Sadr Warns of "Open War" in Iraq
In Iraq, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has warned he will soon declare an open war unless the US-backed Iraqi government halts its crackdown on his supporters.
Sadr's aide, Nassar Al-Rubai, read part of the cleric's message.
Nassar Al-Rubai: "I'm giving the last warning and the last word to the Iraqi government: either it comes to its senses and takes the path of peace, or it will be seen as the same as the previous government. If they don't come to their senses and curb the infiltrated militias, then we will declare an open war until liberation."
Major General Rick Lynch, the commander of US forces in central Iraq, responded by threatening to strike back if Sadr launches a new uprising. The US has already stepped up its attacks on members of Sadr's Mahdi Army in Baghdad and Basra. US helicopter gunships and Predator drones have been repeatedly firing missiles into Sadr City. At least 280 Iraqis have died in Sadr City over the past month. The US military is also building a twelve-foot-high wall around most of Sadr City.
"Bishop of Poor" Wins Paraguayan Election
In Paraguay, a former Catholic priest once known as the Bishop of the Poor has been elected president. Fernando Lugo will be the first Paraguayan president since 1946 not to be from the conservative Colorado Party. Lugo won 41 percent of the vote, beating Blanca Ovelar, who received 31 percent. Lugo has pledged to crack down on corruption and channel Paraguay's wealth into social programs.
Fernando Lugo: "May we never again, in the political class of Paraguay, never again base our politics on clientism or enticements, because it has done so much damage to our national politics."
Study: GM Crops Reduces Productivity
In other food news, a new study by the University of Kansas has found that genetic modification reduces the productivity of crops. The Independent of London reports the study undermines repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis. Researchers found that genetically modified soya produces about ten percent less food than its conventional equivalent.
The U.S. Bush administration is ruining the world with its policies and practices. It's long since time for the neocons to go. They never should have been in. They lied and cheated to get there.
Let's pray God blesses Paraguay in the people's desire to be out from under brutal right-wing dictatorships. Let's pray that Paraguay doesn't resort to coercion but rather consensus cooperation.
GM crops are not the way to go. Organic is the way to go. Unselfishness is the way to go. Selfishness and capitalism and coerced socialism are all wrong.