Under-reported News from Around the World
September 27, 2007, 5:46 am
Filed under: International news, Middle East, news, nuclear war, politics

American family applies for political asylum in Finland (AP/Google)

“It said about 17 million people die prematurely each year as a result of the global epidemic of largely preventable chronic diseases — the leading cause of death in the world today. High on the list are cardiovascular diseases — mainly heart disease and stroke — cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and obesity. Unless national interventions are urgently taken to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases, 36 million people will die of these diseases by 2015, nearly half of them before they turn 70,” said Shigeru Omi, director of the WHO regional committee for the Western Pacific.” (Agence France Presse via Raw Story)

Conservationists fear for Machu Picchu’s future (Houston Chronicle)

U.S. officials were given tours of the North Korean nuclear facilities and granted access to everything they wished (Reuters/Yahoo)

The risk of a terrorist attack was wrongly used by the Scottish Executive as an excuse to keep information about radioactive contamination of drinking water secret. The Scottish information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, has found the Executive guilty of breaching freedom of information legislation by failing to provide documents from a file entitled “Release of radionuclides in drinking water systems.” (Sunday Herald, Scotland)

Inside the Nuclear Underworld : Deformity and Fear (CNN)

“Editor’s note: …Matthew Chance was given rare access to Kazakh villages where above-ground nuclear tests have left generations scarred. Here, he describes what he saw for CNN”

Recycled Life: The 38-minute, Oscar-nominated HBO documentary explores the Guatemala City Garbage Dump through the eyes of the 1,700 workers who sort through the city’s refuse, looking for items for resale, and reduce Guatemala’s waste by 1 Million pounds per day. (Treehugger) 

City of Toronto destroys 10 year old natural garden (Treehugger)

“The city not only destroyed flowering plants and plants that were setting seed for use by the North American Native Plant Society in their fundraising efforts, but they also removed shrubs, a red oak tree, and even the sign indicating that it was a natural, pesticide-free garden.”

Tarring and feathering is not out of style yet (Daily Mail, UK)

MI5 and MI6 to be sued for first time over torture (Guardian, UK)

There’s no true consensus on what makes a country a democracy, but the Economist’s rankings show half the world’s population living in a democracy “of some sort”; U.S. not listed in top 15. (Economist) 

Video: Haditha massacre (via MParent)

“The recorded video by the spy planes shows the ugly face of the occupation forces. At the video brutal massacre of the American occupation forces can be seen in Haditha on November 2005 where 24 Iraqi civilians including 3 women and 7 children were murdered. “Scan Eagle” plane recorded this video where there is seen 5 Iraqis and abandoned white car. Video goes on with the explosion of buildings. The important point at the video is the murder of an Iraqi people who is deliberately shot without any charge at the roof of a building.”


The Ringworm Children : Radiation Experimentations by the nation of Israel on its’ own citizens, a new documentary (Israel Insider via MParent)

“On August 14, at 9 PM, Israel’s Channel Ten television screened a documentary film which exposes the ugliest secret of Israel’s Labor party founders: the deliberate mass radiation poisoning of nearly all Sephardi youths of a generation.”

“The Ringworm Children” (translated in Hebrew as “100,000 Rays”), directed by David Belhassen and Asher Hemias, recently won the prize for “best documentary” at the Haifa International film festival, and in the past year has made the rounds of Jewish and Israeli film festivals around the world. But it had yet to come to Israeli television screens. The subject is the mass irradiation of hundreds of thousands of young Israeli immigrants from Middle Eastern countries — Sephardim, as they are called today. The story goes like this:

“In 1951, the director general of the Israeli Health Ministry, Dr. Chaim Sheba, flew to America and returned with seven x-ray machines, supplied to him by the American army.”

“They were to be used in a mass atomic experiment with an entire generation of Sephardi youths to be used as guinea pigs. Every Sephardi child was to be given 35,000 times the maximum dose of x-rays through his head. For doing so, the American government paid the Israeli government 300 million Israeli liras a year. The entire Health budget was 60 million liras. The money paid by the Americans is equivalent to billions of dollars today.”

“To fool the parents of the victims, the children were taken away on “school trips” and their parents were later told the x-rays were a treatment for the scourge of scalpal ringworm. 6,000 of the children died shortly after their doses were given, while many of the rest developed cancers that killed thousands over time and are still killing them now. While living, the victims suffered from disorders such as epilepsy, amnesia, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic headaches and psychosis.”


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