Thursday News: May 30, 2013

Protesters in Istanbul plant trees to replace those torn out by developers in occupied Taksim Gezi Park.

  • Genetically-modified wheat has been discovered growing in Eastern Oregon. The discovery was made when a wheat farmer sprayed gyphosphate herbicide on wheat, which had no effect on the crops. An investigation began May 3, with the US Department of Agriculture confirming the presence of herbicide-transgenes used by Monsanto in trials that lasted from 1998 to 2005 in Western states, with testing occurring in Oregon in 2001. The location of the farm where the GMO wheat was found has not been disclosed.
  • The New York Times ran a profile of housing activists in Chicago who are reclaiming abandoned housing and moving people in.
  • Protesters in Istabul, Turkey are occupying a park slated for destruction in order to build a mall. The occupation, which has reached its third day, has seen protesters clashing with police, as authorities have shot tear gas and lit tents on fire. Protesters have also planted new trees, which the police have torn out.
  • Here’s an interview about environmental protest in China.
  • A Florida man shot and killed by the FBI after what they deemed a confrontation was reportedly unarmed. Ibragim Todashev was being questioned about his connection to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev last week when he was shot dead.
  • Bombings in Baghdad and Baquba, Iraq have killed 24 people. Iraq is experiencing an uptick in sectarian violence reminiscent of the country’s civil war, which occurred during U.S. occupation, from 2006 to 2008.
  • More ricin-poisoned letters are being sent to politicians; on Friday two letters addressed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were discovered, as well as one sent to the offices of his gun-control group. Today, the Secret Service announced it had found a similar letter addressed to President Obama.


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