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11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
Haiti's Deepening Cholera Crisis
Friday, 26 November 2010
Operational Biosurveillance sharply criticized America's CDC, saying it acted unprofessionally, spurning available peer-reviewed literature and operational experience. CDC also played an important role in advising US government organizations to withhold funding.
This is the latest update since Haiti's cholera outbreak, previous articles accessed through the following links, including the most recent on Sunday's sham election, an exercise in imperial control:
On November 24, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) reported it continues increasing its efforts in response to Haiti's deepening crisis.
From October 22 to November 21, MSF teams treated 29,000 people in cholera treatment centers (CTCs), established in Port-au-Prince, Artibonite region (where the first outbreak occurred), North, and Northwest with a 2% or less case fatality rate.
A remarkable record showing that cholera is easily treated when done effectively in time. Otherwise, it's fatal, a major problem for growing numbers unable to access care, including because of heavy rain in some areas turning roads to mud.
On November 24, Al Jazeera headlined "UN revises Haiti cholera estimates," saying:
The UN's Haiti humanitarian coordinator, Nigel Fisher, expects "literally hundreds of thousands of cases. The medical specialists all say that this cholera epidemic will continue through months and maybe a year at least...."
On November 25, Haiti Libre reported 27,933 confirmed cases, 1,523 official deaths, and too little capacity to handle growing needs, saying:
Some human rights groups want Sunday's election postponed. Let Haiti Live's executive director, Melinda Miles, said:
Most pertinent is banning 15 political parties, including by far the most popular, Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas that would sweep to victory overwhelmingly if participated. It's why it's excluded, to assure imperial favorites are selected. Democracy is off the ballot in Haiti.
On November 23, Canada's CBC headlined, "Cholera help slowed by indecision: UN," saying:
On November 24, Haiti: Operational Biosurveillance (OB) provided its latest update, conservatively estimating "nearly 95,000 cases," the majority subclinical. Again, in many areas, they confirm an undercount of around 400%, saying:
OB sharply criticized America's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), calling its hubris well-known, a factor contributing to its inappropriate strategy for providing an infectious disease crisis warning. Moreover, CDC acted unprofessionally, spurning available peer-reviewed literature and operational experience. It played an important role in advising USAID and other US government organizations to withhold funding. It's how America treats poor people everywhere, including at home.
OB also held USAID and the State Department culpable for downplaying the gravity of the crisis, despite multiple professional briefings. Thomas Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator commented on the epidemic, saying "turn off the alarms." In other words, Washington has no intention to help.
The UN's Cluster System also failed, and the NGO community largely spurned its responsibility, OB citing:
In addition, OB criticized Haiti's government for "dereliction of duty," a November 17 AFP report providing a recent example, headlined, "Haiti's Preval urges calm as cholera toll soars."
His government failed to help earthquake and cholera victims. Preval stayed out of sight, largely invisible while Haitians suffer. Instead, on November 17, his recorded message said:
A shocking display of indifference and hypocrisy, reason enough why most Haitians despise him, his party, and government.
A Final Comment
Despite calls to postpone elections and address urgent cholera and earthquake priorities, Sunday's sham process will proceed. US ambassador Kenneth Merten affirmed it at a November 23 videoconference, saying:
One unidentified reporter challenged him, saying:
False, another example of America's big lie everywhere its imperial boot kicks hard, in this case violating Haiti's 1987 Constitution, guaranteeing free, fair and open elections.
Haiti, however, is a de facto US colony, militarized by proxy Blue Helmets, a repressive occupying force backed by Pentagon might when needed. US marines and other contingents are never far away, never shy about intervening, never reticent about smashing people, communities or countries, unconcerned about lawfulness, democratic values and social justice.
Haitians know it and their northern neighbor, stomping on them mercilessly for over 200 years, the Obama administration no different than its predecessors. It exploited Haiti's crisis, abandoning millions to suffer and perish from hunger, exposure, depravation, and disease, a testimony to American depravity.
The best from Merten was that Haiti had "a difficult year, (but) it is important that the political process move forward." Politics before people, capital before essential needs, America's imperial arrogance, Haitians paying the price.
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