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At the PAD (People of African Descent) WEEK Germany everything revolves around People of African Descent in Germany for three days!
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On the first day Black, African and Afrodiasporic organizations raise awareness for the situation of approximately one million People of African Descent in Germany in the Bundestag for the first time. On the second day, the PAD communities will exchange information with divers minorities affected by racism. On the last day the PAD WEEK closes with an empowerment program by, with and for People of African Descent.

More than 30 PAD organizations from all over Germany have joined forces!

In the run-up to the PAD WEEK Germany, the TOWN HALL Meetings in Hamburg (02.11.), Cologne (03.11.), Leipzig (09.11.) and Munich (16.11.) gather information about the needs of the communities.
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The program of the PAD WEEK Germany:

28. November 2019 | 13 - 17:30 Hrs: Symposium in the Bundestag with Annette Widmann-Mauz (Minister of State in the Chancellery), Dr. Karamba Diaby (MdB), Filiz Polat (MdB), Aminata Touré (Vice-President of the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein) and more than 100 delegates from the PAD communities.

29. November 2019 | 9 - 21:00 Hrs: Closing of ranks - The Cross-Community-Day with panel discussions at the Tagungswerk (Lindenstr. 85, 10969 Berlin) and Social Justice Dinner in the Atelier (Prinzenstr. 84, 10969 Berlin)

30. November 2019 | 9 - 18:00 Hrs: By Us For Us - The community day with workshops at the Tagungswerk (Lindenstr. 85, 10969 Berlin) and closing party at Metropol (Nollendorfplatz 5, 10777 Berlin)

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One would have hoped that with only 50 days until Christmas, there would have been a turnaround of events with respect to the untimely and mysterious deaths that the African Community has experienced earlier this year.

The German police, having received and acted upon a tip-off, discovered the dead body of a 50-year-old Ghanaian woman right in front of an apartment in Bramfeld, an area of the city of Hamburg.

According to an informant, a man dropped off what may have looked like a dead body in front of an apartment in the neighborhood at about 11 pm on Sunday, 10th  November 2019.

Upon their arrival at the crime scene, the police found the body and proceeded to carry out a thorough search of the whole apartment where the body was found.

Two men, aged 55 (unknown) and 37 (Nigerian) were found inside the same apartment that neighbours claim the deceased was living in just before her death.

After a short interrogation, the 55-year-old man was released while the 37-year-old Nigerian was taken into custody for failing to provide a valid residence permit document.

The 37-year-old is still in custody pending investigation by the police department with the help of the forensic department to unravel the place, time, and cause of death.

We will bring the community up to speed with the latest developments as and when we have the information.

Until then let’s all stay safe as we count down to Christmas and the year 2020.

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The African Youth Education Awards (AYEA) 2019 is less than four weeks away. And that means you have less than a month to help create AYEA 2019 in your image. Since 2011, AYEA has recognized many young individuals from the African community who have achieved significantly in the areas of formal and vocational education. And in doing so, it has infused them and the African community at large with inspiration and pride.

However, AYEA has been more than just an instrument of youth recognition. In addition to recognizing and inspiring, it has also been a place for establishing useful social contacts. No example illustrates this better than that of Samuel Balawa, a resident of Hamburg who hails from Uganda. "After finishing my volunteer work in 2016, I wanted to stay here, "says Balawa, "but my school certificate was not recognized, and I was having difficulties finding an apprenticeship. At AYEA 2018, I had the opportunity to speak with an official from the Ugandan Embassy in Berlin about my situation. He put me into contact with a company, and through that, I got a job as an apprentice."

Mr. Balawa`s testimony echos those of others like Precious Sabottka, a resident of Hamburg from the West African country of Ghana. Like many other migrants of his profile, the transition into German society was difficult, thanks to the unavoidable bureaucracies, communication barriers, and humiliating tests of residentship worthiness. But through hard work and dedication to the craft of his passion, Sabottka, a 2016 AYE award recipient, was able to transition and more importantly, to complete his training as a professional painter. He credits AYEA for making him feel like someone cares; ``the award was a form of motivation: it showed me that if you work hard, the African community will recognize and support you. "Like Balawa he too has established contacts at past AYEA that were later advantageous to his business.

These are just a few of the countless inspiring stories that remind us of the necessity of AYEA. But while so much has been accomplished, there is so much more to accomplish. This year, we have an outstanding list of candidates for the awards and expect as many as 500 attendees. However, while we are encouraged by the growing interest, we currently do not have enough resources to accommodate all.

Given the open nature of the AYEA organization, you too can get involved today and shape the event according to your image. But with limited resources and less than a month to go, the best way to help is through donation. As the Asanti saying goes, kitiwa bia nswa (no amount is too small). With your contributions, the AYEA team will be able to create an event that you and the rest of the community can be very proud of.  

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Written by Mohammed Adawulai

It was tough for the panel of judges entrusted with the task of choosing the most beautiful Nigerian woman in German on Saturday (5 September) in Hamburg.

The quality of the candidates who participated at the beauty pageant, part of activities marking Nigerian independence celebrations in the city, made the job of the jury very difficult. For the contestants – Christiana Johnson, Bukola Riedel, Lisa Esosa, Deborah Oyedeji, Confidence Nmonze and Emmanuela Solomon – all bear the qualities the organisers were looking for – a combination of beauty, character, education and style.
wwwwwThe audience that packed the venue of the event did not escape the tension that enveloped the judges. After rounds of catwalk, quiz and interviews, the verdict fell! Deborah Oyedeji, a Berlin-based model, emerged the new Miss Nigeria Germany. It’s a decision that was greeted with a resounding applause and as it marked the end of the long wait and a relief of the tensed atmosphere at the venue.

The 2019 edition of Miss Nigeria Germany is the first to be held since 2015, when Joy Chinyere Ogugua emerged winner. She had been holding the crown for four good years! No wonder the enthusiasm of the contestants to take over the prestigious crown.

Organised by African Heritage Media in collaboration with African-German Information Centre, in addition to the beauty contest, the event also featured live music, a fashion show, comedy sketches, hip-hop fest and traditional dances. And the diaspora-based Nigerian artists who performed on Saturday, including Toni Tuklan, Me-Razor, Okwudili Obi, Carmen Amaka, Cbily and Sofia Robert, did not disappoint. For they thrilled the audience non-stop until the end of the show. It’s a beautiful night full of thrill, music, culture and high fashion.

Team Miss Nigeria Germany 2019, comprising of Tony Air, Prince Ijo and Juliet Ohenhen, and moderator Kenneth Eze surely lived up to their promise as they made the Hamburg Naija Show 2019 a memorable event.

Source:African Courier

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Dear Friend of AYEA,
This year, we would like to involve you in organizing theAfrican Youth Education Awards (AYEA 2019) in a different and important way.
And here is why: 

Since 2011, AYEA has awarded hundreds of prizes in kind and cash to those African students and parents in Hamburg who have most inspired us by way of education. By recognizing their commitments to the acquisition of valuable knowledge and skills, AYEA lets them know that the African community is interested in their progress. This has inspired so many of our youth to work hard and to live purposeful lives.

Moreover, the AYEA ceremony has also been an occasion for meaningful interaction amongst and between Africans of varying socio-economic backgrounds and others. Out of this has arisen some inspiring ideas, friendships, collaborations, and even job opportunities!

AYEA has, therefore, brought our community closer, moved it forward, and given Africans in the diaspora an occasion they can be proud of. But as AYEA has grown, so has the challenges. This year, we have an outstanding list of candidates for the awards and expect as many as 500 guests. While we are encouraged by the growing interest, we, unfortunately, lack the resources to accommodate all. Luckily, some individuals and organizations have stepped up to help. However, we still have a significant budget gap to close. 

The AYEA team has been working pro bono for months. Your contributions will energize them and ensure they can put forth a ceremony that you and the rest of the community can be very proud of.

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 TESTIMONIES

 chichi"I received the award in 2018 and it was a very special moment for me. I felt honoured to get the award and it pushed me to do more with my life. Chinemerem Abbott (Nigerian), engineering student at the Technical University Hamburg- Harburg: "the awards was a form of motivation: it taught me that if you work hard, the African community will recognize and support you."

 

precious"The awards was a form of motivation: it taught me that if you work hard, the African community will recognize and support you. Precious Sabottka (Ghanaian), professional painter and 2016 award recipient". 

 

 

samuel"After finishing my volunteer work in 2016, I wanted to stay here. But my school certificate was not recognized and I was having difficulties finding an apprenticeship. At AYEA 2018, I met an official from the Ugandan Embassy in Berlin to whom I explained my situation. He connected me to an employer for which I currently work as an apprentice.
Samuel Bawala (Ugandan), an apprentice and AYEA Awadee".

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Ugandans serve as guinea pigs for toxic chemical treatment peddled by a self proclaimed American pastor

“America and Europe have much stricter laws so you are not as free to treat people because it is so controlled by the FDA. That’s why I work in developing countries,” Robert Baldwin of the Global Healing Christian Mission said of his alleged healing outreach in Uganda where thousands of people including infants are being treated with toxic industrial bleach.

52-year-old Baldwin, an American based in New Jersey, poses as a pastor to effectively and extensively peddle this fraudulent treatment also known as “miracle mineral solution/supplement” or MMS as it is popularly called by about 50,000 Ugandans. MMS is, in fact, chlorine dioxide, a powerful chemical made by mixing sodium chlorite and citric acid, often used in the textile industry.

The Guardian reports that Baldwin, who imports bulk shipments of the chemical from China, has trained over a thousand Ugandan pastors on how to administer MMS to their congregation, an activity that often takes place after Sunday service. The 52-year-old gives smartphones to these committed pastors as incentives for helping him spread his ‘miracle cure’ which he claims heals different diseases including malaria, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Baldwin said he set up a church so he could distribute MMS under the radar without drawing the attention of the government or drug companies. “When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church,” he told Fiona O’Leary, a campaigner against fake medicine who posed as a journalist to interview him.

MMS has been banned in several countries around the world for use as a medical treatment. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning asking people to stop consuming MMS. Consumers of MMS have turned up with really bad symptoms that can be life-threatening.

Baldwin runs his fraudulent ministry alongside a 25-year-old Briton named Sam Little. Little told the Guardian that he was using his savings to help fund the distribution of MMS in Uganda with a donation of $10,000. He has also invested $30,000 into building an orphanage for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.

Little claims MMS cured a family member of cancer and that made him travel to Africa to conduct more research. A video online shows the 25-year-old conducting a test in a village hospital in Uganda where he was on a mission to prove that malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours. Little is also repeating the study on HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda as well.

Like Baldwin, he admitted that such field studies would not be allowed in the UK or US. However, he denied using poor Ugandans as guinea pigs. “It’s not using people as guinea pigs for trials. It’s helping them. We’ve cured loads of people not just for malaria, cancer, HIV, all sorts of things,” he said.

Both the Uganda Ministry of health and the Ugandan ministry of gender and social development, which only recently got wind of the nefarious activities conducted by Baldwin and Little, has begun an investigation into the MMS scandal as well as Little’s planned orphanage. “We are investigating these people’s activities. In the medical profession, you don’t do advertising when you heal people,” a spokesman for the ministry said with regards to Little’s video. An official also stated that they were unaware of any plans for an orphanage.

Source: Ventures Africa

The government of Ghana has reached a final agreement with Ethiopian Airlines that will see to the establishment of a new national airline in Accra, Ghana. The partnership is in line with Ghana’s increasing efforts to revamp its aviation sector, and Ethiopia’s continuous quest to expand its footprints across the continent’s aviation space.

Under the agreement, Ethiopian Airlines will send several Dash 8-400s aircraft to Accra later in 2019. However, Ghana will hold a majority stake of 51 percent in the new airline while Ethiopia will hold a minority stake of 49 percent.

The final agreement was reportedly signed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the headquarters of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa by Minister Joseph Kofi Adda, Ghanaian Aviation Minister representing the government of Ghana and Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO. This sealed an initial Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) that was signed between the two entities in December 2018.

The collaboration, which seeks to explore the economic potentials in Ghana’s aviation sector comes nearly one decade after the state-run Ghana International Airlines ceased operations amid poor management and huge debt.

Emphasis is placed on the participation of African countries in the continent’s aviation market, where African airlines hold only about 20 percent market shares. This is mainly because countries like Ghana and Nigeria do not currently have an operational national carrier.

In recent times, however, Ghana has made significant changes at its airports which include a new terminal at Kumasi, and one at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport. There have also been some expansions and development at Take me, Wa and Ho airports.

The proposed state-owned airline in Accra is expected to operate domestic, regional, and international flights. Although, there is no disclosure yet about the name of the airline.

The deal with Ethiopia to relaunch a national airline indicates that the Ghanaian government is looking to position itself in the continent’s growing competitive aviation trend, where non-African airlines now control the highest passenger traffic.

For Ethiopia, the deal is yet another strategic move to expand its presence in the African aviation space, where it currently holds large market shares in state-owned airlines through acquisition. These include a 49 percent stake in Malawian Airlines, Malawi’s national carrier and 45 percent stake Zambia’snational airline.

Until 2004, the government of Ghana held a 60 percent stake in the then state-run airline, Ghana Airways, which subsequently relaunched as Ghana International Airways following mismanagement and huge debt amounting to $160 million. The Ghanaian government retained a 70 percent stake in the new airline, which finally ceased operating in 2010 due to poor management.

It appears that the Ghanaian government has learnt from past mistakes and is now ready for a new national carrier under a better structure. Consequently, after Ethiopia’s 49 percent controlling stake, the government of Ghana intends to retain only about 10 percent stake while the private sector will take the remaining 41 percent.

Source:Ventures Africa

 

For White People Who Compare Black Lives Matter to White Supremacy theroot.com

Opinion

On the last day of Passover a lone gunman opened fire on the congregation at Chabad of Poway’s Synagogue in San Diego, USA.

The attack left three wounded, and one dead. Lori Kaye was murdered after she took a bullet for the Rabbi.

San Diego is the latest in a series of crimes committed in the name of ‘white supremacy’. It occurred just six weeks after the mass shooting at a Mosque in New Zealand and seven months after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. And yet, there is still little talk of what white supremacy is; how it operates; and what it means for our communities.

Furthermore, white supremacy has gone transnational.

The San Diego mosque shooter, like many other white supremacy terrorists, was radicalised through online networks.

And yet, the media and politicians have been reticent to identify white supremacy as a threat. Whilst Muslims are openly viewed as a target group of radicalisation, white people are not. The gunmen are viewed as lone rangers and bad apples. But, this is problematic. We should be taking white supremacists seriously. We should be targeting them with the same level of scrutiny that has been used to deal with Islamic radicalisation. To not treat them seriously puts our communities at risk. This would mean identifying the links between what has been painted as fairly disparate attacks since 2011 – including Charlottesville, Charleston and the Murder of British MP Jo Cox, (the Guardian has created a time-line of these events).

There is a clear pattern, white supremacists see the Other (Jews, Muslims, black people) as an existential threat to the white race. Yet, little solidarity is promoted in the mainstream between these communities. In a time where identifying as Jewish can be so negatively scrutinised because of Israel’s politics, the Left (and by extension anti-racist solidarity networks) do have a hard time seeing anti-semitism.

It is not just disappointing that there is little understanding of anti-semitism, but as we can now see this is also dangerous. To keep our communities safe we need to take the threat that white supremacist fanatics pose seriously. And we need to create stronger networks of solidarity by resisting mainstream media that does a good job of polarising the communities affected by racism.

Source: SOAS

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Uganda will be selling marijuana to North America and Europe later this year in deals worth $160 million. This comes after the government reached agreements to export the product for medicinal purposes.

Presently, there are orders for the psychoactive drug from at least 20,000 pharmacies in Canada and Germany, a Director at Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd in Uganda, which is in partnership with Israeli firm Together Pharma Ltd, Benjamin Cadet said.

“We signed annual supply contracts with pharmacies in Canada to a tune of $100m and €58m for Germany… the current contracts run for 10 years but along the way, we shall expand to satisfy future demand,” Cadet revealed.

This is not the first time Uganda will be exporting cannabis products. Another external market for Kampala’s raw cannabis flower is South Africa, where the National Analytical Forensic Services made an order worth $10,000 in 2017, according to the Daily Monitor.

A controversial drug with health benefits

Although it is often abused, Marijuana has great potential for healthcare and is used to relieve pain that comes with several illnesses like cancer.

Cadet explained that “People are using morphine, the main component of opium as an analgesic for cancer pain. Opium is an Opioid and more addictive and with side effects yet Cannabinol (CBD) from medical marijuana is the best option for such patients.”  

Despite having scientists and technology to explore the many benefits of medical marijuana, there are no regulations in place to allow cannabis drugs manufactured for domestic consumption in Uganda. Thus, cancer patients in the country are forced to use CBD illegally.

The subject of using medical marijuana has been a quite controversial one in the East African nation, with supporting and opposing parties airing their respective views. Recently, a five-member sub-committee from the Cabinet met to discuss the dangers and benefits of the drug.

More so, there have been applications for licenses to Ugandan Ministry of Health from 14 companies, to get approval for cultivating, extracting and exporting of the cannabis plant for medical purposes.

Proponents of its use hinge their argument on the fact that its chemicals are used to treat a number of different health conditions – appetite loss, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders, among others. While Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni has openly denounced its use, referring to the drug as “satanic.”

Source: Ventures Africa

Rwanda Genocide – The Israeli Connection | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

Opinion

Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias.

“Teganya’s trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime.”

Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, Western court convicted yet another African of participating in mass violence that the US and its Western allies engineeredin order to expand their imperial influence in East and Central Africa at the expense of France. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 

In July 1994, Teganya crossed from Rwanda into Congo with millions of other Rwandans, mostly Hutus, who were fleeing the advancing Tutsi army led by General Paul Kagame. Teganya later used a false Zimbabwean passport to enter Canada, where he reunited with his Rwandan girlfriend, married, started a family, and applied for political asylum. Canada repeatedly denied him asylum on the grounds that he had committed crimes during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, which he in turn denied. Fearing for his life if deported to Rwanda, he went into hiding in Canada, then illegally crossed the Canadian border into the State of Maine to apply for US political asylum in 2014. His trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime because the prosecution had to prove that he was guilty of that to prove that he had lied on his asylum application.

“There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital.”

In 1994, Teganya was a third-year medical student at the National University of Rwanda in Butare. He testified that when the understaffed hospital was overwhelmed by wounded patients, he volunteered cleaning wounds and administering intravenous fluids in the emergency room. Former teachers and fellow students from both Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora came to confirm his story and testify to his character, while prosecution witnesses from Rwanda accused him of rape and murder. 

The jurors’ verdict was based wholly on their conclusions about the credibility of witnesses. There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital after General Paul Kagame and his army assassinated the Hutu presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi, then launched their final military offensive to seize power in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. One former medical student and witness for the defense testified that in the ensuing chaos, violence, and social collapse, he and his friends at the university in Butare protected themselves by staying close to one another and concentrating on how they might eat from one day to the next. He said that trucks and jeeps full of soldiers or civilian militias would drive by from time to time, but that he and his friends could never be sure who they were or where they were going.

US broke its promise not to penalize refugees for illegal entry 

The United States and Canada are both signatories to the 1967  Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees , by which they promised not to impose penalties for illegal entry on refugees coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened. The Protocol expanded the rights guaranteed by the 1951  Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees to refugees fleeing because of events that occurred after 1951:

Article 31
REFUGEES UNLAWFULLY IN THE COUNTRY OF REFUGE

“1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of Article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities, and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.

“2. The Contracting States shall not apply to the movements of such refugees restrictions other than those which are necessary and such restrictions shall only be applied until their status in the country is regularized or they obtain admission into another country. The Contracting States shall allow such refugees a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.”

Nevertheless, the prosecution built much of its case on the fact that Teganya had entered Canada on a false document and then crossed into the United States illegally. They even asked the defendant on the witness stand why he walked into Congo, which was then Zaire, without a visa, even though he was fleeing Kagame’s army with millions of other refugees. This was all meant to evidence that Teganya was not an honest man, that he had already lied and broken the law to enter Canada and the US, and that it was therefore reasonable to believe that he had lied to gain refugee status.

One jury member told the Boston Globe that he voted to convict primarily because the defendant had used a fake African passport to enter Canada and because he said on the stand that he would do anything not to go back to Rwanda with its current government. 

A priori assumption that only Hutus committed genocide

None of the premises about what actually happened in Rwanda in 1994 were questioned during the trial. As at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, the court’s a priori assumptions were that Hutu extremists massacred Tutsis from April to July in 1994—which did happen. However, they also assumed that only Hutus had committed crimes, and therefore only Hutus should be prosecuted. 

Sticking to the particulars of what happened at Butare Hospital in the course of a week, the defense did not introduce the body of evidence that the Tutsi army also committed genocide against Hutu people. 

This is not to say that Teganye’s federal public defender erred by sticking to the particulars of the case. Murder is against the law regardless of its political context, so the defense had little choice but to argue the particulars as evidenced by witness testimony. However, Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias. In “Enduring Lies, Rwanda in the Propaganda System 20 Years Later ,” Edward S. Herman and David Peterson wrote that: 

“According to the widely accepted history of the 1994 ‘Rwandan genocide,’ there existed a plan or conspiracy among members of Rwanda’s Hutu majority to exterminate the country’s minority Tutsi population. This plan, the story goes, was hatched some time prior to the April 6, 1994 assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died when his Falcon 50 jet was shot-down as it approached the airport of the capital city of Kigali. The killers allegedly responsible for this crime were ‘Hutu Power’ extremists in positions of authority at the time. Although Habyarimana was Hutu, the story continues, he was also more moderate and accommodative toward the Tutsi than ‘Hutu Power’ extremists could tolerate; they were therefore forced to physically eliminate him in order to carry out their plan to exterminate the Tutsi. The mass killings of Tutsi and ‘moderate Hutu’ swiftly followed over the next 100 days, with perhaps 800,000 or as many as 1.1 million deaths. The ‘Rwandan genocide’ came to an end only when the armed forces of Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front drove the ‘génocidaires’ from power, and liberated the country.

 “We refer to the above-version of the events that transpired in Rwanda 1994 as the standard model of the Rwandan genocide. And we note, up front, that we believe that this model is a complex of interwoven lies which, when examined closely, unravels in toto. 

“This model is a complex of interwoven lies.”

“Nevertheless, its Truth has been entered into the establishment history books and promulgated within the field of genocide studies, in documentaries, in the official history at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and even proclaimed from on-high by the UN Security Council in April 2014.

 “The institutionalization of the ‘Rwandan genocide’ has been the remarkable achievement of a propaganda system sustained by both public and private power, with the crucial assistance of a related cadre of intellectual enforcers. The favorite weapons of these enforcers are reciting the institutionalized untruths as gospel while portraying critics of the standard model as ‘genocide deniers,’ dark figures who lurk at the same moral level as child molesters, to be condemned and even outlawed. But we will show that this is not only crude name-calling, it also deflects attention away from those figures who bear the greatest responsibility for the bulk of the killings in Rwanda 1994, and for the even larger-scale killings in Zaire and the Democratic Republic of Congo thereafter.”

Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Oranto Petroleum Limited, in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum, is set to fund an educational program in the country. The program is geared at improving the educational sector and overall socio-economic development in the war-torn African nation.

The program involves the provision of quality training for 25 teachers and 60,000 children across 30 villages in the Eastern Lakes state and would last for a period of 5 years.

“For South Sudan to reach its true place in Africa, we have to invest in education and great students are the result of great teachers and it is, therefore, essential to empower and support teaching professionals throughout this country,” Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.

The educational program organized by Oranto may be targeted at refugees returning to the country, in a bid to support and pave way for more economic advancement and considerable impact for individuals and local communities.

South Sudan has been faced with severe economic challenges including economic instability and poor infrastructure. The country’s educational system for children has deteriorated greatly as a result of conflict and other forms of emergencies, the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) revealed.

Since the outbreak of the deadly civil war in 2013, it has experienced a massive migration of over two million citizens to neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR). Recently, some of the refugees have returned after a peace deal was signed between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar.

“I am thankful to Oranto Petroleum and implore on other oil companies in the country to do the same”, the Minister added.

In line with Oranto’s policy of significantly engaging local human and material resources in all its activities in South Sudan while promoting the development of social infrastructure, the company also plans to fund the construction of two primary schools in two villages.

Oranto Petroleum Limited is one of Nigeria’s privately owned and managed oil companies. It is involved in oil production and exploration, with over 22 oil and gas license in 12 countries.

 

Source:Ventures Africa

A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

Four years ago a publication was made Ghanaians living in Hamburg, Germany demanding answers from authorities about the rampant death of their countrymen. Years have passed but the toll of such deaths has neither ceased nor decreased. It is clear that death is inevitable but the frequency and circumstance is what is worrying.

It is upon this back drop that a discussion on that topic was held on the health show hosted by Effya on TopAfric radio and was covered by the NDR Das. This could be a huge step to drawing the attention of the right authorities to come to the aid of the Ghanaian community.

Within the public sphere the theory such as doctors intentionally killing their victims is purported to be one of the causes of such deaths.

During the radio discussion the following factors were enumerated to be possibly contributing to such premature death; Irresponsible self medication, unhealthy and sedentary life styles, physical inactivity, under utilisation of the health care system, religious and cultural beliefs and practices, ignorance and lack of information, double and quadruple jobs to cater for families and acquisitions of properties back home, genetics, environment etc. 

Recommendations to counteracting the problem will be to negate the above enumerated possible causes.

 As public Health scientists we see the issue as public health emergency which threatens the human security within the Ghanaian community in Hamburg. An anecdotal evidence of the issue at stake could be true but not enough deal with the problem.

To a achieve the desired result, a holistic approach is needed hence an urgent need for scientific research that encompasses needs assessments , data collection, analysis  and findings to draw and implement a comprehensive public health intervention which is participatory and culturally tailored to mitigate the problem.

The negative impacts of the continuous premature death of Ghanaians cannot be overemphasised. It affects the families and society at large as well as the economy here in Germany and Ghana. For this reason we would like to call on stakeholders to support the worthy course by funding such project. We are looking up to the Ghana Embassy, German Health ministry and other such interested institutions to heed to this call so as to ensure that such premature deaths would be a thing of the past through the implementation of public health interventions.
Ghanaians dying premature in Hamburg!!!

Aileen Ashe (Public Health scientist and language and culture mediator)
Ursula D’Almeida (pharmacist and  Public Health Scientist)

There is hardly anything that contributes to a better mood or offers more fun than one of the most beautiful pastimes in the world. But the importance of a healthy and regular sex life really is often underestimated.

Here are eight good reasons why you should not neglect your sex life. Because this is what happens to your body when you stop having sex:
Why a healthy sex life not only ensures a good mood

1. You get sick more often

If you don’t have sex for a long time, your immune system becomes significantly weaker. Germs then have an easier job of spreading in your body and you can catch a cold or get the flu more easily. So, just by having more sex, you can help keep your herbal remedy teas in the closet!

2. Your stress levels increase

Sex is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Regular sex reduces the amount of stress hormones and makes you feel more relaxed in everyday life. Without this important balance, you could become a ticking time bomb!

3. It’s harder for you to get aroused

It’s hard to believe, but true: If you don’t regularly “practice,” it’s difficult for a lot of people to become aroused. Men can experience problems having erections and it can be harder for women to have an orgasm. So, you have to stay on top of things to make sure the “switch” always remains on.

4. Your dreams change
Some people suddenly notice that they have strange dreams when their sex life is suffering. It can mean that you unexpectedly start dreaming about sex or have orgasms in your sleep.

5. Over time you lose your desire to have sex

If your body notices that you’re having a prolonged dry spell in the sexual sense, the production of sex hormones reduces. You feel less like having sex if you have been abstinent for a while. In addition, your libido will eventually feel different. And this is all due to the fact that your sex hormones are slowly vanishing.

6. You’ll feel more distance between your partner and yourself

When a couple in a relationship only rarely sleep together, their interpersonal distance becomes greater. You may start to have feelings of uncertainty related to your partner and other people will seem more attractive to you.

7. It lowers your feeling of self-worth

It is not surprising that a person’s self-worth is harmed, if that individual does not regularly feel desired. But a lack of sex has been proven to affect a person’s well-being, leading to sadness or depression when sex is absent from their lives. Studies have shown that having sex regularly helps fight depression. It can sometimes even work as well as antidepressants.

8. Your risk of cancer increases

For men, the risk of prostate cancer increases when they don’t have sex for a longer period of time. So it’s not a bad idea for men to “flush out” the pipes. Because then the risk is significantly reduced.

Well, if all this isn’t motivation enough, then I don’t know what is! For all these reasons, it would be almost irresponsible not to make love more regularly, don’t you think?!

Source: hefty.com

This article was first published in 2014! 
The rate at which Ghanaians are dying prematurely in Hamburg -Germany is alarming and it is time authorities begin to ask questions and provide answers. Life expectancy has improved tremendously in Germany over the years.

In 2012 the life expectancy in Germany increased to about 81.00 years. That for women was at 83.30 years and for men 78.60 years. If statistics available to TopAfric is correct, the Ghana community buried over 30 people 2014, burried 46 people in 2016. As at Nov 2018, more than 30 Ghanaians have been burried. The average age was just around 45 years.                                                                   

The irony is that Ghanaians are dying more than all other Black -/Africans in Hamburg put together. Yes the wages of life is death, but when Ghanaians find themselves in a country with better health infrastructures then they should live longer.

Ghanaians in Hamburg are definitely doing something wrong because even in Ghana, where the rate of avoidable death (drinking and driving, bad roads, no road signs, poor medication, bribery at hospitals or unavailability of medical care) is high the folks are living longer.

Life expectancy in Ghana as at 2012 is about 61 years, so why this high rate of death in Germany.Why the community awaits the results from the authorities to guide the people as to what is wrong and what can be done better. The following unscientific assumptions are making the air waves.

There is this weird speculation that the “Alster River” dislikes this black clothing’s of Ghanaians, the people are therefore disregarding the gods of the river. “The gods are not to blame”.

Ghanaians in Hamburg love burials and funerals above everything; they are seen every week organizing funerals of relatives that have passed away far in Ghana. First the “One Week” and then the “Funerals”.

What you love most is what shall kill you!
There are times the cemetery worker asked if a prominent person or a star is dead. One jokingly said this is a confirmation of the high rate of unemployment amongst the Ghana community.

It would be in the interest of the community to discourage all imported funerals and mobilize the people only when one of the inhabitants dies in Hamburg. The traumatic lifestyle; high divorce rate,  inability to cope with the structured German routine, the bureaucracy, the bad eating habits –eating heavy “fufu” at mid nights, disregard for good health, could be a contributing factor...

Husbands and wives building separate mansions through their menial job, to impress family members back home. Unfortunately 90% do not even sleep in these homes before the lucky ones join the colleagues at “Hamburg -Friedhof Ohlsdorf (Kapelle 10) “the biggest cemetery in the World.

One insanity is changing trains and busses on weekends from funerals and parties to another, sadly incorrectly dressed during the winter season. It is time the Ghana Union and opinion leaders stamp their authority, coordinate all social activities, ban one week funerals and imported funerals.

Whilst we all undertake weekly sporting activities, we encourage the Ghana Embassy in Berlin and the Ghana Union in Hamburg to seek from the German authorities the causes of these premature deaths and make public the findings, -names anonymous.

With all things being equal Ghanaians in Germany can live to be 81 years.

God Bless Ghana! 
God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy

Obesity is a growing problem within the African/Black community in Germany and Europe at Large.
With foods such as Fufu, Rice, Yam, Plantains as the staple unit, it makes it easy for Africans to gain weight so easily.

Akoto Degross was an obese individual who lived in Hamburg, Germany for a while where he was attending University and it was during this period that he decided to make a drastic change in his obese life by loosing half his body weight.

He had tried numerous times to loose weight but not until he lost his mother did he buckle up and strictly jump into loosing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

In the video below, he discusses different reasons why Africans in the diaspora are over weight. He explained what they are doing wrong and how they can change and live better and healthier lives.

He also stated that the obesity epidemic is primarily rampant among the African Women in the diaspora.

He is an author and certified weight loss expert and runs a program called fat2fitghana (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

He has also written 2 books on how to loose weight.


1. 7 Simple steps to losing weight (http://amzn.to/2xcz8Wr)
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
..Click this link to read it (http://amzn.to/2wKIHc7)

Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs. A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.

While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can boost insect-farming production. Currently most insect farming serves niche markets such as China.

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A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

The Creative Arts Industry in any country is the powerhouse that provides the avenues to telling compelling stories through diverse arts and connecting cultures through a shared experience.

Contrary to the challenges the Ghanaian Movie Industry is facing, quite a few remarkable stories or films written and directed by Ghanaian Talents seem to breaking boundaries and gaining international recognition.

‘Keteke’, a highly touted Ghanaian drama movie which was released in 2017, has been nominated for the NDR Young talent Award 201 in Hamburg, Germany.

The film was directed by Peter Sedufia, a graduate of NAFTI (National Film and Television Institute) in Ghana and produced by Laurene Manaa Abdullah.

The storyline of ‘KETEKE’ which translates as ’TRAIN’ in the Akan language, focuses on the rail service system which was the only means of transportation back in the 80’s and how a heavily expecting couple who preferred to have their first child in their village, found themselves in the middle of nowhere after missing the train.

How will a heavily pregnant woman and husband survive in the middle of nowhere? Who can help in the middle of nowhere? What will happen if they get no help? Most importantly, what will happen to the unborn baby?

If you are as curious as I am, meet the director and also get the opportunity to watch ’KETEKE’ on the following dates;

Sunday, 29.09 - 17:00  at CinemaxX 2

Tuesday, 01.10 – 17:00 at CinemaxX 8

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