Mar 25 2015

Newsflash: Yemen Falls into Chaos, Slave Labor Taints Global Seafood Supply, Ted Cruz Signs Up for ‘Obamacare’

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Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes to day’s news headlines:

Yemen appears as though it is about to fall into the hands of Shia rebels. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has fled his palace late last night in the southern city of Aden before Houthi rebels began striking palace guards. Mr. Hadi has begged the United Nations to intervene. Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, had been touted as the model for US counter terrorism efforts. It is one of the nations where unmanned US drones routinely drop airstrikes – a fact that has fueled the rebellion. Today’s news of an imminent takeover by rebel groups comes just a week after US military officials admitted to Congress that it has lost track of at least half a billion dollars worth of arms and equipment given to Yemen since 2007. The US already shut down its Embassy in the capital Sana’a in February. Click HERE for an AP, HERE for a USnews.com and HERE for a RT.com article on this story.

An explosive investigative report just released by AP, has found that much of the global supply of seafood – some of it winding up in US stores and restaurants – is the product of slave labor. During a year-long investigation AP interviewed fishermen who had been trafficked from Myanmar through Thailand, into Indonesia. The fish that these impoverished Burmese men were forced to catch is sent back to Thailand where it is mixed with seafood from all over the world for processing and export to other parts of Asia, as well as Europe and the United States. The trafficked men are living in horrific working conditions. According to AP they described “20- to 22-hour shifts and unclean drinking water. Almost all said they were kicked, beaten or whipped with toxic stingray tails if they complained or tried to rest. They were paid little or nothing.” Click HERE for an AP article on this story.

Days after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his intention to run for President and generated reams of outrage and satire, a story has emerged that might have been written in The Onion. The Senator from Texas, who has been one of the most vociferous opponents of the Affordable Care Act, has just announced he is signing up for its health insurance coverage. Cruz’s wife Heidi had obtained health insurance for their family through her employer Goldman Sachs. Now that she is taking a leave of absence, the Cruzes have nowhere to turn to for affordable health insurance – except Obamacare. Previously Ted Cruz, who had pushed hard to defund Obamacare, described the law that he is now taking advantage of as, “lawlessness on a breathtaking scale.” He still insists that a future Republican President will repeal it. Click HERE for a msnbc.com article on this story.

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