Thursday, September 18, 2014

Obama: US to Arm, Train Syrian Rebels To Fight Islamic State





US President Barack Obama said late on Thursday Washington will arm and train Syrian rebels to effectively oppose the violent Islamic State (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL) insurgency.

“We had already ramped up our assistance, including military assistance, to the Syrian opposition. With this new effort, we’ll provide training and equipment to help them grow stronger and take on ISIL terrorists inside Syria,” Obama said in a statement on the passage of his bill in the Congress.
“This program will be hosted outside of Syria, in partnership with Arab countries, and it will be matched by our increasing support for Iraqi government and Kurdish forces in Iraq,” Obama explained.

Shetland Says No to Scottish Independence





Scotland’s Shetland voted against leaving the United Kingdom, shows the council area’s results released in the early hours of Friday. "No" wins by 9,951 votes to 5,669. That is a vote share of 64 percent for "No" and 36 percent for "Yes". The turnout was 15,620. On Thursday, people in Scotland were voting in the historical independence referendum. Voters were given a ballot paper with the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and the "Yes" or "No" options. Official results expected to be announced between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. local time on Friday

Glasgow Shows Only 75% Turnout in Scottish Independence Vote




In Glasgow, the turnout in Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum was only 75 percent, which is lower than was expected. The turnout was announced by the head by a local election commission. At 10 p.m. local time (9:00 GMT), referendum polls closed at 5,579 voting stations in 32 councils across Scotland, with official results expected to be announced between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. local time on Friday. If the majority of Scots vote "yes" in the referendum, then on March 24, 2016, Scotland will become independent from the United Kingdom.

Scots in Inverclyde Vote Against Independence With 50.1%





The Inverclyde council area, located in the west central Lowlands, has voted ‘No’ to Scottish independence, according to the reports released early Friday. The "No" vote in Inverclyde wins by 27,329 to 27,243 - that's 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent. The total turnout in the council area stood at 87.4 percent. On Thursday, people in Scotland were voting in the historic independence referendum. Voters were given a ballot paper with the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and the "yes" or "no" options. Five of 32 Scotland’s council areas have declared their results so far. All five said “No” to Scotland leaving the United Kingdom. Official results are expected to be announced between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. local time on Friday. If the majority of Scots votes "yes" in the referendum, then on March 24, 2016, Scotland will become independent from the United Kingdom.

West Dunbartonshire Says Yes to Independence





Scots in the council area of West Dunbartonshire have been the second to say a resounding “yes” to Scottish independence, with 54 percent supporting Scotland’s secession from the 307-year-old union, according to the newest results. The “yes” vote has defeated unity supporters, who polled 46 percent, winning 33,720 to 28,776 votes. The turnout stood at 87.9 percent. On Thursday, people in Scotland were voting in the historic independence referendum. Voters were given a ballot paper with the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and the "yes" or "no" options. If the majority of Scots votes "yes" in the referendum, then on March 24, 2016, Scotland will become independent from the United Kingdom.

Scots in Dundee Council Area Vote in Favor of Independence





The council area of Dundee City has returned first Yes vote on Scottish independence referendum, according to the returns released early Friday.  The "Yes" vote in Dundee, the fourth-largest city in Scotland by population, polled 57 percent, with “No” claiming 43 percent (53,620 to 39,880 votes).
Total votes cast were 93,592, which is a turnout of 78.8 percent.  On Thursday, people in Scotland were voting in the historic independence referendum. Voters were given a ballot paper with the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and the "Yes" or "No" options.
Official results are expected to be announced between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. local time on Friday.
If the majority of Scots vote "Yes" in the referendum, then on March 24, 2016, Scotland will become independent from the United Kingdom.

On a lighter note: the BBC propaganda is still the best



The BBC is still the best!


Yup!  They did write it: Obama will send in "3,000 troops, to help fight the virus".   Yes, I know what they meant by that, but look what Josetxo sent me this morning (-: apparently, he reads my mind :-)

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Malaysian Flight MH17 crash analysis, by The Russian Union of Engineers





Malaysian Flight MH17 crash analysis, by The Russian Union of Engineers

This is an excellent detailed analysis of the MH17 tragedy by the Russian Union of Engineers which quite frankly illustrates how heavily censored the Dutch “report” is.

We will let you digest this report and come to your own conclusion, which in all likelihood will explain the infamous high velocity projectiles whitewash pumped out by the western “press”.
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Ukraine SITREP September 18, 17:30 UTC/Zulu: infighting everywhere



The situation in the Ukraine today is one of chaotic infighting in Novorussia and Banderastan.

Novorussia:




Aleksandr Zakharchenko
The first sign of trouble became visible with Strelkov had to urgently come back to Donetsk to prevent the behind-the-scenes negotiations apparently taking place between some officials of the DNR and Ukie oligarchs including Akhmetov.  Then came the news of the sudden removal of Strelkov followed by an almost simultaneous removal of most of the Novorussian leadership.  In spite of that, the Novorussian leadership (Zakharchenko & Co.) appeared to be more than worthy successors to Strelkov and they did a stellar job implementing the counter-offensive plans apparently developed by Strelkov.  Then came the Minsk negotiations with little-covered reports of an attempted coup by Vladimir Antiufeev who, before that, had been in charge of state security under Strelkov.  Apparently, this coup was directed at Zakharchenko and it failed.  What then happened to Antiufeev is still unclear, at least to me.  Last I read he was being interrogated.

Boko Haram Plans To Use Mechanics, Car Wash Centers To Plant Bombs In Cars




Aftermath the heavy defeats inflicted on Boko Haram insurgents in recent weeks, indications have emerged that the group are recruiting auto-mechanic and car wash operators across the country with a view to using their centers as loading bays to plant IEDS’ on vehicles of unsuspecting members of the public to cause havoc.


The objective is to hit at some top government establishment and functionaries as well as military and police locations in other parts of the country outside the North East epicenter of the insurgency to divert attention from the increasingly successful onslaught on the group in recent days.

Towards this end, Intelligence sources told Vanguard that the Boko Haram group have infiltrated the ranks of many of the operators and bought them over with very mouth watering sums of money to look the other way when the explosives were being planted on the vehicles.
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High ranking Boko Haram member captured, 60 members killed by military





 A top ranking person in terror group, Boko Haram, was yesterday September 17th captured by the military after an unsuccessful attempted attack on Konduga in Borno state. The sect members actually made an additional attempt into Konduga following the military celebrated its victory against them yesterday afternoon. The captured terror leader happens to be at a military facility where he's receiving treatment.
 
In a related development, one soldier was killed after an ambush was laid by the sect members in Benishek, Borno state. Four motorcycles were captured from the terror group following the attack. See tweet after the break.

Nigeria Police Force Refutes Amnesty International Report !




The attention of the Nigeria Police has been drawn to an on-line publication entitled ‘Welcome to Hell-Fire’: torture and other ill-treatment in Nigeria. While we do not question the freedom of Amnesty International to earn its relevance and bread, the Nigeria Police takes serious exceptions to some blatant falsehoods and innuendoes contained in that report.

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GEJ's steward among 305 people to get National Honours




President Jonathan has approved the award of 2013/2014 National Honours to 305 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria. One of those to be award is the Head Presidential Steward, Mr Isaac Onuh, who will be awarded Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).

The award ceremony will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Find the list of all the awardees after the cut...
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Exclusive: America Has Been Secretly Frustrating Efforts To End Boko Haram




***America has kept posturing to the world that they are helping us to fight Boko Haram. But that is far from the truth. We have money to buy all the arms we need but the U.S. has continued to stand in our way. They won’t let us buy arms and they are also discouraging other countries from selling to us.

The Nigerian government opted for a discreet purchase of arms with cash as a desperate measure after the American government allegedly blocked all legitimate arms order made by the military, high ranking military officers and top administration officials have told PREMIUM TIMES.
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Fuel queues may resurface by weekend




Queues of motorists at petrol filling stations may resurface at the weekend if the ongoing strike by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation branches of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria is not called off.

The strike, which commenced on Monday, was as a result of the withdrawal of the operating licence of the NNPC/Department of Petroleum Resources’ closed pension scheme.
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Ogun: Amosun, Daniel clash over ex-gov’s state of origin





The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his immediate predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on Wednesday traded words over the latter’s state of origin.
The governor, who was on a working tour to Odeda Local Government Area of the state had said while addressing the crowd of party supporters that Daniel was not a native of Ogun State. He claimed the ex-governor was a Nigerian of Isoko extraction in Delta State.
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15 soldiers get 4yrs imprisonment for refusing to fight Boko Haram



15 Nigerian soldiers who refused orders from their superior to go to the war front and fight members of the insurgency group, Boko Haram in Adamawa state recently, were yesterday September 17th sentenced to 4 years imprisonment by a military court that sat at the 23rd Armoured Brigade in Yola in Adamawa state. The sentenced soldiers who had been in detention for over three weeks were convicted on charges ranging from insubordination, dereliction of duty and refusal to undertake order assigned to them in the war against the sect members.

PDP adopt Pres. GEJ as sole candidate for 2015 elections



Every politician seeking to contest in next year's presidential election should join other parties as President Jonathan has just been chosen as PDP's sole candidate for the 2015 elections. Members of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party adopted him this afternoon in a meeting (which continues to be going on) at the party's national headquarters in Abuja.
The President, VP Sambo, Senate President, and many PDP governors are in the meeting

Seized $9.3 million: Nigerian government’s explanations flawed – South Africa -





Investigators in South Africa have dismissed Nigerian government’s explanations of the purpose of the $9.3 million cash seized from two Nigerians and an Israeli as “flawed and riddled with discrepancies”. The suspects told South African authorities that the money was meant for the procurement of arms for Nigerian intelligence agencies. “…
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Highly graphic Images : See pics of Boko Haram militants killed by Nigerian troops




 See more photos bellow.

Air France Cancels Over 70% of Flights to Russia Due to Strike




More than 70 percent of Air France's flights to Russia were canceled on Thursday because of a strike by its pilots, the airline stated on its website.

"Due to the call for strike action by several pilot unions, from September 15 to 22, our flight schedule operated by Air France is disrupted as of Monday, September 15, 2014," the company said in a statement.

Out of 16 flights to Moscow, only five will be carried out. One flight to St. Petersburg was also canceled. Overall, Air France plans to operate 42 percent of its flights on Thursday, company spokeswoman Catherine Jude told journalists Wednesday.
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Russia Calls Law on Special Status of Donbas 'Step in Right Direction'





Russia views the recent Ukrainian law on special status of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk region as a step in the right direction, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
"This document is regarded by Russia as a step in the right direction and in line with the agreements outlined in the Geneva joint statement by Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the EU on April 17, as well as in the Berlin declaration of July 2," the ministry said in a statement.
"It creates a foundation for the launch of a comprehensive constitutional process in Ukraine, including the start of a dialogue aimed at facilitating the national reconciliation in that country," the statement said.
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Scotland Decides Its Future as 5,579 Polling Stations Open





Polling stations for the referendum on Scottish independence have opened in Scotland at 7:00 a.m. BST (06:00 GMT) and will remain open till 10:00 p.m. BST (21:00 GMT) on Thursday.

"Polling places are busiest during the early morning and in the evening as people vote on their way to and from work. If you are able to avoid these times, I would encourage you to do so to ensure everyone can vote without having to queue," Scotland's Chief Counting Officer for the referendum Mary Pitcaithly states. A total of 4,285,323 people have registered to vote in the referendum and the turnout is expected to exceed 80%.
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Scots ‘Deeply Fortunate’ to Be Able to Vote for Independence: Pro-Independence Campaign



The Scottish people are "deeply fortunate" to be able to express their desire for independence in a peaceful, democratic way, Stuart Nicholson, a spokesman for pro-Scottish independence leader, Alex Salmond, told RIA Novosti Thursday.
"We are deeply fortunate as a nation that we have the opportunity to gain our nation's independence in such a profoundly democratic way…and not through conflict as has been the case with so many nations, including the United States itself," Nicholson said.
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Russia’s Rosatom Ready to Produce Fresh Water Using Nuclear Energy





Russia's Rusatom Overseas, the subsidiary of the Russian state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom, is ready to help fight global lack of fresh water by constructing water desalination facilities abroad, using the nuclear technologies and the unique competence of Russian experts, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
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Delta state lawmaker walked out of Assembly for improper dressing




A Man in the Delta State House of Assembly, Keston Okoro, was  September 18th sent from the floor of the Assembly for improper dressing. Leadership reports that House Speaker Peter Onwunsanya gave the order after having a member of the house, Daniel Mayuku raised an objection to the mode of dressing of the lawmaker, saying that his dressing fell lacking the guidelines and regulations of the House.
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Four people die in Kebbi after police rescue foreign national suspected of being a ritualist



Below is a press release from The Force Headquarters

Today at about 12noon, a group of villagers in Kamba, Kebbi State, were about to lynch a national of Niger Republic, named Adamu Gaya, on suspicion of involvement in an alleged ritual murder of a young girl. The Police rescued and brought him into protective custody. 

However, irate villagers attacked the Police station and destroyed the communication base. They also burnt two (2) Police vehicles, and nine (9) motorcycles.

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