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An Introduction to JASON RUSSELL
1: Who am I?
I am a rebel soul: dream evangelist. I am obsessed with people. I tell stories by making inspiring movies that move people’s emotions, and then I take those emotions and transform them into action. My middle name is Radical.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from San Diego California with an upbringing in musical theater. I am going to help end the longest running war in Africa, get Joseph Kony arrested & redefine international justice. Then I am going to direct a Hollywood musical.
Iran- Uganda growing relations as Ahmadinejad visits Uganda
Kampala (Alshahid) – In what pundits see as the growing relations between Uganda and Iran, President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is set to visit Uganda on Friday for a two-day state visit, the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Uganda Sam Kutesa has said.
Iran has pledged to help Uganda construct an oil refinery following the recent discovery of oil in the East Africa state.
Ugandan scientists will also be trained on petroleum exploitation at Iranian’s University of Petroleum Studies.
Uganda hails Iran over technology
“In 2011, Iran was named the 26th largest economy in the world, with impressive figures in ICT access and coverage. As a country that puts a premium on value addition, Uganda is impressed by the progress Iran has made in industrialization as well as scientific and technological innovation,” minister Kiyingi said.
He hailed the Iranian government for the US$1.5 million grant to Uganda, which is funding the construction of the first phase of the Uganda Police Force hospital in Naguru which commenced in June last year.
Cole writes. "The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening."
Originally posted by MrStyx
Enough with the raiding resources crying. Africa has been known to be rich with resources for decades if not centuries. Nobody is suddenly looking to plunder them now. If anything its more a strategic move not one based on raping and pillaging resources, but one of global positioning. You think China gives a rats about Africa. If anyone is plundering resources it would be them not the US.
The Shadow Superpower
Forget China: the $10 trillion global black market is the world's fastest growing economy -- and its future.
With only a mobile phone and a promise of money from his uncle, David Obi did something the Nigerian government has been trying to do for decades: He figured out how to bring electricity to the masses in Africa's most populous country.
Welcome to Bazaaristan
Photos from the trillion shadow economy
It wasn't a matter of technology. David is not an inventor or an engineer, and his insights into his country's electrical problems had nothing to do with fancy photovoltaics or turbines to harness the harmattan or any other alternative sources of energy. Instead, 7,000 miles from home, using a language he could hardly speak, he did what traders have always done: made a deal. He contracted with a Chinese firm near Guangzhou to produce small diesel-powered generators under his uncle's brand name, Aakoo, and shipped them home to Nigeria, where power is often scarce. David's deal, struck four years ago, was not massive -- but it made a solid profit and put him on a strong footing for success as a transnational merchant. Like almost all the transactions between Nigerian traders and Chinese manufacturers, it was also sub rosa: under the radar, outside of the view or control of government, part of the unheralded alternative economic universe of System D.
You probably have never heard of System D. Neither had I until I started visiting street markets and unlicensed bazaars around the globe.
System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word that they often use to describe particularly effective and motivated people. They call them débrouillards. To say a man is a débrouillard is to tell people how resourceful and ingenious he is. The former French colonies have sculpted this word to their own social and economic reality. They say that inventive, self-starting, entrepreneurial merchants who are doing business on their own, without registering or being regulated by the bureaucracy and, for the most part, without paying taxes, are part of "l'economie de la débrouillardise." Or, sweetened for street use, "Systeme D." This essentially translates as the ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance, the do-it-yourself, or DIY, economy