Anti-American anger grows in Afghanistan

Globe and Mail

Protesters take to the streets after U.S. troops open fire on passenger bus outside Kandahar city, killing four civilians

SONIA VERMA

Afghan police and onlookers gather around the bus that U.S. forces opened fire on in Kandahar city on Mon., April 12. Four civilians were killed in the incident. Ahmad Nadeem/Reuters

U.S. troops fired on a crowded passenger bus on the outskirts of Kandahar city, killing four civilians and injuring 18 others, stoking anti-American protests that promised to complicate a massive offensive against Taliban insurgents this summer.

Although the military command issued an apology, saying it “deeply regrets the tragic loss of life,” Monday’s incident cast fresh doubts on Operation Omid, billed as the pivotal offensive of the war, which will see tens of thousands of NATO troops attempt to seize control of Kandahar. Continue reading Anti-American anger grows in Afghanistan

Confidential document reveals Obama’s hardline US climate talk strategy

The Guardian

Document outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey in the run-up to UN climate talks in Mexico in November

The document outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey in the run-up to UN climate talks in Mexico in November. Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP

A document accidentally left on a European hotel computer and passed to the Guardian reveals the US government’s increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks.

Titled Strategic communications objectives and dated 11 March 2010, it outlines the key messages that the Obama administration wants to convey to its critics and to the world media in the run-up to the vital UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico in November. (You can read the document text below). Continue reading Confidential document reveals Obama’s hardline US climate talk strategy

Parent initiatives for teachers signal education decline

Media Global

African Charter Article# 17:Every individual shall have the right to education, cultural life, and the promotion and protection of values.

Summary & Comment: Over the past two years parents in Zimbabwe had to pull together some incentives in the form of money or groceries to give to teachers at certain schools to encourage them to keep on teaching. The education minister has called for a stop to this practice. Continue reading Parent initiatives for teachers signal education decline

World Bank backs loan for South Africa power station

BBC

South Africa was hit by major black-outs in 2008

The World Bank has approved a $3.75bn (£2.45bn) loan for a huge new coal-fired power station in South Africa, despite environmental concerns.

Utility firm Eskom says the plant is need to end power shortages, which have plagued South Africa in recent years. Continue reading World Bank backs loan for South Africa power station

ESKOM: Plunging us into darkness

SACSIS.org

African Charter Article# 24: All peoples shall have the right to a general satisfactory environment favorable to their development.

Summary & Comment: After a review of current, South AFrican energy policies the author concludes: “Unless there is an urgent review of this whole sorry saga we are positioning South Africa to financially compromise its good standing, simply because we cannot adequately or competitively power our economy. We are being set up for a failure that opens our doors to the sharks and vultures of the developed world – the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the rest of the Washington consensus. That will put us collectively in hock for generations to come, to be paid off with our abundant resources and by the sweat of our brows.” Continue reading ESKOM: Plunging us into darkness

Earthquake preparedness still lacking

Latin America Press

Public policies fail to address potential disasters in seismically active Peru.

Ramiro Escobar
It took the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that destroyed parts of neighboring Chile on Feb. 27, for Peru´s government to scramble to form an earthquake preparedness plan, even though less than three years earlier, an 8.0-magnitude quake rocked Peru´s south-central coast, killing more than 500 people.

Following the quake in Chile, President Alan García announced that the country would install a tsunami alert system, despite the fact that there was a tsunami alert following the August 2007 earthquake in Peru. He also unveiled a National Prevention Plan against Earthquakes, even those experts have been clamoring for one for years. Continue reading Earthquake preparedness still lacking

Unusual harmattan and the fear of acid rain

Daily Independent on Line

African Charter Article# 16: Every individual shall have the right to enjoy the best attainable state of physical and mental health.

Summary & Comment: Right now Nigeria is experiencing the first debilitating effects of the much-feared global warming. Reactions to the delayed harmattan characterized by dusty haze and unusually harsh heat have shown that Nigeria is not yet ready the vagaries of climate change. JMPA Continue reading Unusual harmattan and the fear of acid rain

Nigeria doctors strike after kidnapping of colleague

BCC

The director of a hospital in Benin City was abducted by unknown gunmen while he was on his way home from work.

Doctors in the southern Nigerian state of Edo have gone on strike to protest at the kidnapping of a colleague.

Dr Osahun Enabulele, a spokesman for the Nigerian Medical Association, told the BBC the doctors were angered by the lack of security in Edo state.

In August 2009, doctors staged a demonstration in Edo after five co-workers were kidnapped.

The current strike started on Wednesday and involves more than 50 doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Continue reading Nigeria doctors strike after kidnapping of colleague