The Bangladeshi Blood on America’s Hands

Bolivia, angered by Kerry, says it is ejecting U.S. aid agency
Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Wednesday he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country, accusing the aid agency of conspiring against his government.

The Bangladeshi Blood on America’s Hands
If a country can’t keep wages and costs down, its production will be moved to the next poor nation willing to sacrifice its citizens in the name of economic advancement. This is what organized labor calls the “race to the bottom,” and unions have campaigned futilely for decades to stop it. Only there is no bottom, really, in the global food chain because the world has a vast backlog of very poor nations desperate for jobs and anxious to please the multinational companies that buy the cheap goods and rebrand them as J.C. Penny or Benetton or best–buy stuff at Walmart.

FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15
In a surprise twist to the decade–plus effort to ease access to morning–after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand – Plan B One–Step – and will let it be sold over the counter.

Guantánamo ‘not in the best interests of the American people’, says Obama
President says ‘I don’t want these individuals to die’ as medical team arrives in Cuba to keep striking protesters alive

Ricin found during investigation into poison letters sent to Obama
Toxin discovered in Mississippi property once used by James Everett Dutschke and on items in bin nearby, say prosecutors

Auditing Process Begins in Venezuela amid Opposition Claims of “Lies” and “Persecution”
As Venezuela’s electoral organisation begins auditing the 14 April elections, ex-opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has announced his team will not participate, Spain has offered to mediate the “conflict”, and the arrest of retired general Antonio Rivero has been met with accusations of “political persecution”.

‘Huge Win’: California Committee Votes to Halt Fracking
Food & Water Watch: “California’s economy and vital resources hang in the balance if we allow fracking to continue in California”

That Is What People Are Eating: Charges Dropped in First Ag–Gag Case
Utah prosecutors have abruptly dropped the case against Amy Meyer, the first person charged under the state’s – and possibly the country’s – so–called “ag gag” laws aimed at silencing critics of the often–horrific abuses at factory farms, after she filmed a slaughterhouse from the side of a road.

Protesting Israel’s Nuclear Hypocrisy, Egypt Walks Out of Failed Non–Proliferation Talks
Egyptian official cites ‘continued lack of seriousness’ on nuclear–free agreement

The Revolution That’s Not Being Televised
Hundreds gathered in Dallas to reject the Bush Lie Bury, and three went to jail. I flew from Dallas to Syracuse, where hundreds protested Obama’s drone–murder program, and 32 went to jail and are still there…

Europe bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population
15 of the 27 member states voted for a two–year restriction on neonicotinoids despite opposition by countries including Britain

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