Kingdom of Slaves

In the smallest Gulf kingdoms, upwards of 90 percent of residents are immigrant laborers. Many face unspeakable abuse.

Foreign Policy in Focus

By Sam Badger and Giorgio Cafiero, September 12, 2014.
This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.

The plight of foreign laborers in the Gulf—who make up large majorities of the population in the smaller emirates—underscores a dark underside to the modern, glossy exterior the GCC states like to showcase to the world. (Photo: Rebel Against Injustice / Flickr)
The plight of foreign laborers in the Gulf—who make up large majorities of the population in the smaller emirates—underscores a dark underside to the modern, glossy exterior the GCC states like to showcase to the world. (Photo: Rebel Against Injustice / Flickr)

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.
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Biden, a Catholic School ‘Kid,’ Praises Nuns Under Fire From the Vatican

New York Times

By JASON HOROWITZ

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke on Wednesday in front of the statehouse in Des Moines as he helped a group of social justice activists kick off their 10-state “Nuns on the Bus” tour. Credit Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke on Wednesday in front of the statehouse in Des Moines as he helped a group of social justice activists kick off their 10-state “Nuns on the Bus” tour. Credit Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

DES MOINES — At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.”

Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the sisters who remained the target of a Vatican crackdown for their activism on issues like poverty and health care. Continue reading

Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march

The Guardian

‘I will link arms with those marching for climate action,’ says UN secretary general

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said ‘action on climate change is urgent.’ Photograph: Richard Drew/AP
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said ‘action on climate change is urgent.’ Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to join a public march calling for action on climate change this weekend.

“I will link arms with those marching for climate action,” Ban told a press conference. “We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.” Continue reading

The People’s Climate March: Meet the Next Movement of Movements

Common Dreams
Naomi Klein

The People’s March is the physical convergence of many new and resurgent climate movements, united in their firm belief that the time to confront the climate criminals in now. (Photo: peoplesclimate.org)
The People’s March is the physical convergence of many new and resurgent climate movements, united in their firm belief that the time to confront the climate criminals in now. (Photo: peoplesclimate.org)

The most important climate gathering next week will not be happening at the UN, but in the streets: thousands upon thousands of us will be sounding the climate alarm, literally, at the historic People’s Climate March on September 21. While the decision was made not to have speeches during the march, at 12:58pm there will be two minutes of silence followed by the unleashing of a chorus of magnificent sound—part of what organizers are describing as a global call for climate justice—complete with church bells and some 32 marching bands. (Bring your noisemakers!) Continue reading

It’s now illegal to plant any other seed but those produced by multinationals

Daily Nation
By JOHN MBARIA

I am talking about the genetically modified foods which we are told to eat and shut up because we cannot feed ourselves.
I am talking about the genetically modified foods which we are told to eat and shut up because we cannot feed ourselves.

It is now clear that every time we engage our collective energies and focus on non-issues, others use the opportunity to put into place nefarious schemes that threaten our very existence.

Unbeknown to many Kenyans, we now have as part of our daily diets foods that have never been eaten by anyone else since the world was created. We also have a law that criminalizes anyone who dares to grow seeds that are not from multinational biotech companies.
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Kenya: Nairobi Meeting to Discuss Food Security Challenges

News from Africa

The meeting preceding World Day on October 16, will debate why Kenya, like many African countries, are dependent on food imports, unable to feed its people on domestic production alone. This is despite Africa’s abundant land and resources.

By George Okore

An international conference on change in land use, subsistence farming, markets and cost of living will be held on September 18-19, 2014 to discuss emerging food security challenges.

The meeting at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi comes at when subsistence farming is increasingly becoming under threat from both climatic and market forces. Secondly, there are no clear institutional mechanisms to cushion small scale farmers through well-functioning agricultural and food markets. Continue reading

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