In the midst of the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of Missouri’s Ferguson Police Department, ordered by the soon-to-be-retired Attorney General Eric Holder, on Sunday some news organizations ran headlines that suggested a new controversy came to light: That the police attempted to restrict air traffic during the days and nights of civil unrest.
“Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying and arresting reporters who are just doing their jobs.The local authorities [in Ferguson], including police, have a responsibility to be transparent and open.” President Barack Obama was quoted as saying during the period of unrest.
Stealing the Baby’s Milk:
Oswestry mum’s breastfeeding photo deleted by Facebook
16 March 2014 Last updated at 17:32 GMT
More than 600 people have attended a demonstration in the centre of Rugeley, Staffordshire, in support of a woman who was labelled a “tramp” for breastfeeding her daughter in public.
Paul M. Barrett talked about his book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win.
He spoke in the C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent at the 2014 Texas Book Festival. The festival was held from October 25-26 at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds in Austin.
THE MAIN PROTAGONIST FOR BETTER OR WORSE IS CHARISMATIC, ENERGETIC. HE STARTED AS THE MOST JUNIOR LAWYER IN 1993, AND ROSE TO BE THE PREDOMINANT LAWYER, HE WAS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, A CLASSMATE OF A GENTLEMAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA.
HE HAD WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE LAW SCHOOL AS A JOURNALIST IN NICARAGUA COVERING THE NICARAGUAN CIVIL WAR. HE HAD TREMENDOUS PERSONAL INTEREST IN LATIN AMERICA, STILL SPANISH AND WHEN THIS TOOK SHAPE IN 1993 HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ORIGINAL LAWYER WHO BROUGHT IN BY ANOTHER LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE WHO WAS THE SON OF THE ORIGINAL PLAINTIFFS’S LAWYER AND HE FOUND THE CAUSE HE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.
HE WAS IDEALISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SELF INVOLVED AND THIS CASE CAME TO CAPTURE HIS IMAGINATION. ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS FIRST TEXACO AND NOW CHEVRON, MASSIVE OIL COMPANY, CHEVRON IS THE SECOND-BIGGEST OIL COMPANY IN THIS COUNTRY REPRESENTED BY A FAILING EXECUTIVE AND LAWYERS AND THIS WAS EXACTLY THE CONFRONTATION HE WANTED TO HAVE. THE PROBLEM WAS IN TRYING TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW HE UNDERMINED THE RULE OF LAW.
Two months after the White House invited 50 heads of state to Washington for the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Aug. 4-6, observers on both continents are asking, “What did the summit achieve, and how will any gains made be leveraged?” USIP asked several prominent Africans who have worked with the Institute over the years for their reflections
Opinions are predictably mixed, though they lean postive.
Delphine K. Djiraibe
Human Rights Lawyer
For me the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit was a big storm in a little glass of water. It has given opportunities to African head of states to be welcomed by president Obama, the leader of the world. They expected to get credit, and balance a little bit critiques of their poor record in democracy and good governance in the public opinion.In Chad it was really “un non evenement” [a non-event] as people are concerned with their daily life (access to food, to clean water, to electricity, to health care, to sanitation…). People see the participation in international summits as a waste of public funds, while the majority of people are dying of poverty.It was shocking for the Chadian population to see that a president who stayed in power for 23 years over rigged elections, and who did not hesitate to liquidate, arrest and harass opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, human rights activists and journalists, could be invited by a country known as the most democratic in the world.
Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23Idriss Deby has been the President of Chad since 1990. His net worth is estimated to be $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.Population below poverty line: 80%.GNI per capita around $600Education – Schools, ‘Real of Fiction?’
LUANDA, Angola, June 10 — In a nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many in this capital depend on goes by a less fancy name: Bengo. - By SHARON LaFRANIEREANGOLA EPA- Extraordinary Progress Achieved; in other words – thanks for civilizing 1% from the jungle life to the city life with extreme haves and have not, at the expense of the 99% indigenous Angolans who still live in poverty.
Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santo, who has ruled Angola for 34 years, topped the list with a net worth of $20 billion. His daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has also been ranked on the Forbes Africa’s billionaires with a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s currently Africa’s richest woman and also the world’s richest black woman. (extract from Allafrica.com)
A quote in Louise Redvers’ piece cited above is particularly eye opening:
“I remember very clearly one very well-dressed and expensively US-educated Angolan oil worker telling me: “We can’t have these people on our streets anymore, not in the city centre next to places like Sonangol. We need to improve our image, we are a modern country, these people can’t be here like this.”
Angola is currently one of Africa’s strongest economies and is enjoying new-found wealth coming primarily from its oil industry. However, the wealth does not trickle down to the great majority of Angolans, and the country has maintained one of the worst social inequality levels in the world. (extract from Clara Onofre’s post)
(introduction is in French, but the rest is in English. @13:35 T.B. Joshua raises the dead )
Con artists thriving within African Churches at the expense of the poor needy souls. Criminals getting away with murder in the name of Jesus! It’s high time African governments stepped in and did their duty of protecting the citizens from these greedy criminal elements across Africa!
Nephew Tommy Church Folk Gotta Laugh Too: We Want To Get Married-The Cussing Pastor
It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”
The $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.
Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaid
“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets.
The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.
“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”
President Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.
The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.
The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’
EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”
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).
Julius Malema: the real leader of the opposition
by Gareth van Onselen, 25 August 2014, 05:25
At 41m35s, interrupted by a point of order, Malema switches up a gear. His tone becomes more adamant and he points at Zuma. “These things of points of order are the ones that you are hiding behind”. It is now Malema talking down to Zuma. It is Malema doing the lecturing. Many will say the use of “you” is disrespectful. It is irrelevant.
A Picture is worth a thousand words:
Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof:
Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
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Marching On Washington: A Photographer, A Minister, A Student, A Ranger
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.
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 researchPublished 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.
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.
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.WebMD Health NewsReviewed 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.
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.
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