By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent
LONDON (Reuters) – Valerie Curtis is fascinated by faeces. And by vomit, pus, urine, maggots and putrid flesh. It is not the oozing, reeking substances themselves that play on her mind, but our response to them and what it can teach us.
The doctor of anthropology and expert on hygiene and behaviour says disgust governs our lives – dictating what we eat, wear, buy, and even how we vote and who we desire.
In science, disgust has languished unstudied – it was once dubbed the “forgotten emotion of psychiatry” – while emotions like fear, love and anger took the limelight.
But Curtis, who refers to herself half-jokingly as a “disgustologist”, is among a growing group of scientists seeking to change that by establishing the importance of the science of revulsion in everything from sex and society to survival.
“People are disgusted by things without even realising it. It influences our lives in so many subtle ways, and it’s really important that we understand how great that influence is,” she told Reuters in an interview.
PARASITE AVOIDANCE THEORY
Curtis’s somewhat revolting interests stem from her many years of work in public health, seeking to improve hygiene and reduce unnecessary death and disease around the world.
As a director at the internationally respected London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she has conducted research into hygiene behaviour in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, India, Uganda, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan.
In 2002, she founded a global public-private partnership involving the U.N. children’s fund UNICEF, the World Bank and the household product multinational Procter & Gamble to promote hand-washing.
“I’ve been trying to understand disgust for 30 years, and what I’ve found is that people the world over are all disgusted by similar things: body products, food that has gone off, sexual fluids – which, with a few exceptions, we don’t tend share with other people – bad manners and immoral behaviour,” she said.
In a book to be published this month entitled “Don’t Look, Don’t Touch”, Curtis argues that while revulsion at rape and disgust of dog poo seem at first glance to be very different things, they have common roots in what she calls a “parasite avoidance theory” of disgust, or PAT for short.
It looks at disgust from an evolutionary perspective, arguing that our most repulsed ancestors were aided in the “survival of the fittest” race by their disgust instinct – avoiding disease, deformity and death – and thereby living longer, having more relationships and producing offspring with a sense of “healthy squeamishness”.
Curtis compares the disgust response with fear and its flight or fight response – which makes us instinctively run away from or avoid things that might eat us.
“Even more importantly for our evolution was disease,” she said. “Disease is something that will eat us up from inside – and what’s important is that disgust keeps you away from them.
“Disgust is an organ – like an eye or an ear. It has a purpose, it’s there for a reason,” she said. “Just like a leg gets you from A to B, disgust tells you which things you are safe to pick up and which things you shouldn’t touch.”
MICROBES TO MORALITY
Avoiding dirt and disease also requires us to avoid each other, to a certain extent, Curtis says, which is how disgust also drives manners and socially acceptable behaviour.
“Every time we come into contact with other people we do a sort of disgust dance – where we want to get close to people and have social interaction with them, but at the same time we are also terribly careful not to disgust them.”
And so, she argues, evolved manners and social behaviour.
“With disgust, you start with microbes, go on to manners and then on to morality,” she says. “It’s an emotion that teaches you how to behave. It helps build the moral framework of society.”
It’s this all-encompassing reach, according to Curtis, that makes disgust so fascinating – and that has brought it in from the cold as far as serious academic research is concerned.
While 10 years ago, there were probably fewer than a handful of research papers on disgust or revulsion published in scientific journals, now there is a vast scientific literature and many books dedicated to picking them apart.
“It’s actually now become a bit of a plaything of scientists,” says Curtis.
In the lab, she adds, where scientists seek to observe and analyse causes and effects of human emotions, it is difficult and dangerous to generate real fear, and nigh on impossible to induce genuine love, but disgust is far easier to create.
“Disgust is fascinating because it’s a model emotion,” she said. “It tells us a lot about how all the emotions work.”
(Editing by Pravin Char)
More BS and archaic chatter from Catholics, ignorant as they are… TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Reuters
By Elias Biryabarema | Reuters
LUWERO, Uganda (Reuters) – Over the past century, the Catholic Church has been growing fastest in one of the regions other Catholics know least. Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for only one percent of the world Catholic population in 1910. By 2010, that had jumped to 16 percent.
The faith here has a strength and exuberance that reminds some of early Christians. “These people are living a kind of New Testament experience,” says U.S. theologian George Weigel.
It is also highly conservative. Interviews in Luwero, a town in central Uganda, elicited moral stands so strict they would surprise Catholics in the West, as well as deep concern about poverty and justice.
“Modernisation has spoiled Catholics a little bit and they think they have to do whatever they want,” said Joseph Lwevuze, 58, who grows pineapples, coffee and other crops in a nearby village and teaches catechism at his local church.
“Homosexuality is a globalization issue,” he said to illustrate his point. “It’s a virus, if I can use today’s computer language. It’s a computer virus that’s spreading. Even animals do not do it.”
Demands from Europe or the United States for reform of Church attitudes meet stiff opposition here. “The new pope needs to maintain and even tighten traditional Church teaching,” said brickmaker Frederick Lule, 25, who struggles to feed his wife and two children but honors the Catholic ban on artificial birth control and abortion.
“I think those pills they give women bring diseases,” said Joanina Nansubuga, a 35-year-old mother of seven, one of few who did not object to the idea of married priests.
“If you allow priests to marry, then the Catholic Church will start to crumble,” objected Edward Sindamanya, 64, who walked from his hamlet to Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral to pay his tithe and say a rosary. “I’ve also heard women want to be allowed to be priests. That can’t be.”
What these Catholics wanted most from the next pope was more help to fight poverty and provide better education and health facilities.
“The Gospel should be translated into action so there are equal opportunities for the African farmer to sell coffee to Europe and get better prices,” said Rev Gerald Wamala, 36, a local priest and head of the local church AIDS program. “It would be great for the new pope to speak out on equity in international trade.”
(Edited by Tom Heneghan and Sara Ledwith)
Medals won by each participating country…
Source: Yahoo Sports
|47||Trinidad and Tobago||1||0||3||4|
|86||Antigua and Barbuda||0||0||0||0|
|86||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0||0||0||0|
|86||Central African Republic||0||0||0||0|
|86||Democratic Republic of the Congo||0||0||0||0|
|86||Independent Olympic Athletes||0||0||0||0|
|86||Papua New Guinea||0||0||0||0|
|86||St. Kitts and Nevis||0||0||0||0|
|86||Sao Tome and Principe||0||0||0||0|
|86||St. Vincent and Grenadines||0||0||0||0|
|86||United Arab Emirates||0||0||0||0|
|86||British Virgin Islands||0||0||0||0|
|86||U.S. Virgin Islands||0||0||0||0|
One can only imagine the level of human degradation that goes on in third world countries, especially in overly populated cities in certain parts of the Far East, where sexual abuse and the exploitation of women and children is commonplace. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Tuesday they have busted a sex slave ring and rescued 21 Ugandan women who were forced into prostitution after being lured to Malaysia with promises of jobs as maids.
Criminal investigation chief Bakri Zinin said in a statement that police found the women, aged between 19 and 42, holed up in four apartment units in central Selangor state during a raid on Friday.
He said three Ugandans — two women believed to be pimps and a man suspected of being a customer — were detained.
Initial investigations showed the 21 women were promised jobs as maids in homes and hotels with a salary of $1,000 a month, but instead forced to become “sex slaves” to pay off travel fees and other costs totaling $7,000, he said.
The women were brought into the country via China, and were threatened verbally and physically to stop them from running away, the statement added.
A police official said Tuesday that investigations were focused on how long the ring had been in operation and who the masterminds were. The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the women have been temporarily placed in a welfare home and would be deported later.
It was not immediately clear what charges the three detained Ugandans would face, but human trafficking in Malaysia is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
This Southeast Asian nation has constantly been under the spotlight for human trafficking.
In 2009, it was placed on the U.S. list of countries with worst human trafficking records for a third time — meaning it faced possible sanctions unless its record improved. Last year, Malaysia was upgraded to a “watch list” after authorities stepped up efforts to combat the sexual and forced labor exploitation of women and children.
The percentages identified below reflect a poll response to the following question: “Is religion important in your daily life?”
You will probably notice that totals do not add up to 100%, and that is because some of the respondents either failed (or refused) to answer and others answered that they didn’t know. It is the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers that are tabulated below.
What you may find interesting (and is quite obvious) is that as you work your way down the list toward those countries where people answered more favorably that religion was in fact important in their daily lives you will find the most culturally, technologically and economically backward societies; mainly countries in Africa, Central and South America and the Middle East. These are the countries where Christianity (primarily Catholicism) and Islam rule. No surprise there… TGO
|Country||Yes, important||No, unimportant|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||66%||29.5%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||92%||8%|
|Central African Republic||94%||6%|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||98.5%||1.5%|
|United Arab Emirates||91%||8.5%|
|Republic of the Congo||94.5%||5.5%|
Below is a listing of countries and their approximate total population, with the population/percentage of Catholics in each. As one might expect, the numbers are staggering. Of the almost 6 1/2 billion people on Earth, over 1 billion are Catholics. What a shame!
Just consider for a moment the amount of money that this corrupt organization takes in every year. At just $1 dollar per person per year, that’s well over one billion dollars annually; and we know this is an extremely modest estimate. Oh and one more thing, the Church pays no taxes! By the way, this is just money from personal donations, it doesn’t include all of the money the Catholic Church makes through corporate donations, land ownership, interest on its holdings, schools, etc. Talk about BIG business, the Catholic Church is by far the most profitable business on the planet!
Most of you have probably heard the saying: “Money is the root of all evil.” This may help explain why the Catholic Church is so corrupt and abusive… TGO
|Region||Country||Total Population||% Catholic||Catholic total|
|Southern Africa||Zimbabwe (details)||12,746,990||7.71%||982,792|
|Southern Africa||Zambia (details)||11,261,795||26.31%||2,962,978|
|Middle East||Yemen (details)||20,727,063||0.02%||4,145|
|North Africa||Western Sahara (details)||273,008||0.06%||163|
|Southeast Asia||Vietnam (details)||83,535,576||6.7%||5,530,055|
|South America||Venezuela (details)||25,375,281||96%||24,157,267|
|Western Europe||Vatican City (details)||921||100%||921|
|Central Asia||Uzbekistan (details)||26,851,195||0.01%||2,685|
|South America||Uruguay (details)||3,415,920||47.1%||1,981,233|
|North America||United States (details)||310,688,000||23.9%||74,115,001|
|Western Europe||United Kingdom (details)||60,441,457||14%||8,461,803|
|Middle East||United Arab Emirates (details)||2,563,212||5%||128,160|
|Eastern Europe||Ukraine (details)||46,481,000||2.2%||3,737,116|
|East Africa||Uganda (details)||27,269,482||41.9%||11,425,912|
|Central Asia||Turkmenistan (details)||4,952,081||0.54%||26,741|
|Middle East||Turkey (details)||69,660,559||0.05%||34,830|
|North Africa||Tunisia (details)||10,074,951||0.22%||22,164|
|South America||Trinidad and Tobago (details)||1,088,644||26%||283,047|
|West Africa||Togo (details)||5,681,519||27.8%||1,579,462|
|Southeast Asia||Thailand (details)||65,444,371||0.44%||287,955|
|East Africa||Tanzania (details)||36,766,356||25.74%||9,463,660|
|Central Asia||Tajikistan (details)||7,163,506||0.55%||39,399|
|East Asia||Taiwan (details)||22,894,384||1.39%||318,231|
|West Africa||São Tomé and Príncipe (details)||163,000||70.3||144,000|
|Middle East||Syria (details)||18,448,752||2%||368,975|
|Western Europe||Switzerland (details)||7,507,000||41.8%||3,137,926|
|Western Europe||Sweden (details)||9,001,774||1.62%||145,828|
|Southern Africa||Swaziland (details)||1,173,900||20%||62,803|
|South America||Suriname (details)||438,144||22.8%||78,865|
|North Africa||Sudan (details)||40,187,486||5%||2,009,374|
|South Asia||Sri Lanka (details)||20,064,776||7.12%||1,428,612|
|Western Europe||Spain (details)||44,708,462||94%||35,766,769|
|Southern Africa||South Africa (details)||44,344,136||7.1%||2,851,327|
|East Africa||Somalia (details)||8,591,629||0.001%||100|
|Oceania||Solomon Islands (details)||523,000||19%||100,000|
|Central Europe||Slovenia (details)||2,011,070||57.8%||1,162,398|
|Central Europe||Slovakia (details)||5,431,363||68.9%||4,012,209|
|Southeast Asia||Singapore (details)||4,425,720||4.8%||165,964|
|West Africa||Sierra Leone (details)||6,017,643||2.9%||174,511|
|East Africa||Seychelles (details)||81,188||82.3%||66,817|
|West Africa||Senegal (details)||11,126,832||3.5%||389,439|
|Middle East||Saudi Arabia (details)||26,417,599||2.5%||660,439|
|Southern Europe||San Marino (details)||29,251||95%||29,230|
|Caribbean||Saint Lucia (details)||156,260||67.5%||109,000|
|East Africa||Rwanda (details)||8,440,820||56.5%||4,726,859|
|Eastern Europe||Russia (details)||143,420,309||0.53%||760,127|
|Middle East||Qatar (details)||863,051||5.8%||50,000|
|Caribbean||Puerto Rico (details)||3,916,632||85%||3,129,137|
|Western Europe||Portugal (details)||10,356,117||84.5%||8,750,919|
|Central Europe||Poland (details)||38,635,144||89.8%||34,694,359|
|Southeast Asia||Philippines (details)||91,077,287||80.9%||75,594,148|
|South America||Peru (details)||27,925,628||81.3%||22,619,758|
|South America||Paraguay (details)||6,347,884||89.6%||5,688,339|
|Oceania||Papua New Guinea (details)||5,545,268||27%||1,828,274|
|Central America||Panama (details)||3,339,150||85%||2,838,277|
|Middle East||Palestine (details)||3,761,904||2%||80,000|
|South Asia||Pakistan (details)||162,419,946||0.79%||1,283,117|
|Middle East||Oman (details)||3,001,583||0.1%||3,001|
|Western Europe||Norway (details)||4,593,041||1%||229,652|
|West Africa||Nigeria (details)||158,259,000||14%-24%||37,500,000|
|West Africa||Niger (details)||11,665,937||0.1%||11,665|
|Central America||Nicaragua (details)||5,142,098||58.5%||2,652,985|
|Oceania||New Zealand (details)||4,035,461||12.6%||510,485|
|Oceania||New Caledonia (details)||249,000||60%||150,000|
|Western Europe||Netherlands (details)||16,406,703||30%||5,050,629|
|South Asia||Nepal (details)||27,676,547||0.03%||8,302|
|Southern Africa||Namibia (details)||2,030,692||16.95%||344,202|
|Southeast Asia||Myanmar (details)||42,909,464||1.05%||450,549|
|Southern Africa||Mozambique (details)||19,406,703||23.8%||4,618,795|
|North Africa||Morocco (details)||32,725,847||0.07%||22,908|
|Central Asia||Mongolia (details)||2,791,272||0.04%||1,116|
|Western Europe||Monaco (details)||32,543||90%||29,288|
|Eastern Europe||Moldova (details)||4,455,421||0.46%||20,494|
|North America||Mexico (details)||108,700,000||76.5%||95,656,000|
|Southern Africa||Mauritius (details)||1,230,602||23.6%||289,314|
|North Africa||Mauritania (details)||3,086,859||0.15%||4,000|
|Oceania||Marshall Islands (details)||62,000||8.4%||5,208|
|Southern Europe||Malta (details)||400,214||98%||375,761|
|West Africa||Mali (details)||12,291,529||1.54%||189,289|
|South Asia||Maldives (details)||349,106||0.02%||80|
|Southeast Asia||Malaysia (details)||23,953,136||3.3%||790,453|
|Southern Africa||Malawi (details)||12,158,924||19.57%||2,379,501|
|Southern Africa||Madagascar (details)||18,040,341||24.01%||4,331,485|
|Western Europe||Luxembourg (details)||468,571||87%||407,655|
|Northern Europe||Lithuania (details)||3,596,617||79%||2,841,327|
|Western Europe||Liechtenstein (details)||33,863||76.2%||25,803|
|North Africa||Libya (details)||5,765,563||0.7%||40,358|
|West Africa||Liberia (details)||3,482,211||5.42%||188,735|
|Southern Africa||Lesotho (details)||1,867,035||70%||1,306,924|
|Middle East||Lebanon (details)||3,826,018||30%||1,150,000|
|Northern Europe||Latvia (details)||2,290,237||17.04%||390,256|
|Southeast Asia||Laos (details)||6,217,141||0.6%||37,302|
|Central Asia||Kyrgyzstan (details)||5,146,281||0.56%||28,819|
|Middle East||Kuwait (details)||2,335,648||6.16%||143,875|
|East Asia||Korea, South (details)||48,846,823||10.9%||5,324,303|
|East Asia||Korea, North (details)||22,912,177||0.017%||4,000|
|East Africa||Kenya (details)||33,829,590||33%||11,163,764|
|Central Asia||Kazakhstan (details)||15,185,844||0.66%||100,226|
|Middle East||Jordan (details)||5,759,732||1.2%||69,116|
|East Asia||Japan (details)||127,417,244||0.4%||509,668|
|Western Europe||Italy (details)||59,102,112||90%||53,191,900|
|Middle East||Israel (details)||7,746,000||1.5%||94,153|
|Western Europe||Ireland (details)||4,234,925||87.4%||3,743,673|
|Middle East||Iraq (details)||26,074,906||1.19%||310,291|
|Middle East||Iran (details)||68,017,860||0.02%||13,603|
|Southeast Asia||Indonesia (details)||241,973,879||3%||7,380,203|
|South Asia||India (details)||1,080,264,388||1.58%||17,068,177|
|Western Europe||Iceland (details)||296,737||2.5%||8,902|
|Central Europe||Hungary (details)||10,006,835||51.9%||5,593,547|
|Central America||Honduras (details)||7,335,204||97%||5,941,515|
|South America||Guyana (details)||765,283||8.1%||91,833|
|West Africa||Guinea-Bissau (details)||1,416,027||8.97%||127,017|
|West Africa||Guinea (details)||9,467,866||2.66%||251,845|
|Central America||Guatemala (details)||14,655,189||55%||8,060,353|
|West Africa||Ghana (details)||21,029,853||15.1%||5,257,463|
|Western Europe||Germany (details)||82,431,390||34%||27,870,000|
|Eastern Europe||Georgia (details)||4,677,401||0.8%||84,193|
|West Africa||Gambia (details)||1,593,256||2.1%||33,458|
|West Africa||Gabon (details)||1,389,201||50.17%||696,962|
|South America||French Guiana (details)||221,500||75%||166,500|
|Western Europe||France (details)||60,656,178||83-88%||39,934,650|
|Western Europe||Finland (details)||5,223,442||0.14%||7,312|
|South America||Falkland Islands (details)||2,000||10.0%||200|
|East Africa||Ethiopia (details)||73,053,286||0.7%||584,426|
|Northern Europe||Estonia (details)||1,332,893||0.36%||4,798|
|East Africa||Eritrea (details)||4,561,599||3.34%||152,357|
|Central Africa||Equatorial Guinea (details)||676,000||87%||590,000|
|Central America||El Salvador (details)||6,704,932||79.1%||5,303,601|
|North Africa||Egypt (details)||77,505,756||0.35%||271,270|
|South America||Ecuador (details)||13,363,593||95%||12,695,413|
|Southeast Asia||East Timor (details)||1,040,880||98%||924,718|
|Caribbean||Dominican Republic (details)||9,105,034||95%||8,649,782|
|East Africa||Djibouti (details)||476,703||0.2%||953|
|Western Europe||Denmark (details)||5,432,335||2%||104,867|
|West Africa||Côte d’Ivoire (details)||17,298,040||35%-40%||6,054,314|
|Central Europe||Czech Republic (details)||10,241,138||26.8%||2,744,624|
|Middle East||Cyprus (details)||780,133||1.28%||9,985|
|North America||Cuba (details)||11,346,670||85%||9,644,669|
|Central Europe||Croatia (details)||4,495,904||87.8%||3,947,403|
|Central America||Costa Rica (details)||4,016,173||76.3%||3,064,339|
|Central Africa||Congo, Republic of (details)||3,686,000||50.5%||1,861,000|
|Central Africa||Congo, Democratic Republic of (details)||65,751,512||50%||36,163,331|
|East Africa||Comoros (details)||671,247||2%||201|
|South America||Colombia (details)||42,954,279||90%||38,658,851|
|East Asia||China (details)||1,306,313,812||0.75%||9,797,353|
|South America||Chile (details)||16,267,278||70%||11,387,094|
|Central Africa||Chad (details)||9,826,419||20.1%||880,447|
|Central Africa||Central African Republic (details)||3,799,897||25%||949,974|
|West Africa||Cape Verde (details)||516,733||93%||480,500|
|North America||Canada (details)||32,805,041||42.6%||13,974,947|
|West Africa||Cameroon (details)||16,380,005||25.68%||4,206,385|
|Southeast Asia||Cambodia (details)||13,607,069||0.16%||21,771|
|Central Africa||Burundi (details)||6,370,609||62%||3,949,777|
|West Africa||Burkina Faso (details)||13,925,313||17%||2,367,303|
|Southeast Asia||Brunei (details)||372,361||6.36%||23,682|
|South America||Brazil (details)||186,112,794||73.6%||136,979,016|
|Southern Africa||Botswana (details)||1,640,115||4.94%||81,021|
|Balkans||Bosnia and Herzegovina (details)||4,025,476||15%||625,558|
|South America||Bolivia (details)||8,857,870||81.8%||7,245,738|
|South Asia||Bhutan (details)||2,232,291||0.06%||1,339|
|West Africa||Benin (details)||7,460,025||27.1%||1,729,233|
|Central America||Belize (details)||279,457||49.6%||138,610|
|Western Europe||Belgium (details)||10,364,388||75%||7,773,291|
|Eastern Europe||Belarus (details)||10,300,483||17%||1,751,082|
|South Asia||Bangladesh (details)||144,319,628||0.22%||317,503|
|Middle East||Bahrain (details)||800,000||10%||80,000|
|Eastern Europe||Azerbaijan (details)||8,581,400||0.03%||2,574|
|Central Europe||Austria (details)||8,376,761||73.6%||5,530,000|
|Eastern Europe||Armenia (details)||2,982,904||3.7%||110,367|
|South America||Argentina (details)||39,537,943||92%||36,374,907|
|Southern Africa||Angola (details)||16,941,000||38%||9,317,550|
|Western Europe||Andorra (details)||71,201||94%||66,928|
|North Africa||Algeria (details)||32,531,853||0.01%||3,000|
|Central Asia||Afghanistan (details)||29,928,987||0.0003%||100|
Question: How stupid can people be? Answer: Very, very stupid indeed. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
Anti-landmine activists in western Uganda were stunned to discover a primary school using an unexploded mortar bomb as a bell, the group’s coordinator told AFP on Monday.
“It was a big shock. When we arrived at the school we even found one of the students striking it,” Wilson Bwambale, coordinator of Anti-Mines Network Rwenzori, said.
Bwambale said his team visited the 350-pupil Ikobero Model primary school, one kilometre from Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo, last week after being tipped off by a curious community leader.
“The bottom was hollow, that is why they used it as a bell, but the fuse at the top was still live,” Bwambale said. “Fortunately no one hit it with enough (force) to explode the bomb.”
Following the discovery, Bwambale said he called the shocked teachers to a meeting, where he was told that the school had been using the bomb as a bell for three years.
“We recovered it and put it in a safer place and recommended that the school look for something else that could be used as a gong,” Bwambale said.
Bwambale explained that the region is littered with unexploded ordnance left over from government operations against a Muslim rebel insurgency in the area that ended around six years ago.
Last year, the same team visited a school where an unsuspecting teacher was keeping a hand grenade in one of the classrooms, Bwambale said.
Most of Africa is a total wasteland as far as human rights is concerned, not to mention poverty and disease. The Middle East, well, what can one say about the Middle East? This region has always been a mess and it is now worse than ever. Pakistan, Afghanistan and most other Muslim dominated countries in Asia are a disaster. The billion-plus people living in China are in an oppressive, communist state and the billion-plus people in India are living mostly in poverty. Central America, more specifically Mexico, is a toilet bowl with drug cartels running rampant. Other Central and South American nations are dominated by corruption and dictators; Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba; Hugo Chavez in Venezuela; Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua; Evo Morales in Bolivia; etc. That pretty much takes care of Asia, Africa and Central/South America, or about 80% of the world’s population (five billion) people.
The other roughly one and a half billion people live in just about the only civilized parts of the globe – North America, western Europe and Australia; and these areas are not a utopia by any stretch of the imagination. Hardly anybody lives in Antarctica.
So there you have it, a brief synopsis of the world’s seven continents. Not very pleasant or promising is it? We have a long way to go before we can truly be called a civilized species; one that lives in relative prosperity, peace and harmony. In fact, that day may never come… TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
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A report by the London-based rights group said excessive use of force and other ill-treatment at times resulting in unlawful killings, were among violations documented in countries such as Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda.
It said the situation in Nigeria’s Niger Delta deteriorated in 2010, with armed groups and gangs kidnapping oil workers and their relatives and attacking oil plants.
“The reaction from the Nigerian security forces often led to human rights violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture,” the report noted.
Numerous cases of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, torture by security agencies also remained the norm in other parts of Nigeria.
In South Africa, numerous cases of torture and ill-treatment by police were reported, many of which were investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate. Reported incidents included beatings, electric shocks, suffocation and death threats.
Last month, footage of a 33-year-old unarmed protester being kicked and beaten with batons by police officers was shown on South African television.
The man died a few minutes later after being shot twice with rubber bullets at close range.
In Mozambique, police used live ammunition against demonstrators protesting against the high cost of living, killing at least 14 people while in Guinea, security forces fired live ammunition at peaceful demonstrators, the report said.
Despite a general trend towards the abolition of capital punishment across the continent, death row inmates in Equatorial Guinea, Sudan and Somalia were executed, often after unfair trials, it added.
The report also raised concern over the violence and increased human rights violations, including unlawful arrests and restrictions on freedom of expression, that marred elections in countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Guinea and Ivory Coast.
“In nearly all cases, the human rights violations were committed with total impunity,” it said.
These African countries are being led by real forward-thinkers aren’t they? Actually, they seem to be governed by the same brainless mules that label themselves Evangelical Christians or Born-Again Christians in this country. By the way, it goes without saying, but I’ll state it anyway; many of these same “leaders” are gay themselves and/or have gay family members that they protect.
Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, I’m a heterosexual male myself; there isn’t a gay cell in my body. Nevertheless, I’ve worked with a few homosexual men and women over the years and have learned that, at least in my field, which is design/architecture/construction, they are quite competent, intelligent and well-educated, decent people. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Reuters
KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan newspaper that “outs” people it says are gay and has called for them to be hanged said on Tuesday it would use a two-week window before a court verdict on its activities to continue with its campaign.
Three gay activists — two women and one man — who were featured in the publication secured an interim injunction on November 1 stopping the newspaper from publishing such photos on privacy grounds.
The paper, “Rolling Stone,” has published some images under the headline “Hang them.”
A High Court judge last week heard from lawyers representing both sides before adjourning the case ahead of a verdict on December 13. A row has now broken out about whether the injunction stands until the judge makes his ruling.
“The interim order was first passed on November 1st and extended until November 26th while we prepared our case,” Giles Muhame, the 22-year-old editor of the newspaper, told Reuters.
“The judge then said on the 26th that he would pass his final verdict on December 13th, which means it expired.”
But Frank Mugisha, director of gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda, said his group believed the interim order stood until the day of the ruling.
The newspaper has caused international uproar and the ensuing media attention has prompted some Ugandans to dub Kampala “world homophobia capital.”
Rolling Stone has so far published 29 photographs with names and, in some cases, addresses and says it intends to work through a list of 100 people.
Several people featured in the newspaper say they have been attacked since its publication and activists say many more have gone into hiding.
Homosexuality is deeply unpopular in many African nations, where some see it as a Western import. It is illegal in 37 countries on the continent and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and loss of jobs.
Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga last weekend ordered the arrest of homosexuals, calling their behavior unlawful and unnecessary since there were more women than men in the country, Ugandan media reported.
Muhame said he would now try to feature as many people as possible whom his newspaper considers gay in two issues before the verdict is passed.
“I hope basic justice will be done,” he told Reuters. “Some people are even calling for public hanging and some others even want to see homosexuals buried alive.”
A bill was tabled in Uganda’s parliament last year proposing the death penalty for gays and was called “odious” by President Barack Obama. It is not expected to become law.
(Editing by Richard Lough)
The hypocrisies of religion… These people pick and choose the parts of their “holy book” that suits their preferences and ignore the rest. The Bible, for example, endorses slavery, yet none of these bishops would ever say that slavery is compatible with the word of God and should therefore be practiced; and they certainly wouldn’t dare say this in Africa of all places. If they did, they’d be hung from a tree within minutes.
Who knows, Rowan Williams might be a homosexual. Maybe he experimented with homosexuality and had a bad experience and therefore is now vehemently denouncing it. One never knows what these ultra-religious people are up to. One thing’s for sure, they hide behind their faith and take their actions to another level; just look at the homosexuality and pedophilia that is rampant in the Catholic Church, while on the other hand you have the “peaceful” Muslims blowing themselves up in the name of Allah.
As much as I despise religions, and those who fanatically believe in them; for all the harm that they have inflicted on mankind and the ignorance that they perpetuate, I must admit that violence aside, it really is entertaining. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AFP) – African Anglican bishops voiced their strong disapproval of homosexuality at a meeting Tuesday attended by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as the issue continues to divide Anglicans.
“Homosexuality is incompatible with the word of God,” said conference host and Ugandan Archbishop Uganda Henry Luke Orombi.
“It is good Archbishop Rowan is here. We are going to express to him where we stand,” he added.
Head of the Anglican church worldwide, Williams is struggling to keep the communion together amid disagreements over the ordination of female bishops in Britain, and of openly gay bishops in the United States.
“There is already a break. It doesn’t need to be announced,” said Orombi.
Williams delivered a sermon Tuesday at the opening of the six-day meeting, the first of its kind since 2004.
While he did not mention homosexuality, he said it was the duty of all bishops to be open-minded on contentious issues.
“We must learn to listen to those we lead and serve to find out what their hopes and needs and confusions are. We must love them and attend to their humanity in all its diversity,” Williams said.
However the head of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa left little doubt that his position on the matter is settled.
“Today, the West is lacking obedience to the word of God,” Reverend Ian Ernest of Mauritius told journalists on the sidelines of the conference.
“It is for us (Africans) to redress the situation,” he said, adding that he has severed all ties to the Episcopalian churches in Canada and the United States that have allowed gays to enter the clergy.
Homosexuality is illegal in many African countries and is punishable by a prison sentence.
In Uganda, a drastic anti-gay bill has been met with criticism from Western states and rights group, notably for imposing the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” in cases of rape of a minor by a person of the same sex, or where one partner has HIV.
Obviously these Muslim religious fanatics that are blowing themselves up and killing innocent people in the process couldn’t care less about the so-called “holy month” of Ramadan. This “peaceful” faith, Islam, is anything but peaceful.
The death toll reported in this article will probably rise… TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the Tuesday morning attack on the Muna Hotel.
A statement from the government says some attackers were dressed as security forces. Somalia’s information minister called the attack “a deplorable act in this holy month of Ramadan.”
It came one day after an al-Shabab spokesman threatened a massive war against what he labeled invaders, an apparent reference to the 6,000 African Union troops in Mogadishu.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber and gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people including members of parliament in an attack that set off an hour-long gun battle, a military spokesman and a witness said.
A parliamentarian who was at the Muna hotel said there were “dead bodies all over” and he labeled the scene a massacre.
The assault comes after Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, declared a “massive war” on “invaders” — an apparent reference to the 6,000 troops from the African Union that protect the weak Somali government.
African Union spokesman Maj. Barigye Bahoku said it wasn’t immediately known how many members of parliament were killed in the attack on the Muna hotel, located a half-mile (1 kilometer) from Somalia’s presidential palace. Parliamentarians often live at Mogadishu hotels while in the capital city.
An 11-year-old shoe shine boy and a woman selling tea in front of the hotel were among the dead, Bahoku said.
Since Monday, fighting in Somalia’s capital has killed at least 40 civilians and wounded more than 130, said Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu’s ambulance service.
A parliamentarian who was at the hotel when the attack occurred said he had seen at least 20 bodies lying in the corridor of the hotel, including one dead member of parliament. The parliamentarian spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear for his safety.
He said the suicide bomber blew himself up near the reception and then gunmen stormed the hotel, setting off a gun battle that lasted about an hour.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility last month for twin bombings in Uganda’s capital that killed 76 people, saying the attacks were in retaliation for Uganda’s deployment of troops with the African Union.
Al-Shabab has increased the use of suicide attacks in recent years, though they are still somewhat rare in Somalia. Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are believed to be helping train al-Shabab fighters.
Associated Press writer Malkhadir M. Muhumed contributed to this report from Nairobi, Kenya.