Poster by Aaron Calland
‘Palestinian officials have blamed Israel for the collapse of a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as several Palestinians are killed during fresh Israeli attacks.
“The ceasefire has collapsed and Israel is responsible,” Azzam al-Ahmed, the head of the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo, said on Wednesday.
“We are leaving tomorrow, but we have not pulled out of negotiations,” he stated, adding that the Palestinians were waiting for Israel’s response to their truce proposal.’
‘A collection of science and journalism organizations is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to stop its policy of restricting independent scientists who advise the agency against talking to media outlets without first getting permission.
In a letter addressed to the agency in early April, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Union of Concerned Scientists and others criticized the policy, The Hill newspaper reported.’
‘A Mexican judge in a federal district court in Yucatan state has recently overturned a permit issued to Monsanto, the America-based multinational mega-ag giant corporation that has long been the leading developer and supplier of genetically modified (GM) crops.
Devon G. Pena, writing for Environmental and Food Justice, said that the permit, which was issued by the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food on June 6, 2012, “allowed the commercial planting of GM soy bean in Yucatan.”‘
‘What exactly makes the sex act sexy? Is it the rush of pheromones and invisible storm of sex-chemicals? The emotional uncertainty and fear that accompany intimate encounters with fellow humans? The pillow talk?
Proponents of robosexuality hold that you don’t need homo sapiens for a satisfying sexual experience. For them, the sleek proportions and permanent willingness of mechanical contraptions beat the complexity and messiness of sexy time with living, breathing organisms any day of the week.’
‘On May 5, 2014, Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee in charge of finding and distributing Madoff’s swindled funds to investors released this statement in a press release announcing the fourth interim distribution of funds to victims: “…1,129 accounts will be fully satisfied following the fourth interim distribution. All allowed claims totaling $925,000 or less will be fully satisfied after the distribution.”
Just eight days later, Richard Breeden, the Special Master that’s working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice to distribute a separate pool of funds to Madoff’s victims reported that more than 36,000 claimants have filed documents with his office indicating that they haven’t yet received a dime of restitution. Yes, 36,000 people from all over the globe.’
‘As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.’
‘Labeling the government of Bolivia as “pro-extractivist” or “neoextractivist” ignores the reality that Bolivia has made significant advances in breaking with the extractivist framework inherited from previous governments and enforced by the existing global relationship of forces.
A central challenge facing progressive governments and social movements in South America today is breaking the region’s dependency on raw material exports. This issue, which has tended to revolve around the concept of “extractivism”, has also become one of the main points of contention between supporters and critics of the processes of change currently underway in the region.’
‘The fatal shooting of a man by police on Tuesday near St. Louis kept the spotlight on law enforcement’s use of deadly force as protests continue in nearby Ferguson over the police shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
The two shootings bear little resemblance. Brown was an unarmed teen who, according to eyewitnesses, was trying to surrender when a police officer shot him at least six times. The man killed on Tuesday, whose name hasn’t been released, was wielding a knife, according to police. When he refused officers’ orders to put down his weapon and walked toward them, they shot him to death, police said.
As tensions continue to flare over Brown’s death, many question the circumstances under which the law justifies a police officer’s use of deadly force. When faced with a perceived threat, why don’t officers shoot to wound rather than shoot to kill?’
‘The Liberian government has imposed a nationwide nighttime curfew in order to prevent the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has plagued West Africa.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a curfew on Wednesday and quarantined two neighborhoods, including the Monrovia’s West Point slum, home to some 50,000 people.
“Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am (2100 to 0600 GMT),” Sirleaf said during a radio address.’