Video: Annual Flu Deaths: The Real Number

1 November, 2009 — dandelionsaladjperryam

Thirty-six thousand dead every year from the flu? Twenty thousand? Fifteen thousand? No, no, and no. Not even close.

HOMEWORK: National Vital Statistics Reports / CDC – Deaths: Final Data for 2006 (influenza/pneumonia death info on page 42)

The Flu Vaccine Racket

Dr. John Cannell, cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington, recommends vitamin D INSTEAD of a flu shot.

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Trance (Langston Hughes: In Translation) by Edgar Nkosi White

31 October, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

(for Hafiz)

The stillest fall of all is the fall from grace.  No louder than a feather falling in a forest, and yet we fall.  There are many ways to kill a man.  Gun and knife will work well but to make a man irrelevant will also do, and what better way to ignore an artist than to place him in a high school or even college textbook for generations of students to ignore?  This can be called death by anthology.  This is when you take a vital and radical giant like Langston Hughes, who was global before there was the word global, and place him in a box marked poetry of the Negro.

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1987: "About the Results of Eduard Shevardnadze and Anatoly Dobrynin's Visit to Afghanistan"

1 November, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

Notes of Anatoly S. Chernyaev, Politburo Session, 21 January 1987

Shevardnadze: In the country and in the provinces they created authoritative organizations for reconciliation. They are working actively. There is a special committee for refugees. Many [rebel] bands — although they are not big — stopped armed struggle. Najib leaves a very good impression. However, not everybody supports him, even in the leadership. Some people are vacillating. But, as he rightly puts it, he does not have different people. He has taken the initiative into his own hands. I think that the leaders of the mojahadeen made a miscalculation having declined reconciliation. The economy of the country is in a state of destruction.

Very little is left of the friendly feelings toward the Soviet people which existed for decades. Very many people have died, and not all of them were bandits. Not a single problem was solved in favor of the peasants. In essence, [we] waged war against the peasants. The state apparatus is functioning poorly. Our adviser assistance is ineffective. Najib was complaining about the petty patronizing on the part of our advisers.

I am not going to discuss now whether we did the right thing by going there. But it is a fact that we went there absolutely not knowing the psychology of the people, or the real situation in the country. And everything that we were and are doing in Afghanistan is inconsistent with the moral face of our country.

Gromyko: Inconsistent — that we went in?

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Argentina: Disappearing Farmers, Disappearing Food By Marie Trigona

30 October, 2009 — Global ResearchCOA News – 2009-10-29

argentine-farmers.jpgWorldwide, industrial mono-culture farming has displaced traditional food production and farmers, wreaking havoc on food prices and food sovereignty. This is particularly true for the global south, where land has been concentrated for crops destined for biodiesel and animal feed. In response, peasants and small farmers organized actions in more than 53 countries on October 15 for International Food Day as an initiative of Via Campesina, one of the largest independent social movement organizations, representing nearly 150 million people globally.

The National Indigenous Campesino Movement of Argentina joined the protests taking place on around the world by organizing a march in Buenos Aires for International Food Day. Argentina has often been described as South America’s bread basket because it once produced grain and beef for much of the region. But with the transgenetic soy boom the nation has shifted to a mono culture production for export, displacing traditional food production and farmers.

Hundreds of campesinos marked the day with protests against this agricultural model outside of Argentina’s Department of Agriculture. “For the government, the countryside [is made up of] the landholding organizations and the agro-businesses, we practically don’t exist,” says Javier from the campesino movement in Cordoba, an organization that includes more than 1,500 families who have depended on traditional agriculture for generations. “We are also part of the countryside. We are the ones who live on the land and protect the land. We want to continue to live on our land, for future generations.”

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Six Questions for Desmond Travers on the Goldstone Report By Ken Silverstein

29 October, 2009 — Harpers

Desmond Travers was one of the four members of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which produced the controversial Goldstone Report.

Travers is a retired Colonel of the Army of the Irish Defence Forces. His last appointment was as Commandant of its Military College. He also served in command of troops with various UN and EU peace support missions. I recently spoke to Travers by phone about the report. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q1. Were you surprised by the criticism of the report?

A. There was a lot of criticism even before the report came out, primarily against individuals, especially Justice Richard Goldstone. So we were not unduly surprised by the whinging when the report was released, except for the intensity and viciousness of the personal attacks. Justice Goldstone has publicly invited the critics, especially within the U.S. government, to come forward with substantive evidence of incorrect or inaccurate statements. But there has been no credible criticism of the report itself or of the information elucidated in it.

Q2. Douglas Griffiths, the American delegate to the Human Rights Council, said, “While Justice Goldstone acknowledged Hamas’s crimes, in examining Israel’s response sufficient weight was not given to the difficulties faced in fighting this kind of enemy in this environment.” Is that a fair criticism?

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