Friday, 29 January 2016

Is Zika Virus The Real Reason for Birth Defects in Latin American Countries ?

Is the dreaded Zika virus another giant scam?

by Jon Rappoport
January 28, 2016

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)

Hysteria sells and…
It’s hysteria time again. Let me run it down for you.
This is the word: The dreaded Zika virus! Watch out! It’s carried by mosquitos! It can cause birth defects—babies are born with very small heads and impaired brains!
Here are a few scare headlines that were running on Drudge as of 1/26:
“Brazil sends 200,000 soldiers to stop spread of Zika.”
“Stay away from Rio if you’re pregnant.”
“’Losing battle’ against mosquito.”
“Virus threatening two continents.”

Want more hysteria? The Daily Mail indicates pregnant women are being warned not to travel to 22 countries in Latin America and Africa. Several Zika cases are being reported in Italy, the UK, and Spain.
Then we have this from the Washington Post (“As Zika virus spreads, El Salvador asks women not to get pregnant until 2018,” 1/22, with italics added):
“The rapid spread of the Zika virus has prompted Latin American governments to urge women not to get pregnant for up to two years, an extraordinary precaution aimed at avoiding birth defects believed to be linked to the mosquito-borne illness.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Amazing Anti-Cancer Properties Of Apricot Kernel

Dr. Ernest Krebs was a biochemist in the early 1950s whose desire to understand what makes cancer cells work led him to discover a possible key to overcoming the disease. Working on a hunch that cancer is ultimately a metabolic reaction to a poor diet, Krebs began studying the lifestyle habits of the Hunzas whose remote country is hidden near Northern Pakistan.

The Hunzas and Apricot Kernels

Major Sir Robert McCarrison wrote about the Hunzas back in the 1930s when he had a post with the Indian Medical Service. According to McCarrison, the Hunzas enjoyed near-perfect physical and mental health and some of them lived to be over 135 years old. There seemed to be no evidence of diabetes, obesity, or heart attacks among them as well. There was also no evidence of cancer.
What made the Hunzas so resilient? Their vitality had a lot to do with what they ate and their overall lifestyle. Their diet was simple. According to McCarrison, it consisted of raw milk, the occasional meat and bone broth, fresh grains and veggies. They ate very little sugar and their lifestyles as nomads and herders meant they got plenty of vigorous exercise. The other characteristic was that the group ate large quantities of apricot seed kernels. Intrigued by this peculiarity, Krebs researched until he found what he thought was the secret weapon for tumor eradication – amygdalin.

What is Amygdalin?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Gates Foundation’s “Corporate Merry-Go-Round” Spearheading The Neo-liberal Plunder Of African Agriculture


Colin Todhunter
East by Northwest
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is dangerously and unaccountably distorting the direction of international development, according to a new report by the campaign group Global Justice Now. With assets of $43.5 billion, the BMGF is the largest charitable foundation in the world. It actually distributes more aid for global health than any government. As a result, it has a major influence on issues of global health and agriculture.

Gated Development – Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good?’ argues that what BMGF is doing could end up exacerbating global inequality and entrenching corporate power globally. Global Justice Now’s analysis of the BMGF’s programmes shows that the foundation’s senior staff are overwhelmingly drawn from corporate America. As a result, the question is: whose interests are being promoted – those of corporate America or those of ordinary people who seek social and economic justice rather than charity?

According to the report, the foundation’s strategy is intended to deepen the role of multinational companies in global health and agriculture especially, even though these corporations are responsible for much of the poverty and injustice that already plagues the global south. The report concludes that the foundation’s programmes have a specific ideological strategy that promotes neo-liberal economic policies, corporate globalisation, the technology this brings (such as GMOs) and an outdated view of the centrality of aid in ‘helping’ the poor.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Debal Deb - The Barefoot Conservator

Debal Deb at his home in Kolkata with five of the rice varieties that he grows on his farm. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/ Mint 
Debal Deb at his home in Kolkata with five of the rice varieties that he grows on his farm.
Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/ Mint 

Chitrangada Choudhury Aga
live mint

Debal Deb’s indigenous rice bank is a brave effort to counter Indian agriculture’s dash towards genetic erosion 

Freedom from extinction | Debal Deb
The Sunday morning in July marked the fifth straight day of rain in the fecund foothills of the Niyamgiri range in western Odisha’s Rayagada district. The delayed showers heralded the year’s busiest period for ecologist Debal Deb and his right-hand man Dulal as they prepared Basudha—a 2-acre farm unlike any other in India—for an intricately planned growing season.

Wrap your mind around this: Over the coming days, the farm would see the planting of 1,020 indigenous varieties of rice—part of a remarkable effort under way since 1996 to rescue a sliver of India’s genetic diversity from extinction.

Honey and Ginger Kill Superbugs Better than Pharmaceutical Meds

honey and ginger
Christina Sarich

Bacteria have been morphing into resistant strains of superbugs that make it very difficult for pharmaceutical companies to keep up with them, but research coming out of Ethiopia’sCollege of Medicine at the University of Gondar proves we don’t need Big Pharma to treat diseases that it ironically helped to create. A combination of ginger powder extract and honey are so effective that they inhibit the growth of superbugs like MRSA, E Coli, and even the bacteria that causes Pneumonia.
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Escherichia coli, and Klebsiella pneumoniae  are some of the most damaging superbugs around. Yet when researchers compared Ethiopian honey combined with ginger powder to three different antibiotics and their ability to kill superbugs, the ginger and honey combination won over the pharmaceutical drugs  not by a little – but considerably. (They also tested a ginger-water solution for good measure).
The study abstract concluded:

“Conclusion. The result of this study showed that honey-ginger powder extract mixtures have the potential to serve as cheap source of antibacterial agents especially for the drug resistant bacteria strains.”

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Holding Human Health to Ransom: Pharma Industry’s Annual Global Sales Forecast to Reach $1.4 Trillion by 2020

pic pharma drugs 

With criticism of soaring drug prices continuing to grow, health data firm IMS Health has forecast that the pharmaceutical industry’s annual global sales will increase by 30 percent to reach a dizzying 1.4 trillion dollars by 2020. Worryingly, the forecast furthermore predicts that by the same year more than half the world’s population will be living in countries where drug use will exceed one dose per person per day. Driven by the skyrocketing prices of new drugs, scandalous price rises for existing ones and disease-mongering propaganda that attempts to place entire populations into at-risk groups requiring drug treatment, there can now be no doubt that the “business with disease” is financially unsustainable. Unless mankind is therefore able to free itself from the strangulating grip of the Pharma Cartel, national healthcare systems will become increasingly at risk of bankruptcy.
To put the figure of $1.4 trillion into perspective, if the pharma industry was a country, a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) equal to this amount would make it about the fourteenth wealthiest nation in the world. To look at it another way, of the 194 countries whose GDPs are listed on the World Bank’s website, the amount of $1.4 trillion exceeds the national incomes of 180 of them. The annual sales of drug company Novartis alone, at over $51 billion in 2014, exceed the GDPs of well over half the world’s countries.      

Friday, 22 January 2016

Corporate Philanthropism: Who Exactly Benefits Most from the “Global Giving” by Billionaires?


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The 'Green Revolution' ruined India; agroecology can restore her - Bhaskar Save

Bhaskar Save, the 'Gandhi of natural farming', died last year after a lifetime of organic growing and determined campaigning against the destruction of India's traditional, sustainable agriculture, writes Colin Todhunter. His 2006 open letter, published here, sets out a devastating critique of industrial agriculture and its impacts, and an eloquent and timely agroecological manifesto.

The new, parasitical way of farming you promoted benefited only the industrialists and traders. Farmers' costs rose massively and margins dipped. With the eroding natural fertility of their land, they were left with mounting debts and dead soils.

Masanobu Fukuoka, the legendary Japanese organic farmer, once described Bhaskar Hiraji Save's farm as "the best in the world, even better than my own!"
In 2010, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) honoured Save with the 'One World Award for Lifetime Achievement'.

Based on the results and practices on his 14-acre farm in Gujarat, Save was an inspiration for generations of farmers.
By using traditional methods, he demonstrated on his farm that yield is superior to any farm using chemicals in terms of overall quantity, nutritional quality, taste, biological diversity, ecological sustainability, water conservation, energy efficiency and economic profitability.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Victory in Paris vs Monsanto GMO Cabal

F. William Engdahl
New Eastern Outlook

There is a very positive news coming out of Paris, a city with more than her share of bad news lately. It’s a major legal victory for the voices of science and reason against the GMO Monsanto-led cabal. Its implications will be felt worldwide. If our world ever gets the will to rid the 21st Century Black Death plague masquerading under the name of Genetic Manipulation of Organisms or GMO, it will owe a huge debt of gratitude to the courageous work of Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini and his extraordry team of dedicated scientists at CRIIGEN, the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering, in France.
In a world where industry’s corruption of scientists has almost become ordinary, the existence of a non-industry-funded team of scientists dedicated to producing research and independent information on genetic engineering and its impacts in biology, environment, agriculture, food, medicine, and public health, including the short, medium and long-term effects on human health and on the health of the entire living ecosystem, is, so far as I am aware, unique. Few are aware of their tireless and largely thankless work.

Friday, 15 January 2016

In a corner of the Himalayas, India now has its first organic state

Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state snuggled between Bhutan and Nepal, has now rid its agricultural land of pesticides and fertilizers making it the country’s first organic state.
The 75,000-hectare area was transformed as per the policies of the Indian government’s National Programme for Organic Production, meant to promote organic farming. This form of agriculture typically avoids the use of pesticides, fertilisers, genetically modified crops, and other artificial inputs. Instead, farmers use natural alternatives such as green manure and compost.
“We achieved fully organic status by the end of December. Prime minister Narendra Modi will formally announce this at a sustainable agriculture conference in Gangtok on Jan. 18,” S. Anbalagan, executive director of the Sikkim Organic Mission (SOM), told the Press Trust for India on Jan. 14.

Harmful pesticides

In 2003, Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling passed a resolution in the state legislative assembly, vowing to make the Himalayan state completely organic, and subsequently banned synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Sikkim has one of the smallest agricultural land area in the country and it mainly produces maize, paddy and cardamom. This is what the SOM website wrote about the ban:

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Destruction of The Congo’s Ecosystem. Economic Plundering of the DRC

"Joseph Kabila's" Mass Eco-Atrocities That COP21 Should Not Ignore

Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) -a country of great environmental value with one of the world’s remaining intact forest that accounts for more than half of Africa’s forest- is ecologically under sustained and constant threats because it is no nation-state. 
As awareness of climate change becomes universal, one of COP21 controversial aims -without ensuring the mechanism for accountability- is to mobilized USD100 billion a year by 2020 from high industrialized economies to help the least countries make the energy transition, adapt to the effects of climate change that includes to stop the deforestation in countries such as Brazil, DRC, Indonesia, Peru and Others.
By principle, the COP21 stress is to focus on how developing countries will implement these measures so the funding will be channelled to the Emissions-Reducing-Projects and the Climate-Adaptation-Projects rather than to the Personal-Enrichment-Projects as the developing countries claim the funding as compensation to the pollution created by the industrialized economies.

A Call to save the Congo Basin ecosystem

It is obvious that the Kinshasa government, with its weak institutions, failed to comply with the minimal ecological requirements to make DRC environmentally friendly, and contracted or is about to contract irresponsible projects that will jeopardise the Congo and global ecosystem.
“Joseph Kabila’s” camouflage policy that destroys the Congo ecosystem:
050 Forestry Law: the “Bloody Logging Licence”

Monday, 4 January 2016

फ्री बेसिक्स सिर्फ इन्टरनेट नहीं कई और अधिकार भी छीन लेगा हमसे

फ्री बेसिक्स - निगमों द्वारा भारत की बुनियादी अर्थव्यवस्था को अपने हाथों में करने की कोशिश

(डॉ वन्दना शिवा के लेख का हिन्दी अनुवाद )      

इधर टीआरएआई (TRAI)`फ्री बेसिक्स' के भाग्य का फैसला कर रहा है और उधर मार्क जकरबर्ग उसके विज्ञापन के लिये सौ करोड़ रुपये लेकर भारत आ चुके हैं । फेसबुक का `फ्री बेसिक्स' इन्टरनेट डॉट ओआरजी का नया रूप है जिसमें फेसबुक यह निश्चित करेगा कि इन्टरनेट में कौन सी सूचना उपयोगकर्ताओं के लिये महत्वपूर्ण हैं ।

रिलायंस जो कि फेसबुक के `फ्री बेसिक्स' उद्यम में भागीदार है, भारत की उन बड़ी कंपनियों मे से है जिसे दूरसंचार, उर्जा,खाद्य सामग्री, फुटकर बिक्री , अवसंरचना और हाँ, जमीन में भी दिल्चस्पी है । रिलायंस ने अपने ग्रामीण सेल फोन टावरों के लिये भारत सरकार से जमीन ली, साथ ही धोखाधड़ी और हिंसा  के जरिये किसानों से जमीन छीनी जिसके कारण बिना कोई कीमत दिये एक ऐसा बड़ा इलाका उनके हाथ आ गया है जो ग्रामीण और उपनगरीय उपयोगकर्ता का आधार है खासकर किसानों का । हालाँकि `फ्री  बेसिक्स ' पर फिलहाल रोक लगा दिया गया है, रिलायंस ने अपने नेटवर्क में इस सेवा को जारी रखा है ।

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF

Ernst Wolff Pillaging the World English book cover 

The following text is the forward to Ernst Wolff‘s book entitled : Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF, Tectum Verlag Marburg, 2014, The book is available in English and German.
No other financial organization has affected the lives of the majority of the world’s population more profoundly over the past fifty years than the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since its inception after World War II, it has expanded its sphere of influence to the remotest corners of the earth. Its membership currently includes 188 countries on five continents.
For decades, the IMF has been active mainly in Africa, Asia and South America. There is hardly a country on these continents where its policies have not been carried out in close cooperation with the respective national governments. When the global financial crisis broke out in 2007, the IMF turned its attention to northern Europe. Since the onset of the Euro crisis in 2009, its primary focus has shifted to southern Europe.
Officially, the IMF’s main task consists in stabilizing the global financial system and helping out troubled countries in times of crisis. In reality, its operations are more reminiscent of warring armies. Wherever it intervenes, it undermines the sovereignty of states by forcing them to implement measures that are rejected by the majority of the population, thus leaving behind a broad trail of economic and social devastation. 
In pursuing its objectives, the IMF never resorts to the use of weapons or soldiers. It simply applies the mechanisms of capitalism, specifically those of credit. Its strategy is as simple as it is effective: When a country runs into financial difficulties, the IMF steps in and provides support in the form of loans. In return, it demands the enforcement of measures that serve to ensure the country’s solvency in order to enable it to repay these loans.

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