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Interview with Dr. Rath on the need
for a new Alliance of Nations

Published on July 26, 2004 in the South African Newspaper “Ilanga”

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How do you see the United Nations being a toothless bull amidst the indifference of the super powers to toe the line?

In March last year the Bush-Administration led a war on Iraq against the decision of the United Nations and in violation of international law. With its decision made on June 8, 2004, to authorize a US-led military occupation, the UN Security Council retrospectively approved the Iraq war. With this fateful decision the United Nations Security Council destroyed its own code of international law, the UN Charter and thereby the very basis for the UN's existence. The consequences of this decision are threatening to the very existence of the great majority of nations.

The Open Letter published in the New York Times on June 30, 2004

With the UN's code of international law no longer in existence, the only security umbrella protecting the great majority of nations is gone. This means that from now on any country, particularly the more than 150 developing nations, can be threatened, attacked and conquered under any pretense by economic super powers in the interests of corporate greed. This is why I gave my Open Letter in the New York Times on June 30 and in the International Herald Tribune on Friday the July 2, 2004, the title ‘The United Nations Committed Suicide!’ Both newspapers published it without any changes.

But the self-destruction of the UN's international legal system was only the last step in the demise of the United Nations. Globally operating corporate interests such as the pharmaceutical industry and their political stakeholders, notably the governments of the US and the UK, long ago started to abuse the United Nations as a political arm for these interests. For decades the UN subsidiary organizations like the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization have been abused as instruments of ‘corporate colonialism’.

Particularly devastating has been the influence of the pharmaceutical investment groups. By abusing the World Trade Organization these interest groups forced the acceptance of the unscrupulous principle of patents even upon the poorest nations of the world. At the same time, by abusing the World Health Organization, the same drug companies have been trying to outlaw effective natural health alternatives under the cover of the United Nation’s Codex Alimentarius commission. Literally hundreds of millions of people have died because the United Nations has betrayed its mandate from the people of the world.

What are the chances of the vulnerable and poor nations against these super powers?

If the poor countries from the developing world and the threshold nations stand by themselves and further rely on the existing United Nations to represent their interests, the chance for the developing world to liberate itself from the yoke of corporate colonialism is zero. This means that hundreds of millions of people every year will continue to die from diseases that could have disappeared long ago if the United Nations would have served the people of the world - and not global corporate interests.

Jeffrey Sachs, special adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

For example, the economic adviser of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is the economist Jeffrey Sachs, one of the most outspoken advocates of corporate globalization. Sachs attended the African Union Summit and tours the developing world with Annan, recommending increased financial help from the governments of rich nations – but under the conditions that this money flows back to private companies in these rich countries through, for example, the purchase of patented pharmaceutical drugs worth billions of dollars. In other words, the Sachs/Annan team advocates a multi-billion subsidy program from the tax payer to the private coffers of the pharmaceutical drug cartel. And on its way this money and the drugs dispensed cause ever more diseases and create ever more markets.

Considering the fact that effective, safe, affordable, natural and non-patentable health solutions are available right now to fight the largest health epidemics in the world, including HIV/AIDS – this is a deceptive and unscrupulous fraud scheme. Admittedly it is hard for politicians and the general public to look through this fraud scheme. This is why the dissemination of information about natural, non-patentable health solutions is such a critical task.

The only chance for the poorest nations of the world to stop the misery and to close the gap with the developing world is to terminate the economic dependency upon these nations. The basis for this development is an Alliance of Nations that is carried by the needs of the developing nations and eventually represents the entire community of nations and the people of the world for this and future generations.

One Country — One Vote

The political suicide of the United Nations is not a tragedy, but a historic opportunity for the nations of the developing world to wake up and liberate themselves from the shackles of corporate colonialism. It is a unique chance for the people of the world to create a world of lasting peace, health and social justice. That is precisely why I proposed the Alliance of Nations to replace the United Nations.

The Alliance of Nations must follow distinct principles in order to accomplish its goals. In the age of weapons of mass destruction it must be committed to preventing international military conflicts and wars at all costs. It also must protect the great majority of developing nations from future abuse by global corporate greed. It must establish equal rights for all people. All nations large and small must be equally represented in this new organization and the principle of ‘One Country – One Vote’ is a precondition to secure world peace. The health interests of the people are of higher value than corporate profits. Therefore the ‘investment business with disease’ – the deliberate promotion of diseases as the market place for a multi-billion dollar industry based on patented drugs – will be outlawed. Patents in the area of health, life and other areas critical to overcome the economic dependency of the poor nations are outlawed.

One of the first tasks for the Alliance of Nations will be will be to build a new comprehensive system of international law that replaces the now non-existing international code of law of the UN. The lessons of the Iraq war must be implemented to protect all future generations of mankind: leading wars of aggression in violation of this new international law will be punishable by immediate international isolation of the perpetrators.

What could be the role of South Africa, its government, civil society, and non-governmental organizations etc. in the betterment of the ills of our global village?

The South African Minister of Health, Dr. Tshabalala-Msimang

South Africa has already taken a lead role in the fight against the global pharmaceutical cartel by fighting its very economic basis - the principle of patents. The South African Minister of Health has become a spokesperson for natural health approaches far beyond South Africa. I recall the short meeting I had with Dr. Tshabalala-Msimang on the occasion of the World Summit in Johannesburg in August, 2002. We both agreed that the promotion of effective natural health approaches is the only way for the developing world to deliver health to its people and to decrease the strangulating dependency upon the internationally operating pharmaceutical cartel.

Now this knowledge needs to reach every corner of South Africa, of Africa and the entire world. Every child needs to know that its body does not produce its own vitamin C, the key nutrient to prevent heart disease, cancer and to increase the resistance against all infectious diseases. All sectors of society, non-governmental organizations and every single person that understands the consequence of not acting now, needs to join. What we need is a health literacy campaign for the people of South Africa and the entire world, disseminating information about the possibility to eradicate today's most common diseases by natural means. I call upon every citizen in South Africa and beyond to participate in this historic mission that will eventually unite all mankind.

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