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jan 8 2014 : Unfettered global capitalism has met its match at last.

Until now there has been no unifying or coherent voice of protest against what Pope Francis calls the "idolatry of money", or a "new tyranny" of worldwide scale that relentlessly imposes its own rules, and knows no limits.

So the task has fallen to the Catholic Church, the greatest moral and mobilising force in the worl

dec 13 2013 : Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation.

The industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and investment treaties, raising the prospect of costly, prolonged legal battles, health advocates and officials said.

The issue is pa

oct 29 : From Naomi Klein via The New Statesman.

Global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response.

There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance” – movements of “people or groups of people” who “adopt a certain set of dynam

dec 12 2013 : Brazil is set to break a global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds, which are said to threaten the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the world.

Environmentalists warn approval could have devastating repercussions.

The sterile or "terminator suicide" seeds are produced by means of genetic use restriction technology, which makes crops die off a

nov 8 2013 : New Zealand Fonterra's chief executive Theo Spierings says the company is eight to 10 years behind other dairy players overseas when it comes to sustainability.

"In Europe we started to think about all of these things in 2003 and 2004," Spierings said. "But if we want to grow [dairy] in New Zealand we cannot grow the way we grew in the last 10 years, because we will hit the wall

aug 11 2013 : "The day that we ran out of water I turned on my faucet and nothing was there and at that moment I knew the whole of Barnhart was down the tubes," she said, blinking back tears. "I went: 'dear God help us. That was the first thought that came to mind."

Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty.

july 22 2013 : Papers released under the Official Information Act last week reveal that the government will delay the 2013 copyright law review until “TPP negotiations have concluded”. The reasons given for the delay have been removed from the public version of the document.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are taking place behind closed doors and not only are New Zealand ci

june 26 2013 : Environment Minister Amy Adams has confirmed she will block councils from setting their own rules on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying that central Government's controls on GM trials and releases were strict enough.She said she would amend the Resource Amendment Act to clarify who was responsible for regulating GMOs.

Her proposed amendments disappointed local autho
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