‘Monsanto may be expanding its operations in the United States, but elsewhere, lawmakers, scientists, activists and ordinary citizens are increasingly questioning (and in many cases banning) the introduction of GM crops, along with the use of the glyphosate herbicide (Monsanto’s Roundup).
State consumer protection ministers in Germany are advocating an EU-wide ban on glyphosate herbicides in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) categorization of the chemical as “probably carcinogenic.”
On May 8, the German state ministers introduced a resolution calling for “the supply to and use by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons.” The resolution also recommends prohibiting use of the herbicide near consumers.’
‘An endless sea of money flowing into the field of military technology creates constant advancements in new and terrifying ways to die, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is on the front lines in that mission. DARPA’s latest defense system, HELLADS, is one step closer to arming aircraft and drones with an exceptionally powerful and destructive, weaponized laser beam.
Set to begin testing at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico this summer, the High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System program has been developing an electrically and optically efficient laser for output from a lighter and more compact platform through DARPA contractor, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA ASI). The Gen 3 High Energy Laser System (HEL) measures just 4.26 x 1.31 x 1.64 feet, and uses a compact lithium-ion battery to produce a beam of between 150-300 kW for“deployable tactical platforms.”’
‘The EU and Russia have begun speaking about the concept of democratic security, an idea which means absolutely different things to each side.
At the most recent meeting of the Council of Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland discussed the need for democratic security, with Russia emphasizing that this is especially relevant for Macedonia at the moment. While no further public comments were released on the matter, it’s clear that Brussels and Moscow have two completely different conceptualizations of this idea in mind.
As can be seen by the case of Macedonia, the EU views pragmatic, independently minded leaders as ‘threats’ to the unipolar (supposedly ‘democratic’) world order, but Russia sees Color Revolutions and externally plotted coups against national leaders as constituting the true danger to democracy.’
‘The United States has accused China once again of stoking tensions in the Asia-Pacific region with the construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea.
US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that the US is “carefully” monitoring China’s military developments.
“We continue to urge China to exhibit greater transparency with respect to its capabilities and to its intentions,” Rathke said.
“We encourage China to use its military capabilities in a manner that is conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.’
‘The Yemeni army, backed by Houthi Ansarullah fighters, has attacked Saudi tanks near Saudi’s border with Yemen, reports say.
The attacks, launched late on Tuesday, targeted a number of Saudi tanks in the country’s southwestern city of Najran near the border with Yemen.
Earlier, a news channel close to the Ansarullah movement released new footage showing Yemeni fighters capturing the al-Makhrouq military base in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region, in southwest of the country. Saudi forces reportedly left behind their weapons and vehicles and fled the area.’
‘Two Native American tribes have pulled out their representatives from the Maine House due to the US “paternalistic attitude”, saying they will not return until “recognized” and “valued”.
The two, the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe, abandoned seats at the Maine legislature on Tuesday amid a row with Governor Paul LePage, the Guardian reported.
The Native tribes are only allowed to vote at the committee level and not in the full House.
The Penobscots have had envoys at the Maine legislature since at least 1823 and the Passamaquoddies since 1842, apart from the 20 years they were removed in the middle of the 20th century.’
‘The Israeli air force has started carrying out attacks on the Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian resistance movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad deny launching projectiles into Israel.
Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, on Rafah in the south, and on Khan Younis early on Wednesday.
At least three raids were also carried out on the Palestinian city of Beit Lahia.’