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Cheney, Rothschild, And Fox News’ Murdoch Violate International Law By Drilling For Oil In Syria

Backed by Murdoch, Cheney, Rothschild, and others, Genie Energy has been granted drilling rights in Syria's Golan Heights region.

By: Claire Bernish / The Free Thought Project

After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians.

Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”

To understand U.S. involvement in the quagmire in Syria, Afek’s oil exploration is of critical import.

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Why Japan’s School Lunches Put Other Countries’ To Shame

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

Japan's new food program is a huge contrast to current plans in the US.

A recent article has delved into the reasons why the Japanese nation is so successful, particularly exploring the details within their school lunch program. This has come at a time when the US is considering cutting the funding that provides school lunches for underprivileged children, which is in huge comparison to Japan who places a high priority and focus on their school children’s healthy meals on a daily basis. Whilst the US claim that there is not enough evidence to show that feeding kids improves their academic results, Japan points to the importance of regular homemade meals, according to recent reports.

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Former Patagonia CEO Gifts One Million Acres To Chile For National Parks

by Amelia Kinney, True Activist

Inspired by the gift, President Michelle Bachelet agrees to place 10 million acres under environmental protection.

In the largest ever private land donation to a government in Latin America, the one million acres composing Parque Pumalín has been given to Chile. Inspired by the gift, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed an agreement to place Parque Pumalín, as well as 10 million acres of federal land under environmental protection.

The massive area (three times the size of Yellowstone and Yosemite put together) will now be designated for national parklands. “Today, we are bequeathing to the country the greatest creation of protected areas in our history,” said Bachelet in a speech.

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New Law Could Help Defend Oregon Farmers From GMO Contamination

by Amelia Kinney, True Activist

Contamination by genetically-engineered products, such as Monsanto's seeds, can devastate a farm.

Farmers in Oregon might soon have to increase defense against Monsanto. The bill under consideration permits farmers to take legal action if their crops are found to be contaminated by genetically-modified organisms. Oregon’s House Bill 2738 “Allows cause of action against patent holder for genetically-engineered organism present on land without permission of owner or lawful occupant.”

Contamination by GMOs can be catastrophic for farmers. This “genetic drift” is nearly impossible to prevent; it usually happens naturally through wind or pollination. HB 2739 could also prevent Monsanto from bullying farmers for “seed piracy” when they are found with unauthorized GMO crops. Farmers who grow GMO crops have to pay licensing feeds, and are subject to inspection and regulation from the seed companies. Even more, they must buy the products annually, or they could be prosecuted for patent infringement.

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Farming Entrepreneur Makes $100K Using 1/3 Of An Acre

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

His original ideas are being taught to thousands of people worldwide.

Farmer, author, speaker, and consultant, Curtis Stone, has created a new method of farming where the focus is on quality of life and profitability co-existing. Established in 2010, his farm, named Green City Acres, is located in Kelowna BC Canada, and generates over $100,000 per year on only one-third of an acre. Having always had an interest in geopolitical issues, Stone wanted to take his life into his own hands and gain a sense of independence through being a producer rather than a consumer. In time, with a lack of funds, and a lot of research showing that a lot can be done in backyards, he set to work with no experience, and yet boomed into being a commercial grower in a very short space of time. He claims that a lot of his success is down to modern technology, and accessibility to resources such as YouTube, which provide valuable and free information.

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Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In Argentina And It's Free To Patients

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Not only is medicinal cannabis now legal in Argentina, patients are guaranteed free access to the herb.

On March 31, Argentina became the latest country to legalize the use of cannabis oil and other marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives last November, was approved unanimously by the Senate, reports The Associated Press. In addition to legalizing the use of medical cannabis, the law also creates a medical marijuana research program at the Health ministry. The facility must “guarantee free access” to cannabis oil and other derivatives to patients who join the program.

Hannah Hetzer, Senior International Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, commented on the bill’s passing:

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The Last 5 U.S. Presidents In A Row Have Bombed Iraq

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Who is to blame for the current state of chaos in Iraq? An oversimplified and misguided, if not dishonest course of action would be to blame Iraqis for being radical, death-cult worshipping fanatics and ignore America’s foreign policy decision-making, which led to the current situation. In turn, one could place Iraq on a travel ban list of nations that doesn’t include any of the countries that created and support al-Qaeda (and then nonsensically remove them from your revised list some weeks later).

Of course, a more honest and fruitful venture would be to examine the events that led to the current situation engulfing Iraq. As American airstrikes continue to massacre the Iraqi civilian population by the hundreds, we owe it to the Iraqi people to get to the bottom of this story. From there, we could ostensibly create a future path that might bring peace to the war-torn nation as opposed to blindly continuing the same policies Iraq has been victim to for decades.

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Media Silence As Russia Calls Out US/NATO Role In Afghan Drug Trafficking

This week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held his annual press conference, at which he slammed NATO's role in Afghan heroin trade.

By: Jack Burns / The Free Thought Project  For many years now, the United States has been fighting, and losing, the violent war to end opiate, opioid, and heroin overdoses. As The Free Thought Project has consistently reported, opiate-related overdoses are now killing thousands of Americans per year, with no real end in sight. Our political foes know this and, according to Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States is using its own soldiers to protect the cultivation, production, and exportation of heroin from Afghanistan to other parts of the world.

As late as 2011, Moscow has been voicing its concerns over the drug trade in Afghanistan. Wikileaks published, as part of its Global Intelligence Files database, emails from Stratfor, describing Moscow’s criticism of U.S. foreign policy prohibiting its soldiers from destroying Afghani poppy fields.

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It Is Now Legal To Privately Smoke And Grow Marijuana In South Africa

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

South Africa’s Western Cape High Court declared that it is unconstitutional to ban the use of dagga (weed) by adults in private homes.

Yesterday, a landmark ruling occurred in South Africa when the Western Cape High Court decided that keeping weed (dagga) illegal is unconstitutional. The decision marks a significant change in the south-African nation, as cannabis has essentially been legalized for private use.

Until March 31, 2017, the herb was illegal to grow, own or use under the “Criminal Prohibition of Dagga Act.” The Court deemed the prohibition to be unfair, outdated and discriminatory, however and said that the law disproportionately targeted people of color.

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U.S. Is Dropping 500 Bombs Per Week On Mosul

Several hundred civilians have been killed in March alone.

By: (ANTIWARBrig. Gen. Matthew Isler, the deputy commander for the air war in Iraq and Syria, today offered details on the ever-growing scope of the air campaign over the massive, densely populated Iraqi city of Mosul, saying the US is in its “most kinetic” phase so far of the war.

In raw numbers, that means the US and its coalition partners are dropping an average of 500 bombs on the city of Mosul every single week so far in March. That number is growing, too, with the largest week seeing just over 600 bombs dropped.

Air Force officials insist all of the bombs being dropped on Mosul are being dropped “in support” of the Iraqi military’s ongoing invasion of the city. This increase in bombings is also leading to a substantial increase in the number of civilian deaths from US airstrikes as well, with several hundred civilians killed this month.

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