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Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The Ebola outbreak has also generated an international debate over the use of experimental drugs to treat the disease. Three weeks ago, the first two doses of an experimental serum known as ZMapp went to two American missionaries, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who had contracted the disease in Liberia and returned to the United States for treatment. Both were released from the Emory University Hospital this week. On Thursday, Emory’s Dr. Bruce Ribner confirmed the aid workers no longer pose a health risk to the public.

Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer discusses what can be done to stop the epidemic and the need to build local healthcare capacity, not just an emergency response.

He is a professor at Harvard Medical School and currently serves as the special advisor to the United Nations on community-based medicine. He has written several books including, “Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues.”


EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

Calls for accountability

Lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters party led by Julius Malema caused a political storm on Thursday (21.08.2014), when they hurled chants at President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa’s leader was being grilled over the controversial security upgrades for his private Nkandla residence which had cost the taxpayer $24 million (18 million euros).


 

Incident ReportMichael Brown Offense Report

The two-page document, which the Ferguson Police Department released only after pressure from journalists and civil liberties advocates, is largely redacted or left blank. The most egregious omissions are the victim’s name and a description of the offense – the fatal shooting of Brown.

“I’ve never seen an incident report that didn’t contain a description of the incident, at least on some basic level,” said Don Tittle, a veteran Texas civil and criminal attorney. “It makes you wonder if they don’t want to commit to a story.”

Autopsy reveals Michael Brown was shot SIX times:

Autopsy reveals Michael Brown was shot SIX times in the front of the body by police officer Darren Wilson – including twice in the head.


Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

US, Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees

Governments weighing approval of permit for genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, which critics say would increase deforestation-  by Carey L. Biron, IPS News

The Brazilian government is slated to start taking public comments on such a proposal during the first week of September. Similarly, U.S. regulators have been working on an environmental impact assessment since early last year, a highly anticipated draft of which is expected to be released any day.

Army to take over Miss Uganda beauty contest:

Army finds a magic solution to Hunger and eating in the Female Body Beauty. No complaints from the males so far.New Miss UG

“The next Miss Uganda will be based on agriculture. A Miss Uganda that is willing to get her hands dirty by doing meaningful agriculture,” Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho (Salim Saleh) who is the commander of OWC revealed on Tuesday.

 

“Beauty with a Purpose”

Miss AgriKampala, Uganda:-
The army will take over the Miss Uganda beauty contests in order to attract young people into the agricultural sector so as to solve problems of hunger and poverty among the youth in the country.

This was revealed by Gen Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh, the presidential adviser on military matters.

Visional Guidance to Hunger and Poverty Alleviation –
“When a man loves a woman, he will go into Agriculture to feed her right.”

 

The world watches as Ferguson reacts in frustration

The most dramatic video moments from protests after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Peaceful protests, but then …

Law enforcement agencies across America are increasingly using military-grade tactical equipment left over from our wars.

Africa A NATION?


 

Dr. Dambisa Moyo: Let My People Go:

Peter Robinson (Hoover Institution) -Q: So you are making a Corollary point of great importance here, which is to say that “Aid in some way has not only corrupted the recipient regimes in Africa, but has also corrupted the donors. It has in some way permitted them to get away with things that make them feel good rather than genuine confrontation of what is going on on the ground in Africa?. It is bad for the giver as well as for the receiver” – @32:00.

Dr. D. Moyo -A: Absolutely.

FROM SLAVE TRADE TO FREE TRADE, says Rev. Jesse Jackson:

 

Moyo vs. Gates: Two People Will Enter, Only One Will Exit:-

Aid Vs. Fair Trade

Fair Trade vs. Aid

 Do Africans really benefit from the millions of dollars or euros entrusted to their governments? 

On May 28th, 2013 during a Q&A session at the University of New South Wales, Bill Gates, co-Founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, made some shocking and inappropriate ad-hominem attacks against me and my book Dead Aid.

In this video excerpt, Mr. Gates answers a question about Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There is A Better Way for Africa by claiming that I “didn’t know much about aid and what it was doing” and that my work is “promoting evil”.

I find it disappointing that Mr. Gates would not only conflate my arguments about structural aid with those about emergency or NGO aid, but also that he would then use this gross misrepresentation of my work to publicly attack my knowledge, background, and value system.

The Moyo-Gates battle is likely to be a short-lived affair. (Take Africa seriously. Move away from a relationship of “aid donor and aid recipient” to one of investment and trade – says Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Aug. 2014 US-Africa Summit)

CBC: Dambisa Moyo on her vision for Africa & what’s wrong with aid

CNN: Paul Kagame talks about Dead Aid and China:

Rwanda: One of Africa’s Fastest Growing Economies:


 

Could this be Albert Einstein back & Groovin’ ?

Teen set self ablaze, mom helped:


 

Ebola Virus: Nigeria Sacks All Resident Doctors

Kazeem Ugbodaga –

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has sacked all resident doctors in all federal government hospitals across the nation for not teaming up with government to fight the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in the country.


New video shows moments after shooting Micheal Brown:

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, talks with CNN’s Michaela Pereira.

Update, 8:00 a.m. ET: Public schools, which had been scheduled to open Monday, remain closed:

Due to continuing unrest in some areas of Ferguson, and in the interest of the safety of students and families, all schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be closed Monday, Aug. 18.

 


 

Homeless Woman Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Stealing Free Education For Her 6 Year Old Son.

 ‘You shouldn’t be arrested for stealing a free education. It’s just wrong.’ – Mr Crosland

Tonya McDowell

Tonya McDowell


 

January 17, 2013 3:00 PM ET
Audie Cornish talks to Howard French, associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a former, longtime foreign correspondent for The New York Times, about the relationship between France and post-colonial Africa.

 

CORNISH: So Howard French, can you give us an example of a moment in history which really shows France swooping into a nation; and either propping up a government, or backing one they like, or getting rid of one they don’t?

FRENCH: Sure. My very first experience – dramatic experience – as a foreign correspondent was in 1983, in Chad; which was under attack, at the time, by an insurgency backed by Libya under Moammar Gadhafi. And France intervened to prop up the state, which would certainly have fallen, had they not done so. France has done this time and again, in one country after another – Central African Republic, in the past; in repeated instances in Gambol, in Ivory Coast. It has helped in civil wars in Senegal, and in various other places. So this is – Mali is part of a big, broad pattern of French involvement and as a kind of guarantor – in the last instance – of the integrity of the states that France itself created.

The French Military in Africa

”Deep down, we have remained colonialists,” said Jean-Paul Fuchs, a conservative opposition deputy and expert on Africa. ”We want to continue running these countries.”

Africa – The Last Wild West Frontier:

Published on Jul 12, 2013

Wild West - Africa!

Wild West – Africa!

For maverick entrepreneur Ian Cox, Africa is the last frontier of free enterprise. The former small-time hustler has been busting his ass on the continent for years, selling and moving merchandise.

In 2012 he nabbed a lucrative United Nations contract to transport equipment from South Africa to South Sudan, a country on many countries’ embargo list.

The other problem: the journey north entails passing through countless checkpoints and dealing with bribe-happy officials and their nonsensical paperwork and regulations.

 Africa’s Cowboy Capitalists (Full Length)

Forget the horses, they wouldn’t stand a chance in the hinterlands of Africa full of tsetse flies and mosquitoes. Ian Cox, is not your usual cowboy. His knack to adapt under any conditions makes him the new John Wayne of Africa. You haven’t seen improvisation until you see a Muzungu stuffing a differential gear with ripe bananas as a lubricant when he runs out of oil in the middle of nowhere – seeing is believing, check it out 31:34 in the above video.

Empire – The New Scramble for Africa

Published on Jul 27, 2014

Described by many as the ‘new scramble for Africa’, the US, China and other nations are attempting to consolidate their grip on Africa’s natural resources and its growing consumer class.


frontier markets, africa A marketing wheeze or an exciting investment opportunity? Here we look at ‘where’ and ‘how’ investors should be investing as well a highlight major pitfall to watch out for.


 BRICS score in Brazil, create new Development Bank

July 15, 2014, 6:39 pm

After some tough rounds of negotiations, BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have created not only a new $100 billion Development Bank, but also a $100 billion foreign currency reserves pool.

BRICS have long alleged that the IMF and World Bank impose belt-tightening policies in exchange for loans while giving them little say in deciding terms. Total trade between the countries is $6.14 trillion, or nearly 17 percent of the world’s total. The last decade saw the BRICS combined GDP grow more than 300 per cent, while that of the developed word grew 60 per cent. – Helmo Preuss in Fortaleza, Brazil for The BRICS Post


 

US-Africa Summit: $17 Billion pledged, of that, 30 per cent was pledged by Dangote with Blackstone.

African telecoms billionaire Mo Ibrahim encouraged U.S. businesses to invest in Africa and make money, but also said they should “pay their taxes.” Just like Kofi Annan had pointed out that:-

Tax avoidance, secret mining deals and financial transfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom.

Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn (£25bn) a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads.

“Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors,” Mr Annan told the BBC.

It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said Africa wanted to move away from a relationship of “aid donor and aid recipient” to one of investment and trade.

Kikwete told the forum that with Obama and senior officials encouraging the business community “to take Africa seriously, I think this time we will make it.”

Blackstone, Carlyle Join Africa’s Dangote for Investment

August 05, 2014

Dangote, whose cement and commodities businesses built him a $24.4 billion fortune, said he struck separate agreements with the private-equity firms, attracting new capital to help address Africa’s energy demands. He committed to invest a combined $5 billion by 2019 with New York-based Blackstone in power projects in sub-Saharan Africa, and he formed a joint venture with Washington-based Carlyle to invest an unspecified amount in Nigerian oil and gas ventures and other sub-Saharan projects.

Kenya: President Kenyatta Meets Former U.S. President George W Bush

The President said investments in Kenya have one of the best returns in the world and urged the business executives to take up opportunities to invest in the infrastructure, ICT and energy sectors.

The business executives included the Chief Executive Officer of Moneygram, Pamela H Patsley with whom President Kenyatta held a separate meeting after the luncheon.

 “When it comes to business, Texas businessmen are recognized as the engine of the American economy, I urge you to bring more business to Kenya,” he said.

 


DEBT Relief Time or More DEBT?

The African Leaders’ summit for infrastructure investment, begets them more loans:-

- UGANDA:

The World Bank has given Uganda a loan of $150m (approximately sh375b) to upgrade infrastructure in fourteen municipalities.

-Ghana Open to IMF Loans:

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said his government is open to receiving loans from the International Monetary Fund as it turns to the lender for help in rescuing a currency in crisis.

Obama Expands African Leaders Initiative

Department of Justice                                                 Office of Public Affairs  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 7, 2014

U.S. Forfeits Over $480 Million Stolen by Former Nigerian Dictator in Largest Forfeiture Ever Obtained Through a Kleptocracy Action

The Department of Justice has forfeited more than $480 million in corruption proceeds hidden in bank accounts around the world by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators.

Published on Mar 26, 2014

The UK has failed to freeze millions in assets belonging to key figures in the regime of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Investigative journalist Tony Gosling says the growing scandal shows the true face of British foreign policy.

10 Politicians Who Stole Fortunes


World debt comparison - The global debt clock

How Africa’s natural resources can lift millions out of poverty

By Caroline Kende-Robb, Special to CNN
updated 8:43 AM EDT, Thu July 25, 2013
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The billion-dollar question: Where is Angola’s oil money?

From Victoria Eastwood and David McKenzie, CNN
updated 6:42 AM EST, Thu November 29, 2012

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IMF ready to loan Africa and once again African leaders willing to mortgage Africa’s natural resources, on the backs of the poor citizens and their grand children:

Virtually all Zambia’s copper mines are owned by corporations. In the last ten years, they’ve extracted copper worth $29 billion but Zambia is still ranked one of the twenty poorest countries in the world. Is Ghana next?

IMF bailout: ‘We must be ashamed of our management skills’– Osafo Maafo

Yaw Osafo Marfo, former Finance Minister

Yaw Osafo Marfo, former Finance Minister

Former Finance Minister in the Kufuor administration, Yaw Osafo Maafo has argued that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government did not show discipline in the management of the economy. The situation, he noted, has forced the government to seek an IMF bailout.

 Ghanaians Will Pay More For IMF Bailout – Akoto Osei Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei

A former Finance Minister under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei is asking Ghanaians to brace themselves for more hardship as the country seeks a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the ranking Member of Parliament’s Finance committee, Ghanaians should expect job losses and hikes in utility tariffs which will be compounded by general increments in the prices goods and services.

African leaders gather for US summit

IMF loans: which country owes the most?

We can’t help with the first question but we can shed some light on the last. When a country is in such financial trouble that even the cost of getting a loan is unaffordable, then there is one last place to turn – the IMF.

Obama welcomes Africa to Washington

“Too many Americans still only see conflict, disease and poverty, and not the extraordinarily diverse Africa, brimming with innovation,” Rice said, adding “the United States can do more to compete to be a full partner in Africa’s success.”

-US * Africa – 2014 LEADERS SUMMIT

August 1-6. Hosted by President Barack Obama. The biggest ever between a US president and African leaders. The theme of the Summit “Investing in the Next Generation”

The New Generation; The Feature Leaders:

Mandela-Wash

 White House Facts On President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

FACT SHEET: Today, during a town hall with 500 young African leaders, President Obama will announce the expansion of his Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was launched in 2010.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Future LeadersOn July 28, 2014, in front of 500 exceptional young leaders, President Obama announced the renaming of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in honor of Nelson Mandela. He also announced that the United States intends to double the number of annual participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship to 1000 by the summer of 2016.

YALI & Africa

 


 The Old Generation; The Current Leadership:

Monday, September 26, 2011
Paul Biya of Cameroon

Paul Biya of Cameroon

In fact, Biya is a specialist in creative rigging of elections. Once he even hired his own set of American election observers to report that an election he won was free and democratic (see below). This time around he has come up with a novel method of making sure that the outside world will be impressed by his defeat of a large number of opponents. 23 candidates for the office of the president.

“All the candidates have to do is rush to the nearest bank, microfinance institution, credit union or whatever, and demand a short term loan of 5 million CFA. They collect 25 million CFA from the state; pay back their short-term loan and report a profit of at least 15 million CFA.”

The first lady of Cameroon and her hair have touched down in D.C.

-NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OVERHEAD: When Figures Don’t Lie-

In 2010 a Central Bank governor reveals that 25 per cent of the nation’s recurrent expenditure is consumed by the National Assembly annually which is composed of 469 people in a nation of over170 million citizens; and then in 2013 he makes allegation that $20Billion oil revenue has not been accounted for by the NNPC., what do you do when you are the president? - Fire him!                                                              Who is Muhammad Sanusi II?

  • Born into the Fulani royal family on 31 July 1961
  • Grandson of a deposed emir, Muhammad Sanusi
  • Holds degrees in economics and Islamic studies
  • Appointed Nigeria’s central bank governor in June 2009
  • Named 2010 central bank governor of the year by Banker magazine
  • Suspended in February 2014 after fall-out with president
  • Crowned 14th emir of Kano on 8 June 2014
  • Changes name from Lamido Sanusi to Muhammad Sanusi II

Emir Lamido Sanusi.

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 @Gooch700 on December 09 2013 11:20 AM “No more excuses, all committee reports and ministerial statements will be sent electronically. These tools are for parliamentary business,” said Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kagada. BBC reported that the cost of providing “free” new iPads to all 375 MPs and other ministers will total some $370,000. In addition, all MPs were already granted more than $41,000 each to purchase an automobile. Moreover, in 2012, MPs voted to raise their salaries by 38 percent – to more than $8,000 per month (in a country with an annual per capita income of about $550, according to data from the United Nations).

A moral of a story of these stunning pics

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 Should Kenya lawmakers earn $175,000 a year salary?

Kenya’s members of parliament voted to give themselves a 40 percent pay hike, to more than $175,000 a year in a country where the average national income is $1,600. That’s more than US lawmakers make. Note: House and Senate lawmakers are paid $174,000 per year — 3.4 times what the average American with a full-time job earns annually, and Americans are complaining.  (Lawmakers in Uganda and Kenya earn 174 times and 101 times, what their average citizen earns annually respectively).


-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) losses HIV/Aids aid for backing the anti-gay law No more US money for Uganda Churches and Mosques.

The World Bank postponed a $90m (£54m) loan to Uganda to improve its health services after the law was approved. Several European nations – including Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden – have cut aid to Uganda to show their opposition to the law.

-Video Explaining Child’s Transgender Identification Goes Viral


Ethiopian man takes UK to court over resettlement policy -BBC.co.uk

Villagers say they are being forcibly relocated from Ethiopia's Gambella region

Villagers say they are being forcibly relocated from Ethiopia’s Gambella region

A legal battle has been launched by an Ethiopian citizen who claims the UK has helped to fund a “brutal” resettlement programme in his country.

The man, who can only be referred to as “O”, won permission to seek a judicial review at London’s High Court. He wants a ruling that the UK acted unlawfully by providing aid to Ethiopia without assessing its human rights record.

Gambela agri-export land dispossessions, Ethiopia

Description: The Gambela Region covers 2,978,200 hectares and has a population of 307,096, according to 2007 Ethiopian census data. The area is the focus of a drive by the Government of Ethiopia to attract foreign investors to its agricultural sector through tax holidays, duty-free imports of machinery, easy bank loans and cheap land. In Gambella 42 percent of the total land area is either being marketed for lease to investors or has already been awarded to investors[1]. The point of conflict is that the land leases are leading to the displacement of people from their land, loss of livelihood and deforestation. -

Contributor: Patrick Burnett

Stash Pad

The New York real-estate market is now the premier destination for wealthy foreigners with rubles, yuan, and dollars to hide.

The one-bedroom the Italian was looking at, on the 27th floor, had a view of the Woolworth Building, sleek finishes, a bachelor-size kitchen, and access to an exclusive terrace reserved for upper-floor residents. It was first purchased by an investment banker in early 2008 for $1.3 million, was resold in 2011 for $850,000, and was now back on the market for close to its prerecession price. – By Andrew Rice

Foreign Buyers In American Real Estate

A development rendering of the One57 building in Manhattan. A penthouse in the building is said to be in contract for $90 million. (AP / Extell Development Company)

A development rendering of the One57 building in Manhattan. A penthouse in the building is said to be in contract for $90 million. (AP / Extell Development Company)

They’re buying $90 million condos in New York, and maybe something on your block.  This hour On Point:  foreign buyers, American real estate.

The Nation: How New York Real Estate Became a Dumping Ground for the World’s Dirty Money

Forbes: Chinese To Spend Billions On American Real Estate — “The United States is the country of choice for China buyers.

Forbes Top 10 Billionaire Cities

Business:

Dangote 23rd richest man in the world – Full interview:

Visa: An American has more access into Africa than Aliko Dangote (22 jan. 2014):

Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote has said that he will invest $2.3bn (£1.35bn) in sugar and rice production in the north of the country.

Amid international concern about terrorism in the region – highlighted by the kidnap of more than 200 school girls – he said that creating jobs was key to ending the insurgency.

Per The East African: Dangote Cement Group said it is investing more than $2.5 billion to build manufacturing plants and import terminals in 13 African countries. Current plans are for eight cement plants in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as import and packing facilities in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • The projected capacity of the factory, to be built in Mtwara, southern Tanzania, is expected to be three million metric tonnes per annum, and Dangote is looking to get a good chunk of the market share. – The East African
  • Dangote Cement 2013 FY profits up 40 percent

  • Incapable of Competing on a level playing field:

According to a source in the Senegalese presidency

French President Francois Holland wrote to his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall in January about the plant (of the Nigerian Tycoon) “in order to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by Sococim” (a French Cement Company).

Most of the Former French Colonies: poor, unstable, civil conflicts

 Of the 10 lowest developed countries out of 187 in the world, 5 were colonized by France: Niger, the Central African Republic, Chad, Burkina Faso, Guinea. Could it be because these Countries are Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization?

France to shun Rwanda genocide ceremony; Publish Date: Apr 06, 2014:

President Kagame

President Kagame

PARIS  – France on Saturday pulled out of the 20th anniversary commemorations for the Rwandan genocide after President Paul Kagame again accused Paris of “participating” in the 1994 mass killings Kagame’s FPR rebels overthrew the Hutu-led administration, and his party still controls the government, but many of those accused of the worst crimes of the war escaped, allegedly under the cover of the French military mission.

In 2008, a report by Rwanda’s Mucyo commission of inquiry concluded that France had trained the militias that carried out killings and French troops had taken part in massacres. It accused 13 politicians and 20 officers by name. – by  New Vision

 


“Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure.” Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years money flooded into Paterson. “The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing,” Susani says. In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren’t worth nearly that much anymore.

Private Stocks And ‘Dark Pools’ In American Finance:

In this file photo, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White attends the meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Treasury Department in Washington. (AP)

In this file photo, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White attends the meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Treasury Department in Washington. (AP)

Dark pools – private stock trading platforms not available to the public – are under investigation by the SEC. We look at inequities in the stock market and what they mean for public investors.

On A ‘Rigged’ Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

“The stock market is rigged,” Michael Lewis tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “It’s rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It’s rigged to … maximize the take of Wall Street, of banks, the exchanges and the high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors.”

FLASH BOYS by "Michael Lewis" Hardcover, 274 pages

FLASH BOYS by “Michael Lewis”

You’d be surprised to hear what investment banks do to get that nanosecond edge, and how they often use it in ways Lewis describes as predatory. “There’s a decline of trust in the marketplace because it’s not as trustworthy,” Lewis says. .

Recession ‘led to 10,000 suicides’

The economic crisis in Europe and North America led to more than 10,000 extra suicides, according to figures from UK researchers.
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Peter Day's World of Business

Peter Day’s World of BusinessAfrica as an emerging economic power in global economy:

Sat, 21 Jun 14

Peter Day talks to Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank about the key issues facing the continent, which has some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Is Africa ready for its oil boom? It already produces about a tenth of the world’s oil and gas and that share is set to rise as new finds from Sierra Leone in the West to Kenya and Uganda in the East come onstream. But what impact will all this have on the continent…and will it be enough to meet the energy needs of a fast growing population? In the Balance has a panel of experts from across Africa to answer those questions. Arnold Ekpe is the Honorary President of the Business Council for Africa, Tonye Cole is co-founder and Group Executive Director of Sahara Group and Rashid Pelpuo, Ghanaian government minister.

(Reuters) – Nigeria has awarded most of its long-term oil contracts worth an estimated $40 billion a year to local companies, according to a confidential list seen by Reuters, meaning global traders need to partner with them to access crude from Africa’s top producer.

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Robert F. Kennedy challenges Gross Domestic Product

Back in 1968 it was perfectly clear to Robert F. Kennedy that GDP “measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

GDP leaves out things such as income inequality, the intensity of poverty, economic security, crime costs, the economic value of civic and voluntary work, the economic value of unpaid housework and child care, educational attainment and life expectancy. It’s a measure that assigns zero value to leisure time, to the depletion of mineral and other natural resources, to the benefits of saving, to trade imbalances, to deficits and debt.

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013: Vandana Shiva,  Growth = Poverty

Clean Hands Doctrine: “He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.”

France, which retains significant military and economic interests in its former African colonies, has long been a heaven for corrupt African heads of state, who in the past have been an important source of campaign financing.

Mr. Bokassa began writing about his long and deep ties with the French. The autobiographical writings, published under the title ”My Truth,” included details of gifts of diamonds that Mr. Bokassa is said to have frequently made to Mr. Giscard d’Estaing.

Although the book was banned in France, the disclosures are widely believed to have helped doom Mr. Giscard d’Estaing’s 1981 re-election bid against his Socialist rival, Francois Mitterrand.

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Stealing Africa – Why Poverty?

Kofi Annan: Africa plundered by secret mining deals

Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says Tax avoidance, secret mining deals and financial transfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has said.

Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn (£25bn) a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads. “Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors,” Mr Annan told the BBC.

It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said.

Dambisa Moyo on why aid to Africa has been a disaster. full

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In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the “African question” — to look beyond the media’s stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.

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And Still I Rise

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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern – S03E12 – Uganda

2 injured in fight over Kutesa’s new UN job

Two boda boda cyclists in Kalangala District were severely injured following a fight that erupted as the group argued whether Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa wielded more powers than the UN Secretary General or not.

A Picture is worth a thousand words:

State of the Nation

State of the Nation, photos – credits to Newvision

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Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof:

Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection

- See more at: http://bcaction.org/2008/04/21/interview-a-hormonal-seesaw-the-atrazine-and-ai-connection/#sthash.Ef3g9sal.0xwKyoik.dpuf

nterview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI.
nterview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI

‘Our people have lost a father’

Madiba 1918-2013, May your Soul Rest in Peace. Amandla! Awethu!

Madiba 1918-2013, May your Soul Rest in Peace.
Amandla! Awethu!

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS 
For How Long?

For How Long?



PUBLICATIONS 2013
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Then and Now!

Aug. 24th.2013 March on DC @ 50
March on DC @50
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Forum
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Pros and cons of foreign direct investment

Why Uganda Parliament Should wait to pass a GMO Bill
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Ugandan Priest Suspended for Suggesting Catholic Priests to Marry
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Investment or Land Grab Disguised?
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Policy Considerations
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ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT / DRINK?(The Big Cover up)

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-GM debate forum records

-Biotechnology 

-GM debate

-The Anglican Church at cross-roads

-The divided land

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PUBLICATIONS 2012

-At Crossroads
-(Rerun; it's time of the year) Vitamin D deficiency 
-Open letter to ASARECA Board of Directors
-Links
-Do you recite the Lord’s prayer, if so, which version?
-Gold at last, once again!
-Do you know Dengue Fever?
-Putting Fun into Sportsmanship (Usain Bolt gets the Last Laugh)
-Olympics
-Boarding Schools
-Austerity bites Britain
-To nature or nurture your child
-Sadistic Examiners
-What a 'first' love!
-Malaria and poverty
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  • Martin Luther King and the race riot that never was

  • (It could have been me!) Transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks

  • A Fat MORE Dangerous than Trans Fat?; Nov.11th, 2011

    But what if there’s something even worse than trans fat? And it’s not some unique fat that is rare in the American Diet.  In fact, it’s often where trans fat often comes from…hydrogenated soybean oil… This time, though it’s not just the hydrogenated part we’re concerned with, however.  It’s the soybean oil itself.  And while you may not use soybean oil regularly to cook with, trust me, it permeates our food supply.

    January 27, 2013

    Why Hydrogenate?

    Americans consume more than 28 billion pounds of edible oils annually, and soybean oil accounts for about 65 percent of it. About half of it is hydrogenated, as soybean oil is too unstable otherwise to be used in food manufacturing. One of the primary reasons for hydrogenating oil is to prolong its shelf life. Raw butter, for example, is likely to go rancid far quicker than margarine.

    Durbin, University of Illinois announce $25 million federal grant to increase Africa’s food supply through soybean research

    Published November 1, 2013

    The people living in the poverty band in the lower latitudes of Africa struggle with low-productivity crops, isolation from markets, and access to low-cost sources of protein and oil,” said Goldsmith. “There has also been a research void in soy production among developing countries. We’ve already seen soy as an economic engine creating agro-industrial growth in developing countries. That’s the beauty of a highly productive commercial crop such as soybean.

    5 Foods That Could Become Illegal With FDA Move to Ban Trans Fats

    Nov. 7, 2013

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement that further reduction would prevent more than 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 new cases of coronary heart disease each year.

    Soybean Farmers Respond to FDA Ban on Trans Fat

    The agency’s decision will significantly impact the vegetable oil market, including the soybean oil market. The agency has made a tentative determination to rescind the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), including partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). The process of partially hydrogenating vegetable oils to make them more stable for certain baking, frying, or food applications has taken place since the 1930s, a process that results in the formation of some trans fats. Due to indications that increased consumption of trans fats may negatively affect coronary health, the FDA started requiring in 2006 that food nutrition panels identify the amount of trans fat in food products.

    Not All Trans Fats Are Equally Risky

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    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    March 7, 2008 — Trans fats have long been the bane of dietitians because they raise levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and lower “good” HDL cholesterol levels — which increase the risk of heart disease. Yet two new studies show that not all trans fats are created equal, and natural trans fats don’t appear as harmful to cholesterol levels as artificial trans fats. Trans fats, or “trans fatty acids,” come in two forms:

    • Industrial trans fats are artificially created by manufacturers by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils; these are called “partially hydrogenated oils.” This makes the oils more solid to give foods like cookies, pies, and french fries a rich, crispy texture.
    • Natural trans fats are found in meat (cow, sheep, goat) and dairy products. These trans fats are made naturally in the stomach of these animals.

    Most trans fats from the diet are industrial trans fat. Studies have shown that industrial trans fats contribute to heart disease by raising bad LDL cholesterol — the kind that can lead to hardening of the arteries — and by lowering good HDL cholesterol — the kind that can reduce heart disease risk.

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    Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption

    The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). Antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.10 They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.

    ‘Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness’

    Two Boys Suspended For Pointing Pencils Like Guns

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