White House intruder Omar Gonzalez had more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car: prosecutors
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Secret Service has launched a full review of security procedures at the White House following the weekend scares, but one change already has been implemented: Locking the front door
Ebola outbreak: Millionaire preacher TB Joshua ‘sends 4,000 bottles of holy water to Sierra Leone as cure’
The World Health Organisation has discouraged people in affected areas from believing claims that certain products or practices can prevent or cure Ebola. There are no known cures for the disease, and products claiming to treat it can be dangerous, it said, and has pointed to the death of two people in Nigeria after they drank salt water.
The preacher, also known as Temitope Joshua, was one of five millionaire Nigerian pastors profiled by Forbes in 2011. The magazine estimated his net worth at $10 million to $15 million.
The anointing water can also heal problems including infertility and tumours, Joshua claims. It is distributed through his church, the Synagogue Church of All Nations, which is based in the Nigerian capital Lagos and holds meetings online and on the phone. (extracts from Andrew Griffin’s article of Sunday 17 August 2014)
17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
11:15am: Judge says Uwera presented herself as a God-fearing woman and born-again yet it was only a cover up for her intentions to get rid of her husband.
Gaswaga further faulted the accused for lying to court that she didn’t realize that she had knocked her husband until she came back from the house where she had ran to call for his help.
“According to the inspector of vehicles, the Toyota Mark X was in good condition and there was no way it could have jerked. It’s only a flimsy way out for the accused to say that the car jerked and that she doesn’t remember how it happened. She wants court to believe this? Why didn’t she brake but rather kept on fighting with the steering wheel? How could she have used the same vehicle whose mechanical condition she wasn’t sure of to take the deceased to hospital putting her life, husband and other road users in danger? She intended to kill her husband and knew all she was doing.”
Subsequently, senior principal state attorney Susan Okalany prayed for the maximum sentence of death “to send a strong message against domestic violence.”
“The children are better off without her,” She said.
Washington (CNN) — One man was carrying a weapon; the other had reportedly attempted to slip by security before. New details have emerged about two recent security incidents at the White House.
The man who jumped a fence at the White House late Friday and made it through the North Portico doors was carrying a folding knife in his pants pocket, according to a Secret Service affidavit filed Saturday.
Sabotage vs. Laws of Physics at work:
Dear readers, I’ll provide both sides of the coin and let you make the conclusion – head or tail.
One side says Sabotage:
The founder and General Overseer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, has shared clearer pictures of the “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before it collapsed about a week ago.
EXCLUSIVE: Security Footage Of Synagogue Collapse & ‘Strange Airplane’ Allegedly Behind It:
The other side says Laws of Physics at work and Time To Stop The Tragedy Of Building Collapse By Theophilus Ilevbare:-
Safety of the members who thronged the Synagogue for spiritual solace was relegated to the background. This failure gives ample opportunity for government at all levels, particularly in Lagos state, to put an end to structural failures leading to collapse of buildings. The church authority must therefore be sued by the government for criminal negligence and flouting government’s building regulations to serve as deterrent to others and the contractor charged to court.
The “steel structures” of the building failed, said Bede Obayi, head of inspection and compliance for the Standard Organization, a Nigerian state regulatory body. Workers added two floors onto the original four-story structure, according to officials.
“We need to look at whether, because of the number of people needing to be accommodated, they added more floors without looking at the foundation,” Obayi said.
The two-storey building collapsed while an extra four floors were under construction. Reports are that there had been no strengthening of the structure before the new floors were added.
The Lagos state commissioner for physical planning and urban development, Olutoyin Ayinde, said on Wednesday: “The investigation is ongoing, but there is no proof that the church obtained a permit to add additional structures to existing ones.”…. (in part)
President Yoweri Museven has forwarded Rugunda’s name to the Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga, for parliamentary approval.- Newvision
Aluta Continua – Africa!!!!
Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trader, enriched a friend of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president by tens of millions of dollars and protected his interests as it gained control of one of Africa’s biggest copper miners, new research by Global Witness reveals.
The London-listed company, which holds its AGM tomorrow, funnelled the cash to Dan Gertler, a controversial billionaire linked to a string of mining scandals. It did so through complex transactions involving secretive offshore firms registered in the British Virgin Islands.
In all, Glencore advanced Gertler’s offshore companies more than half a billion dollars and allowed him to make at least $67 million in risk-free profit, our new research shows.
Global Witness’s revelations, detailed in its report “Glencore and the Gatekeeper”, come as Gertler’s deals attract growing scrutiny.
Last year, Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel estimated that just five of Gertler’s deals lost the Congolese state at least $1.4 billion – twice Congo’s annual spending on health and education combined. Global Witness has previously reported on “potentially corrupt” transactions involving Gertler and Glencore. Our new report heightens concerns over the Glencore-Gertler relationship.
Transcript (in part):
KPFA Evening News Anchor Anthony Fest: Turning now to news from Africa, this week’s mining and business headlines reported that Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler turned a profit of nearly 30,000 percent by buying the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s oil rights in waters off its Atlantic Coast in 2006, then selling the same rights back to them six years later. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to anti-corruption and resource theft watchdog Global Witness and filed this report.
Turning logic upside down
“The traditional thinking has always been that the West is pouring money into Africa through foreign aid and other private-sector flows, without receiving much in return,” said Raymond Baker, president of Global Financial Integrity, in a statement released at the launch of the report earlier this year.
Mr. Baker said the report turns that logic upside down, adding that Africa has been a net creditor to the rest of the world for decades.
- GFI argues that illicit financial flows make poverty endemic; for every $1 poor nations receive in foreign aid, $10 in dirty money is taken abroad illicitly.
How a Swiss commodities giant used shell companies to make an Angolan general three-quarters of a billion dollars richer.
Revolutionary communist regimes have a strange habit of transforming themselves into corrupt crony capitalist ones and Angola — with its massive oil reserves and budding crop of billionaires — has proved no exception.
In 2010, Trafigura, the world’s third-largest private oil and metals trader based in Switzerland, sold an 18.75-percent stake in one of its major energy subsidiaries to a high-ranking and influential Angolan general, Foreign Policy has discovered.
The sale illuminates not only a growing and little-scrutinized relationship between Trafigura, which earned nearly $1 billion in profits in 2012, and the autocratic regime of 71-year-old Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power since 1979 — but also the role that Western enterprise continues to play in the Third World.
Despite a boom in its oil revenue over the last few decades, and dos Santos’s own declared zero-tolerance campaign against corruption, Angola has yet to implement any meaningful development programs for a citizenry of 14 million, many of whom still live in poverty.
Most of Trafigura’s investments in Angola have been managed through a Singapore-registered company called DTS Holdings, also known as the DT Group. The two directors of this entity are General Dino and Claude Dauphin, a French billionaire who helped found Trafigura and is today its chief executive officer. – (extracts from Article written by Michael Wiss)
Swiss companies are again the largest buyers of African oil. Corruption is a two way street.
Of the sales we uncovered, Switzerland-based companies purchased over 500 million barrels of crude worth around $55 billion. The amounts paid by Swiss traders to the ten African governments equal 12 percent of the governments’ revenues, and are double what they received in foreign aid.
Glencore buys 100 percent of the oil sold by Chad’s government, and single-handedly made payments equal to 16 percent of total government revenues in 2013. In 2012, Swiss traders Arcadia, Glencore, Trafigura and Vitol bought oil with a total value of $2.2 billion from the government of Equatorial Guinea– payments equal to 36 percent of total government revenues. In Nigeria, Swiss companies bought oil worth $37 billion over the three years covered in this report; that figure is equal to more than 18 percent of the Nigerian government’s revenues.
Why Poverty? Estimate of money flowing out of developing countries is 10 times the aid money coming back to Africa- by Raymond Baker, Director of Global international integrity. Glencore in Zambia:-
Africa – why hunger?
During Asia’s green revolution, for example, many Asian countries spent up to 20% of their budgets on agriculture, while African countries currently spend between 5 to 10% on the sector. This is despite African leaders’ commitment in 2003 to allocate at least 10% of national budgets to agriculture. At the moment, Africa spends more on the military than on agriculture.
There is a harsh paradox of suffering amidst plenty of a continent with rich, arable land but unable to feed its citizens. “Hunger and malnutrition remain pervasive on a continent with ample agricultural endowments,” notes Mr. Gettu. “Africa has the knowledge, the technology, and the means to end hunger and insecurity.”
BY Michael Weiss FEBRUARY 13, 2014
The Colombian cycling team have caused quite a stir with their latest strip.
The Russian delegation, which arrived yesterday morning, is in Zimbabwe on a three-day official visit and will be joined by Mr Lavrov for the commissioning of the $1 billion Integrated Platinum Group Metals Project.
The project, expected to see the setting up of concentrators and a smelter, is a joint venture between the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and state-owned high tech corporation, Rostec and VB Bank.
VIDEO: Police Officer Caught On Camera Savagely Beating Girlfriend – Not Facing Arrest:
What is anemia?
Anemia is a below-normal level of hemoglobin or hematocrit. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body.
However, linking vitamin D deficiency with increased Anemia risk had never been extensively researched until now.
“Low levels of the “sunshine” vitamin D appear to increase a child’s risk of anemia, according to new research led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The study, published online Oct. 10, 2013 in the Journal of Pediatrics, is believed to be the first one to extensively explore the link between the two conditions in children. – (Vitamin D, Race, and Risk for Anemia in Children)”
High prevalence of asymptomatic vitamin D and iron deficiency in East African immigrant children and adolescents living in a temperate climate:
Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) is common in immigrant children with increased skin pigmentation living in higher latitudes. We assessed the pattern of and risk factors for VDD in immigrant East African children living in Melbourne (latitude 37 degrees 49′ South).
Asymptomatic VDD is common in East African immigrant children residing at a temperate latitude. Risk factors for VDD limit endogenous vitamin D production. Screening of immigrant children with increased skin pigmentation for VDD, anaemia, iron and vitamin A deficiency is appropriate. VDD in adolescent females identifies an increased risk of future infants with VDD.
Skin pigmentation in humans is correlated most strongly with ultraviolet radiation (UVR), among all environmental factors measured [1,2]. As the most important factor regulating the penetration of UVR into the skin, pigmentation has wide-ranging effects on health [1,2]. Some of the diseases associated with extremes of UVR exposure such as skin cancer and rickets have been known for a long time, but those associated with chronic low-UVR exposure and vitamin D deficiency have been appreciated only recently.
3. Diseases related to UVB exposure insufficient to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D
Vitamin D, while classified as a vitamin, is a secosteroid hormone produced following exposure to UVB. It is best known for its roles in calcium absorption and the development and maintenance of healthy bones. Studies in recent years have demonstrated many non-classical roles for vitamin D in the immune, cardiovascular, muscular, reproductive and integumentary systems, as well as in cancer prevention [39–43]. Its best-characterized target organs are the intestine, kidney and the bone, but nuclear receptors for the hormone have been identified for 36 tissues. Vitamin D exerts paracrine functions in 10 organs, and performs essential regulation of B and T lymphocytes, the adaptive and innate immune systems, pancreas, brain and heart . The critical roles played by vitamin D in improving the barrier function of the skin and in maintaining the integrity of the epithelium in the skin, gut and respiratory and urinary tracts have now been recognized .
Migrations, followed by changes in diet and lifestyle, have made evident a high rate of mismatch between skin pigmentation and the solar environment affecting many people. Long-distance migration of people with differentially selected and adapted skin colours makes people more obvious within their host populations. Skin colour is the most noticeable physical characteristic of people and is often incorrectly used to predict group identities and reinforce inclusionary prejudices. These adverse effects lead to high levels of stress and sociocultural pathologies that are manifest as physical disease, mental illnesses and social maladies.
‘I’m not going back, I’m not going back'; 2014 East Ramapo NY school board meeting -
Goes way back to the civil rights movement of Rosa Parks Legacy in 1955 when ‘she refused to go to the back of the bus':
Ferguson video shows witness raising hands in air
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Brown’s family, said both workers came forward and told the family their account of the shooting. He described the video as “of paramount significance.”
“Not because they were not residents of Ferguson, and not because the construction workers were Caucasian, but because it is a contemporaneous recording of their immediate actions of what they had just witnessed,” Crump said. “It’s the best evidence you can have other than a video of the actual shooting itself.” – JIM SALTER
New Video - Michael Brown shooting Contractors Witnesses describe Scene -
Stealing candy from a baby is theoretically always bad. But is “stealing” Burger King pies from a spoiled, bratty child bad? Especially if the pies weren’t exactly stolen, on account of you paying for them all? And the child you’re trying to spite is actually the worst?
Such is the question at the center of a Reddit post titled, “Am I a bad person for this?”
I hope you were paying attention as Serena Williams won her 18th Grand Slam title against Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s U.S. Open Ladies Singles Final.
Why? “Because with that win, Serena Williams became simply the greatest American tennis player ever. Male or female. No asterisks.” – says Twitter (@allenstjohn).
A 78 page plan commitment;- Richard Williams:
Richard Williams talks about his daughters
Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena, describes his extraordinary life – from taking on the Ku Klux Clan to devising a master plan to make his daughters into champions. As Serena confirms her place as one of America’s greatest tennis players, her father tells Matthew Bannister how he planned her and her sister’s careers before they were even born.
RACE & THE NBA
Rice and his wife showed a united front when they made their first public appearance since the release of the video, attending a football game with their baby daughter at New Rochelle High School in New York on Saturday. Ray Rice receives warm welcome at New Rochelle HS with wife Janay at side
Several hundred fans watched the game and many of them expressed support for Rice. Dozens of fans wore Rice’s No. 27 Ravens jersey and some held signs, including one that read: ‘We love you Ray,’ and ‘New RO loves you. ‘BY Nick Forrester , Julian Garcia Published: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:57 PM
Wife Janay Rice defends Ray Rice after he’s cut from Baltimore Ravens for alleged domestic violence
The most costly 10 seconds at $1 million each. Ray Rice loses $ 10 million 2 year contract for unfriendly encounter with the wrong side corner.
I was scared he would come back and rape me again or kill me. I want the government to recognize the power these men have over us and for them to protect us from them.
—Farha A., victim of rape by an AMISOM soldier, Mogadishu, February 2014. [ Attachment 1: Download Resource .pdf - 3.16 MB ]
By Katy Migiro (extracts from article)-
Nairobi — African Union peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medicine and food on their bases and routinely pay displaced teenage girls for sex, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday.
Girl, 12, Baidoa
A girl was working on her parents’ farm on the edge of town when she was raped by a Ugandan soldier.
“She wore a sako [long robe] and jeans under it,” her mother said.
“After tearing the jeans, he raped her. He cut her vagina. He wounded her very badly. We don’t know if he made that cut with the knife or just with himself.”…
“The rape… became the source of destruction of our family,” she said.
“People laugh at (my daughter) whenever she comes out. They say: ‘An infidel raped her.’
“How can you feel if your daughter asks you: ‘Mother, do I deserve to live? Mother, I better die to hide my shameful face.'”
(Editing by Ros Russell; firstname.lastname@example.org)
During this event held at the Cato Institute, commentary was provided by Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, and Ronald Weich, dean of the University of Baltimore Law School.
(P/S. Victims below, such as Jonathan Fleming or John Thompson and many poor others know first hand that “Brady violations” or the prosecutors’ suppression of evidence favorable to the defense is not a problem that started just 10 years ago.
The only difference now from the past, is the size and type of fish getting caught within the system; per the author’s words - ” IF THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY DID TO THESE PEOPLE AS BRENDAN SULLIVAN HAS SAID TO UNITED STATES SENATOR TED STEVENS TO FOUR MARYLAND EXECUTIVES ON WALL STREET FROM HOUSTON AND DALLAS, THEY CAN DO IT TO ANYONE.” listen 15:15 to 15:30. She talks of lost money and humiliation, while poor John Thompson talks of his death warrant being signed eight times in 14 years he was on death row.)
In a rare case of conviction, Nov 2013: Former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson was to serve 10 days in jail and give up his law license to settle accusations that he hid favorable evidence in the 1987 trial of Michael Morton, who served almost 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
However, he was released after only five days in jail for good behavior, according to a spokesman for the Willamson County Sheriff’s Office. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and serve 500 hours of community service within five years.
Anderson was Williamson County’s district attorney for 16 years before he became a district judge in 2002. He was accused of hiding two pieces of evidence in the Morton case that fit with the defense’s theory that Morton’s wife, Christine, was killed by a stranger who entered their home through an unlocked back door.
For six years, John Bradley, the new Williamson County district attorney, a friend of Ken Anderson, fought the Innocence Project’s efforts to exonerate Michael Morton.
In 2005, Mr. Morton began asking the state to test DNA evidence on a number of items, including a bloody blue bandanna found near their home the day after the murder.
Even among outrageous false conviction stories, his tale is particularly brutal. He was wrongly convicted not once, but twice — separately — for a carjacking and a murder. He spent 18 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, 14 of them on death row. His death warrant was signed eight times. When his attorneys finally found the evidence that cleared him — evidence his prosecutors had known about for years — he was weeks away from execution.But what most enrages Thompson — and what drives his activism today — is that in the end, there was no accountability.
“And in a culture where racking up convictions tends to win prosecutors promotions, elevation to higher office and high-paying gigs with white-shoe law firms, civil liberties activists and advocates for criminal justice reform worry there’s no countervailing force to hold overzealous prosecutors to their ethical obligations.
In the end, one of the most powerful positions in public service — a position that carries with it the authority not only to ruin lives, but in many cases the power to end them — is one of the positions most shielded from liability and accountability. And the freedom to push ahead free of consequences has created a zealous conviction culture.”
NEW YORK – From the day of his 1989 arrest in a deadly New York City shooting, Jonathan Fleming said he had been more than 1,000 miles away, on a vacation at Disney World. Despite having documents to back him up, he was convicted of murder.
Neither the receipt nor the police letter had been provided to Fleming’s initial defense lawyer, despite rules that generally require investigators to turn over possibly exculpatory material.
Patricia Fleming, 71, was with her son in Orlando at the time of the crime and testified at his trial.
“I knew he didn’t do it, because I was there,” she said. “When they gave my son 25 to life, I thought I would die in that courtroom.”
List of Those Freed From Death Row and DNA Exonerations Nationwide
Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson will sell the franchise after the revelation of a 2012 email he wrote stereotyping African-American fans.
From: Bruce Levenson
To: Ferry, Danny
CC: Foreman, Todd (ucg.com); Peskowitz, Ed (ucg.com)
Sent: 8/25/2012 11:47:02 PM
Subject: Re: Business/Game ops
- My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base.
- i think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority.
- i have also balked when every fan picked out of crowd to shoot shots in some time out contest is black. I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.
- Gradually things have changed. My unscientific guess is that our crowd is 40 pct black now, still four to five times all other teams. And my further guess is that 40 pct still feels like 70 pet to some whites at our games. Our bars are still overwhelmingly black.
- When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many blacks at the games. (“Dog Whistling”)
Ethnic and Racial Political Discourse in the U.S.
A very sensitive topic, well debated with respect and maturity. (Minute by minute you are able to listen, watch and replay the video clip as well as be able to share it.)
Panelists talked about the use of ethnic and racial innuendos in political campaigns. Speakers included former Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, and Florida International University Law Professor and former Miami City Attorney George Knox.
Moderated by Miami Herald Columnist Helen Ferre.
“The Third Rail: Ethnic and Racial Innuendo in Political Campaigns” was part of a political campaign ethics conference held at the St. Thomas University School of Law.
Prof. George Knox points out the surname game that backfired at 9:36pm – “On Election Day 1980, the Republican faithful elected the first black lawmaker since Reconstruction. A day or two later, they found out he was black.”
With that definition of Dog whistling, and the following poll in mind- “Americans’ Beliefs About Obama’s Birth even after releasing his “long form” birth certificate, still in 2011 “Less than half of the Republicans said that Obama was definitely or probably born in the U.S.”
‘Take Back Our Country’ is not a new slogan, but it has now grown its wings and will be remembered many years later for defining Nov. 2014 mid term elections; more like “Kyetwayagaliza embazzi kibuyaga asudde” statement is attributed to Uganda political leadership direction of the 1979, by some political analysts.
More than 1,000 protesters again marched Saturday in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, over the August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of a white police officer.
(Reuters) – A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday.
Rev. Al Sharpton preaches at Mike Brown Funeral Ferguson Missouri 8/25/14:
Published on Aug 25, 2014
Wow ! Al Sharpton preaches at Mike Brown Funeral Ferguson Missouri 8/25/14
Rev. Al Sharpton preaches at Michael Jackson Funeral:
What happens to you when you instruct a 9 year old how to fire a 600 rounds per minute Submachine gun?:
You would rather not want to be the instructor.
Are these the standards that NARO wants to import into the country?:
1,000 Dead Ducks Found In China’s Nanhe River As Toll Of Dead Pigs Hits 16,000Around 1,000 dead ducks have been found in China’s Nanhe river in Pengshan count, Sichuan Province.
The news comes as the toll of unexplained dead pigs pulled from Shanghai waters hits 16,000, the BBC reports.
Reports of the floating duck carcasses come just as the toll of dead pigs pulled from China’s Huangpu River surpassed 16,000.
Nigeria; August 25th, 2014
Cameroon sources said late on Monday that almost 500 Nigerian soldiers fled over the border away from Boko Haram Islamists.
Hundreds of Nigerian soldiers have reportedly fled across the border to Cameroon over fears of attacks from the Islamist sect Boko Haram. It comes after the group declared a caliphate in a northern Nigerian town. (Underpaid and poorly armed Nigerian soldiers flee across the border to neighbouring Cameroon)
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
-Kofi Annan: Africa plundered by secret mining deals
The question shouldn’t be about Trade. It should be about “Fair Trade”
Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says Tax avoidance, secret mining deals andfinancialtransfers 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.
-The billion-dollar question: “Where is Angola’s oil money?“
Directed by David Turner, Lara Zizic
Death, diamonds and greed. A charismatic US businessman pursues an irresistible opportunity during one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times.
Televangelist, multi-millionaire, and leader of the religious right, Pat Robertson is a man on a mission.
With Mission Congo, filmmakers David Turner and Lara Zizic conduct a deep investigation based on years of research into what Operation Blessing actually accomplished. They interview aid workers, eyewitnesses and even the pilots of Robertson’s airplanes who describe a different mission: diamonds.
‘Mission Congo’ Reignites Diamond Mine Fraud Allegations [UPDATE]Operation Blessing!
-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.
Africa – The Last Wild West Frontier:
Published on Jul 12, 2013
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 adaptation and improvisation until you see a Muzungu stuffing a differential gear with African 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.
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.
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.”
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 in the front of the body by police officer Darren Wilson – including twice in the head.
The most dramatic video moments from protests after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, talks with CNN’s Michaela Pereira.
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.
“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”
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 leave the City and go into Agriculture with her.”
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:
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)
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:
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.
‘You shouldn’t be arrested for stealing a free education. It’s just wrong.’ – Mr Crosland
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.
”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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
DEBT Relief Time or More DEBT?
The African Leaders’ summit for infrastructure investment, begets them more loans:-
The World Bank has given Uganda a loan of $150m (approximately sh375b) to upgrade infrastructure in fourteen municipalities.
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.
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
EGYPTS STOLEN FORTUNE: UK FAIL to SEIZE & RETURN Egyptian ASSETS [REGIME SCANDAL]
World debt comparison - The global debt clock
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?
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.
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.
“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.”
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:
28 July 2014; The White House press release -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.
On 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.
The Old Generation; The Current Leadership:
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.”
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
“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). on December 09 2013 11:20 AM
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.
- President Yoweri Museveni says his country needs no aid and will become self-reliant after donors cut funding over anti-gay laws
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.
|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. The point of conflict is that the land leases are leading to the displacement of people from their land, loss of livelihood and deforestation. -
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
They’re buying $90 million condos in New York, and maybe something on your block. This hour On Point: foreign buyers, American real estate.
Forbes: Chinese To Spend Billions On American Real Estate — “The United States is the country of choice for China buyers.
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
Incapable of Competing on a level playing field:
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:
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.
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.”
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. .
GlobalBiz: What does the future hold for the African economy? 20 Jun 2014
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.
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.
Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013: Vandana Shiva, Growth = Poverty
Clean Hands Doctrine: “He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.”
Dambisa Moyo on why aid to Africa has been a disaster. full
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.
And Still I Rise
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern – S03E12 – Uganda
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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March on DC @50 - Forum - Pros and cons of foreign direct investment Why Uganda Parliament Should wait to pass a GMO Bill - Ugandan Priest Suspended for Suggesting Catholic Priests to Marry - Investment or Land Grab Disguised? - Policy Considerations - ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT / DRINK?(The Big Cover up) - -GM debate forum records -Biotechnology -GM debate -The Anglican Church at cross-roads -The divided land ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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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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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