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Gold Mining Company Wages $301 Million Lawsuit Against El Salvador E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:51

Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining-OceanaGold

Residents of the Salvadorean town of Ilo
(Ottawa/Washington) The President-elect of El Salvador has publicly committed to prohibit new mining during his administration, just as his predecessors have done since 2008. OceanaGold should respect the democratic process in El Salvador, abandon its acquisition of Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining, and drop its lawsuit against the government of El Salvador for not having permitted a mine, according to international civil society organizations. A new study debunks eight falsehoods the company has used to try to justify mining in El Salvador and undermine public debate and policymaking.
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Honduras: The Deep Roots of Resistance E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:18

By Alexander Main  Center For Economic and  Policy Research

This article was published by Dissent on April 14, 2014. If anyone would like to reprint it, please reply to this message.


“Today a new political force of transformation is born!” As former president Manuel “Mel” Zelaya’s speech on June 26, 2011 reached its crescendo, hundreds of delegates from every corner of Honduras roared. After a short but heated debate that day, the 1,500-member assembly of the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) approved resolutions paving the way for a new political party: Libertad y Refundación (Liberty and Refoundation), or LIBRE (“FREE” in Spanish). Those supporting the resolutions wanted the party to serve as an instrument of systemic change. With it they’d win the 2013 general elections and, once in power, convene a constituyente, a constituent assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution for Honduras.

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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:46

By Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175831/Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?

 

That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email.  “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013.  In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria.  The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems -- with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond.  It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place.

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Major Pesticides Are More Toxic to Human Cells Than Their Declared Active Principles E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:17

BY Biomed international

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/Robin Mesnage, 1 Nicolas Defarge, 1 Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, 2 and Gilles-Eric Séralini 1 ,*

 
Abstract

Pesticides are used throughout the world as mixtures called formulations. They contain adjuvants, which are often kept confidential and are called inerts by the manufacturing companies, plus a declared active principle, which is usually tested alone. We tested the toxicity of 9 pesticides, comparing active principles and their formulations, on three human cell lines (HepG2, HEK293, and JEG3). Glyphosate, isoproturon, fluroxypyr, pirimicarb, imidacloprid, acetamiprid, tebuconazole, epoxiconazole, and prochloraz constitute, respectively, the active principles of 3 major herbicides, 3 insecticides, and 3 fungicides. We measured mitochondrial activities, membrane degradations, and caspases 3/7 activities. Fungicides were the most toxic from concentrations 300–600 times lower than agricultural dilutions, followed by herbicides and then insecticides, with very similar profiles in all cell types. Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles. Our results challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake for pesticides because this norm is calculated from the toxicity of the active principle alone. Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone.

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Roundup Herbicide 125 Times More Toxic Than Regulators Say E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:09

by the Sleuth Journal

http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/roundup-herbicide-125-times-toxic-regulators-say/

April 14, 2014   

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A highly concerning new study published in the journal Biomedical Research International reveals that despite the still relatively benign reputation of agrochemicals such as Roundup herbicide, many chemical formulations upon which the modern agricultural system depend are far more toxic than present regulatory tests performed on them reveal. Roundup herbicide, for instance, was found to be 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate studied in isolation.

Titled, “Major pesticides are more toxic to human cells than their declared active principles,” the study evaluated to what extent the active principle (AP) and the so-called ‘inert ingredients,’ i.e. adjuvants, in globally popular formulations account for the toxicity of 9 major pesticides: 3 herbicides, 3 insecticides, and 3 fungicides.

The Deceptive Semantics of Pesticide Formulations And Their Regulation

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Erosion of Canada's parkland: The loss of the last sanctuaries E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 14 April 2014 17:57
By Bob McDonald, Quirks & Quarks
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Canada's Parks are being slowly eroded by changing regulations that could turn our last wild refuges over to developers and resource extraction.
 
Parks Canada is currently considering a proposal to build a hotel on the shores of Maligne Lake in Alberta's Jasper National Park. This type of development in a wilderness area goes against Park policy, but as more and more visitors come through the gates each year, the parks are under pressure to provide more accommodation and services. 
 
But building more hotels destroys the very wilderness people have come to see. 
In British Columbia, the Legislature recently passed the controversial Bill 4 - Park Amendment Act that allows "research" and "feasibility studies" in Provincial Parks for projects such as oil and gas pipelines, along with structures related to that work. Until now, research in parks was limited to only those activities that led to the betterment of the park itself. But now, the definition of the term has been softened, so research by industry interested in park resources can take place.
 
The amendment also allows for a park boundary to be moved if a pipeline route or other development infringes on a park area. Once the boundary is moved out of the way, the project can go through more easily because the land is no longer a park
Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 18:05
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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:20

By Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175830/

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.  For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts.   At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent.  Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story -- but they weren’t speaking with the media.  They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet.  They were planning for the future and the talk was of war.  

 

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Mining in El Salvador: Can Corporate Behaviour be Changed? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:52
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B.C. First Nation along pipeline route officially rejects Northern Gateway plan E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:06

BY DENE MOORE, THE CANADIAN PRESS

B.C. First Nation along pipeline route officially rejects Northern Gateway plan

A group of First Nations, with territory covering a quarter of the route for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, has gathered in Fort St. James, British Columbia to officially reject the project on Friday April 11, 2014. THE CANADAIN PRESS/Dene Moore

FORT ST. JAMES, B.C. - A group of First Nations with territory covering a quarter of the route for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline met with federal representatives Friday to officially reject the project.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 22:07
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Politicians are Beginning to Realize Voter Suppression is a Bad Idea E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:13
By Crystal Shepeard April 10, 2014 Politicians are Beginning to Realize Voter Suppression is a Bad Idea

We are just a couple of months away before the United States is in full swing of midterm election madness. Traditionally lower in voter turnout, the midterms have gained increased significance over the last few election cycles as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. has all but stopped any real forward progress on major issues. While candidates and political parties prepare their latest slogans, current elected officials have been spending a great deal of time focusing on voter access.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:04
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Send in the (Pro-GMO) Clowns E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:47
by Ronnie Commins Organic Consumer's Association alt

 

Oops. Don’t bother. They’re here.

As promised, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), the Congressman from Koch Industries, has introduced a federal bill to keep labels off GMO-contaminated foods. And he’s recruited a few fellow clowns, um, colleagues to stick out their necks along with him.

They’re calling it the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014." Of course, it’s anything but.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:12
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