CETA's Threat to Seed Freedom

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By Heidi Chow – Global Justice U.K.

Seeds are an emotive issue. Across the globe, generations of farmers have been able to save seeds from each year's crops, store them, exchange them and re-use them in the next season. Seeds are the source of our food and for many communities seeds lie at the heart of culture. Women are traditionally the seed-savers, passing on knowledge down the generations, which seeds are suitable for different climatic conditions, soil types, which foods go well together when cooked, which seeds planted next to each other fix the nitrogen in the soil and so on. In my trip to Ghana last year, I met with rural communities, where seeds play an important part of the funeral process, as families ensure their loved ones have enough seeds for their after-life.

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Canada Goes To War. Trudeau Postures For The UN

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By Jim Miles – Global Research

Wow, the world gets crazier every moment!  Stephen Lewis, former socialist NDP leader from Canada’s province of Ontario was asked about PM Justin Trudeau’s letter to the UN asking for a special General Assembly meeting, as reported by the CBC yesterday:

The Canadian Mission to the United Nations has submitted a rare request asking the president of the General Assembly for a meeting of all 193 member states to “explore concerted action to apply pressure on the parties of the violence [in Syria],” now in its sixth year.

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Initiative Launched to Empower...

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Youth Voices Canada in Reconciliation

By A Correspondent

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), in partnership with the Vice Regal community, is pleased to launch the second annual Imagine a Canada national art and communications initiative.  

Imagine a Canads invites young people across Canada to share their vision of the country’s future through the lens of reconciliation.

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20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

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November 8 – 19 at Toronto, North York, Richmond Hill

Presented by National Bank

Over 50% of our programming from female directors. We are also glad to have over 60% of our programming coming from North American filmmakers and storytellers. Come celebrate 20 years of Asian Cinema and Asian Representation with us!

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Catching The Right Time

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A Short Story by Kapal Dhir *

On a Sunday evening, I was just leisurely strolling in a park. Suddenly my eyes met with those of an old friend Gaurav whom I had not seen for a long time. Immediately I rushed to him and embraced him. I was, however, puzzled to see that he did not reciprocate my enthusiasm.  A closer look made me feel that he was not well, or may be he seemed to be mentally inert. I interrupted my walk and sat with him on a bench.

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Amnesty by Another Name: Income Declaration Scheme

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The Scheme has garnered only a minuscule amount of black money. The big fish have got away - the average amount of black income per declaration is about Rs one crore.

By Arun Kumar*

The Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) announced in the 2016-17 budget closed on September 30, after remaining open since June 1. The finance ministry has announced that 64,275 people have come forward to declare Rs 65,250 crore of black money. This is the largest amount declared as black money in the history of Indian taxation. Naturally, the government claims this to be a big achievement, more so since the response in the first three months was tepid.

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Hindu Republic: India is Being Recreated into a Majoritarian State

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By Samar Halarnkar  - Hindustan Times

“Humko iska badla chahiye and aur hum iska badla le kar rahenge. Hinduon ne chudiyan nahi pahan rakhi hain. In mullon ko jad se ukhaad phenke ge hum...We want revenge and we will achieve this vengeance. Hindus have not worn bangles. We will uproot these mullahs (Muslims) from the roots and throw them away.”

Nothing about this hate speech, its setting and what happened after Kapil Bhati delivered it is now unusual in India. In the video, recorded on October 5, Bhati, who seeks a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, tried to rouse a quiet crowd gathered to honour Ravin Sisodia, a suspect in the lynching death of Mohammed Ikhlaq, a retired ironsmith of a village near Delhi. After dying from either chikungunya or dengue, Sisodia’s body lay in an air-conditioned coffin draped with the national flag: In a nation setting new normals, giving a murder suspect a farewell worthy of a soldier might soon be par for the course.

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India Brings Paris Climate Pact Close to Entry into Force

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By J Nastranis

The ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by India at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, has brought the treaty's entry into force "tantalisingly" close.

The Agreement, which calls on countries to combat climate change and limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, will take effect 30 days only after at least 55 countries, responsible for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification.

With October 2 action by India, which accounts for 4.1 per cent of the emissions, the Agreement only needs slightly more than 3 percentage points to reach the "55 per cent" threshold. The "55 countries" requirement had already been met.

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Uniform Civil Code : An Alternate Perspective

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By Mirza Yawar Baig

The ongoing debate on the questionnaire circulated by the Law Commission on the proposed implementation of a Uniform Civil Code and the predictable knee-jerk reaction of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), is a very good opportunity to learn the basics of conflict resolution. With over thirty years’ experience in negotiation, conflict resolution and arbitration on three continents working with people of different genders, races, politics, religions and nationalities, I want to share my observations and an alternative perspective of what the course of action could be, instead of the boycott of the questionnaire that the AIMPLB has announced.

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Fear Has Gripped Bollywood

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By T Navin

An idea of ‘Nationalism’ propagated by Bollywood has come to hit it back. Bollywood has loads of films, which try to depict ‘Nationalism’ through Pakistan bashing and Army glorification. It also depicts India as a peaceful country but a sufferer and victim of sponsored terrorism from outside. Films such as Roja, Zameen, Sarfarosh, Gadar, Diljale and Agent Vinod have instances of promoting anti-Pakistani sentiment. None of these films attempt at depicting the role played by Indian and Pakistani state to keep the issues unresolved and continue accentuating the differences. None of them delve deeper into the unresolved issues.

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ASICON 2016 Calls for Making HIV a Chronic

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By Shobha Shukla * 

The AIDS Society of India (ASI) and all delegates of 9th National Conference of ASI (ASICON 2016) commended the government of India for finally approving the HIV/AIDS Bill – which will help in reducing discrimination faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV). ASICON 2016 is being organized in Mumbai, India during 7-9 October 2016 with the theme of "Eliminating HIV: Progress and reality". 

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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