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Can China Stop Organ Trafficking?

Posted by Jiayang Fan

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Guo Bin, a six-year-old boy from Shanxi province, in northern China, thought the sky had gone permanently dark when he woke up, one day this summer, bloody-faced and crying near his parents’ home. “We originally thought he had fallen down and smashed his face,” Guo’s father, a farmer, told a local television station. “We didn’t notice that his eyes were gone when we first discovered him.” But then he saw that there were only pits where his son’s eyeballs should have been. The boy told his mother that the last words spoken to him by the still-unidentified woman who kidnapped and drugged him were “Don’t cry, and I won’t gouge your eyes out.”

Immediately after news of the savage assault broke, an apprehensive public leapt to the conclusion that the perpetrators were driven by an obvious motive: they robbed a child of his sight to turn a quick profit in China’s thriving black market for organs. The story quickly became national news and sparked an uproar on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, where, months later, citizens have not stopped clamoring for redress. Everywhere in the world, the number of patients in need of kidneys, hearts, livers, or corneas outstrips the number of donors, but in China the situation is particularly acute. Even though China performs more transplants annually than any country except the United States, less than one per cent of the population in need of life-saving transplants receives them (as compared to about twenty per cent in the United States). According to China’s Ministry of Health, some 1.5 million people continue to wait for transplants.

Traditional Chinese customs calling for bodies to be buried or cremated intact (so that a person may be reincarnated whole) discourage individuals from donating their organs. For the past three decades, the government has tried to make up the difference by harvesting organs from executed prisoners. Until 2007, nine-tenths of the country’s organ supply came from its tens of thousands of death-row inmates, whose executions have sometimes been expedited for the purpose of harvesting organs. For many years, Chinese authorities refused to acknowledge this practice, though a 2006 investigation conducted by two Canadians—David Kilgour, a member of parliament, and David Matas, a human-rights lawyer—concluded that the selling of prisoners’ organs without their consent was a “billion-dollar business in China.” According to the report, vital organs were regularly harvested from executed prisoners and distributed by shadowy intermediaries.

The report, along with criticism from human-rights activists, foreign-transplant specialists, and Chinese doctors (one of whom testified before a U.S. Congressional committee that he had taken skin from a prisoner who was still alive), compromised the image that China likes to project of itself, as a superpower thoroughly in line with established global norms. Bowing to international pressure over the past five years, the Chinese have recently introduced measures to reduce the number of executions and to curb organ tourism, a practice that brings foreigners facing long waits for voluntary donations in their own countries to China, where they can pay to immediately obtain the needed organ. Although no official records are kept for such transactions, the tourists and donors have remarkably consistent profiles: the tourist, usually the citizen of a developed country, pays a substantial sum; the donor is a financially desperate Chinese citizen, or, in some cases, a permanently incarcerated one.

The existence of a flourishing underground organ trade in a country ruled by authoritarian decree rather than written law should not exactly come as a shock. Because the rules and decisions are made by the powerful and for the powerful, the average citizen has little incentive to respect the law. When it comes to health care, where the government has done little to provide a safety net for its citizens, they have all the more reason to take matters into their own hands.

In August, only a few days before Guo Bin’s eyes were stolen, the Chinese Ministry of Health announced plans to phase out the practice of harvesting of organs from executed prisoners and begin a country-wide program of voluntary donation. Huang Jiefu, an Australia-trained transplant surgeon who was then the deputy health minister, said, “I am confident that before long all accredited hospitals will forfeit the use of prisoner organs.” A hundred and sixty-five hospitals are set to implement voluntary organ systems in the coming months. (In November, Huang, who now heads the country’s organ-transplant office, vowed that all transplant hospitals would cease using prisoners’ organs by the middle of this year.) But the program was outlined only in the broadest of strokes, and the path to implementation is unclear. Evidently, a major impetus for Beijing’s decision was international pressure for transparency and greater respect for human rights. But it remains to be seen whether such a system has any chance of combatting the entrenched corruption in managing organ transplantation, or whether it could be regulated so as to prevent the proliferation of a black market.

In a 2012 poll conducted by the Canton Public Opinion Research Center, seventy-nine per cent of respondents said they believed that “organ donation after death is noble,” but eighty-one per cent feared that “organ donation inevitably leads to the organ trade.” Almost three-quarters of the respondents said that the government should promote .

Nicholas Bequelin, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong, told me that “the complete lack of transparency led to the emergence of a lucrative gray market, through which wealthy or politically connected individuals could source the organ needed for a transplant from scheduled executions.” According to Bequelin, the booming organ business has, in turn, led to a situation “in which unscrupulous criminals have started sourcing organs themselves, either by buying organs from sellers or even, in some cases, kidnapping and harvesting organs from their victims.”

In this light, the health ministry’s plan to shift from prisoners’ organs to voluntary donations may reflect a political aspiration rather than an achievable goal. “They say they hope to stop executing prisoners in two years, but that is just a hope,” said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at N.Y.U. who has closely followed the organ trade in China. “I worry that they are not seriously committed to instituting cadaver donation,” which would diminish the need to harvest organs from prisoners.

Caplan is hardly the only skeptic. Even though Huang has stipulated that doctors and hospitals caught using organs from outside the network of a hundred and sixty-five licensed hopitals will lose their certification, it’s unclear how these laws will be enforced or whether the agencies in charge have any incentive to do so. Moreover, unlike in the United States, where individuals can freely log onto a computerized national database to look for information regarding specific donations and transplants, China’s equivalent database is not open to the public, which is likely to arouse suspicion about the prospect of administrative tampering. Information about matching methodology, donors, and recipients is not disclosed, either. Earlier this week, China’s state-run media reported that the system still “falls short of expectations.”

“The Ministry of Health is not the most powerful actor in this system,” Bequelin said. Unlike many developed countries, the Chinese central government provides little funding to hospitals, which restricts its ability to censure them for misconduct. Like almost every other institution in China, the medical system is heavily dependent upon guanxi, or relationships based on backdoor politics and bribery. High-ranking officials are regularly given special treatment, while common people are often barred from better-equipped medical facilities. In recent years, those with guanxi and a need for organs have also been known to treat prisons like personal slaughterhouses, searching for inmates who match their blood and tissue type.

In 2011, when the liberal Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend featured the story of a twenty-five-year-old migrant worker who had been forced to sell his kidney at a registered hospital by staff members working with traffickers, the public was outraged, but not necessarily surprised. A year later, in August of 2012, four traffickers, an anesthesiologist, a surgeon, a medical assistant, and two nurses were tried for helping a seventeen-year-old in Hunan sell his kidney in order to purchase an iPad and an iPhone. The teen-eager, who continues to suffer from renal failure caused by the surgery, received thirty-five hundred dollars for his kidney; the intermediaries turned around and sold it for nearly six times that amount.

Locating both a buyer and a seller for an organ can be as simple as visiting a high-volume Chinese-language chat room. In mid-August, around the same time the Ministry of Health made its announcement, a casual browser of Baidu Knows, the Chinese version of Wiki Answers, found the following exchange:

A: Kidney, where to sell one? Thank you.

B: What’s your asking price?

A: A hundred and fifty thousand yuan? Where should I go?

B: I’ll be taking a ten-thousand-dollar commission. If you can guarantee me a long-term supply, I may be able to lower my fee.

A: What’s a long-term supply?

B: Don’t you think we have some rules in this industry? If you are the police…

A: I don’t have any supply. I am selling my own kidney and am badly in need of cash. I am nineteen years old.

For ordinary citizens, these stories only reinforce the pervasive suspicion that China’s legal and medical systems are inherently prejudiced—and that the vast divide between the powerful and the weak cannot be bridged by the action of the government, that chronic bungler. According to Bequelin, when it comes to organ-donation preference, “it is quite inconceivable that Party and government members would not be favored over ordinary citizens, because that’s the reality of life in China. Why should I pledge to give my organs if it is to end up in the body of an corrupt official?”

More than five months after Guo Bin was attacked, the culprit has not been identified. Some have alleged that the crime was committed by his mentally unstable aunt, who mysteriously leapt to her death down a village well one day later. (Family members, however, insist that she was at work elsewhere when the attack took place.) Other reports have suggested a family dispute, which Guo’s father flatly denies. Oddly, the detail that has resonated most widely has no apparent connection to the facts of the case: the boy’s eyeballs were found nearby, their precious corneas still attached. The story’s ongoing prominence in the media is, in fact, a testimony to the widespread infamy of the trade and the concurrent fear of organ traffickers. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health’s well-intentioned plans for a voluntary organ-donation system will, more likely than not, function much like the prosthetic eyes that a hospital in southern China has kindly donated to Guo Bin. Although they may move and look like normal eyes, they only satisfy appearances.

Jiayang Fan is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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“The causes that lie behind much sickness and human suffering are short-sightedness and greed. Health for all can be achieved only through the organized demand by people for greater equality in terms of land, water, services, and basic rights. More power to the people!”- Dr. David Werner

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison

 

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” - Mark Twain

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Canadian doctors performing vaginal surgery banned in Britain

Canadian doctors performing vaginal surgery banned in Britain By giselle portenier, OTTAWA CITIZEN

A doctor in Britain faces up to 14 years in prison under that country’s Female Mutilation Act for allegedly performing an operation that is condoned in Canada by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as part of a “culturally competent” approach to medical care.

In the first-ever prosecution under the British law, Dr. Dhanuson Dharmasena of London’s Whittington Hospital has been accused of leading the operation while Hasan Mohamed is charged with aiding and abetting him. They are to appear in a London court on Tuesday.

The procedure involved is known as reinfibulation, in which the vagina of a woman previously subjected to infibulation, the most serious form of female genital mutilation (FGM), is sewn up again after she has given birth, leaving a smaller opening.

The United Nations estimates there are 125 million survivors of female genital mutilation worldwide, including around 80,000 in Canada. FGM is done because it’s thought to purify the girl and prevent promiscuity.

According to Dr. Gamal Serour, past president of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, reinfibulation is itself a form of FGM that violates human rights, ethical principles of justice and the medical code of ethics.

He described reinfibulation as “heartbreaking … there are no benefits whatsoever for it. On the contrary, it is associated with immediate risks, delayed risks, and long-term risks.”

These risks include difficulties while urinating and menstruating and severe pain during sexual intercourse, as well as increased maternal and child mortality, Serour said.

And yet it’s happening in Canada.

Dr. Margaret Burnett, an ob/gyn in Winnipeg, says that when women who have been the victim of infibulation have babies, their labia often have to be cut open for the baby to come out. After, she says, requests for reinfibulation are relatively common. That’s because it is considered normal for women who come from countries where FGM is widely done, mostly Africa and the Middle East.

“It’s my impression that we do get many requests for this and almost all of them come from the husbands,” Burnett says. “They want their wives closed again.”

In Canada, the ob/gyn society’s new guidelines, issued last November, suggest doctors explain the dangers of reinfibulation to patients, and that requests for the procedure “should be declined.”

That’s a softening from a policy statement issued 20 months earlier, which stipulated that requests for the operation “must be declined.”

Burnett, chair of the society’s social sexual committee that helped draw up the guidelines, says the approach was softened to be more culturally accepting. The change was made after speaking to immigrant women who have been through FGM.

If a couple “is very insistent and really are going to be very very devastated if it (reinfibulation) can’t be done,” then the guidelines allow “for that decision to be made between the doctor and the patient,” she says.

Burnett says she herself has performed reinfibulations under these circumstances, but only if she is convinced the woman agrees.

Dr. Beverley Chalmers, adjunct professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Ottawa, believes that caregivers in Canada should not be permitted to perform any form of genital mutilation that is not clinically necessary.

“To hide behind ‘cultural accommodation’ to permit the practice of FGM, or any other practice that is unquestionably harmful, is a craven distortion of political correctness … (and) is simply moral cowardice,” she says.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Health

 

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Jawaharlal Nehru Thoughts

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Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.
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Socialism is… not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.
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Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.
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Ignorance is always afraid of change.
Jawaharlal Nehru

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Malaysia Airlines in Pakistan Rumor: Russian Newspaper Claims Flight MH 370 in Kandahar, Terrorist Named ‘Hitch’

A Russian newspaper is saying that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 is in Kandahar Province, located in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border, but it offers anonymous, dubious sources.

The Moskovsky Komsomolets paper says “an anonymous source in the intelligence agencies” in Russia said that the missing plane’s “pilots are not guilty.”

“Flight MH 370 Malaysia Airlines missing on March 8th with 239 passengers was hijacked. Pilots are not guilty, the plane was hijacked by unknown terrorists. We know that the name of the terrorist who gave instructions to pilots is ‘Hitch’. The plane is in Afghanistan not far from Kandahar near the border with Pakistan,” claims the newspaper–which has a circulation of about 1.1 million.

It added: “Plane is on the road near the mountain range, he has a broken wing. Maybe he made a hard landing. All passengers survived, they live in shacks almost without food.”

The sources or the “intelligence agencies” in the article were not named.

It then said that “experts” on the plane were taken into a bunker in Pakistan. “Twenty Asian specialists were captured. There is one japanese among them,” it said, possibly referring to employees with the Freescale Semiconductor firm.

However, the newspaper’s claims have not been echoed in mainstream media outlets in the United States or around the world.

Malaysian authorities have said that the plane disappeared in the Indian Ocean, and there’s a massive search team looking for debris or signs of the aircraft.

The Independent newspaper on March 16–about a week after the plane went missing–explored rumors that the plane flew into an “area controlled by [the] Taliban.”

“The missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 may have been deliberately flown under the radar to Taliban-controlled bases on the border of Afghanistan, it has emerged, as authorities said that the final message sent from the cockpit came after one of the jet’s communications systems had already been switched off,” the Independent wrote.

But this was days before Malaysian officials concluded that the plane went missing somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Australian officials are leading the search far off the coast of Perth, located in Western Australia.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in News

 

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28 Mother Teresa Quotes

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Spirit Child

For centuries, some West African communities have branded children born deformed or with disabilities as evil spirits. They are seen as a drain on limited resources, and so “medicine men” are often asked to perform rituals and prepare poisonous concoctions to kill them. Thousands of defenseless children have been murdered in this way.

Food is scarce there. Even children must work for their family to eat. Living on the edge of survival, the birth of a disabled child is greatly feared. It’s seen as a terrible burden on the family, an extra mouth to feed. The child won’t be able to help in the field, and neither will its mother, who will have to devote precious time to its care.

Out of this fear and ancient tradition has grown. They believe that such a child is a spirit child, an evil presence that must be destroyed before it threatens the survival of the family. It doesn’t even need to be disabled. Any child in a family where things are going wrong can be branded as evil. And when this happens, elders in the community, known as concoction men, are called in to poison the child.

Local authorities have often used dialogue to talk to community members to stop this practice. Advocacy has been successful to some extent, but has not been able to eradicate this from the community. There isn’t any record of anyone ever being arrested for what can only be described as a dreadful crime.

Reporter’s plan is to find some concoction men, to invent a so-called problem child and see if they will diagnose it as an evil spirit. Then he aims to catch them in the act of trying to poison it. A similar looking dummy of a child was made from silicone by a movie props company in London.

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational Quotes of the Day

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“The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.” ―Lyndon B. Johnson

“War is an evil in as much as it produces  more wicked men than it takes away.”:Greek quote

“Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.”
―Lyndon B. Johnson

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Organ trafficking: a deadly trade

A kidney? £84,000. A heart? Up to £1 million. With the number of organs now   critical, wealthy patients are spending a fortune on illicit transplants.  But it is the desperate ‘donors’ who are paying the ultimate price.  

Angry kidney sellers show scars caused by operations to remove their kidneys in Lahore, Pakistan

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By Julie Bindel
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 One January night in 2004, Susan Sutovic was woken from her sleep by a persistently ringing phone.
“It was an international call from Belgrade,” she says. “Telling me my son Petar was dead.” Twenty-four-year-old Petar Sutovic was, at the time of his death, staying in his mother’s holiday apartment in Belgrade and studying law. Petar’s body was allegedly discovered in his bed late at night by his flatmate. 

Paramedics were quick to the scene, and, although no death certificate has ever been issued, the pathologist that authorised the release of Petar’s body to be flown home to Britain said that the cause of death was a drugs overdose. 

“Paramedics claimed that a needle was found protruding from his arm,” says   Susan, “but my son was not an addict.” Almost a decade on, neither a toxicology nor post mortem report from Serbia has ever been seen by the British authorities. The death scene, Sutovic insists, was “staged”. In Britain, a second post mortem examination of Petar’s body was undertaken.   the pathologist who led this examination noted that the heart and pancreas were absent from the body, “no injuries were seen” and that “death was associated with a potentially fatal blood level of morphine”. 

When she viewed her son’s body upon his return to Britain, Sutovic noticed a number of facial and other injuries on Petar that had not previously been  recorded. She began to form her own theories about what had happened to her son: in her opinion he was the victim of organ traffickers. 

“My son was murdered, but the Serbian and British authorities have put me through hell, forcing me to uncover the truth and blocking me all the way,”  says Sutovic when we meet in her west London home. “I do not want the 10th anniversary of Petar’s death to pass before I have laid him properly to rest.” Sutovic’s belief is that Petar was killed to “get at me” by people who then realised they could sell his heart for a fortune; or perhaps the   hit man was paid with the organs.

Susan Sutovic with a portrait of her son, Petar, who she believes was   killed by organ traffickers

It would be easy to dismiss Sutovic as grief-crazed, desperate to refute   claims that her son was a heroin addict who died as a result of his own   actions. Except there is compelling evidence, accepted by human rights   organisation Amnesty International, several forensic and medical experts,   former senior police officers and, more recently, the Serbian judiciary, that Petar’s death was suspicious. 

Prior to these tragic events, Susan Sutovic was a prominent human rights lawyer. Working in Britain, she had gained a reputation for legally assisting those who had opposed the government of former president Slobodan   Milosevic. She had many dangerous enemies. So, in July 2004, after repeated   prevarications by both the British and Serbian authorities, Susan decided to go to Belgrade herself, with two private detectives, both of whom were former police officers and experts in murder investigations. 

The detectives thoroughly examined the apartment in which Petar died and found blood in the bedroom, hall, bathroom and kitchen, suggesting there had been a violent struggle. This conclusion was lent extra weight when Susan finally saw the photographs taken by police on the night Petar died, which showed   Petar’s face badly beaten and his bed soaked in blood. 

Subsequent tests also revealed that the brown liquid in the spoon on Petar’s bedside table – supposedly heroin – was in actual fact holy oil from Jerusalem that Petar carried with him in a small glass bottle, and the morphine in his blood was not the type produced by heroin, but the type   associated with a prescription painkiller, Tramadol, which Petar had been using since a road traffic accident in 2000. Susan believes whoever killed Petar beat him up, changed his clothes, rearranged the room to make it look like he’d taken an overdose and then, at some point, took his heart to sell on the black market. 

Before her son died, Sutovic ran a successful legal practice and tells me her life was full and happy. These days she mostly devotes her time to uncovering the truth of Petar’s death. 

Chain-smoking, Sutovic pushes the police photographs of Petar towards me. “You can see my son,” she says. “Could you believe what they did to me, that the pathologist said there were no injuries? There’s blood everywhere, his nose is badly broken and split at the bridge, there are blood bubbles in the corner of his mouth that suggests he was still alive when the photograph was taken.” 

I ask who she believes killed him. “All I know is that he was murdered. I remember Petar saying to me, ‘If you can learn to live in Serbia you can live anywhere in the jungle.’ You expect corruption there. I did not expect I would have to battle for justice here in Britain.” 

Last year the first case of illegal organ harvesting in Britain was unveiled by the Salvation Army, which provides support to victims of human trafficking.   In a report, the organisation said a criminal gang had brought an unnamed woman into the country with the intention of removing her organs and selling   them on to patients desperate for a transplant. It was unclear from the report whether the plot was uncovered before the organ removal took place,  but the signs are clear: international organ trafficking is a growing trade. 

The growth is down to two factors. First, a reduction in the number of   legitimate organs available for transplant – due, in part, to better seatbelt legislation, which has cut the number of healthy young adults dying prematurely in road traffic accidents. And, second, an increase in the number of people waiting for transplants which have become more routine in recent years. As a result, organised criminals can now make a fortune from unethical clinics who will buy a heart, kidney or pancreas for wealthy   patients. 

It is now possible to order an organ on the internet. It’s also possible, if   you are poor, desperate, and willing to part with, say, a kidney, to broker a deal with traffickers. Recent research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that traffickers illegally obtain 7,000 kidneys each year around the world. 

Organ trafficking operates in various ways. Victims can be kidnapped and forced to give up an organ; some, out of financial desperation, agree to sell an organ; or they are duped into believing they need an operation and the organ is removed without their knowledge. Some victims are murdered to order if a large sum has been paid in advance. This is what Susan Sutovic thinks happened to her son. 

This illegal trade has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black-market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually – more than one every hour – according to WHO. It estimates that   organ trafficking accounts for five to 10 per cent of all kidney transplants worldwide. 

Children, especially those from poor backgrounds or children with disabilities, are often targeted. In May this year, an eight-year-old British schoolgirl died at a clinic in India, and her family say they   suspect she was “murdered” by medics intent on harvesting her organs.   Gurkiren Kaur Loyal’s parents took her to see a doctor in the Punjab, when she began suffering from dehydration, and within seconds of receiving an injection she collapsed and died. During the post mortem, Gurkiren’s organs   were removed and have not been returned. The Birmingham coroner told the family that without them, or the Indian post mortem report, he is unable to record a cause of death. 

But the most grievous case so far unocovered is in the former Yugoslav republic of Kosovo. Last month five men were convicted of involvement in an organ-trafficking ring that performed at least 24 illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic on the outskirts of the capital, Pristina. Lutfi Dervishi, the clinic’s director, and his son, Arban, were sentenced to eight and seven years respectively. They had promised donor victims about £12,500 each for kidneys that were then sold on the black market for as much as £84,000 a time, but donors had often gone unpaid and, in the words of the lead prosecutor, Jonathan Ratel, were “literally cast aside at the airport”. 

The case came to light in late 2008 when a young Turkish man, Yilmaz Altun,  collapsed at Pristina airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul. Doctors discovered a large, fresh wound on his abdomen and he later admitted he’d struck a deal with the clinic to have his left kidney removed. When police   arrived at Medicus they found an elderly Israeli man on his way to the operating theatre to receive Altun’s kidney. Most of the organs harvested by Medicus had been sold to recipients in Israel, Canada, Poland and Germany. 

Eulex, Europe’s rule of law mission to Kosovo, which brought the case, is now investigating whether any government figures were involved in the scandal.   Nato documents, leaked in 2011, claimed Kosovo’s prime minister, Hashim   Thaçi, was the head of a “mafia-like” network responsible for organ   trafficking and other criminal activities. 

Lutfi Dervishi, who was convicted of illegally harvesting organs at his   Medicus clinic, in Kosovo

Prices vary, but a heart can fetch up to £1million. And parts are not only   used for transplants; there is a demand for illicit experimentation on whole   cadavers by unethical scientists, as well as a market in hip and knee   replacements. Penises and foetuses have been used in juju rituals, also   known as “black magic”, and used to instill terror into vulnerable victims.   Last year a Nigerian-born man living in Kent was convicted of trafficking children into prostitution whom he had initially subjected to juju. 

In Britain, it is illegal to sell an organ, although some desperate folk have been tempted. (With at least a million people worldwide waiting for a kidney transplant at any given time, the demand is unquestionably out there.) 

One man attempted to sell his kidney on eBay, only to have it pulled by the site – but not before the price reached $5,750. And in 2011, 24-year-old   Nicky Johnson, from Stockport, placed an advert on a Russian website,  offering to donate a kidney “if the money was right”. One of more than a   dozen Brits on the site, Johnson said he would travel abroad for surgery.   The operation takes up to three hours and requires a two-day stay in hospital. Postoperative infection is a serious risk. 

In one of the most tragic cases to come to light, a disabled single mother in Spain was found attempting to auction off one of her kidneys, corneas, a lung and a piece of her liver online because she cannot afford her monthly rent and is facing eviction. 

The inquest into the death of Petar Sutovic opened in London in 2004. An open   verdict was recorded after concluding Petar had died from an overdose of morphine. “It was the wrong result, and not based on the evidence   available,” says Sutovic. After a two-year campaign, during which she, along with private detectives, gathered huge amounts of new information, Susan was granted a second inquest, which she hoped would return a verdict of unlawful killing. But the inquest never happened, because legal arguments ensued about whether or not it was necessary to exhume Petar’s body. 

The newly appointed coroner had applied for exhumation of the body after the  Metropolitan Police gave the view that it was crucial to any new investigation. But Sutovic, supported by Petar’s brother and father,  strongly opposed the move on religious grounds. The family argued that the truth about Petar’s death could be established by evidence that had already been put before the coroner, as well as by other avenues of inquiry that would not require a third post mortem. To date, over £1 million of public   funds have been spent arguing about the inquests and exhumation. 

Today, Susan Sutovic continues her fight for justice and has instructed Belgrade-based lawyer Djuro Cepic to represent her. Cepic tells me he is hopeful that the truth will soon emerge, and that the Serbian High Court has just granted his request to open a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Petar’s death. “This is very good because it will involve interviewing the doctors who first dealt with this young man’s body,  hopefully with myself and Ms Sutovic present,” says Cepic. 

I ask Sutovic what it is she hopes for. She answers clearly and without   hesitation. “I can’t bring my son back but he has a right to a soul, to rest   in peace. This was a young man in the prime of his life, and I know he did   not die of an overdose, and there are those out there who know the truth.   How can either of us rest until we find out exactly what happened on that   night?”

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Quotes of the day

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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Quotes

 

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9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

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Join 23-year architect Richard Gage, AIA, in this feature length documentary with cutting-edge 9/11 evidence from more than 50 top experts in their fields – high-rise architects, structural engineers, physicists, chemical engineers, firefighters, metallurgists, explosives experts, controlled demolition technicians, and more.

Each is highly qualified in his/her respective fields. Several have Ph.D’s – including National Medal of Science awardee Lynn Margulis.

She, along with the other experts, exposes the fraud of NIST and discusses how the scientific method should have been applied and acknowledges the overwhelming evidence of high temperature incendiaries in all dust samples of the WTC.

High-rise architects and structural engineers layout the evidence in the features of the destruction of these three high-rises that point inevitably to explosive controlled demolition.

Watch the full documentary now

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Inspirational Quotes Of The Day

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”If citizens cannot trust that  laws will be enforced in an evenhanded and honest fashion, they cannot be said  to live under the rule of law. Instead, they live under the rule of men  corrupted by the law.” -

  Dale Carpenter,

“When the Rule of Law disappears,  we are ruled by the whims of men.” - 
Tiffany  Madison
“Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.” – Mahatma Gandhi
 

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.” – Marcus Aurelius

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Miriam Makeba – Mama Afrika

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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I shall not live in vain

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Four “Common Yet Dangerous” Oils You Should Never Eat…

Jake Carney, Founder The Alternative Daily

The Four Unhealthy
“Healthy Oils” You Should Never Consume!

Decades ago when food processing first began, it became regular practice to alter that which nature provided. Thus began the era of “frankenfoods.”

Whole, nutritious natural foods that mostly came straight from the farm to the table were replaced by over-processed, refined and chemical laden, mass-produced convenience foods.

And fats were no different. Over four decades healthy sources of fats were replaced with vegetable oils that were thought to be “better-for-you.” We now know they’ve done more harm than good.

The following four are the worst offenders you should avoid at all costs:

 
 

Canola – Animals and insects avoid it in nature, here’s why you should too…       There is no such thing as a canola in nature. Canola oil is actually a modified version of rapeseed oil. Asian and Indian cultures used rapeseed oil for centuries, but it was never consumed in the large quantities that Americans do.The rape plant (in the mustard family) contains cyanide-containing compounds and wild animals and even insects avoid it in nature.The refining process of deodorizing and bleaching to become canola oil involves exposing rapeseed oil to high heat, which greatly reduces the omega 3 content (perhaps it’s only original redeeming factor).

Consumption of this “GMO Oil” has been linked to muscular disorders and fatty degeneration of the heart, kidneys, adrenals and thyroid gland. To avoid it, check labels closely – even in so-called healthy products – because it’s practically everywhere.

 

Cottonseed Oil – An industrial plant saturated with pesticides…

Thousands of commercially produced foods contain cottonseed oil; everything from canned foods to chips and other packaged items. It is even in beverages such as Gatorade. However, cotton is not a food crop, and is therefore not treated like an edible crop but an industrial one.

Virtually anything can be sprayed on cotton plants to ward off insects and induce growth. Dangerous poisons such as trifluralin, cyanide, dicofol, propargite and naled are used on cotton crops. These work their way deep into the plants, literally transforming them into toxic organisms.

While it may be ok for making pants and shirts, cottonseed oil is truly not safe to consume. The majority of cotton plants are genetically modified – altered at the molecular level. Even though we are not eating the cotton plant directly, the extracted oil contains the same properties as the plant.

Besides a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids, cottonseed oil has a similar protein structure to peanuts, so people who are allergic to peanuts may have a serious allergic reaction to this oil, as well. However, the FDA does not require an allergy label on the oil – even though peanut oils can be fatal.

 

Safflower – Studies show an increase of Omega-6 also increases the rate of death by heart disease, reason enough to avoid this oil…

If you still believe that saturated fat and cholesterol are a direct cause of heart disease then safflower oil probably seems like a healthy swap.

Previous studies had found that by substituting animal fats with vegetable oils such as safflower, cholesterol levels would indeed drop.

However, what the earlier studies failed to evaluate was the high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in these oils and that the amount of omega-6 fatty acids in the American diet was growing astronomically.

Researchers now have evidence that it may not be cholesterol that kills, but omega-6′s. When a group of individuals replaced animal fats with omega-6-rich safflower oil, their cholesterol levels decreased, however, the rates of death from cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease increased significantly as compared to those consuming the animal fats.

These results prompted researchers to re-evaluate their theories on saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease and point the finger at the formerly dubbed “heart-healthy” omega-6 fatty acid.

 

Soybean – The GMO, hormone disrupting nightmare “health” food they keep telling you is safe…

Oh, the ever-questionable soybean. While marketers will have you believe that soy is beneficial because our healthy Asian counterparts consume it regularly, this is arguably one of the biggest nutritional myths out there. Asians enjoy soy in its fermented state and in considerably smaller quantities than we do.

Ninety-three percent of American soy is GMO and most of the soy we consume is in its unfermented state. This highly processed soy has been linked to numerous conditions including thyroid damage and hormone disruption thanks to its large quantities of estrogen-like compounds called phytoestrogens. As for soybean oil, up to 80 percent of the oil we consume today is soybean oil.

It’s highly processed and heavily hydrogenated and found in a vast majority of products on supermarket shelves. And don’t think choosing organic soy makes you any safer… as some so-called “organic” soy farms have been found to be fraudulent… passing off the GMO-product for the real thing. It’s best to avoid soybean oil completely.

We can almost guarantee you have one of these oils or foods containing these oils sitting in your pantry right now. Maybe you even used one of these oils when you cooked your dinner last night. And today you’re coming to the sad realization that YOU’VE BEEN LIED TO BY THE FOOD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

Actual healthy foods have been vilified-and your “so-called” healthy food choices have been manipulated by manufacturers getting richer by the day. All while your diet has grown more and more nutritionally-void every day!

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Health

 

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Art by ARSEN KURBANOV

ARSEN KURBANOV was born in Mahachkala, Dagestan. In 1988 he completed coursework at the Jamal Dagestan Art College, receiving a red diploma – a symbol of scholastic excellence. Kurbanov was immediately accepted into the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, where he studied with the late Neprintsov, graduating in 1994.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Art

 

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The REAL Truth About Coconut Oil

The Alternative Daily,

Jake Carney, Founder The Alternative Daily

Here’s a newsflash I’m sure won’t surprise you… nothing concocted in a laboratory can ever replace the value of what is found in nature!

Mother Nature is incredibly generous in the way she provides – offering a bounty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients to nourish your body so you can enjoy a long healthy life.

One fruit in particular – the coconut – is so abundant in its healing properties it’s referred to as “the tree of life.” And before World War II, people living in island countries, like the Philippines, consumed a diet that consisted mainly of rice, root crops, vegetables and an abundance of the ultra-healing superfood, the coconut.

The coconut is a “World War II, rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber – the essential nutritional building blocks for perfect health.

For generations, island people considered it “The Cure for All Illness” and consumed the meat, milk and coconut oil daily. Although this diet was high in saturated fat, Western conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease were virtually unheard of.

Filipinos and islanders were instead rewarded with a lovely youthful complexion, soft wrinkle-free skin, almost no skin cancer – even with excessive exposure to year round sun – and abundant good health.

Coconut oil in particular has been shown to protect you from viruses, bacteria, infection, cancer, thyroid, brain and heart problems… plus beautifies your skin – and even burns fat!

Coconut oil – a saturated fat – is chock-full of health-promoting properties – and is in no way responsible for high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and the bad effects you’ve been led to believe.

Finally, modern medicine and science are starting to realize this fundamental truth… and it’s been a long time coming. But sadly not before heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and a whole host of other catastrophic diseases have reached epidemic proportions!

The Saturated-Fat Myth That Robbed You of Your Good Health!

Before World War II, the miracle-healing coconut     had been used to help alleviate:

  • Coughs
  • Constipation
  • Malnutrition
  • Skin infections
  • Toothaches
  • Earaches
  • Flus
  • And more!

  But that all changed when the war ended and the United States proclaimed hydrogenated oils to be the “healthier oils.” By the 1960s, a weak scientific theory claimed that saturated fats-like those found in butter, eggs, milk, red meat and coconuts – increased “bad” LDL cholesterol and were dangerous to consume.

Nothing was further from the truth! But this “health scare” was enough to push the public away from saturated fats and instead to refined vegetable oils.  This was perfect for food manufacturers because they were far cheaper to produce.

It wasn’t long before Western-style diets made their way to the islands and the old ways were forgotten.

Cheaper, mass-produced hydrogenated foods replaced traditional foods, like the versatile and all-healing coconut oil that had kept the islanders healthy for generations.
  And for the first time ever, diseases that had become prevalent among Americans… heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity started to plague the island nations.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Health

 

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Motivational quotes of the day

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“We can never judge the lives of  others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one  thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that  yours is the only path.” -  Paulo Coelho  
   
  
“Sometimes I lie awake at night,  and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to  take more than one night.”  - Charles M.  Schulz
 
 
“Nothing in life is to be  feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that  we may fear less.” -  Marie  Curie
 
 
“If I had my life  to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to  some music at least once every week.” -  Charles  Darwin
 
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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Quotes

 

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This True Story About Organ Trafficking Is Like Every Urban Legend You’ve Heard, But Worse

Imagine being so poor that you choose to sell your own organs. And that’s just the beginning.

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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inside The Animal Mind

Are crows the ultimate problem solvers ?

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Free Writting

 

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Words to live by

 

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In the country of the blind, the one     – man is king. – Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)

When money speaks, truth keeps silent.     – Russian (on money)

When we think we lead, we are most led.      – Henry James Byron (1834-1884)

A good book praises itself.      – German (on books and writers)

A picture’s worth a thousand words.      – unknown

If you believe everything you read, better not read.      – Japanese (on books and writers)

Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often.      – Korean (on art and creativity)

Death keeps no calendar.      – English (on death and dying)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away .     unknown

Music has charms to soothe a savage beast.      – William Congreve (1670-1729)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.      – Eleanor Roosevelt

Before you marry keep both eyes open; after marriage keep one eye shut.     – Jamaican

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Wisdome

 

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Painting Roses In Oil With a Pallette Knife

 
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Inspirational quotes of the day by Ghandi

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“A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Gregg Kreutz Painting From life

Gregg Kreutz is an oil painter and playwright based in New York City. He teaches at the Art Students League as well as many art schools around the country

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Art

 

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Political Caricature

Now you're safe from terrorist attacks

 If you want  total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical  care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.

Dwight Eisenhower

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Caricature

 

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Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

By Ulrike Putz

SPIEGEL ONLINE

A young man Syrian refugee named Raïd, shown here, recently sold his kidney as part of a growing illegal organ trade in Lebanon.

A young man Syrian refugee named Raïd, shown here, recently sold his kidney as part of a growing illegal organ trade in Lebanon.

In the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a growing number of refugees are surviving in Lebanon by illegally selling their own organs. But the exchange comes at a huge cost.

The young man, who called himself Raïd, wasn’t doing well. He climbed into the backseat of the car, in pain, careful not to touch any corners. He was exhausted and dizzy. A large bandage looped around his stomach, caked with blood. Despite that, the 19-year-old Syrian wanted to tell his story.

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Seven months ago, he fled the embattled city of Aleppo, in Syria, to Lebanon with his parents and six siblings. The family quickly ran out of money in the capital, Beirut. Raïd heard from a relative that the solution could be to sell one of his kidneys, and then he spoke to a bull-necked man, now sitting in the passenger seat, smoking and drinking a beer.

His acquaintances call the man Abu Hussein. He said he’s employed by a gang that works in the human organ trade – specializing in kidneys. The group’s business is booming. About one million Syrians have fled into Lebanon because of the civil war in their home country and now many don’t know how they can make a living. In their distress, they sell their organs. It’s a dangerous and, of course, illegal business. That’s why the gang has its operations performed in shady underground clinics.

Abu Hussein’s boss is known in the poor areas of Beirut as “Big Man.” Fifteen months ago, Big Man gave the 26-year-old a new assignment: find organ donors. The influx of Syrian refugees from the war, Abu Hussein’s boss argued, made it more likely people would be willing to sell organs.

‘More Sellers Than Buyers’

Lebanon has a tradition of illegal organ trading. The country has immensely rich people and a huge number of people living in poverty. And organ traffickers don’t need to worry about government controls. Those are exactly the ideal conditions for organ trafficking, said Luc Noel, transplant expert at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Every year, tens of thousands of rich Arabs from around the region come to Beirut for treatment in the country’s excellent hospitals. The authorities don’t pay attention whether a patient flies home with a new nose — or with a new kidney.

Previously, it was mostly destitute Palestinians who sold their organs. Then came the war in Syria, and then the refugees. Now the groups are in competition and the prices are falling.

“When it comes to kidneys, we now have far more sellers than buyers,” said Abu Hussein. He added that four of the Big Man’s other recruiters have brokered the sales of 150 kidneys in the past 12 months. According to Abu Hussein, other gangs are doing similarly well.

Experts estimate that 5,000 to 10,000 kidneys are illegally transplanted per year worldwide. “Many of our products go abroad to, for example, the Persian Gulf,” said Abu Hussein. But Big Man also has customers in the US and Europe, he said.

Enough to Survive On Until Spring

Raïd had no trouble selling his left kidney because he was fit and didn’t smoke. He played for the Syrian national youth soccer team. During the examinations doctors told him lies evidently meant to calm him down. With a little luck, the kidney would grow back, he was told, and there wouldn’t be any after-effects. In truth, live donors need to undergo check-ups for years after the operation, and people like Raïd can’t afford that kind of treatment.

He got $7,000 (€5,200) for his kidney. “While I drove Raïd and his mother to the clinic, a colleague of mine was shopping with the father,” says Abu Hussein. The family lacked everything: Raïd’s father bought mattresses and winter clothing, a fridge and an oven, and took it all to the one room the family of eight lives in today. They have enough left over to get through the winter. And then? “I don’t know,” says Raïd.

Abu Hussein says everyone benefits from the organ trade. The Syrians get money and the sick — who pay up to $15,000 for a new kidney — get a new life. He himself wins too, he added. He gets $600 to $700 commission for every sale he arranges. That’s as much as a Lebanese teacher earns in a month.

‘I Don’t Care If You Die’

 Abu Hussein said that in the last few months he has driven 15 or 16 kidney donors – all of them Syrians aged between 14 and 30 – to the secret clinic masquerading as a residential building. The clinic has the most modern medical equipment and doesn’t want to limit itself to kidneys. “I’m currently looking for someone who has an eye for sale.”

 Later that evening it became evident not everyone benefits from this trade. Raïd, sitting in the back of the car, was feeling unwell. His kidney had been cut out from the front, seven days ago. “I need the drugs. You said you would get me the drugs,” he said to Abu Hussein who just minutes earlier had been bragging how well his organization took care of the Syrians.

But when Raïd asks for painkillers, Abu Hussein shouts at him: “Shut up. I don’t care if you die. You’re finished anyway.”

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Age Spots Treatment

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When Apple Cider Vinegar is mixed with onion juice and applied directly to the skin, it can help you to get rid of age spots and sun spots.

  • Finely chop or blend an onion, and use a strainer or cheese cloth to squeeze and extract the juice.
  • Take one part of Apple Cider Vinegar and one part of onion juice and mix them together.
  • Dab a cotton pad into the solution and apply it directly onto the age spots.

Leave this on the skin for a minimum of 30 minutes, and as long as you are comfortable with it. Repeat this once a day for approximately 6 weeks and you should begin to notice a gradual improvement. If the spots have not completely disappeared after the 6 weeks but they have started to fade, keep repeating the process until they do.

To speed up the process, you can mix 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into a mug full of water (hot or cold), and drink this twice daily for a month.  This will not only improve your age spots, but it will also give you a healthy young glow and make you feel energized and active. If you find the taste of the vineger to be too strong, try adding a tablespoon of honey as a natural sweetener.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Health

 

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Art By Vladimir Gusev

Vladimir Gusev Russian painter was born in 1957. The first teacher of drawing and painting in Vladimir was his father, an artist Sergey Gusev. But becoming a creative young artist connected with his studies at Moscow State Art Institute. VISurikova, from which he graduated in 1981. Department of Painting. Gusev teachers at the institute were honored artist of the RSFSR Professor Tsyplakov VG and Associate Professor Zabelin VN In 1983. Gusev, VS was admitted to the Union of Artists.

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30 Million people are forced to live in slavery around the world today.

Some 30 million people around the world are believed to be living in slavery, according to a new global index. Many of those in modern slavery are trafficked for sex work or unskilled labor.

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The inaugural “Global Slavery Index” by the Walk Free Foundation released on Thursday said that India had by far the highest number of enslaved people, but that the problem was most prevalent in Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan.

The index ranked 162 countries by estimating how many people in each nation are living in slavery, the risk of enslavement and how governments were responding to the problem. Modern slavery is defined as human trafficking, forced labor and practices like debt bondage, forced marriage and the sale or exploitation of children.

Ten countries are believed to account for 76 percent of all people living in slavery – an estimated 29.8 million people – including China, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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 Delhi’s missing children forced into farm labor

A well-networked ring of child-trafficking agents abducts poor children from Delhi and sells them off to sugarcane farmers in western Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. It operates with impunity in a corrupt system. (20.09.2013)

Mauritania was found to have the greatest number of slaves proportionally – about 140,000 to 160,000 people in a population of just 3.8 million. The high figure was attributed to culturally-sanctioned forms of chattel slavery and high rates of child marriage.

The report said the west African country was a nation with “deeply entrenched hereditary slavery,” while “people in slavery may be bought and sold, rented out and given away as gifts.”

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Walk Free also highlighted forms of slavery in India.

“By far the largest proportion of this problem is the exploitation of Indians citizens within India itself, particularly through debt bondage and bonded labor,” said the report.

The estimated 2.9 million people living in slavery in China “includes the forced labor of men, women and children in many parts of the economy, including domestic servitude and forced begging, the sexual exploitation of women and children and forced marriage.”

Walk Free was founded last year by Australia mining magnate Andrew Forrest, and its index has received the backing of leaders like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates.

“I urge leaders around the world to view this index as a call to action, and to stay focused on the work of responding to this crime,” Clinton said in the statement, while adding that the index was not perfect, but it was nonetheless a good starting point.

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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Caricature

 

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Illegal Immigration Is Expected To Rise in Canada By 2015

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter

Over 190,000 immigrants arrived in Canada last year. Many of them are on a four-year-work-permit that is set to expire by April 2015.

“Their work permits will expire on April 1st 2015 because of a rule enacted on April 1st, 2011, that created a four year limit on cumulative time a foreign national can spend in Canada as a temporary foreign worker,” reported CICS.

The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has sharply increased from around 100,000 in 2002, to over 300,000 this year, and the new rule was an attempt to reduce over-dependence of Canadian employers on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to meet their permanent labor needs, according to the CICS

Following the new rule, many applicants including a number of people in China protested against the rule saying it was a heavy blow for them as many of them have invested a lot, and hoped for long time to get into Canada, but their visa application got cancelled because of the new rule.

“The new policy is a heavy blow for us. So many years of waiting, so much time invested, so many years of hoping. If they told us earlier, we’d have made other plans,” the Globe and Mail quoted Sun, a Chinese applicant as saying.

Sun along with other applicants even wrote to the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney saying that they were surprised by the sudden new rule.

“We applied to immigrate to Canada because we believed that Canada is governed by the rule of law and treats everyone equally. Sadly, your conduct reveals an alternative, sinister side of Canada, one mirroring the same attitude toward the people [we]in autocracies are used to suffering,” said the applicants in the letter signed and addressed to the Immigration minister of Canada. 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Nelson Mandela’s Most Inspiring Quotes

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By The Daily Beast

Before his death, Nelson Mandela had already become a larger than life figure for his work ending apartheid in South Africa.  But the legend often overshadowed the real Madiba; he was simply a guy who saw inequality in his world and worked to make it right. Looking back at over five decades of his speeches and writings, we find a man who struggled to balance his duty to his family with his fight for his country, his moral drive to do what’s right with his personal pride. While alive, he inspired people through his speeches and letters, particularly those he wrote during his 18-year imprisonment on Robben Island. Here’s a selection of his most inspiring quotes:

“If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.” (After being convicted to five years hard labor, November 1962)

“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.” (Statement during trial, 1962)

“I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.”  (At the opening of his trial, April 20, 1964)

“Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  (A letter written on August 1, 1970)

“Difficulties break some men but make others.” (From a letter to wife, Winnie Mandela, from Robben Island, February 1975)

“I came to accept that I have no right whatsoever to judge others in terms of my own customs.” (From his unpublished autobiographical manuscript, 1975)

“Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.” (Speech to European Parliament, 1990)

“Without democracy there cannot be peace.” (South Africa, May 9, 1992)

“We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour.” (March 8, 1993)

 “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”  (Interview for Mandela, 1994)

“Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.”  (December 16, 1995)
“I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995

 Facts and figures from Nelson Mandela’s life, set to the trailer from ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’

“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, April 25, 1998)

“It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”  (South Africa, July 14, 2000)

“When people are determined they can overcome anything.” (Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 14, 2006)

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Quotes

 

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We were children

It’s never easy to acknowledge darkness, to step up and face it head on. But in facing it together, we will find the way forward on a journey that will strengthen all of us.

This moving documentary tells the stories of Lyna and Glen, who were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools as children.

We Were Children is a beautiful docudrama that skillfully tells one of the most horrifying and important stories in Canadian history.

Director Tim Wolochatiuk and writer Jason Sherman masterfully blended the testimony of residential school survivors Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod with dramatic re-enactments, which were brought to life by many talented young actors. Residents of Portage la Prairie will recognize the Rufus Prince building in a number of outdoor shots; the building served as the original Portage Residential School.

Over 100 years, more than 150,000 native youth were forced into residential schools run by various religious organizations and funded by the Canadian government. The goal of these schools was to ‘kill the Indian in the child’, which is made very clear in the re-enactments in the mental, physical, and sometimes sexual abuse that they endured.

The film was a very sympathetic, heartfelt depiction of children who were taken far away from their families at a very young age and stuck in a strange place where they don’t know the language, culture or food. If they deviated from the expected behaviour, they were punished, often quite severely.

You can’t help but feel an overwhelming sadness when Lyna Hart enters a Manitoba residential school at the age of four. Nuns bathed her, sprinkled DDT on her head to kill any bugs, and then cut her beautiful, long hair.

It really is a national tragedy and the documentary shows not only the effects residential schools had on the children both during and after their residency there, but the parents are addressed as well. Lyna’s mother watching her child be driven away in a vehicle and clutching her father closely and sobbing, or Glen’s relative calling the school after he ran away as she truly believed that he was getting a good education and likely feared being sent to jail if she harboured him.

The testimony of both Glen and Lyna is so frank and captivating. Despite having some truly awful things happen to them, they have gotten to a place in their lives where they are able to talk about it openly and honestly. It really is inspiring and it allows strength and bravery of residential school survivors to shine through.

The positive side of the whole documentary is that these residential school survivors will finally be believed. There story is out there for all of Canada to see and I honestly hope it will create some positive dialogue not only among residential school survivors, but among their descendants, and among the rest of Canada as well.

Source:Turtle Island News Daily

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quote of the day

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“When shall it be said in any  country of the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance or distress is to be  found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the  aged are not in want, the taxes not oppressive; the rational world is my friend  because I am friend of its happiness. When these things can be said, then may  that country boast of its constitution and government .” - Thomas  Paine

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Caricature of the day

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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Caricature

 

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How to Treat Acne With Banana Peels

Not many people know this method of treating moderate and severe cases of acne. They usually go to a corner store and buy acne washes and such. But this should cure your acne symptoms.

Steps

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    Buy some bananas. If you already have any this is not needed.

     
     
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    Eat the banana, and save the peel. It will be used. Make sure that the peel is yellow/black and not green. when it has a mix of yellow and black it is usually most effective. It is not shown if green peels can treat acne.

     
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    Using the inside part of the peel, rub the infected area with it. Acne is usually red, and that means that whatever treatment you are using is not helping it very much. The inside part of the peel decays into black color as you rub due to whatever soot gets on your face, and you should replace and throw away the banana peel once it is entirely black. You should continue to do this for at least 10 minutes. After that, there is not much additional effect.

     
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    Do not wash your face after rubbing. This is important. Whatever the peel is made of helps remove the infection from the skin. Only when you go to bed do you wash your face. Should you wash your face right after rubbing, whatever you did a few seconds ago now has no effect whatsoever.

     
  5. Continue use. Use it every day. After one day, you should see some improvements. When acne is not red and instead is nearly the color of your skin, the infection is weakened and cannot grow anymore.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Health

 

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Inspirational quotes by Virginia Woolf

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“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.

We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.

 

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Lifestyle changes that can treat depression

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Lifestyle changes: An essential part of depression treatment

Lifestyle changes are simple but powerful tools in treating depression. Sometimes they might be all you need. Even if you need other treatment, lifestyle changes go a long way towards helping lift depression. And they can help keep depression at  bay once you are feeling better.

Lifestyle changes that can treat depression:

Exercise. Regular exercise can be as effective at treating depression as medication. Not only does exercise boost serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good brain chemicals, it triggers the growth of new brain cells and connections, just like antidepressants do. Best of all, you don’t have to train for a marathon in order to reap the benefits. Even a half-hour daily walk can make a big difference. For maximum results, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity on most days.

  • Nutrition. Eating well is important for both your physical and mental health. Eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day will help you keep your energy up and minimize mood swings. While you may be drawn to sugary foods for the quick boost they provide, complex carbohydrates are a better choice. They’ll get you going without the all-too-soon sugar crash.
  • Sleep. Sleep has a strong effect on mood. When you don’t get enough sleep, your depression symptoms will be worse. Sleep deprivation exacerbates irritability, moodiness, sadness, and fatigue. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. Very few people do well on less than 7 hours a night. Aim for somewhere between 7 to 9 hours each night.
  • Social support. Strong social networks reduce isolation, a key risk factor for depression. Keep in regular contact with friends and family, or consider joining a class or group. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get social support and help others while also helping yourself.
  • Stress reduction. Make changes in your life to help manage and reduce stress. Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression. Take the aspects of your life that stress you out, such as work overload or unsupportive relationships, and find ways to minimize their   impact.

Source: Help guide org

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Health

 

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Political quotes

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I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I’m telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
Dalai Lama

I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
Mahatma Gandhi

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
Khalil Gibran

I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
Nelson Mandela

 
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Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

 
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Master of Light paint by Thomas Kinkade Oil

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Master of Light paint by Thomas Kinkade Oil

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Art

 

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