Nuns Who Won’t Stop Nudging

New York Times

By KEVIN ROOSE

ASTON, Pa.

“We're not here to put corporations down,” says Sister Nora Nash of the Sisters of St. Francis. “We're here to improve their sense of responsibility.” Laura Pedrick for The New York Times

NOT long ago, an unusual visitor arrived at the sleek headquarters of Goldman Sachs in Lower Manhattan.  It wasn’t some C.E.O., or a pol from Athens or Washington, or even a sign-waving occupier from Zuccotti Park.   It was Sister Nora Nash of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. And the slight, soft-spoken nun had a few not-so-humble suggestions for the world’s most powerful investment bank.  Way up on the 41st floor, in a conference room overlooking the World Trade Center site, Sister Nora and her team from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility laid out their advice for three Goldman executives. The Wall Street bank, they said, should protect consumers, rein in executive pay, increase its transparency and remember the poor. Continue reading Nuns Who Won’t Stop Nudging

Obama Administration Will Delay Keystone XL Project

The Nation

George Zornick

Demonstrators gather during a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Obama administration is on the brink of delaying the environmentally disastrous Keystone XL pipeline, according to Reuters. It will look for alternate routes for the pipeline because of serious environmental concerns in Nebraska, according to the report, and that delay could last twelve or eighteen months. Continue reading Obama Administration Will Delay Keystone XL Project

Fainting from hunger: Nairobi has food, but people lack money to buy it

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — Normally, Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Parish in the Kariobangi slum is an energetic celebration that runs for several hours. But when the pastor, Comboni Father Paulino Mondo, noticed that parishioners were starting to faint before Mass ended, he realized it wasn’t exuberance that was making them weak. It was hunger. Continue reading Fainting from hunger: Nairobi has food, but people lack money to buy it

On seeds: Controlling the first link in the food-chain

Pambazuka News

Nidhi Tandon

In March 2009, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed its Global Food Security Act (SB 384). The legislation, known as the Lugar-Casey Act, aims to focus on longer-term agricultural development, and restructure aid agencies to better respond to crises. Funding for agricultural development – some US$7.7 billion worth – would be directed in large part to genetically modified crop research.[1] In other words, food aid policy for the first time mandates the use of genetic modification technologies. Engineered crops will need engineered seeds – seeds that are no longer a result of natural cross-pollination. Continue reading On seeds: Controlling the first link in the food-chain

End nuclear power now, say Japanese bishops

Independent Catholic News

Catholic bishops in Japan said today they want an immediate end to nuclear power generation.  During a press conference at Motoderakoji Cathedral in Sendai City, they launched a document entitled End Nuclear Energy Now: Coming to terms with the tragic disaster of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.  Five bishops were present in person as representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ). They addressed their message to “all those living in Japan.”  In 2001, the CBCJ issued a publication which touched on the same subject. They wrote of nuclear power plants: “In order to avoid tragedy, we must develop safe alternative means of producing energy.” Continue reading End nuclear power now, say Japanese bishops

Fr Seán McDonagh reports from Franciscan Seminar on Amazon

Independent Catholic News

By: Fr Seán McDonagh, SSC

I recently spent a week in Iquitos on the Peruvian Amazon attending the Second Franciscan Seminar on the Amazon. The theme of this year´s seminar was “Defending the territory and the waters of the Amazon.”  The day before the seminar began, I had the privilege of spending four hours with Jose Alvarez Alonso, who is a researcher at the Institute for Investigation (Research) into the Peruvian Amazon and is based in Iquitos.  Continue reading Fr Seán McDonagh reports from Franciscan Seminar on Amazon

Tar Sands Protest Shows Unity, Tension in Green-Labor Alliance

In These Times

By Michelle Chen

Thousands gathered near the White House on Sunday to say no to the Keystone oil pipeline. The human chain the protesters formed symbolized unity among environmentalists, youth, indigenous groups and other communities, all calling for decisive political action against climate change and fossil fuels. Continue reading Tar Sands Protest Shows Unity, Tension in Green-Labor Alliance

Violence in Nicaragua after Ortega election victory

BBC

There have been violent clashes in Nicaragua between supporters and opponents of President Daniel Ortega, following his disputed reelection on Sunday.  At least four people were shot dead in the north of the country, police said.  The main opposition candidate – Fabio Gadea – has denounced the election result as fraud.  Official results gave Mr Ortega of the governing Sandinista party almost 63% of the vote. Continue reading Violence in Nicaragua after Ortega election victory

Congo-Kinshasa: AU Concerned Over Possible Election Fallout

All-Africa.com 

The arrival of Jean Ping, chairman of the African Union, in The Democratic Republic of Congo underlines concerns that the upcoming election in the central African country could spark violence.  Africa’s top diplomat, on a visit to Congo, urged presidential candidates to abide by the outcome of an election this month, after one of the leading challengers to President Joseph Kabila declared himself already head of state.  “There will necessarily be only one winner (of the presidential elections)… The rules of the game must apply. Whoever can’t become president this time must accept the results,” Ping said after his arrival, according to the UN backed radio station, Radio Okapi.  Ping is due to meet Kabila, who polls show is headed for likely re-election, as well as veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who is in South Africa but scheduled to return to the country soon. Continue reading Congo-Kinshasa: AU Concerned Over Possible Election Fallout