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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The unforgiving choice: enemies versus allies Wed May 04, 2016 05:10 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi On global account, and especially when it comes to Syria, thanks, a great deal of thanks must be given to Russia, her people and leadership for the

offsite link CrossTalk: Bullhorns in the Bullpen Wed May 04, 2016 05:09 | The Saker

offsite link Armed conflict on Nagorno-Karabakh border April 2nd-6th 2016 and its aftermath, by Scott Wed May 04, 2016 01:42 | Scott
Back in the USSR, the Turkish government once protested against the Socialist republic of Armenia for having Mount Ararat on its flag.  The government of Turkey protested because they claimed

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria & Iraq, May 3, 2016 Tue May 03, 2016 21:28 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/international-...

offsite link A negative view of Christianity and religion in general Tue May 03, 2016 20:58 | The Saker
Dear friends, Christ is Risen! I have enjoyed a much needed break, but I could not fully forget about the blog and a few current events.  Many of you have

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Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Intensifying the glare of the United Nations? spotlight Wed May 04, 2016 06:46 | GuestPost

offsite link PhD studentships at DCU Fri Apr 29, 2016 17:15 | Eoin Daly

offsite link The Role of Sport in the Recognition of Transgender and Intersex Rights Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:54 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Call for Papers: ?International and Comparative Law in the 21st Century: Lessons learned?? Wed Mar 23, 2016 17:58 | GuestPost

offsite link Call for Contributions & Engagement #directprovision16: Direct Provision 16 years on, and on, and on... Tue Mar 15, 2016 13:08 | Liam Thornton

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link FG-Trots[sic]? Say again? 10:58 Wed May 04, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link And after all the shape throwing? FF and FG? 08:21 Wed May 04, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Uh-oh? 08:18 Wed May 04, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 4th May 2016 03:57 Wed May 04, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Socialist Voice 19:24 Tue May 03, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

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

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015

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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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