected the withdrawal of the quit notice issued to Igbo resident in the northern region by the Arewa youth. This is coming less than 24 hours after the withdrawal of the quit notice. IPOB urged the Arewa youth to please stick to the October 1 deadline or else []

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23:32

US-backed war on Yemen has created world's worst humanitarian crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

"After two and a half years of war, little is functioning in Yemen. Repeated bombings have crippled bridges, hospitals and factories." "The United States is also a major donor, as well as a primary supplier of arms to the members of the Saudi-led coalition. Although the United States is not directly involved in the conflict, it has provided military support to the Saudi-led coalition, and Yemenis have often found the remnants of American-made munitions in the ruins left by deadly airstrikes."

23:32

Reporting on Afghan escalation omits dead civilians "IndyWatch Feed War"

"US media also continued their rich tradition of not blaming the US or Trump for the warinstead laying responsibility at the feet of some unknown geopolitical dark matter that has forced the US to occupy Afghanistan permanently." "Just as the thousands killed in Yemen by US-backed Saudi bombing dont inform coverage of the famine there, the causal effect of US military action on poor, faceless brown people is never clearly laid out."

23:31

Sisi, hero of Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

"From Israels standpoint, Egypts involvement is important. Any country engaged in blocking Irans influence in Syria serves Israels interests." "During these discussions, Israel will presumably push the superpowers to encourage Egypts involvement in Syria, thereby ensuring another Arab partner (alongside Jordan) that will be sympathetic to its interests." (thanks Amir)

23:21

The Economist on Political Islam "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are many things wrong with the long piece on Political Islam in the Economist.  For one, the review of Morsi's short term in Egypt was most unfair.  Like it or not, his term had the most political freedoms of expression and satire since--ever.  

23:13

Yusuf Al-Oteiba on new Israeli opportunities with Gulf potentates "IndyWatch Feed War"

"This young, dynamic leadership presents opportunities that may not have existed before, said Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to Washington. The White House clearly shares that view."

23:12

Zionists for anti-Semites "IndyWatch Feed War"

"To some it looks as if Mr Netanyahu is more likely to see anti-Semitism in those who oppose his policies."

22:59

Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen 'a strategic failure' (Farah Najjar - Khalid Al-Karimi ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

25/08/2017 - Saudi involvement in Yemen's conflict has further aggravated the humanitarian crisis in the country, analysts say. The Saudi-led coalition has managed to deepen political divide in Yemen, according ...

22:23

Atiku applauds Northern Youths for withdrawing quit notice New Telegraph Online

Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar has applauded the Coalition of Northern Groups and the Arewa Youths Council for rescinding their. October 1 quit notice given to the Igbos living the Northern part of the country. The former Vice President said in a statement by his media office in Abuja yesterday that []

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22:21

Keshia Thomas Shows How America Can Deal with Hatred "IndyWatch Feed World"

Keshia Thomas Shows How America Can Deal with Hatred
By Rusty

"After the shocking events in Charlottesville in which Nazi and Antifa protesters collided and an innocent woman was left dead, its important to search out a better means to deal with hatred. In 1996, an 18-year-old woman named Keshia Thomas practically gave America a blueprint in dealing with hate and opinions that differ from yours or mine. Thomas, an African-American teenager, attended a counter protest to a scheduled KKK rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Thats when a man sporting a Confederate flag t-shirt wandered into the crowd. The anti-Klan protesters began beating him. But Thomas, despite her feelings for a man presumed to be with the KKK, couldnt sit idly by as the unruly mob continued to pummel him. Below is an image of Thomas shielding the man, an image that became one of Life Magazines Pictures of the Year.
18 year old Keshia Thomas protects a fallen man believed to be associated with the Ku Klux Klan, from an angry mob of anti-clan protestors in Michigan, 1996. As it turned out, the man wa...

22:17

BREAKING: Buhari meets PDP, APC leaders, says opposition does not mean hostility, antagonism New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has told frontline opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to see its current position in Nigerias democracy as one of providing vibrant checks on government rather taking to antagonism and hostility.      The President stated this when he met with the leadership of the PDP and the All []

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21:58

Biafra: Dr Ikedife visits UN,US Congress to make cases for Biafra. OBLONG MEDIA

The struggle to actualise the sovereign state for Biafra has taken a new diplomatic turn that might hasten the dreams More

21:49

Hugo Chavezs ambassador daughter is Venezuelas richest woman. OBLONG MEDIA

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21:10

Venice, Italy Mayor Says Anyone Who Shouts Allahu Akbar Will be Shot "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Cops in Venice have been told to shoot potential terrorists on sight.

The Italian citys mayor has ordered them to target anyone shouting Allahu Akbar, Arabic for God is Greater.

Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of the tourist hot spot of Venice, revealed the order at a summer think tank and was applauded by delegates.

He said: Anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar in St Marks Square can expect to be gunned down by snipers within four paces.

We need to increase our security when it comes to terrorism. We had four would be terrorists arrested in Venice a few months ago who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge.

They said they wanted to go and meet Allah so we will send them straight to Allah without having to throw them off the bridge, we will just shoot them.

Last night he added: I have never been politically correct, in fact I am politically correct and thats why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from north Africa.

The cry Allahu Akbar was first used by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century before he went into battle.

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21:06

Former leaders blame endless conflicts in Africa on egotism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Selfishness is an outdated attitude that African leaders should shed and respect their constitutions on term limits, former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has said.

19:51

Children among dead in air raid on Yemen capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

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At least 42 people have been killed in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition this week, according to the UN

19:49

Its a Slow Death: The Worlds Worst Humanitarian Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard, Troy Griggs After two and a half years of war, little is functioning in Yemen. Repeated bombings crippled bridges, hospitals and factories. Many doctors and civil servants have gone unpaid for more than a year. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made the Middle Eastern country vulnerable to diseases that most of []

19:30

South Africa substantial increase in lion poaching in Limpopo province Africa Sustainable Conservation News

News24

2017-08-25 10:48
A white lion that was killed in Limpopo (Supplied to News24)

A white lion that was killed in Limpopo (Supplied to News24

 

Polokwane Lion poaching in Limpopo has increased as conservation authorities clamp down on rhino poaching.

Provincial MEC of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Seaparo Sekoati said he was concerned that 24 lions were killed between January and August this year.

Lions are being poached for other body parts, including their paws, and police reports indicate that poachers poison lions.

It is concerning that lion populations in Limpopo are being targeted by poachers, allegedly for the muthi market. It is understood that the escalation of lion poaching in our province was triggered by the clampdown on rhino poaching, said Sekoati.

19:30

Italy accused of bribing Libyan militias to stop migrants reaching Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Rome refuses to comment on claims that millions of dollars have changed hands, as migrant arrivals in Italy plummet

19:04

The Russian-Saudi rapprochement and Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Would Russia draw closer to Saudi Arabia and risk losing Iran?

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting at the Kremlin on May 30 [Pavel Golovkin/AFP]Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting at the Kremlin on May 30 [Pavel Golovkin/AFP]By 

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In mid-July, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally issued an agreement to Ahmed Al Wahishi who in early autumn will take up his duties as ambassador of Yemen to Moscow. Al Wahishi is the fourth candidate proposed by the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the past year. Moscow rejected the previous three.

Over the last year, Saudi Arabia has been actively lobbying the Kremlin to accept Hadis nominations. Russias decision to concede comes after years of it opposing Saudi Arabias intervention in Yemen and the government it backs. Even if it did not get involved in the conflict, Moscow silently acknowledged and backed Irans interests in Yemen. In 2015, Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would not allow the conflict in Yemen to escalate into a war against Iran.

So is Moscows acceptance of Hadis ambassador signalling a change in Russian-Iranian relations and a possible rapprochement with Saudi Arabia? Is Moscow risking losing its close ties with Tehran?

Russia drawing closer to Saudi Arabia?

A number of developments in recent months have signalled a possible rapprochement between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The two countries have made a joint effort to push for further cutting of oil production to help bring up prices. Since the beginni...

18:10

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SADC 37th Summit Illustrates the Need for Operational Unity
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa becomes chairman as regional powerhouse faces economic crisis

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Friday August 25, 2017

Pretoria, South Africa was the scene of the 37th Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on August 19-20.

President Jacob Zuma was sworn in as the new chairperson taking over the reins of authority from King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

This regional organization founded in 1992 in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, after previously being formed in 1980 as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), met under the theme of partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value chains. The gathering took place amid profound challenges facing the sub-continent including climate change, the decline in primary commodities prices for export and consumption which has plunged the largest economy in the region, the Republic of South Africa into recession, security concerns, rising gender-based violence, among other challenges.

At the beginning of the Summit SADC existed as a regional economic grouping consisting of 15 member states: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The organization is designed to foster sub-continental integration and the elimination of poverty throughout Southern Africa by encouraging economic cooperation along with enhancing peace and security.

As a result of the historical legacy of apartheid colonialism in South Africa, the neighboring states in the SADC region are dependent upon the continents most developed economy for labor participation, transportation links and communications infrastructure. All of the leaders meeting in South Africa recognized that the organization must move rapidly to transform the economy of the region in order to stave off further social stagnation, job losses and impoverishment of the workers, farmers and youth.

President Zuma noted after accepting his appointment as chair that: The key activities dur...

18:03

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Trump Continues Failed Military Policy in South-Central Asia
Afghanistan occupation has lasted for sixteen years leaving death and destruction

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Wednesday August 23, 2017

Badly damaged from the political fallout surrounding President Donald Trumps posture towards white nationalists and neo-fascists, the forty-fifth head-of-state has now shifted his focus toward war policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

With the 16th anniversary of the United States and NATO occupation of Afghanistan coming up in October, Trump has sought to justify the escalation of the war in the aftermath of decades of Washingtons failure dating back to the destabilization of the Socialist government of the 1970s and 1980s. It was during this period that the U.S.-backed Islamist groups opposed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which oversaw social advances inside Afghanistan involving land reform, the rights of women and the maintenance of a secular state.

During Trumps 2016 presidential campaign he suggested that the war in Afghanistan had been a total failure and would not be a priority of his administration if elected. However, on August 21, the president said that the U.S. troops stationed there would not be withdrawn. Moreover, Trump announced the deployment of 4,000 more soldiers and an escalation in the bombing which has been carried out since 2001.

Trump said that the focus of his policy on Afghanistan would not be nation building. He went on to say that all he wanted to do was kill terrorists. Despite the speech delivered before a military audience, this is not a departure from what has already been done over the last 16 years.

Former President Barack Obama often boasted about how many Muslim terrorists he had killed in targeted assassinations. Drone attacks escalated under the Obama administration while tens of thousands of additional troops were sent to Afghanistan during his two terms of office.

Consequently, the Trump administration is not making any fundamental changes in Pentagon policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. Trump is attempting to scapegoat the Pakistan government saying they have received billions in U.S. dollars and have not been consid...

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Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq & Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq & Yemen Tariq Ramadan Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. His latest book is Islam: The Essential Introduction. Spanish police are continuing to investigate last weeks attack in Barcelona, where 15 people died after a van plowed into []

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Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Delivers Statement to Press TV: 'Trump Fueling Racism, Bigotry in US': Journalist
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:12PM
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The United States was founded on racism by European settlers and President Donald Trump has fueled the racial violence by white supremacist groups, an African American journalist in Detroit says.

Racism and white supremacy is coming from the top down, it is coming from people who control the means of production, who control the White House and the Congress, said Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan-African News Wire.

Trump utilizes and fuels racism and white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry [and] is very much in tune with these racists, xenophobic and pro-capitalist sentiments, Azikiwe said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

The United States itself, as a nation state, was founded on racism and genocide, he said.

Slavery in the United States existed from early British colonial days until the end of the American Civil War in 1865. The enslavement of Africans, African Americans and Native Americans by whites was legal and common from the 16th century until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865.

Trump has come under increasing pressure over his stance on the racial violence, with many members of his own Republican Party and US business executives distancing themselves from him.

Human rights experts have warned about the rising racism and xenophobia in the United States, citing the rally in Charlottesville as the latest example.

On Wednesday, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) urged the US government to "unequivocally and unconditionally" condemn racist speech and hate crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent clashes by white supremacist groups.

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Sokoto Govt, Sultanate Council, order for special prayer for Buhari in Jumaat mosques New Telegraph Online

Sokoto Govt, Sultanate Council, order for special prayer for Buhari Sokoto state government, in conjunction with the Sultanate Council, is organizing a special prayer session at all jumaat mosques on Friday, August 25, 2017across the state for the continued health of President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement issued Thursday evening by Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman of []

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Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured Interview With Tasnim News Agency: 'Trump Seeking to Revive Slavery Era Codes': US Analyst
August, 22, 2017 - 17:06

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) A senior political analyst in Detroit said US President Donald Trump has created an atmosphere full of racist and neo-fascist sentiments in an attempt to revive slavery era codes.

The president created an atmosphere for this open display of racist and neo-fascist sentiments which call for the re-imposition of slavery and legalized segregation, the debasement of women, along with the suspension of due process and civil rights, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

The following is the full text of the interview:

Tasnim: Different cities across the US have been the scene of a new wave of demonstrations in the past week. Today, thousands of counter-protesters took to the streets in Boston in response to a right-wing rally that has sparked concerns of possible violence only one week after violent clashes turned deadly in the Virginia town of Charlottesville. What is your take on the anti-fascist and anti-racist protests? Kindly explain.

Azikiwe: This is not surprising since these tensions have been simmering underneath the social surface. When President Donald Trump ran for office in 2016, there were huge protests outside his rallies and speeches. Several of his rallies were shut down by counter-protesters. When he was first elected in November another round of demonstrations erupted involving various racial groups, nationalities and age groups. Later in January, after the inauguration, some of the largest demonstrations took place in Washington, D.C. on both January 20 and 21. Trump has alienated many people around the United States and the world. Among the ruling class itself in the US they are aware of the potential instability that could be engendered by Trump and his erratic behavior. Trump has fueled animosity among the races. The president created...

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Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. Aug. 20, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sun. Aug. 20, 2017 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear this episode just click on the website below:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/08/21/pan-african-journal-special-worldwide-radio-broadcast

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day where President Robert Mugabe paid tribute to the military of the Southern African state; the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the triumph of the national liberation forces against Japanese imperialism; the Chinese media has published an editorial indicating that the politicization of trade by the United States will damage damage relations with Washington; and activists packed the courtroom in Durham, North Carolina to support members of Workers World Party and other anti-racist organizations who are facing prosecution for the destruction of a confederate statue on Aug. 15.

In the second hour we continue our focus on Black August with an interview by Gerald Horne on the Haitian Revolution.

Finally we present a rare archival interview with Black Panther Party Field Marshall George L. Jackson from 1971 just several months before he was assassinated.

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Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sat. Aug. 19, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sat. Aug. 19, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear this program just click on the following URL:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/08/20/pan-african-journal-worldwide-radio-broadcast

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day where President Robert Mugabe delivered a major address; the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is maintaining its prepardness for any eventuality by the United States; the Pentagon Joint Chief of Staff Chairman held a special meeting with the military and political leadership of the People's Republic of China; and an African American legislator from Missouri has come under fire for a statement she posted on Facebook related to President Donald Trump.

In the second hour we will listen to a speech by Republic of South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa before the 14th National Congress of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

The final hour examines the armed phase of the African Revolution through a presentation by President Dr.  Kwame Nkrumah of the First Republic of Ghana to liberation fighters in Accra.

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More Than 300 New Works to Be Inaugurated in the Lead Up to September 5
A total of 317 works to benefit the residents of Cienfuegos will be inaugurated in the lead up to commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary of the armed popular uprising in this city on September 5, 1957

Julio Martnez Molina | internet@granma.cu
August 24, 2017 09:08:09

CIENFUEGOS. A total of 317 works to benefit the residents of Cienfuegos will be inaugurated in the lead up to commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary of the armed popular uprising in this city on September 5, 1957.

The program, which has seen works unveiled on important dates throughout this year, including May Day, July 26 and August 13, will conclude with the inauguration of the remaining works from August 31 through September 2.

Among the new works are the School of Physical Education Teachers (long wished for in this territory) and nine other academic centers; together with the Historic Naval Museum, the Provincial Bus Terminal, the Aida Conde Theater, grocery stores, restaurants, motels, pharmacies, opticians, polyclinics, local parks with exercise equipment and recreational centers belonging to the provinces eight municipalities.

The inauguration of a brand new Youth Computing Club in Escambray stands out among such actions; in addition to the general restoration of the Jorge Agostini Provincial Sports Initiation School; the comprehensive works across sugar producing communities; and new roads, banks and street lighting throughout the province.

The opening of hard currency stores at remote sites distant from large towns, the installation of the Yaguaramas solar park the largest in the territory and the Cantarrana diesel park, are also part of the works to benefit the territory in the industrial, economic and social spheres.

General maintenance, repairs and painting of the facades of different buildings have also met with the approval of the population, in addition to capital investments in 20 primary and secondary schools, an urban pre-university institute, as well as in four pre-school day care centers.

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Texas braces for Hurricane Harvey New Telegraph Online

    Texas is bracing itself for Hurricane Harvey the worst storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years. The category three storm, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall along the states central coast on Friday night. The National Hurricane Centre warned that torrential rain and storm surges []

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IIED's latest forests newsletter is now out "IndyWatch Feed World"

Our latest forests newsletter reports on a recent learning event in Cameroon, profiles our work in Indonesia and describes new blogs and publications. Our forests newsletter provides updates on IIED's work to improve forest livelihoods and to ensure that forests are managed in a fair and sustainable way.Developing sustainable livelihoods in Congo Basin forestsIn this edition we report on an event organised as part of the CoNGOs project (NGOs collaborating for equitable and sustainable [...]

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Sixteen US staff hurt in Cuba attack New Telegraph Online

  At least 16 US government employees suffered symptoms after a possible acoustic attack targeting the US embassy in Cuba, the state department says. Several staff members required treatment for their symptoms, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. The attacks appeared to have ceased, Ms Nauert added. Cuba has denied targeting foreign diplomats and said it was []

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Boris Johnson backs Khalifa Haftar's fight against 'terror' in Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

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British foreign secretary says Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army is fighting 'umpteen militias... in lawless areas of Libya'

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Winner of $758m lottery jackpot quits job New Telegraph Online

    The winner of the biggest jackpot in North American history $758.7m (590m) has come forward to collect her prize. Mother-of-two Mavis Wanczyk, 53, bought the ticket at a Chicopee, Massachusetts, petrol station. The winner whose lucky numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and 4 told reporters she []

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South Africa: Clean AIRnergy "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Mugabe Says Zimbabwe "Will Not Prosecute Killers Of White Farmers" "IndyWatch Feed World"

93-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe made it clear in an address this week that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted.

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Havana to Host International Symposium on the Cuban Revolution
Organized by the Cuban Institute of History, the Second International Symposium The Cuban Revolution: Origins and Historic Development will take place in the capitals International Conference Center October 24-26

Orfilio Pelez | orfilio@granma.cu
August 21, 2017 10:08:09

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Organized by the Cuban Institute of History, the Second International Symposium The Cuban Revolution: Origins and Historic Development will take place in the capitals International Conference Center October 24-26.

According to MSc Ren Gonzlez Barrios, president of the organizing committee speaking to Granma, the event seeks to encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge from within the fields of social sciences and humanities toward better understanding this historic process in its complexity.

Topics to be addressed during the symposium include the historic roots of the Cuban Revolution; the impact of the October Revolution on Cuba and Latin America; the Cuba-U.S. confrontation and regional and global impact of the progress toward the normalization of relations; perfecting the Cuban political system; the work and thought of Fidel Castro; the historiography of the Revolution; and importance of the thought of Ernesto Che Guevara 50 years after his death.

The event is also being sponsored by the Cuban Academy of Sciences; National Union of Historians of Cuba; Council of States Office of Historic Affairs; Jos Mart National Library; Latin American and Caribbean Association of Historians; Mart Program Office; National Archive of Cuba; Vicente Lombardo Toledano Center for Philosophical, Political and Social Studies; as well as the Autonomous University of Chapingo, Mexico, and the Dominican Republics National General Archive and Mximo Gmez Foundation. 

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Beating in the Heart of Every Community
During the commemoration of the Federation of Cuban Women's 57th anniversary, yesterday August 23 in Camagey, thousands of women reaffirmed their commitment to the struggle to build a sustainable socialist society, the only way to ensure greater opportunities for women

Miguel Febles Hernndez | febles@granma.cu
August 24, 2017 09:08:58

Photo: Miguel Febles Hernndez

CAMAGEY. During the commemoration of the Federation of Cuban Women's (FMC) 57th anniversary, yesterday August 23 in Camagey, thousands of women, in the name of all members across the country, reaffirmed their commitment to the homeland and determination to continue the struggle to build a prosperous sustainable society.

Gathered in the historic Plaza de San Juan de Dios, Federation members concurred that the defense of the socialist homeland is the organization's main task, the only way to ensure greater opportunities for women.

"Just imagine that Cuban girls can attend an art school and become a prima ballerina like I did, without any wealth at all, with only the vocation and values learned from my family and teachers" stated Lizandra Gmez de la Torre, delegate to the upcoming World Festival of Youth and Students,

Oralys Prez Rivero, vice president of the Francisco Borrero Labad cooperative, added, "I am the daughter and granddaughter of campesinos, and I live proud of this country, its people, its land - mine, the most beautiful. I feel that I am a fortunate woman, because my children have a bright future, with equal opportunity and rights."

Presenting the event's central remarks was Political Bureau member Martha Ayala vila, also deputy director of the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center, who spoke of the main challenges facing the organization, saying, "These times require commitment and passion from every Federation member, intent upon realizing the dreams of Vilma to create a broader, more inclusive FMC that contributes to the solution of social problems and beats within the heart of the community."

Likewise referring to these challenges, FMC General Secretary and Political Bureau member Teresa Amarelle Bou insisted on the need to consolidate work in neighborhoods...

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Inheritors of Dignity and Courage
The national celebration of the Federation of Cuban Women's founding set to take place today in Camagey

Redaccin Nacional | internet@granma.cu
August 23, 2017 09:08:10

Photo: Freddy Prez Cabreras

FIFTY-SEVEN years after its founding, the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) is taking on the challenges of a new era with the dedication to be expected of the inheritors of the Cuban people's best traditions of dignity and courage, especially the many women who with their example enriched the nation's history.

Thus read a statement recently released by the FMC leadership which also recognized those who have made an "extraordinary contribution to progress for women, social justice, and the promotion of gender equality in our country."

Conscious of the relevance of their mission and their commitment to preserving the gains of the Revolution, today, in Camagey, Cuban women will celebrate the founding of their organization. This event has been preceded by others around the country and the awarding of the August 23 Distinctions.

Yesterday, August 22, in Camagey, the provincial secretary of the FMC in the province, Anielka Fernndez del Monte, was awarded a replica of the provincial shield from Teresa Amarelle Bou, Political Bureau member and FMC general secretary, and Marta Ayala vila.

Isabel Gonzlez Crdenas, president of the Provincial Assembly of People's Power, attended the ceremony and commented on the FMC's work in communities in conjunction with Public Health and the leading role of women in economic, social, administrative, and political work in Camagey

Anielka Fernndez del Monte expressed her gratitude for the recognition and reaffirmed that this is the time for women to reinforce the organization's work, especially at the community level, saying, "That is where the achievements seen today in Camagey begin."

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Following the Example of Outstanding Women
Members of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) in Las Tunas and Villa Clara celebrated the organizations 57th anniversary

Leidys Maria Labrador Herrera | internet@granma.cu
August 22, 2017 10:08:07

Teresa Amarelle Bou, FMC secretary general, presented the August 23 distinction to compaeras and compaeros who have excelled in the work of the organization. Photo: Leidys Mara Labrador Herrera

LAS TUNAS. .- If up until today we have always triumphed alongside Fidel, now we must continue to triumph, but with his example as a guide, stated Teresa Amarelle Bou, member of the Party Political Bureau and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), during activities to mark the 57th anniversary of the organization.

Speaking to reporters, Bou explained that women today face immense challenges and the tasks set out in the FMCs Somos la Revolucin! (We are the Revolution!) process respond to these. Likewise, she added that Cuban women unconditionally support the election process, as a guarantee of the continuity of their social work.

Las Tunas, which was recognized as an outstanding province in the lead up to this new anniversary, has shown positive results, such as a membership rate of 91.1%, systematic work with young women, and a strong link with the grassroots.

This thanks to the contributions and efforts of activists and collaborators, FMC-ANAP brigades, Peoples Power delegates, and other factors. For their commendable work in support of the organizations key tasks, 30 compaeras and compaeros received the August 23 distinction.

Offering the central remarks, Yaneidys Prez Cruz, FMC secretary in the province, noted that today it is essential to strengthen the organizations blocs and increase its ideological work in defense of the Revolution and socialism.

GREATER PROTAGONISM OF WOMEN IN VILLA CLARA

With a notable increase in womens presence in the decisive tasks of the Revolution, such as food production, education, scientific development and health, the Federation of Cuban Women in Villa Clara will celebrate the organizations 57th anniversary this August 23.

At present, women represent close to 60% of the technical...

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International Students Support the Cuban Revolution at Summer Camp
Students from some 30 countries pursuing university degrees in Cuba were part of the 9th International Student Solidarity Brigade

Nuria Barbosa Len | internet@granma.cu
August 24, 2017 09:08:13

Brigadistas planted a tree of friendship at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp. Photo: Karoly Emerson (ICAP)

HUNDREDS of international students from some 30 countries, who are pursuing university degrees in Cuba, were part of the 9th International Student Solidarity Brigade, based at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, in the municipality of Caimito, Artemisa province.

The 9th edition of the International Student Solidarity Brigade began with a tribute to the Communist student leader, Julio Antonio Mella, at the camp named after him. Photo: Karoly Emerson (ICAP)
Organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the program included meetings with leaders of youth organizations; volunteer agricultural work; and conferences on the construction of socialism on the island, international affairs, the damages caused by the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, and new developments in relations between the two countries.

The brigadistas came mainly from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), the Agrarian University of Mayabeque, the University of Havana, and several higher education centers located in the western provinces, and were grouped by regions: Latin America-Caribbean; Asia-Oceania; Africa and the Middle East.

Speaking to Granma International, Abakar Hissein, a fourth year student at the Salvador Allende Faculty of Havana's University of Medical Sciences, noted that while all international students want to participate in this initiative, a selection of approximately 200 students is made, as the camp has limited capacity.

We all like to come, the young man from Chad noted, We make friends of other nationalities, we socialize and learn from the culture of different parts of the world. We talk about our social problems and the struggles we face to achieve national sovereignty and peace.

lvaro Dinis Kidiwa, from Angola, expressed a similar view, expla...

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Che's Passion for the Nickel Industry
Comandante Ernesto Guevara took a personal interest in developing the industry, dedicating his keen strategic vision and organizing capacity to the effort

Germn Veloz Placencia | german@granma.cu
August 23, 2017 16:08:26

Ral Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara touring the mines in Moa. Photo: Korda, Alberto

HOLGUN. Avoiding interviews was a constant in engineer Demetrio Presilla Lpez life. But in the few that he agreed to regarding his role in the resumption of national nickel production, he never failed to mention that day in December, 1960, when Comandante Ernesto Guevara, then head of the National Institute for Agrarian Reforms (INRA) Industrialization Department, asked him to get into operation a recently built plant in Moa, abandoned by a U.S. company on April 9 of the same year, as part of the economic measures adopted by the U.S. government to stifle the Cuban Revolution.

Che spoke of a gradual process, but was clear on the need to restart the industry, as the Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba recalled, who passed away in Moa in March 2006.

The long-ago meeting had been promoted by the guerrilla commander. Presilla noted that during their conversation, he made comments and asked questions about the difficulties that could arise in marketing the final product, to which Che replied that Presilla would be in charge of getting the plant into operation, and that he would be responsible for the supplies needed for production and the sale of nickel.

Such confidence assured those gathered that there would be no backtracking in the task entrusted to them. Che was convinced of the possibility of success, and dedicated his keen strategic vision and the organizing capacity that distinguished him as a guerrilla, to the efforts.

TIRELESS AND FORESIGHTED

Che was also tireless. According to the chronology in which journalist Camilo Velasco describes the relationship between Che and the nickel industry, he also met in mid-December, 1960, in Havana, with a group of 17 engineers and technicians who had participated together with U.S. specialists in the fitting and testing of the inactive Moa plant, taken over by the INRA on August 5 of that year, when it became k...

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More Solidarity With the People and Government of Venezuela From Cuba
Yesterday, at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), an event was held to reiterate solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which is facing imperialist threats and the criminal acts of its oligarchic right wing opposition

ICAP | informacion@granma.cu
August 22, 2017 08:08:53

Photo: Courtesy of the Venezuelan embassy in Cuba
Yesterday, at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), an event was held to reiterate solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

which is facing imperialist threats and the criminal acts of its oligarchic, right wing opposition.

The documentary Venezuela, oscura causa, by Hernando Calvo Ospina, was screened, while Venezuelan ambassador in Cuba, Al Rodrguez, thanked participants for their many expressions of solidarity with his country, denounced imperial ambitions to control the country's natural riches, and reaffirmed his people's determination to defend their independence and sovereignty.

Graciela Ramrez, president if the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, condemned the international media campaign against Venezuela in which reality is manipulated and lies repeated.

Also speaking was Silvio Platero, president of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Peoples' Sovereignty, who reiterated the support for Venezuela expressed by the World Peace Council.

Lilia Mara Zamora, acting director of ICAP, noted, "This past July 30, with the victory at the polls to install the National Constituent Assembly and return peace, stability, and dialogue to the country, the people of Venezuela dashed the empire's plans, and offered the world another example of true democracy."

During the event presided by ICAP Vice President Elio Gmez, participants also observed a moment of silence to honor victims of recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

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Nicols Maduro Convenes World Summit in Solidarity With Venezuela
President Nicols Maduro announced a World Summit in solidarity with the people of Venezuela to denounce the constant attacks by the United States and the international right against democracy in the South American country

Prensa Latina(PL) | internet@granma.cu
August 21, 2017 10:08:17

Maduro speaking to Vicente Rangel. Photo: AVN

CARACAS. President Nicols Maduro announced a World Summit in solidarity with the people of Venezuela on Sunday, August 20, to denounce the constant attacks by the United States and the international right against democracy in the South American country.

In an interview with prominent intellectual Jos Vicente Rangel, on his program Jos Vicente Hoy, broadcast by the Televen network, the president explained that the preparations for the international event would begin this week, with actions in several countries around the world.

He also noted that the event aims to confront the corporate media campaign against Venezuelas sovereignty and right to self-determination.

Maduro explained that the acts of solidarity will promote the mobilization of world opinion in defense of the truth about the political, economic and social situation in the homeland of The Liberator Simn Bolvar, as Prensa Latina reported.

In addition, he noted that Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza; the President of the National Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodrguez; Minister of Communications and Information, Ernesto Villegas; and the Constituent Assembly member Adn Chvez, are holding meetings with members of the international community in this regard.

The president also addressed considerations about the Constituent Assembly, his memories of Comandante Hugo Chvez, and the political achievements of his administration amid the coup plots promoted by the United States with the participation of the domestic right and the Colombian government.

He also referred to the adverse situation generated by the countrys economic war, against which, he said, severe legal action will be announced next week.

REGIONAL ELECTIONS

Revolutionary forces will obtain a...

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Voting Extended in Three Angolan Provinces
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Angolas Independent Electoral Commission says voting has been extended in the provinces of Benguela and Lunda Norte after 15 polling stations could not be opened on Wednesday.

According to the spokesman of Angolas electoral Commission, Julia Ferreira, the vote did not hold after a helicopter carrying electoral material crashed in Moxico.
Observers say voting went on hitch free in other areas.

The main opposition party UNITA has denounced alleged electoral fraud around Houambo as Angolans await results of the elections expected to be released before Friday.

Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who has ruled Angola for 38 years is stepping down with defense minister Joao Lourenco tipped favourite to win the presidential election.

Many political analysts say a defeat of the ruling party is almost unimaginable. However, a better performance by the opposition is equally expected.

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Men and Women of Science and Conscience
This year, a total of 256 Angolan students graduated in CubaGranma spoke with some of them and found that almost all defined their studies in Cuba as one of the best experiences of their lives

Darcy Borrero Batista | informacion@granma.cu
August 21, 2017 18:08:33

Esmeralda de Ftima Damiao graduated with a high academic average of 5.03 points in Educational Psychology from the University of Sancti Spritus. Photo: Darcy Borrero Batista

It was all like a flash of lightning. It was a shock for me to come here. At first I didnt want to. My father, as a former revolutionary soldier who adores the history of Cuba, wanted me to study here. My brothers had already done it; so I tried too, even though the first few days I didnt feel like eating and was a little depressed.

Then I started to interact with people and, in the end, I loved it. I fell in love with the province of Holgun, where I met wonderful teachers, a father, a mother, friends, who have offered me a life experience because we have shared everything. I learned the concept of fraternity, and that inspired me to write my thesis on local development.

I was the first Angolan to write an applied thesis on local development! Augusta Lopes Miranda explains, today a graduate of Economics from the University of Holgun.

Born in central Luanda, the capital of Angola, Lopes is mainly interested in politics. She is not the only one among the thousands of international students who graduated in different specialties in Cuba this year to have such an interest. Many leave the island wanting to change the world.

This year, a total of 256 Angolan students graduated in Cuba, among them psychologists, biologists, economists, architects, mathematicians, physicists, doctors, chemists, and engineers.

Granma spoke with some of them and found that almost all defined their studies in Cuba as one of the best experiences of their lives.

I arrived at just 20 years of age and here I became a woman, a professional, and Im leaving ready to contribute to the development of my beautiful homeland. I would like to become the first woman President of my country, Lopes states, noting her desire to expand the social participation of women....

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Angola: Elections 2017 - Observers Make Positive Assessment of Voting
Luanda International observers are praising the level of civism shown by voters last Wednesday at the polling stations, in Luanda Province, in the ambit of the general elections held this 23 August countrywide.

This assessment was presented to the press by the head of the observers mission from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the South African Miriam Resohoketsoe Keneiloe Saohatse, two hours after the closing of the polling stations.

The SADC observers that spoke to the press were unanimous in recognising the orderly manner in which voters went to the polling stations.

They expressed the opinion that the success of the voting process on Wednesday is connected to the good work of the National Electoral Commission (CNE).

She said the observers could learn various lessons from monitoring the voting process last Wednesday.

This position was confirmed by Rui Semedo, from Cape Verde's PAICV party, Aurlio Martins, from So Tom's MLSPT party, as well as Fernando Lus Vales (PSD party), Antnio Filipe (PCP) and Lus Pedro Mota (CDS-PP) all from Portugal.

The process also received high marks from the representatives of SWAPO (Namibia), Nangola Mbumba, and ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe), Ignatius Chombo.

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Angola's Ruling MPLA in 'Commanding Lead' With Over 64% of Votes, Main Opposition Kicks
Preliminary results of Angolas August 23 polls show that the ruling MPLA has garnered over 64% of votes whiles the main opposition UNITA has secured a little over 24%.

The electoral body, CNE, on Thursday disclosed to the press in the capital, Luanda, that final results were expected much later. CNE put voter turnout at 76.83%.

The MPLA had claimed a qualified majority on Thursday morning but failed to back their claims with figures. At the time opposition tallies was projecting that they had over 47% of votes.

Mpla 64,57%
Unita 24,04%
Casa-Ce 8,56
PRS 1,37%
FNLA 0,95%
APN : 0,52%
Participation: 76,83 %
12:17 PM - Aug 24, 2017

Voting was rescheduled for three provinces in the country. The people of Benguela, Lunda Norte and Moxico will be casting their ballots on Saturday.

The reason the three provinces failed to vote was due to delay in the opening of polls caused by bad weather and the recent crash of a CNE helicopter that distributes election materials, the electoral commission said.

Given the trend that provisional results in the 15 other provinces have gone, political watchers doubt if it will have any significant impact on the preliminary figures.

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Angola: 120,000 Security Personnel, Helicopters, Dogs and Horses Deployed
Ismail Akwei  
Africa News
23/08 - 12:05

The Angolan police chief has announced the deployment of 120,000 air and ground security personnel around the country to ensure peace during the electioneering period.

Commissioner-General Ambrsio de Lemos told the African Union observer mission on Tuesday that the troops include 108,000 police officers and the rest from the special forces.

He also mentioned the deployment of vehicles, helicopters, dogs and horses for the security operation.

The Commissioner-General said the personnel have been well trained in handling security during elections and they will abide by the elections code of conduct.

There is also a special command post established in all the provinces headed by the provincial commanders, he added.

4,570 security officials have been deployed to the Cabinda province which hosts the restive Cabinda city disputed by secessionists.

This was disclosed by the police commander of the area, Eusbio Domingos de Almeida e Costa, who said on Monday that they will ensure security during the elections and at the borders with neighbouring DR Congo and Congo Brazzaville, the Angolan news agency reported.

The African Union observer mission in Angola, led by former Cape Verdean Prime Minister Jos Maria das Neves, was impressed by the security arrangement and called for restraint in performing their duties.

Polls opened at 7am local time and 9.3 million people are expected to vote by the close of polls at 6pm local time.

Six parties are vying to take over the seat of outgoing President Eduardo dos Santos. The political parties include the ruling MPLA led by Joao Lourenco, main opposition UNITA led by Isaias Samakuva, FNLA, PRS, APN and the coalition CASA-CE party.

12:59

UK company to receive 'disciplinary sanction' over South Africa claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

A UK company will be disciplined by a public relations trade body over allegations that it ran a campaign to stir racial tension in South Africa on behalf of billionaire clients.

12:29

Demolition: We now live in abandoned vehicles Victims New Telegraph Online

We did it, says Lagos Residents of Abete and Balogun Extension at the Iwaya area of Lagos State are still in shock over the visit of four bulldozers from the Lagos State government last Friday. The people are yet to recover from depression after the bulldozers invaded the communities and pulled down their houses, leaving []

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12:29

A case for Edo charter of equity New Telegraph Online

The legislative cum political absurdity that is going on in Edo State in which the Speaker of the House of Assembly from Edo Central, Justin Okonoboh, has just been impeached and replaced with Kabiru Adjoto from Edo North, should worry well-meaning stakeholders, political actors and those who crave the unity and stability of the state. []

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12:28

Anambra: APC aspirants test might New Telegraph Online

It is a tough brawl as the All Progressives Congress (APC), elects its candidate for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State tomorrow, Felix Nwaneri reports   The battle for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State has come after months of waited []

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12:28

FG targets looters as Buhari signs anti-graft, extradition treaties New Telegraph Online

Trouble seems to be brewing for politically exposed persons, who have looted the nations resources and hid such in foreign countries. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed instruments of ratifica-tion for various bilateral agreements to strengthen the Federal Governments anti-corruption war. The signing of the agreements is in line with the vision of the administration in []

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12:27

Eagles in good position for Russia Kalusha New Telegraph Online

Zambia former international and skipper, Kalusha Bwala, has said the Super Eagles are in pole position to pick the World Cup ticket ahead the teams in Group D of the qualifiers. Kalusha said in a Radio Programme monitored in Abuja on Thursday that the Eagles have advantage over Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia having jumped into []

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12:27

Telecom operators pay N300bn taxes yearly New Telegraph Online

Fret over OTT dominance   REVENUE SHARING Telecoms operators are seeking new form of revenue sharing between them and Over the Top (OTT) players Telecoms companies now pay an average of N300 billion in taxes and other levies to the government coffer yearly, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON) has disclosed. The []

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12:27

Tackling crimes with tracking devices New Telegraph Online

Mobile technology such as tracking devices, which has become a powerful crime-fighting tool, has shown significant impact in recent years on most countries across the globe. A tracker is specially programmed equipment meant to trace the actual location of a person or thing. However, its worth noting that devices like cell phones, computers, cameras, and []

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12:27

Govt to increase local content fund to $1bn New Telegraph Online

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday, said that the Federal Government would increase the local content fund to $1 billion from its current $200 million disbursement level. That is in order to meet some of its objectives for the sector. He gave this assurance in Abuja while speaking at the []

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12:26

NIG v CAM: World Cup ticket non-negotiable Sanusi New Telegraph Online

Just few days to the crunch tie against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Akwa Ibom, Uyo, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Sanusi Muhammed, has said that Nigerias qualification is non-negotiable. Dr. Sanusi said Nigeria despite the poor result recorded against South Africa , would right the []

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12:26

Nigerias quest for sustainable fertilizer exports New Telegraph Online

In the next five years, the Federal Government projects that Nigeria would be exporting fertilizer to neigbouring countries. To achieve this, government intends to revive its five moribund fertilizer plants. TAIWO HASSAN examines the realities and challenges in achieving this laudable goal   Indeed, Nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) otherwise known as fertilizer is one []

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12:17

Trump phones Sisi after US withholds almost $300m in aid "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Washington denies two aid packages worth $95.7m and $195m to Egypt because of 'human rights'

12:16

Trudeau Government supports Africas Most Ruthless Dictator "IndyWatch Feed War"

After amending the constitution to be able to run indefinitely Paul Kagame recently won 98.63% of votes in Rwandas presidential election. In response Canadas High Commissioner Sara Hradecky tweeted Congratulations to Rwandans for voting in peaceful presidential election and Canada congratulates Paul Kagame on his inauguration today as President of Rwanda. The latter Tweet was picked up by the state propaganda organ New Times in a story titled Heads of State, diplomats laud Kagames visionary leadership.

If garnering 99% of the vote wasnt a clue that Kagame is a dictator, the High Commissioner couldve taken a look at Canadas paper of record, whose Africa bureau chief has shined a critical light on Rwanda in recent years. At the start of 2016 the Globe and Mail reported on two new books describing the totalitarian nature of the regime. Village informers, wrote South Africa-based Geoffrey York. Re-education camps. Networks of spies on the streets. Routine surveillance of the entire population. The crushing of the independent media and all political opposition. A ruler who changes the constitution to extend his power after ruling for two decades. It sounds like North Korea, or the totalitarian days of China under Mao. But this is the African nation of Rwanda a long-time favourite of Western governments and a major beneficiary of millions of dollars in Canadian government support.

In 2014 York wrote an investigation headlined Inside the plots to kill Rwandas dissidents, which provided compelling evidence that the regime had extended its assassination program outside of east Africa, killing (or attempting to) a number of its former top officials who were living in South Africa. Since the initial investigation York has also reported on Rwandan dissidents whove had to flee Belgium for their safety while the Toronto Star revealed five individuals in Canada fearful of the regimes killers.

On top of international assassinations and domestic repression, Kagame has unleashed mayhem in the Congo. In 1996 Rwandan forces marched 1,500 km to topple the reg...

11:58

Why wealthy investors prefer real estate New Telegraph Online

VALUE APPRECIATION Four  bedroom duplex that cost N240,000 in 1988  in Dolphin Estate  risen to N120million High return on investment with little risk potential, increasing demand for housing and high valuations of property  among others, are reasons wealthy investors prefer real estate to other investments. Managing Director, M.I. Okoro and Associates, Dr. Meckson Okoro and []

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11:57

Sokoto Govt, Sultanate Council, order for special prayer for Buhari New Telegraph Online

Sokoto state government, in conjunction with the Sultanate Council, is organizing a special prayer session at all jumaat mosques across the state for continued health of President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement issued Thursday evening by Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said while Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar and state Deputy Governor []

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11:54

Edo monarchs, group at loggerhead over Edo speakership position New Telegraph Online

Traditional rulers from Edo North and Central senatorial districts yesterday disagreed on the speakership position in the Edo State House of Assembly. This followed the rejection by members of the council from the North and Central senatorial districts of the emergence of Hon. Kabiru Adjoto, as the new speaker of the assembly. Besides, members of []

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11:50

Have you seen Madam Veronica? New Telegraph Online

She is a devout Catholic, who keeps her faith alive by attending morning and evening masses. But her sudden disappearance after one of the evening masses at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Benin City, just about 500 metres from her apartment is now a source of worry. CAJETAN MMUTA reports.   For neighbours and entire []

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11:50

Labour backs sanctions against hate speeches New Telegraph Online

Following the Federal Governments resolve to deal with individuals and group deploying hate speeches against perceived enemies, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, has thrown its weight behind the decision. TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that hate speeches would do the country no good just as it called on the Economic and []

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11:48

Searching for working class single ladies New Telegraph Online

There is hardship in the land, yet, women appear to have the magic wand to deal with the situation. The men, however, seem to be cashing in, but timid in their approach. How is this playing out? ADESINA ADEDEJI tells the story. Young men are now on the prowl for financially stable women to bear []

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11:47

CBN to boost Islamic banking with liquidity support New Telegraph Online

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday announced it is setting up two financial instruments dubbed, Funding for Liquidity Facility (FfLF) and Intra-day Facility (IDP), at its window to provide liquidity support to licensed Non-Interest Financial Institutions (NIFI) in the country. In a circular posted on its website yesterday, the apex bank stated that the []

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11:45

Biafran veteran to IPOB, MASSOB: Embrace peace, dialogue New Telegraph Online

A Nigerian-Biafran civil war veteran, Prof. Okoro Akpa, and the Coalition of Igbo Patriots for United Nigeria (CIPUN) yesterday in Enugu sued for peace and increased national cohesion in the face of growing agitations and hate speeches in the country. Prof. Akpa, who fought on the side of the defunct Republic of Biafra, and Nze []

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11:43

Group backs Obazes aspiration New Telegraph Online

A political pressure group, Non Indigenes Support Group, has called on all non indigenes in Anambra State to throw their weight behind the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Oseloka Obaze in his quest to become the next governor of the state. The coordinator of the group, Chief Uzogor Silas Echefu, made the []

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11:43

Memo to my girl child (2) New Telegraph Online

My dear girl child, it has become necessary to do you this memo as your dad. I recognize that we are living in a rapidly changing world, yet the things that distinguish you as a girl on her way to womanhood has not changed. I really think as a father, who has used this life []

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11:29

The Defeat of Their Project and the Victory of Ours "IndyWatch Feed War"

For any of these scenarios to work, they hope for the Syrian state to collapse from the inside. Therefore, the defeat of the Takfiri project must mean for us the start of the battle of building and fortification, because the defeat of their project does not necessarily mean the victory of our project, unless we...

11:04

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When the Harlem Renaissance Went to Communist Moscow
AUGUST 21, 2017
Red Century
By JENNIFER WILSON
New York Times

In June 1932, the poet Langston Hughes arrived in Moscow as a part of group of 22 African-Americans who had been hired to act in a Soviet film about race relations and labor disputes in the American South. The cast had been assembled by Louise Thompson, an African-American activist who helped found the Harlem branch of the Friends of the Soviet Union, an initiative of the Communist International. Thompson saw in the film (which had the remarkably literal title Black and White) an opportunity to counter the distorted and stereotypical depictions of the African-American experience that plagued Hollywood films.

Hughes echoed Thompsons frustrations with American cinema, explaining to a friend that he was putting his faith in the Soviets because the American Negro stands very little chance of achieving true representation in Hollywood. The 1929 Soviet production of China Express, a movie about a working-class revolt on a train traveling to Suchow from Nanking, inspired confidence in Hughes and Patterson that the Soviets could make quality pictures about people of color that didnt reduce them to minstrels.

Moscow had not joined Paris and Berlin as havens for black American artists and writers seeking opportunities unimpeded by the color line. It had one advantage, however, over those other European capitals: In the Soviet Union, racial equality was not merely incidental but a state project. Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet state, saw in the development of a black proletarian consciousness the greatest potential for revolution in America. And at that point, consciousness-raising in Soviet Russia was still before Joseph Stalins rise to power a matter left to artists.

Perhaps its not surprising, then, that when the Soviets invited two representatives to speak on the Negro question years earlier (to mark the fifth anniversary of the Russian Revolution), one was a poet. The Jamaican-born Claude McKay had just published Harlem Shadows, a book of verses many considered the literary spark that had ignited the Harlem Renaissance. In Soviet Russia, McKay traveled to Red Army camps to read poetry from the volume, inclu...

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NKOANA-MASHABANE COULD FACE GRILLING IN PARLIAMENT OVER MUGABE IMMUNITY
Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe was allowed to leave SA despite being investigated for the assault of a South African woman.

FILE: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

Rahima Essop
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane could soon face questions from MPs over her decision to grant Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe immunity, but theres no date for the meeting yet.

Mugabe was allowed to leave the country despite being investigated for the assault of a South African woman at a Sandton hotel this month.

The debacle has sparked an uproar, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) calling for a parliamentary inquiry into governments failure to ensure Mugabe faces prosecution.

The portfolio committee responsible for oversight of Nkoana-Mashabanes department has agreed to call the minister to explain her actions.

The issue was also raised during Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosas question and answer session in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa was put on the spot when Inkatha Freedom Party parliamentarian Liezl van der Merwe asked him whether he supported the decision to grant Mugabe immunity.

And I think as a leader of government business you must provide us with some answers.

The deputy president was heckled by MPs in the opposition benches as he responded.

The clarity that there is on this matter is not full and complete. In the sense that yes in certain environments its applied, in others, its not. So, it happens to have been applied here.

Twenty-year-old Gabriella Engels claims Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and allegedly attacked Engels who was there that night.

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RAMAPHOSA STRUGGLES TO EXPLAIN GOVT'S STANCE ON GRACE MUGABE IMMUNITY SAGA
IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe asked Cyril Ramaphosa whether he supported the decision to grant Grace Mugabe immunity

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

Rahima Essop
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been put on the spot in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon over government's decision to grant Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Ramaphosa was answering questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) about gender violence in the National Assembly when he was asked about the Mugabe debacle.

The first lady was allowed to leave the country while she was being investigated for the alleged assault of a South African woman in Johannesburg this month.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liezl van der Merwe asked Ramaphosa whether he supported the International Relations Ministers decision to grant Mugabe immunity.

I would like to know from you Honourable Deputy President, what type of government would stand on the side of an alleged abuser?

Ramaphosa struggled to defend governments position.

Its the first time we have utilised this type of convention and a lot can be said on pro and against it. And in the end, there needs to be the clarity that there is on this matter is not full and complete.

The 20-year-old Gabriella Engels claimed Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord in an incident that took place at a Sandton hotel.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and attacked Engels who was there that night.

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GABRIELLA ENGELS CHALLENGES GRACE MUGABE IMMUNITY DECISION
Gabriella Engels opened a case of assault against the first lady last week after she was allegedly attacked at a Sandton hotel when she was found with the Mugabe sons.

FILE: Gabriella Engels claims that she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN

Thando Kubheka
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - A South African model who was allegedly assaulted with an electrical extension cord by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has filed court papers in the High Court in Pretoria, challenging government's decision to grant her diplomatic immunity.

Mugabe was allowed to leave the country earlier this week after International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane gave her the green light.

Gabriella Engels opened a case of assault against the first lady last week after she was allegedly attacked at a Sandton hotel when she was found with the Mugabe sons.

AfriForum has given legal backing to the 20-year-old model.

Attorney Willie Spies says they want the decision to grant Mugabe immunity set aside.

The expectations are that the matter will be argued probably within the next four to five months, and if we are successful it will open up the gate for us to carry on with either private prosecutions or civil action against Grace Mugabe.

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NKOANA-MASHABANE: GRACE MUGABE IMMUNITY DECISION HAD TO BE MADE
International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says she took the decision after 'a careful weighing up' of the circumstances.

Gaye Davis
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says her decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwes first lady Grace Mugabe was difficult but had to be made.

In a letter informing National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete of her decision, Nkoana-Mashabane says that South Africa's relations with Zimbabwe and the hosting of a successful Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit were important considerations she had to weigh up.

Mugabe was allowed to leave South Africa despite being investigated for the assault of 20-year-old Gabrielle Engels at a Sandton hotel earlier this month.

In the letter, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane says she granted Mugabe immunity after considering all the relevant facts, including the need to uphold the rule of law, ensure fair administration of justice and to uphold the rights of the complainant.

She says South Africas relations with Zimbabwe and the SADC region were an important factor as well as the international law that provides immunity for the spouses of heads of state.

Nkoana-Mashabane says she took the decision after a careful weighing up of the circumstances.

Shes expected to appear before Parliaments foreign affairs oversight committee next week to face Members of Parliaments questions over the decision, which sparked an outcry.

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Supreme Court of Appeals Judgement on Janusz Walus Parole
18 August 2017

The South African Communist Party welcomes the Supreme Court of Appeals judgement overturning the North Gauteng High Court Judge Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen`s decision to grant Janusz Walus parole. The Supreme Court of Appeals` ruling has confirmed what we have said from the outset after Judge Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen granted Walus parole. With due respect Judge Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen was unfair and did NOT want to listen to the SACP and Hani family pleas to take into account victim impact statements. According to Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen, those statements did not matter. This reinforced the irregularity whereby the victim impact statements were neglected. In addition Janse Van Nieuwenhuizen did not find anything wrong with Walus` prison psychological report in which he confirmed that he was unrepentant as he still harboured the anti-communist hatred that motivated him to kill Chris Hani, our SACP General Secretary at the time.

The SACP stands for the truth. We remain firm that there must be full disclosure of the truth and circumstances surrounding Hani`s assassination. Walus has the duty to co-operate in this regard. We reiterate that the state must open an official inquest into the whole truth behind Hani`s killing.

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09:15

Tanzania to use drones to deliver medicine "IndyWatch Feed World"

Kampala [AP]

Drones will soon be used in Tanzania to deliver medicines to health facilities across the East African country.

Tanzanias government is working with US logistics company Zipline to launch what will reportedly be the worlds largest drone delivery service to provide access to critical medical supplies.

Zipline said in a statement that in the first quarter of 2018 Tanzanias government will begin using drones to make up to 2,000 deliveries per day to more than 1,000 health facilities.

Laurean Bwanakunu, director general of Tanzanias national medical stores, said the drone service will be crucial in times of unexpected demand, bad weather, or for small but critical orders.

Since October 2016 Zipline has been operating a similar drone delivery service in Tanzania to make emergency blood deliveries to transfusion clinics.

 

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ANC to Attend 55th Anniversary of the Founding of the BDP
23 August 2017

The Secretary General of the African National Congress, Comrade Gwede Mantashe will lead the ANC delegation to the 55th Anniversary of the founding of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Serowe, Botswana, on Saturday, 26 August 2017.

The 55th Anniversary of Botswana's governing party coincides with the 55th Anniversary of the ANC's Lobatse Conference. Following the banning of the ANC by the oppressive apartheid government, the first Conference of the ANC to be held outside of the country, was held in Lobatse, Botswana, in 1962.

The joint celebrations in Botswana mark the long-standing historical, political, economic and diplomatic relations between South Africa and Botswana and the governing parties.

Members of the media are invited to cover the programme which will unfold as follows:

DATE: Saturday, 26 August 2017
TIME: 14H00
VENUE: Serowe Sports Complex, Botswana

Members of the media are requested to confirm their attendance per email to communications@anc.org.za by close of businees tomorrow, 24 August 2017.

Issued by the African National Congress

Enquiries
Zizi Kodwa 082 330 4910
National Spokesperson

Khusela Sangoni 072 854 5707
National Communications Manager

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ANC Wins By-Elections
24 August 2017

The African National Congress emerged victorious following the results of the by-elections held in four provinces yesterday, 23 August 2017. A total of five municipal wards were contested in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

The people of South Africa continue to demonstrate their overwhelming confidence in their movement. The ANC won Ward 05 in Bergrivier, Western Cape, from the Democratic Alliance (DA), and retained the highly contested Ward 124 in the City of Johannesburg. In addition, due to the unyielding and solid support the ANC continues to enjoy from the people of South Africa, the ANC retained Ward 07 in Ngqushwa, Eastern Cape, with over 80% votes.

Indeed, our strategy to reclaim political power in the Western Cape is slowly but surely yielding positive results. We dare not take for granted the confidence the people continue demonstrate in the movement. Ours is to redouble our efforts in delivering services to the people

We thank our volunteers, members and supporters who continued to work tirelessly and ensured this decisive victory for the ANC and the people of South Africa. We equally congratulate the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for, once again, delivering the credible, free and fair elections.

Issued by African National Congress

Enquiries
Zizi Kodwa 082 330 4910
National Spokesperson

Khusela Sangoni 072 854 5707
National Communications Manager

07:30

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview

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07:30

Theft of South African relics riles researchers "IndyWatch Feed World"

Efforts to relocate historic South African artefacts to their sites of origin could stall after gold robbery at a national park.

07:20

Qatar to close Chadian embassy over 'campaign of blackmail' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Chad accused Qatar of trying to destabilise central African nation through its northern neighbour, Libya

06:59

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says Russia wants to redraw international borders by force "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Star
 
Russia wants to "redraw international borders by force"
 

-Says the US Defence Secretary. Representing the nation that aided and abetted the overthrow, violently, of the actual elected President of the Ukraine.

-Says the US Defence Secretary. Representing the nation that has rampaged from north Africa through to the middle east and Asia, overthrowing governments, murdering leaders and generally creating the conditions that guarantee international borders will be redrawn all through the use of force.



-While ignoring the fact that Crimea, chock full of ethnic Russians, held a referendum, deciding to go back to their homeland.  Only after the US overthrew their elected leadership in Ukraine.
And only we, the US, can redraw international borders by force Jim Mattis surely must have been heard to say, while stomping his feet?!

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 Speaking alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 24, Mattis said that providing defensive weapons to Ukraine should not be seen as provocative "unless you are an aggressor."

Defensive weapons? Dont think so!
Only considered provocative by an aggressor? Dont think so!


Hey Jim Mattis.....
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06:28

Analyzing mummy genes: Could ancient Egyptians be closely related to Middle Easterners? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Egypt has been thought of by many as a quintessentially African civilization. There is, however, evidence that the ancient Egyptians may have been less African than modern Egyptians, at least genetically. Recent genetic studies have shown that the people of ancient Egypt had ties to ancient Near Eastern populations such as Armenians. This is also consistent with the idea of a large migration out of the Middle East to settle parts of North Africa and Europe and mingle with local populations in those areas. Modern Egyptians have a lot of genetic and cultural ties to Sub-Saharan Africa. It has long been believed by archaeologists that the Egyptian civilization grew from villages developing along the Nile which were similar to people farther south. So far, genetic studies of modern Egyptians as well as archaeological research have confirmed this. Studies of the ancient Egyptian mummies, however, tell a slightly more complex story. Checking the Genes of Egyptian Mummies In a recent study, genetic samples were taken from at least 90 mummies. What geneticists working alongside archaeologists found was that the mummies had closer genetic connections to the Middle East, specifically the Levant and Anatolia. This is an interesting find since it suggests that modern Egyptians are more African than ancient Egyptians. One possible explanation for more genetic similarities between ancient Egyptians and Middle Eastern populations such as Syrians or Armenians would be the Hyksos. The Hyksos were a Middle Eastern people who occupied the Nile delta sometime before 1650 BC and came to rule Egypt until they were ousted by a native dynasty. For more of this article, go here.

06:25

What in the world is going on? Part 4 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In this interview below Paul Craig Roberts describes the neo-conservative ideology that has driven geopolitics since the end of World War II, and discusses the elite agenda, the prospects for the Trump presidency, and the US economy.

He comes closer than in his earlier statements to highlighting the key control mechanism of dominationthe global money system, but still falls a bit short, as indicated by his statement that if there is a severe economic crisis in the US, the Federal Reserve will have to abandon the banks and save the dollar.

On that I disagree. Roberts seem not to realize that the FED, as well as virtually all of the other central banks of the various countries around the world, is controlled by the big transnational banks, and that they work together to, as Prof. Carroll Quigley said, create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences.

The banking elite thereby control not only the dollar, but all of the other major world currencies. If the inflation rates or unemployment rates become too high in one country, the central banks can spread the misery around by monetizing various securities and manipulating interest rates and currency exchange rates.

For the past several decades the US dollar has been their primary monetary tool, but the dollar is not the be all and end all in their schemes. You can be sure that the banking elite always have a plan. At some time in the not too distant future when the dollar has outlived its usefulness, it will be replaced by a single global currency that will give the elite even tighter control over financial, economic, and political affairs around the globe.

The flies in the ointment of their plan are (1) a few governments that are bent on steering an independent monetary and financial course, and (2) the emergence of independent, non-governmental and decentralized exchange mechanisms and currencies. In the first case, Iraq under Saddam Hussein and Libya under Gaddafi were easily disposed of (but at tremendous costs). Russia and China pose a much bigger problem for the elite, hence the stalemate in Syria and the drum beat of propaganda against Putin and the fear mongering against the Chinese. With regard to alternative exchange mechanisms, the proliferation of virtual commodities like Bitcoin and others suggests that elite control may be vulnerable to innovative and disruptive technologies. But these virtual commodities mark only the beginning of the new...

05:50

Qatar restores full relations with Iran despite demands of Arab neighbors Qatar will not bow to this regional pressure. "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press and France 24

Atta Kenare, AFP | An Iranian man walks past a Qatar Airways branch in the capital Tehran on June 6.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-08-24

Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early on Thursday and promised to send its ambassador back to Tehran a move counter to the demands of Arab nations trying to isolate Doha as part of a regional dispute.

In announcing its decision, Qatar made no mention of the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Doha found its land, sea and air routes cut off by the four Arab states.

Iran, which welcomed Dohas decision, has sent food to Qatar and allowed its airplanes to increasingly use the Islamic Republics airspace.

Restoring diplomatic ties will undoubtedly anger those opposing Qatar in the regional dispute, chief among them Saudi Arabia, Irans regional rival. Perhaps not unrelated, the move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972.

Qatar has shown it is going to go in a different direction, said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University who lives in Seattle. It could very well be calculated toward reinforcing the point that Qatar will not bow to this regional pressure placed upon it.

Qatar pulled its ambassador from Tehran in early 2016 after Saudi Arabias execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a move to show solidarity with the kingdom. A short Foreign Ministry statement issued early Thursday changed that, saying Qatars ambassador soon would return to Iran.

The state of Qatar expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields, the statement said.

In Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said...

05:49

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MAHUMAPELO: NKOSAZANA DLAMINI-ZUMA WILL BE NEXT ANC PRESIDENT
North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo says that the governing party must allow a woman to be the next president to prove its commitment to non-sexism.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at a Cadres Forum in Klerksdorp. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - North West Premier and African National Congress (ANC) provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo says the governing party must allow a woman to be the next president to prove its commitment to non-sexism.

Mahumapelo was speaking during a Cadres Forum in Klerksdorp on Thursday.

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the main speaker at the event.

Mahumapelo says that the ANC needs to prove that it's a non-sexist organisation.

For the first time, show the world that you are ANC and that you are committed to building the course of non-sexism.

He says on 18 December the party will have a new president.

That president will be a woman, not just any woman, that woman will be Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Mahumapelo says theyll work towards uniting the party after the elective conference.

05:46

Russias Ambassador To Sudan Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russias ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinskiy, was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Khartoum on Wednesday, according to Sudanese police. He has become the seventh Russian diplomat to have died since [...]

05:27

BREAKING: Arewa youth suspends Igbo quit notice New Telegraph Online

Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) have suspended the quit notice order issued to the Igbo living in the northern part of the country by October 1. At the press conference in Abuja Thursday, the group said it has to rescind the order based on appeals by well meaning Nigerians. We came into intense persuasive pressure from well []

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05:25

Russia positioning for role as arbiter in Libyan political settlement "IndyWatch Feed World"

After being absent from the divided Libyan political landscape for months, Moscow again made headlines by hosting Gen. Khalifa Hifter for a three-day visit earlier this month, meeting with the foreign and defense ministers, his usual Russian interlocutors. Once again, the general's visit had experts debating exactly what role Russia plays in mentoring Hifter and whether Russia really sees him as its "point-man" in Libya. The focus of Hifter's visit resembled that of his previous trips to the Russian capital, touching on the security situation in Libya. The general reiterated his request for Russian military aid to his Libyan National Army, despite countless previous rejections. His request remains unfulfilled. Speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Hifter expressed the hope that Russia would become involved in the process of national reconciliation in Libya. All in all, it would have been a routine visit, absent any remarkable developments, had it not been for the context in which the trip took place. Hifter, who leads one of the sides vying for control of the Libyan government in Tobruk, was greeted at the airport by the Libyan ambassador to Russia, who represents the interests of the other side, the UN-backed so-called unity government in Tripoli, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. It was not an effort by Sarraj to reach out, but Russia's attempt to generate a dialogue between the two sides. The Tripoli government formally took over the Libyan Embassy in Moscow in early August, with Russia's consent, and representatives of the Tobruk-based authorities followed soon thereafter to claim space of its own.

05:23

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WHITE PEOPLE MUST NOT BE AFRAID OF RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says everyone who loves peace must participate in the transformation of the economy.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: AFP

Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says that white people must not be scared of radical economic transformation, saying that if it doesn't happen peace cannot be guaranteed in the country.

Dlamini-Zuma was speaking at a Cadres Forum in Klerksdorp on Thursday.

She says that white people must not be threatened by radical economic transformation.

Radical economic transformation means we must have an economy where all must participate. I want to know why would you feel threatened by that?

She says the economy must be transformed.

If we do not create jobs and have an economy where everybody participates, we will not be able to maintain and sustain peace, stability and harmony in the country.

She says everyone who loves peace must participate in the transformation of the economy.

05:19

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DLAMINI-ZUMA: ANC WON'T BE DIVIDED BY ELECTIONS
ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says there must be unity after the conference.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addressing the crowd in Kwaximba in KwaZulu Natal on 18 August 2017. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says whoever wins at the party's elective conference in December should embrace everyone, instead of purging those who didn't support them.

Dlamini-Zuma was speaking at a Cadres Forum in Klerksdorp on Thursday.

At the ANC's policy conference earlier this year, President Jacob Zuma proposed that the party's constitution be changed to allow for a losing candidate for the ANC presidency to become the deputy president, saying this would be in the interests of unity.

The presidential hopeful says there must be unity after the conference.

The one who is elected cannot say 'you did not support me, Im pushing you away'. Whoever is elected must embrace everyone.

She says the ANC won't be divided by elections.

The party's 2007 elective conference in Polokwane where President Zuma was elected, divided the party and led to a split.

05:14

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MBEKI: AFRICA MUST FOCUS ON RURAL AREAS TO ACHIEVE INCLUSIVE ECONOMY
Thabo Mbeki says there is also a certain kind of leadership necessary to realise inclusive economic growth.

Pelane Phakgadi
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Thabo Mbeki says that in order for African countries to achieve an inclusive economy, the economic focus needs to shift to rural areas.

He says that a strong state and leadership will also help in setting up programmes suitable for both urban and rural areas.

Mbeki was speaking at the 4th Annual African Leadership Forum convened by former heads of states in Boksburg.

The former president says that there is a certain kind of leadership necessary to realise inclusive economic growth.

But to achieve these things Im talking about, you need a strong state but in addition to that, you need a progressive leadership.

He says that African leaders should address the issue of subsistence, agriculture and train people to participate in trading.

You must be able to address matters of security but we must also create possibilities for these people to produce enough food to sell to the market.

Mbeki says that should be done before the redistribution of assets to allow those acquiring them to be in a position to properly make use of them.

Earlier, former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said that inequality across Africa has increased.

He said that unless African states are made more inclusive, economic growth won't translate into large scale poverty alleviation.

"We know that income inequality reduces the growth poverty elasticity of an economy. In simple terms, the higher the inequality, the less reduction in poverty."

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

05:10

NAF plane crashes, pilot dies New Telegraph Online

An Air Beetle Aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), yesterday crashed while on a mission in Kaduna.  A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said one of the NAFs valued pilots, who flew the plane alone during the mission, died.  According to Adesanya, tthe Chief []

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05:02

we are committed to to assets recovery ASO savings New Telegraph Online

The management of ASO Savings & Loans Plc has condemned what it described as recent negative publicity about the bank. A press release signed by the management noted that the allegations contained in some media reports were a direct result of sustained efforts by the Bank to recover its assets from an aggrieved ex-management staff []

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04:59

JUST IN: SSANU, NASU, NAAT to declare strike Wednesday New Telegraph Online

As the Federal Government battles to ensure that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) calls off its more than one-week-old strike, other workers unions across the nations universities are set to declare indefinite strike by Wednesday, next week. The unions, which include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union and National []

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04:51

Newsbud Exclusive-Trumps Afghan War: Based on Neocon Lies. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Standing before a podium at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, President Donald Trump addressed an audience of soldiers on August 21. Trump said the consequences of an exit from Afghanistan are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.

However, the following day during a press conference in the Rose Garden with President Bush, Powell said the American people would not be permitted to see the evidence. He added the United States had irrefutable proof of bin Ladens complicity, but most of it is classified. Powells remark was an effort to conceal the fact the Bush administration had no evidence Osama bin Laden planned and orchestrated the attack from a cave in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cited officials from the CIA and the Justice Department as saying there was no solid evidence of this.

In 1998, following the US embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, the Taliban government offered to turn over bin Laden, but the Bush administration refused. Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, the Taliban foreign minister, told Al Jazeera his government had made several proposals to the United States to turn over the Saudi to stand trial.

Even before the [9/11] attacks, our Islamic Emirate had tried through various proposals to resolve the Osama issue. One such proposal was to set up a three-nation court, or something under the supervision of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC]," Muttawakil said. But the US showed no interest in it. They kept demanding we hand him over, but we had no relations with the US, no agreement of any sort. They did not recognize our government.

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04:48

Why Delta Govt Sells Delta Line Equity Shares Urhobo Today

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeany Okowa

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeany Okowa


LAGOS AUGUST 24TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Delta State Government has explained its decision to sell part of its equity stake in Delta Transport Services Limited, saying that the company failed to be commercially viable.
Because of its nonviable nature, the state government was injecting capital into the company from time to time as a way of support because of its unique position as the only government-owned and branded transport company.
A statement emanating from the office Delta State Commissioner for Information revealed that the state government in the past invested heavily in the company through the provision of 160 brand new Toyota Hiace Buses, 76 brand new Toyota Corolla Cars and other incentives in cash or kind.
Furthermore, from 2012 to April 2015, the state government released monthly palliatives to the company to mitigate the effects of fuel-price increase which occurred at that time.
According to the statement, unlike others who benefitted from the allocation of the government buses, Delta Line never remitted any revenue to the state government, instead the company was riddled with debts made up of salaries and wages of staff, allowances and claims of staff, contractors, and suppliers obligations.
The statement noted that the Workers Union interference in the affairs of management did not help matters.
In a bid to sanitize the company, government sacked the General Manager and suspended some other principal officers and directed the Directorate of Transport to supervise and oversee the activities of the company, with an inherited six-month salary debt.
It stated that to stem the tide of further deterioration, the government opted for sale of part of its equity stake and this was duly advertised in national dailies for expression of interest and respondents submitted their bids plus necessary documents in line with due process following which the successful bidder was considered.
The statement disclosed that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) did not indicate interest at the time of advertisement and neither did it provide details of how it would source funds for the purchase of the shares to be sold, noting that the entire process followed due process and a memo was forwarded to the State Executive Council acco...

04:29

Shia insurrection in Saudi Arabia ignored by media, but could potentially topple the Saudi dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed World"

Since May 2017 an ongoing insurgency has been raging in the Shia heartland town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia and it's only thanks to the BBC being allowed to enter the area and film the destruction that the world can see how the House of Saud's war against the Shia population of Yemen has now expanded to include the Shia population of eastern Saudi Arabia. The BBC World report shown on Wednesday, August 16, seemed to have come from Syria, with al-Zara, the ancient Shia capital of the Persian province of Bahrain and the rest of the town of Awamiya showing a level of devastation resembling that in Syria or to the Kurdish cities destroyed recently by Erdogan Ottoman's Janissarris. Block by block destruction of the Old City, with no visible signs of the Shia people who once lived here for millennia, with almost 500 buildings destroyed and over 20,000 driven from their homes by Saudi airstrikes, artillery and mortar fire. The BBC crew was only allowed there in armored vehicles, filming through bullet proof windows while traveling as a part of an armored convoy. The one time they were allowed to stop and step outside the battlewagons they were riding, firing could be heard and they were quickly ordered to return to their vehicles so they could escape.

Shia insurrection ignored by media, but could potentially topple Saudi dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed World"

Since May 2017 an ongoing insurgency has been raging in the Shia heartland town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia and it's only thanks to the BBC being allowed to enter the area and film the destruction that the world can see how the House of Saud's war against the Shia population of Yemen has now expanded to include the Shia population of eastern Saudi Arabia. The BBC World report shown on Wednesday, August 16, seemed to have come from Syria, with al-Zara, the ancient Shia capital of the Persian province of Bahrain and the rest of the town of Awamiya showing a level of devastation resembling that in Syria or to the Kurdish cities destroyed recently by Erdogan Ottoman's Janissarris. Block by block destruction of the Old City, with no visible signs of the Shia people who once lived here for millennia, with almost 500 buildings destroyed and over 20,000 driven from their homes by Saudi airstrikes, artillery and mortar fire. The BBC crew was only allowed there in armored vehicles, filming through bullet proof windows while traveling as a part of an armored convoy. The one time they were allowed to stop and step outside the battlewagons they were riding, firing could be heard and they were quickly ordered to return to their vehicles so they could escape.

04:25

Ghana-Gandhi sentences of the day "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ghana has said it will remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus in the nations capital where it had sparked protests over the leaders allegedly racist attitudes.

The statue, which was unveiled by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Ghana in June, was meant to symbolize friendship between the two countries, according to Ghanas Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But professors and students at the University of Ghana called the statue a slap in the face because of Gandhis racist identity. They started an online petition calling for the statues removal.

The petition, which had more than 1,700 supporters on Thursday, cited letters Gandhi wrote during his time in South Africa as evidence that he advocated for the superiority of Indians over black Africans. It also took issue with his use of the derogatory term kaffir to refer to native Africans and criticized the lack of statues of African heroes and heroines on campus.

Here is the full story, noisy video at the link, via the excellent Samir Varma.

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03:45

Saudi royal air force butchering Yemeni farmers "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 23 August 2017 video is called Dozens killed as Saudi-led coalition strike hits hotel near Sanaa, Yemen.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: Scores die in air strikes by Saudi forces

Thursday 24th August 2017

AT LEAST 71 people were killed yesterday morning in a series of air strikes by Saudi-led forces in Yemen, news agency Saba reported.

A 3am attack on a hotel, Bayt al-Edhari in Arhab district, killed at least 50 people, who local doctors said were all farmers of the stimulant qat.

Physician Ali al-Rakmi, who was helping with rescue efforts, said that there had been more than 100 people inside at the time of the attack.

Fahd Marhab, head of the Umrah hospital six miles away, said there were no wounded and that all the people in the hotel were killed in the 3am air strike.

Another air strike hit Sanhan, just south-east of the capital, killing at least six civilians and wounding 15 others.

Other air raids hit the Khashm al-Bokra area of Bani Hushaesh district, damaging houses and farms.

Reports indicate that approximately 100 farmers were sleeping in the two-story building in Arhab at the time that it was blown up: here.

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03:29

Recent Report Reveals That Just 0.7% Of Terror Victims Are In Western Europe "IndyWatch Feed World"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

From the 34,676 deaths from terror attacks in 2016, 238 were in Western Europe with 19,121 residing in Middle East and North Africa

A recent report from the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland showed that western Europe suffered 269 out of a total of 13,488 representing 2% of attacks in 2016

The report showed the Middle East and North Africa had the main share of last years violence, with attacks killing 19,121 or 55% of the total.

Iraq was the worst spot for casualties with 9 of the 11 deadliest attacks in 2016, all of which were claimed by Islamic group Daesh.

The worst attack killed 382 people in a Baghdad shopping centre, when a suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives outside a shopping centre.

Daesh where the most deadly group of 2016 and carried out 1,400 attacks, which resulted in the loss of 11,7000 lives including the attackers.

This report only took into account that which is collectively defined as terrorism within the western narrative. It is argued by some that the actions of the US, European and other global military could be defined as terrorism. While the stats are not as accurately reported the death toll in Syria runs from 49,742 to hundreds of thousands for 2016. The recorded death toll in Iraq according to Iraq Body Count is 16,393.

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02:13

The Magical Thinking Opposition "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Magical Thinking Opposition
by Scott Adams

"My hypothesis is that the political side that is out of power is the one that hallucinates the most and needs to in order to keep their worldview intact. For example, when President Obama was in office, I saw all kinds of hallucinations on the right about his intentions to destroy America from the inside because he hates it. That was a mass hysteria. If President Obama wanted to destroy America, he failed miserably. Were stronger than ever.

The birther issue started as ordinary political shenanigans to delegitimize the president. I call it ordinary because you see the trick used whenever it is an option, as it was with Canadian Ted Cruz in the primaries. Eventually it morphed into a full-blown hallucination that President Obama was a Muslim sleeper cell from Kenya, or something like that. That was mass hysteria. 

Now that Democrats are out of power, we should expect them to hallucinate like crazy (literally) because the election results of 2016 shattered their expectations. Do we see signs of their hallucinations? Ill walk you through a few examples. 

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02:08

Diaspora Africans want Nigerian citizenship New Telegraph Online

Wale Elegbede   The African Diaspora community has urged the Nigerian government to take a cue from its Ghanaian counterpart and accord citizenship to Diaspora members, who have already found their roots in the country. The Ghanaian government recently conferred citizenship of the country on 34 members of African Diaspora, who traced their roots to []

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02:03

Mozambique deports rather than charges Tanzanian poachers Africa Sustainable Conservation News

The Citizen
August 23, 2017

Maputo: The Mozambican Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development
announced here on Monday that 20 Tanzanian citizens will be deported for
their involvement in poaching in northern Mozambique.

According to the ministrys note, the Tanzanian illegal hunters were
sentenced to three or four years in prison and fines of one million
meticais (about $16,393) for killing endangered animals, mostly elephants
and rhinos, in northern province of Niassa, which is bordered by Tanzania.

The decision to deport the citizens involved in the illegal hunting was
motivated by the need to alleviate the overcrowded jail where there are too
many transgressors who serve in their sentences.

In order to implement the expulsion measure, the Niassa National Reserve
in collaboration with the Border Guard Police and the Migration Services
are creating the necessary logistical conditions for the monitoring of
those sentenced on their way back to Tanzania, reads the note.

Mozambique and Tanzania have been joining efforts to fight gun trafficking
used by poachers and also the activity itself which this year killed around
295 rhinos.

In the same trial in which the 20 Tanzanians were tried, a Mozambican was
also sentenced to four years in prison.

Mozambican natural reserves and parks are targeted by poachers, who
slaughter rhinos and elephants for the extraction of ivory and horns mainly
destined be sold in Asian markets.

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02:03

The decline of IS in Libya and the Levant is a concern for Tunisia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The loss of the city of Sirte is not the final blow to IS in Libya or North Africa by a long shot. There are still plenty of opportunities for the group to mount a regional resurgence. Here's how

02:01

UAE sentences two Singaporeans, including trans woman, to jail "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The two were sentenced over wearing 'inappropriate clothing' in the conservative emirate

02:00

South Africa increase in elephant poaching in Kruger Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Increase in Kruger Park elephant poaching SANParks

News / 21 August 2017, 5:59pm / Lindi Masinga

SanParks forensic team beginning their investigation of the crime scene of the poached elephant in Vlakteplaas, northern section of the Kruger national park. PHOTO: Lindi Masinga/ANA
Vlakteplaas Elephant poaching had increased from 22 in 2016 to 30 in 2017 in the Kruger National Park, the South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday .

These people came in and shot it, their tracks lead to Mozambique, SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla said while at a crime scene of an elephant that was poached around three weeks ago on the northern part of the park.

On arrival at the scene, the elephant was seen laying on its side with its face hacked off and its spine cut open.

Sensus will be done in September to determine how many elephants we have in the park.

Once the elephant is shot, the spine is cut to ensure that it is dead while they remove the tusks.

Elephant rib that was raptured by the bullet that was used by poachers to put it down before its horns were hacked off its face. PHOTO: Lindi Masinga/ANA

Phaahla said that a SANParks management review was done, where communities were visited to discuss the issues they had with poaching as well as what assistance was needed by the residence to prevent them from being involved in poaching syndicates.

They told us that youth unemployment made it easy for syndicates to make it into the park. We are still analysing the information we have to help with decreasing the amounts of animals poached, he said.

After a lengthy search inside the elephant carcass, the forensic team identified a rib that was shattered by a bullet.

The bullet hit the rib and possibly went into the lung, said a member of the forensic team who cant be named.

Phaahla said despite the increase in elep...

01:36

Libyan refugee hate preacher received $620K in social benefits in Switzerland - media "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Libyan immigrant who called on Allah to "destroy" non-Muslims during his prayer in a Swiss mosque claimed $620,000 in social benefits for over a decade from a predominantly Christian state, local media report. In his hate speech, Abu Ramadan called on Allah "to destroy the enemies of our religion," Switzerland's SRF broadcaster reported, citing an audio recording in its possession. The "enemies" according to the preacher included "Jews, Christians, Hindus, Russians and the Shia [branch of Islam]." Yet, Ramadan received some 600,000 Swiss francs ($620,000) in social benefits from the Swiss government over the last 13 years, according to research conducted by the Rundschau program of SRF and the Tages Anzeiger newspaper. According to the newspaper, the man came to seek refuge in Switzerland in 1998 after he fled his homeland, explaining that he'd been pursued by authorities for spreading religious propaganda for the Muslim Brotherhood. With political asylum granted and a residence permit, the 64-year-old Ramadan hardly ever worked, instead living on social payments from 2004 until 2017.

01:35

African Court Just Ruled Coca-Cola Products Sprite and Fanta Are Poisonous "IndyWatch Feed World"

A lawsuit has recently come to light in Nigeria over the health impact of two ingredients in Coca Cola products Fanta and Sprite, leading for a call to have warnings on the bottles and a boycott from the Nigerian people. The situation has brought the reality of how corporate negligence and government regulations affect public []

01:19

Court delivers judgement in Globacom N50m suit against EFCC, Oct. 24 New Telegraph Online

Justice A. O. Animahun of an Igbosere High Court will on October 24 deliver judgement in a N50 million suit filed by a telecommunication company, Globacom Limited, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for threatening to arrest and detain its Head of Marketing Department, Mr. Ashok Israni, over a petition by a foreign firm. The []

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01:16

'Don't let me see you again': Egypt minister sacks man at jobs event "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Ali al-Meselhy is criticised on social media after he ejects a sound technician from an employment event

01:07

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ANGOLANS AWAIT ELECTION RESULTS
The Presidency has reportedly pressed pause on the release of the preliminary results after a crisis meeting in the early hours of the morning.

The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola presidential candidate Joao Lourenco casts his vote in Luanda, on August 23, 2017 during the general elections. Picture: AFP

Leanne de Bassompierre
Eyewitness News

LUANDA - Angolans are still awaiting preliminary election results after polling stations closed on Wednesday night.

Citizens voted to elect a new a leader for the first time in nearly 40 years.

There were no major incidents reported on Wednesday, but tensions are rising.

Preliminary results were expected to be released from early on Thursday, but the presidency has reportedly pressed pause following a crisis meeting in the early hours of the morning.

Local investigative journalist Rafael Marquez claims that the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and main opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) are on 40% each in Luanda, without the vote tally from populous areas around the capital.

Marquez has been a thorn in the side of government, exposing high-level corruption and he's even been jailed.

Meanwhile, head of the election commission Andre da Silva Neto says Wednesday was an example of how elections should be carried out in any part of the world.

There were more than 1,400 international and local election observers, including large delegations from the African Union and Southern African Development Community.

01:03

Hate Speech: FG directs NBC To Sanction Erring Stations New Telegraph Online

The Federal Government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech, as part of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued the directive in Abuja on Thursday at the 3rd Annual Lecture []

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01:01

Mane, not Coutinho, emerges as Liverpools main man New Telegraph Online

As Barcelona seek to prise Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool ahead of the transfer deadline, fans of the Merseyside club may be relieved that at least the Spanish club are not bidding for Sadio Mane. Another electric performance by the Senegal winger against Hoffenheim on Wednesday drew more rave reviews for a player []

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01:01

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS: NPA ARGUES TIMOL TORTURED, ASSAULTED
The anti-apartheid activist died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square police station.

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Barry Bateman
Eye Witness News

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has argued that the High Court can reject the finding that Ahmed Timol was not tortured or assaulted and that he took his own life.

Closing arguments have started in Pretoria after almost a month of evidence in the inquest into the death of Timol.


The NPAs Toerie Pretorius says the court should reject the claim that Timol was not assaulted or tortured.

The combined effect of all the detainees evidence, with the medical evidence, with the evidence of Professor Voster and Paul Erasmus, Elss evidence as well as the file of Van Niekerk; on the totality of evidence you can find that there would have been assault and there was torture.

Pretorius says there is sufficient evidence to prove that the claim Timol killed himself was a police fabrication.

00:57

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AHMED TIMOL MURDERED TO COVER UP TORTURE, COURT TOLD
This was among the submissions delivered during the closing arguments in the inquest into the anti-apartheid activists death.

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Barry Bateman
Eye Witness News

PRETORIA - The High Court has heard that Ahmed Timol was murdered in order to cover up his brutal torture and assault at the hands of the security branch.

This was among the submissions delivered during the closing arguments in the inquest into the anti-apartheid activists death.

Timol died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square Police Station, the police claimed he committed suicide.

Advocate Howard Varney described the investigation into Timols death as a brazen cover up.

The investigation into this particular case was carried out not just in a sloppy manner but in a manner designed not to reach the truth, in a manner designed to conceal that truth and protect the security branch officers concerned.

He says Timol was murdered.

He was brutally tortured, he was close to death. Probably in a comatose state. To avoid another situation where a detainee such as Salim Essop is rushed to hospital from John Vorster Square, the suicide was constructed.

Varney says the original inquest finding must be reversed.

00:53

FIFA intervenes in Cameroon to try to end bickering New Telegraph Online

FIFA is to intervene in Cameroons football federation (FECAFOOT) again in an attempt to end bickering among officials, which has dragged on since 2015, soccers governing body said on Wednesday. FIFA said it had set up a normalisation committee to run FECAFOOTs daily affairs, draft new statutes and organise elections for a new executive committee []

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00:52

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BLF BACK IN COURT OVER ZILLE COLONIALISM TWEETS
Black First Land First leader Mngxitama adds that the group has also laid a corruption complaint against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille with the Public Protector.

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CAPE TOWN - The Black First Land First group has returned to the Western Cape High Court demanding an apology from Premier Helen Zille over her tweet on colonialism.

A few months ago, the group opened a case of racism against Zille with the Equality Court.

The premier faced disciplinary action for a series of tweets which stated that the legacy of colonialism was not only negative and she later apologised.

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama says that they also have a matter pending before the Human Rights Commission.

This matter was brought about three months ago, immediately after she tweeted and it has been postponed. What were asking the court to do, is to force Zille to ask for proper forgiveness and express that colonialism is bad for black people.

Mngxitama adds that BLF has also laid a corruption complaint with the Public Protector.

She used her personal account to tweet these racist remarks but she is using state attorney, resources and taxpayers money to defend herself and weve complained to the Public Protector about this.

00:47

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NELSON MANDELA BAY DEPUTY MAYOR REMOVED IN NO CONFIDENCE VOTE
Longstanding conflict between Mayor Athol Trollip and Mongameli Bobani led to the motion on Thursday.

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CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela Bay's United Democratic Movement (UDM) deputy Mayor Mongameli Bobani has been removed in a vote of no confidence.

Longstanding conflict between Democratic Alliance (DA) Mayor Athol Trollip and Bobani led to the motion on Thursday.

About three months ago, the DA rescinded a decision to fire Bobani from the mayoral committee, agreeing that parties would attempt to resolve the conflict.

Eastern Cape DA leader and mayoral committee member Nqaba Bhanga says that the councillors who voted did so based on the fact that Bobani has consistently voted against their coalition government.

The majority of the council voted to remove Bobani with the support of Cope, ACDP and the Patriotic Alliance. The reason behind that he has been making this coalition unstable.

00:44

Nigeria bond auction raises 56 bln naira, less than half of amount on offer-traders New Telegraph Online

Nigeria raised 56.05 billion naira ($179 million) in a bond auction on Wednesday, less than half the amount on offer as domestic pension funds and insurance firms cut orders due to low yields, traders said on Thursday. The Debt Management Office (DMO) offered 135 billion naira worth of bonds maturing in 2021, 2027 and 2037, []

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00:43

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THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITHIN SAA LEADERSHIP
Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within SAAs leadership, but cannot say if the departure of Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

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JOHANNESBURG - Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within South African Airways (SAA)s leadership, but cannot say if the departure of the airlines board chair Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Scopa on Wednesday interrogated the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure racked up by the airline during the past financial year.

During a question and answer session with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, claims emerged that government plans to sell off its stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for SAA.

Godi says finances at SAA need to be sorted out.

From our discussions on Wednesday, its clear that there are a number of problem areas, but of course leadership is one of the critical issues, whether from the board or management, I think there are serious challenges that need to be corrected.

Meanwhile, transport economist Joachim Vermooten says the problems at SAA are caused by the carrier wanting to do too much while it cannot afford to.

At the moment, it has a broad mandate and I think its just too wide. And its expanded on its activities instead of contracting that. So, you really need to make a change in direction to actually reduce the last lay-offs."

00:39

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'PLAN TO SELL TELKOM SHARES TO RAISE R10BN TO BAIL OUT SAA JUST AN OPTION'
Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Gaye Davis
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PARLIAMENT - The Ministry of Finance says the plan to sell off governments stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for ailing national airline South African Airways (SAA) is just one option being considered.

Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian Alf Lees stunned MPs when he told Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday that he had a Cabinet document containing Finance Minister Malusi Gigabas detailed proposal for the move.

Ramaphosa, who was answering MPs questions in Parliament, neither confirmed nor denied the plan, saying that governments strategic assets remained under review.

Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Lees questioned whether it was a good idea.

Honourable Deputy President, do you support a sale of a good asset to save a bad asset?

The Economic Freedom Fighters also challenged the move.

The document values governments nearly 40% shareholding in Telkom at more than R14 billion and notes it will cost the fiscus R800m in annual dividends.

Lees revelation came just hours after Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi told Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts that SAA would not be allowed to go under and would not be privatised.

Finance ministry spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete has confirmed the document is a Cabinet memorandum.

But he says it is one option among others that the government is considering assisting the cash-strapped SAA and that nothing has yet been finalised.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

00:31

JUST IN: We can only stop Biafra agitation if-Nnamdi Kanu New Telegraph Online

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said he and his group can only give up their agitation for secession and stop the threat against 2019 general election if appropriate restructuring is done. Speaking on Thursday through Prof. Ben Nwabueze at a press conference organised by the Southern Leaders of Thought []

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00:03

Man forced to sit in puddle of urine during 11-hour British Airways flight "IndyWatch Feed World"

A man who forked over more than $1,000 for what should have been a comfortable flight from London to South Africa said, instead, he was forced to sit in a puddle of urine for 11 hours. Andrew Wilkinson, 39, said he noticed the stain and the unmistakable smell as soon as he sat down. "I got to my seat and saw that there was a wet patch," he told Britain's LAD Bible in a story published Monday. "It was about the size of two decks of cards laid side by side. At first, I thought it was water but the smell was so distinct it could only have been urine." Wilkinson said when he initially alerted a crew member to the stain, he was given wipes to clean it himself. He ended up sitting on a blanket for much of the flight. When he needed a fresh blanket to put beneath him, he said, the flight attendant was unhelpful in finding him a new one. Wilkinson also requested that his seat be moved.

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23:26

BREAKING: Court of Appeal sacks PDP senator New Telegraph Online

The Court of Appeal on Thursday confirmed the sack of the representative of Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Sekibo. The senator, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, had gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge the ruling of the Rivers State Elections Petitions Tribunal, which removed him from office. However, []

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23:23

Arabic press review: Saleh and the Saudis, a match made in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Former Yemen president says time is right for 'serious talk'. In other news, Saudis call for peaceful protests against their government

23:20

Netanyahu again warns Putin: Iran must withdraw from Syria or Israel will 'defend itself' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel is prepared to intervene in Syria to counteract the Iranian influence in the conflict. Moscow, which views Iran as key to resolving the crisis, said it will note Israeli interests. When the two leaders met in Sochi on Wednesday, Netanyahu told Putin that any peace deal in Syria must entail the full withdrawal of any Iranian forces from the area. "Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon," Reuters quoted Netanyahu as saying. "We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel." "Israel opposes Iran's continued entrenchment in Syria. We will be sure to defend ourselves with all means against this and any threat."

23:06

Nine dog attack fatalities recorded in 2016 for South Africa; more than the total for the preceeding 9 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

Man's best friend is more likely to turn on him in South Africa than anywhere else in the world. According to law firm DSC Attorneys, the country has the highest incidence of dog attacks on humans than any other in the world. The firm is advising people on their rights and possible claims stemming from dog attacks. Kirstie Haslam, a partner in the firm, said dog bites account for tens of millions of injuries annually, and in South Africa dogs account for 76 percent to 94 percent of animal bite injuries, and dog bite fatalities are higher because of lack of post-exposure treatment and appropriate access to healthcare. In the US, the figure is three percent to 18 percent and also lower in Australia, Canada and France. "There were nine dog attack fatalities in 2016, more than the total number in the nine years from 2006-2015, and so far in 2017, reported dog attack fatalities and injuries are a daily occurrence. With high crime rate, large breeds of dogs are popular and many dogs are trained to be aggressive for security purposes. Source: Cape Argus

22:28

JUST IN: Buhari signs anti-graft agreements New Telegraph Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed instruments of ratification for various bilateral agreements to the strengthen the federal governments anti-corruption war. The signing of the agreement is in line with the vision of the administration in diversifying the nations economy and deliver in the fight against corruption. The agreements signed by the president covered Anti-Corruption, Tax []

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22:23

Kano agog for Buhari support rally New Telegraph Online

A Unity Support Rally for President Buhari organized by the combined Kano and Jigawa States government and in collaboration with the office of the President Special Assistant on Media Shaaban Sharada has paralysed Business activities in the ancient City. Already hundreds of thousands of supporters of the president have forced business shops, markets and other []

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22:18

BREAKING: Anti-Corruption: #BringBackDiezani Daily Sit-Out hits Abuja on Monday New Telegraph Online

Following recent mind-boggling allegations of corruption and wanton looting of public funds against the former Minister for Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke by EFCC, organisers of the #ResumeOrResign protest is set to begin a #BringBackDiezani campaign calling for the immediate repatriation and trial of the Ex-minister. The campaign is headed by Charles Chaley Boy Oputa and Deji Adeyanju. []

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22:09

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The CIA and Me "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital surveillance, agile drones, and biometric identification...

21:44

South Africa rare black oryx killed by poor poachers for food Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Rare buck, valued at R8m, killed for food

Northern Cape / 23 August 2017, 09:06am / Norma Wildenboer

The three accused appeared in the Barkly Magistrates Court. Picture: Diamond Fields Advertiser
Kimberley Three young men appeared in the Barkly West Magistrates Court on Tuesday for allegedly poaching an extremely rare black oryx, believed to be the only one of its kind in South Africa and valued at around R8 million, on a game farm outside Kimberley last year.Tshkolo William Dikoko, 26, Thabang Riet, 18, and a 17-year-old minor appeared on charges relating to the contravention of the Conservation Act, as well as trespassing, after allegedly hunting the black oryx (a protected species) without a permit and also using prohibited hunting methods (dogs and stones) during the incident that occurred at the Mattanu Private Game Reserve on November 16 last year.

The trio were arrested after an intelligence operation led police to them and some of the animals meat was found in their possession. However, some of the meat had apparently already been eaten.

All three accused pleaded guilty to trespassing but not guilty to the charges of hunting a protected species without a permit and hunting with prohibited methods.

The owner of Mattanu Private Game Reserve, Dr Johan Kriek, testified for the State that the animal was the only black oryx in South Africa that he knew of, after a second black oryx was killed by lightning.

He also warned that all camps in the reserve contained buffalo, which pose a danger to humans.

The three accused took to the witness stand on Tuesday and testified in their own defence, after the State had earlier closed its case.

The three testified that they had been hunting for bush pigs with some dogs, belonging to the minor accused, when they came across a hole under the reserves fence. They said they entered the area, together with the dogs.

They went on to say that they then heard the dogs barking in the distance and on closer inspection found the injured black oryx surrounded by the dogs, which were biting and attacking the animal.

The accused then apparently pelted the buck with stones until it died. They said that they did...

14:30

Why Does US Military Have Records On 2013 Egyptian Military Coup? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Egyptian army chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, led a coup against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The Egyptian constitution was subsequently suspended. When it happened, President Barack Obama avoided the use of the word coup to describe what unfolded. This was to ensure U.S. military aid continued to flow to the country. And, as The Guardian noted, Ties between the Pentagon and the Egyptian military [were] already close.

10:30

Interview with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Constituent Assembly, is going to bring order in terms of justice, as it is already doing, in institutional terms, in the State, in the economy Interview with President Nicolas Maduro for the Jos Vicente Hoy program August 18th 2017 Translated Tortilla con Sal Original Spanish Jose Vicente Rangel: Friends, Im in the Salon Simon...

10:30

Venezuela: A Rich Country that Loves Freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eminent Venezuelan intellectual Luis Britto Garca joins the debate and sheds light on issues of importance in his country today Alina Perera Robbio | perera@juventudrebelde.cu I wont drag out the issue. We are standing on the worlds largest oil deposits, and everything else is related to this, a young Venezuelan explains to me why his...

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