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  • SHOT Show Sting Charges Dismissed, Guilty Pleas Vacated, FBI Informant Sentenced to Prison

    12/03/2012 3:20:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    thefirearmblog.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Steve
    In 2010 the BATFE raided the S&W booth at SHOT Show arresting 21 people, including Smith & Wesson executives for beaching the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law which prohibits US corporations, citizens and residents from bribing foreign officials. Those arrested were charged with conspiring to bribe officials in the African state of Gabon as part of a deal to sell $15 million of equipment to the 1,800 man strong Gabon Presidential (Republican) Guard. Washington, D.C. law firm Miller & Chevalier have published a number of reports on the “SHOT Show Sting”. Their first report on the case appeared shortly...
  • White House invite for dictator who has stolen billions from his impoverished African nation

    06/09/2011 2:00:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 9, 2011 | Daniel Bates
    Barack Obama has come under fire for extending a formal invitation to a shamed African dictator who has ruthlessly plundered billions of dollars from his own country. The U.S. President will today have a coveted private meeting with President Ali Bongo of Gabon in the Oval Office despite his appalling track record. Bongo’s family has ruled the impoverished African nation with an iron fist for five decades and have used its oil riches to fund a life of outrageous luxury. Meanwhile one third of people in Gabon live on less than $2 a day and thousands starve to death each...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Oil exports soar for OPEC countries

    08/05/2012 2:20:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Albawaba ^ | August 5th, 2012 | SyndiGate.info
    The total revenue of the 11 members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) soared to $624.8 billion in 2011, according to the latest data. OAPEC data for the oil income generated in the year 2010 was announced as $450bn. In real terms, the combined Arab income stood at $479bn in 2011 taking into account the real dollar value and global inflation. While the nominal price of OPEC's basket of crudes stood at around $107 per barrel in 2011 its real value averaged about $88 in 1995 prices. The oil price in 2010 also averaged nearly $60 far...
  • Obama invite for dictator who has stolen billions from his impoverished African nation

    06/10/2011 9:32:20 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 06/10/2011 | DANIEL BATES
    Barack Obama has come under fire for extending a formal invitation to a shamed African dictator who has ruthlessly plundered billions of dollars from his own country. The U.S. President is today having a coveted private meeting with President Ali Bongo of Gabon in the Oval Office despite his appalling track record. Bongo’s family has ruled the impoverished African nation with an iron fist for five decades and have used its oil riches to fund a life of outrageous luxury. Jack Blum, a United Nations consultant and expert on offshore banking, told ABC News that the meeting with Mr Obama...
  • Obama urges Gabon's Bongo to root out corruption(Series?)

    06/09/2011 8:00:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | June 9, 2011 | Alister Bull
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday pressed Gabon's ruler Ali Bongo Ondimba in a White House meeting to do more to fight corruption and prevent human rights abuse. "President Obama urged President Bongo Ondimba to take bold steps to root out corruption and to reform the judiciary and other key institutions to ensure the protection of human rights," the White House said in a statement.
  • Utterly Corrupt Bongo Invited To White House

    06/09/2011 10:35:29 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 20 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 06/09/11 | CaroleL
    While too much of the nation's attention is focused on Representative Anthony Weiner (D-New York) and his sex/lying scandal, President Barack Obama is at the White House welcoming one of the most corrupt leaders on earth. President Ali Bongo of the West Central African nation of Gabon is being touted by administration officials as an "important ally" while those who know his background say he is guilty of "grand theft nation".
  • Time Up For Sit-tight Leaders in Africa

    05/28/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Codewit World News - Sharing Nigerian and African News ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | Obi Ebuka Onochie
    "Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike" Plato (BC 427 - 374BC). Open rigging and clinging brazenly to power have become common features of emerging democracies in the world today especially in Africa. Many Countries in Africa have become accustomed to "sit-tight dictators" or military style of leadership, with democracy being propelled by the West for their replacement. This is at the centre of the on-going conflict in many emerging democratic nations. Democratization of the world today as being championed by United States of...
  • Libya: Mugabe slams 'naive' Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon

    05/24/2011 1:04:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    newzimbabwe.com ^ | May 20, 2011
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe says South Africa, Nigeria and Gabon were “naive” to vote for a United Nations Security Council resolution which has been used by Western countries to carry out a sustained bombardment of Libya. “Our African countries were naïve, absolutely naïve, to vote with the West when the West had its interests, you know, its own motives ... ulterior motives,” Mugabe said in an interview published on Friday. “These motives include wanting to re-occupy our countries. They are in search of our resources, in search of political control. It's now the reversal of the freedoms that we attained through...
  • China will increase investment in Africa, says Standard Bank

    04/03/2011 8:22:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Finance Asia ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | Jonathan Barlow
    According to South Africa-based Standard Bank, mainland China maintained its position as Africa's largest trading partner in 2010. Standard Bank, in which Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has a 20% stake, estimates the value of mainland investment into Africa will increase to $50 billion by 2015. It also anticipates China-Africa bilateral trade will reach $300 billion in 2015, more than double that of 2010. "As the production capacity of Africa's traditional trading partners of the US and European economies starts declining and they buy more and more Chinese goods, raw material trade from Africa to China will be...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • The Celluloid Capital [Plamegate returns!]

    10/28/2010 8:13:48 PM PDT · by Enchante · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/28/10 | Matt Cooper
    ... the title is drawn from how Karl Rove told Matthews that the CIA agent Valerie Plame was fair game for critics of her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson. Wilson, you’ll recall, was dispatched by the CIA in 2002 at the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office to investigate whether Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium from the African country of Niger. Wilson came back with the answer no, and he was outraged when President Bush nevertheless stuck with the claim in his 2003 State of the Union address, which made the case for war with Iraq. Just three...
  • Niger leader rewrites rules to keep power

    11/19/2009 3:22:36 AM PST · by Loyalist · 4 replies · 376+ views
    The Guardian Weekly ^ | November 2, 2009 | Phillipe Bernard/Le Monde
    The cause of democracy in Africa could have done without this latest affront. Barely six months after giving the French president an undertaking that he would leave power at the end of his second term, Niger’s president, Mamadou Tandja, has rewritten the rules to give himself power for as long as he wishes. A general election was held on 20 October to renew 113 seats in parliament, which Tandja dissolved in May to overcome its opposition to his plans to change the constitution. He organised a referendum on 4 August to obtain popular approval for new rules, doing away with...
  • Thais detain alleged `Merchant of Death' (dealings include global illicit arms trafficking)

    03/06/2008 6:46:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels. Viktor Bout, 41, whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, was arrested at U.S. request in his hotel room in Bangkok, said police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan. Bout had eluded arrest for years and was finally seized after a four-month sting organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In New York, federal authorities unsealed a criminal complaint...
  • Sarkozy jeered at funeral for Gabon's Bongo

    06/16/2009 4:26:57 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 7 replies · 427+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | June 16, 2009 | AFP
    LIBREVILLE (AFP) - Dozens of people jeered French President Nicolas Sarkozy as he arrived at the funeral of Gabon's President Omar Bongo Ondimba on Tuesday. Security guards quickly formed a cordon around Sarkozy as he went into the presidential palace to join other leaders from French-speaking Africa at the funeral for Bongo, who led his oil-rich nation for 41 years. Several hundred people were allowed into the courtyard to watch leaders arriving and some applauded Sarkozy but boos soon took over. Dozens of people hurled insults such as "We don't want you -- leave!" at the French president. One man...
  • Gabon's President Bongo said dead

    06/07/2009 7:12:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 1,421+ views
    AFP ^ | June 7, 2009
    Gabon President Omar Bongo Ondimba, whose reign as Africa's longest-serving leader was overshadowed by allegations of massive corruption, has died aged 73, a source close to the French government said. Also announced on the Internet site of French weekly newspaper Le Point, Bongo's death was not officially confirmed by either Gabon or France's foreign ministry. "I was very surprised, like many of my compatriots, to learn of the death of of the Gabonese president via French television," Gabon Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong said in Libreville. "There are procedures: to begin with, the president has a family." Bongo, who led...
  • Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden

    08/30/2008 4:59:36 PM PDT · by JillValentine · 459 replies · 5,061+ views
    8-30-2008
    Premiers Thur. Sept. 25 @ 8PM ET/PT 18 new contestants will compete for the $1 million prize in the jungles of the equatorial African nation of Gabon. Who will be the sole Survivor?
  • Survivor Gabon: Backup thread

    09/25/2008 1:26:50 AM PDT · by JillValentine · 73 replies · 1,229+ views
    9-25-08 | JillValentine
    Premiers Thur. Sept. 25 @ 8PM ET/PT
  • Yellowcake journalism

    07/19/2008 10:55:05 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 49 replies · 864+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 19, 2008 | Editorial
    Remember Joe Wilson? He's the diplomat who went to Niger to investigate Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium, a raw material used in building nuclear bombs, from Africa. He wrote in a July 6, 2003, New York Times op-ed that he had spent the previous February in Niger, "drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people ... associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place." A story that has to be the most underplayed...
  • Benin official offers apology for nation's role in slavery

    02/18/2004 7:08:44 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Benin official offers apology for nation's role in slavery MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- An official of the Republic of Benin has offered an apology to students at a Mobile school for his country's participation in the slave trade. In 1859, Benin, on Africa's west coast, sold 116 slaves to a Mobile sailor aboard a ship called the Clotilde - the last slave ship to arrive in America. Slavery was still legal in the United States at that time, but importing slaves was not. Simon Pierre Adovelande apologized Tuesday to the students at the Mobile County Training School. Thirty of...
  • Killing children a political ritual

    04/23/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 117+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Apr 21, 2008 | Antoine Lawson
    LIBREVILLE, gabon–When the body of 13-year-old Ralph Edang N'na was found drained of blood and with gaping wounds in his genitals, chest and neck last month, many in Gabon thought it was politicians who had ordered his killing. The murder of children and young adults, whose organs are eaten or used to make magical amulets, has increased in recent years in the oil-rich central African nation. Campaigners say some Gabonese politicians use the black magic rituals to boost their chances of winning lucrative government posts. With elections to municipal councils on Sunday, many fear a spate of gruesome child murders....
  • Fraud inquiry into leaders breaks ‘special protection’ [Sarkozy moves after Chirac leaves]

    06/25/2007 11:05:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 527+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/25/2007 | Charles Bremner and Sebastien Duval
    Police have opened an unprecedented investigation into claims that two African heads of state with close ties to Paris have used millions of pounds of embezzled public funds to acquire lavish properties for themselves and their families in France. The inquiry into the affairs of presidents Omar Bongo, of Gabon, and Denis Sassou N’Guesso, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, marks a break with the protection that was accorded to France’s African “clients” by President Chirac and other former leaders. President Nicolas Sarkozy promised in his spring election campaign to put an end to the complicity between Paris and “la...
  • Ex-Bush aide convicted in D.C. corruption case

    06/20/2006 6:46:51 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 1,251+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 20 | NBC News and news services
    WASHINGTON - A jury Tuesday convicted a former Bush administration official of four counts of lying and obstructing justice in the first trial to be held in connection with the influence-peddling scandal of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
  • Researchers Describe How Natural Nuclear Reactor Worked In Gabon (Two Billion Years Ago)

    04/10/2006 7:50:32 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 1,403+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 11-01-2004
    Researchers Describe How Natural Nuclear Reactor Worked In Gabon The Oklo natural nuclear-reactor site in Gabon. St Louis MO (SPX) Nov 01, 2004 To operate a nuclear power plant like Three Mile Island, hundreds of highly trained employees must work in concert to generate power from safe fission, all the while containing dangerous nuclear wastes. On the other hand, it's been known for 30 years that Mother Nature once did nuclear chain reactions by her lonesome. Now, Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have analyzed the isotopic structure of noble gases produced in fission in a sample from the...
  • Joe Wilson's Gabon Uranium Processing Plant!!

    11/26/2005 5:32:18 PM PST · by SBD1 · 34 replies · 1,793+ views
    Global News Wire-- Africa Analysis ^ | February 5, 1999 | Global News Wire
    Global News Wire Africa Analysis February 5, 1999 LENGTH: 294 words HEADLINE: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE...: FRANCEVILLE, GABON. BODY: Cogema's closure of the Mounana uranium mine near here leaves sub--Saharan Africa with only three producers of radioactive material -- Niger, Namibia and South Africa (where it is a by--product of gold mining; Africa Analysis, no.307). With uranium prices depressed, and unlikely to pick up in the immediate future, Cogema (Compagnie Generale des Matieres Nucleaires de France) has abandoned plans for a short--life open--pit operation at the nearby Mikouloungou deposit, which contains an estimated 1,100 tonnes of uranium. Mounana's 150--strong...
  • CIA's Tenet was 'furious' over leak, Schumer says

    07/23/2005 8:53:56 AM PDT · by YaYa123 · 203 replies · 5,810+ views
    The Buffalo (NY) Times ^ | July 23, 2005 | Douglas Turner
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., revealed Friday that two years ago he discussed the blown cover of CIA operative Valerie Plame with then CIA director George Tenet and that Tenet "was furious." Tenet promptly called the Justice Department to demand an investigation into who in the Bush administration leaked Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak, Schumer said at a hearing held by House and Senate Democrats. Novak revealed Plame's identity in July 2003 in a column in which he said she played a key role in having her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, sent to Niger to investigate...
  • Scientific maverick's theory on Earth's core up for a test

    12/05/2004 11:17:28 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 80 replies · 2,526+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Monday, November 29, 2004 | Keay Davidson
    Researchers are preparing to test the highly controversial theory of a San Diego scientist, J. Marvin Herndon, who thinks a huge, natural nuclear reactor or "georeactor" -- a vast deposit of uranium several miles wide -- exists at Earth's core, thousands of miles beneath our feet... [I]t might help to explain otherwise puzzling phenomena of planetary science, such as fluctuations in the intensity of Earth's magnetic field... If Herndon's theoretical nuclear reactor really exists, then it should be gushing out antineutrinos that would fly through the roughly 4,000 miles of solid rock and emerge at the Earth's surface.
  • Steam secret of natural fission

    11/23/2004 4:11:14 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 1,515+ views
    e4engineering.com ^ | 11/22/04 | Stuart Nathan
    The world's only known natural nuclear reactor, which decommissioned itself over two billion years ago, could provide insights into how modern nuclear plants can operate more safely. The site, in Gabon, West Africa, ran for 150million years without blowing up, and storing its own waste in a safe manner. The reactor was a natural deposit of uranium. Today, and for the last two billion years, natural uranium will not undergo nuclear reactions, because it contains too little of the fissionable isotope, uranium-235 (U235). But in the distant past, U235 was more abundant, comprising 3% of the total amount - the...
  • Iraq Weapons Hunter Was Stymied By Albright

    10/07/2004 8:34:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies · 7,622+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/7/04 | Carl Limbacher
    United Nations - CIA-Iraq chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer, whose report cast doubt on Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction, was blocked from reaching that same conclusion in 1999-2000 by the Clinton White House. Before officially joining the CIA weapons hunt earlier this year, Duelfer spent more than 8 years hunting WMD at the United Nations, first for the noted Swede Rolf Ekeus, than the flamboyant Aussie Richard Butler. Butler, known for his repeated clashes with Iraq officials, was eventually forced out of his U.N. job by the French and Russian ambassadors in June...
  • China's New African Oil Ties Create Concerns

    09/29/2004 1:29:50 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 11 replies · 413+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 29 Sep 2004 | Nico Colombant
    China's need for oil has led it to West Africa's oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea, and to Central Africa, where oil production in several countries is also coming on line. Growing Chinese interest in the region has created a surge of oil-related investments, and has been welcomed by governments and some analysts. But it worries others. In China this month, Gabon's President Omar Bongo received military honors as he arrived for a state visit. Chinese President Hu Jintao said he hoped Mr. Bongo's ninth visit would be a success. Even though Mr. Bongo has been visiting China for...
  • How the French Plunder Africa

    02/06/2004 9:59:54 PM PST · by mark_interrupted · 10 replies · 449+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | January 2004 | Sanou Mbaye
    How the French Plunder Africa France's unchallenged political, economic, and military domination of its former sub-Saharan African colonies is rooted in a currency, the CFA franc. Created in 1948 to help France control the destiny of its colonies, fourteen countries--Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bissau Guinea, and Chad--maintained the franc zone even after they gained independence decades ago. In exchange for France guaranteeing the CFA franc's convertibility, these countries agreed to deposit 65% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special account within the French Treasury and granted to...
  • Africa Quandary: Whites' Land vs. the Landlessness of Blacks

    01/06/2004 2:24:32 AM PST · by sarcasm · 21 replies · 153+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 6, 2004 | SHARON LaFRANIERE and MICHAEL WINES
    ABON, South Africa — At first blush, the jumble of corrugated-steel shacks sprouting from 123 acres of flat countryside is a mirror of thriving towns all over the nation. Thousands of barren yards, marked by chicken-wire fences and festooned with clotheslines, face dirt lanes dignified by hand-lettered wooden street signs. There are also a taxi stand, a shoe-repair shop, a soccer field. About 15,000 black South Africans call Gabon home. It is their home — but not legally. For this city of squatters is built on part of the 13 square miles of farmland where Abraham Duvenage, its white owner,...
  • The Uranium Files- Iraq, Mr. Bush... and more-

    07/15/2003 4:28:30 PM PDT · by backhoe · 153 replies · 2,320+ views
    various FR links | 07-15-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/946730/posts What Bush really said about Iraq -- excerpt from Bush's SOTU (REMINDER)(w. my major points about it)White House ^ | January 28, 2003 | President George W. Bush The Internet will spell the death of the Democrats. For ages, they've been able to control public opinion via their lackeys in the media. Now the public has access to the truth.     http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/946281/posts WHO LIED TO WHOM? (The Original Seymour Hersh Article About Uranium and Niger That Started It All!)The New Yorker ^ | March 31, 2003 | Seymour M. Hersh This seems to have been the first "mainstream"...
  • Ex-Envoy: U.S. Twisted Iraq Intelligence

    07/07/2003 5:52:08 AM PDT · by Brian S · 3 replies · 207+ views
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Gabon Says Administration Twisted His Findings on Iraq Intelligence The Associated Press WASHINGTON July 7 — An envoy sent by the CIA to Africa to investigate allegations about Iraq's nuclear weapons program contends the Bush administration manipulated his findings, possibly to strengthen the rationale for war. That conclusion came on Sunday from Joseph Wilson, former U.S. ambassador to the West African nation of Gabon, who was dispatched in February 2002 to explore whether Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger. That desert country is the world's third-largest producer of mined uranium. Writing in a New York...
  • Death toll from Congo's Ebola outbreak reaches 120

    04/10/2003 4:27:18 AM PDT · by dufekin · 198+ views
    Reuters from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo ^ | 09 Apr 2003 | not specified
    BRAZZAVILLE, April 9 (Reuters) - The death toll in a deadly Ebola outbreak has risen to 120 in northwestern Congo Republic, the central African country's health ministry said on Wednesday. An official at the ministry said 135 cases had been recorded since the virus, which has no known cure, struck in January in the dense forests of Cuvette-Ouest, some 700 km (440 miles) north of the capital, Brazzaville. Authorities say the disease has now almost been brought under control. Ebola is passed on by infected body fluids and kills between 50 and 90 percent of victims, depending on the strain....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-16-02

    10/16/2002 5:29:16 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 289+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-16-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 October 16 Oklo: Ancient African Nuclear Reactors Credit & Copyright: Robert D. Loss, WAISRC Explanation: The remnants of nuclear reactors nearly two billion years old were found in the 1970s in Africa. These reactors are thought to have occurred naturally. No natural reactors exist today, as the relative density of fissionable uranium has now decayed below that needed for a sustainable reaction. Pictured above is Fossil Reactor...