Sunday, September 20, 2009

Drug and war profiteering

By Brenda Norrell
As body bags arrived in northern Manitoba in Canada, First Nations aboriginals in the remote west coast village of Ahousaht were falling ill after being inoculated with the anti-viral medication Tamiflu.
Kevin Annett, exposing the genocide of aboriginals in Canada, points out that germ warfare has long been the weapon of choice for governments to exterminate Indigenous Peoples.
This is not the first time that Tamiflu makers have been accused during the spread of a disease. In 2006, when I reported that then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was a stockholder and profiteering from the sale of Tamiflu, I was censored at Indian Country Today. States, including California, were stockpiling Tamiflu. The article was rewritten by editors and published with my name on it. After I objected, I was terminated.
Drug manufacturers and corporations profiteering from the war are obvious. A large portion of the commercials on television now hype new drugs, with warnings that they will destroy your liver, cause a stroke, or even kill you.
The new approach on war commercials is to appeal to economically desperate youths, poor whites and people of color. The commercials make it appear that parents will love their children more if they join the military. What those commercials don't show are the body bags, coffins of soldiers coming home and the destroyed lives of those who never recover or spend their lives trying to get treatment as veterans. Those commercials don't reveal the women soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan that live in fear, of not just being killed, but of being raped in remote locations by their fellow US soldiers.
After the spread of the hantavirus on the Navajo Nation, makers of Ribavirin attempted to profiteer, but the Navajo Nation Council prevented the use of Navajos as guinea pigs.
As the news continues to be censored, here is Annett's statement on the real pandemic:

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