Archive for January 4th, 2016

04/01/2016

Pharming

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

5 January 2015

A major global public health crisis may soon be produced by the wholesale use of antibiotics in the food of healthy farm animals. The resistance factors produced by shoveling antibiotics into animal food produces resistance factors (plasmids) which can easily be transferred to human pathogens.

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**Domestic sheep and a cow (heifer) pastured together in South Africa | Author: Lollie-Pop from Cape Town, South Africa | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

A related problem is the excessive use of pesticides and artificial fossil-fuel-derived fertilizers in agriculture.

Pharming is not a joke. It is a serious threat.

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04/01/2016

Saudi Execution Aimed at Provoking Regional Bloodbath

Human Wrongs Watch

By Finian Cunningham*
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3 January 2016 (RT) – The furious reaction across the Middle East to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric strongly suggests that the killing is a deliberate provocation by the ruling House of Saud.
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King Salman bin Abdulaziz

That provocation would appear to be aimed at inflaming sectarian tensions and fomenting conflict in various regional countries – already near flashpoint – in order to further Saudi geopolitical interests.

Central to those interests is, as always, the bitter rivalry with the region’s Shiite powerhouse, Iran.

Following the announcement at the weekend by the Saudi Interior Ministry that Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr had been executed, along with 46 other prisoners, there was predictable outrage from across the region, especially among countries where there is a large Shiite following, such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain.

Iran denounced the radical Sunni Saudi rulers as “criminal” and accused them of carrying out an act that is “the depth of imprudence and irresponsibility.”

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04/01/2016

Why a Freedom Fighter Was Killed to Fit Saudi Arabia’s Hawkish Narrative

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Shakdam*
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3 January 2016 (RT) – Set up as a modern Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr’s death needs to be seen as a harbinger of war – a ploy that would allow for an all-out war against the new Axis of Resistance against imperialism. Forget sectarianism!
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**Map indicating locations of Iran and Saudi Arabia | Author: Turkish Flame | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. | Wikimedia Commons

Against all sense of apparent logic, and I would personally add, human decency, King Salman called on January 2 for the immediate execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, one of Saudi Arabia’s most beloved and respected clerics.

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