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Daily Archives: April 27, 2010

Okinawa’s mayors, citizens stage sit-in to call for U.S. base relocation out of island

English.news.cn 2010-04-27

TOKYO, April 27 (Xinhua) — Okinawa mayors and citizens opposed to relocating U.S. marine facility within Japan’s southernmost prefecture staged a sit-in protest in front of the Diet members’ buildings on Tuesday, following Sunday’s mass protest rally involving 90,000 people in the village of Yomitan, Okinawa.
Tuesday’s protest saw both Yoichi Iha, the mayor of Ginowan, the city currently hosting the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futemma Air Station, and Susumu Inamine, mayor of Nago city, which may accommodate the new heliport functions of Futemma to ease the burden on the densely populated area of Ginowan, criticize the Japanese and U.S. governments for failing to realize the return of the land occupied by the U.S. facility, as previously agreed between the two nations.
“Fourteen years have passed since Japan and the United States agreed on the land return, but the airfield remains a major impediment to the city’s urban planning and economic development,” Iha said.
A year after the brutal gang-rape of a local schoolgirl in 1995 by U.S. military personnel, Japan and the United States agreed that the land of the Futemma facility in Ginowan will be returned to local citizens within five to seven years.

link - http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-04/27/c_13269413.htm

Big Brother to track your medication compliance with electronic transmitters in pills

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) Now that the U.S. government has achieved its monopoly over health care, new technologies are in the works that will allow the government to remotely monitor and track whether ordinary citizens are complying with taking medications prescribed by conventional doctors. One new technology described at the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging allows “pills to be electronically outfitted with transmitters” which would track the patient’s compliance with medications and broadcast that information back to government health care enforcers who check for “compliance and efficacy.”

“Emerging technologies allow pills to be electronically outfitted with transmitters to communicate with the user’s wristwatch that shows that the pill has been consumed,” said University of Virginia professor Robin Felder at the committee meeting. “Broadband connectivity of these devices would allow the electronic medical record to be updated with regard to medication compliance and efficacy.”

This would allow government health operators, for example, to know whether you’ve taken all your prescribed psychiatric medications. If you veer from the course of pharmaceuticals prescribed by your doctor, health care enforcement agents could be dispatched to your door to make sure you start taking your pills.

Parents who currently attempt to protect their children from toxic medical therapies such as chemotherapy could be closely monitored by government medical enforcement agents. If you try to flush dangerous pharmaceuticals down the toilet instead of actually taking them, the lack of an electronic tracking signal will let your health care observers know you didn’t really take the pills.

Get ready for E-Care

It’s all part of a new push called E-Care which involves a number of medical devices that monitor you in your home and report back to government authorities. A blood pressure monitoring device, for example, could report your blood pressure to your government-approved doctor. A blood sugar monitoring device could determine if you’ve eaten too much sugar and order you to take more diabetes pills to try to compensate.

Big Government, you see, doesn’t just want to monopolize health care; it wants to monitor your compliance with it. If you depart from their system of pharmaceuticals, you may be found unfit as a parent, for example. Or possibly just declared insane (which gets you drugged with psych meds).

Big Brother snooping in on your diet

One of the ultimate goals of this remote monitoring technology is to install a blood monitoring chip in your arm that would sample and run diagnostic tests on your blood every few minutes. While this could be used in a positive way to detect early signs of cancer or liver problems, for example, it could also be used to snoop on the dietary habits of everyday citizens.

If you take too much vitamin C, for example — beyond what is allowed by CODEX — it could trigger a monitored alert that causes government-run medical operatives to force their way into your home and confiscate your “non-compliant” vitamins.

If your vitamin D levels rise high enough to actually prevent cancer, they could have you arrested for “spending too much time in the sun” and thrown into a hospital with no windows to, as they claim, “Protect you from skin cancer.”

These are some of the very practical realities that could theoretically emerge in the dystopian medicalized society that seems to be getting closer with each passing day.

We’re monitoring you for your own good

This isn’t science fiction: It’s modern medical fact. As CNSNews reports, “…Areas of interest include medicines that can tell a doctor if they have been taken on time [and] wireless monitoring of nutritional information…”

Of course, as with all privacy-invading monitoring devices, government will argue that monitoring you is “for your own good.” You can expect an RFID chip to be implanted in your arm, too, containing your entire medical history. So every time you pass near an RFID reader at a government-controlled facility (airports, schools, interstate toll booths, etc.), your entire medical history can be scanned and assessed for a variety of metrics.

link - http://www.naturalnews.com/028663_health_care_technology.html

CIA rolls out plan to beef up spy techniques

By LOLITA C. BALDOR

The Associated Press
Monday, April 26, 2010

WASHINGTON — The CIA will spend millions of dollars over the next five years to improve intelligence gathering, upgrade technologies and enable analysts to work more closely with spies in the field, under a new plan laid out Monday.
The plan renews the agency’s year-old goal to increase the number of analysts and overseas operatives fluent in another language – a problem that has plagued military and civilian intelligence officers throughout much of the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

link -http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/26/AR2010042603449.html

Spread of Gulf Oil Spill Puts Fragile Louisiana Coast on Alert

Monday 26 April 2010
Recovery crews are racing to shut down or at least contain oil pouring from the well of a destroyed oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to prevent it from reaching the fragile Louisiana coastal wetlands.
The US Coast Guard reported Sunday that as many as 1,000 barrels of oil a day – or 42,000 gallons – could be leaking into the water from about 5,000 feet below the surface. The Deepwater Horizon, a oil tanker operated by BP, sank Thursday after an explosion two days earlier.

Indigenous in Argentina “Drowning in Sadness”

Marcela Velente
Monday, April 26, 2010

(IPS) – The legal battle waged by an indigenous community in northern Argentina against the government over a project that flooded half of their territory highlights the fact that legal title to their land is not enough to overcome the marginalisation they have faced for centuries.

El Descanso, 1,500 kilometres north of Buenos Aires, is a Pilagá indigenous community in the northeastern Argentine province of Formosa. It is located next to the La Estrella wetlands, an area spanning 400,000 hectares that undergoes rises in water levels periodically throughout the year.

link -http://upsidedownworld.org/main/argentina-archives-32/2464-indigenous-in-argentina-qdrowning-in-sadnessq

Indigenous in Argentina “Drowning in Sadness”

Written by Marcela Valente
Monday, 26 April 2010

(IPS) – The legal battle waged by an indigenous community in northern Argentina against the government over a project that flooded half of their territory highlights the fact that legal title to their land is not enough to overcome the marginalisation they have faced for centuries.

El Descanso, 1,500 kilometres north of Buenos Aires, is a Pilagá indigenous community in the northeastern Argentine province of Formosa. It is located next to the La Estrella wetlands, an area spanning 400,000 hectares that undergoes rises in water levels periodically throughout the year.

In 1997 the provincial government began construction on a canal on the Río del Norte river that was meant to divert water from the wetlands to other settlements. But the project was never completed, and in addition, it flooded 1,000 of the 2,500 hectares of land that have been officially declared Pilagá territory.

What was formerly natural and temporary flooding has become permanent and affected local biodiversity, leading to a shortage of natural resources that the Pilagá people need for their survival.

“The technical experts came into our community and took their measurements in front of us, as if they owned the place. But we have ownership deeds, fences and animals,” said community leader César Salazar.

The Pilagá filed a lawsuit against the provincial government in 2001, but nothing came of it. Their ongoing struggle is documented in a newly released report, “Exigimos respeto. Argentina: Los derechos de los pilagá del bañado La Estrella” (We Demand Respect. Argentina: The rights of the Pilagá of the La Estrella wetlands).

The report, prepared by the Argentine chapter of Amnesty International (AI) and the residents of El Descanso themselves, notes that the community is home to “around 130 people, who belong to 13 nuclear families which, in turn, form part of six extended families.”

The violation of their rights is “a case that demonstrates the vulnerability and discrimination faced by indigenous people in Argentina,” said Gabriela Boada, the executive director of AI Argentina.

Some 600,000 of the more than 40 million people of this South American country identify themselves as indigenous people. Of the roughly 30 indigenous groups in the country, the largest are the Mapuche, Kolla and Toba, according to figures from the government-run Institute of Indigenous Affairs.

The Pilagá people, who live in the provinces of Formosa and neighbouring Chaco, number around 6,000 in total.

The violence and exploitation to which the residents of El Descanso have been subjected, says the new report, “are just one example of the cycle of discrimination, exclusion, forced silence and insecurity that keeps indigenous peoples mired in poverty and contributes to the violation of their human rights.”

The lawyer representing the Pilagá people, Roxana Silva, told IPS that the lawsuit against the provincial government for undertaking the doomed project without previously consulting the community was filed a full nine years ago, but since that time, there has been only a single hearing.

The community is demanding compensation for the large area of their land that has been flooded, which was occupied by a cemetery, a school, a community centre and the homes of seven families. But up until now, they have not even succeeded in getting the judge to order an inspection of the site.

“Obviously, the ownership deeds that this community possesses do not guarantee them the right to their land,” commented Silva, a member of the Equipo Nacional Diocesano de Pastoral Aborigen (National Pastoral Indigenous Group), a Catholic Church organisation.

In this case, the government “violated the right of the community to give prior, free and informed consent” to the project — a right protected by the international agreements that Argentina has incorporated into its own national constitution, says AI.

Saturnino Miranda, a delegate from the Federation of the Pilagá People, which represents 20 communities, stated at the launch of the report that the government recognises their ownership of their land, “but by not consulting us, it tramples our rights and seeks to weaken us.”

He reported that the most active members of the community, and some of their allies, such as Silva, have been subjected to threats and harassment, as well as false promises of solutions that never arrive.

Miranda stressed that the rights of indigenous peoples do not outweigh the rights of any other Argentine citizens, “but we demand equality” and a swift decision by the courts, he said.

“If we continue waiting, then 50 years from now, although we have the ownership deeds, we will not have our land, and without land we cannot have food, health or education,” he said.

The representatives of the community described how their lives had changed following the canal project. Not only has the local economy been affected — many have been forced to look for work outside the community — but also their habitat and quality of life.

“We used to easily catch fish in the wetlands. The women would head out in the morning and bring back fish for lunch,” Oscar Florico, a resident of El Descanso, told IPS.

But as a result of the platform constructed in the wetlands by the Department of Water Resources, without conducting an environmental impact assessment or consulting with the local residents, the river and forests have become practically inaccessible.

“The algarrobo trees have withered and the animals have died. My family had 100 goats and now they only have 15 because the pasture land is now underwater,” he said.

“We are drowning in sadness. We don’t know whether to live or die. We can’t find a way out of this,” Florico said.

The shrinking of the Pilagá community’s territory has also had an impact on their health. Although they have no medical facilities close by, they were traditionally able to depend up their own medical plant remedies, which are now out of their reach because of the flooding.

“Our aim is for them to make reparations for what they have done to us,” Salazar told IPS.

“They must fix the fences they destroyed, compensate us for the 1,000 hectares of land that were flooded, and above all, they must consult us, so that we can voice our opinions,” he said.

US finally extradites former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to France

AFP
April 26, 2010

The United States extradited former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega to France Monday to face money-laundering charges after years of public wrangling, US and French officials said.
Noriega was placed aboard an Air France jet in Miami for the flight back to France escorted by French prison officials, a source close the operation said in Paris.
CNN and CBS televisions aired video images that they said showed Noriega being led from a van into Miami airport.

link – http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0426/finally-extradites-panamanian-leader-manuel-noriega-france/

GM Still Owes Us

The government loan the automaker paid off is just a fraction of the support it’s received.

Forbes
Jerry Flint,

Far be it for me to rain on anyone’s parade, but don’t be fooled: General Motors has not paid its debt back to taxpayers.

The company got $50 billion from our government, and $10 billion more from Canada. They have paid the U.S. back $7 billion plus interest, as I understand it, including the latest payment of nearly $5 billion. So they say they paid us back.

GM can say they paid us back because of the $50 billion in total support, only $7 billion was counted as a loan and the rest was traded for equity in the company that emerged from bankruptcy. But that is really an accounting trick so that GM doesn’t have to pay interest on that money.

link - http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/21/general-motors-debt-business-autos-gm_2.html