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Phones / Re: Chinese Brands Take The Lead On The List Of Global Top Brands 2022-2023 by Asura: 5:40pm On Jan 10
The biggest trade partner of China is US! Followed by the West! US INVESTS IN TALENTED PEOPLE! that is why ther so many chinese, Indians and Nigerians and other national from other countries! breaking big in Us! US represents the world in term of the people living ther! So if US falls the world falls too Chinese govt only employs Chinese!

Saying the world fall's if the US falls is wrong.
Empires rise and fall, it has been like so since the beginning. The world doesn't fall with them, instead a new power rises.
Sports / FIFA Denied Zelensky’s Request To Address At World Cup Final: Report by Asura: 6:16am On Dec 17, 2022
FIFA reportedly denied Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request to broadcast a message of world peace before the World Cup final on Sunday

Zelensky offered to be in a video talking to the crowd in the stadium before the game in Qatar, CNN reported on Friday.

Zelensky’s office was shocked that FIFA denied the president’s request to address World Cup Final

A source who spoke to CNN said, “We felt FIFA intended to use its platform for the greater good,” adding that Zelensky’s office was shocked by the negative response.

According to CNN, conversations between Zelensky and FIFA are still ongoing, so a message could yet be achieved before Sunday’s match between Argentina and France.

In order to gather support for the nation’s defense against Russia’s invasion, which started on February 24 this year, the Ukrainian Premier has spoken at many of the biggest events in the world.

Zelensky has appeared at events ranging from the meeting of the Group of 20 Nations to the Grammys as well as the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, he has shared the stage with a number of journalists and celebrities, most notably Bear Grylls, Sean Penn, and David Letterman.

Criticism ahead of the tournament

Although Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host the event, FIFA has gone to great lengths to avoid political messages in the competition.

In the weeks preceding the World Cup, criticism of the wealthy Gulf state’s treatment of migrant labor and LGBTQ people got louder. Just before the competition started, FIFA president Gianni Infantino reacted with an enraged outburst, accusing Europe and the West of hypocrisy.

Russian president to garner support for the occupied country after Russia’s invasion

The report came after Russia launched a series of deadly missile attacks against Ukraine, reported Daily Mail. The strike destroyed vital infrastructure and buried victims beneath the debris.

With explosions confirmed in the nation’s capital Kyiv, second-largest city Kharkiv, and Kryvyi Rih, practically every significant area was targeted in Friday’s strike.

In an effort to force Ukraine into submission after failing to win the war on the battlefield, Russia has been striking national-grid infrastructure and killing civilians.


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Foreign Affairs / Russian Ministry Of Defence Publishes Data Of Foreign Mercenaries In Ukraine by Asura: 6:54am On Jul 13, 2022
Russian Ministry of Defence publishes data on the number of foreign


Link to the official MoD Russia on telegram
https://t. me/mod_russia_en

Education / Strike: Labour To Embark On Nationwide Protest by Asura: 9:09pm On Jun 30, 2022
Strike: Labour to embark on nationwide protest

Kaduna/NLC unrest: Ngige invites El-Rufai, Labour for meeting on Thursday
FG team yet to submit report to Buhari

ASUU, SSANU, NASU, NAAT meet today

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—BARRING any last minutes change, the organized labour has threatened to embark on a nationwide protest over the inability of the Federal to settle its differences with the four university-based unions that led to the shutting down of public universities.

Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU withdrew their services on February 14 and a few weeks after, the other three unions in the universities also proceeded on strike to press home their demands.

The three unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU and the National Association of Academic Technologists., NAAT.

Arising from its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting on Thursday, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, resolved to embark on a nationwide strike in the next two weeks over the alleged adamant of the government to resolve its face-off with the university unions.

A source privy to the meeting told Vanguard that Congress also resolved that after the protest rally if the government failed to resolve the crisis, it would embarked on a three-day warning strike that would also culminate in a total strike.

Already the four university-based unions have agreed to meet today (Friday) to take a common position on the ongoing strike.

In his opening remarks at NEC, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said, the one-day nationwide protest would be to compel the Federal Government to resolve issues with the unions in the education sector immediately.

Wabba expressed sadness over the continued closure of the country’s tertiary institutions due to unresolved labour disputes between the Federal Government and unions in the sector.

He recalled that in the last decision, Congress went to the extent of writing to President Muhammadu Buhari and gave a 21-day notice for them to converge a very high-powered meeting.

“We demanded that the meeting should be chaired either by the Secretary of Government of the Federation (SGF) or the Chief of Staff to the President, for this issue to be resolved once and for all.

“That meeting was called, but from the reports that I have been receiving from all the unions in the education sector, we have found out that progress has not been made.

“The timeline of three weeks that was given to that committees for all reports to be turned in and for government to be able to make the decision, that has not taken place, ’’he added.

The NLC president, however, alleged that there was reluctance by the Federal Government in addressing the issues.

He said:“Therefore, Central Working Committee has decided that there will be a one-day national protest.

“This is to call the attention of the government to resolve the issue immediately.

“We have also asked all our affiliates by the next one week to issue statements,” he said.

He said the decision to embark on the one-day national protest was imperative as children of the poor have continued to remain at home.

He also said that Central Working Committee had observed that there was an increase in terms of social vices, which would be traced to the fact that those children had been at home for months and many problems had been made.

Wabba however, also condemned the lingering scarcity of fuel and the long queues across the country.

According to him, it is pathetic that Nigeria has not availed itself of the rich endowment of oil resources by continuing to depend on imported petroleum products for local consumption.

Wabba said that the situation has brought about dire consequences on productivity, economy, and wellbeing of the citizens.

“For instance, diesel is now selling at more than N800 per liter. It is unfortunate that Nigeria despite being a major oil-producing country has continued to fail to refine her own crude oil.

“The result of this, is the net total of 100 percent importation of refined petroleum product are brought into Nigeria.

“The consequence is the heavy hemorrhage of our national coffers especially given our most important challenged which has also brought about the long queues in almost all the filling stations, ’’he said.

He also noted that the situation had affected the purchasing power of many Nigerians and had brought hardship on many businesses to a halt due to many businesses were been run on the generator.

Wabba added that the only way out of this issue is to end the discussion on whether there is a subsidy or not but for us to refine the product for domestic use.

He further condemned the recent sack of over 3000 teachers by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Meanwhile, the sub-committees set up by the government on renegotiation and payment platforms that were expected to submit their reports before Wednesday were unable to do so.

It will be recalled that the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige had said that the committees were expected to submit their reports before Wednesday for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The inter-ministerial departments and agencies committees of the Federal Government, including the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Budget Office of the Federation, National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission (NSIWC), the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), had met on Thursday last week to assess the progress made so far on addressing the demands of the striking university workers.

The demands include the contentions on the payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service by the unions.

The committees are reporting to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The two committees were empanelled by the Honourable Minister and the Chief of Staff to the President at the last tripartite plus meetings of the unions and the government side.

The Minister of Labour and Employment had in a statement on Sunday said that the meeting which had in attendance all the stakeholders reported on the various assignments given to them and accordingly, received further briefing and directives from the President in order to accelerate discussions with ASUU.

He said, “It is hoped that before Wednesday this week, all the various sub-committees will turn in their reports, to enable Mr. President to be briefed fully and for decisions to be taken on the contentious payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service, especially the issue of wage increase.

“It is after receiving briefings from the government side that the Ministry of Labour will bring all the stakeholders, including the unions, to a conference table to look at the agreement before signing or endorsement.”

Vanguard reliably gathered that NITDA was yet to submit its report on the outcome of the integrity tests conducted on the University Transparency Accountability Solution, UTAS, which is the payment platform proposed by ASUU and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System, U3PS, proposed by SSANU and NASU.

As a result of the alleged challenges faced by the university workers through the use of the IPPIS in the payment of their salaries and allowances, the three unions came up with the proposed payment platforms to address their peculiarities.


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Foreign Affairs / Russia’s Baltic Fleet Reportedly Launches Live-fire Exercises In Kaliningrad Reg by Asura: 6:58am On Jun 21, 2022
Russia’s Baltic Fleet reportedly launches live-fire exercises in Kaliningrad Region
By Joshua Manning• 20 June 2022 •

Russia’s Baltic Fleet has reportedly launched live-fire exercises in the Kaliningrad Region with an estimated 1,000 servicemen and over 100 units of military hardware taking part.

Russia’s Baltic Fleet has launched the alleged exercises following escalating tensions with Lithuania due to a blockade of Russian transit cargo.

“About 1,000 servicemen and over 100 units of combat and special equipment of artillery and missile units will take part in the maneuvers in the Kaliningrad region,” stated the report according to Crimea news.

The firing exercises will reportedly be carried out by artillerymen using “Grad and Uragan multiple rocket launchers,Hyacinth large-calibre guns, Msta-S, Acacia dn Gvozdika self-propelled artillery systems.”

The news follows Russia threatening to revoke the recognition of Lithuania as an EU state due to the blockade in the Kaliningrad region, as stated by the Chairman of the Provisional Commission of the Federation Council on Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in Russia’s Internal Affairs, Senator Andrei Klimov, on Monday, June, 20.

Speaking on Russia’s threat to revoke recognition of Lithuania as an EU member state, the Senator stated:

“The European Union, if it does not immediately correct the insolent prank of Vilnius, will itself disavow for us the legitimacy of all documents on Lithuania’s membership in the EU and untie its hands to solve the Kaliningrad transit problem created by Lithuania by any means we choose.”



Foreign Affairs / Putin Claims New World Order, Blasts The West For ‘insane’ Sanctions by Asura: 11:12am On Jun 18, 2022

Vladimir Putin blasts the West in combative speech, says Russia remains strong despite 'insane' sanctions

In one of Vladimir Putin's most substantial addresses since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, the Russian President used his nation's pre-eminent investment conference as an opportunity to lash out against his Western enemies.

Key points:

In a lengthy speech, Mr Putin accused the West of denying Russia its sovereign rights

He said Russia's economy remained strong despite Western sanctions

The Russian President also vehemently defended his country's actions in Ukraine

After a lengthy denunciation of countries that he claims want to weaken the Russian state with "reckless and insane" sanctions, President Putin used the stage at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum to lambaste the United States.

"[The United States] declared victory in the Cold War and later came to think of themselves as God's own messengers on planet Earth," he said.

In his 73-minute speech, he also said Russia was taking its place in a New World Order in which rules would be set by "strong and sovereign states".

After sending troops into Ukraine in February, Russia came under a wide array of international sanctions, with hundreds of foreign companies also suspending operations or pulling out of the country entirely.

But Mr Putin said these attempts to damage the Russian economy "didn't work".

"Russian enterprises and government authorities worked in a composed and professional manner," he said.

"We're normalising the economic situation. We stabilised the financial markets, the banking system, the trade system."

While Russia's projected inflation rate has fallen marginally, Mr Putin conceded that the current projected annual rate of 16.7 per cent is still too high.

Mr Putin also vehemently defended his country's actions in Ukraine, as Russia has contended that its neighbour posed a threat due its desire to join the NATO military alliance.

"In the current situation, against a backdrop of soaring risks and threats, Russia's decision to conduct a special military operation was a forced one," the Russian leader said, using his administration's preferred term for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

"It was very hard to make it, but it was forced and necessary. It was a decision by a sovereign country that has an unconditional right, based on the UN Charter, to defend its security."

Despite a protracted military operation and mounting with casualties after more than 16 weeks of fighting, Mr Putin predicted Russia would ultimately be successful in Ukraine.

"This is predetermined by the courage and heroism of our warriors, the consolidation of Russian society, whose support gives strength and confidence to Russia's army and navy, the profound understanding of the rightness and historic justice of our cause."

'Quasi-state territories'

Regarding the territories that Russian forces have already managed to capture, including the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, Mr Putin said Russia "will accept any of the choices" made by those entities.

There has been consistent speculation that the separatist territories will hold votes on joining Russia, similar to when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Separatist leaders of the two areas have already expressed the desire for such a referendum.

Russia recognised the two areas as independent states days before sending troops to Ukraine, a move none of its allies have so far repeated.

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who sat on the stage alongside Mr Putin at the St Petersburg forum on Friday, said the Central Asian nation is unlikely to do so and called the self-proclaimed republics "quasi-state territories".

The fighting in Ukraine has raised fears of a global food crisis because it has interrupted exports, particularly of grain.

Mr Putin said Russia could "significantly increase its export of food and fertiliser" but expressed concern that Ukraine might use income from exports to pay for weapons it has received from other countries.


Foreign Affairs / US Javelin Missile Systems Are Now Being Sold On Various Darknet Sites by Asura: 6:33pm On Jun 02, 2022
US Javelin missile systems are now being sold on various Ukrainian and international darknet sites. Prices start at $30,000.

The US and NATO states have supplied Ukraine with thousands upon thousands of such systems, and have complained that rather than being used against Russia forces, many have disappeared without a trace.

Foreign Affairs / Riots Spread In Sweden Amid Far-right Plans To Burn Koran by Asura: 9:06am On Apr 18, 2022
17 Apr, 2022 10:45

Riots spread in Sweden amid far-right plans to burn Koran

Mobs of youths clashed with police and set fire to vehicles in a bid to disrupt an anti-immigration party’s rallies
Riots spread in Sweden amid far-right plans to burn Koran

Chants of ‘Allahu Akbar’, police cars set on fire, and officers injured – this is what the run-up to Easter looked like in multiple towns and cities across Sweden this week, after the authorities gave a far-right anti-immigration group the go-ahead to stage rallies, which included plans to burn the Koran.

Unrest broke out on Thursday in the city of Linkoping, where gangs of youths clashed with police, injuring three officers. At least two people were detained.

The violence was sparked by the Swedish authorities’ decision to grant permission for a series of anti-Islam rallies. Organized by Rasmus Paludan – a right-wing Danish politician who has spent time in prison on racism-related charges – the events in various places across Sweden were intended to feature the burning of Islam’s holy book, the Koran.

While Paludan and his supporters were initially allowed to hold their rally, it eventually had to be “dissolved” in light of the “serious security situation.” Mobs of rioters protesting against the far-right group pelted police with stones and set fire to four law enforcement vehicles.

So tense was the situation that police had to fire warning shots at one point, as confirmed by a police spokesperson to Swedish media.

While the local police department initially spoke of four injured officers and a bystander, it later updated that number, saying that “about ten colleagues” had sustained injuries.
According to the authorities, some of the policemen taken to the hospital had been hit on the head, while others had suspected arms fractures. Police described the events in Orebro as a “violent riot.”

Similar scenes played out in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, as well as Malmo and Norrkoping.

On Saturday, unrest was reported in the town of Landskrona, with dozens of youths setting fire to vehicles, tires, and trash cans. According to the local police, none of the law enforcement personnel deployed in the town were harmed as a result. Officials noted that tensions were gradually dying down.

According to the Expressen newspaper, Paludan did manage to burn at least one copy of the Koran in Stockholm’s Rinkeby district on Friday. A video was also posted on Twitter, which appears to show him in the act.

Explaining their decision to grant Paludan permission to hold the controversial rallies across the country, the Swedish authorities cited freedom of speech.

Paludan’s anti-Islam performances and the subsequent rioting came ahead of Easter, and during the month of Ramadan.


Politics / 2023: God Has Spoken To Me, I Will Declare On Tuesday, Says Ngige by Asura: 12:55pm On Apr 17, 2022
2023: God Has Spoken To Me, I Will Declare On Tuesday, Says Ngige
Titus Eleweke
Sun, 17 Apr 2022 11:11:23 GMT

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has stated that God has spoken to him about his presidential ambition and he will declare on Tuesday.

Ngige made the statement on Saturday evening when members of the All Progressives Congress party welcomed him at the junction between Anambra and Enugu state.

Speaking to the crowd who had earlier asked him to declare for the presidential race, Ngige said he had consulted, and prayed and God has spoken back to him.

“I want to assure you that the period of Lent ended last night, and throughout the period, we communed with God. We did spiritual exercises and fasted. We talked to God and his angels and God has talked back to us. God has spoken to me. I want to assure the people that I will not disappoint you. I will speak to you in the language you will understand and like,” he said.

According to him, when he spent only 34 months as governor of Anambra state, he did more than those who spent eight years in office. Ngige added that he will replicate that at the national level if given the opportunity.

He said it is a great mistake for people to compare him with Peter Obi and Willie Obiano, noting that within the 34 months, he did better than them.

Ngige said that he did not only lay the foundation of the new Anambra but he built houses, edifices, schools and other facilities in the state.

He also said that during his tenure as governor, pensions were paid as and when due.

“I want to be your ambassador in Nigeria. We will work as we did in Anambra if the Nigerian people give us a chance. I will work as I did in the senate if Nigerians give us the chance. We will also work as I have been working as a minister of labour and productivity over the years,” he said.

According to Ngige, he has met all the governors in the southeast and they have accepted to support his ambition.

“This journey is not for APC alone. Our brothers and sisters in the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressive Grand Alliance party are in support. They will agree with me as a person. They know that I am more qualified than any other person from the southeast. Among all, I am the most qualified, they will support me,” he said.


Foreign Affairs / Re: Ukraine Forces Sunk Russian Best Warship With Missiles Attack by Asura: 8:33am On Apr 16, 2022
Foreign Affairs / Re: Ukraine Forces Sunk Russian Best Warship With Missiles Attack by Asura: 2:37pm On Apr 15, 2022

No one died? Were you the captain of the ship?
You obviously have nothing to say.
Have you seen any report that anyone died?
Foreign Affairs / Re: Ukraine Forces Sunk Russian Best Warship With Missiles Attack by Asura: 7:55am On Apr 15, 2022
With all the features, the ship was sunk?
510 people gone?
No one died. They were all evacuated to ships in Russia's blacks sea fleet. Kiev is currently facing heavy bombardment and I'm guessing it's Russia's way of retaliating
Foreign Affairs / Israel, Russia Clash Over Ukraine by Asura: 9:16pm On Apr 08, 2022
Consortium News

Volume 27, Number 97 — Friday, April 8, 2022
Israel, Russia Clash Over Ukraine
April 7, 2022
Israel has tried to toe a neutral line on Ukraine, but comments from the Israeli foreign minister and a blistering response from the Russian foreign ministry has imperiled the two states’ relations, reports Joe Lauria.

Bennett and Putin meet in October 2021. (Russian president)

By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News

From the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Israel has refused to join the West’s economic war against Moscow, maintaining a neutral stance that has positioned it as a possible broker to end the conflict.

But all that appears to have changed with remarks by Israel’s foreign minister in a Twitter post on Sunday, the day the massacre at Bucha was revealed and before any investigation could be conducted.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid wrote: “It is impossible to remain indifferent in the face of the horrific images from the city of Bucha near Kyiv, from after the Russian army left. Intentionally harming a civilian population is a war crime and I strongly condemn it.”

Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine also implied that Russia had committed a war crime. “Deeply shocked by the photos from #Bucha. Killing of civilians is a war crime and cannot be justified,” Ambassador Michael Brodsky tweeted on Sunday.

Earlier, on March 13, during a visit to Romania, Lapid had tweeted: “… like Romania, Israel condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It’s without justification, and we call on Russia to stop its firing and attacks, and to resolve this conflict around the negotiating table.”

Balancing Act

The Israeli foreign ministry tried to distance itself from the ambassador’s remarks. Haaretz reported: “Asked if the Foreign Ministry’s official position was that Russia had committed war crimes in Ukraine, a spokesman replied: ‘No. It’s a tweet by the ambassador regarding the photos. He didn’t blame Russia.'”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who flew to Moscow on March 5 to meet with President Vladimir Putin (and was condemned for it), has made no comment about the Bucha incident. Israel is trying to maintain a balancing act between Moscow and Washington, which cannot be pleased with Israel not joining the economic war. Russia and Israel have long maintained good relations, with Moscow even allowing Israel to conduct bombing raids on Syria.

But years of goodwill have now been put on the line with Foreign Minister Lapid’s remarks. And now Russia has struck back. Sergey Ivanov, head of the department of diplomacy and consular service at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, wrote a scathing critique of Israel on Wednesday, posted on the ministry’s Telegram page. It holds nothing back, openly condemning Israel for a variety of sins, including its treatment of the Palestinians.

Ivanov wrote that many Western journalists and political analysts have opportunistically become overnight “Ukraine experts” just as Western politicians, such as Lapid, are making rash statements to boost their popularity.

“Serious politicians, especially at such a high level as Minister Lapid, have no right to talk idly,” Ivanov warned. “They should be aware of the possible consequences of what they say, including with regard to relations with Russia.” He wrote:

“It is especially regrettable that these ill-considered statements have not been made by a Western official (Russians have long become immune to what they say) but by the Foreign Minister of Israel, a major regional partner with which Russia has a decades-long history of multifaceted relations. Moreover, these statements could undermine trust in Israel as a country that wanted to mediate the settlement of the crisis around Ukraine, which is evident from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s actions, such as calls to President Vladimir Putin, a visit to Moscow and contacts on this issue with the main players.”

Moscow’s Real View on Palestine

Kalandia checkpoint from West Bank into Jerusalem. (Joe Lauria)

Ivanov then unloaded on Israel’s unjustified behavior towards the Palestinians, signaling that Israel has forfeited any right to criticize Russia. With its “settlements” and continued occupation, Israel has continually undermined any peace settlement leading to a “two state solution,” Ivanov wrote. “It is all the more strange to hear anti-Russia statements from the Foreign Minister of Israel – the country that has been largely responsible, over many decades, for the failure to achieve a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is one of the lingering regional problems that continues to affect the lives of millions of people and their futures, as well as international security,” he said.

Ivanov then unloaded on Israel’s policy towards Lebanon:

“Neither does Israel have peace with Lebanon. With that country, it has failed to settle matters such as their land and maritime border, division of water resources, and the repatriation of several hundred thousand Palestinian refugees, who have found refuge in Lebanon. Following Israel’s large-scale blood-letting offensive war against Lebanon in 2006, Israeli aircraft continue their regular incursions into that Arab country’s airspace, incursions that flagrantly violate its sovereignty and UN Security Council Resolution 1701.”

The Russian attack on Israel’s Gaza policy is fiercer still:

“Even according to Western human rights groups, which take an overtly biased stance on most problems, promoting the Anglo-Saxon agenda, Israel’s actions are reminiscent of the apartheid regime, which ruled South Africa until 1994. Over 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank are crammed into scattered areas and are effectively isolated from each other by a system of motorways. The Israeli authorities are pursuing a deliberate policy of confiscating Palestinian lands, as well as demolishing Palestinian buildings on a regular basis.

The situation regarding the Gaza Strip deserves special attention. It is a rather unique example from the historical, political, and demographic perspectives. In fact, 80 percent of the people living in one of the world’s most densely populated areas, where some 2 million people share an area of 362 square kilometres, found themselves there against their will. They are refugees chased from their ancestral lands. In fact, most of the people living there were forced into a reservation. They are like prisoners in a huge prison under an open sky, fenced off for many years by Israel’s impenetrable sea, air and almost complete overland blockade.”

Most directly challenging Israel-Russia relations, the piece goes on to unmask what appears to be Moscow’s true feelings about allowing Israel to bomb Syria:

“Under the pretext of ensuring its national security, Israel has for several years delivered air strikes at targets in the SAR, this on top of the existing differences with Damascus. These actions grossly violate international law, trample upon Syria’s sovereignty, and run the risk of further escalating confrontation in the region. They have repeatedly led to Syrian civilian casualties, including among children, not to mention the damage done to the combat potential of the Syrian armed forces and accordingly to the efficacy of their efforts to eliminate the terrorist presence on Syrian soil.

Attacks by the Israeli Air Force are directly threatening the Russian military personnel who are providing assistance to the legitimate Syrian authorities in their fight against terrorism. Fifteen Russian officers were killed in an air strike on a Syrian facility in Latakia on September 17, 2018. Israel wrongfully believes that the incident has been forgotten. However, even after that tragedy, on multiple occasions, Israeli pilots on combat missions in Syrian and Lebanese airspace used civilian aircraft as shields, thus putting them in great danger. And once again, we are hearing the same claims that the air raids are to eliminate threats to Israel’s national security.”

The piece calls for Israel to consider its own conduct before it blames others.

“Back to Yair Lapid’s statement in the context of the recent events around Ukraine, specifically that “war is not the way to resolve conflicts.” Perhaps, in this case, the Israeli leadership will consider immediately starting talks with Palestine, in order to implement the UN’s two-state solution? Or maybe the foreign minister of Israel, who said that “the Russian attack on Ukraine is a grave violation of the international order,” could review the foundations of this order, for educational purposes?

He may remember that this order stands on the UN Charter and the decisions of the UN and primarily its Security Council. Perhaps it would be helpful for Israel to take a look at its own conduct with a bit of healthy self-criticism before it allows itself to comment on how Russia defends its legitimate security interests.”

The Holocaust


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, used to adoring crowds in the West, was met with harsh criticism when he addressed the Knesset on March 20. He dared to compare Russia’s invasion to the Holocaust, whitewashing Ukrainian fascists’ role in the real Holocaust. Zelensky was accused by a Knesset member of trying “to rewrite history and erase the involvement of the Ukrainian people in the extermination of Jews.” Ivanov wrote:

“In our opinion, it is blasphemous for Israel to voice support for the Kiev regime, which has openly started Nazifying all aspects of state and public life, and it is impossible to interpret Mr Lapid’s words in any other way. This betrays the memory of numerous Jews who were tortured to death by Bandera’s henchmen in Babiy Yar and in other locations in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus. We hope that Tel Aviv will modify its rhetoric in this connection, and that it will objectively assess the Kiev regime’s persistent neo-Nazi practices.”

The gloves have clearly come off in Moscow — against the U.S. and its European junior partners, and now against Israel. It’s not clear what will happen to Israel-Russia relations and how it might impact the war. But it seems clear the Russian Foreign Ministry is speaking its mind and doesn’t care anymore.

Joe Lauria is editor-in-chief of Consortium News and a former U.N. correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and numerous other newspapers, including The Montreal Gazette and The Star of Johannesburg. He was an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London, a financial reporter for Bloomberg News and began his professional work as a 19-year old stringer for The New York Times. He can be reached at joelauria@consortiumnews.com and followed on Twitter @unjoe

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Foreign Affairs / Re: UN Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council ( Pix) by Asura: 5:46pm On Apr 07, 2022
Most African countries were absent grin grin grin
The most noticeable was the middle east


Foreign Affairs / Re: UN Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council ( Pix) by Asura: 5:44pm On Apr 07, 2022

Death to Russia
That's harsh bro. Condemn the leaders and not the people. They're some russians who don't support the war in Ukraine.

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Politics / 2023: Oshiomhole Declares For Senate by Asura: 7:48pm On Apr 04, 2022
By Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City

After months and weeks of speculations, former governor of Edo State and former National of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole Monday declared to contest election into the Senate to represent Edo North Senatorial District.
He made the declaration when he marked his 70th birthday at his Iyamoh residence in Etsako West local government area which had several leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in attendance.

Oshiomhole said he chose to celebrate his birthday with his people because he was conscious of his origin as a nobody, given birth to under a tree by his mother but destined by God to be what he is today.

He said “It is true that for quite sometimes, many of our people have asked me why don’t you contest for the Senate and I said first APC has crisis, let us fix the crisis, let there be convention because you cannot begin to discuss what kind of baby you are going to have when you are not married.

“I said until APC is fixed you cannot talk of contesting election using the platform, have been chairman of the party, I know the danger we face if we are not able to fix the party and this was completed and consummated on the 25th of March and we have now elected a brand new National Working Committee and a brand new National Executive Council under the able leadership of a former governor, a former minister and a current senator, Adamu Abdullahi.

“We have done what needs to be done and I am inspired by the position of the new leadership for us to do what we need to do to retain power in 2023. I am therefore convinced that this is the time to proceed to the next step of the conversation which is about who lead the great people of Edo North in the senate by 2023.

“After all consultations, you must be convinced that you can do it and improve on it. These times that people have been asking me, I have also been examining myself because I do not want to go to the senate and sit down, listen to motions and collect salary at the end of the month.

“I do not believe that I need to go to the senate to take a sabbatical to take a rest because that is an important institution where men and women are elected by their people to contribute to affairs that affect their people, how funds are allocated and to ensure that the people of Nigeria have value for their resources and money.

“We lay more emphasis on the rotation of people, I am more concerned about even development, I have made it clear before as president of the NLC that democracy means that the leaders must listen to the people and if he deviates from that, the people have the right to interrogate the leader, if I did that as ordinary Nigerian I believe that as a senator, your interest cannot be ignored in the red chamber in Abuja.

“By my antecedent, I am a believer that this country has come to stay and our business is not to lament the imperfections but dedicate ourselves to the challenge of fixing the nation so that we can create a nation where every citizen will have a basis to be proud that he is a Nigerian. With your mandate, if I get to the senate I will do that”.

He said the idea of empowerment should be redefined from the tokenism that is given to constituents to ensuring that the infrastructure needed is built for the people to express themselves “because our people are not lazy.

“Our leaders from the six local government areas have gathered here today to say I should contest and I believe that with your support, we will get there.”


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Foreign Affairs / Russian Forces Leaving Chernobyl Nuclear Site Hit By Radiation Sickness: Reports by Asura: 4:08pm On Mar 31, 2022
Russian forces leaving Chernobyl nuclear site hit by radiation sickness: Reports

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Mar 31, 2022, 03:36 PM(IST)

Disclaimer: A number of claims and counterclaims are being made on the Ukraine-Russia conflict on the ground and online. While WION takes utmost care to accurately report this developing news story, we cannot independently verify the authenticity of all statements, photos and videos.

Dozens of Russian forces leaving the besieged Chernobyl nuclear power facility have been infected with radiation sickness and are being admitted across the border to a special facility in Belarus, several reports have claimed.

On Wednesday, a senior US defence official claimed that the Russia forces have been pulling out of the defunct nuclear facility in Ukraine after seizing control of the facility on February 24, reports AFP.

However, an employee at the Public Council at the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management claimed that they were “running away irradiated”, reports UK-based tabloid newspaper The Sun.

He alleged that they were being transported by bus to a special radiation medical centre in Gomel to help treat their radioactive poisoning.

In a post on Facebook on Wednesday, Yaroslav Yemelianenko said, “Another batch of radiation irradiation of Russian terrorists who captured the Chernobyl zone, was brought to the Belarusian centre of radiation medicine in Gomel today.”

According to UNIAN news agency, Russian troops allegedly dug trenches in the highly toxic Red Forest zone, which might have been the cause of their radiation sickness.

“Have you dug trenches in the Red Forest? Now live with it for the rest of your short life. There are rules for dealing with this area. They are mandatory because radiation is physics – it works without regard to status or shoulder straps. With minimal intelligence in command or soldiers, these consequences could have been avoided,” Yemelianenko said.

Staff at the site earlier said that the invading troops have been sent on a “suicide” mission, added that their vehicles and equipment had no anti-radiation protection.

Speaking to Reuters, one worker on duty, when the Russians seized control of the area, said the convoy had kicked up clouds of radioactive dust while driving through the highly toxic ‘Red Forest’, which got its name when dozens of square kilometres of pine trees turned red after absorbing radiation from the 1986 explosion.


Foreign Affairs / Re: India Ready To Bypass Dollar In Trade With Russia by Asura: 3:31pm On Mar 28, 2022

I thought the world is against Russia, oh, I forget, the international community is just US and UK and their lapdogs in EU.

Oh, sorry.


Foreign Affairs / US Announces New Sanctions On Chinese Officials Over 'repressive Acts' by Asura: 6:19pm On Mar 22, 2022
US announces new sanctions on Chinese officials over 'repressive acts'

The Department of State announced on Monday it would sanction some Chinese officials over what it called "repressive acts" against members of ethnic and religious groups, including those in the U.S.

"The United States rejects efforts by PRC officials to harass, intimidate, surveil, and abduct members of ethnic and religious minority groups, including those who seek safety abroad, and U.S. citizens, who speak out on behalf of these vulnerable populations," the department said in a statement, referring to China by its formal name, the People's Republic of China. "We are committed to defending human rights around the world and will continue to use all diplomatic and economic measures to promote accountability."

The State Department said it would impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials it said are believed to be responsible for "policies or actions aimed at repressing religious and spiritual practitioners, members of ethnic minority groups, dissidents, human rights defenders, journalists, labor organizers, civil society organizers, and peaceful protestors in China and beyond."

The department called on China to "cease its acts of transnational repression" that includes silencing Uyghur American activists and other Uyghur individuals "serving the American people by denying exit permission to their family members in China."

"We will continue to work with the international community to promote accountability for PRC officials responsible for atrocities and human rights violations and abuses wherever they occur, including within China, the United States, and elsewhere around the world," the department added.

The State Department did not name any specific individuals in its statement. A spokesman for the department said, "Under U.S. law, individual visa records are confidential and we cannot provide details as to who is or will be affected."


Foreign Affairs / Re: If Saudi Arabia Starts Using Yuan For Exchange OPEC Might Follow by Asura: 6:39pm On Mar 17, 2022

It’s not possible.
As much as the US needs saudi oil, they have plenty. Have u heard of fracking? Go and google it and see how much oil US get as reserves, even UK sef
You're missing the point. The US doesn't need Saudi oil, rather they need the Saudi's to keep selling their oil in dollar. That's what gives the dollar advantage over other currencies hence the term petrodollar.


Foreign Affairs / Re: UK Rejects Opening Borders To Ukraine Refugees by Asura: 8:27am On Mar 08, 2022

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Foreign Affairs / Re: Ukraine Says Over 11,000 Russian Soldiers Have Been Killed by Asura: 7:09am On Mar 07, 2022
other countries have them as well
The discussion is between Russia and Ukraine not other countries.
Or are you saying Ukraine hasn't used its full military might as well?
Foreign Affairs / Re: Ukraine Says Over 11,000 Russian Soldiers Have Been Killed by Asura: 4:11pm On Mar 06, 2022
without nukes, Russia doesn't stand a chance in a conventional war with its neighbours

Foreign Affairs / Re: Russia Is Not Withdrawing From Ukraine But Building Up Troops - US, NATO by Asura: 5:57pm On Feb 16, 2022

Russia never had any plans of invading Ukraine UNLESS Ukraine joins NATO.

US keeps saying Russia wants to invade, and they keep giving dates but those dates come and nothing happens and they choose another date.

There has always been soldiers at the Russian/Ukrainian border, which is normal for every country.

Russia fears no sanctions. The west has been slapping Russia with sanctions for eons but Russia has been surviving. Right now, any further sanctions against Russia is a waste of time; Russia already had trade partnership with many European countries all the way to Germany for their gas, and China for military alliance.

Ukraine and Russia are genetically same people. They have same language, same customs. This dichotomy you people are seeing between Russia and Ukraine, the people in these countries don't actually see it.

I hope you know about the Cuban missile crisis? The exact same thing the US has been bitching about is what led to that crisis, except that in this case Ukraine is right on Russian border while Cuba is a distance from the US mainland.

Lastly, I would advise you get your news and info from neutral news agencies. My eyes opened when I stopped getting news from CNN, BBC, fox news etc. Funny enough, these 3 news agencies are owned by the same company.

Have you ever wondered why the Russians are always portrayed as the enemy in Hollywood movies? I'll leave you to do that research for yourself.
You've said it all.


Business / Re: DANGOTES Massive Jigawa Rice Mill by Asura: 6:48pm On Feb 27, 2021



Mumu. I'm richer than your entire family combined. Not everyone here comes to wail like you, fool!
Go and check your dictionary for the meaning, daft fellow. I no they hungry, make you know now!
Phones / Re: Glo Announces Start Of NIN Registration At Its Retail Centres by Asura: 6:14pm On Feb 02, 2021

Thank you so much!
You're welcome
Travel / Re: Dubai Declares Nigerians Must Travel Directly From Nigeria by Asura: 12:33pm On Feb 02, 2021

Contrary to your comment most international carriers want to operate into Nigeria. Nigerian route is very profitable as we pay a lot to travel compared to other African countries. This is partly because we have no flag/national carrier and thus almost every foreign carrier operates as a monopoly on the Nigerian route as the BASA’s with Nigeria are one sided .
I get the picture and i understand what you're saying.
Phones / Re: Glo Announces Start Of NIN Registration At Its Retail Centres by Asura: 8:40am On Feb 02, 2021

The whole Nigeria lives in Lagos and Abuja.
I guess they'll role out more centers as time goes on. They just started last week
Phones / Re: Glo Announces Start Of NIN Registration At Its Retail Centres by Asura: 7:48am On Feb 02, 2021
But they should list centres that people can register their NIN for

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Politics / Re: Why There Are Many Northerners In The Nigerian Army by Asura: 12:27pm On Feb 01, 2021
Foreign Affairs / Re: Military Takes Control Of Myanmar; Suu Kyi Reported Detained by Asura: 11:59am On Feb 01, 2021
The world will not come to the rescue of Suu kyi this time around. She already don shit for church.

My thoughts exactly.

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