Obama seeks to reassure as oil slick nears coast
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is trying to reassure fishermen and others on the Gulf Coast that the government is doing all it can as masses of oil from a pipeline rupture endanger fisheries, oyster beds and beaches.

“Your government will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to stop this crisis,” Obama said during a visit Sunday to southeastern Louisiana. “We’re dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”

Obama took a brief helicopter tour 15 miles east of Venice to view the kinds of marshlands and estuaries threatened by the spill. High winds prevented him from flying over the 30-mile spill itself. (Continue Reading…)

Nigeria, Ghana to fight hazardous chemicals
ABUJA — Nigeria and Ghana are collaborating to fight the scourge of dangerous and hazardous chemicals in west Africa, the ministry of environment said in a statement on Sunday.

Nigeria’s Environment Minister John Odey was quoted as telling a meeting on management of organic pollutants that collaboration between the two countries would encourage wider regional cooperation on environmental management.

“Consumption of chemicals for various purposes, ranging from industrial to construction activities, has been on an exponential rise. Some of these chemicals are potentially injurious to man and the environment,” he said at the Accra meeting. (Continue Reading…)

Somali militants increasing use of child soldiers
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Sharif says he was 10 when his religious teacher led his class into a poor neighborhood of Somalia’s capital to pray for a sick relative. Suddenly Islamist fighters jumped from the shadows and ordered the children onto buses, the beginning of a terrifying two years as a child soldier.

The class was taken to a training base in the south of the anarchic country, Sharif says, where Somali and foreign instructors showed them how to use weapons and set ambushes. The boy says before battle he was sometimes given drugs that made him feel like he could “pick up a tank and throw it aside like a telephone.”
The recruitment of child fighters in Somalia is on the rise, both by the government and particularly by the country’s most powerful Islamist militia, al-Shabab, whose name means “the youth.” Al-Shabab’s recruitment of children may partly stem from a lack of willing adults, who have been alienated by Islamist attacks on traditional Sufi saints and bans on everything from chewing qat, a mildly narcotic leaf, to school bells and music. (Continue Reading…)

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Jnana juh-NAH-nuh, noun;

1. Absolute knowledge acquired through meditation and study as a means of reaching (in Hinduism) Brahman; (in Buddhism) a state of awareness independent of conceptual thought.

In the world there are too many fools passing as devoted to God for want of the strength of jnana, knowledge, and buddhi, reason.

–Ranganathananda (Swami.), Elva Linnéa Nelson, Human being in depth: a scientific approach to religion.

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