Sunday, October 19, 2014

Military medical team - medical militarization?

Pentagon Prepares Military Medical Team to Fight With Ebola in US: "The US Defense Department said on Sunday that it is preparing a 30-member military medical team to fight with Ebola virus in the United States."

It is almost beyond belief that the military assumes it has to medical knowhow to take on the Ebola crisis in the US. It seems that the US response to everything is military involvement. Health care should never involve the military. The military is not a medical solution.

And this is odd:
"On Monday, the team meant to ensure quick response to the spread of the dangerous virus, will be sent to Texas for a week-long specialized training on infection control. After the training, the military medics will be able to assist doctors treating patients infected with Ebola."
Apparently, they are not presently prepared and they will be after a week long training? And is it only the medics that are trained? And they will assist only US doctors in the US?

CNN reports that the military assistance was requested by the Department of Health and Human Services. But one wonders whether the medical community backs that request. And notice the ease which the US military became involved.

Dangerous precedent but following in the footsteps of US domestic militarization. A conspiratorist might well wonder if a military coup is really that far in the future. In any event this doesn't bode well for US democracy when the military takes on civilian responsibilities.

Ebola fight: Fidel Castro offers cooperation with US

Fidel Castro offers cooperation with US in fight against Ebola: "In his article “Time of Duty,” which was published on Saturday, the retired Cuban leader said that medical staff trying to save lives are the best example of human solidarity. Fighting together against the epidemic can protect the people of Cuba, Latin America, and the US from the deadly virus, he added."
“We will gladly cooperate with American [medical] personnel in this task – not for the sake of peace between the two states which have been adversaries for many years, but for the sake of peace in the world.”
It might sound odd that the small nation of Cuba offering to cooperate with the large nation of America as if they can offer something that America cannot. Well they do offer something - Cuba far out strips the US in providing medical personnel in fighting Ebola and in other disasters. E.g., this from the World Health Organization:
"Cuba is known the world over for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses who can then go out to help other countries in need. Currently there are more than 50 000 Cuban-trained health workers in 66 countries."
Even John Kerry noted that Cuba was one of the "nations large and small stepping up in impressive ways to make a contribution on the front lines."

UN: human rights violations in Detroit?

UN Representatives to Visit Detroit to Inspect Alleged Human Rights Violations: "The United Nations (UN) human rights representatives will visit the bankrupt US city of Detroit, Michigan, for a fact-finding public town hall meeting on humanitarian issues on October 19."
"International and locally known panelists will hear testimony from Michigan residents about water, sanitation and housing issues offered by victims of this crisis."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

US looking for credible allies in Syria -

US Still Searching for Credible Allies in Syria | "Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group."

The obvious ally is the Syrian government, but the US has demonized them so much that it cannot swallow that lump of words and work with Syria to eliminate ISIL. Syria is a legitimate government, even if the US doesn't approve. Governments in that part of the world never know when the US will support them or try to overthrow them. Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, the list goes on and on.

The rule ought to be, oh, that is right it is the rule, that one nation doesn't interfere in the domestic affairs of another nation. Of course, the US has its own book of international laws.

And besides - the US isn't serious about fighting ISIL. Notice that most of the bombing takes place in Syria not in Iraq that requested US aid. And most of the members, at least those taking part in the bombing, are Syrian enemies. Not surprising that they are bombing Syria and have as their primary purpose the overthrow of the Syrian government.

West's promise to Gorbachev about NATO - meaningless

West Fails to Contain NATO as Promised to USSR: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: "The West has failed to keep its promise, given to the Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, to contain NATO expansion, New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) Alice Slater told RIA Novosti Friday."
"The West is now caught up in a new cold war, having failed to contain NATO as promised to Gorbachev when the wall came down in Berlin and having expanded the missile program into Eastern Europe after the US walked out of its Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia."
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Meaningless: UN Security Council condemnation of ISIL attacks in Iraq

UN Security Council Condemns IS Attacks in Iraq: "According to the statement issued on Friday, the UN Security Council condemns  'the vicious string of suicide, vehicle-borne, and other attacks in Baghdad and surrounding provinces over the past several days, perpetrated by the terrorist organization operating under the name Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.'"

​FBI director crying wolf claiming the sky is falling

​FBI director wants access to encrypt Apple, Google users’ data, demands law ‘fix’: "The FBI director has slammed Apple and Google for offering their customers encryption technology that protects users’ privacy. “Deeply concerned” James Comey wants to push on Congress to “fix” laws to ensure police can still access private data."

Biden son’s use of cocaine ended Navy stint before it begun

Vice: Biden son’s brief Navy career ended after positive cocaine test: "US Vice-President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve in February 2014 after failing a drug test that turned up positive for cocaine just a month after his commissioning, it’s been revealed."

Pure politics: Ron Klain as Ebola ‘Czar’

Obama to Appoint Ron Klain Ebola ‘Czar’: "President Barack Obama named Ron Klain an "Ebola czar", responsible for dealing with the virus outbreak in the United States, the White House said."

US Cancels visas for Hungarian officials - corruption? Not really

US Cancels Visas for Hungarian Officials Over Corruption Allegations: "The United States imposed sanctions against some Hungarian officials and businessmen over their alleged involvement in corruption, Deutsche Welle has reported, citing US charge d'affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest Andre Goodfriend."

But - "According to the local media reports, the entry ban could target people associated with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and be a response to Hungary's rapprochement with Russia."

The people are not named by the US nor the actual charges. Nothing like guilty until proven innocent. But it is another attempt by the street bully to 'punish' those who disagree with him.