This is AMTV News, I’m your host Topher Morrison. Today is Monday July 9th 2012.
Americans Up in Arms Over UN Treaty
Meet the latest bright idea to walk out of New York, the UN’s “Small Arms Treaty.” Flanked by humanitarian rhetoric this internationalist effort is aimed at one thing, ensure the monopoly of violence stays with the governments of the world – hardly a demographic with a respectable human rights record.
The Obama administration has thrown its full support behind the treaty and therefore to subordinate the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment guarantee and with it the police powers of the sovereign s tates: The treaty is said to impose:
- tougher licensing laws
- confiscation and destruction of weapons deemed in violation
- elimination of semi-automatics referred to prejudicially as “assault weapons”
All this backed by the same administration that signed off on the biggest weapons deal in the history of the planet to that bastion of civil rights – Saudi Arabia. July 27th is the deadline for the treaty, any surprise it’s right before Congress’ August recess?
Would-be Terrorist Caught at Olympic Park
For months the chatter about London has been of terror plots. To be sure, the Olympic grounds will be protected by the largest peacetime security operation ever seen in Britain. The heightened attention has nabbed a 24-year-old ex con rumored to have fought with Somali Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shahaab last week ending a flurry of 14 terror-related arrests across Britain – all based purely on suspicion. In a nation fearing extremists around every corner, even within it own police ranks and boasting a camera on every lamppost expect more arrests as the opening ceremonies approach and due process is eroded.
Syria’s Show of Force
“Naval forces conducted an operational live fire excersise on Saturday.” Launching missiles from sea and coast, helicopters and missile boats the Syrian government displayed its ability to repel foreign aggression.
Western nations have been beckoned to intervene on behalf of opposition forces who claim over 14,000 deaths since the start of the uprising, but Syria’s powerful network of allegiances stretches from Tehran to Beijing impeding political efforts at subduing Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime and western efforts to overthrow it. Foreign intelligence services, however, are supporting a shadowy network of insurgents steadily encroaching on Damascus threatening further escalation of violence as pro-Assad forces scramble to survive.
Chinese Demand Slows, Reflecting Global Trend
China's consumer and producer prices eased more than expected in June, inflation data on Monday showed, signaling falling demand for goods from the world's second-biggest economy. The economy overall is seeing its slowest full year of growth since 2002 – albeit at a 9.2 percent clip. Falling prices indicate not just declining input prices, but declining demand from foreign customers reflecting a weakening global economy.
Monsanto’s Full Court Press
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) have been linked to infertility, weight gain, organ dysfunction and the desctruction of the environment. Nearly 20 states are considering “Right to Know” legislation, forcing producers to label food containing GMOs and prohibiting false representation as “natural” or “naturally made” from appearing on such products. Monsanto and Dow ally StopCostlyFoodLabeling.com launched a campaign claiming malicious costs and warning of a legion of trial lawyers taking advantage of the system. Both claims are handily debunked, Americans have the right to know what they’re eating.
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