Monday, April 29, 2013

COSMIC MELANIN: The Waters Of NU - Top European Scientists Are Confounded By "Dark Matter Problem" And Wonder If Dark Energy Is "The Tip Of An Iceberg Of Another World Unrelated To Ours"?!

April 29, 2013 - SPACE - Answering the observation that the dark matter particle might not be detectable at a colloquium organized by the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, Michael Turner, a theoretical cosmologist trained in both particle physics and astrophysics who coined the term “dark energy,” said that for 20 to 30 years, this idea that dark matter is part of a unified theory has been our Holy Grail and has led to the WIMP hypothesis and the belief that the dark matter particle is detectable. "But there’s a new generation of physicists that is saying, 'Well, there's an alternative view. Dark matter is actually just the tip of an iceberg of another world that is unrelated to our world. And I cannot even tell you about that world. There are no rules for that other world, at least that we know of yet. "Ten years ago," Turner says, "I don't think you would've found astronomers, cosmologists, and particle physicists all agreeing that dark matter was really important. And now, they do. And all of them believe we can solve the problem soon. It's wonderful listening to particle physicists explain the evidence for dark matter, and vice versa –astronomers explaining WIMPs as dark matter. "




"As cosmologists," said Rocky Kolb, who studies the application of elementary-particle physics to the very early Universe, and is the co-author with Michael Turner of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology, "one of our jobs is to understand what the universe is made of. To a good approximation, the galaxies and other structures we see in the universe are made predominantly of dark matter. We have concluded this from a tremendous body of evidence, and now we need to discover what exactly is dark matter. The excitement now is that we are closing in on an answer, and only once in the history of humans will someone discover it. "

"Nothing in cosmology makes sense without dark matter, says Turner. "We needed it to form galaxies, stars and other structures in the Universe. And so it's absolutely central to cosmology. We also know that none of the particles known to exist can be the dark matter particle. So it has to be a new particle of nature. Remarkably, our most conservative hypothesis right now is that the dark matter is a new form of matter – out there to be discovered and to teach us about particle physics."

"Dark matter is absolutely central to cosmology, said Turner, "and the evidence for it comes from many different measurements: the amount of deuterium produced in the big bang, the cosmic microwave background, the formation of structure in the Universe, galaxy rotation curves, gravitational lensing, and on and on."

"There is five times more dark matter than ordinary matter, and its existence allows us to understand the history of the universe beginning from a formless particle soup until where we are today," said Turner. "If you said, 'You no longer have dark matter,' our current cosmological model would collapse. We would be back to square one."

"Dark matter particles, or WIMPs," said Turner, "don’t interact with ordinary matter often. It's taken 25 years to improve the sensitivity of our detectors by a factor of a million, and now they have a good shot at detecting the dark matter particles. Because of the technological developments, we think we are on the cusp of a direct detection.




"Likewise for indirect detection. We now have instruments like the Fermi satellite (the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope) and the IceCube detector (the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, above) that can detect the ordinary particles (positrons, gamma rays or neutrinos) that are produced when dark matter particles annihilate, indirectly allowing dark matter to be detected. IceCube is big enough to detect neutrinos that are produced by dark matter annihilations in the sun."

Sadly, this point of view could be correct and might mean the solution to the dark matter problem is still very far away, that discovering what dark matter actually is could be 100 years away. - Daily Galaxy.



Sunday, April 28, 2013

ANCIENT ADVANCED BLACK CIVILIZATIONS: Where Did Maya Culture Come From - Archaeologists Dig Into Tangled Roots And Find Evidence Of A Wide Area Of Influence Stretching Hundreds Of Miles Away And Far Into The Ancient Past!

April 28, 2013 - GUATEMALA - Archaeologists say that ceremonial structures unearthed in Guatemala are centuries older than they expected — and that the findings point to new theories for the rise of Maya culture.

"The origin of Maya civilization was more complex than previously thought," the University of Arizona's Takeshi Inomata, lead researcher for a study appearing in this week's issue of the journal Science, told reporters on Thursday. Even though all this happened 3,000 years ago, the findings could provide fresh insights about social change in general, he said.


Workers stand on Platform A-24 at the Ceibal archaeological site in Guatemala. Archaeologists say
the dig revealed the oldest monumental construction in the Maya lowlands.
Takeshi Inomata

The Maya had their heyday in Mexico and Central America between the year 250 and 900, but the roots of their culture go much farther back. There are several schools of thought about how their distinctive culture arose: Some archaeologists say the central features of Maya cultural life, including grand ceremonies centered on broad plazas and pyramids, were borrowed from Mexico's older Olmec civilization. Others say those features arose internally, without much outside influence.

Inomata said the excavations at Ceibal, in Guatemala's Maya lowlands, suggest a more complicated scenario. Over the course of seven years, he and his colleagues dug down more than 50 feet, analyzed the layers of sediment, and did scores of radiocarbon-dating tests to trace the evolution of Ceibal's structures. They concluded that Ceibal's Maya rulers started building ceremonial plazas and platforms around 1000 B.C., and had turned those structures into a central pyramid and plaza by 800 B.C.

That would mean Ceibal's residents were developing the architectural and religious hallmarks of Maya society before the first appearance of those hallmarks in Olmec society, at La Venta, hundreds of miles away on Mexico's Gulf Coast. La Venta's ceremonial structures have been dated to about 800 B.C.

Other Maya settlements were building such structures around that same time, although they weren't as developed as Ceibal's. A wide spectrum of Mesoamerican communities — for example, settlements in central Chiapas and those on the southern Pacific coast — may have had a lot of important interactions with Ceibal and other communities in the Maya lowland during this period, Inomata said.

He stressed that the Olmec almost certainly influenced Maya culture during the centuries that predated Ceibal's rise. For example, there's evidence that an Olmec center near San Lorenzo was dominant well before Ceibal's residents began building their ritual structurs. However, Inomata said, "San Lorenzo didn't have the kind of ceremonial complexes that we're talking about."


Ceibal lies in Guatemala's Maya lowlands. The Olmec centers of San Lorenzo and La Venta were hundreds of miles away, in Mexico.
Researchers say Ceibal also was influenced by other communities in central Chiapas and along the Pacific coast.
Science / AAAS

The period from 1000 and 800 B.C. appears to have been a key turning point for Maya culture. There may have been a "power vacuum" between the fall of San Lorenzo and the rise of La Venta that gave early Maya communities the opportunity to experiment and develop cultural innovations, Inomata said. "We are looking at major change in this period, and that happened really in the absence of a very strong Olmec center," he told reporters.

The construction of Ceibal's ceremonial complexes would have required the participation of the whole community, said the University of Arizona's Daniela Triadan, who is a co-author of the Science paper as well as Inomata's wife. "Some people might already have had a special position in the community, and they were most certainly people with specialized ritual knowledge. This indicates that the transition from a mobile hunter-gatherer and horticultural lifestyle to permanently settled agriculturalists was rapid," she said.

What drove that rapid change? The research team is still looking into potential environmental factors, but Inomata speculated that the cultivation of maize — that is, corn — may have been decisive. "There may have been a major increase in maize production, which may have been a threshold in terms of the development of cultural elements," he said.

"This is not just a study about this specific civilization," Inomata told reporters. "We also want to think about how human societies change, and how human civilization developed. What we are seeing here is that major renovation and change can happen through the interaction of various groups. It doesn't have to come from powerful, major political centers. That's one important implication that we are getting." - NBC News.




ELECTRIC BODY: Electric Food For The People Of The Sun - Indian Researchers Discover That The Tulsi Plant Can Be Used To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water!

April 28, 2013 - INDIA - An exciting and new water treatment breakthrough has been announced that will now make the removal of fluoride from the drinking water supplies of the world’s poorest people more affordable than ever.

Researchers from Rajasthan University in India have discovered that the Tulsi plant, also known as Holy Basil, can be used to significantly reduce the amount of fluoride in drinking water.




At present, the most reliable methods used to remove excessive fluoride from drinking water are either too expensive or not suitable for the environments where they are needed most.

The method discovered by researchers from Rajasthan University is safe, cheap and readily available, making it an ideal alternative for communities who can’t afford to use the more advanced techniques of removing fluoride that are readily available in the West.

An experiment was conducted in the Yellareddyguda village of Narketpally Mandal. The researchers soaked 75mg of Tulsi leaves in 100ml of water that contained 7.4 parts per million of fluoride in the water.

After only soaking the Tulsi leaves for eight hours, it was discovered that the level of fluoride in the water was reduced from 7.4 parts per million, to only 1.1 parts per million.

At present, the World Health Organization recommends that the safe level of fluoride in drinking water is between 0.5 to 1 parts per million.

The dangers of drinking water that contains high levels of fluoride are well known. Some of the known side effects of drinking water that contains fluoride are dental fluorosisreduced intelligence in children and a damaged nervous system.

This new water treatment option could now provide the world’s poorest people an opportunity to remove excessive fluoride from their drinking water supplies.

However, more research is still needed to identify and validate the effectiveness of using Tulasi leaves as a means of removing fluoride from drinking water supplies.

Considering the cost-prohibitive nature of other more reliable water treatment techniques, if the Tulsi plant is conclusively proven to be effective in removing fluoride from drinking water, then we may witness a revolution in water treatment, providing options to areas where none currently exist. - Activist Post.


THE MOTHERLAND: Latest News Out Of Africa - United Nations Approves Peacekeeping Force For Mali; Algeria's President Bouteflika Has Mini-Stroke; Libya Gunmen Surround Foreign Ministry; Benghazi Explosion Damages Police Station; Boeing 787 Dreamliner Returns To Service In Ethiopia Flight; Jews Revive Annual Pilgrimage To Africa's Oldest Synagogue; Women High On List Of Nominations For Kenya Cabinet; Death Toll In Nigeria Unclear After Battle With Boko Haram; Kenyan Bomb Detectors 'Not Fake'; Hague Judges Issue Sharp Rebuke To Kenyatta Prosecutors; Anger After Controversial South Africa Bill Passed; South Sudan Returnees Stuck in Limbo, Face Tough Choice; Egyptian Wheat Farmers Face A Hard Time!

April 28, 2013 - AFRICA - The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to send a 12,600-member peacekeeping force to Mali starting in July. The force will be taking over for French and African troops battling Islamist guerrillas.

UN Approves Peacekeeping Force For Mali.
UN peacekeepers.
Photo: Staton Winter/UN

The UN peacekeeping force, which will be known as MINUSMA (UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), will assume authority from a UN backed African force, AFISMA, deployed there to take over from the French. The UN force will comprise of, at the most, 11,200 soldiers and 1,440 police, most of whom will come from the 6,300 troops from 10 African nations already in Mali. About 150 French soldiers will also join the force. France intervened in Mali in January, after the al Qaeda-linked militants that controlled the country's north made a push for the capital, Bamako. French and African troops have since pushed the Al-Qaeda-linked militants into desert and mountain hideouts, where they are now staging guerrilla attacks. - All Africa.

WATCH: Malian refugees flee conflict to Niger.





Algeria's President Bouteflika Has Mini-Stroke.
Some think Mr Bouteflika - seen here on 15 April -
could stand for a fourth term in office next year
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been flown to hospital in Paris after suffering a mini-stroke, the state news agency has said.  Mr Bouteflika, 76, had a "transient ischemia" - a temporary blockage of a blood vessel often called a mini-stroke - an official told the APS news agency.  Doctors said on Sunday that he was "progressing well" and the damage was "not irreversible".  Mr Bouteflika is being treated at the Val de Grace military hospital.  It is commonly used by high-profile patients from France and beyond.  Mr Bouteflika's doctor, Rachid Bougherbal, said: "The transient ischemic attack did not last long and the condition is reversible. His state of health is progressing well."  Dr Bougherbal said Mr Bouteflika had "complete balance" and was "recovering some of the fatigue caused by the ailment". Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal echoed Dr Bougherbal's assurances that there was no need for concern.  Mr Bouteflika, who makes few public appearances, underwent surgery in hospital in Paris several years ago.  Officially the problem was a stomach ulcer, but a leaked US diplomatic cable suggested he had cancer.  In spite of his age and apparently failing health, there are still those who believe Mr Bouteflika could stand for a fourth term in office in elections scheduled for next year.  He is part of an ageing leadership which has dominated Algerian politics since the country gained independence from France more than 50 years ago. - BBC.



Libya Gunmen Surround Foreign Ministry.
Gunmen have surrounded Libya's foreign ministry in the capital Tripoli to push demands that officials who had worked for deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's government be banned from senior positions in the new administration.  At least 20 pick-up trucks loaded with anti-aircraft guns blocked the roads on Sunday, while men armed with AK-47s and sniper rifles directed the traffic away from the building, witnesses said.  Esaam al-Naas, a Libyan military official, said there were at least 200 armed men surrounding the ministry building.  He said negotiations with the protesters were under way and that no one had entered the building.  Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said armed groups also tried to storm the ministry of interior and a state news agency on Sunday.  Zeidan urged people to help the government in resisting such armed groups.  "There are people who want to destabilise the country and terrorise foreigners and embassies. Hopefully, citizens will face them," he said.  The armed group warned that their actions could spread to other ministries.  Tension between the government and armed groups have been rising in recent weeks since a campaign was launched to dislodge the groups from their strongholds in the capital.  Since Gaddafi was toppled by Western-backed rebels in 2011, oil exporter Libya has been awash with weapons and roving armed bands who are increasingly targeting state institutions.  Sunday's protest was to demand a law be passed banning officials who had worked for Gaddafi from occupying senior positions in the government. The legislation is under discussion but has yet to be approved.  "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will remain closed until the political isolation law (against ex-Gaddafi officials) is implemented," the commander of the group told Reuters news agency.  He added that the foreign ministry had been targeted because some officials employed there had worked for Gaddafi.  An official, who declined to be named, admitted that the gunmen's demands were "legitimate" but he said it did not justify "paralysing the whole work of a ministry" and criticised the group's "extremely offensive" behaviour.  The General National Congress, Libya's highest political authority, is studying proposals for a law to exclude former Gaddafi regime officials from top government and political posts.  The proposed law could affect several senior figures in the government, and has caused waves in the country's political class.  In March, demonstrators encircled the assembly, trapping members in the building for several hours as they called for the adoption of the law.  After the siege was lifted, gunmen targeted Congress chief Mohammed Megaryef's motorcade without causing any casualties. - Aljazeera.

WATCH: Gunmen surround Libya foreign ministry.




Benghazi Explosion Damages Police Station.
A man walks past a police station after a bomb explosion
in Benghazi, Libya on Saturday, April 27.
An explosion outside a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday morning caused severe damage to the building, said the state news agency, LANA.  No casualties were reported in the early morning attack, which shattered several weeks of relative calm for the city's residents.  Over the past year, Benghazi, the birthplace of Libya's 2011 revolution, has been the scene of multiple attacks targeting security forces. Many of the attacks have been blamed on Islamist militants.  On Friday evening, armed men attacked the headquarters of a government-affiliated militia in the city of Derna, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) east of Benghazi, killing one of its members, LANA reported.  After the attack, a car bomb with more than 50 kilograms of explosives was found and defused, the news agency said. Western intelligence sources believe that Islamist militant groups some with links to al Qaeda are active in and around Derna.  Earlier in the week, a car bomb carrying a large amount of explosives detonated outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, injuring two French security guards and a Libyan girl.  There has been no claim of responsibility for Tuesday's attack.  After the French military intervention in Mali in January, there were fears militants could strike French interests in the region, including Libya, which has been struggling to impose security across the country since the 2011 revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.  Libyan officials said an investigation was under way to determine who carried out the attack on the embassy. The bomb also damaged surrounding buildings in a residential part of the capital.  A team of French investigators has been in the Libyan capital collecting evidence and investigating the bombing.  The French Embassy bombing followed a series of attacks last year that targeted foreign diplomatic missions and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Benghazi.  The attacks are believed to have been the work of Islamist extremist groups with ties to al Qaeda.  Last September, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a militant attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. - CNN.


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Returns To Service In Ethiopia Flight.
This is the first Dreamliner passenger flight since January.
An Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner has flown from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, the first commercial flight by the Boeing aircraft since all 787s were grounded in January.  The 50 planes around the world were grounded due to battery malfunctions that saw one 787 catch fire in the US.  Over the past week teams of Boeing engineers have been fitting new batteries to the aircraft.  This was after aviation authorities approved the revamped battery design.  The Ethiopian Airlines plane took off at 09:45 local time (07:45 GMT) and landed in Nairobi, Kenya, some two hours later. Each 787 has two of the lithium-ion batteries which caused problems.  In addition to new versions of the batteries which run at a much cooler temperature, the batteries are now enclosed in stainless steel boxes.  These boxes have a ventilation pipe that goes directly to the outside of the plane. Boeing says this means than in the unlikely event of any future fire or smoke, it would not affect the rest of the aircraft. Boeing said it put 200,000 engineer hours into fixing the problem, with staff working round the clock.  On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a formal "air worthiness" directive allowing revamped 787s to fly.  Japanese airlines, which have been the biggest customers for the new-generation aircraft, are expected to begin test flights on Sunday.  A total of 300 Boeing engineers, pooled into 10 teams, have in the past week been fitting the new batteries and their containment systems around the world.  Boeing is expected to complete repairs on all 50 of the grounded Dreamliners by the middle of May.  In addition to the Dreamliners in service with airlines, Boeing has upgraded the 787s it has continued to make at its factory in Seattle since January.  The Dreamliner entered service in 2011. Half of the plane is made from lightweight composite materials, making it more fuel efficient than other planes of the same size. - BBC.


Jews Revive Annual Pilgrimage To Africa's Oldest Synagogue.
A Jewish woman prays for blessings as she buries her face in the colourful scarves
pinned on the Grand Menorah in the blue-tiled El Ghriba synagogue on the
Tunisian island of Djerba, May 10, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Anis Mili
Africa's oldest synagogue is playing host to that rarity in the Arab world - a religious gathering of hundreds of Jews drawn from Europe and Israel.  Guarded by armed Tunisian police, Jewish revelers chant and dance in a three-day pilgrimage to the El Ghriba synagogue at an island resort 500 km south of Tunis.  In 2011, after the uprising that toppled former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the annual celebration was canceled and in 2012 only a few dozen Jews attended out of fear of possible attacks by hardline Islamists.  In 2002 militants linked to al Qaeda attacked the synagogue with a truck bomb killing 21 Western tourists. Security for this year's pilgrimage is tight, with hundreds of police on duty.  "The strong presence of security is a positive step and sends a message to the Jews in the world that Tunisia protects us even if its leaders are Islamists", Perez Trabelsi, the head of the Jewish community in Djerba, told Reuters.  "Jews in the world will see the government's efforts to make the celebration safe and will return in their thousands over the next few years and will not pay attention to any threat," he added.  On Sunday Tunisia's tourism minister is due to take part in the celebrations, which have attracted dozens of Tunisian Muslims.  "We are here to send a message of peace and tolerance embracing everyone," said a Tunisian woman named Zahayra Lakhel, putting on a Jewish head scarf before she entered the synagogue.  "We also want to change the image of Muslims who have been associated with violence and terror. The Jews have been our friends for years and we are here to remember old and beautiful memories away from religious and political tensions."  Mainly Muslim Tunisia is home to one of North Africa's largest Jewish communities. Though they now number less than 1,800 people, Jews have lived in Tunisia since Roman times.  The El Ghriba synagogue, home to most of Tunisia's Jews, is built on the site of a Jewish temple that is believed to date back almost 1,900 years. - Reuters.


Women High On List Of Nominations For Kenya Cabinet.
President Kenyatta with Ambassador Raychelle Awour Omamo after being nominated for the post of Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.
Photo: Uhuru Kenyatta/Facebook
Women have taken some of the most powerful Cabinet positions in the Jubilee government. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have nominated 6 women for Defense, Land, Housing and Urban Development, Foreign Affairs among others. Among those nominated are former Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and Kitui Central MP Charity Ngilu. - All Africa.


Death Toll In Nigeria Unclear After Battle With Boko Haram.
There are conflicting reports coming out of Nigeria surrounding the death toll following a gun battle between the army and the armed group Boko Haram. A Nigerian senator says more than 200 people were killed in last week's conflict, while the army puts the figure at just 37. There are reports that the army prevented aid groups from entering the town of Baga, in Borno state, where the battle took place, for several days after the confrontation. Witnesses say thousands of homes were destroyed during the fighting. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Maiduguri, Nigeria. - Aljazeera TV.

WATCH: Death toll in Nigeria unclear.




Kenyan Bomb Detectors 'Not Fake'.
Kenya's police say the devices have prevented grenade attacks in Nairobi.
The detectors come with cards which are "programmed"
to find items, from ivory to bombs.
Police in Kenya have sought to reassure the public that their bomb and drug detectors work, after the conviction of a British man for selling fake devices.  They carried out a public demonstration in the capital, Nairobi, in which the detector seemingly located narcotics.  The police refused to divulge where they had purchased their devices from.  But they look identical to the ADE detectors sold by convicted fraudster James McCormick and bear the name of his company, ATSC. During his trial, McCormick told the court he had sold his devices to the Kenyan police, in addition to the authorities in Iraq, Hong Kong, Egypt and Thailand.  Asked about McCormick's conviction, Nairobi police chief Benson Githinji told reporters:  "Let me assure Nairobians, the machines in use are serviceable and don't fall short... They are in operation and they work."  He said that one of the reasons why there had not been a successful grenade attack in Nairobi recently was because of the machines.  There had been a spate of such attacks since Kenya sent troops into neighbouring Somalia in October 2011 to tackle the al-Shabab militant group.  He did not say how many of the devices had been purchased, or when they were first used, but UK police have told the BBC that 26 were sold to Kenya in May 2004.  During this week's hearing in London, the court was told McCormick's detectors, which cost up to $40,000 (£27,000) each, were completely ineffectual and lacked any grounding in science.  Richard Whittam QC, for the prosecution, said: "The devices did not work and he knew they did not work."  The court heard that the detectors came with cards which were "programmed" to detect a wide array of substances, from ivory to $100 banknotes.  In reality, McCormick's device was based on $20 (£13) golf ball finders which he had purchased from the US and which had no working electronics. - BBC.


Hague Judges Issue Sharp Rebuke To Kenyatta Prosecutors.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta attends the opening of the 11th
Parliament in the capital Nairobi April 16, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis
Judges hearing the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court have sharply rebuked prosecutors for failing to disclose evidence that could be used in his defense, but stopped short of restarting the trial.  While the reprimand will have no impact on the trial itself, it is a fresh blow to prosecutors who accuse Kenya's newly-elected president of orchestrating bloody post-election clashes five years ago in which 1,200 people died.  Judges said prosecutors should have told defense lawyers a crucial witness was not present at a meeting where prosecutors alleged acts of violence were planned, saying the prosecution made a "grave mistake" in not doing so.  The loss of that witness's testimony contributed to the acquittal earlier this year of civil servant Francis Muthaura, Kenyatta's co-accused. Similar charges still stand against Kenyan deputy president William Ruto.  But judges said there was no evidence prosecutors had deliberately withheld the exculpatory evidence, and turned down defense demands that the trial be abandoned or taken back to the confirmation of charges stage, when judges decide if the prosecution's case is strong enough to warrant a trial.  One judge went further in her criticism of the prosecutors.  In a separate opinion, Christine van den Wyngaert said it was clear prosecutors were "not even remotely ready" when the trial had begun.  "By the extremely late and piecemeal disclosure of an inordinate amount of totally new evidence, which was the immediate consequence of the prosecution's failure to investigate properly prior to confirmation, the prosecution has infringed upon the accused's rights," she wrote.  Van den Wyngaert, who is also a professor at the University of Antwerp, asked to be excused from trying the cases against Kenyatta and Ruto, saying her caseload at the court was already too great.  There was no suggestion that her resignation was linked to her criticism of the prosecution. - Reuters.


Anger After Controversial South Africa Bill Passed.
Media freedom.
Photo: Sudan Tribune
The Southern African Catholics Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has joined calls for President Jacob Zuma to refer the controversial Protection of State Information Bill to the Constitutional Court.  While there had been dramatic changes to the bill, it remained an "unsatisfactory piece of legislation", Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town Stephen Brislin said on Friday.  "It lacks a full public interest defence and will thus make the fight against corruption more difficult," he said.  "To fight corruption we need more openness, not more secrecy."  The SACBC wanted Zuma to send the bill to the Constitutional Court to avoid a protracted and costly court battle.  "On the eve of the celebration of Freedom Day, there is an opportunity for President Zuma to subject this bill to the Constitutional Court for further deliberation and so to protect the democracy which we all cherish," said Breslin.  Opposition parties and civil society organisations have indicated they intend launching a legal challenge should Zuma sign the contentious bill into law.  Parliament passed the proposed law on Thursday, after three years of debate and redrafting.  It adopted the bill by 189 votes to 74, with one abstention. - All Africa.



South Sudan Returnees Stuck in Limbo, Face Tough Choice.
About two million people have returned to South Sudan since a 2005 peace agreement ended decades of civil war that is estimated to have killed around the same number. But since South Sudan became a nation 18 months ago, tens of thousands of people who have wanted to enter South Sudan from the north are trapped in border towns, and face the tough choice of leaving behind their possessions as U.N. agencies struggle to get them home.  Surrounded by piles of furniture and blackboards in a makeshift home on the banks of the Nile, Mary Venerato Laki does her best to try to teach the children at a camp in the port town of Renk.  Some people have waited for up to two years for the government and aid agencies in South Sudan to take them downstream to new homes. Laki is among those waiting.  “They said there will be steamers [ships] coming to collect us. They used to tell us like that. That we will be going, we be going.  But until now we are waiting," she said.  Some 20,000 people are stuck here with no schools and a lack of health services and food.  Many are alone and have to guard the family’s worldly possessions, which are considered a safer investment than money.  “Our money in the north, they don’t use [it] in the south. Many of the people, the little money they have, they bought things, so that if they bring money, it will be taken on the way. This is why the boat has to come to take the things," said Laki.  But after a territorial dispute that almost brought Sudan and South Sudan to war again, and caused the north to close the border, the new nation halted oil production, cutting off its economic lifeline.  Shelving its $16 million commitment to bring people back, local authorities in Upper Nile state caused further delays by trying to impose a tax on the aid agency barges taking people south.  The U.N.-funded International Organization for Migration, or IOM, has helped transport just 40,000 people out of some 700,000 returnees since November 2010.  But the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, says the IOM cannot afford to transport what it estimates is 30 cubic feet of luggage per person.  “We’re talking about a multimillion-dollar operation. On average it’s about $1,000 per person, and we’ve got about 20,00 people here, so you do the math. There simply isn’t the money to move all of these people and their luggage," he said.  Lanzer says the time has come to make tough choices. “If you do want to move home, one thing is clear: it’s going to be really hard for the government or the U.N. to help move a few people with 30 cubic meters of luggage. I think a lot of the luggage is going to need to be sold off or donated and that will generate some income which will help people start afresh," he said.  The chairperson of the state-run Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Peter Lam Both, says an estimated quarter-million people still in Sudan might want to come south.  With 40,000 already living in makeshift camps and poor conditions in Khartoum, Renk’s resources could soon be stretched even further.  Both says tough choices on resettlement and repossession are looming.  “We’ve said to them, 'You need to sell some of these luggage because some of them are not really in good shape. Once you pack up things for two years and you put them in one place you will never expect them to remain in good condition the way you put them before.' We have said, 'You need to sell them so when you get to your final destination you will be able to purchase for yourself some new materials wherever you are going," he said.  But for widow Mary Venerato Laki, whose siblings and parents all died, selling the family’s fortune - meant to provide for four orphaned nieces who are already in Juba - is a sacrifice she cannot face. - VOA News.


Egyptian Wheat Farmers Face A Hard Time.
Egypt's farmers are accusing the government of gambling with the country's food security. Officials have cut imports of key commodities like wheat, betting that a big local harvest will make up the difference. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Beni Suef.

WATCH: Egyptian wheat farmers face a hard time.






Friday, April 26, 2013

INSIDE AFRICA: Western Celebrity Charity Missions In Africa - Positive Activism Or Perpetuation Of European Vampiric Self-Righteousness!

"It is almost as if Africans cannot do anything by themselves and need a combination of Mother Teresa and Santa Claus to survive... For celebrities to 'save' Africa ... they use images of starving children, sick mothers, hungry villages, rampaging warlords, and corrupt politicians." - Andrew M Mwenda.

April 26, 2013 - AFRICA - So finally, Madonna's honeymoon with Malawi has ended with a spat. Malawi's minister of education accused Madonna of "bullying officials" and exaggerating the extent of her charity in the country.




Trouble started when the government withdrew her VIP status and she therefore had to wait in line like everyone else to go through immigration.

President Joyce Banda said that Madonna felt her charitable work meant that Malawi should "be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude."

For her part, Madonna described the reports as inaccurate, and and pledged to continue helping educate young girls in the nation.

Madonna sinks flanked by the two Malawian children
she adopted -- David Banda and Mercy James -- in a classroom
at Mkoko Primary School, central Malawi, on April 2, 2013.
For some years now, Madonna had literally and figuratively adopted that country, and two of its children.

She also made a documentary. But it was clear that her relationship with Malawi, like many other patron-client relations, would lead to quarrels and recriminations.

Many of the current Western missions of charity in Africa carry an underlying tendency towards self-righteousness on the part of donors and with it, a sense of entitlement.

Some of those who give charity expect the recipients to treat them with deference and to attend to their every whim.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits
Somali refugees in Tunisia in April 2011.
Yet Madonna is not alone. There is a growing movement in the West by celebrities to champion causes in poor countries.

Lately, Angelina Jolie has become the champion of the people of eastern Congo.

She joined George Clooney, who has been leading the cause of the new state of South Sudan.

Oprah Winfrey is educating teenage girls in South Africa. And most prominent of them all is Irish rock star Bono, of U2 fame.

He is the leading spokesman for the entire continent on matters of poverty and aid.

Even Western governments listen to him when discussing their economic policies towards Africa -- preferring his counsel to that of the continent's democratically elected leaders.

George Clooney attends the independence referendum vote in Juba,
South Sudan, in January 2011. Clooney is co-founder of the Satellite
Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to watch for aerial
attacks and troop movements in Sudan and South Sudan.
All too often, these campaigns are not about the welfare of the people they claim to be helping but act as a platform for celebrities to promote their brand to their audiences at home by exhibiting their humanity.

So some come to save orphans, others to defend human rights, feed the hungry, treat the sick, educate our children, protect the environment, end civil wars, negotiate aid and promote family planning, lest we overproduce ourselves.

It is almost as if Africans cannot do anything by themselves and need a combination of Mother Teresa and Santa Claus to survive.

Of course, these initiatives have on occasion contributed something positive to the wellbeing of those affected by such generosity.

They have also shed light on the problems that sometimes get ignored and thus brought international attention to them.

Oprah Winfrey poses with the graduates of the school she funded,
the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Henley on Kilp,
South Africa, in January 2012.
Yet for the most part, the long-term consequences of these celebrity campaigns far outweigh whatever short-term benefits they bring.

For example, the Africans subject to this generosity are not active participants in the campaigns meant for their own good.

Instead, they are depicted and presented as passive recipients of international charity.

The tendency to treat Africans as children to be helped is a relic of our colonial past.

For then, white superintendents treated every African, whatever their age, as a child. This patronizing attitude sometimes gets accepted by its victims and is central to the stifling of self-initiative and to creating a dependency mentality among Africans.

For celebrities to "save" Africa they need a specific presentation of the continent and its people. So they use images of starving children, sick mothers, hungry villages, rampaging warlords, and corrupt politicians.

Irish rock star Bono leaves the Genadendal presidential residence
after  a meeting with the South African President Jacob Zuma in
February 2011. Bono has worked on a number of humanitarian
causes related to Africa.
While these images depict a part of Africa's reality, they do not tell the whole story about the continent.

They crowd out the other part of Africa's reality -- of innovative youth, enterprising individuals, creative organizations and reformist governments.

The consequence of this one-sided presentation has been to perpetuate the narrative of Africa as a place of hopelessness, poverty, misery and adversity -- often obscuring the opportunities that abound on the continent.

Thus, as a result of these campaigns, our continent tends to attract the most compassionate people of the West who come to give charity. However, its negative side effect is to scare away the most enterprising people of the West who would bring capital to invest and make money.

Even when they do try to do something in Africa, like Bill Gates has done through his foundation, they come as merchants of charity, not enterprise.

Thus, although it has achieved short-term humanitarian objectives, in the long term, celebrity activism has killed the goose of private enterprise that is supposed to lay the golden age of prosperity. - CNN.



EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: The Pervasively Savage War Against Indigenous Peoples - Mass Graves Of Children In Canada; First Documented Evidence Of The Burial Of Indian Children By The Church And Crown Of England And Canada!

April 26, 2013 - CANADA - In late 2011 in Brantford, Ontario, history was made with the uncovering of forensic evidence of the burial of children at the oldest Indian residential school in Canada.

Despite subsequent attempts by the Church and Crown of England and their aboriginal agents to discredit and conceal this evidence of their crimes, this first unveiling of mass graves has prompted new disclosures of genocide across Canada.




After the first evidence of a mass grave near the Anglican-run Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario was unearthed between September and November, 2011, these agencies that are responsible for the deaths of children at this, Canada's oldest "Indian residential school", mounted an enormous sabotage campaign to stop the dig and fog the evidence. That coverup eventually involved the Archbishop of Canterbury in London, Rowan Williams, the Anglican Primate in Canada, Fred Hiltz, and Buckingham Palace.

This sabotage temporarily halted the excavation of the Mohawk Institute graves – the first independent dig ever undertaken at Canadian residential schools. But the evidence uncovered confirmed that children are indeed buried there.

This report is a recapitulation of what was discovered at the Mohawk school, and reminds the world that forensic evidence has now substantiated that the Crown of England, the Vatican and the Canadian government and churches are responsible for the death of more than 50,000 children across Canada.

This report includes original field notes from the Mohawk Institute excavations, video recordings of the dig, and evidence of the bones and bits of school uniforms that were uncovered on the former school grounds, along with other corroborating material.

Background
In April, 2011, ten traditional elders of the Grand River Mohawk Nation issued a written invitation to Kevin Annett and the ITCCS to conduct an inquiry on their land into children who went missing at the nearby "Mush Hole": their name for the Mohawk Institute, founded in 1832 by the Crown and Church of England, where records indicate that on average 40% of the children died until it closed in 1970. (see Exhibit No. 1, in Appendix, below)

The Mohawk invitation authorized Kevin and his team to work with specialists to survey the old residential school grounds and search for the remains of children whom eyewitnesses claim were buried east of the Mohawk Institute building, which is still intact.

The survey and excavation work on the grounds of the former school began on September 29, 2011, and continued in its first phase for two weeks, until October 11. The second phase, which included intensive excavations that yielded the aforementioned bones and clothing, spanned four days between November 21 and 24, inclusive.

The project's core team included Kevin Annett and Lori O'Rorke with the ITCCS, four members of the Mohawk nation including two authorizing Mohawk elders, Cheryl and Bill Squire, a Ground Penetrating Radar technician, Clynt King, two consulting forensic and archaeological specialists, Kris Nahrgang of Trent University and Greg Olson with the Ontario Provincial Coroners' Office, and a senior forensic pathologist, Dr. Donald Ortner of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

A third and final phase of this initial project occurred during January, 2012, involving interviews with key eyewitnesses who had access to Anglican church archives.

Previous Discovery of Children's Bones at the Mohawk Institute
Our project was initiated in part because of the discovery of children's bones near the former Mohawk Institute / "Mush Hole" school building in 2008, and previously, in 1982.

Tara Froman, curator of the Woodland Center – a museum adjacent to the still-standing former Mohawk Institute building – reported to Kevin Annett in April, 2011 that during the reconstruction of the floor of the Woodland Center, sometime in 2008, an employee named Tom Hill found what turned out to be the forearm of an adolescent female.

This bone was analyzed by the Provincial Coroners' Office and then "locked away" by Barb Harris, an employee of the state-funded Six Nations Confederacy.

A similar incident had occurred during the actual construction of the Woodland Center in the spring of 1982, according to Tara Froman. That construction was stopped because the complete skeleton of a small child was found immediately west of the former Mohawk Institute building.

Froman says that she was sworn to silence about that discovery, and the remains were "taken away" by the Ontario Provincial Police, possibly into "deep storage" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.


The Mush Hole Dig: Phase One (September 29-October 11, 2011)

Phase One of the project involved interviews with Mush Hole survivors and the commencing of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys on the grounds of the former school. The GPR operation was overseen by Clynt King, a technician employed by the local Six Nations Confederacy, a non-traditional state-funded organization.

A group of six survivors of the Mush Hole were gathered and interviewed for clues to the location of possible graves of children at or near the school building. Based on this information, the GPR survey began on the grounds immediately east of the building, on hilly and uneven terrain where school survivor Geronimo Henry reported seeing children buried in in the early 1950's.

Sure enough, the GPR surveys immediately detected what GPR technician Clynt King referred to as "massive soil dislocation and abnormal disturbances" in the area east of and adjacent to the Mush Hole building. (see Exhibits No. 2 and No.3)

According to King, on the second day of the GPR survey, (September 30, 2011),

"It appears from the radar that at least ten to fifteen feet of soil has been displaced and covered over the original terrain east and southeast of the school building. This is definitely a subsurface anomaly, meaning it's earth that was dumped there."

Survivor Geronimo Henry (b. 1936) corroborated on the same day,

"None of that mound was there when I was in the Mush Hole (note: 1944-1953). It was all flat then. This has all been piled up, right where I saw them digging one night and burying a small kid."

Significantly, in the same general area, Geronimo Henry also claims he saw fellow Mush Hole students being placed in an underground cistern as punishment. Henry states,

"Some of those kids went down in there and never came out again. I remember that happened to a girl who was only nine or ten."

The cement cistern referred to by Geronimo Henry is about ten feet by sixteen feet in size, and stands immediately south of the main school building's east (girls') wing. The cistern's concrete lid seal is broken, making the underground chamber accessible.

Members of the ITCCS team explored the underground cistern chamber on October 5, 2011 and discovered small, apparently animal bones that were scattered throughout the muddy floor of the concrete interior, along with chairs and other garbage. The team returned that night with a driller and bored into the underground wall facing the school building, finding much loose and displaced soil and a drainage pipe running from the school.

Random children's graffiti was also detected on the walls, confirming that children had been in the cistern.

On the outside of the school building, opposite from the cistern on the north wall of the school, the top of an archway was also discovered. This archway was almost entirely covered by uneven, compacted soil which survivors Geronimo Henry and Roberta Hill claim had not been there in the 1950's. It appears that the archway is the top of a buried doorway leading from a lower sub-basement area that has been concealed by soil deposits.

The existence of this sub-basement area is significant, in that other school survivors describe being taken as children for punishment to a chamber "under the basement". This sub-basement chamber contained rings and shackles on the walls where one survivor who desires anonymity states that she saw children being confined in the year 1959 or 1960.

A cousin of Mohawk elder Yvonne Hill stated on October 6, 2011 that a sealed underground tunnel runs from the same sub-basement chamber through the school's furnace room to a former Greenhouse on the grounds of the Woodland Cultural Center, and "that's where they buried the kids who died".

(Note: the same spot at the Woodland Center is where skeletal remains of children were unearthed and then concealed in 1982 and 2008, see above).

The furnace room's connection to the alleged underground tunnel may be related to the common practice in Indian residential schools of incinerating the bodies of children and newborns who had died or been killed on the premises.

The GPR survey of the Mush Hole grounds encompassed in total four grid areas to the north and northeast of the building. The total size of the surveyed grids was 400 square meters.

On Day 6 of the GPR survey (October 4), Dale Bomberry, head of Operations for the non-traditional, government-funded Six Nations Confederacy, suddenly denied further use of the GPR equipment to the ITCCS team. Clynt King was ordered by Bomberry to cease his activities and all of the data from the GPR survey was seized by Bomberry.

On Day 8 (October 6), Six Nations Confederacy chief Bill Montour was called to Ottawa for "consultations" with the government.

The same day, threats of physical violence were issued against Kevin Annett by three employees of the Confederacy – Tom Powless, Sean Toulouse and a cousin of Dale Bomberry. That evening, the underground cistern was opened and explored by unknown persons.

On Day 9 (October 7), members of the Men's Fire, a Mohawk security force working closely with the ITCCS team, discovered many boxes of residential school files in the basement immediately above the apparent sub-basement chamber described above. Within minutes, the Men's Fire members were stopped by Confederacy staff and photographed on video camera.

The same day, Chief Montour announced that no further support for the Mush Hole inquiry would be offered by the Confederacy, despite Montour having endorsed the survey and dig two days earlier (see Exhibit No. 4, Tekawennake Newspaper October 5, 2011, p. 2).

Consequently, this first phase of the inquiry was suspended on October 11 to allow the sponsoring Mohawk elders and the ITCCS team the chance to assess events and plan how to continue in the face of growing sabotage and resistance by government-funded "chief and council".


The Mush Hole Dig: Interregnum (October 11-November 21, 2011)
After a series of consultations between the ITCCS team and the sponsoring Mohawk elders, as well as the Men's Fire Group, it was unanimously decided to continue with the Mush Hole inquiry and excavations, based on what had been discovered until then.

Numerous attempts to contact GPR technician Clynt King and obtain the GPR survey data from the Mush Hole grounds were unsuccessful. King was reportedly "on extended vacation" and the Six Nations Confederacy refused to release the GPR survey data.

Accordingly, it was decided to proceed directly with a test excavation in the area most likely to contain burial sites, based on the GPR survey and eyewitness accounts.

An excavation team consisting of seven people was established, with the Men's Fire providing site security. The dig team was Kevin Annett (a trained student of archaeology), Cheryl Squire (representing the sponsoring elders), Nicole and Warren Squire, John Henhawk, Frank Miller (videographer) and Yvonne Fantin.

The need for security around the excavation was heightened by continual efforts to sabotage the inquiry on the part of government-paid aboriginal operatives led by Jan Longboat, a local resident. Longboat began approaching the sponsoring Mohawk elders with smears about Kevin Annett and even offers of money.

Consequently, and to build as much international and public support as possible, the excavation team was given absolute authority and permission by the sponsoring Mohawk elders to not simply recover remains on the Mush Hole grounds but to make the findings public, including by sharing them with the media.

This crucial authorization was openly declared and recognized to be part of the ITCCS team's mandate.

The excavations near the Mohawk Institute building commenced on November 21, 2011.


The Mush Hole Dig: Phase Two – November 21-24, 2011
The excavation team laid out a 30 by 30 foot excavation grid about fifty yards due east of the old school building, on lightly forested ground where witnesses Geronimo Henry and Roberta Hill had seen children buried. The grid was marked in 3 ft. increments and was located and aligned with a GPS locator.

On Day One of the dig, the first grid in the upper left corner of the site, designated Grid A1, was cleared of all underbrush and topsoil, and excavated to a depth of one foot.

Within this first top layer, Level One, two sizable bone fragments were discovered almost immediately, in association with many pieces of glass, coal and bricks. The bones were between two and three inches in length and one of them appeared to be part of a spine, either of animal or human origin. The other, longer bone had clearly been cut or chopped up. (See Exhibit 5)

On Day Two (November 22), new and significant evidence was obtained as a second level was opened between a depth of 12 and 24 inches. This evidence involved many small white and brown buttons made of bone and wood rather than plastic: clearly of a pre-1950 vintage.

These buttons were later positively identified by Mush Hole survivors Geronimo Henry, Roberta Hill and Lorna McNaughton as coming from the uniforms of girls at the school during the 1940's.

The same style of buttons were continually found in association with more bone fragments, some as large as four inches in length, and several teeth. These bones and teeth, along with considerably more bits of brick and charcoal, proliferated the deeper the team dug, to a final depth of 22 inches. One of the bones had an apparent burn mark, and several other bones bore the signs of having been cut up.

In addition, other articles of clothing were unearthed at this Level Two, including the sole from an early-vintage shoe and pieces of a green-colored woolen blanket that survivor Roberta Hill verified as the kind used in the Mush Hole dormitories. One larger piece of blanket several square feet in size was discolored with a rust-colored stain.

Days Three and Four (November 23-24) unearthed even more significant evidence as the excavation extended to the base of Level Two to a depth of 22 inches; and to a length of 8 ft. 6 inches outside the first Grid A1 into Grid A2.

This evidence consisted of more bone and school button fragments entangled in the roots of a small tree that was uprooted in Grids A1-A2. The significance of finding school buttons tangled in the tree roots is indicated in the statement of Mush Hole survivor Roberta Hill:

"Whenever children died on our dorm they were buried east of the school, and a tree was planted on top of their grave. The staff used to talk about doing that among themselves."

A sample of these significant button artifacts excavated at the A1-A2 site is found in Exhibit 6.

After Day 4 of the dig, it was decided to temporarily halt the excavation to allow specialists the chance to analyze and identify the artifacts, and to issue a public statement about what we had unearthed.


Post-Excavation Analysis and Response: The Inquiry is Derailed
On December 1, 2011, a meeting of the dig team, the sponsoring Mohawk elders and two forensic specialists was held at the nearby Kanata Center, a half mile from the Mush Hole building and dig site. The Center, operated by traditional, non-government Mohawk elders at odds with the Six Nations Confederacy, served as the operations post for the inquiry.

The two forensic specialists, archaeologist Kris Nahrgang of Trent University and Greg Olson of the Provincial Coroner's Office, carefully examined the excavated bones from the A1-A2 site and came to the following conclusions about the bones:

1. Olson and Nahrgang both agreed that one of the unearthed bones was part of a small knee socket from "what is probably a small child four or five years old" (Olson). (see Exhibit 7) Olson said, "Personally, I am 95% sure that this is a human bone and I'd stake my reputation on it".

2. Both men agreed that the dig site should be excavated more to unearth additional evidence, and they recommended that "it is imperative" for a full-scale professional excavation to be launched at the Mush Hole grounds by the spring, after the ground had thawed.

3. Greg Olson recommended that a Provincial Coroner's Warrant be sought in the light of this probable discovery of human remains, in order to thoroughly search all Anglican church records and buildings for corroborating evidence. Olson pledged his willingness to publicly endorse and participate in such action.

However, less than one week later, on December 6, Greg Olson informed Kevin Annett by phone that he had been reprimanded by his "employer" – presumably the Provincial Coroner's Office – for partaking in the Mush Hole inquiry, and he was ordered not to do so again, "even during off-work hours". After that, neither he nor Kris Nahrgang – who refused to answer phone and email messages – continued their involvement with the dig or the ITCCS inquiry. (See Exhibit No. 8 for copies of original Field Notes from the Mush Hole survey and dig).

In response, and following the instructions of the sponsoring Mohawk elders, on December 8, 2011, Kevin Annett mailed thirteen bone samples, including the knee socket identified by Greg Olson and Kris Nahrgang as "probably human", to Dr. Donald Ortner, the senior Forensic Pathologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Additional samples were sent to Dr. Ortner on January 10, 2012.

Dr. Ortner communicated by phone to Kevin on January 30 and said that "I tend to lean towards seeing the samples as animal remains", although he then qualified his statement with the remark,

"Some of them could easily be human, but they're too small to tell. I'd need to conduct more expensive tests to know for sure".

Dr. Ortner made it clear that he had only superficially glanced at the samples, but he promised to study them more thoroughly, and he agreed to work with the ITCCS team at the Mush Hole dig in the future.

On April 29, 2012, Dr. Don Ortner died suddenly of an apparent heart attack; he was 73 years old and in excellent health. Just prior to his death, Ortner had spoken to Kevin Annett on the phone and agreed to become involved in the next phase of the Mush Hole dig, by speaking to the Mohawk elders during early May.

Dr. Donald Ortner was a leading world specialist in the identification of diseases in human remains – such as the tuberculosis that the Mush Hole children were deliberately exposed to, and which killed off thousands of residential school students.

During the same period leading up to Dr. Ortner's death and the sabotage of the Mush Hole dig, between January and May, 2012, a continual campaign of fear and disinformation was launched on the internet and in the Mohawk community against the ITCCS inquiry and Kevin Annett.

This sabotage campaign was led by government operative Jan Longboat, Six Nations Confederacy chief Bill Montour and others in the pay of Longboat, including former dig team member Frank Miller, whom Longboat had, by her own admission, recruited with money payments. This campaign effectively halted the Mush Hole dig and inquiry.

Nevertheless, three Anglican church insiders approached the ITCCS team during the same period with vital information about this silencing and coverup campaign, as well as more evidence of crimes at the Mush Hole.


Leona Moses
On December 2, 2011, Kevin Annett and elder Cheryl Squire were invited by Mohawk resident and former Anglican Church researcher Leona Moses to her home in Oshweken. Moses had contacted Cheryl Squire the day before on her own initiative. She stated to both Kevin and Cheryl as they entered her home,

"I want the truth to get out to the world. The church has been sitting on it for way too long".

These facts were shared by Leona Moses with Kevin and Cheryl over the next several hours:

1. While employed during 1998 by the Huron Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada to examine their archives and records from that church's Mohawk Institute "Mush Hole" school in Brantford, Leona Moses (LM) found documents that showed that children were dying continually at the school over many years, and the church and government knew of these deaths and did nothing to stop or even investigate them.

2. These records were part of a designated "G 12 collection" held in the Huron College archives in London, Ontario under the authority of then-Huron Diocese Bishop Bruce Howe. The records have now been sealed from public access under present Bishop Bob Bennett.

3. LM personally read documents describing the regular practice of denying food and medical aid to children in the Mush Hole, of keeping parents ignorant of their sickened condition, and of temporarily improving food at the school only during official visits by government medical inspectors. These documents had been copied and sent to the Indian Affairs department in Ottawa.

4. After inquiring with Indian Affairs in Ottawa in 1998, LM was told by a department lawyer, "G 12 is closed to the public and can never be discussed". LM then asked her co-researcher Wendy Fletcher (WF / recently retired head of the Vancouver Shool of Theology) to help her access the records, and was told by WF,

"There are over 30,000 documents in the Diocese archives that are sealed, and lots of them could bring down the church".

5. LM saw one "particularly damning document" in the archives that she called "a smoking gun": an "official looking thing, signed and sealed" (LM) dated from the year 1870. It was a formal agreement between the New England Company that established the Mush Hole, the Crown of England/Anglican Church, and non-Mohawk chiefs of the state-run Six Nations Confederacy. The agreement transferred authority over the Mush Hole school to the Confederacy, providing that the school targeted Mohawks for incarceration and extermination. The Confederacy chiefs agreed to cooperate in this plan.

6. LM saw this genocidal document only once, " and then it went missing, Wendy says into the G 12 collection". The regular Diocese archivist was then fired. LM was told after that, that to continue working, she would have to agree to being placed under a voluntary gag order or what then-Bishop Bruce Howe called an "oath of silence" for ten years. LM refused and resigned. WF agreed to be gagged by such an order, and served as the Diocese's "official researcher" after that.

7. Bishop Bruce Howe extended this "oath of silence" to all Diocese employees and clergy. Some clergy resigned or transferred out of the Diocese. WF told LM a few months after the latter had resigned that she, WF, had been threatened with a lawsuit if she disclosed anything in the G 12 collection. LM recalled,

"Wendy Fletcher feared for her life … I offered her sanctuary, especially after one of her secretaries died suddenly after helping Wendy dig deeper into the Mush Hole history in church archives when they were in London, England" (LM, 2 December 2011)

8. Before she resigned from the Diocese research committee, LM saw letters describing how Mush Hole Principal John Zimmerman (served 1936-1948) regularly took girls from the school to private homes of wealthy Brantford residents to rape and traffic them. LM met at least one local woman, a homeless Mohawk in Brantford, who was such a victim.

9. LM also saw documents describing that children in the Mush Hole were deliberately not given warm clothing or pajamas "as a matter of course", and that sickness and death from the cold was common. These deaths and conditions were regularly reported to the church by Mohawk parents, without any response or amelioration.

10. After his silencing of Diocese staff, Bishop Howe retired and was replaced by present Bishop Bob Bennett, who continued the policy of coverup and silencing. Bennett also ordered the destruction of school records showing the records of students and staff members.

11. Soon after the start of the ITCCS Mush Hole dig in late November, 2011, Bishop Bennett met with LM at her home and demanded to know what she had uncovered in the Diocese archives concerning staff and student records. Bennett confirmed to LM that the church was aware of all the crimes and the deaths of children but for that reason denied any public access to the evidence.

Bennett also described to LM a meeting held in 2006 at the Five Oaks United Church center at which a Member of Parliament, United Church clergy and "some doctors" described killings at the Mush Hole, including the murder of newborn children there and at the local Catholic residential schools.

12. Bishop Bennett also disclosed to LM that the Anglican, Catholic and United churches had made an agreement with the Canadian government whereby the latter (ie, taxpayers) would assume all of the financial liability for the residential school crimes, in return for which the churches would promise to disclose all of their evidence. But (to quote Bennett),

"We agreed among ourselves that we could never release certain kinds of information, even if it meant reneging on our promise"

13. After Bishop Bennett's remarks that indicated the Anglican church had committed deliberate fraud on the Canadian people, LM went to Canadian Anglican Primate Fred Hiltz and asked him to order Bennett to open the G 12 archive. Hiltz refused to do so, claiming, untruthfully, "I have no authority over the Bishops".

14. LM learned that the Mush Hole's founding agency, the New England Company based in London, England, still funds "Anglican Mohawks" and that the Queen's chaplain, Bishop John Wayne, has played a direct role in ordering the permanent sealing of the G 12 collection.

15. LM gave many of these facts to the Canadian media early in the year 2008, but only one newspaper, the Tekawennake in Brantford, printed some of her remarks. Teka editor Jim Windle did not explain why he edited LM's story and refused to share the story with the world media, as LM had requested.

Leona Moses reiterated again to Kevin and Cheryl before they left her home,

"The church must be brought to justice … please get this story out. I've been threatened by Bob Bennett if I keep speaking to you".


Two Anglican Church sources: Spring 2012
After news of the shut down of the Mush Hole dig circulated throughout the internet, two other Anglican church insiders approached Kevin Annett with information.

One of these insiders still worked in the Toronto Diocese office of the Anglican church, and another was an employee of the church in a liaison capacity with the Archbishop of Canterbury's office until the fall of 2009.

The present employee told Kevin that in mid January, 2012, Primate Fred Hiltz had been issued a direct order by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to "permanently bury or destroy" any evidence that might implicate the church or "Her Majesty" in the death of children at the Brantford Mush Hole school. Hiltz commented on the request to his secretary, who passed in on to the employee.

The second, former church employee told Kevin that before he resigned from his position liaising with London, he had been told of a "serious leak" in the church archival system that implicated unnamed members of the Royal family with "mishaps" at an Indian school in Canada.

The former employee did not know whether this referred to the allegation from eyewitness William Combes that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had been seen taking ten aboriginal children from the Kamloops Catholic residential school in October, 1964 during a verified state visit, after which none of the children were ever seen again. But the employee said,

"It was serious enough for the Archbishop to intervene personally and order a clean sweep of the archives in Canada and London".


Summary and Conclusion
In the light of these events and discoveries, the ITCCS Central Office has concluded the following:

1. The remains of children are interred on the grounds of the former Anglican Mohawk Institute Indian residential school in Brantford, Ontario.

2. These remains and other artifacts that have been unearthed on these grounds verify eyewitness accounts of how children who died at the Mohawk Institute were buried.

3. These children who died were the victims of a deliberate genocidal plan devised and implemented in 1870 by the Church and Crown of England and their accomplices in the Six Nations Confederacy and government of Canada.

4. The evidence of these deaths and burials has been deliberately concealed and destroyed by members of the Anglican Church and the Church and Crown of England, aided by members of the Six Nations Confederacy. This concealment amounts to a deliberate and ongoing Criminal Conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

5. The first independent inquiry into these deaths and burials was overtly sabotaged by these church and government bodies. Accordingly, the ITCCS and groups outside of Canada must intervene to continue the excavation of these buried remains at the Mohawk Institute in order to a) provide a proper burial for these remains, b) determine the cause of death and other facts surrounding these children, and c) use this evidence to bring further criminal charges against those persons and institutions responsible.

In early April, 2013, the ITCCS Central Office received a new invitation and endorsement by elders of the traditional Mohawk Nation to continue the Mush Hole excavation with their permission on the grounds of the former Mohawk Institute in Brantford.

In the light of the Common Law Court indictment and sentencing of the Crown of England, Canada and its churches for Crimes against Humanity on February 25, 2013 – a verdict based partly on the evidence acquired at the Mush Hole excavations in 2011 – Canada, the Crown and its police forces have lost any authority to prevent such a continued excavation on the grounds of the Mohawk Institute in Brantford.

Those indicted persons who have actively subverted the Mush Hole dig, including the Prime Minister of Canada, the Queen of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Anglican Bishops Fred Hiltz, Bruce Howe and Bob Bennett, in fact face immediate arrest under outstanding Citizen Arrest Warrants for their complicity in obstructing justice.

Considering these developments, a new ITCCS forensic team equipped with professional specialists will be dispatched to Mohawk territory to proceed with this inquiry.

This team will be accompanied and protected by International Common Law Court officers who will provide security at the new Mush Hole excavations in conjunction with traditional Mohawk peace keepers. The Brantford excavation site and other locations are presently under close observation and lock-down by Mohawk traditional elders and Common Law Court officers.

These same Common Law Court officers will be armed with the power to arrest and detain not only the aforementioned church and crown officials and those who assist them, but anyone who disturbs or interferes with the excavation on the Mush Hole grounds.

We acknowledge and thank the traditional Mohawk people who are standing by this historic campaign and helping win justice for the missing children. We ask for the active support of all people of conscience.

Issued by Kevin D. Annett  in conjunction with ITCCS Central Office, Brussels
25 April, 2013

Appendix containing Exhibit references and links

Exhibit 1: Invitation and authorization from Mohawk traditional elders to Kevin Annett and the ITCCS – April, 2011




Exhibits 2 and 3: Ground Penentrating Radar (GPR) survey, Mush Hole grounds – September/October, 2011
Exhibit 4: Tekawennake Newspaper – October 5, 2011, p. 2 (will be available soon)
Exhibit 5: Bone samples, Mush Hole Dig – November, 2011
And here.
Exhibit 6: Button samples, Mush Hole Dig – November, 2011
Exhibit 7: Probable human bone, Mush Hole Dig – November, 2011
Exhibit 8: Original field notes, Mush Hole Survey and Dig – September-November, 2011 (will be available soon)
Exhibit 9: Sole Canadian media coverage of Mush Hole dig and discoveries – Tekawennake newspaper (will be available soon)

- ITCCS.


BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS: Dr. Henry Lowe - Jamaica Now At The Forefront Of Prostate Cancer Research!

April 26, 2013 - JAMAICA - Renowned Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe and his cancer research team received a big boost over the last several weeks as one of their peer-reviewed research papers on the anti-cancer properties of the Jamaican Ball Moss has generated great interest in the international scientific community.


LOWE… Jamaica can be considered a serious contender for international recognition of its anti-cancer research.

The research paper — published in Cancer Cell International, regarded as one of the world's leading cancer peer review journals — has so far received 1,800 downloads which, Lowe said, is "a seminal achievement within the international scientific research community" and has placed Jamaica "at the forefront of prostate cancer research".

Lowe, the Jamaica Observer Business Leader for 2006, explained that the research paper details the activity of a compound isolated from the Ball Moss and which was very effective in killing 100 per cent of the prostate cancer cells in-vivo.

The compound, Cycloartane-3,24,25-triol, has also proven effective in animals used in anti-cancer research.

It is one of 22 chemically related compounds called cycloartanes considered to be responsible for some of the major anti-cancer activity of the Ball Moss.

However, the research team of local and international scientists went further to evaluate the mode of action of this compound and other related cycloartanes by conducting "several mechanistic studies" which, in essence, look at how it works.

Lowe said that one of the studies conducted on the cycloartanes from the Jamaican Ball Moss looked at the activity of Kinases, a group of enzymes that are used extensively to transmit signals and control complex processes in cells.

"Kinase Inhibition studies now represent the gold standard by which pharmaceutical companies identify serious drug candidates," Dr Lowe said.

"The specific Kinase enzyme, MRCKa Kinase, has been implicated in the irregular cellular growth which leads to cancer formation in the cell. The activities of the isolated compound on the inhibition of MRCKa Kinase are, therefore, considered as a potential solution to restoring the normal cellular growth and multiplication and prevent or destroy prostate cancer, thus signalling a major potential for the cure of prostate cancer through this mechanism of action," Dr Lowe said.

His research team include doctors Joseph Bryant and Ngeh Toyang from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as recently recruited young scientists Dr Charah Watson, director of research and development at Biotech R&D Institute, and Dr Simone Badal from the University of the West Indies.

According to Dr Lowe, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and distinguished adjunct professor of ethno-medicinal chemistry at the University of Technology, Jamaica, "the high access statistics [of the research paper] demonstrate the global scientific and medical impact of the research and its novelty and relevance to anti-cancer research worldwide. Jamaica can, therefore, be considered as a serious contender for international recognition of its anti-cancer research". - Jamaica Observer.




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