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Published on November 25th, 2014 | by admin

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Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Nov 24th, 2014

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Kashmiris brave cold, defy call for poll boycott, turnout 70 percent: Almost every polling station in Jammu and Kashmir, despite differences in weather, landscape and people’s traditional attire, looked similar during the first phase of Assembly election on Tuesday. Voters stood in long-winding queues, with the 15 constituencies where polling was held witnessing a high turnout. The day passed off without any militancy-related incident. Read more at thehindu.com


 

10,000 more schools needed in Balochistan: “Out of the 13,000 schools in Balochistan, only 2,500 are for girls,” said Balochistan Additional Secretary Education Mohammad Tayyab Lehri. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the five-year project ‘Balochistan Educational Programme’ carried out by Save the Children with support from Embassy of the Netherlands. Mr Lehri said Balochistan was a province with a vast expanse of territory and there was a need to provide education to children closer to their homes. “We have divided the province in 23000 pockets but there are only 13000 schools in the province. Another 10,000 schools should be built,” he said. Read more at dawn.com


 

More troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots: Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to the St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, while the local mayor said the governor did not do enough to protect businesses from looting. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the grand jury process that led to Monday’s decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson. The killing in Ferguson, a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, underscores the sometimes tense nature of U.S. race relations.Read more at reuters.com


 

Yemeni Special Forces Rescue Eight Hostages from Al Qaeda in US-backed Raid: In a predawn raid on Tuesday, United States Special Operations commandos and Yemeni troops rescued eight hostages being held in a cave in a remote part of eastern Yemen by Al Qaeda’s affiliate there, officials from both countries said. The freed captives were six Yemeni citizens, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, who were unharmed, Yemeni officials said in a statement. Earlier reports that an American hostage was freed were incorrect, according to Yemeni and American officials. About two dozen United States commandos, joined by a small number of American-trained Yemeni counterterrorism troops flew secretly by helicopter to a location in Hadhramaut Province near the Saudi border, according to American and Yemeni officials. The commandos then hiked some distance in the dark to a mountainside cave, where they surprised the militants holding the captives. Read more at nytimes.com


 

Russia bans GMO Products; commits to Organic Food: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that Russia will no longer import GMO products, stating that the nation has enough space, and enough resources to produce organic food. If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.” –Medvedev. Russia has been considering joining the long list (and continually growing) of anti-GMO countries for quite some time now. It does so after a group of Russian scientists urged the government to consider at least a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health. Read more at globalresearch.ca


 

Christian lobby seeks constitutional ban on abortions in Russia: An assembly gathered by Russian Orthodox Christians has passed a resolution seeking legislative changes to ban all abortions, claiming that human life begins at the moment of conception. The assembly united about 400 people and included federal and regional lawmakers, members of the Public Chamber, medical experts and members of various church-related groups from 40 regions across Russia. The session took place in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral – the most important Orthodox place of worship in the Russian capital. “The human right for life from the moment of conception should be guaranteed by the Constitution and the process of changing the Constitution should be launched by a nationwide referendum,” newspaper Izvestia cited the resolution as saying. The politicians and activists are also seeing changes to federal laws on healthcare, on medical drugs, on medical insurance and on guarantees of children’s rights. Read more at rt.com


 

Young Italians finding prospects on the farm: Confronted by the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, and with little support from a debt-burdened government, an increasing number of Italy’s young people are returning to the land for agriculture production – a sector the generation before nearly abandoned. Piergiovanni Ferraresi, 23, is one of these new Italian farmers. After graduating law school, he decided to return to his family’s farm instead of practising law. In the countryside just outside of Verona, in northeast Italy, Ferraresi transformed the farm into a modern agribusiness that produces milk, soya, and different varieties of grains. He has since hired two employees, including his younger brother Mario. According to Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, 11,485 new agribusinesses were established in 2013 – a 2.6 percent increase from 2012. About 17 percent were started by individuals below age 30. Read more at aljazeera.com


 

Family farms are part of the solution for achieving food security and sustainable rural development: More than 500 million family farms manage the majority of the world’s agricultural land and produce most of the world’s food. We need family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. But these goals can be thoroughly achieved if public policies support family farms to become more productive and sustainable; in other words policies must support family farms to innovate within a system that recognizes their diversity and the complexity of the challenges faced. The State of Food and Agriculture 2014: Innovation in family farming analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It argues that family farms must be supported to innovate in ways that promote sustainable intensification of production and improvements in rural livelihoods. Innovation is a process through which farmers improve their production and farm management practices. Read more at fao.org


 

Three Day Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, Dhaka 2014 comes to an end: Experimentation with new forms and subjects in the arts, and promotion of freedom of choice and expression were summarised through the presentation of a Bangla poetry rap in the closing event of the three-day long Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 yesterday. The highlight of the day was the session on the silver jubilee edition of the Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor’s novel The Great Indian Novel at the main stage in the afternoon. The celebrated Indian writer discussed his perspectives on politics, economics, history and literature with Bangladeshi writer Kazi Anis Ahmed before a jam-packed audience.Read more at thedailystar.net


 

Bolivia’s Coca(the source of cocaine) Production at Lowest Since 2002: Bolivia last year sharply reduced the amount of land used to cultivate coca, the source of cocaine, as the government used a mix of forceful eradication and negotiations with farmers to voluntarily reduce drug crops, a United Nations agency said Monday. The reduction is in line with trends in the two other coca-producing countries in the world, neighboring Peru and Colombia, both of which have recorded sharp decreases in acreage cultivated with coca in recent years. In its annual report released in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, said coca leaf cultivation in Bolivia fell 9% between 2012 and 2013 to 56,800 acres, or about four times the size of Manhattan. It was the lowest level recorded by the U.N. for the country since 2002. Read more at wsj.com


 

Belgian Mining Company Accused of Lying About Bulldozing People’s Houses in the Congo: Belgian mining firm Forrest International bulldozed hundreds of homes near one of its mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report published Monday by Amnesty International. The demolitions happened November 24 and 25, 2009, in the village of Kawama, near the Luiswishi copper and cobalt mine. Kawama is located in the Katanga province, a region known for its vast mineral deposits, including cobalt — a key ingredient in smartphone batteries. Read more at news.vice.com


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