Gee-Whiz Science or Biopiracy?

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By Sifelani Tsiki, The Herald | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food companies have made millions on plant species that have been used for generations by indigenous groups. Africa could be losing more than US $15 billion from its biodiversity as medicines, cosmetics, agricultural products from indigenous knowledge are illegally patented by multinational companies without benefits accruing to local communities in the countries of origin.

Will Namibia’s Newfound Wealth of Groundwater Serve People or Mining?

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By James Anderson, Alertnet. About 0.66 million cubic kilometer (0.16 cubic mile) of groundwater — at least 100 times the amount of renewable freshwater in Africa — lies below the continent’s driest country: Namibia. The battle is on for access to the newfound water by the population versus water utilities and Namibia’s growing mining industry.

The Will of Steel, Part 1

By Fidel Castro Ruz, Prensa Latina. Two days ago on Friday October 14th, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, the Communist Party and Youth League newspapers, published a brave and energetic message from Rene Gonzalez, Hero of the Republic.By Fidel Castro Ruz, Prensa Latina. Two days ago on Friday October 14th, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, the Communist Party and Youth League newspapers, published a brave and energetic message from Rene Gonzalez, Hero of the Republic.By Fidel Castro Ruz, Prensa Latina. Two days ago on Friday October 14th, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, the Communist Party and Youth League newspapers, published a brave and energetic message from Rene Gonzalez, Hero of the Republic.By Fidel Castro Ruz, Prensa Latina. Two days ago on Friday October 14th, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, the Communist Party and Youth League newspapers, published a brave and energetic message from Rene Gonzalez, Hero of the Republic.

Deep Sea Fishing is ‘Unsustainable’; Efforts Should Concentrate on ‘Productive Local Waters’

By FIS/MP, MercoPress. A team of marine scientists is urging an end to most commercial fishing in the deep sea and instead recommending fishing in more productive and local waters. The only question is: whose productive local waters?

Declaration on Haiti by Cuban FM Bruno RodriguezBruno Rodríguez en ONU: ‘La reconstrucción de Haití es tarea pendiente’

By Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban News Agency, Radio Cubana | Editorial Comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The so-called Mission of U.N. Stabilization (MINUSTAH) stands accused of numerous rapes and murders, as well as the introduction of cholera into Haiti. Now we find the U.N. recasting itself as a “development mission” for Haiti. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez spoke up in defense of Haitian self determination and against this current attempt to turn Haiti into a U.N. protectorate. DC (English | Spanish)

Cuban Internationalism as Engaged Empathy

By Gary Olson, ZNet. Cuban internationalism—initially more military and now medical missions—is the most compelling large-scale example we have of empathic solidarity. By Gary Olson, ZNet. Cuban internationalism—initially more military and now medical missions—is the most compelling large-scale example we have of empathic solidarity. By Gary Olson, ZNet. Cuban internationalism—initially more military and now medical missions—is the most compelling large-scale example we have of empathic solidarity.