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Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.
Tim’s latest book, The Queen of Katwe, is available now! It is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the poorest slums of Uganda, who — inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary — has become an international chess champion.
Let us all support this young lady by purchasing this book. For those already disappointed with the OPM’s Saga, here is part of the e-mail I got from Tim Crothers – the author’s assurance: “Phiona, her family and Robert Katende are all receiving a significant portion of the proceeds from the book contract and donations to Sports Outreach Institute, which sponsors Katende’s project”.
Just one cup of this dung coffee will cost you over $25.00 and two pounds over $1,000.
“We had to unveil an Africa that wasn’t that well known to … a number of audiences.” — Emeka Okafor
There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it’s a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it’s a single place rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. We’ll engage with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries — and for the African continent a whole.
In effect, our country has been behaving like an extraordinarily rich family that possesses an immense farm. In order to consume 4 percent more than we produce — that’s the trade deficit — we have, day by day, been both selling pieces of the farm and increasing the mortgage on what we still own.
A lot to learn.
Hazel Jones always wondered why she suffered from terrible cramps and heavy periods during puberty. But it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she was given her astonishing diagnosis – she had two vaginas.
Another banking scandal. HSBC apparently laundering billions for Mexican drug cartels. How do we rein in crooked bankers?
-The Lessons Of MF Global
How do you misplace $1.2 billion and lose billions more? Jon Corzine and the lessons of the MF Global collapse.
A federal jury has found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty of participating in a so-called “kids for cash” scheme, in which he received money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit youth jails over the years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., was convicted Friday of accepting bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers operated by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western Pennsylvania Child Care. Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, are said to have received $2.6 million for their efforts.Evan McMorris-Santoro August 19, 2012, 2:06 PM 895754
This post has been updated.
Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.
A woman trying to feed the kids in her neighborhood during the summer may be fined for her good deed. Angela Prattis of Chester Township, outside Philadelphia, has spent the past few months handing out free lunches to the children in her community while they’re home from school for the summer break.
Hedge funds are behind “land grabs” in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, a US think-tank says.
“The same financial firms that drove us into a global recession by inflating the real estate bubble through risky financial manoeuvres are now doing the same with the world’s food supply,” the report said.
“This is creating insecurity in the global food system that could be a much bigger threat than terrorism,” the report said.
These reports, as well as briefs on other aspects of land grabs, are available at http://media.oaklandinstitute.org.
The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic, and environmental issues (www.oaklandinstitute.org).
Indian, Chinese and U.S. companies are among many inking land-investment deals in Africa, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Mali, and Mozambique. According to a study by the U.S.- based Oakland Institute, foreign investors bought or leased a land area in sub-Saharan Africa about the size of France in 2009 alone.
As India, China, Saudia Arabia and South Korea all lease land in the horn, some say we are in the midst of a second ‘scramble for Africa.’
CSO Monitoring 2009-2010 “Advancing African Agriculture”
(AAA): The Impact of Europe’s Policies and Practices on
African Agriculture and Food Security.
A number of different factors have increased demand for land (agrofuels, food crisis,
financial crisis). European involvement in land grabbing is first due to the policies of
both the EU and individual member States, which are directly and indirectly stimulating
these factors, and hence this increased demand for land. Moreover, in some cases,
there is a direct State involvement in the corporations acquiring the land.
A very interesting Article by Jonnie Hughes about Papua New Guinean tribes
(Credit: Image courtesy of the author)
Six members of the tribe came to Britain. With every whispered observation, they left us powerless to explain the madness of our own social norms, and when they boarded the plane back to PNG, we were the ones racked with envy – envious of their joyously interdependent community, their clear understanding of what mattered in life, their rock-solid roles, simple pleasures and ample leisure time, their lack of mortgages and debts, their indisputable “goodness.” Our world appeared an obscene and dysfunctional manifestation of human existence in comparison…..Continue Reading
Compare and contrast these two cases (a) above and (b) below
- Over in Africa, another former Portugese colony is booming while Lisbon is busy selling off state assets and getting bailed out by the IMF.
Louise Redvers: Portugal’s fortunes may have fallen, but Angola’s star is on the rise. Once ravaged by decades of war, it now expects 12 percent growth next year. Angolan companies, already own extensive holdings in the banking, energy and telecoms sectors. Some analysts see the changing relationship between the two countries as an intriguing role reversal.
Portuguese minister of foreign affairs, Paulo Portas (right) greets his counterpart, the minister of foreign affairs of Angola, Georges
- Nigeria: One-Month Old Baby Received a Salary
Hilversum — A one-month old baby, said to hold a diploma, was on the Nigerian government payroll, officials have discovered, exposing the levels to which corruption runs in Africa’s most populous country.
Isn’t modern medicine wonderful? A hundred years ago, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years. In 2009, the federal government recently announced that it is 78 years. And, now, in an age when NASA has machines roving Mars, many states are extending the voting life of citizens for years after they are medically pronounced dead.
According to Walters, Madoff says he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares over his epic fraud, but feels “safer here (in prison) than outside. I have people to talk to, no decisions to make. I know I will die in prison. I lived the last 20 years of my life in fear. Now, I have no fear because I’m no longer in control.”
From CBS News
HARARE Zimbabwean men are a proud lot, but they are slowly taking a bruising with increasing reports of women raping men, in a bizarre trend that appears driven more by superstition, and which social commentators say reflects a more serious underlying problem total moral decay of the nation. 03.09.1010:42am 4 0 (http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/)by MISA
LONDON (Reuters) – The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world’s best known scientists is — women.
When New Scientist magazine asked “Brief History of Time” author Stephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unraveling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: “Women. They are a complete mystery.”