Daily Archives: October 1, 2015

Tens of Thousands of Refugees Continue Trek Across Europe + Refugee Marches and Violence

Tens of Thousands of Refugees Continue Trek Across Europe

In Europe, 12,000 refugees fleeing violence in their home countries of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Eritrea and other countries crossed the border on foot between Hungary and Austria Saturday. This comes as thousands more refugees arrived on Greece’s mainland over the weekend. Meanwhile, 17 people drowned Sunday when their boat sank off the Turkish coast en route to Greece. Nearly 500,000 refugees have reached Europe this year. António Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said Saturday attention should have been paid to the refugee crisis earlier.

António Guterres: “Well, you know, unfortunately, only when the poor enter the halls of the rich do the rich notice that the poor exist. And indeed, until we had this massive movement into Europe, there was no recognition in the developed world of how serious the refugee crisis was. If in the past we had more massive support to the refugees and more massive support to those countries in the developing world that have been receiving them and protecting them, this would not have happened.”

#RefugeesWelcome March in Brussels; Anti-Refugee Violence in Finland

In response to the influx of refugees, thousands marched in Brussels Sunday in a “Refugees Welcome” solidarity march. This comes after, in Finland, dozens of nationalists, including one man dressed like a member of the Ku Klux Klan, threw fireworks and rocks at a bus filled with Iraqi refugees and Finnish Red Cross volunteers on Thursday. Nationalists also scrawled the words “Go Home” on the pavement outside the refugee reception in Lahti. Meanwhile, a Finnish man has been arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at an emergency refugee shelter in another part of Finland.

Global Climate Change
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Brazil Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 43% by 2030 + Shell to End Arctic Drilling

Brazil Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 43% by 2030

President Dilma Rousseff has pledged Brazil will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent by 2030. She also pledged during a speech at the U.N. General Assembly Sunday to work to end illegal logging in the Amazon, but she stopped short of declaring a freeze on deforestation.

Shell to End Arctic Oil Drilling Program

Meanwhile, oil giant Shell has announced it will end its multibillion-dollar Arctic drilling program. The announcement comes after Shell’s exploratory well in the Chukchi Sea showed only traces of oil and gas. This summer, the Obama administration approved Shell’s permit to drill in the remote Arctic waters, despite fierce opposition from environmental groups.

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Environment Justice

House Speaker Boehner Resigns from Congress After 25 Years

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has announced he is resigning not only as speaker of the House, but from Congress. He has served in Congress for 25 years and as speaker of the House since 2011. During his tenure, Boehner has faced intense pressure from the far-right lawmakers in his own party. In an interview with CBS Sunday, Boehner dismissed members of the far-right Republican faction as “false prophets.”

John Dickerson: “Are they unrealistic about what can be done in government? That’s the discussion.”

Speaker John Boehner: “Absolutely, they’re unrealistic. But, you know, the Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean, this whole idea that we’re going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013, this plan never had a chance.”

Many expect House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to assume Boehner’s position as speaker of the House. The California Republican has served in the House since only 2006. He would be the least experienced House speaker in more than a century.

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TV4’s investigation of H&M’s connection to landgrabs in Ethiopia

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Food-Matters

Coming soon: together we can cool the planet! on Vimeo

Get ready!
On October 16, World Day of Action for Food Sovereignty, Rosalía will tell us how “together we can cool the planet”!
The connections between the agroindustrial food system and the climate crisis are explained in a video by the small farmers of the world, along with the solutions that we can build together to respond to this crisis.
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