by Vandana Shiva
Published: Sep. 19, 2011 – The Nation
We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our earthworms and soil organisms that create soil fertility. Plant and animal varieties are disappearing as monocultures displace biodiversity. Industrial, globalized agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gases, which then destabilize agriculture by causing climate chaos, creating new threats to food security.
by Siv O’Neall
Published: Aug. 20, 2011 – Axis of Logic
The greatest threat to the future of food production in the world is the introduction of genetically engineered foods from the bio-tech industry. Contrary to their mendacious propagandized promises of solving the problem of world hunger through the so-called second green revolution, the bio-tech companies are instead in the process of destroying the world’s ecosystems, and thus the natural food chains and life cycles. Their goal is certainly not to solve any problem at all, but instead to fill the corporate coffers with the profits from selling their dangerous products to countries with already high mortality rates from malnutrition and starvation.
by Vandana Shiva
Published: Jul. 27, 2011 – Zspace
The seed, the source of life, the embodiment of our biological and cultural diversity, the link between the past and the future of evolution, the common property of past, present and future generations of farming communities who have been seed breeders is today being stolen from the farmers and being sold back to us as “propriety” seed, owned by corporations like Monsanto.
Under pressure of the Prime Minister’s Office (which in turn is under the pressure of the White House because of signing the U.S–India Agriculture Agreement) the States are signing MOU’s with seed corporations to privatise our rich and diverse genetic heritage. The Government of Rajasthan has signed seven MOU’s with Monsanto, Advanta, DCM-Sriram, Kanchan Jyoti Agro Industries, PHI Seeds Pvt. Ltd, Krishidhan Seeds and J.K. Agri Genetics.
While what is being undertaken is a great seed robbery under the supervision of the State, it is being called PPP – Private Public Partnership.
Pesticides, Pollution and the Economies of Genocide
by Vandana Shiva
Published: Jul. 14, 2010 – The Asian Age
The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever.
The gas leak in Bhopal in December 1984 was from the Union Carbide pesticide plant which manufactured “carabaryl” (trade name “sevin”) – a pesticide used mostly in cotton plants. It was, in fact, because of the Bhopal gas tragedy and the tragedy of extremist violence in Punjab that I woke up to the fact that agriculture had become a war zone. Pesticides are war chemicals that kill – every year 220,000 people are killed by pesticides worldwide.
An American man charged with plotting the attacks on Mumbai was a double agent for both the United States and al-Qaeda terror group Lashkar e Taiba, Indian officials have claimed.
by Dean Nelson in New Delhi
Published: Dec. 16, 2009 – Telegraph
David Headley, a Pakistan-born American national arrested in Chicago in October, is alleged to have carried out reconnaissance missions in the run-up to the Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed.
He is also believed to have been present in the terrorists’ “control room” in Pakistan where their handlers directed the killing spree over an open telephone line.
According to Indian officials, Headley travelled to India again in March this year, with the knowledge of American agencies who did not inform their Indian counterparts. During the trip, Headley is alleged to have collected intelligence for future terrorist attacks on civilian and military targets, including India’s National Defence College.
Young Afghan freed from Gitmo to take US to court
Thu. Aug. 27 – The young Afghan Guantanamo detainee who has been recently released from the notorious detention facility intends to sue Washington over his “illegal detention”.
Two Old City Jerusalem families forced to demolish own homes
Thu. Aug. 27 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Two Palestinian families in Jerusalem’s Old City have been forced to demolish their own house after Israeli authorities threatened him with heavy fines if he did not.
Israeli Army breaks into Radio Bethlehem 2000, confiscates its equipment
Thu. Aug. 27 – Israeli soldiers broke into the Radio Bethlehem 2000 station in Beit Jala, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Tuesday evening and confiscated its equipment.
Netanyahu greeted by angry protestors in London
Wed. Aug. 26 – The demonstrators were protesting ‘the occupation,’ waving Palestinian flags, and signs reading ‘Stop the siege on Gaza,’ ‘Free Palestine,’ and ‘Stop Israel detonators’ and hollered slogans like “Netanyahu’s a war criminal.”
Health-care workers steer clear of swine flu vaccine
Wed. Aug. 26 – While the world waits for an effective swine flu vaccine, a new study finds that the majority of health-care workers refuse to take the vaccine due to its possible side effects.
Swine flu vaccine not considered safe
Wed. Aug. 26 – Even scientists who helped develop the vaccine say they are not going to take it and urge their friends and family not to either, says Wayne Madsen, an investigative journalist and RT contributor.
The Israeli military shoots a Palestinian man in Hebron city
Wed. Aug. 26 – A Palestinian man was critically injured on Wednesday after Israeli troops shot him in the old city of Hebron, southern West Bank.
Most China transplants from prisoners: state media
Wed. Aug. 26 – More than 65 percent of all transplanted organs in China come from executed prisoners, a situation that a senior health official has condemned as improper, state media reported Wednesday.
US deficit to soar towards $1.6tn
Wed. Aug. 26 – The US budget deficit will soar to almost $1.6 trillion (£978bn) this year, the highest on record, both the White House and Congress have warned.
OCHA: “Gaza on the verge of humanitarian crisis”
Wed. Aug. 26 – A report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that the Gaza Strip is on the verge of a devastating humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing Israeli siege on the coastal region since more than three years.
Fraud claims mar Afghan election
Wed. Aug. 26 – Allegations of extensive fraud and vote-rigging have marred Afghanistan’s election as the main rival to incumbent President Hamid Karzai paints a bleak picture of the voting.
Venezuela mulls break with Colombia
Wed. Aug. 26 – Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez says he is preparing to break off diplomatic ties with Colombia over Bogota’s plan to give US troops access to its military bases.
U.S. helicopter accidentally dumps Afghan ballot boxes
Wed. Aug. 26 – KABUL (Reuters) – A U.S. military helicopter carrying ballot boxes packed with votes from last week’s Afghan election accidentally dumped some of them somewhere over the rugged mountains of Nuristan, officials said on Wednesday.
Israeli Settlers Push Palestinians to Sleep on the Street
Tue. Aug. 25 – EAST JERUSALEM – Israel’s continued policy of Judaizing East Jerusalem in order to establish facts on the ground before the future of that part of the city is decided has left dozens of Palestinians homeless and sleeping on the streets.
Tue. Aug. 25 – Iran has discovered more than 8.8 billion barrels of oil in four layers of reserves in the country’s southwestern Susangerd oil field.
Hundreds of 9/11 first responders die of cancer
Tue. Aug. 25 – 85 per cent of them are suffering from lung diseases which they say were caused by the huge clouds of dust.
400 Gaza patients face imminent death
Tue. Aug. 25 – The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip has announced that 400 ICU patients are facing imminent death due to the ongoing Israeli blockade.
In blockaded Gaza, Israeli troops kill again
Tue. Aug. 25 – Israeli troops have killed one Palestinian and injured two others in the north sector of Gaza in yet another violation of a truce signed after Israel’s 22-day war on the strip.
Gaza official: 3 dead, 7 hurt in Israel air strike
Tue. Aug. 25 – GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – An Israeli air strike on a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Tuesday killed three Palestinians and wounded seven, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said.
Amid Israel ire, Swedish author receives death threats
Mon. Aug. 24 – The Swedish author of a controversial article accusing the Israeli Army of harvesting organs from wounded or killed Palestinians says he has received several death threats.
Mon. Aug. 24 – In the wake of last Thursday’s election in Afghanistan, the US establishment is proceeding with plans for a further expansion of the war. Regardless of which candidate is ultimately installed as the president, their primary task will be to collaborate in stepped-up attempts to crush the growing armed resistance to the US-led occupation in Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan.
Afghan elections seen as a setback for women
Mon. Aug. 24 – KABUL – For women, Afghanistan’s recent elections appear to have been more of a setback than a step forward.
Chavez: US plans to dominate S. America
Mon. Aug 24 – Amongst growing Latin American concerns about a new military deal between Bogota and Washington, the Venezuelan president claims that the US wants to use Colombia as a power base, from which to dominate South America.
Guardian investigation uncovers evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza – Vid
Sun. Aug. 23 – The Guardian gathered testimony of missile attacks by Israeli drones on clearly distinguishable civilian targets. In one case a family of six was killed when a missile hit the courtyard of their house. Israel has not admitted to the use of More.. drones but military experts say their optical equipment is good enough to clearly identify individual items of clothing worn by targets.
Israel pushes for more settlements
Sun. Aug 23 – Israeli officials are reportedly reviewing plans for the construction of 104 new apartments in east Jerusalem (al-Quds).
More than 200 claims of irregularities in Afghan vote
Sun. Aug. 23 – KABUL (AFP) – Around 225 allegations of irregularities in Afghanistan’s elections have been lodged with a complaints investigator, some of which could affect the results, the body said on Sunday.
Report: No sign of West Bank settlement slowdown
Sun. Aug. 23 – JERUSALEM – There is no sign of a slowdown in the construction of homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank despite Israel’s announcement that it has stopped approving new building, the Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said in a report issued Sunday.
Israel to sell Spyder missiles to India
Sun. Aug 23 – Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has signed a $ 1 billion deal to sell surface-to-air missiles to the Indian Armed Forces.
Sat. Aug 22 – Freelance journalist Donald Bostrom tells Press TV that an international war crimes investigation awaits Israel over its soldiers’ harvest of organs from dead Palestinians.
CIA Accused of Third Torture Prison in Europe
Sat. Aug 22 – As Americans continue to debate the torture era of the Bush administration, a new report has emerged about the alleged existence of a third secret prison used by the CIA in Europe. According to ABC News, the CIA operated a “black site” prison in Lithuania until the end of 2005.
Afghan Polling “Marked by Fraud”
Sat. Aug. 22 – A leading group of election observers say there was widespread voting fraud and intimidation during Thursday’s presidential election in Afghanitan.
UK prepares mass graves for swine flu victims
Sat. Aug 22 – London is to set up mass graves for the victims of the swine flu pandemic after a 59-page official report predicted that Britain will be witnessing the pandemic disease in fall.
US workplace suicides jump 28 percent
Sat. Aug 22 – A US report has found a record 28% rise in workplace suicide rates last year as the global economic meltdown continues to take its toll in the country.
UN ‘inspects Iranian nuclear site’
Fri. Aug 21 – UN inspectors have visited the site of a nearly completed Iranian nuclear reactor for the first time in a year, foreign diplomats have said.
Newsweek: CIA report to reveal mock executions
Fri. Aug 21 – The long-delayed release of a CIA inspector general’s report has been scooped by Newsweek, which obtained details of the forthcoming report from one source who has read a draft and another who was briefed on its contents.
Obama to raise 10-year deficit to $9 trillion
Fri. Aug. 21 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.
Swedish daily hits back at critics of IDF organ harvest story
Fri. Aug 21 – A Swedish newspaper provoked outrage in Israel and drew condemnation from Sweden’s ambassador on Wednesday after it ran a story on transplant organ theft, a report an Israeli official branded anti-Semitic “hate porn”.
Up to 11,000 U.S. veterans may have been mistakenly infected with HIV
Fri. Aug. 21 – 11,000 veterans who had colonoscopies at U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.