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Brazil. Senate investigative committee has approved a report that calls for President Jair Bolsonaro to be indicted for nine crimes related to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including crimes against humanity.
Mali. The transitional government has given the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) special representative 72 hours to leave the country following “actions incompatible with his status”.
World Bank. The board has turned down a request by International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for a meeting to defend herself against claims that she pressured staff to alter data as the bank’s CEO in 2017.
Globe. Police across the world have arrested 150 suspects involved in buying or selling illegal goods online in one of the largest-ever stings on the dark web, according to Europol. Operation DarkHunTOR also recovered millions of euros in funds and Bitcoin, as well as hard substances and guns.
CBN launches eNaira
The Story The Central Bank of Nigeria joined a growing list of emerging markets betting on digital fund to cut transaction costs and boost participation in the formal financial system, as it launched its eNaira.
How does it compare to the regular Naira? The eNaira will complement the physical naira, which has weakened 5.6% this year despite the central bank’s efforts to stabilize the currency. “The eNaira and the physical naira will have the same value and will always exchange at one naira to one eNaira,” Emefiele said. The digital currency is expected to boost cross-border trade and financial inclusion, make transactions more efficient, as well as improve monetary policy, according to the central bank.
How has the reception been? Since the launch of the eNaira platform, it’s received more than 2.5 million daily visits, with 33 banks integrated on the platform, 500 million c ($1.2m) successfully minted and more than 2,000 customers onboarded, central bank Governor Godwin Emefiele said at the launch. Central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, are national currency — unlike their crypto counterparts, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, which are prized, in part, because they are not tied to fiat currency.
Potential impact on the economy “The adoption of the central bank digital currency and its underlying technology, called blockchain, can increase Nigeria’s gross domestic product by $29b over the next 10 years”, President Muhammadu Buhari said at the launch in Abuja. The issuance of the digital currency comes after the central bank earlier in February outlawed banks and financial institutions from transacting or operating in cryptocurrencies as they posed a threat to the financial system.
The CBN in August selected Bitt Inc. as a technical partner to help create the currency that was initially due to be introduced on 1 October. Nigeria joins the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in being among the first jurisdictions in the world to roll out national digital currencies. SOURCE
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The Story Threats from the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) has prompted thousands of ad hoc workers for the Anambra State governorship election to resign.
With just a couple of weeks to the election? The Independent National Electoral Commission had in May increased the polling units in Anambra State from 4,608 to 5,720, with about 10,000 ad hoc workers required for the governorship poll scheduled for November 6. However, despite its declaration of preparedness, many of those who signed up for the role have resigned, a source told the SaharaReporters news site.
What's the government's security plan on the election? Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser (NSA) to President Buhari, has advised those with the intention to disrupt the election to have a rethink, adding that the security agencies are going to do everything within their power to ensure that the people of Anambra State undergo the exercise without any incident. The ad hoc workers, however, do not seem convinced. Considering the IPOB activities in the southeast region, there had been a poor response by ad hoc workers who will conduct the poll because of the security situation.
Kanu or no election Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, had in a statement Sunday, given the FG up till 4 November to release the group's detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally, or it would commence a one-week lockdown in the region effective 5 November, a day to the Anambra state governorship election. While regretting the inconveniences that the development may cause the people, the group said it is a “necessary sacrifice we need to make until we have our full independence". SOURCE
The Story The recent wind of coup d'etat in Africa appears to be gaining momentum, as another country falls to the military.
Another coup? Sudan’s military seized power from a transitional government on Monday and soldiers killed at least three people and wounded 80 as street protests broke out against the coup. The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been set up to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow of long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago.
What motivated the coup? Justifying the intervention, Burhan said; “What the country is going through now is a real threat and danger to the dreams of the youth and the hopes of the nation". He announced a state of emergency, saying the armed forces needed to protect safety and security, but he promised to hold elections in July 2023 and hand over to an elected civilian government then. Youths opposed to the coup barricaded streets as clashes broke out with troops. The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said three people had died of wounds after being shot by soldiers and at least 80 people had been injured.
A coup-plagued history Sudan has been ruled for most of its post-colonial history by military leaders who seized power in coups. It had become a pariah to the West and was on the U.S. terrorism blacklist under Bashir, who hosted Osama bin Laden in the 1990s and is wanted by the International Criminal Court in the Hague for war crimes. In recent weeks a coalition of rebel groups and political parties aligned themselves with the military and called on it to dissolve the civilian government, while cabinet ministers took part in protests against the prospect of military rule.
Sudan has also been suffering an economic crisis. Helped by foreign aid, civilian officials have claimed credit for some tentative signs of stabilisation after a sharp devaluation of the currency and the lifting of fuel subsidies. The main opposition Forces of Liberty and Change alliance called for civil disobedience and protests across the country. Hamdok, an economist and former senior U.N. official, was appointed as a technocratic prime minister in 2019 but struggled to sustain the transition amid splits between the military and civilians, and the pressures of the economic crisis. SOURCE
Prince at the Scene of the Crime
The Story Saad Aljabri was Saudi Arabia's No. 2 intelligence official. A close ally of U.S. intelligence since 2001, he lives in exile in Toronto.
What about him? In August 2020, Aljabri filed a federal lawsuit in Washington D.C. accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) of targeting him for assassination and holding two of his children hostage because he has knowledge of damaging secrets about the prince’s rise to power. Aljabri alleges in the lengthy, detailed complaint that MBS orchestrated a conspiracy to kill him in Canada that parallels the one resulting in the 2018 death and dismemberment of dissident Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
Was an assassination attempt made on him? Aljabri's lawsuit claims that MBS implanted malware on his phone and sent agents to the U.S. to find him. Once Aljabri was located, MBS sent a "hit squad" to kill him. Canadian customs officials intercepted the team and discovered they were carrying forensic tools that could have been used to dismember a corpse -- a grisly reminder of the Khashoggi case. The complaint also says Saudi authorities arrested and imprisoned one of Aljabri’s sons, Omar, 22, and a daughter, Sarah, 20, "all in an effort to bait [Aljabri] back to Saudi Arabia to be killed."
What's the US saying? MBS became a pariah after Khashoggi’s death. The CIA assessed that MBS likely ordered Khashoggi's assassination personally, but President Trump gave him cover by refusing to accept the CIA's conclusion. Trump said the crown prince had assured him he had nothing to do with what Trump called “an unacceptable and horrible crime.” Numerous U.S. elected officials and former members of the Clinton and Bush administrations urged Trump to do something to secure Aljabri's children's liberty; instead, Trump sought ways to protect MBS from legal liability.
Sunday night, in an interview on CBS "60 Minutes," Saad Aljabri called the Saudi crown prince a "psychopath" who "poses a threat to his people, to the Americans and to the planet." Aljabri described watching a video of a meeting that allegedly took place in 2014 between MBS and his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef (MBN), then the country's head of intelligence. "He [MBS] told him [MBN], 'I want to assassinate King Abdullah. I get a poison ring from Russia. It's enough for me just to shake hands with him and he will be done,'" Aljabri said. King Abdullah died in January 2015 at age 90, after which his half-brother, King Salman, MBS' father, ascended to the throne. SOURCE
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QUESTION & ANSWER
It’s 50 A.D. in the Roman Empire. What's to prevent you from claiming that you were a Roman citizen when you weren’t? What kind of proof would people ask for?
Originally Answered: If you weren't a Roman citizen in the year 50 a.d in the Roman empire. What's to prevent you from claiming that you were a Roman citizen? What kind of proof would people ask for?
Wording of question when answered: If you weren't a Roman citizen in the year 50 a.d in the Roman empire. What's to prevent you from claiming that you were a Roman citizen? What kind of proof would people ask for?
The first thing people would ask for would be witnesses to support your claim under oath. If you weren’t able to provide such witnesses because, for instance, you were far from home, people in authority might take your word provisionally if you looked plausible, for instance if you had a “tria nomina” name: praenomen, nomen, cognomen, such as Gaius Julius Caesar or Lucius Aemilius Paulus, you had better be a citizen, because after 24 CE it was illegal to use such a name if you were not.
If they felt your claim was dubious in spite of provisionally accepting it, the authorities could check the census list from where you were living at the time of the last census. This could take time. They might have to dispatch somebody the length and breadth of the empire, which was not merely a slow process but an expensive one, so would probably wait until somebody was going that way anyway. If you had been made a citizen, rather than inheriting the status, you would have been given a diploma (if you received your citizenship on discharge from the army) or a libellus containing a copy of your entry in the archive at Rome (if you were a civilian). You might or might not be able to put your hand to this when you needed it: you want to send for it? Slow and expensive and the cost is on you this time.
There would have been a good deal of luck involved in whether your claim was entertained or not, and it might even be a matter of life or death. The bottom line was that the penalties were severe both for falsely claiming citizenship and for treating citizens as non-citizens in a legal context, so people tended not to make false claims and the authorities tended to admit claims that were made. But it wasn’t a perfect system by any means. SOURCE