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  • Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

    12/09/2012 2:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2012
    A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal...
  • Obama's fathers ancestral village witch doctor foresees Obama victory(creeps me out)  

    11/06/2012 11:36:12 AM PST · by MaggieMay · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 6,2012 | Reuters
    Transcript from Reuters website: This small village in the Kenyan countryside boasts a special connection to U.S. President Barack Obama. Kogelo is the ancestral village of his father - and the birthplace of the Obama surname. This is John Dima - a respected local witchdoctor who's trying to peer into the future to predict whether Obama will trounce Mitt Romney in his bid for the White House. As his wife offers instructions on the preparation of John's prophetic potions, the witchdoctor says he foresees victory for the President. (SOUNDBITE)(Luo) KOGELO WITCHDOCTOR, JOHN DIMA, SAYING: "His father was my friend; his...
  • Business Owner Depicts Obama as Witch Doctor (N.J. Clothier's Halloween Critique of Obamacare)

    10/14/2012 1:15:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies
    WABC ^ | Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Jen Maxfield
    Business owner depicts Obama as witch doctor SPRING LAKE, N.J. (WABC) -- A business owner in Spring Lake, New Jersey has put up a window display for Halloween which depicts President Barack Obama as a witch doctor. The display in a window of Skuby & Co. Lifestyle Clothing in Spring Lake includes an image of the president's head superimposed on the body of a witch doctor above the word "ObamaCare." There's a tombstone featuring a picture of the president with a stethoscope and the inscription, "I Told You I Was Sick." A mannequin also wears a hat with a derogatory...
  • Tortured by a Witch Doctor, Saved by Australian Surgeons

    05/15/2012 8:26:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Newcastle Herald ^ | 12 May, 2012 | AMY FALLON AND AMY CORDEROY
    The squeals of happiness from George Mukisa hide the terrible truth behind his trip to Australia from Uganda. George is a survivor of child sacrifice. He was aged just two, playing football with his brothers, when a neighbour, John Otebati, offered to take him into town for sweets. Instead, Otebati, a witch doctor, took him to a nearby banana plantation and removed his genitals with a knife. In Uganda, children live in fear of child sacrifice, driven by unscrupulous witch doctors and their accomplices or fraudulent traditional healers who claim they can bring power, prosperity and money. A report by...
  • Man Saddled With Voodoo Curse Throws Rock Through Window, Arrested

    12/14/2010 11:42:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 12/14/2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    West Palm Beach man confronts neighbor over bad spell A West Palm Beach man who'd had enough of the voodoo curse his neighbor put on him was arrested after he threw a rock through the neighbor's window. Renald Louis, 26, was charged Sunday with shooting or throwing a missile into a dwelling, according to the Palm Beach Post. Louis had allegedly tossed the rock through 45-year-old Delvin Carter's living room window, narrowly missing his daughter who was sitting on a couch. Carter went outside and confronted Louis, who had another rock in his hand. "You put voodoo on me," said...
  • McDonald's May Drop Health Plan (but Obama said you could keep your plan!)

    McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul. The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers' health plans as the law ripples through the real world. Trade groups representing restaurants and retailers say low-wage employers might halt their coverage if the government doesn't loosen a requirement for "mini-med" plans, which offer limited benefits to some 1.4 million Americans.
  • Kenyan sentenced in albino case (tried to sell albino to witch doctor)

    08/20/2010 10:47:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/20/2010
    MWANZA, Tanzania, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Kenyan man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for tying to sell an albino to witch doctors, officials say. Nathan Mutei was convicted of one count of trafficking in a human being and another for abduction with the intent to murder, a Kenyan newspaper, The Daily Nation, said Friday. Investigators said Mutei, 28, convinced 20-year old Robinson Mkwama he was going to help him find a job, but he really meant to sell him to witch doctors who planned to cut him up and use his body parts in ceremonies. Mutei...
  • Africa: Witch doctors and politicians intertwined

    01/13/2010 6:15:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 278+ views
    Spero News ^ | 1/13/2010 | Martyn Drakard
    Are witch-doctors still part of the anecdotal, primitive folk-lore of Africa? Yes, they are. The witch-doctor, however, does not feature in the safari package; he is still a nasty reality, who holds many people helpless in his “supernatural” grip. His “shrine” isn’t to be seen in the picture post-cards; it is hidden in the forest. His rags, shaggy hair and paraphernalia have not started a fashion craze; they are dirty and ugly. Yet, he is feared. The Ugandan government, according to a recent BBC report, is worried about the increase of witch-craft, witch-doctors, and, consequently, the human sacrifices, especially children....
  • Human sacrifices 'on the rise in Uganda' as witch doctors admit to rituals

    01/08/2010 2:36:32 PM PST · by Scythian · 24 replies · 887+ views
    One man said he had clients who had captured children and taken their blood and body parts to his shrine, while another confessed to killing at least 70 people including his own son. "They go and capture other people's children. They bring the heart and the blood directly here to take to the spirits," he said. "They bring them in small tins and they place these objects under the tree from which the voices of the spirits are coming."
  • Witch-doctors reveal extent of child sacrifice in Uganda

    01/07/2010 6:00:55 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 25 replies · 1,062+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/7/10 | Tim Whewell
    A BBC investigation into human sacrifice in Uganda has heard first-hand accounts which suggest ritual killings of children may be more common than authorities have acknowledged. One witch-doctor led us to his secret shrine and said he had clients who regularly captured children and brought their blood and body parts to be consumed by spirits. Meanwhile, a former witch-doctor who now campaigns to end child sacrifice confessed for the first time to having murdered about 70 people, including his own son. The Ugandan government told us that human sacrifice is on the increase, and according to the head of the...
  • Barack Obama's broken promise to African village (Barry's grandfather was elder & witchdoctor)

    09/18/2009 5:40:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 1,340+ views
    This Is London ^ | 7/25/08 | David Cohen
    Barack Obama's broken promise to African villageDavid Cohen, Evening Standard 25.07.08 It is an extraordinary sight to walk into a basic two-room house under a mango tree in rural east Africa and discover what is essentially a shrine to Barack Obama. The small brick house with no running water, a tin roof and roving chickens, goats and cows is owned by Sarah Obama, Barack's 86-year-old step-grandmother. Inside, the walls are decorated with a 2008 Obama election sticker, an old "Barack Obama for Senate" poster on which he has written "Mama Sarah Habai [how are you?]", a 2005 calendar that says...
  • Woman Hires Witch Doctor, Files Complaint Over Curse

    04/15/2009 4:39:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 274+ views
    KSL ^ | April 15th, 2009 | Mary Richards
    Ogden police received a complaint from a woman who says someone put a curse on her, forcing her to hire a witch doctor. Police say Jennifer Madrigal called them around 10 a.m. Tuesday to file a harassment complaint against Guadalupe Fernandez Andrade, who Madrigal claimed had put a spell on her. The curse was that Madrigal would be hit by a car. Madrigal was upset that she had to hunt down a witch doctor and pay $800 for a ritual involving an egg to reverse the spell. The Standard-Examiner reports the relationship between the women is unclear, but the curse...
  • Healing spirits, A shaman helps clients with a variety of problems

    09/05/2008 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 637+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 08.26.08 | SARAH SCHILLACI,
    Jose Juarez is a shaman, a Mesoamerican healer from a village in Mexico. He owns a botanica, called New Age Store Leecatzin, in Clifton's Botany Village. In the background an Aztec drawing represents life, strength and prosperity, with a reminder to rem A shaman helps clients with a variety of problemsAlbert Ponce had a broken spirit. Life for the 25-year-old Clifton resident had recently hit a bumpy patch. He couldn't land a job working in an office. He didn't want to settle for a retail job, or working in a factory; he wanted to make use of his business...
  • 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....
  • Archbishop attacks Blair's 'unforgiving, materialistic' Britain (Religious left update)

    03/24/2007 11:29:24 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 03/25/2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked Britain under Labour, claiming that society has become "fantastically materialistic" and "deeply unforgiving". Rowan Williams with John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, on a march in London yesterday People have become suspicious and mistrustful of the Government, disillusioned with New Labour's failure to fulfil its promises to improve the education and health services, and feel isolated from the political process, he argues. Rowan Williams says that far from seeing Britain transformed since Tony Blair came to power, cynicism and greed are now the pervading sentiments of the country's culture. "We don't feel that the...
  • Scrooge 'was a victim of brain disease'

    12/23/2006 7:22:49 PM PST · by MadIvan · 27 replies · 751+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | John Harlow
    IT WAS the night before Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge was facing a succession of supernatural terrors; or, as the latest medical thinking would have it, he was succumbing to a brain disease so obscure that doctors would not give it a name for another 150 years.A pair of medico-literary sleuths claimed last week to have tracked down the illness that haunted Scrooge. They concluded that Charles Dickens brilliantly observed the symptoms in A Christmas Carol. Robert Chance Algar, a Californian neurologist, and his aunt Lisa Saunders, a medical writer and physician, believe that the affliction that made Scrooge a byword...
  • Witchdoctor told police giving blood made him zombie

    11/24/2005 6:30:19 PM PST · by Ellesu · 1 replies · 157+ views
    dailyrecord.co.uk ^ | 11/25/05 | Ross Parry
    A WITCHDOCTOR refused to give police a blood sample because it could turn him into a violent zombie. The African healer told cops the sight of blood would make him "act like a lion". But yesterday Nyararia Mukandiwa was convicted of failing to give a specimen after a court overturned a ruling clearing him of the charge. The engineering student was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, in February last year. The 33-year-old told police he was a Mhondoro - a Zimbabwean medicine man - and that seeing blood sent him into a trance He refused to give...
  • 'Pulsa denura' tape sparks TV dogfight

    07/27/2005 7:52:49 AM PDT · by Alouette · 38 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 27, 2005
    Channel 10 Executive Producer Avi Barzilai on Wednesday repulsed the idea of broadcasting a tape of the Pulsa Denura ceremony against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, calling the rite "a despicable ceremony by despicable people bought and broadcast by individuals who pretend to be journalists and would do anything in order to raise their ratings." "As a senior journalist," he told Army Radio, "I don't regard them as members of the profession," Barzilai continued. Israel Segal - chief editor of Channel 2's current affairs program Mishal Ham that acquired the tape for $5,000 - claimed that the moment the tape became...
  • Petitions submitted in bid to recall Sova (COLO. Smokers retaliate)

    02/19/2003 12:05:54 PM PST · by Hell to pay · 11 replies · 361+ views
    By JAMES AMOS The Pueblo Chieftain The group seeking to recall four city councilmen on Tuesday submitted their petitions targeting council President Bill Sova. Members of Puebloans for Common Sense in Government turned in petitions with an estimated 5,086 signatures to City Clerk Gina Dutcher- approximately 27 percent more than the 3,697 signatures needed to force a recall election against Sova. The group is composed of bar owners and others unhappy about the city's now-suspended smoking ban, which initially passed in December on a 4-3 council vote. Sova was joined by Councilmen Mike Occhiato, Bob Schilling and Ted Lopez Jr....
  • Greenland government near collapse, officials say

    01/11/2003 7:59:51 AM PST · by TheConservator · 7 replies · 305+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 11 2003 | Reuters
    Greenland's coalition government was on the verge of collapse on Saturday in a row over cronyism after just three weeks in power, officials said on Saturday. Political leaders on the vast Arctic island, which is home to a US military base slated by Washington to be part of its missile defence shield, were in talks on forming a new coalition backed by a majority in the home-rule parliament. Greenland is part of NATO-member Denmark but the home-rule administration runs local affairs with Copenhagen responsible for foreign, security and defence policy. The coalition between the left-wing, nationalist Inuit Ataqatigiit (Inuit Brotherhood,...
  • Jesus and the FDA

    10/06/2002 8:23:25 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 3 replies · 148+ views
    Time ^ | 10/6/02 | KAREN TUMULTY
    A quiet battle is raging over the Bush Administration's plan to appoint a scantily credentialed doctor, whose writings include a book titled As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now, to head an influential Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel on women's health policy. Sources tell Time that the agency's choice for the advisory panel is Dr. W. David Hager, an obstetrician-gynecologist who also wrote, with his wife Linda, Stress and the Woman's Body, which puts "an emphasis on the restorative power of Jesus Christ in one's life" and recommends specific Scripture readings and prayers for such ailments...
  • Young woman dies after 'exorcism'

    08/22/2002 1:49:42 PM PDT · by Thinkin' Gal · 8 replies · 233+ views
    Jordan Times ^ | Thursday, August 22, 2002 | By Rana Husseini
    Young woman dies after 'exorcism' By Rana Husseini AMMAN — Zarqa police are questioning a so-called witch doctor who on Wednesday reportedly beat an 18-year-old girl to death to exorcise what he believed to be a demon inside her, official sources said. The victim, Mariam Salem, was taken by her family to the witch doctor in Zarqa after complaining of stomach pains, the source said. “The man stomped on the young woman's stomach and she fainted,” the source said. Her family rushed her to Zarqa Government Hospital and told the attending physicians that she was sick but did not describe...
  • Disgruntled Witch Doctors Paid Off, at Last (Soccer game in Ivory Coast)

    04/07/2002 7:28:19 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 2 replies · 312+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4-6-02
    Disgruntled Witch Doctors Paid Off, at Last Sat Apr 6, 1:03 PM ET ABIDJAN (Reuters) - A decade after Ivory Coast's soccer team swept to its sole African Nations Cup victory, a government minister has finally paid off disgruntled witch doctors who claim to have helped win the trophy. Witch doctors in a suburb of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan were enlisted by the minister of sport before the 1992 Cup to give the national side an extra edge. The Elephants won the final beating Ghana in a dramatic penalty shootout in Senegal but the witch doctors from the village...