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Japanese women have staying power while African women have a high replication value

Japanese women working out

Newscast Media TOKYO, Japan — A girl born in Japan has a likelihood of living until the age of 86, the world’s longest female life expectancy, but newborn boys that are born in San Marino, on the Italian peninsula on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains, have better prospects of outliving men around the world, the World Health Organization said.

Malawi registered the shortest male life expectancy at 44 years — while Chad and The Central African Republican are at the bottom of the female list, were women have a life expectancy of 48 years, according to WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2011.”

San Marino men, had the highest life expectancy cloaking 82 years, while Switzerland, Japan, Iceland and Australia come in second with men expected to live a solid 80 years.

Countries with long-lived women include San Marino, 85 years, Monaco, 85 years, Spain 85 years, France 85 years Andorra 85 years, Australia 84 years and Singapore 84 years. Luxembourg, Cyprus, Austria, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Greece, Germany and Iceland tied at 83 years for women. Britain came in at 82 years and the United States had a female life expectancy of 81 years.
Afghanistan is the toughest place for babies to survive, with an infant mortality rate of 137 in 1,000 live births, compared with one baby who dies per 1,000 born in Luxembourg or San Marino.

Diet is often given as a major factor in life expectancy, but the report did not give specific reasons for each country’s showing. However, it noted that many of the countries that fared badly spent much less money on health.

It also noted that tobacco use had a “high prevalence among the world’s poorest people,” and suggested that the low life expectancy in some countries could be linked to high rates of diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

The steady increase in Japan’s longevity largely reflects good medical treatment that reduced the mortality from cancer, cardiac disorders and strokes — the three main causes of death in Japan. Health officials often cite Japan’s relatively healthy diet and high living standards as contributing to growing longevity.

Despite the good news of Japanese living longer, they have a very low birth rate which means there is a disproportionately elderly population, because Japanese are not reproducing to replace the workforce. This means at some point, the government will feel the strain of taking care of the graying population.

Longevity in Africa

In Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo had the highest infant mortality rate of 126 babies per 1,000 live births. Chad was second with an infant mortality rate of 124 per 1,000 live births and Sierra Leon coming in third with 123 in 1,000 live births.

Levels and trends for child mortality are particularly relevant in understanding public health, with almost 20% of all deaths occurring among children less than 5 years old. Neonatal mortality (death during the first 28 days of life) accounts for a large proportion of child deaths in many countries, especially in low-income settings.

Adult mortality (the probability of dying between 15 and 60 years of age) rates were highest in Southern Africa. Swaziland had the highest adult mortality rate of 633 in 1,000 adults who are likely to die between 15 and 60 years of age, followed by Zimbabwe with 604 in 1,000 adults, Zambia with 527 in 1,000 adults, South Africa with 496 in 1,000 and Namibia with 448 adults in 1,000 who are likely to die before the age of 60.

The Great Lakes

Of all the countries in the Great Lakes region, Kenya had the lowest infant mortality of 55 in 1,000 live births, Tanzania had the second lowest with 68 in 1,000 live births, Rwanda with 70 in 1,000 children who die, Uganda came in with 79 in 1,000 live births and Burundi had the highest infant mortality rate of 101 deaths per 1,000 live births.

As far as life expectancy is concerned, Kenya once again had the highest life expectancy of 60 years, followed by Rwanda with 59 years, Tanzania at 55 years, Uganda at 52 years and once again Burundi had the lowest life expectancy of 50 years.

Adult males in the Great Lakes region had a high mortality rate, with Uganda topping the charts. Adult mortality (the probability of dying between 15 and 60 years of age) was highest in Uganda with 499 in 1,000 and males had even a higher mortality rate of 539 in 1,000. Burundi had 415 in 1,000, Tanzania at 385 in 1,000, Kenya with 319 in 1,000 and surprisingly, Rwanda has the lowest adult mortality rate of all the Great Lakes nations with 279 per 1,000 adults likely to die between 15 and 60 years of age. You may view or download the entire report from WHO here and also Part II can be found here.

Fertility Factor

Uganda may have a very high adult mortality rate, but one thing it has going for it are its fertile women. The CIA Fact Book ranks Ugandan women as being the second most fertile women in the world, next to Niger that is number one.

Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong have the lowest population growth. Just like the Japanese women American and European women are less fertile with the average American woman having 2 kids. The declining population in the West will at some point have to be addressed or else within another century, certain groups will become extinct just like the Philistines did. A civilization that does not reproduce will always become extinct.

African women, whether Black, White or Arabian, have extremely fertile eggs, while the African male has a potent seed, which explains the high birth rates on the Continent. The average Ugandan woman has 6.69 kids while in Niger, women average 7.60 kids according to the CIA. You may read the fertility report here.


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Egyptian documentary “The Agenda and I” examines Mubarak conspiracy theories

Neveen Shalaby

by Sherif Awad

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt– Egyptian filmmaker Neveen Shalaby sometimes spelled (Nevine) has documented the political uprisings that have been taking place in Egypt since the beginning of the year. She also delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Egyptian revolution that led to the ousting of
former president Hosni Mubarak in her soon-to-be released documentary “The Agenda and I”.

Egyptian filmmaker Neveen Shalaby sometimes spelled (Nevine) has documented the political uprisings that have been taking place in Egypt since the beginning of the year. She also delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Egyptian revolution that led to the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Over the past week, accusations of foreign affiliations and “agendas” have resurfaced on Egypt’s political scene, following the accusation from Hassan al-Ruwainy, a member of the ruling military council, that the April 6 Youth Movement and a number of presidential hopefuls have received foreign funds and are trying to destabilize the country. The same types of accusations were previously used by the Mubarak regime, particularly as it struggled to survive the 18-day uprising beginning on 25 January.

Documentary filmmaker Neveen Shalaby’s latest film, “The Agenda and I,” explores the logic behind such conspiracy theories.

Last year, Shalaby filmed “The Streets Are Ours,” a documentary detailing the history of dissidence in Egypt beginning in 2000. She interviewed various social groups staging protests and sit-ins, such as workers and peasants; and in June 2010, she headed to Alexandria, where public dissent was mounting over the death of Khaled Saeed, a young man who was beaten to death by police forces. There she filmed various youth groups staging silent protests along the city’s corniche.

To get a perspective from Mubarak’s government, Shalaby also interviewed several members of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party, all of whom dismissed the possibility of a revolution happening in Egypt and interpreted the sit-ins as positive signs of the democracy the country was experiencing.
“The sit-ins and protests in 2010 all pointed to a revolution being underway,” Shalaby said. So when the Tahrir Square sit-in began last January, Shalaby was there from day one, documenting the events as they unfolded. This footage, along with a selection of video clips collected from online social media sites, came to form “The Agenda and I.”

“Police brutality against the Tahrir protesters in January broke down all existing inhibitions, and the people began fighting back,” says Shalaby, who compares the withdrawal of police forces and subsequent jailbreaks to the events of 1977, more commonly known as “Intfadat al-Harameya” (The Thieves’ Uprising).

“This reminds me of 1977, when poor people revolted against price hikes, and subsequently criminals broke out of jail, giving [former President Anwar] Sadat the excuse to call it ‘Intifadat al-Harameya’”, she adds.
But while Shalaby was filming at Tahrir, the word “agenda,” used in colloquial Arabic to suggest having personal interests or foreign affiliations, caught her attention, as it was repeatedly used on the street and by state media. It eventually became the focus of her documentary.

Shalaby is creative in her approach, occasionally using music and narration to engage her viewers. “The Agenda and I” starts off with a clip of “Ded al-Hokoma” (Against the Government), a song by Egyptian rapper RaMy DoNjEwan, who became an artistic brand during the revolution. This is followed by footage showing a cop telling Shalaby that the Tahrir protesters have “foreign agendas.”

Moving from one clip to the next, Shalaby touches upon the role of state media and politicians in the revolution. Viewers see Khairy Ramadan, the ex-host of the national talk-show, “Misr Elnaharda” (Egypt Today), explaining the protests through another type of agenda, that of the Muslim Brotherhood. Former Vice President Omar Suleiman is then shown repeating the same argument in his famous interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour a few days later.

“The Agenda and I” also captures the voice of the protesters. Three key characters, Khaled, Ramy and Nehat, illustrate the perspective of the educated middle class so pivotal to the revolution, as they talk about their hopes for a better future. As more people join in the protests at Tahrir, Shalaby records the misfortunes of old women and men, poor and suffering people who decide to express themselves and their sufferings with tears in their eyes.

Asked if she believes there really are foreign agendas conspiring against Egypt today, Shalaby responds, “We were able to use foreign inventions like Facebook, Twitter and the internet to turn the tables against the Mubarak regime. But we’ve also used them to overcome all others who try to manipulate or infiltrate us.”
Shalaby is currently editing “The Agenda and I, 2,” which will be about the Tunisian revolution.


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Youth gearing up for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain

Newscast Media MADRID, Spain — In less than three weeks, World Youth Day will kick off in Madrid, Spain, with young people around the world gearing up for an encounter with Pope Benedict XVI. Monsignor Chidi Denis Isizoh from Nigeria who works at the Africa desk of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious dialogue
encouraged the youth to make the most of this historic event.

“This world youth day, is not just going on tourism, it is a pilgrimage. It is a spiritual gathering of young people, to pray with the Holy Father. It is a spiritual experience, the Holy Father as placed before young people,” he said.

“All those going to Madrid should prepare themselves spiritually. They should bear in mind that they represent their village, their community, their town, their diocese and their country. They must think and act like ambassadors of the group their represent,” he added.

World Youth Day (WYD) Schedule: Aug 16-21

Program for August 16, 2011

Cultural Program

Aside from the WYD main events, many different activities will take place throughout the day as part of the Cultural Program. The program will include concerts, exhibits, guided museum visits, plays, and much, much more. The complete list of activities will be announced later, when all proposals have been received and processed.

8:00 am
Arrival at Madrid

From the early morning, the pilgrims and groups registered in WYD will be able to collect their accreditation and backpacks in the places indicated by the organization.

8:00 pm
WYD Opening Mass

World Youth Day begins at 8 pm (provisional time) with a Mass in Madrid’s Cibeles Square, presided over by the archbishop of Madrid and concelebrated by the bishops and priests participating in WYD.

Schedule for August 17, 2011

Cultural Program

Aside from the WYD main events, many different activities will take place throughout the day as part of the Cultural Program. The program will include concerts, exhibits, guided museum visits, plays, and much, much more. The complete list of activities will be announced later, when all proposals have been received and processed.

10:00 am
Catechesis sessions

WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid.

Schedule for August 18, 2011
Cultural Program

Aside from the WYD main events, many different activities will take place throughout the day as part of the Cultural Program. The program will include concerts, exhibits, guided museum visits, plays, and much, much more. The complete list of activities will be announced later, when all proposals have been received and processed.

10:00 am
Catechesis sessions

WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid.

12:00 pm
The Pope arrives at the Barajas Airport

Welcome Ceremony at the State Hall
12:40 pm

The Pope enters the city of Madrid
Drive through the streets of the city in Popemobile to reach the Nunciature.

7:30 pm
Papal Welcome Ceremony with youth at Cibeles

In Plaza de la Independencia, Benedict XVI will pass through the Puerta de Alcalá with youth from all the continents. After this event, he will ride in Popemobile to Plaza de Cibeles.

Schedule for August 19, 2011
Cultural Program

Aside from the WYD main events, many different activities will take place throughout the day as part of the Cultural Program. The program will include concerts, exhibits, guided museum visits, plays, and much, much more. The complete list of activities will be announced later, when all proposals have been received and processed.

10:00 am
Catechesis sessions

WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid.

11:30 am
Papal Meeting at the Monastery of El Escorial

Meeting with young religious sisters in “Patio de los Reyes”.
(The application process is closed)

12:00 am
Papal Meeting at the Monastery of El Escorial
Meeting with 1,000 young college professors in the Basilica.
(The application process is closed)

7:30 pm
Via crucis

Statues from traditional Spanish Holy Week celebrations will be used to illustrate
each station of the cross. The statues come from all over Spain.

Schedule for August 20, 2011 (provisional)
10:00 am

Mass for seminarians in the Cathedral of “La Almudena”
4:00 pm

Preparatory ceremony in Cuatro Vientos
Young people will arrive little by little at the aerodrome and take their places. Meanwhile, different activities will take place on the stage (testimonies of young people, musical interpretations, prayers to the Virgin, etc.), to prepare for the

7:40 pm
Pope visits the “Fundación Instituto San José” A center for the sick run by the Hospitaller Order of St John of God.

8:30 pm
Vigil with the Pope

The Pope will arrive at the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome, and Eucharistic adoration will begin. An address is planned by the Holy Father.

11:00 pm
Night in Cuatro Vientos

WYD participants will spend the night in the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome. For those who so wish, there will be several tents where they will be able to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Schedule for August 21, 2011 (provisional)
9:00 am

The Pope arrives in Cuatro Vientos

9:30 am
WYD Final Mass

The Pope will celebrate Mass with thousands of bishops and priests, and he will address young people and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world to witness to their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. At the end of the conclusive Mass, the Holy Father will announce the place where the next edition
of World Youth Day will be held.

5:30 pm

Encounter with Volunteers

Pope Benedict XVI will have a brief meeting with the World Youth Day volunteers at the IFEMA Fairgrounds.

6:30 pm
Papal Farewell

There will be a brief Farewell Ceremony at the Barajas Airport.


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Hillary Clinton brokers denuclearization talks between the U.S and North Korea

Hillary Clinton

Newscast Media NEW YORK — For the first time in almost two years, a top North Korea envoy will visit New York later this week for exploratory talks on the possibility of resuming the six-party negotiations on denuclearization. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the North’s vice foreign minister and former nuclear
negotiator, Kim Kye-Gwan, would visit the US “later this week” for the talks.

“Following the first round of denuclearisation talks between the nuclear negotiators of the Republic of Korea and North Korea, the United States has invited North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kae-gwan to New York later this week,” Clinton said in a statement. Kim’s visit will mark the resumption of US-North Korean dialogue 19 months after Stephen Bosworth, the top US envoy on Korean peninsula affairs, visited Pyongyang in December 2009.

In a statement released to reporters as she left Indonesia after three days of intense engagement with East Asian foreign ministers, Clinton said Kim would meet with an interagency team of US officials.

Their discussions would focus on the “next steps necessary to resume denuclearization negotiations through the six-party talks”, she said.

“This will be an exploratory meeting to determine if North Korea is prepared to affirm its obligations under international and six-party talk commitments, as well as take concrete and irreversible steps toward denuclearization,” Clinton said.

“We do not intend to reward the North just for returning to the table,” Clinton said.

“We will not give them anything new for actions they have already agreed to take. And we have no appetite for pursuing protracted negotiations that will only lead us right back to where we have already been.”

The six-party denuclearization forum, grouping two Koreas, the US, Japan, China and Russia, has been deadlocked since the last meeting in December 2008.


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Anonymous hacks into NATO servers and retrieves 1GB of sensitive data


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The hacker group anonymous claims to have hacked into NATO servers and has in its possession one gigabyte of data. The group which is a loosely organized group of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks, admitted it would be “irresponsible” to publish most of the material. It has also
claimed responsibility for attacks against corporate and government websites worldwide.

Below is the tweet:

The infamous Anonymous tweet

A NATO official said the organization was aware of the claim.

“NATO security experts are investigating these claims,” the official said. “We strongly condemn any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of NATO allies, armed forces and citizens.”

The group’s actions have become intolerable, Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant FBI director, said in an interview with NPR.

“We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable,” Chabinsky said. “[Even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.”

The group followed up with a statement to the FBI and Chabinsky, with a list of things it deems unacceptable: “Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control … corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments … lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher.”

The statement read:

Hello thar FBI and international law authorities,

We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain
amount of amusement:
The statements made by deputy assistant FBI director Steve Chabinsky in this article clearly seem to be directed at Anonymous and Lulz Security, and we are happy to provide you with a response.

You state:

“We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable, [even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.”

Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what WE find unacceptable:

* Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in
control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.

* Corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments while taking advantage
at the same time by collecting billions of funds for federal contracts we all know they
can’t fulfill.

* Lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher, while
at the same time being deeply involved in governments around the world with the
only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough so the status quo will never change.
These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight
them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking
into their websites and exposing their lies.

We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you
cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until
they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is
nothing – absolutely nothing – you can possibly to do make us stop.

“The Internet has become so important to so many people that we have to ensure that
the World Wide Web does not become the Wild Wild West.”

Let me ask you, good sir, when was the Internet not the Wild Wild West? Do you
really believe you were in control of it at any point? You were not.

That does not mean that everyone behaves like an outlaw. You see, most people do
not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits on the Internet
because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears
like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We’re back – and we’re not going anywhere.
Expect us.

Sixteen suspected members of “Anonymous” were arrested Tuesday in states across the country, from California to New York, in a federal raid on the notorious hacking group.

The group’s message was clear: In spite of the string of recent arrests, the “hactivism” will continue.
“We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea.”


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NASA’s Atlantis returns home Thursday July 21, after completing mission


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station early Tuesday, marking the end of shuttle visits to the orbiting laboratory that owes much of its existence to the 37 flights they made to help build and maintain it.

The 1:28 a.m. undocking ended an Atlantis stay at the station of eight days, 15 hours and 21 minutes. All in all, Atlantis and its sister shuttles spent a total of 276 days, 11 hours and 23 minutes docked at the station.

After undocking, Atlantis moved slowly away, to a point about 600 feet ahead of the station, Pilot Doug Hurley paused Atlantis before beginning a final fly around that was in some ways a first. Before Atlantis began the half loop around the station, the orbiting laboratory changed its orientation by rotating 90 degrees to the right.

That gave Atlantis video and still cameras a chance to photograph areas of the station not normally documented in previous fly-arounds. The images will be evaluated by experts on the ground to get additional information on the station’s conditions.

Teams in both flight control rooms were working their last shuttle shift. Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson thanked the orbit 1 team of shuttle flight controllers. He urged them to pause a moment on their way out and “make a memory.”

From the station flight control room, astronaut and Capcom Dan Tani, himself a former station crew member, told Ferguson that it had been “a pleasure and an honor” to support the mission. “We are proud to be the last of a countless line of mission control teams” who have watched while shuttles visited the ISS. “The ISS wouldn’t be here without the shuttle.”

“It’s been an incredible ride”, replied Ferguson. “On behalf of the four of us, we’re really appreciative we had the opportunity to work with you on this pivotal mission.”

After completing the half loop, Atlantis did two separation burns, the second at 3:18 a.m. to move away from the station.

After their midday meal, Ferguson, Hurley and Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus did the late survey of Atlantis’ heat shield, focused on the reinforced carbon carbon of the wing leading edges and the nose cap. They used the shuttle robotic arm and its 50-foot orbiter boom sensor system to look first at the starboard wing, then the nose cap and finally the port wing.

Data from the survey will be transmitted to the ground for evaluation by experts.

Atlantis is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space center just before 5 a.m. on Thursday July 21.


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Pope Benedict XVI encourages the world to help Somalia

Pope Benedict

Newscast Media VATICAN CITY, The Vatican — Pope Benedict XVI today sent a €50 thousand donation to the Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu, Bishop Giorgio Bertin, as a concrete sign of solidarity with all those suffering drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

The gesture follows the Pope’s appeal for the people of the region this past Sunday. Chris Altieri spoke with Bishop Bertin, who expressed gratitude for the Holy Father’s act of solidarity.

“By this gesture,” he said, “the Holy Father has invited other people – the international community, and, I would say, the Somali people themselves throughout the world, not to forget the terrible situation,” in Somalia and across the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that nearly 11 million people are in need of assistance as the Horn of Africa experiences its driest period in 60 years.


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David Cameron undertakes trade mission on his trip to Africa

David Cameron on trade mission to Africa

Newscast Media LONDON, England –As he pushes the message that trade, not aid is the key to Africa’s future prosperity, David Cameron has embarked on a two-day trade mission in sub-Saharan Africa. The Prime Minister said trade deals – and an African free trade area – would do more to lift tens of millions out of poverty.

In an article he wrote in South Africa’s Business Day, Cameron said: “Trade and enterprise have the power to change lives. What will lift tens of millions out of poverty in the long run is economic growth. And that means African countries buying from and selling to each other, doing business with one another and the world. The key to Africa’s progress is not just aid. What will save far more lives and do far more good is an African free trade area. It is time for some fresh thinking.

“With a strong and unified voice in global trade, Africa can deliver a better deal for its citizens, and be a significant driver of growth for the world in future. We need political leadership from all of Africa’s leaders to achieve this. As they show the vision and will to get this done, so real leadership is required from the rest of the world. Trade rules must be open and fair to all. When the Group of 20 meets in November, we will press for duty- and quota-free market access for the poorest countries, for sustained commitment to a global trade deal.

“Never before has there been a time quite like this. The economic revolution under way has brought within reach the steps to eradicate poverty in Africa. It is now possible to imagine an Africa no longer dependent on aid, and a source of growth for the world. And the road to get there lies through freeing up the wealth-creating power of enterprise and trade.

“This challenge falls to our generation of leaders. For too long borders have been allowed to hold Africa’s people back. It is time to make African free trade the common purpose of the continent and the world. To set Africa on a path to prosperity and stability would be a wonderful legacy from our generation to the next,” he said.

However, Cameron seems to get it wrong when he says, “What will lift tens of millions out of poverty in the long run is economic growth.”

There has always been economic growth in Africa, but the economies are being managed by the wrong people, since the majority of Africans live in police states. When there are a few people in the highest echelons of power who control the wealth, it is impossible for the average citizen to rise above poverty without being well-connected. In order to be relevant governments in police states create a state of dependency between themselves and the citizens.

It would be almost impossible for a private citizen to get a permit to build a power station to supply electricity in rural areas, because most electricity-generating plants are state-owned and would not welcome that kind of competition. There are several types of power plants that could supply electricity to villages or small-scale farmers like, thermal power stations, coal-fired power stations, (about 50 percent of electric generation in the USA is produced by coal fired power plants), there are also biomass-fueled power plants and solar thermal power plants that are less costly than hydro-electric power plants, and take a relatively short time to construct.

Privately owned media companies in police states are also under continual threat in Africa, and journalists are constantly being harassed for doing their jobs. If one is a journalist in Africa and has never been arrested, one hasn’t yet been initiated into the profession. How can an individual be able to generate wealth or contribute to economic growth, if his or her own government is holding him or her hostage and cannot practice the very profession that helps pay the bills?

How can doctors or medical practitioners expand their practices if they are constantly being accused by their very own governments of stealing drugs from hospitals, and re-selling them in their private clinics?

How can agriculturalists, enjoy the fruits of their labor if large chunks of land are being sold off to foreign investors, while the locals are being evicted from these plots of lands?

How can fresh college graduates get employment if they do not belong to a certain tribe, or have uncles who have ties to the military industrial complex?

Cameron doesn’t understand how Africans think or their state of mind, so it is easy for him to make simplistic statements that may work in the U.K. but would fail in Africa. The key to growth is to break up economic monopolies, much in the same way we have antitrust laws in America that prohibit anti-competitive behavior, and encourage competition in the marketplace. Small business owners would then have the same opportunities that are given to foreign investors to compete in the marketplace.

Landowners and farmers would start their own cooperatives knowing that their properties would not be sold off to the Chinese. These business organizations would be owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit, creating less dependency on government for assistance or on foreign aid.

Unfortunately if one were to dig deep into the maze, one would discover that a high percentage of profitable privately-held businesses are owned by government officials, that’s why African presidents are the some of the richest people in the world. Most treat their countries like their personal real estate. As such, it would
not be in the best interest of a police state to encourage an economic revolution among its citizens because they (government officials) would run themselves out of business.

Cameron’s visit will include South Africa and Nigeria as he promotes trade within the continent.


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Gen. David Petraeus hands over command to Marine Gen. John Allen

Gen. David Petraeus

Newscast Media KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Gen. David Petraeus the U.S. and NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan has handed over command of international forces in Afghanistan to Marine Gen. John Allen.

Petraeus will assume his new job as director of the CIA, while Allen takes over in Kabul. Allen will be tasked with the overseeing the start of the American troop withdrawal from the country after a decade-long war.

“It is my intention to maintain the momentum of the campaign,” Allen said at the handover ceremony in the Afghan capital. He acknowledged, however, that the fight won’t be easy.

“There will be tough days ahead. I have no illusions about the challenges,” Allen said.

All foreign combat forces are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and Allen has said he hopes the drawdown will impress on Afghan leaders that they must urgently grow the number and capabilities of their own security forces to take over.

The Afghan government plans to have 305,000 trained soldiers and policemen by this October with a goal of just under 400,000 by the time foreign combat troops leave.


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The unsung heroes who have been quietly erased from our History books

Unsung Heroes

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — In a world where so many lack a sense of purpose or direction, it is easy to forget that those who paved the way for the industrial revolution succeeded in their endeavors because they believed in defying the odds. When one discovers one’s reason for living, that’s the day when one begins to live. Despite any odds or voices of doubt, a person becomes unstoppable when focused on that which was started that they were born to finish.

Unfortunately, our History books haven’t been kind to some the great inventors who have greatly contributed and continue to contribute to both the industrial revolution and the information age. For example, in the black community many are unaware of the great pioneers who never get credit for their contributions, or
whose work remains concealed. As a scholar, I feel compelled to do justice to the glory of the unsung heroes, by introducing my readership and viewership to these great men and women.

Dr. Ben Carson a neurosurgeon, takes us down memory lane in this video below.

Presentation by Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Carson reminds us that it was Jan Matzelinger a black man who invented the automatic shoe lasting machine. It was Charles Brooks who invented a street sweeper, those machines with big brushes. As we continue to explore we discover that it was Frederick Jones a black man who invented the refrigeration system for trucks, later adopted for airplanes, boats and trains.

It was Garrett Morgan a black man who invented the traffic signal and the gas mask that saved a lot of lives during the war. Henrietta Bradberry invented the underwater canon and made it possible to launch torpedoes from submarines. Madam C.J. Walker invented cosmetics for women of dark complexion, and was
the first woman of any nationality to become a millionaire through her own efforts, the Mary Kay of her day. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open heart surgery in the world.

Lewis Latimer was the right hand man of Thomas Edison, who came up with the filament that made the light bulb work, and diagramed the telephone for Alexander Graham Bell. Elijah McCoy was issued his first patent on July 12th, 1872 for his improvement in lubricators for steam engines. McCoy continued to improve upon his design and invented several more improvements. Railroad and shipping lines began using McCoy’s new lubricators and the Michigan Central Railroad promoted him to an instructor in the use of his new inventions. Later, Elijah McCoy became a consultant to the railroad industry on patent matters. The saying ‘the real McCoy’, meaning the real thing, has been associated with Elijah McCoy’s invention of an oil-drip cup, for which he was well known.

The ancient Egyptians

Many revere the Greeks for their Mathematics, Philosophy, Art and even Architecture, but they forget that the Greeks actually derived their ingenuity from the Egyptians. From Pythagoras who studied in Egypt and came up with the Pythagorean Theorem, that had been already discovered thousands of years ago by the Egyptians, to the Greek alphabet that was actually invented by the Egyptians. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) explains how the Egyptians developed this theorem, later adopted by Pythagoras.

The BBC also did an expose on how the ancient Greeks borrowed the Egyptian alphabet and took credit for it. Greek Mathematicians and astronomers in essence convinced the world that they invented the Greek alphabet, yet they actually plagiarized the Egyptians’ invention and never gave them credit. You may read the BBC’s article here.

Ancient Egypt was inhabited by Black Africans, and later after the Muslim invasion, the native Egyptians were displaced to the southern parts (Upper Egypt) while the Arabians occupied the North (Lower Egypt) that was more cosmopolitan and fertile.

Egypt is currently occupied by Turks, who aren’t true Arabs. There are still a few native Egyptians who are the oppressed minority and have held on to their ancient wisdom. These native Egyptians have secret societies and very rarely give outsiders access into their world. Newscast Media is still attempting to create a documentary about the ancient secrets these Egyptians have concealed. It takes a while to gain their trust, but perseverance will pay off.

In regard to the history of books, the Egyptians used papyrus reeds in 2400 B.C. (from which we get the word paper) and rolled these writings in scrolls, much like builders do today with blueprints. This method was then adopted by the Greeks in 650 B.C. and by the Romans who imported papyrus from Egypt between 300 to 100 B.C. The Romans then produced the first postmodern book, which was the codex that was bound in leather. These inventions all take us back to the ancient Egyptians, who are now almost an extinct race of people, yet they were the innovators.

With movable type, the printing press, text messaging and now the Internet, writing has become a lost art. When I was in school in my pre-teen years, our teachers even gave us grades for our handwriting, now, very rarely do people write or even know how to write letters because with a computer keyboard and a
spellchecker, some consider writing to be old fashioned. Even Christmas greetings are sent over Twitter or by the use of e-Cards. Some people do not think it is necessary to even send out wedding invitations with cards, it is done over Facebook or via e-mail.

It is amazing that writing took thousands of years to be developed and perfected, yet it has taken less than a generation, to make it almost extinct. I am one of the few people who have refused to buy Kindle or nook, because I still enjoy reading hardcover books that are bound. One day physical books might become extinct as we move into the digital age, but until such a time, I will stick to the traditional means of reading hardcopy books. The Vatican Library is an exception, and has books dating back to the time Gilgamesh. I don’t see them moving away from hardcopy books. The Epic of Gilgamesh is particularly interesting because it mentions several biblical events including Noah’s flood, that support ancient scripture.

With voice-recognition software like Dragon Naturally Speaking, one doesn’t even have to type or even know how to spell words. All you have to do is speak, and your wish is the computer’s command. How soon we forget.


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Bill and Melinda Gates to fight malaria in Africa using smelly socks

Bill Gates

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — A Tanzanian doctor has developed an innovative trap that attracts and kills mosquitoes with the smell of dirty socks. Dr. Fredros Okumu and his scientific team at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania have learned that smelly socks attract four times more mosquitoes than a human being. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada, are funding the project in order to fight malaria in Africa.

Dutch scientist Dr. Bart Knols first discovered mosquitoes were attracted to foot odor by standing in a dark room naked and examining where he was bitten, said Dr. Fredros Okumu, the head of the research project at Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute. But over the following 15 years, researchers struggled to put the
knowledge to use.

Then Okumu discovered that the stinky smell — which he replicates using a careful blend of eight chemicals — attracts mosquitoes to a trap where they can be poisoned. The odor of human feet attracted four times as many mosquitoes as a human volunteer and the poison can kill up to 95 percent of mosquitoes, he said.

Okumu received an initial grant of $100,000 to help his research two years ago. Now the project has been awarded an additional $775,000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada to conduct more research on how the traps should be used and whether they can be produced affordably.

The current traps are expensive prototypes but Okumu hopes to produce affordable traps that can be sold for between $4 and $27 each. He said they hoped to develop the devices so they would work at the ratio of 20 traps for every 1,000 people.

The “Smelly Socks Project” is one of many innovative projects that Bill Gates and his foundation are funding to fight tropical diseases. Below are some innovative ideas that have been funded.

To keep feeding their innovation engine with creative ideas, Bill Gates Foundation continues to seek new applicants – especially those from developing countries whose direct experience can guide and tailor solutions to be most suitable for those most in need.

If you have a great idea for global health and development, check the GCE website for calls for proposals. Your idea may be just what we are looking for. Do you know someone who has a great idea? Let them know about GCE as well. GCE Round 8 will begin accepting applications on September 7, 2011.


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No Greater Love – Soldier Receives Medal of Honor For Selfless Act of Valor

Newscast Media WASHINGTON D.C. –The Medal of Honor was presented by the president to Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry on Tuesday for protecting his fellow soldiers by grabbing and throwing back a live grenade while in combat in Afghanistan. Petry, 31, is the second living soldier on active duty to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This is a historic occasion,” Obama said. “This is only the second time … since Vietnam that a recipient of the Medal of Honor in an ongoing conflict has been able to accept this medal in person.”

Petry, his wife Ashley, and family members and fellow soldiers gathered in the East Room of the White House for the ceremony.

Petry’s act of valor took place near the mountainous border of Pakistan. Petry and fellow Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment were conducting a daytime raid to capture an enemy target in Paktya, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. Rangers flew in on helicopters on an insurgent compound that was believed to be housing a top al-Qaida commander.

Under fire, Petry was hit on both legs but continued to act to protect his comrades. When a grenade landed a few feet away from him, he picked it up and threw it back as it was exploding – causing him to lose his hand and riddling his body with shrapnel.

He now has a prosthetic hand, and still is trying to recover from the wounds to his legs. Last year, he re-enlisted indefinitely in the Army rather than retire. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest award for valor.


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Gaddafi willing to make his exit after four months of civil conflict

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –After four months military conflict in Libya between Gaddafi’s forces and the pro-democracy movement, Libya’s embattled leader says he is ready to make his exit once and for all. On Monday, Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said the Libyan regime was in talks with the French

“The truth is that we are negotiating with France and not with the rebels,” the Algerian El Khabar newspaper quoted Saif al-Islam as saying from Tripoli. Gaddafi’s Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi told French daily, Le Figaro , that the embattled regime was ready to begin talks with Paris and the rebels without the interference of the “Guide”.

“We are ready to negotiate unconditionally. We simply want a stop to the bombardments. We cannot talk as bombs rain down,” he said.

Mahmud Shamman, spokesman for the rebel National Transitional Council said they would only respond to serious initiatives concerning the departure of Gaddafi from power. The military situation in Libya has stabilized with much of the country in rebel hands, but Gaddafi’s forces still control Tripoli and most western towns.

On March 17, a U.N. Security Council resolution was approved allowing outside forces to use all measures necessary to protect civilians in Libya, including a no-fly zone that banned all flights in the country’s airspace.

Col. Gaddafi

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Tanzania’s plans to build highway across the Serengeti thwarted

The Serengeti Plains

Newscast Media DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania — After being pressured by the United Nations and several environmental groups, the Tanzanian government has dropped plans to build a highway across the Serengeti, that would have hindered migration of wild animals across the plains. At a meeting in Paris last month, the United Nations world heritage body, UNESCO, said Tanzania had to come reconsider its plans to build a highway between Arusha and Musoma, on the banks of Lake Victoria.

“The project is still there without a shadow of a doubt. But the road will be unpaved, so there will be no tarmac road or highway traversing through the Serengeti National Park,” said Tanzania’s Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Ezekiel Maige.

Serengeti Watch, a nonprofit organization opposed to a commercial highway across the Serengeti, acknowledged that the situation had improved, but said that the threat was far from over.

German Development Minister Dirk Niebel said he was pleased with the Tanzanian government’s willingness to look at different solutions.

Niebel has commissioned the government-owned development bank, the German Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW), to develop plans for alternative routes.

According to Niebel, these plans aim to preserve the unique ecosystem of the Serengeti and advance the region’s economic development.

Colonialism helped preserve Africa

As much as many on the continent may deny this, colonialism was a blessing in disguise, in that, it helped preserve several African landmarks and national treasures. So many times colonialism is spoken of in a negative tone, but if it weren’t for that, Africa would not have its vast national parks, game reserves or
bird sanctuaries like Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya famous for its flamingos. All those lands would probably have been sold or leased out to the Chinese, or so called investors.

The breed of today’s African rulers is so shortsighted, it takes foreign entities like the United Nations to intervene, as these rulers seek to destroy the national treasures of their countries. As for the Tanzanian government, they just couldn’t put two and two together and realize if they built a highway across a national
park, the animals would become roadkill. It took the Germans, who once claimed Tanganyika (Tanzania) as their own, to talk sense into them about the importance of preserving the ecosystem in which the wild animals dwell. The Germans have even pledged to help build an alternate route in order to save Tanzania from herself.

Make no mistake, Tanzania did not willingly come to the table and pencil the deal. I believe there was a lot of arm-twisting to thwart their plans. The point is, if a highway is built, then naturally gas stations or petrol stations as they are called in Africa, would have also been built for refueling. The pollution and exhaust fumes would be enough to destroy these ecosystems. Feeder roads would also have to be built eventually, to lead into the main freeways, and during the migration period when truck drivers are speeding with their 18-wheelers at night, migrating animals would have been at risk of becoming roadkill.

The bottom line

To thwart the plans of building the highway, the Germans must have said to the Tanzanian government: “Word is, you plan to build a multi-lane highway across the Serengeti. Now listen very carefully, we are only going to tell this to you once. Your trans-Serengeti highway plans, aren’t happening under our watch. Here is why. We’ve loaned you billions of Euros that are still unpaid. We both know that it would be impossible for you to pay us back, and not default under the terms of the promissory note agreements. Here’s what’s going to happen.

Remember you put up your natural resources and treasures as collateral for these loans? Do you remember that? Tell you what. If you build, attempt to build, or cause a highway to be built across the Serengeti, not only will we freeze all aid to your country, since the Serengeti is a national treasure, we also will repossess the entire park until you pay us back all the debt you owe us, with the interest being calculated retroactively.

Now, we could go that route, or you could pick up the phone right next to you, dial the number to your contractors, and tell them that the tran-Serengeti highway is dead. We can then continue to give you the leeway on the debt obligations you owe us, and continue to supply you with weapons to protect you
from Kagame in the West. A little birdie also tells us that Museveni’s up North, is investing heavily in second-hand helicopters from the Soviets. We’re sure you’d want to be ahead of the game in this weapons race, wouldn’t you? So these are your options: either your signatures go on the dotted line, promising to cancel the construction plans, or we enforce the terms of the loan agreements. Do you still want to play hardball with us, or are you going to pencil the deal?”

Debt as leverage

Those who have followed by articles know that I’ve made videos condemning the use of foreign debt by the World Bank and IMF to control third world countries. But on second thought, maybe it is not such a bad idea to keep rulers who show a reckless disregard for their countries’ national treasures in check. Sometimes it’s
the only way some absurdities can be stopped dead in their tracks.

Critical thinking, logic or reason sometimes do not make sense to rulers who live in a different reality than their citizens. Every once in a while, for the greater good of a country, it would be in order to attach strict pre-conditions to every dollar that is donated or loaned to rulers who exhibit apathy or display tendencies
to encroach upon their nations’ national treasures.


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Texas cowboy completes charity horseback trek from Dallas to New York

Texas cowboy treks from Dallas to New York for charity

Newscast Media NEW YORK, New York — Embarking on a cross-country journey for cancer research on horseback, Chris Blethen completed the final leg of the 1,500 mile journey that began in Dallas four months ago. His final destination was New York, where he arrived with his four companions.

“I wanted to do something to raise the awareness and at the same time, do something that I love,” said Blethen.

He chose New York as his final destination because it was there that he had a transformation a few years ago.

“I went to New York to sit there and donate a kidney to a friend of mine,” he recalls. “And during the testing that’s when they found out my right kidney had cancer in it,” said Blethen, who has been cancer-free for the past five years.

He’s been interacting with cancer patients along the way as a form of encouragement to sustain his morale throughout the journey. The trek has raised money for Heroes for Children, a Texas childhood cancer foundation.

Blethen traveled with his four horses, which he rotated during the long trek. “If it was up to me, we’d still be on horseback,” said Blethen.

After crossing the Hudson River, Blethen was escorted by three New York Police Department marked cars, while people stopped on the sidewalk to watch the spectacle.

As a horse trainer, Blethen said, he decided that a horseback ride from Dallas to New York might be the kind of thing that would attract attention.


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Influx of Chinese immigrants invades Africa driving locals out of business

Africa for the Chinese

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — An emerging influx of Chinese immigrants with expired visas is overwhelming economies in Africa. Rather than renew their visas, the Chinese remain in African countries illegally and conduct business as vendors, with cheap goods at give-away prices that local traders cannot compete with.

Because they have access to dirt-cheap goods at dirt-cheap prices, the Chinese can easily drive their competitors out of business, since most of them operate illegally and do not have to pay taxes and other membership fees that the local indigenous Africans incur. It affords them to easily break profits, while keeping their prices low to attract a large customer base.

The reason this is happening is because the rulers of these African countries are allowing it to happen, in fact, they want it to happen. The government of China is aware that its citizens are migrating to Africa, but China also extends huge loans to these African countries. Because African rulers receive these monies from the Chinese government, they turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants, because they really do not care about keeping their nations sovereign — they are more concerned about eroding the borders of their countries in order to dilute the local cultures.

When a country’s border is eroded and the culture is infiltrated by foreigners who do not intend to adapt the local culture, it is easy to weaken a nation, affording rulers a longer stay in power, because they cannot be challenged by a subverted population that has lost its identity. In order to kill the identity of a nation, flood it with foreigners and make it easy for them to become citizens.

In Tanzania, they recently gave Chinese illegals 30 days to vacate the local markets because they were supposed to come as investors, and were instead selling goods on the side of the streets. The deputy industry minister said Chinese businessmen were allowed into the country as investors, but not as “vendors or shoe-shiners”.

Lazaro Nyalandu said these jobs could “be carried out by locals”, Tanzania’s Citizen paper quoted him as saying. China has numerous traders in Tanzania trading illegally, taking jobs of native Tanzanians, and have opened up many retail and wholesale shops. You may read the whole article I wrote about here.

In neighboring Uganda, the state owned New Vision paper wrote this article and voiced concerns about Chinese merchants illegally peddling dirt-cheap goods.

The Chinese invasion

This Chinese invasion is a clandestine plan that was cooked up by Sir Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin. To know a little about Francis Galton, he is the father of the eugenics movement. He proposed “positive eugenics” which promotes procreation among the healthiest and most intelligent, and negative eugenics ridding society of undesirables, those with bad genes. Galton viewed Africans as inferior who needed to be replaced by Chinese through migration. Apparently, African rulers seem to agree with Galton and are allowing this to happen.

In His June 5, letter to The Times, Francis Galton, who had explored Africa wrote to the editor saying: “My proposal is to make the encouragement of the Chinese settlements at one or more suitable places on the East Coast of Africa a part of our national policy, in the belief that the Chinese immigrants would not only maintain their position, but that they would multiply and their descendants supplant the inferior Negro race.”

Galton continued to write: “I should expect that the African seaboard, now sparsely occupied by lazy, palavering savages, might in a few years be tenanted by industrious, order-loving Chinese, living either as a semidetached dependency of China, or else in perfect freedom under their own law.

The opinion of the public on the real worth of the Negro race has halted between the extreme views which have been long and loudly proclaimed. The Chinaman is a being of another kind, who is endowed with a remarkable aptitude for a high material civilization. He is seen to the least advantage in his own country,
where a temporary dark age still prevails, which has not sapped the genius of the race, though it has stunted the developed the of each member of it, by the rigid enforcement of an effete system of classical education which treats originality as a social crime. All the bad parts of his character, as his lying and servility, spring from timidity due to an education that has cowed him, and no treatment is better calculated to remedy that evil than location in a free settlement.

The natural capacity of the Chinaman shows itself by the success with which, notwithstanding his timidity, he competes with strangers, wherever he may reside. The Chinese emigrants possess an extraordinary instinct for political and social organization; they contrive to establish for themselves a police and internal
government, and they give no trouble to their rulers so long as they are left to manage those matters by themselves. They are good-tempered, frugal, industrious, saving, commercially inclined, and extraordinarily prolific. They thrive in all countries, the natives of the Southern provinces being perfectly able to labor and
multiply in the hottest climates.

But take a globe and examine it, and consider the huge but poorly-peopled bulk of Africa, by whose side the areas of India and of China look insignificant, and think what a field lies there for the development of a suitable race.

The gain would be immense to the whole civilized world if we were to out-breed and finally displace the negro, as completely as the latter has displaced the aborigines of the West Indies. The magnitude of the gain may be partly estimated by making the converse supposition –namely, the loss that would ensue if China were somehow to be depopulated and restocked by negroes.

The pressure of population in China is enormous, and its outflow is great and increasing. There is no lack of material for a suitable immigration into Africa. I do not say that it would be possible at any moment to persuade communities of men and women from Southern China to establish themselves in Africa; but I am assured, by excellent authorities, that occasions of political disturbances frequently arise when it would be practicable to do so by the promise of a free, or nearly free, grant of land. The Chinese have a land hunger, as well as a love for petty traffic, and they would find a field in which to gratify both of these tastes on the East African Coast.”

I have been critical of African governments selling off land to foreign nationals while depriving the locals from purchasing that very land. This is all in the blueprint laid out by Galton and it is now coming to pass because African leaders are very easily compromised when foreigners invoke the word “investor.”

Thirty years from now, it wouldn’t be surprising if a country in East Africa has a Chinese president, since it is very easy to purchase citizenship. With a Chinese president, Africans will be reduced to nothing but slaves, serving their foreign masters, because African rulers of today do not love their countries and the continent enough to protect the future generations, due to having been corrupted by their own power, and love of material wealth. You may read Francis Galton’s entire Original letter to The Times here.


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Kenyan farmers in protest over Monsanto’s genetically modified corn

Kenyan farmers oppose gmo corn

Newscast Media NAIROBI, Kenya — On Friday July 8, Kenya’s environmental and food security activists called on the government to recognize and support organic agriculture practiced by most small scale farmers to avoid imports of genetically modified (GM) foods.

The Kenyan government in June gave a go-ahead to the nation’s grain millers to import genetically modified maize from South Africa and Europe to ease the shortage of maize in the local market.

Maize is Kenya’s staple food with it milled flour being used to make maize pulp popularly known by Kiswahili word ugali.

“We request the government to recognize organic agriculture and other agro-ecological farming practices in Kenya’s agriculture policies and practices,” said Anne Maina, the advocacy coordinator for nonprofit environmental group African Biodiversity Network (ABN).

She spoke in the capital Nairobi when activists gathered to oppose importation of genetically modified food. Kenya allowed importation of genetically modified food in 2009 and also controlled growing of genetically modified crops. The activists said the introduction of patented seeds and related chemicals into the farming systems threatens Kenya’s agricultural practices, livelihood, the environment, and undermines national seed sovereignty.

“We believe that we can feed our communities and this country with organic and agroecological farming practices that do not destroy, pollute and contaminate food, land and seeds,” said Gacheke Gachihi, coordinator of the Bunge La Mwananchi Social Movement.

The BBC first reported of the protests in this July 1, story, and has since gained momentum. The activists said there is a growing body of scientific evidence to show that genetically modified foods can cause serious damage to health, environment, food production and livelihood. They said for example, animal feeding
trials have shown damage to liver, kidney and pancreas, effecting on fertility and stomach bleeding.

They said some of the problematic environmental consequences of genetically modified foods include the development of insect resistant to the pesticides engineered into crops as well as the emergence of new and secondary pests destroying farmers’ crops forcing them to buy and use highly toxic pesticides.

The activists said hunger is not caused by under-production of food, but because people have no money to buy food and therefore the genetically modified maize may be as expensive and will not solve hunger problem.

“We want the government to protect the integrity of agroecological practices and farmer saved seed varieties by banning the introduction of genetically modified foods into Kenya,” the activists said in a joint statement.

“Farmers demand a stop to importation of GM maize. Patented seeds and chemical fertilizers threaten the livelihood of smallholders”, said Lavi.

Meanwhile, in America, Monsanto opened its newest corn breeding facility today in Othello, WA on Wednesday July 6. The new 15,000 square-foot facility, which employs five full-time and approximately 100 part-time and seasonal workers, is the first of its kind for Monsanto in the United States.

The breeding station will be devoted exclusively to using double haploid advanced breeding technology to help Monsanto’s breeders provide better corn seeds for farmers. Within the next 10 years, about 50 percent of new corn lines in North America will have gone through Othello.

In corn breeding, top-performing hybrid corn seed is developed by crossing – or breeding together – two genetically pure corn plants, which are called inbreds.

The double haploid process is used to improve plant-breeding effectiveness by generating instant inbred lines. Using double haploids helps Monsanto advance its corn breeding pipeline by decreasing the number of developmental generations required to produce inbred lines. This gives desired results in about two breeding
generations, where it typically would take six to eight generations.

“The double haploid technology at this site accelerates corn breeding significantly by reducing the process time to about a third or a fourth of what it took us previously,” said Sam Eathington, Monsanto vice president of global plant breeding.

“As a company focused solely on agriculture, Monsanto is excited to reinvest in an important site like Othello with this advanced breeding capability.”


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Texas Gov. Perry: Execution will happen – Obama works the phone

Gov Rick Perry, Humberto Garcia and Obama at impasse

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — After being convicted of raping and murdering a 16 year old girl in Texas in 1994, Humberto Leal Garcia was sentenced to death by a Texas jury, and is hours away from being executed. Texas is a death penalty state and has executed more people on death row than any other state in America. Garcia is scheduled to be executed Thursday July 7, by lethal injection.

The Obama Administration has made a formal appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution claiming that Garcia was not afforded the proper opportunity for counsel. They contend that Garcia should have been made aware that he could have sought the help of the Mexican consulate.

Texas governor Rick Perry brushed aside appeals from diplomats, top judges, senior military officers, the United Nations and former president George W Bush to stay Leal’s execution who said it could jeopardize American citizens arrested abroad as well as US diplomatic interests.

When Obama visited Texas last August, he made a very big mistake of thumbing his nose at the governor. So many times Rick Perry tried to reach out to Obama to forge a relationship and reach solutions to fight illegal immigration, but Obama didn’t have time for the governor. Perry might view Obama’s move to save Garcia as pandering to the Hispanic vote since this is an election cycle. Had Obama been willing to work with Perry when he had the opportunities, perhaps the two would have found a way to resolve this impasse. Tonight, Garcia will meet his maker if Perry does not halt the execution, or if the Supreme Court does not intervene.

Power to stay an execution lies with the governor since this is a state case. Not even the president of the United States’ power can supercede that of the governor. However, in a Federal case, Article II gives the president the power of “reprieves and pardons” in all Federal matters except impeachment.

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

“The President … shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

Alberto Rodriguez, Garcia’s uncle, who lives in Monterrey in Nuevo Leon state, said his nephew knew who the real killer was and that he knew of witnesses.

“He has witnesses who saw the real killer, who is walking free. He also lives in San Antonio but he’s American,” he said on Monday as he showed photographs of his nephew at a wedding. Rodriguez added that Garcia had been stripped of his US citizenship upon his sentencing.

Perry’s spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said bluntly, “If you commit the most heinous of crimes in Texas, you can expect to face the ultimate penalty under our laws, as in this case.”

Texas is one of the most conservatives states, and a spokesperson for Perry told the Reuters news agency that the governor had no plans to halt the execution, and that the Texas attorney general’s office had urged the Supreme Court not to intervene.


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Mitt Romney widens the gap in the most recent poll

Mitt Romney

Newcast Media HOUSTON, Texas — In a poll released Tuesday evening by WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, Mitt Romney was found to be the favorite of 35 percent of likely Republican primary voters.

His nearest competitor, Michele Bachmann, has just 12 percent. Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani tie for third, with 7 percent of the vote, followed by Rick Perry, who gets 4 percent. Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty tied for fifth place with 3 percent of the vote, and Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain have just two percent.

In a head-to-head match up with Barack Obama, Romney leads Obama by 47 percent to 43 percent. The poll surveyed 773 people – 357 likely Republican primary voters and 263 likely Democratic primary voters. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Click here to view or download the entire poll.


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Iranian pastor’s death sentence annulled – must renounce Jesus Christ

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

Newscast Media TEHRAN, Iran –Iran’s supreme court annulled the death sentence of an Iranian pastor and sent the case back to the court in [his hometown] Rasht, asking the accused to “repent” his lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, told the French news agency AFP.

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani’s verdicts can be overturned if the convicted person “repents” and “renounces” his conversion, experts say. Evangelicals argue it’s impossible to renounce their faith as the Bible teaches they have become “born again” and a “new creation” after they “accepted” Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Even “renouncing” Christ would therefore not change their Christian identity, they claim.

Iran’s constitution states that Islam is the official state religion and provides that Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians are recognized as “protected” religious minorities.

Citing from the Bible, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani wrote recently to his fellow believers not to fear persecution in the strict Islamic nation, saying Jesus Christ gives him strength. “As we’ve heard He has said: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Nadarkhani converted from Islam to Christianity at the age of 19 and became a pastor of the evangelical Church of Iran. He is also barred from practicing law for ten years, and has 20 days to file an appeal.


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