Sep 20 2013
Daily News Flash with Adele Stan on Food Stamp Cuts, UN Vote on Israel, and Greenpeace Activism in the Arctic
Uprising’s guest expert Adele Stan, longtime chronicler of the right wing, and senior Washington correspondent for RHRealityCheck.org, analyzes today’s news headlines:
By a margin of just 7 votes, the House voted to cut $40 billion in food stamps even as millions of Americans are struggling with poverty. The vote, which took place yesterday, is aimed at kicking millions of people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides on average a paltry $133 per month in food vouchers for needy families, and was estimated to have kept 4 million people out of poverty last year. The Senate’s version of the same bill cuts $4 billion in food stamps – whatever deal is struck to reconcile the two versions, will still include severe cuts. Click here for a ThinkProgress article about the story.
As the United Nations General Assembly gears up for a meeting next week, some Arab heads of state offered a resolution calling on the state of Israel to abide by international nuclear weapons treaties. The resolution failed 43 to 51, in what the US called a victory. Click here for an RT.com article about the story.
A group of Greenpeace activists who were on a ship in the Arctic region to draw attention to Russian oil exploration in newly exposed areas, are in Russian custody right now. Armed guards stormed the Greenpeace ship named the Arctic Sunrise, yesterday and reportedly damaged their equipment. Greenpeace director Ben Ayliffe released a statement saying, “The real threat to the Russian Arctic comes not from the crew of the Arctic Sunrise but from Gazprom, one of the most reckless oil companies in the world today.” Click here for a Commondreams article about the story.