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HPV: Another Cervical Cancer Scam!?

HPV: Another Cervical Cancer Scam!?

By Hwaa Irfan

Constant bad news keeps coming to the surface about the HPV vaccines Cervarix, and Gardasil. Yet we find a campaign is to be launched by the Geneva-based GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) targeting 10 countries.

HPV, Human Papillomavirus Virus can lead to cervical cancer that has been portrayed as the most common sexually transmitted disease yet many people have never heard of it!  In fact HPV has been around Since Greco-Roman times as recorded in their medical accounts. It is a skin and mucous membrane infection that is the cause of warts. Over 110 types of HPV has been identified some of which are sexually transmitted as HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

The line that is being thrown is that 275,000 women die of cervical cancer annually, 90% of which are located in poorer countries. How that information has been compiled is questionable given that current application of the HPV vaccines has taken place in the West (it is endemic in the U.S. amongst sexually active women and men) from which reports of the serious side effects abound. If HPV vaccine was so crucial, and the cancer it causes occurs mainly in developing countries, why do what they have always done, experiment on the people in those developing countries. It seems highly improbable that the backers of the HPV campaign would be unaware of the reports, and assuming that they are, to go ahead and put huge sums of money into a campaign that targets developing countries once again questions their true intent. Comments like:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

… do not help to paint a glowing picture, given Gates stance over global population. In fact, it calls to mind the following event as told to the UN by Roy Littlesun:

In Australia there was a rabbit epidemic and no matter how many rabbits were gunned down, its population increased. Then the inquisition-method” was applied. Instead of just killing the rabbits, only the FEMALE rabbits were killed. Consequently the family structure got out of balance, because it is the female who has the Power to Create. The male-rabbits began to kill their young. It worked.”

One of the side effects of the HPV vaccine Gardasil on women is miscarriage!

Considering that HPV represents only 1% of cancer cases and the infection clears up within 2 years without medical intervention, the campaign raises more questions as to the true intent behind the campaign. Then add to the conundrum the fact that most HPV infections are invisible to the naked eye although genital warts (condylomata acuminate) is a manifestation of HPV. Women who have already been infected and recovered will have immunity, and there is some question as to whether Gardasil itself leads to cervical cancer when taken by females who have developed a natural immunity.

Exploiting the social problem of sexual promiscuity, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested U.S$28mn in the HPV vaccine for the purpose of establishing how to introduce the vaccine to socially-conservative countries like India, Uganda, Peru, ad Vietnam. Aiming to vaccinate 2 million females the backing for this campaign the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed U.S$750mn, along with the World Bank, the vaccine industry, UNICEF, and other unidentified philanthropists. Why the World Bank is involved and not the World Health Organization is open to question after all, would not WHO be better positioned to expedite the campaign? Then to add to the questionable scenario there is Bill Gates. Heavily engaged in spreading GM biotechnology as in the case of insects, and food, Gates a member of the globalist international elite organization the Trilateral Commission has shares worth over US$23.1mn in the world’s largest GM seed corporation Monsanto. He also attends another globalist international elite organization, Bilderberg. With the World Bank and Gates involved, no wonder some of the other backers want to remain anonymous!

Gardasil

The producers of Gardasil is Merck have been far from ethical in ensuring the take up of Gardasil and have been found to use bribes and have walked the corridors of corruption to meet their objectives. It was how they got the U.S. to administer Gardasil to girls as young as 12 without parental permission. Once GAVI (2009  net assets to the tune of (U.S$2,505,336,042) gets Gardasil at a high discounted rate, both GAVI and Merck will profit from the targeted countries which will have to pay added to which bonds will be issued by the World Bank to ensure profiting off the countries they say they want to help. Merck and Co net sales of U.S$1.5bn in 2007, which fell when a government-funded Harvard study found that it was a not a cost effective treatment for women in their 20s.

As of 2009, there were 7,802 reported cases of side effects from Gardasil in the U.S. Legal action against Gardasil brings to light the dangers of the vaccine. The legal action pertains to Gardasil-induced abortions from May 2009 – September 2010. In that year 3, 589 reports of serious adverse reactions in the U.S. alone was made, causing permanent disability in 213 cases, and 25 cases of Guillaine-Barre Syndrome (the immune system attacks the nervous system resulting in paralysis). Approved by Monsanto led Food and Drugs Administration, it was disclosed by Judicial Watch that the details of 26 more deaths were withheld by the FDA. Side effects ranges from:

  • Abdominal pains
  • Auto-immune complications
  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Chest pains
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Heart problems
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular debility
  • Night sweats
  • Painful joints
  • Paralysis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Personality changes
  • Poor appetite
  • Seizures
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Temporary vision/hearing loss
  • Vomiting

Approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, the HPV vaccine Gardasil has been recommended for females aged 13 – 26 years of age

Does Cervarix Fair Any Better?

Cervarix targets HPV types 16, 18, 31 and 45 which accounts for 70% of the cases of cervical cancer; whereas as Gardasil target types 6, 11, 16, and 18. HPV type s 16 and 18 accounts for 70% of the cases of cervical cancer.

The makers of Cervarix, GlaxoSmithKline, have been a little more honest about what their vaccine can do, admitting on their website that it can cause headaches, pain, swelling, fatigue, muscular debility, and abdominal problems. They also state they Cervarix cannot protect everyone. However in 2009, Cervarix killed 13-year old Amanda Steele. Her symptoms went from fatigue – lethargy, blackouts, all her joints ached. Misdiagnosed with Labyrinthitis, it was Amanda’s mother who pinpointed the real cause. A British government report listed 1,340 instances of adverse reactions from paralysis, convulsions, visual impairment, severe heat intolerance, and nausea. Amanda was one of 700,000 girls aged 12- 13 who were vaccinated as part of a vaccination program under the Department of Health, U.K.

With Ashley Cave the British governmental stance was clear, vaccines do not cause illness. If a parent lays the blame on a vaccine, the parent stands to be accused of child abuse. Ashley was given the shot at school. Within minutes of receiving one shot of Cervarix in 2008, Ashley started having migraines, physical debility, nausea, and dizziness. Ashley had already a previous blood clotting disorder. After 48 hours, Ashley collapsed, and after one week, Ashley was unable to walk! Ashley stays in a hospital in excruciating pain and is incontinent. In hospital Ashley gets frequent infections, some of which have been life threatening.

In 2009, Natalie Morton died within hours of having a Cervarix HPV shot of vaccine.

Yet, there seems to be no validity in using HPV vaccines! In a 2003 FDA news release, they acknowledged:

“most infections (by HPV) are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer”

In a 2007 publication of the Journal of American Medical Association (“Effect of Human Papillomavirus 16/18 L1 Viruslike Particle Vaccine Among Young Women With Preexisting Infection”) it was stated that:

“No significant evidence of a vaccine therapeutic effect was observed in analyses restricted to women who received all doses of vaccine or those with evidence of single HPV infections at entry (Table2). We observed no evidence of vaccine effects when we stratified the analysis on selected study entry characteristics reflective of [various parameters] (TABLE3). Similarly, no evidence of vaccine effects was observed in analyses stratified by other study entry parameters thought to potentially influence clearance rates and efficacy of the vaccine, including time since sexual initiation, oral contraceptive use, cigarette smoking, and concomitant infection with C trachomatis or N gonorrhoeae (Table 3).”

As always, one must draw one’s own conclusions, and if in doubt investigate. The pressure that is born by the establishment to ensure that something is done when it is not even compulsory speaks of strings being pulled at some point of the decision making process. Now more than ever there seems to be an obsession on imposing vaccines on communities as big pharmaceutical companies and governments work hand in hand not to improve the health of the nation, but to improve the health of their profits, and to push forward the agenda behind an agenda. When so much money is being pumped into an initiative that is flawed at the core unless the population speaks up, and say no, governments and pharmaceutical companies will always believe that they can get away with it!

Alot has been put into blowing HPV out of proportion, turning it into a serious health threat for both men and women, but one wonders how much the West is just a testing ground, in reverse, for an infection that one may be told that one has, but can’t see, while one’s government spends funds that could inadvertently reduce one’s population, and create a whole population of serious health problems that one’s government will seek the solution to from those who will profit from it in more ways than one.

Instead of the expected PR presentation, the lead researcher who developed vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, Dr. Diane Harper declared at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, Virginia, 2009:

“About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have H.P.V. at some stage of their life. Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.” – Dr. Diane Harper

That was 2009, so why the mass campaign!

Sources:

Adams. “The HPV Vaccine Hoax.” http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_HPV_Vaccine_8.html#ixzz1e5J3en5m

Bryony, G. “Cervarix: The Simple Injection Causing So Much Controversy.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/women_shealth/4986930/Cervarix-the-simple-injection-causing-so-much-controversy.html

England, C.An Adverse Reaction To Cervarix Has Caused A British Parent To Be Falsely Accused Of Child Abuse.” http://vactruth.com/2009/09/06/an-adverse-reaction-to-cervarix-has-caused-a-british-parent-to-be-falsely-accused-of-child-abuse/

Gucciardi, A. “UN, Bill Gates Foundation Push Deadly HPV Shots on Poor Nations Under ‘GAVI Alliance’” http://naturalsociety.com/un-bill-gates-foundation-push-deadly-hpv-shots-on-poor-nations-under-gavi-alliance/

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The Jasmine Revolution

The Jasmine Revolution

Essam al-Amin encapsulates the nature of the young people’s uprising in Tunisia and the external forces at play.

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Tunisia: The Fall of the West’s Little Dictator

With mounting protests forcing President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country, the Tunisian people’s toppling of a deeply unpopular regime may well ‘become a watershed date in the modern history of the Arab World’, writes Esam al-Amin. Once a key regional ally of Western governments, Ben Ali’s fall from grace has been precipitated by an extraordinary wave of sustained protest. Time will tell if the ‘Tunisian revolution’ attains lasting change and success, al-Amin concludes.

When people choose life (with freedom)
Destiny will respond and take action
Darkness will surely fade away
And the chains will certainly be broken
(Tunisian poet Abul Qasim Al-Shabbi (1909-1934))

On New Year’s Eve 1977, former President Jimmy Carter was toasting Shah Reza Pahlavi in Tehran, calling the Western-backed monarchy “an island of stability” in the Middle East. But for the next 13 months, Iran was anything but stable. The Iranian people were daily protesting the brutality of their dictator, holding mass demonstrations from one end of the country to the other.

Initially, the Shah described the popular protests as part of a conspiracy by communists and Islamic extremists, and employed an iron fist policy relying on the brutal use of force by his security apparatus and secret police. When this did not work, the Shah had to concede some of the popular demands, dismissing some of his generals, and promising to crack down on corruption and allow more freedom, before eventually succumbing to the main demand of the revolution by fleeing the country on Jan. 16, 1979.

But days before leaving, he installed a puppet prime minister in the hope that he could quell the protests allowing him to return. As he hopped from country to country, he discovered that he was unwelcome in most parts of the world. Western countries that had hailed his regime for decades were now abandoning him in droves in the face of popular revolution.

Fast forward to Tunisia 32 years later.

What took 54 weeks to accomplish in Iran was achieved in Tunisia in less than four. The regime of President Zein-al-Abidin Ben Ali represented in the eyes of his people not only the features of a suffocating dictatorship, but also the characteristics of a mafia-controlled society riddled with massive corruption and human rights abuses.

On December 17, Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old unemployed graduate in the central town of Sidi Bouzid, set himself on fire in an attempt to commit suicide. Earlier in the day, police officers took away his stand and confiscated the fruits and vegetables he was selling because he lacked a permit. When he tried to complain to government officials that he was unemployed and that this was his only means of survival, he was mocked, insulted and beaten by the police. He died 19 days later in the midst of the uprising.

Bouazizi’s act of desperation set off the public’s boiling frustration over living standards, corruption and lack of political freedom and human rights. For the next four weeks, his self-immolation sparked demonstrations in which protesters burned tires and chanted slogans demanding jobs and freedom. Protests soon spread all over the country including its capital, Tunis.

The first reaction by the regime was to clamp down and use brutal force including beatings, tear gas, and live ammunition. The more ruthless tactics the security forces employed, the more people got angry and took to the streets. On Dec. 28 the president gave his first speech claiming that the protests were organized by a “minority of extremists and terrorists” and that the law would be applied “in all firmness” to punish protesters.

However, by the start of the New Year tens of thousands of people, joined by labor unions, students, lawyers, professional syndicates, and other opposition groups, were demonstrating in over a dozen cities. By the end of the week, labor unions called for commercial strikes across the country, while 8,000 lawyers went on strike, bringing the entire judiciary system to an immediate halt.

Meanwhile, the regime started cracking down on bloggers, journalists, artists and political activists. It restricted all means of dissent, including social media. But following nearly 80 deaths by the security forces, the regime started to back down.

On Jan. 13, Ben Ali gave his third televised address, dismissing his interior minister and announcing unprecedented concessions while vowing not to seek re-election in 2014. He also pledged to introduce more freedoms into society, and to investigate the killings of protesters during the demonstrations. When this move only emboldened the protestors, he then addressed his people in desperation, promising fresh legislative elections within six months in an attempt to quell mass dissent.

When this ploy also did not work, he imposed a state of emergency, dismissing the entire cabinet and promising to deploy the army on a shoot to kill order. However, as the head of the army Gen. Rachid Ben Ammar refused to order his troops to kill the demonstrators in the streets, Ben Ali found no alternative but to flee the country and the rage of his people.

On Jan. 14 his entourage flew in four choppers to the Mediterranean island of Malta. When Malta refused to accept them, he boarded a plane heading to France. While in mid air he was told by the French that he would be denied entry. The plane then turned back to the gulf region until he was finally admitted and welcomed by Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regime has a long history of accepting despots including Idi Amin of Uganda and Parvez Musharraf of Pakistan.

But a few days before the deposed president left Tunis, his wife Leila Trabelsi, a former hairdresser known for her compulsive shopping, took over a ton and a half of pure gold from the central bank and left for Dubai along with her children. The first lady and the Trabelsi family are despised by the public for their corrupt lifestyle and financial scandals.

As chaos engulfed the political elites, the presidential security apparatus started a campaign of violence and property destruction in a last ditch attempt to saw discord and confusion. But the army, aided by popular committees, moved quickly to arrest them and stop the destruction campaign by imposing a night curfew throughout the country.

A handful of high-profile security officials such as the head of presidential security and the former interior minister, as well as business oligarchs including Ben Ali’s relatives and Trabelsi family members, were either killed by crowds or arrested by the army as they attempted to flee the country.

Meanwhile, after initially declaring himself a temporary president, the prime minister had to back down from that decision within 20 hours in order to assure the public that Ben Ali was gone forever. The following day, the speaker of parliament was sworn in as president, promising a national unity government and elections within 60 days.

Most Western countries, including the U.S. and France, were slow in recognizing the fast-paced events. President Barack Obama did not say a word as the events were unfolding. But once Ben Ali was deposed, he declared: “the U.S. stands with the entire international community in bearing witness to this brave and determined struggle for the universal rights that we must all uphold.” He continued: “We will long remember the images of the Tunisian people seeking to make their voices heard. I applaud the courage and dignity of the Tunisian people.”

Similarly, the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, not only abandoned his Tunisian ally by refusing to admit him in the country while his flight was en route, but he even ordered Ben Ali’s relatives staying in expensive apartments and luxury hotels in Paris to leave the country.

The following day the French government announced that it would freeze all accounts that belonged to the deposed president, his family, or in-laws, in a direct admission that the French government was already aware that such assets were the product of corruption and ill-gotten money.

The nature of Ben Ali’s regime: Corruption, Repression and Western Backing

A recently published report from Global Financial Integrity (GFI), titled: “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2000-2009,” estimates Tunisia was losing billions of dollars to illicit financial activities and official government corruption, in a state budget that is less than $10 billion and GDP less than $40 billion per year.

Economist and co-author of the study, Karly Curcio, notes: “Political unrest is perpetuated, in part, by corrupt and criminal activity in the country. GFI estimates that the amount of illegal money lost from Tunisia due to corruption, bribery, kickbacks, trade mispricing, and criminal activity between 2000 and 2008 was, on average, over one billion dollars per year, specifically $1.16 billion per annum.”

A 2008 Amnesty International study, titled: “In the Name of Security: Routine Abuses in Tunisia,” reported that “serious human rights violations were being committed in connection with the government’s security and counterterrorism policies.” Reporters Without Borders also issued a report that stated Ben Ali’s regime was “obsessive in its control of news and information. Journalists and human rights activists are the target of bureaucratic harassment, police violence and constant surveillance by the intelligence services.”

The former U.S. Ambassador in Tunis, Robert Godec, has admitted as much. In a cable to his bosses in Washington, dated July 17, 2009, recently made public by Wikileaks, he stated with regard to the political elites: “they rely on the police for control and focus on preserving power. And, corruption in the inner circle is growing. Even average Tunisians are now keenly aware of it, and the chorus of complaints is rising.”

Even when the U.S. Congress approved millions of dollars in military aid for Tunisia last year, it noted “restrictions on political freedom, the use of torture, imprisonment of dissidents, and persecution of journalists and human rights defenders.”

Yet, ever since he seized power in 1987, Ben Ali counted on the support of the West to maintain his grip on the country. Indeed, Gen. Ben Ali was the product of the French Military Academy and the U.S. Army School at Ft. Bliss, TX. He also completed his intelligence and military security training at Ft. Holabird, MD.

Since he had spent most of his career as a military intelligence and security officer, he developed, over the years, close relationships with western intelligence agencies, especially the CIA, as well as the French and other NATO intelligence services.

Based on a European intelligence source, Al-Jazeera recently reported that when Ben Ali served as his country’s ambassador to Poland between 1980-1984 (a strange post for a military and intelligence officer), he was actually serving NATO’s interests by acting as the main contact between the CIA and NATO’s intelligence services and the Polish opposition in order to undermine the Soviet-backed regime.

In 1999 Fulvio Martini, former head of Italian military secret service SISMI, declared to a parliamentary committee that “In 1985-1987, we (in NATO) organized a kind of golpe (i.e. coup d’etat) in Tunisia, putting president Ben Ali as head of state, replacing Burghuiba,” in reference to the first president of Tunisia.

During his confirmation hearing in July 2009 as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Gordon Gray reiterated the West’s support for the regime as he told the Senate Foreign Relations committee, “We’ve had a long-standing military relationship with the government and with the military. It’s very positive. Tunisian military equipment is of U.S. origin, so we have a long-standing assistance program there.”

Tunisia’s strategic importance to the U.S. is also recognized by the fact that its policy is determined by the National Security Council rather than the State Department. Furthermore, since Ben Ali became president, the U.S. military delivered $350 million in military hardware to his regime.

As recently as last year, the Obama administration asked Congress to approve a $282 million sale of more military equipment to help the security agencies maintain control over the population. In his letter to Congress, the President said: “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country.”

During the Bush administration the U.S. defined its relationship with other countries not based on its grandiose rhetoric on freedom and democracy, but rather on how each country would embrace its counter-terrorism campaign and pro-Israel policies in the region. On both accounts Tunisia scored highly.

For instance, a Wikileaks cable from Tunis, dated Feb. 28, 2008, reported a meeting between Assistant Secretary of State David Welch and Ben Ali in which the Tunisian president offered his country’s intelligence cooperation “without reservation” including FBI access to “Tunisian detainees” inside Tunisian prisons.

In his first trip to the region in April 2009, President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, stopped first in Tunisia and declared that his talks with its officials “were excellent.” He hailed the “strong ties” between both governments, as well as Tunisia’s support of U.S. efforts in the Middle East. He stressed President Obama’s “high consideration” of Ben Ali.

Throughout his 23 year rule, hundreds of Tunisian human rights activists and critics such as opposition leaders Sihem Ben Sedrine and Moncef Marzouki, were arrested, detained, and sometimes tortured after they spoke out against the human rights abuses and massive corruption sanctioned by his regime. Meanwhile, thousands of members of the Islamic movement were arrested, tortured and tried in sham trials.

In its Aug. 2009 report, titled: “Tunisia, Continuing Abuses in the Name of Security,” Amnesty International said: “The Tunisian authorities continue to carry out arbitrary arrests and detentions, allow torture and use unfair trials, all in the name of the fight against terrorism. This is the harsh reality behind the official rhetoric.”

Western governments were quite aware of the nature of this regime. But they decided to overlook the regime’s corruption and repression to secure their short-term interests. The State Department’s own 2008 Human Rights Report detailed many cases of “torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” including rapes of female political prisoners by the regime. Without elaboration or condemnation, the report coldly concluded: “Police assaulted human rights and opposition activists throughout the year.”

What next?

“The dictator has fallen but not the dictatorship,” declared Rachid Ghannouchi, the Islamic leader of the opposition party, al-Nahdha or Renaissance, who has been in exile in the U.K. for the past 22 years. During the reign of Ben Ali, his group was banned and thousands of its members were either tortured, imprisoned or exiled. He himself was tried and sentenced to death in absentia. He has announced his return to the country soon.

This statement by al-Nahdha’s leader has reflected the popular sentiment cautioning that both the new president, Fouad Al-Mubazaa’, and prime minister Mohammad Ghannouchi have been members of Ben Ali’s party: The Constitutional Democratic Party. And thus their credibility is suspect. They have helped in implementing the deposed dictator’s policies for over a decade.

Nevertheless, the Prime Minister promised, on the day Ben Ali fled the country, a government of national unity. Within days he announced a government that retained most of the former ministers (including the most important posts of defense, foreign , interior and finance), while including three ministers from the opposition and some independents close to the labor and lawyers unions. Many other opposition parties were either ignored or refused to join based on principle protesting the ruling party’s past.

In less than 24 hours, huge demonstrations took place all over the country on Jan. 18 in protest of the inclusion of the ruling party. Immediately four ministers representing the labor union and an opposition party resigned from the new government until a true national unity government is formed. Another opposition party suspended its participation until the ruling party ministers are either dismissed or resign their position.

Within hours the president and the prime minister resigned from the ruling party and declared themselves as independents. Still, most opposition parties are demanding their removal and their replacement with reputable and national leaders who are truly “independent” and have “clean hands.” They question how the same interior minister who organized the fraudulent elections of Ben Ali less than 15 months ago, could supervise free and fair elections now.

It’s not clear if the new government would even survive the rage of the street. But perhaps its most significant announcement was issuing a general amnesty and promising a release of all political prisoners in detentions and in exile. It also established three national commissions.

The first commission is headed by one of the most respected constitutional scholars, Prof. ‘Ayyadh Ben Ashour, to address political and constitutional reforms. The other two are headed by former human rights advocates; one to investigate official corruption, while the other to investigate the killing of the demonstrators during the popular uprising. All three commissions were appointed in response to the main demands by the demonstrators and opposition parties.

January 14, 2011 has indeed become a watershed date in the modern history of the Arab World. Already, about a dozen would-be martyrs have attempted suicide by setting themselves ablaze in public protest of political repression and economic corruption, in Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania. Opposition movements have already led protests praising the Tunisian uprising and protesting their governments’ repressive policies and corruption in many Arab countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, and the Sudan.

The verdict on the ultimate success of the Tunisian revolution is still out. Will it be aborted by either infighting or the introduction of illusory changes to absorb the public’s anger? Or will real and lasting change be established, enshrined in a new constitution that is based on democratic principles, political freedom, freedoms of press and assembly, independence of the judiciary, respect of human rights, and end of foreign interference?

As the answers to these questions unfold in the next few months, the larger question of whether there is a domino effect on the rest of the Arab world will become clearer.

But perhaps the ultimate lesson to Western policymakers is this: Real change is the product of popular will and sacrifice, not imposed by foreign interference or invasions.

To topple the Iraqi dictator, it cost the U.S. over 4,500 dead soldiers, 32,000 injured, a trillion dollars, a sinking economy, at least 150,000 dead Iraqis, a half-million injured, and the devastation of their country, as well as the enmity of billions of Muslims and other people around the world.

Meanwhile, the people of Tunisia toppled another brutal dictator with less than 100 dead who will forever be remembered and honored by their countrymen and women as heroes who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

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Brazil Signing Away Our Amazonian Legacy

Brazil Signing Away Our Amazonian Legacy

The guardianship of the Amazon has been in the hands of the Amazonian tribes who once were 10 million, and now there are less than 200,000. The Amazon represents 6% of the global rainforests, when once it used to be 14% due its commercial benefits. At a rate of 137 species from the plant, animal and insect kingdom a day is being lost to humankind. Twenty-five percent of Western pharmaceuticals is derived from these rainforests, and 74% of plant-derived compounds in current use globally comes from research based on the ethnobotanical knowledge of indigenous peoples.

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From AVAAZ

Wednesday 12th January 2011, Brazil’s top environmental regulator resigned in refusal to license a project that experts say would be an ecological disaster: the Belo Monte Dam Complex, which would carve a scar bigger than the Panama Canal into the heart of the Amazon.

The mega-dam would flood huge tracts of rainforest and displace thousands of indigenous people. The companies who would profit from the dam have been trying to bulldoze past environmental laws — and want to break ground within weeks.

The Amazon is a global treasure, and a worldwide outcry is needed now. The resignation could clear the way for the dam’s license–or, if enough of us raise our voices, it could mark a turning point against the project. Let’s make this a defining moment on the world stage for Brazil’s new President Dilma. Sign the emergency petition to Dilma to stop Belo Monte and protect the Amazon — it will be delivered spectacularly with Avaaz’s indigenous partners in Brazil’s capital, let’s get 300,000 signatures:

Eletronorte, the company who will profit most from Belo Monte, is demanding that the license to start construction be issued even if the project does not meet environmental standards.

Experts and officials who study the proposed dam overwhelmingly reject it as a catastrophe in the making. Abelardo Bayma Azevedo, who stepped down last week as president of Brazil’s environmental agency, is not the first resignation caused by pressure to allow Belo Monte; his predecessor stepped down for the same reason last year, as did Brazil’s Minister for the Environment — among other top officials. Now, it’s up to us to ensure that these resignations, and decades of protest within Brazil, will not be in vain.

Belo Monte would flood at least 400,000 acres of rainforest, affect hundreds of kilometres of the Xingu river, and displace over 40,000 people, including indigenous communities of 18 different ethnic groups who depend on the Xingu for their subsistence. It is so economically risky that the government has had to turn to public funds for most of the $16 billion investment. And the dam would be one of Brazil’s least efficient, operating at only 10% capacity for the dry months from July to October.

The dam’s backers argue that it will supply Brazil’s growing energy needs. But a far greater, greener, and cheaper supply of energy is available: energy efficiency. A WWF study found that efficiency alone could save the equivalent of 14 Belo Monte dams by 2020. The benefits of a truly green approach would go to everyone, rather than a handful of powerful corporations. But it’s only the corporations who hire lobbyists and wield political muscle — unless enough of us, in the global public, raise our voices, and ensure that Dilma faces a real choice for Brazil’s future.

Belo Monte’s construction could start as early as February 2011. Brazil’s Minister of Energy and Mining, Edson Lobão, says the next license will be approved soon — we need to stop Belo Monte before the bulldozers move in. Let’s welcome Dilma into the presidency with a massive outcry to do the right thing: stop Belo Monte!

Brazil might be the world’s best hope for progress against climate change, and for bringing North and South countries together on the most hopeful common ground. Now, that hope resides in President Dilma. By calling together for her to reject the Belo Monte dam and pursue a better path, we invite her to live up to that opportunity — and to help build a future that all of us, from the tribes along the Xingu to the grandchildren of today’s city dwellers, can be proud of.

Act Now!

With hope,

Ben, Graziela, Alice, Ricken, Rewan, and the whole Avaaz.org team

SOURCES:

IBAMA President Resigns Over Belo Monte Licensing: http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/blog/zachary-hurwitz/2011-1-13/ibama-president-resigns-over-belo-monte-licensing

PowerSwitch report by WWF-Brazil examining opportunities for energy efficiency: http://www.internationalrivers.org/files/brazil_pswstudy_english_summary_0.pdf

Amazon Watch fact sheet: http://www.amazonwatch.org/amazon/BR/bmd/index.php?page_number=99

Power and the Xingu: http://www.economist.com/node/15954573

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After Cancun: Fair Trade for Africa!?

After Cancun: Fair Trade for Africa!?

By Hwaa Irfan

Being unemployed without social welfare to fall back on is only made easier by the fact that one knows that one has nothing else to fall back on accept for one’s own resources, creativity, and the support of relatives, and neighbors, especially if one does not live in an urbanized area. This may not be the case for those unemployed who do have social welfare, because there the money may only sustain the instinct to survive physically, especially if one lives in an urbanized area.

For consumers the ridiculous increase in prices would be tolerable if the reason behind it was that the money went back to the producers and farmers, but this is not the case, instead we find that the reason for the price increases is to make way for biodiesel fuel of which the only indication is, is to make wealthy the wealthy, and those who make wealthy the wealthy.

So imagine what it is like for farmers, and those who live off what they produce, to have their products sold for less than it’s worth in the global market. The products are either sold high to the consumer, or are sold cheaply, and the producer loses out, while the moneymakers win either way. Meanwhile, the rising prices on life excludes the urban unemployed and rural fully employed both of whom can only afford shelter and the worst kind of food, and not much else for their family are left out of the equation of fair trade.

As the world turns to Africa to save it again with its natural resources, Africa has continually been left out of the equation of global fair trade relegating the black continent and its people to a status of poverty, while the indigenous peoples of South America who also have been placed in the same position, are fighting to be included, with a fight that includes environmental sustainability. Caught within its own legacy of colonialism, Africa will have to regain a sense of self that is unmeasured by neo-colonial dictates, and from that to value what it has in order not to be re-submerged by neo-colonial rules in favor of the multinationals, but what is in favor and just for all both African and its global partners. Until this is done, present and future partners will continue to exploit Africa, and its global consumers.

With all the self praising of the outcome of the climate talks in Cancun, how does a country struggling with the global economic crisis offer to give £37mn sterling of British taxpayers money to aid overseas farmers in climate change? Albeit a pledge, which has yet to be fulfilled and over what time scale and for what actual purpose shall all be revealed, but this is what the U.K. have pledged. Will there be fair trade for the so-called new crops that Africa and other poor countries are expected to provide for flood, drought and storm stricken areas? What are farmers so supposed to adapt to, the agricultural lands did not concede to modern farming without losing its fertility, and who are these new crops for. More research into crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, the environment, and new technologies according to the Department of International Development. From what can be observed, the “new technologies” for that which rose out of the Industrial Revolution has so far remained unsustainable, but if by “new technologies” it is meant the sustainable methods that have been based on the local knowledge of climate, and land fertility, then what more new research is required unless the aim is to facilitate the needs of the West which bought 45 million hectares of fertile African land in 2009 for its own food security! In this equation will it stave off a reoccurrence of the September 2010 food riot for bread in Mozambique, or will it only secure food, and then at what cost to the people who paid for it. Any landowner knows that once one sells land that is it, and to lease land long term also freezes the owner out of the picture. The money earned from that deal from a people who remain unaware to a people who are in need, does not any sustainabel returns for both groups of people. With most governments acting without consultation of the people, with a product in a land where good governancy cannot be guaranteed from year-to-year, the outlook is abysmal. As things stand, according to the World Bank’s report: “Rising Global Interest in Farmland. Can it Yield Sustainable and Equitable Benefits?” the land grabs carried out by Western and Asian governments and multinational companies have already led to smallholders being evicted from what was their land! Most people are fully aware of the level of the level of corruption of certain governments (Western and non-Western), and the frequency with which governancy changes hands in some African countries, so it is far from acceptable to ask after a land grab to question the laws of the nation concerned when there is a living example of  Nigeria’s oil!

 “…becoming dependant on aid is being trapped in a vicious circle of corruption, market distortion and further poverty, therefore the need for more aid.” Dambisa Moyo, in Dead Aid 

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade means getting a fair deal, which can only transpire if the relationship between the producer and the buyer is a transparent one. There should be no need for a fair trade certificate if there is transparency, and it is a transparency that applies globally, not from negotiation to negotiation. This includes: 

  • Fair price
  • Fair labor conditions
  • Direct trade
  • Democratic and transparent organizations
  • Community development
  • Environmental sustainability

Without these basic conditions in place, those who can afford to wheel and deal should not be dealing. It is in the interest of all parties to ensure a sustainable relationship on behalf of the earth that sustains us all. In Islam, as well as in the traditions of many indigenous people’s the rights of all, including the earth are a binding relationship. By not honoring that obligation, we dishonor not only the earth bequeathed to us, but we also dishonor our children and who come after us, i.e. the future.  However, this is not intrinsic to capitalism, the exploitative system that current global governance is fighting to maintain. 

Transparency in Trade

When the U.S. got stroppy with China about the undervaluing the yen, it disregarded the fact that it has done everything to secure its own place in the global market at the cost of everyone else, and the fear of losing its unearned position in the world as the leading super-power. However, the U.S. is not alone in fixing the market to the exclusion of Africa by subsiding Western farmers. If all was fair in love and war, there would no need to subsidize farmers in the West, because those farmers would benefit from the increasing food prices by receiving their worth and not more than their worth, at least this is the goal for Egyptian farmers, albeit that elements of the food price increase in Egypt have more to do with the middle man, a lack of respect for their own produce, and unnecessary imports. However, it would have been more constructive to engage the public in the understanding of the goal, and to re-balance the situation so that the urban poor can have access to the basic foods that provide good health in a system that has no real health system. However in general, the profits from the astronomical global food prices is instead making the rich richer, and increasing global hunger.

The U.S, the E.U., and China  by subsidising farmers, to the tune of $47.4bn/£29.5bn over the last decade does not only lead to a false economy, but cheapens the produce of farmers when it comes to global trade. In the Fairtrade report “The Great Cotton Stitch Up.” Because of this, 10 million West African cotton farmers remained in a daily struggle to survive. The $47.4bn/£29.5bn subsidy cost 4 West African countries (Benin, Burkino Faso, Chad and Mali) £155mn a year! While global cotton prices doubled this summer and prices are set to increase for European customers, the African supply of cotton remains undervalued, but no less in quality. Malian cotton farmer Douda Samake and secretary of a cotton cooperative told The Independent:

“Cotton is our only income. These [US subsidies] are the reason we’re not producing as much cotton. Mali cotton farmers are hardly able to cover their living costs

“It’s the main export for Mali and the state does not have funds to pay for healthcare and education.”

Unlike the British and American unemployed, and those whose income is just enough to survive, the a Malian cannot afford to be sick, because not only do they have to pay for healthcare and education, but they lose the little income they do get by being ill. Then in the same breath, Westerners and its followers will turn round and blame black Africans for their own plight! Cotton is not food, but it can provide food to the families of the producers, as well as healthcare, education, and increased production.

In an endeavor to reach redefine trade relations, the E.U. has been trying to negotiate with certain African countries an Economic Partnership Agreement, however, old habits die hard. Namibia is one such country that has been involved in a long drawn out negotiation, but one that it is reluctant to acquiesce to. It was made clear in a letter to influential European civil society organizations that:

“The signing of the interim EPA would have serious impacts on agricultural and industrial development in Namibia. Among other consequences the country would have to forfeit the policy option of using export taxes on raw materials and an important incentive for value addition of raw materials and as a potentially important new source of income.” 

If all African countries took this approach it would help the E.U. and other interested parties to reflect on what it means to have a partnership that is in the interest of all parties without being detrimental to the producing country, its environment, and its people. For the International Labor Organization which is concerned with the registered 34 million unemployed (2007 – 09), future development should be built on:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social justice
  • Economic efficiency
  • Democratic participation
  • Cultural diversity
  • International responsibility

And it is because the above approach is inclusive and not exclusive it makes perfect sense for future global development. These are not fundamentals that can wait, they have to be built into discussions, negotiations, and agreements from now not when the failing infrastructure has been resurrected as an exclusive network. Climate talks are an exclusive club, that does not have the ability to rise above making charitable steps towards solving the problems that the club members have created. Instead of doling out US$100bn Green Climate Fund by 2020 to poorer countries as agreed at Cancun, the extra effort should be directed towards cutting greenhouse emissions in a shorter time frame as the club members are largely responsible for this, and the increased climatic challenges that poorer countries are being forced to face, and to dismantle and restructure the global basis of trade. This narrow-mined approach which involves the least effort ignores the market reforms of the 1980’s which has been fundamental in impoverishing developing countries further as is the findings of the report: Neoliberal Policy, Rural Livelihoods and Urban Food Security in West Africa: A Comparative Study of The Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali  by Oregon State University professor Laurence Becker and others:

“Many of these reforms were designed to make countries more efficient, and seen as a solution to failing schools, hospitals and other infrastructure”

“But they sometimes eliminated critical support systems for poor farmers who had no car, no land security, made $1 a day and had their life savings of $600 hidden under a mattress.

“These people were then asked to compete with some of the most efficient agricultural systems in the world, and they simply couldn’t do it”

“With tariff barriers removed, less expensive imported food flooded into countries, some of which at one point were nearly self-sufficient in agriculture. Many people quit farming and abandoned systems that had worked in their cultures for centuries.” 

These forces have undercut food production for 25 years, the researchers concluded. They came to a head in early 2008 when the price of rice – a staple in several African nations – doubled in one year for consumers who spent much of their income solely on food. Food riots, political and economic disruption ensued”.

This is not the first time this has been stated, but who’s listening. Maybe one day those in power will be forced to listen, to reflect and to do something seriously about it before it is too late for all of us! 

Sources:

Avril, H. “Land Grabs in Poor Countries Set to Increase.” http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52762

“Fair Trade.” http://youaretherevolution.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=398&Itemid=476

Becker, L et al. Neoliberal Policy, Rural Livelihoods and Urban Food Security in West Africa: A Comparative Study of The Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Oregon State University. Department of Social Science.

Hickman, M. “West’s Billions in Subsidy Shuts Out African Cotton Growers.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/wests-billions-in-subsidy-shut-out-african-cotton-growers-2134211.html

Martens, J. “Steps Out of the Global Development Crisis.”  http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/steps-out-global-development-crisis

“U.K. Gives £37m to Aid Overseas Farmers on Climate Change.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11913053

Van den Bosch, S. “EU Backs off on EPA.” http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52313 

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Self-Awareness: Between Me, Myself and Others

Self-Awareness: Between Me, Myself and Others

 

By Hwaa Irfan

 

If no effort is applied, everything would stagnate, which runs contrary to the Laws of Nature ( i.e. The Law of Three). By not relating to stimuli we regress by making no effort. When we exercise our muscles we increase our bone density, improve our flexibility, burn excess fat, and release built-up negative energy. But when we do not exercise our muscles, we become weak, more vulnerable to ill-health, become lazy, decrease our metabolism, and eventually busy ourselves doing nothing that requires effort, emotionally, psychologically, and physiologically. Everything we do if we want to move from the point where we are at now – this very moment, requires effort, including self awareness.  

 

Without self awareness we prevent ourselves from becoming, from fulfilling our potential, losing balance between our inner world and our outer world, and the reality of now, the potential in now, the gift in the present becomes unavailable to us to change. It is the difference between the person who has no interface between himself and the physical world, and is like flotsam and jetsam on the sea of life because he has excluded the third force, the stimuli, that would help navigate our relationship with our Creator, ourselves, others, and the environment.

 

But What is Self Awareness?

 

Self awareness is a conscious state of one’s thoughts, feelings, beliefs, likes and dislikes, sensitivities, words and actions. It is the difference between knowing what is good for one, and what is bad.

 

When we are self aware, we are more able to make better and conscious choices in our lives, when to take risks and accept challenges, and when we act out of fear instead of acting out of love. The following case is an example of acting out of fear:

 

“I have been married for 3 years. I don’t have a kid yet. Sometimes, I wonder what is life? What will happen to my future? I have negative feelings, which I want to delete and to be positive. I think that I think these problems over and over again. How can I stop thinking like this? Is there any solution in Islam? I’m an only child. I don’t have many friends. Anyway I can’t trust my problems with them.

 

“I feel that I had done so many wrong things in the past. When I spoke to my mother she said that they are small sins when compared to others. Are their people who do not do bad things in their life? How can I have a balanced life?

 

This woman was in her mid-twenties at the time, and therefore the foundations of what she had been feeling were put into motion relatively early in her life. She knew that something was wrong with her thinking, but was not aware of how her paradigm was forcing the question “I wonder what is life?

 

We act out of fear when we live in the past, or project ourselves into the future, we abuse/waste the present. We do not accept the present because we do not relate to what we do not accept about ourselves. We do not accept ourselves when we put ourselves into little boxes that contain labels as to how we should think, act, and behave. We in fact separate our whole into pieces, with each piece not bearing any relationship with the other in our conscious mind. But the conscious mind is only a part of the self, not the whole self – it is a way of focusing or projecting our consciousness, the gateway between our  inner and outer world. It only has access to unrepressed memories, leaving the other memories to become a part of our shadow selves – the self we fear. It is how we exist in the outer world, our personal identity, which may be false, and it is the way we organize our thoughts, feelings, and sensations, which become only a reflection of our perception.  Our lungs become burdened with pent-up emotions and thus stands vulnerable to being compromised by the external environment (dis-ease), as a result of our internal environment, and begins by heavy sighs of “Only if,” or “What if…”, as the vulnerable parts of our bodies also become compromised due to the decreased flow of oxygen received through our lungs. We not only incapacitate our self understanding, but in doing so our self worth through poor self awareness:

 

“…Desire that which will bring you benefit, and seek help from Allah and do not give way to incapacity. If something happens to you, do not say, ‘If only I had done such-and-such.’ Rather say, ‘The decree of Allah. He does what He will.’ Otherwise you will open yourself up to the action of Shaytan.” (Riyad as-Salihin 11 #100, Muslim).

 

By not accepting the truths about ourselves we become increasingly self unaware. By doing this we also reject aspects of others. We fragment ourselves into reductionist modes of perception that shape a reductionist/materialistic relationship with only our own selves, but also with others, our Creator, and the environment that sustains all creation. By not being self aware we prevent:

 

Self understanding of our own:

 

Self understanding of our own:

  • Values

 

  • Creativity

 

  • Best method of learning

 

  • Beliefs

 

  • Our faith

 

  • Whether we are truly aggressive, sensitive, compassionate, intro/extrovert.

 

  • Can give love and receive love

 

  • Are leaders, followers, or nurturers

 

  • Talents, and skills one could develop

 

  • Suitable friends, marriage partners, interpersonal relations

 

  • Stress threshold

 

  • Challenge threshold

 

  • Need of relaxation
Love Fear
Empathy Refusal to understand
Trust Lies, deceit
Certainity Denial
Confidence Harmful actions
Understanding Blocked communication

 

We are not All Bad!

 

One woman in her late forties had the good fortune to have multiple sclerosis. Her health was deteriorating miserably under the guidance of allopathic/modern medicine. Through a good classical homeopath, and learning the power of positive thinking, she realized her own self image, and her own self awareness was not what it should be. To the point this woman cured herself of multiple sclerosis!

 

One man asked of ‘Ali ibn Abu Talib about his nafs. Talib replied:

 

“Of which nafs are you eager to become aware?”  

 

“Is there more than one nafs?” the man asked. 

 

“Yes, said ‘Ali ibn Abu Talib. “There are four: nafs of growth; nafs of sensibility (animal spirit); nafs of pure intellect; and nafs of wholeness and Divinity. Each one of the nufus (plural of nafs) has powers and qualities of its own”.

 

When we banish parts of ourselves to the skeleton cupboard, those parts do not go away. They are a part of us, and remain with us – there is no disposal unit or paradigm shift fast enough to prevent us from processing ourselves as a whole! Well, God never created us to scapegoat ourselves!  We might recognize when we do it to others, but might not recognize that we do it to others because we do it to ourselves.  When we banish parts of ourselves without coming to terms with it so that it can be liberated into our more wholesome selves we create a Shadow self, waiting to act without our approval. The Shadow self consists of repressed emotions, thoughts, negative experiences, unrealized/unknown qualities (human and spiritual), and our fears. It takes courage to face one’s Shadow self, and in some cases may require an experienced counselor, but it must be done, because it has a habit of influencing what we do. When it impinges on the parts of ourselves we accept, there is a feeling of guilt, shame, unworthiness, fear, and rejection. By not dealing with them they become our personal demons = strong negative emotions that we have a tendency to project onto others through bigotry, racism, oppression, exploitation,  rape, war, humiliation, greed, persecution, sexual objectification, genocide and war. Therefore the qualities and traits we dislike in others, are qualities and traits we dislike in ourselves i.e. The Shadow self.

 

To turn the Shadow Self around one can begin by asking oneself:

 

“What do I dislike about others.” (one can think of particular individuals in order to make the process more meaningful).

 By starting with this question, one can find it easier to identify what one dislikes about oneself by asking “Why” and to keep asking “Why” until one comes to the answer.

 

Then ask one’s self: 

“What do I appreciate about myself?”

 

“What do others appreciate about me?”

Then compare the two. If there is a mismatch, ask yourself why do others appreciate —, and why do I appreciate—-

 

By doing so you define what you do not know about yourself.

 

Then ask yourself:

“What do I like about others?”

This will help you to see a) in which way you compare yourself,  b) if others present good examples in your life, and c) the damage that comparisons do by creating the Shadow self.

 

Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “… Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil, and the heart feels tranquil, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in the soul, and moves to and fro in the breast even though the people again, and again have given you their legal opinion [in its favor]” (An Nawawi #27|).

 

The more you become self aware, the easier it is to know what to be thankful for, and to accept it with humility otherwise something new could develop which you may not accept, and the easier it is to know what parts of you need some attention, as is the case with all of us! If one accepts the parts of one’s self that need change, need to be liberated, the universe will conspire to find you solutions so that you walk in tune with His laws – the rhythm of the Laws of Nature. Then before you find anything to be unhappy about, at the end of each day, as the sunsets, ask yourself what do you feel grateful for?

 

  • The sunrise, the sunset
  • A child’s laughter
  • Those that love you
  • The roof over your head
  • Food to eat
  • The fact that you do have a choice!
  • You service to a person in need
  • The flu that prevented you from going into work when your boss was in a bad mood!

 

By giving thanks, and really feeling appreciative, you create an energy shift in your mind-body-spirit relationship. You will feel calmer, your mind will slowdown, you will respire more deeply, and you will feel more positive, which will attract the positive in turn – God Willing. And if there is a negative reaction, smile in recognition!

 

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Carelessness or Malice in Haiti?

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From Dady Chery for Axis of Logic

Dollars for Every Haitian with Cholera. 

The UN and 42 NGOs are asking to be paid $607 dollars for every Haitian to be contaminated with cholera.  That’s right.  The exact numbers are 164 million dollars for 270,000 Haitians to be contaminated.  Do the math. There is money in cholera. 

The 270K Haitians estimate comes, not from serious epidemiological information, but a back of the envelope extrapolation from Peru of the 1990’s to Haiti of today by Dr. Jon Andrus of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  His explanation follows: 

”To give some historical context: the cholera epidemic that began in Peru in 1991 spread to some 16 other countries throughout the hemisphere, from Argentina to Canada, with cases even reported in Montreal and New York City. In Peru alone, it produced more than 650,000 cases over six years.

“At the time, Peru’s population was about two-and-a-half times larger than today’s Haitian population. Extrapolating from Peru’s experience, one might expect upwards of 270,000 cases if Haiti’s epidemic continues for several years, as did Peru’s.”

In other words, on November 9th, Mr. Andrus of the PAHO divided 650,000 by 2.5 and gave a press conference about it.  Mainstream news organizations all over the world copied, without question, the PAHO statement that the world could expect over 270,000 cases of cholera in Haiti.  The news reminded no one that PAHO belongs to the UN.  Why is the UN so certain that 270,000 Haitians will become infected with cholera?

 

An Epidemic to Spare the Rich. 

Cholera is often labeled a “disease of the poor”.  Indeed one would be hard put to find a better tool for harming the poor but not the rich.  No foreigner in Haiti will die of cholera, and not a single wealthy Haitian will die of cholera.  One may be sure of this.  This is because the water supplies of the wealthy and poor of Haiti have been independent of each other for years.  So have the food supplies. Foreigners and wealthy Haitians buy their foods and water from supermarkets, whereas poor Haitians get their food, when they can, from local vendors.  In the past, poor Haitians collected their water from natural sources and then boiled it, but since the earthquake of January 12th, impoverished Haitians have been trained to accept bottled water from US troops, MINUSTAH troops (UN troops), USAID, various NGOs, and every brand of religious fanatic who wants to eradicate Voodoo from the earth.

Cholera Is Not Bubonic Plague. 

Mr. Andrus’ statement about the spread of cholera in Peru is disingenuous.  There is no reason why cholera infections should spread rapidly, as if caused by physical contact like typhoid, or aerosols like the common cold.  Cholera infections principally come from tainted water and, to a lesser degree, from foods that came in contact with tainted water. The cholera bacteria are easily killed by heat (boiling) or acid (vinegar in foods). The so-called Peruvian epidemic started in 1991 not only in Peru, but also in the bordering countries Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and several Central American countries.

The epidemic did later reach other countries, but this expansion could be accounted for by the movements of peoples from the afflicted places.  Between 1991 and 1995, there was a single case of cholera in Canada, and it was not fatal.  During the same four-year period, there were slightly over 100 cases in the U.S., of which one was fatal.  All could be accounted for by travel. Interestingly, although Chile borders Peru, like the U.S., Chile also saw slightly more than 100 cases and only one death.  Why did Chile’s outcome differ from those of Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil where many tens of thousands died from 1991-1995. Chile was probably spared because of its excellent public health programs and its policy of disallowing NGOs from its territory. Cholera does not spread like the bubonic plague.  It is easily controlled.

Vibrio Cholerae O1 Ogawa Biotype El Tor Calls on Afghanistan and Haiti. 

The cholera epidemic in Haiti closely resembles two outbreaks that started in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2009.  In both Haiti and Afghanistan, strain O1 Ogawa El Tor appeared in a place where cholera was virtually unknown, and the outbreaks were quickly blamed on the presumed poor hygiene of the victims and fragile infrastructure of the country.

In both Haiti and Afghanistan, the infections spread faster than should have been possible. In Afghanistan, the lethal bacteria were found in irrigation ditches and in the wells that were the source of drinking water for most of Kabul’s poorer residents.

A Spread of Disease that Defies Logic.

At the beginning of the epidemic in Haiti around the third week of October 2010:

  • Three prisoners died of cholera.
  • Fifteen residents of the off-shore island La Gonave came down with cholera.
  • Many more people who drank only treated water died of cholera.

This was sufficient evidence to suggest a role for carelessness or malice in the epidemic.  Last week, cholera cases suddenly appeared in six out of the ten departments of Haiti.  This week, the cholera reached the remaining four.  Given the extremely mountainous terrain, poor roads, and scarcity of transportation, for this spread to have happened by the normal movements of Haitians is impossible.  A bit of epidemiology and more serious math should show this.  The speed and breadth of the Haitian epidemic has all the hallmarks of a disease that is being spread by a rapid transportation system. 

The lethal infections being reported were, without a doubt, acquired from drinking water, but this water was not collected from contaminated rivers and streams by the sick, as is often suggested.  All the evidence suggests an organized distribution of tainted bottled water by the truckloads throughout the country.  The water is being bottled from rivers like the Artibonite as truckloads of human waste are being dumped into these rivers. 

Haiti at War. 

Haitians should know that, like Afghanistan, Haiti is at war. Fouling of Haiti’s natural water supplies continues apace.  An Al-Jazeera video shows a brave group Haitians, armed with nothing but rocks, stopping a UN-escorted waste truck from discharging its load of human excreta into a stream near Port-au-Prince. 

Haiti is at war, and the enemy’s weapon is the Asian cholera strain Vibrio Cholerae O1 Ogawa Biotype El Tor. Ogawa El Tor was delivered to Haiti through the innocuous-sounding “UN Peacekeepers,” who have occupied the country since the U.S. organized coup that removed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.  A contingent of Nepalese UN troops brought us this silent weapon in September. They were settled on a hill, where a pair of open PVC pipes delivered their excreta from a septic tank down into the Meille River, and on to the Artibonite River, when fortunes were being made from the sale of water bottled from the Artibonite and labeled “purified”.  The early occurrence of cholera cases downstream, but not upstream, of the Nepalese MINUSTAH base conclusively establish this base as the origin of the disease.  It is not necessary to get expensive cholera DNA sequences from Harvard to learn this.

John Snow, the founder of modern epidemiology, is the person who first discovered that cholera was transmitted in drinking water. He successfully stopped a cholera outbreak in England in 1854, before bacteria were first observed, and long before DNA methods were even a dream.  Snow’s map of the occurrence of the disease led him to a water pump, and he stopped the epidemic by removing the pump’s handle.

Torture by Cholera. 

Over 1,034 people have died, and 16,700 people have been hospitalized nationwide in Haiti.

Cholera robs its victims of dignity and pride, demoralizes them, weakens and breaks down their group integration, and dissolves their solidarity.   Cholera physically disables its victims within hours from the onset of symptoms, and depending on the numbers of bacteria swallowed, can kill within hours.  Cholera is like a biological cluster bomb exploding with symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, nausea, dehydration, fever, convulsions, drowsiness and coma.

Typical signs and symptoms of cholera include:

  • Severe, watery diarrhea.  As much as a quart (0.95 liters) of fuild is lost in an hour.
  • Nausea and vomiting.  This may persist for hours at a time.
  • Muscle cramps.  This is due the rapid loss of salts.
  • Dehydration.  Ten percent or more of total body weight may be lost in a matter of hours.  This leads to irritability, lethargy, sunken eyes, dry mouth, extreme thirst, shriveled skin, little or no urine, an irregular heartbeat, and a drop in blood pressure.
  • Shock. This happens when blood pressure drops so low that it causes a sharp drop in the amount of oxygen available to the tissues.

In addition to the above, children’s symptoms include

  • Extreme drowsiness to coma
  • Fever
  • Convulsions

Most individuals exposed to cholera do not become ill but they do shed cholera bacteria in their stool for one to two weeks.   So it is imperative that the wastes of cholera victims be isolated from all sources of drinking of water. 

As formidable as cholera may appear, it is easily disarmed.  Bouyi dlo an!  Boil the water!  Drink only tea, if you must.  There is no future for Haitians who drink any water without boiling it.  There is no future for Haitians who trust bottled water from UN troops, USAID, NGOs, or religious fanatics.

What You Can Do to Help Haiti.

  • Do not donate money to any NGO in Haiti.
  • Oppose any and all of the supposed humanitarian efforts of the U.S., Canadian, and French governments in Haiti.
  • Oppose the UN occupation of Haiti.
  • Support the efforts of Haitians, Cubans, and Venezuelans to assist Haiti.

Haitians are helping each other with projects such as a microlending, mental health, and education programs through organizations such as the Aristide Foundation for Democracy.  Cuba and Venezuela have long recognized Haiti’s need for a strong public health infrastructure.  As part of a post-quake effort, these sister countries are giving Haiti a $2.4 billion aid package of public health and medical facilities through the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA).  Within days of the first cases of cholera, Venezuela dispatched its Health Ministry to Haiti with many thousands of rehydration tablets, intravenous drips, and doses of medication as part of a Union of South American Nations (Unasur) effort to combat the epidemic.

The Vulnerability of Haitians to Foreign Disease. 

Haitians, who were kidnapped into slavery from Africa and have been isolated on an island for over 300 years, are as close to being an indigenous people as the few indigenous tribes now remaining in some parts of the world.  The control of our ports by the U.S., the rapid influx of many tens of thousands of additional people from the world over into a country slightly smaller than Maryland, the overburdening of an already fragile infrastructure by these wealthy invaders, all constitute a public health emergency.  If the Nepalese MINUSTAH soldiers had not contaminated Haiti, sooner or later another group would have brought a different epidemic.  This is what happens when an indigenous people become exposed to invaders.

New influx of troops, NGOs after earthquake. The UN troops, US SouthCom, and private mercenaries are in Haiti to support the sweatshops, the NGOs, and other parasites.  Before the January earthquake, there was one NGO per 3,000 Haitians. 

The numbers of NGOs have greatly increased since then.  Though one could argue that many NGO workers do good work, most are also so terrified of Haitians that they barricade themselves in gated communities and fraternize only with other foreigners.  NGOs devote such a large fraction of their budgets to security that your well-meant donations are certain to be spent mostly to support the predations of men with guns on the Haitian population.  Yesterday, for example, residents of Cap Haitien rose up against the UN and threatened to set fire to the Nepalese MINUSTAH base where 16-year Gerard Jean Gilles was strangled last August. No one has been prosecuted for the murder of this Haitian teenager.  No one has even been interviewed. 

On Tuesday November 16th, MINUSTAH troops threw tear-gas canisters into the home of the judge charged with the case, injuring his daughter.  In addition, the UN escorted out of the country a key witness who had been subpoenad by the judge and was scheduled to meet with him this week. During the protest on Wednesday, armed Nepalese and Chilean MINUSTAH troops met the protestors and shot one dead, in the back.  Haitians barricaded the roads and fought back with rocks, sticks, and molotov cocktails.  Until now UN troops had killed Haitians with impunity.

The NGO workers, for their part, take up all the best space in the country, and especially in Port-au-Prince, where lodging is scarce.  They obviate the need for many Haitian professionals.  Like the men with guns, NGO workers eat and excrete volumes.  They operate without oversight.  Many of these individuals supply medical help where public health efforts instead, are most appropriate.  For example, no effort is being made to map the cholera epidemic, although the identification of the continuing sources of cholera would save many more lives than medicine ever could.  Antibiotics are liberally administered against cholera without a thought about the eventual appearance of more harmful antibiotic resistant strains of the bacteria.  Like opportunistic parasites, the NGOs and their entourage feed on misery, and the misery increases in proportion to their numbers.  They must not be allowed to continue benefitting from Haitian deaths. They must be starved of support so Haiti may become well again.

No to Occupation.  To leave Haiti to the neocolonialists is not choice.  We must fight this new onslaught, because Haiti is mixed up with all that we are as human beings, and to lose Haiti is to die.  This will not be the first time we deny Europeans control of Haiti.  We have fought off the Spanish, British, and French.  We were not fooled by the pretty pronouncements of the French revolution and we were ready to beat the French when they turned Napoleonic.  This will not be the first time we deny the U.S. control of Haiti.  It was the Haitian Cacos who ended the sordid chain gangs and lynchings by U.S. occupiers in 1934.  We have not forgotten the engineered coups, economic sanctions, and kidnapping of our elected head of state. It is time to live again as the self-willed people we are.

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Can’t See the British Woods Without the Trees

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Can’t See the British Woods Without the Trees

By Hwaa Irfan

With the reality of the impact of the global economic crisis hit home in some parts of the world more than others, in recent months, there has been a strange declaration to sell off the nation’s forest with the general public assumption that the aim is to reduce the nation’s deficit or simply short-term gain. When the so-called leak was made to sell the forests of Britain, the public outcry at the very the very thought was more than apparent. Along with the dwindling country villages, it seems that there is not much sentimentality for a fading English identity once referred to as the “green and pleasant land.” Throwing sentiment out of the window, the forests of Britain are much more than that.

Can 748 hectares of British woodland, is administered by the Forestry Commission be replaced by holiday villages golf courses, logging companies, and adventure sites to commercial entities that would have profit not nature in mind? That seems to be the general proposal by U.K. Ministers who are either panic stricken with the U.K. debt, or opportunists seeking to line their pockets. Losing seven community forests in the U.K. seem to be of little concern. Situated around the largest British towns and cities, these forest provide a break from the city madness, for those who cannot afford to travel far away from home, and an opportunity for the young to know what nature is all about. This may not be an issue for ministers who can afford to (at least at the moment) to travel out of the country to facilitate relaxation, but as ministers this should be a consideration of the people they have been voted in to represent. The purpose of these community forests is to enhance the cities they are annexed to, and to play a role in “economic and social regeneration,” by giving life to derelict land, as well as the issue of climate change in order to support the idea of healthy living. These community forests established in 1990 arose from a government plan, and a worthy one at that, to only be put asunder 20 years later by ministers who seem to lack that wisdom? Covering over 48,000 hectares of woodland, 16,000 hectares is allocated for leisure activities, routes for cyclists, and have played a role in increasing environmental awareness within the related communities.

The community forests were in addition to those put under the protection of the Charter of Forests of 1217.

“Henry, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy, Aquitaine, and count of Anjou, to the archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his bailiffs and faithful subjects, greeting. Know that out of reverence for God and for the salvation of our soul and the souls of our ancestors and successors, for the exaltation of holy church and the reform of our realm, we have granted and by this present charter confirmed for us and our heirs for ever, on the advice of our venerable father, the lord Gualo, cardinal priest of St Martin and legate of the apostolic see, of the lord Walter archbishop of York, William bishop of London and the other bishops of England and of William Marshal earl of Pembroke, ruler of us and of our kingdom, and our other faithful earls and barons of England, these liberties written below to be held in our kingdom of England for ever.

“[1] In the first place, all the forests which king Henry our grandfather made forest shall be viewed by good and law-worthy men, and if he made forest any wood that was not his demesne to the injury of him whose wood it was, it shall be disaforrested. And if he made his own wood forest, it shall remain forest, saving common of pasture and other things in that forest to those who were accustomed to have them previously.”

“Men who live outside the forest need not henceforth come before our justice of the forest upon a general summons, unless they are impleaded or are sureties for any person or persons who are attached for forest offences…”

This might removing the legal obligation towards ancient forests to make way for logging, but once all trees are removed what will be the benefit then? A denatured environment leads to denatured people, decreasing the level of well-being. Until the White Paper is released no is the wiser as to actual government intent, but predicting the worst case scenario, the battle must be fought from now. An unnamed source said:

“We are looking to energize our forests by bringing in fresh ideas and investment, and by putting conservation in the hands of local communities.”

 How true this is might be self defeating, considering that private enterprise and community responsibility very rarely today make a cohesive partnership that is supported by the law whether it is 50% of the land to be sold or more, to allow even for 10% is to allow for further incursions into forested land.

Talks, talks, and more talks, just seem to be discussions that blow away in the wind. The world’s first global agreement on forests was made at the Earth Summit in Rio, yet pledging to make more a more sustainable use of forests! That seems like a term in contradiction, and can be taken out of context if the meaning is in contrast to reducing unsustainable use of forests. With the intent of U.K. ministers, unsustainable use is more appropriate. Working towards the intentions of the World Summit of Sustainable Development, WSSD, the U.K. forestry had the following initiatives:

1)      To combat illegal logging – but once it has been made legal, and there is no wood left to log, this will no longer be a problem!

2)      The perception of the forest containing products to “cover the whole wood chain, from growing through to timber processing, including renewable energy

Unless they are referring to another country the above initiatives apply not just England, but Wales and N. Ireland, and are stated in the 2002 report, “UK Forest Partnership for Action.” In other words, the plan has been in the pipelines for a while, and is not a reaction to the current global economic crisis. This initiative is also repeated in “U.K. Forests and Trees,” a 2007 publication of the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology as follows: 

“Sustainable forest management’ aims to provide social and environmental goods, to maintain an economically viable forestry sector and to protect these benefits for future generations…”

The same publication specified:

“Forests and trees can provide economic, social and environmental benefits. Often these are complementary, but trade-offs can be required between economic timber production and aims such as public access or increased biodiversity”.

“…to promote high environmental and social standards in commercial forestry…”

The forestry and wood processing sectors make a significant contribution to the UK economy, producing £7.2 billion in gross value added.”

Large amounts of the forests under the Ministerial proposal will be sold to the Department for the Environment Food, and Rural Affairs, Defra. This would facilitate the above. The U.K Forestry does already produce timber, which is only 18% of the timber that the nation uses, and some of the wood imported to the U.K. is illegally logged from parts of Africa for example. If this is solely an attempt to reduce the U.K. role in the illegal logging market, then these steps is acting with a conscious, but one doubts that very much. Yes, tress can be replanted, but how long does it take for a Yew or an elder tree to grow? They are suggesting that the initiative would help to promote farm diversification, but surely what farms need to do is to reclaim their role in the nation’s supply of food from multinational biotechnological companies.

The same Parliamentary publication acknowledged the following:

Social benefits 

  • 167,000 jobs, many of them in rural areas
  • Public access and opportunities for recreation and tourism, including sports such as mountain biking
  • Opportunities for exercise, contributing to improved health
  • Allowing people to experience nature, view wildlife and ‘get away’ from urban life, contributing to mental well-being
  • Preserving cultural heritage, including ancient ‘veteran’ trees and archaeological sites;
  • Opportunities for outdoor education through initiatives such as Forest Schools;
  • Bring disadvantaged people back into the community).
  • Community forestry

Woodland and trees also perform a variety of valuable natural functions (‘ecosystem services’):

  •  Protect soils from erosionreducing flooding in some catchments by intercepting rainwater and reducing run-off in storm events
  •  Helping to reclaim contaminated land
  • Provide shelter, shade and cooling in urban areas and wind breaks on farmland
  • Conserve biodiversity. Broadleaved woodland contains more than twice as many rare species, listed.

Given the landmass of the U.K. and the spread of towns, and cities, selling 50% (150,000 hectares) for commercial use, will undermine most if not all of the above at a time, when further risks in environmental restructuring in a manner that is not in nature’s favor might be asking for more than can be bargained for, because once the soil is eroded, the current drastic changes in winter weather that the U.K. is facing will get worse. And given the affect of the global economic crisis on the general well-being of the population, any spread in dissatisfaction will increase any dissatisfaction with the government in a society that wants an immediate turn for the better. What the government needs to be honest about though is the steps towards producing biomass for biofuel as the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology see the forests as:

“… contributing to limiting climate change by taking up, and retaining atmospheric carbon (sequestration),  and reducing CO2 emissions by the use of wood as a source of bio-energy”.

The worsening floods, gales, and snow storms may just be the result of deforesting what was once a land full of forests!

Sources:

“Charter of the Forest of King Henry III.” http://info.sjc.ox.ac.uk/forests/Carta.htm

“Community Forests.” http://www.communityforest.org.uk/aboutenglandsforests.htm

Hennessy, P. “Ministers Plan Huge Sell-Off of Britain’s Forests.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/8082756/Ministers-plan-huge-sell-off-of-Britains-forests.html

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