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Why the ‘Karamoja convocation’ was sham and travesty

Apalochubakori PerspectivesA Karimojong Journalist and Researcher leaves no stone unturned in the key Karamoja debates.


 

Saving Forests

Trees are cut to make Charcoal which is used for cooking. A young man gives up everything to Save Forests by coming up with an alternative source to energy that doesn’t involve cutting trees –  Eco-FuelAfrica.


 

A CONTINENT IN SHADOWS


 

What does changing complex systems look like in practice?

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How many U.S. Presidential Candidates are running? Too Many!


 

GM-free means good sales for NZ:

“In the 16 years since genetically modified crops started growing in the United States, New Zealand has remained a GM-free food producer. Not because of red tape, nor because New Zealanders are anti-science.

Quite simply it is because GM foods continue to be shunned in New Zealand’s high-value export markets.”- STEPHANIE HOWARD

New Zealand farmers have demonstrated some of the best commercial yields in the world, ranging between 60 to 80 tonnes per hectare, some reporting yields of 88 tonnes potatoes per hectare.


Kisoro farmers to benefit from potato factory, union partnership

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Processing of Irish potatoes will open up market opportunities for the farmers in Kisoro and other parts of what is generally known as Kigezi, the biggest producers.

 

Early this year, a multi-billion shilling factory was officially opened in Kisoro. It aims to add value to Irish potatoes produced in Kigezi region, and with this, farmers expect less difficulty in getting market for their produce, which translates to better incomes.- By Peter Mwayi


 

Civil Society sue Ugandan government for law that threatens farmers livelihoods

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A consortium of civil society organisations filed a case in the Constitutional Court in Kampala on July 30 against the government to declare the Plant Variety Protection Act, 2014 null and void.

The law was passed by Parliament on Dec. 20, 2013 and was assented to by President Yoweri Museveni on June 21, last year.

The petitioners who included; the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Food Rights Alliance Uganda (FRA), the Southern and Eastern African Trade Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) and Action Aid Uganda argue that the Plant Variety Protection Act is unconstitutional because it gives all the produce cultivated by farmers to the owners of the seeds, plants and propagating material which the farmers have used to cultivate that produce.

The petitioners also accuse, Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, for not establishing whether there was quorum in Parliament before passing the law which denied MPs who represent many farmers the right to choose whether they wanted the bill to become law or not.

They also accuse the government for not consulting Ugandan citizens when they were creating the unlawful provisions of the Act which essentially have taken away the farmers rights. – Excerpt from independent newspaper.


A Lesson From California Drought.

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Case in point: California is generally dry, but supplies nearly half of all US fruits, veggies, and nuts.<p Drought has never been an issue that affects supply of vegetables and fruits because of they have always relied on aquifers for irrigation.It’s now that the aquifers are getting empty that California’s drought is starting to affect the country’s supply of fruits and vegetables (in other words sources of Vitamin A). So why aren’t they using drought resistant GM plants?
The answer is simple, it’s water irrigation not GMOs that are reason for successful agriculture.Another example is of The Netherlands, a country less that one fifth of Uganda in size, yet is only second to U.S. in food export products. And The Netherlands does so without GM crops nor GE livestock, but with 100% farm irrigation.
 How about Israel, a desert country!Uganda sends Agriculture students to Israel  to learn how Israel, a desert country, manages to be a major agricultural country that exports Agricultural produce to neighboring countries.Irrigation has been the major factor in Israel’s Agriculture success, as well as Biological pest control.
Israel has proven that a country can be Vitamin A sufficient, control pests and increase yield by using “The Irrigation and The Biological pest control”, and without resorting to GMOs and toxic pesticides.
On graduation, Ambassador Haskel reminded the students that the main objective of this internship programme is to create leaders and entrepreneurs in agriculture so that they can make a positive difference in their countries and communities.
Upon return, Ugandan students revealed that the success of Israel’s Agriculture was a result of Agricultural technology advances based on two areas namely – Irrigation and Biological pest control.
But many of our law makers turned around and told the public that experts advised them to adopt GMOs to fight drought caused by global warming and pests, instead of how Israel does it.Some of the new changes that have been implemented such as using new patented seeds from without have not resulted in poverty elevation of poor farmers.
So, who benefits from these new changes? One farmer who bought seeds found out the hard way and stated that – “farmers are being over exploited because production costs ate up return profits and in fact their well-being actually deteriorated.”Whenever theoretical Agro-economy experiments from without are tested on us, we end up suffering, this is not new, case in point: Malawi.Those who think that most of U.S. farmers have it made and Ugandan farmers will be the same once those changes are implement, should hear it from the horse’s mouth in the following article titled – “Who are you calling ‘rich’? A small farmer shares some hard data” in which he states that – 73.5 percent of all farm income comes from the top 5.3 percent of farms.

And goes on to reveal that with drought (and aquifers emptied) – “Most farmers are struggling and over these past few weeks, you could watch the news and see farmers with grandchildren in tears as the drought brought an end to their generational farm.

To summ up all this:

Show me a continent with the least Agricultural irrigation, I will show you the one with famine and food shortages.

U.S. 100% irrigated commercial firms using 80% to 90% of all the water, above and underground water-

For Uganda it is a different picture.

‘Huge’ water resource exists under Africa.

If NAADS and Gates had been about water irrigation, we would have been supplying vegetables and fruits even better than California since our aquifers are untouched like virgins, then there wouldn’t be any need for Vitamin A GM Banana experiments on us

The drought is bringing an end to generational farming of many families with extensive modern farming skills, machineries and GMO crops, what makes anyone think Ugandan farmers will survive the drought without water irrigation?

You may choose not to agree with Craig Rogers, but you can’t dispute his hard data and the realities of California drought.

Forget Wars Over Oil, The Next War Will Be Fought Over Water.

Later.

Sam


U.S. Politics: Republican leader of the park (16 & counting) – Meet Donald!

The man you don’t want to cross if you are running for presidential elections.

Next, How to Destroy Your Cell Phone With Sen. Lindsey Graham


 

Lobbyist claims Monsanto weed killer is safe to drink, then bolts when TV host offers him a glass 

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Activists remove Confederate flag from South Carolina capitol

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SCOTUScare

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Scalia on Obamacare: ‘We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare’

Supreme Court Of The United Scare?
Nope, he meant:
Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS) care

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Obama Health Care Law

Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the reach of the Obama health care law, rescuing the program from a potentially fatal legal challenge for the second time since Obamacare’s inception.

By a 6-3 vote, the justices said consumers qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of premiums whether they buy their coverage through federal or state exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion.

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter,” the court wrote in its majority opinion .

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the dissenters, said people should start calling the law “SCOTUScare.” – Article Excerpt.


FORGET Bill Gates’ Poop Water For Poor Africans, Africa Has A New Kid On The Block who is a Genius.

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Meet Dr Askwar Hilonga who has invented affordable NanoFilter water system that removes water contaminants, including heavy metals, bacteria, and virus, in the end you have 99.999% pure water, better than other resins that can only remove up to 97% of micro-organisms

 Judge Malcolm Brinded (R) said Askwar Hilonga's water filter could change lives all over the world

Judge Malcolm Brinded (R) said Askwar Hilonga’s water filter could change lives all over the world

Head Judge Malcolm Brinded said, “His innovation could change the lives of many Africans, and people all over the world.”

It is all about affordability:

Millions of Africans died of Aids, not because there were no HIV/AIDS drugs, but because they were priced beyond their range of financial affordability. Dr. Askwar Hilonga has found a solution to affordability, therefore his innovation is going to save African lives, that is the crucial difference.

GE corn & neonicotinoid seed treatments go hand-in-hand

Over the last 15 years, U.S. corn cultivation has gone from a crop requiring little-to-no insecticides and negligible amounts of fungicides, to a crop where the average acre is grown from seeds treated or genetically engineered to express three different insecticides (as well as a fungicide or two) before being sprayed prophylactically with RoundUp (an herbicide) and a new class of fungicides that farmers didn’t know they “needed” before the mid-2000s.

Banana Bacterial Wilt is a disease devastating East African Highland Banana crops. Using biotechnology, a team of scientists at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda have developed a banana variety that is resistant to Bacterial Wilt, offering the best hope for combatting the disease.

Frequently Asked Question

(Q). Are there bananas resistant to BXW?
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(A). No. Cultivated bananas are not yet available however the National Banana Research Program is currently conducting research into the development of bananas with such traits. So the best way to prevent BXW is by following recommended practices such as removing the male buds, removing infected plants, flaming prunning tools and others. You can read more about his on other pages on this website.


Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It

Where Are All the Bees?

Real buzzkill: Federal survey sees loss of more than 2 out of 5 honeybee colonies in past year.

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A new report says beehives disappeared last year at an alarming rate. (Associated Press May 13, 2015)


divorce from Obama

The same liberal Democratic senators who stuck with the White House through six years of politically excruciating votes are set to break away in droves to oppose Obama’s free trade efforts. – CNN

Rachel Maddow: Elizabeth Warren says “Secret TPP Trade Deal” is RIGGED!

Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda

Obama has shown irritation at the barbs thrown at him by his own party — and returned fire. He has repeatedly said Warren is “wrong” on trade in recent interviews. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) reportedly said Tuesday that the president went too far, suggesting the comments were disrespectful and possibly sexist. Obama referred to Warren by her first name in a recent interview with Yahoo News. – the Hill


 

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

April 01, 2014 1:28 PM ET

“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.”

Lewis is the author of several books about the world of finance, including Liar’s Poker and The Big Short. His new book Flash Boys is about the form of computerized transactions known as high-frequency trading, in which the fastest computers with the highest connection speeds get the information first, and make the trade before anyone else can. A millisecond — even a nanosecond — can make all the difference between how much money is made or lost on any transaction.

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. The victims range from some investment houses to individual investors. Lewis says high-frequency trades can end up hurting the returns on your retirement accounts. The FBI, Wall Street regulators and New York’s attorney general are investigating high-frequency trading, and whether it has created an uneven playing field.

“There’s a decline of trust in the marketplace because it’s not as trustworthy,” Lewis says. “And if it’s not as trustworthy, then the whole economy suffers. Trust is the grease that keeps the system working.”


U.S. Bans GMOs and Neonic Pesticides on 150 Million Acres (60.7 Million Hectares)

BeeStarting January 2016, genetically modified crops will be banned from all federal wildlife refuges. Neonicotinoid pesticides – a type of poison linked to Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybee populations and nerve disorders in birds, mammals and fish – will also be banned.

In the same memo, Kurth notes that neonicotinoid pesticides “can affect a broad spectrum of non-target species,” which “is not consistent with Service policy.” Neonics have been shown to affect the nervous systems of honeybees and other animals. Other pesticides, such as Monsanto’s “Roundup” herbicide, have also been linked to declining populations of monarch butterflies.- by Planetexperts.

Note: For those who don’t know how big this is, look at it this way:

  • Global total hectares of land planted to biotech crops = 181.5 million.
  • That means more than one third of Global total land with biotech crops is off limits as of 1/2016!
  • That is about 2/3 of total hectares of land planted to biotech crops in all Developing Countries.
  • When the Federal government of the most powerful nation on Earth says ‘NO’, others are likely to say ‘NO’ too.

Bees ‘get a buzz’ from pesticides

It will be interesting to see if insects become addicted to neonicotinoids over time as humans become addicted to nicotine – Dr Christopher Connolly , University of Dundee.

Bees Prefer Nectar Containing Pesticides

The research, published in the leading international peer-reviewed journal Nature, discovered that buff-tailed bumblebees and honeybees could not taste the three most commonly used ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticides and so did not avoid them. In fact, the bees showed a preference for food which contained pesticides: when the bees were given a choice between sugar solution, and sugar solution containing neonicotinoids, they chose the neonicotinoid-laced food.

Bees and other pollinating insects are important for increasing crop yields – their value has been estimated to be worth at least €153billion per year globally. When pollinating crops, they can be exposed to pesticides in floral nectar and pollen. Several controversial studies have shown that neonicotinoids have negative effects on bee foraging and colony fitness. –Excerpts from Article by Thomas Deane

EASAC study on neonicotinoids

On 8 April, EASAC published its latest study on neonicotinoids and their effects on ecosystem services. Here are some of the Twitter responses and news stories relating to the study.

European group says neonicotinoid use can’t be sustainable

14119720901_1fb41a566b_oA European expert group has looked at the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the benefits that ecosystems provide for agriculture, broadening their focus beyond honeybees. The conclusions of the report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which reviewed current scientific literature, include that using neonicotinoids as a prophylactic is incompatible with the sustainable use of pesticides.The following researchers gave their take on the report.

Dr. May R. Berenbaum, Professor and Head of Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (webpage):

Expertise: Elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their hostplants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, and applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities.  Excerpts from genetic experts.


 Doubts plague new malaria vaccine

Final results of a study show that the world’s leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment. The study showed that it doesn’t work very well and that initial protection fades over time.

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Despite the poor results – it protects about one-third of children vaccinated – developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could still help protect some children from getting the mosquito-spread disease.- Excerpts from av/bk (AP, Reuters)

 Genetically engineering mosquitoes to end malaria could have ‘unintended consequences’

Plan to spread malaria-resistant genes could backfire scientists warn

Plan to spread malaria-resistant genes could backfire scientists warn

A new way of creating genetically modified insects could wipe out many mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria within a few years but it could also unleash potentially devastating unintended consequences, scientists have warned.

Researchers have devised a method of bypassing a fundamental barrier to the rapid spread of genes within a population. They believe that it could be used to spread malaria-resistant genes in mosquitoes to prevent transmission of disease to people.

However, it could also be used to spread harmful genes rapidly in the wild, which has led other researchers to call for the imposition of strict safety controls over such research in case of an accidental escape from a laboratory. (Excepts from Article by STEVE CONNOR )


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 Alarm as corporate giants target developing countries

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease rates are soaring in developing countries, as multinationals find new ways of selling processed food to the poor

MDG : Food and obesity in South Africa

Sisters, Nthombi, Patricia and Thembu Ndlovu, eat the R10.50 ikhota (bread, chips, polony, Russian and vienna, with tomato sauce and mustard) in Orange Farm, Drieziek, South Africa. Photograph: Greg Marinovich/Storytaxi.com

 As affluent western markets reach saturation point, global food and drink firms have been opening up new frontiers among people living on $2 a day in low- and middle-income countries. The world’s poor have become their vehicle for growth.

The South African minister of health, Aaron Motsoaledi, gives a grim interpretation of what that means for his country when he spoke to the Guardian earlier this month: “Health budgets will break because of the cost of amputations, artificial limbs, wheelchairs and cardiac surgery.”

A UN summit in New York in September confirmed the scale of the health crisis. Nearly two-thirds of all deaths worldwide in 2008 were attributable to lifestyle diseases. By 2030 these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are expected to be the cause of nearly five times as many deaths as the traditional, infectious scourges of poor nations such as TB, malaria and Aids.

Last year 39% of acquisition deals by consumer goods companies were in emerging markets, compared with just 1% in 2008, according to the Grocer’s OC&C Global 50 league table. – Excerpts from theguardian.com/global-development


When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy:

2cow-landing1-cowThere’s also a recent government initiative aimed at doubling the amount of land devoted to organic production by 2020, largely by encouraging public institutions to serve organic food. All developments that have created a very different set of challenges from Helms’ early days as an organics pioneer.Happy-

“The focus right now is to get production up,” he says. “Now the market is growing faster than the production. So we have a challenge to get new farmers.” And more cows to join the party. –by NPR.org

Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter’s Complaint

We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.

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Mailman Doug Hughes of Ruskin, Florida, in court today to get his ankle bracelet. The 61-year-old is in trouble after landing his gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn in Washington to try to get a message to Congress. Big money in American politics is now threatening American democracy, says the mailman with what he calls a “flying bicycle.” We don’t have to accept, he says, “a corrupt government that sells out to the highest bidder.” It’s a big issue already in the 2016 campaign.

This hour On Point: the mailman’s complaint. Big money, dark money, in American politics – and where it’s flowing.

– Tom Ashbrook


 Politics of Poison:

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Wendy Brennan, seen with her granddaughter, took part in a study that found arsenic levels in her well water that were higher than federal standards. Credit: Amy Temple for CIR

The Environmental Protection Agency won’t be hiring a scientist with strong ties to industry to run its chemical assessment program.

EPA scientists have concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day, 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer.

“My eldest daughter said … ‘You’re feeding us rat poison.’ I said, ‘Not really,’ but I guess essentially … that is what you’re doing. You’re poisoning your kids,” Brennan lamented in her thick Maine accent. “I felt bad for not knowing it.”

“I jokingly say that arsenic makes lead look like a vitamin … the arsenic effects … impact everything that’s going on, every organ system.”- Joseph Graziano, professor at Columbia University who led Maine research

 

Rice found with dangerously high arsenic levels:

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Rice often readily absorbs arsenic from soil where chemical-heavy cotton once grew

Consistent exposure to even small amounts of arsenic has been linked to several diseases, many of which are fatal. Arsenic is so toxic that it causes many different cancers, including skin cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and prostate cancer. Over consumption of arsenic has also been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, reproductive problems, and it is known to compromise the immune system.

How Arsenic Gets into Rice:

Many plants can absorb arsenic from its environment and rice is one those plants. Rice absorbs high amounts of arsenic from the soil, from water and from pesticides. Unfortunately, with so much arsenic contaminating the soil and water, organic rice can contain dangerous levels of arsenic even though it has not been exposed to pesticides. Counter-intuitively, there are actually higher levels of arsenic found in brown rice than in white rice. –  by: Joel Edwards


UK ‘aid’ is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

LandIt is vital Europe takes urgent action to measure and reduce its use of the world’s limited land:

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KAMPALA/BRUSSELS/LONDON , 19 February 2015– Farmers in Uganda evicted by oil palm plantations are today filing a lawsuit against a joint venture co-owned by oil palm giant Wilmar International

The Microbiota Crisis – Thanks to GMOs for poop business:

The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes.

How Your Microbiome Controls Your Health.

Microbiome therapy gains market traction (US$500 million in research; Yet with a few exceptions, such as the use of faecal transplants for treating life threatening gut infections).

Which explains why Poop business is booming

Why DIY fecal transplants are a thing (and the FDA is only part of the reason)

Monsanto could be destroying your micro biome.

Developing World might be left holding the bag of Growing GMO Crops and many other things too.


Farmers told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure’; Gates refuses Liability for GMOs

Why does Bill Gates refuse to accept Liability for GMOs, yet supporting GMO food research you may ask. That answer seems to be a guarded secret that he may never share publicly.

But his smile and his answer when asked weather or not he supports Genetically modified food make a good combination, summed up as if to say – “I’m just a funder, when it comes to GMO safety- Africa you are on your own I have nothing to do with that.”

Assertions before safety trials that GMOs are hundred percent safe and that no report world over to the effect that GMOs can harm people, especially coming from the ones supposed to carry out those very tests is very unsettling to say the least.

Those individuals should explain to the public and members of the parliament why Farmers were told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure

Insurers refused to cover GM farmers – Leading companies liken risk to thalidomide and terrorism

deformed pigDeformities, sickness & livestock deaths – “the new normal?.” Children of Thalidomide, C 13 H 10 N 2 O 4,-  in 46 different countries around the world including Africa.Freddie

Feb. 20th, 2015: “GMO-derived seeds will provide far better productivity, better drought tolerance, salinity tolerance, and if the safety is proven, then the African countries will be among the biggest beneficiaries,” Bill Gates told The Verge on Friday.

Note conditional phrase: “if the safety is proven.” Yet we have those charged with proving GMO food safety already adamantly assuring the public and law makers that GMOs are hundred percent safe even before safety tests are conducted! Go figure.

Professor David Suzuki speaks out against GMO’s

US farmers are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays, and enduring millions of dollars in losses as a result.

GMO badMr. Verhoef is in farming to make money, GMO companies are in it to make money too, but when Mr. Verhoef says that he has been there and done that, and now tells you that he has no plans to go back to genetically engineered varieties; let the wise take heed.

 This Farmer Massively Outperforms GMOs Organically


 Pressure group sues ‘lawless’ Ghana authorities over genetically modified foods

GMO GHANAAuthorities planning to commercially release crops which could be ‘dangerous’ to locals, suit says.

A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

The group in its suit at the high court argues that the authorities have not complied with the provisions of the main Biosafety Act. (Check out this)

Howard Flight echoes Keith Joseph’s 1974 warning that ‘our human stock is threatened

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Sir Keith Joseph, seated next to Margaret Thatcher

This is what Joseph said in his famous speech on Birmingham on 19 October 1974:

The balance of our population, our human stock is threatened. A recent article in Poverty, published by the Child Poverty Action Group, showed that a high and rising proportion of children are being born to mothers least fitted to bring children into the world and bring them up.

Is Bill Gates behind remote birth-control microchip?

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Originally devised and tested to emit osteoporosis medication into elderly women, this technology was rerouted by MIT’s Dr. Robert Langer to target birth control – after his discussion with billionaire Bill Gates.

With many already wary of what they consider to be the Gates Foundation’s global population-control agenda spreading across Africa, this latest innovation was preceded by Melinda Gate’s statement in June that the foundation “has decided not to fund abortion” in its endeavors. However, according to multiple studies, the hormone emitted by the microchip (and morning-after pills) – levonorgestrel – strongly deters newly conceived embryos from becoming implanted in a uterus.- by Michael F. Haverluck

Q. Are fears around overpopulation an impediment in your day-to-day work? -EK.

bill-gatesA. “The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people.” –Bill Gates

 

Honest Accounts? The Real Causes of Global Poverty

The Hidden Billions Behind Economic Inequality in Africa

For example, at least 57 clients of the Swiss HSBC bank associated with Uganda were reported to be worth at least 159 million dollars. The World Bank has estimated that Uganda loses more than 174.5 million dollars in corruption annually.- By Jeffrey Moyo

1. The Gates Foundation fights hunger in the South by giving money to the North.

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Graph 1 and Table 1 give the overall picture. Roughly half of the foundation’s grants for agriculture went to four big groupings: the CGIAR’s global agriculture research network, international organisations (World Bank, UN agencies, etc.), AGRA (set up by Gates itself) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

The other half ended up with hundreds of different research, development and policy organisations across the world. Of this last group, over 80% of the grants were given to organisations in the US and Europe, 10% went to groups in Africa, and the remainder elsewhere.

Putting your money where your mouth is:

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In 2007, the Los Angeles Times revealed that hundreds of Gates Foundation investments – totalling at least $8.7 billion, or 41% of its assets – were in companies that ran counter to the foundation’s charitable goals or social philosophy.

The Gates Foundation maintains that “access to diverse, nutritious foods is fundamental to good health” but its food related investments go almost exclusively to the fast food industry. A stunning $3.1 billion went to companies like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Pepsico, Burger King, and KFC in 2012.

The Foundation has $1 billion tied up in the world’s largest supermarket chain, Walmart, which is a major force driving out small farms in favour of large suppliers.14 The Gates Foundation has also bought $23 million in shares of the world’s leading producer of genetically engineered crops, Monsanto.- by grain.org

 The second coming of the African beer market.

From an economic and demographic perspective Africa must be viewed as “the land of opportunity” for beer producers. Considering that seven out the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and that over 60% of the continent’s population is below the age of 25 years old, it is evident that Africa holds unprecedented opportunities for beer producers – existing and new. – By Frank Sjoberg.

The world’s second-largest beer company gets its highest 2013 +%profit change from Africa.

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The world’s second-largest beer company eyes the alcoholism capital of Africa:

Gov’t to promote cassava as an alternative to barley, promotes the world’s second-largest beer company Aimed at Beating African Homebrews

CassavaBrewsSABMiller, the world’s second-largest beer company, has strategically ventured into Cassava Beer Aimed at Beating African Homebrews in a territory that has unmatched unquenchable thirst for alcohol. SABMiller wants to cash in on Uganda’s oil boom, and knows very well that many oil deals will be done over a beer.

When you are in brewery, there is no better place to go than “The Drunkest Place on Earth“, especially when government is to promote the growing of raw materials for your industry.

As I read – ” Government is to promote the growing of cassava to help substitute barley in manufacturing industries”, I think of a few reasons for such a statement; the first one is money from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in exchange for Developing Genetically Modified Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Waragi BrewingThe other one is to promote cassava brewery industry for taxation revenue in addition to getting Ugandans drunk cheaply as we get closer to elections.

Either way, this recipe of a philanthropist, a brewer, the government and cassava fermented in “The Drunkest County of the world”, will sooner rather than later cost poor citizens in more ways than one.

Ugandans—at 19.47 liters per year—out-drink all other nations.

“There’s a huge problem with drinking in Uganda and most African countries,” says University of North Dakota neuroscience professor Sharon Wilsnack, who studies alcohol-related behavior. “The sad thing is that they have so many other problems that drinking doesn’t get much attention, yet they’re all connected. If you’re drunk all the time, you can’t get job training and climb out of poverty.” – by Anneli Rufus

The Top 5 Countries with the Most Alcohol Consumption Per Capita

Barley’s Health Benefits outstrip those of Cassava’s, yet it is being sidestepped.

-Uganda promotes cassava over barley and WHO lauds her over nutrition drive!

From poverty to cyanogen intoxication

pntd.0001051.g001Konzo: From Poverty, Cassava, and Cyanogen Intake to Toxico-Nutritional Neurological Disease.

Konzo is a distinct neurological entity with selective upper motor neuron damage, characterized by an abrupt onset of an irreversible, non-progressive, and symmetrical spastic para/tetraparesis. Despite its severity, konzo remains a neglected disease.

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 Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing in companies that could be causing ailments in the very people it helps to treat in the developing world, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

Bill Gates Drinks Poop Water, Poor Africans Eager To Share

Senegalese can’t wait to take Gates on his offer of drinking his poop water, after all, what an honour it must be for poor Africans to share a drink with the richest man on planet! By the end of this year, this dream is going to turn into a reality for those city dwellers of CAPE VERDE PENINSULA.

“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.”

Yup, you got it right: Bill Gates drank feces water.   —said Susan Scutti

_59747529_aquifiers_africa_464mapThis is a typical example of someone who has too much money trying to solve poor people’s problems the wrong way and no African leader is saying hell NO, we can do better!

Case in point: This project is headed for Dakar Senegal this year to solve water shortage.

Note: 1. Dakar’s geographical location – a PENINSULA.
2: Entire Senegal has the highest Aquifier productivity of more than 20 liters per sec.

The only prototype is located just north of Seattle, but there are plans for a pilot project in Dakar, Senegal, later in 2015. From there, they hope to expand, the reporter said.

I wonder how many Ugandans would prefer Bill Gates poop water to our boiled fresh lhell-noake waters!

“If you ask the average American whether they would drink water from cow manure, they’d say no.”

Why Won’t the #WhiteSaviourComplex Go Away?


 

 “Bananas are to Ugandans what potatoes are to Americans or rice is to East Asian countries,” Dale said.

So how are the GMO Potatoes doing in America?

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

GM potatoesBut even before they’ve gone on sale, some of the very biggest potato buyers seem to be backing away from them.

Frito-Lay, the biggest potato chip maker, and McDonald’s have both issued statements saying that they are not planning to use the Simplot potatoes in their products. An executive at another potato chip company told The Salt that his company does not plan to use those potatoes. He didn’t even want to be quoted on the subject for fear that someone would mistakenly get the opposite impression.

“When you ask consumers if they’re comfortable with this technology, they are not,” – by Dan Charles is NPR’s food and agriculture correspondent.

Gates-funded PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative

Right now, the researchers rely on mosquitoes to inject the weakened parasites into people. But wrangling mosquitoes on a large scale would not be practical.

The alternative is to mass produce parasites and formulate them into an injection. It’s been done on a small scale, but since the parasites can only complete their life cycle inside mosquitoes, it requires large colonies of the insects and painstaking extraction of the parasites.

Gates Foundation to help bring $1 birth-control shot to poor nations

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Will Boase / PATH

A simple injection system, developed by Seattle-based PATH, may eventually allow women in the world’s poorest countries to dose themselves at home.

Seattle Times science reporter

As part of its $1 billion effort to make contraceptives more accessible to women in the developing world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is joining with a pharmaceutical company and other aid groups to produce and distribute a simpler version of an old drug.


 

It’s time Africa started listening to our young people, instead of always telling them what to do.

Mo Ibrahim
Mo Ibrahim

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.”Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed againThe $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, underpaidPublished May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com

“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.”Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:customised-24ct gold i-phonecustomised-24ct gold i-phonePresident 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.Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’

A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

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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