Queen’s Speech: Migrants to face NHS restrictions

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britain3A fresh attempt to curb immigration is the centre piece of the government’s legislative programme for the year ahead, set out in the Queen’s Speech.

Migrants will pay for some NHS services and landlords will have to check the immigration status of tenants.

Other measures include a cap on social care costs, a £144 flat-rate state pension and more consumer protection. Continue reading Queen’s Speech: Migrants to face NHS restrictions

For Kenya, when it rains, it pours destruction all over

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Jane Awuor and Jane Achieng in their flooded homestead in Kojiem village, Nyando on April 1, 2013. They were unsure of their next move after flood waters marooned their home in Kojiem village in Nyando. Deaths and loss of property have been reported as the rains pound parts of the country. Photo/TOM OTIENO
Jane Awuor and Jane Achieng in their flooded homestead in Kojiem village, Nyando on April 1, 2013. They were unsure of their next move after flood waters marooned their home in Kojiem village in Nyando. Deaths and loss of property have been reported as the rains pound parts of the country. Photo/TOM OTIENO

At least 40 people had been killed in Rift Valley, 21 in Eastern Kenya, seven in the coastal region, four in Western and two in central Kenya. As a result of the urgent humanitarian work needed, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has appealed to the international community for about Sh290 million to support Kenya Red Crioss as it scales up assistance for the affected communities.

The pictures streaming in from across the country tell it all; it has been a month of rain, rain and more rain.

And when it rains that much in these parts of the world, disaster is always a heartbeat away. Continue reading For Kenya, when it rains, it pours destruction all over

Haitian Sweatshop Workers Speak: Sub-Poverty Wages and Sexual Coercion

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Ruth Jean-Pierre, left, and Aluta Marcelin, right. For both, sex with the supervisor was a condition of their job in a factory. Photo: Ansel Herz.

Common Dreams

Beverly Bell
Haitian women workers tell of their experiences in sweatshops. These interviews, gathered over the past two years, are among many dozens that this writer has collected from Haitian sweatshop workers since the early 1980s. Not one has ever diverged from the narrative of miserable working conditions and the inability to feed, shelter, and educate their children on insufficient wages. Below, womentell of their experiences as sweatshop workers and offer their analysis on better types of jobs for Haiti. Continue reading Haitian Sweatshop Workers Speak: Sub-Poverty Wages and Sexual Coercion

Nicaragua cloud forest ‘under siege’ by illegal loggers

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By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News

The Bosawas Reserve is a critically important rainforest but native people say it is being destroyed by "colonists"
The Bosawas Reserve is a critically important rainforest but native people say it is being destroyed by “colonists”

A famed rainforest in Nicaragua is under growing threat from illegal loggers, say indigenous leaders.

The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve is Central America’s largest tropical, forest with clouds constantly drifting over the hilly terrain.

But the Mayangna and Miskito people who live there say 30,000 hectares a year are being deforested by “colonists”. Continue reading Nicaragua cloud forest ‘under siege’ by illegal loggers

‘Nuns on the Bus’ will hit the road for immigration reform

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Reprinted by Washington Post
By David Gibson
migNEW YORK — The “Nuns on the Bus” are revving up their engines for another national campaign, only this time the Catholic sisters are taking their mobile platform for social justice along the country’s Southern border to push Congress to pass immigration reform. Continue reading ‘Nuns on the Bus’ will hit the road for immigration reform