Daily Archives: December 30, 2016

Fighting Dengue in Mexico and beyond

CGTN America

Published on Dec 30, 2016

There’s still no cure but there’s new hope in preventing Dengue, the mosquito-borne disease that affects millions.Dengue fever – the type that can kill you – is on the rise. Now after decades of attempts, researchers have developed a vaccine.Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on the impact of Dengue in Mexico and tells us about the vaccine’s availability in Latin America.Dengue sickens some 390 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization. The tropical disease can cause high fever, the chills, vomiting and in severe cases hemorrhaging and death.But now the effective new vaccine is being rolled out in a handful of countries, one of which is Mexico.Watch Correspondent Gerry Hadden’s report from Morelos State.

Growing wealth gap stifles growth for many in southern Mexico

CGTN America

Published on Dec 30, 2016

The southern state of Guerrero is a state in Mexico where inequality is a way of life.CCTV America’s Martin Markovits reports.

Fury over The Guardian’s falsely re-writing transcript of Assange interview

RT America

Published on Dec 30, 2016

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has accused his former employer, The Guardian, of falsifying the words of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a report about the interview he gave to La Repubblica. For more on this, Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at NYU, joins RT America’s Ashlee Banks.


Normalizing Denial – Cambridge Forum, a Citizen-Scientist Alliance for Sustainability

Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Climate Research Associates

and the forthcoming Harvard University Extension School
online course:
Envisioning a Sustainable Future 

In Boston’s Poorest Neighborhood, The Seeds of a Food Economy Are Being Sown

Boston Grows A Burgeoning Food Economy

A community greenhouse is the hub of it all.

Boston can boast about many things – top colleges, rich history and vibrant business. And now, it can add one more item to that list: an emerging local food economy.

That’s right, ever since the 1980s, the areas of Roxbury and Dorchester have been slowly developing their communities into burgeoning food hubs. With community land trusts, local kitchens and retailers, a waste-management co-op and others, Boston is achieving an integrated food economy.

Back in the eighties, residents banned together and formed the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, acquiring 60 acres of land in the middle of the Dudley neighborhood. Since then, the land has been used to build homes and start a community land trust consisting of parks, gardens, a town common, community center, charter school and a community greenhouse.

That greenhouse is leased to the Food Project, a nonprofit focused on youth development and urban agriculture. Half of the greenhouse is used for produce that is sold to cover the majority of the operating costs, while the other 50 percent is utilized by local residents and organizations.

Food Project works with more than 150 teens and thousands of volunteers to produce food that is sold at famers’ markets and community agriculture programs in order to raise money for hunger relief programs.

Additionally, since 2001, the Grow or Die campaign run by Boston’s youth has been turning vacant lots into raised-bed community gardens servicing more than 100 families.

And in 2009, City Growers entered the scene. Started by Glynn Lloyd (who also runs Roxbury catering company City Fresh Foods) because he wanted access to fresh, local food, the for-profit farming venture is one of the area’s firsts.

Lloyd hasn’t stopped there, as he recently founded the Urban Farming Institute and facilitated in the passing of Article 89, a commercial urban agriculture zoning ordinance. As a result, a groundbreaking was held last July for the Garrison –Trotter Farm, which sits on two lots that had been vacant since the 1980s.

…(read more).

The Need To GROW Preview

from Earth Conscious FilmsPlus

Directed and Produced by Ryan Wirick and Rob Herring
Edited by Ryan Wirick
Assistant Editor Rob Herring
Cinematography by Ryan Wirick and Rob Herring

Music by Cuckoo Chaos, Chris Gabriel, Arvo Pärt, Keith Barney, and Frank Ticheli

Starring Vandana Shiva, Paul Stamets, Larry Santoyo, Erik Cutter, Karen and Colin Archipley, David King, Nick Bernabe, Howard Vlieger, Jeffrey Smith, Adam Navidi, Alicia Serratos, Monica Serratos, Gabe Blanchet, Jamie Byron, Aaron Flora, Elias Kolsun, and many more.

The Need To GROW is Earth Conscious Film’s first feature length documentary. Currently in production. It will shine light on an emerging global food ecosystem that has the potential to solve the obsolete progress trap that is our current food system.

The bottom line is that the food system currently in place is a failed experiment. It has a built-in expiration date because it destroys the planet’s living soil and biodiversity faster than it can be replenished. Feeding the world sustainably starts with understanding food production as an ecological system that includes all of humankind, all the animals, the rivers, the oceans, and the microbes — rather than an industry artificially cut-off from nature.
The new food ecosystem proposed in our film will regenerate the soil, support biodiversity, produce far more nutrition per acre, conserve water, require no toxic chemicals or GMOs, empower people at the local level, and never expire.

And best of all, it’s already happening!

Learn more and support our film at theneedtogrow.com

CIA Interrogator Reveals Saddam Hussein Predicted Rise of ISIS & U.S. Failure in Iraq

Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 29, 2016

http://democracynow.org – Ten years ago this week, on December 30, 2006, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Hussein was toppled soon after the U.S. invasion began in 2003. We continue our conversation with former CIA analyst John Nixon, author of the new book, “Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.”