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Friday, 16 February


BREAKING: Under-age voters: INEC chairman sends investigative team to Kano Newtelegraph

National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the Commission will probe incidences of under-age voters recently experienced during the local government election in Kano State. Speaking on Friday in Lagos at the 2019 Election Project Plan Implementation Workshop organised for the top brass of the commission, Yakubu said INEC is disturbed []

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From Mexico to Africa, israels dark history of training war criminals, gangs and oppression "IndyWatch Feed War"

FROM MEXICO TO AFRICA, ISRAELS DARK HISTORY OF TRAINING WAR CRIMINALS, GANGS & OPPRESSION 12.02.2018 Middle East Kit OConnell Despite its apartheid policies toward Palestinians and other minorities, Israel is often cited as the Middle Easts only democracy and a preserver of human rights within the region. Not only does this public image sharply contrast with []


Al-Shabaab terrorists kill 3 teachers in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed War"

NAIROBI, Kenya: Three teachers are confirmed dead after Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a primary school in northeastern Kenya early Friday, police confirmed. The al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group operating in the Horn of Africa is said to have entered the Qarsa school in Wajir County through the porous Kenya-Somali border, some 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the []



Somali forces destroy Al-Shabaab bases in southern Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOGADISHU- Somali forces backed by African Union forces destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia, the military said. Lower Shabelle region military commander Ibrahim Aden Najah told journalists on Thursday that the forces raided the bases in Kurtunwarey and destroyed the bases used by the militants to attack Somali and Amisom []



Qatar Charity provides drinking water to Somalis "IndyWatch Feed War"

DOHA: Qatar Charity has drilled and rehabilitated 316 artesian and surface wells last year to provide safe drinking water to as many as 350,000 people in Somalia, which made 2017 the most abundant year yet in the field of water and sanitation. Qatar Charity implemented these projects in needy and poor areas of Somalia to []



UNHCR Special Envoy for Somalia commends South Africa for hosting Somali refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

PRETORIA, South Africa The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation. South Africa has a generous policy that grants asylum seekers and refugees free movement, access to jobs []



Urhobo Youths Support Osinbajo On Creation Of State Police Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUAY 16TH (URHOBOODAY)-The Urhobo Youth Council, UYC, has backed Vice President Yemi Osinbajos call for the creation of state police in Nigeria.
UYC in a statement by its President, Comrade Festus Otesiri Igherebuo, made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State Wednesday, noted that the menace of violent herdsmen across the country was a valid proof for the establishment of state police.
While re-echoing Senator Ben Murray-Bruces statement that the problem with Nigeria is not people but the structure, the UYC leader said: If we dont fix our structure, even an angel will have challenges leading Nigeria. If we fail to practise true federalism, a time may come when the Federal Government has nothing to share to states but barrels of oil to look for buyers themselves.
The advancing security threats by the heartless herdsmen across the country has legitimised our call on the government to implement the demands for the establishment of state police across the country. it is imperative to give power to state policing for effectively optimization of community policing, thereby addressing security threats such as herdsmens terrorism and other social vices in the various localities will be violently addressed.
Nigeria is due to fashion true central advocacy system of government as reflected in developed countries for better society and advancing economic development. He added.


ANALYSIS: Bashir turns to 'old guard' enforcer to quell rising threats in Sudan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Salah 'Gosh' Abdullah, a notorious former security chief, brought in from the cold as president faces growing internal and external pressure


Kogi Signs Seven MOUs in two days Newtelegraph

A total of seven Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the Kogi State Government and private partners over the two-day Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit, which ended yesterday, 14th February. Four of the MOUs were signed with energy companies while two were with agriculture companies. The last was with a global tourism brand, that []

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Energy Impact Investor, All On Seals Three Off-Grid Investments For Niger Delta Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)- Nigerian off-grid energy investment company, All On, has announced financial close with three firms for accelerated access to affordable and sustainable energy sources in the Niger Delta.
Chief Executive Officer of All On, Dr. Boer Wiebe, announced a follow up to the equity investment made in 2017 to Nigeria Solar Home System market leader, Lumos Global BV, in the form of a debt facility to facilitate a quick rollout in the Niger Delta. All On is also providing equity and debt to Port Harcourt based Green Village Electricity (GVE), Nigerias leading mini-grid player, for expansion in the Niger Delta and across Nigeria, while ColdHubs is receiving a convertible debt facility to expand its solar-powered marketplace cold storage business to new markets in the region.
These developments are coming barely three months after All-On announced its first set of transactions in Nigerias off-grid market, and two months after the firm and U.S. Africa Development Foundation (USADF) announced a $3 million partnership to expand access to energy for underserved and unserved markets in Nigeria.
The investments made in these energy solution providers further demonstrate our firm belief that off-grid energy is indispensable in the improvement of Nigerias energy narrative. It therefore deserves adequate attention and financial backing from both the public and private sectors. Dr. Boer said.
Commenting, Lumoss CEO Davidi Vortman, said: This debt facility from All On both cements the s...


Homosexuality: Pastor Nabbed For Defiling 10-Year-Old Boy In Asaba Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A pastor has been arrested by police for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old boy in Asaba, Delta state capital. The suspect identified as Dr. Prophet Chinonso Udemezue, a senior pastor with The Chosen One To Rule Ministry prophesied that the little boy, Oluchukwu will be kidnapped.
Out of fear, the boys guardian hurriedly took Oluchukwu to the Prophets house for prayers and safe keeping.
It was the first time hes doing it to me. At night he gave me his phone and played a film of people naked. He removed my clothes and rubbed something like oil and inserted his penis into my Anus, little Oluchukwu reportedly said.
The prophet, church members are begging for settlement.
According to reports, the boys aunt wants to collect money to settle the case but has been sternly warned against that. .
The case is set to be handed over to office of Public Defender Ministry of Justice in Asaba, according to reports.


The Dendera LightbulbEvidence of Advanced Ancient Technology? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Dendera LightbulbEvidence of Advanced Ancient Technology?

By Ancient Code

The Temple of Dendera, dedicated to the goddess Hathor, is one of the most mysterious ancient temples built by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. Located some 2.5 km southeast of Dendera, this ancient temple is one of the best preserved Egyptian complexes, especially its central temple, thanks to which it remained buried by sand and mud until it was unearthed by Auguste Mariette in the middle of the 19th century.

Temple of Hathor, Dendera. Image Credit: Shutterstock

The area belonged to the sixth nome of Upper Egypt, south of Abydos.

The complex consists of:

  • Hathor temple (the main temple)
  • Temple of the birth of Isis
  • Sacred Lake
  • Sanatorium
  • Mammisi of Nectanebo II
  • Christian Basilica
  • Roman Mammisi
  • a Barque shrine
  • Gateways of Domitian and Trajan
  • the Roman Kiosk

The main temple features a set of reliefs that is unlike any other ancient Egyptian art.

Knowns as the Dendera Light, a mysterious relief has raised numerous questions among experts. Is it possible that thousands of years ago, just before humanity decided to start writing down history, technologies far greater than what weve ever imagined, existed on earth?

The Dendera Lighbulb raises numerous questions. Located on the wall inside the tem...


Gunmen kill 41 in Zamfara Newtelegraph

Herdsmen kill two NSCDC officers in Benue Bandits have killed about 41 people at Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. A resident of the area, Bello Muhammad Zurmi, said in a telephone interview with our correspondent that at about 5p.m. on Wednesday the gunmen ambushed a Cantar truck conveying over 20 []

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APC faction queries el-Rufai, suspends aides Newtelegraph

Senator, others open parallel secretariat Gov: They are drowning political traders   The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new dimension yesterday as a faction of the party loyal to the senator representing Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi, opened a parallel secretariat of the party in the state. []

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Ambrose battle ready for Aberdeen clash Newtelegraph

Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, is fired up for this weekends Scottish topflight encounter between his team, Hibernian FC and Aberdeen. The match slated for Saturday will be crucial to the European ticket ambition of Hibernian FC especially after beating highly-rated Rangers 2-1 last week. This time, Hibernian, with 44 points from 26 games, will []

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Nigerias $2.5bn Eurobond excites global investors Newtelegraph

 offer in excess of $11.5bn   Nigerias dual tranche Eurobond offering of $2.5 billion yesterday attracted signifcant interest from leading global institutional investors with a peak order book of over $11.5 billion. The Notes comprise a $1.25 billion 12-year series and a $1.25 billion 20-year series. The 12-year series will bear interest at a rate []

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APC sacks Kogi state chairman, 38 officials Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, announced the expulsion of its Kogi State Chairman, Haddi Ametuo, and 38 others from the party. The ruling party hinged the action on alleged gross misconduct and anti-party activities. The office of the National Vice-Chairman (North Central) of the party accused Ametuo and 38 others of working against []

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When kidnapped sisters returned, thanked God Newtelegraph

Recently, the faithful, comprising the priests, the religious and the laity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin, rolled out drums in praise and thanksgiving to God at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish, Benin, Edo State. They came to mark the release and safe return of the three kidnapped reverend sisters and three other aspirants of the []

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Burglary: FAAN deploys armed vehicles in Lagos airport Newtelegraph

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has raised security alert at nations aerodromes with the deployment of additional 10 heavily armed Hilux patrol vehicles to the airside of Lagos airport. This is coming amid the escalation of burglary of airplanes on the holding section of the Lagos airport by unknown persons who constitute security []

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Power surge forces Senates adjournment Newtelegraph

An electrical upsurge from the technical apartment at the basement of the Senate wing of the National Assembly, yesterday, truncated Senate proceedings during plenary. The upsurge, which enveloped the ground and first floors of the wing with thick smoke for about an hour, prevented prompt commencement of proceedings and subsequently compelled the apex legislative chamber []

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When Reps moved against IGP Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives recently urged President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, of his duties. PHILIP NYAM reviews the events that culminated into the resolution   It is certainly not the best of times for the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. The House of Representatives last week []

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SAfrica: From Zuma to Ramaphosa Newtelegraph

Wednesdays resignation of President Jacob Zuma and yesterdays swearingin of Cyril Ramaphosa, has set up a fresh political trajectory for South Africa, WALE ELEGBEDE reports     In a space of 24-hours, an era came to an end in South Africa and another also berthed in the Rainbow nation. After holding the reins of power []

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10 Things You Probably Dont Know About The Lost City Of Atlantis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

10 Things You Probably Dont Know About The Lost City Of Atlantis

By Brandon Roh

We have all heard of Atlantis, the legendary island that sank into the sea in a single day and night. But who came up with it, was Atlantis a real place, and is there more to the story than this?

We get the story of Atlantis from the Greek philosopher Plato. Really, from two of his writings, Timaeus and Critias. The books date to around 360 BC.

In them, Plato wrote that the Greek sage Solon was given the story in Egypt by a priest. Upon his return, Solon shared the story with his relative Dropides. Then Dropides passed it down to his son Critias, who told his grandson, also named Critias, who finally shared it with the philosopher Socrates and others who were present.

This list should not be taken as historical fact but as a true account of what Plato wrote. Whether we decide to believe in the legend is our own choice, but we can probably agree that this might have been the first recorded game of telephone.

Many books and TV shows have been made about the possible location of Atlantis. A quick Google search will show that some people say Santorini is Atlantis, while others believe that the waters off Bimini are hiding a road to the lost city. However, if we look at Platos text, it tells us where the submerged island once stood.

The text reads that Atlantis came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean. It goes on to say that there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you [referring to ancient Greeks], called the Pillars o...


Rising concern over refugee influx into Uganda "IndyWatch Feed World"

The refugee influx into Uganda from D R Congo is increasingly worrying, warns an international NGO.


Challenges facing the women of India "IndyWatch Feed World"

India has become a very special place to me and is very close to my heart. I traveled there this past December and think about it everyday. I learned a lot while there; things ranging from what it is like to be a girl in this country to what the Hindu gods stand for. The thing that had the largest impact on me was the girls I got to meet. While here, I got to learn more about the girls my age there and what their life is supposed to look like according to the Indian culture. Reading about crimes against women and hearing personal experiences first hand are both extremely devastating. But I believe this devastating and sad topic is one that needs to get more light shone on it because of the grand issue it is. I began reading all about challenges being faced by women in India and after meeting these beautiful women I have been interested in looking deeper into it. I have started to research about some of the major challenges that women do face and found articles with very interesting and alarming things.

Some challenges that women face in India range from high infant mortality rates, to extremely low literacy rates, to violent crimes against women including rape. A poll has rated India as the the worlds fourth most dangerous country for a woman, behind only Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan. There are notable differences about how girls and boys are treated by their family members and their community.  This can include things from the food they are allowed to eat to their education. Most girls are just brought up to be a housewife to then get married by her teen years and leave home with their new husband and his family. They are born into a constant cycle of discrimination and being considered as a lesser individual. In fact, an article I found says, From the time they are born or not born and continuing till late in life when they become wives or mothers, its a vicious cycle . of discrimination, and violence keeps on continuing.

There have been several reports of rape and other violent crimes against women and there are more than likely thousands that go unreported or unnoticed. Some really alarming crimes against women include young girls being raped by groups of men and then left to deal with their injuries alone. In addition to these crimes, baby girls that do not initially get aborted are left in heaps of garbage because girls are viewed as a burden and can be costly when they must be married away. It is not a privilege to have a little girl here and reading about the amount of women deaths they experience really makes me feel.

Women have been battling against discrimination since the beginning of time. In history, women are viewed as lesser than men. To help combat this issue there have been organizations formed and people speaking out about the injustices and unfairne...


Le groupe franais Somdiaa se lance dans la filire mas, au Cameroun et au Congo "IndyWatch Feed World"

14 Feb 2018 | Agence EcofinMais le groupe reste peu disert sur le sujet


Link Pan-African News Wire

Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa's new president on Thursday, 15 February, meaning the country has a new first family.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Tshepo Motsepe.

Lungelo Matangira
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa welcomed a new president on Thursday 15 February in Cyril Ramaphosa and along with him comes a new first family. But, who are Ramaphosa's wife and children?

Unlike the wives and children of former presidents Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, Ramaphosa, like former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, has managed to mostly keep his family out of the spotlight.

However, the Ramaphosas have now been thrust into the spotlight and will naturally receive more attention.

Here's the little that we know about them, so far:


Dr Tshepo Motsepe is a qualified medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Public Health [MPH] in Maternal Child Health and Aging from the Harvard School of Public Health. She also has a host of other qualifications in business and entrepreneurship.

Motsepe is the older sister of South African business mogul, Patrice Motsepe and has a sister, Bridgette Radebe, who is married to Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe.

Motsepe is Ramaphosa's second wife and they have three children together.

Ramaphosa was previously married to businesswoman, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa, with whom he has one child. The couple divorced.


Not much is known about the Ramaphosa children. Media reports about them are very scarce and they are seemingly not on social media.

Son - Andile Ramaphosa: There is a Twitter account using the name Andile Ramaphosa, but it's not verified, neither is it very active.

Son - Tumelo Ramaphosa: Just like his father, Tumelo Ramaphosa is a businessman. He is the CEO StudEx Wild Life.

He has a Master of Science qualification from the Hult International Business School and is based in San Francisco.


Link Pan-African News Wire

President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday afternoon, 15 February 2018. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

Gaye Davis & Clement Manyathela
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN Cyril Ramaphosa gave his maiden speech as president in the National Assembly, where he promised to serve the people of South Africa to the best of his ability.

Ramaphosa has set the tone for his new role as South Africas president.

He also spoke of the need to grow the economy, to combat corruption and sort out state-owned companies, promising concrete steps in his State of the Nation Address on Friday night.

I do believe when one is elected in this type of position, you basically become a servant of the people of South Africa. And I will seek to execute that task with humility, with faithfulness and with dignity as well. That is what I will seek to do.

Responding to opposition party Members of Parliament, Ramaphosa said he would strive for parties to work together to improve the lives of South Africans, agreeing with the Pan Africanist Congress that it is not yet Uhuru after the partys leader urged him to deal with the land question.

Ramaphosa told Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, who told Ramaphosa he would see him at the 2019 elections, to "stop grandstanding", saying he would be seeing him regularly at Parliament.

The first sitting of the National Assembly for the year started with the Economic Freedom Fighters pushing for the dissolution of Parliament and protesting the election of Ramaphosa.

It wasnt long before the red berets left the house.

We will not be participating the in the election of the president because its an illegal activity. Weve already instructed our lawyers to try [to] look at the legal implications of what these guys are doing here.

And then the business of the day started, with Cyril Ramaphosa being elected uncontested.

It would be wonderful if the level of debate in this house can be raised to a level where we really begin to e...


President Jacob Zuma resigns "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday, bringing an end to his scandal-marred tenure and leaving the nations leadership in the hands of the ruling African National Congresss new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC should never be divided in my name, Zuma said in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation.

I have therefore come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect, he said.

Zuma, 75, said no life should be lost in his name and that no leader should stay longer than the people want him to.

Zuma nonetheless said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Ramaphosa as party president in December.

He spoke after the ANC announced it would hold a parliamentary vote of no-confidence in him on Thursday.

Ramaphosa, who was served as Deputy President since 2014, will become acting president and the National Assembly must choose a replacement for Zuma within 30 days.



Acute Pantsuit Inconsistency Shows Internal Disregard For Their Illusion of "Franchise" "IndyWatch Feed World"

On February 12, 2018:

The United States warned the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday against using an electronic voting system for a long-delayed presidential election in December this year because it has the potential to undermine the credibility of the poll. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told an informal U.N. Security Council meeting on the Congolese electoral process that deploying "an unfamiliar technology for the first time during a crucial election is an enormous risk."

Two days later:

Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administrations efforts to protect polls from hackers. "We cannot let the Russians laugh about and take joy in the success they had in the last election," Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, told a news conference. "Their goal is to undermine democracy."

The hidden gem, of course being:

The Democrats Election Security Act would allocate $1 billion in grants, overseen by the U.S. Election Commission, this year to help states buy voting machines that incorporate backup paper ballots, hire security staff and conduct risk assessments.

That is to say: a lightly-cloaked mandate for the installation of Diebold-style "user friendly" mechanisms for untraceable ballot-stuffing in place of the traditional paper-punch machines which were reintroduced in a number of U.S. states following the 2004 "hanging chads" e-voting election. And, naturally, a quite-undisguised mandate for the institution of a centralized bureaucracy which will centrally supply properly kosher voting machines, centrally networked, which are to produce properly kosher, per the DNC's lights, electoral outcomes.

It would seem that USG now pushes one voodoo in one of its Congoes, and a polar-opposite hoodoo in the other, without unsurprisingly much in the way of an explanation.


A breathe of fresh air in Saudi Arabia? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A breathe of fresh air in Saudi Arabia?

Prince Salman has has now risen to an important position in Saudi Arabia and has gained serious political, military and Intel power.

By Preston James, Ph.D

The squeeze is now on many of the Royal Princes in Saudi Arabia who have abused their system and helped themselves to far too much oil revenue.

Prince Salman is now fully supported by his father and has also gained full support of Saudi Intel and the Saudi Military High Command.

Prince Salman is the Saudi First Deputy Prime Minister, the President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and the Minister of Defense, and is very well educated as an Attorney.

It has been rumored but not demonstrated that Prince Salman gained support from the Saudi Military and Intel for agreeing to run a campaign against Yemen which has now failed. Perhaps this action originated from Israeli Likudists who have a long history of easily manipulating the Saudi High Command and Saudi Intel and also being conned by the CIA and Israelis into financing their frequent terror operations. Prince Salman is highly intelligent and is expected to quickly learn from such mistakes.

Prince Salman is a genuine tough guy, a serious nationalist and patriot, is not messing around, and is deadly serious about balancing Saudi Books for the first time in many years. It is now expected that he will do whatever is necessary to help Saudi Arabia survive as a nation-state, even if major social and economic changes are required.

He mandated a new law that women can now drive and more western type changes are coming. He is appears to be committed to westernizing Saudi Arabia as necessary to develop strong business relationships and trade pacts with other nations.

So far he is not at any risk for a coup detat despite the fact some powerful, older royal princes who were displaced from power by him have tried (and failed) and do not want to yield their previous power and excess wealth.

So far there is still oppression of dissent in Saudi Arabia, maybe even worse right now for a while. But it is expected to decrease over time as Saudi Arabia becomes more westernized in order to develop economically and learns to cooperate with other nations.

It is likely that Prince Salman knows th...


Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hailemariam Desalegn says he has submitted his resignation as both Ethiopia's prime minister and chairman of the country's ruling coalition. Hailemariam's announcement comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has been releasing thousands of political prisoners to ease tensions. "Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many," Hailemariam said in a televised address on Thursday. "I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy," he said.


Iran Accuses Lizards And Chameleons Of Espionage "IndyWatch Feed World"


Iranian military advisor Hassan Firuzabadi told media outlets earlier this week that lizards lurking deep in the uranium mines were spying on the Iranian government. The lizards are being accused of attracting atomic waves and delivering intel to the United States on the nuclear actions of Iran.

According to National Geographic, Firuzabadis comments came after being asked about a group of environmentalists under arrest since late January. The Times of Israel, a local Iranian news agency, quoted Firuzabadi as saying that in the environmentalists possession the Iranians found lizards and chameleons, claiming these animals were deployed to find out where Iran was mining and developing uranium.

Firuzabadi said the espionage effort has failed, even though he believes the lizards skin attracts atomic waves. But scientists disagree with Irans military advisor. Lizard skin isnt capable of absorbing measurable atomic waves, say scientists, and as cold-blooded animals, the lizards likely would not have sought out cool, dark caves. (Although these cave-dwelling crocs may be becoming a new species.)

This isnt the first time an animal has been accused of being an international spy. In 2007, Iran detained 14 squirrels that local news agencies said were equipped with spying equipment. Allegedly, the squirrels had some sort of small recording or radio device that was used for eavesdropping. At the time, national police confirmed they were aware of the story, but did not divulge more information about where they thought the squirrels came from or what happened to them.

The Saudis have also detained animals and accused them of espionage. An Israeli vulture was detained in 2011 by the Saudi Arabian government....


Correlation Not Causation: the Link Between Terrorism and Islam "IndyWatch Feed World"

Since time immemorial, it has been an article of faith of every Muslim that suicide is Haram (prohibited) in Islam. There is a well-known Islamic precept that whoever commits suicide will go straight to hell. But the Takfirists (those who declare others as heretics) have invented a new interpretation of Islam in which suicide is glorified as martyrdom and suicide bombing is employed as a weapon to cause widespread fear.

Historically, suicide bombing as a weapon of war was invented by the Tamil Tigers during the eighties in their war against the Sri Lankan armed forces. The Tamils are a Hindu ethnic group of northern Sri Lanka who were marginalized by the Buddhist majority and they led a civil war in the country from 1976 until they were defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces Northern Offensive in 2009.

Among the Muslims, suicide bombing as a tactical weapon was first adopted by the Islamic Jihad in the Israel-Palestine conflict during the Second Intifada that lasted from 2000 to 2005. Then the transnational terrorists of al-Qaeda adopted suicide bombing as a weapon of choice in some of their audacious terror attacks in the US and Europe. And after that, all the regional militant groups including the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Shabab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have also adopted suicide bombing as a tactical weapon in their rebellions against regional adversaries.

The phenomena of militancy and insurgency anywhere in the world has less to do with religious extremism and more with the weak writ of the state in remote rural and tribal areas of the Third Worlds impoverished countries, which is sometimes further exacerbated by the deliberate arming of certain militant groups by regional and global players.

The Afghan jihadists of today, for instance, are a legacy of the Cold War when they were trained and armed by the CIA against the former Soviet Union with the help of Pakistans security agencies and the Gulfs petrodollars. Similarly, the Islamic States militants in Syria and Iraq are a product of Washingtons proxy war in Syria in which Sunni militants were trained and armed in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan to battle the Shia-led government in Syria in order to contain the Shia resistance comprised of Iran, Syria and their Lebanon-based proxy, Hezbollah, which constituted a threat to Israels regional security.



US Blames Iran and Syria for Israeli Aggression "IndyWatch Feed World"

US Blames Iran and Syria for Israeli Aggression | benjamin-netanyahu | World News

Washington and Israel coordinate their military activities, partnering in regional aggression.

Both countries bear full responsibility for preemptive Israeli attacks against Syrian targets on Saturday.

Do they signal more to come or will Israel back off after Syria downed one of its warplanes, one or more others reportedly struck and damaged?

Does Syria have upgraded air defense capability able to give Israel pause about further aerial attacks on the country even from Lebanese or its own airspace?

Saturdays pre-dawn incident marked the first time an Israeli warplane was shot down since its aggression on Lebanon in 1982 so-called Operation Peace for Galilee.

At the time, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir said its war on Lebanon was launched because of a terrible dangernot so much a military one as a political one.

No threat or justification existed. Around 18,000 Palestinians and Lebanese were massacred before it ended, including thousands in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, then-defense minister Ariel Sharon using Phalangist gunmen to do Israeli dirty work in the camps.

Hezbollah was born out of Israels 1982 Lebanon aggression. Today its a formidable resistance force against its imperial aims, along with being part of the Lebanese government.

On Saturday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert defended Israeli aggression on Syria, saying:

The United States is deeply concerned about todays escalation of violence over Israels border and strongly supports Israels sovereign right to defend itself, adding:

Irans calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the region from Yemen to Lebanon at risk.

The US continues to push back on the totality of Irans malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability.

The White House a...


Serb Nationalism and the Ignition of the Balkans: why we should remain wary of a Greater Serbia History's Shadow

There are concerns in some quarters that rising tensions and ultra-nationalist influence in the Balkans are being overlooked in light of the myriad other crises affecting the world today. Serbia, in particular, has seen an erosion of its democracy under nationalist President Aleksandar Vucic, whose government has made it known in not particularly subtle Continue reading "Serb Nationalism and the Ignition of the Balkans: why we should remain wary of a Greater Serbia"


Prevent must be 'revamped' says UK's top counter-terrorism police officer "IndyWatch Feed War"


Neil Basu also warned that Libya was gradually becoming the new focus for international security threats


Katsina govt procure fertilizers for wet farming season Newtelegraph

The Katsina state government has procured enough metric tones of fertilizer for the next wet farming season. Gov Aminu Bello Masari announced this today when he received members of the rice farmers association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in the government house. He said the government has since procured and distributed the dry season fertilizer to irrigation []

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Jihadists looking to Egypts Sinai for new home base: army "IndyWatch Feed War"


EGYPTIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY/AFP | An image grab taken from a handout video released by Egypts defence ministry on February 9, 2018 shows Egypts army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai
CAIRO (AFP)  After crushing blows in Iraq and Syria, global jihadists could be eyeing Egypts Sinai Peninsula as a new home base, the army said Thursday, as it presses an offensive in the region.Cairo last week announced a major operation against jihadists across swathes of territory, including the volatile region which has been at the heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency.

The security sweep in the Sinai, Nile Delta and Western Desert near the border with Libya comes as the country prepares for polls next month in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking re-election.

Army spokesman Tamer el-Refai said at a press conference broadcast Thursday that intelligence showed that jihadists were planning to create a new terrorist home base in another area that could potentially be the Sinai Peninsula.

The spokesman told a tightly controlled press conference that 53 jihadists have been killed since the start of the operation, while more than 600 people have been detained.

There was no way to independently verify the figures given.

In November, Sisi ordered his armed forces chief of staff to restore security in Sinai within three months after militants killed more than 300 worshippers at a mosque.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April last year, after two suicide bombings at churches claimed by IS killed at least 45 people in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.


Angola authorities seize pangolin scales and 21kg of ivory Africa Sustainable Conservation News


Angolan authorities seized more than 21 kg of ivory in three months
Sapo 24
February 14, 2018

The Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) seized between August and October
2017 more than 21 kilograms of worked and unworked ivory, corresponding to


South African President Zuma Offers Resignation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In a speech on Wednesday, South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation effective immediately after losing the support of his party, the African National Congress (ANC). He has been president since May 2009, but has been significantly pressured to resign under allegations of corruption.

By Sputnik International

Zuma, the fourth president of the young republic, announced his resignation (with protest) after a 30-minute speech. He is the second president of South Africa to resign. In the past, the 75-year-old Zuma has been referred to as The Teflon President for constantly being embroiled in corruption scandals but holding onto his power, and the support of the dominant ANC.

But he lost that support earlier in February, when ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa publicly stated that the ANC would hold a vote of no confidence on Thursday.

It is now public knowledge that the ANC resolved to recall me as the president of the republic, Zuma said during his resignation speech. I have now been compelled to resign after a promise for a vote of no confidence [in the National Assembly]tomorrow.

The ANC is indeed the party on whose nomination I became a candidate for the presidency it was on the ANCs nomination that I was later elected by the majority in the National Assembly as the president of the republic. I am forever indebted to the ANC, the liberation movement, which Ive served almost all my life. I respect each member and leader of this glorious movement. I respect its gallant fight against sanctuaries of white minority brutality whose relics remain today and continue to be entrenched in all manner of sophisticated ways in order to ensure the continued survival of white privilege.

I was also elected in terms of section 86 of the constitution, and from that moment pledged my loyalty to the constitution of the Republic of South Africa it has been a mammoth task, one that can never be done without difficulty and learning along the way. None of us, no matter how perfect...


PS. Explain This: Qatar's Continued Isolation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Since June, Qatar has suffered a crippling air and sea blockade orchestrated by its powerful Arab neighbors  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Egypt and Bahrain have since gotten on board, and now, more than eight months on, Qatar's withering isolation shows no sign of abating. PS Associate Editor Greg Bruno explains.

PS. Explain This: Qatar's Continued Isolation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Since June, Qatar has suffered a crippling air and sea blockade orchestrated by its powerful Arab neighbors  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Egypt and Bahrain have since gotten on board, and now, more than eight months on, Qatar's withering isolation shows no sign of abating. PS Associate Editor Greg Bruno explains.


The Illusion of Reality "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Illusion of Reality

By Dr. Richard Alan Miller

The Mandela Effect, and Memory

A new internet meme, related to confabulation, is known as the Mandela Effect. This is a situation where a number of people have memories that are different from available evidence. The term was coined by Fiona Broome, who says she, and other people, remember Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s, rather than in 2013.

She argues that common memories which appear mistaken could be explained by the existence of parallel universes that are able to interact with each other. A common thread of discussion regarding this effect is misremembering the Berenstain Bears being spelled as, Berenstein Bears.

The Mandela Effect is named after South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who became a topic of interest in the year 2010 by people noticing with surprise that he was alive at that timesince many people remembered him having died while incarcerated.

Observations of dead people alive again are just one of many types of Mandela Effects, with other notable examples including changes to song lyrics, movie dialogue, movie scenes, physical geography, physiological anatomy, and product names.

The Mandela Effect is one of those things most people wont believe in until it happens to them. Like falling in love or going through heartbreak, the Mandela Effect is something you have to experience in order to fully embrace.

And even then, it often takes more than one or two experiences to break through the resistance most of us have to accepting the existence of something that fundamentally challenges our unspoken foundational assumption that facts and historical events dont change.

When we encounter something indicating evidence that in fact, history has changedit feels shocking to discover some of the lines have been canceled and washed out! We seem to be approaching tipping point where its getting harder for scoffers to say theres no such thing as the Mandela Effect / reality shifts / alternate histories.

Some scoffers have leapt to the conclusion that Mandela Effect experiencers who are noticing long- familiar words in movies, TV shows, books, and products are most likely suddenly sharing false memories, due to the fact that human memories are not fully reliable.

When we consider the matter of confabulation an...


Daily Digest 2/15 - London Bankers Contemplate Imminent Crash, The African Anthropocene "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Daily Digest 2/15 - London Bankers Contemplate Imminent Crash, The African Anthropocene
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What exactly did Aboul-Fotouh say before his arrest? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Head of Egypt's Strong Party Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh was detained on Wednesday following an interview in which he criticised Sisi


Three Keys to a New South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

After nearly a decade of Jacob Zuma's misrule, South Africans are eager for a leader who can reverse their country's political and economic fortunes. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa may have the mandate to do so, but delivering change will require urgent measures to boost economic growth in the short term and long-term potential output.


Link Pan-African News Wire

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as the new president of South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa reacts as he hugs National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete after being elected by the members of Parliament prior to his swearing in as South Africa's new president. Picture: AFP.

Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as the new president of South Africa.

He was elected unopposed a short while ago.

After objections and a walkout by the Economic Freedom Fighters, there was ultimately only one nomination for the vacant position as head of state.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng put the question to acting President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Honourable acting president, do you accept the nomination?

Ramaphosa responded, Yes I do.

Then the moment so many had been waiting for.

The nomination is in order. Accordingly, in terms of item 5 of part A of Schedule 3 to the Constitution, I declare the honourable Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the duly elected president of the Republic of South Africa.

Jubilant ANC MPs leapt to their feet, cheering and clapping and singing in praise of the man who will now lead the country and their party to next years elections.

After declaring Ramaphosa the new president, and some singing in the house, the Chief Justice handed the chair back to Baleka Mbete who presided over statements from political parties on the election of Ramaphosa as the country's new president.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says the opposition will continue to hold the African National Congress to account.

We dont have a Jacob Zuma problem; we have an ANC problem. And I want to say this; that this is a moment in our country where we must move Section 50 and go back to the people of South Africa and ask them for a fresh mandate.

"So, that we can bring a new beginning to South Africa. So, that the people who are without work can find work, the hungry can find food; those who a...


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Ethiopia's PM Offers Resignation to Help Reforms After Mass Unrest
Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopias Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition in an effort to facilitate reforms following years of widespread unrest.

Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many, Hailemariam said in a televised address to the nation.

I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy, he said. The prime minister leads the nation under Ethiopias political system.

Hundreds of people have died in violence sparked in 2015 and 2016 in the countrys two most populous regions - Oromiya and Amhara. The unrest began as opposition to an urban development plan for the capital Addis Ababa, but morphed into public demonstrations against political restrictions, land grabbing and human rights abuses.

Some foreign-owned firms were attacked in the violence, which dented investor confidence in East Africas largest and fastest growing economy.

Hailemariam said he would stay on as prime minister in a caretaker capacity until the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the countrys parliament accepted his resignation and named a new premier.

The ruling coalition has accepted his resignation, state-affiliated outlets said. It was not immediately clear when a new premier was to be announced.

His resignation follows lingering violence that pressured the government to release more than 6,000 of political prisoners since January.

Most of the released prisoners, which included high level opposition figures and journalists, were detained for alleged involvement in the mass protests.

The prime minister had pushed for even more releases, said a regional analyst familiar with Ethiopian politics. He asked not to be named in order not to jeopardise his relationship with the government.

He (the Prime Minister) wanted more prisoners released - I think he wanted to empty the jails of all political prisoners. Remember he also ordered the closure of th...


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Ethiopia PM Hailemariam Desalegn in Surprise Resignation
BBC World Service

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned amid deadly anti-government protests, state TV reports.

In a televised address, he said his resignation was "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".

Mr Hailemariam, who has led the country since 2012, also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition.

His departure follows a national state of emergency that ended last year.

Ethiopia's largest regions, Oromia and Amhara, have seen waves of demonstrations in recent months.

In the latest violence, 10 people were killed and dozens more injured following an opposition protest.

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza, in the capital Addis Ababa, says the government has released thousands of opposition supporters from jail, but the protests have continued.

The country has witnessed repeated violent clashes since 2015, with protesters calling for political and economic reform, and an end to state corruption.

The ongoing disturbances have led to deep divisions in the governing coalition, says Mary Harper, Africa Editor for the BBC World Service.

Some of Ethiopia's powerful elites have come to see the prime minister as weak and lacking in direction, she says.

A weak and turbulent Ethiopia is risky for the entire Horn of Africa, our correspondent adds, as this normally stable state is seen as key to holding the region together.

Mr Hailemariam said he will stay on as a caretaker prime minister until Ethiopia's parliament and ruling coalition accept his resignation and choose a replacement.


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President Jacob Zuma Has Resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday Night
Read Zuma's full statement below:

Statement of the president of the Republic of South Africa, JG Zuma on the decision of the African National Congress to recall him

Members of the Media, present here

Fellow South Africans, I address you after weeks of speculation about my future as President of the Republic of South Africa.

In particular, I make reference to the much publicized and awaited decision of the African National Congress issued on 13 February 2018. It is now public knowledge that the National Executive Committee of the ANC resolved to recall me as the President of the Republic.

I have also learned that, before I respond to the initial decision, a new decision has been made by the ANC, whose effect is that I have now been compelled to resign by way of a motion of no confidence, set down for tomorrow, 15 February 2018.

The ANC is indeed the party on whose nomination I became a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa after its victory of the national elections of 2014.

It was on the ANCs nomination that I was later elected by the majority in the National Assembly as the President of the Republic. I am forever indebted to the ANC, the liberation movement I have served almost all my life.

I respect each member and leader of this glorious movement. I respect its gallant fight against centuries of white minority brutality, whose relics remain today and continue to be entrenched in all manner of sophisticated ways, in order to ensure the continued survival of white privilege.

I do take seriously and am grateful to the ANC that, in the face of its revolutionary mission to ensure a better life for all and the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa, it deployed me at the pinnacle of its role in government.

I was also elected in terms of section 86 of the Constitution and from that moment pledged my loyalty to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. It has indeed been a great learning experience, a mammoth task, the performance of which can never be do...


JUST IN: Ramaphosa elected as South African president Newtelegraph

South African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the countrys new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party. Ramaphosa was chosen without a vote after being the only candidate nominated, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers at a special sitting of the parliament in Cape Town. []

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French President Macron wants more militarism "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Macron Leans Further Right as His Popularity Tanks

7 October 2017

As French President Emmanuel Macron continues his push for a stronger EU, its becoming very clear that his agenda is a traditionally right-wing, pro-business agenda, says author and journalist Laura Raim.

By Alex Lantier in France:

French President Macron calls for the draft and threatens strikes on Syria

15 February 2018

On Tuesday night, at a meeting of the French presidential press association, Emmanuel Macron called for a return of the draft and threatened possible air strikes in Syria, a former French colony. Coming only days after a US bombing killed dozens of Russian military contractors in Syria and Israel struck targets in Syria, this constitutes an unambiguous warning of the danger of...


Beyond the Crossing: Remote Viewing the Planet X Binary and Trinary System "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Interesting information and worth a listen. Discernment advised, as always. Ed.

In this segment, we cover the impending passage of the binary system, what to expect, Spiritual and physical preparation aspects, Laudas first hand experiencing of the Holographic construct, the role of 5G + agendas, remote viewing a high level celebrity briefed on the system, an Australian astrophysicist kin confirmation disclosure + more!

Part 1

Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, we further discuss aspects of the Binary passage effects, the New earth, the TransPlanting, the elements of the antiverse/anti-creation + more personal witnessing of relative events.

We must emphasize that the El-ites do not invest trillions of dollars over decades building and expanding deep underground base networks for hoax events, irregardless of what technologies they may themselves employ as part of end time events.

Biblical plagues really happened say scientists

This article omits much, though is a reference point for examining the scientific studied effects that led to exodus.- GL


This object goes by many names.. The Egyptians called it the Terrible Comet

The civilizations of South and Central American called it the Sky Serpent

The Hopi Indians called it Sasquasohah

The Babylonians called it Marduk

The Chinese called it The Red Dragon

The Sumerians called it Nibiru or Planet of the Crossing.

Other civilizations called it The Winged or Horned Disk, The Destroyer, The Death Comet among others.



Greg Palast: Republican Billionaire Paul Singer Sucks Donkey Dick Why Nunes Exposure of the FBI Matters. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Greg Palast

The Steele Dossier on Me: The Nunes Memo Shouldnt Prompt Us to Defend the FBI

Before Clinton paid for a copy, the file was already written for a news front sponsored by a Republican billionaire named Paul Singer.

Singer has used secret, poisoned dossiers slipped to media outlets to destroy the reputations of elected officials from Argentina to the Congo all to make another billion.

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Yemeni mother sentenced to death for spying for UAE: Amnesty "IndyWatch Feed War"


Asmaa al-Omeissy and two men were sentenced to death on charges of 'aiding an enemy country'


How herdsmen killed two Civil Defence officers in Benue Newtelegraph

The authorities of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,  NSCDC yesterday confirmed the killing of two of its officers in Wanger Village in Kasseyo council ward of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. The corp, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASCI, Adakole John Peter, a copy []

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Loverboy allegedly sets girlfriends house ablaze Newtelegraph

A 27-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ede, on Thursday appeared in a Kubwa Grade I Area Court for allegedly setting his girlfriends house on fire. Ede, who lives at Pipeline Kubwa Village, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of criminal trespass, causing mischief by fire and criminal intimidation. Prosecutor Idowu Lawal had told the court []

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Trailer kills 4, damages 5 vehicles in Jos Newtelegraph

A trailer conveying diesel on Wednesday killed four persons and destroyed five vehicles at Mararaba Jamaa in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau. Plateau Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Terna Tyopev, who confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday, said the accident occurred on Wednesday night. NAN []

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Court adjourns case against Buharis impersonator Newtelegraph

A Kano Magistrates Court sitting on Thursday adjourned the case of a 58-year-old President Buharis long-term campaigner, Abdulmajid Danbilki-Commander, to May 30, for hearing. Danbilki-Commander, who resides at Koki Quarters, Kano, was arraigned on a three-count charge of intentional insult, defamation of character and inciting disturbance. Chief Magistrate, Kabiru Abubakar, adjourned the case until May 30,  for hearing. Earlier, []

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Valentine Day Special: Condoms sale increases by 70% Survey Newtelegraph

As Nigerians joined the rest of the world to celebrate St Valentines Day on Wednesday, a survey has indicated that was about 70 per cent increase in the sale of condoms and contraceptives purchased mainly by fun seekers. A check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) around Oyingbo, Yaba, Ikeja and University of Lagos []

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Dangotes Sokoto rice factory ready this year Newtelegraph

The Dangote Rice Processing Mill, with a production capacity of 250,000 metric tonnes per annum, will be ready in Sokoto State this year. The Group Executive Director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications of Dangote Group, Mr. Mansur Ahmed, made this known during a visit to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto. We have already identified []

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BREAKING: Fire outbreak in National Assembly Newtelegraph

Reports reaching New Telegraph says there is a fire outbreak in the National Assembly. The fire reportedly  started from the Technical Room  in the main building of the National Assembly which houses the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives. As at press time, the Senate was unable to commence sitting as smoke []

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Cape Towns Day Zero pushed to June "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In May 2017 Cape Town only received 6 mm compared with 60 mm in May 2014

Many countries in Africa are facing severe drought and water shortages [Xinhua][/caption]Cape Towns Day Zero, when the taps run dry and residents have to queue for 25 litres (l) of water each per day, has been pushed out to June from an earlier expected April as residents have cut their consumption and there has been some rain.

The main rainy season is from May to August and if Cape Town gets its long-term average May rainfall of 72 millimetres (mm) then Day Zero will not take place. In May 2017, however, Cape Town only received 6 mm compared with 60 mm in May 2014.

Cape Town has imposed water restrictions (red dotted line in the graph below) from the beginning of 2016, but in general, those restrictions have been exceeded except in the wet winter months, so the restrictions have been progressively tightened.

Cape Town reduced its water use over the past week to an average of 529-million litres a day the lowest daily consumption achieved to date.
Over this past weekend, residents consumed just 499-million litres a day, the first time we have achieved the daily target of less than 500-million litres a day, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday.

Rain water levels have decreased in recent years

At the start of February, the city moved ahead with the implementation of its level 6B water restrictions and tariffs to limit water use to 50 l per day per person.

Climate change will result in more frequent and severe weather events, increases in temperature in many regions and resulting changes in precipitation patterns. This may result in rainfall in the Western Cape falling by 30% by 2050, even as the citys population increases it is attracting migrants from other provinces.

The combination of decreasing rainfall and increasing population means there is an urgent need to build more water storage dams in the Western Cape so that economic progress can...


Global Stocks Extend Rebound "IndyWatch Feed War"

Many Asian markets closing for Lunar New Year holidays

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 4:25 a.m. ET

Global stocks continued their rebound Thursday as investors brushed off strong increases in U.S. inflation.

The Stoxx Europe 600 was up 0.8% shortly after markets opened. Asian markets gained in light trading ahead of a holiday. Futures pointed to an opening gain of 0.7% for the S&P 500 after the index on Wednesday registered its largest four-day percentage gain since July 2016.



The global stock rally marched ahead as investors took in stride a jump in U.S. Treasury yields that harked back to the detonator for last weeks selloff. The dollar retreated to a four-year low and the yen extended its advance.


  • Dollars fall vs major peers deepens; S&P 500 futures rise
  • 10-year Treasury yield tops 2.9% as CPI beats expectations


Cornerstone Macro Partner Roberto Perli weighs in on the U.S. economy, Fed policy and the bond markets.

The global stock rally marched ahead as investors took in stride a jump in U.S. Treasury yields that harked back to the detonator for last weeks selloff. The dollar retreated to a four-year low and the yen extended its advance.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index took its cue from a rally in Asian equities to advance for a second day. Futures on the S&P 500 Index signaled U.S. stocks will open higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasuries nudged closer to 3 perce...


Ijaw Group Cries Out Over Military Harassment Of Kinsmen In Warri Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 5TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A Niger Delta Group under the auspices of the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, has accused the Nigerian Military of harassing indigenes and residents of Beneath Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The group also claimed the military had also laid siege and ransacked the Community since Tuesday and Wednesday February 13th and 14th.
IPDI National President and Spokesman, Messrs Austine Ozobo and Daniel Ezekielmade, respectively, the accusation in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST in Warri on Thursday
The group called on the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro to prevail on the military to stop further harassment of the people in the Community.
The group stressed that Beneath was a peaceful and law abiding Ijaw Island in Delta, just as it maintained that panic had engulfed residents of the Community as many were said to be trapped in the forest.
Part of the Statement read: It is pertinent to note that there has been constant military harassment of Beneath community over time, and we have been informed that an attempt to evacuate and demolish the community is ongoing as cranes and swamp Bucky had been deployed by the military.
We got a distress call on the 13th and 14th Feb,2018 from the residents, crying aloud over another military siege. They lamented that the military refused to disclose the cause of its continues harassment in t...


Tillerson heads to Turkey to ease tensions over Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Turkeys operation detracted from the fight against Daesh terrorists. (AFP)



Sapele: Suspected Robber Received Serious Beaten For Defecating In Victims Residence Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A suspected thief nabbed around 1a.m, inside a compound in Sapele, Delta State received serious beaten of his life for defecating in the victims compound to prove that he is innocent of the crime is being accused of.
According to reports, on Tuesday, a group of robbers attacked the compound and were spotted by neighbors who shouted for help. The other gang members took to their heels, abandoning their colleague, who was promptly apprehended.
However, upon interrogation, he claimed he was pressed and decided to jump into the compound to defecate around 1am, before himself and his gang members decided to use the opportunity to steal.
He was latter locked in a balcony, pending when he would be handed over to the police. But before the arrival of the police, he decided to defecate in the balcony to prove that he was telling the truth. That singular act earned him enough beating, before the arrival of the police.


N10m bribery: FG arraigns CCT chair March 15 Newtelegraph

An Abuja High Court has fixed March 15 for the arraignment of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, over alleged corruption. The case has consequently been assigned to the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ishaq Bello. The Federal Government had filed a two-count corruption charge against Umar. The two-count charge, []

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Profectus BioSciences Inc. Ebola Vaccine Contract with Department of Health & Human Services "IndyWatch Feed World"


According to the Schedule portion of the contract/agreement:

There are currently no medical countermeasures available for the prophylaxis or treatment of infection with Ebola virus, a high priority agent for the Public Health Emergency medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Implementation Plan.

An effective prophylactic vaccine would find application with medical personnel and close contacts during outbreaks in endemic areas of sub-Saharan Africa, with laboratory workers engaged in filovirus research, and with military and civilian personnel threatened by weaponized filoviruses. The ideal vaccine to meet both the outbreak and bio-weapon scenarios would rapidly confer protection with a single administration.

Pre-clinical studies conducted by Profectus in collaboration with other laboratories have investigated an rVSVN4CT1 vectored vaccine encoding the surface glycoprotein (GP) of Zaire-EboV (rVSVN4CT1-Z- EbovGP). This rVSV vaccine is based on the bullet shaped Rhadovirus, vesicular stomatitis virus. The virus is a negative-strand, non-segmented RNA virus that has been modified to enable the delivery of immunogens. There is little pre-existing immunity in humans and the vectors can be engineered to express the surface glycoproteins of targeted viruses into the envelope of the VSV. The Profectus rVSV vaccine has demonstrated single dose protection in Guinea Pigs and NHPs against lethal challenge with Ebola and Marburg viruses. Profectus has shown safety of its rVSV platform in human studies of its rVSV-vectored HIV vaccine, which has completed 2 clinical trials in which safety, vaccine take, and immunogenicity across a range of doses was demonstrated.

This contract will support the advancement of the monovalent rVSVN4CT1 Ebola Zaire vaccine through preparation of an IND application for a Phase I clinical trial. These IND enabling activities include re-derivation of the recombinant vaccine under compliant conditions; a pre-IND meeting with the FDA to obtain feedback on the proposed path forward (specifically toxicology requirements); generation of immune serum from rabbits...


Restored Republic via a GCR as of Feb. 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Feb. 15 2018

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 15 Feb. 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery; Author, "Twenty Two Faces,"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Judy Note: Even though there has been an intel blackout since last Friday, the banks could likely release the 800#s sometime this week. A few tidbits of what we have found out so far:

1. The banks had meetings on Sat. Feb. 10 and Sun. Feb. 11 where they were told all was completed and there was no more need to meet together. The new US Treasury had given the banks authority to release the 800#s.

2. All Native American Tribes were paid out on Tues. Feb. 12.

3. Iraqs Gazette would come out Wed. Feb. 14 and Sat. Feb. 17 and at that time should show the new Dinar rate - which would officially make the Iraqi Dinar international. (TNT reports Dinar around $4, Dong $1.49 and a 100 trillion Zim Note would exchange for $10 million).

4. On Wed. night Feb. 14 at midnight EST Russia was scheduled to make the switch from the Swift System to the new Cips Fentech System for wires bank transfer.

5. Zimbabwe had until Wed. Feb. 28 to begin redemptions of historic bonds (ZIM notes).

A. Feb. 14 2018 TNT Call RayRen98, Tony:

1. This week the new currency rates came out during the Kuwait Conference as (Told all rates were off by $.50):




2019: Delta APC Sets To Battle PDP, Collapsed All Factions Into One Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 15H (URHOBOODAY)-If evidence before is anything to go by, it seems Delta state chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) is set to capture power the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state.
Reports has finally revealed that all the heavyweights in Delta state chapter of APCwhich include Chief Great Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege,Rt. Hon Victor Ochei, Olorogun Ortega Emerhor and Dr Ibe Kachikwa among other big names are in agreement to forge a united front in Delta APC with the view of capturing power at the state come 2019, BigPen Online can report.
The politicians who have been running at cross purpose for over two years now, finally harmonised at a crucial meeting held in Abuja which was witnessed by former Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
A statement by the state chairman of party, Prophet Jones Ode Erhue shortly after the caucus meeting held in the FCT, said the caucus met on Tuesday, 13 February where resolution was passed that all internal groups should be dissolved in order to build a more cohesive family and to ensure unity of purpose for the future political tasks ahead.
The meeting which was well attended, and had immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a...


Obama was Not Born in Indonesia or Kenya, but in Switzerland! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Obama is not born in Indonesia or Kenya, but in Switzerland! 
Benjamin Fulford? Your sources is wrong! 
(Please, Send this message to Benjamin Fulford. And Share it you want! .... And I think that Donald Trump and the United States Attorney, Jeff Sessions have never read this Obama report before.
Benjamin Fulford has published on 06 February 2018, a strange answer from a reader asking him information about the Obama's birth certificate here:
Was Obama born in Kenya?


Jacob Zuma quits as South African President Newtelegraph

Cyril Ramaphosa steps in Police arrest associates   Embattled President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma, has resigned his office with immediate effect. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation on Wednesday evening, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the African Nation Congress (ANC) had shoved him toward an early exit after []

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Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean opposition leader dies at 65 Newtelegraph

Zimbabwes main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer, according to the BBC. He died this evening. The family communicated this to me, MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri, told Reuters. []

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AIB impounds Delta aircraft over fire incident Newtelegraph

bars crew from leaving Nigeria NCAA: Captain declared possible crash The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has barred engineers from going near Delta Airs aircraft that made an emergency landing when the crew noticed fire on the left engine of the A330-200 airplane. Also, Commissioner, AIB, Akin Olateru, has equally directed that the crew of the []

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Oil spill: London Appeal Court dismisses Nigerians suit against Shell Newtelegraph

Court of Appeal in London has ruled that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigerias Delta region. The split decision upheld a High Court ruling in 2017 that was a setback to attempts to hold British multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries actions abroad. The []

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2019 polls sequence: Pro-Buhari senators lose out Newtelegraph

Senate, Reps adopt change in INECs election sequence Presidents loyalists walk out of Chamber, threaten litigation Senate orders MDAs to submit 2018 budget in one week Spirited efforts made by senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari to block the adoption of the Conference Report of Senate on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2015 were yesterday []

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Senate orders agencies to submit 2018 budget in one week Newtelegraph

Chukwu David Abuja Senate, yesterday, gave the revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government a one-week ultimatum to submit details of their 2018 budget proposals for consideration or face severe sanctions from the chamber. The ultimatum followed a point of order raised by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, in which he drew the attention of []

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Rig 2019 and invite trouble, PDP warns APC Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that any attempt to rig the 2019 general election would be a recipe for crisis. The party also said Nigerians have lost confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for attempting to cover its alleged complicity in the widespread impunity recorded []

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Ensuring telecoms growth via new MTR regime Newtelegraph

A new mobile termination rate (MTR) regime for voice services among telecoms companies in Nigeria is underway as part of regulatory measures aimed at creating a level-playing field for all operators and ensuring the continuous growth of the nations $70 billion telecoms industry. KUNLE AZEEZ reports   Globally, interconnection is critical to the growth and []

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Ortom to Senate: IGP has taken side in Benue killings Newtelegraph

Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, yesterday, told the Senate that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris had demonstrated bias in the handling of the herdsmen/ farmers crisis in the state. Ortom made the accusation when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, to make his submissions on the Benue killings. Although []

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CBNs Anchor Borrowers scheme gulps N55bn Newtelegraph

enlists rice famers association in to scheme The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has expended N55 billion to prosecute Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), a rice sufficient scheme it launched on November 17, 2015. The scheme has entered the second phase, with the apex bank bringing on board members of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN). []

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Zuma resigns, paving the way for Ramaphosa "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation on Wednesday night, leaving the way for Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn in on Thursday.


BoI disburses N295m to 5,600 beneficiaries in Lokoja Newtelegraph

The Bank of Industry (BoI) said it has empowered 5,600 beneficiaries of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme((GEEP) in Kogi state to the tune of N295million. Kogi empowerment scheme christened MarketMoni Alert, is a component of the Federal Governments social intervention programmes, aimed at helping micro enterprise operators in the country bridge the gaps in []

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Protest against LGs dissolution paralysis activities in Niger Newtelegraph

Protests yesterday grounded political and socio-economic activities in Minna, the Niger State capital following a protest by some youth groups, Local Government Chairmen and Councilors challenging and condemning a call for the dissolution of the 25 local government councils by the state House of Assembly. This was as the group, under the auspices of the []

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Expert decries Nigerias low investment in infrastructure Newtelegraph

Low tax revenues, huge obligatory spending and higher local currency debt amounting to 350 per cent have been adduced among reasons the Federal Government is under-investing in infrastructure development in the country. Bemoaning the situation, renowned Chartered Accountant and current Chairman of the Lagos State Economic Advisory Committee Mr. Bode Agusto, pointed out that years []

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FG raises N176bn in T-Bills on lower yields Newtelegraph

The Federal Government yesterday raised N176 billion worth of treasury bills at an auction, Reuters reported. According to traders, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) offered N6 billion of three-month paper, N30 billion of six-month bills and N140 billion of one-year notes. The apex bank issues treasury bills twice a month to help the government []

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Otudeko to court: Honeywell not indebted to Ecobank Newtelegraph

For hours yesterday at a Federal High Court, Lagos, the Chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, painted a blow-by-blow account on how Honeywell companies had paid a total of N3.5billion allegedly owed Ecobank Nigeria Plc., insisting that his companies was no longer indebted to the bank. According to him, Honeywell had allegedly paid a total []

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Group, traditional rulers to promote infant feeding Newtelegraph

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Alive and Thrive (A&T), yesterday in Kaduna solicited for the support of traditional leaders towards promoting adequate Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for the development and survival of children in the state. The group, led by Mr. Christopher Musa, made the appeal at a one-day orientation programme, organised for 23 []

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Operators set to discuss data centre impacts on economy Newtelegraph

Key players in the data centre provision segment of the Nigerias $70 billion telecommunications market are set showcase the impact of data centre business on the nations economy. Chief executive officers of one of Nigerias leading data centre service providers, including MDXi Data Centre, Medallion Communications and Rack Centre will be guests to the Nigeria []

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500 ICT executives eye accelerated digital revolution Newtelegraph

A major Information Technology (IT) summit holding in Lagos tomorrow will bring together over 500 mid and senior Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts to discuss how the country can better achieve an accelerated digital revolution. The annual programme, Nerds Unite, third in the series, being organised by MainOne, is focusing on digital disruption with []

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Les enjeux de l'investissement sucrier de FCFA 84 milliards de Somdiaa en Cte d'Ivoire "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Feb 2018 | CommodAfricaLe groupe franais Somdiaa droule son plan d'investissement en Afrique, en commenant par la Sucaf en Cte d'Ivoire dans la filire sucre.


Arsenal clash like FA Cup tie, says Ostersund boss Newtelegraph

Ostersund boss Graham Potter has likened the Swedish clubs Europa League clash with Arsenal to a traditional third-round FA Cup tie. The Gunners travel to snowy Sweden on Thursday looking to set themselves up for progression into the last 16 of the competition. In their way are Ostersund, managed by Englishman Potter, who have been []

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Lokosa, Maikaba win January LBA Newtelegraph

Kano Pillars forward Junior Lokosa and Abdu Maikaba of Akwa United have been named the League Bloggers Awards Player and Manager respectively in the Nigeria Professional Football League for the month of January. Lokosa and Maikaba emerged winners for their outstanding performance with their clubs in the month of January. They finished head and shoulders []

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The Geoengineering End Game "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Ethan Jacobs, J.D.

Years of research have revealed that the purpose of ongoing international geoengineering operations is to control the weather to create droughts and artificial scarcity of water and food (planned problem).  From the resulting global crisis, chaos and fear (planned reaction) of people not having adequate water and food due to climate change, a totalitarian world government (planned solution) will be perpetrated under the veil of sustainable development (See United Nations Agenda 21 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).  Speaking of year 2030:

According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth.

The secondary purpose of chemtrails is to make the population sick by causing individuals to ingesting toxins such as aluminum and possibly viruses.

The Geoengineered Cape Town Drought

The Geoengineered Cape Town Drought is a test-run, a preview of what the rest of us can expect in the coming years.

Day Zero is looming for Cape Town.  According to the latest estimates May 11th is when the citys water supply will be turned off, leaving four million residents to line up for water rations at one of 200 points across the city.

Cape Town is in the middle of an unprecedented drought and rainfall has been far below expected levels for the past three years. Residents are being asked to limit use to 50 liters a day (13.2 gallons), which is less than a third of the average daily water use in Britain.

In 2013, farmers in South Africa contacted and reported that geoengineering was decimating thei...


Cuba Cannot be Defeated "IndyWatch Feed War"

Redaccin Internacional | Cuba will continue along its own path, and as much as submissive and servile lackeys, like the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, would like to destroy us, they will never be able to do so. This according to Cubas Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio...


ELN: State Sanctioned Assassinations Outnumber Deaths from Armed Conflict "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yes it is systematic genocide! ELN Voces Nothing portrays more clearly the tragedy that we live in Colombia today  than the fact that 1,000 homicides occur each month. In January alone there were 27 murders of social leaders; 20 ELN guerrillas killed, as well as 11 deaths among soldiers and police. Among deaths from socio-political...


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Jacob Zuma Quits as President of South Africa
Reuters | Feb 15, 2018, 02:59 IST

75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders.
"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect," Zuma said.

JOHANNESBURG: Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect," Zuma said.

"Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC," he said.

The ruling party had said it would vote him out on Thursday.

"No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name," Zuma said.

The ANC, which replaced Zuma as party leader in December with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ordered him to step down as president on Tuesday. When he failed to resign on Wednesday, it announced that it would back an opposition motion in parliament to force him out.

Islamic Congress Party must be disappointed with his resignation. Power and not people was his motto which is no different to the Islamic Congress Party.

His resignation ends the career of the former anti-apartheid resistance fighter, 75, who has four wives, a sharp tongue and a decades-long history of entanglement in scandals that polarised Nelson Mandela's "Rainbow Nation".

The rand currency, which has gained ground whenever Zuma has hit political turbulence, soared more than one percent to a 2-1/2 year high of 11.79 against the dollar during the day, as pressure piled on...


FBI Scandal Unraveling: Susan Rice Email From Inauguration Day Is Disturbing "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Mac Slavo

As if rational-minded humans needed any other evidence that the Russian collusion narrative was fabricated, a disturbing email from Susan Rice has surfaced, adding fuel to that fire. Rice was Barack Obamas ambassador to the United Nations and is most known for her lying in the aftermath of the Benghazi scandal.

Rice has been neck deep in several scandals, including the unmasking ordeal that unfolded shortly after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Senator Lindsey Graham has now described one of Rices newly discovered emails as disturbing, flinging her head first into the invented Russian collusion scandal.

The recently revealed Inauguration Day email from Susan Rice detailed former President Barack Obamas guidance at a high-level meeting about how law enforcement should investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

According to Fox News, the email first surfaced Monday, when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Graham, R-S.C., sent the Obama national security adviser a letter, pressing for answers about the email by next week.

Shes sending herself an email talking about a conversation on January 5 with the president, reassuring herself, and I guess the president, that this would be done by the book, Graham said Monday night on Fox News The Story with Martha MacCallum.

I think thats odd and disturbing because we know the investigation regarding the Trump campaign was anything but by the book.

Rices email, which she sent to herself on January 20, 2017, seemed to document a January 5, 2017, meeting in the...


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He says that his decision follows his recalling by the ANC NEC and weeks of speculation about his future as president.

Winnie Theletsane & Zinhle  Nkosi
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JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has resigned as the President of the Republic of South Africa.

Zuma has addressed the media on Wednesday night at Luthuli House.

I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president with immediate effect. Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization. I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.

He says that his decision follows his recalling by the African National Congress' national executive committee on Tuesday and weeks of speculation about his future as president.

Zuma says he will continue to be involved in the party and work for the promotion of projects he believes in, such as radical economic transformation.

He says being president has been a great learning experience and a mammoth task.

I have and will continue to serve the ANC. I understand fully that while I serve at the pleasure of the party, the door through which I came is the National Assembly without which no political party can impose its people to the electorate.

Zuma says political office benefits should not determine how one acts at the time of their departure.

I did not agree to serve in order to exit with the perks and benefits of being president. No leader should stay beyond the time determined by the people they serve, no leader should seek an easy way out.

He says he does not fear exiting political office, he only asked his party to articulate transgressions and the reasons for its instruction that he vacate office.

There was an agreement that if the need arises that I vacate office, there must be a transition period. I must accept that the party can exercise the right to remove me in the manner prescribed by the Constitution.

He says he fears no motion of no confidence or impeachment because they are the prescripts of the...


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Jacob Zuma Resigns as South Africa's President
Zuma, 75: I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment
Steps down after days of defying ANC orders to leave office
Cyril Ramaphosa: president-in-waiting faces huge challenges

Jason Burke Africa correspondent
Wed 14 Feb 2018 16.53 EST

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament.

In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, the 75-year-old said he was a disciplined member of the ANC, to which he had dedicated his life.

I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment I will continue to serve the people of South Africa and the ANC. I will dedicate my life to continuing to work for the execution of the policies of our organisation, Zuma said.

No life should be lost in my name. The ANC should never been divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.

The resignation ended an extraordinary day in South African politics, which had begun with a dawn raid on a business family at the centre of the recent corruption allegations levelled at Zuma.

At noon, ANC officials announced they would vote for an opposition partys no-confidence motion in parliament on Thursday.

Late in the afternoon, Zuma gave an angry and rambling TV interview to justify his refusal to obey his own partys order to step down.

But his speech was more confident and warm.

The president started with a joke with journalists about the late hour, and his trademark chuckle. He expressed his gratitude to the ANC and South Africans for the privilege of serving them at the pinnacle of public life, before saying thank you and goodbye in three local languages.

Zumas resignation leaves the path clear for deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC in December, to be elected by parliament to the highest office.

Zuma, a former anti-apartheid activist who h...


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Jacob Zuma Resigns as President of South Africa
2018-02-14 23:01
News24 reporters

Johannesburg Jacob Zuma has resigned as president of South Africa.

"I have...come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect," Zuma told reporters at the Union Buildings on Wednesday night.

He broke his silence on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since discussions to oust him started in a televised live interview with SABC.

Watch the interview here: .

The ANC caucus met on Wednesday morning on the outcomes of a meeting of the party's national executive committee (NEC). ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told the media afterward that they had given Zuma until Wednesday to resign. If not, the ANC would proceed with a motion of no confidence against him on Thursday to legally force him to resign according to the Constitution, he said.

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte delivered Zumas recall letter to the presidential guesthouse on Tuesday morning.

Zuma's much-anticipated resignation comes after the partys highest decision-making body, the national executive committee (NEC), decided after a marathon meeting into the early hours of Tuesday morning that he should go.

The ANC called the urgent meeting following ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's direct talks with Zuma. An emergency NEC meeting, that was meant to happen last Wednesday, was cancelled by Ramaphosa after his Tuesday meeting with Zuma.

Ramaphosa replaced Zuma as leader of the ANC at its elective conference in December.

On Tuesday last week, Parliament's presiding officers postponed Thursday's State of the Nation Address (SONA) amid fears that it might descend into chaos.

"We wish to assure fellow South Africans and everyone affected by this decision that these actions are being taken in the best interests of Parliament and the country," National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced at the time. 


BREAKING: South Africas President Jacob Zuma resigns Newtelegraph

South Africas embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zumas governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday. The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure []

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Egypt arrests former presidential candidate Aboul-Fotouh "IndyWatch Feed War"


The prominent opposition figure, who has called for a boycott of the presidential elections next month, ran for president in 2012


Ugandan journalist seized in Kampala following investigative report "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nairobi, February 14, 2018--Ugandan authorities must make every effort to secure the safe release of Charles Etukuri, an investigative journalist for the state-owned New Vision newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five unidentified men dressed in military camouflage seized Etukuri outside the newspaper's office in Kampala yesterday,...


Italian police arrest 3 Nigerian asylum seekers for 18-year-old woman's murder and dismemberment "IndyWatch Feed World"

Italian police have arrested two more Nigerian immigrants in their investigation into the brutal murder of Pamela Mastropietro, the Roman 18-year-old whose dismembered remains were found inside two suitcases outside Macerata in central Italy earlier this month. Shortly after the murder, law enforcement officials arrested Innocent Oseghale, a 29-year-old Nigerian drug dealer, and afterward discovered blood-stained clothes, large kitchen knives, a cleaver, and other items belonging to the murdered woman in the man's apartment. They immediately began a search for the man's accomplices since various elements of the crime indicated the participation of more than one person. On Saturday, police arrested two more Nigerian asylum-seekers, 22-year-old Lucky Desmond and 27-year-old Awelima Lucky, respectively living in Montecassiano and Macerata. One of the two men was reportedly fleeing toward the northern Italian region of Lombardy, which made the arrests all the more pressing. The prosecutor of Macerata is charging the three men with murder, along with the sale of narcotics and the desecration and concealment of a corpse, based in part on a coroner's report delivered Friday evening, which provided further details of the murder. In the analysis of the woman's mutilated corpse, investigators found that certain body parts were missing, including the victim's neck and a portion of the genital organs.


A (Sort of) Farewell from WRL Organizer, Ali Issa "IndyWatch Feed War"

After more than 7 years as WRLs National Field Organizer, its with bittersweet feelings I share with you news of my departure from staff. All the lessons I take with me after working with this unique and powerful community are far too many to list. Lets suffice it to say that these past 85 months have given me the chance to grow in ways I never expected, personally and politically.

I fondly hold memories of precious downtime hours (sometimes days) with the most inspiring movement builders from the frontlines: Afghanistan's Malalai Joya, Iraq's Jannat Alghezzi, Colombia's Patricia Obando, and Yemens Afrah Nasser, just to name a few. Then there were the glittery, late-night banner painting and brainstorming sessions, especially one in 2017 where I witnessed the birth of the brilliant slogan Drop Booties, Not Bombs!

From the Bay Area to Boston, WRLs acted as a key bridge across communities, movements, and generations, striving to support the visionary organizing we so need to confront the monsters of militarism and stand against all Empires - great and small - as we ground ourselves in lived hope and resistance everywhere.

Would you join me in supporting WRL's continued struggle in creating a cross-community antiwar movement?

This really isn't goodbye because I'm proud to remain an active member, planning to participate in this year's Allied Media Conference to continue WRL's diaspora organizing against air wars, and support the growing leadership of our members around the country. (Thats you!)...


Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65 Newtelegraph

Zimbabwes main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer. He died this evening. The family communicated this to me, MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters. Mr Tsvangirais career was []

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Delivery driver was planning to kill Jews, Queen, David Cameron & Spurs fans, court hears "IndyWatch Feed World"

A delivery driver arrested over a suspected London terrorism plot planned to gun down Jews, Tottenham Hotspur FC fans, Queen Elizabeth II and David Cameron, the Old Bailey heard. Aweys Shikhey, a 38-year-old Dutch national, has one wife in Kenya and another in the Netherlands, and children with both women. He is currently of no fixed address. The man, who the court heard posed as a quiet, hard-working, religious man, allegedly discussed carrying out an attack in North London targeting Jewish people and football fans with an AK47 as they left Tottenham's stadium, White Hart Lane. Shikhey was arrested in May 2017 at London Stansted Airport.


ECOWAS court rules Gambia violated rights of journalists "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York, February 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed today by the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition, and false news....


Secrecy News: Army Directed Energy Weapons, and More from CRS "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Steven Aftergood

U.S. Army efforts to develop directed energy weapons such as lasers and microwave weapons are surveyed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

Such weapons are probably years away from actual deployment by the Army, if indeed they ever become practical options.

While DE weapons offer a variety of advantages over conventional kinetic weapons including precision, low cost per shot, and scalable effects, there are also some basic constraints such as beam attenuation, limited range, and an inability to be employed against non-line-of-sight targets which will need to be addressed in order to make these weapons effective across the entire spectrum of combat operations, the CRS report said.

The status of some directed energy programs is obscured by secrecy, CRS said. The classified nature of most of DODs HPM [high-power microwave] programs makes public and academic examination of these programs problematic.

The first DoD laser weapon ever to be approved for operational use was deployed aboard the USS Ponce (now decommissioned), according to the U.S. Navy.

See U.S. Army Weapons-Related Directed Energy (DE) Programs: Background and Potential Issues for Congress by Andrew Feickert, February 7, 2018.

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations, February 8, 2018



Tillerson says Hezbollah part of political process in Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Jordanian foreign minister in Amman on February 14, 2018. (AFP)



Will Netanyahu Scandal Impact Middle east Stability? "IndyWatch Feed War"

 FEBRUARY 14, 2018 18:54

Netanyahu outlasted many of his opponents, from Ahmadinejad in Iran to extremists like Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Tel Aviv, Israel February 14, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Tel Aviv, Israel February 14, 2018. (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS)

When news of the corruption scandal affecting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began to be revealed on Wednesday evening, the Middle East was preparing for dinner. In Egypt and Kuwait, major papers reported the scandal on their home pages, but most of the region has remained relatively indifferent. One man from Gaza remarked that Netanyahus insistence on staying in office and talking about conspiracies reminded him of some Arab rulers.

It is a testament to Netanyahus staying power almost nine years in office th...


Resolving Yemen's crisis - ambassador wants Russia to play key role "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yemen wants Russia to play an important role in the country's crisis settlement and welcomes Russia's support for the humanitarian response to the conflict, Yemeni Ambassador to Russia Ahmed Salem Wahishi told Sputnik in an interview. "The Yemeni government is thankful for Russia's political and humanitarian support for the Yemeni people. We look forward to enhancing its role in achieving peace in Yemen," Wahishi said. The ambassador highly rated recent talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Mekhlafi in January, where the two states agreed on the importance of continuing to enhance bilateral cooperation in security and combating terrorism, as well as in political, economic, cultural, social and military areas.


Businessman remanded for importing container load of fake drugs Newtelegraph

A businessman, Ezeanwu Ifeanyi, who allegedly imported a container load of fake drugs into the country was yesterday remanded in prison by Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari of a Federal High Court in Lagos. The remand order was a sequel to Ifeanyis arraignment before the court by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) []

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Herdsmen Attacks: Ogun to invoke anti-land grabbing law on herdsmen Newtelegraph

The Ogun State government has vowed to invoke its recent anti-land grabbing law as part of measures to stem the menace of herdsmen/farmers clashes in the state. Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, disclosed this in Abeokuta at the end of a security council meeting chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde []

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Vietnam reportedly strengthens wildlife laws Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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(VIETNAM / WILDAID) Criminals convicted of breaking Vietnamese laws protecting endangered species now face up to 15 years in prison and fines up to US$660,000. The increased penalties came into effect on January 1, 2018 through amendments to Vietnams penal code, which were adopted by the National Assembly last year.

The code covers a wide range of crimes, including trafficking in wildlife products from rhinos, elephants, tigers, pangolins, bears and other animals. It applies to illegal killing as well as transporting, trading, storing and selling endangered species products. Fines can also be levied against corporate entities involved in smuggling. Penalties are more severe for larger quantities and if crimes are conducted by organized syndicates.

Vietnams amended penal code sends a strong message that wildlife trafficking is a now considered a very serious crime that will be severely punished, said WildAid Chief Program Officer John Baker. Combined with protection efforts, law enforcement, prosecutions and consumer demand reduction, the code will help stop poaching and deter criminals when enforced.

In order to spread information about these developments, WildAid and CHANGE, in collaboration with Save the Elephants and African Wildlife Foundation, are helping Vietnam enforcement agencies with new public awareness campaigns and educational seminars. The first seminar was attended by numerous high-level officials from Vietnams law enforcement, customs, criminal justice, judiciary and other branches. Also present were diplomats from the U.S., U.K. and Canadian embassies in Hanoi.

Vietnam is working on completing its criminal laws on wildlife protection with much clearer and stricter policies. Violations will be punished, but I think it would be even better to prevent the crimes, Lieutenant General Tran Van Do, former Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Peoples Court, said at the seminar.

Vietnamese people like to use wildlife products as food, medicines, decorations or jewelry, I think the government should enforce wildlife conservation and raise public awareness, to ask people to reduce...


INEC registers 231,435 in Lagos, deploys 30 additional machines Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos said it has registered 231, 435 voters in the ongoing continuous voters registration exercise as at February 13, 2018. This is just as the commission said it has deployed 30 additional Direct Data Capturing Machines to speed up the registration process across the state. Addressing newsmen at []

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Fayose backs Soyinkas call for organized resistance against killer herdsmen Newtelegraph

Fayose backs Soyinkas call for organized resistance against killer herdsmen urges governors to protect their people Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has declared support for the call by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka for an organized resistance, through the formation of informal organisations against the incursion of herdsmen, calling on governors in all States []

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We wont allow cattle colony in South-East- MASSOB/BIM Newtelegraph

Movement for the Actualization of  Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Biafra Independent Movement(BIM), Ebonyi South zone, has said it would not tolerate activities and operations of any killer Fulani herdsmen within the South East geopolitical zone of the country. In a statement issued in Abakaliki, leader of the group in Ebonyi South zone, Sunday Ezaka who condemned []

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APC tackles embattled chairman over position on Oyegun, others Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has asked its embattled Chairman, Hon Isaacs Kekemeke to channel his grievances against the National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and the acting Chairman, Ade Adetimehin to the reconciliation committee headed by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The Director of Publicity, Mr Steve Otaloro in a statement said the []

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Nigeria: Muslim leader cites Quran verse to threaten violence over hijab ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ishaq Akintola issues a clear threat of violence and murder, based on the Quran: The Quran affirms that oppression is worse than killing (Quran 2:191). This verse underlines the gravity of the hijab phenomenon. Female Muslims are being persecuted in order to give undue advantage to non-Muslims. It is religious apartheid.Muslims are not being violent []


Yet another oil industry corruption scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

This time in Nigeria, Inside the Bribery Scandal Sweeping Through the Oil Industry. Shell and Eni paid $1.3 billion for oil rights in Nigeria. Whether the money was mostly a bribe is at the heart of one of the industrys most dramatic criminal cases. As you may recall, Petrobras to pay $2.95 billion to settle []


Rig 2019 elections and invite trouble, PDP warns APC Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that any attempt to rig the 2019 general election would be a recipe for crisis.   The party said Nigerians have lost confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for attempting to cover its alleged complicity in the widespread impunity recorded []

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Ants nurse wounded warriors back to health "IndyWatch Feed World"

African Matabele ants dress the wounds of comrades injured during hunting raids and nurse them back to health, according to an "astonishing" discovery reported Wednesday. After collecting their wounded from the battlefield and carrying them back home, nestmates become medics, massing around patients for "intense licking" of open wounds, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This behaviour reduces the fatality rate from about 80 percent of injured soldiers to a mere 10 percent, researchers observed. The study claimed to be the first to show such nursing behaviour in any non-human animal. "This is not conducted through self-medication, as is known in many animals, but rather through treatment by nestmates which, through intense licking of the wound, are likely able to prevent an infection," said study co-author Erik Frank. He contributed to the research when he was at the Julius Maximilian University of Wuerzburg in Germany, and continues his work at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Frank had also taken part in a previous study, published last year, describing the ants' battleground rescue behaviour. The new research focused on what happens to the injured back in the nest.


Saudi cluster bombs continue to endanger Yemeni kids lives "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 13, 2018 Thousands of innocent children continue to fall victim to Saudi Arabias use of cluster bombs in aerial attacks on residential areas across the Yemen, corroborating assertions of violation of international law in the impoverished Arab country. Derhim al-Tuheiti was playing in a farming field in an area in Yemens []


Tanzania mass revenge poisoning of 6 lions and 72 vultures near Ruaha Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Given the drastic decline in vulture populations across Africa, WCS has been running a vulture monitoring program in the Ruaha-Katavi landscape since 2013. The principal threat to vultures across the continent is poisoning in retaliation for carnivore predation of livestock more often than not, caused by human and livestock encroachment into ancestral lion habitat.
Sadly, the disastrous impact of poisoning was demonstrated in MBOMIPA Wildlife Management Area outside Ruaha National Park last week, with an incident reported to WCS by the Ruaha Carnivore Projects lion defenders. WCS, TANAPA and RCP staff went to the location along with the police and the District Game office.
6 lions and 72 vulture carcasses were found dead on site with evidence of one poisoned cow. The lions were females and adolescents and the vultures comprised 67 white-backed, 2 hooded, 1 Ruppells and 2 lappet-faced vultures. These first 3 species are IUCN red listed as critically endangered, and lappet-faced as endangered. 2 more hooded vultures were found dead 4 days later, 200 metres from the site. With even more animals (including lions) and birds likely to have ingested poison it is probable the total impact was much greater.
TANAPA and WCS took samples from carcasses to try and identify which poison was used and TANAPA have begun an investigation into this serious wildlife crime. Two suspects have been arrested by TANAPA. 4 vultures found still alive were taken for treatment at a TANAPA facility, of which one has died but the rest are recovering well. WCS will continue to work with partners and communities to tackle such devastating incidents and other wildlife crime

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Unilever corporation demands Internet censorship "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Britain says about itself:

Unilever not as clean as it claims

17 January 2012

Unilever, one of the worlds most successful and profitable companies, is trying to change the existing workers pension scheme to one that will see thousands of workers retire on a pension reduced by up to 40%. Workers have been fighting to save their pensions, they held the first ever national strike at Unilever in December and are continuing with further strikes accross the UK this week.

By Will Morrow:

Corporate giant Unilever demands crackdown on oppositional Internet content

14 February 2018

The drive to censor the Internet took another step this week with a public statement by Keith Weed, the chief marketing officer for the London-based multinational Unilever, threatening to withdraw advertising from social media platforms if they fail to suppress toxic content.

Weed reportedly told an annual leadership meeting of the Interactive Advertising Bureau in Palm Desert, California that the company will not invest in platforms or environments that create divisions in society, and promote anger or hate. He added, We will prioritize investing only in responsible platforms that are committed to creating a positive impact in society.

Excerpts of Weeds remarksthe most explicit of their kind from a major corporate executivewere...


Youth Activists And Catholic Lay Leaders Organize For DRC Without Kabila "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to 80 million people. Its land is so vast that a peat bog the size of England was discovered just four years ago. Yet, despite geographic distance, road inaccessibility, language diversity and internet blackouts, Congolese activists across the country with the help of Catholic lay leaders have coordinated dispersed marches and prayers against dictator Joseph Kabila, who continues to lead the country despite his last term having expired in December 2016. Since the final days of 2017, Kabilas security personnel have been filling churches with tear gas and administering bloody crackdowns, resulting in hundreds of cases of politically motivated arrests, torture and assassinations. Following a Mass last Saturday, Rev. Sebastian Yebo was beaten and kidnapped by police.


On Resistance: BDS And Israels Declining Support Among Diaspora Jews "IndyWatch Feed War"

Like its predecessor movement decades ago in South Africa, assessing the success of BDS against Israel today necessarily rubs up against the tension between Israeli hasbara (propaganda) and its reality as an effective organizing tool against it throughout the world. Though Israel has repeatedly claimed BDS has proven to be a failed venture, its a contention very much in desperate search of fact. Indeed, one need only look at the hundreds of millions of dollars that Israel has spent in various anti-BDS efforts to discern that its impact is not just productive, but poses a dynamic threat to the status quo ante of the state. Why else would it continue to invest such large, indeed, increasing amounts of money against a movement that it asserts has had no cognizable impact upon its policies or its future?


China and Russia are catching up with military power of US and West, say leading defence experts "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Independent

The West no longer has a monopoly on world-leading defence innovation

By Kim Sengupta Defence Editor
February 14, 2018

Soldiers participate in armoured-vehicle training exercises on 10 February, 2018 in Honghe, Yunnan Province Getty Images

China and Russia are challenging the military supremacy of America and its allies and the West can no longer rely on the strategic advantage it has enjoyed until now, a leading think tank states in its annual report.

The Military Balance 2018 report, produced by the IISS (International Institute of Strategic Studies) warns that while war between the Great Powers is not inevitable, Washington, Moscow and Beijing are now systematically preparing for the possibility of conflict.

The report details the drive by the Chinese leadership in acquiring and expanding its formidable arsenal.

In the air, this includes the Chengdu J-20 combat aircraft entering service in 2020, which means the US losing its monopoly on stealth aircraft. Meanwhile its PL-15 extended range air-to-air missile system will be equipped with electronically-scanned radars technology few other nations now possess.

There have been similar advances in naval capabilities.

Chinas programme over the last 15 years means it has built more corvettes, destroyers, frigates and submarines than Japan, India and South Korea combined. The total tonnage of its new warships and auxiliaries launched in the last four years alone, the report points out, is significantly greater than that of the entire French Navy. The launch of its first Type055 destroyer or  cruiser illustrates its blue water capabilities enable it to deploy further including off the coast of Europe. Its base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, lays the ground for missions at vast distances.

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How Racism In South Africa Shaped Gandhi "IndyWatch Feed War"

8 Feb 2018  As is well known, Mohandas Gandhi had gone to England in 1888 at the age of 19 years to train as a lawyer. Before going his mother Putlibai who was a devout person, deeply religious and given to fasting regularly, extracted a promise from her son to abstain from wine, women and meat.  Mohandas followed her advice and the promises he had made but on arriving in England, started dressing like a British person and tried to behave like one by taking lessons in dancing and elocution and following other traits of a British gentleman. On returning from England to Gujarat after getting his Bar degree, a Muslim firm in South Africa sought his services as a lawyer. After talking to his brother and other friends Gandhi decided to go to South Africa to work as a Barrister for a firm owned by Abdulla Sheth.


BREAKING: 2019 Election Sequence: Pro-Buhari senators stage a walk out Newtelegraph

At least, 10 Senators have staged a walk-out in protest against the adoption of the report by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act, New Telegraph can report. The protesters say despite the adoption of the report by the Senate, they would insist on its reversal. They []

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Oxfam reeling in the face of new claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

Oxfam was reeling after fresh claims of sexual assault in South Sudan, as Haiti's president condemned the behaviour of some of its staff as "undignified and dishonest."


ASEANs role in Japans Indo-Pacific strategy "IndyWatch Feed War"


FEB 14, 2018

From Saturday to Monday, Foreign Minister Taro Kono was on a brief Southeast Asian tour to both Brunei and Singapore. Beyond the bilateral and regional issues Kono touched on during both legs of his visit, it was also a demonstration of the emphasis Japan is placing on Southeast Asia as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations within the broader context of its own Indo-Pacific strategy.

Japans Indo-Pacific strategy

Despite the current focus around U.S. President Donald Trumps articulation of an Indo-Pacific strategy, the concept is not new or unique to the United States. The concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific strategy is also not new in the Japanese context, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe being a staunch advocate of it dating back to his previous tenure as prime minister from 2006 to 2007.

The most recent articulation of the vision during Abes current tenure broadly centers around enhancing connectivity from Asia to Africa to promote greater stability and prosperity across these regions through a variety of means, including improving the security situation in these regions, promoting greater development, and supporting the advancement of rule of law and building capacity in related fields.

Apart from larger states like the U.S. and India, the smaller countries of Southeast Asia in general as well as ASEAN play an important role in the context of Japans vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Geopolitically, Southeast Asia is where several aspects of the vision Japan is advancing will be tested whether standards around infrastructure projects or the advancement of the rule of law in the maritime domain with the South China Sea disputes all amid the invo...


Tambuwal signs Sokotos N220.5b 2018 budget Newtelegraph

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Wednesday signed into law, the Sokoto 2018 budget which was recently passed by the State House of Assembly.   Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Government House in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the of N220.5 billion document will be implemented optimally for the benefit of the citizenry.   He despite challenges in meeting []

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This Uber-Like App Wants To Make African Minibus Taxis Better "IndyWatch Feed World"

A key part of the Johannesburg transit system is notoriously unreliable and dangerousbut often then only thing residents can afford. AftaRobot is hoping to make them easier to use.

If you live in Johannesburg, South Africa, commuting to work often means waking up early to wait on the side of the road for a minibus taxi that might or might not arrive, and that might not have room for another passenger even if does show up. If you manage to get inside, the driver may drive so faston the search for other ridersthat the vehicle could crash.

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ANC parliamentary caucus to discuss Zuma no confidence motion today "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Africa's ruling ANC caucus is to meet in Parliament today (Wednesday) to discuss a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma if he refuses to step down.


Three Humanitarian Challenges for Africa in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

When a cholera epidemic threatened to overwhelm Somalia's health-care system last year, a coordinated response by local, regional, and international organizations contained the crisis and saved countless lives. Somalia and other African states facing natural or manmade disasters this year should seek to build on that success.


Lions Eat South African Poacher, Leaving Just His Head "IndyWatch Feed World"

(ANTIMEDIA) South Africa  An unidentified man suspected of being a poacher was killed and eaten by a pack of lions over the weekend near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, according to local media reports.
What little remained of the man was found in a private game reserve in the northern province of Limpopo. Authorities initially believed the deceased to be an employee who had gotten stuck while driving a tractor, but that individual has since been verified to be alive.


Companies Must Be Accountable to All Users: The Story of Egyptian Activist Wael Abbas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Egyptian journalist Wael Abbas holds a special distinction: Over the years, hes experienced censorship at the hands of four of Silicon Valleys top companies. Although more extreme, his story isnt so different from that of the many individuals who, following a single misstep or mistake at the hands of a content moderator, find themselves unceremoniously removed from a social platform.

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