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Bayer Pesticides Cause Mass Death of Bees
The German Coalition against Bayer Dangers today brought a charge against Werner Wenning, chairman of the Bayer Board of Management, with the Public Prosecutor in Freiburg (south-western Germany). The group accuses Bayer of marketing dangerous pesticides and thereby accepting the mass death of bees all over the world. The Coalition introduced the charge in cooperation with German beekeepers who lost thousands of hives after poisoning by the pesticide clothianidin in May this year.
Since 1991 Bayer has been…
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The Only Good Muslim is the Anti-Muslim
For some, Barack Obama’s stature as a man of the left has fallen precipitously, like late autumn leaves shed by branches bowing to the will of winter.
Disappointment has often been self-inflicted. Supporters have dipped their pens deeply into the inkwell of Obama’s inspiring story and written their own lines on Afghanistan, oil drilling, or the death penalty – only to see these wishful words unceremoniously erased by presidential politics or the senator’s own views.
But for American Muslims and progressive allies, both eager to see an end to the vilification of Arabs and Muslims in the United States, Obama’s mantra of hope and change barely set in before it expired.
First we witnessed the embarrassing spectacle of micro-level ethnic cleansing when two Arab women with headscarves were whisked offstage ahead of a campaign photo-op in Detroit. Then …
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Biden’s stumble over Iraq
Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama’s selection of Joseph Biden as his running mate constitutes a stunning betrayal of the anti-war constituency who made possible his hard-fought victory in the Democratic primaries and caucuses.
The veteran Delaware senator has been one of the leading congressional supporters of US militarization of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, of strict economic sanctions against Cuba, and of Israeli occupation policies.
Most significantly, however…
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Amylin Drops After Four Patients Die While on Byetta
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. fell the most in nine years in Nasdaq trading after four more patients died while taking the diabetes treatment Byetta, adding to two deaths announced by U.S. regulators last week.
Prescriptions could fall 5 percent this week, and more later on if regulators strengthen the warning language supplied with the drug, said Jon Paul LeCroy, an analyst at Natixis Bleichroeder Inc. in New York. Byetta, sold with Eli Lilly & Co., is Amylin’s leading product contributing 81 percent of sales.
Amylin, of San Diego, and Lilly, of Indianapolis, said…