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State in India Goes 100% Organic, Protects 75,000 Hectares of Land from GMOs

As of the end of December, 2015, Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state in the country. Implementing organic farming practices on 75,000 hectares of land, the citizens of Sikkim will enjoy GMO-free, sustainable agriculture which will be certified organic. “We have achieved fully-organic status in the end of December. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally announce this at …

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Richard Falk – Slouching Toward Global Disaster

There are many disturbing signs that the West is creating conditions in the Middle East and Asia that could produce a wider war, most likely a new Cold War, containing, as well, menacing risks of World War III. The reckless confrontation with Russia along its borders, reinforced by provocative weapons deployments in several NATO countries and the promotion of governing …

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The Gary Null Show – 09.17.15

Prof. David Vine is an associate professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington DC where his research focuses on US foreign and military policy, militarization and human rights, race and ethnicity, and other related topics. He is a steering member of the Network of Concern Anthropolgists which published a text he co-authored: The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or Notes on Demilitarizing American Society. David is a frequent contributor to Tom Dispatch and Foreign Policy in Focus, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian, Mother Jones and others. His just released book is “Base Nation: How US Military Bases Abroad Harm America” which dismantles the myth that the US’s military expansion around the world makes us safer and more secure. His website is DavidVine.net

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Vandana Shiva – Get the GMO Out of My Mustard

India is the home of oilseed diversity—coconut, groundnut, linseed, niger, mustard and rapeseed, safflor, sesame. Our food cultures have evolved with our biodiversity of oilseeds. Sarson is called “Sarsapa” and “Rajika” in Sanskrit. Diverse Varieties of Sarson are are grown and used in India, including Krsna Sarsapa (Banarsi Rai), Sita Sarsapa (Pila Sarson), Rakta Sarsapa (Brown Sarson), Toria, and Taramira. …

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BP Data Suggests We Are Reaching Peak Energy Demand – Gail Tverberg

Some people talk about peak energy (or oil) supply. They expect high prices and more demand than supply. Other people talk about energy demand hitting a peak many years from now, perhaps when most of us have electric cars. Neither of these views is correct. The real situation is that we right now seem to be reaching peak energy demand through low …

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Thousands of Farmers in India Rise up Against Monsanto – Christina Sarich

Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming. Shri Rakesh Tikait, National Spokesperson for the …

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India Commits Suicide In New Delhi: No More Denial Over Farmer Suicides – Samar

Stunned, Speechless or disoriented? I have no clue what to feel about a suicide I saw unfolding on the computer screen in front of me 3 oceans away from where it happened. Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, hanged himself from a tree during an Aam Aadmi Party rally at Jantar Mantar in the heart of New Delhi. No, I …

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Vladimir Putin Is World’s Most Influential Person Americans Say

Last month we highlighted a Reuters poll which showed that when it comes to who Americans perceive as a threat to the country, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are neck and neck with 20% of respondents indicating they view Putin as an imminent threat versus 18% for Obama. Of course it wasn’t all bad: far more Americans still see ISIS …

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India and the Globalization of Servitude

Angus Maddison has noted that India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century. The village was the centre of a rural economy that was an economic powerhouse of entrepreneurialism. The British Raj almost dismantled this system however by introducing mono crop activities and mill made products, and post independent India has failed to repair the …