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Oil is the reason for many conflicts, so is the case for the American involvement in the Middle East but not mentioned only are the atrocities.

But atrocities happen in other countries, but there is no American involvement as there is no oil.

Oil the root of all evil.

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This is yet another video about the expansion of the American war machine and war propaganda by the Jimmy Dore Show. In this video, he discusses the report that AFRICOM, the part of American High Command responsible for Africa, has decided to put troops back into Somalia after 24 years. The troops are apparently there at the request of the Somalian government, and will be there for training purposes. The article does reveal that American troops have also been deployed several times within that space of 24 years in minor missions, such as scouting for bombing sites.

The US troops are being deployed to help the Somali government against the Islamist group, al-Shabaab. The article states that al-Shabaab, although sharing a similar Islamist ideology with ISIS and al-Qaeda, aren’t actually part of those organisations. Most of the time, they’ve been confined to Somalia. They arose after a long period of…

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ITV tonight are broadcasting a documentary about Mary Seacole, one of the Victorian heroines you don’t hear about. The blurb in the Radio Times for the documentary runs

In the Shadow of Mary Seacole

The contribution of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse of Scottish and African descent, to caring for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War has been increasingly acknowledged over recent years. Actor David Harewood embarks on a highly personal journey of discovery as he follows the creation of a statue of the woman who has always been a heroine to him.

The programme’s on at 10.40 today, 18th October 2016.

Seacole was as big a heroine in her time as the nurse everyone’s heard of, Florence Nightingale. There were mass petitions and crowds gathered to see her honoured, and it’s a very sore point with many Black activists that she has been so comprehensively forgotten. They see…

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I’m aware that I’m in serious risk of doing this subject to death, but this needs to be said. I’ve put up several blogs featuring the videos of talks and interviews given by Israeli and American Jewish activists and historians – Ilan Pappe, Elizabeth Baltzer and Norman Finkelstein, laying bare the terrible history of Israel’s persecution and systematic ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population. As I’ve repeatedly said, this is because of the smears against leading figures in the Labour party that they are anti-Semites, when they are nothing of the sort, and demonstrably nothing of the sort. Ken Leninspart, when he was leader of the GLC, was notorious and reviled for his anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia stance. And if you want to read what he has to say about anti-Semitism, it’s written down in his book, Livingstone’s Labour. He decries it as one of the worst forms of…

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There are now calls for it to be made a criminal offence after revelations about the barbaric ritual emerged this week

Source: Hundreds of British mums ‘breast-ironing’ their daughters using red-hot rocks, hammers and spatulas – Mirror Online

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Source: Interview: Kenya’s Forgotten Rape Survivors | Human Rights Watch

Humans evolved in Africa, spread across the world, and then it gets messy. Luckily advances in genetic sequencing have helped us track the complex history of human migration.

Source: Here’s how genetics helped crack the history of human migration

How very sad, my thoughts go out to the families of the victims.

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#AceNewsReport – Dec.26: A butane tanker ignited a huge explosion at a crowded industrial plant in Nigeria on Thursday, killing “tens of people” who were lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders in time for Christmas, the presidency said.

The disaster took place in Nnewi, a predominantly Christian city in south-east Nigeria.

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Suspected Islamist militants have “no more hostages” at a hotel in the capital Bamako, with at least 18 people killed, officials say.

Source: Mali hotel attack: ‘No more hostages’ after special forces raid – BBC News

Our thoughts are with the hostages and their friends and family.

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Professor Lee Berger holds a replica of the skull of a newly discovered ancient species, named "Homo naledi", during its unveiling outside Johannesburg September 10 2015.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Professor Lee Berger holds a replica of the skull of a newly discovered ancient species, named “Homo naledi”, during its unveiling outside Johannesburg September 10 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Humanity’s claim to uniqueness just suffered another setback: scientists reported on Thursday that a newly discovered ancient species related to humans also appeared to bury its dead.

Fossils of the creature were unearthed in a deep cave near the famed sites of Sterkfontein and Swartkrans, treasure troves 50 km (30 miles) northwest of Johannesburg that have yielded pieces of the puzzle of human evolution for decades.

“It was right under our nose in the most explored valley of the continent of Africa,” said Lee Berger of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand.

The new species – described in the scientific journal eLife ( – has been named ‘Homo naledi’, in honor of the “Rising Star” cave where it was found. Naledi means “star” in South Africa’s Sesotho language.

Paleoanthropologists concluded it buried its dead – a trait previously believed to be uniquely human – through a process of deduction.

Africa’s largest single collection of hominin (human and human-related) fossils was made up of 15 individuals, from infants to the elderly, pieced together from more than 1,500 fragments.

Virtually no other remains from other species were found there and the bones bore no claw or tooth marks – suggesting they were not the leftovers from a predator’s larder or death trap.

“It does appear after eliminating all other possibilities that Homo naledi was deliberately disposing of its body in a repeated fashion,” Berger told Reuters in an interview.

“That indicates to us that they were seeing themselves as separate from other animals and in fact perhaps from the natural world,” he added.


He set aside another theory that they may have been hiding their dead deep underground, simply to keep off scavengers like the long-legged hyena.

“They are only selecting their own dead. If they were doing that they would put everything in it that would attract a predator or a scavenger,” he said.

This is not the first time that the study of our relatives, extinct or living, has yielded evidence that humans do not have the monopoly on certain kinds of behavior.

Jane Goodall in 1960 famously observed chimpanzees, our closest living relative, using grass stems for termite “fishing”, the first recorded use of a crude tool by non-humans.

Homo naledi, discovered in the cave in September 2013, had a brain slightly larger than a chimpanzee’s, but its age remains an enigma, said Berger.

This is because the specimens found were deliberately taken to the chamber, and so there are no rocks or sentiments under or overlaying them, he added.

There are also no fossils with them from other animals that could provide clues.

“But we can see from their physical morphology or appearance where their species originates in time. If our present understanding is correct, then that must be in excess of 2.5 million years,” said Berger.

The surrounding area is a U.N. World Heritage site, named the “Cradle of Humankind” by the South African government because of its rich collection of hominin fossils.

(Editing by Andrew Heavens)  ………….’

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