Obama Administration Launches Deceptive Swine Flu Propaganda Blitz To Counter Growing Criticism from Scientific and Medical Community By Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null

29 October, 2009 — Global ResearchProgressive Radio Network – 2009-10-26

President Obama and his top health officials are engaging in a major public relations effort to divert attention away from whether its swine flu vaccine is effective and safe – to whether there is enough of it to go around. And the media, as always, is cooperating fully. This echoes the way media debate was manipulated during the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. Instead of debating whether we should even be fighting those wars, the media debated only whether we were using the correct military strategy.

Increasing numbers of scientists and doctors are issuing harsh criticisms of the Government’s plan to vaccinate (forcibly if necessary) virtually the entire U.S. population with what they claim is a poorly tested vaccine that is not only ineffective against swine flu, but could cripple and even kill many more people than it helps.

The CDC’s public relations campaign has been running “scare” ads that portray swine flu as a full-blown “pandemic” responsible for snuffing out countless lives, and which, unless stopped by universal vaccination, could kill millions of American citizens. But scientists and health officials throughout the world have called the governments claims unjustified and deliberately misleading.

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HOUSMANS Radical Books, London – Newsletter of events November 2009


1. Peace House 50th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit
2. Housmans Peace Diary 2010
3. End of the decade sale!

4. ‘What is Psychogeography Today?’ with Rich Cochrane
5. ‘Bob Dylan & Babylon: Together through Life’ with John Gibbens
6. ‘People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity’ with Howard Clark
7. ‘Songs of the Land’ with Leslie Ray
8. ‘Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops’ with Graham Jones
9. ‘The Chomsky Effect’ with Robert F Barsky
10. Forthcoming Events

11. ‘Listening To Grasshoppers’ by Arundhati Roy
12. ‘Angels Of Anarchy’ by Patricia Allmer

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Former CIA Detainee Moazzem Begg Testifies at War Crimes Tribunal

30 October, 2009 — Mathaba.net

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Mathaba) – In a very compelling and eloquent testimony in answer to questions by Commission members of the War Crimes Tribunal which is taking place here.

After years of isolation and unjust imprisonment in Afghanistan and Guantanamo by the U.S. and British intelligence agencies and military, the testimony of Moazzam Begg, a young British Asian Muslim, is almost a miracle, given his sanity and eloquence after his ordeals, which is a testimony to his strength of character and faith.

He gave very detailed testimonies which are clear to observers and psychologists, can only be born of truth and a willingness to answer all questions and give testimony in complete openness and honesty. He said that seeking justice is something everybody wants.

In Britain, Mr Begg has a case against the British intelligence for violation of his human rights. He said that places such as this commission, are the only places that the victims of torture and extraordinary rendition have as recourse and that this offers hope of justice for those victims.

Judges of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal who will hear the cases that pass the commission of inquiry, are Dato’ Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, a retired Malaysian Federal Court judge, Tunku Sofiah Jewa, Mr Francis A. Boyle, Prof. Salleh Buang, Prof. Niloufer Bhagwat, Mr Alfred L Webre and Prof. Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi.

The Commission Deliberations which opened this morning will include testimonies of 7 witnesses and is to continue all day today. Tomorrow October 31st the Hearing of Application for an Advisory Opinion is to be filed by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission.

In testimonies given by Moazzam Begg it is clear that British Intelligence were heavily involved in the interrogation of prisoners and abductees, including at Guantanemo Bay, the U.S. base in U.S. occupied Cuban territory.

He said that he can produce for the Commission details of his case against the British government, in answer to a question about the involvement of the British in the horrific human rights abuses that took place in U.S. custody.

92% of people captured were not involved with Taliban or Al-Qaidah or any battle field, 2% were accused to have something to do with Al-Qaidah and 8% involvement with the Taliban. The vast majority of the 92% were handed over as a result of people wanting to claim the bounties offered by the U.S. for any foreigners given to them within Afghanistan.”

See also:

Sudanese Former CIA Detainee Jazeera Journalist Sami Hajj Testifies at War Crimes Tribunal

Former British CIA Detainee Rahul Ahmed Testifies at War Crimes Tribunal

Are you listening yet, Mr Crozier? By Paul Haste on the picket line

29 October 2009 — Morning Star Online

cwu.jpgDEFIANCE: Strikers on the picket lines are fed up of management attacks.

Post workers have continued their offensive with a third national strike against bosses’ threats to cut thousands of Royal Mail jobs.

More than 43,000 workers at huge mail centres and trucking depots across Britain defied management and refused to take out the post, in protest against Royal Mail executives’ attempts to tear up union agreements protecting their jobs.

Mail sorters, long-distance drivers and engineers set up picket lines before dawn after last-minute talks at the TUC between the workers’ union and post bosses were derailed by what CWU deputy leader Dave Ward described as ‘Royal Mail’s lack of sincerity in wanting an agreement.’

Standing in solidarity with striking post workers on the picket line at central London’s huge Mount Pleasant mail centre, Mr Ward explained that ‘post workers have already lost 60,000 jobs and another 60,000 are at risk, while the remaining full-time workers fear being forced to accept part-time positions.’

But Royal Mail’s negotiators ‘walk away every time we get close to a deal,’ he charged.

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes responded to management’s hard line, declaring: ‘I can see the strike action increasing now, because I don’t think we’re going to put up with this messing about.’

And referring to Royal Mail chief executive Adam Crozier’s demand that post workers should ‘shut up,’ Mr Hayes asserted: ‘Our people are not going to shut up – our people are very angry.’

Strikers on the picket lines pledged defiance in the face of management attacks.

CWU Wales rep Amarjit Singh insisted that post workers ‘have been put in this position through no fault of their own.

‘Our members don’t want to strike, they don’t want to lose money, but their terms and conditions and job security are on the line,’ he stressed.

Newcastle CWU rep John Frazer emphasised that ‘no-one has broken the strike – it has completely held up.’

And Birmingham union rep Steve Reid added that workers were prepared to begin an ‘indefinite strike’ to oppose management’s offensive.

‘It’s our jobs, our livelihoods that are on the line, but it’s not only that – it’s a public service, the customers’ post that’s at risk,’ he declared.

Workers on the picket line at the Nine Elms mail centre in south London urged the union to step up pressure on the government to force Royal Mail to back down.

Striker Paul Cotes said: ‘Labour should take notice because this is an important fight that could last to the election and it will define the future of our members – whether we stay full or part time, or even employed at all.’

Fellow picket Mr Patel pointed out that CWU members in London had recently voted by 96 per cent to call on the union to disaffiliate from Labour because of the party’s failure to protect the publicly owned mail service.

‘Dave Ward has said, that as a union, we can’t go on supporting a party that is attacking us,’ Mr Patel recalled.

‘So it is vital that the union wins this dispute to show that we can fight for our jobs,’ he added.

Cuba’s Sugarcane Ethanol Potential: Cuba, Raul Castro, and the Return of King Sugar to the Island

29 October, 2009 — COHA

“Central America and the Caribbean, historical sugar-producing economies where the sugar-ethanol infrastructure already has a foundation, labor costs are low, and the political conditions are more or less stable– offers the best near-term potential for large-scale sugarcane ethanol production. This is a market opportunity which Cuba, with the longest experience of sugar–ethanol and sugarcane derivates production in the region, is positioned to take advantage of.”
– Sugarcane Energy Use: The Cuban Case, Alonso-Pippo Walfrido, University of Havana, 2008

As the result of a precipitous contraction in the Cuban economy, Cubans have recently experienced crippling energy cutbacks and other shortfalls that are reminiscent of the devastating hardships of the “Special Period,” and industries have continued to falter due to the evaporation of credit and investment flows which largely dried up after the break-up of the Soviet empire. In the first half of 2009, the Obama Administration launched a series of modest initiatives aimed at normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, most recently exemplified by the loosening of restrictions on travel by Cuba-Americans, lifting controls on remittances, and giving the nod to U.S. telecommunication investments on the island. Though President Obama recently renewed the Trading With the Enemy Act, policy mitigations have prompted speculation that a greater volume of trade and investment is likely to be permitted in the future. These factors, coupled with the current 28-year high in sugar prices and the delicate health of Fidel Castro, lead to the question: would Cuba benefit from, and does it possess the technological and infrastructural means and political will to expand and modernize its sugar and sugarcane ethanol industries to take advantage of the unique developments now taking place around the globe? Based on the following assessment, despite the precipitous collapse of Cuba’s sugar industry beginning in the early 1990s, the country’s economy would benefit from opening its markets to foreign investment and revitalizing its tattered sugar industry for the production of raw sugar, ethanol and electricity.

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