Monthly Archives: May 2013

Monsanto lobbies to kill GMO labeling law

An amendment inserted into the 2013 Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee earlier this month would revoke the ability of individual states’ lawmakers to pass GMO-labeling laws, food advocates warn. http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-20-would-ban-gmo-labeling-laws-state-level-1267629# The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, is the newest salvo in an ongoing battle between food […]

Parents of Chechens repudiate narrative

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son, surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  told her in a phone call that he and his brother, killed in a police manhunt after the blasts, were innocent. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22725542  Mr Tsarnaev, who was shot and injured during the manhunt, is currently being held in a prison hospital. Mrs Tsarnaeva told […]

Japan refuses GMO wheat shipped from US

Japan has suspended some imports of wheat from the United States after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/business/global/japan-suspends-some-imports-of-us-wheat.html?ref=us   Japan had canceled orders of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and also of some feed-grade wheat. “In most countries the unapproved genetically modified wheat would be a target of concern. The […]

Lebanese sentenced after another FBI sting

A gullible youth, Sami Samir Hassoun, 25, was sentenced to 23 years in prison Thursday for placing a backpack he believed contained a bomb near Wrigley Field in Chicago after being sucked into a 2010 terrorism sting during an alcohol-addled stretch of his life. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/us/illinois-lebanese-man-gets-23-years-in-bomb-plot.html?ref=us Mr. Hassoun was arrested after planting the fake explosive device, […]

UN expert calls for killer robot ban

A United Nations expert called Thursday for a global moratorium on the testing, production and use of armed robots that can select and kill targets without human command. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/world/europe/united-nations-armed-robots.html?ref=world  “War without reflection is mechanical slaughter. A decision to allow machines to be deployed to kill human beings worldwide, whatever weapons they use, deserves a collective […]

Turkish police state turns on enviromentalists

Police staged a dawn raid on demonstrators who had been camping for days in Gezi Park in anger at plans to build a shopping mall, and clouds of tear gas rose around the area in Taksim Square that has long been a venue for political protest. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/05/31/world/europe/31reuters-turkey-protests.html?ref=world Amnesty International said it was concerned by what […]

Recent attacks give way to police state rationale

“Short of a police state on East German lines the number of such individuals who can be subject to very intensive surveillance sufficient to detect preparations for violent action is but a small proportion of the total — and of course individuals can flip quickly even where they have been checked out previously.” http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/31/world/europe/ap-eu-tracking-terrorists.html?ref=world “This […]