Top 20 African Countries Stink Of Corruption

Women sell food from their canoe at Makoko fishing community in LagosLagos: The Makoko slum in oil rich Nigeria crippled by corruption

In the abundance of water, is the fool thirsty? Africa is blessed with natural resources such as gold, oil, diamonds, cobalt, iron, copper, uranium, silver, bauxite, cocoa beans and petroleum etc. Unfortunately the standard of living of many people in the continent is deplorable. This is largely due to corrupt governments ruling many countries in the African continent.

Transparency International has been publishing the corruption perceptions index (CPI) since the turn of the new millennium. If a country has a CPI of 100 it is very clean. If the score is 0, then the country is highly corrupt.

Here is a brief overview of the top 20 most corrupt nations in Africa as of 2014, according to Transparency International.

=24. Mozambique (CPI score: 31)
Although the government of Mozambique has taken steps to fight corruption, its still a big problem. Corruption remains in both the public and donors, who support almost half of the nation’s budget.

=24. Sierra Leone (CPI score: 31)
Systematic corruption has caused weak governance and widespread poverty in Sierra Leone. The anti-corruption institutions still lack resources, staff and expertise.

=24. Tanzania (CPI score: 31)
Although there are comprehensive laws to fight corruption, its still a serious problems in Tanzania with bribery is often demanded in the business sector.

23. Mauritania (CPI score: 30)
Corruption has become deeply entrenched in Mauritania. Part of what fuels corruption in this nation is the insufficient information or absence of transparency about local companies, the identities of their owners, and financial report.

=21. Gambia (CPI score: 29)
Gambia’s judiciary is subject to pervasive political interference, and there is corruption in many parts of the government.

=21. Togo (CPI score: 29)
Corruption in Togo is common and those involved rarely punish. Corruption more among prison and police officers, and members of the judiciary.

20. Madagascar (CPI score: 28)
Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries and has had a negative growth due to corruption.

=18. Cameroon (CPI score: 27)
In Cameroon, many corrupt civil servants drive around in their expensive luxury cars. People who try to bring these corrupt officers to justice pay a high price.

=18. Nigeria (CPI score: 27)
Political corruption pervades Nigeria. The rise of public administration and discovery of petroleum and natural gas have led to corrupt practices.

=16. Comoros (CPI score: 26)
Corruption remained a serious problem in Comoros, it lacks rule of law. The nation gained independence from France in 1975. Since then it has witnessed around 20 coups or coup attempts.

=16. Uganda (CPI score: 26)
Even though the country has experienced high growth rates in recent years, corruption remains widespread at all levels.

=14. Guinea (CPI score: 25)
Rampant corruption in Guinea is hindering economic growth and increasing drug trafficking.

=14. Kenya (CPI score: 25)
Political corruption in the post-colonial government of Kenya has had a history which spans the era of the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi’s KANU governments to Mwai Kibaki’s PNU government. Experts estimate that an average urban Kenyan pays 16 bribes in a month.

13. Central African Republic (CPI score: 24)
Growth of Central African Republic is significantly hindered by wide spread corruption. Corruption is rife and undermines timber and diamond industries.

12. Republic of Congo (CPI score: 23)
In spite of its oil wealth, Republic of Congo is one of the most indebted nations in the world. This is largely due to rampant corruption.

=10. Chad (CPI score: 22)
Feud and corruption are blocking Chad’s economic growth. Revenue from oil is not spent responsibly. Corruption rules this nation.

=10. Democratic Republic of Congo (CPI score: 22)
As the nation emerges from a long period of violence and instability, it struggles with a legacy of entrenched corruption at all levels.

=9. Zimbabwe (CPI score: 21)
Corruption in Zimbabwe has become endemic within its political, private and civil sectors. In 2011, finance minister Tendai Biti claimed that at least $1 billion in diamond related revenue owed to the national treasury remains unaccounted for.

8. Burundi (CPI score: 20)
Despite the establishment of anti-corruption agencies, Burundi is remains a corrupt country in sub-Saharan Africa.

=6. Angola (CPI score: 19)
Corruption is a pervasive phenomenon in Angola. The current government is working on containing corruption by enacting laws and enforcing integrity systems.

=6. Guinea Bissau (CPI score: 19)
Guinea Bissau was once hailed as a potential model for African development. Today it is one of the poorest nations in the world. This is largely due to corruption among high-ranking officials.

=4. Eritrea (CPI score: 18)
People in Eritrea are living in a fear-ridden environment. Corruption and greed are rampant among the members of the ruling party.

=4. Libya (CPI score: 18)
Before the downfall of the Qadhafi regime in 2011, weak rule of law and systematic corruption had largely marginalized private sector activity in the nation. Corruption is the biggest problem facing Libya today.

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Former Nigeria’s head of state, late Sani Abacha stole $458 million and hid in bank accounts around the world, while thousands of Nigerians live in poverty.

3. South Sudan (CPI score: 15)

Since independence, South Sudan has taken steps to promote transparency and accountability in an endeavor to eliminate corruption. Unfortunately political will is lacking in effective implementation of anti-corruption policies.

2. Sudan (CPI score: 11)
Top ranking government officials are frequently involved in corrupt practices in Sudan. This has impacted the economic growth negatively. It is a huge challenge to do business in Sudan. Sectors like construction and transportation are prone to corruption.

1. Somalia (CPI score: cool
The Federal Republic of Somalia is located in the horn of Africa. Around 10 million people live in this country. It is the most corrupt nation in the world. There is lack of accountability in receipt and expenditure of public funds. Currently a parliamentary finance committee has been established to oversee all withdrawal transactions from the Central Bank, which is Somalia’s official monetary authority.

If the above-mentioned nations tackle corruption effectively, they will be able to enhance the standard of living of their people significantly.

Source: http://www.richestlifestyle.com/most-corrupt-countries-in-africa/

Shadow Of The Raven

Shadow 2Thunder claps roar and Odin’s ravens fly. Fearsome dragonships set sail – and the kingdoms of Western Europe hold their breath. Warriors of Thor are on the move. By the mid-ninth century, raids along Anglo-Saxon coasts by the pagan Danes have escalated, and as the raiders become bolder, attacks move deeper and deeper inland. Several bands even dare to overwinter on the coastal islands, particularly those at the mouth of the Thames, where the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia border each other.

After three hundred years of bitter conflict over supremacy, the kings of these kingdoms are ready to put past enmity aside and take the first steps towards unity; steps they see as vital in the face of this newfound threat to their lands . . . Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia are the sons of kings, their roles in life already charted. But the turbulent events in their childhood years change the natural progression of things – and determine the characters of the men they will become.

Their roads to manhood follow vastly different routes: Eadwulf as a thrall in a pagan land; Alfred at his father’s court, and subsequently, those of his older brothers. But both learn crucial lessons along the way. Discovering that the enemy is not always a stranger is a harsh lesson indeed; the realisation that a trusted kinsman can turn traitor is the harshest lesson of all.

The story takes us from the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex to the Norse lands stretching north from Denmark to the Arctic Circle and east to the Baltic Sea. We glimpse the Court of Charles the Bald of West Francia and journey to the holy city of Rome. Through it all, the two boys move ever closer to their destinies.

The author

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Millie Thom is a former geography and history teacher with a degree in geology and a particular passion for the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period.

Originally from Lancashire she is a mother of six grown up children and now lives with her husband in a small village in Nottinghamshire, midway between the town of Newark and the lovely old city of Lincoln.

When not writing, Millie enjoys long walks and is a serious fossil hunter. She is also an avid traveller, swimmer and baker of cakes.

http://www.amazon.com/Millie-Thom/e/B00JZM1UIU

Why Big Pharma Killed President Dwight Eisenhower

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Original article published by: mnwelldir.org

Dear Friend,

On September 24, 1955, President Eisenhower – World War II hero and beloved president – was playing golf at his Denver home, when he suddenly collapsed from what was a rare disease at the time.

He had a heart attack.

Although nobody knew it then… and though you won’t read about it in any history book…

This was a watershed moment that would change the course of modern medicine forever.

One that would make heart disease the #1 killer of Americans – and would establish Big Pharma as America’s #1 most profitable industry.

Hi, my name is Dr. Al Sears.

The story I’m unveiling today has HUGE implications for your personal health, and that of your family.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with heart disease, you need to know the exact details of what took place.

Because this story doesn’t just tell you WHO is responsible…

It tells you WHY.

As in…

  • WHY heart disease rates have soared since 1955 – even as consumption of “heart-healthy” foods and cholesterol-lowering drugs has skyrocketed.
  • WHY you could become victim of this drug-induced tragedy – no matter your cholesterol levels or intake of fat.
  • And 100 billion reasons why Big Pharma will NEVER cure heart disease.

That’s why historian Larry Schweikart calls it “the single most important medical case of the twentieth century.”

Yet the REAL story behind it is virtually unknown.

Within 24 hours of Ike’s heart attack, special interests seized the opportunity.

They manufactured a crisis, a founding myth, and a “solution.”

They shoved this propaganda down the American public’s throat.

And in doing so, they singlehandedly sent America’s health spiraling downhill for the next six decades.

Over the next few minutes, I’ll expose this near-60-year-old Big Pharma conspiracy. I’ll name the names. I’ll track the money. And at each stage, I’ll answer the BIG question: “Who benefits?”

What’s more, I’ll reveal how you can safeguard yourself from heart disease forever with solutions that are 100 percent natural, affordable, effective, and safe.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The War Hero Who Led the Allies to Victory on D-Day and Ultimately Won World War II

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General Eisenhower gives his famous “full victory, nothing less” speech to the U.S. Company E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division the night before the D-Day invasion of France.

On June 6, 1944 – now known as D-Day – future President Dwight David Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War, II gave the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord.

He told the troops the “eyes of the world are upon you,” and called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

Following the successful Normandy Invasion, Allied forces under Eisenhower broke the beachhead and began driving across France. In early 1945, the Allies pushed the Nazis out of France. By May 7, 1945, the Nazis formally surrendered, ending the war in Europe.

Eisenhower’s leadership and fame would win him the presidency seven years later. Many fondly remember him as “one of the last great presidents.”

But before I go into the details of this story any further—how it spun off the #1 heart disease lie, ultimately claiming Eisenhower as its first victim—please allow me to fully introduce myself.

You see, I’ve spent the last…

30 Years Fighting Big Pharma
on Behalf of My Patients

Since graduating from medical school three decades ago, I’ve worked hard to develop a different kind of practice.

One that makes the health of my patients my highest priority. Even if that means bucking the “respectable” health establishment.

The truth is, conventional medicine, for all of its genius and innovations, has failed the everyday American.

It has enriched a few corrupt government bureaucrats and their crony CEOs at the expense of your health.

And it’s done so under the cover of clever marketing disguised as “scientific research.”

That’s why I help my patients read between the lines and open the curtains on Big Pharma’s façade.

And there’s NO bigger lie than the heart disease myth I’m debunking today.

Dr. George Mann, a lead researcher in the legendary Framingham Heart Study, called it, “the greatest scam in the history of medicine.”

It’s a lie developed by junk science, advertised by corporate interests, and rubber stamped by bought-off politicians.

And it only remains a “fact” because it supports Big Pharma’s $100 billion a year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

President Eisenhower was the first victim of this grand conspiracy.

And it didn’t stop there.

Since then, it’s claimed the lives of 950,000 Americans every year – adding up to millions over the last few decades.

Odds are, you or somebody you know or love is a victim of it too.

But the good news is, it does NOT have to be that way.

Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Uniquely Qualified to Keep You
Healthier For Life

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Dr. Al Sears, M.D. currently owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, with over 25,000 patients. His cutting-edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attract patients from around the world.

As a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Sears scored in the 99th percentile on his MCAT and graduated with honors in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine.

After entering private practice, Dr. Sears was one of the first to be board-certified in anti-aging medicine. As a pioneer in this new field of medicine, he is an avid researcher, published author, and enthusiastic lecturer. He is the first doctor licensed in the U.S. to administer TA-65, the most important breakthrough in anti-aging medicine today.

There are alternative therapies you can use to prevent and EVEN reverse heart disease – without expensive drugs, procedures, or even doctor visits.

There are safe treatments that could forever rid your body of heart disease. Treatments you can apply from home, for pennies on the dollar.

But they’re natural, so Big Pharma can’t patent them.

That’s why they do NOT want you to hear about them.

In just a moment, I’ll share with you the shocking details of nine censored heart solutions … where you can find them at your local grocery, health food store, or pharmacy… and how you can begin using them TODAY.

If you’re one of 70 percent of Americans suffering with some form of heart disease, I urge you to read on for the details.

What you’re about to see could save you a fortune on insanely expensive heart procedures.

Conventional therapies like…

  • A $1,500-a-pop statin (cholesterol-lowering) drug prescription…
  • A $40,000 coronary stent…
  • A $200,000 (or more) coronary bypass surgery…

These so-called “therapies” not only put your life at risk…

They could also deplete or even wipe out your retirement savings – even if you have health insurance or Medicare. (According to CNBC, medical bills are America’s #1 cause of bankruptcy, with 1.7 million Americans going bankrupt every year. And procedures like open heart surgery are some of the most expensive out there.)

And the worst part is, it’s all for nothing.

Did you know, for instance, that 85 percent of heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary?

Yet specialists love them because they can cost $200,000 (or more). Not a bad payday.

And the statin drug guidelines are so broad, almost 95 percent of new users are being prescribed drugs they don’t need.

 

President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Eisenhower warns the American public as he leaves office on January 17, 1961

You’ve likely heard about Eisenhower’s famous farewell address, and his warning of the “undue influence warranted by the military-industrial complex.”

Eisenhower was no stranger to the dangers of monopoly corporations pulling the strings of government to increase their power and influence.

What made the military-industrial complex all the more dangerous was its ability to manufacture enemies and crises – which then stirs the American public into a war frenzy, leading to greater war spending and profits.

Big Pharma – the “medical industrial complex” – is no different. They can as easily manufacture health crises – “epidemics” that call for new drugs and therapies, which the unelected FDA then rubber-stamps.

Read full article: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/sears/killed%20Ike.htm

Who Says There Is No Happiness Or Love In Africa?

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Just mention the name Africa, everyone knows it as a continent with ethnic conflict, wars, civil unrest, slavery and diseases, than a happy continent of beautiful culture, tradition, rich natural resources and a place with less or without suicide.  Many think there is no love and Africans don’t even know what love is. This beautiful image speaks it all. I wish you Happy Weekend.

When Jesus Speaks

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Originally posted by Neil Vermillion

The glory of my presence is becoming brighter, stronger, more prominent. In the days soon coming the natural circumstances will seem dark and dim. But to those who have eyes to see, my spirit will shine brightly. There will be no need for alarm. There will be no need to fret, to worry, or to fear. For I will be with you, and I will be guiding you, speaking to you, covering you with my presence.

For there will be much turmoil, much catastrophe, much confusion. And people will shake and turn their heads, left in wonder and confusion. People will be bewildered, not knowing what to do, where to go, or how to respond. There will be wars and rumors of wars, and the great shakings will not subside. Brother will betray brother, and days will look so bleak and dim.

But for those whose hearts are listening to me, those who have cultivated a history together with me, taken the time to know my voice, have invested in depth of relationship, they will hear my voice. They will hear my voice, see my hands at work, recognize the direction in which all these things are heading. And though there will be storms on the left and on the right, the storms will not sway the message, nor the heart of the messenger. The storms will not delay tasks that will be accomplished. The storms will not confound, nor confuse, those whose hearts are already surrendered to me.

And the light will go down and grow dim, but those who are connected will remain connected even still. For they have already come to the understanding that apart from me you can do nothing. So they will stretch out their hands and I will work miracles. I will bring order to their situation. I will bring perspective to their direction. I will be clarity to their confusion. I will bring understanding to their mystery.

And in these days, many will scatter. Many will fall away and scramble, as a drowning man grasps for anything in order to attempt to save his own life. And in the streets there will be chaos, there will be panic. So do not look to the events in this world to discern your course of action. For the path of destruction is wide. But plot your course according to what I reveal to you. For I will preserve you. I will protect you. I will provide for you.

And though you think you are ready, there is still much foundation needing to be laid. There is still much ground needing to be covered.

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FDA threatens three companies with criminal charges for making Ebola treatment claims (but won’t test natural substances against Ebola)

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Article originally posted by NaturalNews.Com

In furtherance of the medical monopoly that dominates western civilization today, the FDA issued warning letters to three companies over what they call fraudulent health claims regarding Ebola treatments.
The warning letters, viewable here, single out the Natural Solutions Foundation (Rima Laibow) and two essential oil companies “Young Living” and “doTerra” whose distributors, the FDA says, were making claims that their oils could treat or prevent Ebola.

The warning letters threaten all three companies with possible criminal prosecutions if they do not immediately answer the FDA and FTC with explanations of how they plan to halt the making of such claims. As of this writing, the e-commerce website of the Natural Solutions Foundation appears to have already removed any mention of Ebola.

“An FDA agent showed up at my front door on September 23, 2014, to hand deliver [highly unusual!] a Warning Letter from that agency and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advising Natural Solutions that telling the truth about Ebola, Nano Silver and CBD is, according to those agencies, against their version of the law,” wrote Ralph Fucetola in this rebuttal letter entitled “We will not be suppressed!”

http://www.naturalnews.com/047016_ebola_treatments_warning_letters_unproven_cures.html#