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The Oakland Institute is a non-partisan think tank dedicated to ensuring public participation and democratic debate on the most crucial economic and social policy issues that affect peoples' lives through research, analysis, and advocacy. Securing universal acceptance of human rights is the solid foundation for building global democracy. The Oakland Institute uses human rights to reframe the public debate and build common agenda for action.
Resistance to GE crops is growing internationally, however, we still lack an environmental and socio-economic ethos that commands international consensus. For one, it is dominated by single-issue advocacy, for example demand for labeling GE foods that tends to treat threats to the environment such as genetic pollution, or denial of farmers' right to seed, as discrete, semi-sovereign problems. While this narrow focus may make sense from a legislative point of view, it has proven inadequate in addressing more systemic problems. As such, the very nature of our environmental discourse discourages the emergence of multi-issue coalitions that are needed to reverse environmentally damaging patterns of development and technology.
The debate over the role of genetic engineering (GE) in agriculture is a key area where stakes are enormous, with the specter of gene spills that cannot be contained or reversed, the loss of crop and wild plant biodiversity, increased use of herbicides, new allergens and toxins in our food supply, antibiotic resistance, gene transfer across species, the privatization of public institutions and of life itself, farmers losing the ability to save seeds, and countries losing their ability to protect their borders from importation of potentially dangerous organisms and technologies.
It is this specter which the Oakland Institute seeks to counter. We work both nationally and internationally to forge a new environmental ethos around the genetic engineering debate that can command a wider international consensus and help bring it into the public realm.
El conservacionismo es blanco de duras críticas
El discurso de la conservación de áreas verdes fue criticado en el panel “Control territorial y de la biodiversidad” del Foro Social de las Américas (FSA). Cuatro expositores de Bolivia, Chile, Alemania y Ecuador analizaron varios ejemplos de proyectos de conservación y protección de áreas naturales de Latinoamérica.
Christian Biederdick, ponente de Alemania, afirmó que detrás del discurso de “conservación” se esconden intereses económicos. “Los países del norte toman el argumento de la protección y de conservación para privatizar el manejo de las áreas verdes y de los recursos de Latinoamérica”.
Todos los panelistas dejaron planteada la pregunta: ¿Integración y conservación para qué y para quién? Así se refifieron a las organizaciones conservacionistas y a varias ONG que promueven investigaciones y proyectos que atentan contra los pobladores locales y posibilitan la explotación petrolera.
Elizabeth Bravo, representante de Ecuador, afirmó que “el Estado es quien debe preservar las zonas naturales, este tipo de organizaciones debilita sus facultades”.
En el mismo sentido, la expositora de Bolivia expresó que las organizaciones internacionales de conservación no tienen un interés real por la preservación de la biodiversidad. “En mi país existen normas para conservar los parques. Sin embargo, luego se permite el paso de las petroleras”.
Para finalizar el acto, el chileno Lucio Cuenca destacó la necesidad de establecer contactos para la creación de proyectos de protección alternativos que permitan al Estado mantener el control.
The use of Third World countries for testing and producing plant-based pharmaceuticals unacceptable both in Europe and the United States smacks of colonialism. It also raises the spectre of unmonitored and unregulated human exposures to the dangerous products. This problem will be exacerbated as opposition to pharm crops is growing in the United States, and more Third World countries will be targeted for test sites and production facilities.
Nowhere will the pervasive power of Washington's army of 24,000 registered lobbyists-and the influence of the corporate interests they represent-be on display more than at the two parties' upcoming national conventions. The RNC has set a goal of $64 million. And the Democrats, not to be outdone, are expected to spend $95 million on their convention in Boston, which would dwarf the record $36 million the party spent in Los Angeles in 2000, making it the most expensive convention in history. And those figures only include expenditures by the parties themselves, not the lavish events hosted directly by corporate interests. The 2000 Democratic convention featured 130 invitation-only parties and receptions, while the Republican convention in Philadelphia featured golf tournaments, rock concerts, and yacht cruises.
Kerry may denounce the corrupting influence of special interests and big business and he may praise the Federal Election Campaign Act banning "soft money," the unchecked expenditures of special-interest money that distorted past elections and subverted federal limits on campaign contributions. But he may be a little more bashful about the $1.25 million dollar donation by Fleet Boston Financial to the Democratic convention host
The revolving door between lobbying and government has become all-too-typical in Washington. In 2002, when congress barred the newly created Homeland Security Department from granting contracts to offshore-based firms, potential contractors went on a hiring spree of former government official in an effort to overturn the regulations. Among them were such heavyweights as former Reagan chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein and Bob Livingston, the former Republican congressman from Lousiana (whose bid to become Speaker of the House was ruined by Larry Flynt's revelations of Livingston's own affair during the Monica Lewinsky impeachment debacle). Soon, White House and congressional Republicans issued a new bill without the offshore restrictions; and Duberstein and Livingston were named the top lobbyists of 2002 by the Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill.
Published on Monday, July 26, 2004 by Agence France Presse
The group of 1,500 was led by Jose Bové, a noted French anti-globalization activist who shot to prominence after helping pull down a McDonald's outlet in 1999 to protest US trade policy and junk food.
Others taking part included a number of public officials from the Green party, among them Noel Mamere, a deputy and mayor of a suburb in Bordeaux who has made headlines of his own for presiding over France's first homosexual wedding.
They gathered in a field owned by US biotech company Pioneer Hi-Bred International and ripped the maize by the roots as police who had been ordered not to intervene stood by and watched.
Published on Thursday, July 22, 2004 by the Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republicans initially dismissed "Fahrenheit 9/11" as a cinematic screed that would play mostly to inveterate Bush bashers. Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream.
"I'm not sure if it moves voters," GOP consultant Scott Reed said, "but if it moves 3 or 4 percent it's been a success."
"If you are a naive, uncommitted voter and wander into a theater, you aren't going to come away with a good impression of the president," Republican operative Joe Gaylord said. "It's a problem only if a lot of people see it."
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Contamine sin preocupaciones. Contribuya al calentamiento global –y al desastre que el cine anticipa– sin que su imagen corporativa se vea afectada. Ya hay empresas que le venden sumideros de carbono, equivalentes a los contaminantes que usted arroja a la atmósfera
EL CALENTAMIENTO GLOBAL ha dado lugar a un nuevo tipo de comercio: el comercio de carbono. Esta nueva actividad consiste en la compra y venta de “servicios ambientales”. Tales servicios, que incluyen la remoción de gases que causan el efecto de invernadero de la atmósfera, son identificados y adquiridos por firmas de eco-consultoría y después vendidos a individuos o corporaciones para “compensar” sus emisiones contaminantes. Algunas organizaciones no gubernamentales y negocios “ecológicos” favorecen el comercio de carbono y lo ven como una solución en la que todos ganan, que reconcilia la protección del ambiente con el imperativo capitalista de rentabilidad. Pero hay ambientalistas y organizaciones de base que sostienen que este comercio no es ninguna solución al calentamiento global pues no atiende las causas del problema.
Etiquetas: Servicios Ambientales
Sandy Maisel, the director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College, is co-author of Two Parties or More? The American Party System. He said today: "The Reform Party is a shell of its former self, propped up mainly by a few individuals who seem bent on using it for their own political purposes, including in this case helping George Bush beat John Kerry. Nader’s acceptance of the Reform Party nod for the presidency is striking evidence of the lengths to which he will go to get on the ballot. I can think of no case in recent American history in which a candidate has gone so far from his basic principles, from his political roots, in order to get a spot on the ballot.... His acceptance of the Reform Party endorsement is particularly odd in this light. How can Nader possibly be comfortable in the party that ran Pat Buchanan for president a short four years ago?"
Nader's "Grassroots" Campaign... Courtesy of the GOP
Four years after the Florida debacle, with nearly all of Ralph Nader's longtime progressive allies now tactically supporting Kerry in swing states to retire the Bush regime, the Nader campaign has created none of the grassroots thunder of 2000. Indeed, it has been a hollow enterprise – attracting a few left-wing sects and polemicists.
Given this vacuum, it's no surprise that pro-Bush forces have rushed to Nader's side. What is a surprise is the brazenness of their support. And, how readily Nader has accepted the rightwing help.
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Fox News: Unfair and Unbalanced
As Robert Greenwald's film "Outfoxed" generates controversy and acclaim, AlterNet joins MoveOn.org in a major campaign to challenge Fox as a partisan news channel – a 24/7 commercial for a political party, and an insult to America's media consumers. And we're going to need your help to carry the battle forward.
Outfoxing the Conservatives
He's as creatively talented as Michael Moore and even more of a political activist, but to this point practically unknown by comparison. Now, though, his documentaries are about to become just as controversial as those of Moore. He's Robert Greenwald, the Hollywood movie and television director/producer/provocateur. Unlike Moore, Greenwald stays behind the camera, but suddenly this week his name is everywhere because of the ambush-style release of his latest documentary, "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism."
You've seen Outfoxed; now check out MMFA's outing of FOX misinformation and get involved
Following last week's debut of Outfoxed, Media Matters for America intensified its monitoring of the FOX News Channel, documenting and correcting conservative misinformation in real time and holding FOX to its own "fair and balanced" standard. The MMFA team posted 15 researched items in just the last week exposing false and misleading claims on FOX, including Sean Hannity's distortions of John Edwards's Senate voting record; Brit Hume's selective use of opinion polls to make it look like the Kerry-Edwards ticket has less momentum than it does; Bill O'Reilly's misleading claims (twice) about Americans' support for banning gay marriage in the Constitution, and John Gibson's false claim that "80-some percent of reporters are self-described liberals."
We went and visited our local Subway and found that in fact, there was health and diet information displayed, including a nutritional and dietary guide with the American Heart Association's stamp of approval.
But as at most fast junk food outlets, Coke machines, the rows of bags of chips, and the rubbery chicken and unappetizing beef were screaming unhealthy, stay away.
You could order a salad, or a vegetarian sandwich. The chain markets seven subs with six grams of fat or less.
But for the most part, the staple of this franchise is processed meats and cheeses, soft drinks and chips. Subway sandwiches include such classics as Steak and Cheese, Subway Melt (a first class blend of turkey breast, ham, crispy bacon, and melted cheese) Italian BMT (pepperoni, genoa salami, and ham) and the Cold Cut Trio (turkey based ham, salami, and bologna) not your typical heart healthy sandwiches.
Desde una revisión de la geoeconomía y la geopolítica del agua el presente texto busca dar cuenta de la tendencia del líquido ha transformarse crecientemente en un recurso estratégico de múltiples usos y con ello de múltiples modalidades de explotación de plusvalor. Para dicho propósito se presenta una revisión de la vinculación entre el emplazamiento de lo que se conoce como “corredores de desarrollo” y, el papel que jugaría el agua para satisfacer las diversas necesidades de esos corredores y que van desde el consumo humano directo, el agrícola e industrial, como generadora de electricidad, como medio de transporte, etcétera. El caso ha revisar es el sudamericano, una región que concentra más de la quinta parte de las reservas de agua dulce del orbe y que apunta a integrar, sin considerar seria y detenidamente los impactos ecológicos y sociales, una serie de esquemas de “corredores hídricos” como contraparte a los corredores de desarrollo propuestos oficialmente desde el proyecto de Integración de la Infraestructura Regional de Sudamérica (IIRSA).
Resulta fundamental dar cuenta de que dichos proyectos (PPP, IIRSA y sus “corredores hídricos”) sólo van a operar donde la población no se organice y luche colectivamente o donde deje de hacerlo. Y es que los movimientos sociales juegan un papel fundamental no solo como expresión de una afirmación de identidad local, sino sobre todo como reacción y contramedida ante una lógica geoeconómica y geopolítica que supone -en este caso desde el emplazamiento de “corredores de desarrollo”- la privatización, depredación y desnacionalización de los recursos naturales. Pero nótese que no se trata de rechazar todo plan de desarrollo, sino de aquellos que atentan contra los pueblos y su entorno natural; de aquellos que tanto en la esfera del agua como en otras, pretenden privatizar beneficios y socializar costos.
En tanto que "fuente de vida" fundamental y no reemplazable del ecosistema, el agua es un bien vital que pertenece a los habitantes del planeta en común. Ninguno de ellos, individualmente o en grupo, debería tener el derecho de apropiárselo en forma privada.
One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the 4corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.
The new film "Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.
Media experts, including Walter Cronkite, Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.
This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed."
Estos megaproyectos aparecen potenciados e integrados a una nueva visión que se muestra como propia, pero que parecería ser fuertemente funcional a los intereses gravemente extractivos de nuestros recursos naturales, determinando una facilitación aguda de los procesos de alienación y dependencia del poder económico concentrado y liderado por grupos nacionales y de transnacionales que nada tienen que ver con los intereses de nuestros pueblos.
“Prince Charles’ thoughtful article in the Independent on Sunday (UK) is an impressive service to society and science in the unfolding public debate on nanotechnology,” according to Jim Thomas of the ETC Group’s Oxford office. “Not only does the Prince set aside the fictional notion of ‘grey goo,’ but he also sensibly reminds us that there are important unanswered questions relating to the control and ownership of these technologies,” said Thomas.
In sharp contrast to the political climate one year ago, the potential health and environmental risks of some nano-scale technologies are now being openly discussed in Europe and North America. In recent months, governments on both sides of the Atlantic have reluctantly conceded that current safety and health regulations may not be adequate to address the special exigencies of nano-scale materials. Ironically, they’re talking about the need to be proactive, failing to admit that they’re at least one decade late: nanotech products are already commercially available and laboratory workers and consumers are already being exposed to nanoparticles that could pose serious risks to people and the environment. Since mid-2002, ETC Group has called for a moratorium on the use of synthetic nanoparticles in the lab and in any new commercial products until governments adopt "best practices" for research. Even as governments and industry belatedly accept that engineered nanoparticles may require regulation, they insist that more advanced stages of nanotech involving the convergence of nano and bio – nanobiotechnology – are too far over the horizon to consider regulating. They’re wrong.
Salió en la prensa el 26 de junio que el titular de la Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat), Alberto Cárdenas, propone una "apertura gradual a los transgénicos" con "zonas de protección para las razas de maíz mexicano", bajo la lógica de "trabajar adecuadamente con la biotecnología, para convertir el cultivo de maíz en un emporio en el país donde se originó el grano".
Sólo que México no ha tenido ni va a tener una "apertura gradual" a los transgénicos: ha sido violentamente invadido, contaminando muchas de las razas que dice que habría que proteger, y no sólo en Oaxaca, sino en muchos otros estados, por ejemplo en Puebla, donde el Instituto de Ecología de la Semarnat encontró contaminación desde 2001.
Posteriormente, muestreos de comunidades campesinas e indígenas junto con organizaciones de la sociedad civil encontraron contaminación de maíces nativos en un mínimo de nueve estados "al centro, norte y sur del país". Posiblemente también existe en otros estados, pero no lo sabemos porque no se han hecho pruebas o porque intencionalmente no se han dado a conocer los resultados. No se reconocen las cifras que existen, pero sin ningún dato de la realidad que lo sustente se alega que los transgénicos serían necesarios para aumentar la producción, porque "si bien queremos que (los campesinos) sigan cultivando maíz, como los tenemos ahora nunca van a salir de la pobreza", afirma Cárdenas.
10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing
9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election
8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words
7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the part where I get him deported
6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger
5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true
4. Not sure - - I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my windpipe
3. Where the hell was Spider-man?
2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth
1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball
FOOD AID IS INCREASINGLY being used as a weapon to create markets for the biotechnology industry and genetically engineered foods. The most dramatic example of this inhuman form of aid was the attempt by USAID to supply GM maize as food aid to the famine stricken countries of Southern Africa including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Malawi. Malawi accepted the GM maize because under pressure from the World Bank it had been forced to sell its maize reserves in order to repay commercial loans. However, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, which had played a significant role in negotiating the Biosafety Protocol, the regulatory system for GMOs under the United Nations Conventionon Biodiversity, refused to accept GM maize in the form of food aid.
Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said his people would rather die than eat toxic food. The President's statement followed a national consultative meeting in Lusaka on 12 August 2002 at which farmers, women's groups, church leaders, traditional leaders, members of parliament, opposition politicians and government jointly recommended that Zambia should not accept GM food aid.
Sustainable agriculture is more than organic methods
By Deborah K. Rich
Sustainable agriculture seeks to promote the health and welfare of the farmer, the farm community and the farm environment. Proponents argue that simply buying organic doesn't go far enough. They want us to buy fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses produced not only organically, but locally and in season as well: purchases that support jobs in our community, that maintain our rural base and that don't impose the costs of cross-country or cross- border shipping on the environment.
Advocates of sustainable agriculture expect us to find out if farmers pay their workers enough so that the workers themselves can afford to buy organic lettuce and free-range chickens. They want us to ask our farmers to begin to develop self-sustaining systems -- to produce soil improvements, seed, even fuel and packaging materials on the farm or to obtain them locally -- and to question the impact of these systems on the environment. And better pour yourself a cup of coffee (shade-grown); coming soon to a ballot near you: genetically modified organisms.
The Cable Industry’s Lies about Programming Diversity and A la Carte
The cable lobby has launched an effort to undermine proposals by consumer advocates that would help break the economic lock that a few companies have over multichannel programming. Under a new A la Carte system, subscribers could choose and pay only for the channels they wished to watch. Today, in contrast, subscribers have to accept a “bundle” of channels from cable operators. Cable conglomerates control this bundle and are able to make monopoly profits off the channels they include. In the words of media scholar Mark Cooper of Consumer Federation of America, this amounts to a “media concentration tax.”
Desperate to fend off a requirement for A la Carte, the cable industry has engaged in various lobbying ploys. One specious argument is that today’s cable line-up is diverse. The industry’s claims that many of its channels, which feature niche perspectives including those serving women and persons of color, would be threatened in a system in which consumers don’t have to accept the cable-approved programming bundle. In Washington, DC, cable has employed its lobbyists to generate opposition to A la Carte. On June 23, for example, a Time Warner representative helped organize an anti-A la Carte meeting that featured spokespersons from several cable channels, including Oxygen, TV One, and Si TV, whose questionable ownership pedigrees are described below.
On June 17-18, a first intergovernmental dialogue on "Responsible Research and Development of Nanotechnology" convened in Washington with representatives from 26 countries. In his introductory remarks, Mike Roco of the US government’s National Science Foundation explained that the meeting was dedicated to the examination of broad societal issues that cannot be addressed by any single country. Roco asked: "How can we prepare our world for the emergence of nanotechnology?"(1)
"The reality is that it’s too late for governments to suggest they’re being pro-active. Hundreds of nanotech products are commercially available, countless more are in the pipeline, and there are no regulations explicitly targeting nanotechnology anywhere in the world," said Pat Mooney, Executive Director of ETC Group." The US National Science Foundation now predicts that the global ‘nano’ market will tip $1 trillion in seven years. Why is it that governments can look only 3-5 years ahead when they’re talking about regulations and social impacts, but when those same governments talk about potential revenues they have a 10-20 year horizon? Remember, it takes at least 8 years to negotiate multilateral agreements. At this point, diplomats are already way behind."
The Intervale is a community that develops land and farm-based enterprise to generate economic and social opportunities while protecting natural resources.
Located a unique agricultural setting, partially within the urban limits of Burlington, Vermont, the Intervale is continuing 15 years of effort to revitalize a historically significant community and agricultural resource. As a center for sustainable, ecological ventures focused on farming, and value-added food, fiber and fuel production, the Intervale's integrated approach includes a network of farms, programs and ventures that are restoring agricultural land, providing jobs, healthy food, and clean energy to our community. We strive to be a replicable global entrepreneurial and restoration model.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" is a Stupid White Movie. What Michael Moore Misses About the Empire
by Robert Jensen
I have been defending Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" from the criticism in mainstream and conservative circles that the film is leftist propaganda. Nothing could be further from the truth; there is very little left critique in the movie. In fact, it's hard to find any coherent critique in the movie at all.
The sad truth is that "Fahrenheit 9/11" is a bad movie, but not for the reasons it is being attacked in the dominant culture. It's at times a racist movie. And the analysis that underlies the film's main political points is either dangerously incomplete or virtually incoherent.
But, most important, it's a conservative movie that ends with an endorsement of one of the central lies of the United States, which should warm the hearts of the right-wingers who condemn Moore. And the real problem is that many left/liberal/progressive people are singing the film's praises, which should tell us something about the impoverished nature of the left in this country.