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December 18, 2014

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Selenium might lower the risk of colorectal cancer: Study

December 16, 2014

By Blausen Medical Communications, Inc. (Donated via OTRS, see ticket for details) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

High levels of selenium intake could help prevent colorectal cancer in Western Europe, a recent study has found.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Pine bark extract may reduce symptoms & severity of common cold

December 12, 2014

By Christopher Shervey from Tewkesbury, UK (Pines at Ile De Re) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Daily consumption of supplements containing extracts from French maritime pine bark may shorten the duration of the common cold and reduces the severity of sore throat, congestion, headache, coughing and sneezing, says a new study from Italy.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Pine Bark Extract Treats Psoriasis, Hemorrhoids, Hypertension

December 11, 2014

By MediaJet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Painful hemorrhoids, high blood pressure and skin issues, such as psoriasis, all have something in common: Blood flow. Research finds these three issues can all be successfully treated with the pine bark extract called Pycnogenol.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com


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Carl Duisberg: Streets to be Renamed
Poison gas, forced labour, support for Nazis

December 16, 2014

The German cities of Dortmund und Luedenscheid have decided to rename streets named after the former BAYER chief executive Carl Duisberg. Corresponding initiatives are under way in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Krefeld and Leverkusen. Wuppertal is the birth place of Carl Duisberg, Leverkusen is the home of BAYER's headquarters. With a population of 580,000 Dortmund is the biggest city of the Ruhr region. The historians of the municipal archive concluded: “Under his leadership the company produced poison gas during World War I. (…) Duisberg was one of the leading German industrialists who enforced the deportation of Belgian civilians to Germany as forced labourers during the war – this was illegal even under the international martial law applicable at the time.”
Read article at cbgnetwork.de (Germany)

England now nation of 'pill-poppers' with 50 per cent taking prescription drugs

December 10, 2014

England is now a nation of 'pill-poppers' with nearly half the population regularly taking prescribed drugs, a new study has revealed.
Read article on the Daily Express website (UK)


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China’s hard line on biotech burns US hay
China’s tough new stance on imports of genetically modified crops is shaking up a little-noticed U.S. industry: hay

December 15, 2014

Over the summer China began testing imports to detect the presence of hay made from a biotech alfalfa that Beijing hasn’t approved. Consequently, shipments to China have plunged since midsummer and some deliveries have been rejected.
Read article at theglobaldairy.com (Portugal)

US Human Trials of GM Banana for Africa Widely Condemned

December 10, 2014

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a Pan African platform comprising civil society networks and farmer organisations working towards food sovereignty in Africa, has submitted an Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Wendy White from Iowa State University and the Human Institutional Review Board of Iowa State University expressing fierce opposition to the human feeding trials taking place at Iowa State University involving genetically modified (GM) bananas.
Read press release at afsafrica.org

Roundup ‘GMO crop’ herbicide toxic to the heart

December 10, 2014

Image by Mike Mozart via flickr.com | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic | https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

You’ve got to hand it to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini.  He may have lost one of the battles along the way, but he’s not deterred and looks like he’s going to win the war.  His new study, published this month in Cardiovascular Toxicology, has found that the widely used, Monsanto-manufactured, glyphosate-based herbicide, ‘Roundup’, used with glyphosate-resistant GMO crops, has toxic effects on mammal hearts.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

International Tribunal Demands GM Maize Ban in Mexico

December 5, 2014

The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal has called on the Mexican government to ban the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize in the country. The decision cited the importance of maize as one of three principal staple crops globally, which millions depend on. The Tribunal, which considered evidence gathered over three years from over 1000 organizations on this and other issues, also highlighted the importance of Mexico as the centre of origin of maize globally.
Read article at etcgroup.org


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Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ

December 10, 2014

Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home—di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP)—had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

December 9, 2014

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming.
Read article at phys.org

Court overturns conviction of biodynamic winemaker who defied spray order

December 7, 2014

The French biodynamic winemaker fined earlier this year for refusing to spray his crop with insecticide has had his conviction overturned.
Read article on the Natural Products Online website (UK)

Robot doctor: Handheld device diagnoses 100s of conditions from single blood drop

November 16, 2014

US scientists have created a home device that replicates hundreds of complex and expensive lab tests by analyzing just one drop of blood. The constant monitoring offered by the device – which needs little training to use – could save millions of lives.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)


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Torture: CIA “Enhanced Interrogations” Have a Long History

December 16, 2014

The public controversy surrounding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary-report on detentions and interrogations continues to feed media headlines. But, as veteran intelligence correspondent Jeff Stein notes in his Newsweek column, there is one crucial aspect missing from the debate: historical precedent. Stein observes what many commentators have missed, namely a reference in the 500-page document to KUBARK. KUBARK is in fact a coded reference used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s and 1960s to refer to itself.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Comment: With even United Nations officials now openly demanding prosecutions, the US Senate Intelligence Committee's shocking report on the CIA torture program clearly shows that the Complaint submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2003 by Dr. Rath and others was an important step towards bringing the perpetrators to justice. Accusing George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and others with causing injury, death, torture and other inhumane acts, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Complaint was submitted to the ICC’s then prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, with the request that it should be considered with the utmost urgency. Eleven years on, with the validity of these accusations having been demonstrated in graphic detail to the entire world, the time has come for the accused to finally be held accountable for their crimes.

Cheney’s scary pile of garbage: Why his torture defense is even worse than you think
The former VP went on Fox News to defend his beloved torture program with smoothly delivered lies and obfuscations

December 12, 2014

If you’re looking for a spokesman for torture – that is, someone who will happily go in front of a television camera and earnestly defend a policy of deliberately inflicting pain upon a prisoner for the purposes of extracting information – you can’t do better than Dick Cheney. You also can’t do worse.
Read article at salon.com (USA)

US Torture Report Exposes European Powers’ Involvement in CIA Crimes

December 12, 2014

The publication of the US Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture has exposed the European powers’ complicity in ghastly crimes of US intelligence. Even though European states’ complicity in CIA torture and rendition operations has been documented for nearly a decade, no European officials have been held accountable.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

US To Shift Nuclear Missiles in Europe in Anticipation of War Vs Putin

December 12, 2014

By U.S. Navy photo (http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=7460) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A day after it alleged Russia to have violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF, the United States is thinking of stationing its nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in anticipation of the other country's war tactics.
Read article on the International Business Time website

Comment: With the people of the world increasingly becoming aware of the extent to which their health and lives are controlled by the pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical cartel, this development provides a timely reminder that its political stakeholders are prepared to defend its financial interests – whatever the cost to mankind.

‘Like Walmart afloat’: Over 260,000 tons of plastic waste in oceans, study shows

December 11, 2014

By Kurniasan (Taken in Kampung Titingan, Tawau) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Over a quarter of a million tons of plastic waste are bobbing around the world’s oceans, a new study suggests. This challenges previous much lower estimates. To obtain the data, scientists from four continents basically fished for plastic for six years.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

UN Officials Demand Prosecutions for US Torture

December 10, 2014

All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.
Read AP news report on the ABC News website (USA)

Luxembourg tax files: Juncker ‘solved problems’ for Amazon move

December 10, 2014

By European People's Party (EPP Election night 2014) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pressure is mounting on Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, after fresh allegations emerged outlining the tactics he used when he was prime minister of Luxembourg to promote the country as the destination for multinational corporations.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)


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