Archive | April 1st, 2020




Who is helping the most with what’s needed now?

The salaried/pensioned people at FEMA and the CDC and their multi-billion dollar budgets?


The Medical Industrial Scam Machine & its government friends?


Volunteers who sew.

There are many videos about this on the Internet.

This is one of the best we’ve found. We are researching the subject now.

If someone can point to a first class, one-stop for all this info, please tell us.


Video #1 – Basics

Video #2 – More info

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Technology of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report on Nazi Weapons Exports

Technology of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports


Photograph Source: Sgt. Paul L. Anstine III, U.S. Marine Corps – Public Domain

The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for the years ahead.

Data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on March 9, paints a grim picture of the world, in general, and the Middle East, in particular. According to the report, the demand for weapons in the warring region has increased by a whopping 61% between 2015 and 2019.

The correlation between arms, war, and casualty count needs no elaborate algorithm to be deciphered, as facts on the ground amply demonstrate. Syria remains the epicenter of conflict in the Middle East, with Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and South Sudan trailing, but not far behind.

The top five merchants of death, according to SIPRI, are the United States, Russia, France, Germany, and China. Interestingly, while US arms exports have increased exponentially by 76% in the last five years, Russia’s arms exports fell by 18%.

The US market is in constant expansion as it now includes 96 client countries, while Russia has, essentially, lost one of its most significant clients, India.

Ruled by a right-wing Hindu nationalist government, Delhi has found in Tel Aviv a more ideologically like-minded supplier. The special ‘friendship’ between India’s Narendra Modi and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has made India Israel’s largest weapons market.

In 2017, Israel’s arms exports reached a record high of $9 billion dollars, following the signing of a $2 billion deal with India. The contracts awarded to the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) were considered the “single largest deal ever signed by the Israeli arms industry.”

With India becoming the largest importer of Israeli arms in the world, Israel is now a secondary party in the protracted conflict between India and Pakistan. The two nuclear-armed countries edged closer to the abyss of a full-blown war in March 2019. Naturally, Israeli weapons, now featured prominently in India’s military arsenal, will play a major role in sustaining any future conflict.

According to the newly-released data, Israel is only second to South Korea in terms of the vast expansion of weapons exports, as Israel’s weapons manufacturing industry has experienced an unprecedented boom in recent years. SIPRI puts that increase at 77%.

Last year, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (SIBAT), which is the cornerstone of Israel’s weapon manufacturing, testing and export, released a comprehensive plan aimed at the expansion of Israel’s global weapons market, with due focus on the US, Finland and India.

What makes Israeli weapons more attractive than others is the fact that they are not accompanied by any political price tag. In other words, Israel is willing to sell weapons to any country, or even non-state actors, openly or secretly, regardless of how these weapons are used and whether their use violates human rights or not.

In May 2019, Amnesty International’s Israeli chapter released an in-depth report that examined Israel’s weapons export markets. Contrary to the claim by Rachel Chen, head of the Israeli Defense Export Controls Agency, that “we will carefully examine the state of human rights in each country before approving export licenses for selling them weapons,” Israel is known for peddling its weapons to the world’s most notorious human rights violators. The list includes Myanmar, Philippines, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka.

A damning proof to the above claim is a statement made by Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, who is known for his dismal human rights record, on September 4, 2018, during his highly touted visit to Israel. Duterte told Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, that the Philippines “would henceforth only buy weapons from Israel due to its lack of restrictions,” ‘Times of Israel’ reported.

The US is “a good friend,” Duterte said, but like Germany and China, US weapons come with certain “limitations”.

Considering that Washington provides Israel with over $3 billion worth of weapons annually that are used freely against occupied Palestinians and other Arab nations with no regard whatsoever for international or humanitarian law, one has to marvel at Duterte’s statement.

It is logical to assume that a country that sells weapons to civil war-torn and extremely impoverished South Sudan, has not an iota of regulations, let alone moral standards.

What is unique about the export of Israel’s weapons and so-called ‘security technology’ to the rest of the world, is that they often appear in regions where people are most oppressed and vulnerable. For example, Israeli companies have for years stood at the forefront of successive US administrations’ war on undocumented immigrants.

Moreover, recent years have witnessed the infusion of brutal Israeli military tactics in many aspects of American society, including the militarization of American police, thousands of whom received training in Israel.

Similarly, in 2018, Israeli war technology was incorporated to the European Union’s security apparatus. One such contract was awarded to the Israeli company Elbit, estimated at $68 million, to provide maritime unmanned aircraft system (UAS) services. This technology, which relies on the Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol system, allows Frontex – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – to intercept war refugees and migrants in their attempts to cross into safer European territories.

Interestingly, the EU has purchased from Israel the same deadly technology that the Israeli army has used against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip during Israel’s so-called ‘Protective Edge’ war of 2014.

The latter fact represents the backbone of Israel’s marketing strategy. Branding its military products as ‘combat-proven’, Tel Aviv is able to obtain top dollar for its bloody technology, as it is able to demonstrate, using actual footage, how its armed drones, for example, can flatten whole Palestinian neighborhoods in seconds and return safely to their bases inside Israel.

SIPRI and Amnesty International are right in exposing Israel’s thriving weapons exports market, while emphasizing the fact that much of these weapons proliferate freely among human rights violators. But far greater focus should be placed on the fact that Israel is, itself, a notorious human rights violator that should be held accountable for its crimes against Palestinians, who are often used as guinea pigs in the testing stage of Israel’s technology of death.

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Syria: Military confronts suspected Nazi airstrikes over Homs

Minutes ago, a number of missiles were fired from Lebanese airspace into Syria, resulting in several explosions inside the Homs Governorate.

According to initial reports, the Syrian air defenses were activated after several hostile targets entered Syrian airspace and began hitting the Homs Governorate.

A source from the Syrian Army said their air defense forces were able to intercept some of these projectiles; however, it appears some have also

Prior to the attack, Lebanon’s Sham FM reported that Nazi jets were spotted flying low above the country’s Kesrouan province, which lies on the way between the territory of occupid Palestine 1948 and the Syrian city of Homs. No further detailshave been released at this time.

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A Triage Crisis is Coming, and It’s Personal


Photograph Source: Otis Historical Archives Nat’l Museum of Health & Medicine – CC BY 2.0

I’m sitting here self-quarantined with my family in our 1738 stone farmhouse just north of Philadelphia. It’s an ancient building that I’m sure has known its share of epidemics over the centuries, including typhus and the deadly 1918 Spanish Flu.

Right now I’m thinking about hospital triage.

According to the New York Times, hospitals in Seattle, one of two hot spots in the US Coronavirus Pandemic with 2221 confirmed cases and 110 deaths statewide, are seriously planning for how to decide which patients suffering from the often fatal Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome complication associated with the  disease will get one of the limited number of ventilators available, and which ones will be left to fend for themselves and probably not survive. They want to develop a set or guidelines, so doctors won’t have to make personal decisions in the moment and be overburdened with guilt afterwards whichever option they chose.

In Italy, the country with the highest number of deaths so far from the COVID-19 virus (over 5000 and rising rapidly), these terrible decision have already been made many times over in hospitals that are swamped with critical patients. We’ll be facing them in city after city in no time here in the US, which is far less prepared for this pandemic than was Italy with its universal health care system, far greater number of beds per 1000 people, better physician staffing and ready supply of coronavirus test kits.

In the US, thanks to President Trump’s having ignored the looming pandemic for months, even referring to it as a “Democrat hoax” or “Chinese hoax” and to his having eliminated the pandemic warning unit at the Centers for Disease Control and the Pandemic specialist on his National Security Council, there was no effort as recently as early March to order mass quantities of virus test kits. As a result, US health experts and pandemic planners have been flying blind in this crisis, not knowing who is infected and who is not, or even how many are infected in any locale.

That’s why we have to hole up in quarantined family units, not even knowing if one of us may be contagious and a threat the rest of the household.

And now we’re about to see our hospitals across the country begin to be overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, many of whom will need ventilators to survive the pneumonia and lung damage that will occur as their bodies succumb to the viral attack on their lungs.

The triage process will be fairly straight-forward. When ventilators are in short supply doctors will be instructed by policy to give them to those who have a good chance of survival with the machines. Those who have a lower probability of surviving with the help of a ventilator, which will mean the old, the frail, and those with underlying health issues like congestive heart failure, lungs damaged from years of smoking, or other lung problems like pulmonary sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease which can make any respiratory infection develop into pneumonia, may not.

That’s where it gets personal. I am 70 years old, which puts me right away into a category of people with a higher (8%) risk of dying of coronavirus. I’m healthy and fit, but I also have pulmonary sarcoidosis. The condition has  been in remission for years, but I know from prior experience, if I get this virus, it’s more than likely to become active again and to put me at risk of ARDS, and to require a ventilator.

Will I get one? Not, probably, if there is a shortage in Philadelphia hospitals, which there almost certainly will be.

And whose fault will that be? Our government’s fault. For years, under multiple presidents, the focus of health policy has been reducing costs. That has meant letting hospitals close, often by, as we just experienced here in Philadelphia, having a for-profit company buy another hospital, in this case the Hahnemann Teaching Hospital owned by Drexel University, after which the buyer, a real estate investor, closed it down  figuring it would be more valuable as fancy housing than as a hospital. It has also meant reducing the number of equipped intensive care rooms, equipped with ventilators, among other things. There are only 46,000 ICUs in the whole country and only 950,000 hospital beds, and the CDC is warning of 10 million or more coronavirus cases — perhaps even that 70-80 percent of Americans will eventually contract it!

We’ve long been warned that thanks to globalization, and especially jet airlines transporting millions of people a year all over the world, that it was “just a matter of time” before we’d have a real deadly global pandemic. No planning for this was ever done in the US though. It was all about getting health costs down, because we have a health system based upon private companies, private insurance and private doctors, and profits are more important than everyone getting needed care.

Now we’re paying the price for that focus on profits and cost. (The rich don’t have this issue: they’re locating and buying ventilators for themselves, making pikers of the plebe hoarders who are loading up on TP.)

If I contract this disease, I may pay that price personally.

Now I can understand: If there were two coronavirus patients in the hospital with ARDS and one ventilator, with me being one and with one being a 19-year-old kid who had the flu and then caught the coronavirus, I’d understand not getting the ventilator. I wouldn’t be bitter at the doctors who followed the triage guidelines. But I’d go down cursing Trump and the other bastards in Washington who have for years cared more about the shareholders of the companies in the Medical Industrial Complex than the people of this country, spending over a trillion dollars a year on the military without a moment’s thought while refusing to make affordable healthcare available to all through a government-run system like most countries have.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll be lucky, and all the isolation and hand washing and mask wearing will prevent me from getting this virus. Maybe if I get it, I’ll be one of the lucky ones who gets a mild case and scarce ventilators won’t be an issue. But as I listen to the lies and the ignorant blather from this president, and watch the venality of members of Congress — especially, but not limited to Republicans (are your ears burning Joe Biden?)–I’m already pissed off that it’s come to this point.

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Lawsuit accuses Trump and other US officials of crimes against Palestinians

A federal lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, last week by 13 Palestinian and American activists accuses US President Donald Trump and his Middle East adviser Jared Kushner of violating Palestinian civil and human rights. (AP)Short Url

  • Also named in the suit are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • McMahon’s lawsuit was filed during African American heritage month

WASHINGTON: A federal lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, last week by 13 Palestinian and American activists accuses US President Donald Trump and his Middle East adviser Jared Kushner of violating Palestinian civil and human rights.

Also named in the suit are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Miriam Adelson, the wife of billionaire settler financier Sheldon Adelson; Israeli lobby group the The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and 13 others.
Attorney Martin McMahon said the action targets Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” along with laws introduced in 28 American states that illegally deny Americans the right to boycott Israel.

Filed on behalf of 13 plaintiffs, including Palestinians living in America and in occupied Palestine, the lawsuit argues they were stripped of their legal and civil rights not only Israel but by American officials and activists empowered by a biased media and political system.

“I know the system in this country is biased against Palestinian rights, but I also know that the rule of law defends those rights,” McMahon told Arab News. “With the power of the rule of law, we will prevail.”
McMahon’s lawsuit was filed during African American heritage month, which recognizes the civil rights struggles of black Americans who were enslaved and segregated under illegal laws and policies that stripped them of land rights, denied them citizenship and treated them as second-class citizens. These are all crimes that Palestinians are subjected to inside and outside of Israel as a result of American financial and political support.

“The Palestinian cause is very similar to the legal fight by African Americans and by Native Americans,” said McMahon.
“The Nuremberg Trials of 1945 defined that war crimes were illegal, and that wanton destruction of property, extrajudicial killings, collective punishment and land theft are war crimes that fall under the umbrage of the Alien Tort Statute, which is what we use to defend these victims. There is no statute of limitations on these kinds of crimes.”

The Alien Tort Statute is a US Federal law, adopted in 1789, that gives the federal courts jurisdiction to hear lawsuits filed by non-US citizens relating to actions committed in violation of international law.

McMahon confirmed that his 13 clients include American citizens and non-citizens who are living or lived under Israeli occupation. Among them are three members of the Dawabsheh family, including an infant, who were murdered in a July 2015 arson attack in Hebron by Israeli settlers. Several other family members were seriously injured. Although the three Israeli Jewish arsonists were arrested, their actions were enabled by Israel’s government, the lawsuit argues.

The plaintiffs also include Palestinian activists Ahed Al-Tamimi, her father Bassim Al-Tamimi and their extended family, who have been harassed, beaten and jailed by Israeli forces in the village of Nabi Salih for protesting against Israel’s illegal policies. Their family lands were illegally confiscated by Israel.

Others are relatives of Abdul Rahman Barghouthi, who was murdered in Dec. 2016 by Israeli soldiers as he returned to his village, Aboud, near the Israeli settlement of Halamish. The Israeli media claimed Barghouthi attacked and injured an Israeli soldier but witnesses said he was killed in cold blood as a result of long-standing tensions between the village and the armed settlers.

McMahon explained that the lawsuit is based on four main principles.
“Since 1948, (the) defendants have denationalized and dehumanized the Palestinian population, discriminating against them and denying them their legal rights,” he said. “Individuals who contribute money or political support to this illegal system are accomplices. We are suing all of the Americans who have aided and abetted the denationalization of the Palestinian people.”

The second principle, he said, is that Americans have a right to choose to boycott Israel over its apartheid practices that violate international law. The third seeks to declare Netanyahu, who has been Israel’s prime minister for a total of 16 years, a war criminal based on his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.

The fourth principle, McMahon said, involves the illegality of the Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century,” which seeks to give Israel personal property and lands owned by Palestinians and occupied in conflict.
“That is illegal under both international law and American law,” he said. “And because Americans are engaged in this with Israelis, it makes them liable for these actions.”

McMahon said that despite the difficulty of challenging Israel in the pro-Israel American judicial system, he has had some success; most recently in a lawsuit filed in 2016 that also involves the Al-Tamimi family, American officials, and individuals and companies that have financed or support Israel’s illegal settlements.

“That lawsuit also addresses an injustice against the Palestinians, and it was initially thrown out by the Federal Court,” McMahon said. “But it was reinstated by the US Federal Appeals Court because we have the weight of the law on our side.”

McMahon said Jewish Americans have filed many lawsuits against Palestinian organizations and individuals asserting terrorism, violence and loss of property rights, but the time in which US courts only entertain pro-Israel lawsuits has ended.

“My law firm won’t sit back,” he said. “We will defend the legal rights of Palestinians or Americans. Anyone who feels they have been denied their rights should contact my office and I will include them in the lawsuit.”

The other 13 defendants in the lawsuit are AIPAC officials Brian Shankman and Howard Kohr, international attorney Gustaff Cardelius, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, housing investor Daniel Gilbert, former Senate Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Trump legal adviser and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt, New York City Council member Donald Hikind, former Arkansas Governor Michael Huckabee, Israel Defense Forces activist Susan Levin-Abir, former Palestinian terrorist and now celebrated pro-Israel advocate Walid Shoebat, and University of Haifa Chairman Dov Weissglas.

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Libyan Army captures important area near Tripoli as Turkish-backed forces suffer heavy losses

The Libyan National Army (LNA) continued their large-scale assault across the Tripoli axis this week, seizing several sites from the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces and their allied Syrian mercenaries.

According to Brigadier-General Khaled Al Mahjoub, the LNA captured a number of sites in southern Tripoli and the greater capital area, including the plateau project after a fierce battle with the GNA.

Al Mahjoub said that the plateau project is considered one of the important neighborhoods near the heart of the capital and that controlling it facilitates the process of entering the capital.

While a military source confirmed the continuation of LNA operations along a number of axes in the western region, including the Tunisian border.

Furthermore, the GNA and their Syrian allies have had a rough five days, as their forces have suffered heavy losses at the hands of the LNA troops.

The Libyan Army announced on Monday evening that their forces shot down a Turkish aircraft that was attempting to attack their positions after leaving the Mitiga Airbase in the greater Tripoli area.

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Forty Organizations Call for Protection of Prisoners in the MENA Region in Light of COVID-19

COVID-19: Urgent measures must be taken by MENA governments to protect the prison population

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak—qualified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO)—we, the undersigned organizations, express grave concern over the situation of detainees and prisoners across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While certain states in the region have taken some positive steps to protect the general population, the prison population remains particularly vulnerable. 

Several countries in the MENA region have overstretched health systems and infrastructures, some of which have also been considerably weakened by years of armed conflict. In these countries, prisons and detention facilities are often overcrowded, unsanitary, and suffer from a lack of resources; accordingly, detainees are routinely denied proper access to medical care. These challenges are only further exacerbated during a health emergency, subjecting detainees and prisoners to heightened risk and placing weak prison health infrastructures under immense stress. Moreover, individuals in detention regularly interact with prison wardens, police officers, and health professionals who engage with the general population. Failure to protect prisoners and prison staff from COVID-19 may have negative implications for the population more broadly.

Under international human rights law, every individual has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States have an obligation to guarantee realization of this right. In addition, states have the obligation to ensure that detainees and prisoners are treated humanely and with respect for their dignity and not subject to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.  The Nelson Mandela Rules require equivalence in healthcare—meaning that healthcare in prisons must meet the same standards as healthcare outside of them. This does not change during a pandemic.

While restrictions, including on prison visits, may be imposed to curb the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, they must abide by the principles of proportionality and transparency. Any measure, including prison releases, must be taken in accordance with clear and transparent criteria, without discrimination. 

In light of the above, 

We call on governments in the MENA region to:

  1. Make known to the public their country-specific, and if relevant, facility-specific policies and guidelines in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in detention centers, prisons, and police stations.
  2. Share their emergency preparedness plans and provide specific training to relevant staff and authorities to ensure sufficient and sustained access to healthcare and hygiene provision.
  3. Conduct a thorough review of the prison population and in turn, reduce their prison populations by ordering the immediate release of:
    1. “Low-risk” detainees and prisoners, including those convicted or held in pretrial detention (remand) for nonviolent offences; administrative detainees; and those whose continued detention is not justified;
    2. Detainees and prisoners particularly vulnerable to the virus, including the elderly, and individuals with serious underlying conditions including lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.
  4. Allow individuals serving probation and probationary measures to fulfill their probation and probationary measures in their homes.
  5. Guarantee that individuals who remain in detention:
    1. Have their right to health effectively upheld by being granted full access to medical care as required;
    2. Access COVID-19 testing and treatment on a standard equal to that governing the general population;
    3. Are provided with means of communication and opportunities to access the outside world when in-person visits are suspended;
    4. Continue to enjoy their right to due process, including but not limited to the right to challenge the lawfulness of their detention, and their right not to experience delays that would render their detention arbitrary. 

We call on the World Health Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, and UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures mandate holders to issue public statements and guidance highlighting recommendations and best practices for all governments around detention and imprisonment during a global pandemic. 

Undersigned organizations:

(Listed in alphabetical order)

ACAT – France (Action by Christians Against Torture)

Access Now

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

ALQST for Human Rights

Arab Network for Knowledge about Human rights (ANKH)

Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)

ARCI (Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana)

Association of Detainees and Missing in Sednaya Prison

Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE)

Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

Bahrain Transparency Society

Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales


Committee for Justice

Democratic Transition and Human Rights support (DAAM Center)

Digital Citizenship Organisation

DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture

Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms

Egyptian Human Rights Forum

El Nadim Center

HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual

Human Rights First

Initiative franco-égyptienne pour les droits les libertés (IFEDL)

International Commission of Jurists

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Kuwaiti Transparency Society

Lebanese Centre For Human Rights

medico international e.V., Germany

MENA Rights Group

Mwatana for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel

Project on Middle East Democracy


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Syrian Center For Legal Studies and Researches

Syrian Network for Human Rights

Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)

UMAM Documentation & Research (MENA Prison Forum)

Women’s March Global

World Organisation Against Torture

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More unreported clues to CoVid-19 transmission.

I have suggested that hospitals themselves are a major if not the major source of the spread of CoVid-19 infections. (See previous pages on this subject.)

If that’s true, what would be the mechanism?

I asked a logical question and got a frightening answer:

What about post-shift hygiene by hospital workers before they hit the streets, stores, and go home.

There is none.

Don’t take my word for it.

What follows is Standard Operating Procedure for hospital workers in their own words and one colleague just told me he saw a worker in scrubs shopping today (March 27, 2020) in Los Angeles.

* Should scrubs be worn only inside hospitals to limit the spread of germs? (January 2015)

* Hygiene after hospital shift (November 2014)

* What kind of post-shift facilities do workers have at hospitals? (November 2008)

CoVid-19 may stick to clothes and foot soles

You can find your own sources too. There are plenty of them.


Health expert brands UK’s coronavirus response ‘pathetic’

Ministers ‘behaving like 19th-century colonialists playing a five-day game of cricket’, says Prof John Ashton

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Boris Johnson (C) speaks during a news conference while flanked by British chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and British lead science advisor Patrick Vallance (R) inside number 10 Downing Street
 Ashton described Boris Johnson as ‘a superficial prime minister who has got no grasp of public health’. Photograph: Jason Alden/EPA

A leading public health expert has launched a devastating critique of the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, saying it is too little too late, lacks transparency and fails to mobilise the public.

Prof John Ashton, a former regional director of public health for north-west England, lambasted a lack of preparation and openness from the government and contrasted Britain’s response to that of Hong Kong.

“Right at the beginning of February, they [Hong Kong] adopted a total approach to this, which is what we should have done five weeks ago ourselves. They took a decision to work to three principles – of responding promptly, staying alert, working in an open and transparent manner,” he told the Guardian.

“Our lot haven’t been working openly and transparently. They’ve been doing it in a (non) smoke-filled room and just dribbling out stuff. The chief medical officer only appeared in public after about two weeks. Then they have had a succession of people bobbing up and disappearing. Public Health England’s been almost invisible.

“Boris Johnson should have convened Cobra himself over a month ago and had regular meetings with the chief medical officer with the evidence. The thing should have been fronted up nationally by one person who could be regarded as the trusted voice and who could have been interrogated regularly. That’s not happened.”Q&A

How can I protect myself and others from the coronavirus outbreak?

Ashton was speaking before a Cobra meeting on Thursday afternoon, which was expected to pave the way for new social distancing measures. An increasing number of European countries, including Ireland, have taken steps to close schools, limit gatherings and place restrictions on transportation.

He accused the government of failing to understand public health, which has been undermined over the past 10 years by cuts in funding of 30% to local authorities, which were given responsibility for it under policy changes made by Andrew Lansley, the former health secretary.

There were no strategies for protecting the vulnerable and there had been a failure to engage the public. “We have a superficial prime minister who has got no grasp of public health,” Ashton said. “Our lot are behaving like 19th-century colonialists playing a five-day game of cricket.

“This virus will find the weak points. You can’t just plan this from an office in Whitehall. It’s pathetic. The government doesn’t seem to understand classic public health. You need to be out and about. You need to get your hands dirty – though preferably gloved and using frequent gel,” he said.

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He warned that the NHS was not in a position to cope with the large numbers of people who could become seriously ill. “It’s a joke when they put up people to say they are really on top of it and if it spreads at a community level the NHS will cope, it’s always coped. The hospitals are full at the moment, A&Es are full, beds are full, intensive care is full.”

Current contingency plans assume that up to 80% of people could get infected and 4% of those are likely to have serious illness. “That translates into big numbers and there will not be enough intensive facilities for them and people will have to be home-nursed,” Ashton said.

“What the government should have been doing over these last weeks, which they’ve thrown away, is to encourage neighbourhoods, communities, supported by the local public health directors and a joined-up NHS.

“They should have been encouraging people to have their own family plans about how they will maintain the family show on the road, who will be taking the kids to school, how do you entertain them in the Easter holidays? They should have been much clearer, sooner, about making it clear that people shouldn’t be travelling so they could cancel their holidays and get their money back on the insurance.Advertisement

“They haven’t done any of that. Who’s going to look after elderly people – stop them having to go out, do their shopping for them? People should have been doing that planning – they should have been pointed in that direction by the government. There’s been no discussion about that at all.”

Ashton, a Liverpool fan, said if football matches were held in empty stadiums, there was a risk that fans would congregate in pubs instead. “Clubs that have their own TV channels need to make viewing of the games free to everybody, so people can watch them at home,” he said.

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Palestine: An increasing concern for the lives of 28 prisoners who spent more than a quarter of a century

By:Sammi Ibrahem,Sr


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Nazi occupied Ramallah: The Palestinian Prisoners Studies Center said that there is a growing concern and a real fear for the lives of 28 prisoners who have spent more than a quarter of a century (25 years) in Nazi Camp’s and are still behind bars and demanded their unconditional release.

The media spokesman for the center, Riyad Al-Ashqar, said in a press statement today, Tuesday, that the old prisoners are at greater risk than others in light of the spread of the Corona virus, as they are old, and they spent many years inside prisons, which affected the health status of them and most of them suffer from various diseases and their weak immunity which It poses a real danger to their lives.

He demanded the need to release these prisoners under the exceptional circumstances that the world lives in, fearing for their lives if the Corona virus reached the occupation prisons, especially since there was a previous agreement to release them that took place 7 years ago between the authority and the occupation to release all the old prisoners, where the occupation released 3 Batches, and the release of the fourth batch was stopped.

He pointed out that at least 26 of these prisoners were supposed to be released in 2013 based on an agreement to release (104) old prisoners, 74 of whom were released while 30 remain free of them 3 after they spent 22 years in the occupation prisons, While last year, prisoner Fares Baroud was martyred after 28 years in detention.

He indicated that at least 26 of these prisoners were supposed to be released 7 years ago, based on an agreement between Zionist puppet Ab-A$ and the Nazi occupation to release all the old. The occupation released 78 of them, and stopped the release of the fourth batch of 30 prisoners, 3 of whom were freed after having They spent 22 years in the occupation prisons, while the last year, “Fares Baroud,” was martyred after 28 years in detention.

He added that the majority of these prisoners are detainees before the Oslo agreement, and they all spent more than 25 years in the occupation prisons, including 12 prisoners from the residents of the occupied areas in 1948, led by the Dean of the Prisoners, all of the captive Karim Yusef Younis, who has been detained since 6/1/1983, and the prisoner Maher Abdel Latif Younis was arrested in the same year.

He called on the prisoners of Palestine institutions concerned with the affairs of the prisoners and the various media to give them more space and attention, in a way that contributes to their support and shed light on their cause and highlight their own suffering, especially in this exceptional circumstances.

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