WWH/CJE Saturday News Briefs
Responding to the right to health being violated in Japan, the World Network for Saving Children from Radiation is circulating two urgent petitions for action involving children and radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster as the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health released a statement saying the Japanese government and TEPCO must do more to help radiation victims from the Fukushima triple meltdown. More…
What Corporate Media Bullshit! This is a done deal. I bet my pony tail on it!
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embarking on a second term, President Barack Obama faces mounting pressure on a decision he had put off during his re-election campaign: whether to approve the $7 billion proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada.
On its surface, it’s a choice between the promise of jobs and economic growth and environmental concerns. But it’s also become a proxy for a much broader fight over American energy consumption and climate change, amplified by Superstorm Sandy and the conclusion of an election that was all about the economy.
Environmental activists and oil producers alike are looking to Obama’s decision as a harbinger of what he’ll do on climate and energy in the next four years. Both sides are holding out hope that, freed from the political constraints of re-election, the president will side with them on this and countless related issues down the road. More…
Today is Yesterday! Just Newer!
Qatari poet jailed for life to appeal
Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is a scum bag woman hating (Not Hillary), repressive, opressive, sadistic, evil, perverted head of Qatar. And his Whore Mother Dresses Him Funny!
Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami’s lawyer says he will appeal against the verdict next week.
A Qatari poet, who has been sentenced to life for comments said to be critical to Qatari leadership, will take his case to an appeal court, his lawyer Nagib al-Naimi has said.
Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, 36, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday for what is said to be attempts to destabilise the country.
Bashar Jaafari, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, criticised the Qatari government for the harsh sentencing.
“The international community must admit that there is international terrorism in Syria supported by states, states that claim to want to protect human rights in Syria, states which do not hesitate to condemn a poet to a life sentence merely because he had the temerity to write a poem condemning the emir of his country,” Ja’afari said on Friday. More…
US denounces Israeli settlement plans
US secretary of state says the decision to build 3,000 settler homes in occupied territories is a set back for peace. Then breaks out in stomp the Palestinian baby dance!
Actually, Hillary is on a ‘The United States Is Still Relevant Tour’ after getting our asses handed to us by the UN this week!
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticised Israel’s decision to build 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
“In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration – like previous administrations – has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” Clinton said on Friday.
Clinton was speaking at a forum in Washington hosted by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, and Ehud Barak, defence minister, were in the audience when she made her remarks.
In a wide-ranging speech also tackling the conflict in Syria and Iran’s suspect nuclear programme, Clinton highlighted the troubled Middle East peace process, calling on Israelis and Palestinians to get back to negotiations. More…
New evacuations after N.J. derailment
The knee jerk reaction is always to play it down, assure the natives “All is under control. It’s safe but, we need to keep the area contained”. Truth is, infrastructure is fucked in this country.
PAULSBORO, N.J., Dec. 1 (UPI) — New evacuations were ordered Friday near a train derailment in southern New Jersey involving tanker cars filled with toxic chemicals, emergency officials said.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Drew Madjeska said people living within 12 blocks of the bridge over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro might be out of their homes for several days, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. About 500 people were affected.
Several cars on the long freight train derailed at about 7:15 a.m. when a bridge over the creek collapsed. Four tanker cars carrying vinyl chloride went into the water, rupturing one of them.
Assistant Paulsboro Fire Chief Gary Stevenson said about half of the vinyl chloride remains in the tanker and water could be leaking in. The slushy material turns into a gas if mixed with water. More…
Troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014
How’s that “I tell the truth” Presidential thingy workin for ya?
Iraq; 130,000 private contractors (They don’t count if their not wearing uniforms) to make sure the oil gets to its proper capitalist. Now Afghanistan will have the whole defense department, to make sure all those valuable minerals do the same!
The USA would claim ownership of the whole f$cking world if we didn’t have to include France?
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) — Although an exact figure hasn’t been decided, the number of U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the 2014 pullout will be substantial, officials said.
Speaking Thursday at a news conference, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said a number of U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan after the pullout to participate in training of Afghan forces as well as counter-terrorism efforts.
“The fundamental mission in Afghanistan is to establish an Afghanistan that can secure and govern itself and ensure that al-Qaida never again finds a safe haven within Afghanistan from which to conduct attacks on the United States or any other country,” Panetta said. More…
Dover: Giant Corporate created sinkhole swallows land, state road
The price they pay for our cheap t-shirts
How do Bangladesh’s textile barons undercut their rivals? By compromising the safety of their exploited workers
It’s not the textile barons. Very misleading first sentence in this article. It’s the Corporations that pay the “ textile barons”. This is is like blaming the over-seer for the ownership and treatment of the Masters slaves!
Lying on a trolley in a corridor at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where feral cats chase under beds in search of scraps, 20-year-old Yero Akhter Ranu fears she may never be able to walk again. When fire swept through the factory where she earns 48 pence an hour sewing clothes for Western brands a week ago, she rushed to escape by the stairs but was stopped by an official. As the heat and smoke intensified, she ran to the second floor, broke a window and leapt, expecting not to survive. “I thought at least my dead body can be recovered and taken to my parents,” she told The Independent, as doctors at the government hospital treated her for spinal injuries.
A week after Bangladesh’s worst garment factory fire left at least 112 people dead, Western consumers are being asked to weigh what the true cost of a T-shirt is. Campaigners say that Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest producer of clothes, has secured this position only by offering workers the lowest wages in the world and having some of the worst safety regulations in the industry. Before last week’s disaster, more than 500 garment workers had died in fires and accidents since 2006, campaigners say.
“We think that the West can do more to help the workers of Bangladesh and improve the working conditions,” said Kalpona Akter, a labour rights activist with the Bangladesh Workers Solidarity Centre. More…