Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Russian response to a double declaration of war - Saker

art: Josetxo Ezcurra

The context: a double declaration of war 

Listening to Poroshenko a few days ago and then to Obama at the UNGA can leave no doubt whatsoever about the fact that the AngloZionist Empire is at war with Russia.  Yet many believe that the Russian response to this reality is inadequate.  Likewise, there is a steady stream of accusations made against Putin about Russia's policy towards the crisis in the Ukraine.  What I propose to do here is to offer a few basic reminders about Putin, his obligations and his options.

Lagos may Prosecute TB Joshua

The Lagos State Government has set up a coroner of inquest for the purpose of investigating the cause of the September 12 Synagogue Church of All Nation’s building collapse.

And according to PUNCH, this was made known in a statement credited to the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, on Sunday. In the statement, Ipaye had instigated the coroner’s inquest pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s System Law No. 7 of 2007. The coroner of inquest, headed by Magistrate O. A. Komolafe, has been charged with the duty of establishing the cause of the collapse of Synagogue’s six-storey building that killed no fewer than 115 persons.

Poroshenko: No Federalization in Ukraine Considered, Only Local Councils' Extended Powers

Ukrainian authorities consider only delegating powers to the local councils and setting up a special zone in Donbass for three years, as a part of decentralization process, not federalization, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told "1+1" TV channel Sunday.

"I can reassure that neither sovereignty issue, nor the issues of Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence are on the agenda. Ukraine is and will be an integral state. No federalization is considered – Ukraine will remain an inclusive and unitary state. Today we speak about delegating certain powers to the local councils. This is my plan of power decentralization," Poroshenko told "1+1" TV channel.

Iran Reports Prevention of BBC’s Stealing Documents

 Iran has prevented an attempt by BBC to steal documents from government archives, PressTV channel reported Iranian authorities as saying Sunday.
"The hostile network of the BBC – against the mores and regulations of media and international law – attempted to steal historical documents from formal archive centers through its local dependents," the report of PressTV Iranian channel read, citing a statement by Iran's intelligence department. However, there were no further details in the report.

Taliban Kills Australian Citizen: Reports

An Australian citizen has been captured and killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, his family told Guardian Australia in an interview.

"I want the government to find out how the Taliban knew how my dad was going back to Kabul. It is obvious they got a report about him, because they went onto the minibus and said "Sayed Habib, get up,'" Kubra Mosawi, daughter of Sayed Habib who was killed, said Sunday. "He wasn't anything to do with the government there. They just wanted to stop him coming back to Australia. I don't want anyone else to experience this. Every minute we think of my brother's family who are still there, I can't study or work because of the stress of it."

Activists Storm Al Jazeera’s Office in Beirut: Reports

Lebanese army soldiers on armoured carriers and military vehilces advance towards the Sunni Muslim border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley as part of reinforcements August 5, 2014.
Mohamed Alaeddin - Activists, calling themselves "Omega Team", stormed the Beirut office of the TV channel Al Jazeera Sunday in protest against the insults, addressed to the Lebanese army.
According to the TV channel, Al Jazeera journalist Faisal al-Qassem wrote on one of his social network accounts that "the achievements of the Lebanese army since its foundation are the video clip with Najwa Karam [a famous Lebanese singer] and the arson attack on the camp for Syrian refugees in Ersal [a city on the border with Syria].

Netanyahu Leaves for US to Refute Abbas's Accusations, Warn of Threats From Iran

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left for the US to address the UN General Assembly Monday, pledging to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's accusations of genocide and warn international community of threats from Iran's nuclear program.
"In my address to the UN General Assembly, I will refute all of the lies, being directed at us, and I will tell the truth about our state and about the heroic soldiers of the IDF, the most moral army in the world," The Times of Israel reported Netanyahu as saying Sunday, before boarding a plane to New York.

US-led Airstrikes Target Syrian Gas Plant

The US-led coalition's airstrikes have targeted the major gas plant in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"The international coalition has for the first time struck the entrance and prayer area of the Koniko gas plant. It is under IS control, and is the largest in Syria," director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said Sunday.

The strike "did not kill any jihadists, though it did injure some of them," he added.
Koniko plant is considered to be the biggest gas plant in Syria, providing supplies to the Jander Power Plant in Homs.

Expert: Obama Most Militaristic President US Has Ever Seen

Barak Obama placed Russia second on the list of new global dangers, with ISIS coming in third. What kind of rhetoric is that and why would the US President opt to revive the Cold War customs? Radio VR is discussing the subject with US historian and authorWilliam Blum and US political analyst Paul Craig Roberts.

We’ll recover Ekiti from PDP, says Fayemi

The All Progressives Congress has vowed not to allow strangers to take over Ekiti State.
Its Chairman in the state, Chief Jide Awe, said during the state Congress in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, that the party had “men and women of honour who are going to be at the vanguard of this struggle” to upturn the emergence of Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party as the state governor-elect.


PDP can’t win Rivers, APC replies Jonathan

 The Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, explained that the President’s optimism was not in line with the realities on the ground in Rivers.

THE All Progressives Congress has described as ridiculous President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that the Peoples Democratic Party will recover Rivers and Edo States from the hands of the APC in the 2015 and 2016 governorship elections. 

War on Terror: 1,200 Nigerian security personnel leave for Russia

By Ben Agande
About 1,200 Nigerian security personnel including members of the Armed Forces, the police and members of the Department of State Services, DSS, have so far left Abuja for anti-insurgent training in Russia.
Their departure for training as Special Forces, security sources said, followed alleged snub or nonchalant attitude of both the United Kingdom and United States towards Nigeria in her fight against Boko Harm terrorists.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that 400 security personnel left the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in a chattered aircraft at about 5pm weekend, accompanied by top security officers as well as Russian instructors who had been in the country to part of the initial selection process for the officers and men that would take part in the training.Army-Jonathan


The miasma of corruption & nefariousness in Government !

"I have always argued the corner that both the Southern and Northern ruling class/elite in Nigeria are a classic case of "to pull devil, pull baker".

Each of the pair is as bad and big a rogue as the other. It is now clear to all and sundry that no matter what part of the country produces a leader, the leader is part of the rotten system. A bad tree will always produce rotten fruits, no matter what part of the tree you care to pick your fruits from.

Nigeria has always been found wanting in radical disciplined visionary leadership, and no society can produce effective leadership when both citizenry and politicians/business men/religious leaders are rotten to the core. Any leadership is as good or as a bad as its people. A leadership will always reflect the predisposition of the people.

Liberian Health Minister Quarantines Self after her Office Assistant Died of Ebola

Liberia's chief medical officer, who is also a deputy health minister, has put herself in quarantine as a precaution against Ebola after one of her assistants died from the disease. According to Reuters, Bernice Dahn is the latest senior West African medical official to be directly affected by an outbreak of Ebola, which has killed over 3,000 people as it spreads across most of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
"She has placed herself under self observation due to the fact that her special assistant contracted the virus," Isaac Jackson, Liberia's deputy information minister, told Reuters. Jackson said that the government praised Dahn's decision to come forward to be monitored after potentially coming into contact with the disease. "

Thumbs Up For The Armed Forces

NEWS of the chains of victories recorded by the Nigerian armed forces against the Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in the North East is not only a thing of delight, it is also a source of great relief. These victories, achieved in theatres of operation in Adamawa and Borno states, climaxed with the elimination of the man who paraded himself as Abubakar Shekau in the battle for the reclamation of Konduga town in Borno.

Photos: Pres. GEJ commissions a portion of Benin-Ore road

 President Jonathan was in Benin, Edo state yesterday where he commissioned the Benin-Ofosu dual carriage road, a part of the Benin-Ore expressway in Edo state. He also paid a courtesy call to the Oba of Benin and welcomed a former chieftain of the APC, Chief Tom Ikimi to the PDP. Carry on to see more photos from the event...

Man beheads woman, claims men from deceased’s village r@ped his wife

32-year-old Chinedu Nweke (pictured above) has been arrested for beheading 45-year-old Philomina Nwega in Ebonyi State. Nweke claimed he committed the heinous crime to avenge the serial rape of his wife by men in the murdered woman’s village.

According to Sunday Sun, the horrible incident happened on September 6th in Umuzeoka village in Ezza North LGA of  Ebonyi State. Recounting the bizarre tale, Nweke, a farmer, said men from the village had raped his wife severally, alleging that the repeated vicious act led to a miscarriage.

Insurance tycoon & IGI CEO Remi Olowude passes away

Insurance guru and vice chairman/CEO of IGI, Remi Olowude died in early hours of today Sunday September 28th in a hospital in the US. Mr Olowude have been ill for some time before he died. 
Sun re o, Ase !

Nigerian troops capture deadly armored tank from Boko Haram

Nigerian troops captured this monstrous T-55 armored tank pictured above and a highly sophisticated Armored Personnel Carrier from Boko Haram members on Friday September 26th as they tried to invade Maiduguri, the Borno state capital through Konduga.

According to reports, the sect members approached Konduga with the tank after seeing that they were losing the gun battle with the troops. Over 100 militants were killed and a few soldiers also lost their lives in the battle that lasted several hours.

US, Allied Military Forces Launch New Series of IS Attacks in Syria: US Central Command

The United States and partner nation military forces have continued to attack Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria, conducting a new series of airstrikes, the US Central Command stated in an official news release on Sunday.

Forces are using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to carry out the attacks. An IS vehicle was destroyed south of Al-Hasakah in Syria in addition to several buildings in the area part of an IS garrison, the release confirmed. An IS command and control facility near Manbij has also been damaged. Additional buildings and vehicles along with a garrison, airfield and training camp used by the IS jihadists were also hit by the attacks.

Three students shot & in criticial condition after gunmen storm ESUT

Three students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Agbani, are in critical condition at the the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) after being shot and wounded by suspected armed bandits who invaded their hostel, The Nation reports.

The affected students are currently undergoing intensive surgery at the hospital where they were rushed to in the early hours of Saturday. One of the students was shot in the stomach and it was suspected that some pellets of the bullet were lodged in his abdomen for which doctors are battling to remove.

Tanks Patrolling Streets of Kharkiv After Court Bans Peace March

Tanks have started patrolling the streets of Kharkiv, reads the statement posted on the website of Ukraine's Interior Office in Kharkiv on Saturday.
"To augment measures to guard public order, the chief administration of Ukraine's Interior Office in Kharkiv has made a decision to put tanks belonging to the vehicle fleet of the police to the patrolling of the city streets," reads the statement.

Syria Unsure About US Hidden Agenda, Despite US Notices Damascus About Its Airstrikes

- The United States have informed Damascus about their airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militant group positions, but it does not mean that Syria accepts the motion, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told journalists on Saturday.

“Anyway, if their aim is to strike against ISIS, it's OK. But we still have our doubts about their hidden agenda,” Muallem said

Activist: Ukrainian Police, Security Service Violently Disperse Peace March in Zaporizhia

Police and representatives of Ukraine's Security Service (SSU) have violently dispersed the March of Peace in Zaporizhia, southeastern Ukraine, Igor Sysoenko, Chairman of the all-Ukrainian non-governmental organization "Youth, Society and Power, told RIA Novosti on the phone.
"The police, SSU and the Right Sector are violently dispersing the march," Sysoenko said. "We have asked for permission, but they turned us down; we keep on applying."
According to Sysoenko, they arrested him in Zaporizhia and threatened "to break his arms and legs". They also took away his car.

Lavrov: US Openly Declares Right for Unilateral Use of Military Force

– The United States has openly declared its right to use military force unilaterally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
"Washington has openly declared its right to use military force unilaterally and wherever it sees fit in order to protect its own interests. Military involvement has become normal, even though all military operations launched by the United States in recent years have been unfortunate," Lavrov said.

Peace March in Ukraine: ‘They Did Not Let Us Speak Against War’

A "March of Peace" was held in the largest cities in Ukraine, which called for an end of the "blind war", conducted by Kiev southeast the country. Hundreds of activists came onto the streets of Kiev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and others.

In some cities, however, the march had hardly begun when it was already over. The police dispersed and arrested the activists, while the representatives of the Right Sector made it clear that they would not let the peace protest happen.

Kiev swapping detained civilians for Ukrainian servicemen

The prisoner exchanges are taking place daily in eastern Ukraine in line with the September 5 ceasefire agreement signed during the ‪#‎OSCE‬-mediated talks in Belarusian capital Minsk.
Lacking enough prisoners of war among self-defense militias to be exchanged for Ukrainian servicemen, Kiev is releasing mixed groups of civilians who have been taken hostage for various reasons, The New York Times has reported.

The US and its Coalition Created, Trained and Funded IS: Political Analyst

As the US-led coalition launched its airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Daniel McAdams explained that it was the US and several of its coalition partners who had originally created the group.
“Essentially it was the US and the so-called coalition that is fighting the IS right now that created, funded and trained IS in the first place,” he told OOB's source. “So how can you be for and against an organization at the same time? Saudi Arabia and Qatar particularly were involved in training, finding and providing weapons to this organization. How can we believe that they are all of a sudden interested in ending this organization?”


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