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  • Sahara Desert Was Once Lush and Populated

    07/20/2006 3:55:53 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 61 replies · 1,744+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 20 July 2006 | Bjorn Carey
    At the end of the last Ice Age, the Sahara Desert was just as dry and uninviting as it is today. But sandwiched between two periods of extreme dryness were a few millennia of plentiful rainfall and lush vegetation. During these few thousand years, prehistoric humans left the congested Nile Valley and established settlements around rain pools, green valleys, and rivers. The ancient climate shift and its effects are detailed in the July 21 issue of the journal Science. When the rains came Some 12,000 years ago, the only place to live along the eastern Sahara Desert was the Nile...
  • Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'

    08/21/2014 9:55:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 18th, 2014 | Oxford University
    Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics. The research paper also suggests that early populations took advantage of rivers and lakes that criss-crossed the Saharan desert. A climate model coupled with data about these ancient water...
  • Violence and climate change in prehistoric Egypt and Sudan

    07/21/2014 10:50:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    British Museum ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Renée Friedman, curator
    Among the most exciting of the new acquisitions are the materials from the site of Jebel Sahaba, now in northern Sudan, which were donated to the Museum by Dr Fred Wendorf in 2002. Excavating here in 1965–66, as part of the UNESCO-funded campaign to salvage sites destined to be flooded by the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Dr Wendorf found a cemetery (site 117) containing at least 61 individuals dating back to about 13,000 years ago. This discovery was of great significance for two reasons. First, as a designated graveyard, evidently used over several generations, it is one of...
  • Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest

    07/10/2014 12:35:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 07, 2014 03:37pm ET | Stephanie Pappas
    Carson and his colleagues wanted to explore the question of whether early Amazonians had a major impact on the forest. They focused on the Amazon of northeastern Bolivia, where they had sediment cores from two lakes nearby major earthworks sites. These sediment cores hold ancient pollen grains and charcoal from long-ago fires, and can hint at the climate and ecosystem that existed when the sediment was laid down as far back as 6,000 years ago. An examination of the two cores — one from the large lake, Laguna Oricore, and one from the smaller lake, Laguna Granja — revealed a...
  • Giant stone-age axes found in African lake basin

    09/12/2009 5:44:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 55 replies · 1,886+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | September 10, 2009 | Unknown
    Four giant stone hand axes were recovered from the the dry basin of Lake Makgadikgadi in the Kalahari Desert. Oxford University researchers have unearthed new evidence from the lake basin in Botswana that suggests that the region was once much drier and wetter than it is today. They have documented thousands of stone tools on the lake bed, which sheds new light on how humans in Africa adapted to several substantial climate change events during the period that coincided with the last Ice Age in Europe. Researchers from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford...
  • The African Source Of The Amazon's Fertilizer

    11/18/2006 4:22:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,078+ views
    Science News Magazine ^ | 11-18-2006 | Sid Perkins
    The African source of the Amazon's fertilizer Sid Perkins In the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, massive dust storms from the African Sahara waft southwest across the Atlantic to drop tons of vital minerals on the Amazon basin in South America. Now, scientists have pinpointed the source of many of those dust storms and estimated their dust content. ON THE WAY. Satellite photo shows dust (arrow), bound for the Amazon, blowing away from the Sahara's Bodélé depression. NASA The Amazonian rainforest depends on Saharan dust for many of its nutrients, including iron and phosphorus (SN: 9/29/01, p. 200: http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20010929/bob9.asp)....
  • Amazon rainforest ‘could become a desert’

    07/24/2006 4:44:22 AM PDT · by voletti · 49 replies · 1,004+ views
    daily times pakistan ^ | 7/24/06 | daily times monitor
    LAHORE: The vast Amazon rainforest is on the verge of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year. Geoffrey Lean and Fred Pearce, writing for The Independent on Sunday, quote studies conducted by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre in Amazonia as concluding that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down. “Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences,...
  • Scientists Explore Lakefront Property, in the Sahara

    02/01/2004 1:36:28 PM PST · by sarcasm · 25 replies · 217+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2004 | BRENDA FOWLER
    he paleontologists were driving across the scorched and trackless Ténéré Desert of Niger, following a low ridge of rock bearing dinosaur fossils. Suddenly, someone on the team, led by Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago, spotted something dark against the tawny dunes.Getting out of their vehicles, they stepped into sand littered with the fossilized bones of modern crocodiles, hippos, camels and birds — interesting creatures, to be sure, but not exactly the quarry of these paleontologists. "But then things got really strange," recalls Gabrielle Lyon, a member of the expedition who is Dr. Sereno's wife and the director...
  • Lost Cities of the Sahara

    12/26/2010 9:06:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    University of Leicester ^ | July 26, 2000 | Barbara Whiteman
    ...the Garamantes - a mysterious desert people of Greco-Roman date (broadly 500 BC AD 500)... Inhabiting a region that had already been for several thousand years a hyper-arid desert environment, with negligible rainfall, elevated summer temperatures and blistering expanses of barren sand and rock... have long been an enigma. They were depicted by Roman sources as ungovernable nomadic barbarians, who raided the settled agricultural zone and cities of the Mediterranean littoral. Following up earlier work by Daniels, the current project allows a different picture of the Garamantes to be drawn. Archaeological evidence shows them to have been a complex and...
  • CDC Ebola Failure Will Add to Public Distrust of Government

    08/21/2014 3:04:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tom Borelli
    It’s no wonder Americans don’t trust the government. Sandwiched between ideological zealots at the IRS and the EPA and massive corruption at the Veterans Administration, the public is being exposed to the consequences of bureaucracies running wild. President Obama is adding to the public’s discontent with the government. Obama’s high profile lies about his health-care plan and his insistence that there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” regarding the IRS targeting Tea Party groups are most certainly adding to the public’s distrust of government. According to a recent CNN poll, only 12 percent feel the government can be trusted...
  • Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

    08/21/2014 2:40:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | FARAI MUTSAKA
    Several million Zimbabweans left for South Africa and other countries during past economic turmoil. Now, a year after the re-election of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, the country is facing new financial hardships. Zimbabwe's unemployment rate is estimated at 80 percent, pushing many people try to earn a living as street traders.
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • Samaritan’s Purse Doctor Recovered from Ebola

    08/21/2014 5:43:01 AM PDT · by condi2008 · 50 replies
    Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan’s Purse doctor who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta today after completing his recovery from the deadly virus.
  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as Tripoli fire rages

    07/29/2014 10:48:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 30 2014 | Imed Lamloum
    Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, as a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near the capital's airport. An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture Tuesday of the main military base in the eastern city in a statement which was confirmed by an army official. He said jihadists of Ansar al-Sharia, blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Washington, were among the groups. Intense fighting in Benghazi for the past week has claimed about 60 lives since Saturday, medical officials in the city said. "Special...
  • Ebola fears slowing tourist flow to Africa

    08/20/2014 7:24:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Joe Brock
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is putting off thousands of tourists who had planned trips to Africa this year, especially Asians, including to destinations thousands of miles from the nearest infected community such as Kenya and South Africa. The bulk of the cancellations are from Asia, which has had its own share of health crises, but visitors from the United States, Brazil and Europe have also scrapped their plans or delayed trips, they said. Besides tourism, Ebola fears are also hitting business travel and investment events in Africa, threatening the continent's image as a rising economic star.
  • AFL Ordered To Shoot Anyone Crossing Borders At Night (Liberia)

    08/18/2014 1:50:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Daily Observer ^ | 8-18-14 | C.Y. Kwanue
    Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), Col Eric W. Dennis, has ordered soldiers deployed at the borderlines in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, Western Liberia, to shoot any individual/s crossing into the country from neighboring Sierra Leone under the cover of darkness. DCOS Dennis issued the order on Friday to the commander of the platoon-size detachments of soldiers deployed in those counties. The soldiers are under orders to shoot on sight those who violate President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s mandate ordering all borders closed in the wake of the spread of the Ebola virus across the country....
  • Health Dept. working with CDC to rule out Ebola in patient

    08/17/2014 5:42:32 PM PDT · by exbrit · 16 replies
    KOAT ^ | 8/17/14 | N/A
    The woman had been in Sierra Leone, Africa, and left earlier this month. Leone is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola. The woman was a teacher and had no known exposures to Ebola.
  • Ebola patients flee armed attack on Liberian isolation ward

    08/17/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday. 'They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,' said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams. Meanwhile, a Nigerian man was today at the centre of an Ebola health scare on the Spanish Costas, which contains an estimated British population of more than 82,000.
  • Ebola Epidemic Most Likely Much Larger Than Reported, W.H.O. Says

    08/15/2014 8:19:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 8-15-2014 | NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
    West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic is probably much worse than the world realizes, with health centers on the front lines warning that the actual numbers of deaths and illnesses are significantly higher than the official estimates, the World Health Organization said. So far, 2,127 cases of the disease and 1,145 deaths have been reported in four nations — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — the W.H.O announced Friday. But the organization has also warned that the actual number is almost certainly higher, perhaps by a very considerable margin. “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of...
  • WHO to pick who gets Canada's Ebola vaccine

    08/14/2014 9:00:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.cbc.ca ^ | Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 8:49 AM ET | Staff
    Canada will donate doses of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the international community and the World Health Organization will help determine who receives it, a federal official says. The Canadian government expects to donate 800 to 1,000 doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory. On Wednesday, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, who represents Winnipeg, where the National Microbiology Laboratory is located, said the WHO, advised by experts, will decide how to strike a balance on who gets the vaccine Canada offers to the international community. "This is a decision that will be made by experts and...
  • WHO reports 128 new Ebola cases, 45 deaths in West Africa

    08/14/2014 8:33:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-13-2014 | Reuters
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday reported 128 new Ebola cases and 56 deaths in West Africa in the two days to August 11, raising the death toll from the worst ever outbreak of the disease to 1,069.
  • Nigeria: When Will Europeans See Light and Embrace Polygamy?

    08/12/2014 9:41:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    AllAfrica / The Daily Independent ^ | July 20, 2014 | Rotimi Akinwumi
    Anytime I hear negative comments on the decision of Nigeria to ban homosexuality and gay marriage, my body develops goose pimples. I have made efforts at trying to rationalize why a man with his six senses, working at optimal level, will engage in animalistic actions and still make efforts at justifying such, hiding under the fallacious canopy of human right. Procreation, as designed by the creator, is meant to be carried out between a male and a female, and this had been the norm for generations. However, with some persons deciding to behave like animals; in fact, going below the...
  • America Is Not For Black People

    08/12/2014 7:10:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Concourse ^ | August 12, 2014 | Greg Howard
    <p>The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.</p>
  • Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

    08/11/2014 8:50:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 12:04 PM EDT | TOM ODULA
    AIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party, it's time to flee. At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the circumcisions in August, according to police and local authorities. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid the knife's cut. The Bukusu ethnic group prefers traditional circumcisions using simple tools and no anesthesia. But tradition can be disastrous.
  • Donations from West mask ‘US$60bn looting’ of Africa

    08/11/2014 3:04:04 PM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    Herald Zimbabwe ^ | 8-11-14 | Mark Anderson
    Donations from West mask ‘US$60bn looting’ of Africa August 11, 2014 Opinion & Analysis Mark Anderson WESTERN countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the “sustained looting” of the continent as it loses nearly US$60 billion a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed.Although sub-Saharan Africa receives US$134 billion each year in loans, foreign investment and development aid, research released last week by a group of UK and Africa-based NGOs suggests that US$192 billion leaves the region, leaving a US$58...
  • Barriers to rapid containment of the Ebola outbreak (WHO-Overview - 11 August 2014)

    08/11/2014 1:38:29 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    who.int ^ | 8-11-14 | WHO
    The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with no immediate end in sight. Many barriers stand in the way of rapid containment. The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, have only recently returned to political stability following years of civil war and conflict, which left health systems largely destroyed or severely disabled. Lack of capacity makes infection control difficult This lack of capacity makes standard containment measures, such as early detection and isolation of cases, contact tracing and monitoring, and rigorous procedures for infection control, difficult to implement. Though...
  • Ebola: Catholic Church Stops Placing Communion on Worshippers’ Tongues & “Sign of Peace” Handshake

    08/11/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    News Agency of Nigeria ^ | 8/11/14 | NAN
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on Sunday announced new procedures for worshippers at Masses to check likely spread of the Ebola virus. The procedures which include the administration of the Holy Communion on the palm of the faithful as against placing it on the tongue of the recipient, was announced by Rev. Fr. Moses Jimbili, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Nyanya. Jimbili told parishioners at the church that the measure was a directive by the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, as check on the spread of Ebola disease. Another change in the church’s practice...
  • Was a two-year-old boy from a tiny village in Guinea the 'patient zero' of the Ebola outbreak?

    08/10/2014 2:06:05 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    daily mail ^ | 8-10-2014 | Damien Gayle and Reuters
    A two-year-old boy from a remote village in Guinea was 'patient zero' in the deadliest-yet Ebola outbreak, epidemiologists believe. The boy from the village of Meliandou, Guéckédou province, suffered with fever, black stools and vomiting for just four days until he died on December 6. Seven days later, his mother died too, followed by his three-year-old sister, who fell sick on Christmas Day and was dead before she could see the New Year. Guéckédou sits by the borders with both Sierra Leone and Liberia. In a region where borders are porous, it gave the Ebola virus a route into three...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Untamed" (1955)

    08/10/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1955 | Henry King
  • Calais' thousands of migrants waiting, hoping to get to Britain

    08/10/2014 3:36:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 8, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    1,200 migrants – mainly from Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan, with groups from Somalia, Pakistan and Chad – are now camped out in Calais' forests, hoping one day to cross the Channel to Britain.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) In his 20 years as a lorry driver, Sean Baker, a former soldier, thought he had seen it all. But nothing, he said, compares to the chaos in Calais at the moment. "Just this morning I was filling up my truck with fuel and two migrants jumped in," he said. "I shouted at them and they hopped out. It's mayhem. It happens every hour. "I had one...
  • Eleanor Clift: Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency (Africa & blacks)

    08/10/2014 12:47:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 9, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    With prospects for major legislation nonexistent, Obama is looking to plant seeds that he hopes his successors can cultivate.President Obama spent much of his first term fending off criticism that he hadn’t done enough for the black community, and that he wasn’t paying enough attention to Africa, where his father was born and where expectations soared after his election. In his second term, he’s making up for lost time. Earlier this year, he launched his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aimed at boosting opportunities for boys and young men of color, and this week, he hosted 50 heads of state from...
  • Ebola: Official MSF response to WHO declaring epidemic an "extraordinary event"

    08/09/2014 11:09:33 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    Médecins Sans Frontières ^ | 8-9-14 | Médecins Sans Frontières
    In a statement released today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that West Africa's Ebola epidemic is an "extraordinary event" and now constitutes an international health risk. "A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola," the WHO said in a statement after a two-day meeting of its emergency committee on Ebola. MSF reaction to WHO Ebola statement In response, Dr Bart Janssens, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Director of Operations said: “Declaring Ebola an international public health emergency shows how seriously WHO is taking the current outbreak but statements won’t save...
  • Ebola virus: Guinea shuts Liberia and S Leone borders

    08/09/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 8-9-14 | BBC
    Guinea has closed its borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone to contain the spread of Ebola, which has killed 959 people in the three countries. The latest outbreak is thought to have begun in Guinea, but Liberia and Sierra Leone are currently facing the highest frequency of new cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday the spread of the virus was a global health emergency.
  • “Climate-smart” Policies for Africa are Stupid

    08/09/2014 7:21:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama this past week brought together the largest-ever gathering of African government officials in Washington, DC. They discussed ways to bolster trade and investment by American companies on a continent where a billion people – including 200 million aged 15 to 24 – are becoming wealthier and better educated. They have steadily rising expectations and recognize the pressing need to create jobs, improve security, reduce corruption, and control diseases like Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. They also understand that better roads and air transportation, improved agriculture and nutrition, and far more energy...
  • A Call for America to Support Freedom in Kurdistan and Biafra

    08/08/2014 11:25:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    Part Three: What the People of a Free Biafra Need from AmericaDo the Christian indigenous people of Kurdistan and Biafra deserve our support in their fight against Islamic extremists? While supplying weapons to some insurgents fighting for freedom in Syria, why has the Obama administration not supplied support and weapons to those in Kurdistan or Christian Nigeria fighting for their survival? Why has the administration refused to give support to the independence of these beleaguered peoples? As ISIS expands its grip on lands in Iraq and turns its attention to Kurdistan, Prime Minister Maliki has finally sent in air support...
  • Vision of A Great Sailing Ship

    08/08/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    bible , ^ | jedediah
    While standing on a shoreline with The Lord both of us looking out not far off in the calm sea I saw a great sailing ship with twelve sails and hundreds of lines many for each sail some to lift them and many to control them and change their direction depending on the conditions and direction of the wind . On deck I saw just one child of God and a few people they had chosen as the crew not God frantically running all over futily attempting to control and adjust all the sails simultaneously and I sensed each sail...
  • Ebola patients in west Africa to be denied experimental drugs used in US

    08/07/2014 10:31:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 7, 2014 | Sarah Boseley, health editor
    West African patients infected with the Ebola virus will not have access to experimental drugs being used to treat American cases of the disease for several months, if at all, Nigerian health authorities said on Thursday. Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told a press conference he had asked the US health authorities about the unproven medicines used on two American doctors, but was told such small quantities existed that west Africa would have to wait for months for supplies, even if they were proved safe and effective. Dr Kent Brantly and Dr Nancy Writebol of the evangelical Christian organisation Samantha's Purse...
  • Liberia, Sierra Leone Take Dramatic Steps to Slow Ebola Outbreak

    08/07/2014 7:49:42 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/2014 | Drew Hinshaw
    In Liberia, soldiers and police at checkpoints began halting all road travel entering and leaving eight of the nation's 15 counties, said Information Minister Lewis Brown. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had declared a state of emergency late Wednesday for the coming 90 days, saying her government "will institute extraordinary measures, including, if need be, the suspensions of certain rights and privileges." A similar effort was under way in Sierra Leone on Thursday, where soldiers in riot gear blocked the roads leading to the country's two most infected districts, said Abdulai Baratay, a government spokesman. Only first responders and officials on...
  • The truth about Ebola: battle starts with accurate information (African Countries Stonewalling)

    08/07/2014 5:28:46 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    U.K. Guardian ^ | August 7, 2014 | Tolu Ogunlesi
    In crisis situations, rumour mills – long a prominent feature of daily life in Nigeria – take on a frenetic urgency. Add the push and reach of social media and the impact grows exponentially. The least any responsible government can do is make available accurate and credible information. Yet when I attended a briefing by senior officials of the Lagos state government on the rising threat of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa’s most populated city yesterday, I found journalists struggling to confirm exactly how many lives had been affected by the outbreak so far. The Lagos commissioner put the...
  • NBC Correspondent Accidentally Says Obama ‘Is From Kenya’ (MSNBC Is Birther)

    08/07/2014 4:58:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Posted on Wednesday, August 6 at 1:03pm | By Ernesto Rivera
    SNIP Host Joy Reid began the segment commenting on the ongoing U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. by saying, “The White House is clearly, I would assume, hoping that this will be part of the president’s legacy, given his background.” Jansing replied, “Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya, and the fact that when he was elected there were expectations on the African continent.. SNIP
  • ‘Your brain is insignificant': Nancy Pelosi refers to Africa as a country; Tweet quietly disappears

    08/07/2014 2:13:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | august 6, 2014
    Pelosi had to tweet it to find out what was in it, and it was soon deleted:
  • Will Liberia’s “Iron Lady” Contain Ebola Outbreak, Get Her Country Back On Track?

    08/07/2014 1:20:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    As media coverage switches gears to follow the plight of the American doctor rushed home for treatment, Liberia continues to struggle with its worst Ebola outbreak ever. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta called it “unprecedented,” enacting a Level Three warning, admonishing Americans to avoid non-essential travel there. In response, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf adopted strong measures to contain the spread and reassure the people, but fear spreads faster than the virus itself. Can Liberians regain control of the outbreak. Also important, can Liberia maintain the fragile democracy built in the last several years? Ebola virus first appeared in...
  • Liberia: Sawyer's Final Hours in Lagos - 'Indiscipline', Rage, Strange

    08/07/2014 11:29:04 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 17 replies
    allafrica.com ^ | 31 JUL 14 | By Rodney D. Sieh
    Barely 24 hours before his death, Patrick Sawyer had a rather strange - and in the words of medical and diplomatic sources here, "Indiscipline" encounter with nurses and health workers at First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of Lagos, a population of some 21 million inhabitants, FrontPageAfrica has learned. Looking to get to the bottom of Sawyer's strange ailment on the Asky Airline flight, which Sawyer transferred on in Togo, hospital officials say, he was tested for both malaria and HIV AIDS. However, when both tests came back negative, he was then asked whether he...
  • Ebola crisis: Liberia and Sierra Leone blockades go up

    08/07/2014 10:01:53 AM PDT · by Veto! · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7 August 2014 | Analysis: Jonathan Paye-Layleh, BBC News, Monrovia
    Liberian soldiers have set up a blockade stopping people from western regions affected by the Ebola outbreak from entering the capital, Monrovia. It follows the president's declaration of a state of emergency to tackle the outbreak that has killed more than 930 people in West Africa this year. In Sierra Leone the security forces have now imposed a complete blockade of eastern areas hit by Ebola.
  • Obama Says It’s ‘Premature’ to Fast-Track Promising Ebola Drug, Share with Africa

    08/07/2014 8:59:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/07/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama hedged on an ethics question about whether Africans should receive the same experimental drug that put two Americans stricken with Ebola on the path to recovery, telling reporters at the conclusion of the U.S.-African Leaders Summit that efforts to rein in the disease should focus on prevention instead.But as the epidemic grows within West Africa, the Arab world saw its first possible Ebola death as a businessman in his 40s returning to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from Sierra Leone died two days after being admitted to King Fahd Hospital with symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever.Saudi Arabia had already...
  • Obama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/07/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by safetysign · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/06/2014 | COREY CHARLTON and TED THORNHILL
    President Barack Obama drew a diplomatic line at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of...
  • African leader of Obama’s Africa summit from bank that violated money-laundering regulations

    08/06/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/6/14 | Scher
    THE ROTHSCHILDS One of the African leaders at the forefront of President Barack Obama’s Africa summit headed a bank that was fined eight figures for violating money-laundering regulations and is closely associated with the foundations of liberal billionaire George Soros and the Clinton family. Nigerian Tony Elumelu—a “banking titan” and one of Africa’s richest men—is acting as a spokesperson for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this week. He penned an op-ed last week in the Wall Street Journal calling the event a “defining moment” for both the African continent and “for the United States as it formally recognizes the strategic importance...
  • 4 Ethiopian W Junior Athletes Defect to US

    08/05/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The four Ethiopian runners who disappeared from the IAAF Junior World Championships in Eugene this past weekend defected from their home country to avoid returning to widespread civil unrest there, police confirmed in a report released late Friday. The report, provided by police in Federal Way, Washington, describes an interview with Zeyituna Mohammed, an 18-year-old woman runner on the Ethiopian national team. She told police that she and the other athletes decided to stay in the US because they were too afraid to return to Ethiopia. The report confirms for the first time what many close to the case, including...
  • Obama’s monsters ball: doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/06/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 6 August 2014 | Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill
    "President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’...
  • Watch Obama Refer to Himself 68 Times in Speech to U.S.-Africa Summit

    08/06/2014 10:02:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Grabien ^ | August 6, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama spoke yesterday at the 2014 U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C. "I want to thank," the president began. He continued: "Last year in South Africa, in Soweto," he said, "I held a town hall." Later, the president discussed Africa's expanding energy market: "I don’t want to just sustain this momentum, I want to up it." "I just want to close," he ultimately concluded -- having eventually referred to himself 68 times in a 44 minute appearance*. *Grabien staff calculated this number to the best of our adding ability. We make no guarantees. Here is the full transcript.