Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – the world as it is, goes on after Olof Palme

AB:

Thanks. Hope you are doing well. Best wishes to you and yours. John

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:23 PM, Assensoh, Akwasi B. <aassenso@indiana.edu> wrote:

John:


Thank you very much for reminding us of Professor Abdul Karim Bangura's very excellent and educative book. Published as a hardcover publication of barely 164 pages, it did throw an illuminating light on contemporary perspectives on developing societies. I was glad to use the book as one of the important books for an upper-level seminar I used to teach at Indiana University and, later, at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES).


Those of us, who lived in Sweden during the nefarious apartheid era, did admire the hard work of Sweden's assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme and other progressive Scandinavian leaders. I, in fact, remember having the opportunity – as a local Journalist in Stockholm -- watching a lawn tennis game between Mr. Palme and Mozambique's assassinated President Samora Machel. Also frequenting Stockholm , at the time, were SWAPO's Sam Nujoma of Namibia; ANC's Oliver Tambo; Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, who marched on "May Day" alongside Mr. Palme; and other Pan-African revolutionaries. Sweden did deserve our gratitude in Africa!


I did pat Professor Bangura on the back for his insightful and fine book.

A.B. Assensoh. 



 


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Unfortunately, a lot of people have forgotten, and many Africans do not know, the role that Palme and his country played in the struggle against the insidious system called apartheid. One member of this forum, however, did not forget. Consider the following:

Abdul Karim Bangura, Sweden vs Apartheid: Putting Morality Ahead of Profit (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2004). It is worth reading. It is a study that can help the reader recognize the "power of one" when it comes to making a difference in this world. Whether it is "one person" or "one country", even an individual acting alone or a country acting alone, against all odds, can indeed change the world. That is the legacy of Palme and that is the legacy of Sweden.

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM, Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com> wrote:
Olof Palme was very popular in Africa and the rest of the third world. To what extent our world could or would have been different if he had not been brutally assassinated some thirty years ago is for a competent political scientsist to assess or speculate
This is something else: 

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – the world as it is, goes on after Olof Palme

(2)
Books:

Sweden's role in the struggle against Apartheid

South African writers versus Apartheid

The Church against Apartheid

Music against Apartheid

Music : The spirit of the resistance

Hugh Masekela

Abdallah Ibrahim : ( 1978):  Soweto //  African Herbs //

Kippie Moeketsi

Music from the Townships

The Indestructible Beat of Soweto

The Malopoets

Paul Simon : Graceland

 

 



On Monday, 29 February 2016 19:31:17 UTC+1, Cornelius Hamelberg wrote:
Olof Palme was very popular in Africa and the rest of the third world. To what extent our world could or would have been different if he had not been brutally assassinated some thirty years ago is for a competent political scientsist to assess or speculate
This is something else: 

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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – the world as it is, goes on after Olof Palme

Keeping it short:

Indeed, Sweden's role in the struggle against Apartheid , and Sweden's role  in the Liberation of South Africa from the clutches of Apartheid was a very significant role indeed, and up till today it would not be a gross exaggeration to say that  "half the story's never been told" -  at least not directly from all of the horses' mouths. Sweden's role has been variously discussed in other fora apart from this one  - the details of the morality could be discussed here if this thread  needs to  get longer -  and it's acutely true that "Unfortunately, a lot of people have forgotten, and many Africans do not know, the role that Palme and his country played in the struggle against the insidious system called apartheid" . Stefan Löfven who is  the current  leader of the Social Democrats and Prime Minister of Sweden  was twenty eight years old when  Olof Palme  was assassinated.  A lot of  other people were not even yet born or were mere toddlers  by 1994 and not even acquainted with third hand reports and materials, and like some writers  of glossy covers and titles,  poorly  informed, just as they are still badly informed and know next to nothing about what was once called The Nuremberg  Laws

Sweden and the Liberation Of South Africa

The ANC in Stockholm

 The relationship between the Swedish Trade Unions and COSATU etc. was important., especially at a time when Sweden' s car  manufacturing industry etc. was in dire need of raw materials from South Africa. My own brother was knee-deep and stood to be striking it rich in diamond mining  in Sierra Leone  at some time and needed  suction pumps,  galvanizers and separator  and other mining equipment which  was most readily available  from Boliden and Granges, two Swedish companies  in South Africa  - but of course it was a no go from me to my Bro : SANCTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 We should also not forget Nigeria's role (over the table and under the table)  in the same struggle. Patrick Wilmot's  article in the Nigerian Guardian  in 1981 was advocating that Nigeria go nuclear – dance real  mathematical rhythms and with nuclear capability  then talk to the barbarians in South Africa. – this was at the exact time when the   Ivory Coast's  Francophone president  Félix Houphouët-Boigny was recommending dialogue  ( the exasperated Dr. Wilmot was asking how can a lamb  dialogue with a lion?  So he recommended that Nigeria go ballistic  - nuclear – weapons of mass destruction and then  you  dialogue. An order was issued for the arrest of Patrick Wilmot ( by the uncle toms)  Wilmot went  underground completely, in Kaduna…

If only Olof Palme had lived on to see the fruition of the struggle  then he could have joined in the song : Namhanje – and would have sung and danced jabula with Madiba Nelson Mandela. As things were  Sweden is the first country that he visited  when he was released from  Robben Island  - because his trusted  comrade-in-arms and the ANC's  second in command / charge d'affairs Oliver Tambo was recuperating at Ersta hospital in Stockholm at the time….

 From the day that I arrived in Sweden ( July 1970  - and  secondly in  October 1971) I met various resident political exiles ( both White and Black) from South Africa,  some of whom  are not mentioned here, among others,  writers and ideologues such as  Molefe  Pheto ( who was passing through  - later on working at the Commonwealth Institute in London where he completed and published his prison diary)  Sobizana 'Bizo' Mngqikana  ( later on appointed  South Africa's ambassador to Turkey and then ambassador to Finland ) Cecil Sondlo ( PAC , whose  motto was "one settler, one bullet" ) wrote often in the Swedish press , musicians  such as Ebrahim "Brian" Isaacs,  the legendary Chetty, Jackie,  Jeff Cartriers ( a friend of the Palmes) Peter Radise, Wana Makoba later on Bheki Mseleku  and Johnny Mbizo Dyani  (who gave me the name Themba Feza ( Hope to complete  - after his late trumpet player Mongezi  Feza)   artist Lefifi Tladi and of course Dudu Pukwana who I first met  when he played at  his birthday here in Stockholm – at Fasching  Jazz Club - and later at his residence in Marble Arch, London   from where he was operating musically…

These friendship and contacts  if not static can sometimes  prove to be effective networks…

Music is a weapon ! We should not underestimate the contributions that  various South African musicians in and outside of  South Africa contributed to the success of  that struggle. And we should not undervalue the contributions made by the Rastaman and his " free Mandela" music…

1986 – the always experimental Miles Davis :  Tutu

 I'm sure that Sonny Okosun  did a lot of consciousness raising within his orbit with his Fire in Soweto  and  his Papa's Land  

 In 1979 in Stockholm , Wole Soyinka declared year  of  theatre war against  the obscenity.

And  in that regard we cannot  underestimate Athol Fugard, one of the greatest dramatists alive..

The week that I arrived in Rivers State Nigeria for the first time  -  and it may sound incredible – but that week  there was a debate  - broadcast  live on radio – between  those opposed  to Apartheid and those who argued against it. After the debate  there was a vote and  the con side won the debate, but only  narrowly.  Such a debate – could never have  taken place in Sweden  - Swedes are far too educated (informed) and therefore far  too conscious and took  up a moral stand against the such evil long before 1981…

 About two months ago Alice Bah Kuhnke  our Minister of Culture and Democracy  started a new cultural centre in South Africa ( there's also one in  Senegal and  between me and you , I think that it's high time we had a few in Nigeria)  

Very  IMPORTANT:

Pär Wästberg  ( Swede) the Chairman of the Pen Club was at the forefront of the literary struggle against the barbarism called Apartheid . It was a crucial, powerful , endless moral crusade.

 We ( Sweden) hope  that Sweden's role  in various liberation struggles  and  the Olof Plame legacy and his spirit that lives on  will help  secure  for us a seat in the Security Council after the voting in June this year

Sorry, but I haven't read this over.
Cornelius

We Sweden   



On Monday, 29 February 2016 20:19:55 UTC+1, John Mbaku wrote:
Unfortunately, a lot of people have forgotten, and many Africans do not know, the role that Palme and his country played in the struggle against the insidious system called apartheid. One member of this forum, however, did not forget. Consider the following:

Abdul Karim Bangura, Sweden vs Apartheid: Putting Morality Ahead of Profit (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2004). It is worth reading. It is a study that can help the reader recognize the "power of one" when it comes to making a difference in this world. Whether it is "one person" or "one country", even an individual acting alone or a country acting alone, against all odds, can indeed change the world. That is the legacy of Palme and that is the legacy of Sweden.

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM, Cornelius Hamelberg <cornelius...@gmail.com> wrote:
Olof Palme was very popular in Africa and the rest of the third world. To what extent our world could or would have been different if he had not been brutally assassinated some thirty years ago is for a competent political scientsist to assess or speculate
This is something else: 

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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – the world as it is, goes on after Olof Palme

John:


Thank you very much for reminding us of Professor Abdul Karim Bangura's very excellent and educative book. Published as a hardcover publication of barely 164 pages, it did throw an illuminating light on contemporary perspectives on developing societies. I was glad to use the book as one of the important books for an upper-level seminar I used to teach at Indiana University and, later, at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES).


Those of us, who lived in Sweden during the nefarious apartheid era, did admire the hard work of Sweden's assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme and other progressive Scandinavian leaders. I, in fact, remember having the opportunity – as a local Journalist in Stockholm -- watching a lawn tennis game between Mr. Palme and Mozambique's assassinated President Samora Machel. Also frequenting Stockholm , at the time, were SWAPO's Sam Nujoma of Namibia; ANC's Oliver Tambo; Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, who marched on "May Day" alongside Mr. Palme; and other Pan-African revolutionaries. Sweden did deserve our gratitude in Africa!


I did pat Professor Bangura on the back for his insightful and fine book.

A.B. Assensoh. 



 


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Unfortunately, a lot of people have forgotten, and many Africans do not know, the role that Palme and his country played in the struggle against the insidious system called apartheid. One member of this forum, however, did not forget. Consider the following:

Abdul Karim Bangura, Sweden vs Apartheid: Putting Morality Ahead of Profit (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2004). It is worth reading. It is a study that can help the reader recognize the "power of one" when it comes to making a difference in this world. Whether it is "one person" or "one country", even an individual acting alone or a country acting alone, against all odds, can indeed change the world. That is the legacy of Palme and that is the legacy of Sweden.

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM, Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com> wrote:
Olof Palme was very popular in Africa and the rest of the third world. To what extent our world could or would have been different if he had not been brutally assassinated some thirty years ago is for a competent political scientsist to assess or speculate
This is something else: 

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Leonardo DiCaprio Preaches Climate Action at Oscars Award Ceremony

Posted: 29 Feb 2016 10:33 AM PST

Upon winning the 2016 Oscar for best actor, for his leading role in the film “The Revenant”, Leonardo DiCaprio told listeners "Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating” and start taking action in order to stop climate change.

DiCaprio’s words drew applause from the audience and has gained coverage from the media around the globe. In his speech, DiCaprio also called for support of political leaders who “speak for all of humanity”.

“We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this. For our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed”

The Oscar winner also took to Twitter to state that climate change action starts with electing leaders who’ll make brave and vital changes needed to save our planet.

“Let us not take this planet for granted,” he pleaded.

The Bees Colony Collapse Disorder is Posing a Serious Threat to Our Survival

Posted: 28 Feb 2016 08:50 AM PST

Our crops are strongly dependent on pollinators, mostly by honey bees and these are dying off at an alarming rate.

The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon that sees bees getting confused and not returning to their hives or simply dying off in the wild. This leaves behind a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen.

The problem is serious and ongoing. Every winter, for nearly a decade, an average of 31 percent have been dying and in 2015 a whopping 42 percent of U.S. bee colonies collapsed.

Bees are responsible for the pollination of approximately one third of the United States’ crop species, including such species as almonds, peaches, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and strawberries. In Europe there is a similar tendency.

On a global level, honeybees perform some level of pollination of nearly 75% of all plant species directly used for human food worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) estimates that out of around 100 crop species, which provide 90% of the world’s food, some 71 are bee-pollinated.

Whilst experts and governments around the globe debate on the causes, the threats are much more relevant and indisputable.

The loss of bees could begin a price war in the pollination industry, resulting in growers being forced to pay higher rent prices for bee colonies and with less crop yields, prices for a lot of food would increase.

With around 795 million people in the world chronically malnourished, you can work out the impacts of such price increases.

Certain crops may also become a thing of the past as crops see their ability to reproduction affected.

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

Although the general focus is usually always on the use of pesticides, general pollution and other contamination or radiation may also be at play here – no need to say that no official study has gone near such explorations.

New York City’s Nuclear Power Plant Sees 65,000% Spike In Radiation

Posted: 28 Feb 2016 07:22 AM PST

The Indian Point nuclear power plant just 40 kilometers from New York City is leaking radioactive flow into groundwater, which leads to the Hudson River.

In January, a group of workers accidentally spilled contaminated water, which has caused a massive radiation spike in groundwater monitoring wells, with one reading increasing by as much as 65,000 per cent.

The leak is the 9th in a series of technical glitches at the nuclear facility in the past twelve months, four of which were so bad the reactors had to be shut down, reports RT.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant NYC
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A Disaster Waiting to Happen

"It's a disaster waiting to happen and it should be shut down," Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper, told CBS News.

Nuclear activists have called for years for the plant to close, calling it "Chernobyl on the Hudson" and warning of a Fukushima-like disaster.

Official declarations stress that there is no danger to public health.

After Chernobyl and Fukushima one wonders what more we need to face the reality of the threats and dangers that nuclear energy poses.

The Ultimate Life Hack, 30 Incredibly Easy Steps to Truth and Freedom

Posted: 28 Feb 2016 06:15 AM PST

Occupying, protesting, complaining, whining, shouting, screaming and blaming is futile at best and self destructive at worst.

If you want to promote absolute truth and attain genuine freedom, follow these 30 steps:

  1. Find alternative TV channels that have no agenda to hide the truth and then compare with dozens of alternative news outlets.
  2. Choose a bank that is small, local and approachable. Close any bank account with the big corporate, global, multinational mega-banks.
  3. Stop investing in the stock market and other virtual investments worlds. Instead use your purchasing power and your savings to promote local and regional businesses and ventures.
  4. Don't visit big mainstream news websites to find out about current affairs. Instead use internet search engines to find out the truth. Build a list of alternative news sources and support them.
  5. Instead of using social networking websites to foster relationships, turn off the virtual world and get real. Go visit a friend, invite a friend over, and organize a real-life get-together. Divorce your hundreds of fake and worthless virtual friends and start living real friendships and relationships.
  6. Don't join any mass protests or mass gatherings. Instead organize yourself in small groups of friends and colleagues to spread the message of truth and change.
  7. Stop following existing ideologies and existing mainstream opinions. Start asking questions. Be fair and honest while doing so and never fear the truth or your own condemnation.
  8. Understand that political correctness, human rights, equality and other socially accepted terms have been hijacked and abused. Begin to delve deeper into the meaning of words and never let yourself be cornered with keywords, definitions and fallacies.
  9. Quit any childish rebellious streaks and expressions (tattoos, dreadlocks, piercings, alternative clothing, etc.). These "alternatives" do not serve you or the cause. Instead groom yourself, discipline yourself and become genuinely yourself.
  10. Be very careful with any superficial demands or promises from politicians, society, bankers or global networks. Instead learn to dedicate yourself for your own goals and demand the framework for truthful and honest aims.
  11. The solution to all global problems is the truth and can only be implemented by humans. Stop following religion, ideology, mass opinion and mass media. Instead find the truth within yourself and promote it on a micro-level.
  12. Accept that you are 99% brainwashed and already dehumanized, a programmed robot. Start to learn about yourself, how you became who you are and begin a process of renewal.
  13. Spend your money wisely. In the capitalistic world, your money is worth more than your vote. Supporting a local butcher by buying his burgers is more powerful than eating at a fast-food restaurant.
  14. Love is not just amazing but it is also precious. Instead of playing with it, learn to foster it, to promote it and once you find it cherish it and care for it (with intelligence and not obsession).
  15. Beware of the mainstream notions about male and female equality. Instead of fighting your opposite gender or making your own into something that it is not, learn to understand and live what it means to be a man or a woman. While both are equally human, a man is never a woman and a woman is never a man.
  16. Stop wasting your money on worthless products and services. Watching the latest film at your local cinema won't get you further in life. Instead go and purchase a new book every month on a topic that interests you. Educate yourself!
  17. Go back to basics with everything you do. Instead of inviting a friend to an event via a social networking website, go to their house and invite them in person.
  18. Stop wanting everything for free. One of the biggest reasons why we have the status quo today is because individuals are too greedy to pay for value, thus promoting low quality or giving away valuable information to corporations for free. Learn to differentiate and be prepared to pay for real value.
  19. A boycott against one brand is not going to solve the problems of globalization. Solutions lie in lifestyle and in the choices you make in your everyday life and in the understanding of the bigger picture of how corporations operate. Don't hate the player, hate the game! Stop playing the game and become a player of the truth!
  20. Refrain from taking pharmaceutics and other mainstream drugs. Instead of taking cocaine to feel like you are on top of the world, learn to build up your personality. Instead of popping a pill to fight (e.g.) your depression or anxiety, learn about yourself and what caused it in the first place.
  21. Don't get caught up in daily events. Learn to build up a network of knowledge. What happens today in country A is much more linked to what happens in country B tomorrow than you can imagine. Build up your network of knowledge and begin to try and understand the connections.
  22. Quit admiring the biggest, the best, the fastest, and the strongest. Instead focus on value, quality, truth, integrity and genuine human values. Don't copy others! Live authentically yourself!
  23. Work for an employer that values what you value. Instead of focusing on the pay and the prestige of an employer, learn to choose a workplace that promotes what you value. Don't sell your soul for a nice salary. Don't forego a career opportunity due to limited initial pay.
  24. Don't underestimate the long-term effects. Nothing can create change from one day to the next. Instead of ego-centered short-term goals, learn to focus on long-term effects, causes and implications of your actions.
  25. Don't put your judgment ahead of your analysis and conclusion. Instead of making assumptions, try and analyze the facts, the reality, the implications, and the true value.
  26. Stop living like an animal. Quit reproducing your deficits. Break-free from your unconscious ties and biographical burdens. Learn to dissect your behavior and life patterns. Study history; History always repeats itself! Both individually as well as collectively.
  27. Free yourself from any obsession with celebrities, public figures and drama queens. Instead dig up your history books and learn about the thinkers and pioneers from the past. Once you identify those from the past, seek new ones. Once you find them, promote them, support them and most importantly of all learn from them.
  28. Rid yourself of prejudice and brainwashed ideals. Instead start to understand people as humans. Humans are a product of their society, biography and education and more often than not what they are fed by mass media and politics. Once you grasp that you will find new paths, real solutions and true hope.
  29. Stop promoting beliefs on an ideological and dogmatic level. Islam versus Christianity is a failure. Capitalism versus Socialism is a failure. The only way forward is promoting the truth and removing the lies. Learn to differentiate between the essence and the dogmatic possessive details. God exists; religion has only failed to show the path. Economics and politics are undisputable required entities, the theories and realities are based on details not ideologies. Learn to understand, implement and promote the realities not the ideological differences.
  30. Accept that the majority of the population is brainwashed, fanatic, dogmatic, impulsive, unconsciously driven, and ultimately on a path to apocalyptic destruction. Learn to break free and teach others to do the same.

These tips are an extract from the book ‘Survive the Global Crisis – Thrive, Prosper & Grow‘ available on Amazon and Kindle.

15 Shocking Facts and Figures About Contamination Around The Globe

Posted: 27 Feb 2016 04:30 AM PST

Facts and figures always paint a vivid picture about realities that most can easily understand. Whilst some estimates can in fact be higher or lower, the general overview is bad enough.

“Whether one is a student, a scientist, a stay at home mum, a startup founder, self-made entrepreneur or CEO of a large corporation, contamination is an issue that everyone must become aware of and begin to address”, says the author of ‘The Contamination Report‘.

Air Pollution

Adding that “Be it the chemical toxins found in the food we eat or the nuclear waste that may take thousands of years to decompose, contamination around the globe is posing a danger to our very existence.”

The Facts Speak for Themselves: We are Killing Ourselves

We picked 15 shocking facts and figures that provide an insight into the madness of contamination around the globe:

  1. The artificial female sex hormones in contraceptive pills ('The Pill') have lasting effects beyond the sewage plant treatment facilities, turning male fish into females.
  2. Ships and cruise ships are also major sea pollutants, responsible for the deaths of some 60,000 people every year.
  3. “A minimum of 5.25 trillion [plastic] particles weighing 268,940 tons" are currently floating in our oceans, suggests a study by researchers from the US, France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand … There’s much more plastic pollution out there than recent estimates suggest…”
  4. At least "46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with trace amounts of pharmaceuticals."
  5. An estimated 69% of Indians still lack access to improved sanitation facilities. Of the 2.4 (other sources: 2.5) billion people in the world that defecate openly, some 665 million live in India.
  6. Contaminated water kills 25,000 people every day around the globe, and each year some 20 million children are impaired by undernourishment. Calculation: 25,000 x 365 = 9,125,000 people killed p.a. from contaminated water.
  7. Power plants that generate electricity cause about 3,500 lung cancer cases and over 35,000 heart attacks and this is just in the United States on a yearly basis.
  8. The 3000 mightiest corporations alone cause environmental damages of nearly 2 billion (2000 million) Euros per year.
  9. In one Indian river 90 different pharmaceutical elements have been found, from pharmaceutical companies dumping their waste in the river.
  10. In the United States, beekeepers are experiencing unprecedented die-offs of bees, some losing as much as 80% of their colonies. Commercial beekeepers in twenty-two states have reported deaths of tens of thousands of honeybee colonies.
  11. Each day, 2 million tons of toxic waste is dumped in to our rivers and seas, 22 million tons of oil extracted and 100 million tons of greenhouse gases are released.
  12. More than 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year.
  13. Household waste is set to soar from its current 1.3 billion tons to 2.2 billion by 2025.
  14. Depending on forecasted scenarios by 2100 only 18 – 45 of today's rainforests would still exist.
  15. Some 600 million people fall ill each year from eating contaminated food, and 420,000 die, including 125,000 children, according to the World Health Organization.

Contaminated Land

The above is just a very small portion of the hundreds of facts and figures revealed by ‘The Contamination Report‘, a publication that provides an in-depth look at possibly one of the most pressing issues facing mankind today – contamination.

Yet, most are too preoccupied with insignificant daily realities, failing to realize that their future and that of their children is at stake. Are we really that shortsighted?

Europe on The Verge of Collapse as Migrant Crisis Deepens

Posted: 27 Feb 2016 03:37 AM PST

Syrian Refugees
Refugees walk along Budaorsi Street on their way out of Budapest. Photo credits.

The migrant crisis in Europe is in full swing. With over 100,000 migrants entering Europe via Greece this year alone, the situation is on the verge of reaching out of control and the ideal of free movement under the Schengen agreement is collapsing.

The over 100,000 people that arrived in year this year is a tenfold increase on the corresponding period last year. In 2015, over one million arrived. Forecasts talk about millions and hundreds of millions more.

With individual countries such as Austria, Slovenia among others imposing border controls or limiting asylum applications and the EU clinging to its ‘law’ the crisis intensifies.

10 Days Until EU Migration System Breaks

According to the EU’s migration commissioner, there are only ten days left for European Union officials to reduce the flow of migrants and asylum-seekers into the EU from Turkey, or the Schengen agreement risks total collapse.

"In the next 10 days, we need tangible and clear results on the ground. Otherwise there is a risk that the whole system will completely break down," Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, told the media on Thursday.

With Greece facing a cost of over 600 million euros to handle the migrant crisis, you can imagine that the total cost for all EU countries goes into the double digit billions – a figure that reveals how the situtation is completely unsustainable.

European migrant crisis 2016
Upon their escape from the life-threatening conflict of war-torn Syria, the refugees were greeted with a tirade of journalists looking to demonise and shame them. Photo credits.

Whilst few can disagree that the origins of the migrants’ move is tragic, there is no hiding the fact that simply welcoming them with open arms and providing food, shelter and ultimately jobs is not feasible without creating long-term problems internally.

U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns “We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons”

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 02:54 PM PST

Just when you thought the news was getting boring, the United States is caught test firing a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Turns out, that is the second time this week.

It appears the United States is trying to demonstrate its nuclear power at a time of rising tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the Middle East.

The launch was caught on tape and released via YouTube.

The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

"This is the second ICBM launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the past 5 days and while it may seem routine, a tremendous amount of effort is required to safely assess the current performance and validate the security of the nation’s fielded ICBM force,” says Col. J. Christopher Moss, the 30th Space Wing commander at VAFB.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who was at the launch, said such tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, exist to send a message to the likes of Russia, China and North Korea in order to clearly assert that the U.S. has an effective nuclear arsenal.

“We and the Russians and the Chinese routinely do test shots to prove that the operational missiles that we have are reliable. And that is a signal … that we are prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of our country if necessary.”

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