The Dead Lands, A Novel By Benjamin Percy

In Benjamin Percy’s new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders.

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Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon.

Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.

The Author

Benjamin

Benjamin Percy is the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Time, Tin House and elsewhere. His honors include the Pushcart Prize, an NEA grant, the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and a Whiting Award. Raised in the high desert of central Oregon, he lives in Minnesota.

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/benjamin-percy/the-dead-lands/9781455528240/

 

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The Unfortunate Importance Of Beauty

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A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise.

In the heart of New York City, a group of artistic friends struggles with society’s standards of beauty. At the center are Barb and Lily, two women at opposite ends of the beauty spectrum, but with the same problem: each fears she will never find a love that can overcome her looks. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, makes herself ugly in hopes of finding true love. Meanwhile, her friend Lily, a brilliantly talented but plain-looking musician, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the man who has rejected her—with results that are as touching as they are transformative.

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To complicate matters, Barb and Lily discover that they may have a murderer in their midst, that Barb’s calm disposition is more dangerously provocative than her beauty ever was, and that Lily’s musical talents are more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Part literary whodunit, part surrealist farce, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty serves as a smart, modern-day fairy tale. With biting wit and offbeat charm, Amanda Filipacchi illuminates the labyrinthine relationship between beauty, desire, and identity, asking at every turn: what does it truly mean to allow oneself to be seen?

The Author

Amanda

Amanda Filipacchi is the author of four novels: Nude Men, Vapor, Love Creeps, and, just out, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (W. W. Norton, Feb. 2015). Her fiction has appeared in Best American Humor and elsewhere.

Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives in New York.

http://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Filipacchi/e/B000AQ1RN8

 

 

 

 

NIH Prohibits The Right Remedy Against HIV/AIDS

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Diagnosis: Lichen planus / Human immunodeficiency virus infection / Wart Condyloma acuminatum.

By Johan Van Dongen and Joel Savage

According to Tanzanian Reverend Babu Ambilikile Masapila, the ‘Loliondo drink’ could cure practically all forms of human ailments including Cancer, Diabetes, and HIV-Aids, something which is not yet scientifically proved. But what we scientifically can prove is the fact that the male sex hormone dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA is one of the best agents against Aids.

 

DHEA a natural hormone against Aids

Surprisingly, knowledge is delivered on the value of the male sex hormone  DHEA. This hormone is a well-known hormone that is helpful and fundamental to good health, not only is a growth stimulator, but also as a growth regulator. It has a strong controlling effect against abnormal cell proliferation because the enzymes necessary for the metabolism of DHEA are found in almost every tissue of the human body. This means, according to Van Dongen, that the name ‘sex hormone’ actually is a wrong or contradicting name for this hormone.

Next to many other functions in the body of males and females, has a blocking effect against the damaging effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Protecting DHEA-receptors have even been found on immune competent cells throughout the body, including the brain. This hormone helps individuals to cope with social and physical stress because it helps to prevent a negative effect on the hippocampus function of the brain.

This is extremely important for HIV/AIDS patients. It helps the healing process and improves the state of mind. Given in the right dose, it cannot be refrained from in the natural fighting off the HIV/AIDS virus. It induces an improvement of the anabolic growth factor, increases muscle strength and strongly activates the immune system. It raises the quality of life by providing a strong working against the HIV/AIDS virus. But again Van Dongen discovered to his bewilderment and a great surprise that DHEA was prohibited by the American Government in 1985, despite the fact that it’s a normal natural hormone protecting us against diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Sugar and Sulfur a remedy against HIV/AIDS

Now another helpful medicine against HIV/AIDS is described. A chemical bonding between sugar and sulfur, under the name dextran-sulphate, causes an extraordinary strong blocking of the HIV/AIDS virus according to Van Dongen. This substance has been on the free market in Japan since 1963 and circulates in the west only in a non-legal circuit.

The code name of dextran sulfate is UA001

It is known for its anti-coagulating and anti-lipemic (helping to regulate the level of lipid in the blood.) When in 1985, pharmaceutical researchers Moelling and Diringer discovered that dextran sulfate, (UA001,) was very effective in fighting the HIV/AIDS virus, they filed a patent application for the substance, which also in 1985 was granted by the German Max Planck Gesellschaft.

The Japanese researcher S. Kueno and the American scientist D.I. Abrams in 1986 found proof of the efficacy of dextran sulphate against the HIV/AIDS virus. In 1987 the Drug Development Committee of the Natural Institutes of Health (NIH, USA,) in connection with representatives, the American government has discussed the experiments that Kueno and Abrams have conducted with dextran sulfate in the Abrams-clinic of the general hospital of San Francisco.

It was borne out from these experiments that just after eight weeks the healing effect of the substance was shown in a population of white homosexuals. But when Abrams himself, according to Van Dongen, discouraged the research against this natural and harmless medication against the HIV/AIDS virus, by stating that “Lymphocyte subset analyses were not significantly affected,” it did not take long before treatments with dextran sulphate disappeared from the medical scene (please see also note 1 at bottom of the page.)

So it seems it the American medical authorities again started downplaying a highly promising HIV/AIDS medicine. So, the Drug Development (Mafioso) Committee of the Natural Institutes of Health, as an extension of the pharmaceutical industry did the job thoroughly.

The German pharmaceutical chemist Moelling, who as we saw before, was involved in discovering the therapeutic value of dextran sulphate against the HIV/AIDS virus, wrote a few remarkable sentences in the Deutsche Aerzteblatt, the official German medical journal, indicating the troubled state of affairs the regular research into the effects of dextran sulphate had ended into a black male nurse, from San Francisco.

Nicknamed ‘The Dextran Man,’ was roaming the country selling the substance, which can be obtained by the black market in Canada, or legitimately from pharmacies in Japan. This is the end of any controlled study on the efficacy of the substance.

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The sad end of life: Victim of AIDS.

Johan van Dongen’s statement

It may be interesting in some future articles to delve into the causes of the HIV/AIDS medicines suppression more deeply. It is of course highly saddening to see that Mafioso medical authorities have generally denied talking about the real causes of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But it became almost unbelievable that these same authorities have denied the people a cure for HIV/AIDS.

The most shameful observation which may put the whole medical profession and industry into a great danger of survival, once this knowledge reaches the public awareness, and in regards to the journalistic profession and the media, who should write about all these crimes? Is there a journalistic profession out there or there isn’t a single medical journalist? All evidence about our allegations against African leaders, pharmaceutical industries, journalists and media etc; have been described and mentioned in our book: “Aids the greatest crime in medical history against mankind,” published on amazon.com.

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Although not mentioned still, some research may have been done on dextran sulfate in connection to the HIV/AIDS subject. The link evidence to support this study is provided underneath, yet access to the specified article is denied or forbidden.

http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=102192252.html

Article reference:

Orally administered dextran sulfate is absorbed in the HIV+ individual. Hiebert L, Jaques LB, Williams K, Conly J; International Conference on HIV/AIDS. Int Conf HIV/AIDS. 991 Jun 16-21; 7: 107 (abstract no. W.A.1060). Department of Veterinary Physiological Sciences, Royal University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Important video and true account books to remind you that Aids is not far from us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vix9OlEU_I

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Aids Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We? A book by Joel Savage

http://www.amazon.com/AIDS-AND-EBOLA-Greatest-Medical-ebook/dp/B00QZCYMSS

 

http://www.amazon.com/AIDS-Doesnt-Discriminate-So-Why/dp/1621372936

Emperor Haile Selassie’s Address To The United Nations Which Part Of The Speech Became Bob Marley’s Hit

There are thousands of great people from all walks of life worldwide, but only few become famous after death. Bob Marley is one of them. I think in every corner of the world, there is no one who would mention the names of reggae artists, without first mentioning his name. Like Peter Tosh, the life and music of Bob Marley is an endless account.

Belgian-African journalist and author Joel Savage, highlights on one of the great songs which made Bob Marley famous in his early musical career. Out of the speech of former Ethiopia leader, Emperor Haile Selassie, which was delivered in Geneva in 1963, Bob Marley played the hit named ‘War.’ Bob would have been 70 on February 6, 2015, if he is alive.

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The late Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates: 

Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader.I spoke then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I gave in 1936.

Today, I stand before the world organization which has succeeded to the mantle discarded by its discredited predecessor. In this body is enshrined the principle of collective security which I unsuccessfully invoked at Geneva. Here, in this Assembly, reposes the best – perhaps the last – hope for the peaceful survival of mankind.

In 1936, I declared that it was not the Covenant of the League that was at stake, but international morality. Undertakings, I said then, are of little worth if the will to keep them is lacking. The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.

But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honor them and give them content and meaning. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man’s basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act – and if necessary, to suffer and die – for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and un-remedied. These lessons must be learned anew by each succeeding generation, and that generation is fortunate indeed which learns from other than its own bitter experience. This Organization and each of its members bear a crushing and awesome responsibility: to absorb the wisdom of history and to apply it to the problems of the present, in order that future generations may be born, and live, and die, in peace.

The record of the United Nations during the few short years of its life affords mankind a solid basis for encouragement and hope for the future. The United Nations has dared to act, when the League dared not in Palestine, in Korea, in Suez, in the Congo. There is not one among us today who does not conjecture upon the reaction of this body when motives and actions are called into question. The opinion of this Organization today acts as a powerful influence upon the decisions of its members. The spotlight of world opinion, focused by the United Nations upon the transgressions of the renegades of human society, has thus far proved an effective safeguard against unchecked aggression and unrestricted violation of human rights.

The United Nations continues to sense as the forum where nations whose interests clash may lay their cases before world opinion. It still provides the essential escape valve without which the slow build-up of pressures would have long since resulted in catastrophic explosion. Its actions and decisions have speed the achievement of freedom by many people on the continents of Africa and Asia. Its efforts have contributed to the advancement of the standard of living of peoples in all corners of the world.

For this, all men must give thanks. As I stand here today, how faint, how remote are the memories of 1936.How different in 1963 are the attitudes of men. We then existed in an atmosphere of suffocating pessimism. Today, cautious yet buoyant optimism is the prevailing spirit. But each one of us here knows that what has been accomplished is not enough.

The United Nations judgments have been and continue to be subject to frustration, as individual member-states have ignored its pronouncements and disregarded its recommendations. The Organization’s sinews have been weakened, as member-states have shirked their obligations to it. The authority of the Organization has been mocked, as individual member-states have proceeded, in violation of its commands, to pursue their own aims and ends. The troubles which continue to plague us virtually all arise among member states of the Organization, but the Organization remains impotent to enforce acceptable solutions. As the maker and enforcer of the international law, what the United Nations has achieved still falls regrettably short of our goal of an international community of nations.

This does not mean that the United Nations has failed. I have lived too long to cherish many illusions about the essential high mindedness of men when brought into stark confrontation with the issue of control over their security, and their property interests. Not even now, when so much is at hazard would many nations willingly entrust their destinies to other hands.

Yet, this is the ultimatum presented to us: secure the conditions whereby men will entrust their security to a larger entity, or risk annihilation; persuade men that their salvation rests in the subordination of national and local interests to the interests of humanity, or endanger man’s future. These are the objectives, yesterday unobtainable, today essential, which we must labor to achieve.

Until this is accomplished, mankind’s future remains hazardous and permanent peace a matter for speculation. There is no single magic formula, no one simple step, no words, whether written into the Organization’s Charter or into a treaty between states, which can automatically guarantee to us what we seek.Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an “is”, it is a “becoming.”

We cannot escape the dreadful possibility of catastrophe by miscalculation. But we can reach the right decisions on the myriad subordinate problems which each new day poses, and we can thereby make our contribution and perhaps the most that can be reasonably expected of us in 1963 to the preservation of peace. It is here that the United Nations has served us – not perfectly, but well. And in enhancing the possibilities that the Organization may serve us better, we serve and bring closer our most cherished goals.

I would mention briefly today two particular issues which are of deep concern to all men: disarmament and the establishment of true equality among men. Disarmament has become the urgent imperative of our time. I do not say this because I equate the absence of arms to peace, or because I believe that bringing an end to the nuclear arms race automatically guarantees the peace, or because the elimination of nuclear warheads from the arsenals of the world will bring in its wake that change in attitude requisite to the peaceful settlement of disputes between nations. Disarmament is vital today, quite simply, because of the immense destructive capacity of which men dispose.

Ethiopia supports the atmospheric nuclear test ban treaty as a step towards this goal, even though only a partial step. Nations can still perfect weapons of mass destruction by underground testing. There is no guarantee against the sudden, unannounced resumption of testing in the atmosphere.

The real significance of the treaty is that it admits of a tacit stalemate between the nations which negotiated it, a stalemate which recognizes the blunt, unavoidable fact that none would emerge from the total destruction which would be the lot of all in a nuclear war, a stalemate which affords us and the United Nations a breathing space in which to act.

Here is our opportunity and our challenge. If the nuclear powers are prepared to declare a truce, let us seize the moment to strengthen the institutions and procedures which will serve as the means for the pacific settlement of disputes among men. Conflicts between nations will continue to arise. The real issue is whether they are to be resolved by force, or by resort to peaceful methods and procedures, administered by impartial institutions. This very Organization itself is the greatest such institution, and it is in a more powerful United Nations that we seek, and it is here that we shall find, the assurance of a peaceful future.

Were a real and effective disarmament achieved and the funds now spent in the arms race devoted to the amelioration of man’s state; were we to concentrate only on the peaceful uses of nuclear knowledge, how vastly and in how short a time might we change the conditions of mankind. This should be our goal.

When we talk of the equality of man, we find, also, a challenge and an opportunity; a challenge to breathe new life into the ideals enshrined in the Charter, an opportunity to bring men closer to freedom and true equality. and thus, closer to a love of peace.

The goal of the equality of man which we seek is the antithesis of the exploitation of one people by another with which the pages of history and in particular those written of the African and Asian continents, speak at such length. Exploitation, thus viewed, has many faces. But whatever guise it assumes, this evil is to be shunned where it does not exist and crushed where it does. It is the sacred duty of this Organization to ensure that the dream of equality is finally realized for all men to whom it is still denied, to guarantee that exploitation is not reincarnated in other forms in places whence it has already been banished.

As a free Africa has emerged during the past decade, a fresh attack has been launched against exploitation, wherever it still exists. And in that interaction so common to history, this in turn, has stimulated and encouraged the remaining dependent peoples to renewed efforts to throw off the yoke which has oppressed them and its claim as their birthright the twin ideals of liberty and equality. This very struggle is a struggle to establish peace, and until victory is assured, that brotherhood and understanding which nourish and give life to peace can be but partial and incomplete.

In the United States of America, the administration of President Kennedy is leading a vigorous attack to eradicate the remaining vestige of racial discrimination from this country. We know that this conflict will be won and that right will triumph. In this time of trial, these efforts should be encouraged and assisted, and we should lend our sympathy and support to the American Government today.

Last May, in Addis Ababa, I convened a meeting of Heads of African States and Governments. In three days, the thirty-two nations represented at that Conference demonstrated to the world that when the will and the determination exist, nations and peoples of diverse backgrounds can and will work together. in unity, to the achievement of common goals and the assurance of that equality and brotherhood which we desire.

On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson:

The Great Bob Marley used this part of Haile Selassie’s speech below for his hit called “War.”

That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation. That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes.

That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will.

Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.

The United Nations has done much, both directly and indirectly to speed the disappearance of discrimination and oppression from the earth. Without the opportunity to focus world opinion on Africa and Asia which this Organization provides, the goal, for many, might still lie ahead, and the struggle would have taken far longer. For this, we are truly grateful.

But more can be done. The basis of racial discrimination and colonialism has been economic, and it is with economic weapons that these evils have been and can be overcome. In pursuance of resolutions adopted at the Addis Ababa Summit Conference, African States have undertaken certain measures in the economic field which, if adopted by all member states of the United Nations, would soon reduce intransigence to reason. I ask, today, for adherence to these measures by every nation represented here which is truly devoted to the principles enunciated in the Charter.

I do not believe that Portugal and South Africa are prepared to commit economic or physical suicide if honorable and reasonable alternatives exist. I believe that such alternatives can be found. But I also know that unless peaceful solutions are devised, counsels of moderation and temperance will avail for naught; and another blow will have been dealt to this Organization which will hamper and weaken still further its usefulness in the struggle to ensure the victory of peace and liberty over the forces of strife and oppression. Here, then, is the opportunity presented to us. We must act while we can, while the occasion exists to exert those legitimate pressures available to us, lest time run out and resort be had to less happy means.

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The late Robert Nester Marley.

Does this Organization today possess the authority and the will to act? And if it does not, are we prepared to clothe it with the power to create and enforce the rule of law? Or is the Charter a mere collection of words, without content and substance, because the essential spirit is lacking? The time in which to ponder these questions is all too short. The pages of history are full of instances in which the unwanted and the shunned nonetheless occurred because men waited to act until too late. We can brook no such delay.

If we are to survive, this Organization must survive. To survive, it must be strengthened. Its executive must be vested with great authority. The means for the enforcement of its decisions must be fortified, and, if they do not exist, they must be devised. Procedures must be established to protect the small and the weak when threatened by the strong and the mighty. All nations which fulfill the conditions of membership must be admitted and allowed to sit in this assemblage.

Equality of representation must be assured in each of its organs. The possibilities which exist in the United Nations to provide the medium whereby the hungry may be fed, the naked clothed, the ignorant instructed, must be seized on and exploited for the flower of peace is not sustained by poverty and want. To achieve this requires courage and confidence. The courage, I believe, we possess. The confidence must be created, and to create confidence we must act courageously.

The great nations of the world would do well to remember that in the modern age even their own fates are not wholly in their hands. Peace demands the united efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse? It is not only the small and the weak who must scrupulously observe their obligations to the United Nations and to each other.

Unless the smaller nations are accorded their proper voice in the settlement of the world’s problems, unless the equality which Africa and Asia have struggled to attain is reflected in expanded membership in the institutions which make up the United Nations, confidence will come just that much harder. Unless the rights of the least of men are as assiduously protected as those of the greatest, the seeds of confidence will fall on barren soil.

The stake of each one of us is identical – life or death. We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.

When I spoke at Geneva in 1936, there was no precedent for a head of state addressing the League of Nations. I am neither the first, nor will I be the last head of state to address the United Nations, but only I have addressed both the League and this Organization in this capacity. The problems which confront us today are, equally, unprecedented. They have no counterparts in human experience. Men search the pages of history for solutions, for precedents, but there are none.

This, then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the answers to the questions which have never before been posed? We must look, first, to Almighty God, Who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity which He created in His image. And we must look into ourselves, into the depth of our souls.

We must become something we have never been and for which our education and experience and environment have ill-prepared us. We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

Oct. 6, 1963

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Bob Marley sings ‘War’ below. Taken from the album Rastaman Vibration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XHEPoMNP0I

Ivorian Reggae Star, Alpha Blondy, didn’t only recorded his album ‘JERUSALEM’ with Bob Marley’s group, ‘The Wailers’ but also inspired by Bob Marley’s ‘War’ song, Alpha Blondy recorded the French version of the song.

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Alpha Blondy, recorded the French version of Bob Marley’s ‘War.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEnEcFXuEXk

Who says Rastafarians worship Haile Selassie? Rastafarians worship only JAH, the living God, but revere and hold Haile Selassie in high esteem. Haile Selassie known as Ras Tafari, originates from the descendants of King David and has inspired the Rasta movement today.

Interested in Reggae music? Read Joel Savage’s “The Passion of Reggae And African Music,” and to know the life and music of great artists behind the reggae music.

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Passion-Reggae-African-Music/dp/1621373487

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Joel Savage interviews the great Joseph Hill of the group called ‘CULTURE.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Significance Of Kente Cloth In Ghana

Kente cloth in Ghana

Ex-Ghanaian leader Jerry John Rawlings, ex- president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in Kente outfits.

Certain products lift the image of a country, as the sole manufacturer of that great product. Historically, traditionally and culturally, Kente products and wears have brought recognition to Ghana, through the history of the Ashanti history. Can we say then that Kente cloth originates from the Ashanti?

 

The tradition of Kente cloth is said to have been developed in the 17th century and stems from ancient Akan weaving techniques, dating as far back as the 11th century AD. The beautifully woven cloth even though is associated with the culture of Ivory Coast; history reveals originated from Ghana.

Ghana’s fame as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence reflects on its traditional Kente cloth, worn on every occasion, including ceremonies, festivals, and royal events. Kente designs aren’t just fashion but have stories with proverbial meaning, giving each cloth its own distinction.

 

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Boxer Muhammad Ali and former Ghanaian leader, late Kwame Nkrumah. The boxer put on Kente cloth on his arrival in Ghana.

Kente remains a symbol of national pride, not only for Ghanaians but also for Africans in the Diaspora.  For example, African Americans highlight their connection to the African continent, proudly presenting Kente in celebrations of African American heritage, such as Black History Month.

Many Africa-Americans wear it to show their awareness or support of “Black Pride.” Thus, the United States and other parts of the world are today central to the African art market and the livelihood of artists in Ghana. You can’t visit Ghana without exploring the rich traditional culture of Ghana by wearing Kente cloth. Even at overseas conferences, Ghanaians in Kente cloth always stole the show.

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“I am happy to have my first Kente Cloth,” says the baby.

Digital Version Of ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ Set For May Release

Original Article from Huffingtonpost.com by Hillei Italie.

One of the last major digital holdouts, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” should soon be available as an e-book, the attorney for the late activist’s estate told The Associated Press.

L. Londell McMillan said Friday that a digital edition will likely be out by May 19, what would have been Malcolm X’s 90th birthday, and that the estate expects to self-publish the book. Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Malcolm’s assassination.

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Malcolm X in Africa.

“Malcolm X was a fervent advocate for self-help, self-reliance and self-respect,” McMillan said in explaining why the estate favored self-publishing over releasing the e-book through the publisher of the paper editions, Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

“Today’s technology allows for innovative means to share content and add to it for educational, cultural and commercial purposes. Malcolm X did not grant all rights to a publisher in perpetuity. The works and rights of Malcolm X belong to his children and the community, not a publisher.”

McMillan said that the estate, X Legacy LLC, also hopes to release an audiobook and to self-publish other works by Malcolm, including speeches, letters and diaries. In November 2013, the estate sued to prevent a Chicago-based publisher from releasing a diary Malcolm X kept near the end of his life.

“We shall vigorously file legal action to protect those intellectual property rights,” McMillan said.

Malcolm X In Cairo

The autobiography is a collaboration with Alex Haley published in 1965, soon after Malcolm was killed. It was immediately acclaimed as a riveting account of Malcolm X’s self-transformation, has sold millions of copies and is widely regarded as one of the most important memoirs in American history. Porscha Burke, a publishing manager and associate editor at Random House, told the AP that the hardcover and paperbacks of the autobiography were “precious jewels” and noted that the publisher had prepared special editions for the 50th anniversary of the book’s release.

“While we would be honored to be asked to publish an e-book edition, we are aware, and respectful, of the estate’s interest in publishing the work as an e-book under their own direction,” Burke wrote in an email.

Agents have long complained that e-book royalties paid by traditional publishers are too low, but rarely have works as popular as “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” been self-published or released through a third party. J.K. Rowling decided to sell e-editions of her “Harry Potter” books through her own Pottermore web site. Such celebrated novels as Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying” are published as e-books through the digital company Open Road Integrated Media.

The number of works not offered electronically has shrunk rapidly in the past few years, with even such devotees of paper as Harper Lee and Ray Bradbury permitting e-books. J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher In the Rye” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” are among the few major books still unavailable digitally.

Thabo Mbeki Of South Africa Against AZT: Pharmaceutical Agent For Profit

By Johan Van Dongen and Joel Savage

In the previous articles, we have taken notice of several ‘alternative’ medicines such as Kemron and Suramin for Aids, which have been suppressed by the medical and governmental agencies, supported by the American Centers for Disease Control, amongst others financed by the Rockefeller Foundation. All according to the description and research as laid down in Johan van Dongen’s 2003 book: “Aids, de grootste misdaad in de medische geschiedenis.” – ‘Aids, the greatest crime in medical history.’

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In today’s article, we make an excursus by telling something about the officially accepted and promoted Aids drugs called ‘Anti-retrovirals,’ which derive their name from the fact or theory that Aids is being caused by a retrovirus. Re-trovirals, such as HIV, as do even the firms concede that produce them, do not pretend to be able to cure Aids, but they may be hoped for to extend the life expectancy of HIV/Aids patients with a number of years.

The fact that anti-retrovirals are no real cure for Aids, was confirmed in 2007 by the director Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIAID, who was reported to have said at an International Aids conference: “As for a cure, let’s just stop talking about it.” He also said: “So far we have not come even close to truly eradicating it in anyone, and I think we should just stop talking about it,” quoted from: Janine Roberts book: “Fear of the Invisible”; p. 203.

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Aids doesn’t discriminate. A victim of medical crime.

Zidovudine or Azidothymidine a pharmaceutical agent for profit

High court advocate Mr. Anthony Brink

While dealing with anti-retrovirals we will concentrate on the most infamous anti-retroviral drug called Azidothymidine AZT, which is also known under its more technical name Zidovudine. It was first commercially sold under the name Retrovir. In our discussion about AZT we like to refer here to the excellent work of South African former high court advocate, Mr. Anthony Brink, who has published extensively about AZT.

Three of his AZT books, Debating AZT, Introducing AZT and poisoning our children: AZT in pregnancy can be downloaded for free from his website. After reading Brink’s first book, South African President Thabo Mbeki ordered an enquiry into the safety of this AIDS drug in October 1999. Anthony Brink is also founder of the South African Treatment Information Group TIG, in opposition to the Treatment Action Campaign TAC, which was founded by Mr. Zackie Achmat in order to promote retroviral treatment with AZT.

Brink, through providing the former South African president ThaboMbeki and his health minister Doctor. Tshabalala Msimang with his expert knowledge on AZT, had convinced Mbeki of the dangers of this highly poisonous substance. This aroused considerable controversy in South-Africa over the past decade and although anti-retrovirals have been made available in South Africa after legal pressure brought to bear by the TAC, the debate about the utility and the toxicity of anti-retroviral drugs are still going on in South Africa; see also Brinks affidavit against TAC in a 2006 lawsuit (http://j.mp/fX7Hue).

Thabo Mbeki called a lunatic by the producers of AZT

In 1998, Thabo Mbeki criticized the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for concluding that ANC members had carried out widespread torture and killed opponents, not unlike their white oppressors. Aids has hit Africa the hardest of any continent and a woman called Gugu Dlamini, one of the first South Africans to announce that she was HIV-positive, was promptly stoned to death in 1998. Mandela ignored the Aids crisis but Mbeki doesn’t.

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In 1999 he refused to allow distribution of AZT, a drug that not cure but inhibits HIV, especially to pregnant women and other South Africans suffering from Aids. Instead, he publicly embraced the scientifically dissident position that HIV doesn’t cause Aids. The drug itself, Mbeki claimed, actually causes Aids and that’s why they called him a lunatic.

This phenomenon Professor Johan van Dongen noticed in his own under cover laboratory experiments. He found out that it shortens rather than extends patients’ lives. South Africa has finally instituted a comprehensive plan to combat HIV and Aids, but Mbeki only let the plan proceed as his 2004 re-election campaign got underway. Because of these findings it is obvious that especially African natives are used as pill machines for the profit of the pharmaceutical industry.

Johan has proved in his books and scientific articles that Thabo Mbeki has a proof, which enabled him to state that: “Black people have been made susceptible for diseases by the application of genetic engineering programs for linking diseases into specific genes.”

Thabo Mbeki was indeed well informed about the fact that Aids is not just created out of nothing. It would be really underestimating witnesses if they portray him as someone who is not right in his mind, because he thinks that Aids is caused by white conspiracy, or he thinks certain medicines against Aids just causes Aids. Even if something like that exists, it is quite easy to detect by medical annals, when the major western medicine men in that sinister game come together to discuss about the results of their criminal actions. Therefore, the only lunatics involved in this discussion are criminal governments, the pharmaceutical industry, journalists and media who don’t have the guts to inform common Africans properly.

Discovery of AZT

AZT was discovered in 1961 by Professor Richard Beltz as a possible chemotherapeutic agent against cancer. It turned out so poisonous and detrimental for the cells in its working that is was rejected as too dangerous for the purpose. It produced wholesale cell death of every type, particularly the rapidly dividing cells of the immune system and those lining our guts, according to Brink’s first book.

AZT abandoned

Why then, after abandoning its use in the sixties, AZT was ‘revived’ in the eighties as a drug against HIV we may question? How did it happen that it is now prescribed against HIV, along with other anti-retroviral drugs to delay ’inevitable’ deaths? Brink sees the start for the search for a substance like AZT in a statement Dr. Robert Gallo made in 1984 that his HLTV-virus was the probable cause of Aids. This must have caused an increased speed to find a profitable pharmaceutical weapon against it.

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Everyone wants the world to be a better place, but many don’t want to change, because of greed and power. It’s a shame.

Peter Duesberg

A three- month first safety trial was then organized by the U.S. health authorities. This safety trial turned out to result in a scientific flop when those people being in the control group in their state of desperation were so eager to receive the drugs as well, that a proper placebo controlled study could not take place. This fact thereby took away any proper science basis to the subsequent release of the drug for use. Brink concludes in his first book that also in relation to subsequent trials, it would not be extravagant to call the producers of AZT fraudulent.

The great toxicity of the drug was proved when, within two years, one third of the AZT-patients in this trial were dead; see full account of this trial in Peter Duesberg’s “Inventing the AIDS-virus”, pp. 314-324. Of course, the dose of AZT which is given these days has been strongly cut to prevent the initial disaster, but this can’t take away the impression that the whole AZT undertaking was from the beginning a very unlucky and dangerous undertaking; see for toxicity of AZT the warnings on the label of the bottle.

Reference:

http://www.amazon.com/AIDS-EBOLA-Greatest-Medical-History-ebook/dp/B00QZCYMSS/