Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
There’s A Place In
And I Know That It Is Love
And This Place Could
Brighter Than Tomorrow
And If You Really Try
You’ll Find There’s No Need
In This Place You’ll Feel
There’s No Hurt Or Sorrow
Cuba: Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Syria
Havana, Aug 28 2013
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba issued the following statement regarding the growing threats against Syria, which we reproduce below.
The recent pronouncements of the U.S. government and several NATO allies urging military action in Syria, ignoring the efforts of some states to reach a political solution to the conflict that is bleeding that Arab nation are alarming.
It is necessary to remember that those who today advocate military action against Syria are the same that launched bloody wars without a mandate from the Security Council of the United Nations, under the deliberate lie about the existence of weapons of mass destruction or the pretext of civil protection, which caused substantial deaths of innocent people including children, who they qualify as “collateral damage”.
What moved me to write was the fact that very serious events will be happening very soon. In our times, our species hardly spend ten or fifteen years without facing a true risk of disappearing. Neither Obama nor anybody else could ensure otherwise. I say this from a realistic perspective, since only the truth could offer to us a little more wellbeing and a breath of hope. We have come of age when it comes to knowledge. We have no right to deceive others or ourselves.
The overwhelming majority of the public opinion knows enough about the new risk ahead.
It is not simply that the cruise missiles are pointing to some military targets in Syria, but the fact that this courageous country, located at the centre of over one billion Muslims, whose fighting spirit is proverbial, has stated it would resist any attack against its country to the end.
While some elected officials and chambers of commerce tout the positive aspects of the city post-Katrina, widespread pain and injusticeremain.
New Orleans Eight Years Later
by BILL QUIGLEY
Eight years after Katrina, nearly a hundred thousand people never got back to New Orleans, the city remains incredibly poor, jobs and income vary dramatically by race, rents are up, public transportation is down, traditional public housing is gone, life expectancy differs dramatically by race and place, and most public education has been converted into charter schools.
Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. The storm and the impact of the government responses are etched across New Orleans. A million people were displaced. Over a thousand died. Now, thanks to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (GNOCDC) and others, it is possible to illustrate the current situation in New Orleans. While some elected officials and chambers of commerce tout the positive aspects of the city post-Katrina, widespread pain and injustice remain.
Where does chocolate come from? A darkly colored bean – so of course, unprocessed cacao beans are brimming with antioxidant nutrients. Accordingly, chocolate consumption has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.(1,2)
Cocoa and dark chocolate have been investigated as a treatment option for elevated blood pressure, but only small decreases in blood pressure were reported.(3)
Similarly, regular dark chocolate consumption results in small decreases in cholesterol levels.(4) Flavonoids (antioxidants present in chocolate and many other plant foods) do indeed provide cardiovascular protection – high flavonoid intake is associated with considerable reductions (up to 45%) in the risk of heart disease.(5-8)