Wednesday, December 31, 2014

THE GOD BODY: Minister EnQi Presents "Health Raw And Uncut"- Black Gene Ethics, The Periodic Table, Melanin, The Electric Universe, And How To Overcome The White Supremacy Paradigm Through A Healthy Lifestyle! [MUST SEE VIDEOS]

"White folks spend more time researching us than we do. That is a problem. We need to understand ourselves and our bodies. 'Know thyself'."
- Minister EnQi.

December 31, 2014 - HEALTH
- In the following videos, Minister EnQi Sang Re-AL of the Amber Institute presents "Health Raw And Uncut," the comprehensive lecture on how to manifest the Black God Body and overcome the White Supremacy Paradigm.

The presentations were held in Detroit, and walks the viewer through every detailed step in nutrition, cell, tissue, muscle and organ development.

EnQi delves deep into black genetics, complete with diagrams and extensive information on diet, food, minerals, vitamins and more.

Through this in-depth understanding of black genetics, he will teach you how to deal with hormone disorders, fibroids, sexual health, weight loss, liver health, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The presentations are of an adult nature, therefore parental discretion is advised.

WATCH: Diagnostics and the 40 Day Fruit Fast.

WATCH: Genocide, the Ogdoad, Khemenu, IChing, Black Genetics and Unification.

WATCH: Black Gene Ethics, Raw and Uncut and the Periodic Table - Parts 1-7.

Visit Minister EnQi's website HERE.

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AFRICAN RENAISSANCE: "Africapitalism" And The Upstream Collaboration - The Private Sector And The Growth Of African Economies!

December 31, 2014 - AFRICA
- Now the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has enjoyed a decade of sustained growth fueled predominantly by its thriving oil and gas industry. While the oil and gas sector accounts for 40 per cent of its GDP, many in Nigeria are now looking to local content for its next phase of economic growth and prosperity. To promote this growth, the Nigerian Government’s Local Content Law was developed to ensure that the oil and gas industry supports local skills development and employment through indigenous participation. This is also in line with what economist Tony Elumelu calls ‘Africapitalism.’

Africapitalism is the idea that the private sector must play an important role in the growth of African economies by investing in strategic sectors in a way that creates opportunities for the local value chain. This version of capitalism advocates for public policies and business practices that will unlock opportunities for Africans.

A new commitment by GE and Heirs Holdings, where Mr. Elumelu is chairman, focuses on expanding their existing relationship to jointly pursue opportunities in the upstream oil and gas sector, while developing local capacity, enabling skills transfer and the transfer of global technology to deliver Nigeria-specific solutions. GE and Heirs Holdings have a history of collaboration, specifically in the power sector with the expansion of Transcorp Ughelli, Nigeria’s largest power station. It was the success of this project that led them to pursue opportunities together in the oil and gas sector.

Mr. Elumelu said the expansion of the relationship with GE represents a pivotal moment for the oil and gas industry and for Nigerian businesses as a whole. He added that this marks a major milestone in the Heirs Holdings strategy to domesticate value across the energy sector.

According to Mr. Elumelu, “Partnerships like this capture the spirit of what I have termed Africapitalism and bring together global entities and world-class Nigerian companies. These are the kinds of investments we need to create employment and ensure economic value. The agreement will ensure the development of local capacity and technology transfer and leverage the best of global technology to deliver a solution fit for the African market.”

The GE-Heirs Holding relationship is expected to lead to significant investment and supply chain benefits for a range of Nigerian companies operating across the industry value chain. Both organisations aim to act as a catalyst for a far broader participation of small, medium and large Nigerian enterprises.

Vice-Chair of GE Global John Rice said the agreement was a further example of meaningful local content delivery in Nigeria’s petroleum industry. “Our work with Transcorp and now Heirs Holdings is ample proof of our commitment to continually identify and align with strategic stakeholders to create jobs and facilitate technology and skills transfer in critical sectors of the economy.”

GE is committed to supporting the sustainable development of Africa through advanced infrastructure technologies, solutions and partnerships. Partnering with indigenous enterprises is an important way to continue its commitment to delivering inclusive growth and promoting Mr. Elemelu’s vision of Africapitalism. - GE Reports.

SUPER HERU RISING: Aseer, The Duke Of Tiers Presents - Instructions On The Rise Of The New Moors, Class 3!

December 31, 2014 - DARK MATTER PARADIGM
- Master Teacher Aseer, the Duke of Tiers presents another instructional lecture on Moorish Science in its optimum state.

He delves into everything historical, legal, lawful, symbolic and metaphysical pertaining to the deception of the White Supremacy Paradigm and the many subtleties of Dark Matter consciousness in its contemporary forms.

Aseer holds a doctorate in Jurisprudence and has attracted over 4.5 million listeners through his Super Heru Radio. He is also a fine artist who has had his works exhibited in many galleries. 

WATCH: Aseer - Super Heru Rising.

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT: "Kujenga" - GE Africa Creates Innovative Initiative To Further Leadership, Integrity, Partnership And Human Progress In Africa!

Hunter Josiah works in GE's Nairobi office. He is a commercial counselor for sub-Saharan Africa and is a graduate of
GE's Early Career Development Program (ECDP). Photo: GE

December 31, 2014 - AFRICA
Dedicated to innovation in infrastructure, healthcare, energy and transportation, GE Africa is committed to leadership, integrity, partnership and human progress. GE businesses, ranging from Oil & Gas, Power & Water, Energy Management, Transportation, Aviation, Capital and Healthcare, all have operations in Africa. Major locations include Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

GE Kujenga is our sustainability program in Africa. The word kujenga means "build" in Swahili, and GE is a partner in building Africa's sustainable future. Our approach is to empower people by building valuable skills, equip communities with new tools and technology, and elevate ideas that are helping to solve Africa's challenges.

At GE, we are committed to Africa's sustainable development operating under GE's hallmarks of responsible leadership and operational excellence. Embodying kujenga means that while we run our businesses, we also ensure that we are making a difference—creating value for societies in ways that also support the Company's business strategy. As our presence in Africa grows, so does our effort to be responsible citizens in the community.

GE is committed to empowering the communities in which it operates by providing skills training and developing leaders. As a major employer in Africa, it is vital that we collaborate with local institutions to develop strong workforces and create opportunities for further growth. At GE, we know that empowering local communities not only benefits local stakeholders, but also contributes to our overall objective of building stronger markets. By investing in people, we are ultimately investing in this continent.

How We Empower

We work to empower communities through various initiatives, some examples of which are:

Leadership Programs
: GE is proud to be known for its leadership programs around the world, which target new and emerging talent and develop future leaders. Some of the programs currently running in Africa are the Financial Management Program (FMP), the Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP), the Human Resources Leadership Program (HRLP), the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP), the Commercial Leadership Program (CLP), the Communications Leadership Development Program (CLDP), the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP), the Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) and the Early Career Development Program (ECDP). The ECDP identifies high-potential entry-level candidates across Africa and provides essential skills training and leadership training to prepare participants for successful careers in their chosen disciplines. The program combines hands-on experience with formal training to empower participants to become leaders at GE. We are proud of the fact that, since the program's inception in 2011 to the end of 2013, more than 80 graduates of the program have taken on various full-time roles, making a difference in Africa.

Partnership with the African Leadership Academy (ALA)
: GE is building a pipeline by supporting the development of a future generation of African leaders through partnerships with institutions like the African Leadership Academy. These partnerships are designed to enrich employability and provide a means for talented young people to access networks and opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them. GE works with the ALA to create employment opportunities through its Finalist Camp & Scholars program. GE has committed up to $5 million to this partnership, which will identify, develop and connect the next generation of African leaders. The program provides training as well as internship and postgraduate employment opportunities.

GE Africa Learning Advisory Board
: GE Africa has launched the first GE Africa Learning Advisory Board, with a focus on local technical skills development. The Board brings together 20 members drawn from GE, Africa, Europe and North America with a primary focus on local technical and engineering skills development across Africa.

Investment in Calabar Tech
: GE has partnered with Calabar Tech in Nigeria by investing in an upgrade of its facilities, equipment, instructor training and curriculum. This school is training students in areas of strategic importance to Nigeria's economic development such as process engineering, as well as in higher vocational skills, such as machining, welding and assembly.

Supplier Development
: GE Africa operates a supplier development program for local companies that have been identified as having capabilities that are aligned to our engineering services needs. The program focuses on developing and expanding their technical and managerial capabilities through skills development and technology transfer. Currently, there are four Nigerian companies participating in this program. This initiative is in line with our commitment to empowering small and medium-scale enterprises in Africa.


GE has pledged to equip its host countries with the material and systems needed to widen access to healthcare and other essential services. GE uses its expertise and technological track record to bring tools, technology and training to communities, strengthen rural healthcare provision and respond in times of natural disasters.

How We Equip

We work to equip communities through various initiatives, some examples of which are:

Developing Health Globally
: GE places a particular emphasis on improving healthcare for mothers and children, as part of the global efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 targeted at maternal and newborn health. GE's Developing Health Globally™ program, run through the GE Foundation, operates in nine countries in Africa, and, in addition to supporting maternal and child health, also improves surgical care and provides equipment to these communities. We estimate that up until 2013, Developing Health Globally has touched 12.8 million lives across Africa, and we continue to look for ways to further extend this program in the healthcare sector. Additionally, GE, in partnership with the GE Foundation, has committed $61 million to date to a range of healthcare projects, including ImPACT Africa, a program that assists in the delivery of safe surgery in rural Western Kenya, run in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, among other partners. This project focuses primarily on developing training programs that can lower surgical mortality rates, as well as improve anaesthetic care.

: healthymagination is a GE business model that addresses one of the toughest challenges in the world: access to healthcare. This effort is focused on designing technologies, partnerships and solutions that enable better healthcare in rural settings. The Ifakara Health Institute, in Tanzania, is one of our core external partners in addressing Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. GE provides Ifakara with portable ultrasound devices that will be used by midwives and nurses to assess the well-being of pregnant women in rural areas of Tanzania. All the midwives and nurses were fully trained on use of the equipment by a team of GE trainers. The project will increase healthcare reach in rural areas and offers a cost-effective and simple method to track maternal health indicators.

Mozambique Flooding
The GE Foundation made a $50,000 donation to the International Federation of the Red Cross to support the victims of the January 2013 flooding in Mozambique. The GE Foundation, along with employees' personal donations, played a role in responding with financial support.


At GE, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We are determined to elevate the communities in which we operate by lending scale and resources to transformative ideas that have the potential to solve local challenges. We support entrepreneurs in developing new technologies and approaches to tackle local problems, and fund research into new solutions, with a particular focus on energy.

How We Elevate

We work to elevate communities through various initiatives, some examples of which are:

Partnership with Burn Manufacturing
: GE is committed to using its technical capabilities to support research into developing and implementing cost-effective, sustainable solutions to everyday problems. GE has been supporting the BURN Manufacturing Co. (BMC) in its Cookstoves Project in Kenya, in partnership with Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government's development finance institution. BMC produces inexpensive, durable and high-efficiency cookstoves. These cookstoves will save lives and contribute to environmental protection by using clean energy rather than traditional fuels such as wood. GE has committed $1 million to the development of the project, which has supported the construction of a manufacturing facility in Kenya, as well as satellite facilities in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Distributed Power University Challenge
: In Kenya, GE sponsors the Distributed Power University Challenge Award to identify and reward projects that provide power for local communities. Projects that have been rewarded include one that uses mobile phones to control wind turbines providing power to rural households in Kenya. The Distributed Power University Challenge offers young designers and innovators the opportunity to connect with industry partners that can help turn their projects into reality, as well as meaningful improvements to local communities.

GE & USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge
: GE Africa launched a partnership with the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) to run the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge. The objective of this initiative is to promote innovative solutions that develop, scale up or extend proven technologies for off-grid energy—reaching communities not yet served by existing power grids. This project was launched in Nigeria and Kenya, with six African-owned organizations receiving grants of $100,000 each. All are organizations that provide off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power economic activities. The Challenge forms part of the larger Power Africa initiative, which has been launched by the U.S. Government to drive growth across the African continent by increasing access to reliable, affordable and sustainable power. While the Challenge was launched in Nigeria and Kenya, it will likely expand to include Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia in 2014. - All Africa.

AFRICAN START-UP: African Superbrand - Ex-Model Tries Her Hand At Design, And Helps Women Turn Their Lives Around!

Ethiopian fashion designer Hiwot Gashaw. CNN

December 31, 2014 - ETHIOPIA
- Making the jump from model to designer seemed like a natural choice for Hiwot Gashaw. Growing up in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the young entrepreneur always had a passion for fashion, drawing clothes from an early age.

Thus, it was no big surprise when in 2012, having already worked as a professional fashion model and after graduating from a top design school, Gashaw took to making her own clothes with the launch of her label, Abugida Fashion.

Fusing traditional Ethiopian designs with contemporary Western style, Abugida produces and sells a collection of clothes ranging from women's dresses and scarves to men's designer jackets and children's clothing.

"'Abugida' means learning something new," says Gashaw, who started her brand at the age of 22, "and with fashion I learn something new every day."

Abugida Fashion is an Ethiopian clothing brand which produces custom-made garments for all occasions.
Its designs are a fusion of strong Ethiopian heritage and Western aesthetics.

Ethiopian garments are often created from woolen materials and they're usually traditionally hand stitched. Gashaw, who is involved in the entire process, from designing the outfits to adding the final embroidery details, has continued to use this trend in her intricate creations.

"What makes my clothes unique is [that] you can wear them anytime," says Gashaw. "Also, I design and sew them myself, giving them a personal touch."

Based on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the company has six full-time workers -- former street girls and elderly beggars, who have all been trained by Gashaw herself.

"I work with these women who used to be in the streets," says the young designer. "But now I trained them, they work with me and they are able to support themselves."

"I want Abugida Fashion to become a brand like Gucci and to be known all over the world," says Gashaw.

Gashaw cites expensive machinery and tracing raw materials as the main challenges for her startup but says that she will continue using fashion to change the lives of women in her community. Ambitious and determined, the talented designer has high hopes for her brand.

"I want Abugida Fashion to become a brand like Gucci and to be known all over the world," she says.

Click through the gallery above to see some of Gashaw's creations and check out the video below to find out more about Abugida Fashion. - CNN.

AFRICAN ENERGY: Africa's Energy Industry Could Boom In Coming Years - Tanzania, Mozambique Top Africa's Oil, Gas Table!

Gas pipeline Photo: Serge Marti/Friends of the Earth

December 31, 2014 - AFRICA
- Africa's energy industry could boom in the coming years, with Mozambique and Tanzania set to emerge as new frontiers if they can attract enough badly needed investment, a report said recently.

Six of the top 10 global discoveries in 2013 were made in Africa, with more than 500 companies now exploring across to the continent, according to a study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Large gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania would make the world "take note of east Africa as an emerging player in the global industry," said the report's advisory leader, Chris Bredenhann.

The boom has brought investment opportunities, despite the lingering challenges of corruption, lack of infrastructure and regulation.

Transactions worth some $1 billion occurred every 17 days in Africa's oil and sector last year, the report said. Still, the continent faces fierce competition for vital investment from other parts of the world, the PWC report cautioned.

"A huge obstacle to growth in Tanzania and Mozambique is the cost of the infrastructure required, which neither country can afford without help from foreign investors," it said.

Nearly nine million barrels of crude were produced every day in 2013, more than 80 per cent of which came from established players such as Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Egypt and Angola.

In gas that is even more concentrated, with nine tenths of annual natural gas production of 6.5 trillion cubic feet coming from Nigeria, Libya, Algeria and Egypt.

Still, Mozambique could become a major player in the Asian market on a par with Australia, the United States and Papua New Guinea when it starts exporting gas, expected in 2020, the report said.

Already majors such as Eni, Chevron and BP have invested in its gas fields, some of the largest discovered in the past decade.

Demand for oil in Africa was also expected to 'rise significantly' over the next 20 years, driven by population growth, urbanisation and the emergence of a middle class, the report said. - Tanzania Daily News.

EUROPEAN RACISM: Autopsy For Slain Mentally-Ill Black Man, Ezell Ford, Prompts New Protests - Report Showed That The Body Had "Muzzle Imprint," Was Shot Three Times From Close-Range By LAPD Officers!

A flier with a picture of Ezell Ford hangs on a light post outside Paradise Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. Ford, 25, was fatally
shot by two LAPD officers in August. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

- The autopsy of Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man killed by police in South Los Angeles in August, shows he was shot three times -- once in the right side, once in the right back and once in the right arm.

The release of the autopsy Monday marks the first time authorities have provided details about Ford's wounds since his Aug. 11 death.

The gunshot wound on his back showed the surrounding skin had a "muzzle imprint," according to the autopsy, suggesting the shot was made at very close range. The autopsy said the back and side gunshot wounds were fatal.

The autopsy does not make any judgment about the conduct of the officers in the shooting or provide a detailed narrative of what occurred.

The report prompted small protests at several locations around Los Angeles. At one point Monday night, a group of demonstrators walked onto the 110 Freeway, briefly blocking some traffic until police arrived and forced them off the roadway.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck cautioned that the autopsy was just one part of the department's ongoing investigation into Ford's death. But he said nothing included in the report was inconsistent with the account provided by his officers.

Beck said the officers had gotten out of their car to speak to Ford but that the 25-year-old walked away. Beck said the officers followed Ford to a nearby driveway, where Ford crouched between a car and some bushes. When one of the officers reached toward Ford, the chief said, he grabbed the officer and forced him to the ground.

Beck said Ford pinned the officer to the ground and tried to remove his handgun from his holster. The officer yelled to his partner that Ford had his gun, Beck said, prompting the officer's partner to fire two rounds that hit Ford.

The third gunshot came when the officer on the ground grabbed his backup weapon, reached around Ford and fired a close-range shot that struck him in the back.

Beck noted the difficulty the department has had in tracking down eyewitnesses, saying that although the attorney representing Ford's family had provided the LAPD with a list of witnesses, some had refused to cooperate. He said the department had not contacted a civilian who directly saw the incident.

Beck stressed the investigation into Ford's death was far from over.

"Let the system work," he said. "We will find out the truth of what happened on that August night."

The coroner ruled Ford died of multiple gunshot wounds. The death was classified as a homicide, the standard coroner's classification for the death of someone by the hand of another. Fatal police shootings, including those later determined to be justified, are routinely ruled as homicides.

The report also notes several abrasions, or scrapes, including to the back of Ford's left hand, his forearm and elbow, but it does not say what caused them.

Steve Lerman, the attorney representing Ford's family, described Beck's comments as "self-serving." He said the autopsy supported the family's case against the department and city.

"What the report shows is that Ezell was shot in the back and killed," Lerman said.

Lerman said that when he went over the report with Ford's family, his mother was overwhelmed with tears and anger.

The union that represents the LAPD's rank-and-file said in a statement that the autopsy "only provides one set of facts among many hundreds being collected and assessed in the ongoing investigation concerning Ezell Ford."

The Los Angeles Police Department has said Ford, 25, was shot while he struggled with two officers and attempted to remove the pistol from the holster of one of them. Other people quoted in news reports after the Aug. 11 shooting disputed the police account.

Demonstrators block the southbound 110 Freeway, protesting in the wake of the Ezell Ford's autopsy released in Los Angeles.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police had placed a hold on Ford's autopsy report, asking coroner's officials not to release information about his wounds.

Beck said the hold was designed to ensure that any witness statements about the fatal encounter between Ford and two veteran gang officers were not influenced by information released publicly about the shooting. Despite repeated public pleas, police officials said investigators had trouble finding people who saw the shooting.

The delayed release angered many residents in South L.A., where Ford's death exposed lingering tensions between police and the community. Many residents have criticized what they call a lack of transparency by police. The South Central Neighborhood Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Councilman Curren Price to take action and get the autopsy released.

Last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the LAPD to make the autopsy public by the end of the year.

In a statement issued Monday, Garcetti cited the importance of making "objective information" available to the public.

"I ordered the autopsy's release because transparency is key to the trust between the LAPD and the people they serve," Garcetti said. "That trust is the foundation of a powerful partnership ... It's important to all of us that this partnership continues."

The LAPD, the office of inspector general and the district attorney's office are conducting separate investigations to determine whether the shooting violated department policy or warrants criminal charges against the officers.

Ford was walking home on West 65th Street near Broadway when he was approached by the two gang officers assigned to the LAPD's Newton division.

Police allege that Ford tackled one of the officers and attempted to grab his gun, prompting the officer to reach for a backup weapon and fire. The officer’s partner also shot at Ford, police said.

But a friend of Ford’s family who said she saw part of the incident told the Los Angeles Times that she saw no struggle.

LAPD officials have not said why the officers approached Ford.

The department has identified the officers as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas. LAPD records show Wampler has been on the force for 12 years and Villegas for eight.

Both officers have been reassigned to administrative duties, a department spokesman said.

Larry Hanna, the attorney representing the two officers involved in the shooting, declined to comment on the details of the case, but said he was "confident" that once the full investigation was complete, "there will be no wrongdoing by these officers."

Ford was killed two days after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a young black man, in Ferguson, Mo. The Missouri shooting sparked national protests and calls for police reform. Ford's shooting has been invoked along with Brown's during demonstrations in Los Angeles against police killings.

Ford's parents have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the LAPD, accusing police of racial profiling and using excessive force against their son.

The release of the report comes amid heightened scrutiny of police conduct and, after two officers were killed in New York, growing concerns over police safety.

Small groups of protesters gathered in front of the LAPD's downtown headquarters and in South Los Angeles on Monday to protest Ford's death.

Geri Lindo, an amusement park employee and 17-year resident of South L.A., was among the dozens of people gathered in front of the police building. She said she spent six days protesting for the release of Ford's autopsy, and cried when she finally read it.

"I feel a little numb," she said. "And this isn't the first time this happened. So many black men have been killed by the police in Los Angeles."

At a rally in South L.A.'s Leimert Park, a man sold T-shirts reading "Hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe" -- two phrases that have become part of protesters' vocabulary nationwide after the deaths of Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. Protesters briefly marched down Crenshaw Boulevard but soon returned to the park, chanting, "It's a fact, they shot him in the back."

Najee Ali, an activist who helped organize the event, said the delayed release of the autopsy contradicted the LAPD's promise of transparency.

"They were stonewalling," he said. "Using stalling tactics because they knew the report didn't favor their narrative."

Others gathered at the corner of 65th and Broadway -- near the site of Ford's death -- for an early evening vigil. A mural of Ford was painted on a building, with stuffed animals and blue candles stacked below. "In loving memory," it read.

A half-hour before the vigil was set to begin, Ford's mother, Tritobia, walked up to the memorial. Her hand shook as she lighted the candles. She then stood up and walked away. - LA Times.

TECHNOLOGY AFRICA: What Tech Will Take Off In Developing Nations In 2015?!

The Sun-e-light - a solar-powered lamp, mobile phone charger and Wifi hotspot. Photo: Net1 Mobile Solutions

December 31, 2014 - AFRICA
- 'Light' will be the buzz word next year. The UN has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, with the goal of raising global awareness of how such technologies can help development by providing solutions to challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

But besides light, developing nations are struggling with many other issues that researchers and technology companies are trying to address. Better food security and improved access to clean water and air are just a few examples of the areas targeted by technologies that will be making a mark by 2020, according to a list published by not-for-profit foundation the World Economic Forum. SciDev.Net spoke to some of the companies on this list and a few others to forecast what is likely to happen in the world of technology in developing countries over the coming year.

Solar panel cleaning robots

Eran Meller, CEO of Ecoppia, says the market for solar panels is ripe with opportunity in desert-rich regions across the Middle East, India and South America. Unfortunately, these areas are also prone to frequent dust storms, leaving solar installations vulnerable to extreme levels of soiling. Dust can reduce the effectiveness of solar panels by up to 35 per cent, and up to 60 per cent after a strong dust storm, significantly reducing the economic benefits of solar power.

The current methods of cleaning dirty solar panels are labour-intensive and require a significant amount of water: cleaning a 100 megawatt installation, for example, can cost US$58 million and waste nearly 420 million litres of water throughout the project lifetime. To lower the labour-related costs of solar power and conserve our precious water resources, we must find a technological solution to overcome performance challenges of desert-sited plants. In 2015, we will see a rise in innovative, water-free cleaning technologies that rely on robotics rather than manual labour and protect the world's water supply for the communities and crops that need it most.

Self-powered water purification

Matthew Silver, CEO of Cambrian Innovation, says 40 per cent of the world's population are affected by water scarcity. Nowhere is this felt more strongly than in the developing world, where lack of infrastructure has led to a lack of access to clean, potable and usable water. Pioneering companies are responding to this need. We expect self-powered water purifying systems will start taking hold in the developed world in 2015. New financing methods for deploying such systems - such as performance-based leasing models, rather than outright system ownership - will be instrumental in driving energy and water savings. One example is Cambrian Innovation's advanced biotechnology solution, EcoVolt, which can cost-effectively clean contaminated water while generating renewable biogas, thus recovering a valuable energy source that is otherwise discarded.

Improving air quality

Rick Rutkowski, CEO of ClearSign says around the globe, surgical masks and anti-inflammatory inhalers are becoming must-have accessories. When we look at the latest figures coming from the WHO, it's clear that the need to address air quality has never been greater. Unfortunately, some of the biggest sources of pollution are the systems powering our daily lives. The combustion of hydrocarbons in boilers, furnaces, kilns and turbines creates pollutants like nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. If we can't break our reliance on traditional fuels, how can we clean them up before it's too late?

Regulators are playing their part by tightening air quality mandates, but traditional solutions to reduce emissions are outdated, expensive and unable to meet impending targets. In 2015, we will see technological innovations designed to reach environmental goals in a more practical way, now and in the future. Aimed at economically reducing the formation of pollutants, these emerging technologies are the key to helping regulatory bodies and industrial organisations see eye to eye for the first time. From manufacturing leaders like China and Mexico to oil-rich nations across the Middle East, finding a low-cost, high-impact solution to air pollution control will help us all breathe a little easier.

Recycling water from fracking

Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil says the treatment and reuse of water used in 'fracking' is set to take off in the United States, where the market will be tripling between now and 2020. We are seeing even more explosive adoption rates, however, in oil-rich developing countries, as they are just beginning to frack. This is the case in Oman, for example, where oil majors are being required to observe stringent new regulations as fracking begins in the region. In 2015, we will see hydraulic fracturing continue to take off in the developing world. This will be coupled with water treatment and reuse that will greatly mitigate the effect of the practice on populations and ecologies in developing regions. - SciDev.

EUROPEAN RACISM: Hundreds Of Racism Complaints Lodged Against British Police Officers - Only 20 Officers Dismissed Since 2010?!

An armed police officer stands behind the gates to Downing Street in central London (Reuters / Andrew Winning)

December 31, 2014 - BRITAIN
- Hundreds of police officers accused of racism in official complaints over the past five years have not been sacked from their jobs, a new investigation has found.

While nearly 800 complaints of racism were filed against British police officers since 2010, only 20 officers were dismissed, the BBC has found.

According to the investigation, such accusations were leveled against more than 6,600 officers.

The findings follow the recent acquittal of three security guards accused of killing Jimmy Mubenga, a 46-year-old Angolan migrant who was due to be deported in October 2010. The guards were accused of manslaughter after Mubenga died while in their custody.

One victim of police racism, Don Lorenzo, was awarded £17,000 in damages in 2011 after he faced racial abuse from an officer in the West Midlands police.

“I don't think the police want to face the prospect of having to sift out the bad apples,” he said.

“The police need to get tough. They need to start dealing with the stereotypes.”

Racism in the UK police has come under renewed scrutiny following the deaths and systematic abuse of African Americans in the US, including Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Supporters of Jimmy Mubenga hold placards outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London. (Reuters / Neil Hall)

However, senior UK police figures have defended their investigations and attempts to stamp out racism within the force.

“Around 300 officers per year end their careers because of misconduct and, proportionally speaking, officers have a much higher chance of being dismissed where it is felt that there is a case to answer for racism,” said Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin, who is also the national policing lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers (APCO).

APCO has a “determined mission to weed out discriminatory behavior in the police service,” he said.

“There is no place in the police for racists and I encourage anyone from either inside or outside the service who sees an officer behave in a discriminatory way to report it, safe in the knowledge that there will be a full investigation and an appropriate outcome,” he added.

Of the 20 police officers fired over racial abuse, half came from London’s Metropolitan Police, and include one officer racially abusing a train conductor because he did not allow his friends to travel for free.

Other officers have been fired over remarks about colleagues and for posting racially offensive comments on social media.

Earlier this month, activists created a series of satirical posters targeting racism in the Metropolitan Police force, highlighting the disproportionate arrest rate of ethnic minority groups compared to their white British counterparts. - RT.

Monday, December 29, 2014

BLACK RADIO: Truth 2 Power Radio Presents Aseer The Duke Of Tiers - The Legacy Of The Moors, The Native-American Deception, The True History Of The U.S. Corporation, The Theatre Of War And The Rise Of The Moors!

December 29, 2014 - HISTORY, LAW & METAPHYSICS
- Master Teacher Aseer, the Duke of Tiers join Sister Beverly D and Ron March on Truth 2 Power radio for a riveting discussion on the rich legacy of the Moors; the great Native-American deception; the history of the United States corporation; and the role of a diplomat in the legal system.

The main functions of diplomats revolve around the representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and friendly relations.

Diplomats are the oldest form of any of the foreign policy institutions of the state, predating by centuries foreign ministers and ministerial offices. A diplomat is a person (an agent, or ambassador) who represents his or her country in a foreign country. In political debates he represents the official opinion of his country...

Trust law

In common law legal systems, a trust is a relationship whereby property is held by one party for the benefit of another. A trust is created by a settler, who transfers some or all of his or her property to a trustee.

In this wide-ranging interview, Aseer also reveals the theatre of war and the behind the scenes details on stories currently playing out in the mainstream media and in Hollywood, and how everything is perfectly being synchronized with the rise of the indigenous Moors.

LISTEN: Aseer on Truth 2 Power Radio.

HIS-STORY: "Jews Did Not Build The Pyramids" - Egypt, Morocco And The United Arab Emirates Ban Ridley Scott’s Movie "Exodus" Over "Historical Inaccuracies"!

December 29, 2014 - AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
- Egypt has banned Christian Bale’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” a week before its planned New Year’s Eve release, according to 20th Century Fox.

A report from the Egyptian site Mobtada said censors issued the ban due to movie’s “historical inaccuracies.”

Those included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids and the Biblical story of a miracle by Moses causing the Red Sea to part so that the Jewish people could escape from the pursuing Egyptian army.

Egyptian cultural minister Gaber Asfour said the depiction of Jewish slaves as being the builders of the Great Sphinx and Pyramids is inaccurate because the monuments are accepted to have been built around 2540 B.C. — 500 years before Abraham, the father of Judaism.

“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said.

“It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies, and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”

Ridley Scott’s movie, based on the Bible’s Book of Exodus, stars Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.

“Exodus” has grossed nearly $46 million in its first two weeks in the U.S. and another $62 million from 39 international markets.

Earlier this year, Egypt banned another Biblical epic, “Noah,” asserting it violated Islam by portraying a prophet. - Variety.

‘Exodus’ Will Not Be Released In UAE; Ban Follows Similar Moves in Egypt And Morocco

Exodus, Ridley Scott’s epic retelling of the story of Moses, will not be released in the United Arab Emirates after censors in the country objected to what they described as historical and religious inaccuracies. The move follows on from similar decisions in Egypt and Morocco.

“We found that there are many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too. So, we will not release it in the UAE,” Juma Obeid Al Leem, the director of Media Content Tracking at the National Media Council, was quoted as saying in local newspaper Gulf News.

It is generally prohibited to depict prophets and religious figures in Islamic, societies. Those laws saw Darren Aronofsky’s Noah banned across large swathes of the Arab world in March this year. At the time, the Egypt-based Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s highest authority, criticized Aronofsky’s film.

Exodus now appears likely to suffer a similar fate.

Ironically, the film is set in Egypt- albeit in Ancient times- and parts of it were shot in Morocco.

In recent weeks, Exodus has been criticised in some circles for choosing overwhelmingly white actors to play Middle Eastern roles as well as Scott’s decision to have God voiced by an 11-year-old boy. - Deadline.

EUROPEAN RACISM: "It's A White Industry" - Comedian And Actor Chris Rock Pens Blistering Essay On Hollywood's Race Problem!

Chris Rock.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

December 29, 2014 - HOLLYWOOD
-  I was probably 19 when I first came to Hollywood. Eddie Murphy brought me out to do Beverly Hills Cop II and he had a deal at Paramount, so I remember going through the gates of the Paramount lot. He's in a Rolls-Royce, and he's not just a star, he's the biggest star in the world. Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer's office was in the same building as Eddie's office, and they would come to work every day with matching cars. Some days it would be the Porsches, and the next day it would be Ferraris. I was like the kid in A Bronx Tale. I got to just hang around when the biggest parts of show business were happening. I was only there a couple of weeks, but I remember every day Jeffrey Katzenberg would call Eddie Murphy — I don't even know if Eddie was calling him back — but it was like, "Jeffrey Katzenberg called again." "Janet Jackson just called." "Michael Jackson called." It was that crazy. I've still never seen anything like it. I had a small part in the movie, but my dream was bigger than that. I wanted to have a convertible Rolls-Royce with a fine girl driving down Melrose blasting Prince.

Now I'm not Murphy, but I've done fine. And I try to help young black guys coming up because those people took chances on me. Eddie didn't have to put me in Beverly Hills Cop II. Keenen Wayans didn't have to put me in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Arsenio didn't have to let me on his show. I'd do the same for a young white guy, but here's the difference: Someone's going to help the white guy. Multiple people will. The people whom I've tried to help, I'm not sure anybody was going to help them.

And I have a decent batting average. I still remember people thinking I was crazy for hiring Wanda Sykes on my old HBO show. I recommended J.B. Smoove for Saturday Night Live, and I just helped Leslie Jones get on that show. She's about as funny as a human being can be, but she didn't go to Second City, she doesn't do stand-up at The Cellar and she's not in with Judd Apatow, so how the hell was she ever going to get through unless somebody like me says to Lorne Michaels, "Hey, look at this person"? I saw her at a comedy club four or five years ago, and I wrote her name down in my phone. I probably called four managers — the biggest managers in comedy — to manage her, and all of them said no. They didn't get it. They didn't get it until Lorne said yes a few years later, and then it was too late.

Some of these younger black guys just want me to see their act. Some come to me for advice. Hannibal Buress called the other day. They want to know about agents and managers and the business; this kind of deal and that kind of deal; dealing with the media and dealing with family; money crap and where they should live. It's big brother shit, and they ask because there aren't that many black people to turn to. Who do you hire? Where's the big black PR agency? Where are the big black agents? Where's the big black film producer? That's why I've been all over Steve McQueen. I put a microchip in Steve's pocket and track him like an Uber driver. Steve thinks we keep bumping into each other by accident. "Hey, Steve, my man!" I don't care if I have to play a whip, I'm going to be in a Steve McQueen movie. But I digress.

It's a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is. And the black people they do hire tend to be the same person. That person tends to be female and that person tends to be Ivy League. And there's nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, that's what I want for my daughters. But something tells me that the life my privileged daughters are leading right now might not make them the best candidates to run the black division of anything. And the person who runs the black division of a studio should probably have worked with black people at some point in their life. Clint Culpepper [a white studio chief who specializes in black movies] does a good job at Screen Gems because he's the kind of guy who would actually go see Best Man Holiday. But how many black men have you met working in Hollywood? They don't really hire black men. A black man with bass in his voice and maybe a little hint of facial hair? Not going to happen. It is what it is. I'm a guy who's accepted it all.

We cut it out in Top Five, but there had been a scene where Kevin Hart, who plays my character's agent, is in his office talking to me, and he finds out that "Zoolander" (Ben Stiller) is down the hall and he's mad because none of the agents called him. He's the only black agent at the agency, and there was a line in the movie like, "I'm the only black agent here. They never invite me to anything, and these people are liberals. This isn't the Klan."

But forget whether Hollywood is black enough. A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You're in L.A, you've got to try not to hire Mexicans. It's the most liberal town in the world, and there's a part of it that's kind of racist — not racist like "F— you, nigger" racist, but just an acceptance that there's a slave state in L.A. There's this acceptance that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn't exist anywhere else. I remember I was renting a house in Beverly Park while doing some movie, and you just see all of the Mexican people at 8 o'clock in the morning in a line driving into Beverly Park like it's General Motors. It's this weird town.

You're telling me no Mexicans are qualified to do anything at a studio? Really? Nothing but mop up? What are the odds that that's true? The odds are, because people are people, that there's probably a Mexican David Geffen mopping up for somebody's company right now. The odds are that there's probably a Mexican who's that smart who's never going to be given a shot. And it's not about being given a shot to greenlight a movie because nobody is going to give you that — you've got to take that. The shot is that a Mexican guy or a black guy is qualified to go and give his opinion about how loud the boings are in Dodgeball or whether it's the right shit sound you hear when Jeff Daniels is on the toilet in Dumb and Dumber. It's like, "We only let white people do that." This is a system where only white people can chime in on that. There would be a little naivete to sitting around and going, "Oh, no black person has ever greenlighted a movie," but those other jobs? You're kidding me, right? They don't even require education. When you're on the lower levels, they're just about taste, nothing else. And you don't have to go to Harvard to have taste.

Fifteen years ago, I tried to create an equivalent to The Harvard Lampoon at Howard University, to give young black comedy writers the same opportunity that white comedy writers have. I wish we could've made it work. The reason it worked at Harvard and not at Howard is that the kids at Howard need money. It's that simple. Kids at Harvard come from money — even the broke ones come from money. They can afford to work at a newspaper and make no money. The kids at Howard are like, "Dude, I love comedy, but I've got a f—ing tuition that I've got to pay for here." But that was 15 years ago; it might be easier to do it now because of the Internet. I don't know.

I really don't think there's any difference between what black audiences find funny and what white audiences find funny, but everyone likes to see themselves onscreen, so there are some instances where there's a black audience laughing at something that a white audience wouldn't laugh at because a black audience is really just happy to see itself. Things that would be problems in a world where there were a lot of black movies get overlooked. The same thing happened with those Sex and the City movies. You don't really see that level of female movie that much, so women were like, "We're only going to get this every whatever, so f— you, f— the reviews, we're going, we like it."

And you should at least be able to count on your people, and then it grows from there. If someone's people don't love them, that's a problem. No one crosses over without a base. But if we're going to just be honest and count dollars and seats and not look at skin color, Kevin Hart is the biggest comedian in the world. If Kevin Hart is playing 40,000 seats in a night and Jon Stewart is playing 3,000, the fact that Jon Stewart's 3,000 are white means Kevin has to cross over? That makes no sense. If anybody needs to cross over, it's the guy who's selling 3,000 seats.

But here's one thing I've noticed in the last five to seven years, and I didn't think I'd live to see this day. There used to be black film and Eddie Murphy, and the two had nothing to do with each other. Literally nothing. And in the world of black film, everything was judged on a relative basis — almost the same curve that indie films get judged on. It was, "Hey, House Party made a lot of money relative to its budget," or "Oh, we only paid $7 million for New Jack City and it made $50 million." Now, not only are black movies making money, they're expected to make money — and they're expected to make money on the same scale as everything else.

I think they've been better in the last few years, too — a little more daring, a little funnier. But look, most movies suck. Absolutely suck. They just do. Most TV shows suck. Most books suck. If most things were good, I'd make $15 an hour. I don't live the way I live because most things are even remotely good. But when you have a system where you probably only see three movies with African-American leads in them a year, they're going to be judged more harshly, and you're really rooting for them to be good a little more so than the 140 movies starring white people every year.

The best ones are made outside of the studio system because they're not made with that many white people — maybe one or two, but not a whole system of white people. I couldn't have made Top Five at a studio. First of all, no one's going to make a movie with a premise so little and artsy: a star putting out a movie and getting interviewed by a woman from The New York Times. I would have had to have three two-hour meetings explaining that black people also read The New York Times. A studio would've made it like Malibu's Most Wanted. And never in a million years would they have allowed a scene where the rich guy comes back to the projects and actually gets along with everybody. No way. In most black movies — and in most black TV shows and even in most black plays — anyone with money or an education is evil, even movies made by black directors. They have to be saved by the poor people. This goes back to Good Times and What's Happening!!

Now, when it comes to casting, Hollywood pretty much decides to cast a black guy or they don't. We're never on the "short list." We're never "in the mix." When there's a hot part in town and the guys are reading for it, that's just what happens. It was never like, "Is it going to be Ryan Gosling or Chiwetel Ejiofor for Fifty Shades of Grey?" And you know, black people f—, too. White women actually want to f— black guys, sometimes more than white guys. More women want to f— Tyrese than Jamie Dornan, and it's not even close. It's not a contest. Even Jamie would go, "OK, you got it."

Or how about True Detective? I never heard anyone go, "Is it going to be Amy Adams or Gabrielle Union?" for that show. I didn't hear one black girl's name on those lists. Not one. Literally everyone in town was up for that part, unless you were black. And I haven't read the script, but something tells me if Gabrielle Union were Colin Farrell's wife, it wouldn't change a thing. And there are almost no black women in film. You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They'll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here's a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I'm not sure there are. I don't remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That's the truth.

But there's been progress. When I was on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, we did a sketch where I was Sasheer Zamata's dad and she had an Internet show. Twenty years ago when I was on Saturday Night Live, anything with black people on the show had to deal with race, and that sketch we did didn't have anything to do with race. That was the beauty: The sketch is funny because it's funny, and that's the progress. And there are black guys who are making it: Whatever Kevin Hart wants to do right now, he can do; I think Chiwetel is a really respected actor who is getting a lot of great shots just because he's really good; if Steve McQueen wants to direct a Marvel movie, they would salivate to get him. Change just takes time. The Triborough Bridge has been the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge for almost 20 years now, but we still call it the Triborough Bridge. That's how long it takes shit to change. We're not going to be calling it the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge for another 10, 15 years. People will have to die for it actually to be the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

I don't think the world expected things to change overnight because Obama got elected president. Of course it's changed, though, it's just changed with kids. And when you're a kid, you're not thinking of any of this shit. Black kids watch The Lord of the Rings and they want to be the Lord of the Rings. I remember when they were doing Starsky & Hutch, and my manager was like, "We might be able to get you the part of Huggy Bear," which eventually went to Snoop Dogg. I was like: "Do you understand that when my brother and I watched Starsky & Hutch growing up, I would play Starsky and he would play Hutch? I don't want to play f—ing Huggy Bear. This is not a historical drama. This is not Thomas Jefferson. It's a movie based on a shitty TV show, it can be anybody. Who cares. If they want me to play Starsky or Hutch, or even the bad guy, I'm down. But Huggy Bear?"

I wouldn't be here if I thought I couldn't play those parts. I never limited myself. And that's the beauty of Obama. It might be a generational thing, because the difference between Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson was that Jesse Jackson never actually ran for president. He ran to disrupt the presidency. If he actually ran for president, he probably could have been president. Jesse Jackson won a bunch of primaries in Southern states, but not for five seconds did he think he could be president, whereas Obama was like, "Yeah, I could be president," and nobody stopped him. Literally, nobody stopped him. - Hollywood Reporter.

AFRICAN WEALTH: The World's Richest Black Woman - Nigeria's Billionaire Folorunsho Alakija Unseats Oprah On Richest List!

Nigerian billionaire Folorunsho Alakija has reportedly edged past Oprah Winfrey as the world's richest black woman.

December 29, 2014 - NIGERIA
- Despite falling oil prices, Nigerian Billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija has edged past Oprah Winfery as world's richest Black Woman, with a fortune of $7.3bn. On the other hand, Oprah Winfrey is worth $2.9billion, according to Forbes.

According to Ventures Africa magazine's Rich List, Alakija generated her wealth from oil and gas.

"It is widely believed that Alakija's friendship with Maryam Babangida, the late wife of former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, played a huge role in her relatively inexpensive acquisition of the oil block back in 1993," the magazine noted.

United Kingdom-based Business Consultant, Philip Obi cautions that Alakija's stand is shaky because oil is fast losing value in the face of falling oil prices. "Except she decides to diversify, 90% wealth in oil look unsteady considering the alternative energy potential," Obi said.

"The world is going digital. Very soon, wealth will no longer be what we use to know; look at Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. That is where the world is going into- Digital world. The people who will continue to rule will be those in communications, food and health, social media, finance. These pillars are going to be critical to run the world. People are becoming multi- millionaire by just building smile apps."

For his part, National President of Independent Shareholders Association (ISAN), Sunny Nwosu said that her ranking as world's richest black woman is understandable because she has one of the biggest oil wells in the country that is managed on her behalf by a leading multinational oil corporation.

"Her oil well is one of the investments the military government bequeathed to people like her," Nwosu said.

According to Ventures Africa, Africa boasts 55 billionaires and they're worth a staggering $143.88 billion in total.

Alakija started her career as a secretary in a bank in the mid 1970s, Alakija, 62, then studied fashion in London and returned to Nigeria to start a label, Supreme Stitches. But her biggest break came in oil. In 1993, her company, Famfa Oil, was awarded an oil prospecting license, which later became OML 127, one of Nigeria's most prolific oil blocks

The company owns a 60 per cent stake in the block, valued at around $7.3 billion, said Ventures Africa. - Leadership Nigeria.

EUROPEAN RACISM: "How Long Will They Kill Our Sons And Daughters, While We Stand Aside And Look" - Akai Gurley Protest Draws Hundreds In Brooklyn; Unarmed Black Man Was Shot And Killed By Rookie NYPD Officer; Law Enforcement Officials Termed It "An Apparent Accident"?!

December 29, 2014 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- About 200 people gathered Saturday at the Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, for a march to protest the death of Akai Gurley, who was shot and killed inside the housing project by an NYPD officer in November. The march was organized by and other groups.

Christine Yvette-Lewis, 46, is an organizer for Domestic Workers United who said she came to the protest to remind people of Gurley's untimely death. "The struggle for human rights and justice brought me here," Yvette-Lewis said. "I'm here to represent the masses of women who take care of children, and the children who were lost."

She said the rally was not meant to offend police officers who attended today's funeral of murdered NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, but to express that all lives matter. Ramos and his partner were ambushed and killed Dec. 20 in Brooklyn.

"Who mourned for Eric Garner when his life was snuffed out of his body?" she said. "Who mourned for Michael Brown? Who mourns for Akai? The city was business as usual. All lives matter. The policemen's lives matter, but so does Akai's."

Christine Yvette-Lewis protests the killing of Akai Gurley in Brooklyn on Saturday.

NYPD rookie Peter Liang was conducting a "vertical patrol" -- a sweep of often-dark staircases -- inside the Pink Houses on Nov. 20, when he accidentally discharged his weapon, he said, after being startled by Gurley, who happened to be entering the stairwell below with his girlfriend. The gunfire killed Gurley, who was 28.

Karen Blondel, an engineer technician participating in the march, said she was there to represent Gurley.

"I feel terrible that he was killed for no reason in a stairwell,” Blondel said.

During the march, Blondel approached a group police officers and asked that the “good cops” set an example for the “bad cops.”

Akai Gurley's 2-year-old daughter, Akaila.

“Show them how they should be responding,” Blondel said while holding a sign that read, “Racism Is A Deadly Force." “I know there are good cops out there. I’m asking [good police officers] to step forward."

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the shooting was "an unfortunate accident," and called Gurley "a total innocent."

The New York Daily News reported that in the minutes after the shooting, Liang texted his union representative before contacting his partner or calling for medical assistance.

Kenneth P. Thompson, Brooklyn's district attorney, announced in early December that he would impanel a grand jury to investigate the case. - Huffington Post.

AFRICA RISING: Africa For Optimists - 2014 In Review!

Africa is the future

December 29, 2014 - AFRICA
- This was the year that Nigeria finally lived up to its potential and became the largest economy in Africa – and by quite some distance too. As of April this year, Nigeria’s GDP was worth $510bn, an astonishing 89% increase on the year before. In contrast, South Africa, last year’s number one, trails far behind at just $370bn.

It’s not that the Nigerian economy fundamentally changed overnight. It’s just that, for the first time in two decades, the country’s statisticians calculated its size correctly (or, at least, more correctly – the trouble with African statistics is that even the best of them are unreliable). By failing to rebase the GDP calculation since 1990 – ie failing to update the basket of goods and costs from which it is extrapolated – the country had worked with a grossly distorted picture of its economy for far too long.

That’s not to say the new figure, larger though it may be, is proof that the economy is healthy. It is far too reliant on oil, and taking a pummelling from the drop in global oil prices.

Still, it’s progress. Now the Nigerian government and investors know what they are dealing with. The new figure does cement Nigeria’s reputation as the most attractive investment destination on the continent, and also gives it a huge diplomatic advantage: as Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria can make a compelling argument for continental leadership positions such as membership of Brics (five major emerging national economies) and a permanent seat on the UN security council, should UN reform ever happen.

Burkina Faso Dispatches A Dictator

Over the course of a couple of days in late October an awe-inspiring display of people power in Burkina Faso forced President Blaise Compaoré to scuttle into exile, his tail firmly between his legs. It was a humiliating exit for the man who had ruled Burkina Faso since 1987, and was angling for even more time in the presidential palace.

It was this manoeuvering – Compaoré wanted to change the constitution to allow himself to run for yet another term – that proved to be the final straw. Spontaneous protests erupted on the streets of Ouagadougou, and, crucially, the army rallied on the people’s side.

In a continent where dictators and presidents-for-life are all too common, with devastating consequences for the countries they rule, this was a magnificent example that power is not immutable and people can be in control of their own destinies.

The big question, though, is what happens next. It’s a question that Egypt and Libya – who went through a similar political upheaval – are largely failing to answer.

At the moment, there’s an interim government in place that is largely dominated by military men. They are promising a democratic transition. It remains to be seen, however, if they can be trusted.

Southern African Elections

It was a busy, busy year for election monitors from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) with no less than six presidential polls in the region.

Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa all chose heads of state. Remarkably, all these elections were free, fair, and almost entirely peaceful.

Southern Africa is getting the hang of this democracy thing.

This record is even more impressive given that some of these elections were seriously contentious, with potential to go wrong. Malawi, for instance, was voting for the first time since the death of Bingu wa Mutharika, pitting incumbent Joyce Banda against Mutharika’s brother Peter; while by voting day Mozambique had only just concluded a peace deal with Renamo, the opposition movement which had threatened to reignite the country’s civil war.

Interestingly, at least four of these six countries returned the incumbent president or party into office – Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. It’s notable that all those countries have only ever had one party in power since their respective independences, suggesting that electorates put a large premium on stability over change. Not necessarily a bad thing: as this successful round of elections confirms, southern Africa is the continent’s most stable region.

The Ebola Containment Operation

By the time the continent and the world finally took notice of Doctors Without Borders’ increasingly frantic appeals to deal with the Ebola situation, it was too late to prevent the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Those three countries have been devastated by the disease.

But, remarkably, Ebola has not spread further in west Africa. This was a real danger. With the region’s porous borders, poor health systems and dense populations, all the conditions for a region-wide epidemic were present. That it didn’t happen reflects very well on the various governments and international organisations involved.

It was a close thing. Perhaps the biggest scare came in Lagos, Africa’s largest city, when a man infected with Ebola arrived at the airport from Liberia. He died a few days later, but infected several others before he did so. The Nigerian government reacted swiftly: they traced and quarantined anyone the man had come into contact with, and launched a nation-wide publicity blitz urging people to avoid physical contact. It worked.

The virus was contained.

The danger isn’t over yet. Mali is currently battling a small outbreak in the capital Bamako, just weeks after declaring the country Ebola-free. The early signs suggest though that West African governments have learnt from the failures in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and are taking rapid and effective action.

It’s The Economy, Stupid

While it’s easy to get lost in the gory details of viruses and civil wars, it’s also important to remember the big picture, especially when it comes to Africa’s very encouraging economic prospects.

According to Forbes, Africa will have experienced economic growth of around 6% in 2014, which is slightly higher than last year. The continent as a whole is also home to seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies, and has a collective GDP in excess of $2,000bn.

Real income, meanwhile, has risen by more than 30% over the last ten years. This means more and more people escaping poverty. It is no coincidence that this economic progress has been coupled with serious improvements in health issues (Ebola excepting). Malaria is a particularly striking example: since 2000, the number of deaths from malaria in Africa has declined by 54%, saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the process.

The numbers don’t lie: this is a continent that’s only moving in one direction, and it’s a very positive one. - African Globe.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

PROFESSOR GRIFF & ZAZA ALI: Current Events And How They Impact The Black Community - Assata Shakur, U.S.-Cuba Relations, Police Shootings, Sony Hacks, And Much More!


December 27, 2014 - UNITED STATES
- Professor Griff and Sister Zaza Ali of NMEMINDZ Radio joins Brother Rich of the Underground Railroad Radio to discuss a wide range of topics including recent events such as the United States' changing relationship with Cuba, Assata Shakur, Police Shootings, Sony Hacks, and much more.

WATCH: Griff & Ali - Current Events and the Black Community.

Friday, December 26, 2014

BLACK RADIO: Lester Loving - Magnets, Crystals, Pyramids And Christmas; How To Use Them To Transform Your Life And The World!

December 26, 2014 - METAPHYSICS
- Today, Lester Loving and Brother Ankh are are presenting a Christ-mass, Crystal-mass show.

The planetary meaning of Christmas, the meaning of the word Chistmas, and how it relates to crystals. A basic introduction to the use of crystals and how to feel, amplify, and direct crystal healing rays.

Today's show will be open lines for questions and answers. Included will be the opportunity for the listening audience to participate in collective meditation and healing focus.

Crystal of the week is CLEAR QUARTZ. The various types of clear quartz, the history, the various uses.

Meditation music will be included for crystal healing focus. The listening audience is encouraged to participate in projecting healing rays for individuals and planetary healing.

LISTEN: Lester Loving on KTL Radio - Crystals and Christmas.

Magnets, Crystals & Pyramids.

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