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Growing Genitals—Good or bad

This is great, i just hope that it does not get abused!!

A few years ago, Dr. Anthony Atala’s lab at Wake Forest University got good at making ears. They were growing new ears on a scaffold using patient’s cells, because so many soldiers were losing their ears in explosions. Now the Department of Defense has a project that’s closer to Atala’s heart: making new genitals for soldiers who have stepped on bombs.

Other labs are still moving forward with the ear project for the military. But Atala has special expertise dating back to his days as a pediatric urologist. He’s already grown bladders using a patient’s own cells, and he’s made penises that rabbits were able to put to their proper use, fathering litters of new little bunnies. He hopes to use this expertise to help rebuild the bodies of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as men and boys injured in car accidents.


Incredible piece by Liberian Artist Martin Zeinway

The Peace Keeper

The Peace Keeper, points to the irony of war; it shows a soccer ball next to 2 groups of fighters laying down their arms. During the war, fighters would often reunite and stop fighting just the time of a football game, the ball, thus, an elusive symbol of peace.

I love this piece because it shows the simplest thing can bring people together.

Martin Zeinway: Artist Bio “You have survived this war for a reason. You have seen many of your friends and family die in this war. If you ever have the opportunity to become educated or in a better position in life, don’t forget to help others who did not have the opportunity you have had, and most of all don’t forget to help your country and the children in it.” I stood humbled as my mother spoke those words to me, although I could not yet truly understand her words. I was ten years old. “I was born on March 9, 1979 in Monrovia, Liberia to parents Pater W. Zeinway and Ellen M. Yallah. I am the oldest of six children. In 1991, at the age of 12, I was sent to live with my uncle in Ivory Coast due to the civil war in Liberia. My mother was afraid of me being killed. The rebels were trying to recruit me to become a child soldier.

On December 13, 1993, I was resettled in the United States of America as a refugee along with my uncle, his wife, and their children. I could not understand why I was being moved from one strange place to the next without my parents, brothers and sisters. In 2001, I had the opportunity to revisit Liberia. I stood on Liberian soil and saw how the war has destroyed the country, people, and most of all the children–children who did not know any other way of life but to be child soldiers. The war also prevented the children from getting a good education, crippled them financially and emotionally and every other way that matters.

It is now 13 years later and now I understand what would prompt my mother to send her oldest son to a strange country.” Martin’s deep sense of introspection and his strong desire to share his experiences and Realizations about humanity are evident in his work, which serve as powerful commentary on his war-torn origins. On canvas, Martin incorporates the use of figurative drawings with Adinkra symbology that represents popular proverbs and maxims, and express particular attitudes or behavior related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes, in order to further tell his story. Each symbol was intentionally chosen for their individual meanings as a way to further illustrate his subjects.

More on this artist Zeinway Expression

Christmas here but Worry over there :(

While many of us were eating, laughing and opening up presents families with loved ones in Ivory Coast woke up to worry and concern about their loved ones. Some of you may know that my family was Liberia during the war and the hardest thing is not hearing from them for days upon days. Just wanted to send out prays for those in Ivory Coast this morning.

France will recognise envoy of Ivory Coast’s internationally-accepted president
France has stepped up pressure on Ivory Coast’s president to leave, signalling it will recognise the envoy of his internationally-accepted successor as ambassador in Paris.
Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French foreign ministry, said Paris had “taken note of” the decision to nominate an ambassador by Alassane Ouattara, who is recognised widely as the winner of a recent election over Laurent Gbagbo. A police source was reported to have said the new envoy had “peacefully” taken over control of the embassy.
The ambassador’s post, in the capital of Ivory Coast’s former colonial power, is seen as head of one of the most important diplomatic missions. The French statement comes just a day after French authorities grounded a plane belonging to Mr Gbagbo at a French airport following a request by Mr Ouattara. France still has significant business interests in the West African nation.

Three West African heads of state are due to arrive in Ivory Coast on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Mr Gbagbo to relinquish power. If he does not, the African regional body Ecowas has said it will consider taking military action to remove him.
Mr Gbagbo took to the airwaves over the weekend to denounce what he called a French-US “plot” against him. He says the election was stolen by his opponents and has refused to quit office. Amid outbreaks of violence, there are fears of civil war.
Mr Gbagbo said of his detractors: “Maybe they do not want me, I admit it, but I am not looking to be loved by them. I respect and abide by the Ivorians’ vote.”

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Here we go again!. Damn it!!Ugh

US orders staff out of Ivory Coast

Once the US starts to order staff out of your country.. that means Ish is about to go down. I am so so so so tired of war and this civil unrest in our region. Once your country has gone through war it take years and years to repair the damages and the people. WE DO NOT NEED THIS ANYMORE..


THE US has ordered non-emergency staff to leave Ivory Coast and warned Americans not to travel to the country.

At least 50 people have been killed in post-election violence in the west African nation.

The US State Department has also ordered relatives of its staff to leave Ivory Coast.

The call came yesterday as France demanded Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo hold back his troops. Tensions are escalating in his standoff with Alassane Ouattara, who was declared winner of presidential elections. “If (Mr Gbagbo) does not want to have deaths on his conscience, he needs to hold back his troops,” French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

Canada yesterday joined a world chorus urging Mr Gbagbo to cede power or face sanctions.

“Mr Gbagbo must respect the democratic will of the Ivorian people and concede power to Mr Ouattara,” Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.

The US government cited “growing anti-Western sentiment” in the country.

“The State Department recommends that US citizens take advantage of commercial means of transportation while they are available and while borders remain open,” it said.

Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara claim to have won last month’s presidential vote, but while the latter has been recognised as the victor by the international community, the incumbent is clinging to power.

Despite calls for Mr Gbagbo to stand down, there are signs his regime is hardening its stance. Mr Gbagbo ordered the 10,000- strong UN mission to leave on Saturday, accusing it of arming rebels loyal to Mr Ouattara, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dismissed the ultimatum and urged him to step down


Nothing New (Minerals in Africa =War in Africa)

Minerals found in consumer electronic devices help finance civil war in Congo

By Elizabeth Flock
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 13, 2010; 6:21 PM
As you arm yourself with electronic gifts over the next few weeks, you probably won’t think about the minerals your new cellphone, laptop or digital camera runs on. But no matter which company made the gadget, it’s likely to be powered using tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold, all of which are mined in Eastern Congo, where profits contribute to financing the country’s bloody war.

Rebel groups and the national army control many of Eastern Congo’s mines. Over the past decade, more than 5 million people have died, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped in the struggle for power, according to the Raise Hope for Congo campaign. While the Congolese government has expressed interest in tackling the multimillion-dollar trade in minerals, the involvement of its own troops has led critics to question their efforts.

The West has long been aware of this problem, though hard facts are difficult to establish: A 2008 U.S. Geological Survey report found that less than 10 percent of tantalum (the mineral used to make capacitors in most cellphones and iPods) imported to the United States is from Congo. But one human rights group, the Enough Project, estimates that Congolese armed groups make $8 million per year trading in that mineral alone.

I am so sick and tire of hearing about our minerals and resources being the cause of wars in our country. ugh!!

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Wait!!!..this is nothing new.. not just Africa has experience this.. many many other countries have and honest.. when has there been a war that did not involve money????????????????????????