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2010 April 22 | Activist News

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Daily Archives: April 22, 2010

Wholesale prices rise in March as food costs jump

April 22, 2010
Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years. But excluding food and energy, prices were nearly flat.
The Labor Department said the Producer Price Index rose by 0.7 percent in March, compared to analysts’ forecasts of a 0.4 percent rise. A rise in gas prices also helped push up the index.

link - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Wholesale-prices-rise-in-apf-299827519.html?x=0&.v=4

ACTA treaty aims to deputize ISPs on copyrights

By Declan McCullagh
Aprill 22, 2010

Internet service providers could become copyright cops encouraged to block access to suspected pirate Web sites, according to a previously secret draft treaty made public on Wednesday.
One section of the proposed digital copyright treaty says that immunity from lawsuits would be granted to Internet providers “disabling access” to pirated material and adopting a policy dealing with unauthorized “transmission of materials protected by copyright.” If the ISPs choose not to do so, they could face legal liability.

link – http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20003005-38.html

Greek Workers to Strike Today as Papandreou Faces Bond Rout

By Maria Petrakis

April 22 (Bloomberg) — Greek civil servants will strike today in their fourth national walkout this year as surging bond yields put pressure on the government to activate a European Union bailout and accept more spending cuts.

The strike will shutter hospital and schools and also affect ministries and government offices, according to an e- mailed statement from Athens-based ADEDY, the umbrella group for more than 500,000 state workers. It will hold a rally in central Athens at 11 a.m. local time.

link -http://en.rsf.org/honduras-seventh-journalist-shot-dead-in-21-04-2010,37102.htm

Seventh journalist shot dead in increasingly alarming climate

Reporters Without Borders
Published on 21 April 2010

Georgino Orellana is the seventh Honduran journalist to be murdered in the past six weeks. A programme producer and presenter for Televisión de Honduras, Orellana was slain by a single shot to the head fired by an unidentified person who was waiting outside when he left the station’s studios in San Pedro Sula last night.

Honduras has been the world’s deadliest country for the media since the start of this year. Three journalists have fled abroad to escape the wave of violence.

Orellana’s killer left the scene immediately after last night’s shooting and the motive is not yet known. A university teacher as well as a journalist, Orellana used to work for the privately-owned broadcasting group Televicentro. Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to his family and colleagues.

San Pedro Sula police chief Héctor Iván Mejía insisted that his murder “will not go unpunished.” But, despite recent government promises, justice has not been rendered in any of the attacks on the press since the June 2009 coup d’état, whether they were linked to the coup or not. Already bad because of the high level of criminal violence, the plight of journalists has got much worse since the coup.

One of example of this is the threats against the staff of Radio Progreso, which was occupied by the army in the hours following the coup to prevent it broadcasting any information about the president’s ouster. When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Radio Progreso’s management preferred, for safety reasons, not to name the journalists and contributors who have received threats.

Community radio station La Voz de Zacate Grande was meanwhile subjected to intimidation yesterday by local police officers and security guards employed by businessman Miguel Facussé Barjum because it has been defending the cause of the Zacate Grande Peninsula Development Association, which is embroiled in a land dispute with Facussé.

According to the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), a Honduran NGO, shots were fired at local TV station Canal 40 in the Atlantic-coast town of Tocoa on 9 April. Journalist and presenter Emilio Oviedo Reyes believes the shots were fired by two individuals who have been targeting him since the coup.

It was Oviedo who alerted the police when fellow TV journalist Nahúm Palacios was gunned down in Tocoa on 14 March. It seems probable that Palacios was killed in connection with his work.

Finally, a criminal court in Tegucigalpa acquitted four officials with the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), including its former chairman, Miguel Ángel Rodas, on 12 April on charges of abuse of authority for ordering the closure of Radio Globo and Cholusat TV (Canal 36) – the two media that had voiced the most criticism of the coup – and seizing equipment from them. This took place last September, when the de facto government declared a state of siege after ousted President Manuel Zelaya secretly reentered the country.

The court’s president judge, Martha Murillo, ruled that freedom of expression “was not obstructed in a situation of state of exception.” Article 73 of the Honduran constitution nonetheless takes the position that freedom of expression is paramount and forbids any confiscation of equipment from a news media or any interruption of its work. This constitutional guarantee cannot be suspended by a state of siege, C-Libre points out.

link - http://en.rsf.org/honduras-seventh-journalist-shot-dead-in-21-04-2010,37102.html

Federal Reserve Made $47.4 Billion in 2009

New York Times
By Sewell Chan
April 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve transferred $47.4 billion, a record sum, to the Treasury Department last year, a result of the central bank’s actions to support the fragile housing market.
The transfer to the public coffers rose roughly 50 percent, or $15.7 billion, from $31.7 billion transferred in 2008, the Fed announced on Wednesday in releasing its annual financial statements, which were audited by Deloitte.
“Central banking is a great business,” joked Vincent R. Reinhart, a former director of monetary affairs at the Fed.

link -http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/business/economy/22fed.html

A North-South Pact to Resolve Water, Sanitation Crisis

By Thalif Deen and Jennie Lorentsson

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21, 2010 (IPS) – An international coalition of over 120 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is demanding a North-South partnership to resolve the spreading global crisis in water and sanitation.

As a first step, Western donors and national governments are being urged to form agreements in at least seven to 10 pilot countries to develop credible national plans, including a new pooled fund and enhanced technical support to develop capacity and planning systems.

link – http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51146

US soldier took $1.4 million bribe from contractors

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

A US Army sergeant who oversaw dining facilities at two military bases in Kuwait pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting 1.4 million dollars in “illegal gratuities” from private contractors.

Ray Scott Chase, 42, also pleaded guilty in an appearance before an Illinois court to hiding the money upon his return to the United States and lying to federal investigators in 2007, Illinois prosecutors said.
In a statement, the Justice Department said Chase “supervised the food procurement, preparation and service operations at Camp Doha and Camp Arifjan” in Kuwait in 2002 and 2003.

link – http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0421/soldier-14-million-dollar-bribes-contractors/