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The ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ Bill would prevent US funding terrrorists

Overthrowing the Syrian government has not been a goal that the US congress or US people have voted for directly. However our government has been supporting extremist groups covertly through aid to other nations or moderate groups who do support ISIS and other terrorist groups.  Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and an Army Captain who has recently visited Syria on a peace mission. She has submitted a bill to Congress that would prevent US government agencies from providing funds or equipment to terrorist groups. The “Stop Arming Terrorists” Bill will need bipartisan support.

Phone calls to your federal congressional representatives can help show that their is constituent support for or against a bill. The AFL-CIO has set up a hotline that directs your call to your congressperson’s phone with the goal of sharing your support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – 1-888-865-8089. I mentioned my support for both the ACA and the Stop Arming Terrorists Bill. [Re the ACA, and re a proposed change to the ACA in Minnesota]

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

End the War on Peace

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

Ending the War on Peace would require work on a number of fronts. The War on Terror is the obvious battleground but even that is diffuse with the increase in security measures in most public areas now, the battleground is all around in the sense of increased worry and watchfulness. In the literal sense half the GDP is being spent on military and much of it is going into drone bombs that are feasibly protecting us from a potential terrorist target but may in fact be killing random civilians who happened to be on the literal battleground instead of the potential terrorist. It would help the environment to not blow up as much stuff as well as the bombs themselves. Burning modern buildings and other infrastructure tends to create volatile chemicals which can be bad for health. An international coalition, a large one, needs to send in ground forces with small teams to help reinforce local self-policing efforts to find and remove Daesh terrorists. With limited supplies and back up villagers may have rebels in their area that they are unable to deal with in fear of retaliation. I would hope that refugees would be able to return to their homelands at some point.

On the homefront ending the war on peace would require treating all children equally in preschool and throughout their education. The ‘Preschool to Prison’ pipeline needs to end. Children of color may be treated to increased rates of suspension and visits from police officers as young as preschool for misbehavior that other children wouldn’t be punished for as harshly. This kind of early negative experience can leave children more at risk for behavior problems later in life. Treating all citizens equally and ending profiling and entrapment arrests could end up helping the economy by allowing more individuals to become tax paying workers instead of becoming prisoners, parolees or people with a prison record and a difficult time finding work.

Effective health care could help promote peace by promoting increased mental health and improved stress coping skills throughout the lifespan.

Ending the war on peace on the homefront, and elsewhere, may also require an increased acceptance for each other’s differences and increased recognition and acceptance for our own natural tendencies to be more accepting of people who are similar to ourselves and to be less accepting of people who seem different. We are all different but we are also all human. By valuing our differences and supporting them we may achieve innovations that could help the economy, the environment and who knows what else? The sky isn’t even the limit when we work together, we’ve made it to the moon and past!

That was a little perky but drone bombs aren’t. Optimism helps get things done because problems can be seen as solvable instead of impossible.

To be con’t.

Hat tip to Leo Tolstoy author of the book “War and Peace.” [Available online, you can even skip ahead to the last page. ]

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people; truck tragedy in France

It was another sad day to wake up to news of a deadly incident having occurred in France.  A truck was driven through a crowd of people who were gathered to watch fireworks in Nice,, France. The crowds were gathered in celebration of their nation’s revolution that had started on Bastille Day in 1789. The day is also known as National Day. Eighty four people have been reported to have been killed by the assault. The truck driver was killed but he managed to drive approximately 1.2 miles through the crowd before he was shot. He was believed to be a French citizen of Tunisian descent, more is not known about any direct connection to terrorist groups however it is assumed to have been the motive but ISIS has not released any statement claiming responsibility and the driver may have had personal motives or psychiatric issues that are not known at this time. Whether there were any other accomplices is also not known at this time.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/14/nice-bastille-day-france-attack-promenade-des-anglais-vehicle

7/16/16, update: The Islamic State /ISIS/ISIL has claimed that the truck driver was acting in response to their call for individuals to fight nations that are fighting the Islamic State. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/amaq-news-agency-islamic-state-claims-responsibility-nice-attack/ And another update: a few people who knew the driver were arrested or held for further investigation into the events leading up to the tragedy. The  driver had a history of mental health issues and medication use in the past and an episode of road rage type violence. Family was surprised about the Islamic State claim however as the truck driver had not been radical or very religious in the past. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/france-bastille-day-truck-attack-1.3682221

The driver also had explosives in the vehicle and guns and had fired into the crowd of people before he was killed. Thankfully he was stopped before the explosives were detonated. Terrorism doesn’t require assault rifles. Assault with a car or truck loaded with explosives has been recommended by the Daesh terrorists in training materials they have produced recently and in the past. And assault by vehicles loaded with explosives has occurred in several Middle East nations. It is a difficult risk to protect against. Electrical disruption devices could be used to stop a vehicle by stopping the electrical signals to the engine. Otherwise people are being warned to use caution in public places and at crowded events and to possibly consider skipping crowded events for increased safety.   http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/france-truck-attack/truck-reportedly-plows-crowd-bastille-day-france-n609621

Hamas and Al Qaeda and ISIS have all used and recommended driving cars into crowds. France may have been made a target  in part because of the nation’s making it illegal for Muslim women in France to be able to wear the traditional dress and veils in public according to Maajid Nawaz a former fundamentalist that is now working with a counter terrorism group. The traditional dress and veils of the Muslim religion is considered to bring Muslim women closer to Allah.  Maajid Nawaz also introduced the term “self starter” as more accurate than “lone wolf.” With the use of social media for recruiting and sharing training materials terrorism is spreading to individuals that may be acting alone but in support of the Jihadist groups.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr1-se7uTZE

The “War on Terror” has led to increased instability and terrorism around the world. Sharing democracy with other nations is a noble goal but it hasn’t been very successful and our own democracy has become an oligarchy so we aren’t even really a good role model for what a democratic form of government looks like anymore. Drone bombs and radioactive waste and increased birth defects and destroyed infrastructure aren’t noble goals and seem terrifying to me. We need to stop playing both sides and just get an international group of boots on the ground to wipe out the Daesh terrorists and help refugees return to their former homelands.

Improving equality and access to food and jobs, clean air and water, would likely help reduce the stress and malnutrition that may be contributing to people becoming capable of mass violence against others.

My condolences and best wishes to the survivors and the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Against Our Better Judgement; book summary

No one, including the President can get much done without the support of a majority of the legislators. We need to elect  a congress who will work together to promote peace and protection of the environment. Wars on terror have seemed to only cause increased terror and destruction and for what benefit or whose benefit?

Alison Weir is a journalist who didn’t like what she saw when she visited Palestine in the early 2000s and so she started reading and was brave enough to have written a book. It is still dangerous to people’s careers to report on the treatment of Palestine by Israel. It is a short book, 93 pages of text, and 109 pages of footnotes with further details, and 24 pages of works cited, and three pages of books for further reading which didn’t make it into the 93 pages of text. Her original goal was to write an article but it kept getting longer. Her goal was to share this information with the American public because Palestinians are still being mistreated and killed without cause or repercussions. We as a nation are continuing to support this apartheid situation.

This is not a book review in the normal sense of the genre, consider it a book summary or an attempt at the more condensed article that the author may have first envisioned. I encourage you to read the book as there are many more details which I didn’t attempt to include, it is a concise and well written book, but I also know that it is a busy world and not everyone has time to read a book, even an important book that is short in length and tall in character.

This summary was not written with consultation or permission of the author of the book Against Our Better Judgement, please see the website IfAmericaKnew.org for a link to the book and for more information about conditions in modern day Palestine  — any errors contained in this summary are my own and the opinions expressed are my own.

The book “Against Our Better Judgement; The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel,” by Alison Weir (2014) suggests that our nation has had people in positions of power since the early 1900s who have been promoting a Zionist agenda to takeover Palestine and create a nation for “all” Jews to live. However the Jews throughout the world were more interested in staying settled where they were and were not interested in being singled out as an exclusionary religion. The group working for an Israeli nation were known as Zionist and many Jewish people were anti-Zionist. The media and financial support for creating a nation for Jews in Palestine had become too powerful however. Speaking out against Zionism became dangerous:

“Berger and other anti-Zionist Jewish Americans tried to organize against “the deception and cynicism with which the Zionist machine operated,” but failed to obtain anywhere near their level of funding. Among other things, would be dissenters were afraid of “the savagery of personal attacks” anti-Zionists endured. ref.155. (page 38, Against Our Better Judgement)

There was a lot of dark money already in play as people in the Zionist movement were also involved in banking and the creation of the Federal Reserve. Fund raising efforts also were very successful among people of the Jewish and Christian faiths — creating a nation in the Promised Land for Jewish people sounded nice.

Zionist supporters did get an agreement from the negotiations with Great Britain during World War I promising that if the U.S. could be brought into WWI to help Great Britain win the war, then Jews would be allowed to settle in Palestine. The region where Palestine is located was under the control of Great Britain at the time. And the U.S. was able to be encouraged by Zionist supporters to enter WWI and we did help win the war for Great Britain. And Jewish immigrants were allowed to settle in the Palestine region. The area at the time had been mainly populated by Muslims and Christians living without conflict.

The early Zionist settlers found out however that Jews living peacefully elsewhere did not have a strong urge to move to a desert to grow oranges. European Jewish settlements started experiencing violence that was publicized as hate crimes of anti-semitism but were actually undercover Zionists hurting Jews in order to cause fear and promote immigration to Palestine.

The German people who ended up on the losing side of WWI had some knowledge of the Zionist influence used to bring the U.S. into the war. During the build up to WWII this may have added to the power of Hitler and the Nazi regime. However Zionist worked with the Hitler regime during the 1930s and Jews who wanted to settle in Palestine were allowed to leave and to transfer their financial assets to Palestine. During WWII the areas where Jewish people lived in close communities ended up making it easier for the large numbers of victims of the concentration camps and death chambers.

And the large numbers of deaths made it easier for Zionist efforts after the war was over to work on international sympathy for the cause of having the Palestine area be made into a nation called Israel – partition was promised – Arab groups were supposed to be able to have their own place in the area but it .didn’t work out that way and the plan was “Against Our Better Judgement;” it was expected that a dual nation was not the ultimate goal and that there would be blood shed:

An internal State Department memorandum accurately predicted how Israel would be born through armed aggression masked as defense:

“…the Jews will be the actual agressors against the Arabs. However, the Jews will claim that they are merely defending the boundaries of a state which were traced by the U.N…. In the event of such Arab outside aid the Jews will come running to the Security Council with the claim that their state is the object of armed aggression and will use every means to obscure the fact that it is their own armed aggression against the Arabs inside which is the cause of Arab counter-attack.” (ref.195) (page 48, Against Our Better Judgement)

At the time Zionists were working towards support of a voting majority of the members of the United Nations to accept Israel as a new nation President Truman was in office. He was also pressured to vote to partition the nation of Palestine:

‘Truman wrote in his memoirs: “I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance.”‘

The paragraph continues with information by the author of the book:

“There were now about a million dues-paying Zionists in the U.S.” (ref.206) (page 51, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

And financial incentives were involved as we learn in the next paragraph:

“Then, as now, in addition to unending pressure there was financial compensation, Truman reportedly receiving a suitcase full of money from Zionists while on his train campaign around the country.” (ref.207) (page 51, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

Enough nations did end up voting for the partition of Palestine to create Israel and there was bloodshed as the fledgling nation cleared out Arabs and Christians, and even went after some British people:

“Begin, head of the Irgun militia, sent the following message to his troops about their victory at Deir Yassin:

‘Accept my congratulations on this splendid act of conquest. Convey my regards to all the commanders and soldiers. We shake your hands. We are all proud of the excellent leadership and the fighting spirit in this great attack. We stand to attention in memory of the slain. We lovingly shake the hands of the wounded. Tell the soldiers you have made history in Israel with your attack and your conquest. Continue thus until victory. As in Deir Yassin, so everywhere, we will attack and smite the enemy. God, God, Thou has chosen us for conquest.'” (ref.246) (page 60, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

There was an eye witness report of the blood shed that had occurred there:

“Deir Yassin in April 1948 — before any Arab armies had joined the war. A Swiss Red Cross representative was one of the first to arrive on the scene, where he found 254 dead, including 145 women, 35 of them pregnant.” (ref.240) (page 59, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

Begin ended up traveling throughout America six months later on a tour that the State Department had tried to deny but which had the support of “11 Senators, 12 governors, 70 Congressment, 17 Justices and numerous other public officials,” (ref. 249) (page 60) but the attempt by the State Department to deny Begin’s visa “was overruled by Truman.” (ref.250) (page 61, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

“Begin later proudly admitted his terrorism in an interview for American television. When the interviewer asked him, ‘How does it feel, in the light of all that’s going on, to be the father of terrorism in the Middle East?’ Begin proclaimed, ‘In the Middle East? In all the world!'” (ref.251) (page 61, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

At least 33 massacres of Palestinian villages occurred, half of them before a single Arab army joined the conflict. (ref.232) (page 58) The Zionist militias had more weapons (ref.233) (page 58) “and by the end of Israel’s ‘War of Independence’ over 750,000 Palestinian men, women and children were ruthlessly expelled.” (ref.234) (page 58, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

Zionists had been working within the United States under assumed names during the late 1930s through 1948 under a variety of “organizations, including the ‘Emergency Committee to Save European Jewry’ and ‘American Friends of a Jewish Palestine.‘” (ref.252) (page 62, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014) The groups had support from many people.

“Baumel reports that an American Jewish leader who had immigrated to Palestine wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt asking her to withdraw support from the Brando production, [”We Will Never Die!’ celebrating the Jewish contribution to Western civilization”] because its profits ‘were being used to fund terrorist activity.'” (ref.261) Eleanor ignored this advice apparently unaware that it was well founded.” (page 64, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

Another supporter did withdraw support after finding out that the fund-raising organizations were all connected to the same group and who were connected to terrorism:

“One supporter, best-selling author Pierre van Paassen, resigned when he learned that various Delegation-spawned ‘committees’ to save Jews were all tied to horrific terrorist actions in Palestine.”

“He declared that he did not believe they had the means or intention to truly save Jews from the Nazis, writing: ‘To speak bluntly, that “Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe” is a hoax, in my judgement a very cruel hoax perpetrated on the American public, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.'” (ref.264) (page 65, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

“…critics point out that it [the group] did not manageto rescue any Jews during the Nazi holocaust,” (ref.265, “though it may have helped contribute to the pressure on President Roosevelt to later create a War Refugee Board.” (ref.266) (page 65, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

“The group had numerous opponents among Jewish leaders, both Zionist and anti-Zionist. (ref.267) Some, unlike the general public, were aware of the secret connections to Menachem Begin’s Irgun, whose violent tactics many found abhorrent, particularly when they targeted the British at a time that England was fighting to defeat Hitler — the most effective way, many felt, to rescue Jews.” (page 65, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

The main leader of the many ‘committees’ operating in the U.S. to raise funds was working under the name “Peter Bergson” but was really named “Hillel Kook.” (page 62) His “uncle was Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook, often known as ‘Rabbi Kook the Elder.””…and eventually became the ‘Chief Rabbi of Palestine.‘” (page 66) He is the founder of “an ideology that merged a Kabbalistic version of religious Judaism with political Zionism, founding an extremist religious Zionism that continues in existence today.” (ref.273) (page 67)

“The Kabala teaches that non-Jews are the embodiment of Satan and that the world was created solely for the sake of Jews. (ref.274) Rabbi Kook, who achieved saintly status among his followers in Israel and the U.S., stated: ‘The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews. . . is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.'” (ref.275)

American money raised by just one of the organizations, between 1939 and May 1948, would be the equivalent of $3.5 billion in today’s dollars. (ref.309) (page 73, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014) The money was used in part to buy guns for the immigrants already settled in Palestine “for use in taking over the land for a Jewish State.” (ref.306) (page 72, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

After WWII was over the Zionist movement ran into the same trouble again — refugees didn’t want to move to a desert — they were forced to anyway. Even Jewish orphans were forced to leave families that had been hiding them safely throughout WWII and who frequently had come to love the children and would have happily adopted them. The children were then placed in temporary orphanages in Belgium and were forced to speak only Hebrew. They also weren’t allowed to leave the facilities to seek out whether any of their relatives had survived in order to prevent them from possibly staying in Europe instead of going to Palestine. (page 75-76, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014) “Displaced persons” some of whom may already have had visas approved for immigration to other countries were forced to go to Palestine instead drafted into military service. (page 78-79) Where they weren’t treated with equally as the Zionists:

“Israeli author Tom Segev reports that most of the immigrants from Germany were refugees who came ‘against their will… They were not Zionists.’ In Israel they were ‘objects of condescension and contempt.'” (ref.326)

“The American public, however, was led to believe that European Jews desperately wished to go to Palestine, and the well organized, well funded, and frequently ruthless operation behind the emigration was hidden from view. (page 79-80, (page 75, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

Palestinian Arabs weren’t the only population to suffer massacre and forced eviction by the Israeli forces when the nation was voted into existence.

“Journalist and academic Anders Strindberg reports: ‘In the process of “Judaizing” Palestine, numerous convents, hospices, seminaries, and churches were either destroyed or cleared of their Christian owners and custodians. In one of the most spectacular attacks on a Christian target, on May 17, 1948, the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate was shelled with about 100 mortar rounds — launched by Zionist forces from the already occupied monastery of the Benedictine Fathers on Mount Zion. The bombardment also damaged St. Jacob’s Convent, the Archangel’s Convent, and their appended churches, their two elementary and seminary schools, as well as their libraries, killing eight people and wounding 120.'” (ref.335) (page 83, (page 75, Against Our Better Judgement, by Alison Weir, 2014)

One financial control is held over a nation’s politicians and its media than history is reported according to the goals of the financiers. Propaganda does not actually mean history didn’t happen but if enough people are led to believe a one-sided story then it is almost as if history didn’t happen.

I will be celebrating Nakba Day this year on May fifteenth [for more info: Nakba Day (The Catastrophe) fifteenth of May, 1948] and as many years as I survive — in honour of the many Arabs, Christians, Jews and British people who lost their lives to Zionist terrorism. And I may visit a cemetery on May seventeenth in memory of the eight people who lost their lives during the shelling of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate, on May 17, 1948.

Our nation was founded on a strong belief in the separation of church and state but our priorities were manipulated by financial incentives and threats. It is time to end WWII and let Palestine be free again. Our nation’s War on Terror is actually a war on common sense and a war on decency and a war on the future of the planet. It is past time to stop terrorizing the world and to stop funding apartheid.

And, a second copy of this statement:

This summary was not written with consultation or permission of the author of the book Against Our Better Judgement , please see the website IfAmericaKnew.org for a link to the book and for more information about conditions in modern day Palestine  — any errors contained in this summary are my own and the opinions expressed are my own.

/Disclosure: Opinions are my own and this information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

Score cards with a player’s statistics have value

In sports there are often collectable cards that include a summary of statistics about the player’s career and history of achievements.

In the modern world of political campaigns memes have begun to fill in for sports cards as small memorable collections of data. Comparing voting records and other details can give voters some idea of the candidates values and consistency in upholding them during changing political climates.

Yesterday I spent some time thinking about values as I was using a website template that included examples of values that a political candidate might want to support — I kept one as it was written and modified a few others on the list. It doesn’t seem like plagiarism to use words from a template if it is a business product that I purchased rather than an individual’s copyrighted work.

Values were already on my mind after reading and watching a variety of sources discuss the war on ‘terrorism’ that has been terrorizing the Middle East for over a decade in the near past and since the late 1800s over the long term. For more information on the history dating back to the late 1800s, read the book “Against Our Better Judgement,” by Alison Weir for more information on “The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel,” (the subtitle of the book, 2014, more information and a link for the book is available on the website IfAmericaKnew.org). It is heart breaking and sickening to read for anyone who loves our country as much as I do, and the news about the more recent war is also heart breaking as well as gut wrenching – literally. TMI – I had an IBS flair up that night and had physical intestinal pain while watching one of the documentaries.

Videos for more information about some of our world’s true heros:

More on the background of the current U.S. war on ‘terror’ and funding rebel terrorist forces (or leaving supplies behind that arm rebel terrorist forces – first rule of vacating a war zone, blow up any remaining equipment and arms that might fall into the wrong hands – criminal negligence to just leave it behind because it’s cheaper than shipping it back home.) The order of all of these links is in the reverse of how I read or viewed them and they are copies of Tweets I posted to the social media site Twitter:

As a political candidate for President of the United States, 2016, I would like to state clearly that I am not for funding rebel terrorists; or for inadvertently leaving supplies behind were terrorists are likely to seize them; or for bombing hospitals or civilian neighborhoods.

Equality of women and men and nations that support equality of women and men is what I value. Just because a nation doesn’t support corporate profit as more important than most other things does not mean they are not supportive of equal rights for humans.

Sixteen year old girls are fighting on the front lines of Syria against ISIL/Daesh terrorists that have been inadvertently or purposely supported by the U.S.. The Assad regime has not been proven to be a brutal dictatorship although that is how mainstream media has been reporting and Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.

General Wesley Clark, a former Presidential candidate and NATO leader, reported that there was a U.S. goal to destroy seven countries in five years- we seem to have achieved it, whether we made the five year goal might be debatable but destruction of infrastructure and destruction of life and destabilization of surrounding countries and European countries due to the enormous influx of refugees also seems to have been achieved.Iu I’ll repeat the link in case you missed it:

My values include not funding terrorist organizations – to see more on what I value visit my 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign website: http://www.jenniferdepew.com/.

I value not terrorizing sixteen year old girls, or their families, no matter where they happen to have been born. Rebel mercenaries are rebel mercenaries, innocent citizens are innocent citizens even if they happen to live in rebel occupied territory or in a nation that is on a list of seven countries to be destroyed within five years.

In case you missed this one – it explains which Middle East nations and groups support equal rights and democratic elections more and who doesn’t:

My values, from my campaign/effective health care website:

  • Family first.
  • Protect the environment as it supports families and businesses.
  • Justice should prevail equally for all.
  • Helping others helps oneself.
  • Honesty is a virtue & truth matters.
  • Humility is a gift that heals by reducing stress levels.
  • Teamwork helps the whole team.

We as a nation need to recognize that blaming others for problems doesn’t help resolve the problems anymore than building a wall would keep out people with a plane ticket.

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

Imagine children unable to speak up for themselves

My last post and all of my posts are really about all the children – and adults – who may not be able to speak up for themselves. A magnesium bath or foot soak can be life changing with almost immediate better mood and less muscle cramps and chronic pain.

I’ve only ever had one or two close friends at a time — and I’m okay with that, I like company but I like reading a lot too. My goal in sharing information is not for me or about me but is simply about sharing my experiences in case they might be helpful for others, and actually I do write for me too, future me, so that as I read I can add notes so that I can find the information again at some point in the future. I like the internet, it is a great invention, humans are really great in many ways.

Magnesium deficiency is a widespread problem for people on the autistic spectrum but also for many other people with a variety of common chronic illnesses or who have lifestyle habits that waste magnesium. Obesity can also be a problem of nutrient deficiency which might seem unlikely but being mal-nourished in some nutrients can make weight gain much more likely. Deficiencies in vitamin D, thiamin, folic acid, iron, B12, zinc, phosphorus, B6, and potassium have been found to be more common in obese individuals. [4] And levels of vitamins A, E, and C have also been found to be significantly lower in obese individuals than in non-obese individuals. [5] [information from references 4 and 5 is from a continuing education course: 6]

Magnesium deficiency has to be very severe before it typically shows up on lab tests because it is stored within the bones and within cells more than in the blood. Calcium is more prevalent within the fluid portion of blood while magnesium is more prevalent within the interior of blood cells and other cells. Both nutrients are electrically active and provide energy for cellular functions in addition to other roles. Gastrointestinal problems can make a deficiency in the nutrient more likely however because calcium can be preferentially absorbed and magnesium can become less well absorbed.  However an early symptom of magnesium deficiency is insulin resistance which would lead to increased fat storage and increased appetite. [https://www.sharecare.com/health/diabetes/how-brain-affected-by-insulin]

The DASH diet designed originally to help reduce high blood pressure has also been found helpful for weight management. It includes more beans, nuts and seeds than many other diet plans, foods which provide magnesium, vitamin E, B vitamins and trace minerals such as zinc. [http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/dash/]

The anti-psychotic medication olanzapine affects insulin and appetite [2] and causes significant weight gain in adults but even more so in children. Medicaid guidelines in some areas have it prescribed for children. Many children in foster care are being put on strong medications like olanzapine at great cost to their health and great cost to Medicaid. It is not inexpensive at over $300/month for the patent version Zyprexa.

“Between 1997 and 2004, Texas Medicaid spending on antipsychotics rose from $28 million to $175 million. In the months of July and August 2004, over 19,000 adolescents in Texas were given antipsychotics, even though pharmaceutical companies had not applied for licenses to market these drugs for use in minors. In 2003, Zyprexa pulled in $4.3 billion in sales in the United States, 70 percent of which came from state health insurance and other public health programs. …in 2009, research revealed that children being treated under Medicaid were four times more likely to get antipsychotics than children not covered by Medicaid.” [Pharmageddon, by David Healy, page 141, 1]

Pharmageddon,” by David Healy, (University of California Press, 2012, Berkeley). [1]

I keep mentioning Epsom Salt baths because they are inexpensive and very effective for people who are deficient in magnesium. And for those who are deficient in the essential nutrient, regular use of Epsom Salt baths might also be helping prevent chronic degenerative diseases like diabetes from developing or worsening. While the olanzapine/Zyprexa has been proven to be associated with a greatly increased risk for diabetes and significant weight gain [3] — and an increased risk for suicide and possibly for homicide particularly during withdrawal from the medication. The olanzapine may be causing long term changes in the brain by over-activating receptors involved in suicide. Do our foster children deserve to be experimented on just because they have Medicaid and Medicaid guidelines were set that cause doctors to feel that their job would be in jeopardy if they don’t follow the guideline?

Evidence based medicine can be very helpful and life-saving but it is better used as guidance to suggest a path to treatment rather than be a strict guideline that can be used to increase pharmaceutical company’s profits at the cost of children’s long term and short term health — and possibly that of people in their vicinity.

If our society really wants to stop suicide and mass killings than we need to address the underlying causes rather than worry only about controlling access to guns — guns don’t kill people anymore than knives or Hellfire missiles — people kill people.

4. Mechanick JI, Kushner RF, Sugerman HJ, et al. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the perioperative nutritional, metabolic, and nonsurgical support of the bariatric surgery patient. Surg Obes Rel Dis. 2008;(5 Suppl):S109-S184.

5. Kaider-Person O, Person B, Szomstein S, Rosenthal RJ. Nutritional deficiencies in morbidly obese patients: a new form of malnutrition? Part B: minerals. Obes Surg. 2008;18(8):1028-1034.

6. Lillian Craggs, Obesity: Beyond Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes – Learn about Obesity’s Far Reach and Ill Effects in Lesser Described Conditions, ce.todaysdietitian.com.

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Big understatements; Part two

I mentioned that I started a post that explained why I had started thinking about Andy Warhol’s giant soup can, but that it wasn’t about autism, but on second thought I will bring this back around to autism, however we’re taking a scenic route so buckle up for safety, there will be some discussion of bombs and terrorism along the way. Yesterday I saw recently gathered statistics for rates of autism in children aged 7 to 9 in the Minneapolis area: overall average – 1 in 48; Somali-Minneapolis refugee – 1 in 32; White – 1 in 36; Black, non-Somali – 1 in 62; and Hispanic – 1 in 80; there were too few Asian-American and Native Americans with autism to include in the report. So does this suggest Somali-Minneapolis refugees and White Americans (who want to try to reduce their risk for having a child who develops autism later in life) should emigrate to Mexico? That might help provide more sunshine and vitamin D (if there is not an internal problem with vitamin D metabolism) but I can think of another issue that White Americans and Somalian-Minneapolis refugees might have in common — and it has to do with World War II, iodine and fluoride, and the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I told you the story in the last post in order to tell you a different story that is unrelated to autism research. Andy Warhol’s giant soup can popped up in my thoughts unexpectedly during a conversation I was having online regarding a writer whose work I had followed in the past. The other author and I are both U.S. citizens while the person whose post I was commenting on was from a different nation. The post and comments were about a humor site that used clips of the author’s work in a parody style on a site that was clearly labeled as a  parody (humor) site that was unaffiliated with the actual author.

I visited the site and it was funny but clearly were clips from longer works. On my return to the post I added a comment that the short clips taken out of context might be misrepresenting the author’s actual work. It was an MRA, a “Male Right’s Activist,’ parody site and my impression of the author’s work in the past was that he is actually a human right’s activist who writes satire which can be easily misinterpreted. The commenter responded that I should visit the author’s site and see what he was writing lately, as it seemed “deranged.” Now I’m not in a strong position to discuss whether or not another blogger seems deranged or not but I hadn’t visited the author’s site in a long time so I dutifully went to his site to check out his latest topics.

And it turned out that the author had been writing a series on Mr. Trump and his PERSUASIVE STYLE. Now I was really  laughing.

On my return to the post I added a comment that suggested that articles about Mr. Trump’s persuasive style might be satire. I received no reply and eventually deleted the comment. I was still thinking about the topic though and started another comment the next day in defense of my virtual acquaintance whom I considered something of a frenemy and you know what they (don’t) say — “A frenemy is a frenemy forever.” The comment that I wrote disappeared due to tablet malfunction before I could post it and I decided not to try to rewrite it as opinions are very individual things. [Update, May 10, 2016: satire may not have been intended, that was just my interpretation, or maybe my hope.]

But in thinking more about why I had found the phrase “Trump’s PERSUASIVE STYLE” so funny, the thought popped in my head that it was word art and was such a big understatement that it should be hanging on the wall in the Museum of Modern Art next to Andy Warhol’s giant soup can. And that thought was such a non sequitor that I then had to think about what I had meant and I realized that Andy Warhol may have condensed an entire heartwarming Norman Rockwell image inside of his giant soup can and that would be a really big understatement.

So what was funny about “Trump’s PERSUASIVE STYLE” — the CapsLk button, that’s what. I had mis-quoted it in my deleted comment by using small letters, it was the caps lock key that the author had used that made it funny to me. In the online world using all capital letters would suggest that Mr. Trump’s persuasive style is shouting.

Shouting is a classic style of persuasion but examples from literature suggest that it can lead to escalation of trouble rather than working out win/win solutions. The classic work that comes to mind is the story “The Three Little Pigs.” In the children’s story the big bad wolf wants to eat the three little pigs and he calls to them from outside of their house, trying to trick them first by acting friendly and asking politely to be let inside but they aren’t fooled and don’t open the door. He then threatens to “huff, and puff, and blow their house down.” This worked — the first time, when the little pigs had built a house of straw and the wolf did manage to blow it down but the little pigs escaped safely out the back door, — and it worked the second time, when the little pigs had built a house of sticks. But it didn’t work the third time when the little pigs had built a house of bricks. [This version of the story on Project Gutenberg seems like an older version of the story than what I read as a child; the first two little pigs get eaten in this version while the more wily third little pig ends up eating the wolf – take home lesson for little children might be — build with bricks and don’t believe everything that strangers tell you —  the psychologically manipulative wolf — or little pig — may manage to be invited in and have you making them tea and signing a legal contract before you even know what happened. [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18155/18155-h/18155-h.htm]

The problem with the big, bad wolf persuasive style of shouting is that it is full of hot air, and as soon as someone realizes that, then all they have to do is change the channel or build a brick house. Unfortunately for U.S. citizens and writers, it has become more difficult to find a channel without Mr. Trump’s PERSUASIVE STYLE and if he were to be elected President then he might be able to blow down houses with bombs that contain radioactive waste. We may not be using atomic bombs in our drone attacks but depleted uranium may be being spread with some of the bombs that are in use, and while the U.S. hasn’t admitted to using bombs with depleted uranium, hair analysis of the mothers of infants born with congenital malformations in areas where there was a lot of bombing did find the presence of increased levels of uranium. [https://www.rt.com/news/iraq-depleted-uranium-health-394/]

Infants are being born with severe birth defects at a rate of 14.7% in Fallujah, Iraq, and up to 50% of infants born following the worst years of bombing have been found to have some type of malformation. The rate of miscarriages also increased significantly. Mercury and lead levels have been found to be more elevated in the infants born with more severe defects.

“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.” – Sarah Morrison, 13 October 2012, [http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/iraq-records-huge-rise-in-birth-defects-8210444.html]

The rate of birth defects in Iraq has been worse than the rate of birth defects that occurred in Hiroshima after World War II.

So Mr. Trump may shout about banning Muslims and blowing up foreign nations but it seems to me that the big, bad wolf approach has already been in use by the U.S., and by the terrorists, and it has continued to escalate.

In 2001 allegedly terrorists flew an airplane into a building and somehow managed to make  the building disintegrate as if it were a planned demolition and they managed to crash an invisible airplane into the Pentagon, our nation’s citadel of defense; now that is an incredible huffing and puffing act — and kind of hard to believe. Interestingly while Americans have been taking off their shoes before boarding airplanes ever since 2001, the terrorists haven’t tried to repeat the disintegrate a building with one airplane trick. Maybe they know something about it that the rest of us just have to speculate about (like the laws of physics). Anyone who watches modern action movies has known for awhile that flying an airplane into a skyscraper can cause fires and the elevators stop and people can break an ankle in their rush down the stairwells — but movie goers learned that overall skyscrapers are pretty sturdy and most of the people do manage to get out safely — and we even learned that given a smallish jet and a glassy skyscraper, a really good action adventure hero might even be able to fly the plane into the building, rescue the girl, and fly the plane right back out of the building again — without starting even a smallish fire. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Towering_Inferno] [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Lies]

Terrorist activity has escalated more recently though. More territory is under control of the Daesh/ISIL and first they destroyed ancient monuments within the Middle East region and weren’t stopped. And then last year terrorists attacked citizens in Paris twice, a city with a monument linked historically with the U.S. monument the Statue of Liberty. So attacking the city somewhat symbolically attacks the U.S. too, and the international community also, with the conference on global warming that was held in Paris in 2015. And then terror attacks were escalated further when it was brought to the U.S. in the attack on a group of social service workers in San Bernardino, CA, in December, 2015.   [http://www.abc15.com/news/national/workers-return-to-site-of-san-bernardino-attack]

Escalating big bad wolf tactics with more big, bad wolf tactics seems like a bad idea to me. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after all, oops, but now there is a fifty percent chance of birth malformations in infants born in some areas of Iraq. The rate of cancer is also significantly increased. That is truly terrifying to me. To look at this from a different perspective consider the atrocity of the Nazi’s and Hitler’s regime — what if the history books said something like: “During Hitler’s regime eleven million people were killed just because they were black, or were of different political, religious, or sexual affiliation then the Nazi regime, or were Gypsies or other foreign nationals (that part is true); and the Blitzkreig bombing of London and other areas of the U.K. caused a fifty percent birth defect rate for decades after WWII was over (that part isn’t true – the Blitzkreig bombing did not leave depleted uranium).” The search engine didn’t find uranium in association with the WWII Blitzkreig but it did provide a quote from someone who knew Adolf Hitler during his early days:

“Here is a quote from a biography of Friedelind Wagner:

‘Hitler became a frequent visitor in our home, so I knew him as only a few people ever knew him, informally, without “stage make-up,” as it were. My father laughed about my mother’s strange messiah. He, in common with many others, felt that the new self-elected savior didn’t have one chance in a million to succeed. It was this one factor that helped Hitler most in his amazing rise to power. No one of importance took him seriously. The guardians of the Versailles Treaty were as successfully lulled to sleep as were the German people. Nobody bothered to stop him because everyone thought that he would presently vanish from the scene. (Wagner, Heritage of Fire, xiii).'” – [This excerpt is from a non-standard website – http://www.reformation.org/british-secret-service-agent-adolf-hitler.html]

The U.S has accidentally dropped shipments of supplies and artillery in territory held by the Daesh and has accidentally dropped bombs on a hospital run by volunteer physicians in Afghanistan. Citizens of Israel have been reported to have bought property in regions controlled by the Daesh/ISIL. War refugees moving out would leave empty buildings waiting for new occupancy — hypothetically it might be a good idea for the rest of the world to send in very large ground support for the regions that aren’t controlled by the Daesh yet, while the U.S. and Israel are figuring out priorities, before the situation escalates from what might be a small group of extremists or maybe even hired mercenaries into something that seems to fulfill religious prophecy for some of the extremists. The Daesh/ISIL do not represent all Muslims anymore than a group of armed terrorists/militia in Oregon represent all people of Oregon.

The summary of those links seem to be that this is a Hatfield and McCoy situation — a family feud going back generations — to use an American expression. Staying out of the way of two feuding tribes, families, or religious groups, may be the safest choice but the U.S. policy seems to have been to provide weapons to one side which seem to have an unfortunate tendency to end up in the possession of the other side — with an unspoken goal/fantasy that both sides would lose/kill each other. This is more of a passive-aggressive wolf style of persuasion. But while our troops might not be directly between the two feuding sides, the area’s non-combative citizens, their property, and their environment is in the middle and we the American public may have been funding the escalation of the feud by providing one or both sides with dangerous weapons (whether inadvertently or on purpose our providing dangerous weapons is increasing the risk to the area’s non-combative citizens and to their environment and property).

Organized sports and the Olympic Games have been successful solutions for harnessing our instincts for tribal rivalry. Maybe competitive gardening could be introduced instead — planting sunflowers would be helpful because they absorb radiation better than other plants; planting lemon balm would be helpful for the citizens to eat because it might help protect their bodies against radiation damage, gingko biloba extract and spirulina may also have protective benefits as foods or supplemental extracts. [Cancer Risks of CT Scans] Something that would be unlikely to be helpful — more bombing.

Bringing it back to autism — Somalian refugees and Whites from Minneapolis may have hypothyroidism due to an underlying iodine deficiency and/or an excess of fluoride, bromide and chloride in common. In the 19040’s there was a big push to develop the atomic bomb in the U.S. and stop Hitler and then in the 1950’s there was a big push to show that fluoride was perfectly safe and helpful for children’s teeth and in no way was likely to be responsible for sicknesses being experienced by workers from the bomb building industry. Radioactive iodine leaks in Hanford, Washington where the atomic materials for the WWII bombs were produced have also experienced many sicknesses which also haven’t been recognized by the U.S. government. The best way to protect oneself from exposure to radioactive iodine is to be well nourished in iodine but instead of assuring adequate iodine the medical industry instead views radioactive iodine as a medical treatment to kill the thyroid gland in cases of cancer or autoimmune disease and in X-ray machines. X-ray machines work better when patients are deficient in iodine — however patient’s bodies work better when they have sufficient iodine so I really don’t agree with prioritizing the efficiency of X-ray machines over the efficiency of patient’s bodies.

  • http://manhattanprojectvoices.org/location/hanford-wa
  • http://www.hanfordproject.com/manhattan.html
  • Excerpt from “DownWinders,” hanfordproject.com: “In June 2002, the final HTDS report announced “the findings do not prove that Hanford radiation had no effect on the health of the area population…if there is an increased risk of thyroid disease from exposure to Iodine-131, it is probably too small to observe…”Understandably many former Hanford employees and area residents are extremely disappointed with the final HTDS statistical generalizations. In an article dated June 22nd, 2002 the Seattle Times shared a story of a woman whose father worked was an engineer at Hanford from1947 to 1953. Having lived downwind from the facility as a child, her illnesses include “cancer of the lip and salivary gland…tumors in her sinuses, hypothyroidism, and auto-immune problems.” [9] Ray Samsom, an electrician who worked at Hanford in 1974 was exposed to radioactivity when a sliver of radioactive graphite lodged in his nostril after changing overhead light bulbs. Now suffering an aggressive form of skin cancer in this same nostril, he has had to date five operations to cut out cancerous tissues and is scheduled for another to reconstruct his now disfigured nose. [10]” [http://www.hanfordproject.com/downwinders.html]

The sadder news for Hanford and Washington State, and for salmon and the Pacific Ocean, is that there are decaying barrels of radioactive waste still in the area and the cleanup has taken a lot of time and money and it seems like lawyers are the only ones to receive much compensation.

Just because people are told something is safe doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe. Just because legislators can pass a law saying no child will fail school doesn’t mean every child is born of average intelligence but it might lead to some children being harassed until they drop out or are suspended due to behavioral problems. Just because U.S. citizens are told that two airplanes can completely disintegrate three buildings does not mean that the entire world has to believe that story.

In summary – should White Americans and Somalian refugees emigrate to Mexico if they want to reduce their risk for having a child with autism later in life? Maybe or they could check their diets and lifestyles for sources of vitamin D and iodine, fluoride, bromide, and perchlorates. [http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/583325/11035892/1299126283010/HormonesHalidesandHealth.pdf?token=vDlcavn91jAOGMGsrNFhWRl6vfY%3D]

Regarding styles of persuasion — I like to be aware of many styles of persuasion so that I can recognize which one is being used against me in order to better defend myself or in order to have a more informed position for trying to negotiate a win/win solution.

The other take home point — U.S. writers – please be aware that if you write about Donald Trump there is at least one foreign reader who may get the impression that you are deranged.

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The Affordable Care Act deserves a Signature Strike not Yemen

Update, April 23/24, 2016: We’re still not the good guys – drone warfare is wrong and creates terror and probably increases the number of terrorists. I, as an independent candidate for President of the United States want to restate my previous opinion that I reject the U.S. drone warfare. In my opinion drone warfare is similar to the Blitzkreig bombing of Great Britain by the Nazi’s during WWII — except our drone bombs maybe leaving radioactive waste behind and some areas have had an increased rate of cancer and of infants born birth defects, as many as fifty percent of infants – so our use of drone warfare is even worse than the Blitzkreig – in my opinion, and possibly others:

For more current information on the affects of drone warfare on the targeted people and the U.S. military personnel involved in the operation see this article: [http://www.salon.com/2016/04/23/were_not_the_good_guys_partner/]

Saudi Arabia has been fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria and Yemen and are willing to help in Iraq if that nation is interested in assistance from Saudi Arabia fighting the terrorist organization. The nation of Saudi Arabia has already donated humanitarian aid that was disbursed via the U.N. and helped 1000 Iraqi orphans: “Saudi Arabia ready to help Iraq fight Daesh,” Sunday, April 24, 2016: [http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/914876]

The Affordable Care Act may seem like an unlikely target for me to have wanted to strike out with a ‘Signature Strike’ even figuratively, because it did help many Americans get insurance, but it has also caused prescription drug prices to increase and increased health care costs for many Americans. It has been hard on medical staff while increasing profit for insurance and prescription companies. It was a cumbersome act, nearly 11,000 pages long, with sections that may have been written by medical and prescription industry lobbyists – for all any of the legislators knew when they were asked to sign it into law.

~~~a post I wrote May 17, 2012:

I would feel better about voting for President Obama again if he had chosen different advice for the Affordable Care Act. It supports pharmaceutical profit and takes away our right to negotiate for cheaper drug prices. It mandates that a very specific product must be purchased if you are born an American citizen.

For example dietitians aren’t approved to provide weight loss counseling but Medicare will pay for a physician to do so. The number of gastric bypass surgeries may increase as a result. Dietitian’s services are approved once a patient has had a gastric bypass. Choosing good advice is essential when using the common sense and good advice plan.Car insurance is only mandated if you buy a car and the products (auto mechanic services) generally are effective. Health insurance is buying a product that may not be equally effective, which we would see if we were to honestly assess the quality of life and health outcomes of the patients using American health care. We are doing incredible life saving acute care types of things in medicine but the basic “what a body is built from” is being ignored. We are not built out of maintenance medications.

Too frequently the health care goal is to stabilize the chronically ill patient. Tackling underlying problems and restoring function is not even considered as a possibility for many disease/syndromes. “We don’t know what is wrong with you or how to fix you but here is a maintenance medication,” is a pervasive attitude that tends to add to the body’s burden of ill health. Some textbooks for graduate school classes are describing “autoimmune” disease as a normal part of aging. If it were a normal part of aging then why isn’t as prevalent in every nation and why do infants and children develop autoimmune conditions?

By teaching our future physicians that chronic ill health is a normal part of aging then we are teaching them to stop looking for ways to restore good health. All they have to do is maintain the bad, however, the bad tends to get worse under that approach.

A common sense and listen to good advice approach to governing requires good advice.

And the drone bombs are very ineffective as snipers. We are bombing innocent civilians – we Americans are bombing innocent civilians in an attempt to possibly kill a ‘terrorist’.

The signature strikes have increased over the last month.

“…at least 747 people have been killed in strikes on Yemen since 2001. Out of these, 105 are known to have been civilians, and 24 of them children.”

We don’t have gas chambers yet but we are bombing innocent civilians in Yemen, They have a 53% unemployment rate. [http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/may2012/yeme-m17.shtml]

Yemen also has oil, what a surprise, and their national oil production has dropped since 2004.

Excerpt: Corruption and bad management of national resources have been widespread at all public offices in Yemen, especially the energy sector. Experts said senior officials within the former regime had shares in oil companies operating in the country and a large part of oil revenues.

“If there is a good management of the national sources, the country will increase production, not deplete the reserves,” said the PEPA official.

He pointed out that “one of the big problems of this sector is that the Yemeni authorities totally rely on foreign investors to study and explore Yemeni areas; the point is that there is no local supervision or participation in such operations.”

At the meantime, the security situation remains the biggest concern affecting investments here amid persistent attacks on pipelines and facilities by tribesmen and militants.

We are providing military protection for oil companies on foreign soil. The people of Yemen deserve their own oil reserves not drone bombs and US military police.

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