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Friday, 15 December

01:20

2019: Again, Ibori Declares Support For Okowas Second Term Bid Urhobo Today

Okowa and Ibori


LAGOS DECEMBER 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Former Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, on Wednesday called on the people of the state, to continue to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowas administration.
He made it clear that he and other political leaders were backing him to continue beyond 2019.
Ibori made the remarks during the maiden products exhibition and business fair of the states Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) held at the Cenotaph in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The event also had the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, in attendance.
Speaking directly to Okowa, Ibori said: I am pleased that you have invited me and my duty is to pray for you. The day Deltans voted for you, they did so with the confidence that you will deliver, and you are delivering.
I am a Deltan and I do have a voice on matters that border on the peace and progress of Delta State.
I may be watching from the sidelines, but I want to say again that you (Okowa) are doing well. At the end of your eight-year tenure, Delta State will be better for it. Your Excellency, we are solidly behind you.
Ibori also commended the Okowa administration for empowering y...

01:08

2019: Im not after Osinbajos job Tinubu OBLONG MEDIA

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has described as fake news a newspaper report that More

01:08

Tinubu may become Nigerias vice president in 2019 as Osinbajo prepares to go back to pastoral work. OBLONG MEDIA

A report says Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is being considered as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of More

01:06

The perpetual warmonger Tom Cotton "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Wall Street Journal interview with Sen. Tom Cotton was a useful reminder that he is every bit as fanatical on foreign policy as he seems to be: When it comes to America's present challenges-from Iran to North Korea, China to Russia, Syria to Ukraine-Mr. Cotton, a conservative Republican, is squarely on Team [Teddy] Roosevelt. "There is always a military option," he says. "That is the case everywhere in the world." There might technically be a "military option" in every case, but only madmen would always prefer that option over the alternatives. One of the many problems with Cotton's worldview is that he favors military action when none is needed and other responses would either be more effective or less costly or both. The only military intervention he can bring himself to criticize is the Libyan war, and then only because it gives him a chance to score points on Obama for not intervening more aggressively in Syria:

00:34

Chain migration imported 120,000 foreign nationals from terrorist-funding countries since 2005 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nearly 120,000 foreign nationals have been allowed to enter the United States since 2005 despite coming.from the three countries that the State Department recognizes as state-sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It happened through chain migration, by which new immigrants can bring an unlimited amount of foreign family members with them to the U.S. []

00:34

Russia shuts its Embassy in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Do our Russian friends know something we dont?

Russia says it has temporarily ended Moscows diplomatic presence in war-torn Yemen due to the current situation in Sanaa, as the Saudi-led military coalition has increased its airstrikes against the impoverished country during the past few weeks.  

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced the news on Tuesday, adding all employees of the Russian embassy have [already] left the country.

She further said that the Russian ambassador [to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin] and some of the Russian diplomatic staff in the peninsular country would be performing their duties from the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Zakharova expressed hope that both regional and international actors would exert their influence on the involved parties to the Yemeni conflict in an attempt to convince them to halt the fighting and to end the war via political means.

Yemens ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on December 4 while attempting to escape the Yemeni capital to Maarab Province. This came shortly after he broke ranks with the Houthi Ansarullah movement in favor of the Saudi-led coalition.

Two days after the killing of Saleh, Zakharova said the Kremlin was extremely concerned regarding these negative events, adding that there was a good chance for the impoverished country sliding into military-political chaos and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

In a statement released in August, the Russian embassy in Yemen had expressed worries over the high intensity of air strikes by the Arab coalition on Yemeni cities and towns that often lead to civilian casualties.

According to the Saudi state news agency (SPA), a Russian plane evacuated embassy staff and some Russian nationals from Sanaa earlier on Tuesday. Dedushkin had already been working from the Saudi capital since last year.

The Saudi-led military campaign, propelled by a constant flow of US and UK arms supplies, h...

00:32

Yemeni snipers kill 19 Saudi troopers and mercenaries in retaliatory attacks "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead 19 Saudi troops and pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdoms southwestern border region of Najran.

An unnamed military source told Yemens official news agency SABA that Yemeni forces shot and killed five Saudi troops in the al-Asha and al-Shorfa areas of the region, located 969 kilometers south of the capital, Riyadh, on Tuesday.

Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters launched two rockets against Saudi army outposts in the Rajla, al-Sadid and Lesser al-Makhrouq areas of the same Saudi region. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Later, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a barrage of artillery rounds at the al-Karas military base, leaving scores of Saudi soldiers dead and injured.

Separately, several Saudi soldiers lost their lives or sustained injuries when Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of Saudi troopers in al-Sharqan military base.

Additionally, five Saudi-sponsored militiamen were fatally shot in different districts of Yemens southwestern province of Taizz.

Yemeni soldiers and their allies also struck the position of Hadi loyalists east of Kahboub region in the same Yemeni province, killing two of them.

In Yemens central province of Marib, army forces and fighters from Popular Committees launched a number of artillery rounds in the Wadi al-Ziq area of Sirwah district, killing and wounding a number of them.

Yemeni snipers also shot and killed seven Saudi mercenaries in different parts of Marib province.

A Yemeni man looks at the damage in the aftermath of a Saudi airstrike on Yemen Today television network in the capital Sanaa on December 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula countrys infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to the World Health Organizations latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.

On November 26, the United Nations childrens agency (UNICEF) said that more than 11 milli...

00:04

Greek anarchists target Saudi embassy over Yemen conflict "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The group also said the Saudi royal family had imposed a "medieval dystopia" on its people

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22:49

Facebook and social destruction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ex-Facebook chiefs deplore its social destruction and its got nothing to do with Russia!

Finian Cunningham
Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is a Masters graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.
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22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

22:23

Robbery Allegations: Burna Boy postpone Dec.17 show Newtelegraph

Nigerian musician, Burna Boy, has postponed his December 17 concert due to the recent robbery allegations levelled against him.   The artiste, however, has described the allegations as unfounded and are yet to be proven.   The promoters of the show,  Bavent Street Live, said a new date for The Burna Boy Show will be communicated in the near future as all tickets purchased will remain valid, and however, fans have the option to receive your full refund from the ticketing partners immediately.

The post Robbery Allegations: Burna Boy postpone Dec.17 show appeared first on Newtelegraph.

22:20

Man sentenced to death for rape, murder of law student Newtelegraph

A Court in India on Thursday sentenced a man who was found guilty of the 2016 rape and murder of a law student known as Jisha to death, a prosecution lawyer said. The 30-year-old victim was found dead by her mother at their home in Ernakulam district on April 28, 2016. She was left with signs of strangulation and more than 30 stab wounds on her body. Prosecution lawyer NK Unnikrishnan said the court handed down the death sentence to the convict, Ameerul Islam for Jishas rape and murder. Islam...

The post Man sentenced to death for rape, murder of law student appeared first on Newtelegraph.

22:03

Gov Sani Bello presents N128.10billion budget for 2018 Newtelegraph

Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger state, on Thursday presented a budget of N128.10 billion for the 2018 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly. The 2018 budget which is over N19bilion higher than 2017 of N108billion has the Statutory allocation at N57,610,992,019, Value Added Tax (VAT) N9,890,656,457, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) N11,650,465,457, Capital receipts N35,854,489,391, Paris Club Refund N10 billion and Return from Pensions N3billion. ..More details later.

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22:01

BREAKING: Driving school instructor rapes, kills NYSC member in Ogun Newtelegraph

Police in Ogun State has arrested a driving school instructor, Festus Udoh, for allegedly killing a 23-year-old female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Modupe Tawose. The suspect, 29, was nabbed by detectives after he had raped and murdered his victim at Abule Ayo area of Mawuko in Odeda Local Government Area of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect yesterday, said the crime was committed on Saturday. Iliyasu, who conducted reporters at the crime scene, stated that Festus had...

The post BREAKING: Driving school instructor rapes, kills NYSC member in Ogun appeared first on Newtelegraph.

21:48

Africas Must-Do Decade "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In recent decades, some developing countries mainly in Asia have managed to industrialize. For African countries to achieve sustainable development, they, too, will have to increase substantially the share of industry especially manufacturing in their national investment, output, and trade.

21:34

US to display evidence of Iran backing Houthis in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Telegraph

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, says she will produce evidence of Iran arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen CREDIT:  DREW ANGERER/GETTY

The United States is reportedly set to unveil what it says is  evidence of Iran giving missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador tot he United Nations, was set to show in Washington parts of a short-range ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia, NBC News reported.

Mrs Haley was also expected to present other examples of Iran flouting UN sanctions.

 
 Scud-type ballistic missiles

On November 4 the missile launched form Yemen was shot down by a Saudi surface-to-air missile, and came down near Riyadh airport. Saudi Arabia said it held Iran responsible, with Iran calling the claim malicious.

The latest US move came as suspected Saudi-led...

20:51

British censorship of BP oil critics "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from London, England says about itself:

13 September 2015

Los Perros Romanticos play their first gig at the British Museum as part of the Art Not Oil protest against the BP sponsorship of cultural establishments.

See here.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Alarming emails expose uni attempts to silence BP critics

Thursday 14th December 2017

DAMNING emails reveal that the University of Hull sought to clamp down on criticism of BP in its murky deal with the oil giant.

During a season of lectures at the university, sponsored by BP as part of the Hulls City of Culture events, the university approached the corporation, asking whether it wants us to get rid of critical comments made about it on its social media.

A freedom of information request, made by research group Culture Unstained, shows that the universitys press officer was being wary about comments made during a live Facebook stream of the first BP Cultural Visions lecture earlier this year.

While it is not mentioned in the emails, Culture Sustained said police attended the next lecture with no apparent cause for them having been called.

When BP head of arts and culture urged staf...

20:13

South African Revenue Service expect turnaround in tax collections "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Recovery in gross operating surplus should boost Company Income Tax collections  

Is the South African economy finally turning a corner? [Xinhua]


The South African Revenue Service (SARS) said at its media briefing on the 2017 Tax Statistics on Tuesday that it expected a turnaround in tax collections as the economy improved after a slowdown in 2016.

We expect a turnaround in company tax collections as the economy improves, but this will come with a lag, Dr Randall Carolissen, the SARS head of revenue and research said.

The gross operating surplus growth rose to 6.1 per cent year-on-year (y/y) in the third quarter from 5.1 per cent y/y in the second quarter and only 3.9 per cent y/y in the first quarter 2016.

Company Income Tax (CIT) is a tax levied on the taxable income (gross income less exemptions and allowable deductions) of companies and close corporation and it is the third largest contributor to total tax revenue for the past decade.

Although CIT has maintained its status as the third largest contributor, its relative contribution has declined from the pre-recession peak of 26.7 per cent in tax year 2008/09 to 18.1 per cent in tax year 2016/17.

This is further demonstrated by the reduction in the CIT-to-GDP ratio, which decreased from 6.9 per cent to 4.7 per cent during this period. The decline can largely be attributed to reduced company profits in the face of weak global demand following the global financial crisis.

CIT from the mining sector was the second largest after the financial sector contributor at R16 billion ($1.19 billion) in 2016/17, so the recovery in both commodity prices since the first quarter 2016 and an increase in commodity volume exports to a record high in October 2017 should show up in CIT collections shortly.

The third largest was transport and communications, while the fourth largest was retail trade. The former should be boosted by the increase in the volume of goods transported by land, while the latter should improve due to the recovery in real retail sales.

Treasury had anticipated only subdued domestic demand with household consumption only expected to grow by 1.0 per cent this year. Instead, household consumption expanded by 1.4 per cent in the first nine months, which is why wholesalers and retailers had to deplete their inventories to satisfy burgeoning demand.

That demand surge was based on solid income advances, as the compensation of employees grew by a nomin...

20:03

Palestine is no longer a priority for Saudi Arabia and the UAE "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new regional axis spearheaded by Turkey and Iran aims to put the Palestinian question at the forefront of its priorities

20:01

SOMALIA: Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy in Mogadishu "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOGADISHU, Somalia The bomber, disguised as a police officer with hidden explosives strapped around his waist and torso, infiltrated Gen. Kahiye Police Academy and targeted officers gathering for special morning exercises, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. The officers were rehearsing for Somalias Police Day celebrations scheduled for Dec. 20, Hussein said. A Somalia police officer []

Source

20:00

Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

us human rights resolution unOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

19:39

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Dec. 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Dec. 14 2017

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 14 Dec. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Dec. 13 2017 HAS Call, Yosef: "Zimbabwe" HAS Call w/ Yosef Tonight at 9 PM EST 12-13-17 Replay: https://iTeleseminar.com/103835244

1. The Banks are ready and have been for some time.

2. There has been a time set to release the RV but no one knows when that is.

3. The Federal Reserve was going through bankruptcy that would be completed Dec. 23.

4. Trump will be indicted.

5. Zimbabwe currency is also a bond. It is presently worth 1:1 to the US dollar and could value to over $300 to the US dollar.

B. Dec. 13 2017 9:45 pm EST Zap Report: ZAP's Mid-Week Report - The Office of POOFness - 12.13.17

1. The release of Project funds was promised by tomorrow Dec. 14, with the first funds coming to us by the weekend and Project Funds starting next week.

2. The first groups after the Big Boys were getting their currencies authenticated this week and payments on transactions next week.

3. The currency moves first before the Historic Bonds. Transactions on the Bonds would probably be in the new year after the majority of currency transactions were completed.
...

18:33

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub "IndyWatch Feed War"

Above, Palestinians walk by a national flag in east Jerusalem. Palestinians make up 37 percent of Jerusalems population of 866,000, up from 26 percent in 1967 when Israel captured east Jerusalem. (AP)

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17:45

Saudi, UAE Central Banks Team Up to Test Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Saudi, UAE Central Banks Team Up to Test Cryptocurrency by Stan Higgins CoinDesk TDC Note Another government moving into the crypto space. The masses will be wiped out and all of us will be forced into a digital prison....

The post Saudi, UAE Central Banks Team Up to Test Cryptocurrency appeared first on The Daily Coin.

16:32

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Ivory Coast to Reduce Size of Army by Paying Off Soldiers
12 DECEMBER 2017
10:30AM / REUTERS

INTERNATIONAL - Ivory Coast will pay thousands of soldiers 15million CFA francs (R351550) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military, documents showed yesterday.

Africas fastest-growing economy last year, Ivory Coast was hit earlier this year by successive uprisings by low-ranking troops. The costly bonuses paid to end the unrest helped to balloon the budget deficit this year, and the episode tarnished its image as one of the continents rising economic stars.

The government said last week that it would retire about 1000 soldiers by the end of the year as part of efforts to bring the force - estimated at about 25000 troops - in line with accepted standards.

A spokesperson did not say last week how much the soldiers would receive under the voluntary scheme. However, a document obtained by Reuters outlining the plan stated that each retired soldier would receive a payment of 15m CFA francs.

Neither the spokesperson nor Ivory Coasts defence minister were available to comment yesterday.

Diplomats said the move signalled that the government was beginning to implement a military reform law. According to a copy of the law seen by Reuters, 4400 troops are to leave the army over four years. It was not immediately clear if the figure includes soldiers already scheduled to retire during the period.

Ivory Coasts army was thrown together from rival loyalist and rebel factions at the end of a 2011 civil war that brought President Alassane Ouattara to power after his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, rejected his defeat in a 2010 run-off election.

Diplomats and analysts say the force is bloated with unqualified personnel.

An adviser to Parliament Speaker Guillaume Soro, considered a leading candidate to replace term-limited Ouattara in 2020, was arrested in October after a secret arms cache at his home helped mutinying soldiers to halt a loyalist advance.

Soro and his supporters say the charges were politically motivated.

- REUTERS 

16:24

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Sit Up! We Are Losing Our Next Generation- Muntaka Tells Health Ministry
Ghana |Myjoyonline.com
Nathan Gadugah
13-12-2017 Time: 07:12:08:pm

Member of Parliament for Asawase is angry at what he says is the snail's pace strategy adopted by the Health Ministry and the Ghana Health Service in vaccinating students of Senior High Schools contaminated either by meningitis or swine flu.

Muntaka Mubarak cannot understand what is preventing the two institutions from providing the necessary vaccinations to the schools especially the affected ones.

It is exactly a week since the health ministry diagnosed swine flu as the cause of death of some four students of Kumasi Academy. A dozen others were treated with the same symptoms and discharged.

Since then there have been reported cases of deaths in Koforidua Secondary Technical, Bawku Senior Technical and Damongo Secondary all of which are confirmed cases of meningitis.

The Head of Disease and Surveillance Unit at the Ghana Health Service Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe told Joy News they are working with the WHO to import the necessary vaccines to stop the spread of the diseases.

He said the initiative to import the vaccines is being championed by the ministry and WHO. According to him, once the virus has been detected a process has to be followed to ensure the virus is compatible with the vaccines. But that process has been concluded and it will take some days to import at least 10,000 doses of the vaccines into Ghana, he stated.

But the Asawase MP believes the process is too slow adding Ghanas emergency health system appears to be broken down.

Kumasi Academy students

Muntaka Mubarak is afraid the situation will worsen if the contaminated students go on vacation.

"We all know how the spread of virus is and how devastating it can be. You tell me which part of the world that you cannot get to Ghana in 72 hours?" he asked.

"The Health Minister should sit up. They should concentrate on prevention, he said adding, we are losing the next generation of this country.

They were able to know the cause of death on Wednesday. Its now one full week, he said, adding it shouldnt take more than 72 hours to get vaccination imported into the country...

16:17

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H1N1 Outbreak: Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana Calls for Measures to Curb Spread
Dec 13, 2017 at 9:09pm
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana is worried about the recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus in some parts of the country particularly, in education institutions.

It said, the occurrence has the tendency to derail gains made in the health sector if effective methods are not employed.

Speaking to GBCs Radio Ghana, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Society, Kwame Peprah Boaitey, said the organisation has alerted its members to be on the lookout for symptoms of H1N1 and Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

Mr. Boaitey said members have been alerted and are on the look out to detect and take necessary action to prevent further spread.

Mr. Peprah used the opportunity to highlight symptoms of the two viral diseases and what the public can do by way of prevention.

GBCONLINE

16:10

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Project Set to Reduce Maternal, Child Deaths in Nigeria
By Chukwuma Muanya and Adaku Onyenucheya
Nigeria Guardian
14 December 2017   |   4:30 am

GAMSU, GE Healthcare train nurses at LUTH on mother, infant care
Several studies including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nation International Childrens Education Fund (UNICEF) have shown that critical strategy for reducing maternal and child morbidity and mortality is ensuring that every baby is delivered with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant which generally includes a medical doctor, nurse or midwife.

According to the WHO and UNICEF, every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the underfive and maternal mortality rate in the world.

However, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, earlier this year, described the high mortality rate of under-five in Nigeria as unacceptable, and said the country has made significant progress in reducing the rate of newborn deaths from 201/1000 live births to 128/1000 live births in 2013.

Several studies by the WHO and UNICEF in developing countries, including India, have demonstrated that that ending preventable child deaths can be achieved by improving access to skilled healthcare professionals during pregnancy and at time of birth, life saving interventions among others.

To address Nigerias very poor record regarding maternal and child health outcomes, the Federal Government had through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) established the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), a public sector collaborative initiative, designed to mobilize midwives, including newly qualified, unemployed and retired midwives, for deployment to selected primary health care facilities in rural communities. The aim is to facilitate an increase in the coverage of Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA) to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.

Also, in a bid to reduce maternal and infant mortality in in Nigeria, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) has emerged. The Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation (GAMSU) has partnered with General Electric (GE) Healthcare to train no fewer than 45 nurses at th...

16:04

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Nigerian Northern Leaders List Terms for Restructuring, Want Marshall Plan
By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi (Jos), Danjuma Michael (Katsina) and Kehinde Olatunji (Lagos)
Nigeria Guardian
14 December 2017   |   4:30 am

(FILE PHOTO) The Sultan urged politicians to improve the lives of Nigerians, berating those who merely use the electorate to win votes. He also called on government at all levels to implement programmes that could move the country forward. PHOTO: BellaNaija

The North is not intimidated by calls for restructuring of the nation and is ready to discuss the issue if the right cards are put on the table.

This was part of submissions following a two-day retreat by the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) in Katsina State yesterday.

According to the Forum, the region was not afraid of any sensible and meaningful arrangement, provided it guarantees justice, equity, fairness and the unity of all Nigerians.

It described the matter as ambiguous, even to proponents, without clear terms and directions on how to go about it, adding, the North would, at a later date, take a well articulated, firm and common position on restructuring, in collaboration with other northern members of the National Assembly.

The Forum also resolved to map out a Marshall Plan for development of the region, saying the proposition would be carried out in partnership with critical stakeholders, its House of Representatives counterpart and the Northern Governors Forum.

A communiqu signed by NSF chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said the Plan would be all embracing.

The retreat discussed the huge infrastructural deficit in the North, noting that this challenge has weigh down socio-economic advancement, hence the need to design an all embracing Marshall Plan for the development of the region.

The NSF said: The insecurity of lives and property and the lack of capacity of the state to adequately guarantee the most fundamental of rights are the most critical challenges facing the region in particular and the country in general.

The prevalent ethno-religious crises in the region are politically motivated and have little or not...

15:54

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Nigeria Still Investors Destination - IMF
Dec 13 2017 9:32PM
Daily Trust

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said that Nigeria still remained a destination for investors.

The Senior Financial Sector Expert, Debt and Capital Market Instruments Division, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF, Miriam Tamene, said this in a statement issued by Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) management in Abuja.

Tamene said when she led a team on a visit to the SEC office in Abuja.

Tamene noted that the Fund was pleasantly surprised to receive numerous indication of interest by investors eager to invest in Nigeria.

She, however, stated that many of them still nursed the fear that they may not be able to retrieve their funds anytime they decide to exit.

She urged monetary and regulatory authorities in Nigeria to roll out policies that would bring down the inflation rate in the country as well as increase access to domestic funds.

This, Tamene noted would ensure that the economy attained further growth in 2018.

At the annual meetings of IMF, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw many investors interested in the Securities Market in Nigeria.

A lot of people thought that Nigeria is still investors destination, the main concerns most of them had was the fear that they may not be able to take out their money anytime they want to hence they are being very watchful.

Investors are interested in Nigeria, but with difficulties they had in getting their money out recently, that confidence is not there yet.

It has improved though, but they are still watching. It is still so much fragile and not what they can take for granted just yet, she added.

The statement also quoted the Acting Director-General of SEC, Dr Abdul Zubair as saying the future outlook appeared good as several initiatives had been rolled out by the SEC to help grow the capital market.

Zubair said the initiatives would increase investors confidence and more initiatives would be rolled out subsequently to ensure the Nigerian capital market remained one of the best in the world.

The IMF team was in Nigeria for consultations to get update on developments covering all financial transactions as well as key sect...

15:49

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Nigeria: Aggrieved PDP Aspirants Threaten to Form Parallel NWC
By Saawua Terzungwe
Nigeria Daily Trust
Dec 14 2017 2:00AM

Some aggrieved aspirants under the aegis of PDP Candidates and Stakeholders Forum, yesterday, rejected the results of last Saturdays national convention of the party which produced Prince Uche Secondus as national chairman.

They also called on the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, to call an emergency meeting of the partys National Executive Committee (NEC).

Comrade Franklyne Edede, who contested for the office of PDP National Youth Leader and Chief Godwin Chinedu Duru, who contested for the office of National Organising
Secretary, said the meeting was necessary to address contentious issues.

Prince Obi-Nwosu Emmanuel, Hassan Adamu and Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar also appended their signatures on the document as stakeholders.

We the concerned candidates and stakeholders hereby reject in totality the result released at the 9th December, 2017 National Elective Convention instead of the true result.

We, therefore, demand the immediate recall of the purported result of the actual votes cast by delegates at the convention.

We call on the Chairman of BoT to ensure the immediate execution of this demand by convening an emergency NEC meeting within 7 days from the date of this notice.

Failure to address the items above, we would have no option but to announce the correct results and inaugurate the authentic National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, they said.

However, the BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin couldnt respond to a phone call and a text message sent to him at the time of filing this report. 

15:45

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Boko Haram Supremacy Battle: Shekau Loses Grounds to Albarnawi Faction
By Hamza Idris (Abuja) & Uthman Abubakar (Maiduguri)
Nigeria Daily Trust
Dec 14 2017 2:00AM

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly lost grounds to Abu Musab Albarnawi after days of clashes between the two terrorists factions in remote areas of Borno State, Daily Trust reliably gathered.

Some locals who have already fled the areas described the new development as battle of supremacy between Shekau and Albarnawi.

Both factions have holed up in remote areas from where they occasionally emerge to launch attacks on military formations.

Albarnawi is the son of Boko Haram founder Muhammed Yusuf, who parted ways with Shekau, his fathers successor, about a year ago.

Several insurgents lost their lives in the reported clashes, with sources saying Albarnawis faction ultimately had an upper hand.

How clashes started

A dependable vigilante source told Daily Trust that the two factions clashed in the vicinity of Dikwa over reported encroachment by a member of one faction into the territory of the other.

The two factions operate in different areas in Borno state, with the understanding that  no one encroaches into the others territory.

Accordingly, Shekaus men roam parts of southern Borno while Albarnawis fighters operate in the northern part of the state.

It was reported that lately some of the members of Albarnawi faction strayed into Shekaus territory around Dikwa, as a result of which they were reportedly accosted and killed by the Shekau fighters.

The Albarnawi faction immediately organised a reprisal, summoning its men from the surrounding enclaves; the result was a heavy clash of the two factions, leaving many dead.

Nobody can tell who lost how many lives and how many if whose men got injured because, as you know, nobody dared go near there, the source said.

Multiple sources told Daily Trust that the clashes took place in areas that included Gwarimiri, Mulgwailawanti, Golofori, Gaggau, Taye, as well as Charma I and Charma II with Albarnawi taking over the locations from Shekau.

Other locations allegedly taken over by Albarnawis fighters were Umdar...

15:39

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Foreign Investors Eye Nigeria But Fear FX Scarcity IMF
By Hamisu Muhammad
Nigeria Daily Trust
Dec 14 2017 2:00AM

Many investors want to come to Nigeria but how to retrieve their investments is still their main concern, an IMF official has said.

The Senior Financial Sector Expert, Debt and Capital Market Instruments Division, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Miriam Tamene, said this during a visit by funds team to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Abuja yesterday.

According to her, At the Annual meetings of IMF, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw many investors interested in the securities market in Nigeria. 

A lot of people think that Nigeria is still an investors destination, the main concerns most of them had was the fear that they might not be able to take out their money anytime they want to hence they are being very watchful.

Investors are interested in Nigeria, but with difficulties they had in getting their money out recently, that confidence is not there yet. It has improved though, but they are still watching. It is still so much fragile and not what they can take for granted just yet, she added.

She called on the monetary and regulatory authorities in Nigeria to roll out policies that would bring down the inflation rate in the country as well as increase access to domestic funds to ensure that the economy attains further growth in 2018.

In his remarks, Acting Director General of SEC, Dr. Abdul Zubair, said the future outlook appeared good as several initiatives had already been rolled out by the SEC which will help to grow the capital market and increase investors confidence.

He  added that in the long term, more initiatives will be rolled out to ensure that the Nigerian capital market remained one of the best in the world.

The IMF Team was in Nigeria for consultations and to get update on developments concerning all the financial and other key sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The report of their consultations is expected to be presented to the IMF Board in February.

15:35

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OPEC Reviews 2018 Oil Demand Forecast Upwards
By Hamisu Muhammad
Nigeria Daily Trust
Dec 13 2017 3:24PM

The world oil demand is expected to grow by 1.51 million barrel per day (mb/d) above the 1.26mb/d earlier forecasted for year 2018, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said.
The forecast was based on the strong optimism that the world economy will grow very fast within the period. 

The OPEC said in its Monthly Oil Market Report released on Wednesday that the countries under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD will contribute positively to oil demand growth, adding some 0.28 mb/d, whereas the bulk of the growth will come from the non-OECD with 1.23 mb/d of potential growth.

The report said World Oil Supply Non-OPEC oil supply growth for 2017 now stands at 0.81 mb/d, representing an upward revision of 0.15 mb/d from the previous report. For 2018, the forecast for non-OPEC supply growth has been revised up by 0.12 mb/d to now stand at 0.99 mb/d.

The 2018 forecast for non-OPEC supply is associated with considerable uncertainties, particularly regarding US tight oil developments. US oil supply is now expected to grow by 1.05 mb/d next year, representing an upward revision of 0.18 mb/d and following growth of 0.61 mb/d in 2017. OPEC NGLs and non-conventional liquids are expected to increase by 0.18 mb/d in 2018, compared to 0.17 mb/d this year. In November, OPEC crude production decreased by 133 tb/d, according to secondary sources, to average 32.45 mb/d.

World economic growth in 2017 has been supported by strong momentum across all major economies and sectors. Growth now stands at 3.7%, up from an initial forecast of 3.2%. The healthy momentum is expected to continue in 2018, with growth forecast at 3.7%. The OECD, supported by the US and the Euro-zone and to some extent Japan, is considered a vital element of this dynamic, with growth of 2.2% in 2018, only slightly below this years 2.3%.

In the non-OECD, the growth momentum in China is forecast to slightly decelerate in 2018 to 6.5%, compared to 6.8% in 2017. India is likely to rebound from sluggish growth of 6.5% in 2017 to show growth of 7.4% in 2018. Brazil and Russia are   Graph 1: Real GDP growth for selected countries in 2018  for...

14:50

Nigeria: IMF seeks policies to bring down inflation Newtelegraph

Monetary and regulatory authorities in Nigeria have been enjoined to roll out policies that will bring down inflation rate in the country as well as increase access to domestic funds in order to ensure the economy attains further growth in 2018. The call was made by Senior Financial Sector Expert, Debt and Capital Market Instruments Division, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Miriam Tamene, during a visit of IMF Team to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Abuja. Tamene disclosed that at the last IMF Meetings, the...

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14:43

FMC Umuahia conducts kidney transplant on patients Newtelegraph

The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia Abia State has successfully transplanted Two kidneys on two patients. The feat was performed by a team of FMC doctors and other medical professionals led by Dr. Obi Ekwenna of the University of Toledo Medical Center, Ohio USA in company of Mr. James Ogbuka Umekwe. The First Transplant was performed on Thursday on a 37 year old businessman and native of Ohafia Abia state who was identified simply as Mr. Oji while the second on Friday was on a 68 years old medical doctor...

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14:40

2019: INEC raises the alarm over low voter registration in Ebonyi Newtelegraph

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ebonyi State branch, yesterday raised the alarm over non-collection of PVCs by voters in the state. It also raised the alarm over refusal of people to enrol in the on-going third quarter of voter registration in the state. Speaking when he led other top stakeholders of the commission in the state on a courtesy call on Governor Dave Umahi in Abakaliki, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Godswill Obioma, regretted that over 50, 000 PVCs are yet to be collected by voters across the 13...

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14:35

Edo pensioners get N244m in October Newtelegraph

Edo State government under the auspices of the JointAccountandAllocation Committee(JAAC) yesterday said it had paid pensioners in the state N244 million. This was as it said teachers in the state had received N1, 108,476,358.72 for their October salaries from the N2, 391,150,633 allocation that accrued to the local government areas from the Federation Account. Besides, the state government had outlined strategies to engage the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to ensure stable electricity supply to residents of the state. The Head, Local Government Administration, Uhunmwode Local GovernmentArea( LGA), Mr. Anthony...

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14:34

Kanu, IPOB challenge FGs proscription order in African Commission Newtelegraph

The proscribe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, have taken Nigeria to African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, the Gambian capital, to challenge its proscription. In a suit filed on December 5 and made available to newsmen, IPOBS attorney, Mr Alloy Ejimako of Adulbert Services, on behalf of the victims/complainants, legal representative, respectfully urged the Commission among other reliefs to invoke its powers under Rule 111 of its Rules of Procedure and adopt provisional measures. Urged the respondent state not to take...

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14:33

Absence of DSS director stalls hearing of Wikes suit against IG Newtelegraph

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday could not hear Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wikes application for an injunction against the Inspector- General of Police (IGP) and two others. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the development was due to the absence of the Director of the Department of State Services (DSS). The other respondents in the suit are the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS). Wike, in his application, had sought the courts nod to restrain the respondents from...

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12:58

North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated "IndyWatch Feed War"

The DMZ from the North Korean side (courtesy of yeowatzup / Flickr)

Donald Trump is contemplating wars that would dwarf anything that his immediate predecessors ever considered.

He has dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan, and hes considering the mother of all wars in the Middle East. He is abetting Saudi Arabias devastating war in Yemen. Many evangelicals are welcoming his announcement of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a sign that the end of days is nigh. The conflict with Iran is about to heat up early next year when Trump, in the absence of any congressional action, will decide whether to fulfill his promise to tear up the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration worked so hard to negotiate and the peace movement backed with crucial support.

But no war has acquired quite the same apparent inevitability as the conflict with North Korea. Here in Washington, pundits and policymakers are talking about a three-month window within which the Trump administration can stop North Korea from acquiring the capability to strike U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

That estimate...

11:48

Protesting Isoko Youths Block Ughelli/Asaba Expressway, Demand Removal Of DESOPADEC Commissioner Urhobo Today


LAGOS DECEMBER 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Thousands of travelers were on Monday, December 11 stranded as aggrieved Isoko youths at about 7am blocked the ever-busy Ughelli/Asaba Expressway with a call for the immediate sack of the Executive Director of Finance & Administration, Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Askia Ogieh.
The aggrieved Isoko youths who came out in their hundreds were led in the protest by a factional President of Isoko Nation Youth Assembly, INYA, Comrade Umuakpo Ovie.
The youths including women blocked both sections of the Aradhe community of the road, bearing placards with various inscriptions.
They chanted solidarity songs as they defiled the heavy presence of security operatives drafted to the area just as they claimed Askia Ogieh was allegedly shortchanging the Isoko people.
The cause of the protest remained sketchy at the time of filing this report.
They were so hostile to even newsmen when they tried to sought their views on the matter.
Traders as we speak are lamenting the loss of time and other negative effects to the road blockade.
Neighboring Isoko communities also joined in the protests as they strengthened the blockage of the road.
The aggrieved Isoko youths have been at loggerheads with another factional president, Mr. Victor Egbo aka Last Mugu, an associate of Ogieh.
Unconfirmed reports say Askiah Ogieh, representing Isoko ethnic nationality in the oil commission was said to have allegedly pocketed the N10miliion released by the Delta Sta...

11:43

Diphtheria outbreak: New deadly threat to war-torn Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Most diphtheria cases and deaths involve children who had not been immunised against disease

11:24

Half the world cant get basic health help "IndyWatch Feed World"

At least half the worlds population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford, the World Health Organisation says.

Some 800 million people worldwide spend at least 10 per cent of their household income on healthcare for themselves or a sick child, and as many as 100 million of those are left with less than $US1.90 ($A2.66) a day to live on as a result, the WHO said.

In a joint report with the World Bank, the United Nations health agency said it was unacceptable that more than half the worlds people still dont get the most basic healthcare.

If we are serious not just about better health outcomes but also about ending poverty we must urgently scale up our efforts on universal health coverage, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement with the report.

Anna Marriott, health policy advisor for the international aid agency Oxfam, said the report was a damning indictment of governments efforts on health.

Healthcare, a basic human right, has become a luxury only the wealthy can afford, she said in a statement.

The WHO and World Bank report did have some positive news: This century has seen a rise in the number of people getting services such as vaccinations, HIV/AIDS drugs, and mosquito-repelling bed nets and contraception, it said.

But there are wide gaps in the availability of services in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, the report found.

In other regions, basic services such as family planning and child immunisation are more available, but families are suffering financially to pay for them.

Yong Kim said this was a sign that the system is broken.

We need a fundamental shift in the way we mobilise resources for health and human capital, especially at the country level, he said.

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11:17

Les agropoles : une panace pour l'agriculture africaine ? "IndyWatch Feed World"

08 Dec 2017 | Afrik.comLors de l'implantation de ces programmes au Bnin, les droits des propritaires coutumiers sont loin d'tre respects, selon Jos Herbert Ahodode

11:17

Shedding light on domestic investments in sub-saharan africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Oct 2017 | Donor PlatformOn 9 October the Platform's Global Donor Working Group on Land organised a side event at the Committee on World Food Security in Rome to draw attention to this still little understood phenomenon.

08:48

South Africas Response to Trumps Jerusalem Announcement "IndyWatch Feed War"

From Burning Issue, December 12, 2017

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Over the past few days, we have been closely watching developments in the Middle East following US president Donald Trumps announcement that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have erupted across the occupied Palestinian territories with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets in what has been called the Day of Rage. Thousands have been injured in scuffles with Israeli forces who have used firebombs and teargas on protesters. On Wednesday, Capetonians are set to march to Parliament, in a protest organised by the MJC, Al Quds foundation and other solidarity organisations. In this programme, we ask how South Africa should respond? Pro-Palestinians activists say they are tired of empty meaningless lines from the South African government expressing its support for Palestinians and the two state-solution. As ANC branches are expected to meet at this weeks ANC Elective Conference in Johannesburg, what resolutions on Israel and Palestine should be taken?

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08:43

Russia's Sanaa withdrawal is sharp rebuke to the Houthis "IndyWatch Feed World"

Negating The Narrative Right off the bat, any reader who frequents the Alt-Media Community needs to leave aside what they think they know about Russia's policy towards Yemen before continuing with this article. There have been several misleading but "politically correct" narratives spreading through this information space since the beginning of the 2014 War on Yemen, one of which is the very nature of this conflict itself. The prevailing notion is that it's an international war, which is true in some regards, but overlooks the civil war dynamics that drove it in the first place. More specifically, this is the regional conflict between the Houthis and President Hadi in what was previously known as North Yemen, and then the overspill of this conflict into the former territory of South Yemen after the Houthis captured Aden. It was only then, when the rest of the country was on the verge of coming under the Houthis' control, that the Saudi-led coalition intervened and began its merciless bombing campaign and naval blockade of Yemen. The War on Yemen is thus a multidimensional conflict with both domestic and international components, and this should have been clear to all objective observers from the outset. Nevertheless, there is a strong disposition in the Alt-Media Community to take narrative cues - both stated and implied - from Iran when formulating analytical angles in addressing events such as this one, and it's for that reason why the myth has pervaded that the Houthis are a National Liberation Movement for all of Yemen.

08:42

Libyan forces suffering casualties, fighting continues in Benghazi "IndyWatch Feed World"

Libyan forces fighting in Benghazi have lost four men and seen 10 wounded so far in December, five months after declaring victory in a campaign to control the eastern city, a medical source said on Monday. Three of the dead from the Libyan National Army (LNA) were killed by snipers and one by a land mine as it faces resistance from a group of fighters in the Benghazi district of Khreibish. There have been daily clashes in the area and occasional air strikes. LNA commander Khalifa Haftar declared victory in a three-year military campaign against an array of extremists and other fighters in Benghazi in early July. The fighting is part of a broader conflict that developed following the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Qaddafi. Haftar has opposed a UN-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli, as he has gradually strengthened his position on the ground. Also on Monday, the UN urgently appealed for countries to take in 1,300 "extremely vulnerable" refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country.

08:33

Renowned South African university cuts ties with Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine Information Center December 13, 2017 PRETORIA The Council of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has resolved that TUT will not forge any ties with the State of Israel or any of its organizations and institutions, TUT spokesman on the issue Professor Rasigan Maharajh told the African News Agency (ANA) during an []

08:11

Relentless Saudi Attacks on Homes, Prison Kill Dozens in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) Saudi Arabia has accelerated their attacks on Yemen over the past week and shows no sign of slowing down.

Airstrikes have pounded Yemen relentlessly day and night without ceasing. In just the past 48 hours, dozens of civilians have died in multiple massacres from the US-backed coalition. The number of airstrikes and casualties is so high Geopolitics Alert is having a hard time documenting them all.

The most devastating attack took place yesterday when nearly 10 airstrikes targeted a police station and prison in Sanaa. Over 30 people died including both prisoners and staff while more than 80 were injured.

The National Committee for Prisoners Affairs condemned the attack. Stating that it violates all international norms and humanitarian laws. The committee also said they would hold the United Nations accountable for their complacency and complicity.

Shortly after the prison attack, warplanes targeted a civilian area in Taiz killing 11 including a small child. Another two died in Taiz when additional airstrikes targeted a car.

RELATED: White House Statement Ignores US Role in Yemen and Blames Iran

Airstrikes continued in Saada as per usual striking a farm which destroyed the home and killed livestock. Additional attacks targeting a highway in Saada killed another three civilians.

Strikes also targeted Hodeidah where bombs destroyed multiple homes and a farm.

Warplanes also destroyed a solar panel system used for pumping water. Yemen is in the midst of a cholera and diphtheria outbreak. Nearly one million civilians have contracted cholera and thousands have lost their lives. Doctors Without Borders is monitoring at least 318 suspected diphtheria cases while nearly 30 have died. Nearly 95% of deaths are children under 15.

Riyadh imposed a land, sea, and air blockade over Yemen shortly after launching their war in 2015. As a result, nearly 17 million Yemenis are food insecure and seven million face direct famine. The blockade restricts foodstuffs, medical supplies, fuel, sanitation equipment, and flow of movement.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

Riyadhs deadly airstrikes and military campaign have killed nearly 13,000 since the beginning of the war. Saudi Arabia accelerated airstrikes last week after the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The...

07:44

European Union helps torturing refugees in Libya "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Libyas slave trade They sell Africans over there

28 November 2017

The worlds most vulnerable, fleeing war and poverty back home, are being abused and auctioned off as slaves a shocking danger facing migrants and refugees in Libya.

It has been reported that hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.

Libya is the main transit hub for refugees and migrants attempting to reach southern Europe by sea. They are coming from countries like Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Sudan and Somalia.

The power vacuum in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi has made human trafficking and people smuggling a booming trade.

And the European Unions renewed strategy to stop migrants and refugees travelling across the Mediterranean has led to more people being stuck in the north African country without money or food.

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06:38

The Likelihood of War with Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington DC (NEO) The analytical group SouthFront recently released a remarkable video about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, and Israel. Of course, this inevitably means that the war would involve Russia and the United States as well.

To understand the context of this scenario, one first needs to understand what has happened in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries in recent years. The original plan of the US and Saudi Arabia (behind whom stood an invisible Israel) was the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad and his replacement with Islamic fundamentalists or takfiris (Daesh, al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra). The plan involved the following steps:

  • sweep away a strong secular Arab state with a political culture, armed forces and security services;
  • generate total chaos and horror in Syria that would justify the creation of Israels security zone, not only in Golan Heights but also further north;
  • start a civil war in Lebanon and incite takfiri violence against Hezbollah, leading to them both bleeding to death and then create a security zone, this time in Lebanon;
  • prevent the creation of a Shiite axis of Iran/Iraq/Syria/Lebanon;
  • continue the division of Syria along ethnic and religious lines, establish an independent Kurdistan and then to use them against Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
  • give Israel the opportunity to become the unquestioned major player in the region and force Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and everyone else to apply for permission from Israel in order to implement any oil and gas projects;
  • gradually isolate, threaten, undermine and ultimately attack Iran with a wide regional coalition, removing all Shiite centers of power in the middle East.

It was an ambitious plan, and the Israelis were completely convinced that the United States would provide all the necessary resources to see it through. But the Syrian government has survived thanks to military intervention by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Daesh is almost defeated and Iran and Hezbollah are so firmly entrenched in Syria that it has driven the Israelis into a state of fear bordering on panic. Lebanon remains stable, and even the recent attempt by the Saudis to abduct Prime Minister Saad Hariri failed.

As a result, Saudi Arabia and Israel have developed a new plan: force the US to attack Iran. To this end, the axis of good (USA-Israel-Saudi Arabia) was created, although this is nothing new. Saudi Arabia and the other Arab States in the Persian Gulf have in the past spoken in favor of interven...

06:24

Net giants must pay for news from which they make billions European press agencies say "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | European press agencies say internet giants such as Google reap vast profit from from other peoples work by soaking up between 60 and 70 percent of advertising revenue
PARIS (AFP)  Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or link to.

Facebook has become the biggest media in the world, the agencies said in a plea published in the French daily Le Monde.

Yet neither Facebook nor Google have a newsroom They do not have journalists in Syria risking their lives, nor a bureau in Zimbabwe investigating Mugabes departure, nor editors to check and verify information sent in by reporters on the ground.

Access to free information is supposedly one of the great victories of the internet. But it is a myth, the agencies argued.

At the end of the chain, informing the public costs a lot of money.

News, the declaration added, is the second reason after catching up on family and friends for people to log onto Facebook, which tripled its profits to $10 billion (8.5 billion) last year.

Yet it is the giants of the net who are reaping vast profits from other peoples work by soaking up between 60 and 70 percent of advertising revenue, with Googles jumping by a fifth in a year.

Meanwhile, ad revenue for news media fell nine percent in France alone last year, a disaster for the industry.

Pillar of democracy at risk

Years have passed (without anything being done) and free and reliable newsgathering is now threatened because the media will simply no longer be able to pay for it, the news agencies added.

Diverse and reliable news sources, a pillar of democracy, risk being undermined.

Attempts by news outlets in France, Germany and Spain to force internet giants to pay have only resulted in them coughing up a few symbolic crumbs, they added.

The press agencies insisted that some of the vast imbalance could be rectified if the EU gives them and other media related rights copyright to their work.

However, some European Parliament members were worried that the proposed directive would t...

06:02

Notes from Putin and Erdogan meeting: High hopes for Syria and condemnation for Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, after what has been a whirlwind day for the Russian President. Earlier he met with Persident al-Assad in Syria and President el-Sisi in Egypt. During the press conference, both Putin and Erdogan spoke of their positive feelings regarding a sharp increase in bilateral trade between the two nations. Both leaders also praised the recovery of Turkey's tourist industry which is heavily reliant on Russians. Russia's bilateral relations with Turkey, include an agreement whereby Russian experts will construct what will be Turkey's first ever nuclear power plant. Both leaders expressed their positive views on this while President Putin also spoke highly of the progress made on the Turk Strem gas pipeline which will deliver Russian natural gas to both Turkey and Europe.

05:48

Build and Fight: The Program and Strategy of Cooperation Jackson "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

An excerpt from the recently published book Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi, a chronicle of one of the most dynamic but under-documented experiments in radical social transformation taking place in the United States.

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End Pursuits

The fundamental program and strategy of Cooperation Jackson is intended to accomplishfour fundamental ends: 1) to place the ownership and control over the primarymeans of production directly in the hands of the Black working class of Jackson, 2) to build and advance the development of the ecologically regenerative forces of production in Jackson, Mississippi, 3) to democratically transform the political economy of the city of Jackson, the state of Mississippi, and the southeastern region, and 4) to advance the aims and objectives of the Jackson-Kush Plan, which are to attain self-determination for people of African descent and the radical, democratic transformation of the state of Mississippi (which we see as a prelude to the radical decolonization and transformation of the United States itself).

Controlling the Means of Production

We define the means of production as the physical, non-human inputs that enable humans to transform the natural world to provide sustenance for themselves. The inputs in question are arable land, access to water, natural resources (wood, metals, minerals, etc.), and the tools and facilities that enable the...

05:45

Two more massive wave anomalies connected to Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Two more massive anomalies have been picked up on MIMIC Map on December 8, 2017. Both strange anomalies seem to stretch down toward Antarctica.

One mysterious wave found by Dahboo777 cuts through an area that has seen an influx of concentrated quake activity around the Philippines region and Indonesia. The other anomaly stretches from the western coast of Africa down toward Antarctica.

Here some more reports of these mysterious wave anomalies starting from or reaching Antarctica. Any ideas what it could be?

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This article (Two more massive wave anomalies connected to Antarctica video) was originally published on Strange Sounds and syndicated by The Event Chronicle. Via Dahboo.

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04:14

China public awareness of ivory ban still low Africa Sustainable Conservation News

ECNS

ECNS

December 13, 2017

Consumers widely support the national ivory ban that will take effect at

the end of this year in China, but public awareness is still low, according

to a report released on Tuesday by two NGOs.

Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed by the NGOs said they would support the

ban.

More than half of past ivory buyers have stopped buying, according to the

report, which was produced by TRAFFIC and the World Wildlife Fund.

The State Forestry Administration, which manages the ivory trade, announced

in January that all commercial ivory processing and trading will be banned

at years end.

The ban has been widely hailed by the international community as a policy

that, if rigorously enforced, could help stop the poaching and reverse the

decline of the African wild elephant population.

China has shown great leadership on this urgent issue within a region

plagued by illegal wildlife trade activity, which is exacerbated by legal

markets. It is a huge step forward and a clear commitment to securing a

future for Africas elephants, said Margaret Kinnaird, WWFs wildlife

practice leader.

The next few months will be absolutely critical for the ban to be

effectively enforced and communicated. We remain confident that as the

doors to the largest legal ivory trade close, we start 2018 a step closer

to securing a world where demand for ivory is significantly reduced, she

said.

China had closed 12 processors and 55 retailers as of March this year.

There are 105 ivory producers and stores in the list, mostly in Beijing,

Shanghai, and Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces.

But among the 2,000 total survey respondents in 15 cities, only 19 percent

can recall the regulation on ivory trade on their own, while just 46

percent can recall the ban when prompted.

Moreover, the survey also found that 1 in 5 consumers of ivory are

persistent buyers, implying that they still intend to buy after the ban is

implemented. But 62 percent of the persistent consumers are willing to

reconsider future purchases, suggesting the potential to make them change

their mind through effective messaging.

Experts suggest that improving understanding and knowledge of the ivory

trade ban is essential and will provide a foundation for follow-up consumer

messaging aimed at changing attitudes and behavior.

Raising awareness about the law and the consequences of violating it could

foster an environment that allows China to have a greater influence on

consumer behavior, said Zhou Fei, head of the TRAFFIC China Programme and

the WWF China Wildlife Trade Programme.

In 1981, China signed the Convention on the Int...

04:09

Uganda growing local anger over wildlife conflict around national parks Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

Mary, the friendly elephant who often visits Katunguru and Kasenyi trading centres inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. Photo by Felix Basiime.

By ENID NINSIIMA & FELIX BASIIME

Last week, two people were injured by stray bullets as security and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) wardens pursued a stray elephant from residents gardens in Rukooki, Kasese District.

The injured included Uchamgiu Ahamad Khatib, 86, a resident of Kisangazi ward in Nyamwamba division in Kasese Municipality and Musoki Primuzim, 10, a pupil at Margherita Demonstration Primary School.

Problem animals

The elephant strayed from the nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park into the cotton and maize gardens of residents of Kihara village, Kihara ward, Kasese Municipality last month.

Due to fear, the residents have since failed to harvest their crop despite being ready for harvest as maize stems are tall enough to obscure the wild animal.

Efforts by UWA officials to push the wild animal back to the park have yielded nothing despite the shootings.

However, the situation in Kasese spells a wider human wildlife conflict that has been growing in the areas surrounding the second biggest national park in Uganda.

The park borders Kasese, Rubirizi, Kanungu, Ibanda, Mitooma, Rukungiri and Kamwenge districts.

Local governments currently share 20 per cent of the revenue from gate collections by UWA every year, and the measures to curb animals from crossing into peopl...

04:02

Yemen: Saudi Airstrikes Kill Dozens "IndyWatch Feed War"

teleSUR | December 13, 2017 Renewed Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, mainly in the capital city of Sanaa, have resulted in the deaths of dozens of people. At least 39 people died and 90 others were left injured, Reuters reported. Yemens al-Masirah TV reported that at least 51 people died and 80 were left injured. The []

03:59

Growing attention paid to sustainable use of wildlife Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Blue Duiker: managed hunting provides a sustainable source of wild meat for local communities in parts of Africa. Darkhorse Winterwolf / Creative Commons 2.0

Montreal, Canada, 12th December 2017The issue of sustainable wildlife management in all its dimensionsranging from sustainability tools and engagement of local communities to food security and sustainable livelihoodsis receiving growing attention from biodiversity conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

The 21st meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-21) of the CBD opened this week in Montreal, Canada, and on the agenda are discussions on guidance that has been developed for a sustainable wild meat sector.

The guidance aims to support the work of the CBD Parties and other stakeholders to promote, implement and accelerate integrated action and initiatives to ensure that the supply of wild meat is sustainably managed at the source; control the excessive demand for wild meat in towns and cities; and create an enabling environment for the sustainable manageme...

03:51

UN Official: African-American Areas Have Worst Poverty in Industrialized World "IndyWatch Feed World"

Environmental racism, extreme poverty, and disease thrive on a breathtaking scale in U.S. Black communities in the South, shocking a UN investigator.

Extreme poverty, environmental degradation and toxic hazards in poor communities in the United States are facing increased international scrutiny following an inspection of rural Alabama communities by a United Nations official. The conditions struck the official as shocking and completely out of step with prevailing conditions in the wealthy, developed world.

The tour by Philip Alston, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has cast a light on an issue known well to poverty-blighted communities and oppressed nationalities in the U.S.: inequitable local policies that safeguard environmental racism by literally concentrating toxic hazards in the backyards of the poor.

Some might ask why a U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States. But despite great wealth in the U.S., there also exists great poverty and inequality, Alston said.

The U.N. officials tour aims to provide transparency to the human rights violations, destitution, and lack of access to crucial basic services that have blighted oppressed communities throughout the United States. U.N. investigators have also toured cities and towns in California and Alabama, as well as Washington, D.C., West Virginia and the colonial territory of Puerto Rico.

According to Alston, the level of degradation he found can only be compared to the disparities that exist in the poor peripheries of the global economy where the vast majority of people have known little besides maldevelopment, impoverishment and the institutional violence of inequality.

During a tour of a rural Butler County community, Alston witnessed raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits, with one homes water line running straight through the fetid outdoor pool.

I think its very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. Id have to say that I havent seen this, Alston commented.

Prior to the Civil War, the southern Alabama region was a cotton-farming area where antebellum plantation owners exploited the labor of thousands of Black slaves on vast estates.

In a fitting and sadly typical sign of the long history of racist terror and institutionalized discrimination in Butler County, the county seat lies a mere two-minute drive from Confederate Park, where a 16-foot marble Confederate soldier has overseen local affairs since 1903.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that nearly 41 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, ranking the country as the second-highest in terms...

03:50

Has the War in Syria Finished? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Has the War in Syria Finished? Author: Alexander Orlov  Journal-NEO On 11 December, on his way to Egypt, the Russian president stopped off at the Armed Forces base in Khmeimim, where he congratulated Russian soldiers on the defeat of DAESH and...

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03:32

South Africa three in court in Northern Cape for ivory possession Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Citizen

Three appear in Northern Cape court after ivory bust

Three men have appeared in the Kuruman Magistrates Court in the Northern Cape on charges of possession of ivory.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said Riaan Malgas, 31, Mothusi Joel Tshibithi, 36, and Albert Mosimanyane, 53, appeared in court on Monday.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said the three were arrested on Friday at Kuruman Airport after the Hawks Serious Organised Crime unit acted on information about suspects in possession of two elephant tusks.

Malgas and Tshibithi were both granted R5 000 bail, while Mosimanyanes bail application was postponed due to another pending matter. Mosimanyane is already out on bail on a separate case, where he and other suspects were arrested on the N14 road between Upington and Olifantshoek on Tuesday 17 October for possessing ivory.

Nkwalase said Mosimanyane is expected to appear alongside other suspects on both cases in Olifantshoek and Kuruman Courts respectively on the 14 and 15 December 2017.

African News Agency


03:31

Will burning chillis and dung deter elephants? Africa Sustainable Conservation News

The Conversation

The elephant is fighting for its survival. Many of these animals are now contained in national parks and other protected areas across Africa and Asia, but these are simply not big enough to support isolated populations of elephants. So they are often forced to go out to look for food and water ever closer to human settlements. And this is when the interaction between people and elephants can develop into conflict.

One of the most widespread and costly sources of this conflict is the foraging or damage of crops by elephants. Crop-using elephants can destroy a farmers property and a years worth of food in just one night. Unsurprisingly, this makes it very challenging to get local communities behind elephant conservation efforts. But my colleagues and I have found a cheap and easy solution that could help keep elephants away without harming them: burning blocks of dung and chilli.

In the Eastern Okavango Delta Panhandle of Northern Botswana, conflicts between elephant conservation and local communities are common. On av...

03:12

ActionNYC for Yemen: Twenty Hours In The System "IndyWatch Feed War"

by David Felton, December 12, 2017

This Monday, the New York City Police Department arrested 15 people for blocking entry to the US Mission to the United Nations, while others protested at the Saudi mission, the Saudi office in Los Angeles, and at the Hart Senate Offices in DC, all under the #LetYemenLive protest name. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, reported there was a demonstration in Houston, too. The demonstration in New York included approximately 50 people, while the one in DC included 15, and the one in LA 10. Those in DC sang Christmas carols with original lyrics to US Senators.

I and my fellow protestors just spent a long twenty hours in the system, as the process from the precinct through the labyrinth of basement holding cells, to the courtroom at 100 Centre Street is known. My vest photo of Nora Al-Awlaki was taken by the officers of the Strategic Response Group at the US Mission, and put into an envelope with my house keys, belt and shoelaces, then returned to me outside the courtroom. The officers told me that unless someone showed up at court with my real ID, I would not be released or get any property back. The guys in the holding cell, most from a drug sweep in Washington Heights, were among the rowdiest group of arrestees that I have ever had the privilege of doing time with. Jumping up and down to stay warm, calling out to the correctional officers for toilet paper, smacking each other around, slamming down the pay phone trying to get through to friends and family, and last but not least, going around the cell to figure out who in their circle was going to get charged with what. They assured me that the DA would not ask for bail in my case, whether or not I identified myself, but in fact, when we were all brought upstairs and into the courtroom, the DA did ask for $1000 bail, given my numerous open cases, and extensive interstate contacts.

A much more thorough discussion of the issues involved in present-day antiwar efforts took place in the holding cell than will ever take place in the courtroom, as I tried to explain the context for our demonstrati...

02:37

S. Arabia pledges $100 million and UAE $30 million for Sahel anti-terror force "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Ludovic Marin, AFP | Malis President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Frances President Emmanuel Macron take part in a press conference on December 13 at La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-12-13

Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30 million, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

Macron made the announcement at a meeting to drum up support for the G5 Sahel force, an initiative pooling troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The leaders of the five nations, which are among the worlds poorest, joined Macron and other leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the talks at a chateau in La Celle-Saint-Cloud outside Paris.

Former colonial power France is fighting against jihadists in West Africa with its 4,000-strong regional Barkhane force, but is keen for the countries affected to take on more responsibility.

>> Video: FRANCE 24 follows the forces fighting Sahel jihadists

We must win the war against terrorism in the Sahel-Sahara region, Macron told a press conference after the meeting.

There are attacks everyday, there are states which are currently in jeopardy We must intensify our efforts, he said.

(AFP)


02:25

Times super-Zionist Bret Stephens commits fallacy and falsehood, on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

In his oped for The New York Times on December 9, 2017, entitled Jerusalem Denial Complex, Bret Stephens, the new super-Zionist Times oped columnist, supported Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital by arguing that Trump was simply acknowledging reality.  This echoes Trumps own justification for the move from his speech announcing the new policy last week.  After listing the many pieties, as Stephens puts it, that Trumps announcement finally lays to rest, he gives us the following description of Jerusalem:

What Jerusalem is is the capital of Israel, both as the ancestral Jewish homeland and the modern nation-state. When Richard Nixon became the first American president to visit the country in 1974, he attended his state dinner in Jerusalem. Its where President Anwar Sadat of Egypt spoke when he decided to make peace in 1977. Its what Congress decided as a matter of law in 1995. When Barack Obama paid his own presidential visit to Israel in 2013, he too spent most of his time in Jerusalem. So why maintain the fiction that Jerusalem isnt the capital?

Whats interesting about this passage is that it embodies both a fundamental fallacy and a fundamental falsehood.  Pretty good for one paragraph.

The fallacy is one of equivocation, in this case on the word recognition.  One commits this fallacy when one takes an ambiguous term in this case, recognition   and constructs an argument in which one uses the terms in one sense in a crucial premise and then in a different sense in the conclusion. Recognition has two, admittedly related, meanings.  In one sense, the one expressed when it is said its time to recognize reality and stop believing in fictions, the premises of Stephenss argument, recognize just means acknowledge what is the case.  And in this sense all of us know, indeed recognize, that Jerusalem has functioned as Israels capital for many years, so if you want to talk to government leaders, of course thats where you have to go.  So from this premise, together with the premise that you ought to acknowledge facts that are staring you in the face, Stephens (and Trump) conclude that you ought to recognize that Jerusalem is Israels capital.  Sounds almost reasonable when you put it that way.

However, recognition has a different sense when describing political acts carried out by representatives of nation-states.  In this sense it means formally agreeing not to challenge the situation in question, to sanction it and treat it as legitimate. So Trumps act wasnt a mere cognitive achievement, it was a political act of officially acquiescing and condoning Israels annexation of the city against international law.  The point is that when governments recognize they are not mere...

02:12

Three police officers dismissed for drug trafficking Newtelegraph

The Kogi State Police Command has dismissed three of its officers for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of 30 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp. The commands Public Relations Officer, William Aya, who confirmed this on Wednesday in Lokoja, said that the officers were handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for prosecution. According to him, the officers were dismissed after they were found guilty by a board room trial conducted by the police. He said that their dismissal followed due process, saying that...

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02:01

Kanu, IPOB, head to African Commission for Human, Peoples Rights Newtelegraph

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has taken Nigeria to African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, the Gambian capital to challenge its proscription. In a suit filed December 5, 2017, and made available to newsmen, IPOBS attorney, Barrister Alloy Ejimako of Adulbert Services on behalf of the Victims/Complainants, Legal Representative respectfully prays the Commission to among other reliefs, invoke its powers under Rule 111 of its Rules of Procedure and adopt provisional measures, urging the Respondent State not to take any further action that...

The post Kanu, IPOB, head to African Commission for Human, Peoples Rights appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:53

Kukah, Amnesty International, SERAP others reject NGO regulatory bill Newtelegraph

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev (Dr.) Matthew Hassan Kukah has joined other stakeholders including Amnesty International, SERAP, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) to condemn the proposed law on the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by the House of Representatives. The outspoken clergy and various civil society groups made their positions known yesterday at the public hearing organized by the House of Representatives committee on non-governmental organisations and international development partners on the controversial NGO bill. Titled The non-governmental organisation regulatory commission of Nigeria (establishment) bill, it...

The post Kukah, Amnesty International, SERAP others reject NGO regulatory bill appeared first on Newtelegraph.

01:53

FIFA sanction: NFF sets up 4-man committee Newtelegraph

NFFs 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has been named head of a 4-man panel to unravel the issues behind the slip that led to Nigeria forfeiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria in Constantine on 10th November 2017. The concluding match of Group B of the African series for Russia 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw, but FIFA on Tuesday awarded all three points to Algeria following Nigerias use of ineligible defender Abdullahi Shehu in the encounter. NFF Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau and Felix Anyansi-Agwu...

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01:36

BREAKING: 20 Vehicles Burnt As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Festac [PHOTOS] Newtelegraph

No fewer than 20 vehicles and four commercial motorcycles were, on Wednesday afternoon, burnt when a tanker laden with petrol fell and spilled its content on the Festac Link Bridge in Awuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos State. The fire started at noon and raged for about an hour. Fire fighters arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later but did not have enough water to quench the fire. A witness, Mr. Olufemi Popoola, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the tanker, coming from Apple Junction and going to FESTAC...

The post BREAKING: 20 Vehicles Burnt As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Festac [PHOTOS] appeared first on Newtelegraph.

00:53

The Saudi war in Yemen: A Western-sponsored genocide "IndyWatch Feed World"

Almost three years have passed since Saudi Arabia announced it was intervening militarily, with its allies, in Yemen, to remove the Houthis (officially called Ansar Allah) from power after they had taken over the capital. Western analysts saw it as a bold move from recently-empowered (deputy) crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), weapons manufacturers and their political representatives were delighted. But what had been predicted as a swift military operation has turned into a humiliating stalemate. Unable to impose its will by force, Saudi Arabia and its bold prince have resorted to war crimes and collective punishment, imposing a humanitarian catastrophe on the Yemeni people. The lack of media interest makes it seem like a crisis unfolding in slow motion. But that is only because outrage and compassion are now meant to be weaponised when they can be useful in justifying imperialist interventions. For the Yemeni people the agony is real and there is no escaping it. In what was already the poorest country in the region, the Saudi-led bombings of infrastructure and the blockade imposed on Yemeni ports have left millions on the brink.

00:30

"UFO Technology Suppression & Government Drug Smuggling" Eliahi Priest "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Hey beautiful people welcome back this weeks flow session I had Eliaih Priest on and he is a bloody beauty. A pioneer and visionary he is:

*Previous UK Director for Institute for Security & Cooperation in Outer Space 

*Speaker at 2008 World Peace Congress
*Senior Advisor to Lord David James of Blackheath

*Designate Honorary Consul for the Democratic Republic of Congo to Australia

Plus he has been doing major things here in Australia holding the government accountable for its actions and putting pressure on the many corrupt government organizations who are meant to be...

00:29

Tanzania: President pardons two child rapists while another official calls for pregnant school girls to be forced to identify father "IndyWatch Feed World"

Activists accused Tanzania's leaders of "promoting a culture of human rights violations", as the release of two high-profile child rapists this week coincided with calls for pregnant schoolgirls to be arrested. John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, pardoned the two men, who were convicted of the rape of 10 primary school children aged between six and eight, along with thousands of other prisoners, in his independence day speech on Saturday. News of their release emerged as a government official in the east African country called for pregnant pupils to be taken into custody. On Monday, John Mongella, the regional commissioner of Mwanza, said the move would force girls to testify against those who impregnated them. This followed calls from the president earlier this year to ban pregnant girls from school.

00:10

CODEPINK Protests Democrats Supporting Saudi Weapons Deals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its the holiday season in Washington, and Christmas carolers with bells and funny red hats are everywhere. But CODEPINKs carolers werent interested in decking the halls with boughs of holly on Monday. Instead: nows the time to stop the killing. CODEPINK visited Senate offices against a record-breaking arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Yemeni civil war and deepening proxy conflicts with Iran. Washington and Riyadh concluded the largest arms deal in American history in May, immediately providing the Saudis with billions in combat-ready equipment. Thousands protested the deal in the Yemeni capital, and a Saudi blockade imposed following an attempted missile attack by Houthi rebels stocked fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

00:07

Turkey slams 'weak' response of some Arab countries to Trump's Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed World"

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized the Muslim countries which failed to show a strong response to Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, accusing them of being afraid of the US. "There was a lot of strong reaction, reaction from the highest level. Some countries, however, have shown a very weak response. It seems that some countries are very timid, since the decision came from that country [the US]," the Minister told NTV broadcaster on Tuesday, adding that such countries were afraid of challenging the US and its "superpower mentality." The remarks came ahead of an extraordinary Summit and Ministerial meetings of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Jerusalem issue, scheduled to take place in Istanbul on Wednesday. Several countries, namely Egypt and the United Arab Emirates will send only foreign ministers to the meeting, according to Cavusoglu, while Saudi Arabia and some others still have not decided how they would participate

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23:57

Disbelief as Boston Globe confirms median net worth of black Bostonians is $8 "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Boston Globe had to explain there were no typographical errors in its report about Boston's black community. Readers contacted the paper after it reported the median net worth of African-American households in the Boston area is a paltry $8. The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigation team cited the statistic in its first installment of a series focusing on Boston's black community and the city's reputation as one of the most racist urban regions in America. Sandwiched between other realities facing African-Americans living in the periphery of Massachusetts' capital, the eyebrow-raising statistic left many readers wondering if the number was a typo, prompting the Boston Globe to write a follow-up article the next day, on December 11, titled: "That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8."

23:48

We believed our cleric: Kids contract polio after Muslim clerics say vaccination is un-Islamic "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And such extremist clerics are not just in Pakistan: in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric was arrested for playing a role in sparking the murders of polio workers. We Believed Our Cleric: Pakistani Polio Victims Regretful Father Urges Others To Use Vaccine, by Ron Synovitz []

23:36

US Security Head Singles Out Brotherhood as Grave Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in JordanMuslim Brotherhood supporters in Jordan (Photo: AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Declaring the ideology of radical Islam an obvious and grave threat to all civilized people, U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its brand of political Islam as a specific threat.

McMaster made the remarks in a speech at Policy Exchange in Washington, D.C. where he spoke alongside his British counterpart Mark Sedwill.

While acknowledging not all Muslim Brotherhood groups are alike, McMaster mentioned two particularly dangerous branches of the Brotherhood those in Turkey and Egypt where the Brotherhood controls powerful political parties.

In Egypt, McMaster noted how the Brotherhood took advantage of the power vacuum created by the

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White HouseNational Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images...

22:58

Saudi-led raids kill dozens in Houthi police prison camp, says official "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The strike is part of an air campaign by the Western-backed coalition on the Iran-allied Houthis

21:47

Pro-Trump Moore loses Alabama Senate election "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 13 December 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Roy Moore Loses!!!

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks reports in on the Alabama senate race between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

13 December 2017

In a special election Wednesday to fill the US Senate seat from Alabama vacated by President Trumps attorney general Jeff Sessions, conservative Democrat Doug Jones defeated ultra-right former state Supreme Court chief judge Roy Moore.

It was the first time a Democrat won a US Senate election in Alabama since the election in 1992 of Richard Shelby, who subsequently became a Republican and remains today the states senior senator.

The vote count as of this writing was 49.9 percent for Jones to 48.4 percent for Moore, a narrow but comfortable margin. Despite the fact that state law triggers an automatic recount only if the margin of difference is 0.5 percent or below, Moore refused to concede the election following Jones victory speech and indicated that he would contest the outcome.

The Democratic victory was the result of a higher-than expected turnout of about 37 percent, with turnout particularly high, compared to previous elections, among African Americans and young people. Voter turnout was especially heavy in the major urban centers of Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery. Moore won, as expected, in the rural largely white parts of the state, but he lost in the black rural areas, where turnout was much higher.

Jones had a big advantage among younger voters and won overwhelming majorities among African Americans.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In addition, in Alabama there are also many areas where black voters live who had stayed at home...

20:32

Putins Syria Victory Lap Teaches Middle Eastern Leaders One Important Lesson: Russia not leaving anytime soon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Visiting Syria, Egypt and Turkey in one day, Putin establishes himself as the only world leader with real influence in the Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer Dec 13, 2017 10:14 AM
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.828367

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad visiting the Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province, Syriam December 11, 2017.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad visiting the Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province, Syriam December 11, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik via Reuters
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As Russian President Vladimir Putin landed Monday morning at Khmeimim air base in Syria, the first person to greet him as he stepped onto the tarmac was a Russian military officer. Only then was he approached by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and together they walked down the runway, passing Russian bomber jets and attack helicopters.
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The message was clear. The first visit to Syria in seven years by a foreign leader wasnt a regular state visit: Putin was there to inspect Russias latest outpost.
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He may have taken the opportunity to announce that Russia is to begin withdrawing most of its troops from Syria. But that was mainly a statement for domestic consumption back home, the idea of foreign wars isnt very popular.
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On the ground in Syria, though, the message was very different. Russia now has its permanent base in the Middle East, and just because the battle against the Islamic State is winding down, that doesnt mean the Russian aircraft will be leaving anytime soon.

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Putins short stop in Khmeimim, on his way to a longer visit to Cairo in Egypt and Ankara in Turkey, was very much a victory lap. Twenty-seven months since the Russian deployment to Syria began, no one has any illusions that, as far as the Kremlin is concerned, this has been a resounding success. There were expectations that this foreign intervention in a Mideast war would end in tears, as so many previous ones had. But not this time.

...

20:25

British antique dealers fighting blanket ivory ban Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Daily Telegraph

The ivory trade is blamed for driving elephants to the brink of extinction Credit:  Heathcliff OMalley for The Telegraph

Antiques dealers are launching a last minute attempt to block a Government blanket ban on ivory sales, arguing for a licensing scheme that would still allow them to trade in fine pieces.

Representatives of the trade have told MPs that the ban proposed by Michael Gove would not work.

The Environment Secretary announced in October that he proposed banning the sale of all ivory, both new and antique, after a high-profile campaign backed by the Duke of Cambridge.

Campaigners have warned that elephants are being driven to the brink of extinction by illegal poaching fuelled by the trade.

The Government has proposed limited exemptions for sal...

20:21

British opinion poll finds 85% in favour of ivory ban, with emotion trumping reality Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Independent

Poll finds 85% of British public supports ban on ivory sales

It is clear that the public do not want ministers to allow any loopholes, says conservation leader

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Twenty-thousand elephants a year are killed by poachers for their tusks

The British public overwhelmingly supports a ban on ivory sales, with a majority urging ministers to allow no exemptions to the proposed prohibition of the trade, according to a new poll.

The survey, carried out by Kantar TNS and commissioned by a group of nine NGOs, found that 85 per cent of the public support a ban on the sales.

Current UK laws allow the trade of antiques, carved before 1947, but the Government in October bowed to pressure by campaigners to ban the sale of ivory regardless of its age.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is currently running a three-month consultation on the ban.

The Government proposes a number of exceptions for antique ivory items  including musical instruments, items of significant cultural value and those containing only a small amount of ivory  which it argues do not contribute to the poaching of elephants.

Yet only 27 per cent of survey respondents agreed such exemptions should be put in place, while 57 per cent called for absolute prohibition of ivory sales.

...

20:16

Expand this Image Africa Sustainable Conservation News

An d perhaps transparency can start with him and his brother the President being transparent about their investment stakes in and earnings from tourism. They also need to address the over-population of elephants in Chobe and the  increasing impoverishment of rural communities through conflict with elephants and other wildlife. KS

 

Mmegi

Tuesday 12 December 2017

KASANE: The Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama has called for more transparency in the billion pula tourism sector.

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20:12

Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

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Libyas UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (left) and Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar are seen with French President Emmanuel Macron (center) during talks to facilitate a political agreement July 25, 2017 in France

MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said this month he was hopeful that a U.N.-imposed arms embargo would be partially lifted against some branches of the countrys military.

The Libyan government is allowed to import weapons and related materiel with the approval of a U.N. Security Council committee overseeing the embargo imposed in 2011.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Polina Devitt


19:45

Saudi Arabia pumps $100m into West African force to battle militants "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Descoberta brasileira alimenta debate sobre, afinal, quando a Humanidade chegou s Amricas?22 "IndyWatch Feed World"




The translation is not much good, but what is been uncovered is definitive evidence supporting human populations in south america 30,000 yeaers ago. These are likely of african and aboriginal lineage.  this is great news as there has been plenty of other indication and would have long since been accepted except for the erroneous clovis only argument held for years.

Transoceanic travel has always been a problem to overcome but even dug out canoes did populate the Pacific in the tropics.  Add in the forgotten detail that our seal levels were a good hundred meters lower before the Pleistocenr Nonconformity.  This meant that all continental selves were exposed.  Indonesia and the South China Sea were the size of North America.

Many atolls were large islands as well and the equivalent of japan linked south Africa with southern india. In short there was a huge band of land connected from Africa to the south seas.  Still does not make accessing South America easy but certainly   more plausible.

We already have early human stocks along this entire corridor.  Extending to South ameca is a natural step and really only took a flotilla of large dugouts catching the wind in the right direction.  That had to have happened often..

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18:27

Biafra: BNYL hails recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital Newtelegraph

Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has welcomed the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital by the United States and some other Countries.  BNYL Leader, Princewill Obuka said the recognition is a victory for Israel. The Bible which large Nations of the world uses has always linked Jerusalem to Israel. Obuka also urged the United States and Israel to recognize Biafra as a separate region from Nigeria.

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17:59

Destructive tornado rips through Vaal Marina, Midvaal, South Africa; 50 people injured, 550 homes damaged and more than 1,100 people left homeless (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A destructive tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina area in Midvaal, South Africa on Monday December 11, 2017. Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi said 50 people were injured, more than 550 homes damaged and more than 1100 people displaced following the storm. Recalling the two to three minute tornado encounter, local resident Nkutha said: "I have never seen anything like this. Strong winds just started blowing, followed by a hail storm. "There was no way I could save my shack, so I took my little niece, Owethu, and put her in the food cupboard. I then lifted my skirt and told the other children in the house to hide." According to local media reports, it blew off roof tops, uprooting trees and destroying fences and walls in its wake. This video shows the extensive damage caused.

Destructive tornado rips through South Africa: 50 people injured, 550 homes damaged (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A destructive tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina area in Midvaal, South Africa on Monday December 11, 2017. Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi said 50 people were injured, more than 550 homes damaged and more than 1100 people displaced following the storm. Recalling the two to three minute tornado encounter, local resident Nkutha said: "I have never seen anything like this. Strong winds just started blowing, followed by a hail storm. "There was no way I could save my shack, so I took my little niece, Owethu, and put her in the food cupboard. I then lifted my skirt and told the other children in the house to hide." According to local media reports, it blew off roof tops, uprooting trees and destroying fences and walls in its wake. This video shows the extensive damage caused.

17:53

Oyo enters agreement with Army to build Garison Newtelegraph

  . as South-west Govs laud Nigerian Army efforts in peace building The Oyo State Government has entered into an agreement with the Nigeria Army to build a permanent garrison for peace and security to sustain the subsisting tempo of security in the state. This is coming on the heels of commendations from across the country over the efforts of the Nigerian Army in quelling insurrections and other multiple armed local conflicts around the country. The efforts has attracted widespread eulogies from many state Governors whose enclaves, which were previously...

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17:46

Global Amnesty Watch Exenorates Nigerian Millitary Of Rights Abuse Newtelegraph

The Global Amnesty Watch (GAW) has freed the Nigerian Millitary of allegations of human rights violations in the North East amidst the raging war against insurgent Boko Haram terrorists which have threatened the regions peace. In a latest report by GAW after an investigation which was prompted by several rumours of rape and sexual harrasment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the camps, the leading human rights group have exonerated the military in all the allegations leveled against them as according to them the allegations were found to be spurious...

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17:46

Former Minister, Dons unveil books on Buratai Newtelegraph

Former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Sam Ode, and other members of the intellectual class in Nigeria yesterday unveiled books they authored on the achievements of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. The former minister in a written speech made available to press men said theres the need to constantly review the dynamic undercurrents of terrorism war with its global connections and linkage to Nigeria while reassessing the operational strategies to adopt new methods in order to strengthen defence apparatus in the country. Ode,...

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17:43

President Buhari Commissions Pioneer Nigerian Army Pilots Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the first set of Nigerian Army Pilots trained by the Nigerian Army Aviation School to fly warplanes. The initiative to train pilots is in accordance with the vision of the current leadership of the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lieutenant General TY Buratai in transforming and enhancing its operations and efficiency of its personnel. The commissioning ceremony was one of the series of focal events lined up for the on-going 2017 Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital....

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16:49

The Mainstream Media, The Deep State, Hollywood, And Establishment Republicans All Cheer Doug Jones Stunning Senate Victory In Alabama "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions in a stunning upset that was aided by accusations of sexual assault levied against his opponent Roy Moore and establishment Republicans abandoning their own parties candidate in favor of the pro gun control former prosecutor.

The upset gave a previously unimagined victory for Democrats while moving the Republicans Senate majority to a single seat which will directly hurt the populist Trump agenda while helping the establishment on both sides of the aisle.

The New York Times reported:

Mr. Joness victory could have significant consequences on the national level, snarling Republicans legislative agenda in Washington and opening, for the first time, a realistic but still difficult path for Democrats to capture the Senate next year. It amounted to a stinging snub of President Trump, who broke with much of his party and fully embraced Mr. Moores candidacy, seeking to rally support for him in the closing days of the campaign.

Amid thunderous applause from his supporters at a downtown hotel, Mr. Jones held up his victory as a message to Washington from voters fed up with political warfare. For once, he said, Alabama had declined to take the wrong fork at a political crossroads.

We have shown the country the way that we can be unified, Mr. Jones declared, draping his election in the language of reconciliation and consensus. This entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law.

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Propelled by a backlash against Mr. Moore, an intensely polarizing former judge who was accused of sexually assaulting young girls, Mr. Jones overcame the states daunting demographics and deep cultural conservatism. His campaign targeted African-American voters with a sprawling, muscular turnout operation, and appealed to educated whites to turn their backs on the Republican Party.

McClatchy also noted how important this win was for the anti-Trump agenda:

Yet Jones victory over Republican Roy Moore also comes as a relief to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. McConnell champion...

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These Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Middle Easts Startup Scene "IndyWatch Feed World"

Are investors in the region ready to support them?

Ask an American VC or angel investor what comes to mind when they think of the Middle East, and many are likely to say war. When I see my friends from business school, said Tarek Assaad, a 2000 MBA grad from Stanford University and managing partner at Egypts largest tech VC firm, the discussions we have are always around problemsbecause thats all they see in the media.

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression "IndyWatch Feed War"

Journalists and protesters hold placards outside an Istanbul court on October 31, 2017, calling for the release of jailed colleagues, including Turkish reporter Ahmet k. Turkey is the worst jailer of journalists in 2017. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the worlds worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

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Record number of jailed journalists for second year, CPJ census finds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey, China, Egypt continue to top list

New York, December 13, 2017--For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world's worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists found.

As of December 1, 2017, CPJ found 262 journalists behind bars around the world in relation to their work, an increase on last year's historical high of 259. Turkey is again the worst jailer, with 73 journalists imprisoned for their work as the country continues its press freedom crackdown. China and Egypt again take the second and third spot, with 41 and 20 cases respectively. The worst three jailers are responsible for jailing 134--or 51 percent--of the total.

"In a just society, no journalist should ever be imprisoned for their work and reporting critically, but 262 are paying that price," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "It is shameful that for the second year in a row, a record number of journalists are behind bars. Countries that jail journalists for what they publish are violating international law and must be held accountable. The fact that repressive governments are not paying a price for throwing journalists in jail represents a failure of the international community."

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Declaration of the SACP Moses Kotane 08th Provincial Congress Held on17-19 November 2017 at Ngwenya Hotel, Stilfontein (Matlosana)
It is not the consciousness of humankind that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness - Karl Marx

We, the 598 revolutionary and militant communist delegates drawn from our four SACP Districts, the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA), the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), the Revolutionary Alliance and our international fraternal allies wish to declare that we have convened under the theme: Defend, Advance, Deepen the National Democratic Revolution; The Vanguard Role of the SACP.

Our Provincial Congress takes place in the context of the global commemoration of the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution which gave birth to the first ever Workers` State. We remain inspired by this Socialist Revolution and the continued relevance of the clarion call by Karl Marx - Workers of the World Unite!

Our Provincial Congress takes place just over three months after the historic 14th National Congress of our Party and we are cognisant of our huge responsibility to take forward the key tasks emanating from our national congress. Our Congress was also attended by the SACP Central Committee. We received the keynote address from our General Secretary on behalf of the Central Committee, an address which coincided squarely with the theme of the congress.

We are deeply encouraged by tremendous growth in SACP membership in the province, from 16 000 to 21 965. In line with our programme, the South African Road to Socialism, we seek to build a large, but vanguard Party. A large party is not necessarily a mass party, as the size of the Party is not a fixed number of members, but is determined by the tasks at hand. This clearly imposes obligations to step up our ideological development program to ensure the readiness of SACP membership to increasingly propel state and popular power.

International balance of forces

We are proud of the revolutionary role played by the icons of our revolutionary movement namely, Chris Hani, Moses Kotane, J.B Marks, O.R Tambo, Joe Slovo, Dora Tamana, to mention but a few, who waged relentless struggles to emancipate our pe...

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ANC Statement on the US' Recognition of Jerusalem As the Capital of the State of Israel
8 December 2017

The African National Congress (ANC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision by the US Administration to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

This blatantly provocative move severely undermines the spirit of multilateralism and is a significant setback to a fragile and already stalled peace process.

The announcement that the US will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been roundly condemned by nearly every world leader except the Prime Minister of Israel.

The ANC concurs with sentiment expressed by many world leaders that the US' position is a violation of a number of UN Security Council (UNSC) and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem in any final settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The US President Donald Trump made the announcement on social media - a further indication of the recklessness with which the Trump administration has chosen to both pursue and communicate its foreign policy objectives in a highly volatile region.

The ANC notes that a number of protests against the move have broken out in Jerusalem itself, as well as in Ramallah and Bethlehem following the announcement; and several armed groups in the region have labelled Trump's announcement as 'a declaration of war'.

A very real possibility exists that this announcement could reignite the tinderbox of violence and cause the region to once again descend into bloodshed.

The ANC wholly agrees with the position of the South African government, that reinforces the supremacy of multilateralism as the only way to secure a sustainable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as a rules-based international order.

The ANC remains committed to the two state solution: and this unilateral pronouncement by the US does harm to Palestinian aspirations for an independent, peaceful state coexisting side by side with Israel, based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The ANC is concerned that instead of positioning itself as a credible advocate for a just and lasting so...

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SACP Statement on USA President Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Apartheid Israel
11 December 2017

THE SACP VEHEMENTLY CONDEMNS THE US PRESIDENT DECISION ATTEMPTING A UNILATERAL CHANGE ON THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM

The SACP condemns the decision by the President of the United States of America Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of apartheid Israel. President Trump also ordered the US embassy to be moved to Jerusalem.

This irresponsible decision goes against international law and UN Security Council resolutions. The holy city of Jerusalem is under the protection of the United Nations and therefore no single country can unilaterally impose on the Palestinians, a new status for Jerusalem. The decision is a sign of Trump`s crypto-Zionism and his impervious attitude against resolutions of the UN. His decision is a continuation of American policy on the Palestinian issue, on a worse trajectory than his predecessors. It signals that Trump suffers serious dementia on the Palestinian reality and that decisions of such a nature will inevitably reignite with impunity, the atrociously criminal killings of Palestinian women and children by Israel.

Trump decision also unmasks the fallacy and shows that in earnest this is not about Judaism as a religion and that not only is Zionism not equal to Judaism but that the two are poles apart. Zionism is apartheid and is a certain pseudo-religious variant of colonialism and imperialism of the big bourgeoisie.

The decision only serves to appease Israel, a junior partner of Western imperialism, but is in reality a continuation of the "New Middle East" project, the imperialist grand plan to pursue total control of the riches of Middle Eastern resources.

The SACP denounces this decision, which equals provocation and aggression and will only create inflame further tensions leading to loss of lives.

The USA, EU and Israel, must shoulder the burden of responsibility for the disaster that this decision will manifest.

We reiterate our position of a two-state solution, with an independent sovereign Palestine on the contiguous borders of 1969, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We call...

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COSATU Strongly Condemns US President Donald Trump for Formally Recognizing the City of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
7 December 2017

The Congress of South African Trade Unions strongly condemns the reckless and provocative decision by USA President Donald Trump to formally recognise the city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. This outrageous decision is further proof of the level of deterioration of the Trump Administration and the American political system as a whole.

Donald Trumps decision also violates International Law and should be opposed by all peace loving people. In 1980 Israel passed the Jerusalem Law stating that Jerusalem complete and united , is the capital of Israel, thereby formalising its annexation of East Jerusalem. The same year the UN agreed that the annexation of territory by force is inadmissible. In terms of Resolution 478 (1980) the UN ordered that all Member States accept this decision ; and that those states that have established diplomatic missions in Jerusalem withdraw such missions from the Holy City as they constituted a threat to peace and security.

This decision represents a nail in the coffin to any prospects of a peaceful settlement of the Israeli Palestine situation and will also act to inflame religious tensions because Jerusalem is a sacred place for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Americans have lost the little that was left of its moral standing because this decision will embolden the apartheid state of Israel to continue with its backward and barbaric policies against Palestinians. Palestinians are still subjected to merciless blockades by the Israeli army and still suffer from widespread land and property dispossessions.

We offer our unwavering solidarity and support to the people of Palestine, who were first betrayed by the British colonisers hundreds years ago, when they signed over their land to the Zionists to create the apartheid state of Israel, through the so called Balfour Declaration.

COSATU calls on all right thinking people, countries and organizations to denounce this reckless decision and support the struggle for the people of Palestine. It is also troubling to note that this decision by the Americans happens at a time when there are question marks about the South Afri...

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LIMUSA Strikes in Agni Steel
11 December 2017

Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (LIMUSA) enters a fourth day of a protected industrial action at Agni Steel South Africa in Port Elizabeth. The strike is due to protracted wage negotiations that stated in 2016 with the company. The union was demanding R48 per hour at the time and the company was paying workers R24 per hour. Several attempts were made by the employer to delay engagements or negotiations on the demands by raising frivolous jurisdiction points but all those attempts failed.

In 2017 company attempted to address the demands while we were engaging on the offer and making counter proposals the company went on to sign an agreement with a minority trade union (NUMSA) which never submiited any demands or part of the dispute. The action by the company led to a deadlock and LIMUSA issued a strike notice to the company on 27 September 2017.

The company approached the Labour Court to for an interim interdict on the 01 October 2017and the interim order was granted. On the 7th December the matter was heard by the Labour Court and LIMUSA won the case and the interim order was discharged meaning the Labour Court confirmed that LIMUSA strike was protected.

On the 8th December 2017 the company and the union met in an attempt to resolve the dispute but the company failed to address the demand of R40.37 and backpay. That has resulted in collapse of negotiations and commencement of strike action on the 8th December 2017.

The strike is set proceed indefinitely as workers are firm behind their demand of R40.37. If addressed by the employer the demand is set to bring workers at par with their colleagues in the Metal and Engineering Industry.

We calling on our members to be united behind their demands and conduct themselves peaceful manner. We note the acts provocation on part of management and we are calling on our members to remain discipline throughout the strike.

LIMUSA remains committed to engage the employer to resolve the dispute.

Issued by Secretariats

For further information contact :-

Mawonga Madolo - 083 613 8610

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ANCYL Notes the Unfortunate Comments of an ANC Deputy President
08 December 2017

The ANCYL notes the unfortunate comments of an ANC Deputy President, Cde. Cyril Ramaphosa on Radio 702 where he directly attacks a seating President of the ANC.

The direct attack in our view stems from his response where he said "Yes I believe Khwezi", in reference to the rape trial where President Jacob Zuma wa acquitted.

The ANC Youth League strongly feels of a need to respond categorically to this bile spewed by Cde Cyril Ramaphosa.

This is bile because this is an act of a desperation at a full demonstration and prove that his conscious has long left him and not under any circumstance does he show that he can lead the ANC.

The ANCYL is shocked that a dead person would be used to advance a selfish personal agenda despite the fact that an independent judicial organ of the state have made a judgement on the matter. Thus, we feel strongly that this is not only a direct attack on the President of the ANC and his integrity but a reckless and unfortunate remark to be made by this American puppet.

We call upon this fellow to publicly respond for this recklessness or face the full might of the ANC rule book.

We wish to caution Cde Cyril Ramaphosa to refrain from this inanity and behave and get it clear in his mind that it will not change the fact that he will never be a President of the ANC in this lifetime and attacking an outgoing ANC President will never increase his chances to even come close to his self serving ambitions.

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Mlondi Mkhize
National Spokesperson
African National Congress Youth

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Statement of ANC NEC Subcommittee on Legislature and Governance Ahead of 54th Conference
12 December 2017

The ANC goes to conference having reviewed its policies and to determine a new path that will ensure we live up to the hopes and aspirations of our people. The 5th National Policy Conference of the ANC was held from the 30thJune to 5th July 2017, at which detailed policy proposals relating to legislatures, governance and the macro-configuration of the state were discussed.

The South African State and its institutions over the past five years under review have been confronted with numerous challenges and competing interests. Of major significance has been persistent high unemployment, rising poverty, widening income in-equalities and unresolved land redistribution. These challenges have applied pressure on state institutions and called for a review of the manner in which we govern our state.

The mandate and scope of the Legislature & Governance Sub-committee is transformation of the State and the overall governance arrangements. This includes issues relating to cooperative governance, provinces and local government, public service & administration, institutions supporting democracy, basic service delivery, traditional leadership, legislatures, employment and economic development within the Public Sector; governance of state owned enterprises and the electoral systems and related matters. The work of the Sub-committee is informed by National Conference resolutions, the National General Council resolutions, Policy Conference proposals and the Annual NEC Makgotla.

The L&G Sub-committee is crucially concerned with the implementation of ANC policy and decisions, and notes that whilst many past conferences have adopted extremely progressive policies, some of these have not been fully implemented. We are determined to ensure that ANC has the requisite capacity to oversee and monitor implementation by our deployed cadres within the state.

Policy issues and proposals

1. Macro-configuration of the state: The ANC government established a constitutional framework within the architecture and configuration of a unitary state within a decentralized form of governance arrangement in three spheres of govern...

13:40

Millions face hunger but DRC funding crisis threatens aid delivery "IndyWatch Feed World"

Millions facing hunger and malnutrition in D R Congo risk having life-saving aid cut if donors do not plug a hole in the aid budget, a development charity warned today.

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Yemen may be facing diphtheria outbreak "IndyWatch Feed World"

Cholera cases may have declined in Yemen, but the war and blockade are creating a new threat to public health, as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold.

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Putin Declares Victory in Syria, US Backs Russian Peace Plan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Damascus (GPA) In a surprise visit to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Russian and Syrian militaries on their victory over the terrorist threats that have been ravaging Syria for 6 years.

As part of a three-nation trip to Egypt, Turkey, and Syria, Vladimir Putin made a stop yesterday at the Russian-run Hmeimim airbase near Latakia to visit Russian soldiers fighting in the country.  Using the appearance alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Putin declared total victory by the Syrian and Russian militaries over the Islamic State and other militants in Syria, celebrating that the country had  been preserved as a sovereign and independent state. 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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Putin also announced that now, due to the Syrian war winding down, a significant part of the Russian forces in Syria would now return home victorious in a major drawdown. Speaking to reporters about Sergey Shoigu, Putin said he had ordered: the defense minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases.

This, of course, comes as a shock to many leaders primarily in the US who didnt believe Russia could aid Syria in any meaningful way, with former President Obama even famously predicting it would be a quagmire for Moscow. Yet the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian military have truly seen an incredible change of Syrias fortunes since Russia entered the war with Assads government in desperate times, to now, where...

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US aid chief says blockade still not allowing aid into Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russian military withdrawal shall prompt Assad to compromise "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia has every right to withdraw most of its Aerospace Forces from Syria following Daesh's defeat, with one of the most immediate consequences of this move being that it will prompt President Assad into a "political compromise" with the "opposition". President Putin's surprise visit to Syria saw the Russian leader announce the large-scale withdrawal of his country's Aerospace Forces from the Arab Republic, signifying that Moscow truly believes that Daesh is defeated and that its original mission in Syria has been accomplished. It needs to be reminded that Russia's 2015 anti-terrorist intervention was initiated by the need to destroy this international terrorist threat, although other more locally active terrorist organizations were also targeted for elimination in the course of events as well. Contrary to some of the expectations and misleading inferences shared across a few Alt-Media platforms since that time, Russia did not get involved in Syria in order to "save Assad", but to protect the constitutional order of the state and prevent its Libyan-like fall to terrorists. To this end, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov even once remarked that "Assad is not our ally, by the way. Yes, we support him in the fight against terrorism and in preserving the Syrian state. But he is not an ally like Turkey is the ally of the United States", further driving home this point in an unforgettable way.

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What The North Needs To Do To Develop Shehu Sani. OBLONG MEDIA

Sen. Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central) has urged the northern region of the country to stand up to end More

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Africa: Tomorrows Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Afro-Middle East Centre hosted seminar entitled Tomorrows Battlefield: US proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa by Nick Turse, at the University of Johannesburg, on the 2 February 2016. The seminar was about his reporting on the US militarys expansion into Africa and the proliferation of its secret missions on the continent. Turses reporting...

11:00

Venezuelas Communes: A Great Social Achievement "IndyWatch Feed War"

Katrina Kozarek Over the years we have all heard a great deal about the great social achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government subsidized health program Barrio Adentro, the subsidized food program Mercal, the housing mission which provides free and affordable government organized housing to the poor and middle class, the Canaima program which provides...

10:49

Egyptian singer sentenced to two years over suggestive music video "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Pop singer jailed for 'inciting debauchery' over eating a banana in a racy music video

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Genocide and American liberals "IndyWatch Feed War"

Recently FAIR ran a report concerning the coverage given the incipient genocide in Yemen by 60 Minutes and the Washington Post.  It seems that both news organizations covered the crisis without ever mentioning the support given by the United States to the Saudis.  We are responsible no one who actually covers the issue honestly bothers to deny that.  What they do instead is forget to mention it.

The New York Times has done a better job and was recently praised by Mark Weisbrot on the Real News Network for acknowledging US complicity in war crimes while they are happening, something the Times rarely does, albeit in an editorial. But if you read the editorial in question, it is less than overwhelming in its honesty. Congress is praised by the New York Times editors and Trump is condemned, but the legislation was a toothless measure. It is a step forward but it was also a compromise. Nothing was actually done to stop American aid to the Saudis. Our complicity continues. Weisbrot points out that it might eventually lead to more debate and a final end of US complicity, but it hasnt happened yet.

And in a more recent story the New York Times follows the lead of the Post and 60 Minutes and simply omits US complicity, writing as though the crimes were all the fault of the Others, as we wring our hands wondering if they could be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, Russiagate continues to outrage mainstream American liberals who are shocked, shocked, that an American President might be tied to Putin. Putin, you see, is a thuggish person. We cant have our foreign policies dictated by such a person though one wonders if Putin is the one telling Trump to pick fights with Iran, given that Iran and the Russians are aligned together in the Mideast.

The Russiagate storyline is very confusing, until you realize it is being put forward by people who are studiously ignoring actual, out in the open, bipartisan Presidential collusion with one of the worst regimes on the planet as it murders children in Yemen.

Note the outrage directed at Russia in the comments following this Times story. The thrust of the article is that Russian dissidents who despise Putin think Americans are being ridiculous concerning the meddling; but the Times readers will have none of it. How...

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WINNERS OF THE PDP NATIONAL ELECTIVE CONVENTION HELD 9TH DECEMBER, 2017 AT EAGLE SQUARE ABUJA, NIGERIA OBLONG MEDIA

1. National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus 2. National Deputy Chairman South Elder Yemi Akinwonmi 3. National Deputy Chairman More

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Imo PDP Chairman congratulates Secondus, Irona, describes their victory as the handiwork of the masses. OBLONG MEDIA

The State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State, Chief Barr. Charles Chukwudi Ezekwem, Ikemba Okigwe, has congratulated the More

08:03

Protesting U.S. supported Saudi-led war on Yemen at U.S. Mission to the U.N. leads to 15 arrests "IndyWatch Feed War"

from RT.com Activists handcuffed by NYPD at U.S. mission to U.N. over Yemen protest [Update: 15 protesters were arrested, not 14] Fourteen protesters staging a civil disobedience action were led away handcuffed by New York police outside the U.S. mission to the U.N. Activists were holding Let Yemen Live and Stop Bombing Yemen placards. The []

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Zimbabwe: Does Chinamasas Budget Pass the Test?
December 12, 2017
Clive Mphambela
Zimbabwe Herald

Well, it has come and gone. Finance and Economic Development Minister Chinamasa delivered an interesting budget which, as was expected, had its own fair share of highs and lows.

The much anticipated budget dealt some good measure as it highlighted issues needing attention in order to put Zimbabwes economic train back on the rails. However, his efforts still missed some critical elements, required to actually power the economy forward.

To his credit, Minister Chinamasas delivery was brilliantly honest in terms of its underlying assumptions. He demonstrated Governments acute understanding of the critical state of the economy. He acknowledged at length the failure of government over recent years to adhere to fiscal order and discipline. He agreed with the common view that excessive indiscipline by the Government right across its breadth and depth has bled the economy and led us to where we are. This level of candour inspires some confidence. In order to start resolving a problem, the very first step is to first identify the problem and then honestly accept the realities engendered by the problem. Hats off to him!

Secondly, Minister Chinamasa did a good job in aligning the Budget statement to the new vision outlined by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The constant reference to the Presidents speech right through his statement showed that there is already a high level of buy-in, not just by his own ministry, but right across the entire Government. Minister Chinamasa touched on critical elements of the New Economic Order, articulating how various sectors of the economy will be impacted. He clearly understands that the Ministry of Finance and Economic development will play a key coordinative function in this new dispensation. That is the reason his budget touched on the need to review the indigenisation act through amendments to be pushed through as soon as possible. This will be quite reassuring to foreign investors.

Minister Chinamsasa cemented the need to tell the world that Zimbabwe is now open for business highlighting strongly that Government is seized with putting in place supportive measures that seek...

07:26

Saudi Arabia: The Coming Crisis in the Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riyadh (AMN) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has, in recent months, tightened their blockade on the war ravaged country of Yemen. The justification for this tightening was the launch of a long range ballistic missile by Houthi rebels towards the capital city of Riyadh in November. Despite these heavy handed tactics in Yemen which have been criticized by the UN, EU, and multiple humanitarian organizations, the Kingdom has made a desperate attempt to improve their international image in the past year. US President Donald Trump, although supportive of the intervention, recently made a statement urging Saudi Arabia to end their blockade and allow humanitarian aid into Yemen. As the power within the monarchy shifts, international conflict escalates, internal tensions rise, and the desperate need for economic diversification looms overhead, how will the House of Saud handle the inevitable rough waters ahead?

The Missile

The Houthi missile travelled almost 1000 km and nearly struck the heart of the Kingdom in the capital city of Riyadh before it was intercepted over the international airport, according to Saudi officials. However, a recent New York Times analysis suggests that the Patriot Missile Defense System failed five times to intercept the missile, which may have merely broke apart due to sheer speed and force. According to the analysis, the warhead of the missile did indeed strike and detonated about 19 km from the rest of the debris as the deadly warhead flew right over the missile defense system. The explosion was about 2 km away from a domestic terminal crowded with civilians.

If this analysis is true, the failure of the Patriot Defense System will surely cast doubt upon the defense capabilities of other countries that rely on it, such as Israel, South Korea, Japan, and Germany. At the same time, this will embolden their enemies, such as North Korea and the Houthis, to further develop their own missile program in order to exploit this weakness. So far, the conflict has mostly impacted the Saudi border regions, in particular the areas around Najran. However, as the Houthis continue to demonstrate the long range capabilities of their missiles, nobody in the country will feel safe and the situation will likely continue to escalate.

RELATED: [VIDEO] Saudis Did NOT Intercept Yemeni Missile

The Public Relations Push

The House of Saud and their rising star Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are not oblivious to global opinio...

07:19

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TIGHT RACE AS ANC PREPARES TO ELECT ZUMA SUCCESSOR
In a race seen as too close to call, seven candidates are seeking to succeed President Zuma, who has been at the helm of the party for a decade.

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - South Africas ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader in a closely fought contest whose winner is likely to emerge as the nations next president.

The front-runners are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a former trade union leader and one of South Africas richest people, and Zumas preferred candidate, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former minister and chairwoman of the African Union Commission.

In a race seen as too close to call, seven candidates are seeking to succeed Zuma, who has been at the helm of the party for a decade.

The stakes are high because the ANCs electoral dominance means whoever wins the partys top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after a national election in 2019.

The party holds its conference in Johannesburg between 16-20 December.

All seven ANC leadership hopefuls pledged to Zuma at a meeting last month that they would accept the outcome of the leadership vote in the interests of keeping the 105-year-old organisation intact and avoid splits that could weaken its strength at the national elections in 2019.

Ramaphosa edged Dlamini-Zuma by getting the majority of nominations to become a leader of the party, but the complexity of the leadership race means it is far from certain he will become the next party leader and therefore the likely next president.

Adding another level of complexity, delegates are not bound to vote for the candidate their ANC branch nominated.

Zuma said last week he was very happy to be stepping down as ANC president. He can remain as head of state until 2019.

Political uncertainty over the ANC race is a major threat to the countrys credit rating. S&P Global Ratings and Fitch rate South Africas debt as junk.

Analysts have said South Africas business and consumer confidence has been dented in recent years by allegations of corruption in Zumas government and influence-peddlin...

07:17

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GWEDE MANTASHE: ANC TACKLING ISSUES FACED BY PROVINCES
The ANC secretary-general says there are plans in place to deal with issues currently faced by various provinces.

Sifiso  Zulu
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JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says there are plans in place to deal with issues currently faced by various provinces as the organisation heads to its national elective conference.

About Mpumalanga, Mantashe says the so-called vote for unity in that province will not make it to the conference.

There will be no unity on the ballot paper those are nominations. Now, were heading to the conference, well have elections. On the ballot paper, there will be names of the nominated candidates.

Mantashe says theres an internal party process tackling the issues in the Eastern Cape, where there was violence during the provincial elective conference earlier this year.

We told them its urgent and urged that they dont do a half-cooked job. They must gather evidence that will be presented at the NEC.

He says members of the Free State should do political work and desist from being emotional about the removal of Ace Magashule who was re-elected as provincial chair on Monday night.

If people were contesting the election in the Free State, they become emotional and not do solid political work theyll not remove Magashule from that position (sic).

07:06

Trump Admin. conceals location of thousands of soldiers fighting abroad in report to Congress "IndyWatch Feed World"

The White House has omitted, from a report prepared for Congress, the number of US troops fighting around the globe, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The expunged data coincides with a Pentagon report listing the location of 44,000 military personnel as "unknown". In accordance with the 1973 War Powers Resolution, the Trump administration provided Congress on Monday with a semi-annual report accounting for US military personnel stationed abroad. Although the reports are meant to make the executive branch more accountable for US troop deployments, Monday's report left out the number of US troops operating in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Cameroon. The Trump administration has argued that concealing troop numbers would prevent America's enemies from gaining a strategic advantage. However, in a previous report in June, the White House listed 8,448 Americans serving in Afghanistan, 5,262 in Iraq, and 503 in Syria. The latest briefing for Congress does not provide figures for those war zones or a reason for their omission. While the White House deemed troop numbers too sensitive to disclose, last week the Pentagon told reporters that 5,200 Americans were serving in Iraq and another 2,000 in Syria, about four times as many troops as previously reported.

Trump admin conceals location of thousands of soldiers fighting abroad in report to Congress "IndyWatch Feed World"

The White House has omitted, from a report prepared for Congress, the number of US troops fighting around the globe, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The expunged data coincides with a Pentagon report listing the location of 44,000 military personnel as "unknown". In accordance with the 1973 War Powers Resolution, the Trump administration provided Congress on Monday with a semi-annual report accounting for US military personnel stationed abroad. Although the reports are meant to make the executive branch more accountable for US troop deployments, Monday's report left out the number of US troops operating in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Cameroon. The Trump administration has argued that concealing troop numbers would prevent America's enemies from gaining a strategic advantage. However, in a previous report in June, the White House listed 8,448 Americans serving in Afghanistan, 5,262 in Iraq, and 503 in Syria. The latest briefing for Congress does not provide figures for those war zones or a reason for their omission. While the White House deemed troop numbers too sensitive to disclose, last week the Pentagon told reporters that 5,200 Americans were serving in Iraq and another 2,000 in Syria, about four times as many troops as previously reported.

04:18

Starvation and Cholera in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

(FPIF)  The current war in Yemen has had devastating consequences for the population. The indiscriminate Saudi bombing includes schools, water purification plants, hospitals, and electricity plants, leading to the death of over 10,000 and the wounding of 50,000 more. By the end of 2017, the International Red Cross has projected that over a million Yemenis will have suffered from cholera. So far, 900,000 people have been infected, and 2,000 have did, 1,200 of them children. Faced with no fuel for its water-treatment plant due to a Saudi blockade that relies on US military support, Yemen is starving, has little access to clean water. An outbreak of diphtheria has further complicated the crisis.

The Saudis see the current conflict, which originates in a Houthiled insurgency in 2015 and follows years of sectarian strife, as a border threat, which has only been exacerbated by a ballistic missile launched from the mountains of Yemen at Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on November 4. On November 6, the blockade began, creating more misery among a population already suffering from years of war, including atrocities committed by the Houthis.

Americans, as Saudi-coalition allies, are providing an aircraft carrier, electronic intelligence, and guided aircraft to target bombing locations. Yet this war receives little attention, with few exceptions, from US media. Labeled a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, this conflict has come to the attention of Congress, where the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling US action unauthorized (compared to counterterrorism measures, which are authorized).

The blockade, put in place to stop the flow of arms from Iran, had not even allowed chlorine-disinfecting tablets for water to pass to Yemens desperate citizens. A recent temporary lift of the U.S/Saudi Arabia blockade of Yemen may provide a temporary respite for millions of starving Yemenis. But with an unsanitary environment that is degrading rapidly, and a dearth of clean drinking water, far more than a temporary lift is needed to ameliorate this catastrophe.

Led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS)who will become a king upon the death of his ailing father, the kingthe Yemen blockade is just one of the first actions the crown prince has taken in his grab for power both internally and interna...

04:02

UN experts do not confirm Iran link to Yemen missiles: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV December 12, 2017 UN experts, who examined the debris from missiles fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia earlier in the year, have not confirmed that the projectiles were Iranian-made as claimed by the Riyadh regime and the US. The missiles were fired by Yemeni Houthi fighters at the Saudi capital on July []

03:25

The reasons Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Republicans should be natural allies "IndyWatch Feed World"

One of the big changes in our national consciousness, thanks to President Trump, is that many of us are starting to see politics in terms of "deals." We are also thinking about a growing economy. Compare that approach to the Obama/Bernie/Clinton worldview that is more about wealth transfer in a world of scarcity. For my purposes today, you don't need to decide which approach is better. I only make the claim that we are more focused on the Art of the Deal than at any time in American politics. This is one of the many ways President Trump is in our heads. And the deal-making mindset, along with some lucky coincidences, has created the greatest opportunity for improvement that the African-American community has seen in decades. At the same time, Republicans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn a larger share of the black vote in 2018 and beyond. All we are missing is the right deal. Is there a potential deal that is good for President Trump and the GOP while also being good for BLM? Yes. And it isn't even hard. I'll get to that deal after some necessary context. (It's worth your time.)

03:25

Future If Net Neutrality Is Repealed "IndyWatch Feed War"

If youre scared of a future America without net neutrality, I want to terrify you. The potential repeal of what should be a civic right should chill you to the bone. No, there is more than one future you should fear, and it isnt just one that involves the (falsely reported) Portuguese internet where we pay $4.99 for access to streaming video. Dont get me wrong its totally possible, and not remotely the worst thing that could happen. After spending twelve years running a company that helps millions of people to break through the barriers of censorship imposed by oppressive governments, I am quite familiar with the ramifications of such repressions. When a country lacks an open internet, the government (and companies friendly with said government) are able to do anything from simply blocking or banning apps entirely (EG: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp for censorship or economic reasons) to more aggressive moves such as Egypts effective shutdown of their internet service providers. As a lucky American, its easy to say this cant happen here, which is a reasonable, human gesture we live under a democracy, but said democracy also has polarized politics and a totally different lobbying system to the rest of the world.

02:55

Erdogan risks diplomatic spat with Israel over Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File / by Ezzedine SAID | Thousands protested on December 9 against Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital

ISTANBUL (AFP)  By repeatedly hitting out at the US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be catering to his voter base, but he risks sabotaging Turkeys already fragile relations with the Jewish state.While President Donald Trumps decision last week was met with near-universal condemnation, particularly from the Muslim world, Erdogan has emerged as its most outspoken critic.

Following Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital and to move the embassy there, Erdogan has levelled a string of accusations against Israel and the US, in his usual strident style.

Among other things he said Israel was a terrorist state that kills Palestinian children, adding that the US had become a partner to this bloodshed.

Such sentiments echo those held by many among Erdogans traditional voter base of Sunni Muslims in Turkey. His statements have also galvanised his popularity among some Muslims in the Arab world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Erdogan, saying he was not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions, and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza.

Erdogan, who considers himself a fervent supporter of the Palestinians, will hold a summit of leaders of Muslim countries on Wednesday, which he claimed will mark a turning point in the response to Washingtons decision.

Traditional heavyweights of the Middle East like Saudi Arabia and Egypt have condemned the move, but without announcing any concrete measures of their own.

Serious risk

Erdogan, who comes from a conservative Islamist background, frequently criticises Israel and does not conceal his support for the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, Israel and several countries around the world.

His statements have been consistent with the prevailing feelings among his own followers inside Turkey, said Marc Pierini, visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe and former EU ambassador to Turkey.

But Erdogans escalation comes as Turkey and Israel are working to normalise ties since last year after...

02:50

'A wake-up call': UN sends warning over loss of HIV funds for Egypt "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The country's efforts to fight the virus are in crisis with vital international aid due to run out next year

02:49

Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Low oil prices have so eroded Arab states power, they now see Israel as a protector.

Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace
PHOTO: ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

Whatever you think of President Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, it points to the most important strategic reality in the Middle East: Arab power has collapsed in the face of low oil prices and competition from American frackers.

The devastating oil-price shocks of the 1970s, orchestrated by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, nearly wrecked the world economy. Ever since, the U.S. has looked for ways to break OPECs parasitic and rent-seeking grip on the oil marketand thereby to reduce Americas geopolitical vulnerability to events in the Middle East.

Victory did not come easily. Intense conservation efforts made the U.S. much more energy-efficient. New oil discoveries in Africa and elsewhere significantly broadened the available supply. Renewable energy sources added to the diversification. But the most decisive development was that decades of public and private research and investment unleashed an American oil-and-gas boom, leading to a revolution in energy markets that has sent geopolitical shocks through world affairs.

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02:47

Russia suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen and moves to Riyadh "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russia's foreign ministry announced that diplomatic staff would be moving their operations to the Saudi capital

02:12

South Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead fighting between rival cattle herders breakdown of society during the four-year civil war "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Rival pastoralist communities in South Sudan have a long and bloody history of tit-for-tat raids in which cattle are rustled and property looted

JUBA (AFP)  More than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.When it comes to those who are wounded, it is almost 200, added Dharuai Mabor Teny, a member of parliament from the Western Lakes area, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) northwest of the capital Juba.

It more than doubles a previous toll issued late last week, since fighting between rival factions of the Dinka people, the Rup and Pakam clans, broke out on December 6.

The government has declared the fighting a state of emergency, meaning that soldiers have been deployed after local state officials were overwhelmed.

The state of emergency is meant to curb violence, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said, adding the fighters were hurling grenades and firing rockets at each other.

Civilians are locked up in very violent communal fighting.

Local information minister of Western Lakes state Bol Machok said homes have been torched and people forced to flee.

Rival pastoralist communities in South Sudan have a long and bloody history of tit-for-tat raids in which cattle are rustled and property looted. Women are commonly raped and children abducted, adding fuel to revenge attacks.

Such attacks have worsed amidst the breakdown of society during the four-year civil war which began in December 2013.

Half the country is in need of emergency food and a third has been forced from their homes since then, according to the UN.


Tuesday, 12 December

22:15

Everything You Need To Know About Universal Basic Income In 10 Minutes "IndyWatch Feed World"

The idea of a program that would cover the cost of living for everyone feels like something out of a far-off utopia. This informative video grounds it in reality.

The idea of giving some, or all, citizens enough money to meet their daily needs was once decidedly fringe. Not anymore. Now, everyone is talking about universal basic income (UBI), including Silicon Valley, the media, numerous pundits, and even some politicians. Several large trialsparticularly in Kenya, Canada, and Finlandbegan this year, and more are planned for 2018.

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11:00

From the River to the Sea: PFLPs 50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Struggle "IndyWatch Feed War"

Marcel Cartier The anti-imperialism of the PFLP meant that the Front would have to endure tenuous relations with the other factions inside the PLO. Today was supposed to be a day of celebration for tens of thousands of Palestinians who count themselves as supporters of the second largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)....

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