Archive | March 16, 2015

They say #WeRise to Reclaim Government for the People*

They say #WeRise to Reclaim Government for the People*

“We Rise: National Day of Action to Put People and Planet First” is a movement mobilizing around different aspects, but with a common agenda to stand in opposition to the right-wing and corporatist policies. Join “We Rise” events being organized across the U.S.

By Isaiah J. Poole

At the office of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, more than 2,500 demonstrators, most wearing white “We Rise” T-shirts, staged a protest against cuts in Medicaid and other social services. In Albany, N.Y., more than 2,000 people marched to the state capitol to protest education funding cuts. In Denver, dozens of activists came out in support of immigration rights measures, including driver’s licenses for undocumented workers.

These are just a few of the dozens of actions that took place in 16 states today as part of “We Rise: National Day of Action to Put People and Planet First.” Local and national progressive organizations mobilized around different aspects of a common agenda that stood in opposition to the right-wing and corporatist policies pushed through state legislatures in these states. The actions were all broadcast under the Twitter hashtag “#WeRise.”

“What we saw today was a stirring of the democratic spirit,” said Fred Azcarate, Executive Director of USAction.

“People are upset at elected officials who spend more time working for big corporations and wealthy campaign donors than representing the people they were elected to serve. Today, people rose up to reclaim government and demand that legislators work for them and their families.”

The states where We Rise demonstrations were organized also include Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The events were led by groups affiliated with National People’s Action, Center for Popular Democracy, USAction, and other allies.

“Apparently conservatives believe they have a mandate to give big corporations another free ride on the backs of everyday people,” said George Goehl, Executive Director of National People’s Action.

“But they’re wrong. They have no such mandate. Instead, as we can see in the resistance to draconian policy or Chuy Garcia’s campaign to unseat Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago, there is a new brand of populism taking root in America. People are fed up with politicians doing the bidding of big money. They’re ready for leaders who will work for, not against, people and the planet.”

“Politicians working primarily on behalf of big corporations are making it harder and harder for families to get by,” said Ana María Archila, Co-Executive Director of The Centre for Popular Democracy.

“Our families won’t stand for this, and today thousands of workers and families raised our voices in state houses across the country to demand that elected officials join us in levelling the playing field so that each and every family can thrive.”

The Campaign for America’s Future is working with two of the organizations behind today’s “We Rise” events, National People’s Action and USAction, in sponsoring the“Populism2015″ conference in April, along with the Alliance for a Just Society. One goal of that conference is to build political momentum from today’s events around a populist progressive agenda “for people and the planet.” Register for the April 18-20 conference in Washington through the Populism2015 website.

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Iraq: The Battle for Tikrit*

Iraq: The Battle for Tikrit*

By Alan Taylor

For the past two weeks, 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers, and several increasingly influential paramilitary popular mobilization units (primarily Shiite militias, many backed by Iran), have been advancing on the city of Tikrit and the surrounding ISIS-held territory north of Baghdad. The campaign to roll back gains made by ISIS militants in northern Iraq last year has already led to the recapturing of Tikrit’s outskirts and many surrounding towns. Saddam Hussein once called Tikrit home, and his tomb was erected there—a structure reduced to rubble by recent battles.

Photojournalists travelled to the front lines with the pro-government forces to collect these images. Reuters photographer Thaier Al-Sudani reported that most areas that were retaken had no residents, and that “after the battle they would resemble ghost towns, nothing but burnt cars and charred bodies of Islamic State fighters.

As of today, ISIS still controls parts of Tikrit, and the New York Times reports that Iraqi government forces have paused the offensive to call for reinforcements and to preserve property and civilian lives.

 

Shiite fighters known as Hashid Shaabi walk as smoke rises from an explosives-laden military vehicle driven by an ISIS suicide bomber which exploded during an attack on the southern edge of Tikrit, Iraq, on March 12, 2015 – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

Shiite fighters ride an armoured vehicle in the town of al-Alam on March 9, 2015 – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

A Shiite fighter launches a rocket during clashes with ISIS militants on the outskirts of al-Alam on March 8, 2015. Iraqi security forces and Shiite militia fighting ISIS took control of the center of a town on the southern outskirts of Saddam Hussein’s home city Tikrit on Sunday, security officials said.

 

Smoke billows as members of the Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilization units, gather in the village of Albu Ajil, near the city of Tikrit, after they regained control of the area from ISIS jihadists on March 9, 2015 – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

A member of militias known as Hashid Shaabi kneels as he celebrates victory while smoke rises from a clash with ISIS militants in the town of al-Alam on March 10, 2015. – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

A young volunteer militiaman on his way to the battlefield against ISIS fighters in Tikrit on March 15, 2015 – Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo

Shiite fighters fire their weapons during clashes with ISIS militants in Salahuddin province on March 3, 2015 – Ahmed Al-Hussaini/Reuters

 

An Iraqi soldier takes photos of the demolished tomb of former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein in Tikrit on March 15, 2015. The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit – Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo

 

Iraqi policemen stand near wreckage of a vehicle and burned bodies of ISIS militants on the outskirts of al-Alam on March 8, 2015 – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

Members of a Shiite group, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, flash victory signs during a funeral procession for six of their comrades who were killed in Tikrit, fighting ISIS militants, in Najaf, 100 mi (160 km) south of Baghdad, Iraq, on March 5, 2015. – Jaber al-Helo/AP Photo

 

Volunteer Shiite fighters, known as the popular mobilization units, who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against ISIS, fire a Howitzer in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit on February 28, 2015. – Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

 

A woman welcomes her brother who came as part of a militias known as Hashid Shaabi to the town of al-Alam on March 10, 2015. Iraqi troops and militias drove Islamic State insurgents out of al-Alam on Tuesday, clearing a final hurdle before a planned assault on Tikrit – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

A woman hugs her brother, a fighter with a militia known as Hashid Shaabi, as they are reunited in the town of al-Alam, on March 10, 2015. She had been living under ISIS rule for six months – Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

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The Iraqi Federal Police said more than 150 Islamic State fighters have been killed in the ongoing liberation of Tikrit and all of the militants’ bases and facilities in the city have been captured.

“Our forces defused an estimated 520 planted landmines inside the city, while taking control of 13 factories, which were used for making bombs and mines by ISIS fighters,” Jawdat Shakir, Iraqi federal police commander, told local media.

Iraqi security forces said at least 24 hours is still needed to quell remaining pockets of ISIS resistance inside the city.

The Tikrit operation to drive out the extremists began on March 2. Last week, a stalemate in the fighting was broken by airstrikes launched by the US-led coalition after a request from Baghdad.

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The Igbo’s Traditional View on the Sanctity of Life*

The Igbo’s Traditional View on the Sanctity of Life*

As we get caught up in the Eurocentric 21st century disregard for life, we forget that those we marginalize and relegate to non-existence, still have much to teach us…

By Dele Chinwe Ukwu and Anthony I. Ikebudu

Chinua Achebe discussed several customs and beliefs of the Igbo people in his powerful novel, Things Fall Apart. One of the issues he discussed was how the Igbos (Nigeria) viewed suicide.

Traditional Igbo burial rites ensure safe passage into the spirit world

Traditional Igbo burial rites ensure safe passage into the spirit world.

Ekwe = Wooden Drum
Suicide is intolerable in Igbo society even in this modern time. It is considered an “nso ani“, a sin against the Earth. The Igbos do not concede to the difficulties of life or to the demands of everyday life. They do not accept suicide, in any form and at any age, as a solution to any problem regardless of the complexities. Suicide is believed to be a terrible and evil way to die.

The Igbos strongly believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation is one of the ways they share their love with their loved ones who have passed. Consequently, death by suicide is believed to be an evil act and “a bad death.” If one committed suicide, that person was never (and will never be) at peace with him/herself, the community (i.e. village), relatives, and most importantly the gods. Only people who lived and died a “good” death reincarnate. A person who died a “bad” death does not (and should not be allowed) to reincarnate.

The Igbos scorn murder and the penalty for murder can be extremely severe for the murderer or murderess and their family members depending on the murder case (i.e. if the murder was an accident, if the murderer was caught red-handed or if one is suspected of actually committing the crime). At the minimum, the punishment for murder may include ostracism of the suspected murderer or murderess and their family members from society. Otherwise, the penalty for murder is banishment of the murderer or the murderess from the village or death. If the murder was committed by poisoning the victim, or if a victim died under an obscure or suspicious circumstance, an abominable curse may be placed on those who might have committed the murder. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo was forced to leave Umuofia for a seven year exile in his mother’s village for accidentally killing a clansman. Achebe explained that Okonkwo did not receive a more severe punishment because the crime was categorized as “a female” (i.e. lighter offense) since it was an accident. Hence, he would have been severely punished by the gods and the people and possibly banished from his village for life.

The above methods of punishment are nothing compared to those for committing suicide. Suicide is considered more evil than murder in Igboland. Suicide is a shame to the family, the village, and the town of the deceased. It creates problems and severe consequences for the deceased’s family. Since it is considered an abominable manner to die, grownup ladies in the family may not have “good” suitors. The men will also have problems marrying from a “good” family.

Suicide is considered an omen. As a result, detailed ceremonies were performed when one commits suicide to completely exorcise the deceased’s spirits and to calm or eradicate the evil spirits of the dead and to appease the gods. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo was a great warrior and wrestler, took the ozo title in Umuofia, fought very hard to preserve his tradition and ended up committing the most horrendous of all offenses against the earth goddess–take his own life. His clansmen can neither touch his corpse nor bury him with all the rites due a great warrior and an ozo as they did when Ogbuefi Ezeudu died. The elders would offer sacrifices to cleanse the desecrated ground which Okonkwo had polluted.

On pages 207-208 of this novel, Achebe recounted the conversation between Obierika, Okonkwo’s clansman and friend, and the District Commissioner:

Then they came to the tree from which Okonkwo’s body was dangling, and they stopped dead.

“Perhaps your men can help us bring him down and bury him,” said Obierika.

“We have sent for strangers from another village to do it for us, but they may be a long time coming.”

“Why can’t you take him down yourselves?” he (i.e. the District Commissioner) asked.

“It is against our custom,” said one of the men. It is an abomination for a man to take his own life. It is an offense against the Earth, and a man who commits it will not be buried by his clansmen. His body is evil, and only strangers may touch it. That is why we ask your people to bring him down, because you are strangers.”

“Will you bury him like any other man?” asked the Commissioner.

“We cannot bury him. Only strangers can. We shall pay your men to do it. When he has been buried we will then do our duty by him. We shall make sacrifices to cleanse the desecrated land.”

Obierika turned suddenly to the District Commissioner and said ferociously:

“That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog …”

The above scenario from Things Fall Apart is a fact not fiction about the Igbo people’s view of suicide. In Igboland, if suicide was committed by hanging from a tree, not everyone was permitted to touch or to bring the corpse down from the tree. When the corpse is finally brought down, able-bodied men in the community will cut that tree down with very sharp cutlass and axe for several reasons. First, as a precaution to prevent another person from committing suicide on the same tree. Second, the tree is regarded as an “evil” or “bad” tree.

If suicide was committed inside the house, that house is supposed to be destroyed to prevent another suicidal attempt by someone else. In some villages, if suicide is committed inside a house, nothing can be removed from that house. The house will be destroyed along with everything in it. The body is taken to an evil forest, and buried there.

If suicide was committed inside a yam barn, no yams would be removed from the barn. All will be destroyed. At times, a servant who is maltreated by a master may retaliate by committing suicide between the entrance to the animal house and the yam barn. In this case, nothing would be removed from the master’s barn or from the animal house. Everything would be destroyed and the master would loose everything.

If the suicide took place in the farm land, the grave is dug directly under the hanging spot. When the rope is cut, the corpse falls directly into the grave.

When suicide is committed by drowning in a water well, that well is filled up with sand and closed for forever.

Igbo Ukwu model of the Universe with conjoined hexagrams and equilateral triangles reflecting the Law of Correspondences in Sacred Geometry

Igbo Ukwu model of the Universe with conjoined hexagrams and equilateral triangles reflecting the Law of Correspondences in Sacred Geometry.

There is no fitting funeral ceremony for someone who committed suicide, even at an old age. No one is allowed to cry or weep publicly for the deceased. There is no wake, cooking, or drinking. Finally, cleansing ceremonies are performed by the deceased’s family so that such an evil will not happen again. The elders would offer sacrifices for peace in the land, and for the extinction of such thought and illness from the land.

The Igbos celebrate death as they do birth. Death at an old age is regarded as a blessing and is celebrated with feasting. In Things Fall Apart, when Ogbuefi Ezeudu died, the people of Umuofia celebrated his death with lots of food, drinking, and dancing. The nine respresentatives of the ancestral spirits, the egwugwu, and various types of masquerades came to pay their last respect. There were gun salutes,

“the beating of drums and the brandishing and clanging of machetes …” (p.123).

He was given a befitting burial because he was a wrestler, warrior, an ozo (a titled man, he took three of Umuofia’s four titles in his lifetime), and was one of the oldest men in Umuofia.

In the modern world, chiefs, and other well-known people are preserved when they die and are buried several months after their death due to the preparations involved. The body will lie in state at which time friends and relatives pay their last respects to the dead. The corpse is clothed in beautiful garments and the room and bed are colourfully decorated. Elders are usually buried in the family’s compound. A chief is normally buried inside his “obi” (his palace or meeting place). The head of the family may be buried inside, in the front, or to the side of his house, so as to continue his bond with the living. In spite of the introduction of Christianity to Igboland, Igbos still maintain close ties to their ancestors and ancestral spirits. Elders still pour libations to and share kolanuts with their ancestors.

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Alzheimers: Multiple Therapies including Fasting Involved in the First Known Reversal of Memory Loss*

Alzheimers: Multiple Therapies including Fasting Involved in the First Known Reversal of Memory Loss in Conventional Medicine*

Since it was first described over 100 years ago, Alzheimer’s disease has been without an effective treatment. That may finally be about to change.

In the first, small study of a novel, personalized and holistic program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants who had problems with memory and disorientation displayed marked improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months.

Among the ten patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, six patients had discontinued working or had been struggling at their jobs at the time they joined the study; all were able to return to their jobs or continue working with improved performance, and their improvements have been sustained.

It is the first study to suggest that memory loss in patients may be reversed — and improvement sustained — using a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that involves comprehensive diet changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep optimization, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry.  The patient in treatment the longest has been receiving the therapy for two-and-a-half years.

The study was conducted by Dr. Dale Bredesen of UCLA’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, with the findings published in the October 2014 online edition of the journal Aging.

Bredesen said the findings are “very encouraging,” but he added that the results are anecdotal, and a more extensive, controlled clinical trial is needed.

No single drug has been found to stop or even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, and drugs have only had modest effects on symptoms.

“In the past decade alone, hundreds of clinical trials have been conducted for Alzheimer’s, without success, at an aggregate cost of over $1 billion,” said Bredesen, who is a Professor of Neurology at both UCLA and the Buck Institute.

Although other chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and HIV have been improved through the use of combination therapies, comprehensive combination therapies have not been explored for Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. However, over the past few decades, genetic and biochemical research has revealed an extensive network of molecular interactions involved in the development of Alzheimer’s.

“That suggested that a broader-based therapeutic approach, rather than a single drug that aims at a single target, may be feasible and potentially more effective for the treatment of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s,” Bredesen said.

It’s possible that addressing multiple targets that may contribute to Alzheimer’s may be successful even when each target is affected in a relatively modest way, “with effects being additive, or even synergistic.”

The uniform failure of drug trials in Alzheimer’s influenced Bredesen’s desire to better understand the fundamental nature of the disease. His laboratory has found evidence that Alzheimer’s stems from an imbalance in nerve cell signaling. In the normal brain, specific signals foster nerve connections and memory making, while balancing signals support memory loss, allowing irrelevant information to be forgotten. But in people with Alzheimer’s, the balance of these opposing signals is disturbed, nerve connections are suppressed and memories are lost.

That finding is contrary to the popular belief that Alzheimer’s is caused by the accumulation of sticky plaques in the brain. Bredesen believes the amyloid beta peptide, the source of the plaques, has a normal function in the brain, as part of a larger set of molecules that promote signals that cause nerve connections to lapse. Thus, the increase in the peptide that occurs in Alzheimer’s shifts the balance in favor of memory loss.

Bredesen therefore thought that, rather than a single targeted agent, the solution might be a multiple-component system approach, in line with the approach for other chronic illnesses.

“The existing Alzheimer’s drugs affect a single target, but Alzheimer’s disease is more complex. Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well,” he said.

“The drug may have worked, and a single hole may have been fixed, but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process may not be affected much.”

Bredesen’s approach is personalized to the patient and may include:

  • eliminating all simple carbohydrates, gluten and processed food from her diet, and eating more vegetables, fruits and non-farmed fish
  • meditating twice a day and beginning yoga to reduce stress
  • sleeping seven to eight hours per night, up from four to five
  • taking melatonin, methylcobalamin, vitamin D3, fish oil and coenzyme Q10 each day
  • optimizing oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush
  • reinstating hormone replacement therapy, which had previously been discontinued
  • fasting for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime
  • exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes, four to six days per week

Bredesen said the program’s downsides are its complexity and that the burden falls on patients and caregivers to follow it. In the study, none of the patients was able to stick to the entire protocol. Their most common complaints were the diet and lifestyle changes, and having to take multiple pills each day. One patient who had been diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer’s did not improve.

The good news, though, said Bredesen, are the side effects:

“It is noteworthy that the major side effects of this therapeutic system are improved health and an improved body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs.”

The results suggest that memory loss may be reversed and improvement sustained with the therapeutic program, but Bredesen cautioned that the results need to be replicated.

“The current, anecdotal results require a larger trial, not only to confirm or refute the results reported here, but also to address key questions raised, such as the degree of improvement that can be achieved routinely, how late in the course of cognitive decline reversal can be effected, whether such an approach may be effective in patients with familial Alzheimer’s disease, and last, how long improvement can be sustained,” he said.

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Thousands Rally Across Canada against New Anti-Terror Law*

Thousands Rally Across Canada against New Anti-Terror Law*

Thousands of demonstrators have united across Canada to take action against proposed anti-terrorism legislation known as Bill C-51, which would expand the powers of police and the nation’s spy agency, especially when it comes to detaining terror suspects.

Organizers of the ‘Day of Action’ said that “over 70 communities” across Canada were planning to participate on Saturday, according to StopC51.ca.

The biggest gatherings were reported in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax.

“I’m really worried about democracy, this country is going in a really bad direction, [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper is taking it in a really bad direction,” protester Stuart Basden from Toronto, the Canadian city which saw hundreds of people come out, told The Star.

Freedom to speak out against the government is probably [in] jeopardy…even if you’re just posting stuff online you could be targeted, so it’s a really terrifying bill,” Basden added.

The ruling Conservative government tabled the legislation back in January, arguing that the new law would improve the safety of Canadians.

Anti-terror bill labelled ‘too vague’

Demonstrators across the nation held signs and chanted against the bill, which they believe violates Canadian civil liberties and online privacy rights.

Protester Holley Kofluk told CBC News that the legislation lacked specificity…it’s just so much ambiguity, it leaves people open [and] vulnerable.”

One of the protest organizers in Collingwood, Jim Pinkerton, shared with QMI Agency that he would like to see the Canadian government “start over with Bill C-51 with proper safeguards and real oversight.”

“We need CSIS to be accountable. It’s not OK for CSIS to act as the police, which is what’s indicated in Bill C-51. We need accountability and Canadians deserve that,” Pinkerton said.

The Day of Action is being backed by more than 30 civil liberties groups, including Amnesty International Canada, LeadNow, OpenMedia, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, the Council for Canadians, and others.

One of the biggest concerns the new legislation raises is the additional powers it grants to police and Canada’s spy agency – the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) – by increasing information sharing and allowing detention on mere suspicion.

This bill disproportionately targets indigenous communities, environmental activists, dissidents, and Muslims, many of whom are already subjected to questionable and overreaching powers by security officials, [and] will make it easier and ostensibly lawful for government to continue infringing upon the rights of peaceful people,” StopC51.ca said.

Govt ‘rejects argument’

A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, Jeremy Laurin, spoke in support of the bill on Saturday, telling CBC News that the government “rejects the argument that every time we talk about security, our freedoms are threatened.”

“Canadians understand that their freedom and security go hand in hand [and] expect us to protect both, and there are safeguards in this legislation to do exactly that,” Laurin said.

Blaney’s parliamentary secretary, Roxanne James, also issued comments of support, saying she was happy to answer any questions or concerns about the proposed law.

“Most people across Canada believe that if one branch of government comes across information pertinent to the national security of this country and the safety and security of our citizens, then that branch of government should be able to relay that information to our national security agencies,” James said.

“That is precisely what Bill C-51 would do, and I was pleased to be able to answer those concerns.”

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