Mumia

Mumia

 

(mountain balsam), a resin-like product of biological origin that flows out of fissures in cliffs and mountains. It is found in Himalayan countries (for example, Nepal) and in the mountains of Arabia, Iran, the People’s Republic of Mongolia, the Union of Burma, the USSR, and other countries. Pieces of mumia are irregularly shaped and have unevenly honeycombed or smooth surfaces, a hard or resilient consistency, and a characteristic balsam odor. Four varieties of mumia have been identified: golden (red in color), silver (white), copper (light or dark blue), and iron (blackish brown). Iron mumia is the most widely found type. Different specimens of Soviet (Caucasian, Middle Asian, Siberian) and foreign mumia have almost identical physical properties and chemical composition; they differ only in the proportions of their components. The composition of mumia includes a large number of organic and inorganic substances, hippuric and benzoic acids, amino acids, resins and waxes, gums, and vegetable residues. It has been used in folk medicine for more than 2,000 years to accelerate regeneration of bone tissue and to treat bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, urolithiasis, skin diseases, and wounds.

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the last of the Puerto Rican independistas still in jail after close to 34 years, Oscar Lopez; American Indian Movement icon Leonard Peltier; our brother Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose life is in jeopardy because of purposeful medical neglect by the U.
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More specifically, he was briefly involved in the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner more than three decades ago.
Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted on July 2, 1982 for the brutal murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
In front of an audience that included the mayor of Toronto, Richmond dedicated his award to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, the African National Congress of South Africa, and Fidel Castro and the people of Cuba.
So Binns decided to put a plaque outside, commemorating the officer for whose death Mumia AbuJamal was convicted.
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