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How to Help: Somalia Famine and East Africa Drought Victims
FacebookTwitterStumbleUponDiggMySpaceRedditJenny Inglee | 3 weeks ago | Comments (1) | Flag thisEast Africa is suffering from the worst drought in 60 years, putting more than 11 million people in danger of malnutrition and starvation. The crisis is devastating lives, and on Wednesday the U.N. declared parts of southern Somalia to be in a state of famine.

Internally displaced Somali women wait for food at a camp in the capital, Mogadishu. (Photo: Omar Faruk)

According to The Wall Street Journal, Mark Bowden, the U.N.’s top official in charge of humanitarian aid in Somalia, said the country „is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years. This desperate situation requires urgent action to save lives…It’s likely that conditions will deteriorate further in six months.“

By making a donation and spreading the word about the crisis, you will help make an impact. Here are several organizations that are on the ground in East Africa and need your support.

1. International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is scaling up relief efforts to aid people devastated by the drought. Some of their work in this region includes:

– Providing new arrivals with medical screenings and fortified food for malnourished young children in Dadaab refugee camp, northeastern Kenya.

– Trucking in water and installing or expanding water-supply systems in Ethiopian refugee camps.

– Providing stop-gap water supplies to some 32,000 people in central Somalia.



2. World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian aid organization fighting hunger. Your emergency donation will help them reach more people on the edge of survival, specifically women and children.



3. Oxfam

Oxfam is aiming to reach 3 million people with water, sanitation services, and food. A donation of $50 will provide 200 people a day’s supply of clean water and a $100 donation will feed a family of six for two+ weeks.



4. Save the Children

Donate a dollar a day for 100 days to help a child through the drought.




A tax-deductible gift will help CARE address global hunger, improve healthcare and create economic opportunity in Somalia, Kenya and other poor countries around the world.

Recently, Liz McLaughlin, the Executive Director of CARE’s Foundation Unit traveled to the Horn of Africa to see CARE’s response to this massive emergency. She captured her journey on camera. Watch the short video and DONATE HERE.


6. World Vision

World Vision is a faith-based organization that strives to eliminate poverty and injustice. Text 4AFRICA to 20222 on your mobile phone to donate $10 to support the emergency relief efforts.



7. Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is responding to the drought in East Africa with emergency operations in northeastern Kenya and plans to build on existing work in Ethiopia and Somalia. Through emergency food distributions, clean water delivery and cash-for-work activities, they have helped 150,000 people thus far.



8. Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders is currently providing medical and humanitarian assistance to Somali’s affected by the current crisis. Currently more than 13,000 children are being treated for malnutrition at MSF projects in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The MSF medical staff has started measles vaccination campaigns in dozens of makeshift camps where thousands have gathered fleeing the exceptional drought and the violence affecting the country. Almost 3,000 children were vaccinated already.



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Death by Protein

Death by Protein

„The foods that are emphasized (in the protein diet) are
the very foods that the Heart Association has condemned
as causing heart disease…“
– John McDougall

The American obsession with protein begins before Kindergarten
when ignorant parents continuously pound the protein myth
into a tiny child’s brain with idiotic comments such as,
„Finish the liver on your plate. Kids are starving in Africa.“

As toddlers, do we actually believe that anybody would let a
child starve? Then we go off to school, and the substitute
mommy reinforces the protein myth by showing real photos
of real children in warring African nations, who have no
food to eat, and the children go home to finish every morsel
of liver, spleen, pancreas, and flesh on their plates.
Protein, protein, protein. That is what a growing child
hears in every health and nutrition class until senior
year in high school. „Protein is good for you.“
Evrybody „knows“ that.

„You’ve got to eat good protein, so drink your milk.“

Some kids, now adults, then go off to college where they
are fed more protein lies, while other kids enter the
army or work force and have their own children and
pass on what was taught to them by their own parents,
and the cycle continues for generation after generation
of kids who have heart disease by age 8, and unhealthy
and obese bodies long before their childhood ends.

Visit any hospital in America and ask:

„How many patients do occupy beds here because of
a protein deficiency?“

The answer you will get is, „Zero.“

Hospitals are filled with Americans who have eaten too
much dietary animal protein. It is nearly impossible
to live in America and not satisfy your protein needs.

„The average man in the US eats 175% more protein
than the recommended daily allowance and the
average woman eats 144% more.“
– Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988

„Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of
the most important being too much dietary protein.“
– Science 1986;233(4763)

„Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis,
such as the United States, England, and Sweden,
consume the most milk. China and Japan, where
people eat much less protein and dairy food, have
low rates of osteoporosis.“
– Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993

„Dietary protein increases production of acid in
the blood which can be neutralized by calcium
mobilized from the skeleton.“
= American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)

„Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one
can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year
while consuming a high-protein diet.“
= American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)

„Increasing one’s protein intake by 100%
may cause calcium loss to double.“
– Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)

„Animal food-groups were directly correlated to
mortality from coronary heart disease, defined as
sudden coronary death or fatal myocardial
infarction and vegetable food-groups (except
potatoes) as well as fish and alcohol were
inversely correlated with CHD mortality.
Univariate analysis showed significant positive
correlation coefficients for butter (R = 0.887),
meat (R = 0.645), pastries (R = 0.752), and milk
(R = 0.600) consumption, and significant
negative correlation coefficients for legumes
(R = -0.822), oils (R = -0.571), and alcohol
(R = -0.609) consumption. Combined vegetable
foods (excluding alcohol) were inversely
correlated (R = -0.519), whereas combined
animal foods (excluding fish) were directly
correlated (R = 0.798) with coronary heart
disease death rates.“
– European Journal of Epidemiology, 1999 Jul, 15:6, 507-15

Robert Cohen

Top Veterans Groups to White House: Chained CPI Will Mean „Real Sacrifice“ for Veterans

Top Veterans Groups to White House: Chained CPI Will Mean „Real Sacrifice“ for Veterans
Justin Youse, of Roy, an Iraq War veteran who suffers from mental and physical wounds, has struggled since getting out of the military.
Eight lead­ing vet­er­ans’ groups sent let­ters to Pres­i­dent Obama, and mem­bers of the House and Sen­ate this week, urg­ing them not to adopt the chained Con­sumer Price Index (CPI) for de­ter­min­ing cost-of-liv­ing ad­just­ments (COLAs) for So­cial Se­cu­rity and VA ben­e­fits. The let­ter re­lied on in­for­ma­tion from a new analy­sis by the Strengthen So­cial Se­cu­rity Cam­paign show­ing that the chained CPI will have an es­pe­cially large ef­fect on vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

The let­ters from the Amer­i­can GI Forum, AMVETS, Blinded Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, Na­tional Mil­i­tary Fam­ily As­so­ci­a­tion, Par­a­lyzed Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica, Vets­First, a pro­gram of United Spinal As­so­ci­a­tion, Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica, and VoteVets.​org iden­ti­fied sig­nif­i­cant cuts that would occur to 9 mil­lion vet­er­ans re­ceiv­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity re­tire­ment ben­e­fits, 3.2 mil­lion re­ceiv­ing VA Dis­abil­ity Com­pen­sa­tion Ben­e­fits, and 310,000 re­ceiv­ing VA Pen­sion Ben­e­fits if the chained CPI was used to cal­cu­late the an­nual COLA.

The let­ters from vet­er­ans groups said: “Many vet­er­ans who rely on these pro­grams live on fixed in­comes and very tight bud­gets. For them, every dol­lar of hard-earned ben­e­fits counts in meet­ing basic ex­penses, at­tain­ing qual­ity of life, and build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for them­selves and those who de­pend on them. For many of them, re­duc­ing the an­nual COLA would mean real sac­ri­fice. We ask that you not do that for those who have al­ready sac­ri­ficed so much for this great coun­try.”

The chained CPI, a change in the way in­fla­tion is mea­sured, which would re­duce So­cial Se­cu­rity and VA ben­e­fits, by cut­ting the an­nual COLA, as well as in­crease taxes, by slow­ing the rate at which tax brack­ets rise, has been on the table in deficit re­duc­tion talks for months.

Justin Youse, of Roy, an Iraq War vet­eran who suf­fers from men­tal and phys­i­cal wounds, has strug­gled since get­ting out of the mil­i­tary.
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(For more on the chained CPI click here.)

The Strengthen So­cial Se­cu­rity Cam­paign’s new analy­sis of the chained CPI COLA cut shows that it will hit vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies es­pe­cially hard. Here are some key facts from the re­port:

• So­cial Se­cu­rity is the largest pro­gram serv­ing vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. Over 9 mil­lion vet­er­ans re­ceive So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits—four out of ten vet­er­ans. By con­trast, in 2010, 4.1 mil­lion vet­er­ans re­ceived VA ben­e­fits.

• The chained CPI will be a dou­ble ben­e­fit cut for vet­er­ans who re­ceive both So­cial Se­cu­rity and VA ben­e­fits. Over 9 mil­lion vet­er­ans re­ceive So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits—four out of ten vet­er­ans. The exact num­ber of vet­eran So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fi­cia­ries that also re­ceive VA ben­e­fits is un­known, but 771,000 of the vet­er­ans re­ceiv­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits, are re­ceiv­ing dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits, which means they un­doubt­edly re­ceive VA dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion (it is harder to qual­ify for So­cial Se­cu­rity dis­abil­ity).

• VA ben­e­fits are al­ready mod­est. There are two prin­ci­pal VA ben­e­fits pro­grams that go to vet­er­ans: dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion and pen­sion ben­e­fits. The for­mer are for vet­er­ans with ser­vice-con­nected dis­abil­i­ties, and the lat­ter are for non-ser­vice-con­nected dis­abled vet­er­ans or el­derly vet­er­ans with in­come below the poverty level. In 2011, vet­er­ans with ser­vice-con­nected dis­abil­i­ties re­ceived $32,076 in an­nual VA dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion ben­e­fits, and poor vet­er­ans re­ceived $11,830 in an­nual pen­sion ben­e­fits in 2011. (See graphs for how the chained CPI would re­duce each of those ben­e­fits re­spec­tively.)

Richard Allen Smith, Vice Chair­man of VoteVets.​org, a pro­gres­sive vet­er­ans’ po­lit­i­cal ac­tion group that signed the let­ter op­pos­ing the chained CPI, said the group signed the let­ter be­cause of the im­por­tance of So­cial Se­cu­rity and VA ben­e­fits to vet­er­ans.

“Vet­er­ans de­pend on So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medicare at much higher rates. As the na­tion’s lead­ing pro­gres­sive vet­er­ans’ ad­vo­cacy group we thought it was im­por­tant to make sure that the ben­e­fits that our con­stituency—vet­er­ans—de­pend on, were not threat­ened,” Smith said.

Smith, a for­mer Army Staff Sergeant, who served in the 82nd Air­borne unit in Afghanistan, added that pro­tect­ing these pro­grams is even more im­por­tant be­cause, eco­nomic se­cu­rity is in greater jeop­ardy for vet­er­ans in gen­eral, and post-9/11 vet­er­ans in par­tic­u­lar. The un­em­ploy­ment rate for vet­er­ans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both was 14.3 per­cent as of March 2011 (the lat­est date avail­able), com­pared with the cur­rent na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate of 9.1 per­cent. Smith be­lieves that the rates of un­em­ploy­ment are prob­a­bly even higher among post-9/11 vet­er­ans, be­cause many who can­not find a job they use the 21st Cen­tury GI Bill to go to col­lege and thus are not counted as un­em­ployed.

The chained CPI’s sta­tus as a ben­e­fit cut could pose a chal­lenge for Sen­a­tor Patty Mur­ray (D-WA), who is both chair of the Sen­ate Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, and co-chair of the Super Com­mit­tee. As of this blog­post’s sub­mis­sion, Sen­a­tor Mur­ray’s of­fice had not re­sponded to re­quest for com­ment.

Re­gard­less of what the Super Com­mit­tee de­cides, how­ever, Smith said that VoteVets.​org, which has a Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (PAC) will make the chained CPI COLA cut an issue in ads it plans to run in the 2012 elec­tion cycle.