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Nigeria’s crackdown on begging raises fears over human rights violations

With Nigeria’s parliament poised to extend a controversial law banning the “menace of street begging” throughout the country, campaigners are warning the policy has already resulted in the persecution of tens of thousands of disabled and mentally ill citizens. Street begging is illegal in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, and carries fines of around N15,000 (£38) and up to three …

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Leid Stories – Money, Oil and Terrorism: The Clintons’ Rotten Record in Nigeria – 06.30.16

Seven years into a counteroffensive against a campaign of terror that claimed the lives of 15,000 people and caused the displacement of about 2 million more in Nigeria and neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, Nigeria’s army declared just four days ago that it had freed more than 5,000 people held hostage by the terrorist group Boko Haram in raids on 15 villages. The militant Islamist group, claiming affiliation with ISIS, riled the country and the world two years ago when it kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno state; the search continues for them.

Hillary Clinton, secretary of state when Boko Haram emerged as Africa’s ISIS affiliate, repeatedly refused to designate the militants as terrorists—even at congressional urging and pleas from African leaders, including the Nigerian president, for support in combating terrorism. Meanwhile, Boko Haram was able to escalate its terror campaign and atrocities.

Mindy Belz, senior editor of WORLD Magazine, discusses Clinton’s “troubling ties” to Nigerian big money, the role of the Clinton Foundation and former President Bill Clinton, and their connection to her inaction on Boko Haram.

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CHARLES P. PIERCE – What Happens When Water for 30 Million People Disappears

Believe it or not, there are actual concerns in the world that do not depend on what 1,000 people in Iowa, called at random, think of the trustworthiness of a guy who gets policy advice from Alex Jones. There is, for example, the Lake Chad Basin in Africa, which is probably where our next humanitarian disaster is about to happen. Nine …

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Heart of Mind Radio – 05.06.16

Heart Of Mind Radio May 5th 2016 Show Description

Guests on Today’s Heart Of Mind Radio are participating in upcoming event:

In Celebration of

Mother Earth and all the Mothers of the World.

Sunday May 8th, 3:00–5:00 PM

At The Commons Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave

(Between Bond & Hoyt St.)

Presented by

Heart Of Mind Radio and CUBRAITI INC,

Rosse Taveras Saint Louis is the Founder and President of educational cultural arts non profit organization, CUBRAITI, Inc.

CUBRAITI, Inc was founded in New York City in 2003 and has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Since its inception Cubraiti, Inc. has partnered with numerous arts, educational and cultural organizations creating Cultural –arts, dance curriculums.

Rosse T. Saint Louis has researched oral histories and sacred African Diaspora dance traditions throughout the Americas. She received a Masters Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Comparative Education and Anthropology. She has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Haiti, Africa and Dominican Republic choreographing, directing, lecturing, researching and performing. She is the recipient of the Teacher’s College, Office of the President, Diversity and Community Award and a New School Multicultural Diversity Award and is a Fulbright Fellow. She performed at the International Fulbright Alumni committee in Brasilia, Brazil and at the International Black Heritage Festival in Lagos, Nigeria Africa.

She is a educator, performing artists and writer, currently living in New York City. Contact: Cubraiti@outlook.com Website: http://www.cubraiti.org/

Legendary veteran percussionist Leopoldo F. Fleming, well known as a versatile and sensitive accompanist and soloist on multiple percussion instruments with such talents as Miriam Makeba, Nina Simont, Randy Weston, Harry Belafonte, Eartha Kitt, Lonnie Liston Smith, Archie Shepp, and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Leopoldo worked and toured with the who-is-who of the international jazz scene during the last 50 years.

Keven Nathaniel – a visionary musician who, with the voice and ancient African instruments, channels sound as a universal healing force. Together, breathing rhythms to the beat of our synchronized hearts, Keven Nathaniel resonates songs of unity and the “big picture” of love in the grooviest ways possible. A long-time devotee of mbira, drum, dance, song, meditation, and yoga; a world-raveled “urban Shaman” who shares musical medicine for the ancient, the now, and the beyond, Keven Nathaniel shares a fresh, deep experience of the beauty of sound.

SAINT a/k/a Young Buffett is a Brooklyn-born emcee who has quickly established himself as one of the most lyrically-gifted & insightful new hip hop artist to emerge in the last two decades.

Saint is an inspirational emcee with a strong message of hope and displays amazing versatility while addressing social issues and personal growth. His first music purchase was a hit single titled, “Wooha,” by Busta Rhymes. Later on, he caught the attention of legendary hip hop producers Dj Premier & Dj Clark Kent respectively. Saint has earned his stripes performing & dominating countless clubs, showcases, open mics, rap battles & more.

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Life Satisfaction and the Well-Being Gap

“Our data show what needs to be done to improve the level and distribution of happiness” globally, the authors of World Happiness Report 2016 argue ambitiously in their latest assessment across nations and continents. “Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.” With Ministries of Happiness springing up in Venezuela, …

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Couple Buys Destroyed Farmlands In India And Naturally Transforms Them Into Wildlife Sanctuaries

A passionate couple moved to India to save the nation from complete deforestation by rescuing and rehabilitating barren farmland. For those seeking inspiration even though they have been told that one person can’t make a difference, look no further. This is actually a story about a couple who followed their passion for rehabilitating land, wildlife, and the fresh water supply …

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Fuel or food? Study sees increasing competition for land, water resources

About 4 percent of the world’s agricultural land and 3 to 4 percent of its fresh water are now used for growing biofuels, according to a new study published March 3, 2016 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. About one-third of the malnourished people in the world, the findings suggest, could be fed by using these resources for food production. With …

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Trends This Week – False faith, not hard data, boosting markets. Can it last? – 02.17.16

Trend forecaster Gerald Celente lays it on the table, dissecting why the bounce back in markets the last few days is bunk. After equity markets worldwide suffered one of the worst starts of a new year in history, stocks suddenly rebounded. For example, the Nikkei closed out last week at its lowest level since October 2014. But what economic fundamentals spiked prices higher this week? Was it the dismal news that Japan’s economy contracted 1.4 percent in the last quarter? No. What boosted stocks prices was the twisted rationale that despite the Bank of Japan firing two rounds of blanks from its “monetary bazooka,” the lousy Gross Domestic Product number was cause to launch yet another round of stimulus. Before Chinese markets opened Monday after being closed for a week, the Shanghai Index had fallen 47 percent since its peak in June. Was it on the rotten news that China’s exports fell 11.2 percent in January and imports plunged 18.8 percent that markets rallied? No. As with Japan, the dismal data was taken as a positive sign that the People’s Bank of China would take bold measures to boost sluggish growth. “Confidence,” trust the effectiveness of the rigged market game, not economic fundamentals, was the rationale for stocks suddenly moving higher. Tuesday’s New York Times headline summed it up: “Global Shares Buoyed by Investor Faith.” Yes, faith in more failed central-bank stimulus and stock and bond buyback sideshows… not faith in true price discovery and robust Gross Domestic product growth.

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Outrage Follows Saudi Arabia’s Execution of Nearly 50 Prisoners

Saudi Arabia—recently chosen to to head a key United Nations human rights panel—on Saturday executed 47 people convicted of “terrorism,” including at least four convicted of offenses related to political protest. According to Reuters, the executions took place in 12 cities in Saudi Arabia, with four prisons using firing squads and the others beheading. Among those killed was prominent Shiite …

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MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF – How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution

For the microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg, that career-defining moment—the discovery that changed the trajectory of his research, inspiring him to study how diet and native microbes shape our risk for disease—came from a village in the African hinterlands. A group of Italian microbiologists had compared the intestinal microbes of young villagers in Burkina Faso with those of children in Florence, Italy. …