Close on the heels of their new food import bans, Russia is enacting stricter methods to keep GMOs off the table. Russia’s Government Legislative Commission has just approved a proposal to further toughen sanctions and for the introduction of fines for unclear or inappropriately labeled genetically modified food, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday. The goal of the bill is to protect consumer rights and safeguard citizens’ health.
For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.
ollowing Israel’s latest military assault on Gaza, civil society groups from around the world say they are moving forward with plans to break the blockade on this besieged strip by sailing a “freedom flotilla” into Gaza Port. At a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey this week, the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and numerous other groups came to the conclusion that “it is the responsibility of civil society worldwide to sail to Gaza,” according to a press statement. They committed to making the voyage during 2014, which has been coined by the United Nations as the “International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People.”
A zoo in southern China has unveiled newborn panda triplets, thought to be the world’s first known surviving trio. The adorable little cubs were born at the end of last month to giant panda mum, Juaixo. The triplets, now in incubators, are being monitored around the clock by expert keepers at the zoo. Forty-nine pandas were born in China last year, but only 42 of them survived. Report by Sarah Kerr.
Protests broke out near St. Louis, Missouri, over a police shooting that killed an unarmed African-American teen. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death in the town of Ferguson on Saturday afternoon after being confronted by police.
Pernille Ironside, who runs the UNICEF field office in Gaza, said the agency estimates that roughly 373,000 Palestinian children have had some kind of direct traumatic experience as a result of the attack and will require immediate psycho-social support.
After years of legislative deadlock, EU ministers from 26 of 28 countries recently voted to allow member nations to determine for themselves whether to ban or allow genetically modified crops and foods. While it seems like a positive decision, many are unhappy, with some saying the decision opens the potential “floodgate” for GM crops to enter Europe. The small country of Cyprus is one which will opt-out of GMOs, after a longstanding position against the crops. Environment Minister Nicos Kouyialis represented that country at the meeting, saying the compromise is a “very good basis for the adoption of an effective and legally binding tool to ban GMOs.” Other nations that share his sentiment include France, Greece, and now Germany, who was initially opposed to such a flexible option in the EU. France has made numerous stands against GMOs and biotech giants, banning the cultivation of GMO seed. Greece is also firmly against GMOs, and ‘always has bee
The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.
Gaza Crisis: 60 Second Guide to the Strip’s Humanitarian Situation: Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world where after almost a month of bombing by Israeli forces 220,000 people have now been displaced, and at least 1,459 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed.
Abby Martin breaks through the propaganda rhetoric of ‘Human Shields’, calling out instances such as the current conflict in Gaza, the second Iraq war, Libya, and even Vietnam – where the term ‘Human Shields’ has been used to demonize the entire demographics and populations subjected to being overthrown.
Corporate media, Former Secretary of State Albright worry about mounting deaths posing image problem for Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was allotted time on several Sunday morning news shows during which he said his country bore no responsibility for the mounting civilians deaths in Gaza.Netanyahu said that though “we feel regret” upon seeing images of dead civilians, the blame for these deaths is with Hamas and that is want Hamas wants.
Additional examples of what human rights experts are calling clear cases of ‘war crimes’ against the people of the Gaza Strip continued on Thursday as Israel military forces bombed both a UN school acting as an emergency shelter for civilians and a hospital caring for those already suffering from the bombardment that began on July 8 and has now claimed over 700 lives in the sealed-off territory.