09-11-13

Saudi Arabia and Jordan massively arming terrorists in Syria

Terrorist Explosion in al-Midan district in Damascus causes tens of victims most of them are civilians

Photos: 1) Caucasus and Chechen jihadists in Syria to fight against the government of Bashar al-Assad 2) terrorist attack in Damascus 3) terror-attack in Boston

November 9, 2013

Paris, (SANA)- Georges Malbrunot of Le Figaro newspaper revealed how the US, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have been supplying tons of weapons to the armed terrorist groups operating inside Syria, according to the Iranian Press TV.

The French reporter has provided details on how the US Central Intelligence Agency CIA is leading “massive arms deliveries” to the gunmen in Syria in coordination with Saudi Arabia and Jordan, in completion of his investigative reports proving the three countries’ involvement in supporting the terrorists fighting in the country.

The (CIA), and Saudi Arabia and Jordan have supplied about 600 tons of weapons in 2013 alone to the armed groups in Syria.

“The Americans hold the key to these arms deliveries. Without them, they couldn’t happen. CIA agents lead convoys of arms deliveries joined by the Free Syrian Army and Jordanian secret services,” Malbrunot said.

“The Saudis work behind the scene in charge of financing and arranging arms deliveries from eastern Europe to Jordan,” he added.

Malbrunot learned from sources that the weapons convoys are escorted by “unmanned aircraft guided from a CIA-led command center in Jordan”, according to the Press TV report released Saturday.

Last month, Malbrunot recounted the details of this operation in Le Figaro quoting a terrorist he met as saying that there is a direct contact between the gunmen and CIA officials in coordination with Saudi Arabia and a number of countries of the so-called “Friends of Syria”.

According to terrorist Anwar, convoys of cars carrying CIA and Jordanian intelligence agents and others fully loaded with weapons set off from Jordanian borders in the evening and head into the Syrian territories.

Once 3 km inside Syria, the American and Jordanian agents go back, while the convoy goes on towards Damascus Countryside at night on a Syrian army checkpoint- free road with U.S. surveillance drones flying over to warn against the presence of the Syrian army.

Malbrunot revealed in his report that 15 tons of weapons reach the terrorists operating in Damascus suburbs each week, while other convoys head for Daraa.

The weapons convoys include Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers, rifles and anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, mostly funded by Saudi Arabia and sent onboard Saudi aircrafts to secret military airports in southern Jordan.

H. Said

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/09/511559.htm

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A rising number of extremists with Western passports are traveling to Syria, raising fears among American and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home:
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/21/report-huge-spike-in-n...

Report: Spike of Western, Caucasus jihadists enter Syria:
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Spike-of-Western-...

The Ties That Bind Washington to Chechen Terrorists:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ties-that-bind-washingto...

The Wall Street Journal of June 26, 2013 - ‘U.S. Begins Shipping Arms for Syrian Rebels – CIA Aims to Vet and Train Fighters With New Weapons for Deployment by August; Saudi Antiaircraft Missiles Expected’:
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323419604578569830070537040

Israeli settlements: Palestinians don't trust America

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

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The right to self-determination

Self-Determination: Gamal Abdel Nasser
http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/self-determination-gamal-abdel-nasser/

Palestinian protests greet Kerry in Ramallah - One placard, with Kerry’s portrait, read: “Kerry, we don’t trust you and America.”
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Palestinians-protests-greet-Kerry-in-Ramallah-314169

Geneva 2 Syria: Syrians’ right to self-determination
http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/geneva-2-syria-syrians-have-no-right-to-self-determination/

'Self-determination integral to basic rights, funamental freedoms':
http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/47d4e277b48d9d3685256ddc00612265/7ec21c0a8a2a2eb985257c1b00535629?OpenDocument

Right of Peoples to Self-Determination - Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, Agenda item 68: Right of Peoples to Self-Determination:
http://palestineun.org/right-of-peoples-to-self-determination/

John Kerry: Israeli settlements are 'illegitimate'

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/11/07/palestinians-protest-against-kerrys-regional-tour.html

John Kerry: Israeli settlements are 'illegitimate'

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

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November 6, 2013 - Grappling with troubled peace process, Kerry urges Israeli settlement limits:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-palestinians-israel-kerry-idUSBRE9A50CD20131106

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/11/07/palestinians-protest-against-kerrys-regional-tour.html

Photo: http://electronicintifada.net/content/month-pictures-may-2013/12515

Geneva talks: Syria opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says setting a timeline for the long-awaited Geneva II Syria talks has failed so far due to the obstacles created by Syria’s foreign-backed opposition.

November 8, 2013

"We have currently not been able to reach agreements during discussions of practical issues, including the dates and other organizational aspects, primarily because the [Syrian] opposition is not ready to accept invitations to the conference without preconditions," Lavrov said on Friday. 

The Russian official noted that the Syrian opposition has been calling for the ouster of Syrian President Basher al-Assad government before joining the negotiating table, a demand which would be in contrast to former agreements. 

“This contradicts the Russian-US initiative which envisions the convocation of a conference without any preconditions for full fulfillment of the tasks outlined in the Geneva Communiqué of June 30, 2012," he stressed. 

Lavrov criticized the so-called Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces for asserting demands as the only representative of the Syrian people, while failing to represent even a majority of the groups opposing the Assad government. 

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the opposition coalition had refused to attend an unofficial meeting with the Syrian government officials in Moscow. 

The Russian initiative, Lukashevich said, had “received an active and positive response among a number of opposition group leaders.” 

"Unfortunately, the Syrian National Opposition and individual leaders who consider it a counterproductive ploy are blocking it and refusing to participate," he added. 

The Moscow meeting had been hoped to help resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria, which has been plagued by a deadly conflict fueled by foreign-backed militants. 

MRS/AB

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/08/333692/syria-opposition-blocking-talks-russia/

08-11-13

Syria, Russia, China to activate cooperation in tourism

November 7, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on  developing these relations in the field of tourism.

Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.

For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.

He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.

Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation

In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.

Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.

The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.

F.Allafi

http://213.178.225.235/eng/33/2013/11/07/511305.htm

Latest News Syria: Letter to the Turkish government

November 7, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) - The Syrian government has underlined the gravity of the terrorist groups' acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

The government referred, in a letter addressed to the counter-terrorism committees at the UN Security Council in New York, to the information unveiled by a court indictment in the Turkish city of Adana against a terrorist group comprising Syrian and Turkish members that sought to obtain chemical weapons.

The letter clarified that the abovementioned al-Qaeda-linked group sought to obtain materials used in manufacturing the toxic Sarin gas before having them transferred to Syria.

The letter warned of the possibility that other terrorist groups might lay hands on chemical weapons, which poses a threat to Syria, the region and the world.

The letter demanded that the committees concerned at the UNSC work to match the chemicals mentioned in the indictment with the toxic gas used in Damascus countryside, Aleppo countryside and other sites in Syria.

It also requested that the committees inquire as to the reason behind the Turkish authorities releasing some defendants before arresting them again, and looking into whether it was intended to waste evidence in the case or evidence pertaining to other past of planned terrorist acts.

The letter also demanded that the committees oblige the Turkish government to cooperate with the counter-terrorism bodies into the case and any other terrorist activities, also requesting that a deeper and more thorough investigation be conducted into the issue with the participation of the countries neighboring Turkey and some European states.

The government stressed, in its letter, the necessity that the Turkish authorities ask the Turkish companies that sold the toxic chemicals to the suspects about the names and locations of the persons or bodies that purchased or sought to purchase the chemical materials.

Reliable sources have indicated that the Turkish public prosecutor's indictment of the terrorist group was predicated on compelling evidence related to them having procured WMDs in Turkey ahead of transferring them into Syria.

The evidence is based on investigations and testimonies confirming that the suspects are responsible for the crimes attributed to them, not to mention the affiliation of some of them to al-Qaeda and establishing contacts with its leaders, with intent to procure and transfer chemicals into Syria for handing them to the terrorist groups there.

The letter held the countries backing the anti-Syria terrorist activity in the region and the world fully responsible for the past and possible terrorist attacks inspired by that support that violates the relevant counter-terrorism UNSC resolutions.

M. Ismael

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/08/511280.htm

November 7, 2013 - 'Weapons Seized in Turkey near Syria'
A cargo truck bearing 12,000 rocket heads was seized by Turkish police near the Syrian border, possibly on the way to rebel forces.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/280012#.UnwsfPk2aLc

07-11-13

Libyan ship with aid supplies for Gaza

Workers load supplies on Amalthea at Lavrio,near Athens bound for Gaza


Israel blocks Libyan ship taking aid to Gaza
 
15 July 2010

A Libyan ship carrying aid for Gaza docked at an Egyptian port today after the Israeli navy stopped it from reaching the Palestinian territory.

The Amalthea, flying under a Moldovan flag, will unload its cargo and transfer it to the Red Crescent for delivery to Gaza by land across the border, said Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, director of the Egyptian port of el-Arish.

The Amalthea was the latest ship to attempt to break the embargo, six weeks after the Israeli navy's interception of an aid flotilla in which nine Turkish activists were killed. The assault prompted a wave of international condemnation and resulted in Israel agreeing to ease its blockade of Gaza. But it has maintained the naval embargo, insisting it is necessary and justified under international law to prevent weapons being shipped to Hamas.

The Amalthea sailed from Greece at the weekend carrying up to 15 activists and 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine, according to the organisers, a charity chaired by a son of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader.

Youssef Sawani, director of the charity, told Reuters it was a "peaceful mission". But Gabriela Shalev, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, wrote to Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, expressing concern "that the true nature of its actions remains dubious".

Following intense Israeli diplomatic efforts, Greece – from where the boat sailed – Moldova – under whose flag the boat is operating – and Egypt all agreed that the Amalthea should be directed to el-Arish, 40km (25 miles) from Gaza, where its cargo could be unloaded, inspected and transferred to Gaza, according to Israeli officials. Israel had also invited the activists to unload the shipment at the Israeli port of Ashdod, a similar distance from Gaza.

Despite ceding to calls for the blockade to be relaxed in the aftermath of the assault on the flotilla on 31 May, Israel has insisted the commandos who carried out the raids acted in 'self-defence'. 
 

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel from a midget to a giant is in the making:
http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

Fight colonialism: village of Ni’lin

Israeli soldiers invading Ni'lin 06.11.2013

Ni’lin village Raided Again,two guys got arrested.

November 6th, 2013

At 5am Wednesday morning around 16 Israeli military jeeps and 50 soldiers on foot invaded the village of Ni’lin. They raided two houses using military dogs, making two arrests: Abdull Halim Khawaja, 24, and Zohdi Nafi, 21. The soldiers also stole the car of Ahmed Nafi, 34.

The soldiers used sound grenades as they went through the village, waking up civilians along the way. Once again the jeep mounted tear gas canon was used covering the village in gas.

The night raids continue as the families of Ni’lin are losing their children day by day. The number of prisoners are constantly rising as a consequence of the collective punishment forced upon the village of Ni’lin for protesting against the occupation and the struggle against the apartheid wall.

Monday morning two other young men, Abdullah Amireh, 22, and Nasir Amireh, 20, were arrested in the middle of the night. The arrested has been sent to the underground Almasqubyia jail in Jerusalem and Aljalama jail north of the West Bank.

http://www.nilin-village.org/2013/11/06/nilin-village-raided-againtwo-guys-got-arrested/

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

Nearly 34 years ago, an America-firster used The American Mercury magazine to warn of the danger posed by Zionism in the Mideast. 

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel from a midget to a giant is in the making:
http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

Latest News Syria: Foreign backed terrorists killed

November 6, 2013

Provinces, (SANA) - The army units continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in several areas on Wednesday, killing dozens of terrorists and foiling their infiltration attempts.

Army targets terrorists' gatherings, destroyed heavy weaponry for terrorists in Aleppo

The army targeted terrorists gatherings in the areas of Khan al-Assal, al-Kindi Hospital, Tallat Azzan, al-Marjeh and Bustan al-Qasr.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army also destroyed terrorists' rocket launchers pads, mortar launchers and vehicles loaded with weapons in the areas of al-Jadida, Kweris, Rasm al-Abboud, Aleppo Central Prison, Kifr Da'el and on Khan al-Assal-al-Mansoura and Aleppo-Damascus highways.

The army clashed with terrorists in Aleppo's old city, killing a number of them and destroying their pick-up truck.

The army continued pursuing terrorists near al-Umayyad Mosque, Antakya School, al-Fateh Institute and al-Lairamon.

Army destroys terrorists gatherings in Idleb

The armed forces continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in Idleb Province and targeted and destroyed many of their gatherings across the province.

A military source said that the army units eliminated terrorists' gatherings in the areas of al-Arba'een Mount, Areha, al-Nahleh, Nahlaya and Bazabour, killing scores of the terrorists and destroying their weaponry and equipment.

Army eliminates terrorists, seizes narcotic pills in Damascus Countryside

A unit of the armed forces on Wednesday eliminated an armed terrorist group that tried to infiltrate from Tal al-Haradin into Kanaker in Damascus Countryside and seized narcotic pills and weapons, a military source said.

The source told SANA that the seized weapons included a machinegun base mounted on a 4WD car, sniper rifles, automatic rifles, BKC machineguns and RPG launchers, in addition to seizing narcotic pills and leaflets for Jabhat al-Nusra.

Units of the army bombarded terrorist gatherings in al-Qaboun neighborhood and towns and villages in Damascus countryside during a series of intensive operations against the terrorist dens.

An official source told SANA reporter that units of the army clashed with terrorists in al-Qaboun and Jobar  neighborhoods and killed 10 terrorists.

In Harasta city, the army eliminated many terrorists and eradicated entire terrorist groups along with their weapons and ammunition.

In Douma, an army unit carried out an operation destroying machineguns and various ammunition and killed 11 terrorists.

In Darayya, units of the army clashed with armed terrorist groups killing no less than 15 terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

Army foils infiltration attempts, kills dozens of terrorists in Homs

The army units foiled terrorists' attempts to infiltrate the Syrian lands from Lebanon and destroyed terrorists' gatherings and hideouts in many areas in Homs.

A military source told SANA reporter that an army unit and the border guards clashed with terrorists who tried to enter the Syrian lands from the border areas of Joseh and al-Nu'aymat in Talkalakh countryside, killing most of the terrorists and destroying two vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition.

The army achieved significant advance in the area of Maheen and eliminated the members of several terrorist groups.

Terrorists' gatherings in the areas of Maheen, al-Dweir, al-Khaldyeh and Deir Foul in al-Rastan countryside were targeted and destroyed.

An army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists who were making fortifications and barricades in Bab Hud Neighborhood.

Army units eliminate terrorists in Hasaka countryside

An army unit eliminated two gatherings of terrorists in the village of Maghloujeh in the western countryside side of Hasaka province and in Tal Barrak in its northern countryside.

In the village of Tal Eid in Qamishli countryside, the army destroyed terrorist hideout used by terrorists from "Liwa'a al-Tawhid" to plan their criminal acts, along with the weapons and ammo inside it.

English Bulletin

http://213.178.225.235/eng/337/2013/11/06/511004.htm

06-11-13

John Kerry

In the 1960s, a Columbia University student reacts violently during a campus strike to protest the Vietnam War.

Nigerian Boycott of the Polio Vaccination Campaign

What Led to the Nigerian Boycott of the Polio Vaccination Campaign?

Public trust is essential in promoting public health. Such trust plays an important role in the public's compliance with public health interventions, especially compliance with vaccination programs, which target mainly healthy people. Where public trust is eroded, rumours can spread and this can lead to rejection of health interventions.

In northern Nigeria in 2003, the political and religious leaders of Kano, Zamfara, and Kaduna states brought the immunization campaign to a halt by calling on parents not to allow their children to be immunized. These leaders argued that the vaccine could be contaminated with anti-fertility agents (estradiol hormone), HIV, and cancerous agents.

In an article reported by News24.com, a South African online news Web site, Sule Ya'u Sule, speaking for the governor of Kano, is quoted as saying: “Since September 11, the Muslim world is beginning to be suspicious of any move from the Western world…Our people have become really concerned about polio vaccine”. In the same article, Datti Ahmed, a Kano-based physician who heads a prominent Muslim group, the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), is quoted as saying that polio vaccines were “corrupted and tainted by evildoers from America and their Western allies.” Ahmed went on to say: “We believe that modern-day Hitlers have deliberately adulterated the oral polio vaccines with anti-fertility drugs and…viruses which are known to cause HIV and AIDS”.

The New York Sun reported that this fear of polio vaccines in northern Nigeria “caught on because of the war in Iraq”. Ali Guda Takai, a WHO doctor investigating polio cases in Kano, told the Baltimore Sun, “What is happening in the Middle East has aggravated the situation. If America is fighting people in the Middle East, the conclusion is that they are fighting Muslims”.

Embarrassed by the political undertone of the boycott, the prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, President of the International Fiqh Council, said: “In fact, I was completely astonished about the attitude of our fellow scholars of Kano towards polio vaccine. I disapprove of their opinion, for the lawfulness of such vaccine in the point of view of Islam is as clear as sunlight”. Sheikh Qaradawi said that the same polio vaccine has been effective in over 50 Muslim countries, and blamed the SCSN for creating a negative image of Islam: “They distort the image of Islam and make it appear as if it contradicts science and medical progress”.

An important factor that played a role in the polio vaccine boycott was the general distrust of aggressive, mass immunization programs in a country where access to basic health care is not easily available. In his report for the Baltimore Sun, John Murphy wrote: “The aggressive door-to-door mass immunizations that have slashed polio infections around the world also raise suspicions. From a Nigerian's perspective, to be offered free medicine is about as unusual as a stranger's going door to door in America and handing over $100 bills. It does not make any sense in a country where people struggle to obtain the most basic medicines and treatment at local clinics”.

The religious leaders in northern states who boycotted the polio immunization campaign believed that the southern-led federal government was acting in the interests of Western powers. The northern and southern parts of the country had different colonial experiences. While the north was colonized by the Islamic Jihadists, the south was colonized by the British. These colonial experiences are responsible for political differences between north and south and different attitudes to modern medicine.

Suspicions about Western health interventions were already circulating in northern Nigeria, ahead of the polio vaccination boycott, in the wake of Pfizer's 1996 “Trovan trial”. The trial was discussed in detail in a BMJ feature entitled “Pfizer accused of testing new drug without ethical approval”.

In brief, the BMJ reports that in 1996 Pfizer sent a team to Kano during an epidemic of meningococcal meningitis. To test the efficacy of its new antibiotic trovafloxacin (Trovan), the team conducted an open-label trial in 200 children—half were given the gold standard treatment for meningitis, ceftriaxone, and half received trovafloxacin. Five of the children given trovafloxacin died, together with six who were given ceftriaxone. The BMJ reported: “The Washington Post has been investigating the trial and alleges that at least one child was not taken off the experimental drug and given the standard drug when it was clear that her condition was not improving—which is against ethical guidelines.” The BMJ reported that the Nigerian health minister appointed a federal investigative panel to determine whether the trial was conducted legally, and if so, whether it was morally right.

Read more:
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0040073