Archive | September 7, 2014

German Consumers Deliver a Big Blow to Biotech Industry*

German Consumers Deliver a Big Blow to Biotech Industry*

By Christina Sarich

While many U.S. supermarkets continue to stick their heads in the ground when it comes to potential GMO dangers, Germany’s top supermarkets (behemoths when it comes to European retail food supply) are delivering a big blow to biotech. The German poultry industry will now be forced to once again use non-GMO feed.

Just last Thursday it was announced, with broad consensus, that starting from January 1st 2015, the German Poultry Association (ZDG), will have to stop using GMO feed for both egg and poultry meat production. From this date forward, food retailers will only accept poultry that has been raised on GM-free feed, and milk and eggs which come from cows fed GM-free feed. This will help force GMO distribution companies like Monsanto to look elsewhere for their shady business partners.

Furthermore, last February, the ZDG unilaterally declared that it would stop using GM-free animal feed, following similar moves by other associations in England and Denmark. The ZDG alleged that is was making the change due to a shortage of GMO-free soya, the risk of contamination, and an associated legal uncertainty. Germany once enjoyed an entire decade without GM-fed livestock.

Following intimate consultation with Brazilian authorities, German supermarkets have realized that the reasons given by ZDG do not stand up: there is obviously enough Brazilian GMO-free feed in the system to supply Europe’s needs.

Global GMO Free Coalition Coordinator, Henry Rowlands, remarks:

“The wool has been pulled over the eyes of retailers across Europe by the GMO industry over the past year. We welcome the news that they have started to fight back in the interest of their customers, who do not want to buy GM-fed eggs and meat.”

Read: Bavaria Goes GMO-Free: 62nd Farming Area to Shun Biotech

Claire Robinson of Earth Open Source, a Global GMO Free Coalition partner organization, said:

“Retailers must ensure that their GMO-free feed requirements are communicated all the way along the supply chain to the Brazilian soymeal exporters.”

Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, a vocal advocate for GM-free foods, has added:

“This is an important step towards food democracy, the right to choose what you eat, and the right to know how it was produced.”

A GMO-free indigenous Kenyan lunch dialogue, entitled “Diversity of the Cultures of Our Lives and Our Foods,” was hosted by the Kenya Center for Indigenous Knowledge Systems and By-products (CIKSAP) and Diverse Women for Diversity (DWD).

And, Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. Said:

“By taking a stand against the biotech and poultry industries, German supermarkets have proven that it’s possible to respond to consumer demand for poultry that is fed non-GMO feed and in doing so, force significant changes to the supply chain despite pressure from Monsanto and industry trade associations.”

The ZDG has reacted to the pressure from the supermarkets and consumers by proposing to the retailers to set up a working group to discuss options, but it is clear that both retailers and consumers have their minds made up.

They demand a completely GMO-free feed supply chain in all animal feed sectors, including dairy, pork, and beef as a next step that is to follow relatively soon.


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Boy with Cerebral Palsy Memorized Entire Qur’an*

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Memorized Entire Qur’an*

Although unclear, his voice is confident when answering questions about Qur’anic verses. He may not be able to read Arabic, but he can recite the Qur’an.

The extraordinary little guy is Fajar Abdurokhim Wahyudiono, 10. What makes him so special was that he has memorised the entire Qur’an, despite the difficulties he faces. His ambition is simple and noble: to become an imam of Masjid al-Haram, Mecca.

Fajar suffers from spastic cerebral palsy (CP), a condition where brain function and nervous system controlling movement, learning, hearing, vision and thinking abilities.

“Fajar loves the challenge of completing or looking for a specific verse. Not so much with reciting,” said his mother Heny Sulistiowati, 35, at their house in Karanganyar, Central Java.

His ability to memorise the Qur’an was in part thanks to Heny and husband, Joko Wahyudiono, who believe that the Qur’an is the cure for all ailments. When their son was born prematurely on October 2, 2003, they regularly played him recordings of the Qur’an.

Because of his low birth weight of only 1.6 kilos, Fajar had to remain in intensive care. When they took him to be breastfed, Heny and Joko also brought along a recording for the nurse to play.

“I told the nurse to play the cassette once in a while for my child. At that time, the NICU usually played music.”

Playing recordings of the Qur’an continued after Fajar was brought home. Heny and Joko were very selective as to what he was allowed to listen. It’s also why they decided not to have a TV and or listen to music at home.

“A child has to listen to good things. Everything from the Qur’an is good, so that’s the best thing,” Heni said.

Up until he was two months old, Fajar was just like other babies. It was only when he turned three months that Heny realised there was something different about him: his development was slow. After consulting a pediatrician, they discovered that Fajar had CP. The doctor said it could have been caused by his premature delivery, as parts of his brain had not fully developed.

Together with physical therapy, Heny continued with the cassette recordings. At age three, when Fajar showed interest in images, Heny bought an interactive CD of the Qur’an. And that was how he learned the Arabic alphabet.

He first spoke around the age of three, and the first thing out of his mouth were snippets of Qur’anic verses. At first, his parents could only make out the end of the verse Fajar was trying to recite. Later, they could hear the beginning and the end, and finally they could make out the complete verse.

When he was almost four years old, he had memorised the entire Qur’an. Then, he began to ask his mother to find a verse for him. Not a hafiz herself, Heny was overwhelmed and found for him a female Qur’an teacher.

“Six months into it, the teacher said that Fajar had memorized 80-90 percent of the Qur’an, although not in order,” she said.

He changed teachers twice and in December 2012, at the age of nine Fajar had finally memorised the entire Qur’an – sequentially.

What’s more, the regular listening to the Qur’an seems to be improving his condition, according to Heny. A brain test at age three showed that his brain was experiencing seizures. Recent tests showed that these had vanished. A MRI test revealed empty spaces in Fajar’s brain, which usually indicates hydrocephalus, a condition where the brain swells from excessive fluid. However, Fajar does not have this condition. Today he even goes to public school, while his motor and cognitive skills are improving.

“This is the miracle of the Qur’an, it wakes sleeping brain cells. Alhamdulillah, Fajar is experiencing the blessing of the Qur’an,” said Heny.


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Ukraine Breaks Ceasefire as NATO Aids the Blood Feast*

Ukraine Breaks Ceasefire as NATO Aids the Blood Feast*

As NATO summit in Wales decides to send arms (5 United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway) to the Ukrainian government according to the Facebook page of Yuri Lytsenko aide...

Overnight the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, to the south of Donetsk, saw a serious violation of the ceasefire when government forces came under artillery fire.

A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, jeopardising a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

The accord, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict that has killed nearly 3,000 people and caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Shelling resumed near the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov late on Saturday night, just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed in a phone call that the truce was holding.

Fighting also broke out early on Sunday on the northern outskirts of rebel-held Donetsk, the region’s industrial hub. A Reuters reporter saw plumes of black smoke filling the sky near the airport, which has been in the hands of government forces.

“Listen to the sound of the ceasefire,” joked one armed rebel. “There’s a proper battle going on there.”

The two cities turned quiet again on Sunday afternoon.

In a new report on the conflict, Amnesty International accused both the rebels and Ukrainian militia of war crimes and it published satellite images it said showed a build-up of Russian armour and artillery in eastern Ukraine.

“Our evidence shows that Russia is fuelling the conflict, both through direct interference and by supporting the separatists in the east. Russia must stop the steady flow of weapons and other support to an insurgent force heavily implicated in gross human rights violations,” Amnesty’s secretary-general, Salil Shetty, said in a statement.

Moscow denies dispatching forces or arming the rebels despite what NATO says is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.


Both the rebels and the Ukrainian military insisted on Sunday they were strictly observing the ceasefire and blamed their opponents for any violations.

“As far as I know, the Ukrainian side is not observing the ceasefire. We have wounded on our side at various points. We are observing the ceasefire,” Vladimir Antyufeyev, deputy premier of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”, told Reuters.

Earlier, government forces said they had come under artillery fire east of Mariupol, a crucial port for Ukrainian steel exports. In the days before the ceasefire they had been trying to repel a big rebel offensive against the city.

The shelling in Mariupol claimed the first civilian casualty since the ceasefire began. Local officials confirmed the death of a 33-year-old woman early on Sunday and said at least four other people had been wounded.

“They, terrorists, Russians, are trying to scare us. They have no respect for the ceasefire. They are lying all the time. They are people with no honour,” said Slavik, a Ukrainian soldier armed with a machinegun.

“We left this area the day before yesterday. Everyone saw us pulling out tanks in line with the agreement. We only left lightly armed people to man checkpoints and these monsters violated every word of the agreement,” he said.

A Reuters reporter at the scene, a few km (miles) from the centre of the city of 500,000, saw fires raging just before midnight on Saturday as Ukrainian reinforcements raced east towards the demarcation line separating the two sides.

Poroshenko agreed to the ceasefire after Ukraine accused Russia of sending troops and arms onto its territory to bolster the separatists after they suffered heavy losses over the summer to a Ukrainian government offensive.

The peace roadmap agreed on Friday includes an exchange of prisoners of war and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor for refugees and aid. There was no sign of progress on either plan on Sunday.

Western Arms

Poroshenko spent Thursday and Friday at a NATO summit in Wales at which U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders urged Putin to pull forces out of Ukraine. NATO also approved wide-ranging plans to boost its defences in eastern Europe in response to the Ukraine crisis.

A senior aide to Poroshenko, Yuri Lytsenko, wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday that Kiev had reached agreement at the summit on receiving weapons and military advisers from five allies – the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway.

He gave no further details and no officials from the five states or NATO were immediately available to confirm his statement. NATO officials have said the alliance will not send arms to non-member Ukraine, but they have also said individual allies may do so if they wish.

Russia is fiercely opposed to closer ties between Ukraine and the NATO alliance.

The Ukraine conflict has revived talk of a new Cold War as the West accuses Putin of deliberately destabilising the former Soviet republic of 46 million people. Ukraine’s prime minister accused Putin of striving to re-create the Soviet Union.

Putin says he is defending the interests of ethnic Russians facing discrimination and oppression in Ukraine since protesters toppled Kiev’s pro-Russian president in February.

Putin has seen his popularity in Russia soar since Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which has a Russian majority, in March.


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Syrian Warplanes strike Islamic State Targets*

Syrian Warplanes strike Islamic State Targets*

Iraqi and Syrian forces have had several successes without the cabals NATO, so what arrogant stupidity they possess that they can ignore the sovereignty of these countries, which is not tantamount to invasion. If NATO is not careful (which they are not out of an obsession to commandeer the world’s resources, many might be inclined to believe that rejecting cooperation with Syria against ISIL serves their interests to re-balkanize the region from Eastern Europe to Israel….

ISIL spreads false victories through social media: Iraqi officials

Syrian warplanes shelled an Islamic State training camp and bakery run by the extremist group in the city of Raqqa, killing 25 people, a group monitoring the conflict said.

Residents extinguish a fire caused by what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Tal Abyad street market in central Raqqa September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

The air strikes on Raqqa, the main stronghold of the self-declared Islamic State some 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, also hit buildings of the group that housed offices and a court, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian official media said army units have destroyed weapons and ammunition stores used by Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, “eliminating a number of them and wounding others in a number of areas”.

The Observatory said the attack on the bakery claimed the lives of 12 civilians and nine Islamic State activists, while six militants were killed in the air-raid on the training camp.

The Islamic State controls much of Syria’s northern region, which is within the reach of NATO patriot missiles at the Southern Turkish border.

The New York Times and other media have reported that military and financial support has been provided by the US and its allies in the Arab Gulf to jihadi hardliners fighting the Syrian government. The policy, say experts, may have been changed now that the group has gained too much power.

As the U.S. carries out airstrikes against the group in Iraq, it is assembling a military alliance to expand operations against the Islamic State in Syria, with key NATO members signaling readiness to join U.S. military action the region.

The Syrian government has said it should be a partner in the fight against Islamic State. But Western states that have backed armed groups against President Bashar al-Assad have dismissed the offer of cooperation from Damascus.

Meanwhile, critics have voiced concerns that military strikes against extremist groups will prove counterproductive in the long run, while exacerbating the militarization of the Middle East region by Western powers.


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