Monday, September 26, 2016

Superficiality as a Path to God: on conflating contemporary violent groups with historical Sunnism

Note by the Saker: I was recently contacted by a reader of this blog who, while praising the overall contents of the blog, also expressed regret at what he perceived was a pro-Shia bias resulting from what, both my correspondent and I agreed, were a number of objective circumstances, including many legitimate ones.  Still, my correspondent expressed regret at this bias and I decided to offer him a chance to present his point of view on historical Sunnism.  He kindly accepted and we have agreed that I would post here a 3-part series on historical Sunnism, the first one posted today.  I am deeply grateful to Anwar for the opportunity to educate me and many others on historical Sunnism and to help us all to better appreciate the immense diversity and richness of traditional Islam (as opposed to the maniacal takfirism of the liver-eating “moderate terrorists” of Daesh & Co.).

We will get out of our problems- Pres Buhari assures African Development Bank

President Buhari today said Nigeria has the people and the resources to surmount her economic problems. Receiving President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, at State House, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari said:
"God has given us people and resources. It will take hard work on our part, but we will make it. We will get out of our problems. We are determined to produce what we eat, and stop importation. We will also chase those who stole, and get them to refund."

Proxy Media Forces: Al Jazeera Releases Fake Footage From ‘bombed Hospital’ In Eastern Aleppo

While US-backed ‘moderate opposition’ groups torture people in the city of Homs, the Qatari state-run broadcaster ‘Al Jazeera’ supports the US-led media campaign against the Syrian government forces’ anti-terrorist operations in Aleppo city.
The footage below (released by Al Jazeera) should depict some ‘bombed hospital’ in the militant-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo city.
Let’s look at the “injured” guy on the right:
Now, you know all what you need about the well-known ‘independent’ coverage of the conflict by the mainstream media.

Russia’s Air Power Bombing Al-nusra Terrorists North Of Aleppo City

Today, the Russian Aerospace Forces have reportedly delivered some 30 air stikes on the targets belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) ad the group’s allies near the Handarat refugee camp, located north of Aleppo city.

NATO Ammunition and 'Guns of Hell': Rare Glimpse of Handarat Camp in Aleppo

In a pitched battle, the Syrian army, assisted by al-Quds militia brigades recaptured a Palestinian refugee camp on Saturday in the north-eastern suburbs of Aleppo. However, by Sunday morning the territory had fallen back under control of the rebels.

RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Alaeddin visited the Handarat camp almost immediately after its liberation and interviewed several of the fighters who had helped capture it.

Russian MoD Presents Radar Data From MH17 Crash Site

A company that produces radiolocation radars and the Russian Defense Ministry presented radar data that was gathered in the airspace over the MH17 plane crash, which occurred on July 17, 2014 and claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

Damascus Has Audio of Daesh Talks With US Military Before Strike on Syrian Army

The Syrian intelligence possesses an audio recording of conversation between Daesh terrorists and US military prior to the Washington-led coalition's airstrikes on the government troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People's Council of Syria said Monday.

Another judge hands off Kanu's case pending NJC's investigation

 Today, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, handed off the case of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and returned the case file to the Chief Judge for re-assignment.

Kanu's lead counsel, Chuks Muoma (SAN) told the court that it will only be proper for the court to suspend hearing of the case pending the outcome of investigation of the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Syrian Army foils massive ISIS attack in Deir Ezzor

DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (8:00 A.M.) - One day after seizing large parts of Jufrah Farms, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a wide-scale offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, targeting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) controlled districts and military sites.

ISIS began their assault by storming the last farms under the Syrian Army's control at Jufrah; this resulted in an intense series of clashes that lasted for more than 6 hours on Saturday.

EFCC links Patience Jonathan with 9 houses, 2 hotels, one plaza - The Nation

According to a new report, EFCC investigators probing ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan’s link with five choice buildings, including a N5billion hotel in Abuja, have unearthed seven additional properties believed to be owned by her.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Niger Delta Avengers blow up Bonny Export Line over FG's victimization of its people

A statement released on their website, by its spokesman, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, reads: On the 23rd September 2016, our strike team at 20:40PM hours time has brought down oil productions activities at the Bonny 48 inches crude oil Export Line.

This action is a signature to the over dramatization of the so-called dialogue and negotiation process on the side of Pres. Buhari and his government.

How Kidnappers Disguise As Police Man To Rob On The Streets Of Lagos

Friday, September 23, 2016

Les Deplorables

by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik News
Perplexed global public opinion holds its breath at the (circus) best American “democracy” is able to conjure: the first
cage match this coming Monday between a Queen of War profiting from a mighty (Clinton) Cash Machine and a billionaire uber-narcissist adored by a “basket of deplorables”.
This is a circus quite fitting for a self-described “indispensable nation” where “evil” has been propelled – seriously – to the status of philosophical category.

Why It Is Impossible For Buhari Stop Blaming Past Govts - Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has made excuses for President Muhammadu Buhari’s habit of reminiscing on the past and blaming past administrations for the economic turmoil in the country, saying “yesterday remains relevant in understanding today in order to make choices that make tomorrow different and better”.

Recession: Top 3 Nigerian National Assets Buhari Must Not Sell- RMAFC

The selling off of Nigeria’s national assets has been in many discussions over the past few days with many arguing in favor and others arguing against the idea.

The chairman of the Dangote group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is one of the voices in support of the selling of some of the national assets to tackle the recession, especially Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

He said: “The only way for us to get out of this recession is to make sure we move into action quickly; by diversifying the economy quickly.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Governors pass vote of confidence on the Minister of Budget and Minister of Finance

Today, the governors said Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, are not responsible for plunging the country into recession. This rubbishes the National Assembly’s call for the removal of the two ministers.

'Not a Game': US Flies More Nuclear Bombers Over Korean Peninsula

Following the US Defense Secretary’s warning that American troops are prepared to fight North Korea, the Pentagon has flown two bombers over the peninsula in a show of force.

"The slogan of US Forces Korea, many of you probably know, is 'fight tonight.' Not because that’s what we want to do, but because that’s what we have to be able to do and we are ready to do," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Monday.

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Ipob’s Threat Forces Bishops To Flee Anambra

THE five- day standing committee of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, ended abruptly in Awka Wednesday following the sit-at-home threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The meeting, attended by 170 Bishops from all the Dioceses in the country, was the highest decision-making gathering of the church and would have ended on Friday.

According to the IPOB threat, all markets, banks and other institutions would be shut and movement restricted in the entire South East geo-political zone.

Jilted Lover Commits Suicide In Mararaba

A man in his mid-30s, identified as Godwin, weekend, brought his own life to an early end at Kabayi, Mararaba, near Abuja. Reason: His wife allegedly jilted him. His relations, friends and neighbours were shocked by the development.

An investigation revealed that the victim, from Cross River State, lost his first wife sometimes ago and thereafter got hooked to the latest one who, he claimed, her uncaring behaviour made him to drink a poisonous substance called Otapiapia.

James Ngilari Remanded For N167m Fraud

A High Court sitting in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, has ruled that the former governor of Adamawa State, James Ngilari, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

A statement by the EFCC’s spokesman for the Gombe Zonal office, Gbenga Aroyehun, which was made available to newsmen in Bauchi, said that Justice Nathan Musa of the Adamawa State High Court, presided over the court sitting which sat in Yola on Wednesday.

FG to begin the payment of N5,000 this month, begins shortlisting candidates for 500,000 jobs

On Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed that the FG had commenced shortlisting candidates for the 500,000 jobs it promised. His words: “The process for the recruitment has started. About 1.2 million people applied.

EFCC Freezes Patience Jonathan’s Personal Account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen Patience Jonathan’s personal account, titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.

Impeccable sources within the agency told our correspondent on Wednesday that the move had become necessary due to the prima facie case established against the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.

Pictured! Fake Female Beggar And Son Arrested In Lagos

A fake street beggar, 40 years old Mrs Chinagoro Uwenke who uses her son to beg for alms was arrested by operatives of Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) at Oshodi Thursday.

Chairman of the Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP) while parading the suspect disclosed that there were many fake beggars pretending and deceiving innocent members of the public with different illnesses/diseases.

Recession: Osinbajo, Governors In Crucial Meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday held the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting with state governors and other council members in Abuja.

The meeting started at the Council Chamber of the State House around 11:10 am

About 23 State Governors were in attendance when the meeting started.