teleSUR | January 26, 2020
So far, including Vargas, another four ex-FARC members and peace agreement signatories have been murdered in 2020.
Former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) member and peace agreement signatory John Freddy Vargas was murdered Saturday after attending a meeting in a church in Huila.
People’s Dispatch | January 27, 2020
Capitalists of the world are descending to Davos, Switzerland, as a spectre is haunting them — the spectre of people’s resistance. The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) summit is a gathering of the world’s richest and most powerful elites at a Swiss alpine resort, with the aim to further the tentacles of global capital and protect the interests of the rich. As people across the world rise against neo-liberal plunder, exploitation and the climate crisis, this year’s WEF is attempting to douse the fire of resistance with the agenda of ‘Cohesive and Sustainable World.’
People’s Dispatch | January 26, 2020
Over 3,000 workers in South Africa may be retrenched by Samancor Chrome Limited, a company involved in mining and smelting chrome ore. Samancor, with a capacity to produce 1.2 million tons, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of chrome alloys, including ferrochrome and chromite ore, which are used to give stainless steel its resistance to corrosion. South Africa supplies 30% of the global demand for ferrochrome.
Workers organized by the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa (NUMSA) are preparing to resist the retrenchments.Read More »
by Dr. Soma Marla
Brazil’s President Bolsonaro, is the chief guest at India’s Republic Day Parade on January 26 this year. But sugarcane farmers around the country are not happy with his visit and protesting around the country for the last three days.
Brazil, largest producer of sugarcane and sugar exporter in the world complained to WTO (World Trade Organization) questioning the support of Indian government to the sugarcane farmers and alleges that WTO domestic subsidies and support rules are violated. Also other top sugar producing nations- Australia and Guatemala have also complained to WTO with similar allegations. The major complaint lodged by them against India is Along with Brazil, Australia and Guatemala have also lodged complaints against India. These countries allege that subsidy given by Indian government to farmers is excessive ie.. many times crosses WTO permitted 10 percent support of production value and causes enormous losses to other sugar producers in the global sugar market. In short they demand withdrawal of all crop support prices to farmers and other incentives given to domestic sugar industry. By inviting and rolling red carpet to president Bolsanaro present NDA government wants to please major multinational corporations in world sugar trade on the expense of five crores of small marginal and tenant sugarcane farmers and to destroy their livelihoods. President Bolsanaros, a known destroyer of Amazon’s natural environment, rights of indigenous people is now collaborating with another right wing Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi to destroy the livelihoods of 50 million poor Indian sugarcane farmers.Read More »
Countercurrents | January 27, 2020
Coronavirus is impacting the gold, oil, tourism crop markets. Virus fears has driven sell-off in stocks, oil, yuan.
The death toll from the virus has risen to at least 80, and confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to five on Sunday. Case has been detected in Canada also. Thailand has so far confirmed eight cases, with five already discharged and the remainder hospitalized. Thai officials said about 48 people are being monitored for possible infection. The outbreak spread rapidly over the last seven days. It has infected people in Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Macao and Nepal. There have also been three confirmed cases in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.Read More »
Council of Canadians | January 25, 2020
The right to protest is an important part of Canadian democracy and the right to free expression.
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the freedom of peaceful assembly. Protests are a way for people to express themselves for or against decisions made by government or other powerful institutions. People have taken to the streets throughout history to stand up for what they believe in.
YES! Magazine | January 24, 2020
In 1962, Rachael Carson warned us, with the publication of Silent Spring, that the indiscriminate use of pesticides was disrupting critical ecosystems and causing severe damage to human health.
Her message led to a ban on the use of DDT in the United States and eventual restrictions on its use in much of the world. Her warning also helped launch the environmental movement and its call to humanity to accept responsibility for the consequences of our impact on Earth.
Environmental Justice Foundation | Press Release | January 22, 2020
The risk of severe impacts on coastal communities and marine biodiversity from the loss of coral reefs is highlighted in a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation. 275 million people directly depend on reefs for their livelihoods and sustenance, but the IPCC predicts that 99% of corals will be lost under 2°C of global heating. Pollution and unsustainable fishing present further threats.
A combination of immediate action on greenhouse gas emissions, an end to destructive fishing practices and effective protection for 30% of the world’s oceans is urgently needed, says EJF.Read More »