Saturday, February 28, 2015

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE: Move Over Quinoa - Ethiopia's Teff Poised To Be The Next Big Super Grain!



February 28, 2015 - ETHIOPIA
- At Addis Ababa airport, visitors are greeted by pictures of golden grains, minute ochre-red seeds and a group of men gathered around a giant pancake. Billboards boast: "Teff: the ultimate gluten-free crop!"

Ethiopia
is one of the world's poorest countries, well-known for its precarious food security situation. But it is also the native home of teff, a highly nutritious ancient grain increasingly finding its way into health-food shops and supermarkets in Europe and America.

Teff's tiny seeds – the size of poppy seeds – are high in calcium, iron and protein, and boast an impressive set of amino acids. Naturally gluten-free, the grain can substitute for wheat flour in anything from bread and pasta to waffles and pizza bases. Like quinoa, the Andean grain, teff's superb nutritional profile offers the promise of new and lucrative markets in the west.


Mounds of teff dry in fields in Ethiopia. The gluten-free grain is used to make flour for injera, the national dish.
Photograph: Julio Etchart/Alamy Julio Etchart /Alamy

In Ethiopia, teff is a national obsession. Grown by an estimated 6.3 million farmers, fields of the crop cover more than 20% of all land under cultivation. Ground into flour and used to make injera, the spongy fermented flatbread that is basic to Ethiopian cuisine, the grain is central to many religious and cultural ceremonies. Across the country, and in neighbouring Eritrea, diners gather around large pieces of injera, which doubles as cutlery, scooping up stews and feeding one another as a sign of loyalty or friendship – a tradition known as gursha.

Outside diaspora communities in the west, teff has flown under the radar for decades. But growing appetite for traditional crops and booming health-food and gluten-free markets are breathing new life into the grain, increasingly touted as Ethiopia's "second gift to the world", after coffee.

Sophie Kebede, a London-based entrepreneur who, with her husband, owns Tobia Teff, a UK company specialising in the grain, says she was "flabbergasted" when she discovered its nutritional value. "I didn't know it was so sought after … I am of Ethiopian origin; I've been eating injera all my life."

The gluten-free market is the backbone of Kebede's business. Today, Planet Organic shops in London stock 1kg bags of Tobia Teff flour (£7 each), while 300g packets of its teff breakfast cereal sit alongside milled flaxseed and organic, sugar-free Swiss muesli, and cost £5.44 The company also sells readymade, gluten-free teff bread with raisin, onion, sunflower and other varieties. (Teff is available at other UK stockists).

As western consumers acquire a taste for teff, how to ensure that Ethiopia and its farmers benefit from new global markets is a critical question. Growing demand for so-called ancient grains has not always been a straightforward win for poor communities. In Bolivia and Peru, reports of rising incomes owing to the now-global quinoa trade have come alongside those of malnutrition and conflicts over land as farmers sell their entire crop to meet western demand.


The tiny seeds are rich in nutrients. Photograph: Elissa Jobson

Ethiopia's growing middle class is also pushing up demand for teff, and rising domestic prices over the past decade have put the grain out of reach of the poorest. Today, most small farmers sell the bulk of what they grow to consumers in the city.

This may have helped boost incomes in some rural areas but it has had nutritional consequences, says the government, as teff is the most nutritionally valuable grain in the country. Estimates suggest that while those in urban areas eat up to 61kg of teff a year, in rural areas, the figure is 20kg. The type consumed differs too: the wealthy almost exclusively eat the more expensive magna and white teff varieties; less well-off consumers tend to eat less-valuable red and mixed teff, and more than half combine it with cheaper cereals such as sorghum and maize.

The Ethiopian government wants to double teff production by 2015. Its strategy, published in 2013, argues that the grain could play an important role in school meals and emergency aid programmes, and help reduce malnutrition – particularly among children and adolescents.

It notes that teff is also gluten-free, so it is well suited to address growing global gluten-free demand, and calls on companies to start testing, promoting and mass manufacturing teff-based products such as cakes and biscuits.

Though Ethiopia has a fast-growing economy, it remains on the UN's list of least-developed countries. An estimated 20% of under-fives are malnourished or suffer stunted growth, and the UN's World Food Programme estimates the costs of chronic malnutrition could be worth 16.5% of GDP.

The government's agricultural transformation agency aims to boost yields by developing improved varieties of the grain, along with new planting techniques and tools to reduce post-harvest losses.

The Syngenta Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Swiss seeds and pesticides company, has also joined the quest for increased teff production.


The Mama Fresh factory in Addis Ababa. The family firm has set its sights on the gluten-free market in the west. Photograph: Elissa Jobson

Government restrictions, instituted in 2006, forbid the export of raw teff grain, only allowing shipments of injera and other processed products. But this could change: the goal is to produce enough teff for domestic consumption and a strong export market, according to the government's strategy.

In Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, dozens of women painstakingly sift and mill teff at the factories of Mama Fresh Injera, one of the few domestic companies that exports teff products.
Mama Fresh is a family firm that has been selling injera to top restaurants and hotels in the Ethiopian capital for years. It also ships the flatbread to Finland, Germany, Sweden and the US, primarily for consumption by diaspora communities. But the company has its eye on the gluten-free market. It aims to double exports to America in 2014, and will soon start producing teff-based pizzas, bread and cookies.

David Hallam, trade and markets director at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, says while there is money to be made from new global markets for traditional crops, governments have to support small-scale producers to ensure they share the benefits of increased trade.

"Typically, these products are going to go through many hands before they reach the shelves of Sainsbury's or wherever. There are [profit] margins at every step, and small farmers are not necessarily well placed to bargain with the bigger traders," says Hallam, who sees quinoa's popularity as a cautionary tale of how export opportunities can be a mixed blessing for poor countries.

Regassa Feyissa, an Ethiopian agricultural scientist and former head of the national Institute for Biodiversity, warns that without careful planning, increased teff production for export may displace other important crops for farmers. And efforts to boost production could benefit business interests at the expense of small farmers.

With little Ethiopian teff on the international market, farmers in the US have started planting the crop. Farmers in Europe, Israel and Australia have also experimented with it.

Kebede says she gets her grain from farms in southern Europe, though she would prefer to source it from Ethiopia. "Teff is second nature to an Ethiopian; so who better to supply it? We have this sought after grain being grown in the country, so why can't an Ethiopian farmer benefit from this?" - The Guardian.




THE AGE OF OBAMA & RACE RELATIONS: "They're Murdering Us On The Streets And In The Boardrooms" - Legendary Black Media Executive Byron Allen Goes To War With President Obama And Top Media Interests For The Future Of Black Media; Claims That They Are Using Al Sharpton To "Control The Negroes"!



February 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Legendary TV talk show host Byron Allen is taking on Al Sharpton, President Obama, and the most powerful media corporations in the world in a battle to spotlight the crisis at the heart of American race relations. It’s a daunting mission. But for some reason he doesn’t sound scared.

Allen told The Daily Caller that top media interests are actively freezing out and in some cases destroying black-owned media companies — and they’re paying Reverend-turned-MSNBC host Al Sharpton to give them racial cover to do it.

As for Washington politicians like Obama? According to Allen, they’re bought out by the very same interests, and they’re playing a part.

Allen, 53, is the chairman and CEO of the production company Entertainment Studios, which joined with the National Association of African-American Owned Media to file a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit this week against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, the Urban League, and former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker. Allen and his fellow plaintiff also filed a $10 billion suit against AT&T and DirectTV.

“It’s cheaper to give Al Sharpton money than it is to do business with real African-American owned media,” Allen told TheDC. “What Comcast does is they give Al Sharpton money so he doesn’t call them racist. That is the issue here.”

WATCH: Byron Allen goes to war for future of black media.


It’s an issue that Allen, the cool longtime host of shows like “Real People” and “Entertainers,” talks about with off-the-air passion.

Comcast’s more than $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is waiting on approval at the FCC, with a decision expected soon. If approved, the merger would make Comcast the most powerful media corporation in the world. But as Allen, who owns seven upstart cable networks, points out: Comcast pays out $11 billion in licensing fees to networks that it carries on its platform. How much of that money goes to 100 percent African-American owned media companies? $3 million. A fraction of one percent.

Sharpton’s curious takeover of the 6 pm timeslot on Comcast-owned MSNBC in late 2010 was predicated on the Reverend signing off on Comcast’s last merger: its historic acquisition of NBCUniversal, which the FCC and Department of Justice approved in January 2011 after a tough regulatory fight from California Rep. Maxine Waters on racial discrimination grounds. Comcast lavished donations upon Sharpton’s National Action Network and other civil rights groups to get them to sign off on the deal, according to Allen’s suit.

“Why is Sharpton on TV every night on MSNBC? Because he endorsed Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal. He signed the memorandum of understanding back in 2010. He endorsed the merger. Next thing you know we’re watching him on television trying to form a sentence. Every night we have the privilege of watching adult illiteracy.”

“Al Sharpton is nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game,” Allen continued. “He’s not even bright enough to know he’s on the chess board and he’s being used by his white masters at Comcast, specifically [executive vice president] David Cohen and [chairman and CEO] Brian Roberts.”

AT&T, which is looking to acquire DirectTV for $67 billion including assumption of debt, also pays off Sharpton for racial cover, Allen said.

“I find it outstanding that AT&T is the biggest sponsor of Sharpton’s 60th birthday party,” Allen said. “AT&T spent more money on Al Sharpton’s birthday party than they have on 100 percent African-American owned media combined. [Sharpton] should return the money because AT&T doesn’t even celebrate Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday. The employees there take it as a sick day.”

“Reverend Jesse Jackson, you were on the balcony when Martin Luther King was assassinated. Why are you taking money from AT&T? Why is Al Sharpton getting more money from AT&T than Ebony Magazine, which has been around for 70 years?”

“[Corporations] trick people like, ‘I got the diversity award.’ Well, diversity is defined as women and white women.”

“My wife happens to be white and I ask her who is the white guy who speaks for all white people? You can’t even think that. That idea is racist. That’s wrong. So why do I have some black guy who speaks for me? Why is he cutting deals that somehow I don’t benefit from but somehow he’s on television every night?”

Sharpton’s power, including his informal adviser role at the White House, is just part of the game.

“I think that Obama uses him to control the Negroes,” Allen said of Sharpton.

“DC has been taking payoffs. Comcast owns every politician in that town including President Obama,” Allen said, noting Comcast executives’ fundraising for the president. “Obama has been bought and paid for.”

“President Obama, you control a couple billion dollars in advertising. What have you done to make sure African-American owned media is participating in government advertising? We got more respect from President Clinton.”

“Shame on you, President Obama,” Allen said. “I think African-Americans would have done much better with a white president. They are murdering us on the street and murdering us in the boardrooms.”

But maybe, Byron Allen just might be able to tell enough truth to change things.

“No one’s ever called them out and said it’s time to be accountable,” Allen said of the defendants in the case, stressing the need to fight for black ownership of media, so that black people can control their own image in the world.

“If we don’t have an economic divide, you don’t have the race issues you see today.”

Sharpton, for his part, told The Hollywood Reporter that he “welcomes the opportunity to answer the frivolous allegations.”

“We do not generally comment on pending litigation, but this complaint represents nothing more than a string of inflammatory, inaccurate, and unsupported allegations,” said Comcast. - Daily Caller.


















BLACK RADIO: KTL Radio Presents Dr. Frances Cress Welsing - The White Supremacy Paradigm And The System Of Racism



February 28, 2015 - BLACK RADIO
- Join Know The Ledge Radio as we welcome the Mighty Matriarch for the first time, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing!

As a renowned psychiatrist specializing in the root cause of extreme racism against the African people of the world, Cress postulates in the "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation" that white supremacy is due in fact to the numerical inadequacy and genetic deficiency of the Caucasian race. For over 50 years Dr. Welsing has contributed to the justice of melanated individuals authoring The Isis Papers; The Keys To The Colors.

In her initial appearance with us she will prepare us for her powerful lecture for the Sunposium series at Ta-Merry Temple with a presentation entitled The System of Racism (White Supremacy) And A Scientific Black Agenda. In this groundbreaking discussion she will explore the movements necessary for Africans to embrace the innate genetic superiority we possess thus removing the restraints and dependence of the current structure.

The age old tradition continues, as the elder brings forth the word. May you see the value in this divine opportunity and be ready to receive.


LISTEN: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing - The System Of Racism!




- KTL Radio.






MFUNDISHI JHUTYMS: Mdr Ntr - Understanding The Black Gods Of Kemet And How To Use The Forces Of Nature!



February 28, 2015 - EGYPT
- In the following video presentation, Baba Mfundishi speaks on the ancient practices of Kemet and how our ancestors used the forces of nature to succeed.



WATCH: Mfundishi - "The Ancient Black Gods of Kemet".





EUROPEAN RACISM: Police State AmeriKKKa - Black Men In United States Prisons Could Fill The Prisons Of EIGHT COUNTRIES COMBINED!



February 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES
-  When President Barack Obama said that “more young Black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities in America,” at the NAACP Democratic Candidate Forum several years ago, that information moved many listeners emotionally. Studies have since debunked that statistic, but this in no way means that the number of Black men who are incarcerated is not staggering.

According to U. S. Census estimates, there are around 18,508,926 Black males in the United States. According to The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Prisoner Statistics Program in 2013, out of that population—which includes both children and elderly males—an astonishing 745,000 are incarcerated, either in federal or local jails.

But even more astonishing is how the United States ranks against other nations. India, for example, boasts a population of 1.2 billion people—around four times that of the United States—and has only about 380,000 inmates in all its jails. To take it further, there are more Black men incarcerated in the United States today than the total prison populations of India, Argentina, Canada, Israel Lebanon, Finland, Germany, France and England combined.

Political motivations may have a hand in this, according to Nicole Porter’s article, “Politics of Black Lives Matter.”

Between 1965 and 1990, a period during which overall and violent crime rates tripled in Germany, Finland, and the United States, German politicians chose to hold the imprisonment rate flat, Finnish politicians chose to substantially reduce theirs, and American politicians generally enacted policies that sent more people to prison, along with lengthened prison terms.

These incarnation rates are also grossly out of proportion to the ratio of incarcerated women in America. While there is a total of almost 161,000,000 women in America of all races, the entire women’s prison population is only around 200,000, according to the Sentencing Project. To put that in starker perspective, while Black men are only about a tenth the size of the entire American female population, they are nearly 4 times more likely to be incarcerated.

Although President Obama’s original assertion about Black men in prison may be outdated, it does not change the overarching epidemic of black male incarceration in America. While 1.4 million Black men attend colleges, 745,000 are locked up (and many more on probation or parole). That ratio needs to change, or in the words of President Obama, “We have more work to do…” - YBW.

WATCH: America becoming more of a security state – civil rights advocate.






BLACK RADIO: Brother Abdur - Magnets, Crystals, Pyramids And The Healing Benefits Of Copper!



February 28, 2015 - BLACK RADIO
- This is a very informative show. Healing benefits of wearing copper jewelry.

The documented research and historic legacy of the body's essential need for trace amounts of copper, from the drinking of water from copper cups and pitchers, wearing copper bracelets, earrings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, waist beads, copper pyramids, copper orgone energy, copper pipes, copper plates, and the use of copper pennies.

Bro. Abdur is a copper craftsmen of fine copper jewelry. He combines his eye for art and his honed skill of intuitive designer blends of unique wearable art. 

LISTEN: Bro. Abdur - Benefits of Copper.



- Magnets, Crystals and Pyramids.



MARKETPLACE AFRICA: Tanzanians Set For Africa's First Universal Mobile Money Service!



February 28, 2015 - TANZANIA
-  Customers in Tanzania’s Tigo Pesa are set to be the first in Africa to enjoy universal mobile services.

Tigo, a subsidiary of Millicom an international telecommunications and media company, announced that it had reached an agreement with Vodacom’s M-Pesa service.

“With Tigo Pesa customers will now have Africa’s first universal mobile money exchange system. They will be able to safely and securely transact with millions more people across the country,” Millicom’s Executive Vice President for Africa, Arthur Bastings said in a statement.

“It’s another first for Tigo Pesa and Tanzania. Following the success of the service with Airtel and Zantel, we hope many more Tanzanians will choose mobile money so that everyone benefits and we can extend financial inclusion even further. We also intend to pioneer similar agreements with networks elsewhere.”

Last year, the telecom firm launched the world's first mobile money service with automatic returns for its customers to benefit from quarterly payments grounded on the balance held in their accounts.

“We launched Tigo Wekeza which basically is the first ever mobile money service that pays a return on customers’ balances. So basically people will see returns on the amounts of money they hold in their mobile wallet and they earn this returns on a quarterly basis at a competitive interest rate of about 7 to 9 per cent,” Diego Gutierrez, head of Tigo Tanzania told CNBC Africa in a previous year.

In August, the telecom together with Tanzania’s Bharti Airtel launched the world’s first cross-network money transfer service permitting customers to send money to users irrespective of which network they are registered on. - CNBC Africa.



THE AGE OF OBAMA & RACE RELATIONS: "It's Too Hard To Bring Civil Rights Cases" - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's Parting Shots; Blames Race For Criticisms; Urges Young People To Read Malcolm X!



February 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Attorney General Eric Holder plans to push, during his final weeks in office, a new standard of proof for civil-rights offenses, saying in an exit interview with POLITICO that such a change would make the federal government “a better backstop” against discrimination in cases like Ferguson and Trayvon Martin.

In a lengthy discussion ranging from his own exposure to the civil rights movement of the ’60s to today’s controversies surrounding the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Holder also acknowledged that he felt some of his own struggles with Republicans in Congress during his six years in office were driven partly by race.

“There have been times when I thought that’s at least a piece of it,” Holder said, adding that “I think that the primary motivator has probably been political in nature … [but] you can’t let it deflect you from … your eyes on the prize.”


WATCH:  Eric Holder on civil rights, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson.



Holder told POLITICO that between now and his departure, probably in early March when the Senate is expected to confirm Loretta Lynch as his successor, he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil rights crimes. Such a change would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in the case of a future Ferguson or Trayvon Martin.

“I think some serious consideration needs to be given to the standard of proof that has to be met before federal involvement is appropriate, and that’s something that I am going to be talking about before I leave office,” Holder, 64, said.

The attorney general’s comments appeared to be aimed partly at preparing the country for the possibility that no federal charges would be brought in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last summer. Holder said the inquiry would be completed when he left office, expected around the second week of March.

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that the Martin investigation had been closed, with “insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges” against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator who shot the unarmed black teenager to death back in 2012.

Asked if the bar for federal involvement in the civil rights offenses is too high for federal prosecutors to make cases in shootings like those of Martin and Brown, Holder suggested it was.

“I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop — make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested,” he said. “I think that if we make those adjustments, we will have that capacity.”

Lawyers in the Justice Department are looking into various possible reforms of civil rights law. Depending on their determination, it’s possible that Holder will simply argue about the need for a lower standard of proof rather than propose a specific legislative remedy. Possible changes include toughening hate-crimes laws, which were under consideration in the Martin case, and establishing a broader standard for what constitutes a “deprivation of rights under color of law,” the provision that could apply to the police shooting in Ferguson.

Nonetheless, Holder suggested that young African-Americans who are frustrated about the lack of federal prosecution in the Martin case should take heart in the overall record of the Justice Department under his leadership.

“We have done independent, thorough investigations in all of the matters that we have examined, and we have brought record numbers of cases against police departments around this country,” he said. “I don’t think anybody would be able to look at this Justice Department over the last six years and say that we’ve been anything other than aggressive in trying to root out inappropriate police conduct while, at the same time, trying to establish — or reestablish — bonds of trust between communities of color and people in law enforcement.”

Throughout much his tenure, Holder has been a frequent target of criticism by Republicans in Congress, leading to some pointed confrontations. He was voted in contempt of Congress by House Republicans in 2012, and has sometimes felt disrespected during Capitol Hill appearances. He refused to dismiss the notion that some of the hostility was related to his race, but acknowledged that “it’s hard to say — you know, hard to look into people’s minds, you know, their hearts.”

But when he was asked what book he would recommend to a young person coming to Washington, like his 32-year-old aide Kevin Lewis, who started at the White House at age 26, Holder made a revealing choice: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”


WATCH:
Eric Holder on President Obama, race and America.



—Writing a letter to Trayvon Martin’s parents: “[O]ne of the things it’s certainly going to talk about is my admiration for the way in which they have conducted themselves. The loss of a child is not something that we are biologically engineered to handle, and the dignity with which they have carried themselves — the determination that has been generated in them to make something positive out of the tragedy that they have had to endure — has created in me a great deal of admiration for them.”

—Considering returning to his former law firm of Covington & Burling, where he was a litigation partner in Washington. He plans to remain involved in President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, a mentoring and youth-empowerment program that Holder has said might be the president’s greatest legacy.

—Hoping to work with a university or think tank about setting up an Eric Holder Institute for Race and Justice. Such an organization could serve as a repository for his papers, and as a platform for him to continue his efforts on post-Ferguson issues – building trust between police and communities of color.

—Planning to do some binge TV-watching: “I have to catch up on ‘House of Cards,’ … ‘Homeland,’ a lot of movies that I’ve not had a chance to see. … I’ll undoubtedly watch ‘The Godfather’ for the 50th time. That’s my favorite all-time movie. I haven’t seen that for a while.”

Holder had only praise for Obama, the man who appointed him, disputing the claims of some African-American leaders that the first black president hasn’t really delivered for the black community: “You know, very often, empty barrels make the most noise. And I think there are any number of measures by which you can say that this presidency has been successful in a whole variety of ways, and especially when it comes to people of color.”

Asked if America will have another black president, Holder said: “Oh, sure. I think so. I think America is in a fundamentally different place than it was when I was growing up and where the thought of an African-American president would be thought of as almost absurd . . . We have an African-American president. This country is ready for a woman to be president. This country is ready for somebody of Hispanic origin, Asian origin.” - Politico.


EUROPEAN RACISM: Killing Trayvons - U.S. Department Of Justice Says No Civil Rights Charges For George Zimmerman As Racial Tensions Remain High 3 Years After Trayvon Martin's Killing!

George Zimmerman (Reuters/Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)

February 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- The US Department of Justice has announced that independent federal investigators found insufficient evidence to pursue federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 slaying of Trayvon Martin.

“A comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. However, he added that “we, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, fatally shot Martin during an altercation in February 2012. He was acquitted of murder charges in July 2013, by a jury that rejected the prosecutors’ case as lacking sufficient evidence.


WATCH: Racial tensions remain high 3 years after Trayvon Martin killing.




“After a thorough and independent investigation into the facts surrounding the shooting, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that Zimmerman’s conduct violated federal criminal civil rights statutes.

The decision comes almost exactly three years after Martin’s death on February 26, 2012.

Zimmerman has maintained that he was acting in self-defense from a physical assault when he shot Martin, who was 17 at the time. Martin’s name became a rallying cry for civil rights groups protesting police treatment of African-Americans, flaring up last year following the deaths of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner of Staten Island, New York, at the hands of the police.

The DOJ statement went to great lengths to note that the decision “does not reflect an assessment of any other aspect of the shooting,” but solely the “department’s inability to meet the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statutes.”

As far as the Department of Justice is concerned, “the investigation into this incident has been closed.”

Later on Tuesday, the family of Trayvon Martin released an official statement concerning the DOJ's decision:

“We remain poised to do everything in our power to help eradicate senseless violence in our communities, because we don’t want any other parent to experience the unexplainable loss we have endured,” the family said. “We will never, ever forget what happened to our son, Trayvon, and will honor his memory by working tirelessly to make the world a better place.” - RT.




YOUNG GENIUS: Esther Okade - 10-Year-Old Nigerian Accepted At UK's Open University!

Esther Okade. Photo: Vanguard.

February 28, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM
- Ten year old Esther Okade, one of UK's youngest students from Nigeria, has been accepted to start her maths degree at the Open University.

Esther, who enrolled three weeks ago, is already top of her class, scoring 100 per cent in a recent test.

Esther's mother, Efe, said the process of applying to the university was 'an interesting one because of her age.

She said "We even had to talk to the VC and after they interviewed her, they realised that this has been her idea from the beginning. From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university.

"But I was afraid it was too soon. She would say, 'mum, when am I starting?', and go on and on and on. Finally, after three years, she told me, 'mum I think it is about time I started university now."

Esther applied in August, and after a phone interview, an essay and a maths exam, she finally got the news in December that she had been accepted onto the course.

Though she watches cartoons and plays with dolls, Esther's aim is to get First Class honours degree in two years and start a PhD programme. She also intends to run her own bank. - Vanguard Nigeria.



BLACK HAIR: Spiraling Antennas Of Beauty, Cultural Pride And Freedom Of Expression - Do-It-Yourself Hot Oil Treatment For Shiny Baby Soft Hair!



February 28, 2015 - BLACK HAIR
- Here's a Do-It-Yourself Natural Homemade Overnight Hot Oil Treatment Recipe for Shiny Baby Soft Natural Hair, courtesy of Naptural.

Feel free to use all of the oils in this recipe, or mix and match your own. This hot oil treatment moisturizes my hair overnight, leaving it incredibly soft and shiny. My colored hair has been noticeably shinier and my hair feels so much softer since adding this treatment into my regimen! In this video I share the exact ingredients and measurements I use, as well as how to apply them and prepare your hair for sleeping at night! I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do!

WATCH: DIY - DIY Overnight Hot Oil Treatment For Shiny Baby Soft Hair.





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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

THE GOD BODY: Minister EnQi Presents "I-KING" - A Monumental Lecture On Black Gene Ethics, DNA, Guanine, Copper, Gold, Crystals, Radio Technology, Melanin, The Electric Universe, GAGUT, 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.

February 24, 2015 - HEALTH
- In the following videos, Minister EnQi Sang Re-AL of the Amber Institute continues his cross-country lecture series with another monumental presentation on the Black God Body and how to overcome the White Supremacy Paradigm.

The presentations were held at the Krst Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science in Los Angeles, 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 and the I-King (the ancient divination text, more popularly known as the I-Ching), he will teach you on DNA, guanine, copper, gold, radio technology, crystals and the God Almighty Grand Unified Theory (GAGUT).

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

WATCH: Minister EnQi - I-King, GAGUT, Guanine, Copper, Gold, Crystal and Radio Technology - Part 1.




WATCH: Minister EnQi - I-King, GAGUT, Guanine, Copper, Gold, Crystal and Radio Technology - Part 2.




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BLACK INNOVATORS: Our Stories, Our Mysteries - Five African-American Geeks Who Made History!


February 24, 2015 - UNITED STATES - Comedian Chris Rock famously joked that in many schools, African-American history is often limited to the study of Martin Luther King. Although his statement was part of a stand-up comedy act, a 2014 episode of Jeopardy added a hint of truth to that idea when contestants attempted every question in every other category before attempting a single question in the “African-American History” category. With African-American History Month coming to an end, GeekDad wants to highlight five slightly lesser-known African-American geeks that have made enormous contributions to society. One amazing thing to keep in mind is that most of these men and women were geeks at a time when most Blacks in the US didn’t even have access to education.

Benjamin Banneker, Astronomy Geek (1731-1806).
Benjamin Banneker was born a free Black man in Maryland. His father was a freed slave from Guinea, and his mother was the daughter of a former slave and an English dairy maid who was an indentured servant. Banneker became slightly obsessed with math and mechanics at an early age, building a working clock almost entirely out of wood at the age of 22. In 1791, he was hired by Major Andrew Ellicot to assist in the survey of the land that would eventually become the District of Columbia. Banneker is probably most famous for the six almanacs he published (in 28 editions) from 1792 to 1797.

Lewis Latimer, Engineering Geek (1848-1928). Lewis Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts to two escaped slaves from Virginia. His father was actually captured in Boston, and was legally defended by Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. Lying about his age, Lewis Latimer enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 16 during the Civil War. After the war, he taught himself mechanical drawing and drafting, and he helped Alexander Graham Bell draft the patent for his design of the telephone. And while Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the light bulb, he had a lot of help from Latimer. Latimer holds the patents for the electric lamp and the process of manufacturing carbon filaments used in incandescent bulbs. Those patents were issued in 1881 and 1882. Edison was trying to use paper filaments that quickly burned out. Edison hired Latimer in 1884 and took advantage of his expertise. Some argue that Latimer had much more to do with the invention of the light bulb than he actually gets credit for.

George Washington Carver, Peanut Geek (c. 1864-1943).
George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Diamond, Missouri during the Civil War. After the end of the war and after the abolition of slavery, he remained at the house of his owners, as most of the rest of his family had been kidnapped by slave raiders and sold in Kentucky. He was considered too frail for field work, so his owner, Susan Carver, actually did something almost unthinkable at the time–she taught him to read and write. He ultimately left the Carver home and attended a school for Black children. He conducted biological experiments on plants and studied art on his own until he found a university that would admit a Black student. Carver began his post-secondary studies at Simpson College in Iowa, but ultimately ended up studying botany at Iowa State, where he became the university’s first Black student. After graduation, he was hired to lead the Tuskegee Institute’s agricultural department. While there, he engaged in research and teaching that greatly helped struggling sharecroppers in the American South. He even created a mobile classroom, known as the Jessup wagon, to train farmers around the country. And while Carver pioneered research on new uses for soybean, pecan, and sweet potato crops, he is most famous for his work with the peanut. He used these crops to invent everything from plastics to gasoline. Carver gained international fame, becoming a member of the British Royal Society of Arts. He even advised President Theodore Roosevelt on issues related to agriculture in the US.

Bessie Coleman, Aviator Geek (1892-1926). Bessie Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas, near the Arkansas and Louisiana borders. At the age of 23, she left the poverty and racism of East Texas and moved north to Chicago, where she still encountered racism, but was at least able to find work and accumulate a modest savings. Coleman decided that she wanted to learn how to fly when she heard stories from pilots who returned from World War I. When she was unable to find a flight school in the US that would admit a Black woman, she decided to go learn to fly in Europe. With the financial help of two prominent African-American entrepreneurs, Coleman was able to travel to France where she learned to fly in seven months. When she returned to the US in 1921, she was treated as a celebrity. At that time, very few women of any race had a pilot’s license, let alone an African-American woman. Over the next five years, she performed in numerous air shows, doing amazing stunts. Tragically, Coleman died while practicing for an air show in 1926.

Dr. Mae Jemison, Space Geek (1956-).
Mae C. Jemison was born in Decatur, Georgia, but grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Jemison is an all-around, super-bad, class A geek. She has undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and African/Afro-American studies from Stanford, as well as an MD from Cornell. As if that wasn’t enough, she is an accomplished dancer, and she has studied Russian, Swahili, and Japanese. She also served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Liberia and Sierra Leone from 1983 to 1985. In 1987, Jemison was selected for the NASA astronaut program. In September of 1992, Jemison became the first African-American female in space, when she served as the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J, a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. After leaving NASA in 1993, Jemison continued teaching at the university level. She continues to promote the advancement of science and technology, and she is a strong advocate for science education.

For more information on all of the above individuals, please see the following list of sources used for this post:

- Geek Dad.




AFRICAN VOICES: Tara Fela-Durotoye And Nigeria's School Of Self-Belief - Makeup Is The Key To Confidence And A "Platform Of Enterprise" At The House Of Tara!

Tara Fela-Durotoye is the CEO of House of Tara International, Nigeria's homegrown cosmetics empire,
and the founder of 14 schools that teach makeup as the key to business success.


February 24, 2015 - NIGERIA - Class is in session at schools across Nigeria, where students are learning to shape eyebrows, smooth foundation, apply eye-shadow, and -- perhaps -- defy economic gloom to grasp a glamorous future.

Informed by the remarkable rise of their own "head teacher" to the summit of Nigeria's cosmetics industry, the students -- for the most part young women in their 20s and 30s -- are being taught that makeup artistry can be their passport to self-confidence, independence, and a business of their own.

Making a difference to young lives is all part of the mission for 37-year-old cosmetics queen Tara Fela-Durotoye.

"There are certain things telling you that you cannot make it; that you will not make it; that Nigeria is not a place where people make it," says Fela-Durotoye. "I beg to differ."
 
Fela-Durotoye is the CEO of House of Tara International, a household name in her native Lagos, where the company develops makeup, perfume and accessories that eschew the Western-centered tastes of the big cosmetic firms in favor of products designed specifically for Nigeria's women.

In 1998, aged 21, Fela-Durotoye was already on her way to becoming a qualified lawyer when she launched House of Tara as a makeup studio, at first specializing in makeup designs for brides and their wedding parties. Her artistry proved a hit with Nigeria's booming middle class and, today, the company employs over 3,000 beauty reps across West Africa.

She says she was drawn to cosmetics by her inspirational step-mother, by seeing "what makeup actually does to a woman in terms of self-esteem and confidence."

WATCH: Beauty entrepreneur transforms lives.
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The Tara beauty range was born out of her frustration at the lack of suitable cosmetics available in Nigeria -- "Importers didn't know exactly what was right for Nigerian women," she says -- and sense that her products could fill the gap while encouraging pride in home-grown glamor.

"A lot of the Tara products are named after either beauty icons or beauty philosophies in Africa," says Fela-Durotoye. "For us it's about sharing the world and sharing our culture to the world."

The past few years have seen the company expand into catwalk and film makeup design as Lagos fashion and cinema scenes have flourished. When French pharmaceutical giants L'Oreal came to Nigeria looking for a partner to help introduce their Maybelline range to the West African country, they signed up with Tara, earning Fela-Durotoye a spot on Forbes' list of "20 Young Power Women In Africa" in the process.

Playing teacher

As a child, Fela-Durotoye remembers visiting her grandmother, and gathering with the children from the local village to pass on lessons she'd learned at school.

"She always teased about how she expected me to be a teacher," recalls Fela-Durotoye. "And I would say that she was correct. Grandma was correct," she continues.

"I am still a teacher, the only thing is this time I'm not teaching maths or English. I'm teaching enterprise: I'm teaching makeup artistry as a platform for enterprise."

Fela-Durotoye's 14 schools
teach a range of courses, from short personal makeup courses to professional diplomas in makeup artistry. When she founded the schools a decade ago, she says few considered makeup to be a serious career prospect, with parents pushing children toward professions like law, medicine and accountancy.

But with Nigeria's economy growing, the market for "little luxuries" such as cosmetics -- and demand for trained makeup artists for weddings, film and everyday life -- has seen a rise. Today, Fela-Durotoye makes the lofty estimate that 80% of Nigeria's makeup artists were trained by House of Tara.

Fela-Durotoye says she sees each student as a potential small business owner and her courses teach knowledge of the beauty industry, plus customer service and business ethics skills, in addition to practical beauty essentials. The aim is to equip graduates with everything they need to launch their own beauty store, and past graduates have gone on to start small firms that employ a handful of other makeup artists.

If it seems strange for makeup artist Fela-Durotoye to be training thousands of competitors, she says you'd be missing the point.

"What drives me is living purpose. I think my business is a vehicle to change lives." - CNN.





EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: United States Imperialism And The Catastrophe In Libya!



February 24, 2015 - LIBYA
- This weekend, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video of the horrific beheadings of 21 Coptic Christian workers seized in the town of Sirte in eastern Libya. This barbaric act was the latest in a series of such killings, including the beheading or immolation of hostages from the US, Britain, Japan and Jordan.

The latest ISIS atrocity has triggered predictable expressions of shock and anger by news anchors and editorialists in the United States, along with further massacres. Within hours of the release of the video, Egypt, led by US-backed dictator General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, launched a wave of air strikes killing 64 people, including seven civilians.

Washington and its political allies are politically and morally responsible for these atrocities. The Islamist beheadings in Libya are the product of a monumental crime: the 2011 NATO war in Libya to oust the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

ISIS executes Coptic Christians in Libya.
Prior to the intervention of NATO, there were no sectarian murders of Christians in Libya and Islamist militias tied to Al Qaeda were small groups with no broader influence. These forces were armed and promoted when, in 2011, the Obama administration and its allies in Europe, led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, took the decision to topple Gaddafi.

The imperialist powers funneled massive amounts of money and weaponry to Islamist militias and Al Qaeda operatives, providing them with air support through a mass bombing campaign that killed tens of thousands of Libyans.

As the World Socialist Web Site wrote at the time: “Far from a ‘revolution’ or struggle for ‘liberation,’ what the world is witnessing is the rape of Libya by a syndicate of imperialist powers determined to lay hold of its oil wealth and turn its territory into a neo-colonial base of operations for further interventions throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

The disastrous consequences of the rape of Libya are now all too clear to see.

The war culminated in the carpet bombing of Sirte and the torture and murder of Gaddafi, after which then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gloated, “We came, we saw, he died.” Since then, Libya has collapsed into an ever-bloodier civil war between various Islamist factions and rival militias vying for state power. The country has also served as a training ground for CIA-backed Islamist forces preparing to fight the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Less than four years after the war, the American media report on ISIS atrocities in Libya as if US imperialism had nothing to do with them. No one reading the editorial produced Sunday by the New York Times (“What Libya’s Unraveling Means”) would have any inkling of Washington’s role in producing this catastrophe, or the US media’s role in supporting the operation. One of the key figures in the war, the late US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was killed in an Islamist raid in Benghazi after the war, was himself a friend of many Times journalists.

The Times worries that “this oil-rich nation [is veering] towards complete chaos,” and that “the growth and radicalization of Islamist groups raise the possibility that large parts of Libya could become a satellite of the Islamic State.” It manages to describe the conflict that led to Gaddafi’s ouster simply as a “civil war,” without even mentioning NATO’s six-month bombing of Libya.

ISIS is now strongest precisely where Washington has intervened most aggressively. Another article published in the Times over the weekend warns, “The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish military affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya.” The Times does not mention that the US has invaded or financed Islamist proxy wars in four of the six countries mentioned: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

The world is now witnessing the consequences of the recklessness, brutality, greed and limitless stupidity of Washington and its NATO allies.

Responsibility for the disaster in Libya lies squarely with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the initial champion of a NATO war in Libya; President Obama, whose administration provided the bulk of the firepower that shattered Libya’s armed forces and its major cities; and the NATO allied powers that joined in this murderous adventure.

What is unfolding across the Middle East today is an indictment of imperialism, its ruling elites, its political servants and its lying media. - Global Research.





MARKETPLACE AFRICA: Solar Seaweed Drying In Tanzania - Transforms Lives Of Zanzibar's Seaweed Farmers!

A low-cost seaweed solar dryer in Zanzibar
February 24, 2015 - TANZANIA - Seaweed farming in Zanzibar is undergoing a dramatic transformation thanks to an innovative new way to dry the product during the rainy season.

Despite Zanzibar producing some of the best seaweed in the world, the industry is extremely inefficient. Production is among the lowest and cost per kilo is among the highest in the world. Farmers and women’s groups told authorities that they needed more innovative techniques to increase efficiency and reduce their hardship.

In response, the international development organization VSO joined forces with the Tanzanian Commission for Sciences and Technology (COSTECH) and the Ministry of Economic Empowerment Youth and Women and Children to address this and improve the livelihoods of these local seaweed farmers

Dr. Flower Msuya, a renowned marine biologist and seaweed expert in Zanzibar, became deeply involved in the conceptualization of this project.

“My experience told me that one of the best ways to help seaweed farmers to increase their output and income is to enable them to dry seaweed during rainy season. Rainwater damages the seaweed and they do not have the means to protect their harvest against rain,” said Dr. Msuya.

This prompted innovation to create a Solar Seaweed Dryer using locally available material that would be easy for local farmers to procure at a low cost. With special funding by TDT (Tanzanian Development Trust) the very first dryer was built at Karume Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Zanzibar. The first seaweed flatbed dryer is being tested through the rainy season and will later be moved to Paje, another seaweed-farming village in Unguja. Farmers have already shown that being able to dry seaweed in the rainy season can increase productivity by as much as 30%

"VSO is always looking for low cost innovative technology solutions to improve livelihoods of marginalized groups. We are very excited by the work done by Hossein and our partners and we are now looking a scaling it up to further expand the seaweed industry in Zanzibar," said Jean Van Wetter, Country Director for VSO Tanzania.

Employing over 25,000 people, 90% of whom are women, seaweed farming has been the second source of foreign income after tourism in the islands of Zanzibar since the 1930’s. Valued for its natural occurrence of the additive ‘carrageenan’, seaweed is mainly used in food, in cosmetics by the pharmaceutical industry, and in textile manufacturing. Global demand is rising, which means that over the past decade many of Zanzibar’s farmers are seeing raised standards of living and more jobs for coastal villages that previously had limited other employment opportunities.

The volunteers who supported the creation of this innovative new solar seaweed dryer were CUSO/VSO volunteer Hossein Chehrzad, and VSO’s Rose Tesha as acting project manager.

"The seaweed farmers in Zanzibar live way below the poverty line (earning $300 dollars a month on average) and they work in the harshest conditions that I’ve seen. On top of their domestic chores the women work under scorching sun, carrying back-breaking loads of seaweed as far as two miles. As a volunteer I fundraised for 100 transport barges, allowing farmers to bring over 350kgs of seaweed to the shore each trip compared to an average of 50kgs without a barge,” said Hossein Chehrzad. - VSO International.



EUROPEAN RACISM: Slave Game - U.S. Slavery Simulation Game Draws Criticism For Making Oppression "Fun"?!

Screenshot from Flight to Freedom game

February 24, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- A computer game simulating the experiences of a US slave girl in the 19th Century has sparked outrage across the country. Critics believe the game doesn’t depict the true brutality of slavery and students should look to other resources to learn about it.

The educational learning program in question is called ‘Flight to Freedom’ and chronicles the experiences of a 14-year-old black slave called Lucy King, who works on a slave plantation in Kentucky. Users have to try and help her escape to the north of the country, where slavery has been abolished.

Upon learning about the game, after she received an email, recommending its use to coincide with Black History month, Rafranz Davis, who is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Schools, took to social media to vent her disgust.

“You would like to be a slave? The idea that a game could give a person a sense of what it felt like to fear for your life, to know everything that could possibly happen to you, which could be rape, a beating, death, mutilation is preposterous,”
she told RT.


WATCH: Slave Game.

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She believes that games are not the correct way to teach the true atrocities and hardships faced by slaves, and says rather than trying to make slavery “fun,” children would be better off reading about slavery or speaking with those who have connections to it.

“It’s geared for 5th to 8th grade students under the guise that students can only learn if it is fun, if they can win points. That is not the case. You can have rich conversations with students. You can get them to dig into primary sources and research and get them to speak to people who still have connections to that point in history, without going down through this watered down look at history,”
Davis added.

The game has been available for use for a number of years and has received positive reviews from teachers and parents. Kid-Tech columnist for USA Today said it was
“realistic,” “brilliant,” “ingenious” and “fascinating.”

“From hearing spirituals being sung in the beginning of the game to Lucy's haunting voice at the end recalling her journey, this is a powerful game that all kids should experience,”
Jinny Gudmundsen wrote.

Speaking to Education Weekly, Kellie Castruita Specter, the senior director of communications and marketing for WNET television station, which helped to produce the game, said that she stands-by the project as being a positive educational tool to help learn about slavery.



Screenshot from Flight to Freedom game


"Our goal [with 'Flight to Freedom'] is for all students to develop a greater respect for African-Americans' struggle and African-American history as a part of American history. Although we regret to hear that some people have found the game to be problematic, we stand by it,” she said.

Some experts in slavery and race relations also said they were in favor of the game.

"We're already teaching slavery in a way that's inaccurate, insensitive, and ahistorical,"
said James Braxton Peterson, who is the director of the Africana Studies department at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. "I'm actually in favor of a more sophisticated, enhanced version of this game," he added, which was reported by Education Weekly.

The game was part a multimedia project called Mission US. It has almost a million registered users, of which 860,000 are children. It’s part of a larger initiative set up by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to evaluate the potential benefits of using digital history games to help students learn about past events.

The project also has four other simulations, ranging from a Native American boy called Little Fox, who experiences the onset of settlers heading west, to Lena, who is a Russian immigrant Jew living in New York, who has to put up with long working hours and poor conditions as she tries to save money to bring her relatives over to the US. - RT.




Saturday, February 21, 2015

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE: The Mobile Web Revolution In Africa - Access To The Mobile Phone Has Enabled A Host Of Apps Offering Services From Banking To Farming!

A technician scanning the eye of a woman with a smartphone application in rural Kenya.

February 21, 2015 - AFRICA
- If when you say internet, you think of a computer, then you probably don't live in an African country.

The continent has some of the lowest fixed-broadband subscription rates in the world, with most people's first encounter with the world wide web coming via their mobile phones.

Around 70% of mobile users browse the internet on their devices, and Africa's mobile broadband growth is increasing at a rate of more than 40% -- twice the global average.

This is largely due to the weak land-line infrastructure on the continent, which makes connecting through a desktop computer difficult. Low-cost or second-hand feature phones are also much cheaper to buy, which has made them ubiquitous across the continent, and it is estimated that by 2016 Africa will have a billion mobile phones. Feature devices also stay charged for longer -- a crucial requirement in a part of the world where the supply of power is irregular and unreliable.





"More people in Africa have a mobile phone than access to electricity," according to Toby Shapshak, editor and publisher of Stuff Magazine. "That means, for a phone to be functional, it needs decent battery life. These feature phones have anywhere up to a week."

This has created a unique environment where mobile technology have been adapted for a wide range of usages, from lowering information barriers and improving access to financial and health services to boosting commerce and bringing people together.

Mobile money transfer systems such as M-Pesa, which launched in Nairobi in 2007, allow customers to send cash to remote areas with the touch of a button. The service has nearly 17 million active customers who make more than US$1.1 billion worth of transactions per month.

And if you're worried that the medicines you bought might be counterfeit, you can check their authenticity through mPedigree, a mobile application which gives you a "genuine" or "fake" answer after you text the drug's serial number.

M-Pesa is a pioneering Nairobi-based mobile money transfer system with nearly 17 million active customers.

Gamsole Traffic Jam game for Windows phones has been
downloaded nine million times globally.

mPawa matches employers with potential employees via skills and experience.

Mobile phone technology has also moved into sectors outside the traditional tech remit. Farmers can access information about the weather, real-time market prices, and new farming tips though mobile apps like Farmerline and Esoko.

Mobiles have even infiltrated arts and culture, with Badilisha Poetry X-Change, the world's largest archive of African poets featured on a mobile first website.

The spread of internet-enabled cell phones has also had an effect on the fiber of society: "The impact of Internet access via mobile devices on the continent has been a game changer on the continent," according to Nmachi Jidenma, manager of mobile disruptors at PayPal. "Access to social networks has given youth a platform for self-expression and civic participation in ways that are having real impact on elections, governance and accountability." - CNN.




EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: "Wounded Womb" - WHO And UNICEF Sponsors Tetanus Vaccination Program That Sterilized About 500,000 Kenyan Women; Vials Were Laced With ANTI-PREGNANCY Hormone!

Tetanus injection administered (file photo).  Photo: IRIN

February 21, 2015 - KENYA
- About 500,000 women may never bear children after being injected with a contaminated tetanus vaccine last year, Catholic Church claims in its final report on the controversial vaccination drive.

Their report cites tests by a joint committee of experts which found that 30 per cent of vials from the October vaccination campaign were laced with an anti-pregnancy hormone.

The committee was mandated by Parliament last year when the Church opposed the plans to vaccinate 2.3 million child-bearing women against tetanus.

Yesterday, head of catholic health commission Rev Paul Kariuki said the ministry has pulled out of the committee.

"Thirty per cent of the vials collected during the tetanus vaccination campaign sponsored and funded by WHO and Unicef contained HCG," says the report, which has been produced only by the church-seconded experts.

HCG is the hormone that can be embedded in vaccines to trigger early miscarriage in women.

Rev Kariuki said three of the nine vials tested from last year's vaccination campaign were confirmed to contain very high levels of the Beta HCG hormone.

"The beta quantity of Beta HCG is highly significant ranging from 24-37.5 per cent," says Rev Kariuki.

Earlier, the joint committee reported that only three of 59 vials of the vaccine tested contained the HCG.

Rev Kariuki says 50 of the uninfected vials were collected by the ministry from the national vaccine store, and not from last year's rapid tetanus campaign.

The church now wants the ministry and UN agencies involved to apologise to Kenyans and stop any further vaccination campaigns.

"It is both unethical and immoral for WHO and UNICEF to sponsor and fund and inhuman campaign like this in our country. They owe the defenseless, uninformed but trusting Kenyan children and women an apology," Rev Kariuki said.

Head of Vaccine and Immunisation Services Dr Ephantus Maree said the vaccine used last year is the same routinely given to women in hospitals.

"We give the vaccine to women aged 14-49 years because they are in the child-bearing age. We began the campaigns in 2003, then in 2006, 2009 and this week's will be the final one," he told the Star last year.

India's controversial scientist Dr Gursaran Prasad Talwar created the anti-HCG prototype vaccine, which can be can be attached to a carrier Tetanus Toxoid (TT) to prevent pregnancy.

The Journal of Cell Science & Therapy, Dr Talwar says this Family-planning vaccine, like other injectable family-planning methods, must be taken every three months and is therefore not permanent as claimed. - All Africa.



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