221150 Neoliberalism: And the Corporate Media's Complicity in the Harmful Effects on Health and Human Rights - A Case Study: The 2008-2009 Israeli War on Gaza

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Allen Andrews, MPH, MPhil , School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Molly McClain, MS, 2nd year medical student , School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Brian Garvey , School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
Jess Ghannam, PhD, MS , Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Robert S. Lawrence, MD , Center for a Livable Future Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
The thesis of this paper will have three main components, the first will be an analysis of Neoliberalism, the second a look at how the privatization and consolidation of the corporate media is a disservice to our national identity and security and finally, how Neoliberalism's privatized media directly affects the lives of the more than 1.4 million, effectively imprisoned, Gazan Palestinian.

In the analysis of Neoliberalism, I will articulate how this economic ideology and the policies that stem from it touches people's lives in outcomes that, though tragic and unfortunate, are not surprising. And how this system wishes to re-establish an in-equitable class dynamic.

Next, I will look at how the privatization and consolidation of the US corporate media is a disservice to national identity as well as security. Specifically, I will research and clarify the role of the corporate media's media coverage, more euphemistically known as propaganda, of the 2008-2009 war on Gaza by the Israeli military.

I will speak of the humanitarian crisis that preceded the war, due to the inhumane blockade of Gaza, by looking into the environmental injustice caused by the blockade's architecture, and how it was and is, implemented.

Finally, I will look into the illegal war, including the health and human rights abuses of alleged use of the illegal weapon white phosphorous, and the use of a new weapon prototype, called Dense Inert Metal Explosion (DIME). I will also discuss how strategic bisection of Gaza has obstructed access to medical facilities for the wounded.

Learning Areas:
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze Neoliberal economic theory. 2. Describe Neoliberal economic theory's impact on the American Corporate Media. 3. Assess the American Corporate Media's portrayal of the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza. 4. Demonstrate the impact of the war on the Palestinians human rights. 5. Analyze the devastating Humanitarian toll of mortality and morbidity.

Keywords: Human Rights, New Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conceived, researched, analyzed and am the author of this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.