Indonesian minister says swine flu could be man-made

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Agence France-Presse | 04/28/2009 3:22 PM

JAKARTA – Indonesian Heath Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Tuesday the deadly swine flu virus could have been man-made, as she urged calm over its spread around the world.

The controversial minister did not elaborate but in the past she has said Western governments could be making and spreading viruses in the developing world to boost pharmaceutical companies’ profits.

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Spanish judge starts Guantanamo torture probe + Torture Prison in Poland

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30/04/2009

A Spanish judge has started a criminal investigation into suspected torture of detainees in the base at Guantanamo and said he would target both US military personnel and those who issued their orders.

Judge Baltasar Garzon, who once tried to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, said he based his case on testimony in his court by four former Guantanamo detainees who complained of physical and mental abuse at the base in Cuba.

He called Guantanamo a legal “limbo” and as such fell under universal jurisdiction, allowing him to investigate what went on in the base which US President Barack Obama has promised to close.

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Listing possible perpetrators of criminal acts, Garzon said: “members of the US army and military intelligence and all those who put into practice or designed a systematic plan of torture or abuse.”

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Garzon’s criminal investigation comes just weeks after Spain’s most famous judge was forced to give up an attempt to initiate a probe into six former Bush administration officials, including ex-US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, over Guantanamo, after criticism from Spanish legal authorities.

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New Evidence of Torture Prison in Poland

By John Goetz and Britta Sandberg
04/27/2009

The current debate in the US on the “special interrogation methods” sanctioned by the Bush administration could soon reach Europe. It has long been clear that the CIA used the Szymany military airbase in Poland for extraordinary renditions. Now there is evidence of a secret prison nearby.

Only a smattering of clouds dotted the sky over Szymany on March 7, 2003, and visibility was good. A light breeze blew from the southeast as a plane approached the small military airfield in northeastern Poland, and the temperature outside was 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit). At around 4:00 p.m., the Gulfstream N379P — known among investigators as the “torture taxi” — touched down on the landing strip.

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Former Bush Officials Can No Longer Travel To Europe + Spain Will NOT Pursue Torture Prosecution

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah? by Andy Worthington

Christopher Hitchens on Torture

Ten Terrible Truths About The CIA Torture Memos (Part Two) by Andy Worthington

Revealing the Secrets in Room 101 By Scott Horton

Pepe Escobar: American torture

Torture on Dandelion Salad

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Former U.S. Senator Ernest F. (“Fritz”) Hollings on “Silent Conspiracies” by Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
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richardccook.com
April 29, 2009

I met Senator Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings (D-SC) in 1985 in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. I had testified before the Rogers Commission after I leaked documents to the New York Times about NASA’s past knowledge of flaws with the O-ring joints whose failure caused Challenger to blow up. Later I told commission investigators and the press it was political pressure from the Reagan White House that likely caused NASA to overrule the engineers who tried to stop the launch.

Senator Hollings, then senior Democratic member of the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce Committee, thought the same thing. He wanted the Senate to conduct its own investigation, but the Republicans blocked it.

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Mexico City on lockdown to slow swine flu spread

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Officials in Mexico City, home to about 20 million people, have declared a state of high alert.

Restaurants have been partially closed, with only takeaway food being allowed to be sold.

Gyms, sports clubs, swimming pools and billiard halls have been suspended as part of the government’s strategy to slow the spread of the virus.

Al Jazeera’s Franc Contreras reports from Mexico.

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Swine Flu Scare: Stock Market Bonanza for “Politically Connected” BioTech Companies by Michel Chossudovsky

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Ron Paul on the Recent Swine Flu Scare

Washington’s Blog: Industrial Hog Farming Is Just Like Wall Street

The Mixed Economic Report Card on Obama’s First 100 Days by Rodrigue Tremblay

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by Rodrigue Tremblay
www.thenewamericanempire.com
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

“An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1933-45)

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”  –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US president (1901-1909)

“I don’t remember any time, maybe even in the Great Depression, when things went down quite so fast, quite so uniformly around the world.”  – Paul Volcker, former U. S. Fed Chairman

“Prosperity is just around the corner.” – President Herbert Hoover, 1932

“This recession was not caused by a normal downturn in the business cycle. It was caused by a perfect storm of irresponsibility and poor decision-making that stretched from Wall Street to Washington to Main Street.”  – President Barack Obama, April 14, 2009

On April 29, 2009, President Barack Obama completed his first 100 days in office, a symbolic milestone. In somewhat of a parallel to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who succeeded the beleaguered administration of Herbert Hoover, Barack Obama took over from a most clumsy predecessor, George W. Bush.

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Getting away with Murder: Whatever happened to ‘above all, do no harm’? by Jason Miller

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April 29, 2009

Graphic: Time To Turn The Tables by ~m7

“The moral is that animal model systems not only kill animals, they also kill humans. There is no good factual evidence to show that the use of animals in cancer research has led to the prevention or cure of a single human cancer.”

—Dr. Irwin D.J. Bross, Ph.D., 1982, former head of research design and analysis of the largest cancer research institute in the world, the Sloan-Kettering Institute

Vivisection, the anachronistic practice of condemning nonhuman animals to the sterility, isolation, and confinement of laboratory cages and subjecting them to cutting, poking, sticking, burning, poisoning, and addicting, bears a much closer resemblance to medieval torture than to 21st century scientific research. Fittingly, vivisection’s history is rooted in medieval religious edicts that forbade the dissection of human cadavers.[1] And anthropocentrism is so deeply inculcated into our psyches that despite living in an “enlightened” age, we continue with our collective barbarism based on a church doctrine that held that rotting human corpses were more sacred than living, breathing sentient beings.

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Ed Show: Bernie Sanders on the Need for Single Payer Health Care System

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Can we clone this man?  The Senate could more voices such as Sanders.  ~ DS

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Sen. Arlen Specter Switches To Democratic Party

Swine Flu Scare: Stock Market Bonanza for “Politically Connected” BioTech Companies by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, April 28, 2009

The Swine Flu scare has boosted the stock market values of Big Pharma. Following initial reports from Mexico on the influenza outbreak, the demand for anti-flu drugs has skyrocketed.

Supported by media disinformation, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation has unfolded. Health “emergencies” have been declared in various parts of the US.

The most sought after influenza drugs are Tamiflu and Relenza. Treatment courses by the US government have been released from the national stockpile “to make sure health care providers are ready for any escalation in cases.”

Tamiflu is produced by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Hoffman-La Roche on behalf of a US based biotech company Gilead Sciences, Inc. While the drug is produced by Roche, it was developed by Gilead Sciences Inc. which owns the intellectual property rights.

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In the Guardian: The 5th anniversary of the Abu Ghraib scandal by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
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Originally posted at the Guardian
28 April 2009

For the Guardian’s Comment is free, “Images that exposed the truth on abuse” is an article I wrote marking the 5th anniversary of the broadcast, on CBS News’ 60 Minutes II, of the first photos revealing the abuse of detainees — or, indeed, what the International Committee of the Red Cross described as treatment “that in some cases might amount to torture” — in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

I’ve taken the opportunity offered by this bleak anniversary to note how the Abu Ghraib photos still demonstrate, sadly, that pictures speak louder then words, and to lament that, after five years, we are still waiting for those who authorized the torture and abuse of prisoners — and in one case, a death that prompted the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer to ask, “Can the CIA legally kill a prisoner?” — to be held accountable.

I am, however, reassured that the publication last week of the Senate Armed Services Committee report into detainee abuse (PDF) prompted chairman Carl Levin to state that the report was a “condemnation” of senior administration officials who “attempted to shift the blame for abuse such as that seen at Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay and Afghanistan to low-ranking soldiers,” and, while remaining somewhat ambivalent about the extent to which serving soldiers should be prosecuted for following orders (even if that led to creative acts of sadism that shock the conscience), maintain that senior officials must now be investigated — preferably, I should add, by an independent prosecutor.

If not, the imminent release of more photos — of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan, and elsewhere in Iraq — will almost certainly set off tremors of disgust that will test support for President Obama in the Muslim world, and will further challenge the resolve of those, in the United States and other Western countries, who believed that Obama represented “Change We Can Believe In.”

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and see here for my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009. Visit his website at: www.andyworthington.co.uk.

For other articles on Abu Ghraib, see Remember Abu Ghraib? (a review of Mark Danner’s Torture and Truth), Former US interrogator Damien Corsetti recalls the torture of prisoners in Bagram and Abu Ghraib, and Film Review: Standard Operating Procedure (a review of Errol Morris’ challenging documentary about the scandal). And for other articles on Iraq, see Book Review: Road From Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía, and Iraq’s refugees in Syria: Mike Otterman reports.

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CIA Torture Began In Afghanistan Eight Months before Justice Department Approval by Andy Worthington

Torture? It probably killed more Americans than 9/11

Mother Jones: Abu Ghraib Level 1 + Levels 4 and 5

We Are All Torturers in America By Naomi Wolf

ACLU: New Prisoner Abuse Photos! Being Released By Defense Dept!

Ten Terrible Truths About The CIA Torture Memos, Part 1 by Andy Worthington

Ten Terrible Truths About The CIA Torture Memos (Part Two) by Andy Worthington

Torture Whitewash From The Dark Side By Pepe Escobar

Countdown: George W Bush On Prosecution Of War Crimes

Why the US still hates Cuba by Federico Fuentes

Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly

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by Federico Fuentes
Green Left
25 April 2009

At the centre of the Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago over April 17-19, was the only country from the hemisphere not present — Cuba.

Speaking at the opening session, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega noted that while a large majority of the heads of states of the Americas were present, “there are two major absentees”.

The first was “Cuba, whose crime has been to fight for its independence, for the sovereignty of the peoples; lending solidarity, without conditions, to our peoples, and for that it is being sanctioned, for that it is being punished, for that it is being excluded.”

The second was the nation of Puerto Rico, which continues to be an official colony of the United States — denied independence.

In 1962, Cuba was expelled from the Organisation of American States for having openly declared the nature of its revolution to be socialist — based on the ideology of “Marxism-Leninism”.

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We Are All Torturers in America By Naomi Wolf

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By Naomi Wolf
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April 28, 2009 “The Guardian

As citizens’ outrage over the torture memos heats up, and the US Congress is barraged with calls to appoint a special prosecutor, Americans may be about to commit an egregious miscarriage of justice. Republicans have now accused Democrats in Congress of having “blood on your hands too” in relation to the escalating calls to investigate. I would go further: not only do Congressional Democrats have blood on their hands – but so do we, the American people. And CIA agents may be about to be sacrificed to assuage their – and our – actual and associative guilt.

The suddenly urgent calls by our Congressional Democratic leaders, and even by many of the American people, to prosecute CIA operatives, military men and women and contractors who were certainly involved with, colluded in or turned a blind eye to torture are not only the height of hypocrisy, they are a form of unconscionable scapegoating. The scapegoating is political on the part of Congressional leaders, and psychological on the part of many Americans who are now “shocked” at what was done in their name.

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Mosaic News – 4/27/09: World News From The Middle East

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“Pakistan launches Swat valley offensive,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Women have a better chance this time in Kuwaiti Elections,” Dubai TV, UAE
“The danger of an Israeli strike on Iran,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Noam Shalit to urge US: Condition peace talks on Gilad’s release,” IBA TV, Israel
“Ahmadinejad Sows Confusion on Israel (Again),” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Abbas won’t be pressured into talks with Israel,” Press TV, Iran
“IRAQ: More Than Two Million Refugees Waiting to Come Home,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“The Home of Imam Ali,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
“Islamophobia in France,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
Produced for Link TV Jamal Dajani.

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Sen. Arlen Specter Switches To Democratic Party + Maddow: Just What We Need Another Consevr-a-Dem!

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Further evidence of huge Iraqi death toll

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By James Cogan
http://www.wsws.org
28 April 2009

On April 23, the Associated Press (AP) published a secret tally compiled by the Iraqi Health Ministry that recorded 87,215 violent deaths in the country between early 2005 and February 28, 2009. Violent deaths were defined by the AP’s source in the Iraqi government as those caused by “shootings, bombings, mortar attacks and beheadings” and which had been officially registered.

The tally excluded “missing persons” who were presumed to be dead. It did not include the deaths during the three-week US invasion of 2003, during which as many as 30,000 Iraqi troops were killed. It also excludes deaths during the first 20 months of occupation. Thus, it does not count the thousands of fighters and civilians killed in the US military operations, particularly in 2004, to suppress Iraqi resistance in cities such as Baghdad, Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul, Najaf, Karbala and Basra.

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