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Image result for nigeria tanksNigeria: Armsgate – How Dasuki Paid Friends N5.6 Billion for 22 Tanks
Daily Trust (Abuja), by John Chuks Azu, 8 March 2017

A prosecution witness yesterday narrated how former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, paid N5.6billion to companies owned by his friends to purchase 22 military tanks.

The witness, Hassan Saidu, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was testifying in the trial of Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former aide to Dasuki; Wolfgang Reinl, the General Manager of Geonel Integrated Services Ltd, Barrister Edidiong Ediong and Sagir Mohammed.

Other companies arraigned are: Unity Continental Nigeria Ltd, Helpline Organisation, Vibrant Resources Ltd and Sologic Integrated Services Ltd. EFCC claimed that younger brother to the former NSA, Abubakar Ibrahim Dasuki, retired Col. Bello Fadile and Bello Abayomi are still at large. (more…)

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Amina Mohammed sworn-in as UN Deputy Sec-GenNigeria: Amina Mohammed to Assume Duty At UN
From The Guardian

Ms Amina Mohammed, the immediate past Minister of Environment, will be sworn-in on Tuesday as the UN Deputy Secretary-General at the UN Headquarters in New York, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mohammed, who was appointed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Dec. 15, 2016 as his deputy, was supposed to have assumed office on Jan. 1, 2017. She, however, delayed the assumption of her new role at the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to complete some ongoing responsibilities she was handling at that time.

Guterres had, while announcing Mohammed alongside two other women appointees, described them as “highly competent”.

“I am happy to count on the efforts of these three highly competent women, whom I have chosen for their strong backgrounds in global affairs, development, diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian action. (more…)

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Image result for aristide and chavezHAITI & VENEZUELA–COUP & EMPIRE (Part II)
by Stan Goff

Part 1 Here

Class and Complexity in Haiti

In this part of the world, it never pays to be intellectually lazy on these issues. They’re tricky.

Haiti has two predominant ruling classes, one based on land and one based on money. Duvalier’s base was among the landed class that exploited peasants in a sharecropping system. Their dominance was challenged by the mechanized capitalist form of agriculture that was imposed on much of the island in conjunction with the 19-year US Marine occupation of Haiti from 1915-1934. This accounts for Duvalier’s hostility to the US, which was only resolved when both Duvalier and the US were alarmed by a leftist uprising in Haiti. Duvalier massacred the communists, and from then on the US and Papa Doc were on fine terms. 9http://www .iacenter.org/haiti/ray-intv.htm)

But the class of cosmopolitans in Haiti who have survived through international trade sought the lowest price for export crops grown on these tenant plots, while the big landowners sought the highest price, (more…)

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Image result for karl roveKARL ROVE: THE KING OF DIRT
The Turd Blossom’s Chickens May Come To Roost
By Wayne Madsen, 2003

After many years as a privacy advocate and author of privacy books, I now reluctantly believe that there’s one citizen of the United States who is not entitled to any privacy or solitude, but should be subjected to a relentless campaign of intimidation, harassment, and knavery. In other words, patriotic Americans who believe in fair play should — within the bounds of the law — make this person’s life a living hell.

The target for such a campaign is Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s political Svengali, and the chief instigator of character assassination campaigns against those who challenge the policies of the Bush administration. Democrats, progressives and the liberally inclined must learn to fight fire with fire, Rove tactics against Rove tactics. This evil practitioner of political chicanery earned his stripes first as an apprentice of (more…)

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South Africa: FW De Klerk & Friends to Government – Stop Creating Bogeymen and Start Addressing Real Issues
By REBECCA DAVIS, Feb. 2017

It’s 27 years this week since FW de Klerk announced the unbanning of the ANC, but South Africa’s last apartheid president isn’t done talking yet. At the annual conference of his foundation in Cape Town, De Klerk did not mince his words when describing his fears for the white population of the country. Economist Moeletsi Mbeki urged the government to stop scapegoating and to abandon a posture of “victimhood”. Pepkor billionaire Christo Wiese, meanwhile, expressed a need for a business-friendly environment.

FW de Klerk has made no secret of his differences with South Africa’s current government in recent years, but on Thursday he delivered perhaps his harshest condemnation to date. In front of a well-heeled, majority white audience in Cape Town – including the likes of South Africa’s richest woman Wendy Appelbaum and (more…)

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Image result for thatcherSECTION IV: HISTORICAL ISSUES
Margaret Thatcher and the EU
By David Ramiro Troitiño

Margaret Thatcher has been one of the most influential politicians in the European building process. Many people still share her ideas today and her participation in such issues as the Single European Act or the solution of the British question has consequences concerning our lives. So the reason to discuss this subject is not just to explain her attitude towards Europe and the EU, as that is already well known, but to explain the context of her decisions and especially to explain the consequences of her actions and ideas in the current European Union.

Thatcher was continuously a champion of the euro skeptics, a defender of national sovereignty and the independence of the EU member states from the European institutions. Her basic idea of Europe was related to loyalty and the transfer of this loyalty from the national to the European level. She considered the EU a utopia that could endanger our societies, our liberties, and our ways of life. (more…)

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Margaret Thatcher, prime minister, in 1980. Photograph: PA/PA Archive

UK reimbursed in excess of €111 billion by EU since 1985
By Georgi Gotev, 2016

Thanks to the “UK rebate” won by Margaret Thatcher, over the last three decades, the United Kingdom has been reimbursed more than €111 billion from the EU budget […].

[In] the Brexit referendum, the European Commission missed the chance to highlight the fact that the UK has the best deal with the EU. Based on publicly available data, calculations show that beginning in 1985, when it was used for the first time, until 2014, the last year for which budget data is available, London was refunded a total of €111,124.10, or £85.5 billion, by Brussels. This is roughly the yearly amount of the EU budget.

Credit goes to Margaret Thatcher, who on 25 June 1984, at the Fontainebleau European Council, snatched the so-called “UK rebate”, by threatening to halt payments to the Communities budget unless she didn’t get a rebate. (more…)

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