Brazil’s Prison Violence Worsens in Maranhão

From: SandraAraújo Santos, SNDdeN
Hi people, there goes a petition asking for federal intervention in the state of Maranhão because the problems with the state prision system and the reality of violence lived on these days. I already signed it.           AVAAZ.org
By Fabiola Ortiz
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 28 2014 (IPS) – Nearly every day, violence breaks out in a Brazilian prison. In January the focus has been on the northeastern state of Maranhão, where orders issued from behind bars wreaked havoc in the streets of its capital city, illustrating the scope of national prison anarchy. Continue reading Brazil’s Prison Violence Worsens in Maranhão

Human Trafficking Survivors Urge U.S. to Take Action

By Bryant Harris

Child labourers rescued in Delhi waiting to be sent back to their villages. Credit: Bachpan Bachao Andolan/IPS
Child labourers rescued in Delhi waiting to be sent back to their villages. Credit: Bachpan Bachao Andolan/IPS

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 2014 (IPS) – Advocacy groups and some legislators are calling on the U.S. government to mandate an increase in corporate supply chain transparency, with the aim of cutting down on the estimated 14,000 to 17,000 people trafficked into the United States each year and the tens of millions enslaved globally.

“Human trafficking is a 32-billion-dollar industry, second only to drug trafficking as an organized crime,” Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a coalition of human rights groups, told a briefing on Capitol Hill on Monday. “Between 21 and 30 million people are enslaved worldwide.”
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Report: At least 74 dead in twin Nigeria attack

Daily Nation

A Joint Military Task Force (JTF) patrolling the streets of the restive northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri, Borno State on April 30, 2013. At least 74 people have been killed and scores others injured in two separate attacks in Northeastern Nigeria. PHOTO/AFP
A Joint Military Task Force (JTF) patrolling the streets of the restive northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri, Borno State on April 30, 2013. At least 74 people have been killed and scores others injured in two separate attacks in Northeastern Nigeria. PHOTO/AFP

At least 74 people have been killed and scores others injured in two separate attacks in North eastern Nigeria.

22 people were killed in an attack on a church In Waga Chakaa village in Adamawa state while 52 others were killed in a market in a busy market place on Sunday.

Both attacks have been blamed on Boko Haram.

Gunmen suspected to belong to Boko Haram militia group, opened fire in a church and set off bombs in a busy church service killing 22 people in a siege that lasted four hours.
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Octogenarian nun awaits sentence for protest break-in at US nuclear plant

The Guardian

Megan Rice was charged with sabotage for breaking into Y-12 facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Sister Megan Rice with Michael Walli (left), and Greg Boertje-Obed. All three were charged with federal sabotage. Photograph: Michael Patrick/AP
Sister Megan Rice with Michael Walli (left), and Greg Boertje-Obed. All three were charged with federal sabotage. Photograph: Michael Patrick/AP

On Monday morning, four days short of her 84th birthday, Sister Megan Rice ate a hearty breakfast of pancakes and oatmeal at the ungodly hour of 4.30am in Knox county jail, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Rice, a white-haired Catholic nun and anti-nuclear activist, was in fine spirits, giving a broad smile and a thumbs-up sign through the glass partition that separates her from visitors to the jail where she is awaiting sentence, according to her good friend, Pat McSweeney.
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South Sudan: calls for humanitarian corridor after ceasefire

Independent Catholic News

Mother and child - South Sudan
Mother and child – South Sudan

Since a ceasefire was agreed in South Sudan, last week, Church and aid agencies have called for greater action from the international community to ensure that the truce holds, and the establishment of an aid corridor to enable much-needed medical and humanitarian support to be delivered.
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World’s 85 richest own wealth close to that of poorest 3.5B: report

Daily Nation

Davos, Switzerland

According to an Oxfam report, almost half the world’s wealth – $110 trillion – is owned by just 1 per cent of its population.
According to an Oxfam report, almost half the world’s wealth – $110 trillion – is owned by just 1 per cent of its population.

The 85 richest people on the planet have as much wealth as that of half the world’s population, a meeting of political and financial leaders in Davos has been told.

According to an Oxfam report, almost half the world’s wealth – $110 trillion – is owned by less than one per cent of its population.
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