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Common Dreams Staff – Thousands Of UK Workers ‘Blacklisted’ Over Political Views – Activists Threaten Legal Action Over Failure To Investigate – 8 August 2012

Corporations in the UK who used a secret “blacklisting” database to screen out ‘left wing trouble-makers’ and union sympathizers as potential job recruits are facing renewed scrutiny after the UK-activist group Liberty called for a fresh investigation Monday night. Continue reading

Common Dreams Staff – European, US Austerity Drive Is Suicidal: Nobel Economist Stiglitz – 27 April 2012

The Occupy movement has been very successful in bringing those ideas to the forefront of political discussion.’

Europe is headed down the same path that most Republicans — and many Democrats — are suggesting for the US: reductions in the public sector, cuts in benefits, slashing investments in infrastructure and education. Continue reading

Common Dreams Staff – Hundreds Of Thousands Urge USDA To Stop ‘Agent Orange Corn’ – 27 April 2012

Hundreds of thousands of individuals, organizations and farmers are pushing the USDA to stop the approval of Dow AgroSciences’ 2,4-D-resistant corn, dubbed ‘Agent Orange corn’ by its opponents, who say the product poses a threat to public health and the environment.

The product, officially called ‘Enlist,’ is a genetically modified crop able to withstand being sprayed with 2,4-D, one of the components of Agent Orange, so that farmers can spray the pesticide to kill weeds without killing the crop.

As the New York Times explains, the 2,4-D-resistant corn was seen as necessary because farmers had overused glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, and the weeds became immune to the pesticide.

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Comman Dreams Staff – Anti-Austerity Mass General Strike Takes Portugal – Spain, Italy Are Next – 22 March 2012

Today in Portugal public services and transportation came to a halt, as unions enacted a 24-hour general strike for the second time in two months. The metros in Portugal’s largest cities have closed as well as major ports. The strike was called in reaction to austerity measures agreed upon by the government in return for a European bailout. Continue reading

Common Dreams Staff – Monsanto Wins Lawsuit While Food Justice Advocates “Occupy” Food System – 27 February 2012

(photo: Ian MacKenzie)

On a day that ‘Occupy’ groups, environmental and food justice organizations have called for a global day of action to resist corporate control of the food system, news comes that a federal judge has ruled in favor of seed giant Monsanto Co. in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations challenging the company’s seed patents. Continue reading

Common Dreams Staff – In Wake Of Global Protests, ACTA Heads To Court – 22 February 2012

Massendemonstration gegen ACTA am 11.02.2012(photo: By BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN Sachsen-Anhalt)




In the wake of global protests, the European Commission has asked the EU’s highest court to rule on the legality of the controversial anti-piracy treaty known as ACTA. Continue reading

Common Dreams Staff – Democracy “On The Chopping Block” Under Michigan’s Emergy Management – 16 February 2012

(Lucas: this article is an example of what is happening around the world and now  specific in the USA. Here is an example in a positive sense. The unelected officials that got power and can do what ever they are doing getting the judicial stick now.  Undemocratic behaviour and decisions and laws should be history. The article follows beneath the line.)


A small victory for transparency in Michigan today has again put focus on the state’s implementation of ’emergency management’ provisions as a County Circuit judge blocked ‘state financial review teams’ that had been meeting behind close doors in violation of the state’s ‘Open Meeting’ laws.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate in Lansing. (Carlos Osorio/AP) According to Michigan Live:

Judge William Collette last week issued a temporary injunction ordering the Detroit review team to comply with the Open Meetings Act. WDIV reports Collette ruled today that all work by the team is null and void. Continue reading

Common Dreams Staff – Court : Monsanto Guilty Of Chemical Poisoning In France – 13 February 2012

A French court Monday found US agriculture giant Monsanto legally responsible for the poisoning of a farmer with one of its herbicides in 2004.

Paul François, a cereal farmer in the southwestern department of Charente “Monsanto is responsible for Paul Francois’ suffering after he inhaled the Lasso product… and must entirely compensate him,” said the judgement from the court in the southeastern city of Lyon.

In 2004, Paul François, a cereal farmer in the southwestern department of Charente, opened the tank of his pulveriser machine. He inhaled fumes of Lasso, a weedkiller manufactured by Monsanto, and fainted.

He was taken to hospital and stopped work for almost a year, reports radio station France Info. He suffers from memory loss and often feels faint.

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Reuters is reporting:

A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

Farmer mixing Lasso, a Monsanto herbicideIn the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.

The ruling was given by a court in Lyon, southeast France, which ordered an expert opinion of Francois’s losses to establish the sum of damages. […]

“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this,” Francois, 47, told Reuters.

“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this”He and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked to their use of crop protection products.

The agricultural branch of the French social security system says that since 1996, it has gathered farmers’ reports of sickness potentially related to pesticides, with about 200 alerts a year.

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