Hi there, I’m Federico Greco and I’m one of the
three directors of the documentary “PIIGS”.
Friday morning we’ve done something
that the press described as a
“guerrilla marketing” operation.
That is, we’ve put a two and a half meter
statue in front of the former Zecca di Stato
(Italy’s bureau of engraving and printing),
a statue dedicated to John Maynard Keynes.
We know it – and very well – that neoliberals
are endorsing even more firmly the fact that
«the market will fix everything in the long run»,
but we also know very well what Keynes said:
«We all be dead in the long run».
By the way, “PIIGS”‘s authors have launched
a petition in order that the municipality of Rome
dedicates a road to the great economist.
Plus, Keynes has inspired
our Constitution, among others.
Keynes has somehow inspired dozens of economists.
In particular, he’s inspired Federico Caffè,
our greatest economist.
Then let’s have Federico Caffè Road, either.
Welcome to the latest edition
of Blue CounterReview.
I’m Giada Serina
and you’re on byoblu.com
Assad’s chemical weapons at Douma?
Opac puts the final word: they never existed.
Libya’s arm wrestling between Haftar and Al Serraj:
is the new Gaddafi gonna make it through among
the two contenders?
“We feel like we’re in conflict of interests”: Italian
oncologists embarrassed by Big Pharma’s interference
We all remeber the campaign that started last April
on the social media, in which the know-it-all
activist and writer
Roberto Saviano invited to shut and cover our mouth
as a protest against the alleged chemical attack
at Douma, Syria, commanded by President Assad.
Hundreds, from notorious people to fans,
supported his initiative
by taking a picture, mouth shut.
But that chemical attack had only
one news source, a militia-friendly one:
They’ve spread the pictures and witnessed the attack,
that should have convinced the entire
world to intervene and take Assad away.
But, since the beginning, many have shared their
doubts about the truthfulness of the event,
like the estimated journalist Robert Fisk and
the musician Roger Waters that we’ve exclusively
reported on Byoblu.
After the international pressure,
the Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has sent some
of their inspectors in place to find
some environmental samples,
collect some data and witnesses.
Finally, the 6th of July an OPAC’s report
has been released, stating that:
“There’s no traces of nerve gas in Douma”.
We’re expecting an apologize statement
from Saviano and his fellow “mouth shutters”
for publicizing fake news.
Will it come?
The Prime Minister Al Serraj and the Gen. Haftar
have been arm wrestling for years
to gain the control of Libya.
The latter has just stated that he feels ready to start
Jihad against the latest Italian initiative in the country:
Haftar is notoriously in good relationships with
France and, together with some Cyrenaica tribes
he’s aiming to control Libya – hoping – peacefully.
Al Serraj, internationally acknowledged
prime minister, is the one that
has the strongest relationship with Italy.
They say about him that “he isn’t
controlling his landing, neither”.
Anyway, the destabilisation of Libya is imminent,
and the first step forward is the elections
that will take place at the end of 2018.
And here’s the uncontrollable variable,
that “unwanted third party” that might mix
the card around by freeing the country from
both contestants: Muammar Gaddafi’s son,
Saif El Islam, has just announced
he’s gonna run for the elections.
According to the polls, he would be the most
loved and appreciated leader of the country.
We’ll see if, in order to bring peace
to Libya and make it a “normal country” again,
they’re gonna count on a new Gaddafi…
The survey has been published by the influential
British Medical Journal, the author is
the Italian College of Head Oncologists.
And what comes out is really interesting: the vast
majority of 300 and more interviewed oncologists
is feeling a conflict of interests, that’s because
the 82% of the medical oncological education
is supported by the pharmaceutical industry.
The organization is highlighting how it is
threatening the medical assistance system
and it’s been compiled an official
document with recommendations for
“taking Oncology towards the principles
of transparency and correctness”.
The document is also asking
the Scientific Companies to specify
the private fundings from the industry in their reports.
So, if we read between the lines, they say:
“Hey, Big Pharma… doctors are not for sale!”.
Meanwhile, what is the government doing?
Minister of Health Giulia Grillo,
MD too, had announced a revision
of the pharmaceutical governance, maybe
in order to avoid sort of pressures from
Big Pharma itself: then, we’d better think that
not only the oncologists, but the entire
medical research system is experiencing
the same embarrassment.
We’re hoping that the separation line between marketing
and research will be defined as soon as possible.
Even this week we’ve got some Extra News’ Bonus!
Let’s start with a good one, in front page:
after 20 years of suffering,
the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea is over.
The two leaders has just signed the peace,
and the Eritrea’s Information Minister
has tweeted these wonderful pictures of celebrations.
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State,
is visiting North Korea and he has brought
a present from Trump.
It’s “Rocket Man”‘s CD by Elton John:
the President wanted to say sorry
for having called him “rocket man” in an old tweet.
The relationship is very peaceful now.
According to Danish press sources, something
disturbing is happening to the Danske Bank; it’d be
at the center of an amazing circulation
of recycled money through
off-shore accounts and Estonian branches.
A new oncoming financial scandal?
Beyond Kenya and Niger.
Big Corporations keeps on exploiting Africa:
this time it happens in Congo,
that has just authorized oil drilling
inside two safeguarded national parks.
The government talks about “supervision”,
but we do know what is gonna happen…
After Snowden’s disclosures, a study from the
Northeastern University, based on 17.000 apps,
has definitively proved that our Android
mobile phones are spying on us.
Most frequent activity?
Storing data on what happens on the screen
that will be sent to third parties.
All without our knowing.
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