Posted October 28, 2016
Last weekend, farmers, scientists and activists from all over the world gathered at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to present the case against destruction caused by one of the corporate giants that promotes industrial farming. Read more.
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Posted October 24, 2016
The chair of the Monsanto Tribunal, Judge Françoise Tulkens, who heard witnesses in The Hague on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, hopes to contribute to the development of international law by the inclusion of new issues, in particular ecocide. Tulkens was a judge for fourteen years at the European Court of Human Rights – she was even the Vice President – and was appointed in September 2012 to the Human Rights Advisory Panel of the United Nations in Kosovo. Read more.
Posted March 18, 2016
The European Commission will be obliged to consult with US authorities before adopting new legislative proposals following passage of a controversial series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret. Read more.
Posted November 6, 2015
The rights of nations, states, and local governments to regulate threats to their citizens, ecosystems, and economies should be stronger than international trade ties that benefit large corporations. Yet, corporate interests are currently threatening these rights as the Unites States (US) works to develop two major international trade agreements: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Read more.
Posted July 14, 2015
Despite strong opposition, on June 24 the US Senate passed the Fast Track bill1,2 (known as Trade Promotion Authority or TPA) that gives the President carte blanche to negotiate and finalize free trade deals in complete secrecy, which brings us one step closer to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Read more.
Posted April 15, 2015
Under the US constitution, Congress has the right to engage in trade agreements prior to this, and to set negotiating parameters. For example, Congress might insist on parameters to protect the environment or public health. But under Fast Track, Congress more or less relinquishes this right (and responsibility), letting the President negotiate at will instead. And, once the agreements are completed, you can no longer make any amendments. Congress simply votes for the agreement or against it, in its entirety. Read more.
Posted April 15, 2015
February 26, 2015, Fernando de la Hoz resigned from his position as Director General of the INS (National Institute of Health). Despite the fact that de la Hoz held this position for just a little over a year, he claims his resignation had nothing to do with the recent controversy over the multitude of serious new medical conditions occurring after Colombia’s recent HPV vaccination program. Read more.
Posted March 30, 2015
In 2011, due to growing concern, the European Union decided to restrict the use of pesticides that act as endocrine disruptors. But that legislation cannot be fully implemented until members of the European Commission can agree on an official definition of “endocrine disrupting chemicals.” That decision is now overdue. Read more.
Posted January 15, 2015
In an excellent video, John Hilary, executive director of War On Want, explains what’s wrong with the TTIP: why it’s nothing to do with ‘free trade’ but all about deregulation of controversial and risky products like GMOs, tobacco, and hormone-treated meat; why it won’t boost our economies; and how politicians know that much of what we’re being told about the supposed benefits of TTIP is a lie. (Time: 14:43) View here.
Posted January 12, 2015
Fresh on the heels of Australia’s government effectively silencing criticism of vaccines and the promotion of homeopathic benefits, it appears a heated social media campaign has been launched to stopDr. Sherri Tenpenny from stepping foot in Australia. Why – because she has talked about the damaging effects of vaccines. It turns out, she is set to give six seminars in March, along with a homeopath, on parenting healthy babies. Read more.