How astronauts went to the Moon and ended up discovering planet Earth

The Guardian

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The crew of Apollo 8 took this photo of Earth as they orbited the moon in 1968. Photograph: Nasa/Time & Life Pictures

Forty years ago this Christmas the first human beings reached the moon. But their historic feat is better remembered for an image of what they left behind – planet Earth. Continue reading How astronauts went to the Moon and ended up discovering planet Earth

A plea for prayer and the spreading of information about the reality of what is taking place in Zimbabwe

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Letter from Zimbabwe sent in by John Winter
I reckon that these are the last days of TKM and ZPF. The darkest hour is always before dawn.

We are all terrified at what they are going to destroy next……..I mean they are actually ploughing down brick and mortar houses and one family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when 100 riot police came in with AK47’s and bulldozers and demolished their beautiful house – 5 bedrooms and pine ceilings – because it was ‘too close to the airport’, so we are feeling extremely insecure right now. Continue reading A plea for prayer and the spreading of information about the reality of what is taking place in Zimbabwe

South Africa must isolate Mugabe

Pretoria-Media Release 18 December 2008
Statement by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM, Spokesman for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

South Africa must isolate Mugabe
1.    As world leaders and people everywhere express their horror at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, we, the Catholic bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland, add our voice to the cries of those who insist that no effort must be spared in ensuring that a political solution to the current impasse is found. This is the indispensable first step towards stopping the current collapse of the country so that a new effort to rebuilding it can begin. Continue reading South Africa must isolate Mugabe

Peru awaits final legislation on biosecurity

Latin America Press

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Julio Evaristo follows a family tradition of saving his seeds to ensure his family´s food supply.”

Julio Evaristo is literally one with his roots. The 42-year-old is the third in a line of intrepid farmers who save the seeds of their Andean crops, securing a food supply for their families for several years.

But Peru is now poised to finalize a nearly decade-old biosecurity law, and experts, including the newly-inaugurated Environment Ministry, say that the country is not institutionally prepared to ensure agricultural and consumer safety when it goes into effect.

Evaristo´s crops – 2-foot plants of chocho (a white bean), colorful tubers like potato, oca and olluco; wheat and carrots – are dwarfed by the ice-covered peaks of Peru´s Cordillera Blanca. Continue reading Peru awaits final legislation on biosecurity

Can Africa Trade Its Way to Peace?

New York Times
By HERMAN J. COHEN
congo4THE conflict in eastern Congo over the past 12 years has been as much a surrogate war between Congo and neighboring Rwanda as an internal ethnic insurgency, as a United Nations report underscored last week. The only way to end a war that has caused five million deaths and forced millions to flee their homes in Congo’s two eastern provinces is to address the conflict’s international dimensions. The role of Rwanda — which borders the provinces and which denied the accusations in the United Nations report over the weekend — is of prime importance. Continue reading Can Africa Trade Its Way to Peace?

I Need the Others

News from Africa
In the early months of this year, young people I knew and had previously taught the basic principles of Christianity were going around in the Riruta neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, brandishing slashers and chanting hate slogans against certain people they perceived as belonging to a different community.

Fr. Renato Kizito Sesana
It was unfortunately a common sight in Nairobi, especially in the poorer neighbourhoods, where an irresponsible and vicious campaign against “them” found fertile ground in the widespread lack of hope for a better future, and sometimes outright desperation. A very legitimate aspiration and request for social justice had been manipulated and turned into hatred for the “others”. Continue reading I Need the Others

Cheney Was Key in Clearing CIA Interrogation Tactics

The vice president says that the use of waterboarding was appropriate and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open until ‘the end of the war on terror.’
Los Angeles Times
by Greg Miller

The Guantanamo 'war on terror' detention center should remain open indefinitely, Vice President Richard Cheney, seen here in october 2008 in Washington, DC, told ABC News in an interview Monday, while also defending the harsh interrogation method known as waterboarding. (AFP/Getty Images/File/Mark Wilson)

WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he was directly involved in approving severe interrogation methods used by the CIA, and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should remain open indefinitely. Continue reading Cheney Was Key in Clearing CIA Interrogation Tactics

As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions

New York Times
The United Nations expects beef and pork consumption to double between 2000 and 2050.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal
STERKSEL, the Netherlands — The cows and pigs dotting these flat green plains in the southern Netherlands create a bucolic landscape. But looked at through the lens of greenhouse gas accounting, they are living smokestacks, spewing methane emissions into the air.

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That is why a group of farmers-turned-environmentalists here at a smelly but impeccably clean research farm have a new take on making a silk purse from a sow’s ear: They cook manure from their 3,000 pigs to capture the methane trapped within it, and then use the gas to make electricity for the local power grid. Continue reading As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions