16 minutes ago Moscow (AFP) – Russian investigators said Thursday that they had charged all 30 crew members of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship with piracy after they staged a protest on a state-owned oil platform. “All 30 participants in the criminal case have been charged over the attack on the Prirazlomnaya platform,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement. A court in the northern city of Murmansk last week detained the crew members for two months pending an investigation into their September 18 protest on the oil platform owned by energy giant Gazprom. The first fourteen activists were charged with piracy on Wednesday and the rest were indicted Thursday. Piracy by an organised group carries a sentence of between 10 and 15 years in prison in Russia. Investigators have accused the crew members, who come from 18 different countries including Britain, Canada, Denmark and the United States, of trying to seize property by force after several scaled the oil platform. Among those charged are two freelance journalists from Britain and Russia who were making video recordings and taking photographs on the Greenpeace ship. The Investigative Committee said Thursday that all the crew members deny their guilt and that they are all currently refusing to testify. Society & Culture Rep. Todd Rokita prefaced a response to CNN’s Carol Costello during a debate over shutdown pay by praising her beauty. Yahoo News Beijing (China) (AFP) – Novak Djokovic denied being distracted by the threat of losing his number one ranking after he edged through to the quarter-finals at the China Open Wednesday despite a “lack of concentration”.
Russia charges 30 Greenpeace crew members with piracy
Recently, the country’s National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) conducted its first checks of crops for the presence of GMOs, but none were found in any Belgorod fields. “We remind you that currently, according to the law in Russia , 19 GM lines are allowed in foodstuffs, but the cultivation of GMOs is not allowed,” said GM Watch. After its admission into the World Trade Organization, Russia became obligated to simplify the procedure for registering GM crops, products and feed, seek to stop their safety checks and end controls over their distribution, the GM Watch site reported. A year ago, as Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported, Russia banned all imports of GM corn, following an earlier study by French researchers which showed that rats grew massive cancer tumors when fed a lifetime of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. “The Russian ban is the latest blow to Monsanto, a company desperately clinging to the myth that its genetically modified crops are ‘no different’ than traditional crops and therefore long-term safety testing is completely unnecessary,” Adams wrote, adding that Monsanto criticized the French study but did not duplicate the duration of it in its own testing. French researchers conducted their study over a two-year period, while Monsanto’s study lasted only 90 days. It’s not just Russia being Russia, folks Other nations have also moved to ban GM foods: — Earlier this year, Peru joined Ecuador as the second nation in the Americas to ban GMOs. Local Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino summarized the country’s rejection by recalling his decision to stop eating store-bought Roma tomatoes: “They’re a big monoculture, which is why people usually end up using GMOs. Because when you have monocultures, the crops end up getting diseases, and you have to look for these extreme ways to fix them.” Peru, the cradle of the once-great Inca Empire, is the birthplace of the crop , so it says much about a country where you can grow virtually anything to give up GM crops. — In June, South Korea joined a Japanese ban on U.S. wheat imports following an announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding GMO contamination. Again, Adams was all over it: “…South Korea joined Japan in announcing a halt on imports of U.S.