Global march challenges Monsanto’s dominance: LIVE UPDATES- Final Update


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People carry signs during a protest against agribusiness giant Monsanto in Los Angeles on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Robin Beck)
People carry signs during a protest against agribusiness giant Monsanto in Los Angeles on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Robin Beck

 

Demonstrators hold banners during a rally against U.S.-based Monsanto Co. and genetically modified organisms (GMO), in Valparaiso city May 25, 2013. (Reuters / Eliseo Fernandez)
Demonstrators hold banners during a rally against U.S.-based Monsanto Co. and genetically modified organisms (GMO), in Valparaiso city May 25, 2013. (Reuters / Eliseo Fernandez)

 

20:39 GMT: Thousands protested near the Sacramento State Capitol in California. The event featured magnificent traditional Aztec dances.

 

20:27 GMT: Dozens have gathered in front of Monsanto office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dancing and protesting GMO crops. Monsanto’s largest factory in Latin America is located in Argentina, and the company invests millions into new “experimental facilities.”

 

The March Against Monsanto, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Image from twitter user@Ignacio_RT)
The March Against Monsanto, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Image from twitter user@Ignacio_RT)

 

20:11 GMT: Over a hundred of activists gathered in Dallas chanting “No more lies! No more greed! We don’t want your toxic seed!”

 

The March Against Monsanto, Dallas. (Image from twitter user@reneefranks)
The March Against Monsanto…

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Chinese outraged after People’s Daily ‘Dishonest Americans’ column goes viral


China News

The People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party, has baffled and shocked people in China by launching a “Dishonest Americans” Series, aiming to “provide a more objective picture of what the US and Americans are really like.”

“Most Chinese people think that Americans are honest, reliable, and righteous. But once you live in the country for a while, you may discover the descriptions above are a bit misleading, ” explained its editor.

It’s not clear why the bilingual column, entitled “Immoral and Dishonest Americans” in Chinese, is called “Dishonest Americans” – with “immoral” taken out, in English.

With three articles published from March to May, the series remained largely unnoticed until earlier this week, when a huge debate began online after several prominent Chinese media outlets reported the column.

Lengthy and emotion-charged stories, some first person accounts, told of a New York City locksmith who demands…

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US military adopts new marketing campaign: “Maybe you won’t get sexually assaulted”


Reporter’s Committee board member sues himself


Kafka? Dostoevsky? Who could do justice to this story? Perhaps Douglas Adams? Or maybe Pynchon or Vonnegut?

Eléctrica in the Desert

sueshimself1Fed up with a prestigious non-profit’s long campaign to discredit the reporter it was mandated to defend, a well-known legal scholar and member of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press’ steering committee decided late last week to sue himself.

“It wasn’t an accident at all. I’ve insisted for decades that the law is just a bunch of ideas constructed to buttress the status quo, so why NOT the idea of suing myself?” said Unger Delgado Kennedy-Horwitz by phone on Sunday. ” Hell, by now I am the status quo, and so is the RCFP! That’s why I’ll take this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If I lose, I pledge to appeal. If I win, I’m as equally bound to appeal, and I won’t rest until I’ve suceeded in imposing the kinds of sanctions on myself that I won’t ever forget.”

Kennedy-Horowitz paused. I got the distinct impression that he was scratching his head; in fact it emerged that he’d pulled out a…

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Lake Lucerne, Switzerland – Cornelia Stromeyer – PhotoBotos.com


 

lake lucerne, switzerland (image: cornelia stromeyer; courtesy photobotos.com)

lake lucerne, switzerland (image: cornelia stromeyer; courtesy photobotos.com)

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland – Cornelia Stromeyer – PhotoBotos.com.

David Cameron isn’t even among friends in his own cabinet now | Andrew Rawnsley | Comment is free | The Observer


David Cameron isn’t even among friends in his own cabinet now | Andrew Rawnsley | Comment is free | The Observer.

Britain resists EU bid to set new target on renewable energy | Environment | The Observer


Britain resists EU bid to set new target on renewable energy | Environment | The Observer.

Now just how depressingly dreary is this?  Or rather, just how depressingly predictable is this?

Art Under Capital (Part I of II)


Deterritorial Investigations

…Capitalism grants art a perpetual privileged concession: that of pure creative activity – an isolated creativity which serves as an alibi for the alienation of all other activities (and which thus also makes it the most expensive and prestigious status symbol). But at the same time, this sphere reserved for “free creative activity” is the only one in which the question of what we do with life and the question of communication are posed fully and practically. In this sense art can reflect the basic antagonisms between partisans and adversaries of the officially dictated reasons for living.1

-Pierre Canjeurs and Guy Debord

Abstract Finance, Abstract Art

“Contemporary, or post-Conceptual art has lost the concept and its trajectory,” writes Andreas Burckhardt in the comments to my previous post. “As Brassier writes, experience itself is commodified, as arts persist in their empty gestures, based on tactics of subversion against a system…

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