Family members of victims of Wouter Basson have expressed relief that the apartheid-era doctor has been found guilty after a six-year trial.
Wouter Basson was found guilty on Wednesday of unprofessional conduct for acting unethically as a medical doctor during his time as the leader of the apartheid-era chemical and biological programme Project Coast and later Delta G in the 1980s.
Basson was not present at the hearing as he had an emergency with one of his patients in Cape Town, said his legal team.
However, the family members of his victims attended the judgment hearing.
Lizzie Sofolo’s husband was abducted, drugged, tortured and killed in the late 1980s – with the use of drugs made by Basson.
Cuba’s first vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel stressed in Caracas the significance of unity among the member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of our Americas and People’s Trade Treaty, as crucial elements for the transformation and strengthening of the region.
In his remarks at the Second Extraordinary Summit of the bloc, Diaz-Canel said that without internal unity our countries will disperse and our dreams will again be delayed. He alerted that the adversaries of the regional integration bloc, founded in 2004, are trying to divide it, and he called for the strengthening and transformation of the mechanism.
As to PetroCaribe energy integration program, Diaz-Canel stressed the social and economic results based on the favorable trade of hydrocarbons. He noted that Cuba backs any effective integration initiatives among different blocs with real Latin American and Caribbean vocation. With these initiatives we have built a true alliance, based on the principles of solidarity, cooperation, social justice and the defense of sovereignty, he stressed.
A good writer can say a lot with a few words, and indeed the latest article by The Economist on Venezuela’s recent municipal elections manages to say plenty about the value of facts at the neoliberal ideologue’s favourite rag.
Despite facing some stiff opposition, The Economist easily takes the cake for sheer number of lies per word churned out in their analysis of the 2013 municipal elections in Venezuela.
The errors come thick and fast, starting in the second paragraph, where The Economist states that the “most painful loss for the ruling Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) was Barinas, home of the Chávez family”. It would indeed be a painful loss- if it were true. Former President Hugo Chavez was actually born in Sabaneta, which is the capital of Alberto Arvelo Torrealba municipality. If The Economist had actually looked at the results of the election, they would have seen that Anibal Chavez (the former president’s sibling) easily won the municipality again with 62.87% of the vote. To be fair, Chavez did indeed move to the Barinas state capital to attend high school, but it’s Sabaneta that is nationally recognised as the former president’s hometown, not Barinas.
Making the rounds in the news again is the idea that multivitamin supplements are unnecessary for most people. Indeed, most studies have not shown any consistent benefit of taking multivitamin and mineral supplements for preventing chronic diseases, so this new research comes as no surprise. Similar to the previous analyses, no consistent evidence was found that vitamin and mineral supplements reduced the risk of cardiovascular events, cancer or premature death.1-3 However, micronutrient deficiencies are certainly detrimental to health, and it makes sense to avoid them. Insufficient intake of some vitamins is a risk factor for chronic diseases and can be quite common, especially in elderly people.4
What does the new research tell us about vitamin and mineral supplements?
The new analysis evaluated 26 studies aimed to test whether vitamin and mineral supplements had any preventive effects against cardiovascular disease, cancer or all-cause mortality in healthy people with no known nutrient deficiencies. Out of all of these studies, only two large, long-term (11-12 year follow up) multivitamin trials met the quality criteria to be included in the analysis. Out of those two, one trial was conducted only in men and used a conventional, commercial multivitamin, and the other included both men and women and used a supplement containing only five nutrients (vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc).3,5 So the study actually evaluated only one trial of a commercial multivitamin. There were no differences between treatment and control groups for all-cause mortality or cardiovascular events; this is not surprising, since adding a multivitamin to a typical Western diet cannot be expected to substantially improve one’s health. Interestingly, the study of the commercial multivitamin in men found a slight (6 percent) decrease in cancer risk.
The 2nd Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for Our America (ALBA) and Petrocaribe took place in Caracas yesterday. It focused on creating a “special complementary economic zone” between the member countries of both alliances in order to eradicate poverty in the region.
The creation of the economic zone was raised in the meeting of Petrocaribe in May of this year, and proposed by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to the ALBA heads of state summit in July of this year. Yesterday’s summit approved an action plan to implement the proposal, which will involve cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
New monetary exchange methods using local currencies and other systems such as the regional SUCRE currency
When the summit’s final declaration (included at the end of this article) was passed unanimously, Maduro said the economic zone “is a special plan… in order to continue advancing the food security and sovereignty of our peoples, and to share investments, experiences, and actions that promote [agricultural] development”.
In his most recent article, Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro addresses passages of the historic fight against Apartheid in Africa, the long-standing struggle of Nelson Mandela and the Cuban participation in the liberation of African nations, and he recalls that Washington and Israel turned the Apartheid regime into a nuclear power.
Why do they try to hide the fact that the Apartheid regime, which inflicted that much suffering on Africa and caused indignation in most nations of the world, was the result of Colonial Europe and was turned into a nuclear power by the United States and Israel, which Cuba, a country that supported the Portuguese colonies that fought for independence, openly condemned?
Fidel asks in his article entitled “Mandela has Died, Why hide the truth about Apartheid? Fidel says that no other present or past development that he may recall or has heard of, such as the death of Mandela, had such a strong impact on world public opinion, and this was because of Mandela’s human qualities and his noble sentiments and ideas.
Pope Francis has hit out at the “excessive centralisation” of the Catholic church and railed against what he described as a murderous “economy of exclusion and inequality” in a wide-ranging document likened by one Vatican observer to a “Magna Carta for church reform”.
Criticising everything from defeatist Christian “sourpusses” to believers with “an ostentatious preoccupation” for doctrine and the church’s prestige, the Argentinian pontiff presented a sweeping vision of the change he wants to introduce.
In an 84-page apostolic exhortation, his most important written intervention to date, Francis explored the issues he has made the pillars of his papacy, such as the need for ethical reform of the global financial system and a more pastoral church that gets “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets”.
“I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”