VOICES FOR CHANGE

GMO Debate Heats Up on Mainstream News
Christina Sarich
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The debate on the dangers of GMO seem like they should already be a foregone conclusion, but with industry cover-ups of scientific data, and rigged research, biotechnology advocates are still pushing the safety of genetically modified organisms unchecked.

 

In another attempt to discredit non-GMO supporters, C-Span recently debuted a 2-hour debate at the Vail Symposium in Colorado, between consumer advocate and Executive Director ofInstitute for Responsible ...

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What We’ve Paid for War and Afghanistan and Iraq
Jim Hightower
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War is Hell.

Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that — but, sadly, he's dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier ...

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq ...

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Ebola's Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril
Joe Conason
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Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad. Years ago, this mistaken view was amplified from the far right by the John Birch Society. Today, it is the tea party movement complaining that ...

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New Technology at MIT Turns Solar Heat into 85% Energy Efficient Steam
Christina Sarich
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Can you get power out of a cheap lump of graphite and some carbon? It is a possibility thanks to researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. This newly created technology converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency. When you compare this to the fact that only about 14%–30% of the energy from the fuel you put in your conventional car is used to actually move it down the road, then you’ve got a recipe for an energy revolution.

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Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year
Juan Cole
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The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.  A thoroughgoing such European set of sanctions could cost Israel as much as $5 bn a year and more.  Roughly a third of Israeli trade is with Europe, and the EU is Israel’s largest single trading partner.Unite, the largest British trade union, has now ...

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Wunderkind Elon Musk: Pneumatic Railroad for 14,000 Mile-an-Hour Travel Completely Open Source
Christina Sarich
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No, you didn’t read that wrong. Paypal co-creator and Tesla Motors Wunderkind thinks that California just wasted $63 billion on a mass transit rail that only goes 164 miles an hour when a 14,000-mile-an-hour pneumatic railroad could be built for 1/10th that amount to take someone from Los Angeles to New York in less than 2 hours. Even better – the plans for such a pneumatic, or vacuum tube train, are all open source.

Called ‘hyperloop’ this ultra ...

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The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality
Robert Reich
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“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday.

 

He was referring to American corporations now busily acquiring foreign companies in order to become non-American, thereby reducing their U.S. tax bill.

 

But the President might as well have been talking about all large American multinationals.

 

Only about a fifth of ...

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The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense
Chris Hedges
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If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves.

No ...

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Professor of Chemistry Turns India’s Plastic Trash into Useable Roadways
Christina Sarich
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Scenes from the movie Slumdog Millionaire accurately depict India’s latest consumer-influenced economy. Tree groves are littered with a rainbow color of plastic bags like some kind of ominous carnival wreckage. Plastic bottles, candy wrappers, and other ‘garbage’ liters the streets in a land where city officials have long forsaken their duties of providing a pristine infrastructure to its inhabitants, but a professor of chemistry in Madurai, India ...

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The Actor and the Minister
Chris Hedges
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On June 30 I was at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, which had turned its hall over to Michael Milligan, traveling the country performing his one-man play about a husband and wife trapped in our dysfunctional health care system. I arrived early at the stone church, whose present structure was erected in 1853, to help set up the chairs and clear the stage. The minister, the Rev. Terry Burke, who was a classmate of mine at Harvard Divinity School, officially ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted every day as ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send US Troops to an Iraq that Won’t Defend Itself?
Juan Cole
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, apparently considering another run for president (assuming he can remember to do it), attacked Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in ...

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Requiem for the American Century
Tom Engelhardt
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First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was

* Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century.”  Luce died in 1967 at age 69.  Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s ...

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Biotech Bullying: French Government Withdraws from Long-Term GMO Study
Christina Sarich
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Has the biotech industry successfully scared another government silly, so much so that they are unwilling to carry out true scientific research on the long-term damage that GMOs could cause animals, people, and the environment? With the latest formal withdrawal of the CRIIGEN organization from a previously planned long-term GMO risk study, it seems so.

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Bad Blood Between Israel and Palestine Boils Over
Ashley Curtin
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Bad blood between Israel and Palestine has boiled over and violence imprisons the Gaza Strip, creating an intense conflict with further risk of escalation.

 

After 10 days of both sea and air attacks on the Gaza Strip along with failed attempts by Egypt to form a truce between the two countries, Israel launched a Gaza land offensive on Thursday, which sent ground forces into the most densely-populated area of Palestine. But with land attacks already devastating the ...

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The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions
Robert J. Burrowes
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All nonviolent struggles are conducted simultaneously in the political andstrategic spheres, and these spheres, which are distinct, interactthroughout. I have discussed this at length elsewhere: see 'The Strategyof Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach'

Despite this, only rarely have nonviolent struggles been conducted with aconscious awareness of this vitally important relationship. Gandhi's campaigns were very effective partly because he understood the ...

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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta
Robert Scheer
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Barack Obama’s Justice Department on Monday announced that Citigroup would pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with the seamy financial products the bank had marketed to an unsuspecting public, causing vast damage to the economy.

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The American Cult of Bombing
William Astore
Op-Ed
The High Cost of Cheap Meat
Christine Chemnitz and Shefali Sharma
Op-Ed
The Coming CLASS War
Andrew Sheng
Op-Ed
To Terrify and Occupy
Matthew Harwood
Op-Ed
Banking on the BRICS
Barry Eichengreen
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Economy

Hundreds and hundreds of our subscribers have informed Tesco that they are boycotting the store after they stopped the sale of their magazine, “What the Doctors Don’t Tell You.”

Cell Phones

Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world and here is a guide to doing so.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Human Rights

One hair stylist is bringing style to the streets and getting the hair of the homeless.

The Supreme Court

Join the dissent and stop CEOs in America from “forcing their personal beliefs on employees.” Take action and tell lawmakers to give us back control of our own bodies.

Human Rights

Steven Salaita was recently fired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because he was allegedly an open critic of Israel and Zionism, but many are fighting back in his defense.

Fracking

Protesters took to city streets all over the UK and occupied many government buildings demanding a stop to the future of fracking.

Education

Hundreds of students, parents and community members gathered at the Board of Education on Monday demanding that funding be put back in the schools.

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees.

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

A peaceful protest formed in Rabin Square where thousands demanded peace talks go into effect with the Palestinian authority.

Police Brutality

As things continue to heat up in Ferguson, Missouri, Amnesty organization deployed observers to ground zero.

Environment

The benefit concert will headline Willie Nelson and Neil Young on a farm fighting the sale of their land for the pipeline.

Gun Rights

Take action today and sign the petition telling Congress to update Second Amendment. Sign the petition.

Agriculture

Even more pollinations is likely to help farmers yield more flourishing bountiful food.

Human Rights

As protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, residents of Gaza tweet tips to protesters in dealing with militarization of police.

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