Columbite-tantalite (Coltan) is a mineral used in the production of cell phones, laptops and many other new electronics. Most of the world’s known deposits are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
MORE THAN FIVE MILLION (5,000,000) people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1996, according to the International Rescue Committee. It’s estimated that 45,000 more die each month. These deaths are said to be the direct or indirect consequences of ongoing conflict waging in the country that continues to this day. An in depth look at the situation reveals the sad truth of how low humanity can sink into corruption.
Eastern DRC is also home to rich deposits of diamonds, cobalt and coltan. It’s estimated that 60 to 80 percent of the known deposits of coltan is found in the Congo. Even though coltan is so unknown to most people that it’s not even recognized by spell check, we rely on it as a vital component for many of our modern electronics including laptops, cell phones, video game systems and camera lenses.
Continue reading Congo Conundrum Part I
To regain independence from colonial powers, we will first have to learn how to survive without their help.
In today’s world of super–fast computers, airplanes and the global economy, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a life of simplicity. It’s interesting that the more technology we develop, supposedly for the purpose of making our lives easier, the more energy we have to put into maintaining these technologies. We then have less and less time to devote to providing ourselves with the basics of life. Our society promotes the idea that people who are providing us with our necessities – our farmers, our seamstresses, our cooks, our housewives, our teachers and our garbage men – are less respectable than people who provide things that are absolutely useless like athletes, entertainers, and lawyers.
Let’s take it back to the most basic level. What if we all woke up tomorrow with nothing? What if our money wasn’t worth anything and there was no food in the grocery stores? What if the electricity and gas were suddenly turned off; who would be the most useful to us? Would it be the person who could design a computer program and hook up a whole building with internet or would it be the one who could grow food and build a house? When we look at it from this perspective, there’s not even a question. However, we take on the mentality that we will never find ourselves in this situation. The truth is that we may already be much closer to this than any of us care to admit.
Continue reading Suvivor’s Notebook : Planning Our Escape
Nadirah, Jauzeri and Kasabez Maakmaah
Since my son was born, everyone has been asking me how it feels to be a father. My answer has usually been that I can’t really explain. Honestly, it feels like the natural next step in my life. The difference is that I have never taken a step that has had such a profound impact on my life. This article is dedicated to all my brothers who want to start a family but are hesitant to take the first step.
Since I was a child, I always knew that I wanted children. Even in this culture that discourages parenthood, this never changed. The hard part was finding the “right person.” Ironically, I didn’t know who this “right person” would be or what she would be like. The most troubling thought was that I might meet this “right person” and she wouldn’t want me. With that fear came the idea that I would have to improve myself. Still, this left me with only a vague notion of what kind of woman I wanted and the even less clear idea of what kind of man she would want me to be.
My involvement with The Earth Center is the only thing I have to credit with giving me a clear idea of what it is to be a man and what to look for in a woman. The roles of each gender are clearly laid out according to the values of Kemetic culture. The man is the head of the household and keeps order and stability in the household. Whatever it is the family needs, it is the man’s responsibility to make sure they have it. With this in mind, it was clear that my life would have to be stable. I would have to be able to provide for myself and also show a high level of emotional stability and moral integrity to attract the kind of woman that would spend the rest of her life with me and our children; a kind of woman that is hard to find in Chicago these days.
Continue reading Survivors Notebook: Reflections of a First Time Father
According to the Kemetic education, the human body is designed to live for at least 150 years. With this in mind, it was not surprising when, during a recent pilgrimage to Merita (Traditional Africa), our tour guide in one village was a 122 year old man. He was riding a bicycle.
In traditional societies, elders are valued for their wisdom and experience. Traditional elders maintain their health and clarity of mind so they can focus on their spiritual growth during their later years.
In addition to knowledge about medicinal plants and spirituality, the longevity of this elder and many others like him can be credited to their diets and their relationship with their food. In traditional cultures, food is considered sacred, as is any part of our lives that we depend upon for our survival. We pray to our ancestors for the abundance of the harvest because without it, we suffer. Our very survival depends on it.
With more information being revealed about the health hazards presented by certain foods, more people are searching for healthy ways of eating. However, the variety of perspectives on what it means to be healthy and what defines a healthy diet is staggering. The amount of information available makes it very difficult to come to any conclusions about what a healthy diet is. The problem is that the modern culture simply has not had enough time to develop a dietary system based on long term results.
Fortunately, it’s not necessary to reinvent the wheel. To see an example of a proper diet, we only have to look at most traditional, ethnic cuisines. In traditional diets worldwide, thousands of years of knowledge has been accumulated to produce diets using the best food available to support the long life and good health of those who eat it. Humanity’s original culture, Kemet has had over 100,000 years to develop a diet that is successful in preserving life.
Continue reading Survivor’s Notebook – The Kemetic Diet
by Kasabez Maakmaha
Govern – To Control
Ment – a suffix of nouns denoting an action or resulting state
Government – Control exercised over the actions of the members of communities, societies, and states.
People on public transportation in the Bay Area of California. Almost the entire group wear face masks in fear of contracting the “Swine” flu.
The Colonial System does not make a secret about its agenda: To control the world and it’s inhabitants. Maybe this is why it has imposed governments in every part of the world where people live and even claim territories where people can’t live, like the oceans, Antarctica and the moon. To gain the support of humanity in this cause, the system and its many faces have to maintain the illusion that the world is a dangerous place that only the system can protect us from. While the dangers of this world are real, the system’s method of placing us under its protective bubble have put us in a situation where we no longer know how to survive without its protection and we look to it for guidance in times of perceived crisis.
Continue reading Survivor’s Notebook: Government Scare Tactics – The “Swine Flu”