The Curious Case of Geert Vanden Bossche

His Open Letter, Video Interview and High-Profile Supporters

Rosemary Frei, via her website

On March 6, an open letter by Geert Vanden Bossche, PhD, DVM, and a video interview of him by Phillip McMillan, MD, from a company called Vejon Health, were posted online.

On the surface, Vanden Bossche appears to perhaps be addressing credible concerns about Covid.

He’s saying that the current crop of Covid vaccines will cause the novel coronavirus to mutate into a “super-infectious virus.” And therefore he’s calling for an immediate halt of the use of the current vaccines.

If humans are “committed to perpetuating our species, we have no choice but to eradicate these highly infectious viral variants” via “large vaccination campaigns,” Vanden Bossche claims at the conclusion of his open letter. But in contrast to the currently used Covid vaccines, these new vaccines must focus on stimulation of mass production of the component of the immune system known as natural killer cells, he asserts.

However, Vanden Bossche bases his views on unproven hypotheses. This is similar to, and builds on, high-profile modeling-paper authors who use theoretical frameworks to inflame fears about the supposed dangerousness of the new variants.

Despite this, Vanden Bossche’s views were very quickly and positively received by high-profile vaccine sceptics such as Del Bigtree in his March 11 episode (starting at 57:25) and Vernon Coleman in his March 13 video and article.

Bigtree and Coleman virtually unquestioningly accept and amplify Vanden Bossche’s views. They strongly insinuate to their overwhelmingly credulous subscribers that there’s virtually no fact-checking or pause for sober second thought required.

But from my experience as a former long-time medical writer and journalist (1988-2016) — particularly a four-month stint with media-relations giant FleishmanHillard in 1994 (yes, I’ve worked for the dark side) — this has all the hallmarks of a drug-company astroturf campaign.

It’s another step in the decades-long erasure of the fact that our sophisticated and highly effective immune systems work well and don’t need any assistance from the biomedical/pharmaceutical industry.

There’s abundant evidence that Vanden Bossche has a not-so-hidden agenda. For example, just before the three-minute mark in the video interview of Vanden Bossche by McMillan, Vanden Bossche indicates he’s a long-time vaccine developer. He adds he’s now is focusing on vaccines that “educate the immune system in ways that are to some extent more efficient than we do right now with our conventional vaccines.” 

Clearly he’s got significant conflicts of interest. Therefore he has zero credibility when it comes to advising the public about how to avoid negative effects of mass vaccination.

However, Bigtree, Coleman and others don’t point out these and other red flags. In fact these high-profile alternative-media figures don’t even do basic due diligence such as looking into McMillan, who’s the man who interviewed Vanden Bossche, or the company McMillan’s apparently affiliated with, Vejon Health. Bigtree, for example, relies heavily on the McMillan interview for the content of his March 11 segment.

As far as I know, McMillan and Vanden Bosch aren’t among the thousands of MDs, PhDs, and other people with graduate degrees or equivalent qualifications who have thoroughly debunked the official Covid narrative over the last 12 months. Rather, the pair suddenly popped out of the woodwork.

Also, McMillan isn’t anything close to an expert on vaccines. He describes himself as a “dementia authority.” The most recently published paper of his that I can find is from 2016 and is on Alzheimer’s in the journal Medical Hypotheses. (In that paper he and his co-author propose nutritional supplementation to lower the body’s burden of aluminum, a high level of which is linked to Alzheimer’s.)

In addition, when one clicks on http://www.vejonhealth.com one gets a message indicating the website isn’t in use. Indeed, Vejon appears to be a dormant company.

So I ignored McMillan’s interview and Vanden Bossche’s open letter when I first learned about them last week. But then on March 12 I was contacted by the producer of something called the Gary Null show on the ‘Progressive Radio Network.’ The producer, Richard Gale, asked me to be a guest. I agreed to do the interview on March 15.

About 1.5 hours before the interview was to start, I contacted Gale and asked what the interview would focus on. Gale told me Null wanted to discuss Bigtree’s segment on the Vanden Bossche letter and he sent me a link to the segment. So I quickly read the open letter and watched the full interview and Bigtree segment on it. A field of red flags popped up in my mind.

At the appointed interview start time of 12:30 pm on March 15, Null proceeded to read live to air, for about 12 minutes, some key points from the open letter. He told the audience to take them seriously. Then Null put me on the air.

But he wouldn’t let me talk about the letter.

Instead, he repeatedly interrupted my efforts to do so and insisted I only discuss the new variants. So I hung up. And I’ve been edited out of the archived broadcast of Null’s show.

I’m going to be interviewed live starting at 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time today (March 16) by Ryan Cristián of The Last American Vagabond about the Vanden Bossche letter and McMillan interview. Apparently Ryan’s on the same page as me.

Meanwhile, my tweets about the open letter and the Null interview have gotten a lot of reaction. And, as it happens, since Sunday people have been emailing to encourage me to read Vanden Bossche’s letter and watch his interview. Many are swayed by his calling for an immediate half of the current crop of Covid vaccines and by the fact that people like Bigtree are propagating his messages.

So I decided to write this article to expose a few of the dozens of clues that this curious case is a continuation of the overall Covid deception.

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Press Release: Canadian Doctors Speaking Out

The first principle of medical and health care practice is to do no harm. Furthermore, evidence-based medical information should be the determining factor in all governmental healthcare rules, policies, and procedures. The current government measures regarding COVID are not supported by evidence-based medical research and many of these measures are harmful to individuals, families and society in general.

In partnership with Canadian Health Alliance, based on the lack of medical evidence and harm being caused, we call on all levels of government to immediately stop promoting the following measures:

· Lockdowns and physical distancing
· Promoting the use of masks
· Handwashing and cleaning surfaces with toxic disinfectants
· Quarantines of asymptomatic people and social isolation
· Using RT-PCR testing on people
· Advocating inadequately tested gene-modifying COVID-19 vaccinations (insufficient human and animal trials)
· Unnecessary COVID-19 policies at hospitals and other health care facilities
· Business closures or restrictions
· Restrictions on churches and places of worship
· Closures of public facilities including schools, playgrounds, parks and recreational facilities
· Misrepresentation of the COVID situation in the media
· The use of fear and other psychological coercion techniques

The CANADA HEALTH ALLIANCE is a non-profit collaboration of medical doctors, nurses, chiropractors, naturopaths, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners from across Canada whose common goal is to protect the rights of our patients to access the highest quality healthcare available, continued freedom of choice, and autonomy through informed consent.

Our goal is to halt the misuse of power by politicized public health “experts” currently being conveyed through damaging COVID-19 public health policies that are destroying Canadian society and the health of Canadians.

https://www.libertycoalitioncanada.com/post/press-release-canadian-doctors-speaking-out

Samuel Eckert – Corona Late Show

“I hope that everyone here is fine with me posting so many videos. I don’t want to spam this forum, but so many things are happening. So here is a diffucult one – because this is an untranslated video from the most important young independent journalists in Germany, Samuel Eckert. With a group of statisticians he broke down the statistic of deaths for 2020 only from official europeen sources per age-cohort and percentage of population. That is the way he can show for every europeen country, that the death rate in 2020 has even been lower than in some of the last years before. Nothing to see of the so called pandemic. I guess that you don’t speak german, so you could look at the video bellow from minute 20:00. I thing that the diagrams work in any language, just look at the written text, it is partly in English. I think that it is so important, because this is the first time that has been done anywhere in the worl, in this is how you need to do it. I think that Samuel Eckert is Man of the Year (at least in Germany).”

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/865074189

Freedom Agenda 21 – Agorism in the New Year

Mike Swatek

“Resolve to serve no more and you are at once free.”
Etienne de la Boetie, On Voluntary Servitude

Each of us can easily expand our fight for individual freedom in the new year. You can do many of the things shared below. In a nutshell, this includes anything, big or small, which weakens the state, its crony corporations or its global financial power-mad masters, altogether herein called, “the beast”.

If we all resolve to do this, we will become freer, especially in our own lives.

Whenever you buy or sell something, first consider doing so in the real free-market, also known as the Agora. Every time you avoid feeding or obeying the beast, without harming any individual, you’re an agorist. Going forward, let’s all do much more for our freedom, in as many of the ways described below as possible, and beyond.

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US – UK Intel Agencies Declare Cyber War on Independent Media

by Whitney Webb – November 11, 2020

British and American state intelligence agencies are “weaponizing truth” to quash vaccine hesitancy as both nations prepare for mass inoculations, in a recently announced “cyber war” to be commanded by AI-powered arbiters of truth against information sources that challenge official narratives.

A new cyber offensive was launched on Monday by the UK’s signal intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which seeks to target websites that publish content deemed to be “propaganda” that raises concerns regarding state-sponsored Covid-19 vaccine development and the multi-national pharmaceutical corporations involved. 

Similar efforts are underway in the United States, with the US military recently funding a CIA-backed firm—stuffed with former counterterrorism officials who were behind the occupation of Iraq and the rise of the so-called Islamic State—to develop an AI algorithm aimed specifically at new websites promoting “suspected” disinformation related to the Covid-19 crisis and the US military–led Covid-19 vaccination effort known as Operation Warp Speed.

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The Pandemic That Wasn’t

by Henry I. Miller

The H1N1 swine flu outbreak appears to have ended less like the rogue wild boar that United Nations bureaucrats predicted and more like roasted pork tenderloin with apples and sage. From the beginning the World Health Organization’s actions have ranged from the dubious to the flagrantly incompetent.

Last June the WHO boosted the pandemic alert to the highest level, Phase 6. That meant that, according to the WHO, a pandemic was under way–the first time in 41 years that the organization had made such a declaration. But the WHO must have been suffering from four decades of amnesia because ordinary seasonal flu, which sweeps the world annually–and which is far more lethal than the currently circulating low-virulence H1N1 swine flu–certainly meets the organization’s definition of a pandemic: infections over a wide geographic area that affect a large proportion of the population.

Ironically, one might even consider the emergence of the H1N1 flu during the past year a net public health benefit, since it appears to have suppressed, or at least supplanted, the far more virulent and lethal seasonal flu strains. During the second week of January, 3.7% of Americans tested positive for the seasonal flu, compared with 11.5% during the same week last year. The death toll in the U.S. from H1N1 is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be around 3,900, while in an average year seasonal flu kills about 36,000.

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Vaccine Research 2019

This is all of the research I have collected on vaccinations. ALL OF THESE STUDIES ARE PUBLISHED, LEGITIMATE STUDIES ON PUBMED which is a government database.

Vaccines and Autism

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3878266/ 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21623535 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25377033 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24995277 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12145534 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058170 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22099159 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3364648/ 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17454560 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19106436 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3774468/ 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3697751/ 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21299355 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21907498 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11339848 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17674242 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21993250 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15780490 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12933322 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16870260
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19043938
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12142947
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24675092

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Flu Deaths

by Lawrence Solomon 01/24/2014 05:40 EST | Updated 03/26/2014 05:59 EDT

The CDC’s decision to play up flu deaths dates back a decade, when it realized the public wasn’t following its advice on the flu vaccine. During the 2003 flu season “the manufacturers were telling us that they weren’t receiving a lot of orders for vaccine,”Dr. Glen Nowak, associate director for communications at CDC’s National Immunization Program, told National Public Radio.

Flu results in “about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths” worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. “The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States,” reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control. “Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada,” the Globe and Mail says, adding that “Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates.”

Flu results in “about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths” worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. “The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States,” reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control. “Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada,” the Globe and Mail says, adding that “Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates.”

“Controversial” is an understatement, and not just in Canada, and not just because the numbers are estimates. The numbers differ wildly from the sober tallies recorded on death certificates — by law every certificate must show a cause — and reported by the official agencies that collect and keep vital statistics.

According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year — fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743). The story is similar in Canada, where unlikely killers likewise dwarf Statistics Canada’s count of flu deaths.

Even that 500 figure for the U.S. could be too high, according to analyses in authoritative journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the British Medical Journal. Only about 15-20 per cent of people who come down with flu-like symptoms have the influenza virus — the other 80-85 per cent actually caught rhinovirus or other germs that are indistinguishable from the true flu without laboratory tests, which are rarely done. In 2001, a year in which death certificates listed 257 Americans as having died of flu, only 18 were positively identified as true flus. The other 239 were simply assumed to be flus and most likely had few true flus among them.

“U.S. data on influenza deaths are a mess,” states a 2005 article in the British Medical Journal entitled “Are U.S. flu death figures more PR than science?” This article takes issue with the 36,000 flu-death figure commonly claimed, and with describing “influenza/pneumonia” as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

“But why are flu and pneumonia bundled together?” the article asks. “Is the relationship so strong or unique to warrant characterizing them as a single cause of death?”

The article’s answer is no. Most pneumonia deaths are unrelated to influenza. For example, “stomach acid suppressing drugs are associated with a higher risk of community-acquired pneumonia, but such drugs and pneumonia are not compiled as a single statistic,” explained Dr. David Rosenthal, director of Harvard University Health Services. “People don’t necessarily die, per se, of the [flu] virus — the viraemia. What they die of is a secondary pneumonia.”

Pneumonia, according to the American Lung Association, has more than 30 different causes, influenza being but one of them. The CDC itself acknowledges the slim relationship, saying “only a small proportion of deaths… only 8.5 per cent of all pneumonia and influenza deaths [are] influenza-related.”

Because death certificates belie claims of numerous flu deaths, CDC enlisted computer models to arrive at its 36,000 flu-death estimate. But even here it needed to bend conventional medical terminology to arrive at compelling death numbers.

“Cause-of-death statistics are based solely on the underlying cause of death [internationally defined] as ‘the disease or injury which initiated the train of events leading directly to death,'” explains the National Center for Health Statistics. Because the flu was rarely an “underlying cause of death,” the CDC created the sound-alike term, “influenza-associated death.”

Using this new, loose definition, CDC’s computer models could tally people who died of a heart ailment or other causes after having the flu. As William Thompson of the CDC’s National Immunization Program admitted, influenza-associated mortality is “a statistical association … I don’t know that we would say that it’s the underlying cause of death.”

The CDC’s decision to play up flu deaths dates back a decade, when it realized the public wasn’t following its advice on the flu vaccine. During the 2003 flu season “the manufacturers were telling us that they weren’t receiving a lot of orders for vaccine,”Dr. Glen Nowak, associate director for communications at CDC’s National Immunization Program, told National Public Radio. “It really did look like we needed to do something to encourage people to get a flu shot.”

The CDC’s response was its “Seven-Step ‘Recipe‘ for Generating Interest in, and Demand for, Flu (or any other) Vaccination,” a slide show Nowak presented at the 2004 National Influenza Vaccine Summit.

Here is the “Recipe that fosters influenza vaccine interest and demand,” in the truncated language that appears on his slides: “Medical experts and public health authorities [should] publicly (e.g. via media) state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes) – and urge influenza vaccination.” This recipe, his slide show indicated, would result in “Significant media interest and attention … in terms that motivate behavior (e.g. as ‘very severe,’ ‘more severe than last or past years,’ ‘deadly’).” Other emotive recommendations included fostering “the perception that many people are susceptible to a bad case of influenza” and “Visible/tangible examples of the seriousness of the illness (e.g., pictures of children, families of those affected coming forward) and people getting vaccinated (the first to motivate, the latter to reinforce).”

The CDC unabashedly decided to create a mass market for the flu vaccine by enlisting the media into panicking the public. An obedient and unquestioning media obliged by hyping the numbers, and 10 years later it is obliging still.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lawrence-solomon/death-by-influenza_b_4661442.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20200203194613/https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lawrence-solomon/death-by-influenza_b_4661442.html

Bacteria were the real killers in 1918 flu pandemic

By Ewen Callaway

(Image: US National Museum of Health and Medicine)

Medical and scientific experts now agree that bacteria, not influenza viruses, were the greatest cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Government efforts to gird for the next influenza pandemic – bird flu or otherwise – ought to take notice and stock up on antibiotics, says John Brundage, a medical microbiologist at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Brundage’s team culled first-hand accounts, medical records and infection patterns from 1918 and 1919. Although a nasty strain of flu virus swept around the world, bacterial pneumonia that came on the heels of mostly mild cases of flu killed the majority of the 20 to 100 million victims of the so-called Spanish flu, they conclude.

“We agree completely that bacterial pneumonia played a major role in the mortality of the 1918 pandemic,” says Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease in Bethesda, Maryland, and author of another journal article out next month that comes to a similar conclusion.

Double whammy

That pneumonia causes most deaths in an influenza outbreak is well known. Late 19th century physicians recognised pneumonia as the cause of death of most flu victims. While doctors limited fatalities in other 20th-century outbreaks with antibiotics such as penicillin, which was discovered in 1928, but did not see use in patients until 1942.

This is not to say that flu viruses do nothing, says Jonathan McCullers, an expert on influenza-bacteria co-infections at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

McCullers’ research suggests that influenza kills cells in the respiratory tract, providing food and a home for invading bacteria. On top of this, an overstressed immune system makes it easier for the bacteria to get a foothold.

However, the sheer carnage of 1918 caused many microbiologists to reconsider the role of bacteria, and some pointed their fingers firmly at the virus.

‘Unique event’

When US government scientists resurrected the 1918 strain in 2005, the virus demolished cells grown in a Petri dish and felled mice by the dozen.

“The 1918 pandemic is considered to be – and clearly is – something unique, and it’s widely understood to be the most lethal natural event that has occurred in recent human history,” Brundage says.

But to reassess this conclusion, he and co-author Dennis Shanks, of the Australian Army Malaria Institute in Enoggera, Queensland, scoured literature and medical records from 1918 and 1919.

The more they investigated, the more bacteria emerged as the true killers, an idea now supported by most influenza experts.

For instance, had a super virus been responsible for most deaths, one might expect people to die fairly rapidly, or at least for most cases to follow a similar progression. However, Shanks and Brundage found that few people died within three days of showing symptoms, while most people lasted more than a week, some survived two – all hallmarks of pneumonia.

Local bugs

Military health records for barracks and battleships also painted a different picture. New recruits – men unlikely to have been exposed to resident bacteria – died in droves, while soldiers whose immune systems were accustomed to the local bugs survived.

And most compelling, Brundage says, medical experts of the day identified pneumonia as the cause of most deaths.

“The bottom line is we think the influenza virus itself was necessary – but not sufficient – to cause most of the deaths,” he says.

As the world’s health experts prepare for the next influenza pandemic, many have looked to 1918 as a guide, planning for a deadly super-virus.

The H5N1 bird flu strains jetting around the world seem to kill humans without the aid of bacteria, but those viruses aren’t fully adapted to humans, McCullers says. If H5N1 does adapt to humans, bacteria may play a larger role in deaths, he adds.

“Everyone is focused exclusively on the virus, and that’s probably not the best idea,” he says.

Antibiotics and vaccines against bacterial pneumonia could limit deaths in the next pandemic. And while an effective influenza vaccine should nip an outbreak in the bud, such a vaccine could take months to prepare and distribute.

“The idea of stockpiling [bacterial] vaccines and antibiotics is under serious consideration,” says Fauci, who is on a US government taskforce to prepare for the next flu pandemic.

At a recent summit on pandemic influenza, McCullers said health authorities were increasingly interested in the role bacteria might play, but there had been little action taken.

“There’s no preparation yet. They are just starting to get to the recognition stage,” he says. “There’s this collective amnesia about 1918.”

Journal reference: Emerging Infectious Disease (DOI: 10.3201/eid1408.071313)

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14458-bacteria-were-the-real-killers-in-1918-flu-pandemic/

https://web.archive.org/web/20210226173959/https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14458-bacteria-were-the-real-killers-in-1918-flu-pandemic/

Religion has role at economic forum

By Rachel Pomerance – February 5, 2002 10:00 am

Israel´s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, left, president of Appeal of Conscience, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, center, and Klaus Schwab, president of the World Economic Forum, light candles at Ground Zero during a visit of the religious leaders pa (Andy Mettler/swiss-image.ch)

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (JTA) — Among the Who´s Who of business and political leaders roaming the halls of this year´s World Economic Forum was an unprecedentedly large contingent of rabbis, priests and imams. The new members of one of the world´s most elite clubs demonstrate that, especially since Sept. 11, religion increasingly is seen an integral force in economic and political relations. “What Sept. 11 demonstrated more forcefully than ever is that religion can be terribly abused for violent purposes that can affect us all,” said Rabbi David Rosen, director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee and a participant at the economic forum. “You have to strengthen the moderates who can make religion a constructive force rather than a destructive one,” Rosen said. “You can´t ignore religion in terms of political and social processes.” In fact, the founder and president of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, was having breakfast with Rabbi Arthur Schneier at his Park East Synagogue in New York when the two jets struck the World Trade Center, Schneier said. Schneier, who heads the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a coalition of business and religious leaders in New York, had intended to discuss increasing the participation of religious leaders at the economic forum. After the attack, the notion seemed even more urgent. With Schneier´s assistance, Schwab decided to commemorate the world disaster by moving his forum — traditionally held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos — to New York City, Schneier said. And he doubled the number of religious leaders to 40, including eight Jews. While Western nations have distanced religion from public life in recent decades, the forum´s new line is to embrace religion, understand its traditions and glean its wisdom. As international companies expand their markets and governments and corporations see peace as essential to progress, leaders increasingly are giving religion a role in enhancing international stability. This year´s five-day forum, which ended Monday, included interfaith dialogue groups and, for the first time, spread the religious leaders out on panels throughout the forum such as migration and citizenship, the Middle East conflict, and cultural diversity. The religious figures were also slated to discuss the creation of a Religious Leaders Council, a permanent body that will offer its guidance to companies and nations —a matter that was, ultimately, tabled for further discussion. Yet the trend is not without risk. Much of Jewish success in America has hinged on the separation of church and state enshrined in the Constitution. World history is replete with examples of religiously motivated conflict. That leads some to ask: Is the new trend opening a Pandora´s box for the Jewish community? Great Britain´s chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, said the key is to give religion influence, but not allow it to hold power. “So long as we keep that distinction clear, we will not endanger our liberties,” he said. Sept. 11 exemplifies how “religious groups seeking power have a devastating effect on the world,” Sacks said. “We have to make sure the lesson is learned without too great a tragedy.” In any case, the partnership between heads of state and heads of religion and interfaith activity is growing. It reflects a world whose conflicts have shifted from ideological battles to inter-ethnic disputes whose roots often include religion. With the end of the Cold War, for example, trouble spots have included such religious hot spots as the Balkans, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and East Timor. The economic forum came on the heels of Pope John Paul II´s interfaith meeting last month in Assisi, Italy, a summit of religious leaders in Alexandria, Egypt, and a recent gathering of religious leaders at the United Nations. Sacks recalled that Britain´s prime minister, Tony Blair, called the country´s religious leaders to 10 Downing St. after Sept. 11 to help calm the atmosphere in Britain. Rabbis at the forum said religious leaders sometimes can build trust where politicians can´t. Sacks, who has developed friendships with Muslim leaders in England, described a “common language” among people of faith. Skeptics, however, note that while Muslim participants at interfaith dialogues indeed criticize violence, they often phrase it in ways that legitimize Arab attacks on Israel. Israeli pundits, for example, noted that the Muslim clerics who helped draft the pacific statement of January´s Alexandria summit — which called the murder of innocents a desecration of God´s name — still declined to condemn current terror attacks Israel. In addition, some say the economic forum´s decision to add a religious element to the conference is not entirely altruistic. One religious leader involved described the religious panels as a “fig leaf” for the forum´s capitalist outlook, designed to deflect criticism leveled by the growing anti-globalization movement. At a YWCA not far from the Waldorf-Astoria, the “Eye on Davos” alternative conference was busy criticizing the forum. Mark Helm, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, an environmental advocacy organization and one of the coordinators of the alternative conference, called the forum´s incorporation of religious leaders “questionable.” “Is it a good start? Sure,” he said. But “there´s nothing to indicate that the incorporation of religious leaders has caused an epiphany for these global polluters.” Jewish leaders described the interreligious dynamic at the forum as warm and receptive. But Rosen said it´s understandable that some might dismiss it as a symbolic gesture with no real effect. Because Schwab, the forum´s president, offered them “limited integration” this year as a way to gradually test the arrangement, Rosen said next year will prove whether the forum really intends to fully integrate the religious leaders. For Sacks, the question is whether “there is a serious commitment on the part of political leaders to establish a permanent group of religious leaders to act as an advisory group” and a “conflict-resolution force in conflict areas throughout the world.” He said such a group could be led by the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, who headed the recent Alexandria summit. Carey would be “ideal,” Sacks said, because of his “distinguished career” of bringing together interfaith leaders from the Middle East. Rosen takes that goal one step further, hoping that the religious leaders at the forum will also declare their support for the Alexandria statement. He would like to expand its tenets to a “higher and wider basis” of support, and said an endorsement by the religious leaders at the forum would be “an important contribution to a historic process.” However, the conference saw neither a formal formation of a religious advisory council to the forum nor a statement of support by the attending religious leaders for the Alexandria statement. For Schneier, that process already has begun. He brought 60 religious leaders to Ground Zero on Sunday morning for a ceremony of prayer, reflection and candlelighting. Standing alongside Israel´s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau; H.E. Mustafa Ceric, the grand mufti of Bosnia; and Carey, Schneier said, “We must pledge to invoke God´s name for life and not for death, for peace and not for strife, for tolerance and not for oppression.” He referred to the fourth commandment not to take the lord´s name in vain. Members of each religion recited traditional memorial prayers, and the group concluded by holding hands and chanting “We Shall Overcome.” Schwab and others in the group were in tears. “The significance of religious leaders being incorporated into a dialogue with political leaders and CEOs is of great value,” Schneier said, “because after Sept. 11, when we talk about re-evaluation of priorities and values, we religious leaders will have the ear of the people.”

https://www.jta.org/2002/02/05/lifestyle/religion-has-role-at-economic-forum

Christine Johnson – Does HIV Exist?

An interview with Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos

Christine Johnson

Dr. Eleni Papadopulos is a biophysicist and leader of a group of HIV/AIDS scientists from Perth in Western Australia. Over the past decade and more she and her colleagues have published many scientific papers questioning the HIV/AIDS hypothesis. This interview by Christine Johnson looks at this work and especially her group’s views on the AIDS virus itself.

CJ: Does HIV cause AIDS?

EPE: There is no proof that HIV causes AIDS.

CJ: Why not?

EPE: For many reasons, but most importantly, because there is no proof that HIV exists.

CJ: That seems a rather bold and incredible statement to make.

EPE: I suppose it is, but, nevertheless, that’s where my research takes me.

CJ: Didn’t Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo isolate HIV back in the early eighties?

EPE: No. In the papers published in Science by those two research groups, there is no proof of the isolation of a retrovirus from AIDS patients [1, 2].

CJ: They say they did isolate a virus.

EPE: Our interpretation of the data differs [3-5]. To prove the existence of a virus you need to do three things. First, culture cells and find a particle you think might be a virus. Obviously, at the very least, that particle should look like a virus. Second, you have to devise a method to get that particle on its own so you can take it to pieces and analyze precisely what makes it up. Then you need to prove the particle can make faithful copies of itself. In other words, that it can replicate.

CJ: Can’t you just look down a microscope and say there’s a virus in the cultures?

EPE: No, you can’t. Not all particles that look like viruses are viruses.

CJ: So where did AIDS research go wrong?

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