First-ever National Heirloom Exposition in CA this September

July 21st, 2011

By Rady Ananda

Billing itself as the "world's fair" of the heirloom industry, the National Heirloom Exposition will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California from Sept. 13-15, 2011.

Supported by firms "passionate about heirlooms and pure foods," the three-day event will feature over 250 vendors, plus speakers, workshops, films, tours, and, of course, FOOD - the all natural, organic, pure kind that farmers and gardeners have reared or raised for ages.

Over 60 speakers, including Dr. Vandana Shiva, Alice Waters and Jeffrey Smith, will offer ongoing training, workshops and presentations.

“We want a world of biodiversity, of safe seed and food, of seed sovereignty and food sovereignty,” Dr. Shiva told Susan Audrey. “That is why I will be coming to the National Heirloom Exposition, because it is defending our future.”

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Lesbian couple sues VT inn for discrimination; inn cries misunderstanding

July 21st, 2011

Mary Shaw

It seems that lawsuits are never simple, and there are always at least two sides.

The latest example to catch my attention is the case of Baker and Linsley v. Wildflower Inn. In this case, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is working with a lesbian couple, Kate Baker and Ming Linsley, to sue a Vermont inn for refusing to host their wedding reception.

According to some case background on the ACLU website, the Wildflower Inn seemed very eager to host the reception until the innkeepers learned that the happy couple are two lesbians. Never mind the fact that same-sex marriage has been legal in Vermont since 2009; it appeared that the innkeepers wanted no part of it on their property.

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Huseyin Oruç: Whenever the Palestinians need it, the Mavi Marmara will go

July 21st, 2011

Silvia Cattori

The Turkish ship Mavi Marmara will continue to challenge the Gaza blockade

In mid June, Bülent Yıldırım, chairman of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, declared that the “Mavi Marmara” ship, which was hard hit in the Israeli raid, could not take part in the “Freedom flotilla II” but will “definitely set sail for Gaza when it completes repair and maintenance works.” Was it a realistic decision for the flotilla organizers to set sail without the “Mavi Marmara”? Huseyin Oruç, deputy of the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation explains his position in this interview.

Silvia Cattori: How many Turks are here in Athens waiting to sail with the “Freedom flotilla”?

Huseyin Oruç: We are about twenty people from Turkey ready to participate in the “Freedom flotilla II” in different ships. There are only a few places in the boats. In each boat there is a Turkish participant. We have people in the Canadian boat, the Spanish boat, the French boat, the Greek boat, the International boat.

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Our Best Response is Unity, Resolve and Confidence in Our Power

July 21st, 2011

By Kevin Zeese

We are all Tim DeChristopher. That is made clear by the government in its official sentencing recommendations to Federal Judge Dee Benson. The prosecutors write: “many are watching to see the eventual sentence” and therefore DeChristopher’s “sentence should effectively communicate that similar acts will have definite consequences.” Their purpose is to deter all Americans who would stand up to illegal government action. The government is afraid of DeChristopher’s message, a message than not only applies to the climate issue but to economic and social justice, ending militarism and ending corporate control of the government:

“We think we have no power when in fact we have more than enough power. Right now, we have a big enough movement to win this battle; we just need to start acting like it.” Tim DeChristopher

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Denying Palestinian Children Education

July 21st, 2011

by Stephen Lendman

In July 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a new report titled, "Education Denied: Israel's Systematic Violation of Palestinian Children's Right to Education," even though it's a fundamental human right.

It involves progressively developing children as individuals and responsible citizens. It's key in helping them "raise their standard of living, and (be able to further their) economic, social and cultural development and growth of society."

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Israeli/Washington Peace Process Rejectionism

July 21st, 2011

by Stephen Lendman

Pretending to restart Israeli/Palestinian peace talks, Quartet representatives met in Washington on July 11. Attending were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and former UK Prime Minister/reinvented war criminal/current Middle East envoy Tony Blair.

Ahead of talks, Clinton and Ashton expressed determination to overcome previously unresolved issues.

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