The warning from over 100 scientists and experts that the imminent Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, should be postponed or moved, is very curious. As is the way the international media is continuing to portray the Zika virus.
Aside from the separate question of why a country with so much poverty, so much corruption and so much environmental damage, should have been awarded the Olympic Games in the first place, you do have to wonder how worthwhile a host Brazil can be for these games, given a polarised society that has just experienced a coup.
Some of the logic behind the warning centers on fears that such a mass of visitors to Rio could risk the Zika virus being transmitted all over the world – including the United States and Europe – at a much quicker rate.
Both government outlets and media outlets have also been ramping up the Zika scare stories to try to cause a panic (see here and here for examples). And the Australian Olympic team has apparently been issued double-strength condoms for their trip to Rio, apparently to protect against Zika. This is the level at which the health crisis is being covered.
And most of the mainstream media is maintaining the line that Zika causes birth defects, with ‘conspiracy theories’ being treated as unworthy of serious consideration.
But though the Zika virus was originally discovered in 1947, cases of the virus being contracted were only sporadic, and even then only occurred in Africa and southern Asia. It was until 2013 that that individual cases started to appear in the Americas. It was in May last year that Brazil reported its first case. And now Brazil is center of the ‘Zika outbreak’, which has been portrayed widely as being to blame for at least 4,000 reports of babies born with ‘microcephaly’ since October. ‘Microcephaly’ is a birth defect in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and often serious brain damage.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health was quick to firmly link the Zika virus to the shocking increase in microcephaly. However, the broadly propagated story that Zika is responsible for the startling number of birth defects was being strongly contested almost immediately. A report from Argentine doctors’ organisation, ‘Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns’, challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns.
Claire Robinson, writing on GM Watch, highlights that ‘according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognise that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them’.
From the Physicians’ report: “Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on the Zika virus for this damage.”
The report also identifies Pyriproxyfen as being manufactured by ‘Sumitomo Chemical’, a Japanese “strategic partner” of Monsanto – an organisation currently awaiting a tribunal in the Hague.
There in fact appears to be no real evidence to the widely reported idea that GM mosquitoes cause Zika, or that Zika itself can cause microcephaly. As Robinson reports, ‘In fact, out of 404 confirmed microcephaly cases in Brazil, only 17 (4.2%) tested positive for the Zika virus’.
The Argentine Physicians’ analysis seems to have been corroborated by the findings of a completely separate report by a Brazilian doctors and public health research organisation, who also suggest this misinformation strategy is driven by the commercial interests of the chemical industry, which it insists is deeply integrated into Latin-American health ministries, as well as the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organisation. They also name the British GM insect company Oxitec as part of a corporate lobby that is distorting the facts about Zika to suit its own corporate operations.
With these two investigations/reports from organisations closer to the crisis, it does begin to seem like global health authorities and the mass media might be using the Zika virus as a smokesceen to cover up the harm caused by toxic chemicals developed by powerful international corporations, for whom Brazil’s population – or the poor sections of the population more specifically – have been a massive, collective guinea pig.
It is necessary to note that previous Zika outbreaks were not recorded to have caused birth defects in newborns. And there are locations, such as Colombia, where there have been a number of Zika cases but no records of microcephaly.
Jon Rappaport made an interesting observation some months ago on his blog, citing a December 1993 article by Noam Chomsky and published in Z Magazine. In the article, called ‘The Clinton Vision’, Chomsky was more generally exploring the subject of American foreign policy, focusing on Brazil. He wrote generally about the US domination of that country and how the agenda was to seize control of land, resources and labor, albeit under the guise of spreading free-market and democratic values; this was accomplished via by Brazil’s corrupt oligarchy, under the management of American corporate sponsors (sound familiar?).
Chomsky shed light on how ‘Workers in the northeastern area of Brazil were subjugated to a life of misery, the most obvious sign of which was extreme, generation-to-generation malnutrition.’
The most important part of Chomsky’s 1993 piece, as Rappaport highlights, reads as follows; ‘Brazil has enjoyed a very high growth rate, which conferred enormous wealth on everyone except its population — apart from the top few percent, who live at the standards of the wealthiest Westerners. It is a sharply two-tiered society. Much of the population live at a level reminiscent of Central Africa… the UN Report on Human Development ranked this rich and privileged country in 80th place, alongside of Albania and Paraguay. In the northeast, Brazilian medical researchers describe a new subspecies: ‘pygmies,’ with 40% [actually 60%] the brain capacity of humans, thanks to severe malnutrition in a region with fertile lands owned by large plantations that produce export crops in accord with the doctrines preached by their expert advisers. Hundreds of thousands of children die of starvation every year in this success story, which also wins world prizes for child slavery and murder of street children — in some cases for export of organs for transplant, according to respected Brazilian sources’.
Chomsky’s main source, we are told, was an Isabel Vincent who wrote an article titled ‘Life a struggle for Pygmy family’ in the Globe & Mail Toronto, December 17th 1991. She is quoted as having written, ‘Fully 30.7 per cent of children in the Northeast are born malnourished, according to Unicef and the Brazilian Ministry of Health… Brazilian medical experts have known of undernourishment in the country’s poorest region for more than two decades, but they confirmed only recently the existence of a much more startling problem — a severe lack of protein in their diet that is producing a population of Brazilian Pygmies known by some medical researchers in Brazil as homens nanicos. Their height at adulthood is far less than the average height recording by the World Health Organization and their brain capacity is 40 per cent less than average…’
As Rappaport notes, both Chomsky and Vincent, writing over 20 years ago, do not also take account of the additional effect of toxic pesticides, some of which are banned in many countries but not in Brazil, which is considered by some to be a playground for chemical companies to test toxic substances.
Mike Adams, writing on the (not always reliable) Natural News website, was more colorful in his take. ‘The brain deformations the world is witnessing are caused by the mass fumigation of low-income Brazilian people with a chemical larvacide, not by mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. What we’re seeing with the brain deformations of children, in other words, is more like the history of thalidomide, a prescription medicine given to pregnant women that caused children to be born with limbs missing. But the official narrative on all this is pushing a false link with Zika in order to justify more chemical fumigation, more vaccines and more genetically engineered mosquitoes’.
The idea has also been copied and republished on numerous alt-media websites that the Rockerfeller Foundation owns the ‘patent’ on the Zika Virus; but this appears to be a classic case of incorrect claims spreading like wildfire among sensationalist outlets. It appears the virus was ‘discovered’ (as in isolated) by a Rockefeller employee and the Rockerfeller Foundation presumably stocks and sells the virus to organisations who want it for research purposes. Which isn’t to categorically dismiss the idea that there might be a bigger conspiracy going on, originating with the Rockerfeller Foundation in 1947; but spreading false claims in order to reinforce a conspiracy theory is no help at all.
There are other possible causes too for the spread of microcephaly.
While I sometimes hesitate to talk about vaccination conspiracies – because I fear rabid anti-vaccine conspiracists can be as dangerous with their agenda (often including misinformation) as actual vaccination conspiracies themselves are – this health crisis, like AIDS in the early 80s, may well trace back to a vaccination programme.
We know that in 2015 the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program received a $307,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the immune responses of pregnant women who receive the ‘Tdap’ vaccine.
Gates was funding programs testing how pregnant mothers tolerate repeated dosing with the Tdap booster during pregnancy. See here for some background on Tdap.
The same article highlights that ‘Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S. and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to this vaccine that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes’.
The Bill Gates Foundation also appears to have funded the lab that produces the GM mosquito infected with Zika strain that is to be deployed to eradicate mosquitoes in the wild. The British Oxitec company – the same Oxitec that the Argentine physicians accuse of being part of a corporate lobby distorting the facts about Zika – has developed the insect with funds from the Bill Gates foundation. It allegedly conducted the first outdoor trials with transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman in autumn 2009. Oxitec has been releasing the genetically-modified Aedes mosquitoes into the wild in Brazil since 2011 (to battle dengue fever).
A blog like this one – whose views I can’t endorse in their entirety – is much more rabid, as many alt-media sites are, about there being a definite Depopulation Agenda going on. It may well be the case – there is a lot of information (despite there also being a lot of misinformation) to support that idea.
And it doesn’t help dispel the idea when health ministers in Latin American countries are advising “women not to get pregnant for the next two years.”
Officials in El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil, have all suggested women stop getting pregnant until the crisis has passed. If this ‘crisis’ spreads further across the world – as the academics calling for the postponement of the Olympics are suggesting may happen – one wonders if we might end up with women all over the world being told to ‘stop getting pregnant’.
Not that population management of some description or another is in itself necessarily a bad thing; but secretly injecting pregnant women with unsafe vaccines and dousing half of Brazil with dangerous chemicals are something else entirely. And what certainly does appear to be happening is a massive corporate, government and media cover-up of where the birth defects have actually come from, coupled with a manufactured hysteria and scaremongering about the Zika Virus, which may itself be geared towards forced vaccination (and possible sterilisation) programmes.
It is difficult to work out whether the 150 scientists and experts who’ve warned about the dangers of the 2016 Rio Olympics are trying to aid the hysteria that might be ramped up *after* the Olympics when a ‘panic’ may ensue; it would be along the lines of ‘thousands of Olympic visitors carry threat of Zika from Brazil into Europe and America’.
Because it may just as easily be that these experts know what is really going on and are, in their own way, trying to take the momentum out of any planned crisis by removing the Rio Olympics from the equation entirely.