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offsite link Russia?s Greatest Weapon is not a Weapon Fri Dec 03, 2021 18:41 | amarynth
by Dmitry Orlov, posted with permission of the author An ultimately very healthy but in the meantime very unpleasant realization is gradually dawning in West?an insight that is simply shocking,

offsite link Russia is primed for a Persian Gulf security ?makeover? Thu Dec 02, 2021 18:38 | amarynth
Russia is the one state with the necessary clout, tools, sweeteners and relationships to nudge the Persian Gulf into a new security paradigm.  Russia is teeing up a re-launch of

offsite link Lavrov gives press conference after OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm Thu Dec 02, 2021 17:02 | amarynth
Please forward the video. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a press conference after the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm on Thursday, December 2. The annual OSCE Ministerial Council,

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/02 ? Open Thread Thu Dec 02, 2021 12:00 | herb
2021/12/02 12:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Distorted American Aristocracy Wed Dec 01, 2021 17:10 | amarynth
By Walt Garlington for the Saker Blog One of the big lies in the United States is that there is no royalty here. It is true that it no longer

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Public Inquiry
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Human Rights in Ireland
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Lockdown Skeptics

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offsite link The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) Thu Dec 02, 2021 19:00 | Toby Young
Check out this useful compendium of aphorisms, as compiled by financial analyst Alexander Ineichen. Example: "The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.? ? Edgar Fielder
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offsite link Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing Thu Dec 02, 2021 17:45 | Luke Perry
We're publishing a guest post on the Daily Sceptic by Dr. Ann Bradshaw, a retired Lecturer in Adult Health Care, about the scandal of the Government's failed efforts to import nurses from Kenya.
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offsite link Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unva... Thu Dec 02, 2021 16:29 | Luke Perry
In a series of new restrictions, the German Government will ban the unvaccinated from entering 'non-essential' shops, with the Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for the vaccine to be made compulsory.
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offsite link NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:43 | Luke Perry
The National Audit Office has recorded that close to 750,000 GP referrals for suspected cancer received no further attention over the course of the pandemic.
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offsite link Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers? Lives Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:07 | Toby Young
Commercial airline pilots have done so little flying during the past 21 months we may be about to witness a fatal plane crash. That is the message of air accident investigators after a "serious incident" in Scotland.
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Closing the book on institutional abuse

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | opinion/analysis author Thursday June 11, 2009 09:07author by Marie O'Connor Report this post to the editors

The severing of women's pelvises in childbirth

The severing of women's pelvises in childbirth for doctrinal rather
than medical reasons must rank as one of the biggest health scandals
in the history of the State, second only to the contamination of the
human blood supply. Only an independent inquiry into symphysiotomy can close this final, shameful chapter in the story of institutional abuse in Ireland.

The Ryan Report revealed sexual and physical abuse on a
monstrous scale in Ireland in the labour camps that were the
industrial and reform schools. Since its publication, we have come to
realise that without acknowledgement there can be no healing, without
redress, no closure.

These valuable lessons now need to be applied to two other areas.
'Prime Time's revelations of sexual abuse at the Lourdes Hospital have rightly
prompted renewed calls for an independent inquiry into the actions of
a surgeon accused of sexual abuse at the Lourdes over several decades.

But those same decades were also decades of medical abuse in that
hospital and others. From 1944-83, around 500 mothers had their
pelvises sundered by obstetricians seeking to control women's
reproductive behaviour through surgery. At a time when Caesarean
section was the surgery of choice for obstructed labour, these women
were subjected to an archaic operation that left them, literally,
unable to walk, and condemned them to a lifetime of chronic pain and
disability, and, in some cases, incontinence.

Moreover, children born by symphysiotomy were often injured. Some
face a lifetime of medical intervention in consequence.

Like physical and sexual abuse, symphysiotomy's legacy will be felt down through the
generations. This mutilating surgery left psychological as well as physical scars. It blighted sexual lives and occasionally
ended marriages. It complicated mother-child relationships and
divided families.

The severing of women's pelvises in childbirth for doctrinal rather
than medical reasons must rank as one of the biggest health scandals
in the history of the State, second only to the contamination of the
human blood supply.

Yet these women have been left without answers, without acknowledgement, without reparation.

The Minister for Health has twice refused to commission an
independent review their case, despite advice from the Human Rights Commission that such an inquiry is warranted. The Government should now
act on that advice.

‘Because it would open the floodgates’ is the usual excuse given by
government for inaction in such cases. But here, there are no
floodgates, only a small group of perhaps one hundred women. The rest
have taken their suffering to the grave in silence.

In the wake of the tsunami that is the Ryan Report, we owe it to those symphysiotomy mothers
still living and their families to close this final, shameful chapter of the story of institutional
abuse in Ireland.

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