Monday, February 29, 2016

Rivers Celebration: APC Calls Sheriff, Fayose Apostles Of Political Banditry

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has described Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as notorious apostles of political banditry, alleging that their reunion with the state Governor, Nyesom Wike will heighten insecurity in Rivers ahead of the rerun elections slated for March, 19.
The opposition party in Rivers state made this assertion in response to the victory celebration organised by the Rivers PDP over the Supreme Court’s validation of Governor Wike’s election, which it described as shameful and insensitive.

REVEALED: How Mandela Begged Abacha To Pardon Abiola, Obasanjo, Saro-Wiwa.

Thabo Mbeki, former South African vice-president, has revealed how Nelson Mandela, former president of the country, begged Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former head of state, to halt the execution of the ‘Ogoni Nine’.
Speaking on “Mandela’s first major test in dealing with the international community”, Mbeki said his late former president also pleaded with Abacha for the release of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Shehu Musa Yar’adua, brother to former president Umaru Musa Yar’adua.
Mbeki said he was on a delegation that sought their release in 1995.
“The first major test which faced our late President Mandela in this regard was at the 1995 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in New Zealand,” he wrote in a statement.

N5000 ‘Dole': Gov Says Buhari ‘Unchallengeable’.

Nobody can challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that paying N5,000 ‘dole’ to unemployed youths is unwise, Tanko Al-Makura, governor of Nasarawa state, has said.
Buhari had ruled out the payment of the monthly allowance to unemployed youths as promised by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), before the 2015 presidential election.
He said it was “wise” to use the funds to build infrastructure and empower the youth through agriculture and mining.

Buhari Tells Qataris: Come And Invest In Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the business community in Qatar to come and invest in Nigeria, promising to remove “any impediments”.
According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, on Monday, the president gave the assurance while speaking at a meeting with senior executives of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and some private businessmen in Doha on Sunday.
Buhari stated that security was essential to prosperity and development.
“Nobody invests without first knowing how secure a country is. That is why we have placed high premium on securing the country, because you cannot effectively manage a country you have not secured,” he said.

Fayose: Fayemi Illegally Withdrew N852m From SUBEB.

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has accused Kayode Fayemi, his predecessor, of withdrawing N852.9 million from the account of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) exactly eight days to the end of his administration.
Speaking through Bode Ola, chairman of Ekiti SUBEB, Fayose said it was painful that Ekiti state and its people were suffering for the “sin committed by the APC government of Fayemi”.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

See How Russia Can Counter the US's New 'Miracle Weapons'

Last week, The Washington Post ran an op-ed entitled "The exotic new weapons the Pentagon wants to deter Russia and China." Pentagon officials, the piece explained, have begun talking openly about the artificial intelligence and robotics-assisted super soldiers meant to combat the Russian and Chinese militaries. But what is Russia's response?

impressive: Product * Shtora * on the BMP-3 at firing range

New Russian tanks sent to Syria have been able to survive hits from US-made TOW missiles, although their anti-missile counter-measures have yet to be seen in combat.

US-backed Proxies Use Ceasefire in Syria to 'Regroup, Rearm and Prepare'

The cessation of hostilities in Syria almost certainly does not mean the end of the Syrian war, as US, Turkish and Saudi proxies are using the timeout to regroup, rearm and prepare, according to former MI6 agent and EU foreign policy adviser Alastair Crooke.

The Syrian ceasefire deal, brokered between the US and Russia, almost certainly will not last long and definitely does not mean the end of the war on the ground, Alastair Crooke, former MI6 agent, who was Middle East advisor to Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (CFSP) from 1997 to 2003, said in a lengthy interview with the RT news channel.

See Why Dollar is pretty high at Parallel Market

Please let me explain to those of us who don't understand Economic terms. Dollar has not increased since Buhari became president.
1. Dollar is not our currency so dollar should not be our business.
2. Our problem is not d government but our problem is our importers and consumers.
3. Naira has remained at 197 naira to 1 dollar since Buhari became president.
4. Buhari has promised not to devalue the Naira and he has maintained that promise.
5. Both at CBN and at interbank rates, dollar has remained 197.
6. However because we are too lazy to produce what we use in Nigeria we import even toothpicks and matches.

Erdogan, Genocide, and ISIS – The Sultan is Doomed

By Michael Collins
Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan’s attempts to demonize the Syrian Kurd’s YPG army and threaten and bully the United States are having the net effect of creating a powerful movement for his removal based on a rationale that will encourage the public in the United States and Europe to forget the real culprits in the tragic attack on Syria and focus on charges of genocide leveled against ISIS. The genocide charge will be tied to Erdogan as a result of his documented support for ISIS and ultimately doom his increasingly dictatorial rule of Turkey. Rather than divert the attention of Turks from his crimes and massive negligence as a means to preserve his power, Erdogan’s castigation of the Kurds and, more significantly, his public blackmail of the U.S. will spell his doom in the near future.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The US tells Russia “put up or shut up”. Russia unimpressed

US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner made an interesting and very significant statement today.  He told Russia to “put up or shut up”.  Here is what he said exactly:
Mark Toner
Mark Toner
“I don’t know how to put it any better than saying: ‘It’s put up or shut up time,'” (…)  “It is time for them to show through action rather than words that they are serious about what they profess to be serious about, which is a ceasefire, a cessation of hostilities and a political process that leads to a transition.”
The Russian reply came from Maria Zakharova, the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She replied:
Мария Захарова
Maria Zakharova
“We are generally surprised that the rhetoric and statements which are made by officials from the White House and State Department spokesman: every day are becoming sharper and sharper, but not in terms of facts or any argument, but in the use of some strange idioms.  What do these rude statements illustrate? Of course, the absence of intelligence or of a decent education, but this is not even the most important thing.  The most important thing is that this is a symptom of a total lack of arguments.”

Armor Piercing, Toxic Shocking – the US’s Ongoing Depleted Uranium Manifesto

February 28th, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Gulf War, the first war with Iraq. This conflict was a turning point in US and world history, but the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq turned these war theaters into toxic waste lands. Desert Storm ushered in the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition, a topic that few official spokespersons want to talk on the record. Now Syria is fast becoming the latest toxic battlefield where the “real weapons” of mass destruction are being deployed.

Friday, February 26, 2016

T-90 Proves its survivability In Syria (Video)

Original by Andrey Rezchikov published by Vzglyad; translation by J.Hawk
A video surfaced in the internet of a missile attack on a T-90 tank on Syria’s territory. The tank survived a hit by a US-made anti-tank missile. According to the specialists, the incident suggests the T-90s advantages over Western tanks.
The video shows the moment in which a US-made TOW ATGM strikes the T-90. The incident took place west of Aleppo, in rural areas where the SAA has been actively fighting against the Islamic State. The missile was fired by some “Desert Hawk brigade which apparently is part of the “moderate opposition” or, more specifically, to the Free Syrian Army.

Metuh named Jonathan in torn statement - EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today said the spokesperson of PDP Olisa Metuh, named former President Goodluck Jonathan in the statement he allegedly tore while in custody on January 12th. At the resumed hearing of the case against Metuh at the Abuja High Court, a staff of the antigraft agency, Junaid Said, said Metuh admitted that he received N400 million arms money, which was used for political activities, his personal needs, and assignments delegated by Jonathan.

“My Lord, when he concluded writing his statement, which was on four sheets of the EFCC statement form, I collected the statement and read over it, I then handed the statement over to my superiors Musa and Wetkas. When I was handing over the statement, the defendant said he was surprised that he had written that much and that he felt he had given too much information. Because of the comment, I was worried; I gave him the statement sheets one after the other for endorsement. He endorsed the first and second sheet, but he tore the third sheet. The third sheet was where the defendant disclosed that he received the money for PDP political activities, settle his personal needs and made reference to former President Goodluck Jonathan. My lord, he suddenly tore the statement sheet into pieces. In great shock and surprise, I stood up [and] I asked him why he did what he did. He said he did that because he was no longer willing to give the information on that statement sheet.

I then requested the pieces of the statement, he declined and attempted to put them in his pocket, I then cautioned him and told him to respect himself; he insisted that he was going to dispose the torn sheet. I persuaded him to handover the tore sheet and brought one plain paper before him; he poured the pieces on the plain sheet. My other colleagues were there looking at us in surprise as well. “He further tore them into pieces, saying only in the movies would this be recovered. I poured the pieces in the commission’s transparent polythene bag for exhibit and made entry of the incident into the EFCC’s incident duty station diary as well as EFCC’s pocket notebook. Later, in the day he requested to make additional statement, which he made, wrote his name and signed but declined to make any other statement on the torn paper.”he said
Source: TheCable

Supreme Court decides on Reverend King's fate today

The fate of Senior Pastor of the Christian Praying Assembly, Lagos, Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo aka Reverend King, will be known today February 26th, as the Supreme Court would decide whether he should be hanged for murder or spend a few more years in jail. Reverend King was charged to court by the Lagos state government on September 26th 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder of one of his members, Ann Uzoh on August 2nd 2006. Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja had on January 11th 2007 sentenced him to death by hanging for the murder of Ann Uzoh. The controversial pastor approached the Lagos state Court of Appeal but his appeal was thrown out and the High courts verdict upheld. Dissatisfied with the Court of Appeals verdict, Reverend King approached the Supreme court, asking for the verdict to be upturned. The Apex court is expected to give its ruling this morning.

Turkey journalists freed from prison after court ruling

Two Turkish journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, who were charged with revealing state secrets have been freed from prison. The duo who worked for the newspaper Cumhuriyet, were detained in November over a report alleging that the Turkish government tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria. Both journalist had been jailed at Silivri jail on the outskirts of Istanbul.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Is There A Crack in the Dam Holding Back the Truth on Syria?

by JiminNH

One cannot help but noticing two rather interesting articles published in mainstream media that just may indicate that the dam holding back the truth about the western-backed invasion of Syria by head-chopping, organ eating, sex slave trading jihadi “rebels” has sprung a few major leaks.


First came the article by Steven Kinzer, a longtime journalist with the New York Times and now a Professor and Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, who published a piece in the eminently mainstream Boston Globe entitled “The Media Are Misleading the Public on Syria”. Mr. Kinzer was rather direct, pulling no punches from his very first sentence were he declared: “Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press.”

Shocking Video: Ash Carter Lie About Why He Let Turkey Supply ISIL with Oil

Watch the video after the break.
McCain, Carter and the rest of the Washington insiders clearly knew about ISIS oil trading all along

"Of course we knew about these trucks with stolen oil"...
One of the most embarrassing things to come out of the Russian military venture in Syria is the huge convoy supply lines of oil moving between Turkey and ISIS positions.

Watch America's finest mumble their way through explanations of why they have let this go on for two years.


Carter deserves an Academy Award.

BRT Bus Crushes Bike Man To Death In Ikorodu Area Of Lagos. Graphic Photos

What an early morning tragedy! A fatal accident happened this morning during the rush hours at Agric Bus stop, Ikorodu area of Lagos state. According to online reports, one of the new BRT buses crushed a bike man, smashing his head to pieces in the process. May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

Boko Haram Defeated, Chibok Girls Rescue Underway, Says Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai says the military has entered mop up phase in the fight against Boko Haram that would facilitate the release of captives, including Chibok girls.
He made the remark in Maiduguri at a meeting with Borno Elders Forum as part of measures adopted to consolidate on the gains recorded in the counter-insurgency operation.
The meeting was held at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri.
“We were given three major tasks, and we have made efforts toward achieving two.
“The first task is to defeat Boko Haram, and I want to tell you that as at today Boko Haram has been defeated.

President Buhari To Drop Lai Mohammad As Information Minister - TheImpulseNG

Reliable source from the Nigerian presidency had it that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will under take minor cabinet reshuffle , three months after the appointment of cabinet ministers. gathered that the current minister of Information, Culture and Tourism; Alhaji Lia Mohammed will be eased out due to complaints from Senior members of All Progressive Congress (APC), and members of President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet over what they termed Lia’s unprofessional information management.

Superstition, The Bane Of The Nigerian Mind

"Suffer not the witch to live" the pastor would quote from the ever poetic bible verse and is rewarded with an ear quaking "Amen" from the ever excited congregation.

You could see the pouring emotions of deep fear as they shout and pray for the witches and wizards in their villages, uncles and grandmums and mother in-laws always at the center of this suspicion to die.

You would see cases where continuous chants of "die! die!! die!!!" rents the air all meant for the alleged witch who supposedly by some spirity diabolical means is hindering their progress or health.

Buhari Admininistration: A Government Of Failure, Tears And Disappointment

Virtually every Nigerian from Abia state to Zamfara state is complaining that are things moving from bad to worse in all sphere of the economy. The story is the same from the creeks of Bayelsa state to the deserts of Adamawa state, the rhetoric of mirage of change is growing loud from Ibadan the heart of Yorubaland to Sokoto, the seat of the caliphate. The messianic "government of Change" as promoted by the APC appears to have become a government of Blame and confusion.

While I sympathise with Nigerians, particularly those that sincerely believed, campaigned and stood for General(now President) Muhammadu Buhari during the electioneering period, it is in my opinion that the man, Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC showed all the signs of unpreparedness for leadership and governance all through the electioneering and even after taking office in May 2015.

EFCC Begins Probe Of Ooni Ogunwusi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly begun the investigation of the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and his company, Metropole Interproject Limited, over an alleged N400 million forgery.

A frontline human rights activist, , Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), whose petition led to the investigation, disclosed that he has been invited by the anti-graft agency to come and shed more light on the petition.

Dangote Trailer Kills People At Oji-River In Enugu - Photos

Many people died just few hours ago at Oji River in Enugu state as Dangote trailer crushes many to death the source who reveled that A Dangote trailer carrying chippings lost control killing many people. I was shocked to see human beings cut into two pieces, seeing about two lying lifeless and some who were rushed to d hospital still died. wen i saw them i vividly remembered that it is not my righteousness that made me alive but God's mercy. Dose ones lying lifeless, I am not better than them. can u join me and say "thank u lord 4 keeping me alive an for your mercy"

9 Reasons Why Nigerian Polytechnics Are Better Than Universities

This is a counter thread to the thread: 9 Reasons Why Nigerian Universities are Better than Polytechnic:

Here are my own 9 Reasons why Nigerian Polytechnics are Better than Universities.

1. Easy of study: The polytechnic system is split into two programs; two years National Diploma (ND) and two years Higher National Diploma(HND) programs. Splitting the two program offers many people the chance to follow a step by step approach to education unlike the four or five year course duration in the university which is quite long and tiring. I have a boss, who after obtaining his ND, went to hustle, became an established CEO with what he has lent and came back for HND 7 years after.

Mother And 4 Children Killed In Kebbi - Very Graphic Photos

This world has come to an end. On the 22nd Night of this Month, people of Birnin kebbi woke up with terrible tragedy in which five people were brutally massacred. All of them were females. Which include: the mother, her two twin daughters and two other girls of ages 17 and 5 from their neighboring house who came to stay with them. All of them were massacred only the four month old baby that was at the back of her mother was left.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Week twenty of the Russian military intervention in Syria: a ceasefire and yet another huge victory for Russia

This article was written for the Unz Review:

The recent agreement between the USA and Russia really solves nothing, it does not even end the war, and both sides are expressing a great deal of caution about its future implementation.  And yet, this is a huge victory for Russia.  While it is too early to say that “the Russian won in Syria”, I think that it is now fair to say that the Russian position on Syria has won.  Here is why:

First: nobody is suggesting anymore that Assad will be ousted or Damascus taken.  That, in turn, means that everybody has now recognized that Syrian Arab Republic, backed by Russia, has successfully repelled the aggression of the huge coalition the AngloZionists built to overthrow Assad.

Now Kerry Says If Ceasefire Fails He May Partition Syria

See one of the reasons mnay people dislike these politicians with passion, instead of using common sense, this is what got Nigeria mad the other time, that some crooks sat down thousand miles away from Liberia and were deciding the fate of the country. It's the reason Nigeria sent Soldiers to defend the Liberian rebel installed by U.S back in the day and when the bidding to loot the country got terrible, Clinton ordered Charles tailor to step down. It was when they decided to support the opposition forces Charles tailor suppressed that Nigeria stepped in to restore order in Liberia and this why most Liberians love Nigerians even more than any country I have been too.

Now Kerry Says If Ceasefire Fails He May Partition Syria
Because, you know, God made him the owner of Syria

That's Western 'nation-building' and international law for you

JAMB Reopens Portal For UTME Registration For Just 48hours

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has caved in to protests that it had prevented many candidates to register for the forthcoming 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), by shutting down its online registration portal.
Although the body had dismissed the protest as wrong-headed, in a statement today, it said it is giving a 48-hour extension for applicants to complete registration process.

JAMB will reopen its website between 12 midnight on Tuesday and 12 midnight on Thursday to allow applicants complete their registration process for the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Police To Arraign DPO For Involvement In Serious Crimes Including Murder

Police to Arraign DPO for Complicity in Kidnapping, Murder, Illegal Possession of Arms

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested and detained the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Omoku divisional police headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command, Mr. Casimir Ihiezu, for complicity in the kidnapping of an Ivorian national, Mr. Beinvenu Assemian, during which a police corporal, Mr. Imeh Edet, was killed.

Ihiezu is also being detained for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and murder of the police constable.

Who Is Behind Naira Slide? Abdulsamad Rabiu (BUA) And Ifeanyi Ubah Have Answers

AbdulSamad Isyaku Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group (Dangote's main business rival), took an unusual step of writing a full page article in Business Day of Monday, 22 Feb 2016 claiming that the current naira free-fall is caused by a few greedy people, or more to the point, a particular person.

BUA Group is into the business of manufacturing of cement, sugar refinery, flour, edible oils, pasta and rice cultivation.

Right wing: Trump Wins Again, Trump Scores Big Win In Nevada

Donald Trump notched a resounding win in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday, channeling the roiling anger of Republican voters against the establishment and sweeping almost every category of the electorate to build his dominance in the delegate count.

It was a stunning show of momentum for his campaign, one that made it increasingly difficult to imagine a scenario where any other GOP candidate wins the Republican nomination.

"We love Nevada," Trump said during his brief victory speech at his party in Las Vegas late Tuesday night. "We will be celebrating for a long time tonight."

Nigerian man who went missing in the US has been found dead

26 year old Nigerian-British man, Ademola Owolana, who lived in London, went missing on Feb. 20th in the US after he went to a club in Chicago with friends. (Read story here). His body has now been found. A Metra worker found a man’s body on top of an electric rail car yesterday Tuesday Feb. 23rd afternoon at a repair yard in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. It looked like he'd been electrocuted. Power was shut off in the yard so emergency crews could remove the body, according to police. His family have confirmed it is indeed his body.

Plane with at least 21 people on board missing in mountainous area of Nepal

A small plane with 21 people on board has gone missing. This happened while flying in a mountainous area in Nepal. The plane lost contact after taking off from Pokhara - a resort town west of Kathmandu. According to officials, it was heading north to Jomsom - the starting point for trekkers going into the mountains. Details to Come. 

Photos: Buhari meets with Nigerian community in Saudi Arabia

President Buhari who is currently in Saudi Arabia met with the Nigerian community in the country yesterday February 23rd. See more photos from the meeting after the jump

Photo: Man recounts how he and a friend were injured by Road Safety Officers in Minna, Niger State

Saddiq Dzukogi and his friend David were allegedly injured after some FRSC officers jumped on the okada that was conveying them home yesterday evening. He survived with minor injury but his friend's right arm was disclocated. (pictured on hospital bed) Below is what he wrote:
"This is the story- The Officer's Name is HB Mohammed. We recently initiated a weekly writing clinic, for ourselves, at AMAB bookshop. Today was one of such days where we go there to read, write poetry and talk about the things happening around the writing world.
I couldn’t drive my car today because of the fuel scarcity in Minna, so I took a bike to the rendezvous site. After spending hours there with David, we were drained and since there was power outage our computers couldn’t work beyond those hours we had stayed.

Pianist strangled & beaten to death by her Husband on their anniversary

A talented pianist was strangled and beaten to death in a loss of temper by her musician husband, a jury has heard.
Norwegian double bass player John Martin, 48, was said to have been jealous of Russian-born wife Natalia Strelchenko, 38, because her career had taken off while his had not.
Ms Strelchenko, also known by the surname Strelle, was found with head and neck injuries at their home in Newton, Heath, Manchester, last August, on the couple's second wedding anniversary.
Opening the case at Manchester Crown Court, Rob Hall said:

Johnson and Johnson ordered to pay $72 million for cancer death linked to talcum powder

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records.

Photos: 6 Nigerian & Ghanaian pirates that hijacked the Panama oil tanker arrested by Nigerian Navy, one killed

 The Nigerian navy says it has rescued a hijacked oil tanker in a dramatic night-time operation in which one pirate was killed. The Panama-flagged Maximus, owned by a company in the UAE and on lease to a South Korean shipping company, was escorted on Monday into Lagos harbor with six captured hijackers from Nigeria and Ghana and the crew of 18 from India, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Sudan and Ghana. Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said the navy is still searching for two crew taken hostage by two hijackers who escaped in a pirate vessel. The Indian defence attache, Capt Gautam Marwaha said one hostage is Indian and the other is believed to be Pakistan. They have not received any ransom demand, he added. The bandits were after the ship's 4,700 tons of diesel fuel when they seized it on February 11. off the coast of Abidjan. The ship was rescued on Saturday night about 310 (500 kilometers) southwest of Lagos

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How The Russian Air Super Power Changed the Middle East

Since it’s February 23, the Fatherland’s Defender Day, it would be appropriate to analyze the initial impact of Russia’s forces in Syria. First of all, Russian aircraft have been in combat for almost five months and secondly, the Syrian campaign is on the threshold of a pause largely thanks to the Russian forces.

Photos: Nigerian-born doctor left critically injured and fighting for life after being hit by lorry in Las Vegas

Dr Sebastian Kola-Bankole, from Camden, UK is fighting for his life after he was knocked down by a lorry as he crossed a road off the Sunset Strip on February 15. The 35-year-old doctor, from the Royal London Hospital, had flown out to Los Angeles before the accident for a friend’s wedding.

Turkey is screwed. And it’s all US fault (corrected text)

Amid rising tensions between Turkey and Russia over the situation in Syria, one important fact got lost. It’s not Russia that caused the current Turkish problems. It was the USA.

The most fundamental problem modern Turkey is facing is the Kurdish question. It’s a chronic problem, which threatens the integrity of Turkey and the Turkish elite perceives it as the largest security treat the country is facing. Turkish policies in Syria are determined by the Kurdish issue more than anything else. The change from the so called policy of zero problems with neighbors, which Erdogan and his government used to promote, came as a surprise to many and is directly related to the Kurdish issue and the events in Iraq after the disastrous US invasion.

15 year old boy shoots dead his 10 year old sister, cleans her body and dumps her in a field

 Disturbing new details has emerged in the case of a Florida teenager accused of murdering his 10-year-old sister, with the 15-year-old suspect claiming he shot the girl by accident and then dumped her body in a field.
Fredrick Matthew Lochridge, 15, was arrested Sunday in the murder of his 10-year-old sister, Isabella Heffernan, after she was reported missing by her family and was later found behind her home in Fountain.
According to an arrest affidavit released this afternoon, Lochridge, who was initially said to be 16 years old but is actually 15, admitted to shooting Heffernan with a .22 caliber rifle at around 3am on Sunday.

14 year old girl is elecuted after charging her phone while in the bath

A teenage girl who tried to use her mobile phone while in the bath was killed when the charger plugged into an extension cord, fell into the water. The tragic incident happened in Moscow where the girl lived with her mother, 40, and her older brother. Her mother found the 14-year-old and said she was so badly electrocuted that her body had started to burn. She had locked the bathroom door and used an extension lead to plug in her phone. When the mother realised that her daughter, who hasn’t been named, had been in the bathroom for a long time, she started to call for her to come out. After she heard no response, she forced her way inside and found her daughter’s lifeless body. The mum said the teenager had the charger in her hands and the mobile phone was on the floor, and she had used an extension lead because there were no plugs in the bathroom.

Photo: Liason office of Senator Magnus Abe in Bori, Rivers State attacked

 The senatorial liaison office of the candidate of APC in the March 19th re-run election in Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe was attacked in Bori, Ogoni on Monday February 22.

A statement by Parry Saroh Benson, Spokesperson to Senator Magnus Ngei Abe said, armed men clad in army uniform suspected to be thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State is alleged to have been responsible for the dastardly act.

Greece Offers Russia the Use of Its Port to Bypass the Dardanelles and Bosporus

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
22th February, 2016


The administration of Simferopol and the chamber of Commerce of the Greek region of Evros have signed a cooperation agreement. It aims to develop socio-economic and trade relations between Crimea and the Greek region. This was stated by the mayor of the city of Alexandroupolis - Evangelos Lambakis.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Joint Statement of the United States and the Russian Federation, as Co-Chairs of the ISSG, on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

The United States of America and the Russian Federation, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and seeking to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis with full respect for the fundamental role of the United Nations, are fully determined to provide their strongest support to end the Syrian conflict and establish conditions for a successful Syrian-led political transition process, facilitated by the UN, in order to fully implement the Munich Statement of the ISSG on February 11th, 2016, UN Security Council Resolution 2254, the 2015 Vienna Statements and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.

Photos: Nigerian student and two other African students die in a fatal crash

 A Nigerian student and two other African students of Manchester University, UK, died and a fourth injured when a van driven by a man who authorities say was intoxicated struck them on Sunday, February 21.

Deangelo R. Evans is facing charges in connection with the crash. The 26-year-old from Chicago, was charged with three counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, one count of OWI resulting in serious bodily injury, and three counts of reckless homicide.

The crash happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes near mile marker 253. According to the Grant County Sheriff's Department, it appears that the students' van was stopped in the median with a flat tire. Seven people were standing outside when another van that was headed north on I-69 left the road and went into the median, striking four of the students.

Immigration tragedy: EFCC detains Abba Moro, two others

The EFCC today reportedly detained former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, a former Permanent Secretary and a director over the N650million immigration recruitment scandal that led to the death of some job applicants in March 2014.‎ The three suspects were invited by the EFCC ahead of their arraignment in court on Tuesday. About 6.5million Nigerian youths applied for 5,000 immigration jobs, but the conduct of the test in March 2014 led to the death of several applicants during a stampede in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Minna. Each applicant paid a non-refundable application fee of N1, 000.

Photo: 19-year-old breast cancer patient at ATBUTH, in critical condition and needs radio therapy

 19-year-old mother of two, Saadatu Muhammed is currently a patient at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi. According to Surayyah Sabonkudi who shared the photo and details: "I came across this patient in a ward at ATBUTH Bauchi.Who is in need of radio therapy due to breast cancer. She is nineteen years old, a mother of two a villager and an orphan who cannot afford three square meals. Shes saadatu muhammed from giade female surgical ward four."

The Need for an Inland Container Terminal in Onitsha

Due to the dwindling economy, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the National Assembly, and many well-meaning Nigerians have suddenly come to a moment of self realization. We have reached that point in our lives where we are forced to consider where we got it wrong, how we got it wrong, and what we can do to make the cards that we have been dealt - in these dire economic circumstances - work in our favour.

With the current drop in oil prices, Nigeria has experienced a drop in the value of its currency. With the value of the Naira exchanging at $1 to ₦390, €1 to ₦407, and £1 to₦518. Even with these astronomical exchange rates, the Naira keeps dropping on a daily basis.

Forex Speculators From Benin Republic, Ghana, Others Invade Nigeria For Profits

FOREIGN exchange (forex) speculators from Benin Republic, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ghana and other African countries are cashing in on the wide margin between the official and parallel market rates to make huge profits ,The Nationhas learnt.

The speculators are moving in huge dollar deposits to meet the rising demand by Nigerian importers and other buyers requiring dollar to pay their children’s school and medical fees.

Although the exchange rates are high, the urgency and necessity left the buyers with no option than to buy from the parallel market.

The official exchange rate has remained at N197 to a dollar in the last six months, creating a huge gap between the official or interbank rates and parallel market rates.

Febrile Rash Illnesses Hits Lagos Community, 20 Killed So Far

34 cases under examination
We’ll fight outbreak, says health Commissioner

An outbreak febrile rash illnesses (FRI) has been recorded in Otodo Gbame community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State,leaving at least 20 kids dead.

Thirty-four other cases are currently under examination, Health Commissioner Jide Idris announced yesterday.

The outbreak was first identified by the Medical Officer of Health of the LGA on the 9th February, he said.

I’m Not A Hungry Governor - Obiano To Critics

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has carpeted his critics who accused him of mismanaging the state’s resources, saying, “I’m not a hungry governor.”

The governor, who stated this in a media chat at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, said he was an accomplished person by dint of a good career he had in the banking industry.

He said, “Look, let me tell you, I’m a wealthy person before I came here as a governor. I didn’t come here to steal, because there is nothing here for me to steal.
“I was enjoying my wealth in the United States of America with my family before I was approached to come and do this job as a governor.

Dasukigate: Metuh Wants Jonathan As Witness

•PDP chieftain files no case submission

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

NATIONAL Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has told a Federal High Court that the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) cannot prosecute him without inter­rogating former President Goodluck Jonathan regarding the source of the N400 million alleged to be part of arms purchase funds.

Metuh, who has filed a no case submission asking the court to discharge him from the seven- count money laundering charge preferred against him and his company, Destra Investment Limited, said the Prosecution Witness (PW5) evidence that presentation for which money was paid was made to Jonathan makes the investigation of his role as well as his evidence vital and indeed crucial without which no prima facie case can conceivably be said to have been made out. Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) led Metuh’s defence team.

INEC Declares Kogi Senatorial Rerun Election Inconclusive

There was confusion in the political circle of Kogi state on Sunday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the two senatorial rerun elections in the state inconclusive.
The commission had in Saturday conducted the elections in Kogi East and Kogi West senatorial districts.

However as the people eagerly waited for the results to be declared, the commission again said no result could be declared as the elections were inconclusive.
Declaring the result of the Central senatorial district, the returning officer, Mr Salihu James, said Ahmed Salau Ogembe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 45, 468, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi of the Progressive People Aliance (PPA) 31, 163, while Dr. Moses Wakili of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 9, 962.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Creating The Devil In Their Own Image (must read)

This comment was chosen by Mod HS from the post “International Military Review – Syria, Feb. 18, 2016”.  The moderator believes this comment reflects the West’s obsession with President Vladimir Putin and how their media demonizes him.  The commenter, mmiriww,responds to the article written by Sharon Tennison. where she shares her thoughts as the Ukraine situation worsened. Unconscionable misinformation and hype was being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin. Journalists and pundits scoured the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both. Wherever Sharon makes presentations across America, she finds the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, “What about Putin?”.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Putin explains Russian forces' Objectives in Syria

Russian military forces in Syria are destroying militants who have openly declared Russia to be their enemy and who do not conceal their plans to expand their activities onto territory of CIS countries, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. This statement was posted on February 20 on Kremlin’s web site.

“Our armed forces ought to be in constant readiness to quickly and appropriately react to potential threats, counter any provocation and aggression,” Putin said during his speech marking the Fatherland Defender’s Day celebrations at the Kremlin.

Chinese Rockets on disputed Islands in South China Sea

With the construction of a foothold in the South China Sea Beijing confirmed that it becomes the most serious military rival to the United States

Originally appeared at Politika, translated by A. Đurić exclusively for SouthFront

When the US Navy reconnaissance aircraft P-8A flew over coral reef in the South China sea in May last year, ignoring the warnings of Chinese warships, the crew filmed everything that was going on down there. Video showed dozens of cargo ships, full of stone blocks and gravel, around the reefs that the Chinese turned into an island. It was found that aero-naval base is being build, that the Chinese used coral reefs at seven positions to extend its territorial waters and economic zone.

North Korea Fire Artillery Shorts inside South Korea - Seoul

The incident comes at a time when in coming month the US and South Korea will conduct an annual joint military drill. Today, the South Korea’s Defense Ministry has said in a statement that North Korea has fired artillery shots during a military exercise near a disputed maritime border. The statement also said that Saturday’s firing prompted Seoul to call on residents on the Baengnyeong Island to go into shelters. Baengnyeong is situated less than 20 kilometers at its closest point to the North’s shore. The incident comes at a time when in coming month the US and South Korea will conduct an annual joint military drill. It is expected that some 15,000 US troops will take part in the two-phased exercises, known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle.

Ukrainian Military fires on Donetsk Violating ceasfire deal

It is reported by the defense ministries of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics that after the sixth ceasefire was announced on December 23, the Ukrainian military violated the truce 120 times.

Today, a source at defense authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told that the Ukrainian military shelled the Staromikhailovka settlement to the west of Donetsk from 152-mm artillery.