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  1. 1. NEXUS NEW TIMES MAGAZINE Volume 15, Number 3 APRIL – MAY 2008 UK/Europe edition Website: http://www.nexusmagazine.comLETTERS TO THE EDITOR.............................................4 ORIGIN & SYMBOLISM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS...51 Readers comments on the tsunami thats overdue By Philip Coppens. The mysterious crystal skulls for Australias east coast, revelations about the were most likely created in Central America and Olmecs, the cause of disappearing bees and more. may have played an important role in the MayanGLOBAL NEWS.............................................................6 priests re-enactment of their creation myth. We report on the rising deaths from Gardasil HPV BORISKA: INDIGO BOY FROM MARS......................57 vaccine, a new test that may do away with By Gennady Belimov. A Russian boy who claims mammograms, theft from RFID smart cards, and to have had previous lives on Mars and who speaks solar changes sparking fears of global cooling. of future Earth cataclysms and ET visits has grabbedUS–NATOs NUCLEAR FIRST-STRIKE POLICY............13 worldwide attention in recent years. By Michel Chossudovsky. The Pentagon and NATO have been plotting for years to have nuclear THE TWILIGHT ZONE................................................63 weaponry accepted for first-strike usage and as a This edition we run Ted Twietmeyers thoughts on means to preserve “the Western way of life". giants and Bronze Age artefacts, and Michael SallasSOWING THE SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION—Part 2.....21 wrap on recent secret UN meetings on UFOs. By Stephen Lendman. This review of Bill Engdahls REVIEWS—Books........................................................69 book shows how the Gene Revolution, with "Cure Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel Rockefeller funding, has created a world where "Let Food Be Your Medicine" by Marguerite Henshaw feeding the starving is akin to an act of genocide. "Life from Light" by Michael Werner & Thomas Stöckli "Choosing Not to Immunise Our Children" by Dale Frazer, DOHEALING TOOTH DECAY WITH NUTRITION..........29 "Think of an Elephant" by Paul Bailey By Ramiel Nagel. The root cause of dental cavities "The Hidden Oracle of India" by Andrew and Angela Donovan and gum disease is lack of proper nutrition, but "The Golem: A World Held Hostage" by Michael Collins Piper healing can be promoted and teeth remineralised "Turning the Templar Key" by Robert Lomas by eating traditional and indigenous foods. "Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt" by Edward MalkowskiA TREATISE ON ELECTROSMOG RESEARCH.............37 "Raising Stone 1" by Paul Hai By Walter Laufs. This physicist and alternative "Oil Apocalypse" by Vernon Coleman "Scared to Death" by Christopher Booker & Richard North healer turned to scalar wave technology in finding "The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences" by P.M.H. Atwater a way to protect his patients from the stress caused "Mysteries and Secrets of Time" by Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe by all-pervasive electromagnetic pollution. REVIEWS—DVDs........................................................76THE NAADI PALM LEAF ORACLE OF INDIA..............43 "NEXUS Conference 2007" produced by E&E Productions By Angela and Andrew Donovan. Collections of "NEXUS: The First 20 Years" produced by NEXUS Magazine Sanskrit and Tamil writings on palm leaves contain REVIEWS—Music........................................................77 messages for individual seekers that are said to "Lost Canyons" by Scott August have been dictated by Shiva about 5,000 years ago. "Afriki" by Habib Koité & BamadaSCIENCE NEWS..........................................................49 "The Way Home" by Sacred Earth This issue we feature Canadian inventor Thane "Dial M for Mantra" by Jai Uttal Heinss Perepiteia Generator which has been "The Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold" by various artists shown to accelerate, not slow down, under load. NEXUS BOOKS, VIDEOS, ADS, SUBS...................84–88APRIL – MAY 2008 www.nexusmagazine.com NEXUS • 1
  2. 2. EditorialNEXUS MAGAZINE Volume 15, Number 3 I have been a busy boy of late. For weeks, I have spent all my spare time scanning 20 years worth of NEXUS back issues, articles, news items and reviews into the computer. The final result has been a single PDF file for each edition, article, news section, reviews APRIL – MAY 2008 PUBLISHED BY section, etc. These PDF files are text searchable, and are free of advertisements. You can NEXUS Magazine UK access these electronic back issues and articles via two methods. EDITOR The first is via our brand new website with a secure shopping cart. Although NEXUS Duncan M. Roads was among the first to have a website in Australia, I have done little to update the style or CO-EDITOR content layout over the past decade, and so the long-awaited and promised overhaul has Catherine Simons now been effected. As well as looking modern and pretty (which means those flashing ASSISTANT EDITOR/SUB-EDITOR rainbow lines have now gone from the home page), our new-look website offers a lot Ruth Parnell more to readers. Apart from the selection of free articles, you can now purchase any back OFFICE ADMIN/EDITORS ASSISTANTS issue, article or review, etc. as an electronic download directly into your own computer. Jenny Hawke; Susie Foster The other way to access these electronic NEXUS files is to buy our new compilation UK OFFICE ADMIN DVD. We are calling it "NEXUS: The First 20 Years" and, as you can guess, it contains Marcus Allen; Alex Allen all the back issues going back to volume 1, number 1, published in 1987. Apart from CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE looking attractive on a bookshelf, the main benefit of this DVD is that you can pop it into Prof. Michel Chossudovsky; Stephen Lendman;Ramiel Nagel; Walter Laufs; Angela Donovan and any computer and search the actual contents of the thousand-odd files. How good is that?Andrew Donovan; Thane Heins; Philip Coppens; Following the huge popularity and success of last years NEXUS Conference, I am Gennady Belimov plus Project Camelot; already making plans for this years. So far I can announce that the 2008 NEXUS Ted Twietmeyer; Michael E. Salla, PhD Conference will be held over 4–5–6 October at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the CARTOONS beautiful Sunshine Coast of southeast Queensland, Australia. Apart from a line-up of the Phil Somerville usual high-quality speakers and presentations, two of the major attractions at the COVER GRAPHIC conference this year include the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull and someone coming out Jeff Edis, jeff_edis@hotmail.com from Russia to speak about the Ringing Cedars phenomenon. PRINTING For those Australians who dont know what the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull is, I Goodhed Print Group, Bicester, Oxon., UK consider it the skull of skulls, in terms of how it ranks in both mystery and beauty against DISTRIBUTION all the thousands of crystal skulls out there for sale or display. For the past decade or so, Seymours, London, UK this enigmatic skull has been less visible to the public than in earlier times, but this yearNEXUS UK OFFICE - 55 Queens Rd, E. Grinstead, will see the skull travelling around the world so that people can share in its majesty and West Sussex, RH19 1BG. Ph: 01342 322854; Fax: 01342 324574 mystery. For those who dont understand why this skull is different or mysterious, we e-mail address: nexus@ukoffice.u-net.com have started a series of articles by Philip Coppens about the skull. If you live in Australia, Website: www.nexusmagazine.com make sure you get to see it; it will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance. If the NEXUS articles dont inspire your interest, then Im sure the new Indiana Jones movie will do the trick. EUROPE OFFICE - Postbus 10681, 1001 ER Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In this issue, we have yet more great articles, including on the important issue of pre- Ph: +31 (0)228 324076; Fax: +31 (0)228 312081 emptive nuclear strikes. This is basically the concept whereby if you think someone is e-mail address: nexus@fsf.nl going to be a threat to your safety, you neutralise that person or country before they move HEAD OFFICE - Articles, Reviews, etc. against you. Now, we know that the "war on terror" is a complete hoax and is just a PO Box 30, Mapleton, Qld 4560, Australia. screen to mask the greatest resource rush by the superpowers that the world has ever seen, Ph: +61 7 5442 9280; Fax: +61 7 5442 9381 but the possibility of pre-emptive strikes with nuclear weapons is taking it to a new level e-mail address: editor@nexusmagazine.com of madness. Please, if you have a pen or a phone or an email account, tell your national ITALY OFFICE - c/- Avalon Edizioni, Piazza Mazzini 52, 35137 Padova, Italy leaders that the concept of pre-emptive strikes is wrong and should be banned! USA OFFICE – One of the other articles I want to draw to your attention is about the Naadi Palm Leaf PO Box 1248, Walterboro, SC 29488 Readers of India. I had heard of this mysterious phenomenon many years ago when an Tel: +1 843 549 5985; Fax: +1 877 349 1928 ex-assassin I was interviewing revealed to me that the main reason for his "change" away Email: nexususa@earthlink.net from killing people for Her Majestys Secret Service was that while he was in India he had his palm leaf found and read. Its accurate contents literally freaked him out! This was a STATEMENT OF PURPOSENEXUS recognises that humanity is undergoing a rational, methodical, science-believing person who encountered something that mostmassive transformation. With this in mind, NEXUS consider impossible—and it changed his life completely. Fascinating stuff!seeks to provide hard-to-get information so as to On a final note, Id like to take this opportunity to thank all of our advertisers for theirassist people through these changes. NEXUS is not support, especially one of our longest-running advertisers, Mr Joshua Shaw of Bioniclinked to any religious, philosophical or political Products. For those of you who havent noticed his adverts in the last 15 years ofideology or organisation. NEXUS, he is the inventor/manufacturer of the Elanra therapeutic ionisers (which I can PERMISSION-TO-REPRODUCE POLICYWhile reproduction and dissemination of the infor- thoroughly recommend). Josh has just turned seventy and is offering a special deal on hismation in NEXUS is actively encouraged, anyone ionisers for readers of NEXUS in all countries and languages (see his ad inside this issue).caught making a buck out of it, without our express Happy birthday, Josh!permission, will be in trouble when we catch them! Duncan WARRANTY AND INDEMNITYAdvertisers upon and by lodging material with the Publisher for publication or authorising or approving of the publication of any material INDEMNIFY thePublisher and its servants and agents against all liability claims or proceedings whatsoever arising from the publication and without limiting the generality of theforegoing to indemnify each of them in relation to defamation, slander of title, breach of copyright, infringement of trademarks or names of publication titles, unfaircompetition or trade practices, royalties or violation of rights or privacy AND WARRANT that the material complies with all relevant laws and regulations and thatits publication will not give rise to any rights against or liabilities in the Publisher, its servants or agents and in particular that nothing therein is capable of beingmisleading or deceptive or otherwise in breach of the Part V of the Trade Practices Act 1974. 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  4. 4. Letters to the Editor ...Tsunami Due for Australia science. It is easier, for example, what we call continents today. Just a thought, and thanks so Hello Duncan: Reading the to speak definitively on So these people called Twa, much for making this one of thelatest issue of NEXUS, I note extraterrestrial involvement and Pygmies, etc. are the original best mags out there.that it appears that 2012 is the at times even ghosts than to inhabitants of the western Best wishes,year of reckoning for the Earth. admit that melanin-dominant hemisphere and as such are George Z., Bellingham, USAIt may be of interest to your Black people were the ancient Native Americans. [Well, George, youll bereaders to know that in the late Egyptians and Olmecs. Keep in mind that "native" pleased to learn that I have been1990s, whilst I was a councillor The Olmecs, as the article simply means "someone born in spending weeks of late nightsfor a large coastal city council, correctly pointed out, is a name a particular place". It does not doing exactly this. Ive beenwe held a confidential meeting to given to them by a cultural group mean "first" or "original". So going back and turning all thediscuss the plans for the unrelated to them. The Olmecs there are many Native American back issues into text-searchableevacuation of the city. are Kemtian, Tamareian or cultural groups, but only one PDF files. We are going to put The meeting was informed Egyptian people with dark skin, group is indigenous to the them all onto a DVD which isthat a huge tsunami was overdue fat lips, fat noses, tightly curled western hemisphere and they are being announced for sale in thisto hit the east coast of Australia hair, broad shoulders— what your article termed Olmecs. issue. All these files can beand that this was not an otherwise, melanin dominant. We refer to ourselves as the purchased individually as PDFinfrequent event. In fact, we They did not call themselves Yamassee or the Gentle People. downloads from our newwere informed that this occurred Rubber People, as the name Respectfully, website. See the editorial foron a 200-year cycle, the last Olmec signifies. This would be James H., USA more details. Ed.]being not long before Cook silly. So who were/are they?visited in 1770, hence we are As you and your readers Miracle Mineral Supplement Time Lines and Distortionsoverdue. The tsunami is know, in the early stages of Hi Duncan: Many thanks for Dear Duncan: I cancalculated to have had waves at Earths formation it was all one your wonderful article on Jim understand time lines as theleast one kilometre in height. continent surrounded by water. Humbles Miracle Mineral variable of time between mass inEvidence of these events, we This continent was given the Supplement in your Feb-Mar different terrestrial bodieswere told, comes from Bulli Pass name Pangaea by the Greeks, 2008 issue [vol. 15, no.2]. You [NEXUS vol. 15, no. 1].at Wollongong, NSW. Rocks which means "whole Earth". will be pleased to know I am a But when it comes to why, ithave been found on top of Bulli The first humans to emerge living testimony to its efficacy! becomes extremely intellectual.Pass that had been thrown out of from the evolutionary mix on In July 2007 I was diagnosed It is surprising that all the greatthe ocean over the years. this planet were melanin- with prostate cancer with a PSA minds never assigned mechanics We were further i n f o r m e d dominant people and they (prostate specific antigen) of 8.4. to the function of gravity. Is itthat if this event happens again, averaged four feet [1.22 metres] In October 2007 it had climbed because one of the greatest toldand it will, then 70 per cent of in height and were called the to 9.2. I was obviously headed them that "for every action therethe population of Australia will Twa People by some historians for trouble, so I decided to give is an equal and oppositebe wiped out. The wave will and Pygmies by people of MMS a try. Three months later, reaction"?affect the entire east coast of Caucasian descent. Of course, in January 2008, the PSA was Check out www.agspri.comAustralia. they had their own name. These down to 6.2! and youll find there is an Needless to say, I was not long people and their ancestors gave Yes, I did other things with exception. With this in mind,in moving west of the Divide. birth to what is popularly called diet and supplements but it was rotational momentum can be Yours sincerely, the Egyptian civilisation. the MMS that did the trick. converted into linear momentum. [Name withheld on request.] The time period we are Please spread the word quickly If this happens to the bound-state speaking about is hundreds of before the government shuts this electrons with their force centreNew Light on Olmec Heritage millions of years ago, and there down as it did with laetrile. Earth-directed, every atom Dear Duncan: Each issue of is an excellent textbook titled Regards, becomes an independent poweryour magazine is a must read for Forbidden Archeolog y which David G. unit of gravity. Lets considerme. And as a Black man of speaks of archaeological findings that is possible!Nubian descent, I find that some suggesting human civilisation is NEXUS PDFs on DVD To advance this thought, weof your articles have greater at least a few billion years old! Greetings! I was wondering if change the conventionalrelevance than others. But back to my story, which is you would ever consider having connection of time and space to Regarding your article "The your mystery. a subscription to your magazine time and confined space—that is,Mystery of the Olmec Some of these early humans as an emailed PDF file? Also, the space between the nucleusCivilisation" (volume 15, no. 1), decided to visit and vacate to have you ever considered putting and the bound-state electrons ofI sensed a thematic thread that I other parts of Pangaea. In their all of your back issues on discs an atom, where, by the electrontoo often see from scientists and language, the word for "to visit" in PDF format and selling them radius and the electron speed ofhistorians investigating ancient and "to vacate", as in vacation, is to current subscribers? It would c , Niels Bohr calculated the(Black) societies and at lan. Some later historians put save a ton of paper and be very frequency of an atom.civilisations, and that is the the words together, along with a useful to researchers. If we call planet Earth basetendency to dance around an language denotion, and called I just love NEXUS and would one and multiply every unitapparent conclusion about the them and this new place Atlantis like to get all of your back issues concerned in this effort by 1,Black presence in antiquity as and Atlanteans. While these on disc and be willing to pay then we have: frequency x 1 =well as about the progenitor of early humans were visiting this hundreds of dollars to get them. gravity x 1 = length x 1 =civilisations and masters of land, Pangaea separated into They are that valuable. volume x 1 = time x 1.4 • NEXUS www.nexusmagazine.com APRIL – MAY 2008
  5. 5. ... more Letters to the Editor NB: Please keep letters to approx. 150 to 250 words in length. Ed. To work out the condition more powerfully, the exhaust is pick up my beloved NEXUS! provided me over many years.(time lines) of another solid cleaner and I didnt have to Ive been doing this since 1994 Kind regards,planet with twice the power of change or add any mechanical and will continue to do so as John C., Melbourne, Victoria,gravity compared to base one parts. I was so impressed with long as I am able. NEXUS has Australia(Earth), we have: frequency x 2 this product that I signed up and become such a part of my life, [Dear John: Thanks for your= gravity x 2 = length / 2 = became an independent and for that I thank you. kind words. Yes, there have beenvolume / 8 = time / 8. distributor. This product is not Now, it hit me today, as I was dramas and theres been lots of Using bound-state electron sold in stores and is only reading your latest editorial, that fun, but mostly it is just manyvelocity as a definition of time available through referrals. what I have never read (though long hours working late into theexponentially from base one If you are interested, please you have hinted at over the night. As for the juicy stuff, well,(Earth), we can calculate into the take the time to visit the years) are all the wild and wacky Id have to wait for variousaeons of the universe. manufacturers website at stories that you could share in people to die before I could tell When it comes to why, see https://secure.cermatechnology. regard to the production of your those tales. Ed.]AGSPRIs website. com/referral/11170. magazine. Gunther K. H. Pfrengle, NSW, Best wishes, I am sure there must be at least Praise for Somerville CartoonAustralia, http://www.agspri.com Robert Stanley, Manhattan a three-part story to be told in Oh, Mr Somerville, you have Beach, California, USA regard to the people you have excelled yourself with theFireStorm vs Pulstar dealt with and the stories that cartoon on page 29 of NEXUS Dear Duncan: In answer to Cause of Disappearing Bees you have wanted to tell but for Dear Duncan: It is my belief volume 15, number 2. It is youryour query, there has been no whatever reason decided not toprogress toward production of that our bees are about to best yet, and very courageous! or just simply couldnt! (If Ithe FireStorm spark plug [see disappear forever; and along remember correctly, there was to Courageous, too, of the editor toNEXUS 12/02 and 14/05]. with them, our forests, be a story by an Australian publish it. A spit in the eye— However, I recently found an biodiversity, food supply, inventor of a water-powered car great stuff!even better spark plug called economy and population will all that was pulled because he and I worked as a physio and lostPulstar. One of my friends has a be destroyed forever. his family were threatened with my career 20 years ago due toChevy Suburban 4x4 and is There is substantial evidence death if he let you publish it...) poisoning from aldehyde—usedseeing between 40 to 60 per cent to show that pollen from plants So, how about it, Duncan? for sterilising, and present inbetter mileage per gallon due to genetically modified (GM) with Indulge us with a retrospective damaging amounts in airthe Pulstars million watts of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is the by you, for all your loyal readers, conditioners and also in openpower. This is important, as the cause of colony collapse disorder sharing with us the roller-coaster trays of instruments beingprice of gas [petrol] is heading to (CCD) of bees around the world.1 ride that has been the production sterilised.$4.00 per gallon in the US very Pollen from Bt-engineered of NEXUS Magazine over the David, Australiasoon. plants causes an immune years. I, for one, would be really [Thanks, David. I agree with The Pulstars pulse power response in bees 2 and "an interested to read it. you regarding the Somervilletechnology is far superior to that immune response...affects... Keep up the good work and cartoon. For those who missedof the FireStorm. You will be memory formation" in bees. 3, 4 thank you for the richness and it, Ive decided to run it again;amazed at the change in your Bees lose their memory and thus information that you have see below. Ed.]engine! I have more info at forget where the beehive iswww.unicusmagazine.com/ located. Hence, the beespulstars.htm. Use my last name, disappear. No bees means no"STANLEY", to get a 10 per food. Like cane toads and firecent discount. Pulstar gives your ants, GM pollen can never everengine more power, more miles be recalled.per gallon and less pollution 1. Spiegel Onlinewithout your having to change International, March 22, 2007your air/fuel ratio or add a racing 2. PMID: 9878101, Cell Biol.coil to the ignition system. Int. 1998; 22(2):137-44 Also, a few months ago I was 3. PMID: 14667337, Proc.introduced to a new automotive Biol. Sci. 2003 Dec 7;product that will allow any gas- 270(1532): 2471-73or Diesel-powered engine to run 4. PMID: 16084688, Brainmore smoothly and efficiently Behav. Immun. 2006 Mar; 20(2):with far less pollution. After 135-58researching the electrochemical Peter O., Goonengerry, NSW,properties behind this ceramic Australiaproduct and speaking withindividuals in the company and NEXUS Retrospective Requesttheir clients, I tried it on one of Hi, Duncan. Yes, its that timemy own vehicles. Wow! Not again—the last Thursday of theonly do the engine and [second] month when I eagerlytransmission run smoother and dash down to the newsagency toAPRIL – MAY 2008 www.nexusmagazine.com NEXUS • 5
  6. 6. THE OIL FACTOR IN who dont share our values. WereKOSOVO INDEPENDENCE trying to move these newlyO n 17 February 2008, Kosovo broke away from Serbia anddeclared its independence. Not independent countries toward the West." This leaves little doubt that thesurprisingly, it was instantly war in the former Yugoslavia wasrecognised as a state by the USA, fought solely in order to secureGermany, UK and France. With access to oil from new and4,203 square miles of area, biddable states in Central Asia.Kosovo may be a tiny territory It is obvious that the formerbut in the great game of oil Yugoslavia, especially Serbia, waspolitics it holds great importance a serious problem for thewhich is in inverse proportion to realisation of the plan.its size. The intervention in Kosovo and Kosovo does not have oil, but Metohija was carried out in orderits location is strategic because the to please Albania, whose port oftrans-Balkan pipeline—known as Vlora is the ultimate destination ofthe AMBO pipeline, after its the pipeline.builder and operator, the US- (Source: Uruknet, 24 Februaryregistered Albanian Macedonian 2008, www.uruknet.info?p=41436)Bulgarian Oil Corporation—willpass through it. DEATH TOLL RISES FROM The pipeline will pump GARDASIL HPV VACCINECaspian oil from the Bulgarian port ofBurgas via Macedonia to the Albanian portof Vlora, for transport to European A US Trade and Development Agency paper published May 2000 assesses that the pipeline is a US strategic interest. J udicial Watch, the US public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, recently releasedcountries and the United States. According to the paper, the pipeline will documents obtained from the US Food andSpecifically, the US$1.1 billion AMBO provide oil and gas to the US market worth Drug Administration (FDA) under thepipeline will permit oil companies $600 million a month, adding that the provisions of the Freedom of Informationoperating in the Caspian Sea to ship their pipeline is necessary because the oil Act, detailing as many as 11 deaths relatedoil to Rotterdam and the East Coast of the coming from the Caspian Sea will quickly to Mercks HPV vaccine Gardasil®.USA at substantially less cost than they are surpass the safe capacity of the Bosphorus. Those deaths occurred between 8 Juneexperiencing today. In November 1998, Bill Richardson, the 2006—when the vaccine received FDA When operational by 2011, the pipeline then US Energy Secretary, spelt out his approval—and August 2007, when thewill become a part of the regions critical policy on the extraction and transport of latest data were available.East–West corridor infrastructure which Caspian oil. "This is about Americas The documents reveal that reports ofincludes highway, railway, gas and fibre- energy security," he explained. "Its also adverse reactions from the HPV vaccine,optic telecommunications lines. about preventing strategic inroads by those given to girls at least as young as twelve, are increasing daily at an alarming rate. According to a report by LifeSiteNews, which scanned a publicly available database of adverse effects from the HPV vaccine, 3,137 adverse effects were reported to 28 September 2007. Many of the cases were deemed "life threatening" and required hospitalisation. In one case highlighted by Judicial Watch, a seventeen-year-old girl who was vaccinated in June 2007 died the very day she was vaccinated. According to the report, she "was vaccinated with a first dose of Gardasil". Other reported serious side-effects associated with the Gardasil HPV vaccine include paralysis, Bells palsy, Guillain– Barre syndrome and seizures. (Source: LifeSiteNews.com, 5 October 2007, http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/oct/ 07100507.html; also see the Judicial Watch website, http://www.judicialwatch.org/)6 • NEXUS www.nexusmagazine.com APRIL – MAY 2008
  7. 7. ... GL BAL NEWS ... NEW YORK SUES MERCK OVER department of interdepartmental and cent of heroin goes through the Albanian VIOXX FRAUD informational activity at the Russian Drug mafia, which is now more powerful thanT he city and state of New York have filed a joint lawsuit against Merck &Company for deliberately concealing the Control Agency, was shown saying that economic measures to tackle the problem are foundering on local corruption. "The the Sicilian mafia. He also alleged that members of this mafia bribed European parliamentarians to support thedangers of its painkiller, Vioxx®, thereby local authorities draw up seriously forged independence of Kosovo.defrauding public health programs out of lists in which an amount is recorded for the The report went on to link growingmillions of dollars in prescription costs. amount destroyed and, in fact, the crop has levels of drug-related crime in Russia with The New York Supreme Court will not been destroyed at all. The theft of the the US invasion of Afghanistan.decide whether Merck defrauded New money to combat narcotics is going on and (Source: Signs Of The Times, SOTT.net,Yorks Medicaid and Elderly is flourishing," he said. February 2008, http://tinyurl.com/2yyqo5;Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage The accusation that US forces are also see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/(EPIC) programs. The plaintiffs say that if involved in drug-trafficking came from 7144490.stm)doctors had known the risks posed by Geydar Dzhemal, chairman of the IslamicVioxx, they would never have prescribed Committee of Russia. "Without the PRISON NUMBERS SOAR IN USAthe drug, and state agencies would neverhave paid out US$100 million to Merckfor the product. They are asking the court control and connivance on the part of the special services, none of these things are possible. For example, in Afghanistan, the M ore than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison—an all-time high that is costing stateto force Merck to pay back all of that CIA and the special services are quite governments nearly US$50 billion a yearmoney. brazen. Under the protection of the and the federal government $5 billion more. New York is the seventh state to file American army, they meet the necessary With more than 2.3 million peoplesuch a lawsuit against Merck. More than people. They collect the stuff, go to the behind bars, the United States leads the25,000 lawsuits have been brought against Bagram Air Base and they hand in a large world in both the number and percentagethe company to date for its alleged consignment of narcotics, which is then of residents it incarcerates, leaving far-malfeasance in covering up the dangers of taken away," he said. more-populous China a distant second,Vioxx. The report went on to say that heroin according to a study by the nonpartisan The city of New York also has a lawsuit reached the Balkans via Turkey, which Pew Center on the States. The growth inpending in Federal Court against 44 "has been a member of NATO since 1952 prison population is largely because ofpharmaceutical companies including and is the USAs closest ally in the region". tougher state and federal sentencingMerck, in which it alleges that the It said it is "another amazing coincidence" imposed since the mid-1980s. Minoritiescompanies artificially inflated the prices of that Kosovo hosts the largest NATO base have been particularly affected.their products, thereby defrauding the in Europe. The correspondent added that The study also documents the trade-offscitys Medicaid program. there is a "secret Interpol post" next to this that state governments have faced as they [Editors Note: Merck is also the base. "Here they speak almost openly devote larger shares of their budgets tomanufacturer of the HPV vaccine, about Afghan heroin in American planes," house these prisoners. For instance, someGardasil.] he noted. states now spend as much as or more on(Source: Natural News, 15 February A man captioned as "Marko Nicovic, corrections as on higher education.2008, http://www.naturalnews.com/ Interpol employee" explained that 90 per Despite reaching its latest milestone, the022653.html)AMERICAN FORCES IMPLICATEDIN EXPORT OF AFGHAN OPIUMR ussian state-controlled Channel One TV recently broadcast a reportcontaining allegations that US forces areinvolved in drug-trafficking fromAfghanistan to Europe. The report alsohighlighted the problem of drug abuse inthe British Army, as revealed in a BBCnews website story, published on 14December 2007, stating that the British arelosing a whole battalion of troops a yearbecause of drug abuse. The channels weekly news roundupVoskresnoye Vremya noted on 10 Februarythat, according to the United Nations, theamount of opium being produced inAfghanistan has more than doubled sincethe coalition troops entered the country. Aleksandr Mikhaylov, the head of theAPRIL – MAY 2008 www.nexusmagazine.com NEXUS • 7
  8. 8. ... GL BAL NEWS ...nations incarcerated population has been Severe compression of the breast (such as Demonstrations like that show thegrowing more slowly since 2000 than it did the kind that occurs during a mammography potential misuse of RFID technology in theduring the 1990s. Because of these policy procedure) can lead to microscopic tissue near future. Without touching someone, ashifts, the nationwide prison population ruptures, even in the tissue of the tumour. thief could "sniff" the contents of an RFID-swelled by about 80 per cent from 1990 to This tear can actually create a "leak" in the enabled credit card just in passing. The2000, increasing by as much as 86,000 a tumour, which allows the malignancy to same is true for embedded RFID chips inyear. spread and cause an acceleration of the the human body, work access badges, some By contrast, from 2007 to 2008, that cancer—and an earlier death. public transit cards, and the new passportspopulation increased by 25,000—a rise of Every doctor knows that breast lumps in use in more than 45 countries.two per cent. should be handled with a great degree of The credit card industry has argued that(Source: Washington Post , 29 February care, because handling them roughly could use of the RFID-enabled cards will save2008, http://tinyurl.com/2nqsmz) cause such a rupture. Its something thats customers time when processing payments. drilled into your head in med school (or at An extreme example can be found inNEW TEST MAY PUT AN END TO least it was back in my day). Spain. Laurie said a public beach there DEADLY MAMMOGRAMS Any woman who has experienced a encourages visitors to have RFID tagsA merican scientists are developing a breast cancer screening test thatchecks a womans saliva for evidence of the mammogram procedure knows that it squashes the breast pancake-flat until it hurts—hardly what Id call "handling with injected into their bodies. The point? Merchants along the beach scan your wrist to obtain a unique ID from which they candisease. They say theyve identified 49 care". debit your account. The advantage? Youproteins in saliva that can actually (Source: William Campbell Douglass II, MD, wont have to go to the beach with yourdistinguish healthy women from those with The Douglass Report, 9 February 2008, wallet, which might get stolen.benign breast tumours and those with http://tinyurl.com/34blpn) Laurie, who has an injected RFID tag,malignant breast tumours. showed how easy it is not only for the tag According to Charles Streckfus, a BEWARE OF THEFT VIA to be read but also to be rewritten. Duringprofessor at the University of Texas Dental RFID-ENABLED SMART CARDS his demo, he used the coding sequenceBranch at Houston: "Breast cancer triggersa change in the type and amount of proteinsin the secretions from the salivary glands." A dam Laurie, an RFID security expert, used the Black Hat DC 2008 conference in Washington, DC, to reserved for animal tagging to have his RFID chip declare him an animal. On his RFIDiot.org website, Laurie And sure enough, when the researchers demonstrate a new Python script hes offers the Python scripts free of charge andtested a group of 30 women—10 healthy, working on to read the contents of smart- also sells the hardware necessary to read10 with benign tumours and 10 with chip-enabled credit cards. and write to RFID tags and cards.malignant tumours—the protein patterns As part of his presentation, Laurie asked (Source: CNET News.com, 21 Februarywere found to be different in all three for someone from the audience to volunteer 2008, http://tinyurl.com/2jsfqt)groups. If this is true, it could finally put a smart card. Without taking the card out ofan end to what a growing number of people the volunteers wallet, Laurie both read and DNAS TELEPATHIC PROPERTIES?consider the most dangerous method ofbreast cancer screening: the mammogramprocedure. displayed its contents on the presentation screen—the persons name, account number and card expiration date clearly visible. D NA has been found to have the bizarre ability to put itself together, even at a distance, when according to known science it shouldnt be able to. Explanation: none—at least not yet. Scientists are reporting evidence that, contrary to our current beliefs about what is possible, intact double-stranded DNA has the "amazing" ability to recognise similarities in other DNA strands from a distance. Somehow they are able to identify one another, and the tiny bits of genetic material tend to congregate with similar DNA. The recognition of similar sequences in DNAs chemical subunits occurs in a way unrecognised by science. There is no known reason why the DNA is able to combine the way it does, and from a current theoretical standpoint this feat should be chemically impossible. Even so, the research published in the ACS Journal of Physical Chemistry B shows very clearly that homology recognition between sequences of several8 • NEXUS www.nexusmagazine.com APRIL – MAY 2008
  9. 9. ... GL BAL NEWS ...hundred nucleotides occurs without physical CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM AS AN INSTRUMENT OFcontact or presence of proteins. Double US MILITARY DOCTRINEhelixes of DNA can recognise matching by Khody Akhavi © 2008molecules from a distance and then gathertogether, all seemingly without help fromany other molecules or chemical signals. T he US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs recently came under heavy criticism from Muslim and religious freedom advocacy groups after it invited to a conference three self-professed "former terrorists" with strong links to the Christian right. "Amazingly, the forces responsible for Collectively known as the "3-X Terrorists", Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem andthe sequence recognition can reach across Zachariah Anani are frontline soldiers in the US "culture wars", a discursive battle overmore than one nanometre of water "values" and hot-button issues ranging from abortion to radical Islam.separating the surfaces of the nearest The men collected US$13,000 for their appearance at the 50th annual Academyneighbour DNA," said the authors Geoff S. Assembly, a four-day conference attended by 200 international students and Air ForceBaldwin, Sergey Leikin, John M. Seddon, cadets and organised under the auspices of the schools political science department.Alexei A. Kornyshev and colleagues. To supporters, the 3-X represent "moderate" voices; they are self-professed Muslim(Source: DailyGalaxy.com, 6 February extremists who converted to evangelical Christianity and are now "exposing Islam for2008, http://tinyurl.com/2enjtk) what it really is". To critics, they are frauds, accused of fabricating much of their past exploits as mass murderers in order to peddle their Islamophobia on the lecture circuit MYSTERY "HORIZONTAL" HUM and on cable news networks, including Fox News and CNN. PUZZLES GEOLOGISTS But it is their relationship with political leaders and organisations across the right-L isten closely, and youll hear the Earth humming—in not just one note buttwo. The source of this second signal is a wing Christian spectrum that seems to have elicited the greatest concern from critics. "These men are frauds, but that is not the point. They are part of a dark and frightening war by the Christian right against tolerance that, in the moment of anothermystery. For around a decade weve catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil, would make it acceptable to target andknown about Earths quiet "vertical" hum, persecute all Muslims," wrote former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges in aprobably caused by the steady thumping of widely circulated online essay. "They offer a window into a worldview that isdeep waves on the ocean floor. Now a destroying the United States. It has corrupted the Republican Party. It has colored theteam in Germany has discovered a news media. It has entered into the everyday clichés we use to explain ourselves to"horizontal" note, and nobody knows ourselves. It is ignorant and racist, but it is also deadly," he said.whats causing this new signal. The relationship between the evangelical Christian right and 3-X runs deep, with Dieter Kurrle and Rudolf Widmer- connections to Reverend John Hagees Christian–Zionist Christians United For IsraelSchnidrig of the University of Stuttgart in (CUFI) as well as Focus on the Family, part of the para-church organisations thatGermany studied 11 years of data from promote social conservative public policy in the US and which have maintained closeseismometers at four isolated locations in relations with the George W. Bush administration.Germany, Japan and China. The Walid Shoebat claims to be a former Palestinian Liberation Organization operativeseismometers were designed to detect who attacked Jews, planted bombs in Israel, and in 1993 converted to Christianity. Heminute horizontal motion in parallel to the released a book in 2007 entitled Why We Want to Kill You, and appeared in a purportedEarths surface. documentary film called Obsession: Radical Islams War Against The West. They found evidence of a "horizontal" The film was marketed in part by self-described "pro-Israel" groups, and featuredsignal at all four stations. The signal interviews with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, dubious "investigativemigrates by around one micrometre one journalist" Steve Emerson, Itamar Marcus of the Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch,way or the other every three minutes or so, and Daniel Pipes, a controversial scholar of mediaeval Islamic history.and its horizontal orientation distinguishes Kamal Saleem, who runs an organisation called Koome Ministries, said he wasit from Earths "vertical" oscillation. indoctrinated by the PLO as a child and ran weapons into Israel via underground Though certain events such as tunnels underneath the Golan Heights. But analysts argue there are no accounts of suchearthquakes, volcanoes and large storms incidents. Saleem also claimed to be descended from the "grand wazir of Islam"—aseem to amplify this constant signal, the nonsensical term that Saleem has rebutted on his website.source is a mystery. The Koome Ministries website is quite clear on its purpose: first, to wake up, "Something entirely new to us is causing educate and train the Christian and Jewish communities on the impending dangers ofthis hum," says Spahr Webb of the radical Islam; second, to reach Muslims with the redemptive message of Christ; andLamont–Doherty Earth Observatory in third, to teach the Church "relationship evangelism" in order to reach Muslims with theNew York, who studied the original hum. Truth. The site asks visitors to pray for specific Muslim nations and provides videos of At the American Geophysical Union indigenous groups that are "ripe for the gospel".annual meeting last December, David Zachariah Anani claimed to have killed at least 223 people as a Lebanese militant during the early 1970s and was "almost beheaded" for converting to Christianity. AThomson of Queens University in Canada 2007 report in the Canadian Windsor Star cast doubts on his jihadi past. According toand Frank Vernon of the Scripps Institution Tom Quiggin, a Canadian court-qualified expert of global jihadism, some of Ananisof Oceanography, California, told accounts did not correspond with actual historical events. "Mr Anani is not anresearchers that the new hum is individual who rates the slightest degree of credibility, based on the stories that he hassynchronised with variations in the Suns told," said Quiggin, a senior fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security inmagnetic field. Singapore.(Source: N e w S c i e n t i s t . c o m, 23 February (Source: by Khody Akhavi, Inter Press Service News Agency, 21 February 2008,2008, http://tinyurl.com/2ojs86) http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp idnews=41299)APRIL – MAY 2008 www.nexusmagazine.com NEXUS • 9
  10. 10. ... GL BAL NEWS ...SOLAR CHANGES SPARK FEAR OF corresponded with a period of bitter cold CO2 has had before, and it most likely will GLOBAL COOLING that began around 1650 and lasted, with again," Patterson says. "If we were to haveI n 1991, the Danish Meteorological Institute released a study using data thatwent back centuries which showed that intermittent spikes of warming, until 1715. Frigid winters and cold summers during that period led to massive crop failures, even a medium-sized solar minimum, we could be looking at a lot more bad effects than global warming would have had."global temperatures closely tracked solar famine and death in northern Europe. In 2005, Russian astronomer Khabibullocycles. To many, those data were Tapping reports no change in the Suns Abdusamatov made some waves—and notconvincing. Now, Canadian scientists are magnetic field so far this cycle, and warns a few enemies in the global warmingseeking additional funding for more and that if the Sun remains quiet for another "community"—by predicting that the Sunbetter "eyes" with which to observe our year or two it may indicate a repeat of that would reach a peak of activity about threeSun, which they suspect has a bigger period of drastic cooling of the Earth, years from now, to be accompanied byimpact on Earths climate than all the bringing massive snowfall and severe "dramatic changes" in temperatures.tailpipes and smokestacks on our planet weather to the northern hemisphere. A Hoover Institution study a few yearscombined. Tapping oversees the operation of a 60- back examined historical data and came to And theyre worried about global year-old radio telescope that he calls a a similar conclusion.cooling, not warming. "stethoscope for the Sun". But he and his "The effects of solar activity and Kenneth Tapping, a solar researcher and colleagues need better equipment. volcanoes are impossible to miss.project director for Canadas National In Canada, where radio-telescopic Temperatures fluctuated exactly asResearch Council, is among those looking monitoring of the Sun has been conducted expected, and the pattern was so clear that,at the Sun for evidence of an increase in since the end of World War II, a new statistically, the odds of the correlationsunspot activity. instrument—the next-generation solar flux existing by chance were one in 100," Solar activity fluctuates in an 11-year monitor—could measure the Suns according to Hoover fellow Brucecycle. But so far in this cycle, the Sun has emissions more rapidly and accurately. Berkowitz.been disturbingly quiet. The lack of For instance, researchers at the Max The study says that "try as we might, weincreased activity could signal the Planck Institute for Solar Research in simply could not find any relationshipbeginning of what is known as a Maunder Germany report the Sun has been burning between industrial activity, energyMinimum, an event which occurs every more brightly over the last 60 years, consumption and changes in globalcouple of centuries and can last as long as a accounting for the one degree Celsius temperatures". The study concludes that ifcentury. increase in the Earths temperature over the you shut down all the worlds power plants Such an event occurred in the 17th last 100 years. and factories, "there would not be muchcentury. The observation of sunspots R. Timothy Patterson, Professor of effect on temperatures".showed extraordinarily low levels of Geology and Director of the Ottawa- But if the Sun shuts down, weve got amagnetism on the Sun, with little or no 11- Carleton Geoscience Centre of Canadas problem. It is the Sun, not the Earth, thatsyear cycle. This solar hibernation Carleton University, says that "CO 2 hanging in the balance. variations show little (Source: Investors Business Daily, 7 correlation with our planets February 2008, http://ibdeditorial.com/IBD climate on long, medium Articles.aspx?id=287279412587175) and even short time scales". Rather, he says: "I and GREENHOUSE EQUATIONS the first-class scientists I DECLARED WRONG work with are consistently finding excellent correlations between the M iklós Zágoni isnt just a physicist and environmental researcher. He is also a global warming activist and Hungarys regular fluctuations of the most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Sun and earthly climate. Protocol. Or was. That was until he This is not surprising. The learned the details of a new theory of the Sun and the stars are the greenhouse effect, one that not only gives ultimate source of energy on far more accurate climate predictions here this planet." on Earth but on Mars, too. Patterson, sharing The theory was developed by another Tappings concern, says: Hungarian scientist, Ferenc Miskolczi, an "Solar scientists predict atmospheric physicist with 30 years of that, by 2020, the Sun will experience and a former researcher with be starting into its weakest NASAs Langley Research Center. After Schwabe cycle of the past studying it, Zágoni stopped calling global two centuries, likely leading warming a crisis, and instead focused on to unusually cool conditions presenting the new theory to other on Earth." climatologists. "Solar activity has "Runaway greenhouse theories contradict overpowered any effect that energy balance equations," Miskolczi states.10 • NEXUS www.nexusmagazine.com APRIL – MAY 2008
  11. 11. ... GL BAL NEWS ... His story reads like a book. Looking at a ARCTIC SEA ICE RE-FREEZING ANTARCTIC ICE LEVEL GROWSseries of differential equations for the AT RECORD PACE TO NEW HEIGHTSgreenhouse effect, he noticed that thesolution—originally arrived at in 1922 byArthur Milne, but still used by climate T he record melting of Arctic sea ice observed this last [northern] summer and fall led to a record-setting pace of re-freezing T he southern hemisphere (Antarctica) has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979.researchers today—ignored boundary in November, according to the NASA Earth The southern hemispheric areal coverageconditions by assuming an "infinitely thick" Observatory. Some 58,000 square miles of is the highest in the satellite record, justatmosphere. ice formed per day for 10 days in late beating out 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2006. Similar assumptions are common when October and early November—a new record. Since 1979, the trend has been up for thesolving differential equations: they simplify The record melting of Arctic sea ice this total Antarctic ice extent.the calculations and often end in a result that last summer was widely viewed as a While the Antarctic Peninsula area hasstill very closely matches reality. But not harbinger of global warming, though warmed in recent years and ice near italways. unusual wind patterns played a role and diminished during the southern hemisphere So Miskolczi re-derived the solution, this many factors affecting fluctuations in summer, the interior of Antarctica has beentime using the proper boundary conditions Arctic ice are poorly understood by colder and ice elsewhere has been morefor an atmosphere that is not infinite. His scientists. extensive and longer lasting, whichresult included a new term, which acts as a Heres how NASA explains the record explains the increase in total extent.negative feedback to counter the positive re-growth of ice over that 10-day period in Indeed, according to NASA GISS data,forcing. At low levels, the new term means October and November. "Record sea ice the South Pole winter (June/July/August)a small difference—but as greenhouse growth rates after a record low may sound has cooled about one degree Fahrenheitgases rise, the negative feedback surprising at first, but it is not completely since 1957, and the coldest year was 2004.predominates, forcing values back down. unexpected. The more ice that survives the This winter has been an especially harsh But NASA refuses to release the results. summer melt, the less open water there is one in the southern hemisphere, with coldMiskolczi believes its motivation is simple. for new ice to grow. When summertime and snow records set in Australia, South"Money," he tells DailyTech. ice extent hits a record low, on the other America and Africa. Research that contradicts the view of an hand, large areas of open water provide In January, a paper appeared inimpending crisis jeopardises funding, not room for the ice to grow. While summer Geophysical Research Letters entitled "Aonly for his own atmosphere-monitoring warming of the upper ocean surface can doubling in snow accumulation in theproject but for all climate change research. cause wintertime sea ice regrowth to lag western Antarctic Peninsula since 1850".Currently, funding for climate research initially, as the fall season progresses and The article is by scientists with the Britishtops US$5 billion per year. sunlight weakens, the rate of energy loss Antarctic Survey and the Desert Research Miskolczi resigned in protest, stating in from the ocean increases. That heat loss, Institute in Reno, Nevada, USA.his resignation letter: "Unfortunately my coupled with a large area of open water, (Sources: ICECAP, International Climateworking relationship with my NASA creates ideal conditions for sea ice to form and Environmental Change Assessmentsupervisors eroded to a level that I am not rapidly over large areas." Project, 12 September 2007, http://tinyurl.able to tolerate. My idea of the freedom of (Source: The Daily Green, 12 December com/29e5lb; Geophysical Research Letters,science cannot coexist with the recent 2007, http://tinyurl.com/2839cb) vol. 35, 12 January 2008)NASA practice of handling new climatechange–related scientific results." His theory was eventually published in apeer-reviewed scientific journal in hishome country of Hungary. His conclusionsare supported by research published in theJournal of Geophysical Research last yearby Steven Schwartz of BrookhavenNational Labs, who gave statisticale v i d e n c e that the Earths response tocarbon dioxide was grossly overstated. His equations also answer thornyproblems raised by the current theorywhich doesnt explain why "runaway"greenhouse warming hasnt happened in theEarths past. The new theory predicts thatgreenhouse gas increases should result insmall, but very rapid temperature spikesfollowed by much longer, slower periods ofcooling—exactly what the palaeoclimaticrecord demonstrates.(Source: DailyTech.com, 6 March 2008,http://tinyurl.com/2foo2k)APRIL – MAY 2008 www.nexusmagazine.com NEXUS • 11
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  13. 13. Triggering a Nuclear Holocaust in the Middle East to Defend "the Western Way of Life" "What the Western allies face is a long, sustained and proactive defence of their societies and way of life. To that end, they must keep risks at a distance, while at the same time protecting their homelands. "International terrorism today aims to disrupt and destroy our societies, our The Pentagon and economies and our way of life..." (pp. 42-43) "These different sources of [Islamist] propaganda and/or violence vary in their NATO have been intellectual underpinnings, sectarian and political aims... But what they have in plotting for years to common is an assault on the values of the West—on its democratic processes and its freedom of religion... Notwithstanding the common perception in the West, the have nuclear origin of Islamist terrorism is not victimhood, nor an inferiority complex, but a well- financed superiority complex grounded in a violent political ideology... weaponry accepted "If the irrational and fanatical [Islamist organisations] get out of hand, there is a risk that...the rise of fundamentalisms and despotisms will usher in a new, illiberal age, in as a first-strike which the liberties that Western societies enjoy...are seriously jeopardised..." (p. 41) "The threats that the West and its partners face today are a combination of violent option and as a terrorism against civilians and institutions, wars fought by proxy by states that sponsor terrorism, the behaviour of rogue states, the actions of organised means to protect international crime, and the coordination of hostile action through abuse of non- "the Western way military means..." (p. 44) (from "Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World: Renewing Transatlantic of life" from Partnership", Group Report by former defence chiefs of staff General (ret.) John Shalikashvili (USA), General (ret.) Dr Klaus Naumann (Germany), Field Marshal The religious Lord Inge (UK), Admiral (ret.) Jacques Lanxade (France) and General (ret.) Henk van den Breemen (The Netherlands), published by the Netherlands-based Noaber fundamentalists Foundation, December 2007, http://www.csis.org/media/csis/events/ 080110_grand_strategy.pdf; emphasis added) and terrorists. T he controversial NATO-sponsored report entitled "Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World: Renewing Transatlantic Partnership" calls for a first-strike use of nuclear weapons. The pre-emptive use of nukes would be utilised to undermine an "increasingly brutal world" and also as a means to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction: "They [the authors of the report] consider that nuclear war might soon become possible in an increasingly brutal world. They propose the first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction." by Michel Chossudovsky (Paul Dibb, "Nuclear Warfare Just Stepped Closer", Sydney Morning Herald, © Centre for Research on 11 February 2008, www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/02/10/1202578598972.html) Globalization, Montreal, Canada 11 February 2008 The group insists that the option of a nuclear first strike is indispensable, "since Web page: there is simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world" (Report, p. 97): http://www.globalresearch.ca/ "Nuclear weapons are the ultimate instrument of an asymmetric response—and at index.php?context=va&aid=8048 the same time the ultimate tool of escalation. Yet they are also more than an instrument, since they transform the nature of any conflict and widen its scope from the regional to the global...APRIL – MAY 2008 www.nexusmagazine.com NEXUS • 13
  14. 14. "In sum, nuclear weapons remain indispensable, and Iran: "a major strategic threat"? nuclear escalation continues to remain an element of any In much the same terms as the Bush administration, the NATO- modern strategy... sponsored report states, without evidence, that Iran constitutes "a "...Nuclear escalation is the ultimate step in responding major strategic threat": asymmetrically, and at the same time the most powerful way "An Iranian nuclear weapons capability would pose a major of inducing uncertainty in an opponents mind. strategic threat—not only to Israel, which it has threatened to (Report, pp. 96-97; emphasis added) destroy, but also to the region as a whole, to Europe and to the United States. Secondly, it could be the beginning of a The groups Report identifies six key "challenges" which may new multi-polar nuclear arms race in the most volatile regionoften result as potential threats to global security: of the world." • Demography. "Population growth and change across the (Report, op. cit., p. 45) globe will swiftly change the world we knew. The challenge this poses for welfare, good governance and energy security Careful timing? The controversial NATO-sponsored report (among other things) is vast." calling for a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Iran was released • Climate change. "This greatly threatens physical certainty, shortly after the [November 2007] publication of the National and is leading to a whole new type of Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report entitled politics—one predicated, perhaps more "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities". than ever, on our collective future." The latter denies Irans nuclear capabilities. • Energy security. "Energy security The NIE report, based on the assessments of continues to absorb us. The supply and 16 US intelligence agencies, refutes the Bush demand of individual nations and the administrations main justification for weakening of the international market waging a pre-emptive nuclear war on Iran. infrastructure for energy distribution The NIE report confirms that Iran "halted its make the situation more precarious than "These findings nuclear weapons program in 2003": ever." constitute a damning "These findings constitute a damning • Rise of the irrational. "There is also indictment of the Bush administrations the more philosophic problem of the rise indictment of the relentless fear-mongering in relation to of the irrational—the discounting of the rational. Though seemingly abstract, Bush administrations an alleged nuclear threat from Iran. They demonstrate that just as in the buildup to this problem is demonstrated in deeply relentless the war against Iraq five years ago, the practical ways. [These include] the decline of respect for logical fear-mongering White House has been engaged in a systematic campaign to drag the argument and evidence, a drift in relation to an American people into another war away from science in a civilisation based on lies." that is deeply technological. The alleged nuclear threat (Bill Van Auken, "NATO must ultimate example is the rise of from Iran." prepare for nuclear first strike...", religious fundamentalism, which, WSWS.org, 24 January 2008) as political fanaticism, presents itself as the only source of It should be noted that this recently certainty." declassified intelligence (pertaining to • Weakening of the nation state. Iran, contained in the 2007 NIE report) "This coincides with the weakening was known by the White House, the of world institutions, including the Pentagon and most probably NATO United Nations and regional since September 2003. Ironically, US organisations such as the European military documents confirm that the Union, NATO and others." Bush administration initiated its war preparations against • The dark side of globalisation. "These [drawbacks] include Iran in July 2003, two months prior to the confirmation by US internationalised terrorism, organised crime and the intelligence that Iran did not constitute a nuclear threat. proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but also The July 2003 war scenarios were launched under TIRANNT— asymmetric threats from proxy actors or the abuse of financial Theater Iran Near Term. The justification for TIRANNT as well and energy leverage." as for subsequent US war plans directed against Iran (which as of (Report, op. cit., pp. 14-15) 2004 included the active participation of NATO and Israel) has always been that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and plans toDeterrence and Pre-emption use them against us. According to the Report, a new concept of deterrence is Following the publication of the NIE report, there has been anrequired, directed against both state and non-state actors. This avalanche of media propaganda directed against Tehran,"new deterrence" is based on pre-emption as well as on the ability essentially with a view to invalidating the statements of the NIEto "restore deterrence through [military] escalation". In this concerning Tehrans nuclear program.context, the Report contemplates what it describes as: Moreover, a third sanctions resolution by the UN Security "...escalation dominance, the use of a full bag of both carrots Council (UNSC) was initiated with a view to forcing Iran to halt and sticks—and indeed all instruments of soft and hard power, uranium enrichment. The proposed UNSC resolution, which is ranging from the diplomatic protest to nuclear weapons." opposed by China and Russia, includes a travel ban on Iranian (Report, op cit., p. 96; emphasis added) officials involved in the countrys nuclear programs and14 • NEXUS www.nexusmagazine.com APRIL – MAY 2008

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