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Daily Archives: November 26, 2010

Tourists evacuated as students swarm Colosseum, Tower of Pisa

Sydney Morning Herald
November 26, 2010

Italian students swarmed into the Colosseum in Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa yesterday as part of nationwide protests against proposed budget cuts in the university system.

Tourists caught up in the protest in Pisa were evacuated from the medieval Tuscan tower after around 30 protesting students hung a banner from the penultimate tier that read “No to University Reform!”

The tower was then closed to the public with the students still inside, an AFP photographer said.

More than 1000 students protested at the foot of the tower.

In Rome, dozens of students swarmed into the ancient Roman Colosseum — jumping over turnstiles at the entrance. Some of the protesters climbed up the face of the Colosseum and hung a banner reading: “No Cuts, No Profit!”

Others lit red smoke flares and shouted slogans as confused tourists looked on. The students later left the area.

Millions of students in other Italian cities took part in protests against the reforms.

Full Article Here – http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/tourists-evacuated-as-students-swarm-colosseum-tower-of-pisa-20101126-189nt.html

One in three South African men admit to rape, survey finds

November 25, 2010
By David Smith

South African survey in province of Gauteng finds 37.4% of men confessing to rape, while 25.3% of women say they are victims

More than one in three South African men questioned in a survey admitted to rape, the latest evidence in the country of a violent culture of patriarchy.

Researchers found that more than three in four men said they had perpetrated violence against women.

Nearly nine in 10 men believe that a woman should obey her husband – and almost six in 10 women also agreed with the statement.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape in the world. Last year a survey by the Medical Research Council (MRC) found that 28% of men in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces said they had raped a woman or girl.

A new MRC study in Gauteng, the country’s wealthiest province, found that 37.4% of men admitted having committed a rape, while 25.3% of women said they had been raped.

The survey questioned 511 women and 487 men, of whom 90% were black and 10% white.

Rachel Jewkes of the MRC said: “We see a situation where the use of violence is so widespread that not only is it seen as being legitimate but I think quite often women forget it. They just see it as a normal effect.”

Jewkes cited her survey’s findings on gender attitudes. Although both largely agreed that “people should be treated the same whether they are male or female”, 86.7% of men and 57.9% of women also endorsed the statement that “a woman should obey her husband”.

Some 53.9% of men and 29.8% of women agreed that “a man should have the final say in all family matters”, while 37.3% of men and 23.2% of women supported the view that “a woman needs her husband’s permission to do paid work”.

Asked about sexual entitlement in marriage, only 55% of both men and women said they thought “it is possible for a woman to be raped by her husband”. Some 38.7% of men and 29.3% of women thought that “a woman cannot refuse to have sex with her husband” and 22.3% of men and 8.8% of women felt that “if a wife does something wrong, her husband has the right to punish her”.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/25/south-african-rape-survey

Global poverty doubled since 1970s: UN

November 25, 2010

GENEVA — The number of very poor countries has doubled in the last 30 to 40 years, while the number of people living in extreme poverty has also grown two-fold, a UN think-tank warned Thursday.

In its annual report on the 49 least developed countries (LDCs) in the world, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said that the model of development that has prevailed to date for these countries has failed and should be re-assessed.

“The traditional models that have been applied to LDCs that tend to move the LDCs in the direction of trade-related growth seem not to have done very well,” said Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary general of UNCTAD.

“What happened is that in the past 30-40 years, the number of LDCs have doubled so it has actually deteriorated, the number of people living under the poverty line has doubled from the 1980s.”

The report indicated that the situation has sharply deteriorated in the past few years.

The number of individuals living in extreme poverty “increased by three million per year during the boom years of 2002 and 2007,” reaching 421 million people in 2007.

While these countries proved somewhat resilient during the crisis, they are nevertheless very fragile, notably due to their dependence on imports.

“The import dependence has become quite devastating, the expenditure for LDCs on food imports rose from 9 billion dollars in 2002 to 23 billion in 2008,” noted Supachai.

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/global-poverty-doubled-1970s/

US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

Associated Press
November 25, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days.

On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their humbling attempt to build up a socialist state. The two invasions had different goals — and dramatically different body counts — but whether they have significantly different outcomes remains to be seen.

What started out as a quick war on Oct. 7, 2001, by the U.S. and its allies to wipe out al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the Taliban has instead turned into a long and slogging campaign. Now about 100,000 NATO troops are fighting a burgeoning insurgency while trying to support and cultivate a nascent democracy.

A Pentagon-led assessment released earlier this week described the progress made since the United States injected 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan earlier this year as fragile.

The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, has said NATO’s core objective is to ensure that Afghanistan “is never again a sanctuary to al-Qaida or other transnational extremists that it was prior to 9/11.”

He said the only way to achieve that goal is “to help Afghanistan develop the ability to secure and govern itself. Now not to the levels of Switzerland in 10 years or less, but to a level that is good enough for Afghanistan.”

To reach that, there is an ongoing effort to get the Taliban to the negotiating table. President Hamid Karzai has set up a committee to try to make peace, and the military hopes its campaign will help force the insurgents to seek a deal.

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on Dec. 27, 1979, its stated goal was to transform Afghanistan into a modern socialist state. The Soviets sought to prop up a communist regime that was facing a popular uprising, but left largely defeated on Feb. 15, 1989.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101125/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_milestone_of_war

Man charged for covering head during police beating

Raw Story
November 25, 2010
By Daniel Tencer

A Miami man whose beating at the hands of police was captured on cell phone video has been charged with resisting arrest without violence, a charge his lawyer says came from nothing more than the man’s attempts to cover his head from the blows.

Gilberto Matamoros, a 21-year-old youth center worker, says he was doing nothing wrong when police arrested him during a brawl in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood on Halloween. According to his lawyer, Ricardo Martinez-Cid, Matamoros was picked out of an unruly crowd and beaten unconscious by two Miami police officers. He had to be taken to a nearby hospital.

Cell phone footage of the incident shows a police officer hitting Matamoros five times on or near his head. Miami police launched an investigation into the two officers’ actions after the video appeared on local news stations last week.

“This is being investigated at this particular time, and until that investigation is completed, we’re really not going to have any comments,” Police Chief Miguel Exposito said last week.

Martinez-Cid told CBS in Miami that prosecutors had initially told him that all charges against Matamoros would be dropped, but then suddenly changed their minds earlier this week. A charge of disorderly conduct was dropped, but the resisting arrest charge remained in place.

“All he tried to do is cover his head, until he passed out. They beat him until he was unconscious, and they had to take him to Jackson [Memorial Hospital],” said Martinez-Cid.

Full Article and Video Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/man-charged-covering-head-police-beating/

High court handling of Wal-Mart appeal will have wider implications

Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2010
By David G. Savage
The retailer argues that a lawsuit alleging discrimination against 1.5 million female employees is unfair. Whether the justices hear the case could affect future class-action suits.

The fate of the largest job bias lawsuit in the nation’s history — a claim that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shortchanged women in pay and promotions for many years — hinges on whether the Supreme Court will let the class-action case go to trial.

The court is likely to announce as soon as Monday whether it will hear the retail giant’s appeal asserting that a single lawsuit cannot speak for more than 1.5 million employees.

Business lawyers and civil rights advocates are closely following the Wal-Mart case for its implications for class-action litigation.

“This may sound like just a technical, procedural issue, but because of the economics of it, class-action certification is often the most important issue to be decided,” said Washington lawyer Roy T. Englert Jr.

If the high court permits the Wal-Mart case to proceed as a class action, it will put enormous pressure on the retailer to settle, he said. The plaintiffs have not specified the damages they would seek, but given the size of the class, it could mount into billions of dollars.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several large corporations have joined with Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, in urging the high court to hear the appeal and to restrict the use of class-action claims. They argue it is unfair to permit plaintiffs’ lawyers to lump together many thousands of employees from stores spread across the country and to rely on statistics to prove illegal discrimination.

But civil rights advocates say the only effective way to challenge systemic discrimination in a large company is to bring a claim on behalf of all of the affected employees.

“If the Supreme Court takes this case, it will signal this business-friendly court is hostile to class actions against corporate defendants,” said Stanford Law School professor Deborah Hensler, an expert on civil litigation.

Earlier this month the Supreme Court heard another case that could decide the fate of class-action suits involving consumers and their purchases.

Lawyers in San Diego filed a class-action suit against AT&T Mobility alleging that its ads promising free cellphones were fraudulent because the buyers had to pay $30 for sales tax.

In its defense, AT&T said the fine print that came with its phones said that all claims must be handled individually through arbitration, not through a class-action suit.

If the high court agrees with AT&T and decides that the Federal Arbitration Act trumps the buyer’s right to sue, consumer advocates fear it could mean the end of class-action claims involving products and services.

The Wal-Mart case began in 2001, when lawyers filed suit in San Francisco on behalf of six current and former employees, led by Betty Dukes, a greeter at the Wal-Mart store in Pittsburg, Calif.

They alleged the Arkansas-based retailer had hiring and promotion policies that allowed male managers to award higher pay and better jobs to men. They sought lost wages and benefits for a class of more than 1.5 million women who had worked at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores since 1998.

Full Article Here – http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-walmart-bias-20101126,0,6358247.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fnation+%28L.A.+Times+-+National+News%29