Tuesday, December 03, 2013

BREAKING : Hong Kong Confirms City’S First Human Case Of Bird Flu

Timing of "outbreak" no coincidence; Virus weaponized at Kobe University Japan by Terida Ernala Ginting; "mainstream media" outlets continue to put forth ludicrous "bird flu" assertion in attempt to cover for Kobe University, University of Wisconsin weaponizers Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Ron Fouchier who are now holed-up in Amsterdam following ejection from U.S.

BLOOMBERG
By Natasha Khan & Joshua Fellman
12/03/2013

Hong Kong reported its first case of a form of bird flu that killed 45 people in eastern China, suggesting the virus is spreading further south in poultry.


A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper is in critical condition after being infected with the new H7N9 flu strain, Hong Kong’s government said yesterday. She had traveled to the neighboring mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, where she bought and slaughtered a chicken, according to a statement.

Her infection suggests the virus, which is often lethal to humans but causes no symptoms in birds, is circulating less than 30 miles from downtown Hong Kong. The city’s government curbed live poultry sales 16 years ago to prevent an earlier bird-flu variant from spreading. Yesterday, it elevated the response level under its influenza pandemic preparedness plan to “serious,” requiring hospitals to step up infection controls and limit visiting hours.


“We might not expect that this case is the only infection” in Shenzhen, said Ben Cowling, associate professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health.

Four people who had been in recent, close contact with the patient are displaying minor symptoms, said Ko Wing-man, the city’s health secretary, in the statement. Results of diagnostic tests on them and others may be available as early as today.


Virus weaponizers Kawaoka and Fouchier
Chris Cheung, a spokesman for Hong Kong’s Department of Health, declined to elaborate on the circumstances around which the patient was probably infected. The patient visited Shenzhen on Nov. 17, according to the statement.

She had a history of “traveling to Shenzhen, buying a chicken, slaughtering the chicken and eating the chicken,” Ko told reporters in Hong Kong yesterday. 



Market Closures

Human cases of H7N9 in China date back to February and surged in April before agriculture authorities temporarily closed live poultry markets and quarantined farms to limit human exposure. The Geneva-based World Health Organizationcounted 137 laboratory-confirmed cases as of Oct. 25.

“Respiratory viruses do their own thing; they don’t respect boundaries,” said Ian Mackay, an associate professor of clinical virology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, in a telephone interview. “It does seems that it’s continuing to add to provinces and regions, rather than reappear in all the old places it started in back in February and March.”

H7N9 has previously turned up outside mainland China. In late April, officials in Taiwan reported a case in a 53-year-old man who had just returned to Taiwan via Shanghai after a business trip to the eastern city of Suzhou.

Fondness for Fresh

Technical difficulties in detecting H7N9 infections may be causing cases to go unreported, Cowling said. Residents of Guangdong, the Chinese province bordering Hong Kong, appear to have a greater preference for buying live poultry than those of other provinces, he said.


Ernala-Ginting (2d from left), Kawaoka and Kobe lab staff
Even though H7N9 hasn’t mutated to become as contagious as seasonal flu, strains that emerge in China are of special interest to researchers. The 1957-58 Asian Flu and 1968-69 Hong Kong Flu pandemics were first identified in the world’s most populous nation, and an earlier bird flu strain known as H5N1 is thought to have come from the southern province of Guangdong in 1996. Years later, a new seasonal flu was found in neighboring Fujian and triggered epidemics worldwide.


To control an outbreak of H5N1 in 1997, Hong Kong authorities culled about 1.5 million chickens to remove the source of the virus. The order was made byMargaret Chan, then Hong Kong’s director of health, who is now WHO director-general in Geneva. The measure later became the global standard for the control of avian influenza.

Rusty Cages

Many families in rural areas kept chickens in their yards in wood-and-wire hutches that can still be seen lying empty and rusting in villages across the territory. Ducks, geese and pigeons are also widely eaten in Hong Kong.

Detection of H7N9 has been complicated by the fact that chickens and ducks don’t get sick from the virus.

Shanghai will suspend live poultry trading from January 31, the first day of the Chinese New Year, until April 30 to prevent a recurrence of the bird flu, the official news agency Xinhua reported yesterday. Hong Kong’s government has suspended the importation of live chickens from three Shenzhen farms, according to yesterday’s statement.

Hong Kong officials will visit poultry farms and live chicken stalls in markets to ensure compliance.

The city’s government said it has notified mainland health authorities and WHO about the confirmed infection.

“The big thing is if animal contact and the slaughtering of animals can be minimized, the risk of infection is going to be reduced,” said the University of Queensland’s Mackay. “If markets could be shut down or changed in the way they work, I’m sure the spread of H7N9 would take the same sort of dive that it did earlier in the year.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Joshua Fellman in New York at jfellman@bloomberg.net; Natasha Khan in Hong Kong at nkhan51@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jason Gale at j.gale@bloomberg.net




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The 5th Estate H5N1 "Novel" Series Draws Premier International Medical Colleges, Governments, U.S. House of Representatives


Man-made doomsday virus created at Kobe, Wisconsin, U.S. universities by insane Virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka and PhD student Teridah Ernala Ginting, H5N1 "novel" virus creator

The 5th Estate
02/14/2012

Below are listed a few of the hits The 5th Estate has been receiving from medical colleges worldwide and they tell a story of their own.


Kobe weaponized virus creators Kawaoka and Ernala-Ginting
The 5th Estate now resumes the ongoing series on the origins of the H5N1 (novel) virus created in an illegal, secret lab at Kobe University by insane virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his PhD student Teridah Ernala Ginting.

Our next report will continue with a short synopsis of what has been revealed here to date, and then move on to the continued publication of exclusive 5th Estate e-mails to retired investigative journalist Robert S. Finnegan.


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5th Estate Exclusive : Kobe University Creates "Novel" H5N1 In Secret Lab; "Smoking Gun" E - Mails From Kobe Virologist, H5N1-H1N1 Virus Creator Teridah Ernala Ginting

Story in e-mails:  Kobe University PhD student Teridah Ernala confesses to creating H1N1-H5N1 "novel" viruses; Kawaoka's virus thief Akiko Makino lies to Indonesian authorities to avoid arrest for attempted smuggling of H5N1 out of Indonesia, gives authorities another university as research facility she works for

By Robert S. Finnegan
01/05/2012

This young Indonesian "scientist" through the years of our contact revealed to The 5th Estate editor the inner-workings of her "secret" lab at Kobe University and a new BSL-4 in Tokyo that was working on H5N1 and H1N1 viruses, among others.  


Kobe virus weaponizers Kawaoka and Ernala-Ginting
Kobe University does NOT  officially have a BSL-4 lab, and yet this microbiologist was assigned by her professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka to work on recombinant H5N1 and H1N1 in a "secret" (her words) lab at their facility.  How and why was this allowed to transpire?  

The Japanese "professors" and "directors" of these nefarious projects preyed upon a young, incredibly naive and inexperienced Indonesian virologists to do their dirty-work.


The e-mails are not corrected for spelling, punctuation or format - and are republished in the original.

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 7:37 PM, Ida - Teridah Ernala <ida_lutu@yahoo,com> wrote:

    Hello Bob,
    
    I'm fine thank you. I have returned to the work again.. Have a trouble here. My supervisor tried to smuggle human samples from Indonesia.   The carrier got caught in Surabaya airport without any supporting documents. They marked the sample tubes with 'zoonotic material', but actually it was human RNA.

     I wanna give up this project if they keep doing illegal things.
    
    Somehow I agree with Obama's statement, about swine flu vacination. People should choose whether they want to be vaccinated or not. Vaccine has lot of side effect, lot of death reported because of vaccination. Especially, this vaccine is a new thing, lack of tests and trials. If I had a kid, I wouldn't give my kid swine flu vaccination.

    Someone can also spread disease by mandatory vaccination. If it happens, this can eliminate US population.
    
    Ida

  ---- Original Message -----

    From: Ida - Teridah Ernala
    To: C. A. Nidom
    Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:59 AM
    Subject: Re: Apa kabar?

    1.    The material you handed to Dr Masaoki Yamaoka on August 5th 2009, and then kept in ITD, should have been reported previously to us (at least to the head of ITD). In particular, if the material preceded using ITD’s material and equipment.
 
    2.    The materials been brought by Ms. Makino without any supporting document from you, so that Ms Makino and materials could not depart to Japan. Because Ms Makino declared that the materials derived from Airlangga University, she was not arrested and allowed to embark. However the materials are still kept in Juanda airport.

    3.    We regret the statement of Ms Makino mentioned that the materials came from Airlangga University, and described as zoonotic material. In fact, written statement from Dr Shinya and you mentioned that they were human samples.

    4.    Regarding to the points above, we require you to come to Surabaya as soon as possible to solve this problem. This is a serious illegal practice related to MTA.

Regarding to your fax, dated 7 September 2009 to the President of Airlangga University, about your materials for cytokine profiling in healthy people study:



They have samples actually, but no recent human samples since MOH banned the material transfer to other countries. That's why this is very illegal.

I told everything I know to the head of avian influenza lab in TDC Airlangga University, dr Nidom.

After this incident, the relationship between my professor and dr Nidom went bad. When got caught, the carrier mentioned that the samples were belonging of Airlangga University, but actually no one knew about that.

Now, Indonesia govt blames dr Nidom as the sample 'dealer', condition is not really good for him now. Inn Japan, my professor's telling everyone that dr Nidom tried to trap them at the airport.

I heard lot of things in Japan contrary to what I heard from dr Nidom. Because of this we're exchanging information through mail. My professor doesn't know that we're mailing to each other, we're keeping things this way.

After the incident, my professor became very nice at me. Of course, because they know that I know what's going on exactly. Few days later, they asked me to sign a document, mentioning that I'm a researcher belonging to my supervisor, and every matters between my supervisor and I should be kept confidential. I didn't have any reason not to sign it.

If you want to, I will forward the conversation between  Dr Nidom and I.  It's in Bahasa Indonesia, but that's the actual story.  It's a very long mail, maybe it;s pretty difficult for you to understand the whole story but just keep it for your reference.


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From: Ida - Teridah Ernala <ida_lutu@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: About Alaska 1997 H5N1
To: seanews1@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, 7 May, 2009, 2:38 AM

The accident report said that they used common lab H3N2 virus with 'some' H5N1 gene.
Common lab H3N2 probably the old human H3N2 with is known circulting in pigs for 20 years (check the Genotype map).
 
But 'some' H5N1 gene is vauge.

If you check the genotype map again, you'll see two gene NA and M (indicated by pink) are special. Those gene look like suddenly jumped into the whole virus. Compare with other genes which are reassortant and already established before.

Those NA and M recognized as Eurasian avian type, means originated from Europe or Asian avian strains. They compare the whole gene with H1N1 only, no one tried to compare it with H5N1.

I will try to do it, but it takes time I think. I only have free analysis software which is very slow so that sometimes manual analysis is faster :)).

But I will try.

Ida

From: Ida - Teridah Ernala <ida_lutu@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: About Alaska 1997 H5N1
To: seanews1@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 5:52 AM

I made several mutation in HA gene and one mutation in NA gene. Then made several virus combinations of those two genes.

From all combinations, they are growing effectively in MDCK (Madin Darby Canine Kidney) cell culture. I failed to grow one virus, I have tried three times but still failing. I assume this one may not able to grow in nature. To know if it's transmitted to human, I will use human trachea cell line later and ferret (usually used for studying influenza transmission in human). So I don't know if it's transmissible to human yet.

I'm working in BSL-2 laboratory, that's the requirement from the government because the original virus was only common H1N1. For H5N1 virus, I'm working in BSL-3 laboratory.

My experiment is confidential (please keep this only for you), no one except my professor and I know this (even we keep it secret from other lab members). Especially after the H1N1 emerged, my work will cause lot of trouble. We will go to the public after everything is set up.

Ida

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The University of Kobe has not returned repeated requests for comment and has been offered access to all documentation should they wish to perform an internal investigation.  To be continued.

Robert S. Finnegan is a retired investigative reporter, journalism professor and U.S. Marine Corps NCO based in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He has been working this case since 1997 and may be reached at rsfinnegan@gmail.com.


The Killing Floor

America's food supply terminally, irreparably poisoned

COUNTERPUNCH
By Jeffery St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn
11/29/2013

The other day we were forced to listen to an NPR interview, by Terry 
Gross, presumably, with some fellow talking about his garden, about which he had 
evidently written a silly-sounding book. After firing off some well-honed clich├ęs 
about the importance of the garden in making us consider the role of culture
 in man’s relationship to nature, the interviewee said ponderously that
 these days most people don’t know where food comes from. He and Gross,
or a Gross soundalike, chewed that one over industriously for several minutes.


Why would you
 want to know where food comes from? Ignorance is probably preferable, if not
 morally desirable. Better to think that New York strip or T-bone was put together 
in a lab, which is the way we’re headed anyway. Why be curious about where
 your broccoli comes from? In the old days a lot of it came from the Pajaro Valley
 just south of Santa Cruz on California’s central coast. The fellows picking 
it were undocumented workers, mostly from Michoacan, earning $6 an hour.


Then 
the growers figured it was more profitable to relocate the broccoli down in 
Mexico, pay the pickers $6 a day, ship the veg up to the border, relabel 
it as natural-born American and ship it east. One trouble with this is that
 the broccoli or spinach is often laced with raw sewage. Uncomposted shit isn’t
 good for you.


Potatoes? We read an account not so long ago of the chemical conditions in which Idaho russets 
are raised, where the application of pesticides is so intense that when something
 screws up in the irrigation systems, they dare not send out maintenance 
workers right away because the air is too toxic.


Who would have 
thought that eating broccoli or spinach was a high-risk event, an X-treme sport
 right there in your own kitchen or dining room? The big food chains such as 
Safeway are trying to figure out an inspection system that will spot toxic veg 
before it gets onto the shelf. Trouble is, the political economy of capitalist
 agriculture is structurally tilted toward the likelihood that your spinach will 
be shit-enhanced. It’s become part of the price for cheap food.


E. Coli
The alternative 
is a different system of land ownership and farm production that would give 
you a better class of spinach at a higher price for the farmer.

No chance of
 that in the foreseeable in this country. Food will just get more dangerous, because the conditions 
in which veg is grown or cows are raised and killed become more noxious. 

The 
latest scare is a ferocious strain of E. coli (mostly benign), labelled E. coli 
O157:H7, which first became notorious in the Jack in the Box food deaths back
in 1993. It’s a strain that has apparently flourished because of the intensive 
fattening methods of the modern feedlot. 


People are
 probably a little too fussy about what they eat, though not always quite to the degree of Mrs. Deborah Wilkes, aged 44, of Pinellas County, FL, who forced her husband of six years, Eric,
 aged 31, to disrobe when he came home from his work (surveying), but not for
 the purpose of amorous diversion. He had to proceed directly to the shower, 
then re-attire in clean garments. She also forbade Eric use of the domestic 
phone or computer on the grounds that he might contaminate them. When visiting 
his parents for Christmas she would insist they sat with hands safely folded,
 then leave before the germ-laden perils of Christmas dinner.


Something snapped 
in Eric recently, and he choked and stabbed Deborah until she was good and dead. 
He tried to make it look like a burglary, but messed up. The cops didn’t 
take long to figure it out, and he’s now sitting in the Pinellas County 
jail, charged with first-degree murder. In the beginning, Deborah’s concern 
about cleanliness wasn’t so severe, Eric’s mother Barbara Wilkes told 
the Tampa Tribune. “He thought that was neat about her because she
was tidy, he wanted the perfect wife, and this was the perfect wife for him.”
 Some expert testimony about obsessive-compulsive disorder will get
the charges reduced.


Maybe every child should be taken on a tour of a slaughterhouse, 
as a reality check. In Holland they have pig “facilities,” let’s
 call them condos, where an elevator takes the doomed creatures from the sixth floor down to the basement, where they’re killed and processed.

There could be a viewing window, just like the one through which the Oklahoma
families and some journalists watched Timothy put to death.


Back in the 
19th century, a trip to the killing floor at the Cincinnati or Chicago stockyards
 was a standard item on the itinerary of cultured folk exploring America’s 
hinterland. In the 1850s and 1860s (the Chicago stockyards were completed in
1865) these two cities perfected the production-line slaughter of living creatures 
for the first time in the history of the world.


At one end of the trail lay 
the prairies, the open range, the boisterous pastoral of the cattle drive, where 
the cowboys sometimes spared a longhorn. There’s a marvelous book by J.
Frank Dobie called The Longhorns that tells of Reed Anthony, a cowboy
 working for Andy Adams, telling “how he and other Confederate soldiers
 guarding a herd of Texas steers saved the life of one because he would always
 walk out and stand attentive to the notes of ‘Rock of Ages’ sung by 
his herders.” Thus spared were two or ten or a hundred or a thousand from 
among the millions and millions of creatures that plodded to rail heads like
 Abilene, and thence eastward, or to slaughterhouses nearer at hand, and then
 bought up by government agents to be sent to the reservations to feed Indians 
who no longer had buffalo to hunt.


William Cronon 
has a good chapter on the stockyards in his book on Chicago, Nature’s
 Metropolis. “In a world of farms and small towns, the ties between 
field, pasture, butcher shop and dinner table were everywhere apparent, constant reminders of the relationships that sustained one’s own life. In a world
 of ranches, packing plants and refrigerator cars, most such connections vanished 
from easy view. In the packers’ world, it was easy not to remember that
eating is a moral act inextricably bound to killing. Such was the second nature 
that a corporate order had imposed on the American landscape. Forgetfulness 
was among the least noticed and most important of its by-products.”


Jeffrey St. Clair is the author of Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: the Politics of Nature, Grand Theft Pentagon and Born Under a Bad Sky. His latest book is Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion. He can be reached at: sitka@comcast.net.

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Saudi Arabia’s “Chemical Bandar” Behind The Chemical Attacks In Syria?

When the entire truth is exposed it will topple the U.S. lackey Saudi despots, along with the other Gulf dictatorships that kowtow to the Obama criminals

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
09/06/2013

Nothing the US claims about what happened in Syria adds up. We are being asked to believe an illogical story, when it is much more likely that it was Israel and Saudi Arabia who enabled the Obama Administration to threaten Syria with war.


Bandar with pal, war criminal Donald Rumsfeld
The Obama Administration’s intelligence report on Syria was a rehash of Iraq. “There are lots of things that aren’t spelled out” in the four-page document, according to Richard Guthrie, the former project head of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. One piece of evidence is the alleged interception of Syrian government communications, but no transcripts were provided.

Just as with the Obama Administration’s speeches which all fall short of conclusively confirming what happened, nothing was categorically confirmed in the intelligence report. Actually it comes across more as a superficial college or university student’s paper put together by wordsmiths instead of genuine experts on the subject.

Going in a circle, the report even depends on “unnamed” social media and accounts as sources of evidence or data. Lacking transparency, it states that “there are accounts from international and Syrian medical personnel, videos, witness accounts, thousands of social media reports from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area, journalist accounts and reports from highly credible non-governmental organizations.”

Chances are that these unnamed sources are actually foreign-funded insurgents, Israeli media, Saudi media, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – which includes fighters in the ranks of the insurgency and salutes Saudi Arabia as a model democracy – or the NGO Doctors Without Borders. These are the same sources that have been supporting the insurgency and pushing for regime change and military intervention in Syria.

Moreover, one of the main sources of the intelligence and communication interceptions that are supposed to be a smoking gun is none other than Israel, which is notorious for doctoring and falsifying evidence.

The US intelligence report also claims to have advanced knowledge about the plans to launch a chemical weapons attack several days before it happened. A leading expert on chemical weapons, Jean Pascal Zanders, who until recently was a senior research fellow at the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies, asks why the US government did not tell the world about it and issue warnings about a chemical attack at that time.

An Israeli-Saudi-US conspiracy?

The US-supported anti-government forces fighting inside Syria are the ones that have a track record of using chemical weapons. Yet, Obama and company have said nothing.

Despite the anti-government forces accusations that the Syrian military launched a chemical weapon attack on Homs at Christmas in December 2012, CNN reported that the US military was training anti-government fighters with the securing and handling of chemical weapons. Under the name of theDestructive Wind Chemical Battalion, the insurgents themselves even threatened to use nerve gas and released a video where they killed rabbits as a demonstration of what they planned on doing in Syria.

According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, two brigades of anti-government fighters that were trained by the CIA, Israelis, Saudis, and Jordanians crossed from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan into Syria to launch an assault, respectively on August 17 and 19, 2013. The US must have invested quite a lot in training both anti-government brigades. If true, some may argue that their defeat prompted the chemical weapons attack in Damascus as a contingency plan to fall back on.

However, how they came by chemical weapons is another issue, but many trails lead to Saudi Arabia. According to the British Independent, it was Saudi Prince Bandar “that first alerted Western allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syrian regime in February 2013.” Turkey would apprehend Syrian militants in its territory with sarin gas, which these terrorists planned on using inside Syria. On July 22 the insurgents would also overrun Al-Assal and kill all the witnesses as part of a cover-up.

A report by Yahya Ababneh, which was contributed to by Dale Gavlak, has collected the testimonies of witnesses who say that “certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the gas attack.”

The Mint Press News report adds an important dimension to the story, totally contradicting the claims of the US government. It quotes a female insurgent fighter who says things that make a link to Saudi Arabia clear. She says that those who provided them with weapons “didn’t tell them what these arms were or how to use them” and that they “didn’t know they were chemical weapons.” “When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she is quoted.

There is also another Saudi link in the report: “Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a ‘tube-like structure’ while others were like a ‘huge gas bottle.’”

So it seems that the Saudis enabled the chemical attack while the Israelis provided them cover to ignite a full-scale war, or at the very least enable a bombing campaign against Damascus. Israel and Saudi Arabia have empowered the Obama Administration to threaten war on Syria.

Obama wants to change the balance of power in Syria

The moralistic language coming out of Washington is despicable posturing. The hypocrisy of the US government knows no bounds. It condemns the Syrian military for using cluster bombs while the United States sells them en mass to Saudi Arabia.

The UN inspectors entered Syria in the first place on the invitation of the government in Damascus. The Syrian government warned the UN for weeks that the anti-government militias were trying to use chemical weapons after they gained control of a chlorine factory east of Aleppo. As a precaution, the Syrian military consolidated all its chemical weapons into a handful of heavily guarded compounds to prevent the anti-government forces from reaching them. Yet, the insurgents launched a chemical weapon attack against the Syrian government’s forces in Khan Al-Assal on March 19, 2013. Turning the truth on its head, the insurgents and their foreign backers, including the US government, would try to blame the Syrian government for the chemical attack, but the UN’s investigator Carla Del Ponte would refute their claims as false in May after extensive work.

Concerning the alleged August attack the Obama Administration has been lying and contradicting itself for days. They say that traces of chemical weapons cannot be eliminated, but that the Syrian government destroyed that same evidence that cannot be eradicated. They want an investigation, but say they already have all the answers.

The claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the suburb of Ghouta defy logic. Why would the Syrian government unnecessarily use chemical weapons in an area that it controls and shoot itself in the foot by presenting the US and its allies with a pretext to intervene? And of all the days it could unnecessarily use chemical weapons, the Obama administration wants us to believe that the Syrian government picked the day when United Nation inspectors arrived in Damascus.

Even the biased and misleading state-run British Broadcasting Corporation admitted that there was something strange about the event. The BBC’s own “Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen says many will ask why the [Syrian] government would want to use such weapons at a time when [United Nations] inspectors are in the country and the military has been doing well militarily in the area around Damascus.”

The US is deliberately pointing the finger for the use of chemical weapons at the Syrian government.

American officials have a track record of lying to start wars against other countries. This has been the consistent modus operandi of the US from Vietnam to Yugoslavia, and from Iraq to Libya.

It is not Syria that is going against the international community, but the warmongers in Washington, which include the Obama Administration.

Washington is threatening to attack Syria as a means of prolonging the fighting inside Syria. The US government also wants to have a stronger hand in the country’s future negotiations by restoring the balance of power between the Syrian government and America’s anti-government insurgent allies, thus weakening the Syrian military and ending its winning momentum against the insurgency. If not softening Damascus up for the insurgents, America wants to level the equation and undermine the Syrian government before a final negotiation takes place.

Now is the time for the “responsibility to prevent war”—the real R2P—to come into play.


 
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Drug - Resistant 'Superbugs' Threaten To Reverse Century Of Medical Progress

Pharmaceutical giants deliberately suppressing R&D for new antibiotics

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Threatening to jam a century of medical progress, drug-resistant superbugs may soon render routine operations and medical procedures dangerous and deadly.


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Worse yet, some solutions to curbing the antibiotic overuse may hurt people in poor regions of the world most susceptible to bacterial infections, necessitating that global leaders heed the wizened environmental maxim to "think globally, but act locally," leading researchers say.

Marking the sixth European Antibiotics Resistance Day, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) warned of an increasing prevalence of infections resistant to carbapenem in hospitals throughout Europe.


The drug is an important “last-line” antibiotic used to fight Acinetobacter infections spread in hospitals and healthcare settings, which may lead to deadly cases of pneumonia.

Data shows carbapenem-resistant infections increasing throughout Europe, especially in southern countries, said Marc Sprenger, director of the ECDC. “Since 2009, it has become increasingly common for hospitals to be faced with treating patients that have carbapenem-resistant infections, often meaning that old and toxic drugs are used,” he said.


The spread of Acinetobacter infections resistant to carbapenem rose to above 25 percent in eight of the 18 European countries reporting data to the ECDC, with Klebsiella pneumoniae bloodstream infections increasing by 5 percent in five countries between 2009 and 2012.


However, 17 of the 38 EU countries have thus far failed to develop guidance for hospitals to halt the spread of dangerous drug-resistant infections.

"There is an urgent need for all European countries to have in place national guidance documents, so that hospitals faced with carbapenem-resistant infections can take action to control the spread and minimise the impact of outbreaks on patients," Sprenger said. “Together with infection control measures, improving antibiotic use is the most important action needed to greatly slow the very worrying development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”


In an report published in The Lancet, Otto Cars, a medical researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden, described an international investigation by “ReAct Action on Antibiotic Resistance, a collaboration of 26 leading experts in the field.


"The causes of antibiotic resistance are complex and include human behaviour at many levels of society; the consequences affect everybody in the world", he said in a statement. "Within just a few years, we might be faced with unimaginable setbacks, medically, socially, and economically, unless real and unprecedented global coordinated actions to improve surveillance and transform the way antibiotics are regulated and developed are taken immediately."


Among key problems, widespread overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has accelerated the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria, exacerbated by the slow development of new drugs by pharmaceutical companies.

"Only now has the awareness and urgency of the problem of antibiotic resistance reached a level that a new sustainable global system to counteract these problems can be built," Cars said. "Addressing these problems will require nothing less than a fundamental shift in how antibiotics are developed, financed, and prescribed."


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Like so many other problems in the world, the threat of drug-resistant bacteria must be solved politically. Experts in agreement with Cars say international leaders must commit to investing in new ways to finance drug development, moving away from free market economics.

Others solutions that merely curb the use of antibiotics would disproportionately affect people in poorer regions desperately dependent upon antibiotics for survival.



On a global level, drugs are developed with expectations of high sales volume, leading to aggressive marketing and salesmanship contributing to the very overuse helping to speed the evolution of superbugs. And on a microeconomic level, individual physicians chase financial incentives by prescribing more of these drugs, even when unneeded.

Thus, the entire profit-driven model of antibiotic drug development must be rejiggered, Cars and his colleagues conclude, before it’s too late.





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