Lula Calls on Brazilians to Fight to Regain Nation’s Democracy

teleSUR | January 26, 2019

Lula de Silva, then President of Brazil, delivers speech in front of large crowd in Brasilia.
Lula de Silva, then President of Brazil, delivers speech in front of large crowd in Brasilia. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Lula said the Brazilian President and his regime have suffered a major political setback when he regained freedom.

The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said that we must continue to fight to regain democracy in his country and warned that political infighting is coming against the “fascist right.”

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Colombia: Ex-FARC Member and Peace Deal Signatory Assassinated

teleSUR | January 26, 2020

John Freddy Vargas was shot multiple times while traveling with his girlfriend on a motorcycle.
John Freddy Vargas was shot multiple times while traveling with his girlfriend on a motorcycle. | Photo: Prensa Latina

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.

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WEF and the crumbling blocks of capitalism

by V. Arun Kumar

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.’

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3,000 workers in South Africa’s mining and smelting sector may lose their jobs

by Pavan Kulkarni

People’s Dispatch | January 26, 2020

Samancor is one of the world’s largest suppliers of chrome alloys, including ferrochrome and chromite ore

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 »

Why Indian sugarcane farmers are angry with President Bolsanaro’s visit to India

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 »

Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

| 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 »

Canda: Is Our Right to Peaceful Protest Disappearing?

Council of Canadians | January 25, 2020

Demonstrators hold signs to protest the construction of TransCanada's Coastal GasLink through unceded Wet'suwet'en territory.
Demonstrators hold signs to protest the construction of TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. (Photo: Unist’ot’en Camp/Facebook)

 

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.

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The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

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YES! Magazine | January 24, 2020

"We are now awakening to the responsibilities that come with our distinctive ability to consciously create our future." (Photo by Aliraza Khatri/Getty Images)
“We are now awakening to the responsibilities that come with our distinctive ability to consciously create our future.” (Photo by Aliraza Khatri/Getty Images)

 

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.

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Corals and communities: EJF report highlights devastating impacts of climate crisis on reefs

Environmental Justice Foundation | | 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 »

Switzerland: World Economic Forum Kicks Off Amid Demonstrations

teleSUR | January 21, 2020

Anti-World Economic Forum protesters marching on Bern, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2019.
Anti-World Economic Forum protesters marching on Bern, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Some 3,000 politicians, businessmen, and academics attend the annual high-level pro-corporate meeting.

Hundreds of environmental and social activists are performing a three-day protest march which departed from Landquart and heads to Davos, where businessmen and politicians attend the World Economic Forum that begins on Tuesday.

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