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Out of Africa, a Tale of Brothers Whose Destiny is Intertwined with Their Homeland in Tribe of Shadows – The Hunted PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:52

In a part of the world as beautiful as it is brutal, the fate of two brothers and a nation are at the mercy of a ruthless military general, in author David Fergusson’s adventurous and chilling tale of modern Africa and its continuing struggle for freedom and self-determination in the new novel Tribe of Shadows – The Hunted(http://davidfergusson.tateauthor.com/).

William Hunt is a renowned journalist living in London when his brother, Ross, who runs a photographic camp on the edge of an African game reserve, sends a desperate message as he runs for his life from a feared and powerful military leader who commands a legion of merciless guerillas.  Loosely based on actual events and the real life experiences of people who have endured civil wars and ethnic clashes in Sub-Saharan Africa, the novel explores the breathtaking violence and spiritual redemption of a struggling region of the world.

For Fergusson, who grew up in the former Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe – in its troubled transitional years, the story is personal.

“African nations are among the most beautiful, but most troubled in the world and I wanted to capture the essence of that struggle and do so in a way that allows readers all over the world to relate to the plight of the people who live there,” says Fergusson, who now makes his home in Zambia.

“Tribe of Shadows delves deeply into the darkness of the lost soul, and the compassion and patience needed to draw it out of the shadows to a place of peace.”

The novel undoubtedly will spark discussion of Sub-Saharan African nations who are continually struggling for self-rule, economic independence and higher standards of living for individuals who have endured centuries of colonization, military rule, crippling poverty rates and non-existent education and healthcare. Blessed with some of the world’s most fantastic natural beauty, incredible wildlife and riches in natural resources, Sub-Saharan Africa remains a region uncertain of its future in a modernizing world.

Fergusson’s work seeks to explore that difficult transition, following the two brothers, their friends and their family members as they are pursued by mercenaries intent on silencing a powerful secret the men hold. Their story culminates in a dramatic ending that reflects strong messages of resiliency and faith.

“If you know Africa as I know Africa, you will see its past, present and future reflected in this story,” Fergusson says.

About David Fergusson

David Fergusson has turned his dramatic personal history into a riveting work of fiction in Tribe of Shadows – The Hunted. Born during a bush war in the waning days of Rhodesia, David grew up as his homeland transitioned into the nation of Zimbabwe. While most families left, Fergusson stayed to weather the difficulty for a further 26 years before finally ending up in Zambia where he currently resides.

 
Grassley on PIPA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:43

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released the following statement regarding the Senate’s Protect IP Act.

“It’s critical we protect the intellectual property rights of our businesses and fight online infringement, but at the same time, we can’t do harm to the internet, the Constitution, or the ability of businesses to grow and innovate.   Internet piracy is illegal, and we need to find a way that works for all sides.  The current Protect IP Act needs more due diligence, analysis, and substantial changes.  As it stands right now, I can’t support the bill moving forward next week.”

 
Braley Statement Opposing Stop Online Piracy Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 13:00
Washington, DC – Today, Wednesday January 18, 2012, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA):

“I strongly oppose SOPA, even though I remain concerned about the significant problem of online piracy.  Over 800 Iowans have already contacted me expressing their opposition to SOPA, telling me it threatens free speech online.  I agree.

 

“America’s great strength has always been innovation built on the open exchange of ideas.  Every new idea is built on the shoulders of those that preceded it.

 

“Limiting the free exchange of information online would stifle technological progress and put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other nations.  That’s the wrong move for American innovation and advancement.”

 

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Why is the Internet on strike today? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mozilla   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:08

Stop Censorship Today, Mozilla is joining the virtual strike against Internet censorship – along with others like Wikipedia and Google – to raise awareness of US Congress legislation that could fundamentally alter the Internet we know and love.

This harmful legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate, will be voted on as early as January 24th in the Senate.

If you live in the US, there's still time to help stop these bills from becoming law. Please visit mozilla.org/sopa for information on the bill, and on ways you can reach out to your legislators.

What makes this legislation so bad? Here's how it would change the Web:
  • Communication platforms – from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon – could be shut down if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
  • It would make the Web less stable and less secure.
  • Social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, stunting innovation and undermining free expression.
  • Your Internet provider could be required to inspect all of your traffic and browsing.

Visit mozilla.org/sopa right now for information – and make your voice heard before it's too late.

Please join today's strike, and help protect the Internet.

Sincerely,

Jane & Winston
Editors


Stop Censorship

 
Independent Scholars' Evenings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:37
Dear Independent Scholar, Co-leaners and Supporters,

We are repeating the documentary for those who missed it due to our first snow last week.

THRIVE.
On
Thursday
Jan 19th  2012
At
7.00 pm

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future. After the presentation there will be critical analysis of the movie within the group, facilitated by Independent Scholar Michael Grady.

Please attend.  Please feel free to forward this email to your network.
These Inidependent Scholars' Evenings we sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. a 501(c) 3 at State and Federal levels since 1996.

Please visit our website www.qcinstitute.org

Looking forward to meeting you at the ISE

 
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