Catastrophe is upon us – the grim view from Southern Africa

I wonder whether we can still halt our ‘current descent into barbarism’. Is it a war rich against poor?

The New Dark Age

28 January 2020 — Global Ecosocialist Network

 Rehad Desai

The word catastrophe is being used more and more by institutions reporting on the effects of extreme weather in the two regions of Africa, Southern and South Eastern Africa, and of late Australia. The word means a number of things: tragic; fiasco; utter failure; sudden and violent change in a feature of the Earth. All are completely fitting for the situation we now face.

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A Valentine’s Day Poem

Author -Carole Parkes

Today is Valentine’s Day so here’s a little poem to celebrate it.

Not everybody is naturally romantic. yet, relationships can be loving and fulfilling regardless of that fact. Don’t confuse romance with real love.

Despite not being particularly romantic in the way of bringing flowers etc,. my husband of 54 years shows his love in a million other ways. He’s always here, calls me his best friend, keeps me supplied with coffee, tea, breakfast, and lunch, looks after the garden, and considers me in everything he does. In return, I keep the house and all the gadgets in it clean, wash and iron our clothes, make our evening meal, and also help out in the garden. That’s the type of love I wouldn’t swap for anything.

What is your ideal type of love? Describe it in a comment below.

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Cuba in the Struggle Against Coronavirus Epidemic

The New Dark Age

8 February 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Cuba’s biotechnological industry developed the antiviral recombinant Interferon alpha 2B (IFNrec) to combat viral infections affecting patients with HIV, hepatitis B and C,recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, condyloma acuminatum, as well as various types of cancer. Now, China’s National Health Commission selected IFNrec to fight the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, which appeared in the city of Wuhan at the end of last year and as of Friday had left 722 deaths and more than 34 thousand people infected.

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Chinese Doctors Using Cuban Antivirals Against Coronavirus

I find this interesting!

The Most Revolutionary Act

Medical workers attend to patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, China Feb. 5, 2020.

Medical workers attend to patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, China Feb. 5, 2020. | Photo: Reuters

Telesur

Cuba produces one of the most potent medicines for the treatment of immunological diseases.

The Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B (IFNrec), an antiviral produced by the Cuban biotech industry, is being used by Chinese doctors to treat patients infected by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which has affected more than 28,000 people and has killed 564 patients worldwide.

Since Jan. 25, the ChangHeber Company located in Changchun city has been producing the famous Cuban antiviral, which is one of 30 medicines chosen by the National Health Commission for its potential to cure respiratory diseases.

Currently, IFNrec is applied against HIV-related infections, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, genital warts, and hepatitis types B and C. It is also effective in therapies against different types of cancer.​​​​​​​

ChangHeber, Biotech, and Changchun Heber Biological Technology are three companies that have joined forces within…

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The last month of 2016

Again, some reblogging!

AuntyUta

dscn2610 This is part of Wollongong Hospital. I took this picture on Sat. 10th of Dec 2016

dscn2606 On Friday, 9th Dec, Peter had been admitted to the hospital. We were allowed to accompany him to this Holding Bay before he went to the operating theatre.

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The 9th of Dec was Caroline’s birthday. Since we were not allowed to see Peter for some time, we took the chance to all go out for some lunch in Wollongong, sort of like a birthday lunch for Caroline.

Soon after lunch we went back to the hospital and found out that Peter was doing all right. The procedure had been going as well as expected. (In the meantime we found out that Peter has to undergo the same procedure another time in a few months.)

The following day, Saturday, Caroline and I went to visit Peter in hospital. This was the day when Caroline had…

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Uta’s 2017 February Diary, (continued for the 2nd time)

Another reblog about Peter’s disease

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After about two hours in the Day Surgery waiting room Peter was taken to one of the Holding Bays. I was allowed to go with him.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Peter’s things were put at the end of his bed.

Peter had been given a hospital gown to change into. The nurse took Peter’s blood pressure and put some stockings on him.

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At 1,15 pm Peter was taken into the Operating Theatre and I had to leave. Peter had had no food and no drink, not even water, since 9,20 the night before! He could have consumed something till midnight, but he chose to go to bed early.

I had had a bit of breakfast before we left at 9 am. I welcomed the chance to go for some lunch when Peter went into surgery. I took a bus down to the Mall and went up Keira Street to the Indian Restaurant where we…

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Uta’s Diary, December 2016

I am sorry to say, Peter is in great pain right now. We ask ourselves is it the cancer that is spreading through his body. A bit over three years ago Peter went to hospital for the first time. This reblog says a bit about this hospital admission in December 2016.

AuntyUta

Peter went into hospital on Friday, the 9th, and was allowed to go home on Sunday, the 11th. On Monday Caroline took another day of carer’s leave. This was a great help to us. Peter is going to see his urologist on the 9th of January. An earlier appointment was not possible.

Tuesday and Wednesday were extremely hot days. But Wednesday afternoon there was a change: It became much cooler, and later on it started to rain. It is still raining now, a nice steady rain. After yesterday’s very hot and later on cooler wind, there is no wind today, which makes the rain very pleasant.

Peter and I went to see a GP yesterday. Daughter Monika drove us there. We could not see our regular GP. We both needed a prescription, which another doctor then gave to us. It was no problem. Next week Peter’s GP is back from…

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