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An indigenous group summoned to Paris to challenge a land-grabbing French corporation in court has been denied French visas to attend the hearing
Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a lawyer, a translator and nine representatives of the indigenous group, totaling 114 people.
casteingTheLowerClass 
5 days ago by joeybaker
Scientists have genetically modified cassava, a staple crop in Africa, to contain more iron and zinc. The authors estimate that their GMO cassava could provide up to 50% of the dietary requirement for iron and up to 70% for zinc in children aged 1 to 6, m
One wonders how the anti-GMO movement could oppose something like this. But given their hostility to Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to contain a vitamin A precursor to prevent blindness, they usually find a way.
scienceAdvancement  agriculture  casteingTheLowerClass  healthcare  popularStupidity 
8 days ago by joeybaker
Ohio city to stop observing Columbus Day, make Election Day holiday instead
Officials in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, have decided that the city will no longer observe Columbus Day as a holiday, switching it for Election Day.
voterSuppression  casteingTheLowerClass  win 
13 days ago by joeybaker
Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery
Pope Francis admits that nuns have been sexually abused by clerics - and it is an ongoing problem.
religion  oligarchy  casteingTheLowerClass  corruption 
14 days ago by joeybaker
Schumer, Sanders to introduce bill restricting stock buybacks unless workers paid $15 per hour
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are planning to introduce a bill that would prevent corporations from buying back its own stock and push for employees to be paid at least $15 an hour.
corporateIndemnity  corporateCorruption  kleptocracy  governmentIncompetence  win  casteingTheLowerClass 
15 days ago by joeybaker
India has reduced its 'extremely poor' population from 250 million to 50 million in 8 years.
According to the World Data Lab, less than 50 million Indians may be living on less than $1.90 a day now. Economists said rapid economic growth and the use of technology for social sector programmes have helped make a significant dent in extreme poverty in the country.
casteingTheLowerClass  governmentIncompetence  win 
24 days ago by joeybaker
Sheriff Ends Cooperation With ICE After Agency Tried to Deport U.S. Marine Born in Michigan
A sheriff’s department in Michigan is ending a controversial agreement with ICE after the agency put a U.S. Marine into administrative detention over false claims that he was an undocumented immigrant.
immigration  governmentOverreach  policeoverreach  casteingTheLowerClass 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
The US and UK have let xenophobia bring them to the brink
The UK still has no Brexit deal, and the US is enduring the longest government shutdown in its history over funding for a border wall.
fearmongering  theTerrorismExcuse  immigration  casteingTheLowerClass  popularUnrest  governmentIncompetence  endOfTheUSEmpire 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
'We didn't respond fast enough': Seattle lawmakers warn New York over Amazon
Council members urge New Yorkers to demand concessions like labor standards before company gains foothold in city
localizedGovernment  corporateSoverignty  casteingTheLowerClass 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
The United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the chief reason is not greater health care utilization, but higher prices, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins.
The United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the chief reason is not greater health care utilization, but higher prices, according to a stu
healthcareMalfeasance  casteingTheLowerClass  casteingTheMiddleClass 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Brazil’s New President Moves to Kick Indigenous People off Their Land Just Hours After Taking Office
The war against Brazil’s indigenous people has begun. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wasted no time his first two days in office, signing a decree Wednesday that hands over power to designate indigenous lands to the Ministry of Agriculture, a move that could have repercussions for the country’s 690 recognized territories in the Amazon rainforest.
authoritarianism  climateChange  casteingTheLowerClass 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
An Alabama sheriff personally kept $1.5 million that was supposed to feed ICE detainees
Sheriff Todd Entrekin of Etowah County, Alabama, lost his re-election bid this year after he was found to have personally pocketed $750,000 allotted for feeding inmates in county lockup and using it to buy himself a beach house. Ethical questions aside, Entrekin’s taking was legal under Alabama law — but a further $1.5 million he took home from funds for feeding federal immigration detainees may not be.
The Etowah County Detention Center has a contract with the federal government to house several hundred undocumented immigrants awaiting adjudication. With that contract comes federal funding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to feed the detainees, money AL.com reports Entrekin has treated exactly like state and municipal funds: Any surplus is split 50/50 between the county’s general fund and the sheriff himself, so a $3 million surplus gave Entrekin a $1.5 million bonus.
As Entrekin protested when the beach house story broke, that accounting is legal in Alabama. AL.com’s report notes “multiple Ala
kleptocracy  corruption  casteingTheLowerClass  immigration 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
FBI Collected Fake Green Cards Allegedly Supplied By Trump Golf Club Managers: Report
Attorney for immigrants also said he turned over fraudulent Social Security numbers provided by managers at the Trump National Golf Club.
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy  corporateCorruption  casteingTheLowerClass 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Uber loses landmark case over worker rights, entitling UK drivers to minimum wage and sick leave
The court ruled that Uber drivers should be classified as workers under UK’s industrial laws.
corporateIndemnity  win  casteingTheLowerClass 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
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