Archive for July 17th, 2016

17/07/2016

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr Vandana Shiva*

11 July 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service – A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values”, warns:

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“One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.”

Gene Drives have been called “mutagenic chain reactions”, and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear world. The Guardian describes Gene Drives as the “gene bomb”.

Kevin Esvelt of MIT exclaims “a release anywhere is likely to be a release everywhere”, and asks “Do you really have the right to run an experiment where if you screw up, it affects the whole world?”

The NAS report cites the case of wiping out amaranth as an example of “potential benefit”. Yet, the “magical technology” of Gene Drives remains a Ghost, or the Department of Defence of the United States Government’s secret “weapon” to continue its War on Amaranthus Culturis.

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17/07/2016

Displaced Youth: Selling Souls to Sex and Drugs

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 15 July, 2016 (IPS) – Omar’s striking blue eyes and well-built physique are accentuated by his fashionable, tight-fitting apparel. At first glance, one would regard him as a carefree young man, blessed with the gifts of intellect and beauty. However, appearances can be deceptive. The traumas of war, displacement and isolation hang over Omar like an ominous shadow.
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From violence in refugee camps to the rise of Islamophobia, the gay Syrian community faces a multitude of challenges. Credit: IPS

From violence in refugee camps to the rise of Islamophobia, the gay Syrian community faces a multitude of challenges. Credit: IPS

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17/07/2016

Refugee Crisis: Child Labour in Agriculture on the Rise in Lebanon

Human Wrongs Watch

‘Host to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the war in neighboring Syria, Lebanon has witnessed a rise in child labour in recent years, largely in the hazardous agricultural sector.’

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Children enjoying a performance at the fair. Agriculture is one of the three most dangerous sectors in terms of occupational safety and health, regardless of the worker’s age. © Tabitha Ross / ILO

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BEQAA VALLEY, Lebanon 12 July 2016 (ILO News)* – The sun rises over the Anti-Lebanon mountain range that borders Syria. Kowsar Ibrahim, a 12-year-old refugee from Aleppo in Syria, is already at work pruning grape vines.
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