Al Jazeera: BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’

This article from Al Jazeera contradicts the ‘everything is contained and well’ official US government version of the state of the Gulf of Mexico. Not that Al Jazeera would be the only news source that points out that which shouldn’t have to be pointed out: Corexit is highly toxic!

Here’s an excerpt of the Al Jazeera piece, which is highly recommended reading:

Two-year-old Gavin Tillman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been diagnosed with severe upper respiratory, sinus, and viral infections. His temperature has reached more than 39 degrees since September 15, yet his sicknesses continue to worsen.

His parents, some doctors, and environmental consultants believe the child’s ailments are linked to exposure to chemicals spilt by BP during its Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Gavin’s father, mother, and cousin, Shayleigh, are also facing serious health problems. Their symptoms are being experienced by many others living along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Widely banned toxic dispersants

Injected with at least 4.9 million barrels of oil during the BP oil disaster of last summer, the Gulf has suffered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic dispersants (one that has been banned in the UK), which according to chemist Bob Naman, create an even more toxic substance when mixed with crude oil. And dispersed, weathered oil continues to flow ashore daily. Continue reading

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A film of Charlie Chaplin previously thought lost reappears

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Read in Pravda:

At the Arlington International Film Festival (USA)  a unique film with famed actor Charlie Chaplin will be played to an audience. It is noteworthy that for many years the film was considered lost.

According to the organizers of the festival, the film “A Thief Catcher”, which apparently is one of the first works of Chaplin, was withdrawn in 1914. The film was removed by Keystone Studios and over many years it was considered lost.

“A Thief Catcher” was found only in 2009 thanks to the efforts of a specialist in the history of film, Paul Geruki, who bought the film on a sale of antiques in the state of Michigan.

A more detailed description is available at website of the Washington Post.

Osama bin Laden is Dead – According to Turkish Intelligence Services

From Takvim:

The al-Qaeda leader had died on December 13, 2007,  from kidney failure.  However, the CIA director Panetta said the previous day, that thew were unable to get news from bin Laden for the last  10 years Laden.

Leon Panetta, director of the world’s largest intelligence agency CIA made a comment the previous day that “for 10 years we have not heard news from Osama bin Laden”.

CIA Chief Panetta, said a few weeks ago that al-Qaeda’s number-three man was killed, saying that “bin Laden is on the Pakistani border. Under pressure it will become clear [? not sure here]. However,  in Afghanistan, according to information Turkish intelligence units have taken, the al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden,  died in the mountains of Tora Bora in December 13, 2007. Years ago, the left kidney from the al-Qaeda leader was causing problems, in 2004 right kidney was also having problems. “U.S. shivers” Laden, in the primitive conditions at Tora Bora bin Laden managed to survive for three years with one kidney. Bin Laden died in the morning of December 13, 2007. News of the death of the al-Qaeda leader came as a shock, especially to the CIA.
However, even in the US presidential elections bin Laden’s death was influential,  “the world is not ready”, they said without giving reasons.[?] For the sake of America’s long-term plans the fact remained hidden. If not kept secret and hidden, it would be difficult to maintain the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although bin Laden was dead, from 2007 onwards, Washington, with fake audio messages or video images bin Laden “was kept alive”, and his name was used.

[…]

Note: My Turkish is not that good, so don’t rely on my translation for details, but the gist is very clear: Bin Laden died in 2007 and nobody in the US wants to admit it because it would be difficult to continue the war on terror once this fact became widely know.

Source: Takvim

Obama invites Medvedev to his favorite fast-food restaurant

Burger time for Medvedev:

What I found intriguing is the blatant product placement:

Medvedev Obama Burger

Medvedev and Obama have Burger

Normally, I wouldn’t have paid too much attention to that if it weren’t for the post I wrote just before seeing this. Read it here.  Excerpt from the post:

The famous producer of soft drinks Coca-Cola will sell  kvass under the trademark “Krushka & Bochka” (Mug & Barrel) , which is produced in Russian factories, in the  U.S. , according Bigness.ru.

The start of sales of the famous Russian drink is timed to the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to the country . Kvass will be sold in plastic bottles  of 0,5 liters. The new product can be purchased later this month in stores Whole Foods Market in New York. A bottle of the drink will cost about 2.5 dollars. Coca-Cola began production of kvass in Russia in 2008.

Today, Coca-Cola produces 500 brands of carbonated and still beverages, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee.

Or from the Coca-Cola company themselves, it sounds like this:

NEW YORK, June 24, 2010 –  Kvass has been a Russian staple of refreshment for centuries, enjoyed by generations of Russians across the country. Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin describes how Russians believed they needed Kvass like the air for living. This unique taste lands on the shores of America this month when Coca-Cola North America launches Krushka & Bochka Kvass in the New York City area.

Opening a bottle of Kvass releases a fragrant bouquet reminiscent of freshly baked bread cooling on a windowsill. Malty with a sweet finish and light sparkle, Kvass is truly a thirst quencher like no other. Based on a traditional Russian recipe, Coca-Cola created and launched Krushka & Bochka Kvass in Russia in 2008. Since that time, Krushka & Bochka Kvass has become one of Russia’s best-selling brands in the fast-moving non-alcoholic fermented beverage category.

Amazing coincidence, isn’t it?

But wait, how did Nestea, the iced tea beverage from Nestlé, get there? Somebody in marketing didn’t pay attention, ey? Unlikely, the answer is: Beverage Partners Worldwide (BPW) which Wikipedia describes:

Beverage Partners Worldwide (BPW) is the name of the joint venture partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and Nestlé, created in 2001 as the successor to Coca-Cola and Nestle Refreshments (CCNR) founded in 1991. Coca-Cola and Nestlé hold equal parts in the joint venture.[1]

In late 2006, the two companies announced that their joint venture is focussed on producing and selling drinks based on black tea and green tea like Nestea and Enviga.[1]

The iced tea brand, Nestea, while owned by Nestle, is controlled in most global markets by BPW. BPW operates in more than 40 countries, marketing Nestea as well as other ready-to-drink chilled teas. Nestea currently trails well behind competitors, notably Lipton and Snapple, in most developed markets. In 2007 BPW lost the right to managed RTD flavoured milks and chilled coffees, including several Nescafe spin-offs. Coca-Cola subsequently agreed a separate joint venture with Illy Coffee to market RTD coffees

Is it safe? Sure, it’s safe!

Pravda: Americans to Become Used to Drinking Russian Kvass

Bottled Kvas in Russia

Bottled Kvas in Russia

From Pravda.ru:

The famous producer of soft drinks Coca-Cola will sell  kvass under the trademark “Krushka & Bochka” (Mug & Barrel) , which is produced in Russian factories, in the  U.S. , according Bigness.ru.

The start of sales of the famous Russian drink is timed to the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to the country . Kvass will be sold in plastic bottles  of 0,5 liters. The new product can be purchased later this month in stores Whole Foods Market in New York. A bottle of the drink will cost about 2.5 dollars. Coca-Cola began production of kvass in Russia in 2008.

Today, Coca-Cola produces 500 brands of carbonated and still beverages, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee.

That’s nice to know, but what is kvass anyway? From Wikipedia:

Kvass or kvas (borrowed from Russian квас (kvas) or from Polish kwas (meaning acid) in the 16th century), sometimes called in English a bread drink, is a fermented beverage made from black rye or rye bread  (which contributes to its light or dark colour). By the content of alcohol resulted from fermentation, it is classified as non-alcoholic: up to 1.2% of alcohol, according to the standard of Russia.

It’s still – or again – very popular in Russia, again from Wikipedia:

Although western soft drinks such as Coca-Cola  and Pepsi  previously smothered the commercial sale of kvass in Russia, currently kvass is being marketed as a patriotic alternative to cola, sparking a recent “kvass revival.” For example, the Russian company Nikola (whose name sounds like “not cola” in Russian) has promoted its brand of kvass with an advertising campaign emphasizing “anti cola-nisation.” Moscow-based Business Analytica reported in 2008 that bottled kvass sales had tripled since 2005 and estimated that per-capita  consumption of kvass in Russia would reach three liters in 2008.

The news release from Coca Cola can be found here.

Press TV: ‘Mossad hit men targeted Erdogan’

Tayyip Erdogan

Image Source: Press TV

This one would be a major development if true. From Press TV:

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has failed in an attempt to assassinate Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Jordanian weekly says.

Informed sources in Turkey say that the Mossad plot has been foiled by the country’s security forces, al-Manar quoted a report in the most recent edition of the Al-Majd weekly as saying.

There are also reports that Israel has been trying to incite violence inside Turkey by lending support to the militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Earlier in June, Sedat Laciner, the head of the International Strategic Research Organization — a Turkish think tank — said Mossad agents and Israeli military retirees had been sighted providing training to PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Laciner said Tel Aviv does not have a positive perception of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, which is led by Erdogan.

After an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla that left nine Turkish citizens dead on May 31, Ankara drew up a roadmap to “completely” cut its ties with Israel.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul had earlier announced that a roadmap would be prepared on the issue of sanctions against Israel.

“The roadmap details a process through which Turkey will completely cut its ties with Israel” in several stages, Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reported on June 17.

According to the roadmap, the first step would be that Turkey’s ambassador to Tel Aviv, who had previously been recalled, would not be sent back unless Israel sends a member to a UN investigatory commission that aims to look into the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla.

The roadmap would also require all military training and cooperation with Israel to be halted and states that an internal Israeli inquiry into the attack would in no way be recognized by Turkey.

If that is true, I wonder if that doesn’t amount to a declaration of war of Israel to Turkey.

Indeed, there is mounting suspicion in Turkey that none other than Israel and Washington are stoking unrest in Kurdistan by supporting  the PKK. Especially, Turkey is investigating a recent attack of PKK forces on the Turkish Navy: Continue reading

Press TV: McChrystal ‘sacked for intelligence leak’

General McChrystal

Image Source: Press TV

There might be more to McChrystal’s removal than meets the eye. From Press TV:

Kabul circles say the dismissal of US commander was over leaking information including NATO’s connection with the executed leader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi.

Head of Press TV’s office in Kabul, Mohammad Ruhi, says US commander General Stanley McChrystal was sacked for acknowledging NATO’s connection with the executed leader of the Pakistan-based Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi.

He dismissed the official reasons for the firing of McChrystal, saying his growing friendship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and intelligence leaks may have triggered the replacement.

The move caused a scandal, and a British minister was sacked. In retaliation, London is believed to have released confidential statements by McChrystal to White House officials, paving the way for the commander’s removal from his post.

Abdolmalek Rigi was the founder and leader of Jundallah, an insurgent or terrorist – depending on whom you ask – organistation active in Iran but based in Balochestan, Pakistan.
According to Wikipedia, Jundallah  is a militant Islamist Sunni organization based in Balochistan that claims to be fighting for the rights of Sunni Muslims in Iran, is responsible for numerous attacks in Iran, which targeted both civilians and military personnel. It is believed to have 1,000 fighters and claims to have killed 400 Iranian soldiers and many more civilians.

Rigi was captured by Iran in February and recently executed. The Guardian wrote in February: Continue reading