News Climate March

Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by admin


Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Monday Sept 22nd, 2014

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People’s climate March floods Wall Street, New York (Video): As many as 400,000 people turned out in New York City on Sunday for the People’s Climate March, the largest environmental protest in history. With a turnout far exceeding expectations, the streets of midtown Manhattan were filled with environmentalists, politicians, musicians, students, farmers, celebrities, nurses and labor activists — all united in their demand for urgent action on climate change. Organizers arranged the People’s Climate March into different contingents reflecting the movement’s diversity, with indigenous groups in the lead. Democracy Now! producers Aaron Maté and Elizabeth Press were in the streets to hear from some of the demonstrators taking part in the historic protest. Read more at


US Federal student loan debt tops $1 trillion: Federal student loan debt has topped $1 trillion, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will announce Wednesday, a milestone that will only intensify the debate in Congress over what to do about student loan interest rates. The interest rate on new, federally subsidized Stafford loans doubled on July 1 to 6.8 percent thanks to congressional inaction, and the two parties haven’t been able to agree to a solution to lower the rate. “I think there’s been a lot of attention about future student loan interest rates but student loan debt continues to grow,” said Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s student loan ombudsman. The growing debt suggests that lawmakers should pay attention to issues beyond interest rates for a small slice of student loans overall, Chopra said. Read more at


India backs info swap on black money: India will support the proposed international automatic exchange of tax and banking information that is expected to aid unearthing and retrieving black money stashed offshore. Forty-six countries, including India, have agreed to set rolling by 2017 the automatic exchange of information on tax evaders. This would be the key to prevent international tax evasion and avoidance and would be instrumental in getting information about unaccounted money stashed abroad and ultimately bringing it back, Minister of State for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman said at the meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers in Cairns, Australia. Read more at


China hands drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline record $489 million fine for paying bribes: China fined GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L) a record 3 billion yuan ($489 million / £298.7 million) on Friday for paying bribes to doctors to use its drugs, underlining the risks of doing business there while also ending a damaging chapter for the British drugmaker. A court in the southern city of Changsha handed suspended jail sentences to Mark Reilly, the former head of GSK in China, and four other GSK executives of between two and four years, according to state news agency Xinhua. Briton Reilly, shown on state television wearing a suit and looking tired during the trial, will be deported, a source with direct knowledge of the case said. The verdict, handed out behind closed doors in a single-day trial, highlights how Chinese regulators are increasingly cracking down on corporate malpractice. Read more at


Yemen, A Failed State (Video): Since 2011, when Yemeni youths took to the streets and sparked the eventual demise of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, the country has fallen to pieces. The new embattled government is now struggling to cope with a bevy of issues, including sectarian rivalries, CIA drone strikes, and one of al Qaeda’s most sophisticated branches. It now risks presiding over the failure of one of the world’s most fragile countries. In “Yemen: A Failed State,” VICE News visits some of Yemen’s most dangerous and hard-to-reach places and groups, including the national Army in the country’s lawless East, the Houthis in Sana’a, and the Popular Committee in the South, to find out how both the government and the West’s policy toward Yemen have gone wrong. See it at


One man’s struggle to heal Gaza’s children: Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters in previous Gaza war is fighting to bring 100 wounded kids to Canada. Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish is a man on a mission. He wants to bring 100 wounded children from Gaza to Canada for medical treatment. The idea came to him while watching images on television of the Israeli bombings in Gaza this past summer, which he said broke his heart. The scenes brought back gut-wrenching memories of his three daughters and a niece who were killed in a previous war in Gaza. “I see in these children, my daughters,” Abuelaish told Al Jazeera, his eyes moist with tears. “We need to help them, to heal them, not to be disabled. I want the voices of these children to be heard.” His own story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Born and raised in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, he worked hard to get through medical school and spent years working in the occupied territories, Israel, and abroad as an obstetrician/gynaecologist, specialising in infertility treatment. Read more at


Rapes surge in Sri Lanka amid weak laws: Incidents of rape have increased 20 percent in last two years as current law fails to criminalise domestic sex attacks. Recent allegations that a naval officer in the northern city of Jaffna raped an 11-year-old girl have cast a spotlight on the growing problem of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. According to police statistics, incidents of rape have increased by nearly 20 percent in the last two years, with 4,393 cases registered during 2012-2014 as compared to 3,624 in 2010-2012. In the Jaffna case, police confirmed they had apprehended and brought before the courts a suspect attached to the navy, but refused to comment further. “While this particular case has received significant media attention, thousands of others do not,” said professor Savithri Fernando, who counsels victims of sexual abuse. “Sexual abuse is rampant,” she told Al Jazeera citing the Asian Human Rights Council research on rape in the island


Cape Town pro-gay mosque opens in South Africa: A Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community. Women will also be allowed to lead prayers at Taj Hargey’s “Open Mosque” in Cape Town. “We are opening the mosque for open-minded people, not closed-minded people,” Mr Hargey told the BBC. He says the mosque will help counter growing Islamic radicalism. Mr Hargey, a professor at the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford in the UK, told the BBC’s Newsday programme it was time for a “religious revolution”. “In South Africa 20 years ago, there was a peaceful revolution changing from apartheid to democracy and we need to have a similar development in the area of religion,” he said. Read more at

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