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A Pop Star Who Sings About Social Justice Is Uganda’s Newest Legislator*

A Pop Star Who Sings About Social Justice Is Uganda’s Newest Legislator*

By James Propa

 

Bobi Wine at one of his rallies. Photo courtesy of Bobi Wine’s official Facebook page. Used with permission.

 

Following a high-profile election campaign that culminated in his arrest at his final rally, Ugandan pop star Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, famously known as Bobi Wine, is now officially a politician.

Wine is not new to activism. His music has for a while been focused on social justice issues. But singing about policy issues is not enough. On 29 June, he finally crossed the line to become a policy maker after securing a parliamentary seat in Kyadondo, winning 75% of the votes in a by-election.

He began singing about social justice in 2005. During the 2016 general election he refused to take part in a song that praised and campaigned for incumbent President Museveni — who has been in office for three decades — to stay in power. Many top musicians took part in the song that Wine refused to take part in.

One of his more popular songs, “Ghetto”, talks about police brutality against people residing in the slums of Kampala and the inadequate services that delivered to them.

Wine refers to himself as “The Ghetto President” and “Omubanda Wakabaka,” loosely translated as “The King’s Gang Star”. He is the fifth person from the country’s art fraternity to go into politics, following in the footsteps of Ali Ndawula Wowoto, Sulaiman Madada, Judith Babirye and Kato Lubwama, who now serve as members of parliament.

His campaign was characterized by music, with large numbers of musicians, radio personalities and TV presenters turning up and using their social media accounts to push his message to the electorate, employing the hashtag #BikwaseKyagulanyi, which means “hand over everything to Kyagulanyi”.

At his final rally, he was arrested by the police, who alleged that Wine was holding the gathering in a wrong venue close to where President Museveni was campaigning for his candidate. The video below by NTV Uganda, a local broadcaster, shows him being detained. He pleads with the police, saying he is fighting for people’s rights.

 

Nevertheless, he won the by-election handily. He secured 25,659 votes, defeating Sitenda Sebalu, the ruling NRM party candidate, who only received 4,556 votes. Wine’s platform focusing on unemployment and other issues that affect youth, who he believes are misrepresented, captured huge amounts of support.

After he was announced as the winner of the election, he tweeted to his 28,000 followers that something profound has happened in Uganda’s electoral politics.

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN
This 29th day of June marks a turning point in the politics of our country! History has… https://t.co/4cIbj3mHXu

— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) June 29, 2017

Ugandans took to social media to congratulate the 35 year-old celebrated artist on his election into Parliament. The list of supporters included politicians, musicians and ordinary people on the media platforms.

A few hours before the electoral commission announced the results, NRM Secretary General Justine Lumumba tweeted his message of congratulations:

Congratulations to the people of Kyadondo East, congratulations to @BobiWineOmuband Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu.

— JustineKasuleLumumba (@JustineLumumba) June 29, 2017

And Kizza Besigye, the first runner up in the 2016 presidential campaign, also came out to applauded Bobi Wine’s victory; Besigye never campaigned for him as his party had fronted another candidate in the election:

Landslide victory for the HE Bobi Wine. Congratulations-PEOPLE POWER!! That’s why Wakiso people weren’t allowed to vote 2016. @FDCOfficial1 pic.twitter.com/8wV7HwuQbY

— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) June 29, 2017

 

Fellow artist Jose Chameleone congratulated Bobi Wine on his win:

When we believe, We Achieve.
Congrats to Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi,Family,Friends and Kyadondo East for the remarkable victory .
Leaders are chosen by God. So, May he guide you as you deliver Kyadondo East to the promised Land.

Fellow musicians Radio and Weasel also thanked Bobi Wine for his efforts towards giving the poor a voice through his music and now in politics as well:

You Have Brought The Ghetto UpTown. Congrats Broda Bobi Wine

In the past, Bobi Wine was known for the use of marijuana and beefing with fellow musician Bebe Cool. Yet the people of Kyadondo East were willing to overlook those things and elected him to parliament. The challenge for him going forward is to ensure that he works hard to catch up to his fellow parliamentarians that have been in the legislature for more than a year and deliver on the expectations of the people he represents and the country at large.

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Uganda Bans Dutch film for ‘glorifying homosexuality’*

Uganda Bans Dutch film for ‘glorifying homosexuality’*

The Dinner Club, a Dutch film made in 2010, is barred in Uganda the whole film revolves around the idea of cheating spouses

 

The Ugandan movie rating council denied classification to a homosexual film in a move that effectively bans the motion picture from being shown in the country.

The Uganda Media Council explained that the Dutch movie, The Dinner Club, “depicts and glorifies homosexuality” in addition to voicing other objections. Sodomy is illegal in Uganda.

The 2010 pro-gay movie was selected to be the Dutch entrance in Uganda’s third annual Euro-Uganda Film Festival but was cancelled after the Council’s decision. The Dutch Embassy in Uganda responded by pulling out of the movie festival altogether.

Bucking a global trend to normalize homosexuality, Uganda is banning the motion picture on moral grounds. The media council noted extensive moral objections to the movie, summarizing, “The film depicts and glorifies homosexuality, which is a criminal offense in Uganda.”

The media watchdog listed four scenes in the movie where homosexuality is positively shown and quoted from a scene in which normal, traditional, heterosexual marriage is disparaged, concluding, “This is against Ugandan values.”

It also listed various crimes depicted in the movie such as arson and violence against a hospital patient that “are not resolved and/or culprits apprehended.”

“The film is replete with various scenes of imitable behavior,” the media council continued, listing sexualized “deep kissing” in front of children, gulping alcohol (“almost throughout the movie”), smoking, nudity, and several steamy scenes of “sexual activity.”

“The whole film revolves around the idea of cheating spouses,” the movie ratings council wrote in its decision. The plot line, according to the council, is that “women form a ‘Dinner Club,’ which is in reality a sort of brothel.”

Further moral objections included “various scenes with lurid language,” including “the a-word, d-word and h-word” as well as “S and F words used a few times each and ‘bastard’ used several times.”

Homosexual activists objected to the decision. “The Ugandan Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 29, and this decision denies that right,” complained Henry Maina, regional director for ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa.

“This is not only a significant blow to artistic expression in Uganda but a worrying example of discrimination against LGBT expression.”

The ARTICLE 19 group demands that The Dinner Club be shown in the name of “artistic expression.”

The Dutch Embassy in Uganda posted on Facebook its disappointment with the Ugandan media council’s decision. Comments to the post from individuals were both supportive and critical.

One supporter of morality commented, “People from the West should know that Uganda has a culture and it’s very right to prohibit what they see as evil or will torment our culture.”

The Ugandan government has taken steps since its AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s to bring back traditional values that they associate with health and societal good.  Public health messages funded by the government promoted abstinence before marriage, fidelity in marriage, and the use of condoms “as a last resort.”

Abstinence is emphasized over condoms. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni explained that condoms “cannot become the main means of stemming the tide of AIDS.” Rather, condoms were only in the event that a man “cannot manage” to control himself, “as a fallback position, as a means of last resort.”

Before the AIDS epidemic, the practice of “concurrency” was common in Ugandan culture, where men would have more than one sex partner at a time, whether heterosexual or homosexual. Posters, newspaper ads, billboards, and radio and television campaigns delivered “Zero-Grazing” and “Love Carefully” messages to those men throughout the 1990s.

Community and religious leaders worked hand-in-hand with the government to encourage sexual morals among the populace. Schools taught abstinence before marriage, and fidelity in marriage.

In 1991, 15% of the population was infected with HIV. By 2007, that number had been cut by nearly two-thirds to six percent.

Homosexual activists in the West criticized Museveni’s morals campaign as unconstitutional throughout the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium.

More recent moral campaigns funded by the government include laws designed to curb alcohol abuse and discourage public smoking.

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Chinese Phosphate Mine Cheated Ugandans of their Land Titles*

Chinese Phosphate Mine Cheated Ugandans of their Land Titles*

By Richard Smallteacher

Villagers in Tororo district, Uganda, not far from the Kenyan border, say that Guangzhou Dongsong Energy, a company from China, has conspired with the government to cheat them out of their land titles in order to build a $600 million phosphate mine and industrial complex.

The local community has opposed the development ever since the area was surveyed for minerals by the wealthy Madhvani family of Ugandan-born Indians in 2008. The Madhvanis announced that the region held an estimated 206 million tonnes of minerals and offered to build a mine.

But in late 2014 the Ugandan government spurned the Madhvanis and signed a deal with Guangzhou Dongsong Energy to build the Osukuru Industrial Complex which would include a phosphate and rare earth mine, a fertilizer factory, a steel mill and a power plant worth over $600 million. The company claimed it would create at least 1,000 jobs, produce 300,000 tonnes of phosphate fertilizer and 300,000 tonnes of steel annually, while generating some 1.6 trillion Ugandan shillings ($466 million) in revenue a year.

Photo: Edward Ssekika, Oil in Uganda

Photo: Edward Ssekika, Oil in Uganda

The planned development could displace as many as 12,000 people in 14 villages located in the 26.5 square kilometres of land that Guangzhou Dongsong has been awarded. The Chinese company obtained a $240 million loan from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China for the project.

The local community agreed to drop their opposition in exchange for land titles. ABMAK Associates, the lawyers for Guangzhou Dongsong Energy, say that villagers were paid at the rate of 30 million shillings ($8,750) per acre for a 99 year lease.

Some local villagers say that they are pleased with the deal.

“Look at my beautiful house. Before it was constructed for me by the Chinese, I was living in a grass-thatched hut,” Henry Okwalanga, told a website called ChinAfrica, which described him as ‘over the moon’ that he finally had a solid roof over his head. “

“I have benefited a lot from the project.”

But since then, many other locals have come forward to say that they did not understand the terms of the contract that they signed.

“When I went in, they opened for me pieces of paper and said you sign here. I first hesitated and asked where the rest of the (project affected) people were, they told me if I don’t want the money, I should get out, and if I don’t sign my land would be taken by government for free,” Rose Tibita told Oil in Uganda, a website operated by Action Aid.

“To my surprise, they have taken our money, our land and no land title has been given to any of us. Why should government connive with an investor to cheat its own people?” Vincent Matano told Oil in Uganda.

The lawyers say that they believe that they did an ‘excellent’ job of compensating the villagers.

“We are not one hundred percent clean, but this … should be a case study,” Denis Kusasira, the managing partner of ABMAK Associates, told Oil in Uganda.

“Even when you do everything well, they [NGOs] will still find something to complain about.”

Local politicians say they will take up the villager’s cause to negotiate a better deal, such as a short 21 year leave.

“I will have to fight for my people. I’m going to raise all these issues with the investor and the ministry and if possible these agreements will be reviewed,” Apollo Jaramogi, the newly elected district chairman told Oil in Uganda.

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Uganda: A Brilliant Genocide*

Uganda: A Brilliant Genocide*

By Ann Garrison

The U.S. deploys demons to justify imperial conquest. In central Africa, the demon’s name is Joseph Kony, the guerilla who served as an excuse for Yoweri Museveni, the dictator of Uganda, to commit genocide against the Acholi people, with U.S. support. Museveni “drove nearly two million Acholi people, 90% of the population, into concentration camps.” He then set in motion a genocide that has killed more than six million Congolese and Rwandans.

 

“U.S. and Ugandan troops have set up outposts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all in the name of fighting the infamous Kony.”

One hundred million people around the world watched the viral video “Kony 2012.” Its evangelical Christian producers’ mission was to proselytize for the use of U.S. Special Forces to help Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni hunt down warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Despite huge support from the U.S. political establishment and various celebrities, the producers were finally guffawed off the world stage after the video’s release. One of the best parodies was the Artist Taxi Driver’s “You say get Kony I say get Tony #kony2012 #tonyblair2012.”

Nevertheless, more U.S. troops went to Uganda in 2012, reportedly as advisors to the Ugandan army, a longstanding U.S. proxy force. More have gone since, and U.S. and Ugandan troops have set up outposts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all in the name of fighting the infamous Kony, whom “Kony 2012” likened to Osama bin Laden. Despite all that, Kony’s still free — if he’s still alive. The idea that a modern army, with the most advanced weaponry, intelligence, and surveillance tech, has not been able to find him and his spent force of jungle fighters is preposterous. As Dr. Vincent Magombe said in Ebony Butler’s new documentary film, A Brilliant Genocide:

“America is part of the problem of Africa right now. The Americans know very well that Kony is not the problem. Where the oil wells are, the American troops are there and the government in power. It doesn’t matter whether that government is Museveni killing his own people. It’s not democratic, but he is a friend.”

A Brilliant Genocide tells the story of the Acholi Genocide that President Yoweri Museveni and his army committed against the Acholi people during their 20 year war and occupation of the Acholi homeland in northern Uganda, from 1986 to 2006. Museveni waged that war in the name of fighting Kony and claimed to be protecting the Acholi, not destroying them. The U.S. turned a blind eye and continued to build up its Ugandan proxy force. “Despite this appalling and shocking human rights abuse,” Ugandan American publisher Milton Allimadi says in the film, “the Ugandan military machine continued to be financed without any interruption from the United States.”

Museveni’s troops eventually drove nearly two million Acholi people, 90% of the population, into concentration camps to, he said, protect them from Kony and the LRA. The camp living quarters were traditional mud huts with thatched roofs, but they were tightly clustered together in a way that was not traditional at all. The Museveni government then failed to provide food, water, sanitation, or health care. In 2005, the World Health Organization reported that 1000 Acholi were dying every week of violence and disease — above all malaria and AIDS. That was, they reported, 1000 beyond normal mortality rates.

“Museveni waged that war in the name of fighting Kony and claimed to be protecting the Acholi, not destroying them.”

This huge and lengthy displacement caused more death and destruction than the war itself. All the elements of Acholi society — farming, education, gender relations, and family life — were broken. In the camps, the previously self-sufficient Acholi became completely dependent on the U.N. World Food Program.

Ugandan soldiers raped both men and women, spreading HIV in the camps, but President George Bush lauded President Yoweri Museveni for his success at HIV prevention. Anyone who has been concerned by all the Western press about Uganda’s homophobia and its Anti-Homosexuality Act should see both A Brilliant Genocide and Gender Against Men to understand how much more complex the country’s attitudes towards same gender sexual relations — including rape — really are.

The camps were finally disbanded in 2012 and the surviving Acholi returned to their land, but now they are facing land grabs, including those by Museveni and his partner in mechanized agriculture.

What did the U.S. gain by ignoring the Acholi Genocide as it built the Ugandan army into a proxy force?

In 1990, as the genocide continued in Northern Uganda, a battalion of the Ugandan army led by General Paul Kagame invaded Rwanda. After a four-year war and the assassination of the Rwandan and Burundian presidents, Kagame’s army overthrew the Rwandan government and established a de facto Tutsi dictatorship, which falsely claims to have ended competition between the Hutu and Tutsi populations. The last 100 days of that war included the massacres that came to be known as the Rwandan Genocide, which most of the world knows as the oversimplified, de-contextualized story told in the movie Hotel Rwanda.

This radically mis-told story of the Rwandan Genocide has since become a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. We’re forever told that we have to start another war to stop genocide and mass atrocities or — in shorthand — to stop “the next Rwanda,” as in Libya, Syria, and more recently, Burundi, and whatever unlucky nation may be next. Few have heard of the Acholi Genocide because it exposes the shameless U.S. foreign policy of supporting and enabling dictator Yoweri Museveni ever since he came to power in 1986. We’re never told that we have to stop “the next Acholi Genocide” or “the next Uganda.”

Beginning in 1996, Rwanda and Uganda invaded the hugely resource rich Democratic Republic of the Congo, enabled by U.S. weapons, logistics and intelligence. They expelled Congolese President Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997 and replaced him with Laurent Kabila. When Laurent Kabila raised an independent head and expelled Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers, Rwanda and Uganda invaded Congo again and replaced him with his more compliant adopted son Joseph Kabila. Today, after the death of millions in the First and Second Congo Wars, Rwanda and Uganda continue to commit atrocities and plunder eastern Congolese resources. Right now 60 people a month are being massacred in Beni Territory, but the world isn’t much more likely to hear about that than about the Acholi Genocide.

“Rwanda and Uganda continue to commit atrocities and plunder eastern Congolese resources.”

Most Westerners are far more likely to have noticed the Western press — and Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International — shrieking that there’s another Tutsi genocide pending in Burundi, even though the violence in Burundi is nowhere near as horrific as that in Beni, and many of those assassinated in Burundi have been top officials in the Hutu-led government. The U.S. and its allies want to take down the government of Burundi, so they keep sounding alarms that it’s plotting genocide, that we have to stop another genocide or “the next Rwanda.” They’re not sounding the same alarms about Beni because the elimination of its population would facilitate their longstanding agenda of breaking up the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as they broke up Yugoslavia and South Sudan.

The U.S. has used Ugandan troops to serve its agenda not only in nations bordering Uganda but also in Somalia and elsewhere on the African continent, as coordinated by AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command. It has even used Ugandan troops in its assaults on Iraq and Afghanistan.

When anyone, including Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International, says that we have to invade another sovereign nation to stop genocide and mass atrocities, they should be reminded of the horrendous Acholi Genocide that the U.S. enabled, or of the massacres going on in Beni Territory, Democratic Republic of the Congo, right now. These are only two examples of mass atrocities that the U.S. has committed or facilitated because they or their perpetrators, like Museveni, serve U.S. interests. As Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka has said,

“When was the last time the U.S. has been on the side of the people, in reality? And the answer is: ‘Never.’

“A Brilliant Genocide” is now showing at international film festivals around the world. The next showing will be at the Raindance Film Festival in London on September 30. It will air on Russia Today (RT) channels around the world and on RT websites between October 1 and February 28; precise dates are still to be determined. 

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Embedding Transnational Agribusiness and GMO’s into African Agriculture*

Embedding Transnational Agribusiness and GMO’s into African Agriculture*

Scramble for AfricaBy André Vltchek

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has just released the report For your own good!, which outlines the GMO industry’s expansion across Africa. The report focuses on non-commercial traditional crops, such as cassava, sorghum, sweet potato, pigeon pea, cowpea, banana and rice, which corporations are attempting to genetically modify and roll out under the guise of philanthropy.

The report reveals that a great deal of research and development is currently underway into the genetic modification (GM) of these crops. Most of the on-going trials concentrate on drought and salt tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency, resistance to tropical pests and diseases and nutritional enhancement (bio-fortification). The key countries that have been targeted include Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi.

The genesis of GM research into these crops can be found in royalty-free donations of various patented GM traits by several transnational companies to experimental programmes undertaken by African scientists employed by government ministries. These companies include Monsanto, Dupont and Pioneer Hi-bred.

Mariam Mayet, Director of the ACB, says:

“This indicates that the GM industry, under the veil of technology donations and public financing, is effectively managing to make further inroads into imposing GM on the African continent. By focusing the research on traits meant to ‘benefit’ farmers and malnourished populations, through inter alia, bio-fortification, the industry is intent on giving a humanitarian face to the real involvement, vested interests and expanding influence of these MNCs in African agriculture”.

The main players involved include the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), which is on the receiving end of many of the technological property rights donations, the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Program (ABSP) and the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and USAID fund the latter organisations.

U.S-based research institutions such as the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC) (for cassava) and universities (notably Michigan State University and Kansas State University) play a major role in this ‘philanthropic’ research.

The ACB report notes there is a dearth of literature that critically addresses bio-safety issues and socio-economic aspects relating to the bio-fortification of indigenous crops through GM. According to the authors, this is especially important given the need to move away from an over-emphasis on food fortification strategies towards a permanent solution: diet diversification through locally available foods, which was recognised as early as 1992 by the U.N. International Conference on Nutrition.

As is the case with the controversial Golden Rice research and development project, the report argues these GM projects are diverting financial and human resources and policies and practices away from implementing the real solutions that can be found within the diversity of natural foods and farming.

Zakiyya Ismail, Consumer Campaigner with the ACB argues:

“The real solutions to address vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be found in ecological farming systems, and traditional kitchen and home gardens, which can better contribute to healthy and diverse diets and empower people to access and produce their own healthy and varied food.”

ACB stresses that smallholder farmers must be given the right to choose their means of production and survival. It adds even if gene sequences and constructs are donated, the accompanying requisite GM inputs will be expensive for farmers. GM crops are highly likely to increase the costs of production for farmers and lead them into indebtedness and dependency.

The report by ACB follows a Global Justice Now report that outlines the role of BMFG in spearheading a drive into Africa on behalf of ‘corporate America’ to facilitate a GMO/green revolution.

With assets of $43.5 billion, BMGF is the largest charitable foundation in the world and distributes more aid for global health than any government. Its strategy is intended to deepen the role of multinational companies, even though these corporations are responsible for much of the poverty and injustice that already plagues the Global South. The foundation’s programmes have a specific ideological strategy that promotes neo-liberal economic policies, corporate globalisation, GMOs and an outdated (colonialist) view of role of aid in ‘helping’ the poor.

Global Justice Now shows that the senior staff of BMGF’s programmes are overwhelmingly drawn from ‘corporate America’. As a result, the question is: whose interests are being promoted – those of corporate America or those of ordinary people who seek social and economic justice rather than charity?

Hardly a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist, Peter Buffet is the son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffet. He recently argued that philanthropy only serves to end up perpetuating systems of oppression.

Writing in the NewYork Times, Buffett criticised “philanthropic colonialism,” where rich people get involved with issues they understand very little about. In the meantime, the wealthy get to feel good for “solving” the problems that they or the system they benefitted from caused in the first place.

Buffet wrote:

As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” It’s what I would call “conscience laundering” — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.”

He went on to say that this just keeps the existing structure of inequality in place:

“Nearly every time someone feels better by doing good, on the other side of the world (or street), someone else is further locked into a system that will not allow the true flourishing of his or her nature or the opportunity to live a joyful and fulfilled life.”

Conscience laundering may be all well and good for individuals, but corporations are legally obliged to maximise profits for their shareholders, and ‘philanthropy’ can be regarded as part of a long-term strategy. Getting GMOs into Africa by any means makes hard-headed business sense.

And as if to underline this, according to ACB, it is highly likely that GM varieties will be subject to plant breeders’ rights and GM certified seed will be sold to farmers by local seed companies who will expect a profit or royalty payments from farmers. This scenario is of vital importance because the traditional crops in question are the common heritage of African farmers and often the last defence against hunger in poor communities.

Mariam Mayet concludes:

“There is no such thing as a free lunch for African farmers. And to add insult to injury, these farmers will be precluded from saving any farm-saved propagating material. In this way, they will be expected to give away their age old farmers’ rights to freely re-use, exchange and sell seed and propagating materials in their farming and seed systems.”

The ‘philanthropy’ currently being dished out in Africa does not empower local farmers but is aimed at getting GMOs (with all of the associated problems) into agriculture, sucking farmers into the prevailing power structures of U.S. capitalism and marginalising credible, alternative based on self-sufficiency, sustainability and sound ecological practices.

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Jews Kicked Out Of Uganda*

Jews Kicked Out Of Uganda*

Jewish behaviour gets them, once again, kicked out of countries. The list gets higher every day.
They recently had to leave a Guatemalan village for trying to convert natives and not taking part or an interest in the community

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Meet Eugenicist Bill Gates GMO Banana*

Meet Eugenicist Bill Gates GMO Banana*

ByChristina Sarich

Just like the shoddy experiment of GMO golden rice, big biotech, along with its friendly funders, is now going to develop a GMO banana. The genetically modified bananas are meant to take on malnutrition in the developing world, namely Africa, one of the targets of the GMO industry and Gates’ vaccine programs.

Golden rice was developed to be a rich source of vitamin A, offered as a ‘cure’ to the third world for deficiency. The Rockefellers have withdrawn their original funding for this project because it turns out you’d have to eat about twelve bowls of the stuff to get the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A.

What was really behind the development of GMO rice was an intent to patent one of the largest agricultural crops on the planet. Bill Gates came along to promote the monoculture, intending to reap benefits from the patent on the seed. He had no intention of stopping starvation or malnutrition. A simple vitamin could do that.

Now, enter Bill Gates again, with big plans for a vitamin-A packed banana to ‘stop starvation in Africa’ and other third world countries. These ‘super’ bananas would supposedly be full of beta-carotene, which our bodies use to produce Vitamin A. While world health experts estimate that 650,000-700,000 children die annually from a lack of vitamin A in their diets, GMO super-bananas are not the solution.

Human trials on the GMO banana are already scheduled in the US. The Queensland University of Technology project has been in the works since 2005, and now Professor James Dale says that the project to create GMO bananas– backed by close to $10 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — ‘is set to be one of the most significant biofortification projects seeking to improve vitamin deficiencies rampant in East African countries’. Bananas are also a staple food of many East African countries.

Field trials in Uganda have already been conducted as well, implementing ‘hundreds of different permutations’ to develop the GMO super banana.

As usual, the biotech industry leaps into production without really making sure its product is safe. Monocultures of bananas are already causing the spread of pests and disease, before the introduction of a GM banana. Massive doses of fungicide are needed to grow bananas in many parts of the world, and true to the business model of biotech, the GM strain will likely require even more toxic chemicals to grow successfully.

These bananas are crossed with a gene from sweet peppers that confers resistance to Xanthomonas, a pathogen which currently ravages many banana crops.

There is no evidence that these GM bananas will be safe. In October, 93 international scientists agreed there was a lack of empirical and scientific evidence to support false claims made by the biotech industry about a “consensus” on GMO safety. These scientists argued that more independent research is needed, as existing studies which say that GMOs are safe are overwhelmingly funded and supported by biotech companies. And in this case, yet again, by Bill Gates, the biotech King himself.
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