Daily Archives: December 17, 2007

Russian sect prays to Putin icons claiming he is the ‘chosen one’


Putin meeting with the Orthodox Patriarch of Russia, Alexie II

Assist News Service | Dec 17, 2007

By Dan Wooding

Vladimir Putin may be popular in Russia for saving the nation from the chaos of the 1990s, but a sect in the country has taken its devotion a step further by praying to “presidential icons.”

According to the (RIA Novosti web site), the Bolshaya Elnya village in the Nizhny Novgorod Region is home to the “Rus’ Resurrecting” sect, a group of local residents who believe that President Putin was both the Apostle Paul and King Solomon in previous lives.

Rus’ is the term used for the medieval East Slavic nation that gave its name to modern Russia.

“We didn’t choose Putin,” Mother Fontinya told the Moskovsky Komsomolets paper, expounding on the first time she laid eyes on the “holy one.”

“It was when Yeltsin was naming him as his successor [during a live New Year’s Eve TV broadcast in 1999]. My soul exploded with joy ! ‘An ubermensch ! God himself has chosen him !’ I cried.

“Yeltsin was the destroyer, and God replaced him with his creation,” claimed Fontinya.

The sect possesses a President Putin icon that Fontinya claims miraculously appeared one day.

“He has given us everything,” she said, pointing to the sky.

A special newspaper published by the sect – “The Temple of Light” – features interviews with long-dead religious figures, including the Apostle Paul. The sect members are also convinced that President Putin knows about and supports the actions of their ’Mother Superior.’

Russian Christian sects have long been known for their unusual choices of icons, some of them praying to portraits of such well-known “holy men” as Stalin and Ivan the Terrible.

“Another Russian sect is currently holed up in an underground shelter in the country’s central Penza Region and has threatened to commit mass suicide if any attempt is made to bring them to the surface,” said the RIA Novosti story.

“Religion was tightly controlled in the U.S.S.R. and the collapse of the Soviet Union saw an explosion in sects and cults, as well as interest in New Age philosophies and beliefs.

“The back pages of many Russian tabloid newspapers are full of advertisements for ’healers’ and ’magicians’ who promise to bring happiness in love, success in business, as well as a range of other services.

“One of the most well-known sects in Russia has its base near the southern Siberian town of Abakan, where thousands of people, both Russian and foreign, worship a former provincial traffic policeman, Sergei Torop, as the second coming of Christ.”

The RIA Novosti story concluded by saying that there are currently believed to be around 500-700 such sects in Russia, containing some 600,000-800,000 people.

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  • Members encourage long term political power for Putin
  • Fanatical members patrol streets as Putin’s political police
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  • Encourages military enlistment, inter-marriage within the cult and procreation to make babies for the State (inside special red tents)
  • Members have disrupted the campaigns of rival candidates, staged rowdy demonstrations over foreign policy issues and harassed the British and Estonian ambassadors.
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Hitler’s love child could be living in England

Did Unity Mitford have Adolf Hitler’s love child?

The Times | Dec 13, 2007

by Fran Yeoman

She was the English aristocrat who became so enamoured with Hitler that she shot herself in the head at the outbreak of war.

Unity Mitford, the daughter of Lord Redesdale, had been so entwined in the Führer’s inner circle that British secret services described her as “more Nazi than the Nazis”. But could this cousin of Winston Churchill have been closer to Hitler than anyone suspected?

An article published today raises the possibility that Mitford, who survived her suicide attempt, may have given birth to his child.

If the theory that this baby was born in a tiny Cotswolds village and rapidly adopted were true, Hitler’s child could be living somewhere in Britain today.

Unity Mitford was one of six well known – and somewhat politically diverse – sisters who included Diana, the wife of Sir Oswald Mosley, and Jessica, a committed communist.


The Mitford Sisters, Unity Mitford (L) and “the perfect Aryan woman” Lady Diana Mosley (R), with SS troops at the Nuremberg rally, Sept 1937

She first went to Germany in the early 1930s, when the Nazis were on the rise, and the young woman was so overwhelmed by a visit to the Nuremberg rallies that she became determined to meet Hitler. This she managed in spectacular style, ingratiating herself to the point where he described her to friends as “a perfect specimen of Aryan womanhood”.

When her homeland declared war on the Third Reich in September 1939, Mitford was so devastated that, in the English Garden in Munich, she shot herself in the head with a pearl-handled pistol.

She suffered serious brain damage and returned to Britain via Switzerland. As the history books tell it, Mitford then lived as an invalid with her mother in the Cotswolds until her death, at the age of 33, in 1948.

Martin Bright, writing in the New Statesman, describes a phone call he received from a woman called Val Hann that suggested there could be more to it: “She explained that her aunt Betty Norton had run a maternity home to the gentry in Oxfordshire during the war and that Unity Mitford had been one of her clients.

“Her aunt’s business, in the tiny village of Wigginton, had depended on discretion and she had told no one except her sister that Unity had had a baby. Her sister had passed the story on to her daughter Val.”

When asked who the father of this child might be, Ms Hann paused before replying: “Well, she always said it was Hitler’s.”

Sceptical but intrigued, Mr Bright visited Wigginton, where he looked around the aunt’s former business, at Hill View Cottage, and met a woman called Audrey Smith.

“Audrey Smith was a little girl at the time, but by pure chance her sister (now dead, unfortunately) had worked at the home and had talked about Unity. Audrey claimed that she had seen Unity wrapped in a blanket and looking very ill. However, she insisted that she was at the home not to have a baby, but to recover from a nervous breakdown.”

Unsurprisingly, Mitford’s surviving sister, the Duchess of Devonshire, was unimpressed by Mr Bright’s investigations. “She was adamant that there was nothing in the Wigginton story and claimed she could produce her mother’s diaries to prove it.”

But a file on Mitford at the National Archives indicated that she may not have been such an invalid. Mr Bright notes: “By October 1941, the police picked up rumours that ‘Unity Mitford has formed an attachment for an officer in the RAF’. Further investigation found that she had been “consorting with Pilot Officer John Sidney Andrews”, an RAF test pilot’.”

The married Mr Andrews was apparently transferred to the north of Scotland and died in 1945, leaving no further clues about Mitford. A trawl of the Oxfordshire register office “confirmed that Nurse Norton had helped dozens of wartime mothers give birth at her maternity home. But no record of Unity Mitford.”

Mr Bright, who remains deeply sceptical about the possibility of a Hitler Jr, has thrown in the towel.

The makers of a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary, Hitler’s British Girl, examined theories surrounding Mitford’s notorious life and concluded that there was very little evidence that she was pregnant or ever had a sexual relationship with Hitler.

Whereas some might consider the idea of her giving birth to the Führer’s only offspring to be a harmless and intriguing tale, Richard Evans, Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, thinks differently. “Unity Mitford’s relationship with Hitler was basically political,” he said. “She was a hard-line Nazi and a rabid racist and antiSemite, and I’m worried that gossip about her personal life might take attention away from these facts.”

Fascists and Communists

— The Mitford children had a private language called “Boudledidge”

— Several heads of the Mitford family served as High Sheriff of Northumberland

— Unity wrote a letter to the antiSemitic paper Der Stürmer in 1935 that read: “We are looking forward to the day when we will be powerful enough to declare: England for the English! Push out the Jews! With German salut! Heil Hitler! Unity Mitford!”

— Jessica, Unity’s sister, was often in conflict with her, as she was a supporter of Communism and eloped with her cousin to fight with the Reds in the Spanish Civil War

— Deborah Mitford married Harold Macmillan’s nephew, later the Duke of Devonshire. Jessica married Winston Churchill’s nephew. Nancy was related to President John F. Kennedy by marriage. Diana married Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, in secret in 1936, in Joseph Goebbels’s home in Berlin

— Jessica’s book Hons and Rebels is cited by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, as being one of her greatest influences

— British rockers The Indelicates have a song titled Unity Mitford about her apparently romantic feelings towards Hitler

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The victims of Gates Foundation generosity

“…advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”

– Project For The New American Century

Struggle to survive: Nurse-midwife Lillo Kuape rushes barely breathing newborn Mankuebe Nyoba to the intensive-care nursery at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho. No oxygen was available, and the baby died a few hours later.

Donations to fight AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa have inadvertently put many of those with other basic healthcare needs at risk.

By Charles Piller and Doug Smith

LA Times | Dec 16, 2007

MASERU, LESOTHO — Aneighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba’s head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual.

Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the roach-infested maternity ward of Queen Elizabeth II, a crumbling sprawl that is the largest hospital in Lesotho, a mountainous nation of 2.1 million people surrounded by South Africa.

Nyoba, 30, whose given name means “mother, have hope,” has AIDS. But that is not what killed her baby daughter, Mankuebe.

Nyoba owes her own life to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has given $8.5 billion to global health causes. Through its grantees, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the foundation underwrites, inspires or directs major efforts to prevent, cure or treat those diseases. The fund pays for Nyoba’s costly AIDS medicine.

But when she gave birth on a recent Sunday morning, her baby was suffering from a different kind of distress. The infant was limp and barely breathing. A nurse rushed her to the nursery, packed with sick babies, some two to a crib. Jury-rigged stethoscope tubes let six of the babies share lifesaving oxygen from a single valve.

There was no oxygen tube for Mankuebe. She asphyxiated for lack of a second valve. It would have cost $35.

Struggling to breathe: The nursery of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho, had only one working oxygen valve. Nurses used plastic hoods connected with rubber tubing to share the single flow of oxygen among as many as six sick infants.

The hospital, with no staff to move Mankuebe’s remains to the morgue, placed her body on a shelf near the delivery room while her father arranged for burial. The tiny corpse was swaddled in a baby blanket. A handwritten death notice was stuck to the blanket with a used hypodermic needle.

The Gates Foundation, endowed by the personal fortunes of the Microsoft Corp. chairman, his wife and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Chairman Warren E. Buffett, has given $650 million to the Global Fund. But the oxygen valve fell outside the priorities of the fund’s grants to Lesotho.

Every day, nurses say, one or two babies at the hospital die as Mankuebe did — bypassed in a place where AIDS overshadows other concerns.

ENDGAME: Eugenics Depopulation Program – The Gates Foundation

Mixed effects

The Gates Foundation has targeted AIDS, TB and malaria because of their devastating health and economic effects in sub-Saharan Africa. But a Times investigation has found that programs the foundation has funded, including those of the Global Fund and the GAVI Alliance, which finances vaccines, have had mixed influences on key measures of societal health:

  • By pouring most contributions into the fight against such high-profile killers as AIDS, Gates grantees have increased the demand for specially trained, higher-paid clinicians, diverting staff from basic care. The resulting staff shortages have abandoned many children of AIDS survivors to more common killers: birth sepsis, diarrhea and asphyxia.
  • The focus on a few diseases has shortchanged basic needs such as nutrition and transportation, undermining the effectiveness of the foundation’s grants. Many AIDS patients have so little food that they vomit their free AIDS pills. For lack of bus fare, others cannot get to clinics that offer lifesaving treatment.
  • Gates-funded vaccination programs have instructed caregivers to ignore — even discourage patients from discussing — ailments that the vaccinations cannot prevent. This is especially harmful in outposts where a visit to a clinic for a shot is the only contact some villagers have with healthcare providers for years.

The Gates Foundation’s largest grants for healthcare in Africa go to two organizations: the Global Fund and Geneva-based GAVI. The foundation formed GAVI and has given it $1.5 billion of more than $1.8 billion it has donated for vaccination programs. The Gates Foundation holds a seat on each group’s board of directors and helps determine their policies and priorities.

Because of the generosity of the foundation and other donors, millions of children have been protected against scourges such as malaria and measles — and AIDS deaths in much of Africa are finally leveling off. Dr. Mphu K. Ramatlapeng, Lesotho’s health minister, echoed health authorities worldwide when she said this would have been impossible “if it were not for the money from Bill Gates.”

Pills without food: Thanks to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Malerotholi Moleko, 41, gets free HIV medication. Her problem is hunger. “After I’ve taken the pills, my appetite becomes bigger, and I don’t have the food,” she said, hoisting her niece’s baby on her back in a colorful blanket.

But because of the overwhelming nature of AIDS, wartime disruptions and poor governance in some nations — and because of the priorities of global health groups, including GAVI and the Global Fund — key measures of societal health have stalled at appalling levels or worsened.

Dr. Peter Poore, a pediatrician who has worked in Africa for three decades, is a former Global Fund board member and consultant to GAVI (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization). He says they and other donors provide crucial help but overstate the impact of their programs. “They can also do dangerous things,” he said. “They can be very disruptive to health systems — the very things they claim they are trying to improve.”

In a recent editorial on the Global Fund, the British medical journal the Lancet Infectious Diseases wrote: “Many believe that its tight remit is increasingly becoming a strait jacket.”

Joe McCannon, vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a U.S.-based nongovernmental aid organization, or NGO, with operations in Africa, said, “You have to ask: ‘Net, are we having a positive effect?’ It’s a haunting question.”

Long walk home: Sheep graze in the rugged pasture as Malerotholi Moleko, 41, walks back to her village of Sefikeng, Lesotho, after the bus ride from the hospital for her AIDS treatment. Sometimes she barely makes it. Moleko is weak because most days her family eats only pappa, the staple cornmeal mush.


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Cindy Sheehan: Impeach Pelosi for collaboration with Bush administration on torture

 

Opednews.com | Dec 16, 2007

by Abdus-Sattar Ghazali

Newark, CA: Peace activist, Cindy Sheehan says that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi collaborated with the Bush administration in condoning torture because Pelosi knew about water boarding torture since 2002. “Even before becoming Speaker of the House of Representative, she said that impeachment of Bush is out of question.” She should be impeached for knowing about torture which dehumanize us all, she added.

Washington Post reported last week that in September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Rep. Jane Harman, was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Speaking at the fourth peace convention of the American Muslim Voice in Newark, CA, last Sunday, Sheehan reiterated that she will be running for Congress against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the congressional seat representing San Francisco.

On August 9, Cindy Sheehan announced that in 2008 she will run as an independent candidate against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “I dedicate my candidacy to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan,” Sheehan said. Sheehan later appeared on CNN to explain that she was running because “they’re not making the administration change course in Iraq. They give him more money … to wage the war. They’re not holding him accountable.”

In April 2004, Sheehan’s son was killed in Iraq. Sheehan said that we are occupying Iraq, we were not invited by them. “This occupation of Arab-Muslim land shows how racist we really are,” she said. “If we can justify it by saying it’s OK to kill a million Iraqis, but at least my family is safe. … No, that is not OK!”

Events, coalition building and groups like the American Muslim Voice are very important to Sheehan, she said, because they allow her “to tear down the boundaries whether they are real or fake that prevent us from having true and authentic relationships with each other.”

Other speakers at the convention included Brandon Mayfield, an Oregon lawyer, who received an apology and restitution from the federal government after being held in jail for weeks spoke about racial and religious profiling after Sept. 11.

Brandon Mayfield, spoke about his quest for justice, not only for himself, but for all of us through his lawsuit against the government, demanding that the PATRIOT Act be declared unconstitutional.

The Mayfield case has been an embarrassment for the federal government. Last year, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog faulted the FBI for sloppy work in mistakenly linking Mayfield to the Madrid bombings. That report said federal prosecutors and FBI agents had made inaccurate and ambiguous statements to a federal judge to get arrest and criminal search warrants against Mayfield.

The U.S. government abused at least three powers during its investigation and arrest of Mayfield: (1) the expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the PATRIOT Act, (2) National Security Letters and (3) the material witness statute.

Mayfield v. United States case has profound implications for civil liberties, executive power, the Patriot Act. Consequently, on Sept. 26, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Portland, Oregon ruled that using the act to authorize secret searches and wiretapping to gather criminal evidence – instead of intelligence gathering – violates the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. “For over 200 years, this nation has adhered to the rule of law – with unparalleled success. A shift to a nation based on extra-constitutional authority is prohibited, as well as ill-advised,” Aiken wrote.

Welcoming Judge Aikin’s decision, Elden Rosenthal said: “Judge Aiken, in striking down the challenged provisions of the Patriot Act, has upheld both the tradition of judicial independence, and our nation’s most cherished principle of the right to be secure in one’s own home. We are relieved that the Bill of Rights can be honored and preserved even in times of perceived crisis.”

Mitt Romney: Tabernacle Choirboy or Blackwater Mercenary

On matters of interrogation and torture techniques he defers to his campaign’s counterterrorism czar, Cofer Black, consort to the Whore of Babylon.

MWC | Dec 16, 2007

by Robert Weitzel

Mitt Romney, like his great-grandfather who had five wives, is a polygamist. His problem? The Mormon Church—as well as the United States government—outlawed polygamy for its “Saints” in 1890.

But Mitt has been married monogamously to Ann for 38 years. His problem? He is a political polygamist whose multiple marriages of convenience, and the ease with which he maneuvers between conjugal visits, should be as disturbing to the American electorate as a Utah harem.

Our problem? Mitt seems to be equally at home with “our nation’s symphony of faith” as he is with our nation’s largest mercenary army, Blackwater Worldwide, the Whore of Babylon.

On December 6, Romney delivered his “Faith in America” speech at George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Library. It was his John Kennedy moment. Like Kennedy, he wanted to assure the American people that “no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions.”

That done, he went on for another 30 paragraphs establishing his own saintly bona fides and schmoozing every major religious voting bloc in his “symphony of faith.”

But it was when he spoke of a compassionate responsibility for every child of God regardless of creed or race or nationality that he began using language only the Whore of Babylon could decode: “I am moved by the Lord’s words, ‘I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink (waterboarding): I was a stranger, and ye took me in (extraordinary rendition, black sites and Guantanamo): naked, and ye clothed me (orange jumpsuits and hoods).'”

On a November 28 CNN/YouTube Republican debate, Romney assured John McCain, “I know what waterboarding is, Senator,” but then refused to call it by its real name, torture. He went on to say that anyone deemed a threat to the United States belongs at Guantanamo where they can “meet GIs and CIA interrogators.” It was his Heinrich Himmler moment.

Romney made a point of saying that on matters of interrogation and torture techniques he defers to his campaign’s counterterrorism czar, Cofer Black, consort to the Whore of Babylon.

Black, who Jeremy Scahill, author of the book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, calls “one of the biggest thugs to serve in US government,” was a 28 –year veteran of the CIA who escalated the extraordinary rendition (kidnapping, transportation and torture) program under President Clinton. He was head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, when he failed America and 3000 people died.

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‘Big Brother’ Restaurant Spies on Diners

23 cameras track customers’ every move. Facial recognition technologies record every smile and every frown, and a scale built into the floor weighs customers as they check out. Specially designed chairs note diners’ heart rate as they get their first taste.

ABC | Dec 10, 2007

Customers Are Weighed at Checkout as Part of Study on Consumer Behavior

By CHRISTINE BROUWER

Imagine enjoying a friendly lunch with co-workers at the company restaurant. Now imagine every bite, sip and swallow being monitored by company researchers, in a kind of culinary Big Brother scenario.

That’s the reality at the new Dutch Restaurant of the Future, where 23 cameras track customers’ every move. Facial recognition technologies record every smile and every frown, and a scale built into the floor weighs customers as they check out. Specially designed chairs note diners’ heart rate as they get their first taste.

It’s all part of a life-size, 10-year social science experiment designed to answer one seemingly simple question: Why do we consume the way we do?

“We’re trying to understand what the underlying factors of eating and drinking habits are,” said Rene Koster, the project manager and an economist at Wageningen University, which hosts the restaurant.

“A lot of our decision making is directed by the subconscious,” Koster continued. “People often react automatically.”

Previous studies have shown that people rarely understand their own behavior when it comes to food and drink. Elements like the color of a mug, for example, can determine whether consumers perceive the same coffee as strong of weak, with red being associated with a particularly robust brew.

And people eating a larger amount of ice cream out of a bigger bowl report being as full as those eating less ice cream out of a smaller bowl, according to one study conducted at the University of Illinois a few years ago.

The Restaurant of the Future opened its doors Oct. 4 and hosts only university students and employees who have signed off on being monitored as they dine. From observation rooms nearby, researchers watch and analyze every move, studying how factors like size, smell, ambiance and packaging influence consumer choices.

In addition to the main dining hall, which is outfitted with attractive white tables and elegant floor-to-ceiling windows, the Restaurant of the Future hosts four smaller “mood labs,” identical rooms where, with the flip of a switch, researchers can change the colors of lights, introduce smells or put up panels to give diners the sense they’re eating by themselves rather than in a group.

The designers say the Restaurant of the Future, which is operated with the backing of several commercial partners, is the largest-scale experiment ever of its kind. And other experts are already expressing excitement about the possibilities.

“I’m very impressed,” said Koert van Ittersum, a professor of marketing at Georgia Tech whose research deals with consumer behavior. “They will probably get us as close to observing real behavior as we can get. The next best is actually going into a restaurant.”

Barbara Kahn, dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami, agreed, and said the crucial benefit of Holland’s Restaurant of the Future is getting its human subjects out of a laboratory setting.

“You get socially normative behavior,” Kahn said of observing people in a traditional study environment. She emphasized that when people are asked to explain or describe their own behavior, their answers are not always accurate.

“They’re below conscious-level effects,” Kahn said. “You give people a bigger plate, they eat more. But they don’t realize that they’re doing that. They use all these perceptual cues without knowing it.”

Researchers at the Dutch restaurant hope the results of their study will be of interest not only to the corporate world, which has a clear stake in knowing which colors, smells and sounds attract buyers, but also to medical professionals, studying the causes of overeating and obesity.

“People do things without knowing why,” van Ittersum said, adding that simply reducing portion size will lead people to be satisfied with less food.

Despite the excitement surrounding the Restaurant of the Future, experts say there are limitations.

“The beauty of observation is that you actually see what happens naturally,” van Ittersum told ABC News. “But you’re going to yield so much information, you can run a small university just based on the data collected there.”

And experts warn the results found at Wageningen University won’t necessarily translate elsewhere. Miami’s Kahn said there are huge differences across cultures when it comes to food.

“Even with globalization,” Kahn said, “one thing that seems pretty culture-bound is food habits.”

Van Ittersum, who is from the Netherlands and an alumnus of the institution, agreed.

“Tipping, for example, is not going to be studied at Wageningen University,” said van Ittersum, laughing. “It’s a simple as that. Tipping is not a part of Dutch culture.”

Diners at the Restaurant of the Future, meanwhile, seemed perfectly content being watched, weighed and monitored as they ate and chatted with colleagues.

“I don’t feel like I’m being watched; no, not at all,” one woman told ABC News as she sat eating her lunch, which included two whole-wheat sandwiches and a banana.

Asked whether she felt comfortable, she answered, “Yeah, of course. Why not?”

Tamiflu, erratic behaviour link probed

Reuters | Dec 17, 2007

MORE than half of flu patients in Japan showing abnormal behaviour had taken the drug Tamiflu, but it was not clear if there was a causal link between the drug and their actions, a government report says.

Japan is investigating whether there is any link between Tamiflu, made by Roche, and neuropsychiatric problems after more than 100 people, mostly young, showed erratic behaviour such as jumping from buildings after taking the drug.

There have been eight cases of deaths after abnormal or possibly abnormal behaviour.

Tamiflu can treat symptoms of regular seasonal influenza and is seen as one of the best defences against a possible bird flu pandemic.

The Health Ministry report said that of 137 patients who had shown abnormal behaviour, 82 had taken Tamiflu, while 52 had not.

But the report, compiled by a group of doctors and other health experts, said their figures were difficult to assess because it was not clear what percentage of all influenza patients had been prescribed Tamiflu.

The report also said the number of patients showing abnormal behaviour did not drop after the Government warned in March against prescribing Tamiflu to those aged 10 to 19.

A Health Ministry official said that the study had been inconclusive but that a separate group of doctors and experts would present their own study later in the month.

“We hope to reach some kind of conclusion at that time,” he said.

Roche and its Japanese partner Chugai Pharmaceutical have said no causal relationship has been established between Tamiflu and neuropsychiatric symptoms, and doctors say influenza itself can cause abnormal behaviour.

Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir, is widely prescribed in Japan. Chugai estimates some 35 million people have taken the drug, accounting for around 70 per cent of the world’s Tamiflu consumption.