According to a US official involved in arms transfers, the US is in the middle of sending a precision-guided missile technology valued at $300 million, and also a F-16 fighter jet valued at $4 billion to Bahrain.
The new resumption of arms deal is signed between the US and kingdom’s involvement in its neighbour’s ongoing civil war.
Former President Obama in his last month in office blocked the sale of precision munitions in Riyadh because of the airstrike's killing civilians in large-scales in Yemen.
The US has been supporting Saudi Arabia with logistics and surveillance support in its military aggression and operation in Yemen.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s approved the sale this week, but this will also need to go through the White House.
The Obama-led administration approved the sales of Tank to the Saudi government, but did not give a final go ahead to precision-guided missile technology.
President Donald Trump is reversing one of former president Obama policies on Transgender bathrooms. The Obama administration has allowed that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity in schools, or they risk federal funding.
The new sheriff in town, and a conservative president Trump, is looking to reverse the policy. Though the Obama policy was put on hold by a federal judge, arguing that states and schools should be able to make the decision without federal interference, Trump administration has decided to revoke the policy.
In protest of the new decision, more than 200 people gathered in front of the White house and waved the rainbow flag, chanting;
"No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here."
Rachel Tiven, chief executive of Lambda Legal, which advocates for LGBT people in a statement said;
We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but his attack on transgender children today is a new low
A conservative judge and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spearheaded the challenging the Obama policies on the bathroom guideline hailed the new Trump decision on the bill, and said;
Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama's attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change.
I have read every now and then on how the US state department, led by Hillary Clinton, and the former US President Barack Obama ordered the killing of the Libyan leader, Muammar al-Gaddafi. The comments have always appeared on Twitter and Facebook and most people rejoicing after Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump.
This is not an article to sway your mind away from your beliefs, but instead to show you a new angle of the issue, and how African leaders have not only failed their people with basic human infrastructures, but how they can cowardly leave their allies hanging,and also fail us all.
And before you decide to relieve yourself with a sigh, I should also let you know that, although African leaders might have failed us, but you Libyans, and other African citizens actually killed Muammar al-Gaddafi, and if you had loved him so much as you had always claimed on your social media writing, maybe he would still be alive.
In this age of social media, we can't deny the horrible events that have happened in Syria, after the US claims that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on his own people, and because of this genocide, the Bashar al-Assad regime was told it will be overthrown by the US government, for a better democratic government that will lead the people of Syria with transparency.
Of course, the world will react, and to make this effective, the media won't stop letting you see dead bodies, and to see reasons why the US need to overthrow Assad government. The same tactics that was used in Iraq to justify waging war against Saddam Hussein that killed him, no WMD was found, and while this article does not justify the genocide committed by the Sadam regime, killing him only turned Iraq into a country nobody wanted to visit anymore.
Now back to our Gaddafi story. A lot of Africans have debated on his plans in making sure he restores Africa to his glory. A lot has praised the man that despite the allegation of corruption levied against him, Libyans were able to afford good meal, and there was work availability.
One of the reasons he was killed was because he was about to create a "Gold-backed currency," a plan that might replace France dominancy in theFrancophone region, and even though there was a French-led U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 creating a no-fly zone over Libya, when it profits the French, they used NATO to topple Gaddafi.
illiteracy And Disloyalty And Greed
Nobody is perfect, and it is no news that Gaddhafi pro outweigh its cons, and most Libyans know that, but when he initiated that he would start getting gold for his oil, insurgents started rising against him in his own home, and this people will go ahead and kill him.
The people of Libyans were covered in their own foolishness, Africans around him will not support him, as they prefer to listen to CNN and read the news on the current situation of Libya. A man that wanted to turn the continent with his pan-Africanism agenda was killed.
Why I am angry with people that keeps screaming Obama and Clinton was because it is high time Africa as a continent stands up for itself now and stop acting as a puppet to Western countries.
The reasons why there was African-Americans today is because some old senseless men back then decides to exchange their fellow Africans for gunpowders, golden wristwatches, Mirrors and cash. Till this moment, a lot of Africans still blame the Westerners for slavery.
Until people start realising that they hold more power than the government of the day, we will remain the same way, and even they we won't get the masters identification mark as slaves, or whipped to death for disobeying orders, we will still keep getting orders from the masters, maybe this time with a drone over our head.
Africans or the Arab states could have saved Gaddafi if they had risen against the western countries domination in Libya or speak against it.
In a Youtube video before his death, Gaddafi was speaking to leaders of the Middle-East about how Saddam Hussein was captured, and Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad was smiling when he was criticizing the Americans for invading Iraq on the pretence of WMD, when they were actually trying to cripple the Iraqi government because Hussein was also asking for gold before he could sell them oil.
Why the Obama administration via Clinton might have sponsored the killing of Gaddafi, I believe the illiteracy, disloyalty among his people, the Arab states literally killed him. If they had all stood by him, and reject the brainwashing tactics of the Western power, then some parts of Libya might be destroyed, but Gaddafi will be alive.
Bashar al-Assad government was also about to be crippled recently, but he had most of his people fighting, and with the help of Russians who are now tired of what happened in Libya and Iraq, and decided to stop the re-occurrence again, because the toppling of the government that has been done in the past have only resulted in new terrorist organizations, and more rebel in such country.
The toppling of Sadam Hussein and Gaddafi is the reason for ISIS today, and who is suffering now? The people of Libya, Iraq, and Syria.
You have probably witnessed the Vietnam war, and heard how Vietnam, a small country with no nuclear power, or best armoury or tanks was able to form resistance against the US government, and people that betrayed the government at the time was either killed or sent out of the country.
At some point, the people decided not to break into North or South Vietnam, but instead One Vietnam, and when US sees they were never going to win, they label the rebels different names, assasinated their character, but they pay no mind, until American soldiers was forced to leave their country.
The unity and oneness of a country/continent is bigger than nuclear power or heavy armours.
Africans won't fight, or speak out on what is right, instead they sell out, and speaks too much of the Queen's English.
Ask yourselves, who are your leaders? Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, the man that looks like a walking ghost? or Uganda president that won't leave after 30 years, and turns the position to a kingship, or Yahya Jammeh that won't leave until he was disgraced out of the country, or Nigerian president that came to presidency and put his country into recession.
Africans willneed to fights its own demon, before it can stand shoulder to shoulder or invited to the table of decision, if ever that would ever happen.
Trump Icing On The Cake
The recent US administration led by Donald Trump had said whenever he assumed office, he will make sure to ban refugees from some Muslim countries. Last week, Trump decided to do what he had promised to Americans via one of his executive orders by banning people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
Does that country sounds known to you? Iran and Iraq, was destroyed by whom? Syria was destroyed by whom? Libya was destroyed by whom?
I am not asking you not to fight your government or stage a revolution, but think deep about what you are doing, and make sure you are no influenced by external bodies, because when real issues hit the fan, you will have no country to live.
So before you post any new comment criticising the Westerners again like your ancestors have been doing, remember Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Or CIA Did Not Kill Muammar Gaddafi, I Did, and you did.
President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, fulfilling the promise he made to his voters during the campaign.
The president during his campaign has said TPP is a disaster for American workers, and has promised to put a stop to it if he is elected. The deal though negotiated under former President Obama was yet to be confirmed by the congress, so putting a stop to it will not have an immediate or a real time effect on the US economy, though this will send a wave to leaders around the world and democrats about Donald Trump stance on trade.
The president also signed an order that bans U.S non-governmental organizations receive federal funding from providing abortions abroad.
Donald Trump has been officially sworn-in as the 45th US president. The inauguration of President Trump took place outside the US Capitol, Washington, with dignitaries from all walks of life, including former political opponent, Hillary Clinton.
In his inaugural speech, the new president said;
For too long a small group in our nations capital has reaped the rewards of government. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.
We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.
The president also talks about his immigration stance and international trade saying;
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
Donald Trump, who has no political experience is a property developer and TV reality star. The president in his campaign was able to appear on news headlines because of his comment on the ban of Muslims entering the United States, and also about his access Nollywood tape.
The former US president, Barack Obama told the new president "Good job, good job" after his inaugural speech.
The two page synopsis attached to the report on the Russia role in the recent US election claims that the Kremlin also has possible"blackmail" materials on Donald Trump, though the report is unsubstantiated and not unverified.
Speaking to state-owned TASS news agency, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday;
No, the Kremlin has no compromising materials on Trump. "This is absolutely fake information, a fabrication and complete nonsense. The Kremlin does not engage in gathering compromising materials.
It is an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations. The quality of the public version of the previous report and this hoax is comparable. In English, it is called pulp fiction.
The circulated report was reported to have been compiled by a former British intelligence officer, Buzzfeed reported.
A new document declassifying the US election has just been released. According to the report by the intelligence community, Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered that the US election be hacked to "undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process."
The report reads;
We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency.
We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.
The report also shows a that Putin had a grudge against the Democratic party nominee, Hillary Clinton for comments she made and he saw as disparaging towards him.
The hacking report against the US election also shows;
Covert operations such as cyberactivity and overt operations through state-funded media and "paid social media users, or trolls."
Russian military intelligence's relaying material to media outlets.
Gaining access to "elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards," although it was clear that those systems were "not involved in vote tallying.
The report did not say if say if the campaign swayed the election in favour of President-elect Trump, who won with 304 electoral college votes, but lost the popular votes to Hillary Clinton with a margin of 3million.
The President-elect has also called the report of the intelligence chiefs as bogus, citing claims that they had given a false report about the WMD in Iraq that lead to war before now, and they could be wrong again.
The three security agent, FBI and CIA have high confidence of the election interference, while the NSA only has a moderate confidence .
President Obama has decided to sanction the Russia diplomat in the USA for their involvement in the November 8th election that see Donald Trump becoming president. Obama sanctioned four Russian individuals and five Russian entities for interfering in the US election.
The Obama administration also ordered that 35 diplomats leave the country in the next 72 hours, and two Russian compounds are being closed.
According to statement from White house;
Russia's cyberactivities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the US government.
These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Also, the USA separately sanctioned two individuals Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev and Alexey Belan, for using the cyber-enabled means to cause the misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. They are both being sought by the FBI.
In a statement by the United States president, Barack Obama said;
These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm US interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.
While the President-elect, Donald Trump said;
It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.
Homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco in a statement with CNN Jack Tapper said;
What these individuals were doing were basically collecting intelligence. They were intelligence officers operating here and using these compounds, one in New York, one in Maryland, for intelligence collection purposes.
And what we are saying today is, in response to and in order to impose consequences for the Russian government's increasing harassment and aggression toward our personnel in Moscow, and, of course, their malicious cyberactivities, interfering and an effort to interfere in our election process, we are imposing consequences.
According to the representative of the Kremlin, Russia will retaliate in response to any "hostile" steps by the US government.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said Russia will take similar steps of expulsion, but she did not provide further details of what would be Russia actions.
At the time of this writing, the Russian government has ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow that serves the US,British and Canadian embassy personnel, to US and foreign nationals. This also closes the US embassy vacation house in Serebryany Bor, near Moscow.
After the Obama administration sanction, the Russian embassy in UK tweeted a duck image, and tagged the US current administration actions as "Cold War deja vu"
The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte remains colourful in his words, and seems to swear at anything that angers him. The recent man to face his recent anger is President Obama of the U.S. who had planned to meet with him during the ASEAN meeting in Laos this week.
The White house had reported that Obama would confront Duterte about the way drug dealers are executed without judicial proceedings or due process.
But on hearing the reason the Obama would meet him, Duterte said;
Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people,"Son of a b****, I will swear at you."
Duterte also blamed the U.S. for the unrest on the southern Philippines Island of Mindanao. Duterte said;
As a matter of fact, we inherited this problem from the United States," he said. "Why? Because they invaded this country and made us their subjugated people. Everybody has a terrible record of extra-judicial killing. Why make an issue about fighting crime?
Obama May Not Meet Duterte
In response to Duterte speech, President Obama while addressing the press said that the meeting with Duterte might not go forward. He said;
I always want to make sure if I'm having a meeting that it's productive and we're getting something done.
If and when we have a meeting, this is something that is going to be brought up," Obama said, referring to the Philippines' controversial record of combating drug crime since Duterte took office earlier this year.
The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the president of the United States, Barack Obama. Buhari is being criticized for his delay in appointing ministers to his cabinet after is inauguration, but the president while on a speech released by Washington post has said that his administration will have appointed ministers, come September, and that is few months he was inaugurated.
Muhammadu Buhari compared his not having minsiters now to President Barack Obama. He said that the US president did not have his full cabinet several months after his inauguration. He said Nigeria is currently committed to fighting terror and good governance.
This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.
These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated. This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, in addition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.
Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing.
While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be easy; it may not be swift. We should expect stages of success and also moments when it may appear that our advances have been checked. But no one should have any doubt as to the strength of our collective will or my commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.
Similarly, my determination should not be underestimated in other matters. This includes instilling good governance and tackling the scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back for too long.
As I meet with President Obama today — the first time a president of the United States will encounter a Nigerian counterpart following the peaceful transfer of power in a contested election in our history — I will be discussing my plans for critical reforms. So, too, will I discuss why the formation of my administration is taking time and, crucially, why it must. Already there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed.
When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.
I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.
There are too few examples in the history of Nigeria since independence where it can be said that good management and governance were instituted at a national level. This lack of a governance framework has allowed many of those in charge, devoid of any real checks and balances, to plunder. The fact that I now seek Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of former, corrupt officials is testament to how badly Nigeria has been run. This way of conducting our affairs cannot continue.
Indeed, the failure of governance, it can be argued, has been as much a factor in Nigeria’s inability thus far to defeat Boko Haram as have been issues with the military campaign itself.
So the path we must take is simple, even if it is not easy: First, instill rules and good governance; second, install officials who are experienced and capable of managing state agencies and ministries; and third, seek to recover funds stolen under previous regimes so that this money can be invested in Nigeria for the benefit of all of our citizens.
We seek the support and partnership of the United States in these tasks. The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy and largest populace, cannot be underestimated. Our allies can provide much-needed military training and intelligence as our soldiers take the war effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to U.S. businesses as well as the Obama administration to help develop governance initiatives that can ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefits all its people, not just a few. By taking these steps, we will be positioned to benefit from increased investment — particularly in energy and electricity — from the United States.
I was elected on a platform of change. I know this is what the people of Nigeria desire more than anything else. I know they are impatient for action. I realize the world waits to see evidence that my administration will be different from all those that came before. Yet reforming my country after so many years of abuse cannot be achieved overnight. In our campaigns against both Boko Haram and corruption, we should remain steadfast and remember, as it is said: “Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.”