“We set up a true hospital complex in the middle of the jungle, which is why it is so important to have the support of the FAB and the EB…It’s cutting-edge technology for indigenous communities in the middle of the jungle, where nothing is usually brought in.” “The indigenous people painted themselves. We gathered in a circle and received their spiritual leader. It was a very strong experience. We cried, and the chiefs said in their language that an alliance had been established between us (the expedition) and the Yanomami people.” That effort proves a challenging task. Armed Forces officials and representatives of Expedicionários da Saúde began planning the operation in April with an initial travel expedition, called a precursor, to the target region to obtain the indigenous leaders’ authorization. Gaining that permission is a sign that they’ve earned the trust of the local residents. “They are able to see the day after getting the surgery,” Abdala said. “Then we ask what they are going to do, and the answer is always, ‘I’m going to hunt, to fish.’” Every day, the FAB transported indigenous Brazilians from villages in the areas of Inanbú, Maiá, Marauirá, Marari, Médio and Alto Paduari, Cachoeira do Araká, Araká, and Ajuricaba to the field hospital. A total of 239 procedures were performed, the majority of which were cataract and hernia surgeries, and 2,863 consultations were carried out in the areas of pediatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, and dentistry, with each day lasting from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to meet the demand for services. FAB aircraft took off at sunrise to pick up patients, who could be flown from the villages in groups of 20; the round-trip flights lasted approximately 50 minutes. “If they do not want us to come in, we don’t do anything,” Abdala explained. “Given that they already know us and like us, after 12 years in operation, there aren’t any problems. Our name is well-known among the ethnic groups, but the beginning was difficult because the leaders did not believe in us.” Local residents who underwent surgery stayed in Maturacá overnight as part of their post-operative recovery. The Yanomami have had a lot of problems with cataracts, which also limit their ability to work, according to indigenous Brazilian Davi Kopenawa Ianomâmi, of the Yanomami Association of Roraima and Amazonas. By Dialogo September 28, 2015 Congratulations. May it serve as an example for other countries. Hi, I am an Environmental Federal Agent. I have observed the Brazilian Army supporting voluntary projects and providing very valuable and important services to people with no means for survival, living in remote places far from the reach of political leaders, living a precarious life in the Amazon rainforest. The healthcare in Brazil is the worst it can be, but the love and consideration for others is still strong. In Brazil today, where on a daily basis, we witness the military police killing people in large cities, mostly youth from the periphery, simulating self-defense, the work of the Brazilian Army, saving lives amidst the forest is a contrast… it brings us some encouragement and hope that the country’s security forces are mobilised to defend life, social well-being and the rule of law. Congratulations to those professionals who have worked or are working on humanitarian expeditions. The integration of the Armed Forces with the needy population greatly benefits the communities in need of health care. I am a retired nursing assistant. I work in administration in the MTE. I’m glad that there are still compassionate people who bring physical and mental support to the needy. Congratulations. I am Reserve Parachutist No. 25046, year 1972, commander of the Gal Brigade. Hugo de Andrade Abreu. There you are compatriots. I’m happy to know at the moment that our Army is involved in this noble mission to save lives in Amazonia. Congratulations. The agent needs to improve his Portuguese. The Armed Forces can’t manage to fight small time Brazilian crooks. Now, they want to try and put things in order. That’s just ridiculous, right. When the Armed Forces do not have a purpose in a ‘Military Doctrine’, there are many political or economic groups willing to use them for purposes other than the nature of their organisation and training. – by Humberto Castello Branco. In Amazon territory belonging to Brazil, there are more than 20 million Brazilian inhabitants. What is strange in Brazil is that there are so many organizations financed with significant resources, but very undefined purposes to defend some Brazilians, according to their ancestral origins, already well integrated and suffer from the same shortcomings of millions of citizens in the same area. Thomas Friedman, in “The World is Flat,” sees no more room to isolate countries, regions and peoples, and in the next 50 years, “uncivilised” Indians will be rigorously adapted to the cultural standards of the entire world. However, their descendants will have the privilege of living in large territorial areas inherited from their parents. 4/24/2013â€¢ Terra – Interethnic clashes leave 21 dead in Chinese region of Xinjiang. THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA NEEDS TO SHOW INSTEAD OF THE WAR AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKERS IN THE FAVELAS. THERE ARE ANONYMOUS HEROES THAT PEOPLE SHOULD GET TO KNOW. WHY NOT ON THE TV PROGRAM, FANTÃSTICO, ON SUNDAYS? Congratulations to all the anonymous and voluntary people who bring available assistance to our needy, indigenous brethren in the far corners of Brazil. Bravo Zulu. It’s great to help those people in need of healthcare. By doing that, you’ll be blessed. Thank you, Santos, for so much joy Helping those in need is an act of kindness. If people showed a little love to others, the world would be different. How wonderful…South America showing the world how easy it is to live in unity, taking care of the needy in their homelands! Congratulations Chile, congratulations Colombia, congratulations to the big and powerful Brazil. I am proud to be Brazilian, and I am very proud of neighbouring countries like these. It’s great to see our brothers being welcomed in their homelands. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. RIVA, don’t do that. Don’t talk bad about the respected Armed Forces of Brazil. I make this point because I was trained by the Armed Forces of Brazil to defend my country and I’m letting you know that the military cannot intervene in urban conflicts involving thugs, but instead, in conflicts involving fighting. We are also trained to take care of our countrymen, as you have just seen in the missions completed. The ones who have the obligation and duty to fight the thugs that you mention are the military and civil police, ok? My name is Neves of the Command Platoon of the 51st Jungle Infantry Battalion in the Amazon in 1977. Warm regards to all. Congratulations to all who participated in this mission. It’s so beautiful to see people showing love to others! They are bringing so much good to these villages! Congratulations to the organisers. May God bless them! Good. Keep up this wonderful project. I very much admire it. Congratulations. May our politicians lead by these examples and be ashamed of themselves. Thank you Armed Forces of Brazil… Let this subject be an example for our leaders pursuing better living conditions for deserving citizens. This is really good. My comment is that Globo News only talks about France, even with a lot going on in our country with the loss of people in Minas Gerais. They don’t talk about that. It’s quite a shame. They’re a bunch of ass-kissers. Surgical mission “I work in a search-and-rescue squadron, and our routine is to save lives,” said Air Force First Lt. Tiago Vargas Nascimento Silva, a pilot from the Harpia Squadron of the 7th/8th Aviation Group who took part in seven days of medical consultations during the mission between July 31 and August 8. “It’s gratifying to be able to contribute in some way to improve the quality of their lives.” The infrastructure at the field hospital included small offices, tents with two operating rooms, waiting areas for patients, toilets, showers, and areas for overnight stays and meals. Residents of local communities used forest materials to help build barracks, which are now used by the village. “The use of helicopters is ideal for this type of mission, particularly to reach the most isolated indigenous tribes. Only rotary wing aircraft or small planes are able to land in these places.” “We don’t stop,” Marcia Abdala said. “The operating room is constantly busy. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, given that we don’t know when we’ll return to the region. We saved many indigenous Brazilians who arrived in highly debilitated conditions. If necessary, we would also transport the patient to a hospital in the region.” “Any action that seeks to improve the quality of life of Brazilians has backing and support of the Army, especially in border areas and in the poorest areas,” said Colonel Dower Jerônimo Morini Borges, Chief of Staff of the 12th Military Region of the Brazilian Army. “We have the Picumã mosquito here, which comes from the river heads,” he said. “They bite the indigenous people and cause cataracts. The doctors heal us.” “The doctors often say that operating in the field hospital or at the Sírio Libanês hospital is the same thing: It’s all top of the line, and the doctors work hard,” Abdala explained, adding that there are over 250 volunteers registered to participate in missions. The NGO and the Military’s plan included the EB mobilizing 100 Troops from the 5th BIS to assist with transportation to and from the villages. The FAB also assigned 40 Troops from the 1st/9th GAV Arara and 7th/8th GAV Harpia, based in Manaus, and the 1st/2nd GAV Condor, based in Rio de Janeiro; their coordination was carried out by the General Command of Air Operations, which manages the entire fleet of aircraft. The mission was important to the region’s people who find it difficult to obtain medical care in their villages, according to Kopenawa. “The expeditionary volunteers are the only ones who do this.” Military helicopters transport tribes’ people Their cataract treatments have proven effective. Saving ‘highly debilitated’ patients With the most recent expedition, the project has provided a total of 5,460 surgeries and 35,092 medical consultations since inception. The tribes are in the vicinity of the Pico da Neblina, the highest mountain in Brazil, which reaches 2,294 meters. It was the first time the expedition reached the area, popularly known as Cabeça de Cachorro [Dog Head] due to the shape of its border with with Colombia and Venezuela, which is to 6,500 indigenous Brazilians. They live in hard-to-reach or isolated areas in the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, 852 kilometers from Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, where the EB’s 5th Special Border Platoon is housed. Members of the Amazon project, including 20 physicians, five dentists, 10 nurses and 20 support staff, embarked on July 31, also from Campinas, covering the 3,400 kilometers to São Gabriel da Cachoeira on board the FAB’s C-99. The C-99 transported the expeditionary volunteers to Maturacá, headquarters of the Special Border Platoon. Meanwhile, logistical support was provided by the 12th Supply Battalion, part of the 12th Military Region, and the Amazon Military Command Vessel Center, both in Manaus. In São Gabriel da Cachoeira, about 100 Soldiers from the 5th BIS provided assistance. As a consequence of the indigenous patients’ health needs, the mission’s medical professionals worked virtually around the clock. At the end of the expedition, indigenous leaders held a celebration in accordance with their ethnic group’s thanksgiving rituals. With the approval of the villages, the NGO contacts institutions linked to the state and federal governments, including the National Foundation for Indigenous Affairs and the Special Indigenous Health District, as well as the Indigenous District Council. The Ministry of Defense is the final link, who they call for support before the FAB and EB are included in the plan. The Armed Forces have been supporting the NGO since 2005. Post-expedition ritual First Lt. Silva piloted a helicopter to transport 365 passengers between tribal communities and mission headquarters in Maturacá, where Expedicionários da Saúde had set up a field hospital to provide medical treatment to the indigenous population. “The region where the villages are located is mountainous, and navigation in the area needs to be accurate.” Abdala compared the operation in Maturacá to the organization and execution of the Olympic Games. The field hospital is equipped with the latest equipment to perform non-invasive ophthalmology procedures and minor general surgery. Mobilization for the Maturacá Expedition began on July 17 when the C-105 Amazonas of the 1st/9th Arara Aviation Group (GAV), based in Manaus, flew to São Gabriel da Cachoeira loaded with 15 tons of food, materials, and equipment. There, they stored the provisions at the 5th Jungle Infantry Battalion (BIS), an Army unit based in the area. The volunteer doctors are experienced members of the medical teams at some of the country’s major hospitals, such as the Sírio Libanês and Albert Einstein hospitals in São Paulo. The work of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and the Brazilian Army (EB) was crucial to the success of the latest mission of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Expedicionários da Saúde (Health Expeditions), which provided surgeries and other medical care to residents of 35 villages of the Yanomami ethnic group, located in the country’s far north. This was the 33rd edition of the Operating in the Amazon mission, dubbed the Maturacá Expedition; the NGO and the Armed Forces conduct several such operations each year.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Excerpt from the introduction to The Great American Disconnect – Seven Fundamental Threats To Our Democracy, a new book by Long Island Press publisher Jed Morey. E-book available October 7th. Paperback edition due out Nov. 7th. No other nation in history has been so adroit at acquiring and hoarding resources as the United States of America. The combination of democracy and capitalism in America has been so thoroughly successful with respect to expansion and the accumulation of wealth that we consume a quarter of the world’s resources despite having only 5 percent of the population. This unbelievable ascent to the top of the imperial heap is the result of an insatiable appetite for progress at any cost. This is further underscored by periods of fervent jingoism that rationalize horrific behavior abroad under the guise of spreading freedom and democracy.From a purely political perspective, the New Millennium has ushered in a resounding victory for democracy and with it, the greatest placebo ever absorbed into the global body politic. Citizens of the world have bought into the hype that the American dream is now available anywhere on the globe and is as attainable as a cubic zirconia necklace on a late-night infomercial. For my money, it is the inimitable H.L. Mencken who captured the folly of American democracy as a means to prosperity nearly a century ago, saying, “Of all those ancient promises there is none more comforting than the one to the effect that the lowly shall inherit the earth. It is at the bottom of the dominant religious system of the modern world, and it is at the bottom of the dominant political system. Democracy gives it a certain appearance of objective and demonstrable truth.”Even Mencken would be impressed by the effectiveness of today’s political hucksters who peddle faux democracy from their ideological apothecaries. Modern-day snake oil salesmen dressed in suits adorned with flag pins on their lapels preach the gospel of the American dream with the zeal of born-again evangelists. Their wide-eyed followers devour their every word believing they too might someday reach the Promised Land.Gone are the days of dreaming of savings accounts and a pension; this is the era of winning lottery tickets and salvation through instant affluence. The most troubling phenomenon is the Gospel of Jesus Christ as capitalist that has somehow tethered itself to our new collective interpretation of democracy. This mixing of religious and ideological metaphors has seeped into the consciousness of American politics and given life to a bizarre fundamentalist ideology that has inculcated the public with the notion that financial success is the product of divine right. According to this newly adopted testament of faith, Jesus Christ is a champion of corporate rights and free markets who offers his disciples unfettered VIP access to the pearly gates of the hereafter.“All these forms of happiness, of course, are illusory. They don’t last,” warned Mencken. “The democrat, leaping into the air to flap his wings and praise God, is forever coming down with a thump. The seeds of his disaster lie in his own stupidity; he can never get rid of the naïve delusion—so beautifully Christian!—that happiness is something to be got by taking it away from the other fellow.”It is the idea that only the uncompromising person in the self-righteous pursuit of wealth emerges triumphant in a life that has separated humans from their humanity. Community, environment and the welfare of others have been subjugated by a new dogma that places faith over reason, prosperity over compassion.And who could argue? We credit democracy with ushering in the most technologically innovative century in recorded history. There have also been real victories along the way. America, as it was originally conceived, was a place where inalienable rights were intended exclusively for white, male property owners. But the system was intuitive and flexible enough to allow its citizens to battle one another and hammer out universal suffrage and civil rights. It is also our right to freely and openly criticize the government and protest perceived injustices. No system works perfectly for all of its inhabitants but liberties such as these that we often take for granted are glorious enough to make America’s democratic system enviable by most standards.But today we are on a path that threatens to turn back the clock in a dangerous way. Capitalism and Christianity, mutually exclusive by design, are no longer distinct from one another under the all-encompassing umbrella of democracy. In order to provide cover for ignominious policies, politicians and pundits routinely reference the Founding Fathers. They consider them omniscient and omnipresent deities, instead of the fallible and mortal beings they were. To question them is to commit heresy. They speak of the Constitution as the testament delivered unto us from on high, never to be doubted or altered. Yet many of the provisions they hold dear are amendments, which implies that the Constitution is amorphous and was always intended as such.This is not an unpatriotic book, though some will deride this characterization and misinterpret its intent. It is an honest critique of a system of government that allows for its very existence. It is this self-awareness that makes it decidedly hopeful as it comes from a grateful and objective perspective—albeit grateful for the freedom to objectively verbalize our hypocrisy.I am an insider, an avowed critic of the hand that feeds me. I’m not writing in exile or behind a prison wall, but that is not to say we aren’t metaphorically imprisoned by the image we project of ourselves. Much of what we believe to be true about democracy is belied by our very real actions and circumstances.Americans are trapped by the conviction that we live in a free society despite having the highest incarceration rate per capita of any nation in the world. We see ourselves as the purveyors of peace and democracy, having defeated the Communist menace and dethroned dictators, yet no other nation in modern times has initiated unprovoked foreign wars more than we have or dropped a nuclear bomb (twice) on its enemies. And many of the dictators we have overthrown were of our own creation yet ceased to be useful in our imperialist endeavors.We believe in the theory of fair competition and the ability to achieve success through hard work and discipline but we exist within a system that discourages competitiveness and has consolidated 40 percent of the nation’s wealth into the hands of 1 percent of the population.Our state of denial has caused us to drift far from the nation we believe ourselves to be while holding tightly to an image of the nation we wish to be. read more
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Elmira Police Department says a traffic stop led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man on Saturday evening. Police say two other Elmira officers arrived at the scene to assist. Officers on the scene say as Seeley was being questioned, he punched the investigating officer in the face. Officials say he then began to “struggle” with the assisting officers. The 39-year-old was taken to the ground but he put one of the officers into a choke-hold. Attempted assault in the 2nd degreeResisting arrestCriminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degreeAggravated unlicensed operation in the 2nd degree Patrick Seeley is faced with the following charges: Elmira police say an officer used pepper spray to prevent Seeley from suffocating the other officer. He was immediately taken into custody. The Elmira Police tell us that the officer who initially responded was taken to Arnot Ogden Hospital for medical treatment. An Elmira officer stopped 39-year-old Patrick Seeley of Millerton, Pa. in the area of the 400 block of Mt. Zoar St. Police say while further investigating, the officer found that Seeley’s license had been suspended multiple times in New York State. Officials say the officer then asked him to exit the vehicle for further investigation. Seeley was arraigned in the Elmira City Court and released with a future court date. read more
Regarding the recent incident at Summit Towers, many of us aren’t involved in drug activity. We worked many years and earned wages and retirement pensions. It’s unfair to clump all of us together as low, undeserving addicts/alcoholics.While it’s true some have addictions, they aren’t well and need treatment. Unfortunately, the system has designed a revolving-door solution that hasn’t worked.Our office manager, maintenance staff and monitors are doing all they can possibly do to resolve the issue. The Schenectady police work tirelessly to assist in combating the issue.The young people involved in this activity are well-mannered and polite to all residents.Their lives are in jeopardy, but attempts to help them are moot because addicts requires more than one of us trying to turn their lives around. If their families can’t, they certainly won’t heed our counsel.Schenectady as a reputation for being one of 15 cities across the country with the highest crime rate.My response to that is the time Rudy Giuliani decided to weed out New York City of all its criminals. Funding was given to build rehab centers in our area. One by one, they migrated up here and chose to settle. For anyone who thinks this didn’t create a serious problem for our city, residents, police and sheriff’s department should open their eyes and place blame where it truly lies.It’s my sincerest hope that change comes before another generation of young people falls into the mud and mire of addiction.Rather than gossip about one specific area, learn that it’s a national problem that occurs even in the best of areas.It’s my hope and prayer that all will focus on the positive efforts being made, as opposed to the ugly discernment that goes along with the addiction crisis.Mary Ann BrunoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion read more
Share Share Tweet LifestyleTravel Caribbean Airlines chairman quits position by: – April 5, 2012 Share 43 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! George NicholasGeorge Nicholas the chairman of State-owned Caribbean Airlines resigned from that position on Wednesday over adverse comments by Transport Minister Devant Maharaj. Nicholas’ resignation letter was sent to Finance Minister Winston Dookeran and the airline’s chief executive officer Robert Corbie.His letter read in part: “Further to the MoT’s (Minister of Transport Devant Maharaj) comments on my performance, a five out of ten in comparison to other State boards on national television last night and other comments, both written and in private, I have resigned with immediate effect today.”Nicholas, in his brief letter, thanked Caribbean Airlines staff for “being such an incredible team to work with.” Contacted yesterday Maharaj said if Nicholas resigned because of comments the minister made on Monday night that would be “truly disappointing” and he “expected better.”Maharaj said Nicholas was taking his comments out of context and he suggested the businessman “needs to take another look at the programme.” The Transport Minister said he did not make any comments aimed at anybody specifically, but, rather he made general comments about the performance of all of the boards under his purview.Apart from CAL, the Airport Authority, the Port Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority report to Maharaj. He said he “gave all of the boards a five out of ten because all of them have room for improvement. Further, it is clear that all of the boards under my purview, inherited degrees of neglect from the previous administration.”Yesterday’s resignation was the latest in a series of events marking Nicholas’ tenure as CAL chairman. Last year, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar chose to remove the transport portfolio from Works Minister Jack Warner when calls were made for the chairman’s removal.Trinidad Guardian read more