Undue Influence: Monsanto

Raising the Burden of Proof For A Manning Conviction
A judge ruled Wednesday that government prosecutors will have to prove that when Bradley Manning leaked secret documents to Wikileaks he had “reason to believe” the information could be used to harm the U.S. and help al-Qaeda or foreign enemies. The ruling by Judge Denise Lind at a preliminary hearing in Baltimore raises the bar for convicting Manning of the most serious charge he faces.

Undue Influence: Monsanto Protection Act Just the Tip of the Genetically Engineered Iceberg
It seems the latest Monsanto-coddling legislation is but a logical next step in a decades-long, well-funded network of government-embedded protections enjoyed by what was from its start a chemical company, says a scathing new report from Food & Water Watch. The group traces Monsanto’s toxic history – saccharin, DDT, Agent Orange,

Syria crisis: Al-Nusra pledges allegiance to al-Qaeda
The leader of the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group fighting in Syria, has pledged allegiance to the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Syrian Rebel Faction Merges With al-Qaeda in Iraq
Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), an official auxiliary of the parent al-Qaeda organization which was established to resist the US occupation of Iraq, has announced that it is formally merging with Jabhat al-Nusra.

Before Meeting Syrian Opposition, Kerry Says U.S. Is Considering More Support

In this nuclear standoff, it’s the US that’s the rogue state
The use of threats and isolation against Iran and North Korea is a bizarre, perilous way to conduct foreign relations.

Cheney: US in ‘deep doo doo’ with North Korea

Russia warns against stoking N.Korea tensions
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Wednesday against heating up the North Korea crisis with military maneuvers, but stressed that Moscow and Washington had a common stand.

Noam Chomsky: Why Marijuana is Illegal and Tobacco is Legal

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