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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Americans wet their pants because of the Russian Tu-160 in Venezuela Fri Dec 14, 2018 04:04 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko Translated and subtitled by Eugenia    

offsite link Ankara stalls the Sochi agreement while Washington builds new military bases in Syria: some thoughts... Fri Dec 14, 2018 02:36 | The Saker
by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Three months have passed since the Sochi agreement on the so called Idlib demilitarized zone. The terms of the deal were that all

offsite link How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia Thu Dec 13, 2018 22:41 | The Saker
Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with China’s Belt and Road Initiative by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by

offsite link Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation Thu Dec 13, 2018 19:46 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? Dec. 13, 2018: Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups

offsite link Saker 2018 ?man? of the year: the American ?dissidents? Thu Dec 13, 2018 05:09 | The Saker
[Cross-posted with the Unz Review] Once a year I like to pretend like my blog is some kind of “respectable” mainstream outlet and I engage in the (admittedly totally silly!)

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Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Body In Africa Must Set A Better Example Wed Nov 14, 2018 16:13 | Human Rights

offsite link 112 Pro-Biafra Imo Women Arrested Sat Aug 25, 2018 16:30 | Human Rights

offsite link Traveller Community in Galway Fri Aug 03, 2018 16:28 | Human Rights

offsite link US Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Thu Jul 19, 2018 16:32 | Human Rights

offsite link Maldives Remain UK Priority Thu Jul 19, 2018 16:31 | Human Rights

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Robert Troy FF TD interviewed? 06:36 Fri Dec 14, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Seán Garland: 1934 ? 2018 23:18 Thu Dec 13, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Leave, leave now? 10:36 Thu Dec 13, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Who are these 33%? 09:35 Thu Dec 13, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Speaking of Irish politics 07:50 Thu Dec 13, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

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

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

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

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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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