WHO: Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth

Many women experience disrespectful and abusive treatment during childbirth in facilities worldwide. Such treatment not only violates the rights of women to respectful care, but can also threaten their rights to life, health, bodily integrity, and freedom from discrimination. This statement calls for greater action, dialogue, research and advocacy on this important public health and human rights issue. …


Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA

On March 12, 2010, Amnesty International issued a report entitled Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, which documented that although the United States spends more on health care than any other country, it ranked 41st (at the time of publication) in terms of maternal death. As the report demonstrated, this is not just a matter of public health, but a human rights issue. Half of these deaths are preventable, and the report clearly demonstrated many barriers women face in accessing high quality maternal care.

2010 has been a watershed year for maternal health issues, both globally and in the US. In 2010, new studies and data were released and new legislation and initiatives developed that promise to improve maternal health. Throughout 2010, Amnesty International has been campaigning to end preventable maternal deaths in the US and around the globe. Despite some progress, more work remains to be done in order to ensure that the work of the last year will have a lasting impact. This update will examine the developments and new data on maternal health in the United States, address the expected impact on maternal health and health care of some key provi- sions in health care reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which passed on 23 March 2010, and cover some of the progress and successes that have been accomplished during the last year. All data and developments cited in this update have been released in 2010 or 2011, except where indicated.




The Birth Monopoly

3 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Hospital Birth is a clear, concise (30-minute) course created to empower consumers who are making decisions during pregnancy and childbirth. This is must-know information you won’t find anywhere else–to take a little bit of the uncertainty out of one of life’s most unpredictable, joyful events!

This course is also valuable to birth professionals (like doulas and childbirth educators) in need of a tool to inform their clients about the realities and challenges of giving birth in a U.S. hospital–like the difference between routine practice and evidence-based care, what hospital policies & consent forms really mean, and our most basic rights to consent and refusal.



Mexico Drug War Explained

US Court Documents Claim Sinaloa “Cartel” Is Protected by US Government

Deal Allegedly Gave Sinaloa Bosses Immunity in Exchange for Providing Info on Rival Drug Organizations

The son of a heavy hitter in a powerful Mexican drug trafficking organization has filed explosive legal pleadings in federal court in Chicago accusing the US government of cutting a deal with the the “Sinaloa Cartel” that gave its leadership “carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States.”

The source of that allegation is Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, one of the purported top leaders of the Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization — a major Mexican-based importer of weapons and exporter of drugs.

The top capo of the Sinaloa drug organization, named after the Pacific Coast Mexican state where it is based, is Joaquin Guzman Loera (El Chapo) — who escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico in 2001, only days before he was slated to be extradited to the United States. Chapo has since gone on to build one of the most powerful drug “cartels” in Mexico. With the death of Osama Bin Laden in May, Chapo (a Spanish nickname meaning “shorty”) jumped to the top of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” persons list. He also made Forbes Magazine’s 2010 list of “The World’s Most Powerful People.”….


Sure they want information about the Sinaloa’s competition so they can wipe them out.  Sinaloa is protected because they have an arrangement to launder their proceeds on wall street, providing one of the major supports for the US dollar.

Big Banks Started Laundering Massive Sums of Drug Money In the 1980s … And Are Still Doing It Today


Top Mexican Drug Lord: I Trafficked Cocaine For The U.S. Government


Narco-Dollars for Beginners: “How the Money Works” in the Illicit Drug Trade


The Liars are Losing But They Haven’t Lost

The supreme irony is that chomsky has proven himself instrumental in maintaining the status quo through his irrational refusal to look at the evidence about 9/11 (see the reference section).  TPTB handed us the keys to the kingdom on a silver platter and all we had to do was think for ourselves.  Chomsky has done more harm than good in american history by herding his fans away from scary “conspiracy theories”.

But in any case, lies aren’t the only tools they have. (skip to 6:30 to avoid the laughable concerns about human rights)

It’s absolutely ludicrous to think that the same government that deployed death squads and torture tutors to latin america (also in the reference section) in order to install sweat shops that wrecked american industries would not resort to similar tactics domestically.   With a precious few exceptions, there is nothing resembling patriotism in washington.    The banksters are at war with the entire world.

We have lived for years in the eye of a huge hurricane and all was sunshine and roses.  But now the hurricane is moving and we are not.

RFK: Racism, Autism and the CDC

By concealing the link between vaccines and autism in African-American boys, the CDC had once again violated that public trust.

Last August, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention senior scientist, Dr. William Thompson, invoked federal whistleblower status and confessed that the CDC has known since 2001 that Black boys exposed to the MMR vaccine have a disproportionate risk of autism.

Thompson, a 17-year CDC veteran is the author of some of the leading studies cited by the CDC to exculpate vaccines from the autism epidemic. Thompson, who still works at the CDC, released the raw data sets that he says his bosses at the CDC ordered him to conceal. Those data show that Black boys who received the MMR vaccine before 3 years of age, as the CDC recommends, were 3.36 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than those who received the vaccine after 3 years of age. This effect was not observed in other race categories. Nevertheless, when the CDC scientists published their results in the journal Pediatrics in 2004, they omitted the damaging data, fraudulently declaring there was no risk of autism from the MMR vaccination. In August 2014, Thompson issued a press release through his attorney stating,

I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.”

The buried data were disturbing, but hardly surprising. The most reliable studies in the scientific literature indicate that African-Americans are more susceptible to vaccine injury and may also have increased susceptibility to neurological disorders such as autism.

A 2010 nationwide study of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring Network found autism incidence about 25 percent higher in African-Americans than Caucasians. A 2014 study published in Pediatrics showed higher rates of all categories of autism among African-Americans in Los Angeles County compared with Caucasians, with the incidence of severe autism elevated by 263 percent among foreign-born Blacks and 152 percent for U.S.-born Blacks as compared with U.S.-born whites.

A 2010 study in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health showed that Blacks were at significantly greater risk for regressing into autism after receiving the thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccination series as infants. When analyzed further, the data showed that Black boys receiving the HepB series were 53 percent more likely to have autism than those Black boys not receiving any HepB shot.

On the basis of all the population data and the CDC’s most recent autism incidence estimates, at least 100,000 African-American male children could have been spared debilitating neurological injury if the CDC scientists had told the truth when the increased risk was first known to them in 2001.

Thompson has requested to testify before Congress about corruption at CDC and has handed over to Congress thousands of pages of documents showing widespread fraud in CDC’s vaccine division.

It’s not the first time the CDC has concealed vaccine risks from African-Americans. Less than 10 years ago, in June 1996, African-Americans in Los Angeles learned that the CDC had been conducting vaccine experiments in their communities. Beginning in 1989, the CDC conducted an experiment on nearly 1500 Black and Hispanic infants using an unlicensed measles vaccine without disclosing to parents that the drug was a high-potency experimental vaccine designed to overwhelm the baby’s maternal immune system. The CDC only halted its secret experiment in 1991, when companion clinical trials conducted in Africa and Haiti showed an increased death rate and severe immune-system disorder among female infants who received the vaccine. Those children died within two years after the vaccination.

“A mistake was made,” then CDC Director Dr. David Satcher told the LA Times. “It shocked me. We need to move to a new level of assurance so people can trust what we’re doing.” The CDC denies that any Los Angeles Black children were injured by the unlicensed vaccine but has not produced any studies to confirm that claim.

In 1972, a government whistleblower, Peter Buxton, revealed that for the previous 40 years, beginning in 1932, both the CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service conducted the so-called Tuskegee Experiment to study the progression of untreated syphilis in impoverished African-American men in rural Alabama. Public health regulators lured illiterate sharecroppers with the promise of hot meals, funeral costs and free health care from the U.S. government. According to the CDC, which took over the study in the early 1960s, none of 299 syphilitic sharecroppers were ever told they had the disease. The CDC purposefully withheld penicillin after the antibiotic became a proven treatment in 1947. The CDC actively prevented participants from accessing syphilis treatment programs elsewhere. The CDC’s victims in that study included numerous men who died of syphilis, 40 wives who contracted the disease and 19 children born with congenital syphilis.

When, in 1966, Buxton, an African-American, sent a letter to government regulators complaining about the ethics and morality of the study, the CDC reaffirmed the need to continue the research until all subjects had died and been autopsied. To bolster its position, the CDC sought and gained support for the study’s extension from the American Medical Association.

Buxton finally told his story to my uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, in July of 1972. Senator Kennedy convened Senate hearings, at which Buxton and HEW officials testified, and the CDC finally terminated the study.

May 16, 1997, President Bill Clinton formally apologized at a White House ceremony attended by five of the eight study survivors, promising “our African-American citizens” that “clearly racist” public health policies would never happen again.

By concealing the link between vaccines and autism in African-American boys, the CDC had once again violated that public trust. But this fraud is not just about African-Americans. The fraudulent 2004 study has been cited in 91 subsequent studies as one of the principle proofs of the CDC’s claim that vaccines are not linked to the autism epidemic. The CDC’s fraud in this study calls into question the validity of the entire body of research that families, medical professionals and policymakers rely on when making decisions for the health of children.

“I have a boss who is asking me to lie,” Thompson said in a taped conversation with Simpson University professor, Dr. Brian Hooker. Thompson also stated:

“I have great shame now when I meet a family with kids with autism, because I have been a part of the problem … because the CDC has not been transparent, we’ve missed 10 years of research, because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing. They are afraid to look for things that might be associated. I’m completely ashamed of what I did. The higher ups wanted to do certain things, and I went along with it.”

The time has come in this country for everyone—press, regulators and politicians—to stop “going along with it.”