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Ten Die As Egyptian Police Break Up Sudan Protest

Associated Press December 30, 2005 By Samer Elatrash
At least 10 Sudanese refugees died and around 50 were injured on Friday when Egyptian police dispersed a three-month sit-in by thousands of Sudanese demanding to be moved to another country, officials said.
The head of the local ambulance service, who did not want to be named, said 20 bodies had been taken to medical centers, but the number could not immediately be confirmed.
The Interior Ministry said 10 people had died in what it said was a stampede among the protesting refugees, who have been camped at the site in an affluent part of Cairo. It said 75 police officers were also injured when they tried to move them.
Witnesses said about 2,000 riot police stormed the camp site early on Friday and beat those inside with truncheons and sticks after officials had failed to persuade them to board buses waiting to take them to another site.
Pools of blood were visible on the pavement as men in the camp fought back with sticks and hurled bottles at the riot police, who also fired water cannon to try to disperse them.
About 4,000 police in total ringed the site, near the offices of the U.N. refugee agency, where the Sudanese had set up camp in squalid conditions in protest against what they said was poor treatment since they fled Sudan's lengthy civil war.
"The security forces were present to ensure a process of transporting those mentioned (Sudanese) and to prevent squatting," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Reuters witnesses said there were about six unconscious Sudanese, some of them young children, lying on the ground.
A doctor who examined a girl aged about four who was brought to him after being found unconscious said: "She's dead."
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called the deaths at the camp a tragedy but a Sudanese official said Egyptian security forces were entitled to end the sit-in.
"There is no justification for such violence and loss of life," High Commissioner Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
A UNHCR spokesman said the agency had urged Egyptian authorities to deal with the situation peacefully. Egyptian police had not told UNHCR officials they would try to move the protesters on Friday, Astrid Van Genderen Stort said.
"The Egyptian government was within its rights to re-establish its control," said Sudanese presidential adviser Mahjoub Fadl in comments carried by Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA).
"Reports indicate that most of the deaths were children, and they are the weakest in a stampede situation," he added.
The protesters said they wanted the UNHCR to arrange for them to be flown out of Egypt.
"Most Sudanese refugees have been subjected to violence in Egypt. We don't want to be here any more," said one Sudanese protester who gave his name as Wilson.
After police cleared the area, Wilson and a Sudanese woman who was in the camp told Reuters hundreds of those picked up were being held in two camps run by the security forces, who were checking their identities.
"Many of us are wounded and suffering ... The police are calm now and ... are processing us," Wilson said.
The UNHCR has said it is prepared to give more help to Sudanese people in Egypt fleeing conflict at home, but cannot arrange for all of them to be resettled in another country.
Sudan's two-decade north-south civil war made 4 million people homeless and a separate conflict in the western Darfur region has produced a further 2 million refugees.
A January peace agreement ended the north-south civil war but many Sudanese say it is not safe to return home as the deal is fragile.


Pentagon propaganda program orders soldiers to promote Iraq war while home on leave

DOUG THOMPSON / Capitol Hill Blue December 30 2005
Good soldiers follow orders and hundreds of American military men and women returned to the United States on holiday leave this month with orders to sell the Iraq war to a skeptical public.
The program, coordinated through a Pentagon operation dubbed “Operation Homefront,” ordered military personnel to give interviews to their hometown newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and praise the American war effort in Iraq.
Initial reports back to the Pentagon deem the operation a success with dozens of front page stories in daily and weekly newspapers around the country along with upbeat reports on local television stations.
“We've learned as a military how to do this better,” Captain David Diaz, a military reservist, told his hometown paper, The Roanoke (VA) Times. “My worry is that we have the right military strategy and political strategies now but the patience of the American public is wearing thin.”
When pressed by the paper on whether or not his commanding officers told him to talk to the press, Diaz admitted he was “encouraged” to do so. So reporter Duncan Adams asked:
“Did Diaz return to the U.S. on emergency leave with an agenda -- to offer a positive spin that could help counter growing concerns among Americans about the U.S. exit strategy? How do we know that's not his strategy, especially after he discloses that superior officers encouraged him to talk about his experiences in Iraq?”
Replied Diaz:
“You don't. I can tell you that the direction we've gotten from on high is that there is a concern about public opinion out there and they want to set the record straight.”
Diaz, an intelligence officer, knows how to avoid a direct answer. Other military personnel, however, tell Capitol Hill Blue privately that the pressure to “sell the war” back home is enormous.
“I’ve been promised an early release if I do a good job promoting the war,” says one reservist who asked not to be identified.
In interviews with a number of reservists home for the holidays, a pattern emerges on the Pentagon’s propaganda effort. Soldiers are encouraged to contact their local news media outlets to offer interviews about the war. A detailed set of talking points encourages them to:
--Admit initial doubts about the war but claim conversion to a belief in the American mission;
--Praise military leadership in Iraq and throw in a few words of support for the Bush administration;
--Claim the mission to turn security of the country over to the Iraqis is working;
--Reiterate that America must not abandon its mission and must stay until the “job is finished.”
--Talk about how “things are better” now in Iraq.
“My worry is that we have the right military strategy and political strategies now but the patience of the American public is wearing thin,” Diaz told The Roanoke Times.
“It’s way better now (in Iraq). People are friendlier. They seem more relaxed, and they say, ’Thank you, mister,’” Sgt. Christopher Desierto told his hometown paper, The Maui News.
But soldiers who are home and don’t have to return to Iraq tell a different story.
“I've just been focused on trying to get the rest of these guys home,” says Sgt. Major Floyd Dubose of Jackson, MS, who returned home after 11 months in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard's 155th Combat Brigade.
And the Army is cracking down on soldiers who go on the record opposing the war.
Specialist Leonard Clark, a National Guardsman, was demoted to private and fined $1,640 for posting anti-war statements on an Internet blog. Clark wrote entries describing the company's commander as a "glory seeker" and the battalion sergeant major an "inhuman monster". His last entry before the blog was shut down told how his fellow soldiers were becoming increasingly opposed to the US operation in Iraq.
“The message is clear,” says one reservist who is home for the holidays but has to return and asked not to be identified. “If you want to get out of this man’s Army with an honorable (discharge) and full benefits you better not tell the truth about what is happening in-country.”
But Sgt. Johnathan Wilson, a reservist, got his honorable discharge after he returned home earlier this month and he’s not afraid to talk on the record.
“Iraq is a classic FUBAR,” he says. “The country is out of control and we can’t stop it. Anybody who tries to sell a good news story about the war is blowing it out his ass. We don’t win and eventually we will leave the country in a worse shape than it was when we invaded.


Cyberonics' device for treating depression finds more acceptance

Houston Chronicle December 30, 2005 By ANNE BELLI
Five months after it was approved for sale, an implantable device dubbed by its maker as the next frontier in treating severe depression is winning favor with some doctors willing to prescribe it for patients. -->
Houston-based Cyberonics says a growing number of psychiatrists and surgeons are being trained to use its vagus nerve stimulator, and an increasing number of insurance companies are agreeing to reimburse patients for their costs.
"I think it is a good device and it is a new treatment option for a group of very ill patients," said Dr. Thomas Schwartz, assistant professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. The medical school was one of 20 sites that took part in a federally approved three-year study of the device, and Schwartz was lead investigator at that site.
Still, despite the encouraging signs, some psychiatrists continue to question whether Cyberonics' VNS is effective. And insurance companies have yet to write coverage of the therapy into their policies, agreeing to reimburse only on a case-by-case basis.
"I'm just really skeptical," said Dr. Christopher Merkl, a Houston psychiatrist who has received marketing material from Cyberonics. "I haven't been impressed with the literature on this."
Indeed, analysts said it likely will be at least a couple of years before the medical and reimbursement communities alike embrace the company's device as a treatment for the sickest of the mentally ill.
"I think it is a two-year process," said Thom Gunderson, an analyst with Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cyberonics' vagus nerve stimulator in July for the treatment of severely depressed adults who had not responded to at least four different treatment regimens.
Roughly the size of a stopwatch, the VNS is a pacemakerlike device that is surgically implanted in the patient's upper chest and sends pre- programmed electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in the neck. It has been used to treat epilepsy since 1997, and Cyberonics officials believe it may eventually be effective to treat a wide range of other conditions, including bulimia.
Launch costs blamedCyberonics' chief executive and president, Robert "Skip" Cummins, said during a conference call with analysts last month that the company suffered a loss of $22 million on revenue of $29 million for the quarter that ended Oct. 28. That was an elevenfold loss over the same period last year.
But Cummins attributed the loss in part to the costs associated with launching the device for depression. And he said that more than 2,000 psychiatrists and 250 surgeons were trained in the VNS therapy during the quarter.
Further, earlier this month the company reported that 62 insurance providers had agreed to reimburse costs associated with the therapy for depression, up from the previously stated 31.
Prominent supportersPiper Jaffray's Gunderson said these are signs that the psychiatric and insurance communities are warming up to the vagus nerve stimulator. He also noted that several prominent psychiatrists have lent their support to the device.
"I am becoming more encouraged as more physicians are signing up for this," Gunderson said. "You really need luminaries if you are going to get significant snowballing."
Schwartz said: "I think it has started out a bit slowly. But the average psychiatrist, I think, is excited to have something that is a new possible treatment."
He added that the university's clinic has recently been restructured to specialize in the the treatment of depression. About 10 patients are in the process of being evaluated for the VNS device, he said.
Costs and benefitsBut not everyone is as convinced.
Dr. Martha Leatherman, a San Antonio psychiatrist who sees primarily geriatric patients, said that her patients aren't always good candidates for the device because studies show it may take several months, even a year, for it to cause significant improvements.
She said her interest in the device was high at first but waned in the last year as the FDA flip-flopped on whether to approve the device.
"It was far from an unqualified endorsement," she said, adding that she wasn't sure if the benefits would outweigh the high costs. The device costs about $15,000, and the surgery required to implant it runs about $25,000.
Leatherman also said she wasn't convinced that the device worked better than electroconvulsive, or so-called "shock," therapy, which is sometimes used to treat such severely depressed patients.
Still, she said she has recommended it for two patients who are waiting to see if their insurance will cover the cost.
Question of familiarityIn a research note to investors earlier this month, analyst Alex Arrow with Lazard Capital Markets said that most psychiatrists are still unfamiliar with the VNS device.
"Psychiatrists who have embraced VNS as a treatment option they suggest for patients on a regular basis are the exception rather than the rule, a situation likely to persist until more clinical data can be generated that supports the efficacy claims of the device," Arrow wrote.
Still, other analysts see that the device is off to a good start.
"I think that the numbers that the company has released so far as to the number of psychiatrists who are filling out paperwork for patients is encouraging at this early stage of the launch," said Keay Nakae, a senior medical devices analyst with C.E. Unterberg, Towbin in San Francisco.
He said that as with any new therapy, "you are going to have a mix of reactions" from doctors.
"It doesn't work for everybody," he said of the VNS device. "But it does seem to represent a treatment option."

Source: infowars

Pupils being given "Patriotism" tests in Washington State Schools

Children in Washington State are being given 'Patriotism tests' which are completely unrelated to their studies. The paper gauges whether or not the student shows fealty to the power of the state and whether the student believes in the right to overthrow a corrupt government.
A reader from Washington State writes us to highlight a questionnaire paper handed out to her daughter and the rest of her 10th grade class.
The reader comments,
"We live in Washington state. My daughter is in 10th grade and found this to be interesting. She has a GPA of 3.75 and uses her brain. This was given in her English class, and has nothing to do with the materials they were studying. We thought you might be able to use this. They are grooming our kids. Keep up the great work. Christine."

Considering the fact that this paper is a complete one off in that it is not part of any standard curriculum, we must question the motivations behind it.
Is the paper a means of gauging the level of obedience to the state amongst American teenagers?
We have covered several examples before where the government identifies a target group in society and canvasses their views on the nature of power and when that power goes too far. For example, in the 90's, American marines and national guard were occasionally asked if they would be willing to fire on American citizens in a time of crisis.
We are by no means against patriotism when it means love of country. Unfortunately however, the new brand of so-called patriotism translates as worship of government, and that definition is something that the founding fathers never intended.
This may be an isolated case but if we receive anything similar then watch this space for any updates.