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35,000 citizens recently rallied on Okinawa opposing US military bases

35,000 citizens recently rallied on Okinawa opposing US military bases

There is much talk about whether the Okinawan delegation to DC will be successful in changing US policy. 

Bruce Gagnon for Global News Centre
(BATH, Me.)  The right-wing newspaper, Washington Times, ran a piece on Monday entitled “The other side to the Okinawa story: The ‘All Okinawa’ opposition to US military presence [occupation] is a leftist ruse”.The hit piece was written by Robert Eldridge (political affairs and public diplomacy officer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific on Okinawa). He wrote about the current visit of Okinawan Gov. Takeshi Onaga to Washington to express the demand of his people that the US government close the military bases on their island.  Gov. Onaga was elected in a recent landslide vote by the citizens on Okinawa who have had more than enough of US bases, destruction of their environment and culture, and want them immediately closed.

In the Washington Times Eldridge commented:

Why Monsanto’s “outrage” at the IARC report is hokum

monsanto2Complaints about cherry-picking of data and non-transparent processes ring hollow…

Global News Centre

(GM Watch)   The reasons Monsanto gives for its outrage are especially ludicrous. Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robb Fraley accuses the IARC of “cherry-picking” data in order to reach its conclusion and of doing so in a non-transparent process.

This is pure hokum, as is evident from a glance at the system for regulatory approval of every GMO and pesticide in the world.

Approvals are based solely on a set of safety data provided by the GMO or chemical company that manufactures the product and stands to profit from its approval. Independent studies — which are far more likely than industry studies to find risk — do not get a look in.

ISAAA Brief 49 launched in Hanoi, Vietnam

2015-02-11-101Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) highlighted the role of the media in providing correct and objective information about biotech crops against the misconception of this technology.

Submitted by Chuck Pallazo Global News Centre

(DA NANG)  The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences in cooperation with ISAAA, held a conference on February 3 in Hanoi on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014 (ISAAA Brief 49). Dr. Clive James, author of the report and Founder and Emeritus Chair of ISAAA presented the highlights of the ISAAA Brief 49, showing that in 2014, 181.5 million hectares of biotech crops were planted by 18 million farmers in 28 countries. It was also reported that Bangladesh is the latest country that adopted a biotech crop, particularly Bt eggplant (Bt brinjal).

New book by Sheree Evans focuses on connection between Glioblastoma and Agent Orange

sheree-coverSheree Evans has written her first book, which recalls the story of her husband Tommy, and many other vets and their families, all impacted by Glioblastoma and similar illnesses that the U.S. government has fought to avoid responsibility for.

Tim King – Salem Insider

(SPRINGFIELD)  I spent the summer of 2013 riding my motorcycle coast to coast, giving talks about serious health issues that face American veterans.  The ride, called “Operation Red Dragonfly,” was organized by a widow in Missouri named Sheree Evans, who goes by the nickname of Tiger.

As I covered more than 11,000 miles in roughly two and a half months, Tiger helped me gain access to many vets who live in the dark with regard to serious  I spoke to veteran-oriented audiences all over the US about health hazards they face from serving in uniform.  These include contamination from cancer-causing military base toxins, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and Agent Orange, a chemical defoilant sprayed over the jungles of Vietnam during the US war there.

Polish farmers blockade motorways across country

poland“We demand a legal ban on GM crops in Poland. The value of Polish agriculture, unique in Europe, is the unpolluted environment and high quality food production. That’s decisive concerning our competitiveness in global markets.” –  Solidarity farmers trade union

Global News Centre

(WARSZAWA)  This week thousands of Polish family farmers from the Solidarity trade union turned out to protest in over 50 locations across the country. Over 150 tractors have been blockading the A2 motorway into Warsaw since the 3rd February and hundreds more have closed roads and are picketing governmental offices in other regions. The farmers are vowing to continue the struggle until the government agrees to enter talks with the union and commit to addressing what they see as a crisis in Polish agriculture.

Ban GMO’s in India immediately

india-gmosThe contents of the following was presented in letter form and sent to the Office of the (PM) Prime Minister of India by [SEDEM] Society for Economic Development and Environmental Management, New Dehli, India in August 2014:

 Arun Shrivastava CMC for Global News Centre

 (CHENNAI)  Genetically Modified [GM], also called Genetically Engineered [GE], seeds and foods are extreme health and environmental hazards yet this year 120 food crops were approved for release in March 2014 and additional 13 varieties in July 2014. In this paper, we briefly review regulation and approval process, recent researches and the geo politics of seeds. We further recommend nine specific steps, including complete ban on open field trials, to make India safe from this dangerous technology. 

GMO safety debunked – hidden dangers revealed as public demands labels

gmo-foodIn light of this information, don’t you think that the public deserves labels?  It is a tragic setback that Measure 92 did not pass. You should have the right to know what you are feeding your family!

April Scott Global News Centre

(SALEM) Last week, an important development was made public, by the unlikeliest of sources, regarding Consumer Safety of Glyphosate (RoundUp) that is used to control weeds on Genetically Modified Crops. This vital and incredibly relevant information is being kept from the public, regarding the toxic effects of Glyphosate on consumers.

Former GMO supporter and government scientist for the Canadian Government, Dr. Thierry Vrain was the designated spokesperson, whose job it was to assure the Canadian public of the safety of GMO crops. He, like so many in their scientific community,  have radically changed their positions regarding consumer safety of GMOs and Glyphosates.

A Legacy of Destruction: Monsanto’s dark history exposed in stunning new photo essay

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Mathieu Asselin has been photographing towns impacted by Monsanto and needs about $6,000 to complete his project; click here to support his project.

In an effort to document Monsanto’s toxic legacy, photographer Mathieu Asselin spent three years traveling across the United States capturing images of the people whose lives been most deeply affected, and in some cases destroyed, by the monstrous chemical company that happens to control much of our food supply (and key positions in our government, not so coincidentally).

Nick Meyer Alt Health Works

The Monsanto Company has been active for over 100 years in the United States, and yet the St. Louis based genetically modified seed and chemical giant’s long legacy of nefarious actions has only recently come into public view.

The mainstream in America is just now waking up to the destruction caused to humans, animals and the environment by Monsanto after all these years, but for the people living in communities that have been damaged and even destroyed by the corporation’s unscrupulous practices, the harsh truth has been ever-present (see this ‘Timeline of Crime’ for more on the dark history of Monsanto from the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance’s page).

Is Monsanto admitting guilt in Zombie Wheat’ settlement?

monsanto_outIf the reports are true, this will be the second major Monsanto settlement this year. In July, the company was ordered to pay residents of Nitro, W.Va., $93 million for exposing them to dioxin from a nearby plant where it has produced the poison for more than a half century.

Global News Centre

(KANSAS CITY)  News emerged this week about a possible settlement between Monsanto and the farmers whose wheat was allegedly contaminated by unauthorized genetically modified seeds produced by the biotech firm. Lawyers for a contingent of soft white wheat farmers in Kansas told a Kansas City federal judge that an agreement had been reached in a class-action lawsuit between Monsanto and a group of wheat farmers in Oregon, where “zombie” GMO wheat contaminated fields last year, throwing off wheat exports in the process.

End of the line: GMO production in China halted

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“We believe that loopholes in assessing and monitoring [GMO] research, as well as the public concern around safety issues are the most important reasons that the certifications have not been renewed,” Wang Jing, a Greenpeace official in Beijing

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In a surprise U-turn, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn. Some environmentalists say public concerns about GM crops played a key role in the decision.

On August 17, when these permits were up for renewal, the Ministry of Agriculture decided not to extend them. In 2009, the ministry’s Biosafety Committee issued approval certificates to develop the two crops, rice and corn.

Launch of “Operation Light at the End of the Tunnel”

cache772_67b3ef674e74a162f34c8264913c2fc9Mike Cerre, a former ABC News Correspondent and Vietnam Veteran, will interview Chuck Searcy, a former Army Intelligence analyst during the war, who now works with Veterans for Peace and an International Advisor for Project RENEW, is working with Vietnamese teams to clean up the dangerous UXO and Agent Orange legacies left from the war.

Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) Chuck Searcy, a former Army Intelligence analyst who served in Viet Nam 1967-68, has spent nearly twenty years living in Vietnam and working with Vietnamese teams to clean up the dangerous UXO and Agent Orange legacies we left behind.

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