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The Torch – 02.12.17

My name is Paul DeRienzo and this is The Torch, a weekly program dedicated to investigating the stories that lay outside the mainstream and shining a bright light on the darkest crevices of the national security state. We are also dedicated to idea that if you can’t dance no one will want your revolution. Therefore we will be looking into the cultural aspects of social change and dedicate ourselves to the proposition of having fun.

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Slavko Nissl – Monsanto GMO Seeds in Nigeria, Breaking the Agricultural Cycle, Complicity of UN World Food Program

Nigeria’s Farmers Alliance of over 14 million farmers have called on all farmers especially in the Northeast to reject the genetically modified organisms (GMO) and Hybrid seeds distributed by the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank. The body in a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC), called for intervention to stop WFP and World Bank …

William Hartung – Tomgram: William Hartung, The Doctrine of Armed Exceptionalism

War, what is it good for?  In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you’ll probably never know what it’s good for — or, in some cases, even notice that we’re at war.  Right now, the U.S. is ever more deeply involved in significant conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and increasingly Yemen — at least five ongoing …

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James W Carden – Magical Thinking in US Foreign Policy

Despite America’s myriad problems domestically and internationally, its geo-strategic position remains the envy of the world. Protected in the east by the Atlantic, in the west by the Pacific, to the north by Canada and to the south by Mexico, the United States is, for all intents and purposes, impervious to a foreign invasion. Its advanced and mobile nuclear arsenal …

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Top US intelligence official calls gene editing a WMD threat

Genome editing is a weapon of mass destruction. That’s according to James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence, who on Tuesday, in the annual worldwide threat assessment report of the U.S. intelligence community, added gene editing to a list of threats posed by “weapons of mass destruction and proliferation.” Gene editing refers to several novel ways to alter the DNA …

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Jonathan Marshall – Behind the North Korean Nuke Crisis

In response to North Korea’s recent announcement that it plans to launch a satellite within a few days, Washington and its partners are speaking loudly to condemn the regime but carrying very small sticks to stop it. If Teddy Roosevelt were still alive, he would not be impressed. A White House spokesman called North Korea’s plans “another irresponsible provocation” and a senior State Department …

Has Washington Gone Looney Tunes? – F. William Engdahl

Given a series of recent speeches by leading US officials and actions, the question must be frankly posed: Has Washington gone collectively looney tunes? Even as the governments of the EU are moving to buck US pressures and ease the sanctions, the Obama Administration seems intent on marching in the direction of a nuclear confrontation with Russia. As the ancient …

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Putin Says US Imperial Footprint Unmatched: ‘Draw a Map and See’ – Lauren McCauley

Responding to ongoing brinkmanship between the United States and his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin dared reporters to publish a map of the two nations’ global military footprints and then “see the difference.” The comments came over the weekend as G7 leaders assembled in Bavaria, Germany—a meeting which, prior to the recent upheaval in Ukraine, would have also included Russia. On …