Archive | October 10, 2015

No Cheap Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine For U.S. and Europe*

No Cheap Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine For U.S. and Europe*

By Leif Davenport

Cuba developed a $1 lung cancer vaccine but Americans & Europeans can’t have it.

Most people would be quite surprised to learn that there is a vaccine for lung cancer, one which has been proven effective in over 25 years of intense research and several years of clinical use. So why is most of the world only learning about it now? The answer is complicated by back-room dealings in the dark recesses of government, and by the unhealthy influence that pharmaceutical companies have on the availability of life-saving medications.

The vaccine works by limiting a patient’s ability to produce a hormone called EGF. This hormone has been shown to play a pivotal role in cell division and the growth of malignant cells. As cancer is the result of cells dividing again and again to create tumours, the vaccine reduces this growth by halting EGF production, thereby stopping the tumour’s growth.

CimaVax EGF has been proven to work in at least two clinical trials in Cuba, and the results have shown that the vaccine improves survival rates in those who are suffering from the later, usually terminal, stages of lung cancer. It has been hypothesized that survival rates may increase further still if the vaccine is administered during earlier stages of the disease’s progression. It does not work in the same way most people think vaccines work, and is not preventative, but once a patient has lung cancer the drug turns a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition.

The problem comes with the existence of two other potential drugs, BLP 25 and GVAX, which are both being developed as potential lung cancer treatments by the private companies, Ono Pharmaceutical and Aduro Biotech, respectively. Both medications have been in the research and trial phase since the 1990’s and have most likely accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars in development costs. The prospect of being undermined by a low-cost alternative generally doesn’t sit well with pharmaceutical manufacturers.

More importantly, pharmaceutical companies are now doing everything they can to increase drug prices, exponentially, it seems. The public was recently outraged when an ex-hedge fund manager bought the rights to the AIDS treatment drug, Daraprim, and raised the price from $13 to over $700 a dose.

And what is the number one reason given by drug companies for price increases? – Clinical trials and research, of course!

CimaVax EGF has been available for just $1 per treatment, but now, as larger pharmaceutical companies get their hands on the drug for research, it is being pushed into clinical purgatory. It may become available after it has been artificially kept from the public for years, but, it will certainly then be released at an extortionate price so that pharmaceutical companies can make as large a profit as possible.

There has been growing focus on the stranglehold pharmaceutical companies have on new treatments seeing the light of day. It’s analogous to what the oil companies do – buy up new technologies and then bury them until the largest profit can be had.

In the U.S. alone, over 200,000 people are diagnosed each year, with 150,000 sufferers dying annually from lung cancer, so it would seem like common sense for modern medicine to throw everything at it. We can only hope that as more people become more educated on the deceitful practices of big-pharma and continue to pressure them to change their practices.


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The Beast Revealed: U.S. Celebrates Iranian General’s Death at ISIS Hands*

The Beast Revealed: U.S. Celebrates Iranian General’s Death at ISIS Hands*

By Tony Cartalucci

America’s celebration of the death of Iranian General Hossein Hamedani is a call to arms for the entire civilized world.

CNN in their article, “U.S. official: ‘Psychological blow’ in ISIS killing of Iranian general in Syria,” reports:

The death of a top Iranian military commander in Syria this week has dealt a “psychological blow” to elements backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a U.S. intelligence official.

Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani was killed outside Aleppo, Syria, where he was advising the Syrian army in its fight against extremists, Iranian state media reported Friday.

CNN also claims:

The United States and Iran both say they are fighting ISIS terrorists, but in practice they have different goals: The United States is supporting rebels trying to oust Assad, while Assad’s close ally Iran became involved to defend his regime.

I’m not sure it’s the Iranian objective to beat ISIS,” said Gerecht. “I think the primary Iranian objective is to ensure that Assad does not fall.”

The U.S. and Iran indeed both say they are fighting ISIS terrorists. And while the U.S. “accidentally” is supplying ISIS with weapons, fighters, and even fleets of brand new Toyota trucks, Iran has lost a senior commander on the ground who was clearly fighting them face-to-face.

Just another happy coincidence. While the US Treasury dishonestly inquiries into where ISIS has gotten fleets of brand new Toyota trucks, it is a matter of record that the US State Department and the UK have been sending them into Syria since at least as early as 2013, just ahead of the “sudden” emergence of ISIS.

The loss of General Hamedani also reveals that indeed the Russian-led Syrian-Iranian-Iraqi anti-terror coalition is fighting ISIS in tandem with other terrorist groups – who despite claims by the United States – are ideologically, tactically, strategically, and politically indistinguishable from ISIS itself.

Monster Revealed – A Call to Arms of the Civilized World 

Again, the prophetic words written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” must be recalled (emphasis added):

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has co-öperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

With a senior Iranian general dead, and ISIS and America’s “rebels” who are obviously also ISIS edging in on the Syrian government, the world should now finally see clearly what was planned as early as 2007 and what many have suspected since the beginning of Russia’s recent intervention in the conflict is now unfolding completely in the open. The United States and its regional allies have created this force of mass-murdering terror to intentionally direct against its enemies.

The death of General Hossein Hamedani and America’s celebratory mood in its wake is a call to arms of the entire civilized world. Stop the U.S. and it’s now transparent, naked evil in Syria now – shoulder-to-shoulder with the Russian-Syrian-Iranian-Iraqi coalition – or fight them by yourself inevitably in the future.

America Finds its “Power Move” to Counter Russia 

The next step for Russia and Syria’s allies, including Iran and China, is clear. This will not stop in Syria – it is clearly aimed next at Iran, and then beyond. Full-scale intervention by Iran and a sizable commitment by China will be necessary to block Washington’s next move – a counterstroke hastily planned and hoped to deter, disrupt, and completely displace Russia’s goal of ending the conflict and restoring Syria’s stability.

Revealed in the Washington Post’s article, “US abandons Pentagon’s failed rebel-building effort in Syria,” it was reported that (emphasis added):

“The Obama administration is overhauling its approach to fighting the Islamic State in Syria, abandoning a failed Pentagon effort to build a new ground force of moderate rebels and instead partnering with established rebel groups, officials said Friday.

Washington Post reveals transparently that American support of “rebels” in Syria is aimed not at ISIS, but admittedly at the Syrian government. It reported (emphasis added):

“The change also reflects growing concern in the Obama administration that Russia’s intervention has complicated the Syrian battlefield and given new life to President Bashar Assad. Russian airstrikes have raised questions about whether and how the U.S. would protect rebel groups it is working with if they are hit by Russian bombs. 

Meanwhile, the CIA has since 2013 trained some 10,000 rebels to fight Assad’s forces. Those groups have made significant progress against strongholds of the Alawites, Assad’s sect, but are now under Russian bombardment. The covert CIA program is the only way the U.S. is taking on Assad militarily.

It is obvious that among that number of 10,000 is Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra which operates precisely in the areas described by the Washington Post, toward precisely the same objectives stated in the article.

Despite the Washington Post’s claims that the U.S. goal is to “defeat” ISIS, it is clear that these terrorists backed by Washington are not fighting ISIS – admittedly so – as both CNN and the Washington Post have stated clearly, their aim is to remove the Syrian government from power. That also happens to be ISIS’ goal – one which has manifested itself in the death of Iranian General Hamedani.

The “shift” in logistical terms is meaningless – since any and every available amount of money, weapons, and fighters has already been fed by the U.S. and its allies into Al Qaeda’s ranks since the conflict began – but the shift rhetorically is important. It signals America’s attempt to introduce direct military support for Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front and other assorted terrorist groups on the ground to counter and ultimately defeat Russian, Syrian, and Iranian efforts. This will also leave virtually no capable force on the battlefield to counter ISIS – which was the plan all along.The US hopes that this “power move” – the abominable assault with terrorists on a coalition demonstrably attempting to fight Al Qaeda and ISIS in the region – will force Russia to the negotiating table. However, Russia can do nothing of the sort. With the death of General Hamedani so clearly benefiting the United States – the conflict is of a clear existential nature. Failure to stop these terrorists in Syria and they are headed next to Iran, then through the Caucasus Mountains into Russia – and as far as China is concerned – across Central Asia and into its vast Xinjiang region. In hindsight, looking at a map in the 1930′s at Nazi Germany’s extraterritorial transgressions would have made it clear what was being done and what was soon to follow. With the United States and its allies devastating the nations of Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and with Iran and Lebanon next on the list – with the US already supporting terrorist groups in China’s Xinjiang region and threatening Russia itself with isolation, destabilization, and regime change, the lines have been clearly drawn and the stage set by Wall Street, Washington, London, and Brussels for a catastrophic confrontation it has left the world with no choice but to face.


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Quarter Million Germans Protest Obama “Free Trade” Deal*

Quarter Million Germans Protest Obama “Free Trade” Deal*

When it comes to official and media opinion on Obama’s crowning trade “achievements”, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership (TTIP), the party line is united. As previously noted, Barack Obama has assured the population that this treaty is going to be wonderful for everyone:

In hailing the agreement, Obama said,

“Congress and the American people will have months to read every word” before he signs the deal that he described as a win for all sides.

“If we can get this agreement to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more Made in America goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win,” Obama said.

The mainstream media’s chorus of support for these trade deal is likewise deafening: here are some indicative headlines from this past Monday:

The far less popular opposing view, one repeatedly presented here, is that like with every other “free trade” agreement that the U.S. has entered into since World War II, the exact opposite is what will actually happen: the outcome will be that the U.S. trade deficit (which excluding petroleum is already back to record levels) will get even larger, and we will see even more jobs and even more businesses go overseas, thus explaining the secrecy and the fast-track nature of the TPP and TTIP’s passage through Congress.

And while the U.S. population, which is far more perturbed by what Caitlyn Jenner will wear tomorrow than D.C.’s plans on the future of world trade, has been mute in its response to the passage of the first part of the trade treaty, the TPP – after all the MSM isn’t there to tell it how to feel about it, aside to assure it that everything will be great even as millions of highly-paid jobs mysteriously become line cooks – other countries are standing up against globalist trade interests meant to serve a handful of corporations.

Case in point Germany, where today hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin in protest against the planned “free trade” deal between Europe and the United States which they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labor and environmental standards.

TTIP critics fear that it would lead to worse safeguards in Europe, bringing down standards for consumer safety, food and health or labour rights down to those in America. European nations have stricter regulations for things like genetically modified foods or workers benefits than the US does. There is also discontent with the secretive nature of the negotiations, which prompts sceptics to assume the worst about the document they would eventually produce.

The organizers – an alliance of environmental groups, charities and opposition parties – claimed that 250,000 people were taking part in the rally against free trade deals with both the United States and Canada, far more than they had anticipated.

“This is the biggest protest that this country has seen for many, many years,” Christoph Bautz, director of citizens’ movement Campact told protesters in a speech.

According to Reuters, “opposition to the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has risen over the past year in Germany, with critics fearing the pact will hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers.”

Popular anger appears to be focused on the encroachment by corporations into every corner around the globe:

“What bothers me the most is that I don’t want all our consumer laws to be softened,” Oliver Zloty told Reuters TV. “And I don’t want to have a dictatorship by any companies.”

Other are mostly concerned about the secrecy covering the treaty and its negotiations:

“Dieter Bartsch, deputy leader of the parliamentary group for the Left party, who was taking part in the rally said he was concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the talks. “We definitely need to know what is supposed to be being decided,” he said.”

As Deutsche Welle adds, the E.U. and U.S. aim to conclude the negotiations, which began in 2013, by sometime next year. The next round of negotiations is set to begin later this year. Once completed, TTIP would create the world’s largest free-trade zone, home to some 800 million consumers.

Campaigners are particularly concerned about a provision in the deal that would allow companies to sue governments in special tribunals. Such an arrangement, they fear, would lead to an erosion of labor and environmental protections . TTIP’s supporters dismiss such thinking and argue that the deal would boost the EU’s economy by removing tariffs and creating common standards.

Gerhard Handke, who heads the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services, told DW that TTIP would even help uphold such standards. Europe, he explained, would soon be overshadowed by other economic players, such as India and China.

“Now is the time to set standards, rather than have other countries dictate them later on,” he said. “Otherwise, one day, we’ll have Asia setting those standards, without anyone asking us what we think.”

Those gathered in Berlin, though, take a very different view.

“We have heard these promises before, these promises of jobs and prosperity and growth,” Larry Brown, a trade unionist from Canada – which is negotiating a similar trade deal with the EU – shouted into a microphone on Saturday as demonstrators clapped and cheered and several police looked on.

They are lies. They have to be stopped.”

* * *

Oddly, few in the U.S. aside from the fringe media, share any of these concerns.

In Germany however, the marchers banged drums, blew whistles and held up posters reading “Yes we can – Stop TTIP.”

As Reuters adds, the level of resistance

“has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government by surprise and underscores the challenge it faces to turn the tide in favour of the deal which proponents say will create a market of 800 million and serve as a counterweight to China’s economic clout.”

And just like in the U.S., the government is scrambling to soften the popular opposition before the deal is scuttled:

In a full-page letter published in several German newspapers on Saturday, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against “scaremongering”.

“We have the chance to set new and goods standards for growing global trade. With ambitious, standards for the environment and consumers and with fair conditions for investment and workers. This must be our aim,” Gabriel wrote.

“A fair and comprehensive free trade deal promotes growth and prosperity in Europe. We should actively participate in the rules for world trade of tomorrow,” Ulrich Grillo, head of the BDI Federation of German industries, said in a statement.

Businesses hope the trade deal will deliver over $100 billion of economic gains on both sides of the Atlantic.

Which, naturally, is jargon for millions in cost-cuts and layoffs, meant to boost profitability and shareholder equity.

For now the U.S. public remains largely inert to the TPP and TTIP concerns sweeping the globe; we expect that to last until the next major round of layoffs hits the US, just in time for the NBER to admit the country has been in a recession for at least 6 months.

This is how the protest looked like covered by social networks and other non-U.S. media outlets:


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U.S. and NATO Launch Disinformation Terror War*

U.S. and NATO Launch Disinformation Terror War*

By James Dean

If the United States is pushed out of the Middle East, it is not going to survive“…Zbigniew Brzezinski, CNN interview with daughter Mica

It has been quite a show watching panic set in at the Pentagon, White House and NATO, as the modest Russian air campaign began tearing up the terrorist infrastructure in northern Syria. Forty percent is claimed to have been destroyed the first week in preparation for a Syrian ground offensive, which has now started.

As Russia has fully complied with all international legalities, which the Western coalition has ignored, it left the West with only more lies and deceptions to protect its terror brigades inside of Syria.

What our military experts see is the classic degradation of logistical resources that could help the terrorists put up a sustained defence. Nothing kills fighting morale quicker than to see your lack of air superiority exposing your command centres, heavy weapons and ammo dumps to systematic destruction.

Stage two came very quickly, where multiple car bomb assembly facilities were taken out. Those weapons were prominently featured in many attacks against the Syrian and Iraqi armies, where sometimes up to a dozen were used, as happened in Ramadi, Iraq, which panicked the defending troops into running away as one check point after another was quickly blown up via armoured car bombs.

We can expect the U.S. TOW missile storage facilities have also been hit before they could be dispersed to new, smaller hiding places not on the Syrian Army’s known target lists. Most of these were being saved to destroy the Syrian armour at an opportune time, like the offensive that Syria is rolling forward now.

While we were in Damascus in mid-September, getting and giving a series of situational briefings, without revealing any operational Intelligence, they did let us know that they had had plenty of time to learn everything about their terrorist tormentors operations.

Combining that detailed on-the-ground Intel with what the Russian air force units could bring to bear gave the joint Syrian-Russian commanders everything they needed to know to not only reduce the terrorists’ fighting capacity, but to do so at the lowest cost in terms of sorties and munitions.

With much the terror command structure and ammo dumps destroyed, the Russia air sorties will become available for attacking resupply and retreating enemy convoys and then close air support for the attacking Syrian army. Infantry just love to attack with artillery and close air support, and that is now happening.

The beginning of the ground assault was kicked off with a 26-cruise missile salvo by the Russian navy from the Caspian Sea, flying 1500 km over Iran and Iraq to their successful target strikes in Syria, and announcing the beginning of the Syrian army offensive.

These long range cruise missile strikes also put a wooden stake through Ziggy Brzezinski’s ridiculous statements that the U.S. had to move quickly to “arrest” the Russia air and naval campaign to re-establish itself as the supreme power in the region. I fear that poor Ziggy might be showing signs of Alzheimers, or lost in his grand chessboard time warp.

As the world watches this unfold, it will become obvious to all that the U.S. coalition, with vastly more airpower and resources, could have done what the Russians are now doing long ago if it had wanted to. But it would have had to destroy its own terror assets and those of the Saudis, Qataris, UAE, Jordanians and Israelis.

In the run up to the recent UN meeting and the roll out for the new terrorism coalition with Syria, Russia, Iraq, Iran and China, a big deal was made to put it all under the United Nation’s legal mandate. The Western operators were deathly silent in response. They knew the new coalition was working to put their illegal independent efforts under the spotlight of being in breach of both international law and the UN Charter.

So now we have Russia as the only legal entity that is engaged in combating what all acknowledge to be a growing worldwide terrorism threat in Syria and Iraq next door. Putin led off his announcement of the beginning of the air strikes using an old U.S. patriotic line from the last two World Wars, “better to fight them over there, than here at home”.

He crafted a Russian version on that theme regarding the 2500 Russians, many of them Chechen terrorists fighting in Syria, that it was better and cheaper to kill them on the Syrian battlefield than after they returned to Russia. Western media was again deathly silent on the rationality of these remarks.

The anti-Russia media campaign is failing due to the sloppiness of the instant claims of civilian airstrikes casualties, and this, mind you, by the people who have brought us almost 250,000 dead in Syria alone in their quest for regime change there.

I did not use the term “disinformation terror war” to hype my article, but to draw attention to this outrageous situation where the Pentagon, Obama, and now NATO are claiming that the Russians are in violation of breaking some unwritten agreement that they were being allowed to strike IS targets only; and with no bad publicity if they left the U.S. coalition terrorist units unmolested so they could keep attacking the Syrian army. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Defence chief Ashland Carter made a huge mistake in charging the Russian air campaign with attacking civilians and moderate rebels. The discussions of the Pentagon using all the al Qaeda affiliates against the Islamic State because they were the only ground force available had already been published.

This all came out in the context of the collapse of the $500 million FSA training program disaster, which many are beginning to see might have been nothing more than a ruse to funnel manpower and weapons to America’s new al Qaeda terrorist army. That money may have also gone to pay for the 2500 TOW missiles and the Stinger MANPADS that have been fed into these terror groups, which the American taxpayers funded with deficit spending.

So we have the American people and the world being told that the Russian-Syrian campaign is destabilizing the region because it might eliminate too many terrorists, including CIA terror assets admitted to by Ziggy, which he claimed gave the U.S. the right and duty to counter attack.

Both the Pentagon and NATO put out statements that military action against Russia might have to be used to protect these “moderate” al Qaeda affiliates; the group that is officially blamed for 9-11. That folks, is why I used the term disinformation terror war. It is lying to us on a scale that I think represents a security threat to us all, as they try to frame the Russian counter terrorism effort as a failure when it is obviously working, so the U.S. coalition can continue its terror war against Assad and the Syrian people.

We all saw how a simple border incursion with Turkey was pounced on by Washington and NATO as possible grounds for NATO entering the fight… to stop the Russian successful campaign. But I think the Russians outfoxed them here, as promises were made that it would not happen again, after Erdogan said he would shoot down a bird that flew over the border.

But what those statements really did is give the Russians the right to shoot down any planes attacking the Syrian army or Russian forces who are there by invitation. VT sources can confirm that Turkey has flown air support missions for its terrorist buddies in Northern Syria, and the U.S. has supported them by not bombing them; like only one strike in Aleppo out of 9000 sorties.

So I ask you all to begin calling the U.S. phony anti-terrorism coalition embassies (if you live in a country where you will not be risking arrest by doing so), and tell them they will be held responsible for aiding and abetting the terror war against Syria. This is an easy way to send them a message that their disinfo terror war against us is not working

If we let them continue lying to us on this scale it just puts us all in more danger. Already the Russian command has suggested that the terrorists might blow-up a mosque or a hospital in Syria to blame on a Russian airstrike to trigger a Western response, hoping to get air cover to save themselves.

Remember that only the U.S. coalition countries have denounced the Russian bombing campaign, but France has already said it sees nothing wrong with ALL terrorist groups in Syria being targeted. There has been a surprising shift in Poland where social networks are backing the Russian campaign in Syria and opposing their government’s anti-Russian policies are sheer stupidity.

The flip side to that is the Ukrainian deputy interior minister publicly saying that Ukraine should help the Islamic state all it could because it would be killing Russians. This is America, NATO and the EU’s crazy new ally saying things like this, and we hear rumbles that Western support might be taking a turn away from the present government of lunatics and fools there.

My gut feeling is that the new counter-terror coalition of Syria, Russia, Iraq, Iran and China feels the time is right, that the world will support it for challenging the phony U.S. coalition, which only wants to have its former unchallenged control over its regime change terror forces with no competitors. If the Islamic State agreed to serve U.S. interests tomorrow, the U.S. response would be, “What piece of Syria would you like?”


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Politics as Therapy: They want us to be just Sick Enough not to Fight Back*

Politics as Therapy: They want us to be just Sick Enough not to Fight Back*

By Michael Richmond

On 10 October it is World Mental Health Day. I used to be outgoing, but a descent into crushing depression left me housebound. After Occupy I started asking: how does social environment shape our psychology? CW.

I used to buy the Sun newspaper. Not just to fit in with mates at secondary school but right into my first year at university. I knew there was something to be ashamed of in this filthy habit, armed as I was with my oft-deployed excuse: “I only buy it for the crossword and the football transfers.”

This was true. I never read the news. In general, I lived a remarkably apolitical existence. This was some feat considering I have a Jewish communist great grandfather, socialist grandparents, a union lawyer dad and an older brother who went through his Che Guevara phase at around fifteen.

I dropped out of university in early 2007, five months before Northern Rock bank hit the skids. Who knows whether the student experience would have politicised me? Perhaps the process would have been helped along by the backdrop of the approaching financial crisis?

But something else politicised me instead: a crushing, rapid descent into depression, social wilderness and personal crisis.

I experienced anxiety and depression as a hostile takeover of my life and sense of self. I went from being outgoing and sociable to being unable to talk to people or leave the house. This was within the space of a few days. There was no discernible cause.

It was quickly clear that I couldn’t continue at university and so I moved back into my parents’ house, where I have lived ever since.

Several years of isolation, suicidal thoughts and internal struggle followed. I remained unable to escape the confines of my bullying psyche, let alone my house.

Multiple Personality Disorder by robbypUnable to work or study, have friendships, or experience joy, reading became my true love, my source of meaning, my attempt to make sense of what had happened to me. I obsessively read classic literature, history, philosophy, political economy – I had felt a profound sense of loss at not being able to finish university. I became determined that I would instead educate myself.

But an impenetrable sense of terror and despair continued to accompany me through my every waking and sleeping hour. I began to work my way through an impressive list of psychotropic medications and psychotherapies and eventually attended an NHS psychiatric day hospital for six months.

A “service user” within the psychiatric system gains a unique insight and practical education in state discipline as well as the lengths gone to in enforcing normativity. Having grown up white, straight, male and middle class, I was privileged to rarely, if ever, be told that I had to be something other than what I was.

I seldom encountered gross injustice or violence, blatant discrimination or the kind of treatment faced from the earliest ages if you happen to be a person of colour, don’t fit a gender binary or adhere to accepted ideals of sexual behaviour.

Apart from being a non-religious Jew and encountering minimal levels of playground anti-Semitism, this was the first time I found myself in a situation of social and political ostracism (as well as a self-ostracism that proved just as powerful). I discovered for myself that the experience of the personal deeply informs the political. 

Tavistock NetworkLeaving the psychiatric day hospital to instead attend the asylum of Occupy the London Stock Exchange at St Paul’s Cathedral was in many ways a descent into further madness. Many “occupiers” were well acquainted with psychiatric services and medications – as well as using drugs not sanctioned by the state, but often taken for similar reasons.

Chaotic, naïve, and ultimately politically problematic and ineffectual, the initial occupied space did nevertheless open up the possibility for social and political interaction that is elsewhere absent from society.

I felt that I was in crisis, but also that the crisis was much bigger than just me. Getting involved in political praxis seemed to be the best way to channel what I was experiencing.

There is a lot to be said for the practice of “politics as therapy.”

The personal account or “journey” format often proves insufficient when attempting to understand what we do and why we do it. An analysis of political subjectivity is crucial. Shifts in capitalist expansion, social environment and class composition, technological development and the onset of crises tend to precipitate political transformation on an individual and collective basis.

The advent of the printing press or the collapse of the automotive industry in mid-west America, for example, are not external factors to people’s lives or isolated moments in history. Indeed, any such upheaval is bound to lead to transformative changes in the lives and political ideation of those experiencing it.

Our social environment shapes our psychology. We must consider how the policy, ideology and debate that surrounds “mental health” or madness is framed.

The individualisation of suffering is key to the prevailing ideology and discourse surrounding mental illness. This will often focus on a supposed misfiring of brain chemicals, a “cure” to which can be found in the form of pharmaceuticals – often prescribed by your GP before any contact with mental health services.

Attention may also turn to an individual’s lack of positive attitude, but this problem can be “fixed” by a six-week course of cognitive behavioural therapy. So much human suffering is pathologised and medicated when it is either “natural” (i.e grief or the general variety of mental experience) or is directly or indirectly linked to social, political and economic factors that remain absent from debate, let alone actively contested on this terrain.

6f9ed-cap041-bmpPsychologist and author Bruce E Levine suggests that much of today’s intervention under the auspices of “mental health” is all too political.

What better way to maintain the status quo,” Levine asks, “than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society?”

He also argues that many potential activists and “natural anti-authoritarians” are prevented from opposing power:

“Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the U.S. One reason could be that many natural anti-authoritarians are now psychopathologised and medicated before they achieve political consciousness of society’s most oppressive authorities.”

The historical origins of madness within western culture and how it became increasingly medicalised should not be forgotten. Michel Foucault exposed how the origins of “confinement” of the “insane” in asylums and workhouses were an integral part of the violent replacement of the feudal commons way of life with capitalist work discipline during the 16th and 17th centuries.

This process is in keeping with continual “primitive accumulation” akin to and contemporary with the conquest of the “New World” and the persecution of heretics and witches. Their land and means of reproduction were stolen and appropriated, while authorities continually oppressed and attempted to proletarianise them.

Initially, the “Great Confinement” saw the imprisonment of the old, the unemployed, the “criminal”, the “insane.”

As Foucault explains:

“Before having the medical meaning we give it, or that at least we like to suppose it has, confinement was required by something quite different from any concern with curing the sick. What made it necessary was an imperative of labour. Our philanthropy prefers to recognise the signs of a benevolence toward sickness where there is only a condemnation of idleness.”

The conflation of pejoratives like lazy, sick, unemployed, idle are more than familiar to us in today’s discourse surrounding welfare benefits and the imperatives of labour. And it is not just the DWP and Atos who pressure people back into work, NHS psychiatric services also seem to believe that it is work that sets you free.

The capitalist class would like us to be just sick enough not to fight back, but not so sick that we cannot work. The challenge for us is to find ways of organising and helping each other so that we can find adequate levels of social reproduction, care and support to give us a platform to engage in the therapy of class struggle.


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Corbyn Keeps his Promises to his Constituents, even if it means keeping the Queen Waiting*

Corbyn Keeps his Promises to his Constituents, even if it means keeping the Queen Waiting*

By Kerry-Anne Mendoza

Much of the mainstream media is having a fit of the conniptions today at news that Jeremy Corbyn turned down the invitation to the official joining ceremony to the Queen’s Privy Council. But as a well-known and proud republican – he’d have been a hypocrite to do anything else.

The Privy Council is a concept more in-step with Game of Thrones than modern Britain. The Council consists of 500 members hand-picked by the Queen, the great and the good of the Commonwealth. Members are normally inducted to the Council through a ceremony in which they kneel before the Queen and kiss her hand, but can be appointed without this ceremony with a simple order to the Council. Most high profile public figures opt for the pomp and circumstance. They kneel, kiss the Queen’s hand, and swear to defend her against ‘all foreign princes, persons, prelates, states or potentates’. They must also promise ‘not [to] know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done, or spoken against Her Majesty’s person, honour, crown, or dignity royal’.

In light of his republican views, Corbyn opted to skip the ceremony.

The Leader of the Opposition must join the council to access briefings from security services, and Labour have confirmed that Corbyn will join the Council.  However, he will not take part in the confirmation ritual whereby he kneels before the Queen and kisses her ring. Instead, he spent the day out and about, serving his constituents.

This lack of deference sent the conservative and (purportedly) liberal media into a tailspin of derision. But while the press screamed blue murder, thousands took to social media to subvert the label by expressing their support for Corbyn.

The most recent YouGov poll on the matter showed that while a majority of Britons do not feel sufficiently anti-monarchist to abolish the Royal Family, Cameron and fellow Conservatives would do well not to force the issue. While The Queen and William and Kate enjoy popular support, the public are united in their view that the monarchy needs to be slimmed down.

But whether you are a democrat or a monarchist, why would any sane person living in 21st century Britain actively defend prioritising patronage over public service? It appears that we have become so used to politicians saying one thing and doing another, that perhaps the most radical thing about Jeremy Corbyn, is that he keeps his promises. That’s sad for our past, but a note of hope for the future.


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The Freedom of Silence*

The Freedom of Silence*

By D.C. McAllister

Spirit of Nature1All I could hear was the clock ticking quietly at the end of the hall and the soft hum of the air conditioner. I stretched out under the crisp covers of the sofa bed and let my mind wander.

I could always do that at my grandparents’ house in Beaufort, South Carolina. It was set far back from the bustle of the road, nestled near a marsh with still waters and thick-trunked trees, standing like aged sentinels, branches stretched high and covered in clumps of gray Spanish moss.

At night, I would imagine monsters living in the marsh, creeping up the lawn, watching us as we drew the curtains. I would peek out the window to see if any of the shadows moved among the blinking fireflies. I often thought I saw them—the dreaded marsh creatures—and I’d quickly close the curtains, withdrawing back into the safety of the room’s bright lamps.

I can remember every detail of my grandparents’ home – the enormous azalea bushes that surrounded the house and blossomed into a kaleidoscope of color in the spring. The sloping yard in the back and the sprawling garden of tomatoes that grew on six-foot-high posts. It was my grandfather’s pride and joy.

I can still picture him walking up from his garden, bow-legged, hat sloping over his wrinkled face, his overalls covered in dirt, and buckets in both hands loaded with huge, red tomatoes. “Best batch yet,” he’d say, grinning proudly. I’ve never seen or tasted “maters” like those since. They were sweet, juicy, and firm. Nature’s candy, Granddad would say. We ate them with every meal—fried tomatoes and eggs at breakfast, BLTs at lunch, and sliced tomatoes at supper with their juices running into the gravy that we soaked up with homemade biscuits.

Indonesia-Save-ForestsThe Sounds of Silence

The entrance to the property was a driveway paved with bleached shells that crunched as the car rolled over them. When I was young, I’d take my brother’s dump trucks and sit among the shells in the hot summer sun, hauling them to and fro. The only sounds I heard were the birds overhead, the hum of mosquitoes in my ears, and the bubbling stream of thoughts in my head. For hours I would stay there, the sun toasting my shoulders as I’d create whole towns with those shells.

When I wasn’t playing in the driveway, I’d crawl on an old tire swing hanging from a pecan tree that dominated the front yard. My grandfather often told us the story of how, when he was young, his entire family lived off of that pecan tree for months during the Great Depression. Just pecans and well water, both of which he attributed to a lifetime of good health.

I would gather up pecans from the ground, stuff my pockets full, and take them to my grandfather. I’d watch in silence, captivated, as he cracked the shells and separated the halves without breaking them. It was a skill I never mastered.

Every morning, my grandmother would get up before dawn. I could hear her hushed movements from where I was sleeping in the living room. A strip of yellow light would press in under the pocket door that led to the kitchen.

All the doors in their house were pocket doors that slid in and out of the wall. I’d hear that sound in the silence of the night, the sliding of a door, opening then closing as someone went to the bathroom and returned to his room. Then everything would be quiet again, with just the hum of the air and the tick of the clock.

As soon as I saw the light under the door, I’d crawl out of bed. Blurry eyed and rumpled, I’d shuffle into the kitchen where my grandmother was making grits and baking biscuits. She’d smile when she saw me, and tell me to sit at the counter while she made me some coffee.

It was the only time I ever had coffee when I was young. The smell of it filled the kitchen, warm and toasty. I’d climb up the stool and sit at the counter while she poured me a cup and let me put in as many sugar cubes as I wanted. I’d sip on the sweet, steamy coffee and watch her make breakfast. The only sounds were the clinking of the dishes, the stirring of a wooden spoon against a cast-iron pot, and my grandmother humming a hymn.

The illusionary edge of lifeAn Endless Stream of Noise

I miss those moments. I miss the quiet, the stillness. I’ve realized recently how I’ve allowed too much noise to penetrate my life. I think that’s true for many of us. Our world has become a noisy swarm of voices and distractions. Very few of us spend time alone with our own thoughts. There’s the radio, television, computer, phones, iPods, Apple watches, all demanding our attention, all invading our private, quiet moments. Notifications, alerts, emails, texts, Tweets, bings, dings, and rings.

Constantly, our stillness is broken. It’s not only audio noise, but visual. Our eyes, always scanning the words of others, the feeds, the posts, the pictures from Instagram, the constant stream of information bombarding us from every direction. We can’t even go to a restaurant or a doctor’s office anymore without a television blasting in the corner, music blaring, voices always forcing us to listen, to turn from our own thoughts, our own reflections, and listen to others.

Our attention is divided, frayed, to the point of not paying attention at all. We can’t even remember most details about our daily lives because we’re so distracted by all the noise.

The memories most clear to me are the ones formulated in quiet. I can still picture my grandparents’ living room, the painting of a waterfall, the cabinet full of crystal, the heavy beige drapes that darkened the room, the chalkboard in the kitchen with a list of appointments, the fig tree at the corner of the house—the one where I found an Easter egg that had been missed from the year before.

Today, I can barely remember what my friend’s house looks like, where I parked my car, or what I need to get from the store. It’s not just age, but a lack of focus as I’m constantly distracted by noise.

bae15-motivationalquoteswallpapersforlife-happyquotes-inspirationalquotes-insoirationalwallpapersphotospictures16Noise Immunizes Us to Privacy

I recently tried to go the entire day in silence. No podcasts, no radio, no iPhone searches, no television. Just me and my own thoughts. It was harder than I thought it would be. I found myself getting anxious and wanting to reach for my phone or turn on the computer. I was uncomfortable not hearing the sounds of other voices. I had lost, to a degree, the ability to self-reflect, to be still.

I knew at that moment that the insightful words written in the 1960s by Vance Packard and Rick Perlstein in “The Naked Society” were true. They wrote that the idea that one can—or should try to—lead a private, unfettered life is losing much of its force, and that intruding noise is a major culprit. Millions of people, they said, are developing an addiction to noise.

“The psychical and physiological damage being done by the fairly continual barrage of sound that reaches millions of citizens probably cannot be accurately assessed for at least a decade,” they wrote.

“But the surmises are beginning. Psychiatrists are suggesting that a heavy intake of noise can create the kind of tensions leading to emotional disturbance. Audiologist Joseph Krimsky has stated that the capacity of noise to annihilate privacy is not only aggravating life’s stresses but can produce pathological changes in the auditory system and reduce ‘sensitiveness to the nuances of sound and music.’”

People are finding it increasingly difficult to be alone with their own thoughts. Packard and Perlstein made this observation in the 1960s; imagine what they would think with the endless onslaught of noise we have today. Whether it’s at home or school, children spend very little time in quiet, alone with their own thoughts or reading a book that helps them broaden their imaginations. Instead, they watch television, play games, sit in front on the computer, or talk endlessly with friends on the phone, texting, or social media.

Even schools push children to be extroverts, failing to value moments of quiet reflection as students are pushed from one social setting to another. Often children become anxious if they’re not distracted. They don’t feel comfortable with themselves, and they don’t know how to think their own thoughts, making them highly susceptible to the influence of others. This is true not only of children but also of adults. With the increase of noise has come an increase in anxiety and degraded sense of self.

The Hive Mind Erodes Individuality

Is it any wonder that anxiety levels have increased? Could it be that we are creating a pathological society that is incapable of being alone? Is the lack of privacy—of having our own thoughts without being constantly invaded with others’ thoughts—eroding our individuality? It seems so, as we’re all being pressed to be a part of the hive mind, to share our thoughts and listen to the thoughts of others without having much time to process and reflect on who we are as individuals. The result is a society more like a Borg collective than a healthy community of individuals.

We are distracted from ourselves.

Knowing oneself is integral to living a free, independent, and happy life. We cannot know ourselves if we are constantly bombarded with noise from others. We can’t think, reflect, imagine, and dream. We are distracted from ourselves. The result is chaos in the mind, unsettled emotions, a life controlled by external forces, loss of privacy, and generalized anxiety. When that happens, we are no longer free.

When we push past our limits, our limits become lessIn Silence, We Are Free to Think and Dream

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is “Be still and know that I am God.” To commune with our Creator, we must be still, be silent, and listen. The same is true in knowing ourselves. We must be still to know who we truly are, not just apprehend but intimately know and be aware of who we are.

It’s in the quiet moments that we converse with our authentic selves. It’s in the privacy of our own minds that we order our thoughts, formulate our independent views, discover our fears and our joys, grapple with our weaknesses, realize our potential, and experience the wonder of our imagination. None of this is possible when our minds are scattered by noise and controlled by others.

I can still picture sunlight flickering through the leaves of an oak tree in my grandparents’ yard as I sat, staring up at the branches. The moss swayed slowly in the humid breeze and squirrels chattered in the treetop. I imagined many things during those moments, as my grandfather cracked pecans on the porch behind me and my grandmother sat in her swing, fanning away the heat of the day.

I thought of school and talking to boys. I imagined my next piano concert and fighting my nerves. I pictured playing soccer and scoring goals to the cheers of crowds. I wondered why I was so insecure and how I could be stronger, more like my mother who always seemed able to talk to anyone. I felt bad about how I treated a friend and thought of ways to make it up to her.

I wondered what I would do when I was older. Would I become a doctor? A lawyer? Or would I become a writer, telling stories like Ray Bradbury or C.S. Lewis? What kind of magical worlds could I create, what kind of wonders could I make real, bringing my imaginings to life for others to enjoy? I didn’t know, but my thoughts were free to wander, to discover my dreams.

Eventually, the shadows lengthened, the sunlight faded, and the treetops darkened. I returned to the house and helped my grandmother with dinner, slicing up tomatoes as she poured the iced tea. We didn’t talk much. We didn’t need to. We both enjoyed our own thoughts and each other’s company. When I was with my grandmother, I felt no anxiety, no stress—only peace and quiet, outside and within.


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