• Exposing Monsanto: Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects - the Vitamin A Connection

    By Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout | Op-Ed

    Monsanto Roundup linked to birth defects(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, with glyphosate as the primary ingredient, has recently been linked to a fatal kidney disease epidemic ravaging parts of Central America, India and Sri Lanka. A leading theory hypothesizes that complexes of glyphosate and heavy metals poison the kidney tubules. El Salvador and Sri Lanka have adopted the precautionary principle and taken action to ban the herbicide. In the United States, glyphosate is coming up for review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in late 2014. Monsanto claims a low risk to human health, but the research is showing something very different. Will these health concerns be enough for the EPA to put restrictions on the herbicide - or to ban it altogether?

    Thus far, Monsanto has been successful in portraying Roundup as a safe and effective herbicide.

  • To Address Honduran Refugee Crisis at the Border, US Should Stop Financing Repression in Honduras

    To Address Honduran Refugee Crisis at the Border, US Should Stop Financing Repression in Honduras

    By Laura Raymond, Truthout | Op-Ed

    In mid-July, the first planeload of women and children who had fled Honduras and found themselves in the center of a refugee controversy at the US border were sent back into the same dire situation they risked their lives to leave. They were dropped off at Palmerola Airforce Base, a base north of Tegucigalpa jointly controlled by US and Honduran military and given 650 lempiras, or $30, to get back to the towns and villages they had fled.

  • Finance in America: Promoting Inequality and Waste

    Finance in America: Promoting Inequality and Waste

    By Dean Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The bloated financial sector in the United States is a major engine of inequality sucking money away from poor and middle income households and making folks like Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, and Robert Rubin incredibly rich. There are many who want the government to play a role in reducing inequality. That might be a desirable goal. However a higher priority would be to have the government stop playing a role in increasing inequality as it does with its support for the financial industry.