The U.S. Geological Service issued a report in April (’08) that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a revised report (hadn’t been updated since ‘95) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana… The Bakken [...]
The Center for Food Safety today praised President Barack Obama’s appointment of Kathleen Merrigan as the new Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Center (CFS) had urged the new administration to consider Merrigan for a position at USDA, as it would “elevate food safety to the top of the government’s list of [...]
Visible Strategies Brings Award-Winning Environmentalist Lester Brown’s “Plan B 3.0″ to Life on Screen Using SEE-ITTM
Today Visible Strategies, provider of the world’s most visually engaging performance management and communications software, and the Earth Policy Institute, a research organization in Washington, D.C., announced the public launch in Visible Strategies’ SEE-ITTM software of Lester R. Brown’s world-renowned plan to save civilization. For the first time, the plan outlined in Mr. Brown’s book, [...]
While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation’s credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism.Eighty five million Americans belong to credit unions which are not-for-profit cooperatives owned by their members who are depositors and borrowers. Your neighborhood or [...]
Few of his contemporaries expected President Richard M. Nixon to break with Cold War politics and open full diplomatic relations the People’s Republic of China in 1972. Because he was playing against type (a moderate Republican reaching out to a staunchly Communist regime), he had credibility that a more liberal leader could not have mustered. [...]
Widespread use of the Gardasil vaccine should not be encouraged unless young women and parents are given honest advice, including information that Gardisil is being linked to serious negative reactions amongst teenagers in the U.S. GE Free NZ is highly concerned over reports of death and immune reaction linked to the Gardasil vaccine overseas.
U.S.scientists are arguing about whether Gardasil has caused significantly [...]
Despite the problems of the ruble and the weak oil price in recent months for the Russian economy, the Russian Government is pursuing a very active foreign policy strategy. Its elements focus on countering the continuing NATO encirclement policy of Washington, with often clever diplomatic initiatives on its Eurasian periphery. Taking advantage of the cool [...]
“Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away” is the reason President Obama gave for forging “a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan…” Yet Americans, in their anger over 9/11, need to ask if subjecting Afghanistan to escalating conflict in order to [...]
International - We are delighted that Philips has announced a change in its recycling policy, taking responsibility for the cost of recycling its own products. Earlier this week Philips confirmed that these costs should no longer be paid directly by its customers through an additional fixed fee but instead come closer to being part of [...]
Washington, D.C.– A new report released today by Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., reveals that many cash-strapped communities across the country are experiencing rate hikes and a decrease in public services after selling their water and wastewater systems to private corporations. Money Down the Drain: How Private [...]
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed the establishment of a bipartisan commission to investigage torture and other abuses committed by the Bush Administration. PHR has been at the forefront of calls for an investigative commission since we began the Campaign Against Torture over half a decade ago. Your support has been crucial to [...]
Torture in police custody, excessive use of the death penalty, prosecutions for violating unknowable-and unchallengeable-”state secrets” laws. Press censorship, restrictions on religious freedom, limitations on trade unions. Arbitrary detention, abuses of ethnic minorities, persecution of government critics. These are but a handful of the common human rights abuses in China which the Chinese government refused [...]
Ads screaming “Girl or Boy?” are banned in India. Major internet search engines Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have been put on notice to ensure that they do not provide advertising platforms for sex-determining technology. Yet, efforts by prospective parents to ensure that their baby is a boy — the so called “son-preference” — remain a [...]
“Although technological powers will be vast and progress will likely be made, the normal level of social resistance and political stalemate is likely to oppose change. Thus, it may take an occasional environmental collapse, global wars and terrorism, or yet unknown calamities to force the move to global consciousness.” - William E. Halal, Emerging Technologies [...]
Both Israel and Hamas used foreign-supplied weapons to attack civilians according to fresh evidence released by Amnesty International.
Munitions from the USA, Israel’s main foreign arms supplier, were used by Israel forces during three-week conflict in Gaza and southern Israel. Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups fired hundreds of rockets that had been smuggled in or [...]
The American economy has gone away. It is not coming back until free trade myths are buried six feet under. America’s 20th century economic success was based on two things. Free trade was not one of them. America’s economic success was based on protectionism, which was ensured by the union victory in the Civil War, [...]
Genes from genetically modified corn have escaped into wild varieties in rural Mexico. A new study resolves a long-running controversy over the spread of GM genes and suggests that detecting such escapes may be tougher than previously thought.
In 2001, when biologists David Quist and Ignacio Chapela reported finding transgenes from GM corn in traditional [...]
A charity has come under fire for failing to declare all industry affiliations of the experts it enlisted to compile a booklet explaining genetic modification to the public.
The pamphlet was produced by Sense About Science (SAS), a charity that claims to promote scientific reasoning in public discussions. According to anti-genetic modification campaigners and academics, it [...]
Shortage of fresh water poses a much bigger threat to world food supply than the shortage of fossil fuels; cultivating salt-tolerant crops could solve both problems
People now use about half of the global supply of fresh water, and good fresh water is becoming an expensive resource. About 1 percent of water on earth is fresh [...]
A report released last Friday by the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has provided a glimpse into the criminal character of the Sri Lankan government’s war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Entitled “End ‘War’ on Civilians,” it calls on the government to “immediately cease its indiscriminate artillery attacks on civilians in [...]
Congressman Barney Frank yesterday called a meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss his proposal to cut 25% from the military budget. He specifically invited grassroots activists and organizations interested in a less expensive, saner, less warlike military budget to come meet with him, to get the ball rolling towards reform.
Frank pushed the need for organizations [...]
The Science of Sustainable Agriculture: An Innovative Paradigm - “New Thought for Food – Food for Thought”
The report of the World Agrarian Council IAASTD published in April 2008 came to the conclusion that the application of the “conventional” scientific understanding and knowledge implies too many ecological and social collateral damages for example: the Green Revolution. In recognition of this problem the European Council had decided in 2001 to establish the Goeteborg [...]
European leaders handling the economic downturn are relying on the advice of a committee dominated by financial industry insiders implicated in the current crisis, says a new report.
Would You Bank on Them? examines the track records of members of the EU’s High Level Group of financial “wise men”, who are charged with helping to frame [...]
The city of Luxembourg and the GM-free Luxembourg initiative - which includes Greenpeace Luxembourg amongst its 25 member organisations - have made an announcement on the “GM-free Luxembourg” campaign during a press conference at the Town Hall.
The city of Luxembourg, a European capital, has declared itself a “GMO-free city” along with two thirds of the [...]
As the first crop of genetically modified sugar beets was harvested this past fall in the United States, at least three sugar processors have indicated they will sell only non-GMO sugar-for now. Spreckels Sugar, in Brawley, California, and Rogers Sugar/Lantic, Inc., in Alberta, Canada, currently process sugar from non-GMO sugar beets, while Diamond Sugar in [...]