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Archive for May 19th, 2013

Fallujah bombsite, source of depleted uranium contamination.

Rumor has it that the Iraq War is over. Maybe for America, but for Iraqis, plagued by continual violence, the war is not over, and it certainly is not over for those born deformed or struck by the high cancer rates that plague that land. Lord have mercy.

Fallujah, Iraq – Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rise in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq.

Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination is also connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.

There has also been a dramatic jump in miscarriages and premature births among Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy US military operations occurred, such as Fallujah.

Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.

As shocking as these statistics are, due to a lack of adequate documentation, research, and reporting of cases, the actual rate of cancer and other diseases is likely to be much higher than even these figures suggest.

“Cancer statistics are hard to come by, since only 50 per cent of the healthcare in Iraq is public,” Dr Salah Haddad of the Iraqi Society for Health Administration and Promotion told Al Jazeera. “The other half of our healthcare is provided by the private sector, and that sector is deficient in their reporting of statistics. Hence, all of our statistics in Iraq must be multiplied by two. Any official numbers are likely only half of the real number.”

Read more here. And here. (Warning; contains graphic images of deformed babies).

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From Melkite Patriarch Gregorios III:

“We wish to be taken seriously when we tell you that our tradition, in its fullness, is Eastern and Orthodox, not Latin and Western.

In the measure that you take us seriously as authentically Eastern Churches, to that same degree the Orthodox world will believe in the veracity of the ecumenical activity and dialogue of the Roman Church.

Unfortunately, the decrees of Vatican II Unitiatis Redintegratio and Orientalium Ecclesiarum have not been sufficiently incarnate in the life and ecclesial praxis of the Latin Church nor in that of several Roman Dicasteries, contrary to what was hoped.

The Dies Orientalis instituted by Pius XI practically disappeared after Vatican II.

Interest for the Eastern Churches in general (Catholic and Orthodox) has lessened in the West, both on the official level and on the level of the faithful.

Ecclesiology was more sensitive towards the East before the Council and during its celebration, but it did not progress after the Council.”

Read the rest here.

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Oxymoronic

Fact: Michelle Bachman is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

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Huh?

Am I missing something?

While I am no fan of Mr Obama’s, and am as appalled as anyone by his efforts to continue and outdo the policies of the Bush era, albeit under the guise of liberal benevolence, I’m afraid that the “scandal”of IRS scrutiny of Tea Party and related groups leaves me puzzled. After all, 501(c) nonprofits are forbidden from political activities. Does anyone doubt that organizations with the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names might just be involved in political activity? Really? Is anyone mentioning that several leftist groups were also scrutinized?

On the other hand, I read today that big money groups on the right and left were not bothered; the Koch brothers and Mr Soros were not targeted, only the smaller organizations. Why?

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