Daily Archives: 2019-09-03

2019-09-03: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-03). Groups force Lesotho clothing factories owner to end gender-based violence. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—A landmark alliance of unions and women's rights groups in the Southern African nation of Lesotho teamed up to pressure a Taiwanese factory owner into signing a pact to end gender-based sexual harassment and violence at its plants, the director of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center says. In an August 29 interview with Chris Garlock on …

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-03). US Sanctions Threats Won't Stop Russia-Africa Security Cooperation. globalresearch.ca The US' reported threats to sanction African countries that buy Russian weaponry won't succeed in stopping security cooperation between Moscow and its partners, though it's nevertheless a clever way to try to exploit those nations' "deep state" divisions in a …

United Nations (2019-09-03). Insecurity and violence turn Nigeria into a 'pressure cooker' that must be addressed, says UN rights expert. un.org Nigeria is a pressure cooker of internal conflicts and generalized violence that must be addressed urgently, an independent United Nations expert said on Tuesday, following a fact-finding visit to the country.

United Nations (2019-09-03). Somalia: worst harvest since 2011, with more than 2 million expected to go hungry. un.org Somalia's 2019 cereal harvest is the poorest the country has seen since 2011, when famine strained already scarce resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced on Tuesday, blaming unreliable weather patterns and "climatic shocks".

Staff (2019-09-03). Proof Greta Thunberg's Climate Activism Is Working. truthdig.com Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her. | "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and…

United Nations (2019-09-03). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Guatemala, Hurricane Dorian, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and post-Brexit UK trade. un.org A recap of Tuesday's stories: International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala successfully completes mandate; UN prioritizes Hurricane Dorian assistance; Nowhere to hide in Yemen; Insecurity and Violence in Nigeria; Post-Brexit export losses likely in billions for UK; Hunger in Somalia.

United Nations (2019-09-02). FROM THE FIELD: Restoring life to Ghana's land. un.org Subsistence farmers in Ghana are learning how to hold back the decline in the fertility of the smallholdings they cultivate while revitalizing their soils as desertification increasingly threatens their land and livelihoods.

Andre Vltchek (2019-09-01). Several Reasons why West Papua should get its Freedom: Immediately! dissidentvoice.org More than ten years ago, in Nadi, Fiji, during a UN conference, I was approached by the Minister of Education of Papua New Guinea (PNG). He was deeply shaken, troubled, his eyes full of tears: "Please help our children," he kept repeating: Indonesian army, TNI, is kidnapping our little girls in the villages, raping them, …

Amadi Ajamu (2019-08-30). Solidarity on ending illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe. workers.org On Aug. 18, the 39th Southern African Development Community Summit of the Heads of State and Government held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, declared Oct. 25, A Day of Solidarity to Lift the Illegal Sanctions Imposed on Zimbabwe. The 16-member states of SADC have resolved to conduct actions in their . . . | Continue reading Solidarity on ending illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe at Workers.org

Joe Tache (2019-08-30). Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August. liberationnews.org This article originally appeared on Liberation School Exactly 400 years ago, in August 1619, enslaved Africans touched foot in the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States for the first time. The centuries since have seen the development of a racial system more violent, extractive, and deeply entrenched than any other …

United Nations (2019-08-30). Alarming number of Ebola deaths in DRC a 'rallying cry' to scale up treatment. un.org Since the Ebola epidemic struck in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) one year ago, almost 600 of around 850 children who have caught the virus have now died, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.

Fight Back (2019-08-30). FRSO labor delegation arrives in Caracas, Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization's trade union delegation arrived in Caracas, Venezuela for the "1st International Meeting of Workers in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its Government and Its People," starting on August 29. | Delegates from most of the Latin America and Caribbean countries, as well as some other parts of the world are participating. This includes labor delegations and trade union leaders from Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Argentina, Nigeria, Portugal, France, the UK and Spain.

susan_p (2019-08-30). Sudanese relieved but wary of new transitional government. greenleft.org.au Susan PriceIssue 1235 Sudan Sudanese revolutionAugust 30, 2019Following months of mass mobilisations, which successfully toppled former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir only to have the military attempt a take-over, the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) agreed on August 17 to a transitional gove…

Staff (2019-08-30). Headlines for August 30, 2019. democracynow.org Florida Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Justice Department: Comey Violated FBI Rules But Will Not Face Charges, Former FARC Rebels to Take Up Arms Again in Colombia, Report: Indian Forces Are Beating and Torturing Kashmiris in Detention, UAE Accused of Bombing Saudi-Backed Forces in Yemen, Prominent Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested Ahead of Saturday's Protest, Scottish Judge Refused to Block Boris Johnson's Plan to Suspend Parliament, Ebola Death Toll Tops 2,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Environmental Groups Threaten to Sue Trump over Methane Rules, NAACP Calls for Alabama Gov. t…

United Nations (2019-08-30). Friday's Daily Brief: Refugee children missing out on school, Ebola in Uganda, Fresh violence in Yemen, 20 years of Timor-Leste independence, Enforced disappearances. un.org A recap of Friday's stories: Over half of refugee children missing an education; new Ebola case in Uganda; funding gap in Yemen leaves many at risk; Timor-Leste marks 20th anniversary of independence, enforced disappearances spread terror…

Nanjala Nyabola (2019-08-30). Brexit Gives Its Former Colonies a Whiff of Schadenfreude. thenation.com Brexit Gives Its Former Colonies a Whiff of Schadenfreude…

United Nations (2019-08-29). Decades of progress 'can be wiped out overnight,' UN chief laments at climate session in Yokohama. un.org "Little undermines development like disaster," UN Secretary-General António Guterres told attendees at a thematic session on Africa and climate change, on day two of the Tokyo international Conference on African Development (TICAD), now in its seventh year.

Staff (2019-08-29). Headlines for August 29, 2019. democracynow.org EPA to Roll Back Methane Regulations in Blow to Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trump Moves to Allow Logging in World's Largest Intact Temperate Rainforest, Hurricane Dorian Gains Strength, Threatens Bahamas & Florida, Swedish Youth Climate Justice Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in NYC After 15-Day Boat Trip, Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Race as Just 10 Dems Qualify for Sept. Debate, Thousands Protest "Coup" in U.K. as Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament Ahead of Brexit, New Coalition Government May Be Formed in Italy, Italian Humanitarian Ship Rescues 100 Migrants Off Coast of Libya, Separatists & Government-B…

PACBI (2019-08-28). Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid. bdsmovement.net Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid: UpdateFilmmakers denounce "Close up," a new documentary film project that aims to normalize relations with Israel as if it were a normal state, not a regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. | Cultural BoycottAugust 28, 2019 | B…

Staff (2019-08-28). "We're in a Crisis of Deaths": Migrant Death Toll Tops 900 in Mediterranean as 40 Die Off Libya. democracynow.org At least 40 refugees and migrants are feared dead off of the coast of Libya after a boat carrying dozens of people en route to Europe capsized Tuesday morning in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Libyan coast guard, some 65 migrants and refugees, mostly from Sudan, were rescued with the help of local fishermen. With Tuesday's tragedy, the number of migrants and refugees who have lost their lives this year in the Mediterranean en route to Europe is up to 900. Meanwhile, far-right European leaders like Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini continue to criminalize refugees and migrants, as well as humanitar…

Staff (2019-08-27). Headlines for August 27, 2019. democracynow.org Oklahoma Wins Case Against Johnson & Johnson as Court Finds Pharma Giant Fueled State's Opioid Crisis, Brazil Rejects G7 Amazon Aid Amid Mounting Environmental Disaster, Prosecutors Investigate After Gov't Ignored Warnings About Planned Amazon Fires, Trump Dismisses Wind Power Again at G7 as WH Walks Back Comments on Kim Jong-un, Lebanon Says Air Attacks Over Weekend Amount to "Declaration of War" from Israel, U.N. Says Floods in Sudan a "Humanitarian Emergency" as Death Toll Tops 60 People, Iran Sentences Journalist and Activist Marzieh Amiri to 10 Years & 148 Lashes, 19 States and D.C. Sue to Block Trump's Term…

PACBI (2019-08-26). Israeli Filmmakers Letter on Greenhouse Project. bdsmovement.net Israeli Filmmakers Letter on Greenhouse Project: In the NewsLeonidas Kioussis
| Catherine COLOMB-NANCY
| (EuropeAid Co-Operation Office of the European Commission)
| Rosamaria Gili
| (European Commission Delegation in Morocco) Cultural BoycottFebruary 16, 2006 | By: | | Israeli filmmakers, producers, scholars and artists

Pete Tucker (2019-08-23). WaPo Complicit in Corruption of DC Council's Corporate 'Concierge'. fair.org After years of hiding in plain sight, Jack Evans' ethical problems are suddenly a story (WJLA, 3/5/19). | When the FBI came knocking on DC Councilmember Jack Evans' door in June, it set off an earthquake in local politics and business. | Over his 28 years on the DC Council, Evans has served as " concierge" for the elite, steering gobs of public money to stadiums, arenas and luxury condos. Along the way, it wasn't just developers and banks that profited; so did Evans. | Ev…

Middle East Eye (2019-08-19). Sudan's Bashir "Took Millions in Cash From Saudi Crown Prince," Trial Hears. theantimedia.com Detective tells court the deposed president was handed the money by Mohammed bin Salman's envoys.

2019-09-03: Social Media Postees

US Sanctions Threats Won't Stop Russia-Africa Security Cooperation
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-03
The US' reported threats to sanction African countries that buy Russian weaponry won't succeed in stopping security cooperation between Moscow and its partners, though it's nevertheless a clever way to try to exploit those nations' "deep state" divisions in a …
globalresearch.ca/us-sanctions-threats-wont-stop-russia-africa-security-cooperation/5687879

Groups force Lesotho clothing factories owner to end gender-based violence
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-03
WASHINGTON–A landmark alliance of unions and women's rights groups in the Southern African nation of Lesotho teamed up to pressure a Taiwanese factory owner into signing a pact to end gender-based sexual harassment and violence at its plants, the director of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center says. In an August 29 interview with Chris Garlock on …
peoplesworld.org/article/groups-force-lesotho-clothing-factories-owner-to-end-gender-based-violence/

Insecurity and violence turn Nigeria into a 'pressure cooker' that must be addressed, says UN rights expert
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-03
Nigeria is a pressure cooker of internal conflicts and generalized violence that must be addressed urgently, an independent United Nations expert said on Tuesday, following a fact-finding visit to the country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045472

Proof Greta Thunberg's Climate Activism Is Working
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-03
Champions of Greta Thunberg–and the 16-year-old climate activist herself–hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her. | "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and…
truthdig.com/articles/proof-greta-thunbergs-climate-activism-is-working/

Somalia: worst harvest since 2011, with more than 2 million expected to go hungry
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-03
Somalia's 2019 cereal harvest is the poorest the country has seen since 2011, when famine strained already scarce resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced on Tuesday, blaming unreliable weather patterns and "climatic shocks".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045462

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Guatemala, Hurricane Dorian, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and post-Brexit UK trade
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-03
A recap of Tuesday's stories: International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala successfully completes mandate; UN prioritizes Hurricane Dorian assistance; Nowhere to hide in Yemen; Insecurity and Violence in Nigeria; Post-Brexit export losses likely in billions for UK; Hunger in Somalia.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045502

FROM THE FIELD: Restoring life to Ghana's land
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-02
Subsistence farmers in Ghana are learning how to hold back the decline in the fertility of the smallholdings they cultivate while revitalizing their soils as desertification increasingly threatens their land and livelihoods.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045352

Several Reasons why West Papua should get its Freedom: Immediately!
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-01
More than ten years ago, in Nadi, Fiji, during a UN conference, I was approached by the Minister of Education of Papua New Guinea (PNG). He was deeply shaken, troubled, his eyes full of tears: "Please help our children," he kept repeating: Indonesian army, TNI, is kidnapping our little girls in the villages, raping them, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/several-reasons-why-west-papua-should-get-its-freedom-immediately/

Alarming number of Ebola deaths in DRC a 'rallying cry' to scale up treatment
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-30
Since the Ebola epidemic struck in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) one year ago, almost 600 of around 850 children who have caught the virus have now died, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1045302

Solidarity on ending illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe
Amadi Ajamu | workers.org | 2019-08-30
On Aug. 18, the 39th Southern African Development Community Summit of the Heads of State and Government held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, declared Oct. 25, A Day of Solidarity to Lift the Illegal Sanctions Imposed on Zimbabwe. The 16-member states of SADC have resolved to conduct actions in their . . . | Continue reading Solidarity on ending illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/08/30/solidarity-on-ending-illegal-sanctions-on-zimbabwe/

Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August
Joe Tache | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-30
This article originally appeared on Liberation School Exactly 400 years ago, in August 1619, enslaved Africans touched foot in the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States for the first time. The centuries since have seen the development of a racial system more violent, extractive, and deeply entrenched than any other …
liberationnews.org/study-fast-train-fight-the-roots-of-black-august/

FRSO labor delegation arrives in Caracas, Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-30
Caracas, Venezuela – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization's trade union delegation arrived in Caracas, Venezuela for the "1st International Meeting of Workers in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its Government and Its People," starting on August 29. | Delegates from most of the Latin America and Caribbean countries, as well as some other parts of the world are participating. This includes labor delegations and trade union leaders from Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Argentina, Nigeria, Portugal, France, the UK and Spain.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/30/frso-labor-delegation-arrives-caracas-venezuela

Sudanese relieved but wary of new transitional government
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-30
Susan PriceIssue 1235 Sudan Sudanese revolutionAugust 30, 2019Following months of mass mobilisations, which successfully toppled former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir only to have the military attempt a take-over, the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) agreed on August 17 to a transitional gove…
greenleft.org.au/content/sudanese-relieved-wary-new-transitional-government

Headlines for August 30, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
Florida Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Justice Department: Comey Violated FBI Rules But Will Not Face Charges, Former FARC Rebels to Take Up Arms Again in Colombia, Report: Indian Forces Are Beating and Torturing Kashmiris in Detention, UAE Accused of Bombing Saudi-Backed Forces in Yemen, Prominent Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested Ahead of Saturday's Protest, Scottish Judge Refused to Block Boris Johnson's Plan to Suspend Parliament, Ebola Death Toll Tops 2,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Environmental Groups Threaten to Sue Trump over Methane Rules, NAACP Calls for Alabama Gov. t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/30/headlines

Friday's Daily Brief: Refugee children missing out on school, Ebola in Uganda, Fresh violence in Yemen, 20 years of Timor-Leste independence, Enforced disappearances
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-30
A recap of Friday's stories: Over half of refugee children missing an education; new Ebola case in Uganda; funding gap in Yemen leaves many at risk; Timor-Leste marks 20th anniversary of independence, enforced disappearances spread terror…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1045322

Brexit Gives Its Former Colonies a Whiff of Schadenfreude
Nanjala Nyabola | thenation.com | 2019-08-30
Brexit Gives Its Former Colonies a Whiff of Schadenfreude…
thenation.com/article/brexit-prorogue-colonialism-democracy/

Decades of progress 'can be wiped out overnight,' UN chief laments at climate session in Yokohama
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-29
"Little undermines development like disaster," UN Secretary-General António Guterres told attendees at a thematic session on Africa and climate change, on day two of the Tokyo international Conference on African Development (TICAD), now in its seventh year.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1045211

Headlines for August 29, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-29
EPA to Roll Back Methane Regulations in Blow to Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trump Moves to Allow Logging in World's Largest Intact Temperate Rainforest, Hurricane Dorian Gains Strength, Threatens Bahamas & Florida, Swedish Youth Climate Justice Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in NYC After 15-Day Boat Trip, Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Race as Just 10 Dems Qualify for Sept. Debate, Thousands Protest "Coup" in U.K. as Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament Ahead of Brexit, New Coalition Government May Be Formed in Italy, Italian Humanitarian Ship Rescues 100 Migrants Off Coast of Libya, Separatists & Government-B…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/29/headlines

Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-28
Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid: UpdateFilmmakers denounce "Close up," a new documentary film project that aims to normalize relations with Israel as if it were a normal state, not a regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. | Cultural BoycottAugust 28, 2019 | B…
bdsmovement.net/news/pacbi-welcomes-statement-more-500-filmmakers-against-close-initiative-normalizing-israeli

"We're in a Crisis of Deaths": Migrant Death Toll Tops 900 in Mediterranean as 40 Die Off Libya
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-28
At least 40 refugees and migrants are feared dead off of the coast of Libya after a boat carrying dozens of people en route to Europe capsized Tuesday morning in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Libyan coast guard, some 65 migrants and refugees, mostly from Sudan, were rescued with the help of local fishermen. With Tuesday's tragedy, the number of migrants and refugees who have lost their lives this year in the Mediterranean en route to Europe is up to 900. Meanwhile, far-right European leaders like Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini continue to criminalize refugees and migrants, as well as humanitar…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/28/migrant_deaths_mediterranean_unhcr_charlie_yaxley

Headlines for August 27, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-27
Oklahoma Wins Case Against Johnson & Johnson as Court Finds Pharma Giant Fueled State's Opioid Crisis, Brazil Rejects G7 Amazon Aid Amid Mounting Environmental Disaster, Prosecutors Investigate After Gov't Ignored Warnings About Planned Amazon Fires, Trump Dismisses Wind Power Again at G7 as WH Walks Back Comments on Kim Jong-un, Lebanon Says Air Attacks Over Weekend Amount to "Declaration of War" from Israel, U.N. Says Floods in Sudan a "Humanitarian Emergency" as Death Toll Tops 60 People, Iran Sentences Journalist and Activist Marzieh Amiri to 10 Years & 148 Lashes, 19 States and D.C. Sue to Block Trump's Term…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/27/headlines

Israeli Filmmakers Letter on Greenhouse Project
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-26
Israeli Filmmakers Letter on Greenhouse Project: In the NewsLeonidas Kioussis | Catherine COLOMB-NANCY | (EuropeAid Co-Operation Office of the European Commission) | Rosamaria Gili | (European Commission Delegation in Morocco) Cultural BoycottFebruary 16, 2006 | By: | | Israeli filmmakers, producers, scholars and artists …
bdsmovement.net/news/israeli-filmmakers-letter-greenhouse-project

Sudan's Bashir "Took Millions in Cash From Saudi Crown Prince," Trial Hears
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-08-19
Detective tells court the deposed president was handed the money by Mohammed bin Salman's envoys.

Sudan's Bashir "Took Millions in Cash From Saudi Crown Prince," Trial Hears