Sunday

Moscow bemused at US space 'hysteria' as Musk taunts Russia

CC™ Global News - Anna Smolchenko 

Moscow space officials on Sunday said they were puzzled by "hysteria" around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and US President Donald Trump vowed to beat it to Mars. 

On Saturday, SpaceX made history by becoming the world's first commercial company to send humans into orbit, leading Russia to lose its long-held monopoly on space travel. 

Musk lobbed a jab at Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian space chief who once said Washington may one day be forced to "deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline".  

"The trampoline is working," quipped Musk at a post-flight news conference alongside NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. 

Both men laughed. "It's an inside joke," Musk added. 

Rogozin remained conspicuously silent for most of Sunday but offered his congratulations to Bridenstine after the Crew Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts docked with the ISS. 

"It's safe to congratulate you at this point with a successful launch and docking. Bravo!" he tweeted. 

"Please convey my sincere greetings to @elonmusk (I loved his joke) and @SpaceX team. Looking forward to further cooperation!" 

In 2014, Rogozin, then deputy prime minister, mocked the lack of a US manned flight programme after Washington announced new sanctions against Moscow which included some space industries. 

While Russia saluted the United States, it also stressed Sunday it was puzzled by the frenzy unleashed by what many hailed as the dawn of a new era. 

"We don't really understand the hysteria sparked by the successful launch of a Crew Dragon spacecraft," Roscosmos spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko said. 

"What should have happened a long time ago happened," he added, tweeting excerpts of Trump's congratulatory speech. 

Speaking at the iconic Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the flawless SpaceX launch, Trump vowed that US astronauts would return to the Moon in 2024 "to establish a permanent presence and a launching pad to Mars".  

"And the first woman on the Moon will be an American woman and the first nation to land on Mars will be the United States of America," he said.  

"We are not going to be number two anywhere."  

The Russian space agency shot back, saying it was not planning to sit idle, either.  

"Already this year we will conduct tests of two new rockets and resume our lunar programme next year," Ustimenko tweeted. 

He did not elaborate but Rogozin has earlier said the country planned to conduct a new test launch of the Angara heavy carrier rocket this autumn.  

Rogozin has also said Russia is pressing ahead with the development of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Sarmat, also known as Satan 2 by NATO's classification. 

In 2018, President Vladimir Putin boasted that the Sarmat was one of the new Russian weapons that could render NATO defences obsolete. 

Russia had for many years enjoyed a monopoly as the only country able to ferry astronauts, and Saturday's launch meant the loss of a sizeable income. A seat in the Soyuz costs NASA around $80 million. 

Roscosmos insisted that the US still needed Moscow.  

"It's very important to have at least two possibilities to make it to the station. Because you never know...," Ustimenko said.  

Some officials in Moscow sought to downplay the US feat.

This is a flight to the International Space Station, not to Mars," said Alexey Pushkov, a member of the upper house of parliament.   

The Russian space programme sent the first man into space in 1961 and launched the first satellite four years earlier.  

But since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, it has been plagued by corruption scandals and a series of other setbacks, losing expensive spacecraft and satellites in recent years. 

The US launch and Musk's joke set Russian social media alight, with wits ridiculing Rogozin and the Russian space chief's name trending on Twitter.  

"How do you like this, Dmitry Rogozin?" one critic prodded.  

Source: AFP

Reorientation: A need for a new educational agenda for Africans

Professor Omoh T. Ojior, Ph.D.

The news that the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has enrolled at Nigeria's National Open University is pleasing because there is no end to learning. However, the report, on the other hand is disturbing because of one of the reasons the former Nigeria leader opted to go back to school to study for an MA and a Ph.D. degrees at this time in his life.

The report states that Chief Obasanjo has registered to study Christian Theology in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Further, the report reveals that Chief Obasanjo at 77, states that his primary reason is "to acquire knowledge, particularly in Christian Theology, not because I want to be a pastor but rather, to know God more and to be able to serve Him better." In other words, Retired General Olusegun Obasanjo is going back to school to study Christian religious theology to allow him to know God more in order to serve "Him/Her" (God) better.

To begin with, most of the Christian Theology is taken from the Bible. One is aware that the Bible, to most Nigerians is the word of God hence our former President want to study Christian Theology to know God more to help him serve God better. From historical records, we are able to state that the Bible is "Apart from its being a book of great historical and biographical interest, the Bible is, from Genesis to Revelation, in its inner or spiritual meaning, a record of the experiences and the development of the human soul and of the whole being of humankind; also it is a treatise on humanity's relation to God, the Creator and Father." (Read Charles Fillmore's Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, 1931, and Joseph Wheless' Is It God's Word?). 

So, the historical experiences as contained in the Bible will assist our Chief to know God more. Fine.

The purpose of this article is to show Nigerians that there is a serious need for an educational agenda that focuses on a new orientation of the minds of our people about what was before now. This is with a view to assisting in the development of new African perspectives of life as it relates to the type of Christianity that was brought to our land, Nigeria. Our effort here is not a criticism of any religion, rather the effort should be seen as trying to allow our people to see why our African ideas and ideals including our products and endeavors as a people should be respected.

You see, there is nothing wrong about one's desire to know God more with a view to relating and appreciating Him more. The problem one is having with Chief Obasanjo's choice is where he is channeling his focus to know more about the Divine nature of the Diffused Energies; the I Am that I Am; the Olorun Olodumare, and the Oluwa of the Yorubas; the Osinegba, Oghena, and the Omholua no ma mha kpo, of the Etsako people; the Chineke of the Igbos; the Ghanaians call HimHer, Mau; of course, the Egyptians call Him/Her, Ra; the Chinese have their own name, the Jews call Jehovah or Yahweh, and the Indians have theirs. 

I am sure the Russians have their own name for the Phenomenon which only the Europeans and Americans call, God. They popularized their name which now makes it look as if their own name for Him/Her is the only One true God. One is aware that anyone should be able decide on where to find and interact with the One God of humanity, but it is not the high caliber of Chief Obasanjo's personality who should be telling Nigerians, young and old that he was going back to school to understudy the Christian Theology to allow him know God more.

Chief Obasanjo's reason, as he explained is not helpful to the young ones who are at this point in time, trying very hard to escape the harsh hardship and unpleasant conditions of life in the country, partly inflicted on the population through the dogmas taught by the Christian Church. At the level Chief Obasanjo has served Nigeria as its former Head of State and President, and with his maturity and dynamism, he had exhibited, he should have said or done something else to motivate the youths and people generally in the country; at least give a sense of direction.

When our rulers run away from what they are (our culture), what do we expect from the ordinary citizens? It is the same Chief Obasanjo who should have allowed the world to know that it was never a sin to have more than one wife when he was President. But he did not. Nigerians knew that the Chief was a true "Odape" a wealthy family man known in Etsako as Odape. 

The Moslems are able to marry four wives because they say that their Holy Book, the Quran decrees it. The Quran and the Holy Book of the Christians, the Bible came from the same source; one is a replica of the other. France is Christendom. The French and their leaders marry one wife but have many mistresses or concubines known to everyone else; and it is not an offence or sin against God and humanity in France. 

If this be the case, why should Nigerian rulers, some of who are Christians like Obasanjo continue to shy away from the truth, an apparent deception to destroy the Holistic cultural system of our African sub-region of the World? One man and many wives, as one can maintain is not a crime or sin, and it shouldn't be in Nigeria and Africa.

The Christian Church today in Nigeria could be said to be a curse. How else do we explain away the deceits, frauds, colluding with wrong dowers at the helm of affairs in the country, including the reported adulterous life of many of them? Some of the Church pastors ride about in private jets made of Gold. 

The former President Olusegun Obasanjo has earned my praises and confidence over the years; he still earns my praise and confidence because in his time he attempted to bring Nigeria out of the doldrums it has been in; hence one is trying to advise him and those like him in the country through this medium. He is also, in our time, the first to recognize the need and worth of the Nigerians abroad, and the impact they could have on the Nigerian economy. 

Another behavior one admires about Obasanjo is the fact that he remains as one of the Nigerian heads of state that have never put on a foreign dress such as English suite apart from when he wears his Military uniforms, in my opinion. He is always on our admirable native dresses outside his home. He deserves our advise like many other Nigerians on this type matters.

However, most of the Christian theological studies at any of our institutions, low and high, will be nothing more than the dogmas with which Africans have been deceived and held down over the years. This is not to say that there is no divinity in the Christianity. The facts are that the elements constituting the Divine nature of our Almighty Father, the I Am that I Am of us all, are omitted in the teachings of most of our Christian Churches who's many members and adherents of the religion, constitute a greater part of the servants of instructions in all of the esoteric or mundane institutions of ours. 

Our institutions and Theology are not where to learn to know God more.

The Nigeria Christian Church dogmas are not near the quality and potency of the African cultures, spiritually speaking. If Chief Obasanjo had opted for the studies on African cultures in any of our universities, it would have created some inspirations that bring about some attention to the need to streamline our cultural elements in our lives. Awareness and the importance of our culture would have been assisted thereby. It would have become something to emulate by many Nigerians including many of the youths who are roaming about in the country unable to obtain employment.

Having not been equipped with the psychological tools of self value and confidence which is a case against our social institutions and the foreign religious dogmas fed to their psyche.

Authentic African history informs us that the original Christianity came out of Africa from the traditions, but came back refurbished into Africa, (read "The Destruction of Black Civilization, 1987" by Chancellor Williams). Christianity as was imported back into Africa by the colonial overlords which is largely practiced today is nothing like the original one. The Christianity of today in Africa is a European culture refurbished from Africa's cultural doctrines or traditions. 

To acquire a wider knowledge of the world educationally is different from going to study Europeanized Christian doctrines that do not help an African to understand the world around him or her. This is because Christian beliefs and doctrines are opium that tranquilizes the adherents. Nigerian rulers do not need to promote such teachings or evangelism.

A conscious person, who wants to know God more, should be in-tune with the precepts of his or her own culture and traditions. If there are any of the cultural precepts that are no longer in tuned with the time they should be revised within the culture to meet the dictates of the time. It is not to be replaced with foreign culture, traditions, and dogmas. Take for an example, The Christian religious dogmas instruct Africans that the Ten Commandments in Christianity was handed to Moses by God atop Mountain Sinai. 

This is definitely not correct as a fact and it is the kind of what exactly Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, our former President will be taught in Christian theological studies in our universities. According to Chancellor Williams, "The great Lawgiver, Moses, was not only born in Africa but he was also married to the daughter of an African priest,"…. and "The religious belief in sacrifice for the remission of sins was an African belief and practice at least 2,000 years before Abraham." 

Chancellor Williams concluded further that "Practically all of the Ten Commandments were embedded in the African Constitution ages before Moses went up Mt. Sinai in Africa in 1491 B.C., a rather late date in African history," page 135.

 In his own historical account, Gerald Massey states that "the Mosaic commandments were borrowed from the wisdom of Egypt," (see Egypt: The Light of the World, Vol. II) Also, Maulana Karenga asserts that of the Ten Commandments, (9) were strictly African. 

This is because in my own opinion, the tenth of the Commandments was the one which says that "Thou shall not have another God before me." Africans could not have authored the injunction of "Thou shall not have another God before me." This cannot be in doubt because early in ancient time, Egypt like in any other African Kingdom or Empire was known as the land of the Gods as it was the practice at the time that every household has their own Shrine, Deity or God which they adored and worshiped. 

This being the case, such an injunction could not be made part of the Egyptian Laws.

Also, the condemnation of ancient African many Gods, as devils by the then new Christian Church have been proved to be wrong. We read "Instead of the plurality of Gods of the "pagan" religions it adopted the One God Yahweh as finally evolved from old Hebrew mythology, into Three-One-Christian Godhead. 

The other Pagan Gods became, in effect, the 'saints' of the new cult; or as quoted in the Catholic Encyclopedia: 'the saints are the successors to the Gods' (Vol. xv, 710)." (see Joseph Wheless' Is It God's Word? Or Jeremiah VIII, 8 Rev. Ver.) Is it impossible that these historical facts are not known to our educators, therefore will not be taught to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo? The answer will be YES.

Our leaders or rulers must become conscious enough to know that they need to be symbols for our emulation in our societies. They need to know that to know God and serve Him better is to serve man and woman better in our societies. When one serves man or woman, he or she is serving the One Supreme Being of the universe. Man know Thyself is a spiritual mandate. Man is the Microcosm of the Macrocosm. 

Our rulers should know this and if not, then they were not preparing to serve the people. The inadequate preparation and the dogmas imbibed by those who should have serve the people better, is the result of some of the inhumanity to man that pervade our environment. 

A reorientation to understand who we are as a distinct people is a greater prerequisite to solution sought by those Africans who have the need to expand their educational knowledge and human affairs. There is a need for a new educational agenda in Africa.

Saturday

Obasanjo tells AfDB board to ignore U.S. calls for independent investigation of Adesina

Rtd. General Olusegun Obasanjo
CC™ Global News 

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday asked the board of the African Development Bank to ignore calls for an independent investigation of Akinwumi Adesina by the U.S. 

Adesina, who is the president of the AfDB, was accused of favouritism and has been absolved of the allegations by the bank’s ethics committee. 

Obasanjo in a letter dated May 28, urged chairman of the AfDB board of governors, Kaba Niale to follow laid down processes to protect and preserve the bank.

Obasanjo said “Unfortunately, the U.S. government, through the US treasury secretary, has written a public letter (that was also distributed to the press globally) to disagree with the conclusions of the ethics committee of the board of directors and the chairman of the board of governors of the bank. 
Instead of accepting the exoneration of the president of the bank, they called for an independent investigation.
“This is outside of the rules, laws, procedures and governance systems of the bank. The U.S. treasury secretary disparaged the bank and ridiculed the entire governance system of the bank which has been in place since 1964.
“This is unprecedented in the annals of the African Development Bank Group. If we do not rise up and defend the African Development Bank, this might mean the end of the African Development Bank, as its governance will be hijacked away from Africa.”

Friday

African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson condemns murder of George Floyd by racist U.S. police officer

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
CC™ Breaking News 

The Chairperson of the African Union [AU] Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

This was contained in a statement of the Chairperson following the murder of George Floyd in the USA issued on his behalf by the spokesperson of the Chairperson of the Commission, Ms. Ebba Kalondo.
The police officer holds his knee to George Floyd's neck as he snuffs the life out of him

Mahamat recalled the historic Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) Resolution on Racial Discrimination in the United States of America made by African Heads of State and Government, at the OAU’s First Assembly Meeting held in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 24 July 1964.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission firmly reaffirmed and reiterated the African Union’s rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America.
He further urges the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.

Thursday

El Rufai under mounting pressure as ethnic cleansing by Fulani militia continues unabated

Governor Nasir El-Rufai - Kaduna State
CC™ Breaking News


Information from sources within the government house in Kaduna State indicates the political leaders and district heads from Kajuru Local Government Area [LGA] are slated to release a press statement stating that the steady attacks and/or invasion by the Fulani militia on the Adara people of south Kaduna were farmer/herder clashes – and not genocide or Fulani invasion of the Adara communities. 
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El Rufai is reported to be under severe pressure by the international community and the presidency to halt what appears a steady stream of attacks by the Fulani militia into the Adara communities of Kajuru LGA in Kaduna.Our source indicates the Governor who was peeved by the mounting pressure opted to summon all the political leaders including district heads from Kajuru LGA.  
The leaders included members from State Assembly, House of Representative, political appointees, and the special adviser of internal security. Nobody from Adara community was invited to the meeting by Governor El-Rufai.
The Governor mandated the group to put heads together with a view to bringing an end to the violence. The group were also told that the violence were not simply targeted killings of an ethnic group, but rather a clash between two groups with economic stakes on the line. 
Meanwhile over 50,000 persons from Adara communities have relocated away from their ancestral homes owing to attacks from Fulani militia. They remain refugees in their homeland.
Source: The 247UREPORTS

Tuesday

Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.

CC™ News - By Reid J. Epstein

WASHINGTON — In October, President Donald Trump declares a state of emergency in major cities in battleground states, like Milwaukee and Detroit, banning polling places from opening.
A week before the election, Attorney General William Barr announces a criminal investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
After Biden wins a narrow Electoral College victory, Trump refuses to accept the results, won’t leave the White House and declines to allow the Biden transition team customary access to agencies before the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Far-fetched conspiracy theories? Not to a group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but some anti-Trump Republicans as well — who have been gaming out various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election. Outraged by Trump and fearful that he might try to disrupt the campaign before, during and after Election Day, they are engaged in a process that began in the realm of science fiction but has nudged closer to reality as Trump and his administration abandon long-standing political norms.
The anxiety has intensified in recent weeks as the president continues to attack the integrity of mail voting and insinuate that the election system is rigged, while his Republican allies ramp up efforts to control who can vote and how. Just last week, Trump threatened to withhold funding from states that defy his wishes on expanding mail voting, while also amplifying unfounded claims of voter fraud in battleground states.
“In the eight to 10 months I’ve been yapping at people about this stuff, the reactions have gone from, ‘Don’t be silly, that won’t happen,’ to an increasing sense of, ‘You know, that could happen,’” said Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University law professor. Earlier this year, Brooks convened an informal group of Democrats and never-Trump Republicans to brainstorm about ways the Trump administration could disrupt the election and to think about ways to prevent it.
But the anxiety is hardly limited to outside groups.
Marc Elias, a Washington lawyer who leads the Democratic National Committee’s legal efforts to fight voter suppression measures, said not a day goes by when he doesn’t field a question from senior Democratic officials about whether Trump could postpone or cancel the election. Prodded by allies to explain why not, Elias wrote a column on the subject in late March for his website — and it drew more traffic than anything he’d ever published.
But changing the date of the election is not what worries Elias. The bigger threat in his mind is the possibility that the Trump administration could act in October to make it harder for people to vote in urban centers in battleground states — possibilities, he said, that include declaring a state of emergency, deploying the National Guard or forbidding gatherings of more than 10 people.
Such events could serve to depress or discourage turnout in pockets of the country that reliably vote for Democrats.
“That to me is that frame from which all doomsday scenarios then go,” he said.
To ward off such a scenario, Elias is engaged in multiple lawsuits aimed at making it easier to cast absentee ballots by mail and making in-person voting more available, either on Election Day or in the preceding weeks.
Biden, for his part, has suggested more than once that Trump might try to disrupt or delay the election. And his campaign grew very concerned this month when it was announced that election security briefings, which in past cycles had been delivered to candidates by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, would now be the province of the director of national intelligence. That post is currently held by John Ratcliffe, a Trump ally who was confirmed to the position Thursday. Ratcliffe was among the president’s chief Fox News defenders during the Russia investigation and has been a sharp critic of the FBI.
“Since 2016, Donald Trump has shown that he is always ready to sacrifice our basic democratic norms for his personal and political interests,” said Bob Bauer, a Biden senior adviser who is the campaign’s chief lawyer. “We assume he may well resort to any kind of trick, ploy or scheme he can in order to hold onto his presidency. We have built a strong program to plan for and address every possibility to ensure that he does not succeed.”
Trump has said he expects the election to be held Nov. 3 as scheduled, and under federal law he does not have the power to unilaterally postpone it. But a recent comment by the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner about whether the election would be held as scheduled — “I’m not sure I can commit one way or another,” he said — renewed fears that Trump would try to move the election or discredit the balloting process if he thought he was going to lose.
Trump’s campaign derided the anxiety over the election as irrational hand-wringing driven by Democrats’ inability to accept his victory four years ago.
“Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams and the entire Democratic Party refused to accept the results of their elections and pushed the Russia collusion conspiracy theory for years,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump’s reelection campaign. “Now Joe Biden’s allies have formed actual conspiracy committees where they’ll work up new hoaxes to further undermine our democracy. They are wasting their time. As President Trump has repeatedly said, the election will happen on Nov. 3.”
The president attacked mail balloting again Sunday morning, with a baseless claim that it would lead to “the greatest Rigged Election in history.”
Some Democrats have been cautious about voicing their warnings about potential electoral calamities too loudly, for fear that even the suggestion of a tainted election would depress turnout.
“You don’t want to set up a perception based on the theory that elections don’t matter,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, who was a deputy campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders. “You don’t want to tell supporters that nothing you do matters because this guy is going to screw it up.”
Brooks’ group at Georgetown is not the only one forecasting doomsday scenarios for the election. Ian Bassin, executive director of Protect Democracy, a nonprofit group dedicated to resisting authoritarian government, last year convened the National Task Force on Election Crises, a bipartisan 51-member group that includes Republicans such as Michael Chertoff, the former homeland security secretary. The group is dedicated to envisioning and presenting plans for scenarios that could wreck the 2020 presidential election.
The task force began with 65 possibilities before narrowing the list early this year to eight potential calamities, including natural disasters, a successful foreign hack of voting machines, a major candidate’s challenging the election and seeking to delegitimize the results, and a president who refuses to participate in a peaceful transfer of power.
Among the scenarios they eliminated when making final cuts in January, ironically, was a killer pandemic that ravaged the country and kept people homebound before Election Day. After the coronavirus struck, the group reconstituted to publish pandemic-related recommendations for state governments to follow.
The group also produced a 200-page document, which has not been made public. Several members said they had worked on specific scenarios but had not seen the complete draft. They said that while many of the possibilities envisioned an incumbent president using the forces of government to his advantage, the report’s authors had been careful not to make the document explicitly about Trump.
“We hope there are safeguards in place,” said Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who participated in the task force. “Let’s face it, those safeguards ought to include the Senate of the United States and the Justice Department. There’s reason to be nervous.”
Edward Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University who participated in the task force, said the 2020 election could resemble the contest of 1876, which nearly split the country a decade after the Civil War.
That election was not decided until Gov. Samuel Tilden of New York conceded to Gov. Rutherford Hayes of Ohio two days before the inauguration. The outgoing president, Ulysses Grant, had made contingency plans for martial law because he was concerned there would be simultaneous competing inaugurations.
“We’re setting ourselves up for an election where neither side can concede defeat,” Foley said. “That suggests that the desire to dispute the outcome is going to be higher than ever.”
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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Monday

The Irony of Psychological Projection: Trump says Jeff Sessions was not 'mentally qualified' to be attorney general

CC™ News - By Martin Pengelly

Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions’ playground fight continued into Sunday. In an interview with Sinclair TV, Trump said Sessions had not been “mentally qualified” to be his first attorney general. 

Now running for his old Senate seat in Alabama, Sessions continues to doggedly protest that only he could properly implement the president’s agenda. 

The undignified exchange began on Friday night. Still sore over Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation in early 2017, and having recorded the Sinclair interview at the White House earlier that day, Trump told voters not to trust his former ally. 

Sessions objected but insisted, loyally, that he was the right pick for Trump supporters. 

Then on Saturday Trump hit back harder, saying Sessions “ruined many lives” and appearing to equate his former aide with the “dirty cops” of the Russia investigation, whom the president referred to as “slime”. 

Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian election interference after failing to inform Congress of contacts with the Russian ambassador during the election campaign. 

His deputy, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel after Trump fired James Comey, the director of the FBI who had overseen the investigation since its beginnings under Barack Obama. 

After a near-two-year investigation, Mueller did not find a conspiracy between Trump and Russia but did lay out links with Moscow and possible instances of obstruction of justice by the president, whom he did not exonerate. 

“Mr President,” Sessions began a Saturday tweet. “Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country. Perhaps you’ve forgotten.” 

The message did not calm Trump, who spent his White House evening firing off abuse and retweeting messages in questionable taste about Sessions, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Stacey Abrams, Hillary Clinton and others. 

“They trusted me,” Sessions went on, “when I stepped out and put that trust on the line for you. You and I fight for the same agenda. Tommy Tuberville [his Senate opponent, ahead in the polls, endorsed by Trump] is so weak he won’t debate me and too weak for Alabama. 

“Alabama will vote for you this fall, but Alabama will not take orders from Washington on who to send to the Senate.” 

The message was in keeping with Sessions’ campaign tactic of maintaining extreme loyalty to the man who regularly humiliated him in office and, after the 2018 midterm elections, fired him. He succeeded only in poking the bear. 

“Jeff,” Trump wrote, “you had your chance and you blew it. Recused yourself … and ran for the hills. You had no courage, and ruined many lives. The dirty cops, and others, got caught by better and stronger people than you. Hopefully this slime will pay a big price. 

“You should drop out of the race and pray that super liberal Doug Jones … gets beaten badly. He voted for impeachment based on “ZERO”. Disgraced Alabama. Coach Tuberville will be a GREAT Senator!” 

Tuberville, who once coached the Auburn Tigers, a college football power, will face Sessions in a run-off in July. Jones won Sessions’ old seat in December 2017, beating a hugely controversial Republican, Roy Moore. The Democrat faces an uphill battle to keep the seat in November.
Doggedly, Sessions still wasn’t done. 
“I will never apologize for following the law and serving faithfully and with honor,” said the immigration hardliner who was once denied a federal judgeship over accusations of racism, who was the first senator to endorse Trump and who mentored Stephen Miller, Trump’s far-right White House adviser. 
“Neither of us knew about the phony investigation into our campaign until after I was sworn in. As you will recall, I recommended firing James Comey from the very beginning.” 
That was Saturday night. Sunday morning brought cold comfort. 
“Jeff Sessions was a disaster as attorney general,” the president told the syndicated Full Measure show, in a rambling complaint about the Russia investigation. 
“Should have never been attorney general, was not qualified. He’s not mentally qualified to be attorney general. He was the biggest problem.”  
Source: The Guradian

Sunday

Company sponsoring the controversial visit of Chinese doctors to Nigeria gives details on their stay in the West African country

President Muhammadu Buhari
CC™ Global News - By Wale Odunsi

The company that funded the trip of the Chinese “medical doctors” to Nigeria, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), has provide further explanation of their trip. 

CCECC said the team has been focusing only on assigned duties in Nigeria. The firm said this in a statement posted on its Twitter page on Friday. It explained that the doctors were not treating Nigerians positive for coronavirus.

CCECC also stressed that the team has assisted in setting up isolation centres and has provided medical support and training to its staff.

The statement said after a 14-day quarantine and necessary tests, the medical team has been carrying out its “assigned mission”.

“The medical personnel are in Nigeria at the instance of CCECC Nigeria and they have been at all times under the care and accommodation of CCECC. During their stay in Nigeria, they have complied with all known immigration and health protocols.”

The company reiterated that “the mandate of the team, as mutually agreed with all stakeholders, does not cover treatment of COVID-19 cases”.

It said in dealing with both the CCECC and the Nigerian health officials, the doctors only play an advisory role.

“They would continue to engage with CCECC management and staff will always be willing to engage with Nigerian health officials and other stakeholders whenever and wherever it is necessary to do so.”

Full statement below:


Source: Daily Post

Saturday

Friday

An ongoing vestige of Nasir El-Rufai's ethnic cleansing: Fulani terrorists torch six villages and leave scores dead in their wake

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai
CC™ Breaking News 

Kaduna (Nigeria) - Credible sources indicate that the Adara community in Kajuru Local Government Area [LGA] has suffered another gruesome attack by the Fulani militia. 

The attack began a little before 2am local time. The Fulani militia armed with AK47 and other automatic weapons simultaneously launched the attack on six Adara villages – killing countless numbers of children and women. 

This is according to the leadership of Adara people. 

In the process, some of the Adara villages were completely hazed down by the militias. The exact number of dead were not immediately available owing to the remoteness of the area. It is located Kala – the biggest settlement in the area. It shares a boundary with Kauru LGA.  

The attached area is a farming community. 

The Adara community has become a repeat victim of the Fulani attacks. In February 2019, an estimated 280 Adara people lost their lives to Fulani militia. This was following Governor El Rufai statement that about 130 Fulanis were killed by Adara people. He made the statement to President Buhari publicly at the Presidential villa. The resulting attacks rendered 15,000 Adara people homeless. 

A source who witnessed the attack indicated that the evening before the attack, the community witnessed helicopters that were hovering around the Adara villages – “going and coming“. The community grew suspicious of the helicopter. “Before each attack, there is always a helicopter that will hover around.“ 

The community members as a result ran to the neighboring in Doka. “All of them ran to Doka“. 

The source added that the attack was coming from Laduga, a Fulani settlement area. Previously, a cache of weapons were discovered by the military at Laduga. 

Source: NewsWire

Thursday

This is MAGA America: The White Privilege to terrorize

Armed White Michigan protesters of COVID-19 lockdown
CC™ Introspective - By John Pavlovitz 

As a white man watching the Michigan protests of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders, all I could think was: Black people don’t get to do this. Muslims don’t get to do this. Latinos don’t get to do this. People who look different in any way don’t get to do this. 

They don’t get to swarm American capitol buildings in tactical gear with high-powered weapons, screaming in close proximity to police officers. 

They don’t get to dress up like Call of Duty cosplayers and attempt to physically intimidate politicians into bending to their wills. They don’t get to get to stop traffic in city streets decked out like they work at the Death Star and brazenly wield semi-automatic rifles. They don’t get to terrorize decent people and walk away. 

Only white people get to do this. This violence is a singular privilege afforded to caucasian men in America. 

People of color aren’t afforded this luxury. They can’t even get close to such ugliness. Heck, they barely get to breathe. 

No, they’re shot as 12-year olds walking through the park with toy guns. They’re choked out selling cigarettes on street corners. They’re assassinated while unarmed in their cars during routine traffic stops. They’re gunned down in their homes by uninvited police officers. They’re driven into the pavement by overzealous security guards. They’re demonized as mothers declaring that their murdered children’s lives mattered. They’re publicly vilified by white presidents for silently kneeling on NFL sidelines. 

Black people don’t get to to wear menacing masks or flash handguns on courthouse steps or accost strangers looking like dollar store stormtroopers, in an attempt to frighten people. They frighten people by simply existing in their blackness. 

They frighten people by lingering in coffee shops. They frighten people by eating lunch in their cars. They frighten people by standing in front of their own homes. 

In those places where they are simply and lawfully living, they are met with disapproving side-eye glances, greeted with clutched purses, and assailed by an army of terrified Karens, whose itchy text trigger fingers easily dial 911 when non-white young people congregate in a park or crowd their favorite Chick-Fil-A dining room. 

This privilege has always existed, but it’s been decades since it’s been afforded this wide a birth, this long a leash, and such kid gloves from leaders. The threatening displays of white rage around the country lately, are happening with such frequency and ferocity, because participants know that they have in this president, a dedicated advocate, a willing partner, a powerful accomplice. 

It’s no coincidence that in the middle of the fight to oppose stay-at-home protections by Blue governors choosing humanity over commerce, Trump tweeted out seeming non sequitur invocations to LIBERATE several cities and warned of second amendment encroachment. Though on their surface the subjects seemed unrelated to stopping the spread of the virus, these tweets were clear dog whistles for his snarling white base to suit up, strap on weapons, and provide the free muscle in his reckless push to reopen American in the throes of a pandemic, knowing they’d never be held accountable. 

This is MAGA America in its dawning renaissance of outward racism, showing us what is at stake as we approach another election. We aren’t just choosing a president or party to steward us through the coming years, we’re making a statement on what we will and will not tolerate as a people. 

What we witnessed in Michigan was an act of terrorism, by the very definition of the word. We have seen many such acts this week, and if November allows this malevolence another four years, they will seem tame. The self-appointed soldiers in the army of the lord will grow more brazen and become more violent in their holy war to make America whiter—so decent white people need to resist them in the streets, on social media, and at the polls. 

I fully suspect people of color will oppose this presidency in large numbers, because they see the disparity. 

What I hope and pray, is that more white people, especially those who claim to be Christian, will also stand to reject the supremacy and racism that yields such willful homegrown terrorism; that we will use the unearned currency of our privilege to declare this violence un-American and inhuman and unacceptable. 

White terrorists can no longer have a friend in the White House — not if we really want to make America great. 

Source/Credits: Jеff Kоwаlsky and Senator Dаynа Pоlеhаnki; Milwaukee Independent and johnpaplovitz.com

Wednesday

Trump threatens to permanently cut off funding to the World Health Organization even though the US is $200 million in arrears

CC™ Insight - By Salvatore Di Nolfi 

United States President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization. 

The letter states that unless the organization makes "major substantive improvements" in the next 30 days, the US will permanently cut off funding and reconsider membership.

  • On April 14, Trump announced he was halting US funding to WHO while his administration performed a review of the organization over what he called its "failed response to the COVID-19 outbreak."
  • "The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China," Trump wrote in the letter. "My Administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organization."     
  • President Donald Trump has written a letter to the World Health Organization's chief that says unless the agency makes "major substantive improvements" in the next month, the US will permanently cut off funding and reconsider membership.
The lengthy letter was addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Trump shared the letter in a tweet Monday. It leveled a series of accusations against the organization and compared Tedros' response with that of his predecessor Gro Harlem Brundtland during the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s.
"In 2003, in response to the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in China, Director-General Harlem Brundtland boldly declared the World Health Organization's first emergency travel advisory in 55 years, recommending against travel to and from the disease epicenter in southern China," the letter said. 
"She also did not hesitate to criticize China for endangering global health by attempting to cover up the outbreak through its usual playbook of arresting whistleblowers and censoring media," the letter continued. "Many lives could have been saved had you followed Dr. Brundtland's example."
Source: Keystone via Associated Press (AP)

Tuesday

World Health Organization issues health warning on Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (MSIS)

CC™ HealthScope - By Paul Oranika

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new warning to clinicians around the world about what the agency described as Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (MSIS), also known as PMIS similar to symptom of Kawasaki disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome in children. 

According to the released statement by the world health body, the new disease is a rare condition causing inflammatory effect in children under the age of 19. 

Kawasaki disease causes inflammation such as swelling and redness around the blood vessels in the human body. It generally affects Children under the age of five but MSIS also affects young adults upto 21 years old.

The disease was first diagnosed in New York State where at first doctors were baffled when the disease symptoms began showing up in Children some were already diagnosed with COVID 19 disease. At the same time Doctors in United Kingdom were also reporting such strange disease in young children. So far 4 children have died of MSIS syndrome in New York state Hospitals.

Is MSIS Connected with COVID-19 

Although this disease is relatively new, Medical Scientists believe it may be connected with COVID-19 disease, currently the medical science community is watching this condition very carefully but more research is needed to validate the assumed connection and hypothesis with COVID-19 disease. 

The CDC for disease Control in the United States has made an initial connection between MSIS syndrome and COVID-19 but is unable to categorically determine who is most at risk for contracting this condition . This is the question many scientists are looking at in countries that have diagnosed Children with this condition mostly in United States and United Kingdom. 

WHO statement added, "I call on all clinicians worldwide to work with your national authorities and WHO to be on the alert and better understand this syndrome in children," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted on Saturday.

Symptoms of MSIS 

Part of the reason Medical Scientists compare this syndrome to Kawasaki disease is because MSIS shares the following symptoms with Kawasaki syndrome:

• Fever lasting for more than twenty four hours

• Pain in the stomach, diarrhea and vomiting 

• Changes in skin color or rash 

• Difficulty in breathing 

• Disorientation in Children leading to confusion and overly sleepy 

Maria Van Kerkhove of WHO said during a press briefing on Friday that in some Children they also tested positive for Coronavirus disease and other children showed no symptoms of COVID 19 disease. Officials warn Parents to look for these symptoms in their sick children and call their pediatrician when they observe these enumerated symptoms or call emergency Medical personnel if need be. 

Earlier this past week the US Centers for Disease Control also issued a similar warning although the CDC warning included young adults up to 21 years of age. Worldwide more than 4.5 million people have been infected with COVID 19 disease and close to one-third of the infections were reported in the United States with more than 87,000 deaths according to data reported by Johns Hopkins University. 

The US authorities are considering restoring the World Health Organization funds withheld by the Trump administrations which came under harsh criticism following the withdrawal of such funding. Trump said the WHO was biased against the United States in favor of China, and was very critical of the US when Trump first instituted a ban on flights from China. 

Many critics argue that this is a wrong time to withdraw funding to the World Health Organization in the middle of such serious pandemic responsible for deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Donald Trump maintains that no official statement has been released over the frozen WHO funding until he authorizes it.

Source: Vocal