eastwind journals09 Jan 2017 03:08 am

Sunni-Shia Polarization – PREVIEW TO WW3

Sunni-Shia Polarization – PREVIEW TO WW3
How Filipinos Deal with Disasters
 
Facebook Page “Eastwind Journals” (no. 203)
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/01/8568
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
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Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Writer on Geopolitics
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Sunni-Shia Polarization – PREVIEW TO WW3
 
The complex Syrian conflict may protract for another 3 to 5 years in preparation to World War III, if doomsday prophets are right. The US wants a Sunni regime in Syria in preparation for the invasion of Shiite Iran. Russia will opt for an all-out war, if Iran is invaded because it is the last buffer to its border. This may be the final ingredient to Armageddon, World War III.
 
World Wars I and II were preceded by, first, gradual, then rapid polarization of Allied-Axis blocs. Fence sitters like the US were finally ‘sucked in’ to the war. World War III will be the same – the polarization of Sunni and Shia across the entire Middle East, which has sucked in US and Russia, to be followed by fence sitters China, EU, NATO who will all wage energy wars in the name of survival (read “Pipeline Wars” http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/m-e-pipeline), to usher in what the Book of Revelation calls Armageddon, the final battle among the most powerful kings.

 

Sunni-Shia Polarization in Syria – Preview to World War III (as of Dec. 2016)
 
SUNNI
SHIA
Global powers
US-NATO-UK-France-UN*
Russia
Regional powers
Turkey (Sunni side)-Qatar-Egypt*
Syria-Iran
Militias
ISIS-Faisha-Al Nusra-Misc Jihadists
Kurds-Hezbollah
Fence sitters or low-
profile involvement
EU-Saudi-Emirates
China
* The United Nations is perceived as subtly in favor of the US-NATO coalition. Egypt is poised to send warplanes and troops as of December 2016. Israel (not in the table) is for the weakening of all Islamic states by pitting them against each other, Sunni or Shia.
 
 
The map above shows the majority-Shiites (light green) and the large-minority-Shiite (dark green) nations contained within a vast monolithic Sunni ocean (blue-gray). They have been inextricably intertwined in the entire Middle East for many centuries since the Prophet Mohamed died, with very little chances of reconciliation, a key ingredient to World War III.
 
The pie graph zooms in to the Syrain demographics, where the majority Sunnis are fighting the minority Assad Shiite regime, just like in Yemen, where the majority Shiite Houthis are fighting the minority Sunni regime, and where the Saudi (pro-Sunni) and Iran (pro-Shiite) are involved. This was the same in Saddam’s minority Sunni regime in Iraq versus the majority Shiite rebels before the US invasion. Ironically, the power vacuum due to the US invasion of Iraq triggered a more intensified Sunni-Shia war which rages to this day. A majority populace always rebels against an oppressive minority regime, the key ingredient to the rise of the Arab Spring.
 
There are five ingredients to World War III – 1) proxy wars where outside powerful nations dip their fingers in local affairs, inducing rapid escalation; 2) the irreconcilable Sunni-Shia dilemma; 3) indiscriminate massacres of civilians inducing the growth of terrorism; 4) a protracted global energy crisis; and 5) millions of refugees from war-torn nations overflowing unchecked towards affluent nations (EU, UK, US), undermining the social fabric and inducing civil riots and wars.
 
Present game-changers to the Syrian war may include – 1) Egypt’s entry into the Syrian War; 2) the death of Assad leading to a Sunni interregnum, 3) Trump’s Middle East moves for or against Sunni or Shia, NATO or Russia, 4) the regroupings of rebels and ISIS after Aleppo (US concern) and Mosul (Russia concern) fall.
 
Historical Note. The Sunni-Shiite splinter began right after Prophet Mohamed died. The Shiite group was his relatives in the inner circle, the Sunni the non-relatives. The Sunnis were the dominant warriors during the spread of the Islamic empire, and the catalysts to the subsequent Islamic renaissance. Bernie V. Lopez eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com .
 
HOW FILIPINOS DEAL WITH DISASTERS
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/01/how-pinoys-deal
 
 
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Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry09 Jan 2017 02:57 am

HOW PINOYS DEAL WITH DISASTER

HOW PINOYS DEAL WITH DISASTER
 
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/01/how-pinoys-deal
 
Facebook Page “Eastwind Journals” (no. 202)
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
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Perhaps it is his primordial nomadic instincts, his Austronesian genesis, which is the essence of the modern Filipino. Since 10,000 BC, for 15 millennia, the Austronesians spread out across the eastern hemisphere in small makeshift boats (balanghay in Pilipino) from Burma to the Polynesian islands in the vast Pacific, centuries before the Phoenicians pioneered to cross the tiny Mediterranean.
 
Through joys and tears, the pinoy smiles.
 
many times we fret about
unimportant mundane things
and ignore important spiritual things
we are awed by what is absurd
and ignore what is meaningful
we lose our sense of humor so easily
 
amdg
 
Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry21 Dec 2016 03:48 am

SANOFI’S REPLY ON CONTROVERSIAL VACCINE

SANOFI’S REPLY ON DENGUE VACCINE ROW
 
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http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/sanofi
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
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Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Writer
 
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READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE (if you have not read it yet)
DOH YIELDS TO CONGRESS BLACKMAIL * Dengue Vaccine Row
Published as a Letter to the Inquirer Editor of December 10, 2016
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/doh-yields
 
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SANOFI’S REPLY TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Plus Rebuttals from the author (on portions in RED ALL CAPS)
 
Sent (to author thru Ms. Khristine Cabanayan’s email address) on behalf of Dr. Ruby Dizon, Sanofi Pasteur Medical Director
 

Dear Mr. Lopez,

Sanofi Pasteur wishes to clarify and correct the comments on the dengue vaccine’s safety and the process of obtaining its license in the Philippines mentioned in your Letter to the Editor which was published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 10, 2016.

Vaccines are developed through a process of rigorous scientific testing, clinical evidence of safety and efficacy that follow international good research and science practice and is highly regulated by national and international bodies including ethics committees and the global vaccine expert committees reporting to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. In the case of the dengue vaccine this encompassed two decades of scientific innovation and collaboration, 25 clinical studies in 15 countries throughout Asia and Latin America involving more than 40,000 people. THE VACCINE HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED TO BE EFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING TWO-THIRDS OF INDIVIDUALS (66%) AGED NINE YEARS AND OLDER against dengue over the 25 month follow up phase of the efficacy studies. This clinical evidence on the dengue vaccine was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July 2015 also reporting 1that the vaccine provides even greater protection against severe dengue (93%) and can prevent 80% of hospitalizations due to dengue in the study population 9 years and older over the 25 month follow-up period. As you may be aware, it is hospitalization and severe disease due to dengue that leads to the bulk of the human and economic burden of this disease in dengue-endemic countries like the Philippines.

Based on the PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL EVIDENCE on this vaccine we want to assure the public that the dengue vaccine is safe and effective.

We also want to reiterate that SANOFI PASTEUR ALWAYS OBSERVES ALL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND REGULATION WHEN SEEKING APPROVAL OF ITS VACCINES. Our company registers vaccines with governments all over the world and we have a highly regulated compliance process we follow which ensures we follow all local and international laws governing access to medicines.

DISCUSSIONS  BETWEEN SANOFI AND THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN ONGOING SINCE 2010 after promising results of the early studies on the dengue vaccine prompted meetings with FDA to share the potential breakthrough.

In 2014, after Sanofi presented the results of Phase III Clinical trials of the dengue vaccine in Asia (CYD 14), then DOH Secretary Ona called a press conference the following day to share this breakthrough in which he said, “These results are of great public health importance due to the high incidence of dengue and its disruptive effect on the health system. This vaccine should significantly contribute to achieving the Global Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control Goals set by the WHO, which is 50% mortality reduction and 25% morbidity reduction by 2020.”

The initial dossier containing THE SCIENTIFIC, CLINICAL AND TEST DATA WAS SUBMITTED TO THE FDA IN JANUARY 2015.  THE DECISION WAS NOT TAKEN UNTIL DECEMBER 2015 AFTER STUDY AND CONSIDERATION BY OFFICIALS.  While the Philippines was the first country in Asia to license the vaccine and second in the world (to Mexico), THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE APPROVED THE VACCINE HAS CONTINUED TO GROW.  IT HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED IN 13 COUNTRIES - Mexico, Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia.

The vaccine is currently being used in public programs in two countries and in the private market in nine countries. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a position paper in July recommending the use of the vaccine as an integral part of comprehensive dengue prevention measure in areas where the disease is highly endemic following more than 2 year review of the documentation on the vaccine.

We regret any controversy which diverts attention away from the principal purpose of the vaccine and our program with the Philippine government – TO SAVE LIVES and reduce the social, medical and financial impact of this disease on the people of the Philippines. The approved dengue vaccine, which is endorsed for use in public immunization programs in highly endemic settings like the Philippines by the WHO, is being administered today in three regions of the PH and the program will be expanded to a fourth region as stated by the DOH in Congress. It is imperative that these school children who are receiving the vaccine and their families be reassured about the safety of the vaccine by BALANCED COVERAGE OF THIS TOPIC IN THE MEDIA and responsible, evidence-based statements by members of the Philippine medical community.

For the first time Dengue is now a vaccine-preventable disease. At Sanofi Pasteur, we believe in a world in which no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.  We will continue to work collaboratively and transparently with the Philippines government and public health community to achieve this vision.

Respectfully yours,

DR. RUBY DIZON, Medical Director, Sanofi Pasteur Philippines

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REBUTTALS FROM THE AUTHOR TO DR. DIZON OF SANOFI
 

Dear Dr. Dizon,

You did not answer many questions I raised in the article. Those marked in RED ALL CAPS are quotes from your reply, followed by my response. Author Bernie V. Lopez

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

Many articles in the Internet say that WHO is sometimes unfairly biased in favor of pharmaceutical multinationals, many of which give funds to WHO.

THE VACCINE HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED TO BE EFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING TWO-THIRDS OF INDIVIDUALS (66%) AGED NINE YEARS AND OLDER.

This percentage is not good enough. Some older malnourished kids may have weaker immunity systems against the vaccine’s bad effects than younger ones. Is there in fact a gray area where it is dangerous for children above 9 and safe for children below 9? Why 9? Is this absolute?

PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL EVIDENCE.

Please post your evidence in the mass media, so we can question it. The New England Journal of Medicine featuring your tests is not mass media and hard to find.

SANOFI PASTEUR ALWAYS OBSERVES ALL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND REGULATION WHEN SEEKING APPROVAL OF ITS VACCINES.

Did Sanofi, directly or indirectly, talk to Congressmen in the House Appropriations Committee, officials of the FDA and the DOH? Why did the DOH Secretary suddenly reverse her stand from against to in favour of Dengvaxia. Did Sanofi have a role in this?

DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN SANOFI AND THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN ONGOING SINCE 2010.

Is it not highly irregular for Sanofi to be a direct supplier of Dengvaxia to the Department of Health, not passing through a distributor? Are there potential conflicts of interest or secret deals to be avoided?

THE SCIENTIFIC, CLINICAL AND TEST DATA WAS SUBMITTED TO THE FDA IN JANUARY 2015.  THE DECISION WAS NOT TAKEN UNTIL DECEMBER 2015 AFTER STUDY AND CONSIDERATION BY OFFICIALS.

News articles accused the Philippine FDA of a quick midnight decision before the 2016 Philippine Presidential election, about a medicine whose safety is being questioned in Western countries. Did FDA approve Dengvaxia based on your clinical tests rather than theirs? Tests done by Sanofi are not independent, can be biased, and are inadmissible.

THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE APPROVED THE VACCINE HAS CONTINUED TO GROW.  IT HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED IN 13 COUNTRIES.

Except for Singapore, these are all Third World countries, which are prone to succumb to multinational pressures. Dengvaxia is so expensive, only governments can afford to buy them, because it is the only existing dengue vaccine worldwide? Even as a global monopoly, can you not lower your price to a reasonable amount for Third World countries as a humanitarian gesture? Even 50% of the price of 3,000 to 5,000 pesos per person ($75 to $100) is still too much. You are bleeding Third World governments for your windfalls.

TO SAVE LIVES.

Saving lives and raising alarm is not an excuse for monopolistic prices.

BALANCED COVERAGE OF THIS TOPIC IN THE MEDIA.

Your expensive PR campaign has come up with many pro-dengvaxia television interviews and articles. Your voice is louder than ours who protest. This is not ‘balanced coverage’.

Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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Powerful Photos

PRAYER FOR PEACE
 
Lord, teach us and our enemies
the virtue of forgiveness and good will
to break the vicious cycle
of hate and vengeance
 
inside all of us a battle rages
between good and evil
between love and hate
between satan and the Lord
 
a green plant sprouts from the arid sand
symbol of hope and life
a black hole is dug to defend against predators
symbol of despair and death
life has a mission before it is overwhelmed by death
 
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eastwind journals21 Dec 2016 02:16 am

DOH YIELDS TO CONGRESS DENGUE VACCINE BLACKMAIL * It’s Official, US Recession is Here

DOH YIELDS TO CONGRESS DENGUE VACCINE BLACKMAIL
Vaccine Maker SANOFI Replies to Inquirer Letter to the Editor
 
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http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/doh-yields
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
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Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial, newly appointed by President Duterte, was, initially against the use of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, produced by SANOFI, but changed her mind after the House Appropriations Committee threatened to reduce her department budget, as reported by the National Committee on Urban Pest Control (NCUPC). Duterte has alerted his agencies – the DENR, DOH, DA, and DBM to act on the NCUPC reports, but there are still no reactions as of this writing. SANOFI’s reply to the author’s Letter to the Inquirer Editor of December 10, 2016 is shown below.
 
CONTINUED

Dengvaxia is manufactured by Sanofi, a giant French multinational. According to the Scientific-American, Dengvaxia is not a total cure. It simply reduces “the chances of developing the disease by about 60%”. Also, it is “approved for use (only) in people 9 to 45 years old. If it is not safe for certain ages, then its entire safety is questionable. Sanofi’s claim that it is ‘safe’ based on 3 phases of clinical tests, whose details were undisclosed, is questionable. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must make the tests, not the makers.
 
Dengvaxia, a worldwide monopoly, costs a staggering Php3,000 to Php5,000 per person. Sanofi has an ingenious marketing strategy for such a highway robbery. They sell to Third World governments which are easy to ‘convince’ to allocate big budgets. Thus, the DOH has a whopping Php3 billion vaccine program. To complete the stranglehold, Sanofi has no local distributors and deals directly with DOH, says NCUPC. The P3-billion DOH dengue program targets mostly just Grade Four students. How about the rest? More budget?
 
How a foreign multinational has so much power to influence government health policies is appalling. So far, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines are the first victims, with India coming up next. In the US, there are many vaccine controversies. (Read more – 1-pre-school, 2-baby-dies, 3-respiratory, 4-cant-be-sued.) 
 
Environmentalists argue that attacking the mosquito is cheaper and more effective than attacking the virus with a questionable vaccine. Local fumigants cost as little as Php600 per barangay, like the one offered by Mapecon.
 
Sanofi also has tentacles in the FDA, which approved the Dengvaxia license in a midnight decision just before the 2016 elections, says NCUPC. Tests normally take years. Does our FDA approve without tests if the US FDA approves, not knowing that it is also controlled by pharmaceutical giants? 
 
We are calling on President Duterte to investigate the congressional blackmail, and to compel the DOH to suspend the use of Dengvaxia until further studies and tests. Our health decisions must be made by us, not by foreign multinationals looking for sudden windfalls.
 
Bernie V. Lopez eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
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VACCINE MAKER SANOFI REPLIES TO THE ABOVE ARTICLE
As Published in a Letter to the Inquirer Editor
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/sanofi
 
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POWERFUL VIDEO ON THE DANGERS OF VACCINES
http://vaccineliberationarmy.com/2016/12/17/laura-hayes-age-autismmother-injured-children-fabulous-speaker/
 
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BREAKING NEWS – IT’S OFFICIAL, U.S. RECESSION IS HERE
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article57851.html
 
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