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Israel Outlaws Use Of Fluoride In All Tap Water

Posted by on August 19, 2014 in World News with 1 Comment
Israel Outlaws Use Of Fluoride In All Tap Water

Contrary to the advice of public health and dentistry experts in her own ministry and academia, Israel’s Health Minister Yael German has decided to prohibit the fluoridation of drinking water around the country.

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Russia Moves to Toughen GMO Food Sanctions, Introduces Fines for Vague Labeling

Posted by on August 19, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Russia Moves to Toughen GMO Food Sanctions, Introduces Fines for Vague Labeling

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.

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Sweden Celebrates 200 Years of Peace

Posted by on August 18, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Sweden Celebrates 200 Years of Peace

Sweden has not actively taken part in a war since 1814 – breaking even Switzerland’s record for peace. One peace and conflict expert said that Swedes learned the hard way to take the non-confrontational stance.

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Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Gain Control of Wandering Space Satellite

Posted by on August 16, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Gain Control of Wandering Space Satellite

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.

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Following Israel’s Assault on Gaza, ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Sail Against Siege

Posted by on August 13, 2014 in World News with 1 Comment
Following Israel’s Assault on Gaza, ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Sail Against Siege

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.”

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Chinese Zoo Unveils World’s ‘First’ Surviving Panda Triplets

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Chinese Zoo Unveils World’s ‘First’ Surviving Panda Triplets

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.

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Police Shooting of Mike Brown, An Unarmed Black Teenager, Sparks Protests in Missouri

Posted by on August 11, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Police Shooting of Mike Brown, An Unarmed Black Teenager, Sparks Protests in Missouri

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.

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Israel and Hamas Agree to New 72 Hour Ceasefire

Posted by on August 10, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Israel and Hamas Agree to New 72 Hour Ceasefire

Israel has followed Hamas in agreeing to the Egypt-brokered 72 hour ceasefire, which comes into effect at 2100 GMT on Sunday evening.

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Amid Gaza’s Ruins, Impact on Children Most ‘Severe’: UN Official

Posted by on August 6, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Amid Gaza’s Ruins, Impact on Children Most ‘Severe’: UN Official

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.

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Good or Bad: EU Decides to Let Member States Decide Own GMO Fate

Posted by on August 5, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Good or Bad: EU Decides to Let Member States Decide Own GMO Fate

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

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An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati

Posted by on August 3, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati

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.

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Gaza Crisis: 60 Second Guide to the Strip’s Humanitarian Situation

Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Videos, World News with 0 Comments
Gaza Crisis: 60 Second Guide to the Strip’s Humanitarian Situation

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.

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MUST SEE: How the Term ‘Human Shield’ is Used to Justify State Sponsored Massacres

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Videos, World News with 4 Comments
MUST SEE: How the Term ‘Human Shield’ is Used to Justify State Sponsored Massacres

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.

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Mounting Civilian Casualties an ‘Image Problem’ for Israel

Posted by on July 27, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Mounting Civilian Casualties an ‘Image Problem’ for Israel

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.

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Hospital, UN Shelter Struck in Gaza as Massacre of Civilians Continues

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in World News with 0 Comments
Hospital, UN Shelter Struck in Gaza as Massacre of Civilians Continues

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.

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