New Ebola Outbreaks in Humans Follow Antidote Development in Monkeys

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By George Dvorsky, io9 | By Francis Kagolo and Ismael Kasooha, New Vision. In mid-June 2012, scientists reported that Ebola-infected monkeys could be cured by the administration of a chemical cocktail within 24 hours of the initial exposure. About one month later, there was an Ebola outbreak in Uganda and after this, an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These news beg a number of questions on ethics.

Ugandans Fight U.S. Export of Virulent Anti-Homosexual Hatred | Murders of Iraqi LGBT | Ugandeses Luchan contra la exportación de EE.UU. del virulento odio contra los homosexuales

By Charundi Panagoda and Jim Lobe, IPS | Karlos Zurutuza, IPS. The U.S. civil rights group Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) against a U.S. right-wing evangelist leader for inciting hatred against homosexuals in Uganda that has led to the murder of activist David Kato and other kinds of violence. Meanwhile, dozens of bodies of murdered gays and lesbians are appearing in Baghdad’s streets, and over 720 LGBT persons have been killed in Iraq in the past 6 years. A rhetoric of likening gays to satanists is associated with the violence in both Uganda and Iraq. (English | Spanish)

Don’t Force Statehood on Somalia

A fisherman carries a sword fish on his head from the Indian Ocean in the port city of Kismayu (Credit: Reuters).

By Richard Dowden, African Arguments | Haiti Chery. “The model for Somalia is Switzerland…. Somalia’s nomadic tradition makes it a self-sufficient, individualistic society bound by complicated codes of loyalty and rivalry…. Strong centralised states are the legacy of colonial rulers and unsurprisingly the inheritor governments have kept it that way.” – Richard Dowden.

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.

Forest-Dependent Communities Lobby for End of REDD+

By Kristin Palitza, IPS. DURBAN, South Africa – The UN program to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) has been touted as a global scheme to conserve forests but is just a way to pour a lot of money into forests so international investors make big profits.

Too Many People, Too Much Consumption | The Most Overpopulated Nation

A tiny fraction of the 7 billion humans currently living on Earth

By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Yale Environment 360 | Eco-Watch. “Perpetual growth is the creed of the cancer cell.” The view that overpopulation is not our problem just does not wash. Using the I = P x A x T equation, one can see that the population problem in the U.S. is the most serious in the world. The total impact of the U.S. is gigantic, several hundred times that of Bangladesh. These classic articles date from 1992 and 2008, which makes them all the more relevant and urgent.By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Yale Environment 360 | Eco-Watch. “Perpetual growth is the creed of the cancer cell.” The view that overpopulation is not our problem just does not wash. Using the I = P x A x T equation, one can see that the population problem in the U.S. is the most serious in the world. The total impact of the U.S. is gigantic, several hundred times that of Bangladesh. These classic articles date from 1992 and 2008, which makes them all the more relevant and urgent.By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Yale Environment 360 | Eco-Watch. “Perpetual growth is the creed of the cancer cell.” The view that overpopulation is not our problem just does not wash. Using the I = P x A x T equation, one can see that the population problem in the U.S. is the most serious in the world. The total impact of the U.S. is gigantic, several hundred times that of Bangladesh. These classic articles date from 1992 and 2008, which makes them all the more relevant and urgent.

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.

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

Endangered Monkey Survives in Tiny Private ParadiseMono tocón subsiste en pequeño paraíso privado

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By Milagros Salazar, IPS. The Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) has found refuge in a tiny slice of forest in San Martín, Peru, preserved by one woman. (English | Spanish)By Milagros Salazar, IPS. The Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) found refuge in a tiny slice of forest in San Martín, Peru, preserved by one woman.By Milagros Salazar, IPS. The Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) found refuge in a tiny slice of forest in San Martín, Peru, preserved by one woman.

Former First Lady Mildred Aristide on Her Historic Return to Haiti: “Aristide is Ever Present in the Haitian Psyche and History”

Interview of First Lady Mildred Aristide with Amy Goodman Democracy Now! “It’s beyond ‘We want a democratically elected government.’ It’s beyond ‘We want a transparent government. We want elections every four years.’ It’s a demand for a new kind of … Continue reading

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.