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An Open Letter To Fensuagro, Marcha Patriótica And All Colombian People

Dear Sisters, Brothers, Friends and Comrades, It is with deep sorrow that we write to express our condolences for the recent assaults against your organizations and against the entire process for peace. We have learned that 72 human and labor rights defenders, peace activists, indigenous leaders and environmentalists were assassinated in 2016 alone. In the four years of its existence, …

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Gary Null, PhD – Who’s the Quack? Stephen Barrett Gets Busted

  October 10, 2016 The Progressive Radio Network Thousands of high-quality independent scientific studies have been recently conducted confirming the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, including an organic plant-based diet of whole foods, a proper balance of nutritional supplements, daily exercise, stress management and being educated and conscious of toxic chemicals in our home or work environment. People have been …

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Leid Stories—Politics: Why Do We Continue to Play Their Game? (Part 2)—10.06.16

We continue yesterday’s discussion, predicated on the idea that this stinker of an election year should be a year of reckoning about the political system. Growing dissatisfaction with it over the years has given rise to a spate of popular movements and new parties, but very few of them achieving critical mass or the political heft to beat the system at its own game. This election year, Leid Stories argues, should be a year of massive overhauling—of organization and strategy—for political movements and parties that have the potential to be credible alternatives to the two-party system.

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A 50-Year Civil War That Killed Over 250,000 and Devastated Colombia Has Finally Reached a Peace Agreement

On Monday, in Cartagena, Colombia, the government of Colombia and the rebel leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ended one of the longest running civil wars in modern history. Over fifty years of battle between the FARC, the government of Colombia, the right-wing paramilitary groups and an assortment of bandas criminales is now over. Or at least …

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Sarah Lazare – How Big Pharma Is Arm-Twisting U.S. Foreign Policy to Keep Cancer Drugs Prohibitively Expensive

The administration of President Barack Obama has so far refused to publicly respond to new revelations that U.S. officials, at the behest of Big Pharma, may have attempted to obstruct the Colombian government’s efforts to lower the price of a life-saving cancer medication. Amid this silence, civil society organizations [3], along with some lawmakers from the House [4] and Senate [5], are demanding answers. At issue is …

Jonathan Marshall – The Clinton-Colombia Connection

On June 29, 2009, one day after Honduran military leaders ousted their country’s democratically elected president,President Obama publicly branded the coup illegal and denounced it as “a terrible precedent.” Yet even as he spoke, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was ensuring that U.S. aid continued and that major capitals would recognize the new regime. Human rights activists have long decried her for abandoning democratic …

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Progressive Commentary Hour – 10.27.15

Prof. Laurence Shoup is a historian who has been researching the background and agendas of the Council on Foreign Relations for 40 years. He has taught history, social science and international relations at the University of Illinois, San Francisco State University and other institutions. For five decades Dr. Shoup has been active in human rights struggles, protesting the Vietnam War, marching with Martin Luther King and participating in the union movement. He holds degrees from California State University and a doctorate from Northwestern. He ran as a Green Party candidate in the city of Oakland and California state and consulted for many nonprofit organizations. Laurence has written five books, his most recent being “Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics 1976-2014” His website is www.LaurenceShoup.com

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Tampons, sterile cotton, sanitary pads contaminated with glyphosate – study

The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, 62 percent of the samples tested positive for AMPA, glyphosate’s metabolite, according to the study, which was conducted by researchers at the …