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Cuba is a warm and caring hand of solidarity
By : Erasmo Magoulas - Friday May 27, 2005
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By Erasmo Magoulas In the vast majority of developing countries science is a commodity in the process of disappearing. Government policies in this area, rather than investing money and resources to increase areas of research, which would benefit the majority of their population, take away money and resources from science in order to fulfill the requirements of the International Monetary Fund, which is, pay the immoral external debt. Developed countries are not in any better shape. A huge (...)
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Dem Proposes taking Millionaire’s Tax Cuts back, giving it to Vets Health Care- Repub shoots it down
By : Jim Davis - Thursday May 26, 2005
Wisconsin Democrat David Obey proposed an amendment to reduce tax cuts for those making $1,000,000 or more per year and give the savings to Veterans Health Care. A Republican shot it down on a technicality. The text from the House Clerk: 1:24 P.M. - Amendment offered by Mr. Obey. An amendment to reduce tax cuts for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income in excess of $1 million for taxable year 2006 by 8.125 percent and to use the resulting savings to increase funding for (...)
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Kucinich enters results of secret GM study into Congressional record
By : Kucinich on House Floor - Thursday May 26, 2005
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"Mr. Speaker, I wish to bring the following article to the attention of my colleagues. We must continue to challenge the FDA’s assumption that all genetically engineered food is safe." From the Independent, May 22, 2005 Revealed: Health Fears Over Secret Study Into GM Food By Geoffrey Lean Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. (...)
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Soaring birth deformities and child cancer rates in Iraq
By : James Cogan - Tuesday May 10, 2005
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Iraqi doctors are making renewed efforts to bring to the world’s attention the growth in birth deformities and cancer rates among the country’s children. The medical crisis is being directly blamed on the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the US and British forces in southern Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and the even greater use of DU during the 2003 invasion. The rate of birth defects, after increasing ten-fold from 11 per 100,000 births in 1989 to 116 per (...)
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Breast cancer activism in the USA
By : Laura Corradi - Thursday May 5, 2005
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by Laura Corradi, Ph.D. Amazons In the empire of wealth cancer hits one every three adults - while billion of dollars are spent in research, scientists are divided over causes of this illness and strategies of prevention. Two competing systems of explanation contend the cancer arena: the genetic-behavioristic paradigm (dominant) and the environmental-social paradigm (emergent). In this context, a cancer activism comes into sight as a new social movement against corporate polluters, and (...)
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Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World — "A crime against humanity"
By : James Denver - Tuesday May 3, 2005
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"I’m horrified. The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It’s going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car." The speaker is not some alarmist doomsayer. He is Dr. Chris Busby, (...)
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Doctors warn of increasing deformities in newborn babies in Iraq
By : IRIN - Friday April 29, 2005
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Doctors in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have reported a significant increase in deformities among newborn babies. Health officials and scientists said this could be due to radiation passed through mothers following years of conflict in the country. The most affected regions are in the south of the country, particularly Basra and Najaf, according to experts. Weaponry used during the Gulf war in 1991 contained depleted uranium, which could be a primary source for the increase, scientists in (...)
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Playing Politics at Kids’ Expense
By : Robert F. Kennedy Jr - Saturday April 16, 2005
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Playing Politics at Kids’ Expense Bill would insulate pharmaceutical firms from liability by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has buried a provision in the "Protecting America in the War on Terror Act" to insulate the pharmaceutical industry from liability for venal actions that may have poisoned an entire generation of Americans. Mounting evidence suggests that Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in children’s vaccines, may be responsible for the (...)
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How the Bush Administration’s Biological Weapons Buildup Affects You
By : Heather Wokusch - Thursday April 14, 2005
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A U.S. company recently sent vials of a 1957 pandemic flu strain to laboratories across the world by accident is only the latest outrage from the billion-dollar boondoggle called the federal biological weapons program. As you might recall, the Bush administration started its “biodefense” spending spree following the September 2001 deadly anthrax attacks, and one of its first projects was to genetically engineer a super-resistant, even more deadly version of the (...)
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Stories On Schiavo Protestor Miss One Point: He’s A Registered Sex Offender
By : E&P Staff - Tuesday April 5, 2005
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Stories On Schiavo Protestor Miss One Point: He’s A Registered Sex Offender E&P Staff March 28, 2005 NEW YORK As protests outside the hospice housing Terri Schiavo in her final days mounted last week, numerous newspaper reports, many based on an Associated Press account, mentioned or quoted 10-year-old Joshua Heldreth and/or his father, Scott Heldreth. Josh was one of several youngsters arrested for crossing police lines in Pinellas Park, Fla., in an effort to take water to (...)
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More than 200,000 US casualties from Gulf War 1
By : Wolfgang Geist - Tuesday March 29, 2005
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During Gulf War 1 more than 300 tons of depleted Uranium were discharged. During Gulf War 2 more than 1000 tons of depleted Uranium were discharged. Norman Schwarzkopf asked Rokke to oversee the environmental clean up and medical care of soldiers injured in friendly fire incidents involving DU weapons. Rokke later wrote the DU safety rules adopted by the Army, but was relieved of subsequent duties after he criticized commanders for not following those rules and not treating exposed (...)
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EPA Nominee Advocates Human Guinea Pigs
By : Gene C. Gerard - Wednesday March 23, 2005
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EPA Nominee Advocates Human Guinea Pigs Stephen Johnson, Bush’s Nominee To Run The EPA, Advocates The Testing Of Pesticides On Humans - Even Children - For The Benefit Of Large Chemical Companies Gene C. Gerard March 19, 2005 President Bush recently nominated Stephen L. Johnson, a 24 year veteran of the Environmental Protection Agency, to be the agency’s new administrator. Mr. Johnson has been the acting administrator since January, and prior to that oversaw the EPA office (...)
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Agent Orange lawsuit: an unjust, immoral verdict
By : Anh Hieu - Monday March 14, 2005
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by Anh Hieu US Judge Jack B. Weinstein’s dismissal on Thursday of the compensation lawsuit by Vietnamese Agent Orange victims was unjust, immoral and an irresponsible denial of the US’s war crimes in Viet Nam. And, it signals a new uphill battle for justice for Viet Nam despite the solid body of evidence against the toxin’s devastating effects on the land and generation-after-generation of Vietnamese people. Judge Weinstein claimed the documents presented in the New (...)
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Each day about 13,500 people worldwide die from smoking-related diseases.
By : Nick Triggle - Monday February 28, 2005
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Smoking gets own ’Kyoto treaty’ By Nick Triggle By 2020 the mortality rate will have doubled - the equivalent of 10 million a year. To tackle the rise, which is expected to be felt hardest in developing countries, the World Health Organization’s tobacco control treaty comes into force on Sunday. It is regarded as smoking’s answer to the Kyoto agreement - only with teeth. Ratified by 57 countries, including the UK, the document sets out a programme to reduce the (...)
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Money is NOT the measure of all things
By : LotusFawkes - Sunday February 20, 2005
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Was just reading about Canada Health taking an ADHD med off the market. Was reading in E.F. Schumacher’s "Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered" that we have GOT to geta grip on the economic "matrix" where growers can’t afford to GROW organically but they are happy if they can BUY organic. What’s up with that? This whole business paradigm we’ve been forced to live under HAS GOT TO CHANGE! Money/profit is NOT the measure of all things and we’d (...)
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Soldiers with Flu-Like symptoms Dying ’Mysteriously’
By : GI Special - Saturday February 19, 2005
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The mysterious death of a third soldier with North Carolina ties is raising questions. All three died from flu-like symptoms after returning from overseas deployments, according to a report by affiliate station WRAL. Sgt. Clay Garton was a flight medic at Fort Bragg. He spent 16 months in Iraq and returned home in July. Then, he got sick. His family said he had symptoms like the flu. He fought it for three weeks, but his fever soared to 106 degrees. The day after Christmas, he died. (...)
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Health Canada Pulls ADHD Drug Off The Market
By : CTV.ca News Staff - Monday February 14, 2005
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Health Canada Pulls ADHD Drug Off The Market CTV.ca News Staff February 11, 2005 Health Canada has ordered a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder be taken off the shelves after learning it has been linked to 20 sudden deaths and 12 strokes in the U.S. The drug in question is Adderall XR. It’s made by Shire Biochem Inc. and was approved for sale in Canada just over a year ago. Prescriptions have been issued for about 11,000 Canadians since then. Shire maintains the drug (...)
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US Grabs 81-Year-Old’s Lipitor Sent Via Canada
By : The Capital Times - Monday February 14, 2005
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US Grabs 81-Year-Old’s Lipitor Sent Via Canada The Capital Times Monday, February 07, 2005 Milwaukee(AP) - Charles Netzow is upset that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confiscated a drug that was being mailed to him from a pharmacy in Canada to help keep his cholesterol under control. "I’m angry because it’s nonsense," the 81-year-old suburban Fox Point man told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after receiving a notice from the FDA indicating that his 90 (...)
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Bush Administration - Money, Politics & Drugs
By : Evelyn Pringle - Sunday February 13, 2005
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A new plan by the Bush administration to test thenation’s public school population for mental disorders and treat them with controversial drugs has raised an alarm among some medical science watchdogs and members of the mental health community, according to the June 27, 2004, New Standard. Bush wants to launch a mental health and disability initiative that recommends the screening and treatment for students K-12 in public schools. The plan is based on a Texas program known as the (...)
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George Bush - Top Lobbyist For Pharmaceutical
By : Evelyn Pringle - Sunday January 30, 2005
George Bush - Top Lobbyist For Pharmaceutical Evelyn Pringle January 28, 2005 As the debate over importation of cheaper drugs from other countries heats up, keep an eye on the politicians listed below. In the year leading up to the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, the drug company PACs, employees, and their families gave more than $3 million in political contributions to these eleven elected officials, largely credited with negotiating the bill, and also responsible for (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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