Governors Fume Over Bush’s Last Minute Air Pollution Rule

Environment News Service
By J.R. Pegg

NRG's Montville power plant in Connecticut runs on fuel oil and natural gas. (Photo by C. Bergesen)
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WASHINGTON, DC, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – A bipartisan group of six Northeastern governors is urging the Bush administration to abandon a plan that would relax pollution control requirements on power plants, saying the proposed rule would increase air pollution and threaten public health. Continue reading Governors Fume Over Bush’s Last Minute Air Pollution Rule

Zimbabwe: On the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis

Center of Concern
The current situation in Zimbabwe continues to raise new alarms as the political and social climate deteriorate into more and more desperate states. The current reality has far reaching root causes whose most proximate ones include the failure of power-sharing agreements between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai after the hotly contested presidential election in June 2008. Continue reading Zimbabwe: On the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis

Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises

Foreign Policy in Focus
Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh | November 24, 2008
Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco
The financial crisis is only one of multiple crises that will affect every country, rich and poor alike.

There’s also the global poverty crisis. Tens of millions of people across the developing world are expected to fall into extreme poverty and joblessness as a result of an economic mess originating in the United States. This is bad news for workers everywhere, as it means even more brutal competition in the globalized labor pool. Continue reading Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises

Alarm over shortage and cost of maize flour

Daily Nation
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By  LUCAS BARASA and OLIVER MATHENGE Posted Sunday, November 23 2008 at 22:39
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* Price of staple meal has shot up in the last one week and is too high for the poor
An acute shortage of maize flour is looming in the country after its cost doubled in the past one week and shops started rationing the commodity. Continue reading Alarm over shortage and cost of maize flour

White extremists lash out over election of first black president

Los Angeles Times
The Ku Klux Klan is emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity, and the turnaround is acutely evident — more than 200 hate-related incidents have been reported since the Nov. 4 election.
By Howard Witt
Reporting from Bogalusa, La. — Barely three weeks since America elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country. Continue reading White extremists lash out over election of first black president

Rich countries launch great land grab to safeguard food supply

The Guardian, Saturday November 22 2008

• States and companies target developing nations
• Small farmers at risk from industrial-scale deals
Julian Borger, diplomatic editor
Rich governments and corporations are triggering alarm for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies. Continue reading Rich countries launch great land grab to safeguard food supply

Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By WILLIAM S. SESSIONS
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It is wrong to execute an innocent man. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will now consider whether it is constitutional. Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murder, is asking the courts to hear evidence that key government witnesses have repudiated their testimony against him. But so far the courts have decided that, while he may be innocent, procedural rules prevent them from taking a second look. Continue reading Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court