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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Humana Humana is the registered charity name of a Danish-based educational organisation called 'Tvind' which recruits undergraduates from throughout Europe and America. It specialises in boarding schools for problem children and in fund-raising for the Third World. Potential teachers are put through intensive courses before being introduced into the rank and file of the Tvind empire. Pupils and staff are encouraged to spend almost all their free time collecting second- hand clothes and money for the Third World, driven by relentless encouragement from Tvind leaders and the organisation's left-wing ethos. It was following a Guardian investigation in 1993 that Tvind's movements began to be scrutinised by the Charity Commission. Money raised, the Guardian revealed, was being mysteriously channelled through offshore companies, brass-plate foundations and property investments. Tvind was selling rather than donating its second-hand clothes to the Third World and there had been pay-related strikes on fruit plantations owned by the organisation in the Caribbean. Tvind was also found to own a shipping company and have a capital worth of around £31 million. Of the £3.7 million annual profit made by Tvind in Sweden alone, 80 per cent of it was being used to pay project leaders and 'solidarity workers': two per cent went to the Third World. Last year it was reported that Tvind was still recruiting undergraduates at Cambridge and Salford Universities. The Charity Commission said it was satisfied that the situation had now improved. The Cult Information Centre says some Humana shops have been closed in an attempt to streamline the charity's British operations. Several businesses unconnected with Tvind use the name Humana. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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