Archive for July 8th, 2012

08/07/2012

Kyrgyzstan: Bathing in the Neighbors’ Drinking Water

By Michael Igoe, (EurasiaNet)* – For Nurlan Kenenov’s three-year-old daughter, the symptoms started with yellowing eyes. Then a fever set in. Fortunately, she got well on her own, but now his nephew is in the hospital, fighting hepatitis. “There were at least 20 children” there when they checked him in, Kenenov said. “Many more had been there before we arrived.”

**Photo: Michael Igoe

Kenenov and the 1,000-odd residents of Djide – a hamlet perched above the Ferghana Valley in southern Kyrgyzstan – face a health threat plaguing, by some estimates, more than half their region’s rural population: lack of access to safe drinking water.

For years, people in Djide got their drinking water from a dilapidated, Soviet-built canal running alongside the village.

But in 2009 provincial authorities dammed the canal two kilometers upstream to create an irrigation reservoir that has turned into a bathing pool. Ever since then, say the villagers, they have been getting ill, with this year the worst so far.

No one has tested the water, according to Djide residents, so they cannot prove the illnesses are related to it. But local nurses say they often see an increase in water-borne illnesses during the summer and a EurasiaNet.org correspondent suffered from bleeding in his digestive tract after a few days in Djide.

To make matters worse, some villagers are skeptical about the benefits of boiling drinking water.

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08/07/2012

The American Obsession with Surrounding Russia

Human Wrongs Watch

“The process of surrounding Russia with military bases continued unabated through successor US administrations with various “color revolutions” financed by the US National Endowment for Democracy, regarded by many as a front for the CIA.”

Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty at the White House in 1987. Author: White House Photographic Office | Wikimedia Commons

By Paul Craig Roberts*, TRANSCEND – When President Reagan nominated me as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, he told me that we had to restore the US economy, to rescue it from stagflation, in order to bring the full weight of a powerful economy to bear on the Soviet leadership, in order to convince them to negotiate the end of the cold war.

Reagan said that there was no reason to live any longer under the threat of nuclear war.

The Reagan administration achieved both goals, only to see these accomplishments discarded by successor administrations. It was Reagan’s own vice president and successor, George Herbert Walker Bush, who first violated the Reagan-Gorbachev understandings by incorporating former constituent parts of the Soviet Empire into NATO and taking Western military bases to the Russian frontier.

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