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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link This Week At Irish Election Literature 04:12 Fri Oct 24, 2014 | irishelectionliterature

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offsite link A commentator writes about pensions? 12:47 Thu Oct 23, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Sick kids and sick workers? 06:32 Thu Oct 23, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Global Finance, Money & Power: Lecture Seven - Bonds and Money Markets 08:26 Thu Oct 23, 2014

offsite link Irish Labour movement 1889-1924: Lecture Five - 1913 Lockout 09:47 Fri Oct 17, 2014

offsite link Global Finance, Money and Power: Lecture Six - Tax Havens 07:09 Thu Oct 16, 2014

offsite link Irish Labour Movement 1889-1924: Tutorial - Erin?s hope & Class in Ireland 13:44 Mon Oct 13, 2014

offsite link Irish Labour Movement 1889-1924: Lecture Four - Jim Larkin and Larkinism 09:15 Fri Oct 10, 2014

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link That Day has Come Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:45 | Anne Irwin

offsite link The Changing Pattern of Foreign Investment in China Wed Oct 22, 2014 13:36 | John Ross

offsite link Welcome to the New Tax Avoidance Scheme, Same as the Old Tax Avoidance Scheme Mon Oct 20, 2014 16:26 | Michael Taft

offsite link Revealed: EU science chief promised to be ?flexible? towards Israel?s war crimes Thu Oct 16, 2014 15:21 | David Cronin

offsite link Austerity is Over? Now Back to the Real World Wed Oct 15, 2014 17:21 | Michael Taft

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Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link The Extraordinary Synod in Rome. Will it bring extraordinary times? Wed Oct 22, 2014 07:09 | GuestPost

offsite link A new Constitutional Settlement for Northern Ireland: Queries from International Law Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:27 | Aoife O'Donoghue

offsite link Why Budget 2015 must be that last of its kind Fri Oct 17, 2014 08:36 | Liam Thornton

offsite link Socio-Economic Rights & Budget Analysis: Some Notes on Available Resources, ?Progressivity? and Non... Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:55 | Liam Thornton

offsite link Legal pathways to reproductive justice and abortion rights #repealthe8th Mon Oct 13, 2014 15:00 | GuestPost

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GM Crops & Food

Genetically Modified (GM) crops and Food have been forced on us for years although the public have been very slow to uptake them and for good reason because they don't deliver any of the promises and they are actually dangerous to human health and very very damaging to the environment in a very broad number of ways. The GM industry has spent billions over the past few decades with not much to show in terms of human benefits but a lot to show in terms of damage to environment, far greater use of dangerous pesticides and herbicides -the very opposite of what they promises, nil increase in food production from GM technology. Any increase has come from traditional breeding methods. They have tried many different tactics over the years to push their agenda and demonize the opposition and trying and continuing to use many of the same tricks used by the Tobacco industry for years. This page will serve as a starting off point for those who want to get behind the shameless promotion by the mainstream media and others.

10 years of GM Watch

This article is as good as any for a pretty comprehensive review of how things have developed over the past 10 years.
http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-test/6172-10-years-of-gm-watch-422008

Links

www.gmwatch.org - GM Watch

GM Free Ireland

GM-Free Ireland - Canada's covert attack on Ireland's GM-free policy -Ireland was briefly GM free in 2009 but it was quickly over turned as soon as the Greens were out of government. The GM industry has the power, money and resources to pound away at things for years on end and do and will over turn any victories. However the public are becoming more skeptical. And this explains why the recent: Monsanto Act was promoted and passed in the US whereby it decrees that Monsanto and other biotech seed and food companies can never be sued or taken to the courts for any of their products from now and indefinitely into the future.
'Monsanto Protection Act' adopted in the US
Monsanto Protection Act Signed By Obama, GMO Bill Written By Monsanto Itself Signed Into Law

Ecologist Magazine: Some GM questions answered

Institute for Responsible Technology -See GM section

Institue of Science in Society -this is one of the few institutes not bought off or connected to big money and big business

GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA

Bayer (Biotech firm) Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control -this is from 2009 and nothing much has changed except it has got worse.

New Report Shows GMO Crops are Destroying the Food System

Mexico's GM Corn Shocks Scientists
Researchers baffled as ancient variety of maize tests positive for modified organisms in area where no engineered crops are grown.

Monsanto India: GM Foods, Crops - Preparing for Worldwide Genetic Control

GM rice contamination disaster spirals out of control as a THIRD contamination incident is identified.

It's on! Farmers begin suing Monsanto over genetic pollution of wheat crops -June 2013

5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion -June 2012

Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from “renewal” seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest.

The practice of using renewal seeds dates back to ancient times, but Monsanto seeks to collect massive royalties and put an end to the practice. Why? Because Monsanto owns the very patent to the genetically modified seed, and is charging the farmers not only for the original crops, but the later harvests as well. Eventually, the royalties compound and many farmers begin to struggle with even keeping their farm afloat. It is for this reason that India slammed Monsanto with groundbreaking ‘biopiracy’ charges in an effort to stop Monsanto from ‘patenting life’...... Full Text

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