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Thursday, September 23, 2010

A woman executed in the US - Qisas? Why the fuss all this while?

US grandmother set to be executed:

AlJazeeraEnglish | September 23, 2010 - The US state of Virginia is set to execute by lethal injection a 41-year-old grandmother, the first woman to be put to death in Virginia in almost 100 years.

The US Supreme Court late Tuesday rejected a last-minute reprieve for Teresa Lewis, who will receive a lethal injection at 0100 GMT on Friday morning.

The court said in its brief ruling that the stay of execution requested by Lewis "is denied."

She was found guilty of hiring two men to kill her husband and step-son for life insurance money in 2002.

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Al Jazeera's Josh Rushing reports

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


How Safe Would Genetically Modified Salmon Be to Eat? Video 1

Frankenfish: Genetically engineered salmon - Video 2

Gene-Modified Salmon Nears Approval - Video 3

PBSNewsHour | September 20, 2010 - Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/9LSISk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of making a decision on whether genetically modified salmon is safe for people to eat. Margaret Warner runs a debate on the pros and cons of loosening restrictions on GM foods.

RTAmerica | September 07, 2010

Genetically engineered seeds are not breaking news; however a biotech company called AquaBounty has been working on genetically engineered salmon. The fish will be a combination of Atlantic salmon and part Ocean Pout. Jeffrey M. Smith says that it is ridiculous to evaluate the safety of this food with no long term feeding studies six and refuses to consume this genetically engineered salmon, if approved.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A protester for the ages: people need water not weapons!

Western Mass. activist, 91, holds tight to liberal causes

Frances Crowe’s first arrest was as a Vietnam War protester in 1972, in Chicopee. “I have a vision of a better world,” she said.
Frances Crowe’s first arrest was as a Vietnam War protester in 1972, in Chicopee. 
“I have a vision of a better world,” she said. (Yoon S. Byun/ Globe Staff)

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities dragged the short woman with white hair out of her congressman’s Springfield office while she protested the Iraq war. She spent a month in federal prison after painting “Thou shalt not kill’’ on missile tubes of nuclear submarines in Connecticut. She has been arrested nine times for trespassing at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

When asked how often she has been hauled away for acts of civil disobedience, Frances Crowe responds with a smile: “Not enough.’’

At age 91, and less than a month after her latest arrest, the veteran protester — who favors socks with sandals, thick glasses, and oversized pins with bold-lettered messages — has no plans to stop agitating.