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Published on October 21st, 2014 | by admin

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Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Monday Oct 20th, 2014

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China pollution levels hit 20 times safe limit (Video): Visibility dropped dramatically as small pollutant particles reached dangerous levels in northern China’s Hebei province. Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight. Visibility dropped dramatically as measures of small pollutant particles known as PM2.5, which can embed themselves deep in the lungs, reached more than 500 micrograms per cubic metre in parts of Hebei, a province bordering Beijing. The World Health Organization’s guideline for maximum healthy exposure is 25. In the capital, buildings were obscured by a thick haze, with PM2.5 levels in the city staying above 300 micrograms per cubic metre since Wednesday afternoon and authorities issuing an “orange” alert. Read more at the guardian.com

 

Pakistan’s problems at the other borders: As firing across the Line of Control (LoC) continues, tensions at Pakistan’s other border are gradually boiling over. Recent violations on the part of Iranian border guards have undermined relations between Pakistan and Iran with each side blaming the other for the flare up. Iranian claims of the existence of militants in Pakistan’s territory and the latter’s growing concern over repeated incursions by Revolutionary Guards into its side of the border have even raised the risk of a military standoff between the two countries at the Balochistan border. Read more at dawn.com

 

Study says Earth’s magnetic field can flip in our lifetime: Don’t be surprised if at some point in your lifetime the Earth’s magnetic field flips on its head, and all that was once north is now pointing due south, a new study says. It may sounds strange, but Earth’s magnetic field has in fact flipped many times throughout the planet’s history – albeit not overnight. Its dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same intensity for thousands to millions of years. Then, for some mysterious reason, it weakens and does a complete 180. Read more at natureworldnews.com 

 

Mass jail break as DR Congo violence worsens: About 370 prisoners escape when armed men attack jail in Butembo after ten days of gruesome violence in country’s east. Armed men have raided a jail in the town of Butembo in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, releasing all 370 prisoners, military sources told Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from east DR Congo, said the Congolese army and the town’s mayor confirmed the raid, but that there were conflicting reports as to who was responsible for the incident late on Saturday night. The North Kivu province of eastern DR Congo has been hit by gruesome violence over the last 10 days, with officials and local rights groups saying that about 80 people have been killed. The blame for many of the attacks has been levelled at the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a secretive Ugandan rebel group hiding out in the neighbouring country. It has terrorised the area for much of the last two decades. On Thursday, about 26 people were slaughtered with machetes in Beni, while 50 km away in Eringeti, another 24 people, mostly women and children, were killed when militia entered the town and used machetes, axes and hoes to kill them. Read more at aljazeera.com

 

British mother rescues wounded jihadi son from Turkish-Syrian border: A British mother has traveled to one of the most dangerous areas on the Turkish-Syrian border to rescue her son, who was injured fighting for the Islamist militia Islamic State (IS formerly ISIS/ISIL). The woman, 45, known only as “Linda” told the BBC ‘Inside Out’ program that her son ‘James’ had joined the Islamic State on the internet, and had been fighting with the group for around four months, but indicated he would return. James, 21, a Christian who converted to Islam three years ago, was later wounded when caught up in crossfire near the Turkish border. “He was traumatized, he was in quite a fragile state. He was by himself, he was scared. At that point I knew I was going to have to go to Turkey, because it gave him something to aim for, he knew that his mum was waiting for him,”. Read more at RT.com

 

Liberian President – “a generation of young people risk being lost” due to Ebola: “Dear World .. In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments…” Read more at independent.co.ug

 

The High Cost of Cheap Clothes (Video): Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign is designed to rescue and rehabilitate sex workers. But many women say authorities in Cambodia are actually forcing them into a trade where conditions and pay are even worse: making clothing for Western brands. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi traveled to Phnom Penh to speak with former and current sex workers, officials, and labor organizers to investigate what is happening to those swept up in the country’s trafficking crackdown. Read more at news.vice.com

 

Over 100 Bangladeshi slaves rescued from Thai jungles: More than one hundred deceived Bangladeshi job-seekers were rescued after being abducted from high seas and ferried into jungles of Thailand to be sold as what is being dubbed modern-day slaves. The men were promised well-paid jobs abroad by brokers and were being ferried across the Bay of Bengal. On the way, they were “drugged, bound and kidnapped”. The government authorities in Thailand said they were trying to fight the ‘slave trade’, but were accused of “dragging their heels” on the matter, the BBC reported. On October 14, two Thai men were arrested on charges of human trafficking after 53 foreign workers were found on a rubber plantation in southern Thailand. The group, hailed from Bangladesh and Myanmar, was traced on October 11. Thai police are still looking for the gang leaders of the human traffickers.Read more at businessnews-bd.com

 

Virus-transmitting ‘yellow fever’ mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County: A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever — viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said.Read more at latimes.com

 

Fukushima radioactive release could be 4 timeslarger than Chernobyl: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, funded by the Korean government, July 2014: The Fukushima accident [led to a] release of huge radioactivity. It is reported… 4 times more radioactivity was released to the sea than to the atmosphere. Best-estimate source term of 137Cs… released into the atmosphere, is about 4%. Best-estimate release fraction of the 137Cs inventory that flowed into the sea…about 16% Read more at enenews.com


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