WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States apologized on Friday for an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, women and mental patients with syphilis.
In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic.
“The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.
“Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices,” the statement said.
Guatemala condemned the experiment as a crime against humanity and said it would study whether there were grounds to take the case to an international court.
“President Alvaro Colom considers these experiments crimes against humanity and Guatemala reserves the right to denounce them in an international court,” said a government statement, which announced a commission to investigate the matter.
Guatemalan human rights activists called for the victims’ families to be compensated, but a U.S. official said it was not clear there would be any compensation.
President Barack Obama called Colom to offerhis personal apology for what had happened, a White House spokesman said.
The experiment, which echoed the infamous 1960s Tuskegee study on black American men who were deliberately left untreated for syphilis, was uncovered by Susan Reverby, a professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
Series of co-ordinated protests hits 13 capital cities from Madrid to Brussels
An estimated 100,000 demonstrators from all over Europe marched outside the EU institutions’ headquarters in Brussels
Workers across Europe yesterday vented their anger against government spending cuts and tax hikes that unions said would punish the poor.
Rallies were called in 13 capital cities and millions of Spanish workers went on strike in a mass action that hobbled public transport, paralysed building work and left streets littered with uncollected rubbish.
Some 100,000 workers, including German miners and Polish shipbuilders, brought Brussels to a standstill to protest against savage spending cuts they claimed would make workers the biggest victims of an economic crisis that they are blaming on bankers and traders in the financial markets.
The protest came as the European Commission said it would introduce measures to force EU governments to rein in their finances and reduce deficits, or face financial penalties.
Unions said that 10 million people joined the general strike in Spain. Many small businesses shut their doors in solidarity, flights were grounded, television stations cancelled programmes and strikers scuffled with police. Even the film director Pedro Almodovar suspended production on his latest project. During the morning rush hour, the streets of the Spanish capital were as empty as on a national holiday.
In Greece, hospital doctors stopped work for 24 hours and public transport was disrupted. In Slovenia, about half of public-sector workers remained on strike for the third day against a planned wage freeze. In Ireland, one man blocked the entrance to the Dail, the Irish parliament, with a cement truck in a protest against the country’s enormous bank bailouts. Written across the back of the lorry was: “All politicians should be sacked.”
Several EU governments have been pushed to the brink of financial collapse and have been forced to impose punishing cuts in wages and pensions to trim their debts, which has in turn led to increasing union discontent.
EU unemployment is running at nearly 10 per cent and at about twice that rate in Spain, Latvia and Estonia. In Spain, union leaders called the strike in an effort to persuade the socialist Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to modify a labour reform package he rushed through the legislature in May to quieten market jitters about Spain’s ballooning deficit.
As an antiterror measure, the US government has deployed mobile X-ray technology to randomly scan cars and trucks. But the measure is riling privacy proponents.
Using the Z Backscatter Van, officials detected drugs hidden in the body of this pickup truck. Business Wire/File
For many living in a terror-spooked country, it might seem like a great government innovation: Use vans equipped with mobile X-ray units to scan vehicles at major sporting events, or even randomly, for bombs or contraband.
But news that the US is buying custom-made vans packed with something called backscatter X-ray capacity has riled privacy advocates and sparked internet worries about “feds radiating Americans.”
“This really trips up the creep factor because it’s one of those things that you sort of intrinsically think the government shouldn’t be doing,” says Vermont-based privacy expert Frederick Lane, author of “American Privacy.” “But, legally, the issue is the boundary between the government’s legitimate security interest and privacy expectations we enjoy in our cars.”
American Science & Engineering, a Billerica, Mass.-company, tells Forbes it’s sold more than 500 ZBVs, or Z Backscatter Vans, to US and foreign governments. The Department of Defense has bought the most for war zone use, but US law enforcement has also deployed the vans to search for bombs inside the US, according to Joe Reiss, a company spokesman, as quoted by Forbes.
On Tuesday, a counterterror operation snarled truck traffic on I-20 near Atlanta, where Department of Homeland Security teams used mobile X-ray technology to check the contents of truck trailers. Authorities said the inspections weren’t prompted by any specific threat.
The mobile X-ray technology works by bouncing narrow X-ray streams off an object like a car and then analyzing the scatter rate of the returning rays. Operators can then locate less-dense objects that could be bodies or bombs.
Backscatter X-ray is already part of an ongoing national debate about its use in so-called full body scanners being deployed in many US airports.
In that case, US officials have said they will not store or share the images and will use masking technology to avoid revealing details of the human body.
Failed Washington-Sponsored Ecuadorean Coup Attempt – by Stephen Lendman
Post-9/11, Washington sponsored four coup d’etats. Two succeeded – mostly recently in Honduras in 2009 against Manuel Zelaya, and in Haiti in 2004 deposing Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Two others failed – in Venezuela in 2002 against Hugo Chavez, and on September 30 in Ecuador against Rafael Correa – so far. Two by Bush, two by Obama with plenty of time for more mischief before November 2012.
From his record so far, expect it. He continues imperial Iraq and Afghanistan wars and occupations. In addition, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Lebanon, North Korea, and other countries are targeted, besides deploying CIA and Special Forces armies into at least 75 countries worldwide for targeted assassinations, drone attacks, and other disruptive missions.
More than ever under Bush and Obama, America rampages globally, Ecuador’s Raphael Correa lucky to survive a plot to oust (or perhaps kill) him. September world headlines explained, including by New York Times writer Simon Romero headlining, “Standoff in Ecuador Ends With Leader’s Rescue,” saying:
“Ecuadorean soldiers stormed a police hospital Thursday night in Quito where President Rafael Correa was held by rebellious elements of the police forces, and rescued him amid an exchange of gunfire….”
Protesters chanted: “We will not allow Communist China to invade our territory.”
(CNN) — Anti-China protesters gathered Saturday in Tokyo and six other major cities in Japan to rally against what it calls an invasion of disputed islands that both claim are part of their territories.
Protesters held up Japanese flags and chanted, “We will not allow Communist China to invade our territory.”
Beijing says the Diaoyu Islands and most of the South China Sea belong to China, disputing neighboring countries’ claims. In Japan, the islands are known as the Senkaku.
The state-controlled Hellenic Post Bank was betting on Greece going bankrupt!
Somebody needs to probe the role of the banksters, the central bank and the government!
Greece plans parliamentary probe of foreign banks
Greece’s prime minister pledged Thursday that a parliamentary commission would examine the reasons behind Greece’s finance crisis and the role played by US banking giant Goldman Sachs, reports said.
Prime Minister George Papandreou told a press conference reserved for Greek media that the panel would be set up by the end of the year.
“In the context of this parliamentary commission on the economy … we are going to look into the participation of foreign institutions in the Greek problem,” he said in a report carried by the semi-official ANA press agency.
He added that the probe would look back as far as 2001, the year Greece entered the eurozone, and that among its targets would be Goldman Sachs.
Ecuador army frees President Correa from hospital siege
Soldiers opened fire on police to rescue President Correa
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has been rescued from a hospital in the capital, Quito, where he had been trapped for several hours in an uprising by disaffected police.
Widespread gunfire was heard as the army moved in to free the president, who was there for treatment after being attacked by police with tear gas.
Mr Correa went on to address supporters outside the presidential palace.
Two people died and dozens were injured in the unrest, officials said.
The president and his supporters said the police revolt over a new law cutting benefits for public servants amounted to an an attempted coup.
Mr Correa, a 47-year-old US-trained economist, took power in 2007 and was elected for a second term in 2009, despite a decision to default on $3.2bn of global bonds causing widespread fiscal problems for the government.
‘Kill the president’
Mr Correa had been holed up in the police hospital, where he was treated after being hit by tear gas in a confrontation.
Hundreds of police, angry over a law that would cut their benefits, appeared to have prevented him from leaving the clinic.
An antivirus expert said the virus has infected over 6 million computer accounts
The Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc in China, infecting millions of computers around the country, state media have reported.
A computer virus dubbed the world’s “first cyber superweapon” by experts and which may have been designed to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities has found a new target — China.
The Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc in China, infecting millions of computers around the country, state media reported this week.
Stuxnet is feared by experts around the globe as it can break into computers that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves.
It could, technically, make factory boilers explode, destroy gas pipelines or even cause a nuclear plant to malfunction.
The virus targets control systems made by German industrial giant Siemens commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other industrial facilities.
“This malware is specially designed to sabotage plants and damage industrial systems, instead of stealing personal data,” an engineer surnamed Wang at antivirus service provider Rising International Software told the Global Times.
“Once Stuxnet successfully penetrates factory computers in China, those industries may collapse, which would damage China’s national security,” he added.
Another unnamed expert at Rising International said the attacks had so far infected more than six million individual accounts and nearly 1,000 corporate accounts around the country, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Just now, the following apology was posted by 10:10 on their website:
Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called “No Pressure”.
With Climate Change becoming increasingly threatening, and decreasingly talked about in the media, we wanted to find a way to bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh. We were therefore delighted when Britain’s leading comedy writer, Richard Curtis – writer of Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill and many others – agreed to write a short film for the 10:10 campaign. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn’t and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.
As a result of these concerns we’ve taken it off our website. We won’t be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet.
At 10:10 we’re all about trying new and creative ways of getting people to take action on climate change. Unfortunately in this instance we missed the mark. Oh well, we live and learn.”
I would like to thank everybody who made 10:10 apologize through his own initiative on the internet. We have made them back down and recognize their mistakes.
The movie is staying up as a reminder; watch it at your own risk.
Note: THUMBS UP so that their SHAME may be more visible, even though you disagree with the proto-nazis who made this movie!
This ridiculous, shameful movie, in which activists of the 10:10 climate change campaign fantasize about blowing up dissenters, was uploaded and recently CENSORED, after they realized what a massive cock-up it had been.
Flooded by negative comments and thumbs down, the eco-fascists were forced to make their violent, disgusting video private.
See for yourselves: in this video, people who do not support their carbon-reduction strategy are blown up in a gory, bloody explosion. If the same kind of video had been made about blowing up atheists, agnostics, christians, jews, muslims, whites, blacks, asians, homosexuals, left-wingers or right-wingers, it would have been met with understandable disgust; this video is a shameful display of DOUBLE STANDARDS.
I have REUPLOADED this video in order to comply with what I told them in one of my comments — I told them that I would re-post this video if they ever tried to hide it (which they have) so that their SHAME may live on forever.
Update 1 (InfiniteUnknown):
The video has been taken down! That was fast.
The REUPLOAD works (so far).
Please tell me that it is April Fools’ Day or that 1010global.org is the new branch of theonion.com.
I agree with the filmmakers that people who do NOT like Al Gore, i.e. people with brain, should better not watch this mini-movie!
‘Rises in C02 lag 800 years behind temperature rises. So temperature is leading CO2 by 800 years!’
Look at the graph that elite puppet Al Gore presents in‘An Inconvenient Truth’, use your brain and this will become very obvious to you. Rises in CO2 cannot be responsible for rising temperatures. Basta!
The strength of the new study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, is that it rests solely on measurements and statistical data, including historical records extracted from Antarctic ice, and does not rely on computations with complex climate models.
“The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations.”
Whippersnapping climate campaign 10:10 teams up with legendary comic screenwriter Richard Curtis – you know, Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill, co-founded Comic Relief – and Age of Stupid director Franny Armstrong to proudly present their explosive new mini-movie “No Pressure”. The film stars X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, together with Spurs players past and present – including Peter Crouch, Ledley King and David Ginola – with music donated by Radiohead. Shot on 35mm by a 40-strong professional film crew led by director Dougal Wilson, “No Pressure” celebrates everybody who is actively tackling climate change… by blowing up those are aren’t.
Pakistani authorities blocked a vital supply route to Nato troops fighting in Afghanistan on Thursday in retaliation for a cross-border US helicopter raid which killed three Pakistani soldiers.
Two helicopters crossed the border and shelled an area in Teri Mangal village for about 25 minutes Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES
The attack on a border post was the fourth skirmish along the flashpoint this week, and came after anunprecedented number of drone missile strikes into the tribal regions had already inflamed anti-American feeling.
Hours after the raid, Pakistani officials closed the main Torkham border crossing to the hundreds of Nato supply lorries which cross daily into Afghanistan.
And the people will be footed with the bill created by elite criminals that control all governments and are bankrupting one country after the other.
This is just the beginning for Spain. Next are Ireland, Portugal, Italy, the UK and France.
* Cuts Spain ratings to Aa1 vs AAA on weak growth outlook
* Says Spain vow on deficit key to just one notch downgrade
* Does not expect another rating cut any time soon
MADRID, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investor Service cut Spain’s credit to Aa1 from AAA on Thursday, removing the last of its highly-valued triple-A ratings but saying it did not expect to cut again soon thanks to efforts at fiscal reform.
The one notch downgrade was widely discounted by the markets, following cuts by Standard and Poor’s in April and by Fitch Ratings in May.
Spain is one of the countries being watched most closely by financial markets in Europe’s struggle with billowing debt, but investors have so far given it an easier ride than Ireland and Portugal.
“The Irish banking system is at rock bottom today,” Lenihan said today.
(30 Sept.) Bloomberg — Ireland is preparing to take majority control of Allied Irish Banks Plc and pump extra cash into Anglo Irish Bank Corp., raising the cost of repairing the financial system to as much as 50 billion euros ($68 billion).
“The Irish banking system is at rock bottom today,” Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said today in a Bloomberg Television interview in Dublin. He rejected speculation Ireland will need outside help. “It can only revive from now because it’s recapitalized and reformed,” he said.
Ireland’s deteriorating finances fueled investor concerns that it would become the first government after Greece to tap the 750 billion-euro rescue fund set up by the European Union and International Monetary fund to stanch the debt crisis. Irish bonds have plunged this month, sending the yield on 10-year securities to higher than any other euro nation except Greece.
The cost of bailing out the country’s banks may ultimately rise to about 50 billion euros, under a “stress case” scenario for Anglo Irish, according to figures published by the country’s finance ministry and the central bank in Dublin today. The base case estimate is about 45 billion euros, the figures show. Allied Irish may need as much as 3 billion euros.
I’ve been informed about this situation by a German student in Stuttgart.
Peaceful protesters were attacked with pepper spray, tear gas and water guns.
50 protesters Hundreds of protesters were injured, some by police horses!
The police attacked children!
One protester died of a heart attack.
Sources say that the police force strength is/will be: 15,000!
The majority of protesters are pupils and students. One (elder) protester in the video (link in the article below) said that the police is provoking the people with tear gas and water guns until somebody throws the first stone (usually undercover cops, like at G20 & G8 summits).
Stuttgart 21 is just a small part of the plan of the elitists to bankrupt Germany and all other (former) wealthy countries, to destroy the middle class everywhere and present the New World Order as the only solution to the problems, that they, the elite criminals, created in the first place.
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
– John Adams
“The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debts.”
– Henry Ford
“I place the economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers.”
– Thomas Jefferson
This is the rise of the police state, the New World Order and the fascist world government.
Bislang war der Bürgerprotest gegen “Stuttgart 21” friedlich – jetzt ist die Lage eskaliert: Bei der Räumung des Baugeländes hat die Polizei Tränengas und Wasserwerfer eingesetzt, viele Demonstranten wurden verletzt. Beobachter machen Regierungschef Mappus für den Gewaltausbruch verantwortlich.
Es regnet Tränengas. Kinder, Schüler, alte Frauen und Männer fallen übereinander, werden hochgehoben und dorthin geschleppt, wo der scharfe Strahl der Wasserwerfer nicht mehr hinreicht. Manche Gesichter sind blutüberströmt, die Augen brennen höllisch, der Atem wird knapp. Szenen wie in Wackersdorf, sagen ältere Semester, die über einschlägige Demo-Erfahrungen verfügen. Aber es ist nicht Wackersdorf, es ist der Stuttgarter Schlossgarten, die gute Stube der Schwaben, in der sie sonntags mit ihren Kindern spielen.
The First World War will officially end on Sunday, 92 years after the guns fell silent, when Germany pays off the last chunk of reparations imposed on it by the Allies.
The armistice between the Allies and Germany was signed in a railway carriage in Compiègne Forest on 11 November 1918
The final payment of £59.5 million, writes off the crippling debt that was the price for one world war and laid the foundations for another.
Germany was forced to pay the reparations at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, leaving nearly ten million soldiers dead.
The initial sum agreed upon for war damages in 1919 was 226 billion Reichsmarks, a sum later reduced to 132 billion, £22 billion at the time.
The bill would have been settled much earlier had Adolf Hitler not reneged on reparations during his reign.
Hatred of the settlement agreed at Versailles, which crippled Germany as it tried to shape itself into a democracy following armistice, was of significant importance in propelling the Nazis to power.
“On Sunday the last bill is due and the First World War finally, financially at least, terminates for Germany,” said Bild, the country’s biggest selling newspaper.
Sept. 28 — An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.
The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM corn and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West.
The researchers detected the bacterial protein in the plant detritus that was washed off the corn fields into streams up to 500 metres away. They are not yet able to determine how significant this is in terms of the risk to either human health or the wider environment.
“Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies,” said Emma Rosi-Marshall of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.
GM crops are widely cultivated except in Britain and other parts of Europe. In 2009, more than 85 per cent of American corn crops were genetically modified to either repel pests or to be tolerant to herbicides used to kill weeds in a cultivated field.
The GM corn has a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuriengensis (Bt) inserted into it to repel the corn borer beetle. The Bt gene produces a protein called Cry1Ab which has insectidical properties.
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, analysed 217 streams in Indiana. The scientists found 86 per cent of the sites contained corn leaves, husks, stalks or cereal cobs in their channels and 13 per cent contained detectable levels of the insectidical Cry1Ab proteins.
Meat contaminated by a potentially lethal infection is being sold to consumers — creating a public health threat that has largely flown under the the radar due to powerful industry interests and lax accountability at the federal agency in charge of ensuring food safety, according to recent studies and a prominent investigative journalist.
“It makes salmonella look like a picnic,” is how David Kirby, an investigative journalist who has written about MRSA, a life-threatening pathogen, described it in an interview with Consumer Ally. MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an antibiotic-resistant staph infection that kills about 20,000 Americans — more than the number of people who die from AIDS — each year.
MRSA affects livestock and ultimately supermarket meat. Previously associated mostly with infections acquired in hospitals, nursing homes or by people with compromised immune systems, for the past 15 years MRSA is increasingly being traced to industrial animal feeding operations, so-called factory farms, where much of the nation’s protein comes from.
A number of clinical and academic studies bear this out: a recent Canadian study showed nearly 14% of pork chops (about one in seven) and 6.3% of ground pork sold in supermarkets carried the contamination — taken together, 9.6% of all pork samples. Additionally, 5.6% of the beef and 1.2% of the poultry carried the bug. The bacterium was also found in veal, lamb and other meats.
Another report, by Louisiana State University, found 5.5% of pork samples and 3.3% of beef samples taken from local supermarkets were contaminated. Yet another – this one out of the pork industry’s lobby arm, the National Pork Board — found MRSA in 3% of pork samples. That means a family buying raw pork twice a week brings MRSA home an average of three times a year.