Gee-Whiz Science or Biopiracy?

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By Sifelani Tsiki, The Herald | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food companies have made millions on plant species that have been used for generations by indigenous groups. Africa could be losing more than US $15 billion from its biodiversity as medicines, cosmetics, agricultural products from indigenous knowledge are illegally patented by multinational companies without benefits accruing to local communities in the countries of origin.

Foreign Aid, Foreign Wastes

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By Claire Provost, The Guardian | Editorial note by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A policy of “tied aid” has until now required that USAID foreign aid funds be spent on goods and services exclusively from U.S. companies. This policy has been changed to allow USAID to buy many goods and services from developing countries, but not food aid, motor vehicles, or U.S.-patented pharmaceuticals. Given the USAID tradition of creating a need for its aid, it is easy to guess what its next moves will be.

The Giving Moringa TreeÁrvore milagrosa como um supermercado ao ar livre

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By Kristin Palitza, IPS | Informações de Envolverde | Holistic Health | You Tube | Haiti Chery. Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that produces leaves full of nutrients and medicines, and pods full of protein. The seeds can purify water and furnish cooking oil, and the flowers are decorative and medicinal. Moringa already grows in most of the South where it is often called Malunggai. In Haiti, it is called Benzolivier. Includes a recipe and a water-purification procedure. (English | Portuguese)

Harvesting Water to Save Crops and LivesRecolección de agua para salvar cultivos y vidas

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By Isaiah Esipisu, IPS. If, in Africa and Asia, immediate action were taken to increase investment in diverse methods of water storage, then an estimated 500 million people would benefit from improved agricultural water management. (English | Spanish)

What Does Gaddafi’s Death Mean for Africa?

By Farouk Chothia, BBC News | Editorial Comment, Haiti Chery. The hunt and execution of Col. Muammar Gaddafi will go down in history as one of the great betrayals by Africans.By Farouk Chothia, BBC News | Editorial Comment, Haiti Chery. The hunt and execution of Col. Muammar Gaddafi will go down in history as one of the great betrayals by Africans.By Farouk Chothia, BBC News | Editorial Comment, Haiti Chery. The hunt and execution of Col. Muammar Gaddafi will go down in history as one of the great betrayals by Africans.

The US Power Grab in Africa

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online. Heritage Oil signed juicy deals in Iraqi Kurdistan behind the back of the central government in Baghdad. In Libya, Heritage bought a 51% stake in a local company called Sahara Oil Services; this means it’s now directly involved in operating oil and gas licenses….. Believe it or not, Heritage was the top oil company in Uganda up to 2009, drilling on Lake Albert.By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online. Heritage Oil signed juicy deals in Iraqi Kurdistan behind the back of the central government in Baghdad. In Libya, Heritage bought a 51% stake in a local company called Sahara Oil Services; this means it’s now directly involved in operating oil and gas licenses….. Believe it or not, Heritage was the top oil company in Uganda up to 2009, drilling on Lake Albert.By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online. Heritage Oil signed juicy deals in Iraqi Kurdistan behind the back of the central government in Baghdad. In Libya, Heritage bought a 51% stake in a local company called Sahara Oil Services; this means it’s now directly involved in operating oil and gas licenses….. Believe it or not, Heritage was the top oil company in Uganda up to 2009, drilling on Lake Albert.

Scientists Hail Africa’s Steps Into Space

By Staff Writers, AFP via Space Daily | NASRDA | Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now. Last month Nigeria launched two satellites, Nigeriasat 2 and Nigeriasat X, used for forestry, mapping, disaster monitoring and security applications. In 2009 South Africa launched SumbandilaSat and last year formed its own space agency.By Staff WritersAFP via Space Daily | NASRDA | Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now. Last month Nigeria launched two satellites, Nigeriasat 2 and Nigeriasat X, used for forestry, mapping, disaster monitoring and security applications. In 2009 South Africa launched SumbandilaSat and last year formed its own space agency.By Staff WritersAFP via Space Daily | NASRDA | Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now. Last month Nigeria launched two satellites, Nigeriasat 2 and Nigeriasat X, used for forestry, mapping, disaster monitoring and security applications. In 2009 South Africa launched SumbandilaSat and last year formed its own space agency.

Egypt, Ethiopia Mull Nile Dams Dispute

UPI via Terra Daily Editorial Comment. Finally there is a move afoot to reconsider the water agreements between Nile countries. The previous agreements for sharing the Nile waters had been unfair and involved the U.K. bullying upstream countries for the … Continue reading

Plant a Tree for Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Who Died on September 25, 2011

Eric Law, The Independent | PBS Independent Lens | GRITtv. Wangari Maathai died of cancer on Sunday September 25,2011. The organization she founded, the Green Belt Movement, is responsible for planting millions of trees. But Maathai planted more than trees; she planted ideas, specifically the idea that conflict and climate change are linked.Eric Law, The Independent | PBS Independent Lens | GRITtv. Wangari Maathai died of cancer on Sunday September 25,2011. The organization she founded, the Green Belt Movement, is responsible for planting millions of trees. But Maathai planted more than trees; she planted ideas, specifically the idea that conflict and climate change are linked.Eric Law, The Independent | PBS Independent Lens | GRITtv. Wangari Maathai died of cancer on Sunday September 25,2011. The organization she founded, the Green Belt Movement, is responsible for planting millions of trees. But Maathai planted more than trees; she planted ideas, specifically the idea that conflict and climate change are linked.

Guatemala, the United States’ Field LaboratoryGuatemala, el campo de pruebas de los laboratorios de Estados Unidos

By Jacobo G. García, El Mundo – Spain | Translated by Camden Luxford, Watching America | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Now that money for legitimate science has dried up in the U.S., there are likely to be many more Cutlers. It is better catch them while they’re at it than to seek apologies after their damage is done. (English | Spanish)

Putting Trees on Farms Fundamental to Future Agricultural Development

By Staff Writers, SPX via Seed Daily. As natural vegetation and forests are cleared for agriculture and other types of development, the benefits that trees provide are best sustained by integrating them into agriculturally productive landscapes.