Monthly Archives: May 2014

Labour: asking for too little

The Nation – May 07, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE   Biology has so much to do with work and social life. Previously, when most of the world was a farm, days were spread out longer. People worked at an acceptable pace … Continue reading

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Toxic warfare on the farm

April 30, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE When you smell the insecticide in the air, it is already getting into your lungs. When you eat the foods that has the insecticides on it, it is getting into your stomach and destroying your … Continue reading

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Patents to kill competition

April 23, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE The Nation, 23rd April, 2014   In 1971, Mohan Chakravarty, an Indian-American, and his employer, General Electric, applied for the patenting of a genetically-engineered “oil-eating” bacterium. He took genes from three kinds of bacteria and transplanted … Continue reading

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Land for people, or corporations?

–       The Nation – Najma Sadeque   Earlier this month, a People’s Tribunal on Land Rights was held in Hyderabad, presided over by Justice (Retd.) Wajiuddin Ahmed, and heavily attended by peasants and activists. Continued failure of governments’ to restore land … Continue reading

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Profits to every citizen

April 09, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE   There’s a certain state in an otherwise corporate-controlled industrialized country, where a public corporation especially designed to distribute profits to all its citizens annually, does just that. That too without managers lining their own … Continue reading

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Neither green, nor a revolution

The Nation – April 02, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE Pity countries can’t choose their neighbours. Most prefer those they have something in common with to get along. But all are stuck with geography. One such unlucky nation was Mexico. First it … Continue reading

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