2019-02-13: News Headlines

Steve Sweeney (2019-02-13). South African unions on national strike over job losses. peoplesworld.org Trade unionists across South Africa are walking out in a national strike as the country faces a shutdown over "privatization, retrenchment and imperialism." The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) called the strike — which is backed by affiliated unions covering most sectors including schools, hospitals, mining and textile workers — over job losses …

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court. telesurenglish.net Three widows of activists assassinated in the 1990s by Nigeria's military regime in alleged complicity with the oil giant Shell have taken their case to a Dutch court in order to prevent the killings of their loved ones from going down in history with impunity. | RELATED: | 30,000 Flee Nigeria Amid Fear of Boko Haram Attack: UNHCR | The widows—Esther Kiobel, Victoria Bera, Blessing Eawo, and Charity Levula, allege Shell was involved in the Nigerian government's policy of brutal…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Stampede at Nigeria Pre-election Rally Kills 20. telesurenglish.net Nigeria's presidential candidates have renewed a pledge for peaceful elections ahead of Saturday's vote, in a race that promises little hope for change for Nigeria's young population who have such limited job prospects that many are leaving the country. A stampede, however, has killed 20 people at a political rally for incumbent President Muhammadu in Port Harcourt. | RELATED: | Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court | The incumbent, President Muhammadu…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). South Africa: National Strike to Reject Market-Driven Reforms. telesurenglish.net The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) called for a 'National Day of Action', aka a national strike on Feb. 13 in which both unionised and non-unionised workers are expected to embark on a massive protest across the country. | RELATED: | South Africa's Leftist EFF To 'Nationalize All Mines, Mineral Wealth' If Elected: Manifesto | The demonstrations seek to confront such socio-economic challenges as growing unemployment rate, increasing l…

WSWS (2019-02-13). Five killed, 22 feared trapped in South African mine explosion. wsws.org The explosion was at a mine owned by the Gupta brothers, who have close ties to former ANC leader and South African President Zuma.

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Child Soldiers Rampant in Africa as NGO Denounces The Unrest. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of children are still forced to serve as soldiers in at least seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the NGO Child Soldiers International (CSI) denounced on Thursday, in coincidence with the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (Feb. 12). | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report | "Continuing unrest in Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and other countries…

amnesty (2019-02-13). Egypt steps up executions as six people put to death within two weeks. amnesty.org Egyptian authorities today hanged three prisoners convicted of killing a police officer during clashes that erupted in the weeks following the deadly Rabaa massacre. The executions brought the total number of executions in Egypt to six within a span of two weeks. | Responding to the news, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director Najia Bounaim said: | "These executions, which come just days after three other people were put to death in separate cases, mark an alarming escalation in executions so far this year. | "The death pe…

amnesty (2019-02-13). Nigeria: Authorities must uphold human rights during and after elections. amnesty.org The Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association before, during and after the country's upcoming general election, Amnesty International said ahead of the votes scheduled for 16 February and 2 March 2019. | There have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months, including the deaths of four people in Kano state in clashes between rival political supporters in December 2018. | "The election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa…

Education International (2019-02-12). Africa: Teachers call on politicians to reject privatization. peoplesworld.org Education International's African leaders have released a statement February 11 calling on their Heads of States to reject privatization and to invest in quality public education for all. Entrenched inequality, especially for girls and the socially disadvantaged, will be made far worse by the privatization of education, cautions the statement by the Education International (EI) …

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Boat Made of Recycled Flip-Flops Ends Anti-Pollution Campaign. telesurenglish.net The majestic sailboat, Flipflopi, weighs anchor in Mtwapa beach, becoming the world's first traditional "dhow" made completely of recycled plastic and flip flops to finish a 500 km journey. | RELATED: | Study: Climate Change Will Alter Ocean Color By 2100 | Made with 10,000 tonnes of plastic and 30,000 flip-flops, the 9-metre-long dhow arrived at the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar after sailing south along East Africa's coast to raise awareness of the threat plastics pose to the oceans, ch…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Tunisia: Scant Help to Bring Home ISIS Members' Children. hrw.org

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule. hrw.org | | Egyptian policemen standing guard outside a polling station with an electoral banner depicting incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seen with a caption reading in Arabic 'for the sake of Egypt we will continue the story of a nation', in the capital Cairo's central neighborhood of Zamalek, March 26, 2018. | © 2018 Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution, including granting the armed…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Remembering Alison Des Forges, 10 Years Later. hrw.org | | Alison Des Forges | Ten years ago today, our beloved colleague Alison Des Forges died in the crash of Flight 3407 traveling from Newark to her home in Buffalo. Alison had recently been in Uganda to meet with her research team that, to my great fortune, included me. A colleague and I had just finished documenting a series of massacres by the Lord's Resistance Army, headed by Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony. While in Kampal…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-11). Lebanon: No Justification for LGBT Crackdown. hrw.org | | Activists take part in a protest outside the Hbeish police station in Beirut on May 15, 2016, demanding the release of four transgender women and calling for the abolishment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal code, which prohibits having sexual relations that 'contradict the laws of nature'. | © 2016 ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Lebanese security forces have repeatedly interfered with human rights events related to gender a…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-10). Sudan: Video Footage Shows Extreme Violence, Abuse. hrw.org

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-09). Victim Lands Behind Bars in Tunisia. hrw.org | Correction/Clarification: Contrary to what Human Rights Watch reported, the authorities arrested and prosecuted the alleged assailants along with A.F., the complainant. The court sentenced all three on February 11 to six months in prison for "sodomy" under article 230 of the penal code. It also sentenced the alleged assailants to an additional two months for robbery and violence. According to one defense lawyer, A.F. retracted his allegation of rape, both during his interrogation at the police station and during his appearance before the judge. He also denied having…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

Patrick Bond (2019-02-01). South Africa Searches for a ‚Ä®Financial Parachute. zcomm.org An open, frank public discussion about the IMF's regrettable history and current agenda is sorely needed…

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