Saturday, March 02, 2019

Terrorism and Curious Coincidence: Of Drills, Exercises and State Involvement

Terrorism and the Curious Coincidence of Drills, Exercises and State Involvement 

by Dr T.J. Coles - Axis of Logic

Feb 3, 2019

U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, has warned that terrorism will continue and maybe even rise this year, as the near-defeated Islamic State resorts to guerilla tactics against U.S. and European targets.

If there is an increase in terrorism, we should look out for coinciding drills and exercises. Coinciding drills and exercises have been part of the terrorism landscape in the U.S. and Europe since at least 9/11.

As I document in my new book, Manufacturing Terrorism (2018, Clairview Books), drills and exercises are a common and (from a practical perspective) necessary part of policing, the military and the emergency services. Given the frequency of drills and exercises, it is not surprising that some might coincidentally occur at the same time as real-life terrorism.

However, the number of simultaneous, real-world terror attacks and live-action drills/exercises, with some occurring on the same day, at the same time and same place as real-life terror attacks, suggests that some drills/exercises could cover for false-flag terrorism.

The British Ministry of Defence said in a projection out to 2036: “simulation and representatives will have a significant and widespread impact on the future and will become an increasingly powerful tool to aid policy and decision makers … It will also blur the line between illusion and reality” (emphases in original). So, let’s look at some cases:

September 11, 2001: Several military exercises were being conducted on 9/11. Here are some of the most well-known: The National Reconnaissance Office was running an exercise simulating a small corporate jet crashing into a building. The Associated Press reports: “In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings.” It also notes that “the cause wasn’t terrorism -- it was to be a simulated accident.” The phrase bizarre or strange coincidence crops up a lot in U.S.-European terrorism cases.

Continuing with the 9/11 drills: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was running Operation Northern Vigilance, which began on 9th and ran for several days, as in the previous year. NORAD was also running Vigilant Guardian, which involved several scenarios. On the ground, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was positioned in New York on the night of September 10 in preparation for Operation Tripod, a huge counter-bioterrorism drill scheduled in New York for September 12. Although evidence in some cases was given, little of this information made it into the Bush administration’s 9/11 Commission Report (2004), which was “set up to fail” in the words of the heads of the Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton (in the book, Without Precedent).

11-M 2004: On 10 March 2004, NATO concluded its counterterrorism training exercises CMX-04 in the capital cities of Europe, including Madrid. The next day at 0740 (approx.), 10 bombs exploded on four Madrid trains, murdering 191 people. Spaniards call it 11-M. Twenty-one people were convicted. PM José María Aznar of the right-wing People’s Party personally contacted media outlets to pin the blame on ETA, the Basque separatists, rushing a draft resolution through the UN Security Council. Interior Minister Angel Acebes referred to press inquiries that perhaps “al-Qaeda” was to blame, as “a miserable attempt to disrupt information and confuse people.”

El Mundo reported that at least two of the alleged bombers were informants working for the Spanish services: the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía, Guardia Civil, Centro Nacional de Inteligencia and the police. Two of the accused had prior convictions for trafficking the explosive Goma 2 ECO. The cell phones used to remotely detonate the bombs were taken from a store owned by a former policeman. The explosive Goma 2 ECO has not contained nitroglycerine since 1992. However, Juan Jesus Sánchez Manzano, head of TEDAX, the bomb disposal unit, told the parliamentary commission: “We managed to find traces of nitroglycerin, and nitroglycerin it is the component of all the dynamites.” He later retracted the statement.

Following a court order, more samples were taken which confirmed the presence of both nitroglycerine and dinitrotoluene (DNT). Other tests found both DNT and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which is found in Goma 2 ECO. The government destroyed the train carriages and thus the evidence shortly after the explosions, as well as washing the samples, which might have cleansed them of nitroglycerin. Future PM under the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, accused the government of destroying computer records linked to the case.

Years later, the People’s Party was out of government and campaigning for re-election in 2007-08. In late-2007, the trial of 28 Muslims was concluded, with 21 facing charges. Acebes accused the incumbent Spanish Socialist Party of being hasty with the convictions in order to win the next election and of (Guardian’s paraphrase) “us[ing] a terrorist attack for electoral gains.”

Terrorism specialist Scott Atran who attended the trial was equally skeptical:

“There isn’t the slightest bit of evidence of any relationship with al-Qaida. We’ve been looking at it closely for years and we’ve been briefed by everybody under the sun ... and nothing connects them” (ellipsis in original).

7/7 2005: Beginning at approximately 0850 on 7 July 2005, 52 people were murdered when alleged suicide bombers began blowing up three tube trains and, later, a bus in London. The British government’s Intelligence and Security Committee report, Could 7/7 Have Been Prevented?, reveals:

“Since 2003, the [Metropolitan Police] have run an annual exercise known as Operation HANOVER which develops different scenarios for attacks on London and rehearses how the Metropolitan Police Service would respond. By coincidence, their 2005 exercise, run by the Security Co-ordinator’s office in the Anti-Terrorist Branch, took place just a few days before the attacks – on 1–2 July. The office-based scenario for this exercise was simultaneous bomb attacks on three London Underground trains at Embankment, Waterloo and St James’s Park stations. Once again, the scenario is quite similar to what actually took place, and the fact that it took place so close to the actual attacks is an interesting coincidence.”

Even more interesting is the exercise that took place on the same morning and involved the same stations/lines being bombed. It was led by Peter Power, a former Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorism Branch officer. In 2004, the BBC produced a documentary simulating terror attacks on three of London’s 270 London Underground lines/stations, Hyde Park, Oxford Circus and Vauxhall Station, and on a road tanker containing chlorine. The producers invited crisis management experts to give a real-time response to the simulation. One of the experts, Peter Power, was a retired police officer and magistrate with specialist counterterrorism training and intimate knowledge of the Underground.

The BBC names Power as heading BET Security (1992-94), but that company’s annual accounts don’t include him on the list of directors. (Was it a mistake or was he working for them anonymously?). The BBC also names him as head of Visor Consulting (sic); he actually heads Visor Consultants. Visor, according to its website, was founded in 1995. Strangely, Companies House (the government’s registry of businesses) lists Visor Consultants as incorporated as late as 2008. (Was the company registered under a different name? If so, why isn’t this mentioned in the annual filings? There is no listing for Visor Consulting.) Visor’s team included individuals who worked for the Home Office (Admiral Bawtree), the Metropolitan Police (Power, Tom Pine and Dr Tony Burns-Howell) and the BBC (Fiona Cline, who had worked personally with PM Tony Blair).

At the same time, two individuals, Rashid Rauf and Haroon Aswat, were plotting bombings of the Underground from bases in Pakistan. Rauf’s organization, Jaish e-Mohammed, was protected by Pakistani intelligence, presumably as a proxy against India. Aswat, according to former U.S. prosecutor John Loftus, was an MI6 informant. Rauf met the British men, Mohammad Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, who were later blamed by media and politicians, but crucially not the inquest, for the 7/7 bombings. In the 1990s, Khan worked for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and had worked with local police in Yorkshire to settle gang disputes.

Remarkably, Rauf et al. also chose to attack three London Underground trains (the Circle lines near Aldgate/Liverpool Street, Edgware Rd/King’s Cross and Piccadilly/Russell Sq.). Supposedly, a fourth suicide bomb was to be detonated on a fourth train, but the alleged bomber missed the train and blew up a bus instead, also in line with the BBC documentary (albeit the bus replaces the chlorine tanker).

Even more remarkable, Reed Elsevier (a firm whose subsidiary organizes arms fairs) hired Visor Consultants in 2005 to plan with them and conduct a small, office-based tabletop crisis management exercise. Power told the BBC that the stations he and Reed Elsevier picked were Liverpool Street (on the Aldgate line), King’s Cross (Edgware line) and Russell Sq. (Piccadilly line); the same lines that were blown up for real. The exercise was “based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations that happened” (Power) on 7 July 2005.

Power strongly denies any involvement in the real-life attacks. The Intelligence and Security Committee’s report notes that MI5, the Police and Transport for London deny any knowledge of or involvement in Power’s exercise. It says of Power’s exercise:

“that the exercise was taking place at roughly the same time that morning is indeed an astonishing coincidence. Unfortunately, his remarks were interpreted by some as direct evidence of a conspiracy. He himself has denied this, and we have not uncovered any evidence that this is anything other than a coincidence.”

Boston bombing 2013: Every year since 2005, Sgt. Chris Connolly of the Boston police bomb squad inspected Boylston Street and other locations for bombs to protect the annual Marathon. There was a security presence at the Boston Marathon in case of a terrorist attack or other disaster. They had officers and dogs along the route, especially near the finish line. Beginning 2011, the Department of Homeland Security began the Urban Area Security Initiative. Part of the Initiative was Operation Urban Shield, an annual, large-scale terrorism-emergency response exercise.

Brothers Tamerlan (deceased) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are accused of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombing. The Tsarnaevs’ father was born in Chechnya and forcibly removed by the Soviet regime in the 1980s. The family lived in the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and Kyrgyzstan, respectively. In 2002, the family moved to the US. The FBI had Tamerlan under investigation. In 2011 at the request of the Russian FSB, he was visited by four men claiming to be FBI agents. They showed him no ID and were “tan” but had no “accents.” The FBI report also says:

TAMERLAN wants to box for the US Olympic team but does not have his citizenship yet. TAMERLAN has not thought about joining the military because he wants to become a professional boxer. TAMERLAN doesn’t like to fight for the sake of violence. TAMERLAN has fought to protect others. TAMERLAN was in several fights as a child in school in Kyrgyzstan. TAMERLAN stood up for kids that were being bullied by others ... TAMERLAN has respect for all religions and feels that any religion makes your life better. TAMERLAN hopes to move his family to Revere, Massachusetts in the coming year ... TAMERLAN goes to mosque in Cambridge once a week for Friday prayers. TAMERLAN doesn’t have any Muslim friends ... TAMERLAN doesn’t search for anything related to extremist Islamic material ... TAMERLAN was open to all contact with the FBI and report any additional contact with the four unidentified individuals (UI) who claimed to be FBI.

Within a year, Tamerlan had allegedly been radicalized and had allegedly fought with Chechen mujahideen against Russia, paying thousands of euros to return to America after jihad. How did a pleasant, non-extremist with ambitions of boxing for the US in championships allegedly end up being a terrorist in Russia and how come he was able to travel on international airlines without being stopped? Was he a US proxy? Was he in Russia at all? Investigative reporter Michele McPhee says: “counterterrorism experts and law enforcement officials ... point [...] to Tamerlan having been a federal informant who went rogue.” The theory that he “went rogue” is just as valid or invalid as the one (not McPhee’s) that says he was working for the FBI in order to fast-track his citizenship and was duped into taking part in what he thought was a counterterrorism drill but was actually a set up to make Americans frightened of people with Russian-sounding names. The evidence is only circumstantial.

Returning to the annual training exercises in Boston: James Baker, head of security at the consultancy firm the Cytel Group, which ran Urban Shield, “helped Boston run two massive, 24-hour worst-case scenario simulations that bore no small resemblance to the situation unfolding this afternoon [15 April] in Watertown,” says the training and simulation company, Strategic Operations, referring to the post-bombing shoot-out.

Urban Shield 2012 included 600 participants spread across 50 departments and agencies. “The drills are intended to be strikingly lifelike. Urban Shield has worked with Strategic Operations, a Hollywood effects company that also helps prepare army medics for the battlefield. (Their disaster scenario staff, Baker says, include an amputee).”

Officials told the Boston Herald that in March 2012 Boston’s “top emergency agency” conducted a drill anticipating an attack envisaging bombs at the finish line and at the VIP grandstand on Boylston Street. According to an NBC report, Ali Stevenson a coach at the University of Mobile’s Cross Country, said that shortly after the actual bombing: “They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about ... It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.” Yet, Operation Urban Shield 2013 was not due to take place until June.

Bataclan 2015: Patrick Pelloux has experience in responding to and pushing for changes in the management of crises. Pelloux is head of the Association of Emergency Physicians of France. He said that he and others helped create the union in the late-1990s after a spate of violence against hospital workers, including a shooting at the Kremlin-Bicêtre University Hospital. He was also a contributor to Charlie Hebdo. In 2003, 15,000 French people, most of them elderly, died in a heatwave. “[T]he government dismissed a claim by [Pelloux] that 50 people had died in the capital” due to the heatwave (Independent). Pelloux was right and the death toll increased.

Pelloux became a media figure after exposing government failures in the handling of the mass deaths. He knew and befriended future President, François Hollande, then-first secretary of the Socialist Party. Pelloux says: “In 2004, we were received by Nicolas Sarkozy, Minister of the Interior at the time,” and future President, “following the violent escape of a prisoner in the Nice emergency” (sic).

Pelloux is active in healthcare reform. In 2004, he was involved in the one-day mass strike of health sector workers. Pelloux arranged for Irish singer Paddy Sherlock to play in A&E wards, appearing on stage with the singer in return. Sherlock was also friends with the murdered editor of Hebdo, Stéphan Charbonnier. In 2013, Pelloux was interviewed by the journal Libération about crises in healthcare, including the hostage-taking of medical staff. He said that security changes needed to be made:

“It has long been asked to have an emergency alert system in the emergency services at the police, an alarm system similar to that of banks or jewelers. If we can protect paintings and jewels in this way, we should be able to do the same for emergency personnel ... All that is required is a rapprochement between the emergency services and the police, so that the interventions are faster and more responsive, as well as means to work calmly.”

Pelloux was the first on the scene of the Hebdo attacks in January 2015. “Since then he has been training doctors, nurses and paramedics in the skills of battlefield medics - including how to deal with bullets, shrapnel wounds and major bleeds,” says Sky News. He later received 1.4 million euros in compensation, allegedly care of his friend Hollande. The journal Le Point reported that Pelloux received more compensation than surviving Hebdo staff. Pelloux denies any wrong doing and announced his intention to sue for libel.

On 13 November 2015, terrorists reportedly linked to Islamic State murdered 130 in a spate of shootings and explosions in Paris, mainly in the Bataclan Theatre. Pelloux revealed live on French radio (France Info):

“As luck would have it, in the morning at the Paris SAMU (EMT), a multi-site attack exercise had been planned, so we were prepared ... [T]here was a mobilization of police forces, firemen, EMTs, associations who came to [participate]. We tried to save as many lives as possible.”

Stat is a health news website owned by Boston Globe Media. It says:

“In the morning of Friday, Nov. 13 [2015], firefighters and emergency medical workers in Paris simulated how they might respond to a mass shooting event. They had no idea that they would be putting their skills into practice that same night … [W]hen the attacks began, some doctors thought it was another drill.”
Sky News reported: “By a chilling coincidence, a major training exercise had taken place on the morning of the recent attacks involving medics, the police and fire crews.” It quotes Pelloux: “We were practising military medicine. Actually what we did on Friday morning is what we did on Friday night and I think it allowed us to save 60 to 100 lives.”

Saumur 2016: The final example here is not apparently related to simultaneous or near-simultaneous terror attacks and drills, but it raises some questions. In September 2016, a mowing contractor on a job near the church of Saint-Hilaire-des-Grottes, France, and an abandoned cave found what he thought was an ISIS hideout. Having seen three men leave a white van, the contractor saw that the cave contained ISIS flags, videos and Arabic newspapers. Local police were informed. The military claimed that it was a part of a drill conducted by the Joint Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical Defence Centre, which had failed to warn local police.

Conclusion: Maybe some of the above are real coincidences, but it’s quite a stretch to believe that each one is unrelated to the real events that unfolded on the same day or close to the same day.

Dr. T.J. Coles is an Associate Researcher at the Organisation for Propaganda Studies and the author of several books, including Manufacturing Terrorism (2018, Clairview).

Friday, March 01, 2019

Rankin Files: Neo-Con in NDP Clothing Says He'll Hang 'em Up

Good Riddance to NDP MP Who Is Pro-Israel, Pro-US Empire

by Yves Engler

March 1, 2019

Victoria MP Murray Rankin’s recent announcement that he won’t seek re-election is a victory for NDP members who stand for Palestinian rights and oppose regime change efforts in Iran and Venezuela.

Since taking his place in Parliament seven years ago Rankin has been a leading anti-Palestinian activist in the NDP.

Israeli Ambassador Barkan with MPs Levitt, Sweet and Rankin, (far right) as well as former MP Irwin Cotler.

Here is a brief summary of his blindly pro-Israel, pro-US Empire activities as MP:

  • During Israel’s Summer 2014 destruction of Gaza, which left 2,200 Palestinians dead, he offered remarks supporting Israel (along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper) read at a Victoria Jewish Federation event to raise money for an emergency Israel Relief Fund. In 2016 Rankin went to Israel in a Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs organized trip and was one of the MPs who blocked the “Palestine Resolution” from being discussed at the NDP convention in February. In December Rankin joined Ambassador Nimrod Barkan and other prominent anti-Palestinian politicians (Michael Levitt, David Sweet, Irwin Cotler) for an event at the Israeli Embassy.
  • An early endorser of Thomas Mulcair’s bid for the NDP leadership, Rankin is on the executive of the Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group, which promotes “greater friendship” and “cooperation” between the two countries’ parliaments. In refusing to heed a call from 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists and NDP members to withdraw from CIIG, Rankin told Huffington Post, “as a New Democrat, I am committed to advancing peace and justice, and a two-state solution, which can only be achieved through open dialogue with Israelis and Palestinians.” But, the claim of “dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians conjures up famed South African activist Desmond Tutu’s insight that “if you neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Ironically, Rankin made the same point— though not about Palestinians – at a 2017 Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies event. At the Israel lobby group’s event he quoted Elie Wiesel saying, “neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”
  • While he justifies participating in CIIG by citing “dialogue”, Rankin doesn’t specify whom he’s talking to. A quick Google search of CIIG’s Israeli partner — the Israel-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group — shows that all 13 of its members have expressed problematic views or proposed racist laws. Israel-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group co-chair Anat Berko is openly anti-African and recently pushed for expanding the Israeli forces powers to punish Palestinians. Berko told the Knesset: “When we speak of revoking resident status or demolishing homes, it should happen immediately. The punishment cannot be [held up] in the High Court of Justice for 11 years.”
  • Since announcing his retirement the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, as well as CIIG colleagues Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather, have tweeted their praise for Rankin. Extremist former Canadian Ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici‏, a former colleague of Rankin’s at the law firm of Heenan Blaikie, also praised him recently, which he retweeted.
  • Through his participation in CIIG Rankin has repeatedly attacked Tel Aviv’s regional bogeyman, Iran. Rankin participated in a recent press conference with CIIG chair Michael Levitt, vice-chair David Sweet and executive member Anthony Housefather calling for a new round of Canadian sanctions on Iran. Led by former CIIG executive Irwin Cotler, this effort flouts the NDP’s position on Iran. Rankin’s disagreement with NDP policy took place amidst the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and bid to force others to adhere to its illegal sanctions, by threatening to sanction any country that buys Iranian oil.
  • With Cotler and Levitt, Rankin has participated in a number of events put on by the Canadian Section of Scholars at Risk, which is unduly focused on Iranian rights violations. In August Rankin attended the launch of a new advocacy group for political prisoners set up by Cotler who has devoted much of his career to defending Israeli human rights violations. (His wife, Ariela Zeevi, was a “close confidant” of Likud founder Menachem Begin when the arch anti-Palestinian party was established to counter Labour’s dominance of Israeli politics. His daughters were part of the Israeli military.)
  • Rankin is a regular at events led by Cotler, who has been attacking Iran and Venezuela incessantly for at least a decade. At one event Rankin said, “I feel a real honour to be on this stage with such giants of human rights as professor Cotler and Bill Browder.” A story on Rankin’s website about a joint event claims, “Irwin Cotler, who acted as counsel to Mandela.” But, when numerous media outlets repeated this claim after Cotler became a lawyer for right wing Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopezin 2015, South Africa’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Pandit Thaninga Shope-Linney, said, “Irwin Cotler was not Nelson Mandela’s lawyer.” For his part, Nelson Mandela mentions a number of lawyers (he was one) in his biography but Cotler’s name seems absent.
  • In 2015 Rankin participated in a press conference led by Cotler calling on the government to adopt the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Magnitsky Law). The legislation empowered Ottawa to sanction individuals outside the framework of international law. Thirty Russians, 19 Venezuelans and three South Sudanese officials were the initial targets of Canada’s Magnitsky Act.
  • In 2016 Rankin joined Cotler and the Executive Director of UNWATCH, Hillel Neuer, to urge Justin Trudeau’s government to oppose the election of Cuba and other countries to the UN Human Rights Council. A staunch anti-Palestinian, Neuer recently appeared on Rebel Media’s The Ezra Levant Show to complain about Canadian funding to UNRWA, the UN body that supports Palestinian Refugees.
  • In 2016 Rankin joined Cotler and others “to mark the second anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s passing — and International Human Rights Day — by calling for the release of four political prisoners inspired by Mandela’s courage and commitment.” One was Iranian, Ayatollah Hossein Kazamani Boroujerdi, and another was Lopez who Rankin claimed, “was recently sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for his role in pro-democracy protests in a trial devoid of any semblance of due process or legality.” In fact, the Harvard-educated Lopez endorsed the military 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez and the leader of the hardline Voluntad Popular party was convicted of inciting violence during the 2014 “guarimbas” protests that sought to oust President Nicolas Maduro. According to a series of reports, Lopez was the key Venezuelan organizer of the plan to anoint Juan Guaidó interim president of Venezuela.

Rankin’s departure weakens the anti-Palestinian, pro-imperialist camp in the NDP. It also offers an opportunity for a more internationalist minded politician to take his seat.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

More Than An Absence of Virtue: VICE's Overlooked Cheney Vices

“Vice”, Dick Cheney’s Ghost, and the Lies of America's Team China War

by Peter Lee - China Matters

February 21, 2019

One thing missing from the movie “Vice” is the Cheney China obsession. Not just Dick Cheney. Lynne Cheney.

In the movie Lynne Cheney is portrayed as the hard-driving, gender-disadvantaged powerseeker who upgraded Dick Cheney from underperforming smalltime Wyoming sociopath to, well, successful nation-destroying sociopath.

Well, Lynne Cheney was obsessed about the China threat. In 2007, James Fallows told his readers about a conversation he had with Gary Hart concerning Hart’s stewardship of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century. The Commission told incoming president George W. Bush the biggest threat was terrorism, a conclusion that was seen as rather prescient at the time.

But, Fallows wrote:

At the first meeting, one Republican woman on the commission said that the overwhelming threat was from China. Sooner or later the U.S. would end up in a military showdown with the Chinese Communists. There was no avoiding it, and we would only make ourselves weaker by waiting. No one else spoke up in support.

The same thing happened at the second meeting -- discussion from other commissioners about terrorism, nuclear proliferation, anarchy of failed states, etc, and then this one woman warning about the looming Chinese menace. And the third meeting too. Perhaps more.

Finally, in frustration, this woman left the commission.
"Her name was Lynne Cheney," Hart said.
"I am convinced that if it had not been for 9/11, we would be in a military showdown with China today." 
Not because of what China was doing, threatening, or intending, he made clear, but because of the assumptions the Administration brought with it when taking office. (My impression is that Chinese leaders know this too, which is why there are relatively few complaints from China about the Iraq war. They know that it got the U.S. off China's back!)

Well, concerning Fallows casual assumption that the Chinese welcomed the Iraq war, not so fast.

Because Plan Cheney for the Middle East was founded in the perception of the China threat, and the need to put a chokehold on China’s energy imports.

Robert Dreyfuss wrote an article for The American Prospect back in 2006 (remember when there was actually critical objective reporting on US China policy? Good times!) titled Vice Squad, in which he detailed the Cheney Middle East energy/China fixation:

For the Cheneyites, Middle East policy is tied to China, and in their view China's appetite for oil makes it a strategic competitor to the United States in the Persian Gulf region. Thus, they regard the control of the Gulf as a zero-sum game. They believe that the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. military buildup in Central Asia, the invasion of Iraq, and the expansion of the U.S. military presence in the Gulf states have combined to check China's role in the region. In particular, the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the creation of a pro-American regime in Baghdad was, for at least 10 years before 2003, a top neoconservative goal, one that united both the anti-China crowd and far-right supporters of Israel's Likud. Both saw the invasion of Iraq as the prelude to an assault on neighboring Iran.

In passing it’s interesting to see some current names pop up in Dreyfuss’s account of Cheney’s shadow government. Like Victoria Nuland, who was Cheney’s national security adviser and was supposed to be Secretary of State in the Hillary Clinton presidency. Holy horseshoes! And Aaron Friedberg, who was Dick Cheney’s director of policy planning, is currently a big noise on the China hawk side of things today.

Of Cheney’s two Asianists identified by Dreyfuss, Stephen Yates (ex-NSA, fluent in Chinese because he did the Mormon missionary thing in Taiwan) is out of government and runs a consulting service coyly titled DCIA Advisory and is apparently doing pro-Taiwan stuff interfacing with the Trump administration; and Samantha Ravicher is a senior advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and was appointed by Trump as Deputy Director of the Intelligence Advisory Board.

I’d say that current US China war fixation is built in part on Dick Cheney’s legacy.

What I think is interesting is how this history gets buried in an effort to paint the Chinese leadership as paranoids when it comes to US intentions, or that suspicion about US intentions is a cynical totalitarian ploy to gin up an external threat to justify internal repression.


And you don't have to lean on James Fallows' casual take on Cheney's determination to strangle the Chinese pandadragon in its cradle a.k.a. My impression is that Chinese leaders know this too

Around about 2003, I remember reading in a highly confidential Chinese publication—a CAAC in-flight magazine fer Chrissakes—about PRC anxieties over the “Malacca dilemma”. That’s the fear that the Malacca Straits could serve as a choke point to cut off Chinese energy imports.

This anxiety has informed billions of dollars of Chinese strategic diplomacy and investments from the natural gas pipeline deal with Russia, the crude and product pipelines from Burma to southwest China (avoiding the Malacca Strait, naturally) and the first, quixotic iteration of the CPEC: the idea of either pumping or raillifting Middle Eastern crude from Pakistan’s Gwadar Port over the Himalayas to Xinjiang.

It is one of the great exercises in geopolitical hucksterism abetted by the big media outlets that sold the US injecting itself into the South China Sea disputes and conducting provocative Freedom of Navigation operations (FONOPS) as driven by the desire to protect a vital global commons and US allies from Chinese predation.

Here's my dismantling of Team China War's talking point:

Good News World! You Can Stop Worrying About the South China Sea

The South China Sea is vital only as an essential waterway for transport of Middle East energy to southern Chinese refineries. Full stop.

And the main impact of a conflict in the South China Sea would be to discombobulate PRC seaborne energy imports, which is why the PRC is keen to avoid a war in the SCS while the US Navy is keen to incite one.

As to how could a conflict get started? I go there in this episode of China Watch, and note the interesting and sinister parallels between a provocation packaged as a US Navy FONOP adjacent to the South China Sea in 1964 and the current campaign to make the SCS FONOPS more provocative and more likely to spark an incident.

The true story of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, only declassified in 2010 (46 years after the fact!) provides some guidelines on US intentions and tactics when the US Navy is tasked with inciting a war in Asia.

Here’s the link to the Youtube trailer for my China Watch episode 5000 Ways to Die: America Tightens the Noose Around China’s Neck. You can either navigate to to subscribe and view the full episode and the entire China Watch archive, or you can go into the Youtube page description and find a link to rent the current episode on Vimeo.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Halyna Mokrushyna, Mark Worthing, Janine Bandcroft February 28, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

February 28, 2019

Five years on from the so-called "Euromaidan revolution" none of the reforms, or economic improvements promised by the victorious government of chocolatier, Petro Poroshenko have materialized. The situation in Kiev is not only now worse economically than under the usurped Victor Yanukovych, but also democratically, where according to my first guest there is less freedom and more political violence than ever.

Halyna Mokrushyna, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and journalist whose research interests include: the social and economic inequality and transition challenges of post-Soviet Ukraine, social memory and the politics of memory, Russo/Canadian relations, and the broader context of post-cold war East/West relations.

Listen. Hear. 

Mokrushyna's articles appear online at Truthout, Truthdig, New Cold, and CounterPunch, where her recent article, 'The ‘Peacekeeper’ Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine' chronicles disturbing incidents of media suppression, harassment, and violence against those criticizing the Poroshenko regime.

Halyna Mokrushyna in the first half.

And; the rampant development Victoria and environs has seen these last few years is showing no sign of slowing. On the contrary, the momentum is only building, gathering steam as it heads high over the Malahat, and westward towards Sooke. All that stands between the two fingers of this expansive boom is the wild forest and rugged country of the Sooke Hills. But that may not be for long. The Capital Regional District recently announced a plan to punch a highway through the Sooke Hills, ostensibly to provide an alternate up-island route to the Malahat.

Mark Worthing is an activist, naturalist and journalist currently working with Sierra Club BC. He's a founding member of Tanker Free BC, and has worked with a variety of environmental groups on various campaigns, and led Sierra Club's Flathead River Basin biodiversity study. Mark cut his journalistic teeth right here at UVic's Martlet newspaper, and working as a freelance journalist.

Mark Worthing and stopping a road running through the Sooke Hills in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to get up to in and around our town in the coming week, but first, Halyna Mokrushyna and under the gun and on the run from Ukraine's "Peacekeepers".
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Can Hugo Chávez Save Venezuela Again?

San Agustín: Popular Power Striking Back Against The Coup And The Crisis

by Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis

February 23, 2019

“Only the people can save the people”(“Sólo el pueblo salva al pueblo”) 
was a slogan used by Hugo Chávez that has been embraced in San Agustín.

In recent weeks, the mainstream media has bombarded us with selective images of Venezuela, with Venezuelans portrayed either as passively suffering from the devastating crisis or desperately wanting to be rid of the elected government of Nicolas Maduro. When Chavistas are depicted they are presented as fanatical red-clad drones mindlessly following a “socialist dictator.”

Absent from this coverage are the efforts from organised poor communities to confront the economic crisis and defend against what they perceive as an imperial attack against their country. In San Agustín, a popular barrio in central Caracas, the Unidos San Agustín Convive (San Agustin Coexists United) cooperative and the organised community remain steadfast in their struggle to organise and improve the community’s living conditions.

One of the ways in which the community fights back is by coordinating directly with organised campesinos from the rural Trujillo State. In 2016, the cooperative joined the “Pueblo a Pueblo” initiative in order to hold so-called “organised consumption events” every two weeks. These events allow the community to bypass intermediary retailers in the distribution chain and access fruit and vegetables directly at fair prices.

This entire process relies on horizontal assemblies, transparent accountability and a tremendous collective spirit from both urban and rural communities. In spite of the crisis, the consumption events continue distributing around 100 bags of food, rotating every two weeks between three different locations in the barrio: Terrazas del Alba, Hornos de Cal and El Manguito. The possibility of extending the experiment to new areas is currently being discussed.

The cooperative has also recently managed to secure its own truck, which every two weeks makes the over five-hour trip to Barquisimeto City, where the “Pueblo a Pueblo” storage centre is located. This truck unloads the agreed-upon produce for the consumption event in San Agustín before heading to La Guaira, Vargas State, where the rest of the produce is distributed. This way other communities are also granted access to these products at affordable prices.

Moreover, the cooperative has managed to move forward in other activities which look to improve their productive capacity and counter the harshest effects of the economic crisis in the community.

There is a small textile unit that produces children’s underwear, and another group has started producing table sauces using some of the ingredients sold at the consumption events. The priority is to supply the campesinos of Pueblo a Pueblo with products manufactured in the city, again at fair prices. Steps have also been taken in the construction of a farmhouse, with egg-laying hens and a few pigs expected in the near future.

The food distribution event last Saturday had a few differences compared to the one witnessed a few months ago. For starters, there is an unfolding coup attempt in the country and the looming threat of US military intervention. “The gringos won’t step in because they’re afraid of us,” one resident of the barrio told us. Signatures were also being collected for the “Hands Off Venezuela” declaration that has been signed by millions of Venezuelans in recent days, rejecting imperialist threats and meddling.

Other things, however, remain the same, starting with the voluntary work, the hospitality towards those that come for the first (or second) time and the collective spirit that permeates everything. The produce still entails savings for residents of around 70 percent when compared to commercial market prices. Sometimes flat prices per kilo for all products can imply that one or two products will be more expensive than in the markets of Caracas, but the massive savings on other goods more than compensate for it.

The main new feature was the content of the food bags distributed. While the default operation of the consumption event still involves an equal division of everything that arrives (i.e. if there are 200 kilos of potatoes and 100 people registered, the potatoes are split into 2 kilo piles), people no longer take the maximum amount of each product. The reason is that, despite significant savings across the board, under current circumstances buying 10 kilos of vegetables at once is not something everyone in the barrio can afford.

Much like this experiment was born as a response to the economic crisis, the crisis itself has imposed new challenges. Martha Lía Grajales, member of Unidos San Agustín Convive, explained that “when we saw that ordinary people, the poorest ones, could not afford the bags, it was a sign that something was not working.”

As such, the collective has decided to flexibilise the process, allowing people to buy smaller quantities while retaining access to the fruits and vegetables. When weighing the bags before paying there was a price list, but only for rounded kilos so as to make things easier. In other words, if a bag weighed 7,5 kilos, the person had to decide whether to add or remove something in order to get to 8 or 7 kilos, respectively, and in the majority of cases people would take out a few potatoes or carrots to climb down. In the end the leftover vegetables are also sold, with priority given to members of the cooperative.

“Socialism is the only way”

Martha Lía Grajales insisted that “socialism is the only way” forward during an impromptu assembly that briefly gathered everyone from their tasks.

In the current context, popular movements cannot afford to explain that socialism is the historic horizon using only discourse. With day to day life affected to such a degree, it is necessary to demonstrate that the collective construction of popular power can address some of the people’s more immediate needs. Socialism needs to be explained in practice, with solidarity and grassroots democracy, to offer a glimpse into the future.

The barrios of Caracas have been battered by the economic crisis. Services like water, electricity or transportation are in ever worsening conditions, with an infrastructure that is suffering from a lack of maintenance and the difficulty to import replacement parts. To this we need to add that incomes are “devoured” by hyperinflation, as official economic policy seems to increasingly turn towards orthodox economic recipes to get it under control.

San Agustín and other Caracas barrios have seen protests in recent months focused on the deterioration of public services, which then became intertwined with scenes of violence in the days following the self-swearing in of “interim president” Juan Guaidó. Human rights collective Surgentesrecently released a report about these episodes, stressing the violent nature of many protests, but also the disproportionate response from security forces, particularly the special forces branch of the National Bolivarian Police (FAES).

This dynamic was already in place before the imperialist aggression went into overdrive, amid US military threats and a de facto embargo against the oil sector that looks to asphyxiate the people in the shortest possible window so as to achieve the desired “regime change.”

This is a cocktail of elements that does not make for an optimistic reading of the near future. Nevertheless, there is a lingering defiance in San Agustín and the popular neighbourhoods of Caracas in general. It is a historical phenomenon which also has very much to do with Chávez’s legacy, which empowered the poor black and brown majority as political subjects. Unidos San Agustín Convive is but a microcosm, but there are hundreds of similar experiences throughout the country.

Beyond the drastic improvement in people’s living conditions, or the regional integration projects, the most lasting legacy of Chavismo might be this critical mass that has embraced socialism as the historical horizon. And no empire is a match for that.


Lima Group Beans: Trammeling Human Rights While Promoting It

Lima Group Members Invoke Human Rights While Trampling On Them


February 24, 2019

Venezuelan human rights activist Antonio Gonzalez Plessman discusses the human rights situation in Venezuela and other Latin American states.

A Letter to WHO: Regarding Vaccine Safety

Open Letter from International Organisations to the WHO on the Issue of Vaccine Safety

by Barbara Loe Fisher et al - National Vaccine Information Center

September 25, 2018

To the World Health Organisation and those attending the meeting of the Global Vaccine Quality Control Laboratories Network (Rome 25th-27th September 2018).

To the European Parliament, the European Medicines Agency and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines

Dear members of the World Health Organisation; by sharing science and joining efforts towards better health, your organisation has improved the lives of millions of people, and we are grateful for this.

Providing better nutrition, clean water, improved hygiene, and access to medical care, mortality and infectious disease have been drastically reduced.

Your extraordinary communication campaign to detect cases of disease and their contacts, and isolate them, finally led to the eradication of the once devastating smallpox.1

These are great achievements and these noble goals should be further pursued. Today however, we are facing a new epidemic: chronic disease. In the USA, one in two adults has a chronic disease and one in four has two or more. 2

Obesity, asthma, cancer, immune and autoimmune diseases, neurological and developmental disorders, are ‘lifestyle diseases’ mainly caused or aggravated by bad nutrition and toxic load. Vaccines are administered to healthy individuals to prevent targeted infections, but their long-term impact on the immune system and their potential role in chronic disease is not being evaluated. Individual risk of poor outcomes to both infection and vaccination varies widely and mass vaccination without proper discrimination at the individual level has led to injuries, death and unintended consequences. Recently, independent researchers and laboratories have discovered that many vaccines are contaminated with retroviruses3 and polluted by nanoparticles 4. High levels of aluminium associated with vaccine adjuvants have been found in the brains of autistic children or in people suffering from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.5, 6

In your previous meeting you advocated for less independent testing, considered ‘redundant’, in order to speed up the supply of products.7 The recent administration of 250,000 defective vaccines in China8, the tragedy of the oral polio campaign in India with over 450,000 cases of paralysis and death9, the damage caused by the Dengue vaccine in the Philippines10, reports from all over the world of chronic pain and paralysis after administration of the HPV vaccine11, 12, show that vaccine safety and efficacy are being tragically disregarded in this drive for fast-tracking approval and easy certification.

If developing standards and sharing best practice amongst controlling bodies is needed, testing by national and independent laboratories must be maintained, since fraud and technical hazard from storage or transportation can still occur and biases or new findings would not be detected. According to your report, «It was noted that the aims of the network are a good fit with industry’s proposal for risk-based testing and networking».13 But this ‘risk-based’ approach geared to reducing test requirements for vaccines considered of ‘low risk’, seems a dangerous pursuit.

Many health authorities complain about vaccine hesitancy, but fail to reassure the public by providing the safety data they request. All over the world, millions of people have signed petitions demanding more safety, transparency and independent research, but decision makers chose fast-tracking instead.

To restore confidence lost, we insist that before any kind of recommendation or authorisation is issued, ALL vaccines pre-qualified or recommended by the WHO will be submitted to:

  • Extensive clinical trials conducted by bodies independent from the manufacturers
  • Medium- and long-term studies on efficiency and safety, not ‘days’.
  • Tests for carcinogenic properties
  • Tests around fertility issues
  • Tests on pregnancy, spontaneous abortion and the developing foetus
  • Tests for mutagenic effects (changes induced in the DNA)
  • Tests for effects on the neurological system and development of the brain
  • Real inert placebo testing, which is almost never conducted on vaccines

We also insist that the WHO should provide studies on:

  • Adjuvants and preservatives such as aluminium and mercury and their bioaccumulation
  • Other toxic material used, such as polysorbate, Tween 80, formaldehyde etc
  • Vaccine safety and the age of vaccine administration
  • The impact of full vaccine schedules on the global health of a population
  • The comparison of vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations in global health terms
  • Viral transmission of people recently vaccinated with live virus vaccine such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, influenza or oral polio vaccine for example.

In particular, we ask that the use of combined vaccines and the same-day administration of multiple vaccines be thoroughly investigated. Figures from India show that the number of deaths within three days following vaccination doubled when using a Pentavalent (5-in-one) vaccine rather than a triple DTP vaccine. It is projected that this change will cause between 7,020 and 8,190 deaths each year in infants in India14. It further appears that in confidential periodic safety reports of the hexavalent Infanrix polio vaccine submitted to the EMA, the manufacturer GSK had deleted a number of death cases between reports. 15

Concerning the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and its link with autism, the only reference mentioned on the autism section of your website is an out-dated French article translating press claims that have been disproven in a decision from the English High Court in 2012. 16, 17 At the same time, William Thompson, an expert from the CDC, confessed in 2014 to having manipulated the data of a key reference study but as of present date, no further investigations have been made.18 With one in 36 children diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the USA19, this study is an absolute priority and independent laboratory testing and new clinical trials must now replace the flow of ‘inconclusive’ statistics.

Confirming this priority, an Italian Parliamentary Commission recently reported numerous deaths, autoimmune diseases and cancers in military personnel after multiple vaccines had been administered and called for more research and precautionary measures20. The long-term effects of vaccines are not studied and the recent revision of the classification of “Adverse Events Following Immunisation” does not allow for accurate reporting of death cases or of side effects not previously declared by the manufacturer.21 With the alarming rise in chronic diseases, immune, autoimmune and developmental disorders worldwide, immediate responsible action is imperative.

In its recent resolution on vaccine hesitancy, the European Parliament calls for “transparency and declaration of conflicts of interest, including researchers working for the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines Agency”. It proposes that “researchers subject to a conflict of interest be excluded from evaluation panels”; further calls for “the confidentiality of the deliberations of the EMA evaluation panel to be lifted” and proposes that “the scientific and clinical data which inform the conclusions of the panel, and whose anonymity is guaranteed in advance, be made public”. 22

It fails however to question biased reports. 23

When it comes to approving or recommending a new vaccine, we know that:

  • Pre-licensure studies are exclusively carried out by the manufacturers who stand to profit.This is a clear conflict of interest.
  • Pre-licensure studies do not and cannot capture all adverse events that will occur in real world situations.
  • Peer reviewed scientific journals have huge conflicts of interest and most studies are biased or false 24, 25, 26
  • Post-marketing surveillance in all countries is woefully inadequate. Only 1 to 10% of adverse events are being reported. In the USA, the mandatory biennial safety reports from US Health & Human Services to Congress on vaccine safety have simply never been written. 27

The funding of your organisation relies on important private donations, such as the GAVI alliance, a partnership with banks and industries. The fact alone that this very meeting is funded by a private investor, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation28, is highly questionable. Given this inherent conflict of interest, it is therefore absolutely imperative that independent studies and experts be involved in the approval and recommendation of vaccines and vaccine policies. And if the WHO guarantees the safety of the vaccine it is pre-qualifying, it should also assume liability for adverse events following vaccination.

Promoting mandatory vaccination for entire populations with products that essentially rely on manufacturers’ data for their general safety and efficacy is an evident breach of the precautionary principle and as such becomes a forced medical experiment.

Since the health risk of vaccination is entirely borne by individuals, the WHO must ensure that it is minimal, and that fully informed consent is observed.

In order to restore public trust in health authorities and improve public health policies worldwide, we therefore demand actions and answers that meet our requests.

We thank the honorable members of this assembly for their attention and pray they will open their hearts and minds to our message.


1. «The Global Eradication of Polio» Final Report of the Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication, Geneva, December 1979, the World Health Organization, 1980.

2. «About Chronic Disease», Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 September 2018

3. J. Mikovits & K. Heckenlively «Plague», Skyhorse Publishing, 2014

4. S. Montanari, A. Gatti «New Control Investigations on Vaccines : Micro- and Nanocontamination», International Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination, Vol. 4 Issue 1, 23 Jan. 2017

5. C. Exley et al., «Aluminium in Brain Tissue in Autism», Journal of Trace elements in Medical Biology, March 2018, 46 :76-82

6. C. Exley, «Aluminium and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Science that Describes the Link. Elsevier Science», Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 2001. 441p

7. Report of the First General Meeting of the WHO-NCL Network for Biologicals, Noida, India, 31 Oct.-2 Nov.2017.

8. F. Murphy «China Vaccine Scandal : Investigations Begin into Faulty Rabies and DTaP shots» British Medical Journal, 25 Jul. 2018, 2018 ; 362 ;k3244

9. Rachana Dhiman , Sandeep C. Prakash, V. Sreenivas , Jacob Puliyel. Correlation between Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Rates with Pulse Polio Frequency in India Int J Environ res Public Health 2018;15:1755

10. P. Rana«Initial Philippines Probes Finds Causal Association Between Deaths and Sanofi Dengue Vaccine», Wall Street Journal, 2 Feb. 2018

11. P. Goetzsche et al. «Complaint filed to EMA over Maladministration Related to the Safety of the HPV Vaccine», Nordic Cochrane

12. R. Gherardi «Toxic Story», Actes Sud, Oct. 2016

13. Report of the First General Meeting of the WHO-NCL Network for Biologicals, Noida, India, 31 Oct.-2 Nov.2017, p. 6, section 3.4

14. J. Puliyel, Jaspreet Kaur, Ashish Puliyel, Visnubhatla Sreenivas «Deaths Reported after Pentavalent Vaccine Compared with Death Reported after Diphtheria‑Tetanus‑Pertussis Vaccine: An Exploratory Analysis.» Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2018;11:99-105.

15. J. Puliyel, SathyamalaC. «Infanrix hexa and sudden death: a review of the periodic safety update reports submitted to the European Medicines Agency», Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2018 Jan-Mar;3(1):43-47

16. High Court Decision of 7 March 2012, between Prof. John Walker-Smith and the General Medical Council, EWHC 503, Case n° CO/7039/2010

17. V. Sharav «L’Affaire Wakefield : Shades of Dreyfus and BMJ’s Descent Into Tabloid Science», Alliance for Human Research Protection, 2017

18. Documentary «Vaxxed : from Cover-Up to Catastrophy» April 2016.

19. B. ZAblotsky et al. «Estimated Prevalence of Children Diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities in the United States, 2014-2106» NCHS Data Brief n°291, November 2017

20. “Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into Cases of Death and Severe Illnesses Affecting Italian Personnel Assigned to Military Missions Abroad”, Acts of Parliament, XXII-bisn. 23-bis,Vol. I, II and III , Rapporteur G. P. Scanu, Approved 7 Feb. 2018

21. Puliyel J, Naik P Revised World Health Organization (WHO)’s causality assessment of adverse events following immunization—a critique

22. «Vaccine Hesitancy and the drop of Vaccination Rates in Europe», resolution of the European Parliament, 19 April 2018. (2017/2951)

23. L. Jorgensen, P. Goetzsche, T. Jefferson «The Cochrane HPV vaccine review was incomplete and ignored important evidence of bias» BMJ evidence Based Medicine, July 27th 2018.

24. P. Goetzsche, «A moral governance crisis : the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in Cochrane», open letter 14 Sep. 2018, Nordic Cochrane Centre

25. J. Ioannidis, «Why Most Published Research Findings are False», PLOS medicine, 30 Aug. 2005

26. M. Angell «The Truth about Pharmaceutical Companies. How They Deceive Us and what to do About It», Random House, 2004

27. «Mandate for Safer Childhood Vaccines», Decision of the US District Court, Southern District New York, Between Informed Consent Action Network and the US Department of Health and Human Services

28. The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is one the 5 biggest investors in the world. In August 2018, it had 22,114 million $ in stocks according to


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