July 19, 2013
REPORT: “The world’s largest seed corporation says it has dropped its bid to get more genetically modified crops onto the European market due to the wide-spread popular opposition. The biotech giant says it will expand its share of the natural seed market instead.
“We will no longer be pursuing approvals for cultivation of new biotech crops in Europe. Instead, we will focus on enabling imports of biotech crops into the EU and the growth of our current business there,” the US-based company said in an email statement.
“Several EU member states, including France, Germany, Austria, Spain, have banned the cultivation of genetically-modified crops….” (story’s link below)
July 19, 2013
Report: “[Russian] protest leader Aleksey Navalny has been freed [from prison] pending appeal along with co-defendent Pyotr Ofitserov on the condition they adhere to travel restrictions. The court ruled Navalny may run in the Moscow mayoral elections despite charges set against him…” (link below)
July 18, 2013
TALIBAN MEMBER TO MALELA: “This is why we tried to kill you.” — from The Guardian …
A senior member of the Pakistani Taliban has written an open letter to Malala Yousafzai – the teenager shot in the head as she rode home on a school bus – expressing regret that he didn’t warn her before the attack, but claiming that she was targeted for maligning the insurgents.
Adnan Rasheed, who was convicted for his role in a 2003 assassination attempt on the country’s then-president Pervez Musharraf, did not apologise for the attack, which left Malala gravely wounded, but said he found it shocking.
“I wished it would never happened [sic] and I had advised you before,” he wrote.
Malala was 15 when she and two classmates were targeted by a masked gunman who picked them out on a school bus as they went home from school in Pakistan‘s northwest Swat valley last October.
July 17, 2013
The Guardian in the UK has been a conduit for much of the reports and connected interviews with Edward Snowden, particularly through journalist Glenn Greenwald and this report from Mirian Elder — http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/16/edward-snowden-seeks-temporary-asylum-russia?INTCMP=SRCH
January 14, 2009
A 10-minute video sketch of an interview with Terriun Harris, who talks about the difficulty of finding a job and housing with a felony conviction on his record. Brother Ron Fender speaks about CHANGER, an intervention economic human rights program for Terriun and others in his predicament. Filmed by Wes Rehberg, Wild Clearing.
January 4, 2009
A video sketch of coal ash spill damage to the Emory River in Tennessee, result of a coal ash slurry pond dam break from the TVA Kingston Coal Power Plant that spilled into the river and surrounding community … also an encounter with a local deputy who tried to stop filming – filmed by Wes Rehberg, Wild Clearing