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In the Wake of CDC Anthrax Release, Even More Errors Involving Deadly Pathogens Are Discovered

July 30, 2014 

In the Wake of CDC Anthrax Release, Even More Errors Involving Deadly Pathogens Are Discovered

By Dr. Mercola

Earlier this month, we ran a report on the CDC anthrax blunder. As if that weren't bad enough, there have been additional exposures since we posted that report. This time, it involved the shipment of live, highly contagious, and deadly H5N1 avian influenza samples.

As previously reported, as many as 841 scientists and staff members at a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) biolab were exposed to live anthrax in June. The live pathogen had been sent from a higher-security facility.

Biosafety protocols were apparently not followed at either of the facilities. The anthrax sample was supposed to have been inactivated prior to transfer, but due to multiple protocol breaches, it was still "live" upon arrival.

In addition to failing to properly inactivate the pathogen, samples were also found to have been transferred in Ziploc bags, and stored in unlocked storage refrigerators in an area where unauthorized personnel were free to wander by.

The director of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, Michael Farrell, was reassigned,2 from his posts, voluntarily resigned on July 22.3, 4 Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, head of the CDC, has now issued a report5 that admits to sloppy work ethics at the lab.

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EBOLA’S Patient ZERO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED: GLOBAL TRANSMISSION HAS BEGUN



July 30, 2014

Dave Hodges ..

EBOLA’S Patient ZERO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED: GLOBAL TRANSMISSION HAS BEGUN

It  is now being reported that Patrick Sawyer, whose sister also died from Ebola, was allowed on two ASKY Airlines flights in Liberia while infected witht he deadly virus, Ebola, which painfully kills 90% of its victims.

Patient Zero, Patrick Sawyer, had a layover in Ghana then changed planes in Togo and flew to an international travel hub of Lagos, located in Nigeria. Nigeria is also the site of an Ebola outbreak.  “The dad-of-three died five days after arriving in the city”.  His sister, with whom Sawyer had contact, died of Ebola. He should never have been allowed to board any plane.

A desperate search is on to find the hundreds of passengers who flew on the same jets as Sawyer.  A total of 59 passengers and crew are estimated to have come into contact with Sawyer and effort is being made to track each individual down. 

There is an inherent problem with this “track down”. Presumably, some of the passengers connected to other flights, which known to be the case. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that only 20 people, a low estimate given the nature of the airports that Sawyer was traveling in, were connecting to other flights, the spread of the virus would quickly expand beyond any possibility of containment because in less than a half a day, nearly a half a million people would be potentially exposed. 

Within a matter of a couple of hours, Sawyer’s infected fellow travelers would each have made contact with 200 other passengers and crew. Hours later, these flights would land and these people would go home to the friends, families and coworkers across several continents.

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Russian, Indian Central Banks Could Use National Currencies in Payments

July 30, 2014

Russian, Indian Central Banks Could Use National Currencies in Payments

The Bank of Russia and the Reserve Bank of India have agreed to set up a working group to devise tools to use national currencies in bilateral payments, the Russian regulator said Wednesday.

The group, that may involve representatives of banks and also ministries and agencies of both countries, will be controlled by the central banks of Russia and India.

The decision was announced at the meeting of a group overseeing banking and financial issues at the Russian-Indian commission on trade and economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation.

The Russian Finance Ministry is currently working on transferring to ruble payments for certain types of exports against the backdrop of Western sanctions against Russia over its position on Ukraine.

In early June, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said the central banks of Russia and China could agree to currency swaps for export payments in their respective national currencies. While many of Russia’s partners already use the ruble to trade with Russia, most export contracts are still settled in dollars.

Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said in early July that the idea of Russia and China transferring to payments in both rubles and yuan is realistic but cannot be done in a single step.

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G7 leaders warn of further costs to Russia over Ukraine

July 30, 2014

G7 leaders warn of further costs to Russia over Ukraine

G7 leaders issued a joint statement on Wednesday warning Russia that it will face added economic sanctions if Moscow does not change the course of its Ukraine policy.

The statement from the leaders of the G7 countries, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain, was a show of solidarity among allies. They expressed grave about Russian actions that have undermined "Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence."

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US to sell largest ever Hellfire missile cache to Iraq

 July 30, 2014 

US to sell largest ever Hellfire missile cache to Iraq

The United States is preparing to sell the Iraqi government 5,000 Hellfire missiles through a proposed $700 million deal intended to equip Baghdad with additional power as militants from the Islamic State continue to wage a campaign across the region.

On Tuesday, the US State Department issued a statement announcing the preliminary approval of an agreement that would give Iraq a new arsenal of AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support “to help improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current on-going ground operations.”

The Washington Post reported that the deal, if cleared for approval, would constitute the largest shipment yet of Hellfire missiles to Iraq. Congress will first have to authorize the arrangement, but AFP reported that lawmakers are expected to green-light the deal as planned.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, added that the order is only the latest instance in which Washington has reequipped the Iraqi military with weapon power as the Islamic State, a militant group previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, continues to mount a campaign against Baghdad that in recent months has allowed the insurgents to take hold of key towns across Iraq and contributed to the deaths of over 5,500 civilians so far this year, according to the United Nations.

The Pentagon has sent 780 Hellfire missiles to Iraq since this past January, Kirby told AFP, including 466 in the month of July alone after, according to the Post, the military went through around 300 of the warheads in June as ISIS escalated their campaign. In August, Kirby added, an additional 366 missiles are expected to be sent.

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Iraq and Kuwait: In memory of those missing since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait

30/07/2014  

In memory of those missing since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait

More than 20 years have passed since Iraq's occupation of Kuwait while the fate of hundreds of Kuwaitis and other nationals remains unknown.

Abducted by Iraqi forces, who invaded the country on August 2, 1990, efforts by Kuwait and the international community have failed to establish the whereabouts of these missing persons.

Out of around 600 people only 236 remains have, thus far, been found and identified. 

The families of those still missing yearn to lay their loved ones to rest.

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Iraq and France: Hollande holds telephone conversation with new Iraqi Pres.

30/07/2014 

Hollande holds telephone conversation with new Iraqi Pres.

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande held a conversation Wednesday with Iraq's new president, Fuad Massoum, to discuss the internal situation in his country, Hollande's office said in a statement.

After congratulating Massoum, Hollande expressed "deep concern faced with the installation of the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, and recalled the urgency of finding a political solution through the nomination of a Prime Minister and a unity government," the statement said.

The French leader also expressed "very great worry" concerning the "persecutions ... by the terrorist groups of Christians, which are an essential component of the Republic of Iraq." Hollande called for the need to assure protection of minorities in Iraq so that they can stay in that country as they so wish and he also urged Massoum to work "to preserve the richness and diversity of Iraq." The two men also discussed potential French assistance to Iraq to help civilian populations in need there. 

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Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Iraq and Cyprus

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SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS FOR ONE YEAR UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN IRAQ, ENCOURAGING (July 2013 article)


30 July 2014

Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Iraq, Cyprus

The Security Council today unanimously approved resolutions extending the United Nations missions in Iraq and Cyprus, recognizing the vital role they continue to play in the maintenance of peace and security.

The Council extended the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) until 31 July 2015. In doing so, the 15-member body called on all political entities to overcome divisions and work together in an inclusive and timely political process aimed at strengthening Iraq’s national unity.

Recently, the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken control of more than a third of the Iraq’s territory after unleashing a wave of attacks that has taken thousands of lives and displaced more than 1.2 million people.

Last week, Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI, called on the Council to demand that the Islamist forces cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for horrific terrorist acts are held to account.

Speaking via video-teleconference from Baghdad, Mr. Mladenov said that ISIL aimed to establish a permanent foothold beyond the control of authorities through terror and violence. The Islamist forces seek to radicalize people and undermine the Government by exploiting legitimate grievances and manipulating divisions within society.

In extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP, until 31 January 2015, the Council acknowledged the progress made so far in the UN-facilitated negotiations aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation.

At the same time, it noted that this “has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement,” and urged the sides to continue their discussions to reach decisive progress on the core issues.

The UN has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership, with a view to the eventual establishment of a federal government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status.

UNFICYP has been deployed in Cyprus since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted on the island.

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URGENT: Iraq signs $1 billion USD contract to buy Russian weapons

30/07/2014

URGENT: Iraq signs $1 billion USD contract to buy Russian weapons

On Wednesday Russian newspaper revealed that Iraq signed a contract worth $1 billion USD with Russia for the supply of weapons, noting that the contract was concluded during the visit of the Defense Minister, Saadoun al-Dulaimi to Moscow last week.

The Russian newspaper “Vedomosti” said,in its edition issued today, that “a new batch of Russian weapons started to arrive in Iraq.”

The newspaper quoted on sources in the Russian military-industrial complex confirmed that “during a visit by an Iraqi delegation to Moscow last week under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense Saadoun al-Dulaimi, contracts were signed worth more than one billion dollars relating to the supply of large batches of Russian arms to Iraq, including artillery systems, guns mortar and ammunition, including 4 rocket launchers, model of “TOS-1″.

The newspaper added that “Russia will sell to Iraq 2-3 battalions of Grad rocket launchers, a large amount of mortars, anti-tank missiles and other”.

The newspaper indicated that “the Russian Defense Ministry said – in a statement – that the main objective of the visit of the Iraqi defense minister to Moscow was military-technical cooperation.”

It is noteworthy that Iraq had bought in last June 5 Russian fighter jets “Sukhoi -25″, and he is in talks about the purchase of 10 fighter jets, “Sukhoi – 27-30.”

Today, the United States announced the sale of 5,000 missiles to Iraq as part of a weapons deal valued at $700 million dollars while indicating that 180 Lockhead Martin “Hellfire” missiles have already been transferred this year and 360 more “Hellfire” missiles will be delivered in August.

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National Coalition: we agreed on the name of the owners of a rival candidate for the presidency of the government

30/07/2014

National Coalition: we agreed on the name of the owners of a rival candidate for the presidency of the government

Detection of the National Coalition to agree on the name of the candidate who will compete candidate of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki to head the new government. 

said Diaa al-Asadi, leader of the National Coalition and the president of the Liberal bloc, told "Anatolia" Turkish, "The National Coalition up his mind on the name of its candidate for the post of head of government to be formed, which will compete with the candidate of a coalition of state law, to be submitted for this position. 

and refused Asadi disclose the name of the candidate of the coalition to which it belongs, but made ​​it clear by saying "I will not share in the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will not retreat from this decision.

However Asadi saying, "We accept any alternative to the requirement to obtain a national consensus within the National Alliance and the rest of the political parties.

And the possibility of taking al-Maliki as another in case it is not a candidate for prime minister, said al-Asadi "can not be given positions gift or pleasing to others," noting that "Even Maliki is not pleased to take a position not of entitlement"

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KRG respond strongly to Baghdad in Texas Court


30/07/2014

KRG respond strongly to Baghdad in Texas Court

The Minister of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government for the registration of the Kurdistan Regional Government lawsuit highly secured the right of the Iraqi central government. said Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government to clarify on the official website of the Kurdistan Regional Government, "said team lawyers returning to the provincial government, sent a message to the Texas Court to clarify the claims of the Iraqi government, which registered a case at that court to demand the confiscation of crude oil that has been produced and exported legally and according to the Constitution and the laws of Iraq by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

He said, adding that the letter containing replies heavily on allegations by the Iraqi government. added and the Minister of Natural Resources In the Kurdistan Regional Government that the Iraqi government is seeking in international courts and the Federal Court of Iraq to get what they did not grant it until the Iraqi constitution, stressing that he will not be able to Iraqi government nail lawsuit filed, because the oil province of Kurdistan crude is produced and loaded and exported in accordance with the law and in accordance with the rights of the Government of Kurdistan region in Iraq's constitution. 

Added as Minister of Natural Resources also said that the Kurdistan Regional Government will clarify all the facts in front of international courts on constitutional rights usurped by the Iraqi government.

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What are the origins of Hamas?


Muslim Brotherhood ties to White House resurface


What are the origins of Hamas?

Hamas was founded by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a Palestinian spiritual leader who became an activist in the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood after dedicating his early life to Islamic scholarship in Cairo. 

Beginning in the late 1960s, Yassin preached and performed charitable work in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, both of which were seized by Israeli forces following the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1973, he established al-Mujamma' al-Islami (the Islamic Center) to coordinate the Brotherhood's political activities in Gaza.

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