Nigerian-bishop asks warring parties to end violence, embrace dialogue

LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — Bishop Gabriel Dunia of Auchi, Nigeria has asked warring parties in the Niger Delta to put aside their weapons and allow peace to return to the region. The bishop’s June 9 appeal came on the heels of a report that Nigerian soldiers had uncovered two graves containing the bodies of 12 Nigerian troops who had been missing for nearly a month. Violence has flared off and on since mid-May when President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua ordered a crackdown on ethnic militias, which have been implicated in a series of attacks on the country’s oil industry in recent months.  Continue reading Nigerian-bishop asks warring parties to end violence, embrace dialogue

The Battle for the World’s Water Supplies: A Backgrounder

 Although 1.1 billion people lack access to drinking water and 2.4 billion are without adequate sanitation globally, governments have failed to implement a resource management system that can fulfil the universal human right to water. The March 2009 World Water Forum in Istanbul generated little progress in equitable water governance, recognising only that “access to drinking water and sanitation is a basic human need” in its official ministerial statement, rather than acknowledging water as a fundamental human right.  Continue reading The Battle for the World’s Water Supplies: A Backgrounder

Zimbabwe girls trade sex for food

BBC News, Zimbabwe

By Mike Thomson

zim2Growing numbers of children in Zimbabwe are turning to prostitution to survive, the charity Save the Children says.The aid agency says increasing poverty is leading girls as young as 12 to sell their bodies for as little as a packet of biscuits.It also claims that the coming football World Cup in neighbouring South Africa could soon make things worse. Continue reading Zimbabwe girls trade sex for food

To quell protests, Peru suspends Amazon investment laws

Indigenous groups say government is just trying to stop efforts to protect jungle from oil and logging development. More protests are planned today.
Christian Science Monitor
By Lucien Chavin | Correspondent
and Sara Miller Llana | Staff writer

Indigenous men with spears block the highway to Yurimaguas city in the Amazon region of northern Peru on Wednesday.
Indigenous men with spears block the highway to Yurimaguas city in the Amazon region of northern Peru on Wednesday.

Lima, Peru; and Mexico City – Peru’s Congress is trying to diffuse some of the worst violence the country has seen in a decade.

The legislature voted Wednesday to temporarily suspend laws governing investment in the Amazon jungle that are at the center of mass protests by indigenous groups. Continue reading To quell protests, Peru suspends Amazon investment laws

Peru: Hundreds shelter in church after clashes with police over destruction of Amazon

Independent Catholic News

By: Dan Bergin

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Alberto Pizango pic: CAFOD

Up to  a thousand indigenous people, including women and children, have  taken refuge in  a  Catholic church in the Bagua Grande area, 1,400km  north of the Peruvian capital Lima,  after  violent clashes with security forces left more than 50 dead, and 150 wounded on Thursday and Friday.  There were 70 arrests. The BBC report that new arrivals are being cheered by crowds of local people outside, many of whom are donating food and clothing. Continue reading Peru: Hundreds shelter in church after clashes with police over destruction of Amazon

Break the banks, for the good of the people

The Age – Australia

 Joseph Stiglitz

WITH all the talk of “green shoots” of economic recovery, America’s banks are resisting efforts to regulate them. While politicians talk about their commitment to regulatory reform to prevent a recurrence of the crisis, this is one area where the devil really is in the details — and the banks will muster what muscle they have left to ensure that they have ample room to continue as they have in the past.  Continue reading Break the banks, for the good of the people