Glyphosate in the hot seat

Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate is once again in the spotlight. Cancer experts will be reviewing the science on glyphosate for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were originally scheduled to meet from October 18-21. The meeting just got postponed until later in 2016. This week, PAN International released a review of the current science on the herbicide’s health and environmental effects. And …

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Farming with forests

Feeding the world’s burgeoning population is a major challenge for agricultural scientists and agribusinesses, who are busy developing higher-yielding crop varieties. Yet University of Illinois researchers stress that we should not overlook sustainability in the frenzy to achieve production goals. More than a third of the global land area is currently in food production. This figure is likely to expand, …

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NGOS: GRASSROOTS EMPOWERMENT OR TOOL OF INFORMATION WARFARE?

During the early phases of the post-Cold War “New World Order,” NGOs were touted as representing a new wave of international politics. Instead of allowing international issues to be settled in closed meetings, the people themselves, informed by intrepid citizen journalists, would from now on play the key role in setting the agenda. Like most of the promises made in …

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CEOs Can Now Be Prosecuted Like War Criminals at the Hague

The court’s new focus on land grabbing and environmental destruction could help put a dent in corporate impunity. The International Criminal Court announced Thursday it will now hold corporate executives and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes. The Hague court made explicit references to widening its approach to include land grabbing, which has allowed private corporations, with the help of …

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Joseph Thomas – Behind the RAND Corporation’s US Plan to Wage War on China

The RAND Corporation was commissioned to publish a report titled, “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable,” in which it describes its assessment of possible war between the US and China in the Pacific in both 2015 and in 2025. The report’s introduction summarised its findings, stating: Premeditated war between the United States and China is very unlikely, but the …

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Project Censored – 09.06.16

Peter Phillips and guest co-host Michael Levitan spend the hour with Brian Wilson, the peace activist who survived
being run over by a munitions train during a demonstration at a California naval base 29 years ago. Wilson recounts
his transformation from Vietnam-War hawk to veteran to antiwar organizer, and also explains the connections between
the peace movement and the environmental movement. Also on the program is film-maker Bo Boudart, who produced
and directed a new documentary about Brian Wilson, “Paying the Price for Peace.”

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Pepe Escobar – The Calm Before the Coming Global Storm

Major turbulence seems to be the name of the game in 2016. Yet the current turbulence may be interpreted as the calm before the next, devastating geopolitical/financial storm. Let’s review the current state of play via the dilemmas afflicting the House of Saud, the EU and BRICS members Russia, Brazil and China. Oil and the House of Saud Not many …

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Chris Hedges – Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President

The political crisis in America is severe. The old ideas that buttressed the ruling class and promised democracy, growth and prosperity—neoliberalism, austerity, globalization, endless war, a dependence on fossil fuel and unregulated capitalism—have been exposed as fictions used by the corporate elite to impoverish and enslave the country and enrich and empower themselves. Sixty-two billionaires have as much wealth as …

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Dady Chery – Aid-Money Laundering as an NGO Racket. Haiti

It took the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti to expose the rot in the world’s charities. Well-meaning people and their governments donated about $12 billion dollars of emergency aid, virtually none of which reached individual Haitians. The funds that were delivered went mostly to enrich the donor countries’ government agencies, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and the vast majority of …

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Connect The Dots – Protecting Global Food and the Environment – 01.20.16

Listen to Adam Weissman, leading organizer with Trade Justice & New York Metro on how TPP and other trade deals will undermine protections we take for granted and what we can do about it.