Study by Awny Naim, Roberto Minutolo, Simona Signoriello, Paula Manduca
By Paola Manduca, Professor of Genetics at the University of Genoa, Italy
By Neel Mani, Director of the World Health Organisation's Iraq programme between 2001-2003
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The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS) is a transportable, high throughput neutralization system designed to convert chemical warfare materiel into compounds not usable as weapons. The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), in partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), signed a technology transfer agreement with the Joint Program Executive Office-Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) on June 27, 2013 at the Edgewood Area of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
The WHO_Iraq MoH have finally published on Sept 16 a summary report of part of the study conducted as ex-post assessment of prevalence of birth defects, still births, miscarriages, through an household survey. The report begins with a quite “derogatory” definition as “anecdotal” for any other study done in Iraq (few) but a review paper on DU, by local doctors.
Academics across Europe express outrage at Israeli/US pressure on EU
Over 500 academics, including researchers from 13 European Union member states, have today written to the EU's head of Foreign Policy, urging the EU not to water down its new guidelines preventing EU funding from being awarded to Israeli projects and entities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Reports on use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Find in attachment US and French reports and informations about the Russian one.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health and World Health Organization project regarding the prevalence and factors associated with congenital birth defects in Iraq. Why have the findings not been released?
In 2012 a project was initiated by the Iraqi Government Ministry of Health (MoH) with technical advisory and co-funding from World Health Organization (WHO). The objective was to “better understand the prevalence and factors associated with congenital birth defects (CBD)” (1).
Interview with Paola Manduca, professor of Genetics at the University
of Genoa, and coordinator of the New Weapons Committee, a group of
researchers who deal with the study long-term effects of the use of
non-conventional weapons on populations.
Environmental characteristics and prevalence of birth defects among children in post-war Iraq: implications for policies on rebuilding the Iraqi education system
The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, 4505 people per km2 and the only source of water is represent by groundwater. The water quality in Gaza is very poor and the groundwater is affected by many different contaminants sources including soil/water interaction in the unsaturated zone due to recharge and return flows, mobilization of deep brines, sea water intrusion or upcoming and disposal of domestic and industrial wastes into the aquifer.
NWRC attended the Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA) Third Conference “Health of Palestinians inside and outside the Occupied Palestinian Territory”, held on March 18-19 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The title of the presentation held was "Past emerging from present recording: reproductive health history reveals increase in prevalence of birth defects over time, and associations with exposure to weaponry in Gaza, Palestine and in Fallujah, Iraq". Find the complete text attached.
The Israeli military operations in Gaza don't have only the immediate effect, but also a long-term one: the use of weapons containing phosphorus and uranium, as well as other toxic metals, leave contaminating elements in the ground for many years. Since 2006 and, even more, after the operation Cast Lead, these contaminants have triggered an increase in birth defects and late miscarriages.
Gaza is under attack and in need of medical support. Many children injured, many the difficulties of managing the emergency, and very black forecasts. The children were among the first victims, hit while playing football, and already more than once since November 8. Others in their parents' lap, others wounded.