Archive for May, 2013

May 31 2013

AlJazeera: Mumbai proposes mannequin ban to ‘save women’

Newswire | Published 31 May 2013, 8:32 am | Comments Off on AlJazeera: Mumbai proposes mannequin ban to ‘save women’ -

One woman is raped every 20 minutes in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Anti-rape protests swept the country in recent months, calling for strict and immediate action from the authorities after a 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in the capital December 2012.

As of March 2013, 24,000 cases of sexual violence were pending before state high courts and the Supreme Court of India.

In a move designed to prevent …

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May 31 2013

Reuters: Protests Could Halt $5 Billion Peru Mine Project

Newswire | Published 31 May 2013, 8:23 am | Comments Off on Reuters: Protests Could Halt $5 Billion Peru Mine Project -

By Stephen Eisenhammer
LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Protests in northern Peru over
the $5 billion Conga gold mine make “no sense” and could spell
the end of the project if they succeed in preventing the
draining of a nearby lake, the project’s junior partner said on
Thursday.
Tensions flared up again this week over Newmont’s
proposed mine, with hundreds of protesters taking to the streets
and bringing to an end nine months of …

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May 31 2013

AlJazeera: Thousands of ‘Blockupy’ protesters block Frankfurt’s European Central Bank

Newswire | Published 31 May 2013, 8:15 am | Comments Off on AlJazeera: Thousands of ‘Blockupy’ protesters block Frankfurt’s European Central Bank -

Thousands of demonstrators from the anti-capitalist Blockupy movement have cut off access to the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt to protest against policymakers’ handling of Europe’s debt crisis.

Clasping signs with slogans such as “humanity before profit”, the protesters gathered in the rain to block roads including those leading to Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in the city’s financial district on Friday.

The crowd, estimated by police at roughly 2,500 protesters, was met by armed police wearing helmets …

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May 31 2013

NYTimes: C-Section O.K.’ed for Pregnant Woman in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — A seriously ill Salvadoran woman whose struggle to get a medical abortion drew international attention received permission on Thursday to end the troubled pregnancy with a Caesarean section.

El Salvador’s health minister on Thursday approved the C-section for the 22-year-old woman suffering from kidney failure and lupus, a day after the Supreme Court ruled that she could not have an abortion despite her lawyers’ appeal that the pregnancy was life-threatening.

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May 30 2013

boston.com: Surge in hate crimes divides Greek coalition

Newswire | Published 30 May 2013, 12:34 pm | Comments Off on boston.com: Surge in hate crimes divides Greek coalition -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coalition government was in disarray Thursday over efforts to crackdown on growing racist violence, as majority conservatives and their center-left partners clashed over the best way to tackle anti-immigrant violence.

The embarrassing rift in conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ government occurred amid pressure from the European Union and human rights groups to toughen anti-racism laws.

Greece, in its sixth year of recession — and with the highest number of immigrants entering the …

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May 30 2013

The Grio: Danny Glover joins union protest in South Africa

Newswire | Published 30 May 2013, 12:31 pm | Comments Off on The Grio: Danny Glover joins union protest in South Africa -

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hollywood actor Danny Glover has made an appearance at a union protest in downtown Johannesburg.

Glover, also a labor rights activist, is in South Africa as part of a trade union delegation from the United States that seeks international support for auto workers in Canton, Mississippi. The workers want to form a union at an auto manufacturing plant operated by Japanese company Nissan in Canton.

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May 30 2013

Think Progress: St. Louis Police Shoot Black Honor Student 25 Times

Newswire | Published 30 May 2013, 12:29 pm | Comments Off on Think Progress: St. Louis Police Shoot Black Honor Student 25 Times -

Protesters rallied in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday over the death of 25-year-old Cary Ball Jr, who was shot 25 times by police officers last month. Police say Ball refused to pull over for a traffic stop, eventually crashed into a parked car, and started running. According to police, Ball pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the officers, prompting them to open fire.

Several witnesses who spoke to the family, however, say Ball threw his gun on …

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May 30 2013

Global Post: North Korean escapees forced to return home, to rights groups’ concern

Newswire | Published 30 May 2013, 12:27 pm | Comments Off on Global Post: North Korean escapees forced to return home, to rights groups’ concern -

Nine North Korean refugees have been forced to return home after escaping to Laos, drawing protests from human rights groups and concern from the US.

The defectors, the oldest aged 23 and the youngest just 15, were arrested in Laos three weeks ago. They were sent to China on Monday and flown to Pyongyang the following day, reportedly accompanied by at least one North Korean official.

Human Rights Watch accused the Lao and Chinese governments of showing …

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May 30 2013

RT: Monsanto website downed as Anonymous claims hack

Newswire | Published 30 May 2013, 12:23 pm | Comments Off on RT: Monsanto website downed as Anonymous claims hack -

Hackers from the Anonymous collective claimed to have infiltrated the website for the biotech giant Monsanto, which has been the subject of recent international protests.

The cyber-attack was carried out as part of #OpMonsanto, an attempt to demonstrate against Monsanto’s reach into every aspect of the food industry, from nature to farmers to consumers. The corporation’s main website, Monstanto.com, appeared to have been briefly disabled Wednesday night.

It comes days after over two million people took part …

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May 30 2013

RT: Man jailed for threatening Obama on Twitter

Newswire | Published 30 May 2013, 12:21 pm | Comments Off on RT: Man jailed for threatening Obama on Twitter -

A Florida man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to threatening United States President Barack Obama over Twitter.

Donte Jamar Sims, 22, will serve six months in prison plus one year of supervised release for tweets he published last year. He pleaded guilty to threatening the president’s life last October and was sentenced in a Charlotte, North Carolina courtroom on Wednesday.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for user records pertaining to the Twitter account “DestroyLeague_D” …

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