Archive | June 12, 2015

Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures Do not have Back Pain*

Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures Do not have Back Pain*

By Michaeleen Doucleff

Primal posture: Ubong tribesmen in Borneo (right) display the perfect J-shaped spines. A woman in Burkina Faso (left) holds her baby so that his spine stays straight. The centre image shows the S-shaped spine drawn in a modern anatomy book (Fig. I) and the J-shaped spine (Fig. II) drawn in the 1897 anatomy book Traite d’Anatomie Humaine

Back pain is a tricky beast. Most Americans will at some point have a problem with their backs. And for an unlucky third, treatments won’t work, and the problem will become chronic.

Believe it or not, there are a few cultures in the world where back pain hardly exists. One indigenous tribe in central India reported essentially none. And the discs in their backs showed little signs of degeneration as people aged.

Many ancient statues, such as this one from Greece, display a J-shaped spine. The statue’s back is nearly flat until the bottom, where it curves so the buttocks are behind the spine

An acupuncturist in Palo Alto, Calif., thinks she has figured out why. She has travelled around the world studying cultures with low rates of back pain — how they stand, sit and walk. Now she’s sharing their secrets with back pain sufferers across the U.S.

About two decades ago, Esther Gokhale started to struggle with her own back after she had her first child.

“I had excruciating pain. I couldn’t sleep at night,” she says.

“I was walking around the block every two hours. I was just crippled.”

Gokhale had a herniated disc. Eventually she had surgery to fix it. But a year later, it happened again.

“They wanted to do another back surgery. You don’t want to make a habit out of back surgery,” she says.

This time around, Gokhale wanted to find a permanent fix for her back. And she wasn’t convinced Western medicine could do that. So Gokhale started to think outside the box. She had an idea:

“Go to populations where they don’t have these huge problems and see what they’re doing.”

Over the next decade, Gokhale went to cultures around the world that live far away from modern life. She went to the mountains in Ecuador, tiny fishing towns in Portugal and remote villages of West Africa.

“I went to villages where every kid under age 4 was crying because they were frightened to see somebody with white skin — they’d never seen a white person before,” she says.

Gokhale took photos and videos of people who walked with water buckets on their heads, collected firewood or sat on the ground weaving, for hours.

“I have a picture in my book of these two women who spend seven to nine hours everyday, bent over, gathering water chestnuts,” Gokhale says.

“They’re quite old. But the truth is they don’t have a back pain.”

She tried to figure out what all these different people had in common. The first thing that popped out was the shape of their spines.

“They have this regal posture, and it’s very compelling.”

And it’s quite different than American spines.

If you look at an American’s spine from the side, or profile, it’s shaped like the letter S. It curves at the top and then back again at the bottom.

But Gokhale didn’t see those two big curves in people who don’t have back pain.That S shape is actually not natural,” she says.

“It’s a J-shaped spine that you want.”

In fact, if you look at drawings from Leonardo da Vinci — or a Gray’s Anatomy book from 1901 — the spine isn’t shaped like a sharp, curvy S. It’s much flatter, all the way down the back. Then at the bottom, it curves to stick the buttocks out. So the spine looks more like the letter J.

“The J-shaped spine is what you see in Greek statues. It’s what you see in young children. It’s good design,” Gokhale says.

So Gokhale worked to get her spine into the J shape. And gradually her back pain went away.

Then Gokhale realized she could help others. She developed a set of exercises, wrote a book and set up a studio in downtown Palo Alto.

Now her list of clients is impressive. She’s helped YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report. She has given classes at Google, Facebook and companies across the country. In Silicon Valley, she’s known as the “posture guru.”

Each year, doctors in the Bay Area refer hundreds of patients to Gokhale. One of them is Dr. Neeta Jain, an internist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She puts Gokhale’s method in the same category as Pilates and yoga for back pain. And it doesn’t bother her that the method hasn’t been tested in a clinical trial.

“If people are finding things that are helpful, and it’s not causing any harm, then why do we have to wait for a trial?” Jain asked.

But there’s still a big question looming here: Is Gokhale right? Have people in Western cultures somehow forgotten the right way to stand?

Scientists don’t know yet, says Dr. Praveen Mummaneni, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco’s Spine Center. Nobody has done a study on traditional cultures to see why some have lower rates of back pain, he says. Nobody has even documented the shape of their spines.

“I’d like to go and take X-rays of indigenous populations and compare it to people in the Western world,” Mummaneni says.

“I think that would be helpful.”

But there’s a whole bunch of reasons why Americans’ postures — and the shape of their spines — may be different than those of indigenous populations, he says. For starters, Americans tend to be much heavier.

“If you have a lot of fat built up in the belly, that could pull your weight forward,” Mummaneni says.

“That could curve the spine. And people who are thinner probably have less curvature” — and thus a spine shaped more like J than than an S.

Americans are also much less active than people in traditional cultures, Mummaneni says.

“I think the sedentary lifestyle promotes a lack of muscle tone and a lack of postural stability because the muscles get weak.”

Everyone knows that weak abdominal muscles can cause back pain. In fact, Mummaneni says, stronger muscles might be the secret to Gokhale’s success.

In other words, it’s not that the J-shaped spine is the ideal one — or the healthiest. It’s what goes into making the J-shaped spine that matters:

“You have to use muscle strength to get your spine to look like a J shape,” he says.

So Gokhale has somehow figured out a way to teach people to build up their core muscles without them even knowing it. “Yes, I think that’s correct,” Mummaneni says.

“You’re not going to be able to go from the S- to the J-shaped spine without having good core muscle strength. And I think that’s key here.”

So indigenous people around the world don’t have a magic bullet for stopping back pain. They’ve just got beefy abdominal muscles, and their lifestyle helps to keep them that way, even as they age.

Esther Gokhale’s Five Tips For Better Posture And Less Back Pain

Try these exercises while you’re working at your desk, sitting at the dinner table or walking around, Esther Gokhale recommends.

1. Do a shoulder roll: Americans tend to scrunch their shoulders forward, so our arms are in front of our bodies. That’s not how people in indigenous cultures carry their arms, Gokhale says. To fix that, gently pull your shoulders up, push them back and then let them drop — like a shoulder roll. Now your arms should dangle by your side, with your thumbs pointing out. “This is the way all your ancestors parked their shoulders,” she says. “This is the natural architecture for our species.”

2. Lengthen your spine: Adding extra length to your spine is easy, Gokhale says. Being careful not to arch your back, take a deep breath in and grow tall. Then maintain that height as you exhale. Repeat: Breathe in, grow even taller and maintain that new height as you exhale. “It takes some effort, but it really strengthens your abdominal muscles,” Gokhale says.

  1. Squeeze, squeeze your glute muscles when you walk: In many indigenous cultures, people squeeze their gluteus medius muscles every time they take a step. That’s one reason they have such shapely buttocks muscles that support their lower backs. Gokhale says you can start developing the same type of derrière by tightening the buttocks muscles when you take each step. “The gluteus medius is the one you’re after here. It’s the one high up on your bum,” Gokhale says. “It’s the muscle that keeps you perky, at any age.”

    4. Don’t put your chin up: Instead, add length to your neck by taking a lightweight object, like a bean bag or folded washcloth, and balance it on the top of your crown. Try to push your head against the object. “This will lengthen the back of your neck and allow your chin to angle down — not in an exaggerated way, but in a relaxed manner,” Gokhale says.

    5. Don’t sit up straight: “That’s just arching your back and getting you into all sorts of trouble,” Gokhale says. Instead do a shoulder roll to open up the chest and take a deep breath to stretch and lengthen the spine.



Comment: Being always connected to the earth is probably another major factor

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The Sahara and the Amazon, a Tale of Interdependence*

The Sahara and the Amazon, a Tale of Interdependence*

It is common knowledge, at least in indigenous circles, that the Earth is a living entity, a being in and of herself.

Moreover, everything we are not only springs from the Earth but also returns to it. After all, we do not call her our Mother for nothing.

In recent years, science has begun to catch up with traditional knowledge, and now NASA has come out with a video connecting, of all things, two of the most disparate places on the planet: The Sahara Desert of Africa and the Amazon Basin of South America. Apparently the dust of the one nourishes the soil and plants of the other.

“What do these seemingly different climates have in common?

They are intimately connected by a 10,000-mile-long intermittent atmospheric river of dust,” says NASA in the video below.

In short, the winds of the desert pick up phosphorus-rich dust from an ancient lakebed in Chad and send it floating over the ocean to the Amazon basin, NASA said, where it feeds the lush vegetation.


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European Supermarket Giant to Offer Unsold Food to Those in Need*

European Supermarket Giant to Offer Unsold Food to Those in Need*

There’s been an abundance of positive news in the media concerning food waste this past month. Not only did France BAN stores from purposefully wasting food, but the instigator behind that movement declared his ambitions shortly after to take it global. Then, the former president of Trader Joes opened a non-profit, low-cost organic food store in Massachusetts, USA.

If anything, it seems there’s growing awareness about the need to curb food waste and implement sustainable change.

And now, the large British supermarket chain Tesco recently launched a pilot program in which it will give away fresh food it can’t sell to those in need.

Officials of the supermarket said nearly 30,000 tons of perishable food like produce, bread, and sandwiches were thrown in the trash from stores and distribution centres in the last year. Furthermore, the wasted food is now slated to go to women’s and homeless shelters, and school breakfast programs.

Said Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis to Reuters:

“This is potentially the biggest single step we’ve taken to cut food waste, and we hope it marks the start of eliminating the need to throw away edible food in our stores.”
Tesco has partnered with UK food redistribution charity FareShare and Irish non-profit FoodCloud to help with collection and delivery, according to a statement. Store managers will use the FoodCloud app to alert charities to the amount of surplus food available each day.

But Tesco isn’t the first store to implement a program like this. Rival British stores Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are carrying out similar in effort to reduce food waste.

Regardless, this great news affirms the power of collective awareness and consumer demand. Perhaps food waste will be a phenomena snuffed out in this generation as enlightened, more compassionate consumers rally to ensure all populations are cared for and fed.


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Damages of £120,000 Awarded for Narcolepsy Caused by Swine Flu Vaccine*

Damages of £120,000 Awarded for Narcolepsy Caused by Swine Flu Vaccine*

Ruling comes after government claimed illness was not serious enough to merit payment, and opens door for up to 100 families to seek compensation

A 12-year-old boy has been awarded £120,000 by a court that agreed he had been left severely disabled by narcolepsy triggered by the swine flu vaccine, following a three-year battle in which the government had claimed that his illness was not serious enough to merit payment.

The ruling is expected to lead to as many as 100 other families of people affected by the sleeping disorder after receiving the vaccine bringing fresh compensation claims, in a dispute where the government’s initial hostility was described by the family’s legal team as offensive.

“They felt quite insulted to have their condition basically dismissed as something quite trivial. They are incredibly needy. Some have lost their jobs, dropped out of university or seen their marriages break down as a result [of narcolepsy],” said Peter Todd, the solicitor for the family of the 12-year-old, a partner with the London firm Hodge Jones and Allen.

The youngster, whose parents have asked he remain anonymous, has become disruptive at school due to extreme tiredness brought about by the illness, triggered after he took the vaccine in 2009, the court heard. He has only one friend because the sleep disorder makes socialising difficult.

The upper tribunal court that heard the case, also heard that the boy is unable to shower unattended or take a bus alone and needs to take several naps during the school day. He is unlikely to be allowed to drive as an adult.

Others expected to bring fresh claims against the government, include the parents of a 17-year-old whose life was permanently altered by the condition, and an eight-year-old whose family relocated to California to seek better medical care.

The narcolepsy was triggered by the Pandemrix vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, which was given to around 6 million people in Britain as part of a national vaccination scheme rolled out during the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic. While the swine flu outbreak never reached the proportions that had been feared, scientists now believe the vaccine caused narcolepsy in a small number of patients.

The government now acknowledges the link, but had previously argued those affected by narcolepsy do not meet the threshold for the Department for Work and Pensions’s compensation scheme, which automatically awards a £120,000 lump sum to anyone with “severe” and permanent disabilities as a result of certain vaccines.

Anthony O’Mahony, whose 17-year-old daughter, Ciara, developed narcolepsy after being given the vaccine in 2009, said that the government’s suggestion that illness was not “severe” was offensive to victims.

“To say that it’s not that impactful just makes me mad,” he said.

“Narcolepsy affects everything that Ciara does and always will do.”

His daughter received the vaccine in 2009 and in the months afterwards began showing symptoms of the sleep disorder, such as lethargy and sudden loss of muscle control. Twice, her mother has found her asleep in the bath and on several occasions she has fallen suddenly after losing consciousness.

The family only became aware of the link with Pandemrix last year and O’Mahony stresses he is not “anti-vaccine”, despite what happened.

“There’s always going to be someone who has some kind of reaction to vaccines,” he said. “We just want an acknowledgement.”

Ciara is one of 74 others represented by Todd who are seeking to challenge similar compensation rejections by the DWP, and the group is pursuing a separate civil action against GSK. The costs of any financial settlement are likely to be met by the taxpayer because of an indemnity signed between the government and the pharmaceutical giant.

Narcolepsy is a rare but serious neurological disorder that affects about 31,000 people in Britain. It can cause sleep disruptions, including night terrors and hallucinations, and extreme drowsiness during the daytime. Some narcoleptics also suffer from cataplexy, where a sudden burst of emotion such as shock or happiness causes total loss of muscle control.

In 2013, a major study by the Health Protection Agency found that around one in every 55,000 swine flu jabs led to narcolepsy, but the exact biological causes for the link are not clear.

To qualify for the DWP’s Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme, a victim has to be classed as at least 60% disabled, which is described as equivalent to the loss of one hand.

Matt O’Neill, chairman of the charity Narcolepsy UK, said:

“The problem is that it is often hidden condition, but there are so many things that people with narcolepsy can’t do that you would be able to do with a physical disability. To suggest that narcolepsy is not severe is absolutely ridiculous.”

The government now has 21 days to appeal the ruling. A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said the government would not comment on individual cases, adding: “The Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme provides support in very rare cases where someone has become severely disabled as a result of immunisation against certain diseases. Decisions on claims take into account the individual circumstances of each case and the latest available medical evidence.”

A GSK spokesman said:

“We are actively researching the observed association between Pandemrix and narcolepsy and the interaction this vaccine might have had with other risk factors in those affected.

“We’re also continuing to support ongoing work from other experts and organisations investigating reported cases of this condition and we hope these efforts will enable us to provide more answers in the future. We take the safety of patients who entrust their health in our vaccines and medicines very seriously.


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How a Member of the Royal Family should be Treated Having Committed a Crime against the People They Represent*

How a Member of the Royal Family should be Treated Having Committed a Crime against the People They Represent*

Cristina de Borbon


The measure is aimed at reviving the tarnished image of the monarchy as Cristina de Borbon prepares to face trial for corruption.

In a move aimed at reviving the image of the embattled Spanish monarchy, King Felipe VI Friday stripped the title of duchess from his sister, increasing pressure on Cristina de Borbon to give up her succession rights as she prepares to stand trial on tax fraud charges.

The king was crowned nearly a year ago after the abdication of his father Juan Carlos, and since then has been dealing with a crown tarnished by scandals.

His sister Cristina is due to face trial this year and will become the first Spanish royal to do so.

Corruption investigations in Spain have exposed high-level bribery in the upper classes of society, profoundly affecting the Spaniards’ faith in their institutions.

The title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca was conferred on Cristina by her father on her marriage in 1997 to former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who has been charged with fraud and embezzling public funds following a long-running investigation into his Noos Foundation charity. The royal couple have denied any wrong doing.

In 2014, Cristina, Urdangarin and 15 other people were ordered to stand trial following the inquiry.


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Iraqi Shia Militia Rejects U.S. Enforcements in Anbar*

Iraqi Shia militia Rejects U.S. Enforcements in Anbar*

Iraqi soldiers

The Iraqi Shia militia Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi opposed Thursday a U.S. decision to deploy more forces in Anbar province, citing it is an attempt to “steal the militia’s upcoming victory.”

The White House had announced the plan to deploy roughly 450 additional troops to Iraq Wednesday in a bid to offset recent battle losses and help Iraqi forces prepare for a campaign to retake western Iraq’s Anbar province from ISIS.

“The security situation of Anbar province does not require sending more American advisors to the military bases,” Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi spokesman Karim Al-Nouri told reporters.

Al-Nouri stressed that Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi forces have the capacity to “liberate” Anbar province without the international coalition’s support.

“The decision of the U.S. has two goals. The first is to contain the criticism against Washington that it is to blame for the fall of [Anbar provincial capital] Ramadi to Daesh (ISIS),” Al-Nouri said.

“The second goal, which is more distinct, is to send more American military advisors to Anbar to steal the victory that will be achieved by the hands of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi forces in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.”

There are tens of U.S. military experts in three military bases in the central-north Saladin province, near al-Baghdadi district and east of Ramadi in the western Anbar province.

Ramadi fell to ISIS on 14 May, with U.S. officials initially scrambling to minimize the significance of the strategic defeat.

But Defence Secretary Ashton Carter strongly critiqued the performance of Iraqi forces against ISIS last month, questioning if they have the determination to meet ISIS in the battlefield.


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Democrats Hope to Bury Black Lives Matter in the Elections*

Democrats Hope to Bury Black Lives Matter in the Elections*

Any struggle is a reflection of the whole, and must include the whole to remain relevant… HIF

By Glen Ford

The movement that is emerging under the banner Black Lives Matter is not yet one year old, but it will be dead before it reaches the age of two if the Democratic Party has anything to say about it. The movement’s greatest challenge will be to survive the impending mass mobilization of Black Democratic officeholders and operatives in a $5 billion presidential election season.

The current Black-led grassroots campaign is, in very important ways, even more vulnerable to Democratic cooptation and dismantlement than was the white-led Occupy Wall Street movement, which succumbed to a combination of Democratic infiltration and repression – on top of its own contradictions – in the early months of 2012. Although its slogans remained imprinted in the minds of much of the “99%,” by the time the November election rolled around, Occupy had long been a spent force, swept from the streets and encampments by mainly Democratic mayors acting on orders from their Party leader and president, Barack Obama.

The Democratic Party poses a far greater institutional threat to the Black Lives Matter movement, by virtue of the fact that the Party permeates every aspect of African American civil society. Not only are virtually all Black elected officials Democrats, but all the major civic organizations – the NAACP, the Urban League, most Black local churches and labor organizations, fraternities and sororities, not to mention Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow-Push Coalition and “King Rat” Al Sharpton’s National Action Network – are annexes of the Democratic Party.

Put another way: the nascent Black-led movement for social transformation poses a grave threat to the Democratic Party’s chock-hold on Black politics. Therefore, the movement is inevitably on a collision course with the Democratic Party, although this may not yet be clear to many activists.

As I said at the closing plenary of the recent Left Forum gathering in New York City, the Democratic Party sits atop the Black polity “like a grotesque Sumo wrestler,” squeezing out the Black radical tradition. The Black Lives Matter movement consciously draws on this authentic – and still deeply honored – radical tradition, seeking to put it into practice under 21st century conditions.

“Black Democratic politicians and power brokers have facilitated the exponential growth of the Black Mass Incarceration State in all its genocidal aspects.”

In both its resistance to a criminal justice system designed to contain, criminalize and crush Blacks as a people, and its broader demand for social and economic transformation and global peace, the nascent Black-led movement picks up where a previous mass movement left off, two generations ago. The Sixties liberation movements were shut down through a combination of government repression and the rise of a class of Black office-holders and aspiring corporate collaborators whose interests lay in joining the existing order, not transforming it. Their political vehicle was, and remains, the Democratic Party – the organization through which this “Black Misleadership Class” became embedded in local and national power structures. As a loyal and key component of the ruling political duopoly, these Black Democratic politicians and power brokers have facilitated the exponential growth of the Black Mass Incarceration State in all its genocidal aspects, and greased the wheels of gentrification that is dispersing Black populations to the four winds, limiting the geography of effective Black political self-determination.

Malcolm X anticipated the rise of such a class, in the early Sixties, well before passage of the Voting Rights Act. His verbal assaults on the “Big Six” – the NAACP, Urban League, SCLC, CORE, SNCC, and A Philip Randolph – warned against Blacks becoming too close to the white power structure: specifically, the Kennedys and the Democratic Party. Malcolm advocated an independent Black politics:

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.”

Under the political hegemony of the misleaders, the Black polity slumbered, fitfully, for more than 40 years.

As appendages of the Democratic Party, the Black political class has gone from coffee with too much cream, to being the Kahlúa, the coffee liqueur, in the milk. (Or, more like a thin, chocolaty syrup in a foamy, homogenized corporate concoction.)

“The political battlefield of the movement is largely delineated by a Black internal politics that has for two generations been warped and turned against itself by the deep infestation of the Democratic Party.”

The mission of the movement is to challenge the legitimacy of the Black Mass Incarceration State, the machinery that killed Michael Brown and thousands of others, imprisons and permanently stigmatizes millions, and makes the entire Black community fair game for every atrocity imaginable at the hands of armed occupiers, the police. This direct confrontation with the State also explicitly rejects the rule of the classes that the police and military protect.

Black America is by far the most radical population group in the United States. History has made us so. The Black radical tradition, which encompasses the whole Left spectrum, is quite sufficient to inform the Black Lives Matter Movement – and to teach something to non-Black allies.

Most importantly, it must be understood that the political battlefield of the movement is largely delineated by a Black internal politics that has for two generations been warped and turned against itself by the deep infestation of the Democratic Party. Blacks in the U.S. cannot move forward, cannot resist the mass incarceration regime, cannot forge truly effective alliances with other groups in the U.S., or join the struggling peoples of the world, except to the extent that they break the internal stranglehold of the Democratic Party and its operatives in Black civil society. These are the lessons of Ferguson and, especially, Baltimore.

To succeed, the Black Lives Matter Movement must transform the politics of Black America. By definition, that means declaring war on the Democratic Party, and forcing Black politicians and activists to choose between the Party and the people’s struggle. The Democrats understand the logic, and have mounted a systematic cooption-repression response that will intensify as the election season – and Black cities – heat up.

As usual, the Democrats will try to make Black people more angry at the terminally racist Republican Party than at the police and local administration of their (typically) Democrat-run city. Hillary Clinton is already making noises of empathy with Blacks suffering under the urban police state. However, the Black Lives Matter movement has no institutional stake in the victory of either party, but is, in fact, locked in mortal political struggle with other Black people in the Democratic Party. These Black Democrats will insist on a truce, a cessation of agitation against national or local Democrats, until after the election. As with the Occupy movement, this will be accompanied by intensified police pressures against activists. At the end of the process, the Black Lives Matter movement is meant to go the way of Occupy, lost in the electoral Mardis Gras – killed by Democrats, not Republicans.


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Rothschild Forced to Sell Stakes in Asia Coal*

Rothschild Forced to Sell Stakes in Asia Coal*

By Cecilia Jamasmie

British financier Nat Rothschild has ended a conflict-ridden five year foray into the Indonesian coal market by accepting an offer for his stake in Asia Resource Minerals (LON:ARMS), formerly known as Bumi.

Rothschild’s investment vehicle, NR Holdings, agreed Monday to sell its 17.2% stake in the London-listed coal miner to Asia Coal Energy Ventures (ACE), a consortium led by Indonesia’s Widjaja family.

The deal values the company at more than $200 million (£131 million).

“There is no suggestion that this is a good outcome for shareholders,” Rothschild said in an e-mailed statement.

“But it is the best short-term outcome given the difficulties that Arms would have faced had it attempted to recover, via a lengthy and costly litigation process, the $173 million that was misappropriated by the former Indonesian controlling shareholders and management of this company.”

Rothschild, descendant of the founder of a two-centuries old banking empire, co-founded Bumi in 2010 with Indonesia’s politically influential Bakrie family.

Shareholder battles and a sharp decline in coal prices hit the Indonesia-focused miner in the years to come, causing its shares to sink by more than 90% since its London listing.

In 2013 Bumi changed its name and barely a year later, the coal miner became the focus of bitter recriminations between the Rothschild and the Bakries, a probe by the UK market regulator, allegations of financial impropriety, email hacking and disastrous derivatives trades.


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