World Bank undermines right to universal healthcare

Commercial healthcare companies undermine the principles of universal healthcare system

by Jane Lethbridge, University of Greenwich

Brettonwoods Project | April 6, 2017

Medical supplies for Kenyan hospital, Credit:: SIM USA

Medical supplies for Kenyan hospital, Credit:: SIM USA

Universal healthcare services funded through taxation and free at the point of access are the most effective ways of funding and delivering public health services. They provide a system of shared risk and universal coverage while the privatisation of healthcare services draws resources away from the public healthcare system. Studies have found little evidence that the private healthcare sector is more efficient or accountable than public systems.1 Instead, public health expenditure in low and middle income countries have been found to produce better outcomes because higher levels of public healthcare funds are invested in healthcare infrastructure as compared to private healthcare investment.2 Commercial healthcare companies also invariably seek to draw profitable middle and upper income patients from the public sector, thereby undermining the principles of a universal healthcare system.Read More »

Manipulation of human rights continues

Granma | 22 March, 2017

To date, Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission has built 1,505,028 homes for the country’s most vulnerable. Photo: TELESUR

A recurring theme over these days has been human rights, giving rise to media manipulations, and involving individuals who, from centers of power or paid by them, are making a veritable feast with the issue, for those wanting to impose their model on the world and others who, working as paid mercenaries, are used for that purpose.

Some, such as Luis Almagro, secretary general of the discredited Organization of American States (OAS), have targeted the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, seeking foreign intervention in the country. This could be due to the fact that the nation’s governments, first led by Chávez and subsequently Maduro, have developed social programs to guarantee the population their basic human rights, such as building and delivering over one million homes, free healthcare for all, eradicating illiteracy, or many other achievements which have been recognized both in and outside the country.Read More »

26,000 children, mostly unaccompanied, crossed the Mediterranean in 2016, says UNICEF

A Journal of People report

Source: http://www.helprefugees.org.uk/

Almost 26,000 children made dangerous journey across the Mediterranean in 2016, and nine out of 10 of these children were unaccompanied, said a new report by UNICEF.
The figure is double the number of children who crossed the Mediterranean in 2015. The fact points to a spike in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to enter Europe from North Africa, mostly via Libya.
The UNICEF report A Deadly Journey for Children found that three-quarters of migrant children said they had experienced violence, harassment or abuse from adults.
The report is based on interviews with women and children in Libya. The migrants came from 11 different countries, and some of the children interviewed were actually born in Libya during their mother’s migration. The report details violence, harassment and aggression suffered by children at the hands of adults over the course of their journey.Read More »

Berta Cáceres’ Murder Linked to U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 28 February, 2017

A vigil for Berta Cáceres.
A vigil for Berta Cáceres. (Photo: Daniel Cima/CIDH/flickr/cc)

Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower’s claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year.

The whistleblower, a former soldier, alleged that the Honduran army was murdering activists on a secret “kill list,” as Common Dreams reported.

“Eight men have been arrested in connection with the murder, including one serving and two retired military officers,” the Guardian writes. “Officials have denied state involvement in the activist’s murder, and downplayed the arrest of the serving officer Maj Mariano Díaz, who was hurriedly discharged from the army.”

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Australia’s 2003 Iraq Invasion: The motive was to boost ties with Bush, says army think-tank

A Journal of People report

Source: Internet

A newly declassified report obtained by Fairfax Media reveals Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken solely to enhance Australia’s alliance with the US. All these were done with tax payers’ money, and also in exchange of destruction of a country bringing immeasurable suffering to the people of the destructed country – Iraq. The invasion forces even set foot into Iraq ahead of the March 20 deadline.
The Australian government joined the unpopular Iraq War in 2003. Australia deployed troops, warships and combat aircraft in the invasion. The motive was solely to boost its relationship with George W. Bush’s White House, reveals a declassified Australian army paper. Read More »

Thousands of US airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria went unaccounted, finds investigation

A Journal of People report

Source: Internet

Thousands of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were unaccounted for, and the US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the overall progress in the war on terror by their failure to account for these air strikes, found a Military Times investigation.
The investigation revealed:
Open source data of US Air Force strikes does not contain all the missiles fired, and the incomplete data continues to be used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on multiple occasions in official reports and media publications. Read More »

Corporate Colonialism

Frontier comment

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.25, Dec 25 – 31, 2016

Old Colonialism is ‘gone’. No, it has just reappeared with vengeance, under the banner of corporate culture. It’s still the banner of a company. But it is a ‘multi-national’ company. It’s corporate colonialism now. The way British Colonialism is plundering Africa through their multi-nationals will soon make this ‘dark contiment’ even darker. In the forties and fifties it was somewhat easy to launch national liberation against white rule and exploitation. But the case is totally different today. Black rulers have made it difficult to raise the slogan of ‘national liberation’. It’s now the question of how to raise the same slogan against corporate power. Strangely, political forces on the left look totally directionless. Nor have they managed to formulate any concrete agenda to fight corporate menace so far. Living without corporates should be the only way out. No, all are trying to adjust with corporates and live with them. Read More »

Oscar Lopez: Colonialism Is Puerto Rico’s Biggest Problem

telesur | 17 January, 2017

A woman works on a mural calling for the liberation of Oscar Lopez Rivera, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A woman works on a mural calling for the liberation of Oscar Lopez Rivera, San Juan, Puerto Rico. | Photo: AVN

In a statement issued on his birthday Friday, the Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera marked his 35th year as a political prisoner in the U.S. by saying that “whatever time I have left in this world I dedicate it to work and fight to help solve the biggest problem we face: the colonial status of Puerto Rico.”

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Guantánamo Naval Base, not to be forgotten

by

Granma | 20 December, 2016

GUANTÁNAMO, Cuba.— President Barack Obama will shortly exit the White House, without keeping his promise to close the maximum security prison established in 2002 at the Guantánamo Naval Base.

Despite the fact that the U.S. appropriated 117.6 square kilometers of Cuban territory more than 100 years ago, it was not until the beginning of this century that the world’s interest in the site was reawakened, precisely when the illegal base became a prison for Islamic militants, and chilling pictures of the crimes committed there began to circulate on the internet.Read More »