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China Recalls Product Suspected As Cause of Liver Damage

November 12, 2008

China has ordered a hemorrhoid medicine off pharmacy shelves over fears the capsules were to blame for liver problems, state media reported on Wednesday.

The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) demanded the nationwide recall of the “Zhixue” capsules made by Vital Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd in southwest China, Xinhua news agency reported.

Twenty-one people across the country suffered “liver problems” after taking the medicine in past months, and another 14 reported other problems, Xinhua reported.

But the notice posted on the SFDA website ( on Tuesday said investigators were still trying to establish whether the pills caused the illness.

“A link between the Zhixue capsules and the liver damage cannot be ruled out,” said the notice. “More research needs to be done on the mechanism of occurrence,” it said.

Chinese-made products, including medicines, have been beset by flaws and toxins that have alarmed consumers at home and abroad. The country’s milk supply was at the heart of the latest scandal, over the unlawful use of the industrial chemical melamine, blamed for the deaths of four children.

Vital Pharmaceuticals has suspended production of the pills, and retailers and consumers have been asked to return them, said the official notice.

There was no mention in the report or notice of any of the pills being exported.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Ken Wills from Reuters)


On Defensive, Obama Plans Talk on Race

March 18, 2008
Faced with what his advisers acknowledged was a major test to his candidacy, Senator Barack Obama sought on Monday to contain the damage from incendiary comments made by his pastor and prepared to address the issue of race more directly than at any other moment of his presidential campaign.

People hold signs about Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. ...
People hold signs about Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., association with Bishop Wright, Monday, March 17, 2008, outside of a MTV roundtable at Whistles Pub in Scranton, Pa.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Though he has faced questions about controversial statements by the pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., for more than a year, Mr. Obama is enduring intense new scrutiny now over Mr. Wright’s characterizations of the United States as fundamentally racist and the government as corrupt and murderous.

Mr. Obama, in a speech Tuesday in Philadelphia, will repeat his earlier denunciations of the minister’s words, aides said. But they said he would also use the opportunity to open a broader discussion of race, which his campaign has said throughout the contest that it wants to transcend. He will bluntly address racial divisions, one aide said, talking about the way they play out in church, in the campaign, and beyond.

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China storms cause $7.5B in damages

February 1, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer 

BEIJING – Three weeks of crippling snow storms across China have inflicted $7.5 billion in damages, the government said Friday, as it announced a $700 million relief fund for farmers.

The freakish weather — the country’s worst in five decades — has paralyzed China’s densely populated central and eastern regions just as tens of millions of travelers were seeking to board trains and buses to return home for this month’s Lunar New Year.

The storms have killed at least 60 people, closed roads, disabled the rail system, destroyed crops and exacerbated a coal shortage, forcing power plants to shut down and factories to cut production.

At a news conference….

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Coal’s other victim: China’s history

November 5, 2007

By Michael Casey
AP Environmental Writer
November 4, 2007

LESHAN, China –A few years back, the Leshan Giant Buddha started to weep.

Or so some locals imagined when black streaks appeared on the rose-colored cheeks of the towering 7th-century figure, hewn from sandstone cliffs in the forests of southern China. They worried they had angered the religious icon.

The culprit, it turned out, was the region’s growing number of coal-fired power plants. Their smokestacks spew toxic gases into the air, which return to earth as acid rain. Over time, the Buddha’s nose turned black and curls of hair began to fall from its head.
Leshan Giant Buddha

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Harry Potter, Gay Life and “Question Authority”

October 24, 2007

By Ben Shapiro
October 24, 2007

I  am not a fan of the Harry Potter series. Nonetheless, I, like every other sentient human being, know something about Harry Potter. Most of my friends are fans. My three younger sisters are fans. I’ve seen the movies. I’ve read small portions of several of the books.So when J.K. Rowling announced last week that Albus Dumbledore, the aged headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was gay, I was somewhat confused. When did the old dude with the funky beard turn into Gore Vidal?  

According to Rowling, Dumbledore was always Gore Vidal. At a Carnegie Hall reading, one of Rowling’s fans asked whether Dumbledore had ever found “true love.” “Dumbledore is gay,” Rowling gleefully responded. Dumbledore was apparently in love with his rival, Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling explained. Dumbledore’s homosexual crush, Rowling stated, was his “great tragedy.” Rowling went on to label the Harry Potter books a “prolonged argument for tolerance” and told her fans to “question authority.”

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Another Reason to Avoid “Harry Potter” Books

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Priest Says Harry Potter Helps Devil, Evil

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Another Reason to Avoid “Harry Potter” Books

October 22, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 22, 2007

Congratulations to Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling who is now re-writing her best sellers in public pronouncements long after completion the editing and publication process.

Ms. Rowling stunned an audience this weekend by proclaiming that Dumbledore, the wise Hogwarts headmaster and mentor to Harry, is gay.

The liberal media has jumped on this morsel of new information, telling media outlets that now Harry Potter can teach our children about “tolerance.”

Personally, I have come to hate that word “tolerance” as a staple of liberal Democrats, Bill Clinton and others we have no use for at Peace and Freedom.

It might not be politically correct but we much prefer the word “standards” to tolerance – since the liberal media has turned tolerance into “just about anything goes.”

The NBC “Today Show,” the same show that sympathized with gay comedian Ellen about her dog predicament, gleefully reported the new news on Harry Potter and his buddies.

Frankly, we think this is another reason to deny Ms. Rowling any more wealth for producing questionable if not down right detrimental reading material aimed at our children.

Do your kids a favor: get them interested in the facts of history. Real people with real skills and real bravery are a lot better than fantasy, magic and extolling the virtues (?) of gay people.

We don’t hate gay people but we sure do not think they need to be put upon a pedestal or held up as role models for our kids either.

We think one’s sex life — anyone’s sex life — is a private matter.

Priests Say Harry Potter Promotes Evil

Miguel Sanchez
For Peace and Freedom
July 23, 2007
(Mexico City)

Is Harry Potter really a good thing for your children to read?

At least one member of the Roman Catholic Church clergy has come forward to say Harry Potter could do damage to a child’s mind.

The Reverend Pedro Mendoza is the Director of Exorcists in the Archdiocese of Mexico City.

Peace and Freedom caught up with Father Mendoza after learning he had a strongly contrary view to the masses who turned out Friday night to buy the latest and apparently final Harry Potter book.

“I think a book like this does a lot of damage,” the priest told us. “At its core it is about sorcery. I am sure that is not the best use of a child’s mind.”

Father Mendoza made similar comments at the end of a five-day exorcism conference in Mexico City last week.

”If you put all these ideas in a child’s head, that he can become a wizard, the child believes that, and that is opening an avenue through which the devil can get in,” Mendoza said Friday – the eve of the release of the series’ final book.

He said that Harry Potter ”doesn’t interest us,” but ” unfortunately, it does a lot of damage.”

“When family ties began weakening, the priest said, often the mass media starts to proliferate ”new ideas” and ”abusing sensationalism.

“Without strong, faith-bound families, which he said allow individuals to see God’s work in everyday life, people lose touch with God and seek ‘magical solutions’ to modern problems.”

“There are many demonic influences, curses and forms of witchcraft,” he said. ”And it’s in that field that the devil is able to work.”

“We should not accept sorcery or wizardry as a good thing when there is so much good in the world to embrace.”

Another priest with parallel views is Father John Corapi who says, “It is just not wise to place yourself or your children in the near occasion of evil.”


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The Unspeakable Truth: Katrina, New Orleans and Culture

September 1, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 30, 2007

After traveling by car from Washington DC to California and back, my Vietnamese-born wife made an unexpected reflection about a segment of America’s population and culture. She talked not about the diversity of El Paso and its neighbor in Mexico, Juarez. She had nothing to say about the green wonders of the San Joaquin Valley, the majesty of the Rocky Mountains or the magnificence of the Mississippi River.

She wanted to talk about the politically taboo subject of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, other parts of Louisiana and Mississippi and race.

When President Bush visited the victims of Hurricane Katrina on August 29 to assess the region, the progress and what needed still to be done, he participated in a moment of silence for the more than 1,600 souls lost during the hurricane and its aftermath. My Vietnamese-American friends observed that Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans – at the exact moment of the president’s participation in the “moment of silence” – chose to participate in what they called a “moment of noise.”

The mayor went to a “bell ringing” in honor of the souls lost, I explained, an event just as somber and significant as the president’s event.

My immigrant friends didn’t all see it that way.

The diverse city of New Orleans and the surrounding hurricane ravaged area is partially rebuilt. This makes for both “good news” and “bad news” stories on the two year anniversary of the catastrophe.

Cokie Robersts, herself a native of the Gulf Coast, observed on National Public Radio that a Vietnamese-American community she visited had been completely rebuilt. She marveled at the fact that the houses, the church, and practically all the businesses of this community were rebuilt and in service. Then she said, the adjacent “other community” remained destroyed. In fact, she said, this neighborhood’s ruined homes had been removed and sea grass had taken root and overwhelmed the area. Only one or two houses had been rebuilt.

The marsh grass, Ms. Roberts explained, was the only thing thriving in the neighborhood next to the rebuilt Vietnamese-American area.

Ms. Roberts, and other nationally recognized news experts, also observed that much of the tenor of the two year anniversary of Katrina was one of rancor and blame. Many agreed that everyone knew President Bush and his administration were unprepared for the mega-storm and have failed miserably since. Democrats and the Congress deserved criticism too, for not allocating sufficient funds to rebuild faster or more completely. To many people, there was blame enough for just about everyone – everyone that is, in the government.

My friend, Chi Nguyen, who like many Vietnamese-Americans came here to America to escape communism after 1975 when Saigon fell, said this to me: “My mother walked from North Vietnam to South Vietnam pregnant with my sister in 1954 when the communists forced the French out of the north. She fled communism to get to freedom and freedom of religion. My parents fled South Vietnam in 1976 to get to America, the land of freedom, freedom of choice, and freedom of religion. My parents are gone now but after Hurricane Katrina we had but one option: to rebuild without complaint. The government would never have saved us as well as we could save ourselves.”

Cokie Roberts – along with just about every other nationally recognized newsperson or commentator – didn’t mention this story or anything like it for fear of being called tone deaf, politically incorrect, a moron or worse: a racist. The story to be told is that some of New Orleans has been rebuilt by noiseless, determined people of many cultures and backgrounds. Other parts of New Orleans and the surrounding area remain in ruins or even overgrown.

To the immigrant Vietnamese-Americans, refugees from the land of their birth and proud to be free in America, the choice after Katrina was an easy one. Many missed both the president’s moment of silence and the mayor’s bell ringing because they have moved on, rebuilt and were at work on August 29 this year.

The noisemakers awaiting redemption by the government, my immigrant friends told me, may face many years of suffering and waiting no matter who they blame and who runs the government.

It seemed to me that the quiet army of immigrant and other American ants we observed who had already rebuilt with their own sweat and the help of others would probably be better off.

John E. Carey is the former president of International Defense Consultants, Inc. and a frequent contributor to the Washington Times.


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