17 March 2018

"Open your eyes and hearts to the rhythm of #TelAviv… the city that makes even the sunshine dance"



10 March 2018

NIGERIA 2016 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY by United States of America Department of State #BIAFRA

The following report is posted on the website of United States of America Department of State in 2016 and outlines the lack of Human Rights in Nigeria. This illustrates that while not publically recognizing Biafra's right to exist as a separate country; there is documentation and understanding of the treatment that Biafrans are suffering. (Note, State Dept report was published before the Leader of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and his parents were either murdered or kidnapped by the Nigerian Military in September 14, 2017 at the Kanu Palace in Umuahia, Abia State.The video posted here is not part of the report)

NIGERIA 2016 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  Image result for us dept of state
"Nigeria is a federal republic composed of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In 2015 citizens elected President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress party to a four-year term in the first successful democratic transfer of power from a sitting president in the country’s history. Civilian authorities did not always maintain effective control over the security services. The insurgency in the Northeast by the militant terrorist group Boko Haram, and its splinter group Islamic State-West Africa, continued. The military drove the insurgents out of major population centers, but they remained in control of rural areas and capable of conducting complex attacks and suicide bombings. 
Casualty figures increased, and reports of serious human rights abuses by both Boko Haram and security forces continued. The most serious human rights abuses included those committed by Boko Haram, which conducted numerous attacks on government and civilian targets that resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries, widespread destruction, the internal displacement of 1.8 million persons, and the external displacement of an estimated 191,000 Nigerian refugees to neighboring countries, principally Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. In its response to Boko Haram attacks, and at times in response to crime and insecurity in general, security services perpetrated extrajudicial killings and engaged in torture, rape, arbitrary detention, mistreatment of detainees, looting, and destruction of property. 
The country also suffered from ethnic, regional, and religious violence. Other serious human rights problems included restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and movement; official vigilante killings; prolonged pretrial detention, often in poor conditions and with limited independent oversight; civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy evidence; denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary; infringement on
citizens’ privacy rights; corruption; violence against women and children, including female genital mutilation/cutting; sexual exploitation of children; trafficking in persons; early and forced marriages; discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; discrimination based on ethnicity, regional origin, religion, and disability; forced and bonded labor; and child labor. 
NIGERIA 2 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 
The government took few steps to investigate or prosecute officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government, and impunity remained widespread at all levels of government. The government did not investigate or prosecute most of the major outstanding allegations of human rights violations by the security forces or the majority of cases of police or military extortion or other abuse of power. 
Boko Haram’s numerous attacks often targeted civilians. The group, which recruited and forcefully conscripted child soldiers, carried out bombings--including suicide bombings--and other attacks on population centers in the Northeast and in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. The government investigated these attacks but prosecuted few members of Boko Haram; it detained the vast majority of suspected Boko Haram supporters in military custody without charge. Abductions by the group continued. The group subjected many abducted women and girls to sexual and gender-based violence, including forced marriages and rape. 
The government investigated attacks but rarely prosecuted Boko Haram members; it detained the vast majority of suspected Boko Haram supporters in military custody without charge. The United Nations and other international organizations reported that vigilante groups, collectively known as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), which at times aligned with the military against Boko Haram, continued to recruit and use, sometimes by force, child soldiers. The government prohibited these actions and maintained that CJTF forces aligned with the government did not employ child soldiers. Nonetheless, the Borno State government continued to provide financial and in-kind resources to some members of the CJTF, which was also at times aligned with the Nigerian military in operations against Boko Haram. 
Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: a. Arbitrary Deprivation of Life and other Unlawful or Politically Motivated Killings There were numerous reports the government or its agents committed numerous arbitrary and unlawful killings. The national police, army, and other security services used lethal and excessive force to disperse protesters and apprehend criminals and suspects and committed other extrajudicial killings. Authorities generally did not hold police, military, or other security force personnel 
NIGERIA 3 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor accountable for the use of excessive or deadly force or for the deaths of persons in custody. State and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths did not make their findings public. The use by security services of excessive force, including live ammunition, to deal with protesters and disperse demonstrators resulted in numerous killings. On February 9, police and military personnel reportedly used live ammunition to disperse protesting members or supporters of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement at a school in Aba, Abia State, killing at least nine. In June Amnesty International (AI) published the findings of an investigation, concluding that on May 29-30, police and military personnel in Onitsha, Anambra State, killed at least 17 IPOB members or supporters ahead of a planned political demonstration. According to a September AI report, since August 2015 security forces killed at least 150 IPOB members or supporters and arbitrarily arrested hundreds

14 February 2018

Gonzo Journalism: Currently working on The Biafra Faktor, sequel to The Masada Faktor

I'm currently working on The Biafra Faktor. It's a sequel to The Masada Faktor which is a fictional noir featuring Natasha Bernard as protagonist. Loosely based on my own life,  I thought of using Natasha Bernard as my nom de plume but instead, cast her in a Gonzo journalism approach.

Natasha's adventures in Israel in 2014, after immigration to the Holy Land are adventurous, harrowing, and sexy as she attempts to solve the mystery of The Masada Faktor, imparted to her by her mother, at her deathbed. In Israel, with Operation Protective Edge, the Gaza
War raging, Natasha realizes the significance of the mystery linked to current events.
Naomi Litvivn

Why The Biafra Faktor? My involvement and advocacy with the Indigenous People of Biafra has led me to an intense two year study of the situation in West African Biafra Land since the Civil War in the late Sixties. When their attempt to separate and actualize their own country from the British amalgamated country of Nigeria it ended in the genocidal starvation of 3.5 million men, women, and children (estimates of the dead vary and may be as high as six million.) Now, after their leader Nnamdi Kanu and his parents were taken by the Nigerian Army in September of 2017, and since being proscribed as a terrorist group by Nigeria, they are being hunted and butchered by the Islamic regime. Biafrans are committed to a non-violent struggle and, in my opinion, not exercising self-defense. It is only a matter of time before enough will be enough and they may be forced to fight back.

And so, in my new book, as Natasha Bernard struggles to return to Israel after a sojourn in the United States, she becomes involved with the Biafran people. Whether a manifestation of her childhood trauma as a Child of the Holocaust (Natasha's mother mirrors my mother, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary) or simply an empathic response to these highly intelligent and educated people, Natasha becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that spans the globe.

Stay tuned to the further adventures of Natasha Bernard, my alter ego. Is truth stranger than fiction? Or is fiction stranger than truth? When the time comes, I'll let you decide.

02 February 2018

The compelling subject of unconditional basic income

I entered a contest and didn't win. The subject of the contest, unconditional basic income, was compelling and I wanted to challenge myself to write something different on demand.  The Economic Security Project, who organized the contest, is exploring the debate and experiments of "Basic Income," as they describe below. 
"The Economic Security Project is a network committed to advancing the debate on unconditional cash and basic income in the United States. In a time of immense wealth, no one should live in poverty, nor should the middle class be consigned to a future of permanent stagnation or anxiety. Automation, globalization, and financialization are changing the nature of work, and these shifts require us to rethink how to create economic opportunity for all.
Now is the time to think seriously about how expanding unconditional cash could work, how to pay for it, and what the political path might be to make it a reality. Join us."
A lot has been written on the unconditional basic income that has been implemented in Finland recently. The idea has been tossed around for a long time and is especially pleasing to the Left.

In my short story I addressed both sides of the issue in a fictional story.

26 January 2018

Nigerian Government @AsoRock has invaded a synagogue in Aba, BiafraLand!

22 January 2018

Two people have claimed to me that Nnamdi Kanu is alive! #WhereIsNnamdiKanu

I've been sitting on this information for a while. Two people have claimed to me that Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu is alive. The first person that told me Nnamdi Kanu is alive said it to me on the telephone the day after the horrifying attack on the Kanu Palace in Umuahia on September 14, 2017. I did not disclose to anyone what she said, as at the time I wasn't sure of her veracity. Initially I believed she worked with IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra). Later it was revealed that she is part of a dangerous, violent vigilante group that's working contrary to the non-violent doctrine of IPOB. What Michele Fishman said to me was this: Nnamdi Kanu is alive: He escaped through Cameroon with the help of people from that country who are sympathetic to Biafra's cause. She may deny this and say I am a liar, she may say that I am an agent of Nigeria, but believe me, she is up to no good.
נעמ' ל'סב'ן
Naomi Litvin

After some time and events (look at her Latest Updates here) I was prompted to report her to the FBI, and her claims on twitter of mass murder and arson as spokesperson of the group. Later, after a second person, who was new to me contacted me on Facebook, I have decided to divulge these two incredible statements.

I don't believe either of these people, yet I think their audacious statements are troubling and opportunistic. So please, take all of this under consideration and know that it is hearsay, anecdotal, or just plain lies.

Michele Fishman, left; Peter S. Maduka, right
screenshot from tweet: 

19 January 2018

The Masada Faktor: Award Winning for Fiction