Austrian scientist confirms GMO maize unsafehttp://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/11787-austrian-scientist-confirms-gmo-maize-unsafe
Stop Monsanto in Copenhagenhttp://www.toxicsoy.org/toxicsoy/irresponsible.html
Monsanto is in Copenhagen looking to get carbon credits for toxic soy deforestation
Bolivia: Another Foe of US Foreign Investors Working To End Povertyhttp://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/bolivia-2009-12.pdf
This paper examines the Bolivian economy since President Evo Morales took office in 2006. It finds that Bolivia’s economic growth in the last four years has been higher than at any time in the last 30 years, averaging 4.9 percent annually since the current administration took office in 2006. Projected GDP growth for 2009 is the highest in the hemisphere and follows its peak growth rate in 2008. The paper looks at how Bolivia’s economy has been able to progress despite a number of significant shocks, including falling remittances, declining foreign investment, the United States’ revocation of trade preferences, serious bouts of political instability as a result of separatist political opposition movements, and recent declines in export prices and markets, along with other impacts of the global recession.Key to the Bolivian economy’s relative success has been expansionary fiscal policy and control over national resources, especially the hydrocarbons sector – a relatively recent development.In the last three years the government has begun several programs targeted at the poorest Bolivians. These include payments to poor families to increase school enrollment; an expansion of public pensions to relive extreme poverty among the elderly; and most recently, payments for uninsured mothers to expand prenatal and post-natal care, to reduce infant and child mortality. Although the last two years of new programs will probably show some improvement when data is available, Bolivia still has some of the highest extreme poverty rates and infant and child mortality rates in the hemisphere.
Honduras: Election Fraud, Coups and US Supporthttp://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6
"There is wide agreement that last week's presidential election in Honduras..." begins an editorial in Saturday's New York Times, "...was clean and fair." The editorial gives no hint as to whom all these people are that are in agreement, except for the 'official' data from the same regime that overthrew the elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, at gunpoint. The Times joins governments, commentators and editorial pages around the world that have fallen victim to the 'official' coup data. But, as this video shows, the proof of the fraud was sitting out in the open the whole time. Produced by Jesse Freeston, on location in Honduras.
Greek Police on Motorcycle ramming Protesters at Greece Riotshttp://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8ef_1260128776
Greece Riots on Anniversary of Teen Killed by Copshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq78vhhTeS0
Sanctions and Security Research Program- Human Rights and Targeted Sanctions: An Action Agenda for Strengthening Due Process Procedures http://www.statewatch.org/news/2009/dec/eu-ngos-sanctions-targeting.pdf
"International sanctions intended to counter terrorism have been criticized for violating human rights and failing to comply with due process legal standards. Blacklisting practices have impeded the work of certain civil society groups and charities. The resulting controversy has eroded the credibility of UN Security Council counterterrorism sanctions and made it more difficult for some states and regional organizations to comply with these measures. Action is urgently needed to reform current listing and delisting procedures through a strengthening of due process procedures."
$10 million is smuggled out of Afghanistan daily, official sayshttp://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-afghanistan-cash7-2009dec07,0,6226073.story
An estimated $10 million a day is smuggled out of Afghanistan, most of it through Kabul International Airport, rather than through secret routes over the mountains or across the desert, the country's minister of finance said today. The amount of corruption, by public officials and officials of private companies, makes him embarrassed to admit while traveling that he is an Afghan, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said. "Corruption is a stronger threat than terrorism for Afghanistan," said Zakhilwal, who was appointed in February and is the top financial advisor to President Hamid Karzai.
Head of Israel-focused equity fund admits bribing New York State officialshttp://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1133118.html
he chairman of private equity fund Markstone Capital Partners, which centers its operations in Israel, has pleaded guilty to charges that he gave out close to $1 million in illegal gifts in order to secure a $250 million investment from the New York State pension fund. Elliott Broidy has resigned all of his operational and supervisory roles at Markstone, and has been replaced as chairman by Dan Gillerman, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and former chairman of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce.
Racism, intolerance still a reality in Europe, report shows http://www.euractiv.com/en/socialeurope/racism-intolerance-reality-europe-report-shows/article-188013
Ethnic and religious minorities in Europe continue to suffer from discrimination and prejudice and face disadvantages in a whole host of areas, from employment and education to housing and policing, a report published yesterday (3 December) by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) reveals.Discrimination is "not new but in the news," said Dutch MEP Emine Bozkurt (Socialists and Democrats; S&D), chair of the anti-racism and diversity inter-group in the European Parliament, referring to last week's decision by public referendum in Switzerland to ban the construction of minarets in the country."I remember from my history lessons that Switzerland was the country which always protected discriminated groups in Europe," said Bozkurt, deploring that "this might now have changed".The outcome of the Swiss vote was welcomed by right-wing parties across Europe, with some calling for similar votes to be held in their countries. One Turkish minister said he expected Muslims to withdraw their money from Swiss banks.Although the ENAR report did not examine the Swiss referendum case, the network's director, Pascale Charon, singled out other countries where negative developments had taken place."There is a worrying development of extreme-right movements spreading anti-sentiments in Lithuania, Hungary or Slovakia," Charon said, adding that such sentiments are "exacerbated in old EU member states by debates on immigration or integration".The ENAR report compiles information collected from 22 national reports. "The aim of this report is not to stigmatise one or another country," said ENAR Vice-President Chibo Onyeji, "but to underline facts".The report identifies Roma, migrants and religious minorities as particularly vulnerable to racism. Even when employed, ethnic minorities tend to hit a 'glass ceiling' with regard to career progression and occupy jobs that do not reflect their qualifications, the report reveals.In the Netherlands, for instance, non-Western migrants "feel that they have to work harder than their indigenous counterparts to achieve the same labour market position" and that "they constantly have to demonstrate that they do not fit the - unfavourable - stereotypical image of their group".Housing, education, health, policing, and access to goods and services or to the media are other areas in which ENAR found discrimination.The report does shows some areas of improvement, however, citing the positive impact of EU anti-discrimination legislation in member states in terms of ensuring that racial discrimination is outlawed. But the effectiveness of legislation varies from one country to another."Lots of incidents are unreported," Bozkurt stressed. She also said many of the good measures that have already been taken at EU level to fight against discrimination and racism still needed to be implemented by member states.
Climategate UN Eugenics Crime Syndicate Exposed on CBC Newshttp://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=8780
Ex-Controller Alan Hevesi and actress Peggy Lipton caught up in huge pension bribery scandalhttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/12/03/2009-12-03_excontroller_alan_hevesi_and_actress_peggy_lipton_in_.html
Two months before resigning in 2006, The News Editorial Board asked Hevesi about his first-class travel to Israel.He defended it by saying he ran a massive pension system second only to Warren Buffett in investing in Israel."It was a great investment opportunity, plus I am a Zionist," he said.Asked about rules against luxury travel, he said, "I don't know if there are any rules."
The truth will set us free from global tyrannyhttp://alethonews.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/the-truth-will-set-us-free-from-global-tyranny/
The Interview Ha’aretz Doesn’t Want You To Seehttp://www.politicaltheatrics.net/?p=1229
Meet Ali Abunimah, the son of a Jordanian diplomat, a Palestinian activist, and the man who brings the hottest news of the struggle to thousands of people. His message: Forget two states, one will be tough enough to get it right. The Interview before you was commissioned by one of the the big newspapers. For a reason that has yet to be clarified, this paper decided not to publish the interview. It’s published here, because it’s the opinion of the editor that it’s important that this be read by the Israeli public.
The Great Game: U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan Fifty or more countries in a single war theaterhttp://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16422
The crisis confronting the world is not only the war in South Asia: It is war itself. More particularly, the recklessness of the self-proclaimed sole superpower and the military bloc it heads in arrogating to themselves the exclusive right to threaten nations around the world with military aggression. If that policy is not brought to an end by the real international community - the more than six-sevenths of humanity outside the greater Euro-Atlantic world (as it deems itself) - Afghanistan will not be this century's last war front but its first and prototypical one. Portents are of even worse to come.
Billboards calling for end to military aid back up in Albequerquehttp://www.muzzlewatch.com/2009/12/05/billboards-calling-for-end-to-military-aid-back-up-in-albequerque/
Back in April, after gaining approval for text and design, anti-occupation activists in New Mexico signed a contract with Lamar Advertising to display 10 billboards (pictured at left) for 8 weeks. But after only 3 weeks, and a pressure campaign on Lamar that included personal threats, the billboards all came down. Billboard critics did not like the call for no military aid, and some said that the “Stop Killing Children” message, which referred to the death of some 300 children in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, was evocative of anti-Semitic blood libel myths. Yet, repeated efforts to alter the text and design to meet the changing standards of Lamar were unsuccessful.
Will Harper criminalize criticism of Israel?http://www.tadamon.ca/post/5446
Ever since the Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip last December the global debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has intensified with both sides upping the ante, and the stakes of the framing battle increasing almost daily. One of the most recent — but almost totally unreported — developments in Canada is something called the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). It is not an official parliamentary body but is a multi-party, voluntary association of 13 MPs. It is currently holding an inquiry into anti-semitism because, it says, “The extent and severity of anti-semitism is widely regarded as at its worst level since the end of the Second World War.”
PALESTINE: Israel and the U.S. Empirehttp://intifada-palestine.com/2009/12/05/palestine-israel-and-the-u-s-empire/
“Becker gives us the most sharply focused and penetrating analysis we have of the real dynamics at work in the continuing persecution of the Palestinian people. The ‘sacred covenant’ of the League of Nations to create a Palestinian state long ago succumbed to the imperial interests of the few who have determined U.S. and Zionist policies toward the domination and exploitation of the larger Middle East and beyond. A consequence has been decades of intolerable violence, cruelty, suffering and falsehood inflicted on Palestine, all failing to crush the indomitable spirit of its people. Becker calls for international unity among all people to end this tragic injustice and the threat of imperialist power it poses to the world at large. Hear his call and join the struggle.”
US Lawmakers Urge Clinton to Work toward Disarming Hezbollahhttp://www.almanar.com.lb/NewsSite/NewsDetails.aspx?id=114117&language=en
Thirty-one members of the US House of Representatives have urged the Obama administration to work toward disarming Hezbollah and preventing Iran from using the Lebanese group in any confrontation with Israel. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the lawmakers claimed the US government should ensure greater accountability from the United Nations in enforcing Resolution 1701.
The Height of Kitsch
by Uri Avneryhttp://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/69182"...the Swiss referendum should give pause to those who have been tempted to think that the system of referendums is preferable to the Parliamentary system. A referendum opens the gates to the vilest demagogues, the pupils of Joseph Goebbels, who once wrote: “We must appeal again to the most primitive instincts of the masses.”