News Rounds: Google warms up to Asian authoritarians, poor countries reject GMO foods, Burmese regime’s attacks on rebels raising doubts about reform and more | 

Google gang visits North Korea (NY Times) – Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, led a private delegation including Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, to North Korea on Monday, a controversial trip to a country that is among the most hostile to free speech. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Google caves to China on censorship even as Chinese people protest same.

Developing nations turning their backs on genetically modified food (Guardian) — Despite a push by rich countries to get poor countries to adopt GMO crops, most developing countries remain suspicious of the claims or convinced that the benefits will go mainly to the corporations that control the seeds and chemicals needed to grow the crops.

Myanmar government air assaults raise doubts about claims of reform (Reuters) — Unprecedented aerial attacks on ethnic Kachin rebels by Myanmar’s military have raised doubts about whether the retired generals in a government hailed for its reforms have really changed their harsh old ways.

Op-Ed: CIA deception threatens polio eradication campaign (Baltimore Sun) — Two leading public health experts remind people why health workers in Pakistan have become targets for assassination by the Taliban.

Mali crisis may lead to terrorist attacks in France (Reuters) — The insurgency that has seized the north of Mali is paving the way for attacks on France as more French Muslims of African origin are finding a cause in the conflict, Paris’s top anti-terrorism judge warned on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Climate change and poverty have not gone away (Guardian) — Including the word ‘sustainable’ in all our economic and political discussions is critical to our future well-being, says Nobel Prize-winning economist Josepth Stiglitz.