January 14, 2012
Just to annouce the imminent publication of the Silent Coup, a political thriller dealing with Nixon, Watergate and China.
A great deal has been wriiten and several films made about the conventional story of the Watergate and that Nixon is a peculiar person.
However, is the Watergate Affair any worse than the many other Presidential ‘Abuses of Power’ such as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident under president Johnson, the asassination of Ngo Dinh Diem under JFK, the Iran-Contra Scandal of Ronald Reagan where he conveniently forgot what happened and then the Yellow Cake and Weapons of Mass Destruction of GW Bush that lead to the invasion of Iraq?
Yet none of these Presidents had to resign.
This year is the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s visit to China, the SALT talks and Watergate in 1972.
There are inconsistencies in the conventional account of the Watergate. The most obvious are:
1. The Watergate arrest was the third attempt at break-in to the Democratic Conventional Centre and Nixon was already 26 points ahead in the polls.
2. The ex-CIA Cubans had information linking H Hunt to the White House. Is that not the height of incompetence or was it deliberate?
3. The money on the ex-CIA operatives led to the slush fund under the charge of Maurice Stans. Are we suggesting that the Democratic Party did not have slush funds? Also Nixon has passed the FEC Bill to limit contributions to US$5,000 and greater transparency for election campaigns.
4. There was an attempted coup in China to block rapprochement with USA. Was the Watergate the start of a coup in th US?
Of course Watergate arrest happened and there was attempt at cover-up or containment according to Haldeman.
It is time we had another look at the official account of the Watergate arrests. It looks as if the Watergate arrests was more like a Set-Up than a Cock-up and later Cover-Up.
December 17, 2011
Saudi Arabia, surgery, transplant, women's emaancipation
This is for my followers. Another 5 starred review on amazon.co.uk
By Kim – this review is from: Scalpel in the Sand: Memoir of a Surgeon in Saudi Arabia: (Paperback) Anther 5 starred review.
Author, Rene Chang bases his book ‘Scalpel in the Sand’ over a ten year period spent advancing his career working as a Surgeon in Saudi Arabia. Fragments of ‘the author’s life in Malaysia and the United Kingdom runs throughout the book developing a nice intersection of cultures.
The book takes you on a journey on a road that is less travelled. It reflects upon events happening within the workplace as well as sharing stories of travels to a different country and adapting to new cultures and ways of life.
The journey deals with aspirations, frustrations, emotions, motivations, commitments and raises your awareness to possibilities in life. The events that take place within the memoir are a beautiful balance of both professional and personal experiences.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. This book would be extremely beneficial to those within the Medical Profession. I am not from the Medical Profession and found this to be an engaging and enjoyable book. It is easy to read, honest and a great story.
October 22, 2011
Autobiography, Kidney Transplant, Saudi Arabia, Surgery, Transplant in UK, Women Emancipation
I never thought that I would meet up with so many ex-colleagues from Saudi Arabia when I started on the book. It has been a journey of introspection of a very significant period of my life – the 10 years from 1979 till 1989 in Saudi Arabia. I went out initially for two years having not been able to make any headway in the NHS, but stayed for ten. I accepted the many opportunities and challenges open to me, increasing my range of surgical skills in the process. It was to be a very good training ground in preparation for my final position as the Founding Director of the brand new Transplant Centre at St George’s Hospital, London in November 1994. The period 1994 till 2009 was not covered in the book. The following is a very brief thumbnail sketch.
The challenge of building a new transplant centre in the UK when almost all other centres have had histories of at least 25 years was immense. I decided that to justify the new unit’s rather peculiar position, it had to deliver quality in patient and transplant outcomes and also be very innovative.
Thus, the unit pioneered the use of the third generation immuno-suppressive agent tacrolimus in combination with prednisolone as prophylaxis against acute rejection after kidney transplants. It introduced the first Annual Public Audit of transplantation to which patients and management were invited initiating a new transparent approach to transplantation. It started the first accredited surgical training programme in London, culminating in the provision of large animal experimentation in transplantation for surgical trainees. The Annual Review and Christmas Quiz, free and open to all staff members as a gesture of thanks for their hard work during the year were very popular dates on the calendar. For some ten years the Annual Review in which the Unit reviewed its work of the past year and sets targets for the following year was followed by a free dinner and dance for all staff at the Savoy Hotel in London. Screening of patients prior to transplantation was a very important innovation which led to years of 100% patient and graft survivals after kidney transplant. The latest development was hand assisted retroperitoneal laparoscopic living kidney donor nephrectomies. This unique keyhole surgery technique, available in the UK only at St George’s Hospital reduced the length of stay of living donors to fewer than 72 hours post-operatively and the length of the procedure to an average of one hour thirty minutes. St George’s was the only UK unit doing two living donor transplants in one day. The length of stay after a kidney transplant was also reduced to 5 nights. In 2010, the number of kidney transplants performed during the year exceeded 100. The concept that transplant surgeons do NOT own the kidneys, but have CUSTODY of a national resource, an even more onerous task, was introduced to the department. There were two signal failures during my 15 years in post – the failure to add a new Renal Wing although detailed plans had even been drawn and financiers from Malaysia found; and the failure to have a transplant properly costed. It is sad that even in 2009, the hospital was charging a paltry £5,000 for a transplant when a more realisic cost was in the region of £20,000.
The lessons learnt in Saudi Arabia were very important in the successful development of the brand new transplant centre at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London.
October 22, 2011
King Abdullah had recently announced that women will be able to vote at Municipal elections in 2013. What does this mean?
October 2, 2011
Autobiography, Kidney Transplant, Saudi Arabia, Surgery, Uncategorized, Women Emancipation
Invitation to Book Launch. Launch of book by local author – René Chang – “Scalpel in the Sand” an account of his time as Surgeon in Saudi Arabia before his appointment as the Founding Director of Transplantation at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London SW17 0QT. Everyone is welcome to this FREE event to meet and talk to the author. Refreshments (wine, cordials and canapes) will be served.
The event is sponored by Dulwich Books – 6 Croxted Road, London SE21 8SW.
Dulwich Books is a local store that promotes local authors and stocks best sellers. It is a thriving local book store that deserves local support.
PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE BOOK.