Sunday, March 23, 2008

Independence for Scotland is 'a positive option' says former Labour First Minister


In Scotland, former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has described independence for Scotland as “a positive option”.

McLeish said: “The key thing is these ideas are debated in terms of how they will deliver a better quality of life for everyone who lives in Scotland — better health, housing, economic performance and education.”

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Friday, March 21, 2008

'Untreatable TB' arrives in Scotland



"Doctors have diagnosed what is believed to be the first ever case in Britain of a virtually untreatable strain of tuberculosis.

"A man... is in isolation at a hospital in Scotland and being treated with a range of antibiotics to control the disease.

"But he has been diagnosed with the XDR-TB strain, which kills half of those infected and is extremely resistant to drugs used to fight more common forms of the infection." - 'Untreatable TB' arrives in Britain





THE TB THREAT TO AMERICA AND EUROPE

Americans and Europeans should be deeply worried about TB.

At least a third of the world's population is infected with the TB bug, with at least 8.9 million developing TB each year.

The World health Organisation carried out a survey of TB in 79 countries. They found TB drug resistance in virtually every one of these countries.

In Kazakhstan, for example, 14.2% of new cases were of multidrug resistant TB. (BBC NEWS Health Drug resistant TB 'more severe')

Drug resistant TB develops when patients fail to complete a full course of treatment, usually because of a lack of money.

TB patients often have to take an 'expensive' cocktail of drugs for a year.

The big drug companies have spent very little money on developing TB drugs, partly because TB is mainly a disease found among poor people in poor countries.

In some poor countries, the governments have no idea how many poor people have TB.

In Indonesia, for example, many poor people cannot afford either diagnosis or treatment.

A person with drug resistant TB may live for several years before they die.

International Monetary Fund programs in countries such as Indonesia have typically reduced the availability of cheap medical care. (Extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis)

What is the answer?

The USA and Europe should be spending many, many billions on trying to wipe out TB in poor countries.

Countries such as China, India, Indonesia and Russia have to spend much, much more on the health of the poor.

A poor person with TB should be able to get free treatment.

This helps Americans and Europeans by reducing the risk to their health.

World: 'Virtually Untreatable' Form Of TB Emerges - RADIO FREE ...






http://www.healthlink.org.uk/pubs/tb-treatment.html

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

1. Around eight million people develop TB each year.

2. Treatment reaches only about a quarter of these people.

3. Approximately 1.8 million people die each year from TB.

According to http://news.ft.com/cms/s/c4520514-1fb1-11da-853a-00000e2511c8.html :

The sums committed to the United Nations-backed Global Fund to fight TB are still substantially short of the $7.1bn target it set to scale up treatment and prevention activities during 2006-07.

Drug resistant TB - WHO report documents spread of MDRTB and the even more resistant XDR-TB in Arica and Eastern Europe



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Thursday, March 13, 2008

DEPLETED URANIUM - DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY


Photo : http://www.thewe.cc/weplanet/news/depleted_uranium_iraq_afghanistan_balkans.html

Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland, is used by the military for various dangerous experiments.

For example, Cluster bombs have been tested at Luce Bay.

No doubt there are unexploded shells waiting to be found. (BBC News SCOTLAND Dundrennan: Under friendly fire)

On 10 March 2008, the firing of depleted uranium Challenger tank ammunition began again at the Dundrennan range in Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland.

DU shells are tested near Kirkcudbright

Presumably the tests will be being observed by various spy satellites.

The tests are being conducted by the defence research agency, QinetiQ. (BBC News SCOTLAND DU shell test-firing resumes)

Thousands of Depleted Uranium rounds have been fired into the Solway Firth from the Dundrennan range over more than two decades.

Graph showing the rate per 1,000 births of congenital malformations observed at Basra University Hospital, Iraq[66]

People in the Kircudbright area point to cancer and leukaemia clusters around the Dundrennan range. (BBC News SCOTLAND Dundrennan: Under friendly fire)

Local people say there have been misfirings on the Dundrennan range.

Some report that "the site is littered with unexploded ordnance; that there has been a strange red dust on the road that borders the base; that a quartermaster died of leukaemia."

There are reports of traces of beryllium, a component of depleted uranium, being found 30 miles away from Dundrennan. (The village next to the DU test range UK news The Guardian)

Photo: http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2006/01/mushrooming_dep.html

Depleted uranium shells have been fired from the Dundrennan range (Dumfries and Galloway) since 1983. ( www.llrc.org/epidemiology/subtopic/dundrennan.htm )

A Dr Heasman told an inquiry (the Dounreay Inquiry) that the DG7.3 post code area, a little inland from Kirkcudbright, contained the highest excess leukaemia risk (age 0 - 24) of any post code in Scotland. http://www.llrc.org/epidemiology/subtopic/dumfriesandgalloway.htm

Dumfries & Galloway (South West of Scotland)

1986

263 cancer deaths

2004

524 cancer deaths

Ayrshire/Arran (South West of Scotland)

1986

415 cancer deaths

2004

697 cancer deaths

Source: The Scottish Executive's figures published in the Sunday Express (Scotland) 18 December 2005.

Among the factors which may be causing the rise are: 1. Depleted uranium weapons testing on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, which is adjacent to Ayrshire/Arran 2. Leaks from Sellafield and other nuclear installations on the west coast. 3. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986
Depleted uranium (DU) shells were used in the Gulf War.

When a DU shell hits its target, it explodes and vaporises.
Uranium micro-particles are transported by the WIND and by WATER.

A 1991 United Kingdom Atomic Energy report warned that depleted uranium left on Gulf War battlefields could cause 500,000 deaths among soldiers and civilians. (See also Dan Fahey, Swords to plowshares, www.nuclearfiles.org )

The Sunday Herald 7/1/01 quotes a Ministry of Defence document which states that the inhalation of particles from DU shells is a health risk.

Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's Depleted-Uranium Project, worked in the Gulf area during the war.

Rokke suffers from reactive airway disease, neurological damage and kidney problems.

Rokke says, "DU is toxic, radioactive and pollutes for 4,500,000,000 years. It causes lymphoma, neuro-psychotic disorders and short term memory damage. In semen, it causes birth defects..."

In a Gulf War veterans community in Mississippi, 67% of the children were born without eyes, ears, brain and thyroid. (Source: Desert Concerns, by Daniel Robicheau, www.antenna.nl )

Shaun Rusling of the Gulf War Veterans and Families Association says that 521 British servicemen have died of Gulf War Syndrome to date.

According to Daniel Robicheau, there has been a massive rise in cancers in Saudi Arabia, and in most of the Emirates all the way to Bahrain.

In Iraq there has been a six-fold rise in cancers. Birth defects have become common.

An OFFICIAL study in Italy has found a direct connection between the deaths of six soldiers who served in the BALKANS and NATO's use of DU shells.

According to a letter from Mr Dan Kenny in the Galloway News, 30/11/00, nuclear waste lies in a field two miles from Bridge of Dee. "The field contains hundreds of tons of mud from Kirkcudbright and Palnackie harbours..."

The letter suggests that the Kirkcudbright Bay area has hotspots with dangerously high levels of radiation. (Part of the blame is put on the Windscale waste pipe.)

"Depleted Uranium: The Invisible War" by Messonnier, Loore and Trilling, claims that the DU shells used in Iraq and Kosovo contained traces of elements that indicate the probable presence of PLUTONIUM.

The authors claims are based on papers that have led them to 3 nuclear plants in PADUCAH, Kentucky, PORTSMOUTH, Ohio, and OAK RIDGE, Tennessee - the main makers of DU. (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001).

In January 2000, Bill Richardson, the then US Energy secretary, accepted that THOUSANDS of workers at PADUCAH "had been exposed to radiation and chemicals that produced cancer and early death."

Many of the victims suffer from chronic fatigue and joint pain, the same symptoms suffered by Gulf War veterans.

Documents from August 1999 show that workers at Paducah had been inhaling PLUTONIUM. (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001).

In October 1999 the US Energy Department reported that "the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant...created depleted uranium potentially containing...plutonium." (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001)

In January 2001 United Nations officials investigating the effects of DU in kosovo confirmed they had found traces of elements indicating PLUTONIUM. (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001.)


According to John Lewallen, in his article 'Stop Using Uranium Munitions Now' ( http://www.nuclearpress.com/view.lasso?id=0032&-token.f=3)

"The vaporized, ceramic uranium oxides which billow as smoke from an impacting uranium munition have poisoned the human environment with minute, undetectable uranium oxide particles which will remain radioactive and toxic for the lifetime of Earth.

"Unlike natural uranium, which is soluble, breathed uranium oxide particles are insoluble, and become lodged in the human body if breathed, remaining there for many years, causing a host of diseases.

"Uranium oxides are mutagenic, attacking the genetic code which allows the human race to reproduce without crippling mutation.

"Today the United States military forces are fully committed to a munition metal which, based on U.S. Veterans Affairs disability statistics on veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, will, along with the effects of other toxins in Iraq, disable one out of three battlefield troops who use uranium munitions within a decade of their exposure.

"To repeat: ONE-THIRD OF THE VETERANS OF THE 1991 GULF WAR ARE DISABLED TEN YEARS AFTER THE WAR."



CHANGE IN UK CANCER RATES BETWEEN 1995 AND 2004 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6938186.stm

Cases of malignant melanoma rose from 5,783 to 8,939 - a 43% increase
Cases of mouth cancer rose from 3,696 to 4,769 - a 23% increase
Cases of womb cancer rose from 5,018 to 6,438 - a 21% increase
Cases of kidney cancer rose from 5,636 to 7,044 - a 14% increase

"RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the 'shock and awe' bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report. Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain." http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2047373,00.html

"According to Leuren Moret, an independent scientist and international radioactivity specialist, since 1991, the U.S. has released radioactive particles from DU that is equivalent to more than 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Moret contends that releases from Gulf War II will lead to a marked increase in cancer." Depleted Uranium Fight Heats Up

Depleted Uranium Keeps On Killing

Death Made In America: Impacts of Depleted Uranium Contamination ...

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Which is the 'region of the future'?



In a competition run by fDi (foreign direct investment) magazine, published by the Financial Times group, Scotland was named European "region of the future."

Hong Kong came top in Asia (Asian Cities of the Future 2007/08 )

Chicago, Juarez, Windsor and Zapata are the top cities in fDi’s North American Cities of the Future 2007/08 rankings. (North American Cities of the Future 2007/08)

South Africa came top in Africa ( African Countries of the Future 2007/08 )

Costa Rica came top in Central America. (Central American Countries of the Future 2007/08 )

Puerto Rico was top in the Caribbean (Caribbean Countries of the Future 2007/08 )

Scotland, now governed by the Scottish National Party, beat 38 other nations and regions in Europe. (Scotland named Europe's 'region of the future' - Scotsman.com Business).

The factors that helped Scotland to win were:

1. Recent economic performance
2. Human resources
3. IT and telecommunications provision
4. Transport links
5. Quality of life overall
6. FDI promotion strategy
7. Ambitious plans to develop the River Clyde, which are set to create 33,000 jobs.
8. Developments such as Edinburgh BioQuarter
9. The Seabraes Yard media park in Dundee, plus
10. Improved airline routes

Edinburgh was named as best "Small European City" in the poll.

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland featured in the top ten "most business friendly" cities or regions in Europe.

FDi's judges were said to have been impressed with Scotland as a whole.

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Weekly disposable incomes (Families struggle to pay bills as the basic cost of living rises 5 ...)

Scotland £137

East of England £132

West midlands £130

East Midlands £120

North West £111

Yorkshire and the Humber £108

South west £107

North East £94

Northern Ireland £89

Wales £45

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

MI6 takes over the Scottish Conservative Party?


In 1931, the conservatives won 79% of the Scottish seats in the UK parliament.

Between 1983 and 1990, while the 'reportedly-Jewish' businessman Lord James Goold was chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party, life became difficult for the party.

In 1997, the Scottish Conservative Party lost all of its seats.
It had zero seats in the UK parliament.

In February 2008, the Scottish Conservative Party chose a new chairman, Andrew Fulton, a former top MI6 spy.

The Sunday Herald reports that false claims have been made about Fulton's academic credentials. (New top Tory in row over CV)

In his CV, Fulton was described as a "visiting professor" at Glasgow University's school of law.

A spokesman for the university said: "Mr Fulton is not associated with the University of Glasgow's law school and is not entitled to call himself a professor."

Fulton worked in the Glasgow University's law school at the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit until he was unmasked as a former MI6 spy.

A Scottish National Party spokesman said: "Being economical with the truth as a double agent may have been good training for Mr Fulton to become Scottish Tory chairman.

"However, it's embarrassing that his cover should have been blown within five minutes of taking up the post. The Tories will be shaken and stirred to learn they can't trust Mr Fulton."

In 2000, the Sunday Herald revealed:

1. Fulton had been MI6 station head in Washington

2. He was appointed to the Glasgow University law school to give impartial advice to the world's media during the Lockerbie trial.

3. Fulton was suspected of infiltrating the Lockerbie trial unit to block criticism of MI6 and the CIA over the bombing of PanAm 103 in 1988.

The Scottish Conservative Party should be renamed the Spooky Oligarch Party.

aangirfan: Spies in politics

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