Jun 13 2014

Daily News Flash with Maya Rockeymoore on Suicides from Recession, US v. EU on GMOs, and Obama’s First Visit to Indian Country

Uprising’s guest expert Maya Rockeymoore, President of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, analyzes today’s news headlines:

A new study estimates that 10,000 people committed suicide across Europe and North America in the years following the recession. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, used data from the World Health Organization and found that suicide rates in Western countries including the US and Canada, affected by the recession rose significantly, with 4 times as many men as women affected. In countries where there was a strong government safety net such as Finland, Sweden, and Austria, the suicide rate remained unchanged or even dropped. Meanwhile Goldman Sachs’ CEO, Lloyd Blankfein said in an interview yesterday that even he thought too many of the economic gains in the US had gone to too few people at the top. Click here for an Al Jazeera article about the suicide story, and here for a Think Progress article about the Lloyd Blankfein interview.

Within weeks of Vermont becoming the first state in the nation to require labeling of genetically modified foods, it is facing a massive lawsuit from the commercial food industry. The Grocery Manufacturers Associations is leading several other giant trade groups in filing a federal lawsuit claiming that Vermont’s labeling requirement is unconstitutional. At the same time, European Union Ministers just signed an agreement allowing individual EU member states to ban GMOs on their own even if EU authorities in Brussels have approved the foods. Click here for a Commondreams article and here for an Al Jazeera article about the story.

For the first time since he became President, Barack Obama will visit Indian country today. It is only the third time in nearly 80 years that a sitting President will have made such a visit. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a tribal ceremony at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs more than 60% of employable residents of Standing Rock are jobless. The Associated Press reports that, “With Native American poverty and unemployment more than double the U.S. average, Obama plans to promote initiatives to spur tribal development and create new markets for Native American products and services.” Click here for an Associated Press article about the story.

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