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Rich Men in London Still Deciding Africa’s Future

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/24/rich-men-in-london-still-deciding-africas-future/

Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In return for receiving aid money and corporate investment, African countries have to change their laws, making it easier for corporations to acquire farmland, control seed supplies and export produce.

Last year, Director of the Global Justice Now Nick Dearden said:

“It’s scandalous that UK aid money is being used to carve up Africa in the interests of big business. This is the exact opposite of what is needed, which is support to small-scale farmers and fairer distribution of land and resources to give African countries more control over their food systems. Africa can produce enough food to feed its people. The problem is that our food system is geared to the luxury tastes of the richest, not the needs of ordinary people. Here the British government is using aid money to make the problem even worse.”

Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Benin, Malawi and Senegal are all involved in the New Alliance

To see this in action, we need look no further to a conference held on Monday 23 March in London, organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This secretive, invitation-only meeting with aid donors and big seed companies discussed a strategy to make it easier for these companies to sell patented seeds in Africa and thus increase corporate control of seeds
Full Article: Rich Men in London Still Deciding Africa’s Future

Note: Ethiopian statists are currently stealing Oromo land, Burkina Faso has French and US military fighting the terrorist bogeyman al-whatever-we-want-to-call-it, Nigeria has Bogus Haram.
I am contemptous of these “terror” groups as their actions progress statist/pirate interests! Furthermore with the outsourcing of murder by the Statists and corporate pirates to mercenaries it requires little imagination to envision convenient acts of terror.
This is the context within which to view the “humanitarian” Ebola and vaccinations projects ongoing in Africa. You are free to believe that the monopolistic psychotic corporate pirates and their statists legal covermen care for humanity.

Hammond + Bundy “Ranches” — Volcanoes, Gold, URANIUM + BLM / Government

Published on 4 Jan 2016
Armed standoff in Oregon due to a ‘Rancher’ and a fight with the BLM?
Deja Vu!
This just happened in Oregon a few months ago, and again in 2014 in Nevada with the Bundy “ranch”!
But there is something hidden behind these “ranchers”, and the government that I think we should all be made aware of (before you put your support behind these strangers out in the woods, or before you might support the BLM on any claim, you should know that there is serious MONEY at stake in the ground at each location — read on to find out how/why)…
Note: Farmland, mining resources, oil…we see the commonality in Oromia, Liberia, Sudan, Congo, Mali, Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc.

How does all this relate to Ebola? Corporate/statist interests override real concerns for human welfare. Psycopathic greed vs empathy and fair trading. Real health vs vaccine profiteering. Natural food vs GMO food patents. Land, water and food appropriated for corporate profit.

So called intelligent beings insulated from personal responsibility and conscience by their statist or corporate “interests” whilst destroying their habitat and each other.

We have to de-contruct the fictions we believe like money, government and corporations. It is one of the challenges…unraveling the fictions of control and dependency.

How big agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland.

http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/green-rush
There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland. A nation more associated with periodic famine and acute childhood malnutrition than with agricultural bounty is leasing millions of hectares — an area the size of Belgium — to foreign companies, who want to grow and export food to places like Saudi Arabia, China, India, and Europe.

One-third of the fertile Gambella area in western Ethiopia, for example, is being leased for the next 50 years by the Bangalore-based food company Karuturi Global. Forests are being clear-cut, swamps drained, rivers diverted, and whole villages moved to make way for flower farms and palm-oil and rice plantations. “It is very good land. It is quite cheap…. We have no land like this in India,” effused Karuturi’s project manager Karmjeet Shekhon to the Guardiansoon after the lease was settled in 2011.

The government in Addis Ababa says it needs foreign companies like Karuturi Global to help create jobs, raise Ethiopia’s income from food exports, and develop the agricultural technology and infrastructure that can bring the impoverished country into the mainstream of the global market economy. It has enticed investors with tax breaks alongside rock-bottom lease rates (as little as $1 per hectare per year).

But at what cost — to land rights, to human health, to the environment, to national stability?

Liberia has reportedly signed concessions for nearly one-third of its national territory in recent years. (Liberia, like many other African nations, claims government ownership of all the country’s arable land.) Half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo‘s agricultural lands are being leased to grow crops, including palm oil for the production of biofuels. Perhaps the largest single venture to date is the ProSavana Project in northern Mozambique, where an area roughly the size of Switzerland and Austria combined has been leased by Brazilian and Japanese companies to produce soybeans and maize for export.
Full article: How big agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland

Breaking the Silence: the Hard Truth about the Oromo Nation Uprising in Ethiopia

Who are these investors?
“The Ethiopian Federal Government illegally sold Oromo land, including urban land, in the city of Addis Ababa which is the center of Oromia Regional State. The suburban areas around the city of Addis Ababa were sold to investors and the rest has been given to Government officials…”

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HRLHA Appeal and Request for immediate Action

January 3, 2016

Appeal To:

The US Department of State Secretary
His Excellency Mr. John Kerry
WASHINGTON, D.C. HEADQUARTERS>
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OFMInfo@state.gov
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UK  Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
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Fax: 020 7219 5851
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Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)
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Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sweden)
Her Excellency Margot Wallström
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WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 4 November 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-4-november-2015

Ebola Situation Report - 4 November 2015

  • One new confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was reported from Guinea in the week to 1 November. The case is the newborn child of a 25-year-old woman who was confirmed as a case in the prefecture of Forecariah during the previous week…
  • Case incidence has remained at 5 confirmed cases or fewer per week for 14 consecutive weeks…
Country Case definition Cumulative cases Cases in past 21 days Cumulative deaths
Guinea Confirmed 3351 7 2083
Probable 453 * 453
Suspected 6 *
Total 3810 7 2536
Liberia§ Confirmed 3151
Probable 1879
Suspected 5636
Total 10 666 4806
Liberia** Confirmed 6 0 2
Probable * *
Suspected *
Total 6 0 2
Sierra Leone Confirmed 8704 0 3589
Probable 287 * 208
Suspected 5098 * 158
Total 14 089 0 3955
Total Confirmed 15 212 7
Probable 2619 *
Suspected 10 740 *
Total 28 571 7 11 299

WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 30 September 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-30-september-2015

WHO - Ebola Situation Report - 30 September 2015
There were 4 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 27 September, all in Guinea. Case incidence has remained below 10 cases per week since the end of July this year. Over the same period, transmission of the virus has been geographically confined to several small areas in western Guinea and Sierra Leone, marking a transition to a distinct, third phase of the epidemic

Table 1: Confirmed, probable, and suspected EVD cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

Country Case definition Cumulative cases Cases in past 21 days Cumulative deaths
Guinea Confirmed 3344 6 2080
Probable 453 * 453
Suspected 8 *
Total 3805 6 2533
Liberia§ Confirmed 3151
Probable 1879
Suspected 5636
Total 10 666 4806
Liberia** Confirmed 6 0 2
Probable * *
Suspected *
Total 6 0 2
Sierra Leone Confirmed 8704 5 3589
Probable 287 * 208
Suspected 4920 * 158
Total 13 911 5 3955
Total Confirmed 15 205 11
Probable 2619 *
Suspected 10 564 *
Total 28 388 11 11 296

Note: All data and comments above are verbatim from sitrep site.

WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 5 August 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-5-august-2015
WHO - Ebola Situation Report - 5 August 2015
There were 2 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 2 August: 1 in Guinea and 1 in Sierra Leone. This is the lowest weekly total to have been reported since March 2014, and marks a third consecutive decline in weekly case incidence

Country Case definition Cumulative cases Cases in past 21 days Cumulative deaths
Guinea Confirmed 3327 27 2070
Probable 452 * 452
Suspected 5 *
Total 3784 27 2522
Liberia§ Confirmed 3151
Probable 1879
Suspected 5636
Total 10 666 4806
Liberia** Confirmed 6 0 2
Probable 0 *
Suspected *
Total 6 0 2
Sierra Leone Confirmed 8695 7 3585
Probable 287 * 208
Suspected 4424 * 158
Total 13 406 7 3951
Total Confirmed 15 179 34
Probable 2618 *
Suspected 10 065 *
Total 27 862 34 11 281
Data not available. **Cases reported before 9 May 2015 are shaded blue. Due to ongoing surveillance and retrospective validation of cases and deaths, these totals may be subject to revision.

Note: The question which needs to be addressed is the the validity of the PCR tests themselves. 11281 confirmed “Ebola” deaths?