MediaARTICLES & ANALYSIS
by Chris Waldburger | Part 1 | The power structures of liberal states depended on a credibility created by the valorizing of neutral, transcendent science. Science had eclipsed religion and superstition, and thus a political order of pragmatic science somehow overcame politics.
by Dr David Bell | The subversion of health for profit runs contrary to the entire ethos of thepost-World War Two anti-fascist, anti-colonialist movement. When people across politics can acknowledge this reality, they can put aside the false divisions that this corruption has sown
Threats to Freedom of Expression: Covid-19, the ‘fact checking counter-disinformation industry’, and online harm legislation
by Dr Piers Robinson | Freedom of expression is evaporating, evident in censorship during Covid-19, whilst now we see the emergence of online safety/harm legislation that might further curtail freedom of speech. But who has been responsible for the lion’s share of propaganda?
by Dr David Bell | The new public health response that was trialed during this outbreak is far more attractive to investors creating vast opportunities for future growth. Holding to the new dogma enables a positive career path and financial security, as did siding with the Inquisition centuries ago.
by Shay Zakov | In this work, we review the reports provided by Pfizer to the FDA for the trial’s first interim analysis. The reports demonstrate severe flaws in the procedure of approving Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine based on data from the vaccine’s phase III clinical trial.
When the foundations of civil societies are being overhauled at speed, and when tried and tested laws and policies are being replaced, people need open spaces for inquiry and debate more than ever. Social media platforms should not only take responsibility for facilitating such fora, but should actively embrace and encourage them.
by Dr David Bell | The level of obfuscation of evidence, misrepresentation of prior knowledge, and disregard for diversity of scientific evidence and opinion does not reflect well on either the Lancet or the commission itself.
by Dr Jennifer Smith | Traditionally clinicians do not test for respiratory viruses because testing does not inform patient treatment. In the case of the widespread PCR testing seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, the results should be evaluated in the context of clinical symptoms and possible exposure.
by Dr Piers Robinson | There is a case to be made that the most important part of any propaganda campaign is the drive to ensure that certain voices, claims and arguments either never see the light of day or otherwise remain contained within “fringe” or “alternative” circles.
by Dr David Bell | Something is fundamentally wrong with the mindset of global health professionals, particularly those in positions of leadership. It has become normal to speak, repeat, and defend complete absurdity, as if illusions and fantasies are real. There are no sanctions for operating in this way – indeed it is proving highly successful.
by Dr David Bell and Emma McArthur | While the WHO works in the spotlight, the pandemic industry has been growing for over a decade and its expansion accelerates unabated. The WHO is almost a bit-player in a much larger game of public-private partnerships and financial incentives that are driving the pandemic gravy train forward.
by Dr David Bell & Domini Gordon | Medical ethics are about protecting society from medical malfeasance and the self-interest of the humans whom we trust to manage health. It is therefore disturbing when prominent people, in a prominent journal, tear up the concept of medical ethics and human rights norms.
by Russell Lamberti | A real-world economic and financial disaster is unfolding in Sri Lanka. Like countless crises before, this one is man-made. Lockdowns inflicted direct harm on almost the entire planet, but Sri Lanka is perhaps the first to feel so painfully the inevitable aftershocks of one of history’s greatest follies.
Dr David Bell | Public health relies on trust which is maintained by telling the truth, giving accurate information and sound advice. Advertising relies on manipulating the truth to persuade people to buy a product they may not need. The WHO has adopted this latter course.
Honesty in medical publishing, meaning publication on the basis of transparent rigorous review and impartiality, is of particular importance to medicine and public health. The outcomes of such publications contribute to saving or killing people.
by Gary Sidley | Throughout the covid-19 era the world has witnessed an unprecedented campaign of propaganda ostensibly aimed at increasing compliance with lockdowns and other restrictions. To date, there has been a stark reluctance for any stakeholder to accept responsibility for these manipulative and damaging tactics.
by David Bell | The societal changes of the past two years have been defined by, and led by, ‘public health.’ So it is right to look for public health analogies in the past to help understand what is happening, what the drivers are, and where they might lead.
by Dr Colin Alexander | The selective and strategic overstating of certain issues and understating of others and use of fearmongering rhetoric by governments during the pandemic should be concerning to citizens. It indicates a degree of contempt for the public by officialdom and a disrespect for democratic processes.
by Dr David Thunder | If a class of experts with privileged access to policymakers goes badly wrong in its judgments, this may inflict significant harms on those affected by the policies and behaviour they recommend. However, the harms inflicted by official experts during the pandemic could have been hugely mitigated if expert advice had been given a more modest and humble role in the political process, and if expert committees had incorporated a much wider range of expert opinion.
Dr Jonathan Engler | The suppression of the concept of natural immunity has all the hallmarks of a coordinated misinformation campaign. It is difficult to tell exactly who the initiators of this were, although it is to be noted that the main beneficiaries have been governments and the vaccine manufacturers.
In line with the founding principles of the WHO and orthodox principles of public health, PANDA has decided to publish its submission for the INB hearings in advance, to encourage open debate in ensuring global pandemic preparedness is underpinned by a strong evidence base, which gives full consideration to the COVID-19 response.
by Dr David Thunder | The World Health Organization has proposed that the international community negotiate and eventually ratify an international “accord” or “treaty” that would effectively consolidate the position of the WHO as the pre-eminent public authority responsible for guiding and coordinating international pandemic responses.
by Nick Hudson | A bare-boned opinion on the broader context of the CORONAcrisis. It is intended to inspire people to add flesh to the counter-narrative that we must generate to avoid the dystopia that is threatened.
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