Thursday, June 23, 2016

Honduran soldier says activist Berta Cáceres was killed by U.S.-backed coup regime - Salon.com

Honduran soldier says activist Berta Cáceres was killed by U.S.-backed coup regime - Salon.com Renowned indigenous activist Berta Cáceres was killed by Honduras’ U.S.-trained military, according to a former soldier.

Cáceres was gunned down at her home in March. The killers are not known, but activists who worked with Cáceres have insisted she was killed by the Honduran coup regime — which the U.S., under the leadership of President Obama and Sec. Hillary Clinton, helped legitimize.

A former first sergeant in the Honduran military told The Guardian that, months before her death, he saw Cáceres on a hitlist distributed to U.S.-trained special forces units. He said names and photographs of numerous activists were given to two elite units, which were ordered to kill the targets.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Study claims lowering cholesterol may NOT slash heart attack risk  | Daily Mail Online

Study claims lowering cholesterol may NOT slash heart attack risk  | Daily Mail OnlineMillions of people may be needlessly taking statins every day: Study claims lowering cholesterol may NOT slash heart attack risk
Study: Lowering cholesterol below a certain level doesn't cut heart risk
Reducing level of 'bad' LDL cholesterol from a ‘high’ to a ‘moderate’ level did have an impact on heart risk, reducing heart emergencies by 13%
But reducing levels from 'moderate' to 'low' levels - roughly the level targeted by the NHS - had no effect on patients at all

Statins: more evidence shows they waste your time, money

Statins: more evidence shows they waste your time, moneyCardiologists have said it for years. New Israeli research backs it up: millions of people globally take powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs they don’t need.

Statins are blockbuster drugs to lower cholesterol. They are the world’s most prescribed medicine ever. They make billions for drug companies.

Some doctors say statins are life-saving. They already prescribe the drugs to millions around the world. They want more, otherwise healthy people to take them daily. Other doctors say that’s “statin insanity”. They say guidelines on statin use need radical revision.The Israeli-led multi-centre study published in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Internal Medicine supports that view. Here’s why:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Putin crushes CNN smartass Fareed Zakaria on Donald Trump and US elections - YouTube

Putin crushes CNN smartass Fareed Zakaria on Donald Trump and US elections - YouTube

Syria: Another Pipeline War

Syria: Another Pipeline WarThe fossil fuel industry’s business model is to externalize its costs by clawing in obscene subsidies and tax deductions—causing grave environmental costs, including toxic pollution and global warming. Among the other unassessed prices of the world’s addiction to oil are social chaos, war, terror, the refugee crisis overseas, and the loss of democracy and civil rights abroad and at home.

As we focus on the rise of ISIS and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology and focus on the more complex rationales of history and oil, which mostly point the finger of blame for terrorism back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here on our own shores.

America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria—obscure to the American people yet well known to Syrians—sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic Jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIS. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware of this past, further interventions are likely to only compound the crisis. Moreover, our enemies delight in our ignorance.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Terrorism: A Matrix of Lies and Deceit | New Eastern Outlook

Terrorism: A Matrix of Lies and Deceit | New Eastern Outlook So how is your war on “terrorism” going? I’m not doing too well at it since I have no idea who the enemy is. Like the American black comedian, Dick Gregory, who, on hearing that President Johnson had declared a war on poverty, ran out onto the street with a hand grenade to throw it at some poor people, I have no idea who the real enemy is, who to throw a grenade at. That makes me think.

We are told, the world over, by every government, that we are in a “war against terrorism.” But terrorism is an action, a tactic, a strategy. It’s a method not person, a group, a country. How can there be a war against a method of war. But they want us to fight a method and never ask the why or the who. That doesn’t seem to matter anymore. They tell us not to be concerned with why something happens, only how it happens.