Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lies and Cover-up of Iraq

Weapons cover-up revealed
Marian Wilkinson
August 31, 2006
THE Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, issued instructions to suppress a damning letter about the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after the war, a former senior diplomat says.
Dr John Gee, an expert on chemical weapons, worked with the US-led weapons hunter, the Iraq Survey Group, after the war and wrote the critical six-page letter when he decided to resign in March 2004. In it he warned the Federal Government the hunt was, "fundamentally flawed" and there was a "reluctance on the part of many here and in Washington to face the facts" that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction...

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Lies to Attack Iran

US spy agencies pressed for ���intelligence��� to justify war against Iran - RINF Alternative News
Monday, August 28th, 2006
Bill Van Auken
With the clock ticking to an August 31 deadline set by the United Nations Security Council’s resolution demanding that Iran abandon its uranium enrichment program, a section of the American ruling establishment is pressing US intelligence agencies to produce “evidence” that Iran’s nuclear ambitions pose an imminent nuclear weapons threat...

...The most glaring example of this attempt to inflate the supposed threat from Iran came from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The prominent Republican told the New York Times: “When the intelligence community says Iran is 5 to 10 years away from a nuclear weapon, I ask: ‘If North Korea were to ship them a nuke tomorrow, how close would they be then?’ ”
The twisted logic of militarism
Of course, the same twisted logic can be used to justify military action against Cuba, Venezuela, Syria or any nation that is deemed an impediment to the strategic interests of US imperialism.
The element of irrationality that pervades this debate is striking, and the push for punishing sanctions and even military action against Iran—given the present state of the US occupation in Iraq and the popular repudiation of US militarism throughout the world—appears to border on the insane.
Washington’s demand for the speedy approval of severe sanctions against Teheran will be met with popular contempt and hatred throughout the Arab and Muslim world, and beyond. The world watched in disgust as for six weeks Washington used all of its power to block any such sanctions against Israel and veto all international efforts to halt Israel’s wanton destruction of Lebanon and slaughter of innocent civilians.
It is widely predicted that a War against Iran could ignite a massive rebellion by the Shia population in Iraq against the already beleaguered US occupation forces, as well as upheavals throughout the Middle East and a possible cut-off of much of the world’s oil supplies, triggering a global economic crisis.
Yet the threat of War is unmistakable and explicit and is driven by the logic of the imperialist project initiated with the invasion of Iraq three-and-a-half years ago. The attempt to turn Iraq into a US protectorate, thereby securing US domination over its vast oil resources, has produced a debacle and, by most estimates, served to strengthen the position of Iran, both within Iraq and throughout the region. The solution, according to prominent elements within American ruling circles, is to prepare a new War aimed at “regime change” in Iran.
Once again, there is little vocal opposition to such a War within the political establishment, with prominent Democrats having criticized the Bush administration from the right for failing to take a tough enough stand against Teheran.
In its August 24 editorial, the Washington Post took China and Russia to task for signaling support for Iran’s call for negotiations rather than Washington’s demand for immediate sanctions. The editorial concluded with a clear threat that failure to support Washington’s moves against Iran could only hasten US military action.
“But if Russia and China want to be accepted as forces for global stability that they claim to be,” the Post warned, “they should not undercut Western efforts to defuse the Iran crisis by peaceful means. No responsible power has anything to gain from further tension in the Middle East, still less an eventual War over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”
In other words, if you do not support Washington’s attempts to use the UN as a cover for its buildup against Iran, you are responsible for the US launching another unilateral War of aggression.
Right-wing layers that have dominated the Republican Party and played the leading role in orchestrating Washington’s unprovoked War against Iraq are even more explicit. They have grown increasingly bitter in their criticism of the Bush administration’s policy toward Iran, and particularly the role played by the State Department and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. This has reached a hysterical pitch in the wake of the military setback and political defeat suffered by the US and Israel in Lebanon, with prominent right-wing columnists talking of “appeasement” and comparing the administration’s role to that of Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 dealings with Hitler in Munich.
Among the most chilling examples—but by no means out of the mainstream of the Republican right—was a piece written last week by Townhall.com columnist Walter Williams.
“Think about it,” wrote Williams. “Currently, the US has an arsenal of 18 Ohio class submarines. Just one submarine is loaded with 24 Trident nuclear missiles. Each Trident missile has eight nuclear warheads capable of being independently targeted. That means the US alone has the capacity to wipe out Iran, Syria or any other state that supports terrorist groups or engages in terrorism—without risking the life of a single soldier.”
Williams goes on to lament that Washington’s concern for “worldwide public opinion” and “weak will” is blocking the unleashing of a nuclear holocaust against these countries. “Any attempt to annihilate our Middle East enemies would create all sorts of handwringing about the innocent lives lost, so-called collateral damage.”
That such words can be written and published by political elements politically close to the current administration in Washington is a measure of the deep crisis of US imperialism and the profound dangers it poses. At least for some of these layers, victory in the “global War on terrorism” has come to mean annihilating tens of millions of people.

Qustions remain over the Alleged British plot!

�� Britain: questions remain over alleged terror plot - RINF Alternative News
Sunday, August 27th, 2006
Julie Hyland
It is now more than two weeks since police claimed to have thwarted an imminent plan to explode up to a dozen transatlantic jets mid-flight...

...Murray has also said he learned from “the mainstream media” (Sky News, in fact) that Blair and Bush had been heard discussing the timing of the arrests almost a week before they took place. And there have been numerous reports that the raids were triggered at US insistence, and that despite misgivings amongst British security personnel, Blair again fell obediently into line.

It is evident that the absence of any immediate terror threat means the security alert can only have been raised for political reasons—namely to divert attention from the crisis engulfing Bush and Blair under conditions of growing domestic opposition to the Iraq War, and the deepening military and political debacle in that country, as well as in Afghanistan and Lebanon.

Indeed, a consistent modus operandi can be identified in recent terror scares. A plot is apparently uncovered, the details of which are sensationalised by the Media as arrests are made, and police and politicians line up to warn of the grave dangers involved.

When the case finally comes to court—if it even gets that far—it usually turns out that many of the claims were fabricated and/or the outcome of the actions of agent provocateurs. By that time, the “plot” has served its real purpose in helping to create a climate of officially induced hysteria and a clamp down on civil liberties.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Blair and his Insecure ID Cards

Blair’s ID card plan undermined by security breaches
Saturday, August 26th, 2006
James Kirkup
TONY Blair’s plan for a national identity card has been dealt a fresh blow by the revelation that several government officials have been sacked for breaching security around the databases on which the scheme will be based.
Unauthorised users have got around information technology defences at the Home Office’s Identity and Passport Service on at least four occasions in recent years.
The IPS holds personal data about every British passport holder, including date of birth, mother’s maiden name and other information that could be used by criminals.
It is understood that three IPS officials were dismissed after the database security breaches were uncovered and Home Office managers moved to contain the scandal.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Teeth

Rhode Island news projo.com The Providence Journal Health
...Can swallowing some of the bleach cause cancer or other health risks, especially in children? No. Hydrogen peroxide is not a caustic bleach. It is actually used as a healing agent to swab the throats of babies born with thrush, a fungal infection, Haywood said. And it is often poured into open wounds to prevent the spread of germs.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Colloidal Silver and Sinusitis

Sinusitis -When a Cold Is No Longer Just a Cold Best Syndication
You caught a cold but it hasn’t gone away yet and breathing through your nose is still difficult. You feel a throbbing or pounding in your face or behind your eyes. What started out as a cold may have progressed into something called sinusitis. Sinusitis is simply another name for a sinus infection, which is literally an infection of your sinus cavities. The sinuses are air-filled spaces found in the bones of the head and face...
...Some common ways to relieve the symptoms of sinusitis include steaming your sinuses, which helps to stimulate drainage from the sinuses. Applying warm compresses around your eyes, nose and cheeks may ease some of the pain. Drinking fluids helps promote drainage. Avoiding alcohol, which can worsen swelling of the sinuses and dehydrate you.
Many people have reported positive results using colloidal silver mineral supplements as a part of their sinus infection treatment to kill the fungus, bacteria or virus growing in the sinuses.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hydrogen Peroxide and Cats

Acne on cats is common, treatable
By Dr. Marty Becker
McClatchy-Tribune News service
Tucson, Arizona Published: 08.22.2006
Acne is a common skin disorder of cats. Whereas human acne is typically linked to puberty, feline acne may occur in a cat of any age, although it's more common in adults. Its severity can ebb and flow over a lifetime in affected cats.
"To treat and prevent mild chin acne, the blackhead stage, I recommend that owners clean their cat's chin at least twice weekly with hydrogen peroxide," says Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell of Orange, Calif., author of "Guide to a Healthy Cat."

Hydrogen Peroxide and Mosquito bites

SR.com: Peroxide relieves itch of fresh mosquito bites
Joe Graedon and Teresa GraedonAugust 22, 2006
Q. I am highly susceptible to mosquito bites and often get a dozen bites in the same time frame that others get one. I have tried many remedies to prevent the bites, like natural insect repellents and vitamin B. I am still "fresh bait."
Years ago, someone told me to rub hydrogen peroxide as soon as possible on the bites. Doing this alleviates the pain from the stings and itching within minutes. Best of all, the only trace from the bite is a faded pink spot the following day. The key is to apply the peroxide with a cotton ball right after the bite.

A. We cannot imagine why hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) would relieve the pain and itch of mosquito bites. This familiar wound cleanser foams on contact with abraded skin.
We're glad this simple solution helps you. We heard from another reader that Listerine can keep mosquitoes away

Monday, August 21, 2006

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Health Canada Warns Against Drinking Hydrogen Peroxide for Medicinal Use
"OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning consumers and patients not to drink products containing hydrogen peroxide for medicinal purposes because they can cause serious harm or death when ingested. Anyone who is currently using hydrogen peroxide in this manner should stop immediately and consult a health care provider.
(This follows a US FDA warning)
...To date, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the ingestion of hydrogen peroxide have been reported to Health Canada."

Yet again, the friends of pharmaceutical companies try to prevent the public from taking charge of their own health! No-one suggests ingesting 35% Food Grade undiluted!

Colloidal Silver

Drug-resistant bacteria increasingly common in US hospitals
(NewsTarget) A new study appearing in today's New England Journal of Medicine has found that drug-resistant bacteria are now the most common cause of skin and soft-tissue infections treated in a number of hospitals across America.
A team of researchers from UCLA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that at 11 hospitals across the United States, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was the culprit in 59 percent of overall skin infections. At a hospital in Kansas City, Mo., MRSA accounted for 74 percent of skin infections, while at a New York hospital it accounted for 15 percent...

..."This is all the result of two things," says Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate. "First, there's the mass over-prescribing of antibiotics, directly encouraging the success of resistant bacteria strains. Secondly, there's the stubbornness of conventional medicine to embrace the use of colloidal silver as a natural, broad-spectrum antibiotics that kills even resistant strains."
"Silver is arrogantly ignored by conventional medicine," says Adams, "because it cannot be patented. So doctors, hospitals and drug companies keep pushing patented chemicals to treat infections when a safe, natural silver solution would do the job."

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Alternative News and Politics

'US, Israel planned Middle East war'
13/08/2006 11:06 - (SA)
New York - The US government was closely involved in the planning of Israel's military operations against Islamic militant group Hezbollah even before the July 12 kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, The New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue.
The kidnapping triggered a month-long Israeli operation in South Lebanon that is expected to come to an end on Monday.
But Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist Seymour Hersh writes that President George W Bush and vice president Dick Cheney were convinced that a successful Israeli bombing campaign against Hezbollah could ease Israel's security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential US pre-emptive attack to destroy Iran's nuclear installations.
Citing an unnamed Middle East expert with knowledge of the current thinking of the Israeli and US governments, Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah - and shared it with Bush administration officials - well before the July 12 kidnappings.
The expert added that the White House had several reasons for supporting a bombing campaign, the report said.
If there was to be a military option against Iran, it had to get rid of the weapons Hezbollah could use in a potential retaliation against Israel, Hersh writes.
Citing a US government consultant with close ties to Israel, Hersh also reports that earlier this summer, before the Hezbollah kidnappings, several Israeli officials visited Washington "to get a green light" for a bombing operation following a Hezbollah provocation, and "to find out how much the United States would bear".
"The Israelis told us it would be a cheap war with many benefits," the magazine quotes the consultant as saying. "Why oppose it? We'll be able to hunt down and bomb missiles, tunnels, and bunkers from the air. It would be a demo for Iran."
US government officials have denied the charges.
Nonetheless, Hersh writes, a former senior intelligence official says some officers serving with the Joint Chiefs of Staff remain deeply concerned that the administration will have a far more positive assessment of the air campaign than they should.
"There is no way that (defence secretary Donald) Rumsfeld and Cheney will draw the right conclusion about this," the report quotes the former official as saying. "When the smoke clears, they'll say it was a success, and they'll draw reinforcement for their plan to attack Iran."