A note repudiating the criminal action of the Federal Police in the Munduruku Indian Village Teles Pires

Source: Indian Mission Council (CIMI)

Cimi comes before the people to publicly manifest vehement repugnance at the violent action and murder committed by the Federal Police during the operation called El Dorado. Using the pretext of carrying out judicial orders which determined the destruction of mining balsas in the Teles Pires River and sites of illegal mining, the commander of the operation, Antonio Carlos Muriel Sanchez, led the invasion on November 7, 2012 of the Indian Village Teles Pires, in the Jacareacanga county, state of Pará. According to declarations made in the Federal Public Ministry, there the police practiced all sorts of atrocities, such as: beatings, murder, attempted murder, destruction of houses, the school, the health station, cell phones, computers, the short wave radio, canoes and fishing boats e as balsas used for mining. Now the Indians are not able to fish, porque the river is totally polluted by the fuel in the balsas destroyed by the Federal Police. Continue reading A note repudiating the criminal action of the Federal Police in the Munduruku Indian Village Teles Pires

Bishops of Africa Call for the cessation of the war and the respect of the territorial integrity of the DR Congo

Kinshasa, 22 November 2012
1.    We, Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Africa and Bishop Presidents of National Caritas in Africa, coming from thirty four countries of the continent, gathered in a Conference on the identity and mission of Caritas in Kinshasa from November 20th to 22nd, 2012, express deep concern and solidarity with the Congolese people. We are outraged and shocked by the escalating armed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo which is causing again a major human tragedy. Continue reading Bishops of Africa Call for the cessation of the war and the respect of the territorial integrity of the DR Congo

Obama under pressure to show Doha he is serious on climate change

The Guardian

The climate has been back on Obama’s lips since his re-election, but the Doha conference will show if he is all talk

Suzanne Goldenberg

Obama under pressure to show Doha he is serious on climate change. United Nations global warming summit in Doha.
The proof might boil down to just two words: two degrees. An early statement at Doha that America remains committed to the global goal of limiting warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels would be a clear sign. Continue reading Obama under pressure to show Doha he is serious on climate change

Momentum Builds for Historic Black Friday Strike at Walmart

Waging Non-Violence

by Jake Olzen

“We are standing up to live better,” say Walmart’s retail workers, playfully twisting Walmart’s slogan of “live better” into a rallying cry for better conditions and treatment. In a taste of what the nation’s largest retailer can expect on Black Friday, frustrated Walmart workers have again started walking off their jobs to protest their employer’s attempts to silence outspoken workers. Continue reading Momentum Builds for Historic Black Friday Strike at Walmart

Aluminium Industry Has Its Defenders in Brazil

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 15 2012 (IPS) – Aluminium, opposed by environmentalists mainly because of the amount of energy needed to produce it, is one of the targets of the heated campaign against hydroelectric dams in Brazil’s Amazon jungle region.  But production of aluminium is helping to drive industrial development in the Northeast, Brazil’s poorest region, Adjarma Azevedo, the president of the Brazilian Aluminium Association (ABAL), which represents the industry, told IPS. Continue reading Aluminium Industry Has Its Defenders in Brazil

Human Trafficking -21st Century Slaves-the silent epidemic -Our Story-our Challenge

CISA

The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers and Sisters) are celebrating their 125th Anniversary.

By Maggi Kennedy MSOLA

Your Eminencies, My Lords, Reverend Fathers, Religious Sisters and Brothers all the members of the Lavigerie family represented here today and all those in Africa and the rest of our globalised world who we serve as the sons and daughters of Cardinal Lavigerie and Mother Marie Salome, good evening.  Today marks a momentous moment in our history as a Church. 125 years ago Cardinal Charles Martial Lavigerie, Archbishop of Algiers – at the request of Pope Leo XIII – began the Catholic Church’s involvement in the movement for the abolition of the Slave Trade, together with other pioneers like William Wilberforce, with their focus on Africa. Continue reading Human Trafficking -21st Century Slaves-the silent epidemic -Our Story-our Challenge

Possible social justice battle looms at bishops’ meeting

National Catholic Reporter

by Jerry Filteau-

Portents of a major social justice conflict among the U.S. bishops rose on the first day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall meeting Monday when retired Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, Texas, denounced a proposed pastoral statement on workers, poverty and the economy as a betrayal of Catholic social teaching.  If approved in its draft form, the statement would be “lampooned” in the Catholic academic world, he said. Continue reading Possible social justice battle looms at bishops’ meeting

CAFOD ready for new challenges over next 50 years

Independent Catholic News

By: Ellen Teague

“What would you like CAFOD’s 50th Birthday present to be?” asked a question from the audience.
“Hope” said Fr Joe Komakoma, a CAFOD partner from Zambia, who is the Deputy Secretary General of SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar); “a hope that makes us believe change is possible even when we don’t see results”, he said, “and we must believe in a world of social justice and dignity”. Continue reading CAFOD ready for new challenges over next 50 years