Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.
Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.
Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.
Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He added that “to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened”.
The study, entitled “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009”, is by Dr Busby, Malak Hamdan and Entesar Ariabi, and concludes that anecdotal evidence of a sharp rise in cancer and congenital birth defects is correct. Infant mortality was found to be 80 per 1,000 births compared to 19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan and 9.7 in Kuwait. The report says that the types of cancer are “similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionising radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout”.
Researchers found a 38-fold increase in leukaemia, a ten-fold increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults. At Hiroshima survivors showed a 17-fold increase in leukaemia, but in Fallujah Dr Busby says what is striking is not only the greater prevalence of cancer but the speed with which it was affecting people.
Of particular significance was the finding that the sex ratio between newborn boys and girls had changed. In a normal population this is 1,050 boys born to 1,000 girls, but for those born from 2005 there was an 18 per cent drop in male births, so the ratio was 850 males to 1,000 females. The sex-ratio is an indicator of genetic damage that affects boys more than girls. A similar change in the sex-ratio was discovered after Hiroshima.
This is what our government does.
Built on the land of the natives, blood & sweat of blacks & thriving on the suffering of millions worldwide: USA.
NEWSPAPER CONFUSES TWO POWERFUL, VISIBLE BLACK MEN
This a New York Times article about President Obama. The man pictured is Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey. To be honest, though, I’m cutting them some slack. Obama and Booker are two mixed-race politicians who are good at their jobs, enjoy popular support, and enjoy a sort of “cool/bad-ass” ethos. Mistaking one awesome guy for another awesome guy that he really does look like isn’t so bad. Believe me, the New York Times has fucked up a lot worse.
UPDATE: Turns out Corey Booker was actually involved in the story; he’d made a video critiquing obama’s remarks on Bain Capital. WHOOPS. Always read things first, kids.
France would you stop being a douche to minorities seriously you need to get over the fact that you lost all of your colonies and your heyday is Napoleon but don’t take it out on us
I am sure that, for some French people, “diversity” means “brown people giving up their culture and becoming French,” but the fact that they’re even trying is heartening. Shit is hard to figure out. I’m also sure that the decision was made partly on the assumption that such a cast could never carry a movie to the top of the box office (which is also part of the problem). One of the most important parts of growing solidarity and understanding is helping people understand how their words and actions affect others. From here, it just looks like France is all like “MOAR WHITE PEOPLE PLZ.”