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Anti Genetic Modification Protest

Three senior scientists made impassioned appeals yesterday to anti-GM campaigners not to destroy a field trial of GM wheat which is the culmination of several years’ work. The trial involves a wheat strain modified to be resistant to aphid pests, but an ad hoc group of activists, assembled in a campaign entitled Take The Flour […]

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African Monkey Meat

Deep in the rainforest of south-east Cameroon, the voices of the men rang through the trees. “Where are the white people?” they shouted. The men, who begin to surround us, are poachers, who make their money from the illegal slaughter of gorillas and chimpanzees. They disperse but make it known that they are not keen […]

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Hollande Wins France

Fran?ois Hollande has won France?s presidential election, giving the country its first Socialist president in almost two decades, exit polls showed Sunday. According to Ipsos polling institute, the left-wing candidate took 51.7% of the vote to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy?s 48.3%. Celebrations are underway at the iconic Place de la Bastille in central Paris, the same […]

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Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart

MEXICO CITY ? In September 2005, a senior?Wal-Mart?lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company?s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail and follow-up conversations, the former executive described how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance. In its rush to build stores, […]

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Two Years After the BP Spill

On March 3 Nicole Maurer learned of the proposed settlement between BP and hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents harmed by its 2010 oil spill, the largest in US history. In her cramped but immaculate trailer on a muddy back road in the small town of Buras, Louisiana, Nicole tells me that […]

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Meet Bahrain?s Best Friend

Last year, as the government of Bahrain violently suppressed an Arab Spring protest movement, an unlikely champion of the small Gulf nation emerged on Capitol Hill in Washington: Democratic Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, the delegate from American Samoa. Faleomavaega, who has been a non-voting delegate in Congress since 1989 and is now the third-ranking Democrat on […]

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Three Things We Don?t Know About Obama?s Massive Voter Database

President Obama’s re-election campaign is reportedly building a massive database of information about potential supporters. The database seems to bring together information about supporters gathered from all branches of the campaign?? everything from an individual’s donation records to volunteer activity to online interactions with the campaign ? aimed at allowing the campaign to personalize every […]

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Piratebox the answer to Hadopi? And what is the cost of piracy anyways? (video)

[youtube width=600 height=350]GZadCj8O1-0[/youtube] Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists. Earlier this month, numerama.com reported documents put online by a professor at Lille, a guide to achieve an easy PirateBox miniature, based on a router that costs less […]

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Former world darts champion Jocky Wilson dies at age 62

Scottish darts player and former world champion Jocky Wilson died last night, two days after turning 62. He had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung ailment, and police attributed his death to medical causes. Cquote1.svg It was a shame he wasn’t involved in darts anymore because he was such a hero. Cquote2.svg […]

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Constructing Consensus: The 'Victims-And-Aggressor Meme'

Journalists are supposed to tell the truth without fear or favour. In reality, as even the editor of the Independent acknowledges, MPs and reporters are ?a giant club?. Together, politics and media combine to provide an astonishingly consistent form of reality management controlling public perception of conflicts in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. […]

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Wanted (by NYT): One Woman to Represent All Feminists

Over the weekend, the New York Times (3/18/12) published an article pondering why no one has taken Gloria Steinem’s place as ubiquitous spokesperson for women’s rights: Over the last 40 years, Gloria Steinem has almost always been at the other end of the phone when some member of the news media has sought comment about […]

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PBS Trying to Hide Some of Public TV's Best Work?

In the New York Times (3/19/12), Elizabeth Jensen reports on some unusual scheduling decisions at PBS that are diminishing the audience for some of the best stuff you’re likely to see on public television?the acclaimed documentary series Independent Lens and POV: After being bumped from Tuesday nights to a hodgepodge of time slots, Independent Lens […]

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At 10, he built his first bomb. At 14, he made a nuclear reactor. Now he?s 17?

Taylor Wilson makes people nervous. While his beanpole frame and Justin Bieber?esque haircut suggest he?s just a harmless kid, his after-school activities paint a far more ominous picture. At age 10, he built his first bomb out of a pill bottle and household chemicals. At 11, he started mining for uranium and buying vials of […]

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In Brazil, Criminals Can Actually Go To Jail

When federal prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira heard in November about an oil spill in a Chevron field off Brazil’s coast, he was determined that, this time, the polluters wouldn’t wiggle from his grip. Time and again over the past decade, targets of his civil and criminal cases have used Brazil’s legal system — with […]

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