Daily Archives: September 18, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine with Mercury and Squalene Pushed on Pregnant Women

NaturalNews | Sep 14, 2009

by S. L. Baker

It’s getting crazy out there. New revelations about the novel H1N1 vaccine are raising more questions than ever about its safety while there’s a new drive to push shots of the stuff as quickly as possible on perfectly healthy pregnant women. That means the most vulnerable of all — unborn children — will be exposed to a little-tested vaccine. According to a CDC authored article just published in the British journal  Lancet, “Once available, vaccination will be an essential component of the public health response to this influenza, and US guidelines place pregnant women in a high-priority group for receipt of pandemic influenza vaccine.”

Note the keys words in the statement: “once available”. The words you might expect, “once thoroughly tested for safety,” are nowhere to be found. According to an article just published in the Denver Post, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) own flu chief, has warned about the potential dangers of untested vaccines (although he has stopped short of criticizing Europe’s full-steam-ahead approach of promoting H!NI vaccinations).

To top it off, now comes word out of the FDA’s Vaccine and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting held on July 23rd that the H1N1 vaccine is going to be laced with the mercury containing preservative thimerosal. That’s right, the same thimerosal that was banned in influenza vaccines in California and several other states starting in 2004. The reason? The mercury-laden toxin has been linked to a number of health concerns — including worries thimerosal caused or contributed to the current autism epidemic.

Is this an absolute scientific fact? No, the jury is still out on the controversy but, bottom line, thimerosal contains mercury. Even more importantly, the targeting of pregnant women seems unwise. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency EPA) web site states that “factors that determine how severe the health effects are from mercury exposure include… the age of the person exposed (the fetus is the most susceptible).”

Other worrisome tidbits of information about the vaccine have been revealed in recent days. A Lancet editorial suggests that any U.S. plan to rely on swine flu vaccines without ingredients to stretch the supply would reduce the number of vaccination shots available other countries. The solution for vaccine manufacturers, allowing them to stretch the vaccine to go further, could be the addition of ingredients called adjuvants. According to breaking news about the use of adjuvants in the H1N1 vaccine, Bloomberg is reporting these compounds have never been approved for flu vaccines in the U.S. and some studies have shown they cause immune disorders in mice. However, back on July 7, in a not-widely-reported announcement, WHO recommended that adjuvants be used to boost production quantity of vaccines available world-wide.

The Age of Autism, a daily web newspaper covering the autism epidemic, has raised some important points about these adjuvants. The web site points out that the VRBPAC was not furnished with information on the safety of adjuvants in the new flu vaccine. “Of concern is that the proposed adjuvants (AS03 and MF59) are squalene (oil) based and studies suggest that exposure to squalene is associated with production of auto-antibodies and auto-immune disease,” the web site states. What’s more, some veterans have claimed that squalene adjuvant in vaccines was responsible for Gulf War Syndrome.

According to the Lancet article, the reason the H1N1 vaccine is being pushed on healthy pregnant women is because from April 15 to May 18, 2009, there were 34 confirmed or probable (that means they were not actually scientifically confirmed as H1N1 at all) cases of H1N1 flu in pregnant US women reported to the CDC. Eleven of these (32 percent) were admitted to hospitals. That hospital admission rate is more than four times higher than for the general population.

But the authors of the article admit this high rate of hospitalization of women with H1N1 could simply be the result of doctors being more likely to admit a pregnant woman to the hospital than someone else in the general population with the exact same symptoms. So there is no real evidence that pregnant women are more hard-hit by the virus than anyone else. Yes, there were six deaths in pregnant US women believed to have the H1N1 flu between April 15 and June 16, 2009. All developed pneumonia and subsequent acute respiratory distress syndrome. But where is the data showing whether they were suffering from other illnesses? What was their nutritional and general health status? Did they have other infections before coming down with the flu? Was it really H1N1 that killed them?

Bottom line: there are more questions than answers about H1N1. Making assumptions, including assuming that healthy pregnant women and their unborn babies will have their health protected by being exposed to an untested vaccine with unknown long term consequences, simply doesn’t make sense. Yes, the H1N1 virus may mutate into something extremely serious. But it is important to remember that, right now, the flu it causes is relatively mild.

Blackwater Offers Training to ‘Faith Based Organizations’

rebelreports.com | Sep 17, 2009

By Jeremy Scahill

In its ever-evolving re-branding campaign, Blackwater has created a new alter-ego for part of the company’s business. Meet the “Personal Security Awareness” program, which appears to be an off-shoot of Erik Prince’s Greystone, Ltd., a classic mercenary operation registered offshore in Barbados. On its website, which was registered on February 20, 2009 and went live recently, the “program” is described as “a multi-phase course which is designed to assist Non-Government Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and Commercial Businesses by providing individual personal awareness and driver training for their personnel when deployed to unfamiliar environments.” It adds: “Greystone recognizes the importance of “preparation by doing” and looks forward to you joining us for this exciting training!”

Blackwater, of course, works for such organizations as the International Republican Institute, but “Faith Based Organizations?” Are they serious? I’m sure there are just scores of Islamic aid groups just lining up to take courses from Blackwater, Xe,  US Training Center, Greystone,  Personal Security Awareness. Moreover, any legitimate “faith based organization” that wants harmony with other faiths would be insane to work with this company. One of the courses offered is described as teaching “persons traveling to foreign environments how to remain safe during their travels in a vehicle.” This truly is surreal. What would seem more appropriate would be a company offering courses on how to  “remain safe” in a vehicle when going anywhere near Blackwater forces. Remember how those unarmed Iraqi civilians were blown up in their car by Blackwater operatives at Nisour Square? Or the Afghan civilians allegedly killed in their car by Blackwater operatives in Afghanistan in May?

Also, lets remember that Blackwater—headed by a man described in a sworn statement by a former employee as “view[ing] himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe”— is itself a twisted faith-based organization—and a very violent one at that.

Then there is this course in Session III: “Teaches rules of the road and includes specific driving techniques for a specific region.” I can just imagine what goes on during this course: If you are trying to convert Muslims in a Muslim country and some Muslims happen to come near you, “‘lay [the] Hajiis out on cardboard’ as ‘payback for 9/11.’”

In Session I there is a course that purportedly “Describes the criminal mindset.” Well, that’s something Blackwater knows a lot about. I hope they assign, as part of the curriculum, the US Justice Department’s 34-count indictment of Blackwater forces for the Nisour Square massacre.

Colombia might leave Unasur regional bloc

buenosairesherald.com | Sep 17, 2009

Colombia could consider quitting the South American nations bloc Unasur if it does not agree to debate issues related to drug trafficking and terrorism.

The Colombian Defence Minister Gabriel Silva said during the summit of regional foreign and defence ministers in Ecuador that “if there is no sense of urgency on these issues as they are for Colombia, we will be mere spectators. In that case we will have to evaluate the possibility of pulling out.”

Meanwhile, Venezuela said the bases could be used “to gather intelligence, counterintelligence and conspire against us” and added the Venezuelans should get prepared for a possible armed conflict with US and Colombia.

Chavez on verge of declaring war

colombiareports.com | Sep 16, 2009

by  Neda Vanovac

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is urging his military to defend Venezuela in the face of Colombia’s military bases agreement with the United States.

Chavez fumed that at the recent UNASUR summit in Ecuador, “Colombia’s representative had the audacity to apologize” saying he could not reveal details of the controversial military agreement for lack of “permission from the U.S. government.”

“Go with shame, feel sorry for others!” said Chavez, who continued to insist that Colombia is required to give details of the agreement to the entire region.

Both Venezuela and Brazil failed to explain to UNASUR their recent weapons purchases from Russia and Iran, among others.

Chavez said that Brazil has asked “for a guarantee that the United States forces would not make incursions into surrounding countries.”

According to Chavez, Colombia will give no guarantees. “[Venezuela] will not insist on guarantees, because if anything can be guaranteed its that they will use those military bases against us. … I have no doubt. So what we have to do here, generals and admirals, is prepare to defend this country,” he said.

The U.S. forces stationed in Colombia would “carry out intelligence, counterintelligence, and conspire against Venezuela,” President Chavez said.

Newspaper El Espectador reports that Chavez alleges that “the empire” (the USA) has plans to overthrow or even assassinate him in order to take control of Venezuela’s oil wealth, the world’s fifth largest oil exporter and fourth largest supplier of the United States.

Communism and Capitalism Are Mixing in Laos

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In a government-run book store in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, books on Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin are best sellers. Cedric Arnold for The International Herald Tribune.

NY Times | Sep 18, 2009

By THOMAS FULLER

VIENTIANE, Laos — Hammer-and-sickle flags flutter above government offices in central Vientiane, and the entrance to the national museum is decorated with massive sculptures glorifying the workers’ revolutionary struggle.

Officially, this sparsely populated country is still communist — and has been since 1975. But these days, that really depends on whom you ask.

Three months ago the Obama administration declared that Laos, the country the United States tried so hard to prevent from toppling toward communism during the Vietnam War, had “ceased to be a Marxist-Leninist country.”

Following similar announcements in past decades for China and Vietnam, the White House made the declaration without fanfare in a June 12 memorandum that lifts a ban on Laotian companies from getting financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

But in Vientiane, the capital, news of the U.S. policy change was perplexing for Klongmanee Boonliang, an amiable saleswoman in a government-run bookshop. Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin are still best sellers, she said.

Every month, schools and offices buy 400 to 500 poster-size portraits of the two men and hang them in prominent places. “The Smile of Lenin,” one of several booklets praising Lenin on the shelves, also sells well.

“He was a brave and smart person,” she said, offering an impromptu homily to the founder of Soviet communism. “Everyone wants to get lessons from him. It’s still important.”

What to make of Laos, the former French colony that became a focal point of great powers during the Vietnam War, only to slide back into obscurity once the Cold War ended?

Landlocked and mountainous, Laos has long had a reputation as more somnolent than its hard-charging neighbors. Today, however, Vientiane’s streets are filled with the hallmarks of conspicuous consumption — Hummers, Mercedes and other fancy cars. Purse snatchings are on the rise, a sign perhaps that people have more to steal. In a center-city gym, a group of high school girls spend their evenings practicing dance moves that might make teenagers in Los Angeles blush, let alone the ashen-faced members of the Lao Politburo.

Capitalism is making inroads in Laos, but mastering the ideology might require some re-education. The country is scheduled to open its first stock exchange next year, a plan that prompted a local newspaper to run a series of articles offering a glossary of capitalist terms (“A stock market itself is like any other market,” said a recent explanatory article. “Everything has a price.”)

The official line from the government is that Laos is a one-party democracy — only members of the Communist Lao People’s Revolutionary Party are allowed to contest elections.

“Marxist-Leninist theory is practical and is suitable for the current situation in Laos,” President Choummaly Sayasone said in a speech to military veterans earlier this year that was reported in the English-language Vientiane Times.

Yet even some government offices are enthusiastically entrepreneurial. Provincial authorities have encouraged the construction of lucrative casinos that cater to Chinese and Thai gamblers (Lao citizens are not allowed). And in Vientiane, the Foreign Ministry charges 1 million kip, about $120, as a “registration fee” for visiting journalists and $24 for every day in the country — princely sums for this impoverished country.

Laos is, above all, divided between the rising incomes of Vientiane and a handful of other towns and the poverty of the countryside, where most of the country’s seven million people live — and where ideology of any stripe can seem irrelevant.

In a village about 15 miles outside Vientiane, Thai Lee, a rice farmer, said he had never heard of Marx.

Lenin? He guessed he might be a famous Vietnamese leader.

“If I had studied more, I might know more about it,” Mr. Lee said.

Even during the Cold War, Laos was never a communist country in the style of the more industrialized and developed Soviet satellites in Europe.

Efforts to establish farming communes in the early 1980s were so unpopular that they were abandoned within a few years. And children in Laos are often educated in Buddhist schools, where Marx and Lenin take a back seat to Siddhartha.

Although the cities show signs of newfound wealth, Laos is also too poor overall to be a textbook communist government capable of providing for all of its people. The government is so skeletal that public spending makes up only 11 percent of the country’s economy, according to World Bank numbers, compared with more than double that level in the world’s capitalist headquarters, the United States.

Politically, Laos remains authoritarian, and dissent from the party line is banned. But there have been signs of glasnost, the openness that Mikhail Gorbachev described in the dying days of the Soviet Union.

The National Assembly, the country’s Parliament, inaugurated a hot line two years ago, encouraging citizens to call in with complaints, which were researched and in some cases aired publicly. Earlier this year, the government passed a law allowing citizens to form nonprofit organizations, a move that chips away at the Communist Party’s monopoly on political life.

“Civil society in Laos is still very immature at the moment, but it’s growing,” said Viengsamay Srithirath, a communications officer at the World Bank office in Vientiane. “You see a number of grass-roots organizations coming up.”

For the United States, the decision to change Laos’s Marxist-Leninist status might be seen as a belated coda to the Secret War, the effort by the U.S. government four decades ago to keep Laos from becoming communist and to interdict Vietnamese supply lines through the Ho Chi Minh trail, much of which ran through Laos.

The war, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency and kept secret because it violated Laos’s neutrality, featured tens of thousands of hill tribe mercenaries on the U.S. payroll and a devastating bombing campaign.

The bombings ultimately failed to shut down the Ho Chi Minh trail, and Lao communist forces, backed by Vietnam and China, were victorious in 1975.

Ravic Huso, the current U.S. ambassador to Laos, says the decision to change Laos’s Marxist-Leninist status was not a comment on the country’s political system.

“Are they still a one-party state? Yes,” Mr. Huso said during an interview in his office. “The legislation was not intended to apply to that. It was intended to apply to the way the economy was run.”

In the June memorandum, President Barack Obama said, “I hereby determine that The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ceased to be a Marxist-Leninist country.” The memo includes a reference to the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s definition of Marxist economies.

The definition reads: “‘Marxist-Leninist country’ means any country that maintains a centrally planned economy based on the principles of Marxism-Leninism, or is economically and militarily dependent on any other such country.”

The change in U.S. policy was years in the making, Mr. Huso said. Cambodia was removed from the list at the same time. Only North Korea and Cuba remain, he said.

So, is Laos communist?

Southanom Inthavong, the head of the country’s Olympic Committee who has graduate degrees from universities in Moscow and Minnesota, answers the question with a question.

“What is China today?”

Nano Particles used in Untested H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines

Blacklisted News | Sep 17, 2009

By F. William Engdahl

Vaccines which have been approved by the responsible government authorities for vaccination against the alleged H1N1 Influenza A Swine Flu have been found to contain nano particles. Vaccine makers have been experimenting with nanoparticles as a way to “turbo charge” vaccines for several years. Now it has come out that the vaccines approved for use in Germany and other European countries contain nanoparticles in a form that reportedly attacks healthy cells and can be deadly.

In 2007 researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) announced in an article in the journal, Nature Biotechnology, that they had developed  a “nanoparticle that can deliver vaccines more effectively, with fewer side effects, and at a fraction of the cost of current vaccine technologies.” The article went on to describe the effects of their breakthrough: “At a mere 25 nanometers, these particles are so tiny that once injected, they flow through the skin’s extracellular matrix, making a beeline to the lymph nodes. Within minutes, they’ve reached a concentration of DCs thousands of times greater than in the skin. The immune response can then be extremely strong and effective.”

There is only one small problem with vaccines containing nanoparticles—they can be deadly and at the least cause severe irreparable health damage.

Nanoparticles, promoted in the mass media as the new wonder revolution of science, are particles that have been produced vastly smaller than deadly asbestos particles which caused severe lung damage and death before being outlawed. Particles at a nano size, (nm = 0,000000001 Meter) fuse together with the membranes of our body cell membranes and, according to recent studies in China and Japan, continuously destroy cells once introduced into the body. Once they interact with the body’s cellular structure, they cannot be removed. Modern medicine euphemistically terms the phenomenon, a continuing infectious reaction.

Since the asbestos scandal, it has been established that particles in size a millionth of a meter, because of their enormous attractive force, penetrate all cells, destroying all those they come into contact with. Nanoparticles are far smaller than asbestos fibers.

Beijing Tests confirm deadly effects on humans

The fact that WHO, the European Medicines Evaluation Agency, the German Robert Koch Institute and other health bodies today would permit the population to be injected with largely untested novel vaccines containing nanoparticles says more about the powerful pharma lobby in Euiropean politics than it does about the sanity or moral integrity of the civil servants responsible for health of the general public.

The September 2009 issue of the respected European Respiratory Journal, made public on 19 August, and available since 21 August online, contains a peer-reviewed article with the title, “Exposure to nanoparticles is related to pleural effusion, pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma.”

The article describes tests carried out in 2008 at the elite Beijing Chaoyang Hospital on seven young women. All seven, ages 18-47 had been exposed to nanoparticles for 5–13 months in their common workplace. All were admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and pleural effusions, or excessive fluids surrounding the lungs, inhibiting breathing. None of the seven had ever smoked and none were in any special risk group. Doctors carefully tested for every possibility and confirmed that the lung problems had a common origin—regular inhalation of nanoparticles in their factory. They had been exposed to Polyacrylat nanoparticles.

The tests confirmed the nanoparticles had set off a “super-meltdown” reaction in the patients. Despite all heroic efforts of doctors, two of the seven died from the lung complications.

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World’s biggest prison for journalists eight years after September 2001 round-ups

RSF | Sep 17, 2009

Eritrea now has at least 30 journalists and two media workers behind bars, which means that, exactly eight years after the round-ups of 18 September 2001 that put an end to free expression, it has achieved parity with China and Iran in terms of the number of journalists detained.

“Eritrea’s prisoners of conscience are not just the victims of their jailers’ cruelty,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are also, and even more so, the victims of indifference, tacit consent or overly timid efforts on the part of the country’s international ‘partners’. The Eritrean government has become a disgrace for Africa.”

The press freedom organisation added: “Eight years after President Issaias Afeworki took his country on a tragic new course, it is time for him to change direction again and agree to release the imprisoned journalists or try them according to international norms. We count on the Swedish government, the current holder of the European Union presidency, to obtain concessions from Issaias, especially as one of the jailed journalists holds dual Swedish and Eritrean citizenship.”

The three most important waves of arrests of the past eight years were in September 2001, November 2006 and February 2009. Thirty journalists and two media workers are currently detained, without trial.

Many are being held in metal containers or underground cells in Adi Abeito military prison (northwest of Asmara, on the road to Keren), in Eiraeiro prison (near the locality of Gahtelay, north of the road from Asmara to the port city of Massawa), in the Dahlak archipelago or one of the many other detention centres scattered around the country.

Reporters Without Borders has confirmed that four journalists arrested in September 2001 did not survive the appalling prison conditions.

The journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality is Dawit Isaac, the founder of the now banned weekly Setit, who was arrested on 23 September 2001. He was taken to the airforce hospital in Asmara for treatment earlier this year but he is now in Embatkala prison in Ghinda, 35 km northeast of the capital on the Massawa road.

The Eritrean authorities are keeping the state of his health a secret despite the international campaigns for his release. In response to a question about Dawit during an interview for Swedish journalist Donald Boström at the end of May, President Issaias said that he did not care where Dawit was held, that he would never be tried and that the government would never negotiate his release with Sweden. See the interview with Issaias.

In a resolution on 7 January 2009, the European Parliament expressed deep concern about Dawit’s continuing imprisonment and demanded his immediate release. But all the European Union attempts to obtain news about him have been ignored by the Eritrean authorities.

Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that, during the past three weeks, dozens of civil servants working for the ministries of information, defence, foreign affairs and national security have been forced by the authorities to surrender their email passwords.