Archive | October 10, 2014

Nigerian Logistics and How they Beat Ebola*

Nigerian Logistics and How they Beat Ebola*

Propaganda has removed the truth of what is really going on from the public domain, but if the U.S. was serious about containing and beating Ebola, there is better recent example than Nigeria… however it would be ‘interesting’ to see what transpires after inviting Western officials when not one expert from any African nation was invited to the WHO conflab on Ebola!

By Alex Park

An Ebola warning at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos

Ebola first arrived in Lagos, Nigeria—one of the largest cities in the world—on July 20. Global health officials feared the worst, warning that the disease could wreak untold havoc in the country.

But it hasn’t turned out that way. To date, Nigeria has reported only 20 confirmed or probable Ebola cases in a nation of 174 million people. Equally remarkable, there have only been eight deaths—about half the fatality rate experienced by other countries involved in the current outbreak. In fact, Nigeria could be declared Ebola-free as early as October 12. (That date would be 42 days after the last case was diagnosed, or double the maximum amount of time needed for the disease to incubate in a human body—the standard used by global health authorities.)

Nigeria’s success in stopping the outbreak could have implications for other countries, including the United States. That’s why the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dispatched a team to the country this week to learn what went right.

So how did local and international health authorities curb Ebola in Nigeria while infections have continued to rise dramatically in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea?

Early identification: By the time Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American who brought Ebola to Nigeria, arrived in Lagos on July 20, Nigerian officials were on the lookout for the disease. Sawyer was “acutely ill” when he landed at the airport, according to a CDC report. He went directly to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with malaria. But when anti-malaria treatments failed, doctors immediately began treating his symptoms as if they were Ebola. Sawyer was isolated in the hospital while doctors notified local officials of a possible case of Ebola and rushed blood samples to a local university for testing. (Sawyer died on July 25.)

Information on Ebola in English and Hausa, a common language in Nigeria Nigerian Ministry of Health

Coordinating a response: Just three days after Sawyer arrived in Lagos, Nigerian officials—working with the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and the CDC—established an operations centre to respond to the outbreak. In its report, the CDC praised the collective effort. “Immediately, the [Emergency response centre] developed a functional staff rhythm that facilitated information sharing, team accountability, and resource mobilization while attempting to minimize the distraction of teams from their highest priorities,” the agency wrote. Having all the relevant government and international authorities in one place helped streamline decision-making and ensured a “rapid, effective, and coordinated” response, according to the CDC.

Tracing contacts—fast: With an emergency response team in place, the next step was to find anyone else who might have the virus. Over the course of the outbreak, a team that included more than a dozen Nigerian, WHO, and CDC epidemiologists and 150 “tracers” descended on Lagos and Port Harcourt—the city to which an infected doctor involved in Sawyer’s treatment had fled—searching for anyone who had contact with an Ebola victim. Once a contact was identified, the teams interviewed people in a radius of up to two kilometres around the person’s house. By September 24, according to the CDC, tracers had covered roughly 26,000 houses and had conducted 18,500 face-to-face visits throughout Nigeria looking for symptoms. In all, the team identified 894 people who had been in contact with Ebola patients. The teams monitored these contacts for symptoms, and isolated suspected cases. The aggressive tactics worked. As the chart below shows, most Ebola patients in Nigeria didn’t infect anyone else.

Despite an initial spate of infections linked to Patrick Sawyer, Nigerian and global health officials were able to rapidly contain the disease, limiting transmission to three generations of patients. CDC

“The success we have had is a testimony to what we can achieve as people if we set aside our differences and work together,” said Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan during an address in late August, toward the end of his country’s outbreak.

“We will continue to monitor the situation, and we will also support other affected African countries as much as we can because we cannot be completely safe from the virus as long as it continues to ravage some countries in our subregion and continent.”


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Ebola In Nigeria: Should We Be Worried?

Ebola Casualties Reduced Down to One in Nigeria with the Help of Naturopathic Treatment*

ZMapp Fairs No Better than the Nigerian Treatment of Ebola*

A Rotten Smell Emanating from the Ebola Scare*

Occupy World: Australian Pilots Withdraw from Airstrikes on ISIS*

Occupy World: Australian Pilots Withdraw from Airstrikes on ISIS*

Australia’s Super Hornet pilots have pulled out of their first armed airstrikes in the US-led fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, saying that the risk of killing civilians was too high, Australia’s News Limited reported Wednesday.

“One of our packages on the first night … had an identified target which it was tracking and that target moved into an urban area where the risks of conducting a strike on that target increased to a point where it exceeded our expectations of the collateral damage,” joint operations chief Vice Adm. David Johnston was quoted as saying by the newspaper during a high-level briefing by military commanders Wednesday morning in Canberra.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been flying its planes over Iraq since Sunday but has not participated in an armed airstrike so far.

With the objective to “contain, disrupt and degrade” the IS, the jets performing the airstrikes are operating under a “pre-planned, deliberate and dynamic” targeting where they would be ordered on to a target at the last minute.

According to Australian Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, the airstrikes conducted by the coalition forced the extremists to change their strategy and move into populated areas, where the risk of civilian deaths is much higher.

Binskin also stressed that Australia may not fire any weapons in the US-led campaign.

“There shouldn’t be a rush to get a weapon away just for the sake of getting a bomb away — that would be the wrong reason for doing this,” Binskin said.

Last week, Australia’s Super Hornets were officially allowed to start airstrikes against the IS extremists, supported by 400 RAAF personnel. In addition, 200 special forces members are currently waiting for legal approval to be deployed in Iraq to train and advise Iraqi forces.

“It’s an absolutely critical mission on which air forces will be embarked to advice and assist the Iraqi Armed Forces,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in the News Limited report, stressing the role of Australia in the operation.

The IS extremists have proclaimed a caliphate over the large parts of Syria and Iraq under their control. The United States launched airstrikes against the IS in Iraq on August 8, later initiating an international campaign to fight the IS threat and extending the operation into Syria. The coalition was joined by Washington’s Arab allies, and a number of European countries. Some coalition members though refrained from any attacks in Syria.


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Undercover Iraqi Journalist on ISIS and Why the U.S. Will Fail*

NATO Airstrikes Target Grain Silos not ISIS*

Blind Obsession = $22 Billion to Fight ISIS Minus $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps*

Senior Commander of ISIS is a ‘retired’ US General Paul Vallely*

ISIL: The U.S. has No Idea How to Proceed*

ISIL Camp near Syria Border Destroyed by Iraqi Army not U.S.*

ISIL Struggling to Recruit Local Fighters*

Apparently Iran’s Military Mastermind was Behind Biggest Victory against ISIL to Date*

U.S. Bombing Iraqi Army*

Question to Harvard Students, ISIS or the U.S. the Greatest Threat to World Peace*

Question to Harvard Students, ISIS or the U.S. the Greatest Threat to World Peace*

By Nick Bernabe

This may seem like an odd answer for young Americans to have — especially considering the fear mongering being parroted in the corporate news media — but they are closer to the truth than you may think. A recent survey taken from 68 different countries shows the world agrees with these students, America is the biggest threat to world peace.

From the outside looking in, it wouldn’t be hard to see why people think this way. America has military bases in over 100 countries, spends more money on defense (offense?) than any other country, and the latest ‘Peace’ President has bombed seven countries since he’s been in office.


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U.S., Britain and Israel are the Biggest Terrorists on the Planet.

Undercover Iraqi Journalist on ISIS and Why the U.S. Will Fail*

Rothschilds, The Crown & Nugan Hand Bank

Mali, Al Qaeda & The Rothschilds

Rockerfeller’s Flu Pandemic*

Rothschild’s Summit Fine-tuning Capitalism into Global Economic Tyranny*

Those Who Love Peace…

Your Citizenship and Personal Sovereignty*

Personal Sovereignty, and the Power of the Sovereign Spirit*

Biotech Takeover of African Seed Companies*

Biotech Takeover of African Seed Companies*

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is deeply concerned about the recent acquisitions by multi-national seed companies of large parts of SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies. Attracting foreign investment from the world’s largest seed companies, most of who got to their current dominant positions by devouring national seed companies and their competitors through mergers and acquisitions, is an inevitable consequence of the fierce drive to commercialise agriculture in Africa.

The deals in question involve French seed giant Groupe Limagrain, the largest seed and plant breeding company in the European Union, who has invested up to US$60 million for a 28% stake in SeedCo. In another transaction, SeedCo has agreed to sell 49% of its shares in Africa’s only cottonseed company, Quton, to Mahyco of India. Mahyco is 26% owned by Monsanto and has 50:50 joint venture with the gene-giant to sub-license its genetically modified (GM) bt cotton traits throughout India. Interestingly, Mahyco also specialises in hybrid cotton varieties, unlike Quton, who also produces open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) of cottonseed.

These acquisitions follow close on the heels of Swiss biotech giant Syngenta’s take-over in 2013 of Zambian seed company MRI Seed, whose maize germplasm collection was said at the time to be amongst Africa’s most comprehensive and diverse. Taken together, this means that four of the world’s largest biotechnology companies, Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and Limagrain all now have a significant foothold on the continent in markets for two of the three major global GM crop varieties: maize and cotton.

SeedCo, like so many other seed companies around the world, began life as a farmer-led and owned organisation to improve the availability of quality maize seed in 1940. Today it describes itself as Africa’s largest seed company, operating in 15 countries across the continent and has significant market shares in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SeedCo also has access to government and donor-funded input subsidy programmes in Zambia and Malawi and has set its sights on potentially lucrative markets in Nigeria and Ghana. In July 2014, SeedCo and Limagrain began discussions with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) for a collaborative research project on maize lethal necrosis in Africa.

The creation of an predominantly privately owned seed industry in Africa is a vital component of the Green Revolution push, which equates agrarian transformation in Africa with the adoption of commercial (corporate) certified seed and other expensive inputs such as fertilizer. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), for example, claims to collaborate with 80 small and medium sized seed companies across Africa and has also organised public-private-partnerships between seed companies and public research institutions. How many of these newly established entities will remain independent of global seed industry players remains to be seen.

Multinational capture of local seed companies is a process that has long been underway in South Africa, a country much further down the Green Revolution path than any other in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 1999 and 2000 Monsanto purchased two of the country’s largest seed companies, Carnia and Sensako, and the Missouri based company now enjoys a dominant position in South Africa’s commercial seed market. In 2012 the largest domestic seed company, Pannar Seed, was taken-over by US firm Pioneer Hi-Bred, itself a subsidiary of the DuPont chemical company. The purchase not only gave Pioneer access to Pannar’s vast maize germplasm collection and agro-dealer network in South Africa, but also the company’s long established footprint in 23 other countries across the continent. Even the smaller South African companies are now seen as fair game, with Link Seed being taken over by, ironically, also Limagrain in 2013.

Apart from the concerns raised above, there are numerous worrying implications arising from these deals.

What, for example, will be the implications of Mahyco’s (and thus Monsanto’s) involvement in the cotton seed sector in Africa through its SeedCo interests given their focus on hybrid and GM cotton seed, as opposed to SeedCo’s current focusonOPVs?

Under what terms will Limagrain’s involvement in the proposed public private partnership with CIMMYT (and future project’s that its stake in SeedCo)inevitable bring?

Monsanto’s involvement with public research bodies in Africa through the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project has been uncovered as bio-piracy instead of benevolence. Further, how will Limagrain benefit from SeedCo’s involvement in input subsidy schemes in Malawi and Zambia? From the outside this appears to be another case of scarce African agricultural budgets being used to subsidise the multinational seed industry.

AFSA believes that solutions to Africa’s agricultural challenges can be found in the collaboration between its small-scale farmers and public researchers, with the former taking the lead in setting the research agendas and objectives. A key part of public investments in R&D and extension should include identifying, prioritising and supporting work around participatory plant breeding, participatory variety selection, farmer-managed seed certification and quality assurance systems, identifying and supporting the development of locally important crops on the basis of decentralised participatory R&D, farmer to farmer exchanges and so forth. The encroachment of the international seed industry, which focuses almost exclusively on genetically uniform varieties, subject to UPOV 1991 style intellectual property protection, takes us further away from this agricultural vision and closer to neo-colonialism of Africa’s food systems.


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Deltapine’ the Name of Monsanto’s GM Cotton*

Farmers of El Salvador Block Monsanto Seeds*

Sudan Seizes “Anonymous ” GM Soybean Shipment*

Colonialism in Disguise: Farmers Sued for Reusing Monsanto Seeds*

Guatemala Suspends U.S. ‘Monsanto Law’*

Sri Lankan President Bans Monsanto’s Weedkiller that Causes Kidney Disease*

The Imperial Vultures to Gather for the U.S.-Africa Summit*

Is South Africa Waking Up to the Innate Poison of GM Technology?*

Recolonizing Africa: Consolidating African Oil Assets*

The Democracy South Africans Never Voted for*

TPP, TPPA Goes EPA in the Recolonization of Africa*

Rothschild’s Rio Tinto Signs $20bn African Iron Ore Deal*

50 African Children Paralyzed by Gates-Funded Meningitis ‘Vaccine’*

220,000 Metal Workers on Strike in South Africa*

How GCHQ Monitors Germany, Israel, the EU and Africa*

A Rotten Smell Emanating from the Ebola Scare*

GMOs Are Mutating Microorganisms and Spawning Deadly New Life Forms‏

AFRICOM’s Tentacles Across Africa*

GMO Technology Brought Soaring Cancer, Birth Defects and Failing Farms to Argentina*

Rockerfeller’s Flu Pandemic*

Rockerfeller’s Flu Pandemic*

By Shepard Ambellas

A Rockefeller Foundation white paper published in May of 2010 titled Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development takes a look at hypothetical future scenarios which may be used to benefit privy globalist corporations, businessmen and organizations at a later time.

Shockingly published in the Scenario Narratives section on page 18, titled Lock Step, the Rockefeller Foundation nearly hit the nail on the head with their futuristic and fictitious scenario. I mean what are the chances? Come on. It literally follows lockstep.

An excerpt from page 18 reads:

In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain originating from wild geese was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.

The pandemic blanketed the planet though disproportionate numbers died in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, where the virus spread like wildfire in the absence of official containment protocols. But even in developed countries, containment was a challenge. The United States’s initial policy of “strongly discouraging” citizens from flying proved deadly in its leniency, accelerating the spread of the virus not just within the U.S. but across borders. However, a few countries did fare better China in particular. The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter post-pandemic recovery.

Basically the publication is insinuating that a new world will be formed after a pandemic strikes, allowing “top-down government control” and “more authoritarian leadership”. And you know what? They may not be that far off.

The white paper goes on to fantasize how the Chinese government best dealt with the pandemic as their quarantine and forced detention methods were stringent.

Ladies and gentlemen, this paper lays out the elites entire plan to cull a good chunk of the Earth’s population which was also pointed out in my film Shade (2013).


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A Rotten Smell Emanating from the Ebola Scare*

Rewriting Noah/Nuh: NWO Agenda while Deleting Religious Thinking*