Sonic Weapons Used in Iraq Positioned at Congressional Townhall Meetings
By Miriam Raftery
September 11, 2009 (San Diego) – “Long-range acoustic devices [LRADs] for crowd control can be extremely dangerous. These are used in Iraq to control insurgents. They can cause serious and lasting harm to humans…We want to know WHY our Sheriff Dept has this weapon,” Sal Magallanez of San Diego-based Liberty One Radio said in an e-mail sent to East County Magazine, prompting a joint investigation.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, NWO, Torture, War and Peace
Tagged freedom, home soil military exercise, human rights, long-range acoustic devices, lrad, National Military Exercise, news, politics, san diego county, sonic weapons, Torture
By Aussie Oz
In the World Health Organization’s “Regulatory Preparedness for Human Pandemic Influenza Vaccines,” we see a detailed method of surveillance to monitor those who caught the flu. It’s curious, prescient almost, that this starts on mythical 2012 (the line number in the WHO document).
Dept of Justice Scores Largest “Health Care Fraud” Settlement in Its History
By Rady Ananda
Global drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., and its subsidiary, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc., have agreed to pay $2.3 billion, the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice, to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products, the Justice Department announced yesterday. The settlement covers criminal activity since at least 2005.
Medical ethics group says physicians monitored ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ and studied their effectiveness
By Ed Pilkington
Doctors and psychologists the CIA employed to monitor its “enhanced interrogation” of terror suspects came close to, and may even have committed, unlawful human experimentation, a medical ethics watchdog has alleged.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, NWO, Torture, War and Peace
Tagged cia, cia doctors experiment on torture victims, cia sick fucks, cia torture, human rights, news, physicians for human rights, politics, Torture
By Rady Ananda
From the Rose Garden today, President Barack Obama promised that the swine flu vaccine “will be completely voluntary.” He spoke for four minutes and took no questions. Top policymakers from the various alphabet agencies whose bailiwick includes the WHO flu (H1N1) flanked him.
Posted in Healthcare, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Swine Flu H1N1
Tagged flu vaccine, h1n1, massachusetts vaccine, new york nurses reject vaccine, news, no vax, obama, politics, rady ananda, swine flu, vaccine voluntary, who flu
by Normon Solomon
Guljumma, seven years old, with her father Wakil Tawos Khan, at the Helmand Refugee Camp District 5 in Kabul on August 31, 2009. Last year, an air attack by the US military struck their home in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. She lost an arm in the bombing. (Photo: Reese Erlich)
Yesterday, I met a little girl named Guljumma. She’s seven years old, and she lives in Kabul at a place called Helmand Refugee Camp District 5.
Guljumma talked about what happened one morning last year when she was sleeping at home in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Valley. At about 5 AM, bombs exploded. Some people in her family died. She lost an arm.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged afghan victims, afghanistan, empire, heroin wars, imperialism, Neoliberalism, New World Order, news, norman solomon, obama never ending war, oil wars, politics, resource wars, war victims
Mexico and Argentina move towards decriminalising drugs
by Rory Carroll in Caracas, Jo Tuckman in Mexico and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina and Mexico have taken significant steps towards decriminalising drugs amid a growing Latin American backlash against the US-sponsored “war on drugs.” Argentina’s supreme court has ruled it unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption, an eagerly awaited judgment that gave the government the green light to push for further liberalisation.
Posted in Economy Economics, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Prisons, Region: Latin America
Tagged argentina, decriminalize drugs, drug war, human rights, legalize marijuana, legalize pot, mexico, news, politics
Katrina airboat (Bill Harber AP)
By Sheri Fink
A ProPublica Investigative Report
A 13,0000-word special report on Memorial Medical Center’s decisions to euthanize patients who could not survive transportation out of the flood-deluged city.
Posted in Healthcare, Human Rights Civil Liberties
Tagged deadly choices at memorial, euthanasia, katrina, memorial medical center mercy killing, mercy killing, new orleans, news, politics, propublica, propublica katrina
A sign in Caracas, Venezuela, denounces the Colombian government's decision to allow the U.S. military to use some of its bases. Colombia has accused Venezuela of supporting anti-government rebels, known as the FARC. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images
By Moira Birss
After Honduras, is Venezuela next? Even supporters of the bases have inadvertently provided reasons to worry. During the Colombia debate, a senator supporting the bases spent over 40 minutes comparing, via a PowerPoint presentation complete with photos and detailed descriptions, the military arsenals of Colombia and Venezuela. He concluded that since Colombia’s arsenal is substantially smaller and less powerful than Venezuela’s and since Colombia would therefore lose in a war against its neighbor, Colombia should accept the U.S. military bases with open arms.
Posted in Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Latin America, War and Peace
Tagged colombia us military bases, neocolonialism, Neoliberalism, news, obama, politics, Region: Latin America, us military bases latin america, war without end
By Greg Palast
There’s another floater. Four years on, there’s another victim face down in the waters of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Ivor van Heerden.
I don’t get to use the word “heroic” very often. Van Heerden is heroic. The Deputy Director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, it was van Heerden who told me, on camera, something so horrible, so frightening, that, if it weren’t for his international stature, it would have been hard to believe:
Posted in Economy Economics, Housing, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab
Tagged corruption, genocide, greg palast, ivor van heerden, katrina, malik rahm, new orleans, news, politics
Big myths about the current debate
By Brooks Jackson, Viveca Novak, Lori Robertson and Jess Henig
We offer a run-down of seven falsehoods we’ve taken on recently, with some additional updating and research thrown in.
By Christine Schuler Deschryver
V-Day Congo Director and acclaimed women’s rights activist Christine Schuler Deschryver met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday, August 11 in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Clinton’s trip to Congo was reported as extraordinary for a Secretary of State as she brought a sharp focus to the ongoing sexual atrocities against women in the DRC, as well as worldwide attention. Continue reading
BREAKING: Lawmaker linked to Sibel Edmonds’ testimony about Turkey’s blackmailing efforts loses son-in-law in suspicious drowning.
WASHINGTON — The son-in-law of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Michael McLaughlin, died Sunday while snorkeling near Tulum, Mexico.
Schakowsky and her husband, Robert Creamer, had gathered their nine children and grandchildren for what was to have been a weeklong vacation to mark Schakowsky turning 65 last May.
Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer and her daughter (New Matilda)
When the Chinese gov learned that The Ten Conditions of Love would be screened in Australia, it pressured the Melbourne International Film Festival to withdraw it. This, on top of the July 5th genocide of Uyghurs (up to 10,000 have ‘disappeared’), has brought global attention to this Uyghur documentary starring Rebiya Kadeer, labeled a “Muslim terrorist” by the Chinese government.
This is eerily reminiscent of the neoliberal land grab in New Orleans, and in Gaza. ~RA
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Land Grab
Tagged australia, documentary, film, info suppression, Land Grab, Melbourne International Film Festival, news, politics, rebiya kadeer, Region: China, The Ten Conditions of Exile, uyghur genocide, uyghurs
BERNIE SANDERS UNFILTERED
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters:
Hi, I’m Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest-serving independent in American history.
I’m an independent progressive for a reason. Actually, for many reasons. Here are a few: The American middle class is under threat of extinction. Wars are waged for the profits of security contractors and weapons manufacturers. The bank lobby, the insurance companies and the drug companies practically run the House and Senate. I could go on.
REUTERS, August 6, 2009
CDC’s first study finds cases missed at least half the time
The team at CDC’s influenza division tested three popular diagnostics — BinaxNow, made by Inverness Medical Innovations, Becton Dickinson’s Directigen EZ Flu A+B test and Quidel’s QuickVue.
The QuickVue test detected 69 percent of the H1N1 cases, the Directigen test found 49 percent and BinaxNow caught just 40 percent.
None can distinguish among the different types of flu — they just tell a patient and a doctor if one of the flu viruses is there. Continue reading