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Ten is my goal of stories for you tonight. This is my third diary of the day, and I am in the midst of holiday preparations. Thank you all for joining me tonight.
Today is Human Rights Day across the globe, the day we celebrate the proclamation and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For many in Turkey there isn’t all that much to celebrate these days considering the hunger strikes, imprisoned journalists, disappearances in custody and a growing perception that the rule of law is no longer the norm.Every day is Human Rights Day for me. However, in a nod to the anniversary of the Declaration, I shall lead with this story.
Perhaps the best way to take a look at human rights in Turkey - or rather the violation of human rights - is to remember some of the feature films and documentaries that have brought some of these violations into the spotlight in recent memory.
The obvious first choice is journalist Ruhi Karadağ’s documentary “Simurg” (Simurgh), currently on release in theaters. The film focuses on hunger strikes, an issue that recently made the news, although the recent hunger strikes were different to the ones shown in the movie. What’s more, the recent ones did not end up with an infamous operation in which police and soldiers broke into prisons to halt the strikes.
The Government is being urged to act now on child poverty rather than waiting for the economy to improve, after a report found the economic downturn was continuing to cause problems for children's health.It is happily amazing to me that New Zealand people can ask for this. And sadly amazing that we can't ask here in USA.
The latest Children's Social Health Monitor, made public today, found the number of children admitted to hospital with poverty related conditions declined by 2 per cent in 2011.
But the overall number of children admitted to hospital with poverty related conditions, mainly infections and respiratory diseases, was more than 4000 higher last year than in 2007, before the recession began.
Child Poverty Action Group spokeswoman Professor Innes Asher called on the Government to invest more in children, including greater support for families on welfare.
The 94-year-old former president was admitted to a One Military hospital in Pretoria for medical tests on Saturday, just short of a year since his last known hospital visit.Also from the MG: Zuma is raking in big bucks. Enormous bucks. Must take a lot to support all of those wives.
The presidency released a statement confirming his hospitalisation and said there was no cause for alarm and that he would receive medical attention from time to time, "consistent with his age".
President Jacob Zuma also visited Mandela on Sunday and said to have "found him comfortable" and "in good care".
Medical experts however told the Mail & Guardian that Mandela’s age should be taken into account when assessing the significance of him being admitted to any medical facility.
India has strongly rejected mounting US pressure to tweak its nuclear liability law — including suggestions that the legislation be interpreted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and revisited by Parliament. Washington, DC, says the Indian law with stringent supplier liability clauses is not consistent with the operator-driver international regimes on nuclear liability. If the IAEA says it is not compliant with the international system — as the Americans believe — they want India to “rework the law”, passed by Parliament.Nuclear proliferation? Diplomacy? Sovereignty?
“The law (the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010) has to be interpreted by our courts. Our courts are not subservient to any international organisation. They take into account our international obligations,” external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told HT in an exclusive interview.
“As some global companies begin to invest and do business with us, I am sure others will fall in line,” he said.
The reasons for the upswing range from prosperity in developing countries like China to a perception of a more peaceful world.I love the idea that more widespread travel leads to greater understanding leads to more peace.
The London-based council, whose members include executives of travel companies, compiles global travel data including international airport traffic and visa records. It calculates that the one billionth tourist will cross an international boundary on Dec. 13.
“This is an astounding milestone,” David Scowsill, president of the council, said in a telephone interview. “There is an inexorable growth in the number of people who want to travel around the world.”
The olive tree casts a long shadow. It's shortly before the harvest, and the branches are heavily laden with black fruit. But this idyllic image is deceptive. It was almost as if the war had started all over again, and it's a miracle that Medad Ali Kamadin's old red tractor wasn't blown to bits, and that the farmer isn't lying dead next to the wreckage in his field. "I heard a metallic scratching noise when I was plowing. When I turned around, I saw them," says the 55-year-old, pointing to the artillery shells sticking out of the ground near the olive tree.Libya had a relatively short war. I wonder how Iraq is doing with this, and how Afganistan and Syria will deal with this. We pay a fee when we buy tires for tire disposal, right? This concept could use some broader application. With bombs, bullets, carbon extraction.
"Unbelievable. And you drove over them with the plow?" asks Joma Sabti, shaking his head. Then he and his coworker, Wedad Dwini, "fence in" the site, making a rectangle around it with red-and-white plastic tape. Sabti gives the farmer a flyer and warns him not to let children get too close.
Sabti, a member of the hotline team of Handicap International (HI), routinely visits farmers like Kamadin. In fact, hardly a day goes by without someone calling the hotline to say that he or she has found a shell, a bomb or some ammunition. The young man responds to the calls by securing the site where the explosives were found. Members of HI's bomb-disposal unit come to the site later on, and if they are unable to disarm the fuse, they take the unexploded ordnance (UXO) with them. If that isn't an option, the explosives are detonated on site.
The Italian prime minister, Mario Monti, has announced that he will resign as soon as he has passed a key budget law, well ahead of the official end of his mandate in April, possibly leading to elections as early as February.1. He did what he said he would do by resigning if his support dried up. 2. I didn't realize he was in charge of austerity. 3. How will Berlusconi help the economy when he was in charge when it broke the first time? 4. Isn't he in jail?
Monti made the decision hours after former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said he would seek office again. It follows a week in which members of Berlusconi's Freedom People party abstained from voting for key bills in parliament. Monti said on Saturday he had received a "categorical judgment of no confidence" from Berlusconi's party.
Berlusconi has said he will back the passing of the budget but will not guarantee further support for Monti's government of technocrats, who were drafted after Berlusconi resigned in November 2011 in the midst of scandals over his private life and a brewing economic crisis.
Monti, who has depended on the votes of the Freedom People in parliament and Berlusconi's grudging support, has long said he would not seek to govern if his backing dried up.
At least ten people have been killed after South Sudanese troops opened fire on demonstrators angry at officials moving the seat of local authority outside a state capital, according to United Nations sources.This wider war must be in its third generation now. Al-Jazeera has a story on land mines in South Sudan. Also.
"The SPLA [army] opened fire" on protesters "demonstrating the excessive use of force," Liam McDowall, UN peacekeeping mission spokesperson, said on Sunday.
McDowall said four people were killed in the town of Wau, capital of the Western Bahr el Ghazal state, during clashes overnight on Saturday, while six more were shot dead on Sunday.
"The situation in Wau is very tense," McDowall told Al Jazeera.
The protests started after officials said they would move the seat of local authority out of Wau to a nearby smaller settlement of Bagare.
With a recent NASA study of satellite mapping showing arctic ice has shrunk to its lowest extent in the satellite record, and a 1999 study revealing that core samples of glaciers show levels of carbon unprecedented in 420,000 years of our atmosphere’s history, it’s no wonder that among surveys of scientists, there’s a near consensus that climate change is real and humans are the cause.These guys are meteorologists, right? And meteorologists are trained as scientists, right?
But as this week’s cover story, “Bleak Forecast,” notes, only 53 percent of broadcast meteorologists believe human influence plays an important role in climate change. At home, just as nationally, local meteorologists differ on the subject. City Weekly spoke to meteorologists at three of Salt Lake City’s four news stations to get their views on climate change. (As of press time, KSL 5 had not responded for comment.)“I don’t buy into the whole global-warming controversy as, like, Al Gore sees it,” Kosek says. “Is the Earth warming overall? Absolutely. You have to be an idiot to look at the numbers and not see that. But it’s not a scenario being man-made. I think we’re in a natural process that’s going to work itself out.”
Kosek believes that in the next 10 to 15 years, the globe will emerge from its warming cycle. He bases that on historical global cycles. He points out that for the lower 48 states, July broke a record for the highest temperature month since 1936, but he says certain population filters and the growth of cities mean it’s likely the actual 1936 temperature could have beaten July’s record. Even if it hadn’t, he says it illustrates the cycle of warming and cooling.
“Comparing 2012 and 1936, there’s a huge cycle that maybe took 70 to 80 years to come into play,” Kosek says.
The report highlights that for the past 40 years Western states have been outstripping other states in terms of employment, personal income and population growth, and that protected public lands, including national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas, help boost job opportunities and how much people earn. And this is particularly true of non-metropolitan counties, not just the big cities. At the same time, the appeal of the outdoor lifestyle Westerners enjoy is attracting entrepreneurs and talented professionals in service industries, including healthcare workers, architects and engineers. A detailed, interactive breakdown of economic activity in each state is available here, but for a quick skim of the findings take a look at these figures.Note: More growth is not always better, given water needs & droughts.
Quilt of the Month Seasonal colors of Red and Green in a lovely design of a cherry tree, including the birds waiting for the ripe fruit. The style is Colonial Revival, simplified designs of older applique patterns.
5 Unpredictable Homemade Food Gifts Your food link of the week, from our friends at Grist.
The wise bunny becomes wise by asking what he does not know.— Bunny