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Book Review: "Half World," a Novel about MKULTRA by Scott O'Connor, Ranks with Graham Greene's Strongest Fiction

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Weekend Bookworm: Half World

By Rob Minshull

ABC Brisbane, June 6, 2014

Rich in philosophy and dark in its politics, Half World is an incredibly beautiful literary thriller which The Los Angeles Review of Books has quite rightly compared to some of Graham Greene’s strongest works.

Like Greene, Scott O’Connor recognises that “the power of a political thriller lies less in the exposure of governmental or corporate corruption and more in our relationship with this corruption.”

And so meet Henry March, an unassuming CIA analyst in the 1950s and responsible for the San Francisco branch of MKULTRA, the CIA project in which unwitting American citizens were subjected to insidious drug and mind-control research.

The horrific experiments take their toll on both innocent subjects and CIA agents alike. Henry, a devoted family man, can cope no more and disappears – along with his record of events – into the ether. The scarred and terrified victims disappear too.

Both, however, threaten to resurface to tell the world what happened and to exact revenge. Written over two main time frames, the second stage of the book leaps into the early 1970s and the CIA – caught up in the drug-induced Vietnam era – is determined to cover its tracks. Agents and victims of MKULTRA go on a hazy hunt for Henry in a hallucinogenic ‘half world’ of paranoia and pills.

This is a novel about a complex reality soothed with the drugs of a completely captivating story; although based on actual events in the 1950s, O’Connor recaptures the illicit CIA experiments with LSD as only a great fiction could dare to imagine.

Emotionally harrowing and yet full of dark, searing humour Half World is a stunning and provocative novel. It is, wrote Karen Campbell in The Boston Globe, “part literary suspense, part psychological examination with undercurrents of existential dread and an abiding hope of redemption.”

With a multitude of tales of compromise and corruption, duplicity and devotion, Scott O’Connor’s Half World taps into recent history to reunite the 21st century with persistent fears of an omniscient Big Brother and the malevolent men who are always willing to serve him. A glorious read.

Half World, by Scott O’Connor, available online:

“We will get Roundup recalled, and we will have an impact on the chemical treadmill,” said Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America.

By Andrea Germanos
MintPress News, May 29, 2014

It’s time for Monsanto’s Roundup to stop poisoning our food. That was the message brought to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday by a group of concerned mothers who say that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widespread herbicide made by the chemical and biotechnology giant, is putting public health in jeopardy.

The group of 11, which included scientists, a lawyer and health worker, urged the agency to look at the results of a recent pilot study commissioned by their group, Moms Across America, and Sustainable Pulse. Their study found glyphosate present in human breast milk, indicating — contrary to industry claims — that the herbicide may build up or “bioaccumulate” in women’s bodies.

The results of that study were “considerable and shocking,” Zen Honeycutt, Founder and Director of Moms Across America, told Common Dreams.

Honeycutt pointed to a previous study which looked at Roundup’s negative effects on gut bacteria and pointed to possible links between those effects and a number of diseases. She said that in her group’s breast milk study, the sample with the highest levels of Roundup detected had levels that were higher than was shown to destroy gut bacteria in the earlier study.

Her group is asking the EPA to revoke the license for glyphosate, recall foods sprayed with it, call for its use as a drying agent to be stopped, and to include in the EPA review of glyphosate the results from the breast milk study.

Honeycutt said that the EPA met with the group for two hours, “fully listened” to what they said, and it even appeared that “we have some people on our side.” The EPA also said that they would include the milk study in their review “when protocols are met,” Honeycutt said. The EPA indicated that it had contacted Monsanto to provide information on its own breast milk study, which may be in the works.

Their meeting with the EPA comes on the heels of a March Against Monsanto day of action that saw demonstrations against the biotech giant in scores of countries.

It also follows a phone campaign organized by Moms Across America that urged supporters to call the EPA because “we wanted them to understand how bad glyphosate is,” Laurie Olson, West Coast Leader with the group, explained to Common Dreams.

evil_corporation“We just called and called,” Olson said. She estimates the group made about 10,000 calls over about a week period. “We got their attention,” she said. “We’re not some giant corporation. We’re real people with real stories and real lives, and we want it to stop,” Olson said, referring to glyphosate’s effects.

It might seem like a David vs. Goliath battle, but Honeycutt is confident.

“We will do this,” she said. “We will get Roundup recalled, and we will have an impact on the chemical treadmill.”

For those interested in the ongoing campaign, she says the next steps will be on the group’s Facebook page.

For now, she said, “Keep talking and sharing. Moms are making a difference.”

Further Reading: Deconstructing Monsanto (Kindle edition), by Chris Kanthan — Why is Monsanto known as the “most evil” company in the world? Why have chronic diseases such as food allergies, obesity, autism, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and cancer become epidemic? 

Israeli counterterror chief’s son blames US for his 1988 assassination

25 years after Amiram Nir died in mysterious plane crash amid Iran-Contra scandal, his son Nimrod points finger at Washington

May 31, 2014

Twenty-five years after a famed Israeli counterterrorism operator died in a mysterious plane crash in Mexico, his son alleged on Friday that the death was an assassination, and pointed the finger of blame at the United States.

Amiram Nir was the counterterrorism adviser to former Israeli prime ministers Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir in the 1980s, and played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair, a political scandal which involved officials in the Reagan administration secretly facilitating the sale of arms to Iran, including by Israel, in breach of an embargo. Nir died in late 1988 in a plane crash in Mexico.

Nimrod Nir, Amiram’s son, told Israel’s Channel 2 news on Friday night (Hebrew) that he has spent the last few years investigating his father’s death, and concluded that the plane crash was no accident. Nimrod Nir said he believed his father had been assassinated by someone who didn’t want him to tell the truth. Asked by the interviewer whether he thought responsibility for the killing reached the level of “candidates for the US presidency… Are those the immediate suspects from your point of view?” he replied, “Absolutely.”

The TV report featured a lengthy clip of George H.W. Bush being interviewed by Dan Rather over what he knew of the Iran-Contra scandal, including over his presence during a visit to Israel in meetings with Amiram Nir. Bush had denied all knowledge of Iran-Contra during the 1988 presidential campaign.

“Nir had briefed Bush” about Iran-Contra, the Israeli journalist and author Ronen Bergman wrote in a 2008 book, “The Secret War with Iran. “Nir could have implicated the incoming president. The fact that Nir was killed in a mysterious chartered airplane crash in Mexico,” Bergman went on, “has given rise to numerous conspiracy theories.”

In the years after Amiram Nir’s death, a “systematic series” of burglaries took place in the homes and offices of people connected to Iran-Contra, including the home of Nir’s widow, Bergman wrote in the book. “To this day it is not clear if Amiram Nir was murdered,” Bergman wrote, “and if he was, by whom.”

Nimrod Nir’s mother, Amiram’s widow Judy, went on to marry leading Israeli politician Silvan Shalom, who is the minister of energy in the current Israeli government. Shalom was considering a run for the post of Israeli president, to be chosen on June 10, but opted not to submit his candidacy after a series of unproven allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him in recent weeks.

Silvan Shalom (photo credit: FLASH90)

Silvan Shalom (photo credit: FLASH90)

Shalom adopted Nimrod as his son, and Nimrod was being interviewed Friday mainly about the trauma the unsubstantiated allegations against Shalom had caused the family, when the interview veered off onto the subject of Amiram Nir’s death. Putting the smear campaign against his adoptive father Shalom, widely described in the Israeli media as a “political assassination,” into context, Nimrod Nir told the interviewer, “Once there really were political assassinations.”

In a related feature last year, documenting a curious 1986 meeting between Amiram Nir and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg noted: “On November 30, 1988, Amiram Nir boarded a one-engine Cessna T-210 on a flight from Uruapan, Mexico, to Mexico City. He was said to have been in the country on avocado business. The plane went down in the mountains, on a clear day, and Nir was pronounced dead.

“Much speculation has revolved around the possibility of foul play in that death, as Nir could personally attest to the fact that very senior US officials knew the details of the Iran-Contra Affair. Adriana Stanton, Nir’s traveling partner, who also boarded the plane under an alias, told Channel 10′s HaMakor program in 2009 that she saw Nir alive and well after the crash.”

A former journalist and battalion commander in the armored corps, Amiram Nir is buried in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.

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