TransResister Radio ep 190 Pearse Redmond interview, Casual Friday Night Conspiracy Gossip Hour and a Half

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Friend of the show, Pearse Redmond, returns for a fun and casual conversation about a myriad of conspiracy related topics. From Les Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein to Transcendental Meditation to Danny Casolaro. Listeners will be sure to enjoy this episode

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Open Minds on Air ep 3 Christian Szurko on Recovery

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In this episode, Christian Szurko of the DialogCentre UK joins hosts Pearse Redmond and Jon Atack to discuss his work counseling people who have become involved in extremist or authoritarian groups. Christian explains how he first got involved in this field of work, and they talk about how this process works from the initial first meeting all the way through to recovery. Christian and Jon both discuss the dangers of “deprograming” and the positive alternatives that are out there. They also touch on the psychological effects that leaving an extremist or authoritarian group can have on an individual.

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'Specter of Mussolini' evoked as Italy’s Salvini orders full census & expulsion of Roma ‘illegals’

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Preview Italy’s interior minister and leader of the right-wing Lega party, Matteo Salvini, has told his officials to “prepare a dossier” on the country’s Roma and plans to expel the undocumented among them. The move has provoked outrage.
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Ethiopia appoints new central bank governor

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Ethiopia appointed a new central bank governor on Monday, state-affiliated media said, in a move that follows major economic reforms.

Yinager Dessie previously served as head of the National Planning Commission, a government body dealing with economic policy with the rank of a ministry.

The Fana Broadcasting Corporation report did not say why his predecessor, Teklewold Atnafu, was replaced.

The move follows major policy shifts enacted over the last two months.

Abiy’s economic reforms

The government announced earlier this month that it will sell stakes in its telecoms monopoly, state-owned carrier Ethiopian Airlines and other assets, a decision that could open one of the world’s largest untapped markets to huge potential investments.

The stake sales are part of a series of measures announced by Abiy Ahmed, a 41-year-old former army officer who became prime minister in April. Abiy has said a new start is necessary to end a political crisis and chaos in a country of 100 million people, where 40 percent are aged under 15.

Abiy told parliament on Monday that the state will sell a 30 to 40 percent stake in Ethio Telecom to big telecoms companies and split the company in two to spur competition.



Ethiopia to split telecoms monopoly in two to spur competition

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Ethiopia plans to sell a 30 to 40 percent stake in its state-run telecoms monopoly to big telecoms companies and will split the company in two to spur competition, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday.

Selling stakes in its lucrative telecoms monopoly and other assets could open Ethiopia, one of the world’s largest untapped markets, to huge potential investments by firms willing to work with a government still wary of private enterprise.

“There will be two telecom corporations and shares will be sold in both,” Abiy said during a question and answer session in parliament.

“Somalia, with a population of 12 million, has four telecommunications firms. Ethiopia, with 100 million people, has one. There needs to be competition in the country.”

Ethiopia seeks top investors

The stakes in Ethio Telecom will be allocated to firms that are ranked top 10 in the industry globally, Abiy said. South African telecoms groups MTN and Vodacom have both recently expressed interestin Ethiopia and so maybe potential investors.

“There will be one year or two years of intensive study taking place (before the shares of Ethio Telecom are sold),” Abiy said.

The stake sales are part of a raft of measures announced by Abiy, 41, a former army officer who became prime minister in April, saying a new start was necessary to end political instability in a country of 100 million people, where 40 percent are aged under 15.

Foreign companies have been waiting for Ethiopia to open its state monopolies.



Stranded Nigeria fans struggle to leave Kaliningrad in time for crucial Iceland match

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About 100 Nigerian soccer fans stranded in Kaliningrad following their team’s loss to Croatia in their World Cup opener were finally on the move on Monday after what was described as a visa gaffe.

Most of the supporters had planned to take the train from Kaliningrad back to Moscow following the Super Eagles 2-0 loss on Saturday but did not have the necessary visas to pass through countries like Lithuania and Latvia.

Russian officials stepped in to help the marooned fans by arranging flights but they were not free.

Nigerian fans cry foul over ‘expensive’ flights

Supporters said they were told flights would be found at the lowest possible fare but one fan told Reuters he was quoted a price of 28,000 Rubles ($442) which he declined to pay.

Eventually, he arranged a ticket for 6,000 Rubles ($95) but would not be able to leave Kaliningrad until Monday evening.

“I was not going to pay that for a flight that is one hour,” Babajide Oke, a Nigerian who lives and works in Atlanta, told Reuters as he stretched out on a row of seats in the concourse while other supporters in their national jerseys wandered about. “I got on my laptop and found my own ticket.

“When I got to the train station they gave us the wrong information and they told us we should go to the airport and we can purchase tickets at a discounted rate,” he said.

Many of those sitting around Oke said they had tickets but would not be able to leave until Tuesday evening.

Role of Russian authorities

TASS News Agency, citing Andrei Yermak, Kaliningrad’s minister for culture and tourism, reported around 80 Nigerians were unable to leave by train.

“Full support has been given to the Nigerian supporters who despite multiple warnings from FIFA and information alerts from the consulate, were not able to travel from Kaliningrad to Moscow on June 16,” Kaliningrad government press services said in a statement.

“A large number of the Nigerians flew to the capital on June 18. Around 20 people already have plane tickets for the 19th.”

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Nigeria’s World Cup fortunes

Meanwhile, the Nigeria coach has said all hope is not lost ahead of his side’s Group D clash against Iceland.

Gernot Rohr, who said his youthful side will learn from mistakes that saw them concede twice from set pieces ‘can do better’.

“We have to accept this defeat and now we have to win against Iceland, all is possible still,” said Rohr.

“When you lose a match it is something we don’t like but we recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made some mistakes,” he added.

Nigeria has an uphill task of qualifying from the group considering that they meet a solidly organised Iceland side that held two time world champions Argentina to a 1-1 draw in the opening game.


Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa queues for fried chicken in election stunt

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Zimbabweans have largely dismissed the move by president Emmerson Mnangagwa to queue along with ordinary citizens to buy fried chicken over the weekend, with just a little over a month to the election.

State media had sought to highlight the president’s ‘everyday man’ credentials, after he made an unscheduled stop on Sunday at a fast food outlet in the small town of Chegutu, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of the capital Harare.

“He ordered a two-piecer and a minute maid (juice), paid $3.75 with $20 and told me to keep the change,” said Isabel Mtongerwa, the cashier who served Mnangagwa.

A Mnangagwa on a mission

Mnangagwa is working hard to shed his image as Mugabe’s enforcer, engaging the public on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, something Mugabe frowned upon.

Prior to coming to power last November when Mugabe was forced to resign following a de facto military coup, Mnangagwa was secretive and insular, preferring to operate under the radar, and was known by the monicker ‘Ngwena’, a Shona word which means ‘Crocodile’.

Twenty three candidates have registeredto contest the presidential election on July 30 but Mnangagwa and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, are the main contenders.

Zimbabweans react

But on social media, many were not impressed, citing the fact that the president paid for his meal using hard cash yet many citizens have to stand in long tedious queues to get meagre amounts of cash.

Why exactly should Mr Mnangagwa queuing (at Chicken Inn ?) be news?

It only gets to be news when he gets to a bank queue at 03:00 to stand a chance of getting a $50 withdrawal in 10c coins at midday.

Or when he gets admitted to Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment#ElectionsZW— Tich Ray (@TichRay) 17 juin 2018

A tale of two stories.
Picture 1 – Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa grabs a bite from a local fast food outlet where he spent less than $5 and gave the change to the attendant

Picture 2 – Zanu PF supporter sleeps on a table in a local fast food outlet probably tired and hungry— Setfree N Mafukidze (@cdesetfree) June 18, 2018

Whilst our people are jobless & struggling in abject poverty & cash crisis, ironically, the junta cabinet & its coup leader passed by & bought fresh chips & chicken & also using crispy fresh US$?!

Cash hatisisina vakapedza now the targetting our chicken & chips?!#EDHasNoVote— Plaedian Mnangagwa ?? (@pmnangagwa) 17 juin 2018

Zimbabwe abandoned its own hyperinflation-hit currency in 2009 in favour of the U.S. dollar, but a widening trade deficit, lack of foreign investment and a decline in remittances by Zimbabweans abroad have helped to fuel foreign currency shortages.


Ethiopia PM says era of state sanctioned torture is over

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Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed made a startling admission that government had sanctioned torture of its political prisoners, which he described as unconstitutional.

Abiy was taking questions from members of parliament, after he submitted to them a brief of current affairs of the state including recent decisions to privatise the state telecommunications company and the national airline.

When one of the legislators challenged Abiy on the constitutionalism of releasing prisoners, especially those jailed for corruption and terrorism, the prime minister simply said, ‘jailing and torturing, which we did, are not constitutional either’.

Abiy added that terrorism includes the use of force to unconstitutionally stay in power.

“Does the constitution say anyone who was sentenced by a court can be tortured, put in a dark room? It doesn’t. Torturing, putting people in dark rooms, is our act of terrorism,” Abiy reportedly told MPs.

Recognizing shortcomings in the criminal justice system, HE PM Dr Abiy emphasized today his commitment to the principle of “presumption of innocence until proven guilty” & the need to resist the temptation to displace the ideal of “rule of law” by practice of “rule by law”.— Fitsum Arega (@fitsumaregaa) June 18, 2018

Since taking office in April this year, Abiy has undertaken radical reforms including reaching out to the opposition groups in exile, extending an olive branch to Erirea by indicating that his government would leave a disputed town and initating a process to liberalise the economy.

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Earlier this month, Abiy sacked the country’s intelligence and military chiefs. Abiy also appointed a new central bank governor to likely oversee the implementation of economic reforms.

Abiy defends Eritrea decision

Defending the decision to end a border dispute with Eritrea, Abiy told parliament it was in the interest of both countries to end the standoff and focus on developing the affected areas.

A border commision empowered by the December 2000 Algiers Agreement which was signed at the end of the war between the two countries ruled that the town of Badme and other disputed territory belonged to Eritrea.

The ruling coalition’s announcement that it would abide by that ruling sparked protests in Badme and several parts of the Tigray region, where residents said they were not consulted and vowed not to voluntarily leave the town.

Responding to MP Meseret Jemaneh, who opposed the decision to accept the #AlgiersAgreement & the #EEBC’s decision, the PM affirmed the decision by the #EPRDF exc. He also lamented what he said were “illogical reasoning”; asked if Ethiopians were consulted when Assab was given— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) June 18, 2018

The government of Eritrea is yet to respond to Ethiopia’s peace offer.

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