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World Federation of Trade Unions says Ebola virus deaths facilitated by imperialism [Workers World]

Posted in Africa, Cuba, IMF - International Monetary Fund, U.K., US imperialism, World Health Organization on November 1, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Workers World staff on October 21, 2014

Following is an edited statement issued by the World Federation of Trade Unions’ Secretariat in Athens, Greece, on Oct. 15.

The Ebola epidemic that has struck mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea of West Africa and threatens the entire world has killed thousands of people and caused panic to millions of others.

As high level officials of the World Health Organization confess, the epidemic has severely expanded over the last weeks and 70 percent of the people affected die because of the lack of proper health care facilities.

This epidemic brings in the forefront in the most tragic way the chronic and deep wounds in the African continent caused by colonialism, by the continuous plundering of the wealth-producing resources and by the high public debts that keep African states and their economies enslaved to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and monopoly cartels.

Crucial problems that in extraordinary conditions such as the one today can create an explosive atmosphere are: poverty, malnutrition, the lack of basic health care infrastructure and social welfare, the limited access to a system of public and free education capable of eradicating illiteracy and the effects of prejudices and superstitions, the slums that continue to exist being a disgrace for humanity and a danger to public health, the militarization and the state violence that are the answer of the panicked state mechanism.

The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its indignation at the current situation in the existing health care facilities in the above-mentioned countries which result in medical personnel offering their services while risking their own lives without any safety measures (gloves, masks). As a result, deaths amongst medical personnel have risen to extreme levels.

The World Federation of Trade Unions and its members worldwide have in the past, with two International Action Days, denounced the role of the multinational pharmaceutical companies which profit from the people’s suffering.

State budget cuts in the funding of public institutions in the field of research, pharmaceutical production and health care in the USA and the European Union are aggravating the problems while working in favor of the privatization of those fields, the expansion of the control of the monopolies over the industry and against the satisfaction of the people’s needs.

It is very clear in the case of Ebola as well that as long as research, production and health care are ruled by the laws of monopoly competition and the profit system, the people will be suffering from diseases that should have long been extinct or adequately controlled.

Furthermore, in complete contrast to the imperialist policy of the USA and Britain, which in the midst of the crisis have seized the opportunity to send new troops to Africa, the World Federation of Trade Unions feels the need to congratulate the heroic decision of the Cuban government and the Cuban people to show in the most humanitarian way their solidarity with the people of Africa by sending to Liberia and Guinea a large group of doctors and medical personnel in order to assist in the efforts for the relief of the Ebola patients. More than 50,000 Cuban doctors and medical personnel working in 66 countries around the world and specifically 4,000 in 32 African countries, are offering high level health services as a form of practical solidarity.

We congratulate our affiliate, the CTC Cuba [the Cuban Workers’ Central Union] and its members in the health sector who heroically prove their international solidarity.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 90 million workers in 126 countries, reaffirms its consistent position that preventive health care on a framework of a public, free and adequate health care system is the best solution in all health issues.

The WFTU struggles for:

The creation of contemporary, adequate and fully equipped institutions of health care in all countries that will be part of a broad, public, free and centrally designed health care system to offer to all the population proper health care services at all stages of their lives. The sufficient number of medical personnel, the satisfaction of the labour rights and the proper conditions of hygiene and safety are important factors.

The formation of public institutions of research, production and distribution of free or cheap pharmaceutical supplies, medicine and vaccination to all the people.

The eradication of illiteracy by securing access for all people to a public and free education.

For state policy that will solve the housing problems in many countries.

The elimination of poverty and hunger. The African continent is rich in natural resources and agricultural capabilities. If those are put in the control and the service of the people, it would help greatly in the rapid improvement of the living standards of the ordinary people and to the drastic elimination of diseases and poverty.

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The CIA Aided Polio’s Comeback–but Media Have Forgotten the Story [FAIR]

Posted in CIA, Corporate Media Critique, Media cover-up, Pakistan, Syria, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, World Health Organization on May 16, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Julie Hollar

May 7, 2014

Polio had been battled to near-extinction after decades of effort, but this year the WHO confirmed 68 new cases and declared it an international public health emergency. Nearly 80 percent of those cases are in Pakistan.

Why is this? According to the New York Times’ Donald McNeil Jr. (5/6/14), “Polio has never been eliminated there, Taliban factions have forbidden vaccinations in North Waziristan for years, and those elsewhere have murdered vaccine teams.” McNeil also quotes a WHO spokesperson towards the top of the piece: “So we’re saying to the Pakistanis, the Syrians and the Cameroonians, ‘You’ve really got to get your acts together.”‘

The Times underlined the emergency today in an editorial, explaining that Pakistan has such high numbers “largely because Taliban factions have forbidden vaccinations in conservative tribal areas and attacked healthcare workers elsewhere.”

There’s a crucial piece of information missing here—one that these outlets know full well. In 2011, the British Guardian (7/11/11) reported that the CIA used a fake vaccination drive led by Pakistani Dr. Shakil Afridi to gain entry to bin Laden’s compound and gather DNA to confirm his presence there. As McNeil himself reported in 2012 (7/9/12), that revelation led to suspicion and banning of vaccination teams in the tribal areas of Pakistan. At the time, the WHO argued that, while it was a “setback…unless it spreads or is a very longtime affair, the program is not going to be seriously affected.”

Then the killings started; the Times reported several times on killings of polio vaccination workers in Pakistan, noting in June 2013 that these attacks “escalated” after the revelation of the CIA plot. And the following month, McNeil reported that after Dr. Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason, “Anger deepened when American lawmakers called Dr. Afridi a hero and threatened to cut off aid if he was not released.”

Fast forward to this week, and CBS Evening News (5/5/14) likewise avoided the CIA connection in reporting the most recent story, as anchor Scott Pelley noted: “Most cases are in Pakistan, where vaccine workers have been murdered on suspicion that they’re spying for the United States.”

The PBS NewsHour (5/6/14) was one of the only outlets that mentioned the CIA issue, in a report by correspondent Jeffrey Brown:

BROWN: Dr. Anita Zaidi, a pediatrician, cited a fake vaccination campaign that the CIA used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

ZAIDI: Which has hugely damaged public health programs, not only in Pakistan, but in many, many countries, because people ask all kinds of questions. They now think that they might—the vaccine programs might be actually spy operations.

This story was well-reported in the past, particularly by the Times; why the silence now that the problem has been declared an international emergency?

Article link: http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/07/the-cia-aided-polios-comeback-but-media-have-forgotten-the-story/#comments

“Iraq records huge rise in birth defects” – New study links increase with military action by Western forces [The Independent]

Posted in Depleted Uranium weapons, DU Depleted Uranium weapons, Iraq, U.K., U.K. War Crimes, US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, War crimes, World Health Organization on October 18, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Sarah Morrison

October 14, 2012

It played unwilling host to one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Fallujah’s homes and businesses were left shattered; hundreds [!] of Iraqi civilians were killed. Its residents changed the name of their “City of Mosques” to “the polluted city” after the United States launched two massive military campaigns eight years ago. Now, one month before the World Health Organisation reveals its view on the legacy of the two battles for the town, a new study reports a “staggering rise” in birth defects among Iraqi children conceived in the aftermath of the war.

High rates of miscarriage, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiralling numbers of birth defects ranging from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs have been recorded. Even more disturbingly, they appear to be occurring at an increasing rate in children born in Fallujah, about 40 miles west of Baghdad.

There is “compelling evidence” to link the increased numbers of defects and miscarriages to military assaults, says Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, one of the lead authors of the report and an environmental toxicologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Similar defects have been found among children born in Basra after British troops invaded, according to the new research.

US marines first bombarded Fallujah in April 2004 after four employees from the American security company Blackwater were killed, their bodies burned and dragged through the street, with two of the corpses left hanging from a bridge. Seven months later, the marines stormed the city for a second time, using some of the heaviest US air strikes deployed in Iraq. American forces later admitted that they had used white phosphorus shells, although they never admitted to using depleted uranium, which has been linked to high rates of cancer and birth defects.

The new findings, published in the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology bulletin, will bolster claims that US and Nato munitions used in the conflict led to a widespread health crisis in Iraq. They are the latest in a series of studies that have suggested a link between bombardment and a rise in birth defects. Their preliminary findings, in 2010, prompted a World Health Organisation inquiry into the prevalence of birth defects in the area. The WHO’s report, out next month, is widely expected to show an increase in birth defects after the conflict. It has looked at nine “high-risk” areas in Iraq, including Fallujah and Basra. Where high prevalence is found, the WHO is expected to call for additional studies to pinpoint precise causes.

The latest study found that in Fallujah, more than half of all babies surveyed were born with a birth defect between 2007 and 2010. Before the siege, this figure was more like one in 10. Prior to the turn of the millennium, fewer than 2 per cent of babies were born with a defect. More than 45 per cent of all pregnancies surveyed ended in miscarriage in the two years after 2004, up from only 10 per cent before the bombing. Between 2007 and 2010, one in six of all pregnancies ended in miscarriage.

The new research, which looked at the health histories of 56 families in Fallujah, also examined births in Basra, in southern Iraq, attacked by British forces in 2003. Researchers found more than 20 babies out of 1,000 were born with defects in Al Basrah Maternity Hospital in 2003, a number that is 17 times higher than recorded a decade previously. In the past seven years, the number of malformed babies born increased by more than 60 per cent; 37 out of every 1,000 are now born with defects.

The report’s authors link the rising number of babies born with birth defects in the two cities to increased exposure to metals released by bombs and bullets used over the past two decades. Scientists who studied hair samples of the population in Fallujah found that levels of lead were five times higher in the hair of children with birth defects than in other children; mercury levels were six times higher. Children with defects in Basra had three times more lead in their teeth than children living in non-impacted areas.

Dr Savabieasfahani said that for the first time, there is a “footprint of metal in the population” and that there is “compelling evidence linking the staggering increases in Iraqi birth defects to neuro-toxic metal contamination following the repeated bombardments of Iraqi cities”. She called the “epidemic” a “public health crisis”.

“In utero exposure to pollutants can drastically change the outcome of an otherwise normal pregnancy. The metal levels we see in the Fallujah children with birth defects clearly indicates that metals were involved in manifestation of birth defects in these children,” she said. “The massive and repeated bombardment of these cities is clearly implicated here. I have no knowledge of any alternative source of metal contamination in these areas.” She added that the data was likely to be an “underestimate”, as many parents who give birth to children with defects hide them from public view.

Professor Alastair Hay, a professor of environmental toxicology at Leeds University, said the figures presented in the study were “absolutely extraordinary”. He added: “People here would be worried if there was a five or 10 per cent increase [in birth defects]. If there’s a fivefold increase in Fallujah, no one could possibly ignore that; it’s crying out for an explanation as to what’s the cause. A rapid increase in exposure to lead and mercury seems reasonable if lots of ammunition is going off. I would have also thought a major factor would be the extreme stress people are under in that period; we know this can cause major physiological changes.”

[Anonymous US and UK government spokesmen deny all responsibility.]

Dr Savabieasfahani said she plans to analyse the children’s samples for the presence of depleted uranium once funds have been raised. She added: “We need extensive environmental sampling, of food, water and air to find out where this is coming from. Then we can clean it up. Now we are seeing 50 per cent of children being born with malformations; in a few years it could be everyone.”

Full article link: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/iraq-records-huge-rise-in-birth-defects-8210444.html

Radiation fears prompt panic buying of salt throughout China [People’s Daily]

Posted in Beijing, Canada, China, Japan, Nukes, Russia, Shanghai, World Health Organization on March 18, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 18, 2011

Chinese shoppers struggle to buy salt in an unknown locality

Worried shoppers stripped stores of salt in Beijing, Shanghai and other parts of China on Thursday in the false belief that it can guard against radiation exposure, even though any fallout from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant is unlikely to reach the country.

The panic buying was triggered by rumors that iodized salt could help ward off radiation poisoning – part of the swirl of misinformation crisscrossing the region in response to Japan’s nuclear emergency.

The rumors have traveled widely.  Text messages on mobile phones have circulated about nuclear plumes spreading from Japan throughout Asia.  Rumors also spread that radiation has leaked into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, so salt taken from the sea – not the primary source of salt in China – would be contaminated.

Other rumors have triggered similar responses elsewhere. Drugs stores and health food shops in Russia’s Far East and British Columbia, Canada, have reported shortages of iodine pills, despite health officials insisting that potassium iodide is not anti-radiation.

Even the World Health Organization (WHO) was compelled to call for calm.

"Consult your doctor before taking iodine pills.  Do not self-medicate!" the WHO wrote on its Twitter page Monday evening. The statement has done little to avert packs of 14 potassium iodide pills from attracting bids of up to $540 on eBay.

Back in China, the public has swarmed to shops and supermarkets to buy salt for a sense of security, despite the government’s reassurance that China is not exposed to any nuclear radiation leaking from the Fukushima complex in Japan.

China’s seawater, as a source of salt, would not be affected by radioactive leaks following explosions at Fukushima, the country’s marine environment watchdog said Thursday.

The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center said in a statement that currents in the Pacific Ocean were flowing eastward from Fukushima, while China is west of Japan.  "It is impossible for radioactive substances to reach China’s sea areas via the ocean current," the statement said.

Meanwhile, air monitoring showed that China remained unaffected by the radioactive leaks, according to the National Nuclear Safety Administration, under China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Still, the wave of panic buying spread across provinces from eastern Zhejiang to southern Guangdong to western Sichuan and even the far northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Prices of salt jumped five-fold or 10-fold in some cities.

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China to crack down on antibiotics abuse [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, World Health Organization on February 21, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 16, 2011

China’s Ministry of Health will launch a nationwide campaign this year to regulate the use of antibiotics in the latest effort to ensure the safety of medical treatment.

"There are many problems in the clinical use of antibiotics in our hospitals.  The high frequency of using antibiotics and the large doses prescribed will likely cause bacteria to develop resistance," Vice Minister Ma Xiaowei said Tuesday at a meeting.

China, with a population of over 1.3 billion, is among those countries with reported antibiotics abuse.  Only around 20 percent of Chinese patients are in need of antibiotic drugs.  However, figures show that 70 out of 100 Chinese inpatients were using antibiotics, while the maximum number set by the World Health Organization is 30.

Ma attributed these phenomena to slack supervision, incompetence of some health workers, weak public awareness of properly using medicines and some doctors’ desires for profits through prescribing more antibiotic drugs even when they are unnecessary.

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Report: China’s smoking ban one of world’s least successful [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, World Health Organization on January 18, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 7, 2011

An assessment report, titled “Smoking Control and China’s Future,” was officially released on Jan. 6 in Beijing. Both domestic and overseas experts believe that China’s anti-tobacco policies were among the least effective in the world over the period of time covered by the report, according to the Beijing Times.

In the report, China only scored 37.3 out of 100 for its efforts to enforce smoking ban policies, and it ranks near the bottom among more than 100 counties that signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization (WHO).

It is China’s first report that gathered professional comments from public health, economics, legal and other fields. At the same time, more than 60 well-known experts took part in making the report, including Han Qide, Mao Yushi, Ma Huaide and so on.

~ Tobacco industry: Main obstacle to smoking ban ~

According to the report, the unhealthy effects on Chinese men, the group with the highest proportion of smokers for more than 20 years, became more and more apparent starting in 2000.

Currently, there about 1.2 million Chinese people die of tobacco-related illnesses and that number will be 2 million in 2020. Chinese account for 21.3 percent of all tobacco-related deaths in the world. In 2030, the figure is expected to rise to 3.5 million Chinese people, accounting for 43.8 percent of tobacco deaths, and more than 20 million Chinese people will be afflicted by tobacco-related illnesses.

With the increasing number of people who are dying due to tobacco use, costs for treating related diseases are growing too. For the year 2010, the domestic costs for treating smoking diseases were as much as 66.5 billion RMB. Experts predict that the peak costs of tobacco-related diseases would come right the end of China’s “demographic bonus,” and such costs would only increase quickly year by year.

The report sums up four conclusions on China’s smoking ban: First, tobacco control produced little effect within the five years of the Framework Convention coming into force, and the smoking rate remained high. Second, tobacco has already become the No.1 killer of Chinese people. Third, China fell far short of the Framework Convention requirements. Fourth, the obstructionism of tobacco industries is to blame for the failure to control smoking.

~ Officials should lead anti-smoking efforts ~

Yang Gonghuan, the vice director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, predicted that Chinese smoking population would remain around 300 million even if the smoking rate decreased 1 percent every year because China’s current population is still increasing, and smoking is addictive.

“Party and Government officials should lead the charge against smoking in public and do something useful to try to change the fact that public institutions are the biggest buyers of high-class cigarettes,” Yang said.

The report also appeals for legislating relevant laws on banning public institutions from buying cigarettes with public funds and receiving cigarettes as gifts. These laws would encourage and protect those who are helping anti-smoking efforts.

~ China’s tobacco control will change the world ~

“Only if an all-around tobacco control were carried out in China, the whole world can achieve the goals in the Convention. China’s success and failure to control tobacco is actually the world’s success and failure, so China has to be a successful model for world,” experts wrote in the report. And they also believe that China’s tobacco industries can make a transition successfully in the next 20 years.

By Wang Hanlu, People’s Daily Online

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/7253757.html

Michael Moore: ¡Viva WikiLeaks! Sicko Was Not Banned in Cuba – The Guardian prints US State Dept’s anti-Cuba black propaganda cables [Huffington Post]

Posted in Anti-communism, Black propaganda, Corporate Media Critique, Cuba, Diplomat, Media smear campaign, State Department, Wikileaks, World Health Organization on December 19, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

A case study of how Wikileaks’ “Cable Gate” release cannot be accepted at face value, especially when dealing with countries on the US State Department’s hit list. Because US officials lie!

And shame on the Guardian, which while posting Moore’s vindication on its website, absolutely failed to get the Cuban side of the story (this appears to be a pattern with how it handles all the cables). Funny how the “(S)he said, (s)he said” MSM journalism model disappears in “special circumstances”. It’s also still posting the false original story with this feeble disclaimer added at the very bottom: “* On his website today Michael Moore has said that Cuba did not ban his documentary, Sicko” He didn’t just SAY it, he proved it – Zuo Shou 左手

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December 18, 2010

Yesterday WikiLeaks did an amazing thing and released a classified State Department cable that dealt, in part, with me and my film, ‘Sicko.’

It is a stunning look at the Orwellian nature of how bureaucrats for the State spin their lies and try to recreate reality (I assume to placate their bosses and tell them what they want to hear).

The date is January 31, 2008. It is just days after ‘Sicko’ has been nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary. This must have sent someone reeling in Bush’s State Department (his Treasury Department had already notified me they were investigating what laws I might have broken in taking three 9/11 first responders to Cuba to get them the health care they had been denied in the United States).

Former health insurance executive Wendell Potter recently revealed that the insurance industry — which had decided to spend millions to go after me and, if necessary, “push Michael Moore off a cliff” — had begun working with anti-Castro Cubans in Miami in order to have them speak out and smear my film.

So, on January 31, 2008, a State Department official stationed in Havana took a made up story and sent it back to his HQ in Washington. Here’s what they concocted:

XXXXXXXXXXXX stated that Cuban authorities have banned Michael Moore’s documentary, “Sicko,” as being subversive. Although the film’s intent is to discredit the U.S. healthcare system by highlighting the excellence of the Cuban system, he said the regime knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.

Sounds convincing, eh?! There’s only one problem — ‘Sicko’ had just been playing in Cuban theaters. Then the entire nation of Cuba was shown the film on national television on April 25, 2008! The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that received a theatrical distribution in Cuba. I personally ensured that a 35mm print got to the Film Institute in Havana. Screenings of ‘Sicko’ were set up in towns all across the country.

But the secret cable said Cubans were banned from seeing my movie. Hmmm.

We also know from another secret U.S. document that “the disenchantment of the masses [in Cuba] has spread through all the provinces,” and that “all of Oriente Province is seething with hate” for the Castro regime. There’s a huge active underground rebellion, and “workers there readily give all the support they can,” with everyone involved in “subtle sabotage” against the government. Morale is terrible throughout all the branches of the armed forces, and in the event of war the army “will not fight.” Wow — this cable is hot!

Of course, this secret U.S. cable is from March 31, 1961, three weeks before Cuba kicked our asses at the Bay of Pigs.

The U.S. government has been passing around these “secret” documents to itself for the past fifty years, explaining in painstaking detail how horrible things are in Cuba and how Cubans are quietly aching for us to come back and take over. I don’t know why we write these cables, I guess it just makes us feel better about ourselves. (Anyone curious can find an entire museum of U.S. wish fulfillment cables on the website of the National Security Archive.)

So what do you do with about a false “secret” cable, especially one that involves you and your movie? Well, you wait for a responsible newspaper to investigate and shout what it discovers from the rooftops.

But yesterday WikiLeaks gave the ‘Sicko’ Cuba cable to the media — and what did they do with it? They ran it as if it were true! Here’s the headline in the Guardian:

WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore’s Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash

And not one scintilla of digging to see if Cuba had actually banned the movie! In fact, just the opposite. The right wing press started to have a field day reporting a lie (Andy Levy of Fox — twice — Reason Magazine, Spectator and Hot Air, plus a slew of blogs). Sadly, even BoingBoing and my friends at the Nation wrote about it without skepticism. So here you have WikiLeaks, who have put themselves on the line to find and release these cables to the press — and traditional journalists are once again just too lazy to lift a finger, point and click their mouse to log into Nexis or search via Google, and look to see if Cuba really did “ban the film.” Had just ONE reporter done that, here’s they would have found:

June 16, 2007 Saturday 1:41 AM GMT [that’s 7 months before the false cable]

HEADLINE: Cuban health minister says Moore’s ‘Sicko’ shows ‘human values’ of communist system

BYLINE: By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: HAVANA

Cuba’s health minister Jose Ramon Balaguer said Friday that American filmmaker Michael Moore’s documentary ‘Sicko’ highlights the human values of the island’s communist-run government… “There can be no doubt this documentary by a personality like Mr. Michael Moore helps promote the profoundly human principles of Cuban society.”

Or, how ’bout this little April 25, 2008 notice from CubaSi.Cu (translation by Google):

Sicko premiere in Cuba

25/04/2008

The documentary Sicko, the U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore, which deals about the deplorable state of American health care system will be released today at 5:50 pm, for the space Cubavision Roundtable and the Education Channel.

Then there’s this from Juventudrebelde.cu (translation by Google). Or this Cuban editorial (translation by Google). There’s even a long clip of the Cuba section of ‘Sicko’ on the homepage of Media Roundtable on the CubaSi.cu website!

OK, so we know the media is lazy and sucks most of the time. But the bigger issue here is how our government seemed to be colluding with the health insurance industry to destroy a film that might have a hand in bringing about what the Cubans already have in their poverty-ridden third world country: free, universal health care. And because they have it and we don’t, Cuba has a better infant mortality rate than we do, their life expectancy is just 7 months shorter than ours, and, according to the WHO, they rank just two places behind the richest country on earth in terms of the quality of their health care.

That’s the story, mainstream media and right-wing haters.

Now that you’ve been presented with the facts, what are you going to do about it? Are you gonna attack me for having my movie played on Cuban state television? Or are you gonna attack me for not having my movie played on Cuban state television?

You have to choose one, it can’t be both.

And since the facts show that the movie played on state TV and in theaters, I think you’re better off attacking me for having my films played in Cuba.

¡Viva WikiLeaks!

Article link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/viva-wikileaks-sicko-was_b_798586.html