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Ima Keithel, or Mother’s Market, is an all-women market in Manipur where thousands of women have been selling their goods for centuries.
on April 7th, 2016
Literally translating to ‘Mother’s Market’, Ima Keithel is Asia’s largest all-women market, where all the stalls are run exclusively by women. Located in the heart of Imphal, in the Indian state of Manipur, the 500-year-old vibrant bazaar has 4,000-odd local women trading with thousands of customers each day. The market also serves as a meeting ground for discussions on important social and political issues of the state.
The market’s origin dates back centuries, to a time when Manipur was ruled by kings. During this time, a tradition called ‘Lallup’ was followed, requiring male members of the local Meitei community to serve the king whenever summoned. So the women of the household would take the responsibility of farming and commerce. This instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in them, which has been passed all the way down to the present generation of female traders. Interestingly, to this day, only married women are permitted to trade at the market.
Over the years, the market has come under frequent attack by various invading forces who tried to control local trade and commerce and undermine the independence of the Manipuri women. But these strong women managed to survive exploitative policies during the British rule, by launching ‘Nupi Lal’ (Women’s Wars) in 1904 and 1939. Even after India achieved independence in 1947, the female workforce of Ima Keithel was constantly under threat of displacement, but they managed to hold the fort in the face of adversity. The only time the market was completely shut down was during World War II, when Imphal became a bloody battleground for the British and Japanese forces.
Even as recent as 2003, the local government planned to take down the market and replace it with a modern supermarket, but the association of women traders protested the decision and eventually had their way. Today, Ima Keithel is housed in four new buildings that were recently constructed by the government. The place is a melting pot of diversity – with traders hailing from various ethnic groups and religions, and tourists from various parts of the world.
At Ima Keithel, women traders sell a variety of goods. One building is dedicated exclusively to the sale of fruits and vegetables, while another houses handicraft and jewelry stores. The women sell cosmetics, apparel – including traditional Manipuri outfits, articles of religious importance, and even local sweets. Most of the stores have been passed from mother to daughter, down several generations.
“I have been sitting at this same place where women from four previous generations in my family have sold their goods,” Anoubi Devi, an 81-year-old trader, told Indian journalist Nilesh Wadhwa. “For most women here, it is like a family business.”
Studies show that most of the traders at the market earn anywhere between INR 73,000 to INR 200,000 ($1,000 to $3,000) a year. “Even though the women sell so much, they don’t earn much as most of their earnings go for payment for the goods they sell, the raw materials and logistics,” explained Dr. Yumkhaibam Shyam Singh, Associate Professor of History at Imphal College. “The cost of transportation is high, as a result these women hardly get a good margin.” And according to independent researcher Dr. Shristi Pukhrem, the market is still under threat from “large-scale penetration of cheap products and new technologies from elsewhere in India and other countries.”
“Retail chains trading imported goods at competitive prices are adversely impacting local production and indigenous markets,” she wrote for Nezine, an online magazine that focuses on Northeast Indian states. “Besides, women traders are facing the challenge of reducing dependence on exploitative local moneylenders.” But she has great hope for the future of Ima Keithel as a “symbol of Manipuri women’s empowerment.”
“The Ima Keithel gives shelter to the women in pursuit of livelihood in a state that has been hit hard by decades of violent conflict, poor governance, and lack of development,” she writes. “The vanguards of women entrepreneurship at Ima Keithel are not merely petty vendors. They are at the core of Manipur’s economy, culture and politics. Our women have been able to sustain, rather strengthen, the age-old tradition and maintain the indigenous way of life.”
“It is the strong spirit of Manipuri women that holds them together to make the state more progressive.”
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If you have a few minutes to spare, check out this analysis of a potential attack scenario against the United States and Canada.
April 5th, 2016
We’re going to take a look at a potential attack scenario against the United States. We’re going to analyze it strictly from a military-economic perspective and weigh possible courses of action by a foreign power or powers in an attack.
Firstly, it is my belief that there will be foreign powers involved, yet one will initiate the entire thing: North Korea. Let’s start up the scenario.
1. North Korea launches an EMP attack, via ICBM or satellite.
This will be the “kickoff,” and enable the game to begin. As of right now, the Chinese and Russians are already positioning themselves. The Chinese are moving naval assets into the South China Sea and also into the Pacific. The Russians are prepping their naval assets in the Med, the Atlantic, the Pacific, and in the Arctic region.
The EMP attack will effectively shut down the entire U.S. economy and infrastructure. Many non-hardened elements of the United States armed forces will suffer loss, and the response time for a conventional incursion will be drastically reduced.
2. Command and Control Areas of the Government, the Military, and the Economy will be nuked.
The most probable cities that will be taken out will be as follows:
(East Coast) – Washington, D.C., New York, NY, Baltimore, MD, Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Dover, DE, and Sarasota, FL. This will effectively cripple 90% of all command and control by government and the economic hubs of the country. The latter city is home to Special Operations Command, SouthCom. Additional targets will be Ft. Meade, MD (home to the NSA), Ft. Bragg, NC (home to the 82nd Airborne Division, and Special Operations Command), Camp Lejeune, NC and Virginia Beach (home to Seal Team 2).
(West Coast) – Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA. Strikes will also be conducted on Ft. Lewis, WA because of the Ranger and Special Forces unit & group there. The weapons will be airburst of fairly low-yield in the attempt to not irradiate with the prevailing westerly winds.
(Interior) – Denver, CO, and Ft. Carson, CO [the latter emphasized for Cheyenne Mountain, recently reactivated, as well as 10th Special Forces Group (Abn) and 4th Infantry Division].
This may seem to be “light,” in terms of targets, and there is a reason for this: they want to take the land and resources, not irradiate them into uselessness.
3. The invasion begins with Special Forces, followed by airborne units and then conventional forces.
The Special Forces units of the invading nations will have already been inserted weeks earlier by drops, by sea, or allowed to reach their destinations in a clandestine fashion disguised as civilians and traveling from different locations, separately. Those special units that will be utilized on the initial invasion (for strike missions against targets of varying degrees of importance, such as generators and hydroelectric plants) will be held at the line of departure on a leash until the attack begins.
When the EMP renders a “lights out scenario” it will probably occur at night, and immediately afterward will come drops of airborne troops and Special Forces assets. These will be shock troops to secure areas assigned until the main bodies come ashore.
4. Areas of Responsibility:
The Chinese will take the entire West Coast, the Russians will take Alaska and drive southward, securing the coastline for their naval assets and taking control of the pipeline (which neither side will bomb or irradiate). The Russians will either halt at the southeastern corner of Alaska, or they will drive downward through Canada until they can perch themselves just across the border on the state lines of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The Russians will also mount an invasion on the East Coast, bypassing “hot spots” of irradiated cities previously mentioned in the initial nuclear strikes.
Later the two nations will coordinate for their drives into the interior. Meanwhile the armies of Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Cuba will make their way into the unguarded underbelly of the United States into Texas and the Border States via Mexico. Their objective will be to seize the cities of the Gulf of Mexico. Airborne and Special Forces units of their respective countries, along with the Chinese and Russians, will aid them: all of these will be inserted into the interior.
Their targets to seize and occupy will include Indianapolis, IN (the central railway “hub” of the entire U.S.), and New Orleans, LA (the critical port city where the Mississippi river empties into the Gulf of Mexico; critical for shipping and transport).
5. The Russians will amass submarine assets in the Atlantic with secondary nuclear targets if needed.
At this point, it is worth mentioning that all U.S. naval assets abroad, such as carrier groups, will be nuked. The attackers have the advantage of no nuclear reprisals being the policy of the Obama administration when the EMP is initially delivered. There are several reasons for the limited nature of the nuclear strikes.
Firstly, the West Coast would be subdued without damaging the Imperial Valley, the breadbasket of the U.S. that produces almost 1/5 of the fresh, domestic produce in America. In addition, these nations do not want to irradiate the Midwest due to the corn and wheat, as well as the cattle industry and other segments of domestic food production.
With the EMP, there will be a 24 – 48 hour window of almost stultifying confusion that will lead to semi-paralysis. There are many cities (especially the ports) that will be kept intact due to the desire of these nations to take our resources and ship them by rail to the ports and then back to their home countries, minus a percentage to upkeep the foreign troops. This follows Sun Tzu’s principle of resupplying your troops with the enemy’s supplies and provisions.
In the next article, we will cover what areas of the U.S. hold what particular interests for invaders, and outline what the U.S. responses and courses of action will be, from both a military (active duty and national guard) and civilian perspective.
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April 7, 2016
Cancer affects millions of people worldwide. And while the focus thus far has centred largely on ways to heal this disease, an equal or greater emphasis needs to be placed on ways to prevent it.
Our lifestyle choices have a lot to do with our overall well-being, as well as our risk of contracting serious illnesses, and there are a variety of functional foods that can serve to not just keep us healthy, but even kill cancer cells.
There are a plethora of proteins, enzymes, and codings in our immune system that can work to kill cancer cells.
Many may feel like cancer cannot be defeated by the human immune system alone, but that’s simply not true; rather, it is what we choose to put in our bodies that can either prohibit these cells or allow them to thrive.
Toxins through food and chemical pollution can hinder the immune system’s natural function to work properly and keep cancer cells at bay, but if we choose to eat well regularly, we do ourselves a multitude of favors.
Here are 5 foods that you may already have in your home that can suppress the growth of tumor development.
A vibrant spice rich in taste, it is the curcumin in turmeric that works wonders. An extremely powerful antioxidant, it is well-known for its many health benefits, and research has found that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects work to inhibit the growth of tumor cells.
Over 700 turmeric studies have found it a suitable tool for warding off chronic, debilitating diseases without causing negative side effects in the process.
Circumin also promotes anti-angiogenesis, which means that it can help prevent the development of the additional blood supply which cancer cells rely on to grow.
2. Green Tea
If you’re a tea drinker, green tea ought to be at the top of your list, as the group of plant flavonoids called catechins it contains have been found to provide some incredible health benefits to the body.
Research has found that green tea’s primary catechin, called epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), can block tumor necrosis factor (TNF) naturally.
“In the presence of EGCg, the cancer cells literally failed to grow or enlarge after division. Then, presumably because they did not reach the minimum size needed to divide, they underwent programmed cell death, or apoptosis.”
This hearty fruit has been found to cut chances of developing coronary heart disease as well as lowering the risk of several types of cancer.
For instance, lycopene, part of the carotenoid family that gives red fruits and vegetables their color, is a free-radical fighting chemical that tomatoes possess in high concentrations.
One study found that high intake of tomatoes and tomato products, particularly tomato sauce, reduced risk of total prostate cancer by 35% and aggressive prostate cancer by 53%.
This popular vegetable, often used as a flavoring in cooking, is high in sulfur, and contains arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, and selenium, all of which have been touted for their many health benefits.
Studies have found a link between an increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of cancers including stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast.
In the Iowa Women’s Health Study of 127 foods, tested with 41,387 women, garlic was found to be the only fruit or vegetable to produce an effect.
The researchers concluded that one or more servings of fresh garlic a week was attributed to a 35% less risk of colon cancer, and 50% less distal colon cancer.
Hemp, has been revered for centuries as a useful and valuable ancient plant for making things such as rope, textiles, auto parts, cosmetics, dynamite, supplements, food, and medicine.
Hemp oil is specifically touted for its ability to heal the whole body. In fact, it’s been found to increase levels of melatonin thousands of times higher than normal, which can slow or stop the growth of many forms of cancer cells, and treat cancer as well.
One study concluded that melatonin can inhibit breast cancer cell growth, as well as angiogenesis, cancer cell invasion, and telomerase activity.
How much evidence does the British public need that their government is run by elitist parasites? And this one does unspeakable things with pigs.
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The letter has come to light as the Tory PM faces mounting pressure over his late father Ian Cameron’s offshore trust Blairmore Holdings, details of which were exposed in the Panama Papers leak.
In the 2013 letter to then-European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Cameron argued that trusts should not be subject to the same transparency rules as companies.
The EU had planned to publish a centralized register of offshore trusts’ main owners as part of a broad crackdown on secretive financial practices.
Cameron’s letter, unearthed by the Financial Times on Thursday, said an important distinction must be drawn between different financial entities.
“It is clearly important we recognize the important differences between companies and trusts … This means that the solution for addressing the potential misuse of companies – such as central public registries – may well not be appropriate generally,” Cameron wrote.
The PM’s alleged links to the tax dodging practices of Blairmore Holdings are particularly damaging given he has strived to appear a champion of fair taxation domestically.
In September 2015 he called for more transparency and urged territories like the Cayman Islands to create a public register of financial interests.
He told the Jamaican parliament at the time he wanted to “break the business model of stealing money and hiding it in places where it can’t be seen – transparency is the answer.”
He claimed he had “taken the lead” in making sure “terrorists, tax-avoiders, money launderers and criminals have nowhere to hide their ill-gotten gains.”
Record heavy spring snowfalls, destructive tornado outbreaks, planes falling out of the sky, catastrophic flooding on every continent, metallic ‘sky sounds’ heard in diverse locations, multiple meteor fireball sightings, mass animal deaths, sinkholes swallowing moving vehicles… These were just some of the signs of the times in March 2016…
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