Comoros: prosecutor accuses 8 persons arrested last week of 'attempted coup'

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Prosecutor of the Republic of the Comoros has accused eight people who were arrested last week, of an attempted coup and wanting to commit “a terrorist act”. 

Mohamed Abdoua, told news on Wednesday that investigations have just begun to unravel those behind the plot.

‘‘There were searches that resulted in seized materials, so-called seals. There are some banners. I read these banners. The banners were designed and manufactured to be used after shooting down the authorities and taking over power. They tried to use these to persuade opinions to adhere to their act”, Abdoua said.

A wave of arrests, including those of writer Said Ahmed Said Tourqui and brother of a former vice president, took place last week in the wake of the July 30 constitutional referendum. Three people were released on Tuesday but five others, remain in custody. 

Leader of the opposition Juwa party and former president Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, has been under house arrest for almost four months. These arrests occur after several others in recent weeks.

Juwa Secretary General Ahmed el-Barwane was held for ten days in Moroni Central Prison in June and arrested again on July 31. His lawyer, Moudjahidi Abdoulbastoi said el-Barwane is been accused of “criminal conspiracy, willful assault and attempted murder”.

These arrests occur after several others in recent weeks related to the referendum. 

Last week, the Supreme Court validated the yes vote in the referendum with 92.43% of the votes cast. 

The adopted reform allows the Comorian President to run for two consecutive terms, instead of one, and eliminates the three positions of Vice President and the Constitutional Court.

The opposition denounced the “abuse of power” by President Azali Assoumani, and called for boycott of the referendum. 

A civil society organization, the Third Way Collective, described the referendum as “more of a scandalous electoral masquerade of these last years”. 



Ugandan legislator Bobi Wine charged with treason

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Uganda’s vocal legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi, who is popularly known as Bobi Wine has been charged with treason, in the aftermath of the deadly clashes that rocked the West Nile town of Arua on the last day of campaigns to elect a member of parliament for the municipality.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali has told parliament on Wednesday that Bobi Wine, who was campaigning for independent candidate in the race, Kassiano Wadri will face the Army Court Martial on Thursday.

Ali also informed the legislators that Bobi Wine is receiving treatment at a military hospital in the Northern Uganda town of Gulu.

Bobi Wine was arrested along with other legislators and opposition supporters, including Wadri after police accused them of attacking president Yoweri Museveni’s convoy on Monday.

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Charges against Bobi Wine

Police spokesperson of north-western region, Josephine Angucia told journalists that Bobi Wine and Wadri are to be charged with malicious damage to the motorvehicle belonging to the convoy of the President.
Bobi Wine is also charged with unlawful possession of firearms.

Angucia also confirmed that both Bobi Wine and Wadri have been charged with treason.

Police in Arua reportedly recovered two submachine guns and a pistol from Bobi Wine and Wadri.

‘’“Kassiano Wadri was arrested with one pistol, which had 12 rounds of ammunition(...) It was found with him during the time of his arrest. He even confessed that he is licensed to have it,’‘ Angucia said.

“For that matter, all have been charged with treason, unlawful possession of firearms, that is for the case of Kyagulanyi Robert and malicious damage to the motorvehicle belonging to the convoy of the President.”

Police say they recovered a total of 75 rounds of ammunition, 46 white tablets suspected to be drugs, Ugandan flags, red t-shirts and smartphones among other items found in the rooms of the legislators at Arua Pacific Hotel.

Residents of Arua cast their votes on Wednesday, and vote counting is underway to determine who will replace the deceased Ibrahim Abiriga, who was gunned down in mysterious circumstances in June this year.


The Ochelli Effect: Turkey News Economy

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The Author of The War State takes questions from listeners and talks about the pressures from other national markets on the U.S. economy. What effect is Trump having on business in general? Is there a silent inflation built into the current situation?

The crazy world of Elon Musk is in the news. What can the crashes of the past tell us about the future?

Second hour Pearse Redmond takes on Qanon, what the MSM isn’t talking about, and much more. Is there a cage match in the future for the reality TV fool in the Whitehouse and his former apprentice? What does Pearse think of the latest on the performance artist formerly known as Alex Jones?

Is everyone enjoying the show? Is the real Turkey something we should name Trump?

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 155 Maduro assassination attempt and economic warfare on Venezuela with Paul Dobson

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This week my guest is journalist Paul Dobson of Venezuelanalysis. We had a wide ranging discussion on Venezuela, its current political and economic situation, and western media distortions. First, we covered the recent terrorist attack on President Maduro’s life on August 4th. We touched on the right-wing media operations out of Miami, which supported this terrorist act, as well as the role of ultra right-wing activists in Venezuela and Colombia. Paul and I discussed the arrest of opposition politician Juan Requesens in connection with the attack. We also talked about the alleged role that former National Assembly President Julio Borges played in Bogota. Paul also mentions the shadowy Osman Delgado Tabosky, who has been named by the Venezuelan government as a financier of the attack.

In the second hour Paul and I discussed the current economic problems in Venezuela. Paul talked about the devastating effects that U.S. sanctions are having on the Venezuelan people. Then we talked about the lack of specialized medicine due to sanctions on major financial institutions such as Citibank. We also addressed the reasons why Venezuelans must wait in line for gasoline despite being an oil rich nation. We explained how organizations like the IMF and World Bank are waiting to swoop in to exert total control of the economy through the use of loans and bailouts. Finally, we closed out by talking about Venezuela’s vibrant democratic process and the ways in which the western media continues to present a false narrative of its electoral system.

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Show Notes:

Campaign to End US and Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela

Venezuela’s President Maduro Survives Assassination Attack On Live TV

Failed Terrorist Attack against Venezuelan President Maduro – An Analysis

Opposition Lawmaker Borges Named in Drone Bombing Investigation, Arrest Warrant Issued

Venezuela Top Prosecutor: 34 Involved In Failed Assassination of Maduro

Venezuela: Opposition Legislator Linked to Drone Attack Detained

Ex-city police chief claims role in Venezuela drone attack

Maduro Encourages FBI to Investigate Drone Attack Suspect

Opposition Leader Lobbied Banks to Boycott Venezuelan Government, AP Reveals

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs: Who Is Kirsten Madison?

Venezuela’s Marching Campesinos Meet Maduro, Denounce Corruption & Revolutionary ‘Reversals’

Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook’s Removal of Our Page


''Congo is far from bankruptcy''- President Nguesso

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President of the Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso on Tuesday said the Central African nation “is far from bankruptcy”.

“We are negotiating with the International Monetary Fund in trust and strict observation of procedures,” said the Congolese president in a televised speech aired Tuesday night, the eve of the 58th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.

Sassou Nguesso said he hopes to reach an agreement that will contribute significantly to improve the situation of its public finances.

The Republic of the Congo has already signed a letter of intent with the Breton Woods institution. But negotiations seem to have taken time since the IMF discovered Congo’s hidden debt of over 5, 000 billion CFA francs which represents 110% of its gross domestic product.
With external debt held by China at 34.15% and traders at 29.90%, the country posted a growth rate of -2% in 2017 and expects growth of 1.9% this year. It has taken advantage in the price of oil to increase its oil production which is estimated at 350,000 barrels per day this year.


Amnesty reminds Senegal, Mauritania over detention of dissidents ahead of Sept. polls

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Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the governments of Senegal and Mauritania to ensure that opponents receive fair trials and are guaranteed their right to freedom of expression in the run-up to elections.

In Senegal, generally cited as a model of democracy in the region, the human rights organization in a statement cited the trial of mayor of Dakar Khalifa Sall and presidential candidate of February 2019 election as an example of ‘‘unfair trials’‘.

Khalifa Sall, a socialist dissident has been in custody for more than a year following a five year prison sentence handed down to him for embezzling public funds.

His verdict will be heard on August 30 before the Appeals Court of Dakar.

The statement summarized an Amnesty report on human rights in Senegal titled “Words Not Followed by Acts” which also highlighted the case of Karim Wade, former minister and son of President Abdoulaye Wade who ruled the West African nation from 2000-2012. Wade who is also vying for the presidency in the 2019 elections, was in March 2015 sentenced to six years in prison.

Amnesty said, his trial did not respect “international standards” because it did not provide for appeal.

Amnesty also cited the cases of other Senegalese opponents and that of jihadists allegedly convicted after “unfair” trials following “long periods of pre-trial and unassisted detention of their lawyers”. 

The statement signed by François Patuel, and cited by AFP said “in the run-up to the 2019 elections, Senegal must guarantee journalists, opposition leaders, government opponents and human rights defenders their rights to freedom of expression and to organize peaceful demonstrations without fear or repression’‘.

In another statement, the International NGO also denounced the recent arrests of two opponents, an anti-slavery activists, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid and Abdallahi Ould Housseine, and two journalists, Babacar Ndiaye and Mahmoudi Ould Saibout in Mauritania.

Patuel said ‘’ these arrests and detentions constitute the worst signals of intimidation, harassment and repression by the Mauritanian authorities of dissenting voices in the run-up to the legislative, regional and local elections” of 1 September’‘.

The Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a former general, came to power through a coup in 2008 before being elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2014. Elections are scheduled for September. 


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