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France faces major disruption as workers threaten open-ended strikes

Deutsche Wells

October 12, 2010

The French senate on Friday agreed to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, bringing the unpopular bill closer to becoming law. President Nicolas Sarkozy also wants to raise the age at which workers can retire with a full pension – to 67. The senate approved that part of the bill on Monday.

Transport workers plan to protest in the usual way: by taking to the streets. The transport network is likely to be severely disrupted on Tuesday. Street protests are also expected in a fresh wave on unrest over Sarkozy’s plans.

Half the flights to and from Paris Orly airport, and one in three at Charles de Gaulle are likely to be cancelled because of walkouts by airport workers. On the railways, one in three high-speed TGV trains will be operating. The Paris metro is also likely to be severely hit.
Teachers, truckers and postal workers are planning to join the protests. Meanwhile, dock workers on strike in the oil port of Fos-Lavera forced a partial shutdown of a major refinery. They have been protesting for over two weeks.

However, Sarkozy has so far remained firm on the unpopular plans, which are aimed at safeguarding France’s cherished AAA credit rating, which enables it to borrow at low rates. His office said he has no intention of backing down.

Full Article Here – http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6104824,00.html

Rwanda: Rebel Leader Wanted By ICC for Alleged War Crimes Arrested in France

allAfrica.com
October 11, 2010

A Rwandan rebel leader was arrested in France today on an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year.

The ICC, to which the situation in the DRC was referred by that country’s Government in 2004, said there are reasonable grounds to believe that Callixte Mbarushimana, the first senior leader arrested by the ICC for massive crimes in the DRC’s Kivu provinces, is criminally responsible for 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, torture, rape, attacks against civilians, destruction of property, inhuman treatment and persecution.

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo thanked France for a smooth and efficient operation, describing the arrest as a “crucial step in efforts to prosecute the massive sexual crimes committed in the DRC,” where over 15,000 cases of sexual violence were reported in 2009 alone.
“We are grateful to the French authorities for executing the arrest warrant and we are thankful for the excellent cooperation of the many parties involved in the investigation, including France, Germany, the DRC and Rwanda. This is a clear example of positive complementarity in action,” he said.

As late as this past August, Mr. Mbarushimana’s Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda – Forces Combattantes Abacunguzi (FDLR-FCA) was involved in the commission of more than 300 rapes in North Kivu province, yet he blatantly continued to refute any allegation against his movement, the ICC said in a news release.

Full Article Here – http://allafrica.com/stories/201010111912.html

More FBI dirty tricks on MN human rights defenders

Examiner
October 11, 2010
By Deborah Dupré

Amidst widespread Cointelpro rampage on human rights defenders and peace workers this season, in Minneapolis, MN, FBI agents continued their campaign against anti-war activists in the Twin Cities on Oct. 8. Because more people have become self-learned about the suppressed history of Cointelpro, the old “dirty tricks” may not be working for them.

“FBI agents came to my work and wanted to talk to me about activists in the anti-war movement,” said Jennie Eisert, an Anti-War Committee member according to Fight Back News.

Eisert shed light on the same tactic Targeted Individuals consistently report: Black operatives or their organized vigilantes sneaking meetings or communications with family and friends to turn them away from the target. This tactic is successful, all too often leaving the target isolated and thus vulnerable for attacks.

Eisert did not fall for the FBI’s dirty trick.
“I was called away from my desk and when I refused to talk to them, they tried to turn me against my friends and fellow activists,” said Eisert.

“They said that Jess Sundin, Meredith Aby and Mick Kelly had manipulated me and others in the anti-war movement. The only ones trying to manipulate me are these FBI agents.”

Fight Back News staff reports that “Sundin, Aby and Kelly were among those who had their homes raided and were served with grand jury subpoenas when the FBI moved against anti-war and international solidarity activists on Sept. 24.”

“It is insulting that federal agents would try to make me talk to them by attacking the personal and political relationships that I’ve had with Jess and the others for more than ten years,” Eisert said. “To do this while I’m at work is harassment, plain and simple. These attempts to divide us will not work personally and it will not work in the movement.”

Cointelpro has always used tricks to divide and thus dissolve peace groups, as the young human rights defenders are seeing first-hand.

Full Article Here – http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/more-fbi-dirty-tricks-on-mn-human-rights-defenders

29 countries’ hunger levels “alarming”: report

Reuters
October 11, 2010
By Emily Stephenson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twenty-nine countries show alarming levels of hunger and more than a billion people were hungry in 2009, according to a new report on global hunger.

World leaders are far from a 1990 goal of halving the number of hungry people by 2015, according to the annual Global Hunger Index published by the International Food Policy Research Institute and other aid groups.

“The index for hunger in the world remains at a level characterized as ‘serious,’” the report states. “Most of the countries with ‘alarming’ GHI scores are in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.”

The report identifies children as particularly vulnerable.

Countries with high hunger levels must address child nutrition during the first 1,000 days after conception, including prenatal nutrition and nutrition education programs for pregnant women, said Marie Ruel, head of the group’s poverty, health and nutrition division.
“In order to improve child nutrition, programs and policies have to focus on the window of opportunity,” Ruel said. “Early childhood undernutrition perpetuates poverty from one generation to another.”

SOME IMPROVEMENT

The percentage of undernourished people fell from 20 percent in 1990-92 to 16 percent in 2004-06. The United Nations believes the number of hungry people may have fallen from 1 billion in 2009 to 925 million this year.

But the index shows some regions still struggling, and the causes of hunger differ worldwide, according to the report.

“Compared to the 1990 score, globally the global hunger index has improved by 24 percent,” Ruel said. “Progress, however, varies greatly by region and by country.”

The Global Hunger Index considers three indicators — the proportion of undernourished people in a population, the proportion of children younger than five years considered underweight, and the mortality rate of children younger than five years — to compare countries’ hunger levels.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101011/ts_nm/us_food_security_index

More black people jailed in England and Wales proportionally than in US

Guardian
October 11, 2010
By Randeep Ramesh

The proportion of black people in prison in England and Wales is higher than in the United States, a landmark report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reveals.

The commission’s first triennial report into the subject, How Fair is Britain, shows that the proportion of people of African-Caribbean and African descent incarcerated here is almost seven times greater to their share of the population. In the United States, the proportion of black prisoners to population is about four times greater.

The report, which aims to set out how to measure “fairness” in Britain, says that ethnic minorities are “substantially over-represented in the custodial system”. It suggests many of those jailed have “mental health issues, learning disabilities, have been in care or experienced abuse”.
Experts and politicians said over-representation of black men was a result of decades of racial prejudice in the criminal justice system and an overly punitive approach to penal affairs.

“People will be and should be shocked by this data,” said Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust. “We have a tendency to say we are better than the US, but we have not got prison right.”

Lyon said that although there had been “numerous efforts to address racism in the prison system … we have yet to get a better relationship between justice authorities and black communities. Instead we have ended up with mistrust breeding mistrust.”

Evidence of this damaged relationship can be found in the commission’s report. On the streets, black people were subjected to what the report describes as an “excess” of 145,000 stop and searches in 2008. It notes that black people constitute less than 3% of the population, yet made up 15% of people stopped by police.

The commission found that five times more black people than white people per head of population in England and Wales are imprisoned. The ethnic minority prison population has doubled in a decade – from 11,332 in 1998 to 22,421 in 2008. Over a similar period, the overall number of prisoners rose by less than two thirds. The commission says that the total number of people behind bars accelerated in the last decade despite “a similar number of crimes being reported to the police as in the early 1990s … the volume of indictable offences has fallen over this time”.

A quarter of the people in prison are from an ethnic minority. Muslims now make up 12% of the prison population in England and Wales.

Some on the left of the Labour party blame its policies while in power. Diane Abbott, who raised the alarm over the growing numbers of jailed black men as a backbencher, said she “very much regretted that the last Labour government swallowed [former home secretary] Michael Howard’s line that ‘prison works’.”

“There was never a serious examination of the consequences of locking up a generation of young black men. The result is there are some prisons in the south east which are now virtually all black. Many are converting to Islam.”

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/oct/11/black-prison-population-increase-england

Israeli troops accused of shooting children in Gaza

Guardian
October 11, 2010
By Harriet Sherwood

At least 10 Palestinian children have been shot and wounded by Israeli troops in the past three months while collecting rubble in or near the “buffer zone” created by Israel along the Gaza border, in a low-intensity offensive on the fringes of the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Israeli soldiers are routinely shooting at Gazans well beyond the unmarked boundary of the official 300 metre-wide no-go area, rights groups say.

According to Bassam Masri, head of orthopaedics at the Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza, about 50 people have been treated for gunshot wounds suffered in or near the buffer zone while collecting rubble in the past three months; about five have been killed.

He estimates that 30% of the injured are boys under 18.

Defence for Children International (DCI) has documented 10 cases of children aged 13 to 17 being shot in a three-month period between 50 and 800 metres from the border. Nine were shot in a leg or arm; one was shot in the stomach.
The creation of the no-go area has forced farmers to abandon land and residents to leave homes for fear of coming under fire. Last month a 91-year-old man and two teenage boys were killed while harvesting olives outside the official zone when Israeli troops fired shells. Forty-three goats also died in the attack.

In another case a mother of five was killed by a shell outside her home near the zone in July.

Israel declared the buffer zone inside Gaza after the three-week war in 2008-9, saying it was intended to prevent militants firing rockets. It has dropped leaflets from planes several times warning local people not to venture within 300 metres of the fence that marks the border or risk being shot.

However, the UN, aid agencies and rights groups say that Israel has unofficially and without warning extended the zone to up to 1km from the fence, leaving residents and farmers uncertain whether it is safe to access their land or property.

“The army knows the kids are there to collect. They watch them every day and they know they have no weapons,” said Mohammed Abu Rukbi, a fieldworker with DCI. “They usually fire warning shots but the kids don’t take much notice.”

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/11/israeli-troops-accused-children-gaza