Thursday, June 24, 2010

HIV and Pregnancy: A Death Sentence?

HIV and Pregnancy: A Death Sentence? | Abortion Gang

By now, I think everyone knows that HIV/AIDS is a major problem, especially in Africa. Poor medical care and lack of knowledge on the disease (even here in the U.S.) have caused fear, misconceptions, dread, and depression for those who contract it. For years, becoming pregnant after contracting HIV was a death sentence for the resulting child.

A few years ago, scientists discovered a “miracle” treatment for pregnant women with HIV–a way for her to deliver the baby without the child contracting HIV. Doctors and humanitarians alike cheered this wonderful treatment. Finally, a solution to the problem of mother-to-baby transmission.

I’m kicking myself at the moment for not being able to find the interview I heard on the radio, on NPR I believe, in which a doctor discussed this procedure. However, I did find a study done in Africa on the treatment.

The woman is given a shot of nevirapine, one drug of a three drug “cocktail” used to help the immune system in AIDS treatment, during labor. The child is then given a shot of it after birth. The majority of the time, this treatment is effective in preventing the transmission, and the child is spared from the terrible life of an HIV patient.

However, what other scientists have just discovered is that the use of nevirapine during labor is actually detrimental to the mother’s treatment later. There is a chance that the mother will become resistant to nevirapine, which renders useless the three drug “cocktail” used for HIV/AIDS treatment for her later. She will die sooner because of this. Her child will be without a mother.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Court date set for Troy Davis, an innocent man on Death Row

By: Eugene Puryear

Still fighting for justice after 19 years behind bars

After 19 years on death row, two scheduled executions, innumerable court hearings, rallies and teach-ins, Troy Davis will finally get
his day in court on June 23. In line with the most recent Supreme Court
ruling, the U.S. Federal District Court in Savannah, Ga., will hear evidence as
to Davis’s innocence. Davis was convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of
police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. While no gun was found and no physical
evidence linked Davis to the crime, the prosecution produced nine witnesses who
testified to Davis’s guilt.

Troy Davis

Since that time, however, seven of the original nine prosecution witnesses have recanted their testimony.
Nine new witnesses have come forward to support claims of Davis’s innocence. Despite this, courts from Georgia to the U.S. Supreme Court have passed the buck,
either denying Davis a hearing on the new evidence or handing off responsibility to another jurisdiction. Further hampering Davis’s efforts to
have his case heard with new evidence is the fact that Georgia does not guarantee counsel for the appeals of death row inmates, leaving him until recently without effective counsel.

Davis’s case has become a rallying cry for those who oppose the racist death penalty. Tens of thousands of
people around the world have recognized that the conviction of Davis fits the pattern
perfectly for the racist application of the death penalty in the United States.In Georgia, specifically, the American Bar Association found a person is 4.5
times more likely to be sentenced to death for killing a white person than for
killing a Black person. It is obvious that Georgia’s legal
authorities want to continue to muzzle Troy Davis to avoid exposing the reality of their sense of “justice.” With seven witnesses recanting and nine new witnesses, further investigation in the case of Davis will undoubtedly
reveal police misconduct, coercion and lack of due diligence. Further, the
sentence of death and prosecutors’ zeal to ignore potential exonerating evidence
will go even further to show that the entire death penalty process is more about
playing on racist prejudices for political reasons than finding the truth or
“crime prevention.”

After 19 years on death row, more than enough potentially exonerating testimony has come to light for Troy
Davis to, at the very least, receive a new hearing. To his many supporters, it is enough evidence to support his freedom.

19 years too many!

Abolish the racist death penalty!

Free Troy Davis!

Troy Davis Campaign: June 22 Global Day of Solidarity

Troy Davis has a hearing date (June 23, 2010) – Please Take Action!

Everyone who is
concerned about the human rights case of Troy Davis.

A day of
solidarity activities in communities around the world.

Tuesday, June
22, 2010 (anytime). (This is the day before the hearing).

A visible
location in your community.

To keep a light
on the Troy Davis case and to demonstrate a global community
standing together and remain vigilant as the court reviews the new

Please organize an activity, such as:

a. a vigil
b. tabling
c. a teach-in

This kit provides some "how to" guides on organizing activities. Also, please use the tools—the event sign-in sheet to keep in touch
with folks who come out, the fact sheet to educate them about the
case, the petition and the handbill about the photo mosaic action.
At all events, please take part in the photo mosaic action ("Lend
Your Face for Justice").

We want to be
able to report how many events will be taking place to demonstrate
the tremendous support. Please email
to let us know if you will
organize an activity. Please include the name of your community,
the type of event and how others can join you (i.e. a contact name,
email address, time and location of the activity).

Available resources: For links and downloadable items, visit

Netanyahu: Security blockade on Gaza will only get stronger

Netanyahu: Security blockade on Gaza will only get stronger :: :: informazione dal medio oriente :: information from middle east :: []

Senior cabinet ministers on Sunday approved steps toward easing Israel's land blockade of the Gaza Strip, days after Jerusalem had issued a non-binding declaration supporting such a move.

"There will be no civilian closure of Gaza but there will be a security closure," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the meeting. "That security closure will be tightened from now on."

He added: "We have deprived Hamas of the ability to blame Israel for hurting the civilian population [of Gaza] and our friends around the world are getting behind our decision and giving international legitimacy to the security blockade on Hamas."

Sources inside the prime minister's office expressed satisfaction with the move. "In the wake of this decision, the world's focus will be on the Qassam rockets Hamas is firing out of Gaza and not the coriander that Israel isn't allowing in," one senior aide told Haaretz.

Another official said the policy reversal would have been the right move, even without Israel's raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla three weeks ago, which left nine activists dead and stepped up pressure on Israel to lift the siege.

"The new policy will prevent absurdities like blocking shipments of pasta to Gaza and will strengthen Israel's international position in enforcing a security closure. It will also strengthenl Israel's moral standing in its demand to free [captured Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit.

The decision drew praise from the White House and criticism from the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip, who called it "deception" and said that the blockade must be lifted entirely.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Daddy's Day

Happy Daddy's Day: Now I'm over 40 years old and I still call my father daddy. That's why the name of the holiday "Father's Day" never made any sense to me.

Any man than can ejaculate can be a father but not just any man can be a daddy.

Read more:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Disaster capitalists: Halliburton to make money off oil spill

halliburton2 Disaster capitalists: Halliburton to make money off oil spillDisaster capitalists: Halliburton to make money off oil spill | Raw Story

Does a company that both builds oil rigs and cleans up oil spills have any motivation to prevent oil rig disasters?

That's the question some people in business and politics are asking themselves after Halliburton's purchase of an oil clean-up company 10 days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and launched the worst oil spill in US history.

Some observers see a conspiracy in the actions of the company once headed by Dick Cheney. Halliburton, which built the cement casing for the Deepwater Horizon's drill, announced its purchase of Houston-based oilfield services company Boots and Coots for $240 million on April 9, just 11 days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

According to a report at the Christian Science Monitor Friday, Boots and Coots is now under contract with BP to help with the oil spill. The company "focuses on oil spill prevention and blowout response," CSM reports. Halliburton's purchase is not yet a done deal -- it's still awaiting regulatory approval, though few observers think the purchase won't pass muster.

"[Mergers and acquisitions] in the industrial and oil services sectors is totally normal," writes David Anderson at The Inspired Economist, "but the timing in this case, is not. Boots & Coots sure seems like the perfect company to own if it would soon become necessary to get more involved with some oil disaster.
Story continues below...

"Does this strike readers as a coincidence? If so, it’s a pretty lucky one for Halliburton."

Stephen Lemons: Neo-Nazis Patrol the Vekol Valley; J.T. Ready Calls "Border Ops" for Saturday

harry6666.jpgNeo-Nazis Patrol the Vekol Valley; J.T. Ready Calls "Border Ops" for Saturday - Phoenix News - Feathered Bastard

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu recently announced that "drug
cartels" control the area in his county where deputy Louie
was allegedly shot at, and where two men were recently
gunned down.

Now Babeu may be getting some assistance from an unwelcome and
unsavory source: Vigilantes led by National Socialist Movement member
J.T. Ready.

I blogged back in May
, Ready and fellow neo-Nazi Harry Hughes have
been going on illegal alien "patrols" in Pinal County's Vekol Valley,
dressed in camouflage and armed with assault rifles.

Now Ready has announced a "Border Ops" alert for this Saturday via
his profile on the white supremacist New Saxon site, inviting
participants to "bring plenty of firearms and ammo."

"Camouflage or earth tone clothing [is] preferred," according to the
announcement. "Bandanas, balaclavas, or other identity concealing items
are permissible and encouraged."

Ready's statement promises that, "This is the Minuteman Project on

I called Ready to ask him if he had informed law enforcement about
his operation, which he says will involve other NSM members and include
an "incursion" into Mexico. He said his group has a law enforcement
liaison flying in, but it didn't sound like he'd run any of this
stunt past the local gendarmes.

"Our statement to law enforcement is to support us," said Ready.
"With choppers...with SWAT teams and so forth. We're telling them to
come down."

But Ready seemed to think it was time for he and his folks to take
matters into their own hands.

Friday, June 18, 2010

3 Weeks After Arrest, Still No Charges in Wikileaks Probe

brad-manning-in-uniform.jpg3 Weeks After Arrest, Still No Charges in Wikileaks Probe :: :: informazione dal medio oriente :: information from middle east :: []

An Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified information to Wikileaks has still not been charged with any crime, three weeks after being arrested and put in pre-trial confinement.

PFC Bradley Manning, 22, is being held at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, and has been assigned a military defense attorney. The Army and State Department are investigating claims Manning made to an ex-hacker in online chats that he disclosed classified information.

An Army legal advisor in Washington, D.C., says the delay in filing charges is unusual but is not a violation of regulations.

"I think if you were able to make a timeline of all the cases, [three weeks] would be at the high end," said Lt. Col. Chris Carrier, chief of the policy branch of the criminal law division in the Judge Advocate General’s office (JAG) in Washington, D.C.

Carrier, who has no direct knowledge of the Manning case, said the military is required to produce a charge sheet "in a timely fashion," but the complexity of this case may be causing the delay.

"It strikes me that this [case] may be relatively complicated in terms of obtaining, handling, managing the evidence and explaining things," he said. "They have to figure out what they’re dealing with."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Activists dare Congressman to arrest them

Activists dare Congressman to arrest them -

Washington (CNN) -- Activists with several free Gaza groups will symbolically surrender Thursday at a Congressman's office, after the lawmaker called for the prosecution of Americans who were aboard a flotilla raided last week by Israeli authorities.

On a conference call organized by the non-profit Israel Project last week, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, said that the Justice Department should prosecute any U.S. citizen aboard the well-publicized flotilla that was stopped by the Israeli military on its way to Gaza last week. Nine people were killed in the May 31 incident.

"So what is illegal is helping Hamas," Sherman said. "I will be asking the attorney general to prosecute all Americans involved in what was a clear effort to give items of value to a terrorist organization."

The U.S. State Department considers Hamas a foreign terrorist organization.

Sherman said the activists could be prosecuted under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which makes it illegal to give supplies to terror groups

Members of Gaza Freedom March said its group and others would offer themselves up for arrest Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

"Should Rep. Sherman seek to arrest us, we have faith that no jury in America would possibly convict us for our humanitarian and human rights work in Palestine," the organizers said in a statement.

If Sherman does not have them arrested, the group said it will hold a memorial service for people who died in the raid.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Israel’s atomic lies and apartheid

Israel’s atomic lies and apartheid |

SASHA POLAKOW-Suransky, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine (produced by the very mainstream Council on Foreign Relations), has issued a new book in which he reveals that in March of 1975, Shimon Peres, Nobel Peace Prize winner and current president of Israel, offered to sell the apartheid government of South Africa nuclear bombs.

He did this in his capacity as defense minister of Israel. The UK daily, the Guardian, recently published the documents in a group of articles.

The deal didn't go through, because South Africa found the price too high. It is not clear if Peres had approval of then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to make the deal. The Israeli president's office denies the accusation, saying Polakow-Suransky's charges are based on "interpretation" and not on "facts." The New York Times report on the denial does not mention it was the South African regime that was interpreting the offer as one of nuclear arms!

There are many serious implications here: 1) Israel has nuclear weapons and thus may be ineligible for U.S. foreign aid; 2) Shimon Peres is a monster who was willing to sell nuclear bombs to a regime that practiced the international crime of apartheid; and 3) The notion that "mad mullahs" in Iran can't be trusted with nuclear weapons while the freedom-loving Israeli government can be trusted is total nonsense.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Papua New Guinea: Indigenous People stripped of land rights

Papua New Guinea: Indigenous People stripped of land rights : Intercontinental Cry

Indigenous Landowners have been stripped of their Constitutionally-protected land rights by the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Without any warning or consultation, on 27 May 2010, the government of PNG introduced emergency legislation that dissolves the Constitutional rights of all landowners in PNG, including the right of Indigenous People to own land, challenge resource projects in court and receive any form compensation for environmental damage.

"The legislation was passed by Parliament without anybody being allowed to see the Bill before it was presented", comments ACT NOW!, an independent organization based in PNG. "Nobody was allowed to read or comment on the text. There was no scrutiny by a Select Committee and not even a Parliamentary debate."

New Caravans heading to the Gaza strip and Oaxaca, Mexico : Intercontinental Cry

Despite the armed attacks on two separate aid caravans on April 27th and May 31st, the international community is determined to bring desperately needed supplies to Palestinians in Gaza city and a Triqui village, on the other side of the world, in Oaxaca, Mexico.

On April 27, the international community was stunned to learn that a paramilitary group known as UBISORT had attacked a peaceful humanitarian aid caravan en route to the indigenous Triqui village of San Juan Copala in Oaxaca.

The government of Oaxaca has since blamed the attack, which resulted in the deaths of two human rights observers, on the actual organizers of the caravan. An absurd claim to say the least.

The caravan was attempting to cross an illegal blockade that UBSIORT (an organization founded by members of Oaxaca's ruling party, the Institutional Revolution Party, or PRI) has imposed on the the Triqui village since January 2010. The blockade has made it impossible for the villagers to leave or gain access to food, water or other basic necessities.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Found Dead: Christine Boone; Jalesa Reynolds…Where are You? « Black and Missing but Not Forgotten

Found Dead: Christine Boone; Jalesa Reynolds…Where are You? « Black and Missing but Not Forgotten: "The state medical examiner has identified remains found earlier this month in Halifax County as those of a Rocky Mount woman who had been missing since 2006"

Serial Killers Ink on News Columbus, Ohio ABC

Unanswered Questions on Imperial Avenue & The Cleveland Strangler: The ...

Imperial Avenue by Ruth Staniford « Sisters Voice

Imperial Avenue by Ruth Staniford « Sisters Voice: "Imperial Avenue by Ruth Staniford2010
Ruth Standiford
Peace In The Hood
For more than three years, Black women were disappearing in Cleveland, particularly in the Imperial Avenue area and no one seemed to notice or care. For more than three years, a foul smell filled the neighborhood air and neighbors complained and complained. Nothing was done. The sausage company on the corner of Imperial and East 123 was blamed. For more than three years, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office came out to the pretty house on Imperial Avenue , next to the sausage plant (that was blamed for the foul smell) and checked on the Tier 3 registered sex offender who had served 15 years in prison for a violent rape who lived there, as required by law. The officers did not see or, strangely enough, smell anything unusual.
In the cases of some of the missing women, police reports were made and made and made. In some cases families were told there was nothing the police could do. Members of Survivors and Victims of Tragedy, Peace in the Hood, Black on Black Crime, Inc., V.O.I.C.E.S and other grass roots organizations passed out flyers and attended vigils and worked with other collaborating partners such as some of the churches. Families began to talk of a serial killer on the loose. Everyone dismissed that idea as silly. Michelle Mason disappeared after telling her family she was meeting with a guy from Imperial Avenue, who had served 13 years in prison for stalking someone."

Read more by clicking the link above. May the Imperial victims rest in peace.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Rape on the Reservation

Rape on the Reservation // Current

According to national statistics, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. Vanguard correspondent Mariana Van Zeller travels to Rosebud reservation in South Dakota to investigate the alarmingly high incidence of rape and sexual assaults.

She learns that rape and violence against women have become frighteningly commonplace and recently escalated to the brutal murder of a high school student named Marquita, whose naked, battered body was discovered in an abandoned house on the reservation. Candid interviews with her family members, classmates and police reveal many of the disturbing social attitudes and behaviors that lead up to her death.

On the reservation, victims of rape are often blamed and even intimidated from pressing charges by members of the community, including their own families. Mariana meets Donna, a rape victim who, fearing for her life, flees her home on the reservation. Through their stories as well as emotionally charged scenes with both Indian rape survivors and past sex offenders, "Rape on the Reservation" exposes a culture of impunity as well as raises questions about what can be done to stem the epidemic of rape on America's Indian reservations.

The Flotilla Raid Was Not “Bungled.” The IDF Detailed Its Violent Strategy In Advance.

Tel Aviv-Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his senior ministers have attempted to blame army commanders for “the bungled raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla,” according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph. The AP reported that “Israel’s bloody, bungled takeover of a Gaza-bound Turkish aid vessel is complicating US-led Mideast peace efforts.” And according to Reuters, “Israeli military admits errors in bungled boarding.”

But was the raid really bungled? Did the Israeli military command and Netanyahu government have no clear strategy going in? Or was the violence they meted out against the flotilla activists deliberate and methodically planned?

Statements by senior Israeli military commanders made in the Hebrew media days before the massacre revealed that the raid was planned over a week in advance by the Israeli military and was personally approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. The elite Israeli commando unit known as Unit 13 was tasked with carrying out the mission and its role was known by the Israeli public well before the raid took place. Details of the plan show that the use of deadly force was authorized and calculated. The massacre of activists should not have been unexpected.

Gulf oil disaster propels tribes into crisis | Mother Earth Journal

HOUMA, La. – The worst oil leak in U.S. history has grown to 19 million gallons since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20.

And the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is wreaking havoc with tribal lives in Louisiana.

“The smell of the oil is really bad, people describe it as smelling like you were in an engine room,” Brenda Dardar Robichaux, Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation said May 26 of the potentially toxic vapors.

The Environmental Protection Agency can’t send a representative to their tribal community for five days. “They told us to keep the children inside. In essence our children are in house arrest, their health is at risk.”

EPA air monitoring of the coastline through May 23 found normal ozone and particulate air quality levels but observed odor-causing pollutants associated with petroleum products at low levels, prompting the agency to warn, “Some of these chemicals may cause short-lived effects like headache, eye, nose and throat irritation, or nausea. People may be able to smell some of these chemicals at levels well below those that would cause short-term health problems.”

John John: witnessing Zionist Genocide from Occupied Canada

Canadian detained on Gaza aid flotilla says he was beaten -

VANCOUVER - The night before a violent confrontation between Israeli soldiers and activists headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip was a tense and sleepless one, says a Canadian activist who was on board.

Rifat Audeh, one of three Canadians detained during the raid off the Gaza coast, told The Canadian Press that they'd heard reports Israeli forces might try and “attack” the convoy. Nine people died in the confrontation.

The 37-year-old resident of St. Catharines, Ont., said he was near the cabin of the Mavi Marmara early Monday morning when he heard the first shots ring out.

“They started shooting at the ship itself for no reason whatsoever,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday from Amman, Jordan, where he arrived after being released by Israeli authorities. “We're a humanitarian ship, we were unarmed, we're all civilians, we had no weapons onboard.”

Peter Mansbridge chums with Netanyahu on the National |

he two men sat across from each other in identical black suits -- very Brooks Brothers, very corporate machismo. Their feet firmly apart, they leaned forward on their chairs with purpose, as if they were discussing sales figures at an AGM.

The two shared similarly thinning hairlines and a certain pudgy middle-aged smugness. They occasionally smiled and guffawed good naturedly, called each other by their first names and one mentioned that "we go back a long way, don't we?" One almost expected them to reminisce about a long lost golf tournament.

But these chummy cohorts were in fact Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Peter Mansbridge, the long time host of CBC's television's flagship nightly news program The National. One was supposed to be interviewing the other, but it played more like an advertorial for the Likud party.

The timing couldn't have been better. As Netanyahu did his best to present himself -- and his country -- as reasonable, civilized and even 'peace-loving' ('Let's meet in a "peace tent",' he said smilingly, of a proposed face-to-face meeting with Abbas, reaching for a kind of earnest boy scout demeanour) and the beleaguered Palestinians as troublesome terrorists or mere Iranian pawns, terrible images of Israeli commandos boarding a Gaza-bound aid convoy and killing some of its apparently unarmed occupants (amongst the group were two Canadians), flashed on television screens worldwide.


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