Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi in the early 2000s as he introduces computers and the Internet to schools in Uganda. Screenshot from Australia's Weekend Sunrise television show. (Screen shot)
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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—His is a life that reads like a plot from a James
Bond movie. His arch rival, with 30 years under his belt as the sole contender in the
landlocked East African country, realizes this is no ordinary foe challenging him for the
At the funeral of his late wife Robinah, the Australian-based Ugandan cardiologist, Dr.
Aggrey Kiyingi narrates that he was approached by a state agent, who was armed with a
pistol, and ordered him to enter a car that was parked within the vicinity.
“No, I will not,” an angry Kiyingi cried out, after noticing the car into which the agent
wanted to thrust him, was an unmarked vehicle. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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Newscast Media CAPE TOWN—The memory of South Africans living in neighboring
African countries as refugees isn’t distant because apartheid is still fresh on the
countries that hosted their fellow Africans. Yet South Africans have shown their
gratitude by attacking the same hands that cared for them when they were destitute.
African immigrants have faced a wave of violence against their businesses, families and
personages from South Africans who accuse them of taking their jobs. While the
attacks against people from foreign countries is usually referred to as xenophobia, a
different phrase called “Afrophobia” has been coined since these are Africans
attacking fellow Africans. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—A new research study by the Sanford-Burnham Medical
Research Institute has shown that pancreatic cancer cells can be coaxed to revert back
toward normal cells by introducing a protein called E47. The E47 binds to specific DNA
sequences and controls genes involved in growth and differentiation. The research
provides hope for a new treatment approach for the more than 40,000 people who die
from the disease each year in the United States.
“For the first time, we have shown that overexpression of a single gene can reduce the
tumor-promoting potential of pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells and reprogram them
toward their original cell type. Thus, pancreatic cancer cells retain a genetic memory
which we hope to exploit,” said Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the
Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham and lead author of
the study published in the journal Pancreas. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The World Bank often violates its own rules by failing to protect the people whose ancestral lands and livelihoods are in the paths of the project it bankrolls, an investigative report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other media partners revealed.
According to ICIJ’s team of around 50 journalists, a total of 3,350,449 people were physically or economically displaced by a World Bank project between 2004 and 2013, after a 11-month investigation. FULL STORY>>
2016 presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Senator Rand Paul has announced today he is running for president to return to restore liberty and prosperity for ourselves and for future generations. He is the second candidate after Sen. Ted Cruz to announce his White House bid.
Both Cruz and Paul are from Texas, and if Gov. Rick Perry and Jeb Bush announce their intentions to run, the GOP field will have four Texas-raised candidates who have their eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Newscast Media HOUSTON—In exactly a month from now, graduation will take place, thereafter college graduates will either join the workforce or further their studies. A while back a soon-to-be graduate asked me for advice about landing a job as a journalist. I told him the very first thing he needed to do was buy a camera and cover local events while applying for jobs, and also create and update an electronic portfolio.
The young man was sad, and walked away, perhaps thinking I had withheld valuable information from him. He thought I was going to give him tips on how to create an impressive resumé or to use reference letters from influential college professors. Instead, I told him to go out in the field and refine his skills to prepare him for what lies ahead in his chosen profession. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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Newscast Media LAUSANNE, Switzerland—A senior member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said on Wednesday that Iran and the six world powers had already resumed drafting ways of resolution of dispute over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Abbas Araqchi told reporters on Wednesday that Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) could issue a final statement on resolution of key issues soon.
The two sides are negotiating a solution to the remaining disagreements and it is expected that they issue a final statement after tying all the loose ends. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
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Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—Uganda law enforcement believe the assassination of State Prosecutore Joan Kagezi was pre-planned and methodical, because Kagezi was trailed by motorcycle gunmen, who targeted only her, and sped away after pumping bullets into her body, in a Kiwatule suburb around 7 p.m. local time.
Yet there are very many answered questions, that perhaps investigators, particularly local journalists in Kampala should look at. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Members of the Debbie Allen Dance Company at Houston's Theater District—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Newscast Media HOUSTON—Last week we presented an article on the evolution of
cultural trends and their influence on society. The article received a tremendous
positive response from the readers. This week we bring you the final installment of the
two-part series, since one cannot talk about a culture without talking about
A subculture is typically a group within a major culture that breaks away from the norm
to create a reality its members can easily relate to and implement in their lives to
achieve a desired effect or goal. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—In the latest example of the strained relationship
between the United States and Israel, the Pentagon has quietly released a previously-
classified document which reveals the extent of Israel’s nuclear program—a
program the Israeli government has long denied even exits.
Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted the
controversial invitation to speak before the US Congress and warn against “a
nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences…to all humanity.”
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Costume festival in Houston. These attendees dressed as Shakespeareans—File photo by Joseph Earnest
Newscast Media HOUSTON—While college life shapes how students adapt to society, it is actually “culture” that plays a determining role in shaping each generation. We will take a break from the Spring Break narrative, and return to it after exploring other aspects of cultural trends and their impact on society.
If we look back to the 50s and 60s, we see an era where society used the little it had to make the best out of every situation. Poor people were able to blend into society without even being aware that they were poor because during that time, the people had a collectivist mindset. Neighbors trusted each other and even though it was a period that highlighted racial tensions, people had time to set their racial differences aside and celebrate their similarities, while attempting to embrace their differences. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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Brahman breed of cattle that was showcased at the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo —Photo by Joseph Earnest
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
kicked off on March 2, and will continue until March 22 at NRG Center.
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Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group freed 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Seventeen men and two women were released after going through an ISIL court, according to the monitoring group.
Over 200 Assyrians still remain captive after being taken hostage during the ISIL’s advance near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka, in which a dozen villages occupied by the Christian minority were attacked. http://newscastmedia.com/assyrians.html
Source: Al Manar TV News
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Newscast Media VIRGINIA BEACH—Jackie Hill-Perry, a spoken word and hip-hop artist
whose talents and unique testimony have garnered her popularity and praise, recently
shared her story of leaving the gay lifestyle with televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian
“Growing up, Jackie was molested by a family friend, bullied in school, and fatherless,
which accompanied with (an) inherent separation from God, led her into a lifestyle of
rebellion, homosexuality, drug use, porn addiction, and everything wicked,” according to
her online biography. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Governor Greg Abbott surrounded by relatives as he graces the stage at Moody Theater. Voters were in a celebratory mood on election night.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Last year, Governor Gregg Abbott who at the time was the Texas attorney general filed a lawsuit, together with 25 other states against the Obama administration, challenging the government’s authority to protect illegal immigrants. Just 24 hours ago, a Texas federal judge granted an injunction to the Plaintiffs, that will stop Obama’s program from being implemented.
The question the Court was faced with was, “Do the laws of the United States or the Constitution give the Department of Homeland Security the power to defer action against illegal aliens?” FULL STORY>>
Reverend Jesse Jackson (right) an icon of the civil rights movement. —Photo by Joseph Earnest
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey said on Thursday that the U.S. society is “at a crossroads” on racial relations.
This was the first time he publicly discussed the issue at length after the killings of unarmed black men by white officers in Ferguson and New York City triggered heated debates in recent months.
“Unfortunately, in places like Ferguson and New York City, and in some communities across the nation, there is a disconnect between police agencies and many citizens – predominantly in communities of color,” Comey said in a speech at Georgetown University.
Comey highlighted researches which indicated the widespread existence of unconscious bias in a white-majority society against black faces, and said white officers, working in communities where non-whites commit a majority of crimes, are prone to adopt negative stereotypes about members of minority groups.
“The two young black men on one side of the street look like so many others the officer has locked up,” said Comey. “The officer does not make the same association about two white guys,” a behavior labeled by Comey as “lazy mental shortcuts”, which he warned would complicate the relationship between police and the communities they serve.
Comey called for better data collection and analysis of how police officers use force during patrols, stressing that without complete and accurate data, sound policy decision would be hard to make.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee—Photo by Joseph Earnest
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Newscast Media LITTLE ROCK—Former Baptist pastor and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has said that President Barack Obama has shown an “undying support” for Muslims, while his actions are against Christians and Jews. Huckabee’s criticism stems from last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, where Obama used the Crusades as an example of Christians doing “terrible acts” in the name of Christ.
“Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel. The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community,” Huckabee said recently on “Fox and Friends”. FULL STORY>>
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama admitted that the United
States brokered a power transition deal in Ukraine that has led to the current crisis in
Commenting on the situation in Ukraine in an interview with CNN, Obama said, “We
had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine” since Russian President Vladimir
Putin “made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine.”
The US president also rejected the possibility of a military conflict with Russia, saying
it would not be “wise for the United States or the world to see an actual military
conflict between the United States and Russia.”
Obama, however, reiterated that Washington would continue to put pressure on
Moscow and reinforce NATO member states bordering Ukraine.
“What we are doing is reinforcing those border states who are members of NATO,”
Obama said, adding “that line is one that cannot be crossed because we would have
to take military action to protect our allies.”
Obama has already asked Congress for $1 billion in additional spending to bolster the
US military presence in Poland and its neighbors.
Source: Al Manar TV News
President Bashar Assad of Syria making a surprise visit to his troops on the frontline. —Courtesy photo Syrian government.
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that Damascus is “willing to cooperate with any country” —including the United States—that is willing to “fight terrorism.”
In a lengthy interview with the U.S. foreign-policy magazine Foreign Affairs published online on January 26, Assad criticized the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group for carrying out what he said were illegal strikes against militants on Syrian territory.
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Newscast Media BERLIN—The German government on Monday refused to confirm or deny a newspaper report that it had stopped all arms exports to Saudi Arabia, in the wake of controversy over the Arab state’s ongoing human rights abuses.
The Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday that the German Security Council – a secret committee chaired by Chancellor Angela Merkel that rubberstamps German arms exports – had decided to stop all arms exports to Saudi Arabia for the time being. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>