New York Times
It’s early yet for a full accounting of the economic damage Alabama has done to itself with its radical new immigration law.
A New Civil Rights Movement
Farmers can tally the cost of crops left to rot as workers flee. Governments can calculate the loss of revenues when taxpayers flee. It’s harder to measure the price of a ruined business reputation or the value of investments lost or productivity lost as Alabamians stand in line for hours to prove their citizenship in any transaction with the government. Or what the state will ultimately spend fighting off an onslaught of lawsuits, or training and deploying police officers in the widening immigrant dragnet, or paying the cost of diverting scarce resources away from fighting real crimes. Continue reading
Independent Catholic News
Ellen Teague, Pat Gaffney, John Battle
Supporting the Tobin Tax, exploring new economics and investing ethically were some ‘alternatives’ to the prevailing economic model explored at Saturday’s National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) Day in London. Around 60 people from around the country attended the quarterly meeting at CAFOD’s South London office, all invited to put their ideas forward. The meeting was chaired by Maria Elena Arana of CAFOD. Continue reading
An assistant minister has condemned the demolitions of houses in Nairobi saying there was no Cabinet resolution to that effect.
Youth Affairs and Sports assistant minister Kabando wa Kabando said the demolitions in Syokimau and Eastleigh were unconstitutional and had deprived Kenyans of private property. Continue reading
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Kenya is now at war on two fronts. The first front is in southern Somalia where Kenyan troops and military tanks were deployed over a month ago to hunt down Al-Shabaab terrorists.
Operation Linda Nchi is generally seen as the legitimate war, considering the credible threats to Kenya’s economy and peace posed by the Islamist militants. Continue reading
Mail and Guardian
There will be blood A poster of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi covered with blood after DRC soldiers opened fire on a crowd of opposition supporters gathered near Njili airport in Kinshasa on Saturday. The last day of campaigning in DRC polls descended into a stand-off between Tshisekedi and police who blockaded his red Hummer as he tried to defy a rally ban. (Gwenn Dubourthoumieu, AFP)
JEROME DELAY KINSHASA,- Nov 27 2011 07:00
Two people were killed in pre-vote clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital and security officials fired into a crowd that included tens of thousands of opposition supporters, prompting officials to ban rallies before a critical poll that observers say could re-ignite conflict in the vast Central African nation.
Violence erupted on Saturday among political supporters who had gathered to greet the top opposition presidential candidate, who had planned to come to the airport in a car convoy. Supporters of the president also gathered there to meet him, though he did not pass through the airport.
At the airport, security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition into the burgeoning crowd.
Scuffles erupted on the road to the airport. Two dead bodies were seen along that road. One of them, a young man, was badly bludgeoned and appeared to have been stoned to death. A second body, also a man, was seen being carried away by Red Cross medics on the same road. It was not immediately clear how he had been killed.
Police also fired tear gas to push the crowd away, but riot police manned the airport hours later to prevent opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi and his entourage from leaving the scene.
It was not immediately possible to determine the total number of casualties from Saturday’s clashes. Continue reading
Friends of the Congo
Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War Two. United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, invaded in 1996 the Congo (then Zaire) and again in 1998, which triggered the enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual violence and rape, and widespread looting of Congo’s spectacular natural wealth. Continue reading
A violent backlash is expected after the general election as both government and opposition say they will not accept defeat
Joseph Kabila's posters dominate the capital, Kinshasa, before Monday's general election, the second since the end of the civil war. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA
David Smith in Kinshasa
The giant face of Joseph Kabila stares down from a billboard with the slogan “100% for the president”. It makes little impression on the rowdy young crowd gathered in a circle to watch wrestlers grapple in the dust. Kabila seems unpopular with a generation of Congolese short on patience and itching for change. Continue reading
Brazilian authorities say the oil spill is now under control.
Brazil is temporarily banning the American company, Chevron, from drilling for oil in its territory.
The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) said it would suspend Chevron’s activities in Brazil until it had established the cause of an oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading
Tempers are running high in the mountains of Cajamarca
Thousands of people in northern Peru have protested against plans for a huge open-cast goldmine in the high Andes.
People in the Cajamarca region say the proposed Conga mine will cause pollution and destroy water supplies.
The US-based mining company Newmont has promised modern reservoirs to replace threatened mountain lakes. Continue reading
Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference
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A Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 17) to the Catholic Community and to all people of goodwill Continue reading