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Tyson Foods To Eliminate Human-Important Antibiotics In Chickens By 2017 – 28 April 2015

RT logoTyson Foods, the leading poultry producer in the US, has announced it will drop the use of antibiotics used to treat humans in its products by September 2017. Profligate use of antibiotics on livestock have boosted concerns over superbugs in people.

Tyson said it has reduced its “medically important” antibiotics — used to battle bacteria in humans — in broiler chickens by more than 80 percent since 2011. Donnie Smith, the Arkansas company’s CEO, said it is now“realistic to shoot for zero,”though he added that Tyson would continue to treat sick chickens with antibiotics.

“We are better off,” Smith said. “We have found that not only have we been able to reduce the need for antibiotics, we have better performance along the way.”

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Steve Lendman – Congressional Legislation Targets BDS Initiatives – 28 April 2015

StevelendmanAIPAC-promoted/anti-BDS measures were attached as amendments to House and Senate fast track legislation introduced earlier in April.

Its purpose is to ram through Congress Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) bills global justice advocates call NAFTA on steroids – stealth corporate coup d’etats.

The House measure “discourage(s) politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and seek(s) the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel.”

The Senate amendment hasn’t been made public. Its language is similar to S. 619: United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015. It states in part:

“To include among the principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States regarding commercial partnerships trade negotiating objectives with respect to discouraging activity that discourages, penalizes, or otherwise limits commercial relations with Israel, and for other purposes.”

It “discourage(s) politically motivated actions by foreign countries, non-member states of the United Nations, international organizations, and affiliated agencies of international organizations, that are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with –

A. Israel;

B. persons doing business in Israel or in territories controlled by Israel (namely, Occupied Palestine and Golan); or

C. successor entities to persons described in subparagraph B.”

AIPAC prioritizes enacting anti-BDS legislation. Its provisions would apply to all trade agreements.

On April 23, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) issued a statement saying:

It “strongly opposes proposed trade legislation intended to institutionalize support for the Israeli occupation and attempt to criminalize non-violent human rights boycotts of Israel.”

Legislative language “comes in response to growing grassroots support in the United States and across the globe for using boycotts, divestment and sanctions tactics as tools to further justice, equality, and human rights for Palestinians.”

“If passed, the legislation would reverse the long standing US policy of opposing the illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories by de facto recognizing all settlements as part of a ‘greater Israel.’ ”

“The proposed legislation would also mandate US government actions to track and penalize commercial boycotts, a violation of constitutionally protected political speech.”

“From South Africa to the grape boycott to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) tactics have been essential tools used to create a more just society.”

JVP’s Federal Policy Organizer Rabbi Joseph Berman explained:

“This legislation, which actually encourages illegal settlement building while strengthening the far right in Israel, shows that BDS is an increasingly powerful means to challenge Israel’s impunity when it comes to Palestinian rights. We urge Congress to reject this legislation.”

The measure, if enacted, contravenes official US policy with regard to Occupied Palestinian Territories.

It aims to criminalize efforts to boycott Israeli products and services. Nothing under international law prevents nations, businesses, groups or individuals from doing so.

The legislation effectively considers all parts of occupied Judea and Samaria Israel covets part of its territory – including privately owned Palestinian land it steals for exclusive Jewish development.

It violates core First Amendment rights. It makes Washington more complicit than already with Israeli high crimes against peace.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the amendment unanimously. House Ways and Means Committee passage followed a day later.

Senate co-sponsor Rob Portman (R. OH) said the measure “sends a clear message that if you want to be an economic partner with the United States, you cannot support politically motivated boycotts of Israel.”

“We must make clear that the United States will not stand with those who attempt to weaken Israel.”

The amendment specifically targets European nations and companies – to pressure them in trade negotiations against supporting BDS initiatives.

It’s the only region where BDS efforts gained traction. Boycotting Israel is more important now than ever.

It’s the single most effective way to hold it accountable for collectively punishing Palestinians lawlessly.

Congressional legislation won’t derail BDS activism. It’s a vital global initiative whose time has come. Grassroots movements must lead the way.

Global justice advocates urge international civil society organizations and supporters everywhere to impose broad boycotts – to implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to apartheid South Africa.

Pressure is needed for embargoes and sanctions – for equity, justice and peace.

It’s long past time for Israel to be held accountable for high crimes too grave to ignore. Anti-BDS congressional legislation won’t stop its eventual day of reckoning from arriving.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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EU Commits €70Mn To Make Chernobyl Exclusion Zone ‘Safe Again’ – 28 April 2015

RT logoOn top of the unprecedented financial support the EU has already provided to Ukraine, the institution has sworn to contribute an extra €70mn towards protective structures aimed at making the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident “safe again.”

“We have pledged another €70 million to ensure a complete return to a safe environment at the site of the devastating accident at Chernobyl,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced at the EU-Ukraine Summit. “The EU is helping to make Chernobyl safe again,” he said a day following the 29th anniversary of the deadly nuclear meltdown of 1986.

The newly-announced financial aid put forward by the European Commission is to build a sarcophagus around the damaged nuclear power plant, and comes in addition to hundreds of millions already spent by the EU on environmental safety projects in Ukraine.

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Jon Rappoport – The Operation Called “Engineered Consensus” – 28 April 2015

jon7This operation has various stages. It can be applied to issues like vaccination, GMO food, climate change, fake epidemics, elections, war—and it can be applied widely across the general subject of reality itself.

It begins with some “authoritative” voice proclaiming an idea is a fact. Well, someone has to start the ball rolling.

Very quickly, according to plan, others pick up the ball and echo the original idea. This includes both “respected” individuals and groups. Media join in.

What follows is a scramble to gain public acceptance. All sorts of approaches are used in this stage of the process:

the claim that a consensus has already been reached (which is a lie);

attacks on dissidents and critics;

warnings that refusal to accept the central idea will have dire consequences “for all of us”;

cooked and slanted scientific studies; Continue reading

Guardian & Financial Times Handed Slice Of £108m Google Digital News Initiative – 28 April 2015

RT logoTech giant Google has offered more than £100 million to news publishers throughout Europe, including British titles the Financial Times and the Guardian, to help them “develop more sustainable models for news.”

Their offer, part of the Digital News Initiative, has been announced just weeks after the corporation was accused of giving its own services higher rankings in search results and threatened with a £4.4 billion fine from the European Union.

The funding, which will be spread over three years, will be given to eight companies, including the FT and the Guardian, as founding partners.

Google’s international head of news partnerships Madhav Chinnappa told Press Gazette the new scheme was unrelated to the inquiry the company is facing.

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Debt Deal Expected By May 9 – Greece PM – 28 April 2015

RT logoPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said Greece expects to reach an interim agreement on a bailout deal with the EU which will provide cash-strapped Athens with funds before its next IMF payment is due.

“I think that by the 9th of May we will have an agreement,” that will unlock some bailout funds, Tsipras said in a marathon interview with Star TV that aired late Monday evening.

Greece hopes to secure some sort of extension so Athens can pay €750 million ($815.5 million) to the IMF due on May 12. Before that, about €203 million is due on May 1st. However, the PM made it clear that he values keeping Greece running over paying back creditors.

“Our priority is our responsibility towards society, it is [paying] pensions and salaries,” the Prime Minister said.

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Jon Rappoport – GMO War In Hawaii: EPA Liars On Parade – 28 April 2015

jon7GMO war in Hawaii: EPA liars on parade

EPA testimony on Monsanto pesticides

“There is a great big elephant in the room for regulatory agencies. It’s the combined effect of many different chemicals acting together on the human body. For example, five different pesticides arriving in your food at once. The agencies don’t want to think about that. They don’t want to run those tests. They want to pretend there is no elephant at all.” (Notes for AIDS Inc., Jon Rappoport)

The date was July 1, 2014. The County government of Maui held a hearing. Continue reading