Transgenic-free zones protect farmers against GMO agricultural practices
FORO Nacional Internacional writes,
"Some civil society networks and environmental organizations are informing citizens about the possible risks and impacts of GM agriculture, and one of the results has been to create transgenic-free zones, where GMOs are not allowed. Genetically Modified Organisms are becoming increasingly prominent in South America, yet they continue to face strong resistance.
Sources:FORO Nacional/Internacional, May 2010, page 4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/FORO_May2010.pdf#page=4
Clive James, 2009 in: http://isaaa.org/resources/publications/briefs/41/executivesummary/pdf/Brief%2041%20-%20Executive%20Summary%20-%20Spanish.pdf
FAO and the Acquisition for Agri-Biotech Aplications (ISAAA) point out the need to feed 9,200 million people in 2050, this require to double the food production in less than 50 years. See: http://isaaa.org/resources/publications/briefs/41/executivesummary/pdf/Brief%2041%20-%20Executive%20Summary%20-%20Spanish.pdf
http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_es.jsp and http://www.cbd.int/doc/legal/cartagena-protocol-es.pdf
Venezuela and Brazil have some regulation about GM. See: http://www.semillas.org.co/sitio.shtml?apc=h1-1--&x=20156447
After the earthquake in Haiti, the Company Montsanto tried to donate 475 tons of GM seeds to Haiti, but Haitian authorities did not accept them. See: http://alainet.org/active/38266.
Bangladesh fighting wage arbitrage
"The 29th of July 2010 was an important day for roughly 3.5 million Bangladeshis. The Bangladesh Wage Board, after a series of protests from workers in the growing garment sector, agreed to double the minimum wage. Workers who were earning a monthly TK1,662.50(US$24) will now be earning TK3,000 a month.
"The TK3,000 promise is still far from the TK5,000 per month they've demanded, and is only a one-time increase rather than an annual reassessment... It seems violence in the city has actually increased, with workers smashing cars and blocking roads in response to the announcement.
Sources:Searchlight South Asia by Intellecap; pgs. 1 and 2
William Greider's One World Ready or Not: the manic logic of global capitalism
User-generated media opens new digital watchdog battlegrounds
Increasing uses of user-generated media is opening a battleground between governments and citizen groups to contest information, authority, and political messaging.
Prof Ubonrat Siriyuvasak writes,
“2009 [NECTEC] survey also revealed a new trend- a sudden jump in the richness of news and information content on websites, but also an explosion of user-generated content on web boards, blogs and micro-blogs such as Twitter, SMS and social networking sites, notably Facebook. These activities have also gone mobile in a big way, with smart phone use surging across the region.”
Sources:Noviscape, Sept 2010, page 6, 12: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_Sept2010.pdf#page=6
Asia Media Report: A Crisis Within. Bangkok: Inter-Press Service
Castells, M. (1997) “Informational politics and the crisis of democracy”
in The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture
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Kularb, P. (2007) “Communicating to the mass on cyberspace:
Freedom of expression and content regulation on the Internet”
in Chavarong Limpattamapanee and Srnaud Leveau (eds)
State and Media in Thailand During Political Transition, Bangkok:
McCargo, D. (2009) “Thai politics as reality TV”, Journal of
Asian Studies. 68:1, February 2009, pp. 7–19.
NECTEC (2008) Internet User Profile of Thailand 2008, Bangkok.
NECTEC (2009) Internet User Profile of Thailand 2009, Bangkok.