7 Arrested at Air Force Base Protesting U.S. Drone Attacks

In the United States, in Nevada, police arrested seven people Wednesday at a nonviolent protest against U.S. drone warfare at the gates of the Creech Air Force Base northwest of Las Vegas. The base is home to drone operators who pilot deadly Reaper and Predator drones in missions throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan. The protesters temporarily shut down a stretch of Highway 95 near the base, holding banners honoring the victims of U.S. drone attacks. Ahead of the protests, Veterans for Peace launched a series of commercials in Las Vegas urging drone operators to abandon their missions.

— source democracynow.org

Revolutionary Leila Khaled Begins Hunger Strike

Icon of revolutionary Palestinian resistance and a member of the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Leila Khaled, announced Saturday that she will be hunger-striking in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who have been striking in a historic, mass struggle for 21 days in Israeli cells. Khaled announced her strike at the prisoners’ support tent in Amman, Jordan, during an event held by the office of the Democratic People’s Unity Party of Jordan.

The open-ended hunger strike has seen over 1,700 Palestinian prisoners take part since April 17. As their health deteriorates, Israel has shown no signs of heeding the prisoners’ demands.

— source telesurtv.net

CodePink Activists Face Up to 1 Year in Prison over Jeff Sessions Protest

In Washington, D.C., three members of the activist group CodePink were convicted Wednesday over their role in a January 10 protest against a Senate confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions as attorney general. One of the three, Desiree Ali-Fairooz, faces up to 12 months in prison on “disruptive conduct” charges, after she let out a burst of laughter when Sessions said he had a record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.” During the protest, the demonstrators wore white hooded robes and chanted “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist U.S.A.!” Sessions has a history of making racist comments, including reportedly saying he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot.”

— source democracynow.org

Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

Monsanto is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it’s treating the island’s inhabitants as lab rats. The biotech behemoth arrived on Molokai with big promises of delivering jobs, however local islanders have been exposed to a constant dosing of harmful toxins in the air and groundwater, with no end in sight.

Monsanto has taken over nearly 2,000 acres of the Hawaiian island to test monster corn crops engineered with the Bt toxin, a patented gene created to withstand unbelievably harsh amounts of pesticides. As a result, the island’s inhabitants have been subjected to blatant and systematic poisoning from the toxic dust of severe pesticides.

As Monsanto forges on, the people of Molokai are growing sicker. Widespread reports of disease have swept through the area, including higher instances of asthma, diabetes and cancer. While Monsanto employees work the fields with protective respirators, nearby inhabitants have no choice but to breathe in toxic dust.

The toxicity of the pesticides results from the presence of glyphosate, which is worsened by added chemicals known as adjuvants, such as POEA. POEA is commonly found in Roundup and contains dioxin, which is proven to cause innumerable diseases including cancer and damage to the liver and kidneys.

As the small population of 7,500 islanders continues to protest Monsanto’s activities, their cries have fallen on deaf ears. The State Health Department refuses to admit that Monsanto poses a danger to the Hawaiian people, even with blatant evidence that disease has been on the upswing ever since the arrival of Monsanto, who coincidentally has written its own laws, as proven by the Monsanto Protection Act.

To show support for the people of Molokai, visit http://occupy-monstanto.com, a website dedicated to the relief of Monsanto victims around the world.

— source inhabitat.com By Laura Mordas-Schenkein

Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’

Rebranding Israel, at NYU Brand Israel conference, photo by Jesse Rubin

Students disrupted a Brand Israel conference at New York University, holding a silent protest while former Israeli ambassador Ido Aharoni closed the daylong forum last Friday with a summary of branding techniques applicable to the Jewish state.

With signs reading “Israel’s Brand: Stolen Land” and “Brand Apartheid,” the five NYU undergraduate students shuffled into the conference room and sat close to the front of the room, waiting for keynote speaker Aharoni to begin his closeout of NYU’s Places As Brands Conference before unfurling their signs.

— source bdsmovement.net