Corporations fight over oil leak as spill continues – RT Top Stories

22 May, 2010 — RT Top Stories

A month after a BP oil rig explosion led to crude oil being pumped directly into the Gulf of Mexico, the scandal over who is to blame for it is only gathering momentum.

An estimated 28 million liters of oil has gushed in the water, though some scientists say the real figure is much higher.

The powers that be are still trying to shut off the oil tap, which is seeping scandal, politics and corporate domination into Washington’s on-going investigation.

BP’s Deep Water Horizon explosion sparked a fire on April 20, two days later, the government agency that was suppose to be watching BP began its probe. President Obama came to the rescue.

‘BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill,’ said president Obama, talking to press in Venice, US. ‘But as president of the United States, I’m going to spare no effort to respond on this crisis as long as it continues.’

The once vivacious advocates of ‘drill, baby, drill’ have disappeared, along with solutions to the problem. Obama sent SWAT teams as the oil reached the shores of Louisiana. The media has coined it ‘Obama’s Katrina’.

‘From hurricane Katrina and now with this gulf oil explosion of BP… [these are] things that show that profit’s over people,’ said Lennox Yearwood, director of The Hip-Hop Caucus movement.

The truth begins to unravel. The scandal begins to form.

‘The agency allowed rigs like deep water horizon to drill near certainty the blow-outs would occur without adequate back up devices,’ claimed US senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) concerning the situation.

The department of interior has announced a temporary halt to all offshore drilling projects until the May 28 investigation wraps up. As that announcement was made, the same department issued exemptions for 27 oil companies to continue offshore drilling projects.

In the hot seat, Congress summons the culprits – BP, Transocean and Halliburton – they all blame each other, and later admit they did not fully cap the rig, which led to the explosion.

The agency responsible for regulating the oil industry is exposed for its cozy industry connections. The government vows to break up the agency and install transparency – all this as Bloomberg business reports that same agency is the government second biggest money maker next to the IRS, raking in $13 billion dollars last year alone in royalties from the industry.

And yet the rig is still gushing 25-65,000 gallons of oil into the ocean per day.

So how do the American people feel about all of this?

‘This shows to people that our government does not protect us,’ said one US resident.

‘I think that’s unfortunate that the gulf, both, ecologically and socio-politically is suffering, while two huge corporations bail out who is to blame instead of trying to work together to resolve the problem,’ another said.

Meanwhile, the oil is still polluting the Gulf of Mexico, unraveling an ecological disaster of epic proportions, with what seems to be no end in sight.

Battlefields contaminated with depleted uranium bred cancer plague

22 May, 2010 — RT Top Stories

Depleted uranium has been used for nearly 20 years as sub-ammunition of artillery shells in international conflicts like the two Iraq Wars and the NATO conflict with Serbia, but the long-term effects of it are unknown.

In Iraq, many doctors believe that the radiation leaked from old weapons used by foreign forces in 1991 and 2003 are continuing to have a deadly impact.

They fear that the remains of the substance are spreading cancer through the population and contaminating water.

Seven years after the invasion of Iraq, people there are still dying from its after-effects.

In cities and towns across the country, old munitions are leaking radiation, with horrific consequences.

‘The number of cancer cases among children increased by 227 per cent in the period from 2005 to 2007,’ stated Doctor K. Suleiman. ‘Experts at the University of Basra Research Center claim that toxic agents will continue having a harmful effect on human health for the next 50 years.’

During the Gulf War in 1991 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003, coalition forces fired thousands of ‘depleted uranium’ shells.

Depleted uranium is a by-product of the enrichment process and its immense density makes it a powerful projectile. But it can leave a deadly legacy.

‘Depleted uranium, which was used back in 1991 and 2003, is the most dangerous substance. Experts reckon that over 350 tonnes of it were used in total. This substance will give out harmful radiation for years into the future,’ predicted Dr. Suleiman. ‘For instance, as many as 35 new forms of cancer not known to the World Health Organization were reported in June 2008.’

Two reports, one by the US army and the other by the World Health Organization, warned about the dangers of depleted uranium before the 2003 war.

When shells fell into the dust, they contaminated it, along with water sources nearby.

And when it is inhaled or drunk, radioactive material can sit in the body, damaging DNA and leading to cancer.

The Head of a humanitarian organization for children with cancer, L. Shakir, informs that ‘The reports say that the number of cancer patients is growing. But some doctors say it’s all within the norm and that the number of cancer cases here is smaller than in other countries. We need to consolidate our efforts in fighting cancer. The support of the state, represented by the Health Minister, is of paramount importance, as is the role of NGOs and international organizations.’

Officially, the US army is skeptical about the link between depleted uranium shells and cancer rates.

But where battles were fought, Iraqi doctors are struggling to cope with huge rises in numbers of tumors and birth defects and, for them, the link is obvious.

‘2,000 new cancer cases are reported in Basra annually. Our patients come from Basra, An-Nasiriyah, Amara and other provinces,’ Doctor Jivad Ali, an oncologist, said.”

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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 16-22 May, 2010

Kim Jong-il In China (I)
“Kim Jong-il’s “unofficial” tour across China’s northern provinces early this May was loaded with symbolism. It was his fifth visit to the country which in fact acts as the DPRK’s only remaining partner in international politics… Western watchers are convinced that Kim Jong-il’s younger son – 27-year old Kim Jong-un who has been nominated to key posts in the Communist Party and the National Defense Commission over the past several months– is already being orbited as his father’s successor…”

Kim Jong-il In China (II)
“Russia is not going to compete with China over North Korea, as the approach proved unwarranted in the Soviet era. At present Moscow has no far-reaching plans involving the DPRK like those of China, but it is no reason for passivity. The DPRK is Russia’s close neighbor in whose development Moscow invested heavily in the past, but currently the legacy is in neglect and is evaporating…”

Viktor PIROZHENKO (Ukraine)
Medvedev-Yanukovych: the Summit That Promises to Become A Milestone
“Leaders of East Europe’s two largest countries — Russian President D. Medvedev and Ukrainian President V. Yanukovych — will meet in Kyiv on May 17-18… The ambitious agenda and the impressive package of agreements to be signed reflect the fact that — for the first time over the past two decades — Russia and Ukraine are on track for a real strategic partnership and for the trusting relations natural for the two Slavic countries…”

Andrei NOVATSKI (Ukraine)
President Medvedev’s Visit to Kyiv: the First Set of Results
Russian President D. Medvedev’s May 17-18 visit to Ukraine has produced major results in the spheres of economy, international relations, and security…One of the key economic agreements between the two countries signed during the Russian-Ukrainian summit is the inter-bank cooperation deal between Ukreximbank and Russia’s Bank VTB…In the nearest future the governments of the two countries will likely revive the negotiations on Ukraine’s joining the Russia – Kazakhstan grain pool.