Police raid home of Brazil’s ex-president Lula

Deutsche Wella

Police have detained Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after raiding his properties. The searches are part of an ongoing probe into corruption at oil giant Petrobras.

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Brazil’s O Globo news network broadcast images Friday of police officials around Silva’s residence in Sao Bernardo de Campo outside Sao Paulo. Police released a statement implicating the ex-leader in the graft probe.

“Ex-president Lula, besides being party leader, was the one ultimately responsible for the decision on who would be the directors at Petrobrasand was one of the main beneficiaries of these crimes,” a police statement said. “There is evidence that the crimes enriched him and financed electoral campaigns and the treasury of his political group.” Continue reading Police raid home of Brazil’s ex-president Lula

Heathrow’s immigration detention centre “among worst”

The Tablet

Megan Cornwell

mig6A recent report into Europe’s largest immigration centre finds conditions substandard.

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A report into conditions at Harmondsworth immigration centre near Heathrow Airport has found evidence of substandard facilities and lack of suitable care for vulnerable adults.

Europe’s largest immigration removal centre, housing 661 men, is holding detainees for unacceptably long periods and failing to provide adequate risk assessments in the first few days of arrival, the report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found. Continue reading Heathrow’s immigration detention centre “among worst”

In 2016 Africa must end its addiction to commodities, or it will be the 1980s all over again

Mail & Guardian

The reason political scientists speak of the “commodities curse” is that during periods of high prices, the need to prepare for crashes is forgotten.

Herman J. Cohen

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BETWEEN the years 2000 and 2015, the majority of African countries have been doing fairly well financially because the commodities they export have commanded high prices.

Crude oil is the best example. Large oil exporters like Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon were earning over $100 per barrel for several years. For the past two months, the price of crude oil has sunk to about $30 a barrel. All of these oil exporters are now hurting quite badly as they see their revenue dry up. Continue reading In 2016 Africa must end its addiction to commodities, or it will be the 1980s all over again

Catholic People’s Week lobby bishops to condemn Trident renewal

Independent Catholic News

Ellen Teague
britain1Participants in the first Catholic People’s Week (Winter weekend) of 2016 will be writing to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to urge it to take a stronger stance over government plans to renew the Trident nuclear missile system. “After listening to a presentation by Pat Gaffney, the General Secretary of Pax Christi, on the theme of, ‘The things that make for peace when the world prepares for war’, and her report on Saturday’s anti-Trident rally in London, around 30 participants from around the country unanimously asked that a letter be sent” said Ellen Teague, chair of the weekend. “The letter will ask the bishops to reaffirm their 2006 statement and update it to include Trident,” she said. That statement did call on the Government to decommission nuclear weapons, but it did not mention Trident specifically. Continue reading Catholic People’s Week lobby bishops to condemn Trident renewal

Socially responsible investors press companies to do the right thing

Catholic News Service
By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON LETTER SHAREHOLDERS

WASHINGTON (CNS) — If it’s spring, it must be corporate annual general meeting season.

For investors concerned about corporate accountability and transparency, it’s one of the busiest times of the year.

The annual general meetings give shareholders the chance to publicly engage corporate leadership on hot-button issues such as human rights, climate change, sustainability, lobbying expenditures and human trafficking. Continue reading Socially responsible investors press companies to do the right thing

Pope’s Via Crucis meditations will look at crosses humanity bears today

Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By reflecting on the Passion of Christ, the author of the Way of the Cross meditations for Pope Francis’ Good Friday service said he will focus on the suffering unfolding in the world today and how “the martyrs of the 21st century are undoubtedly the apostles of today.”

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve told Vatican Radio that his reflections on the traditional 14 stations will blend in “references to the present day, which unfortunately is not lacking in crosses” people are forced to bear. Continue reading Pope’s Via Crucis meditations will look at crosses humanity bears today

University of Texas dean to quit over gun law

BBC

A dean at the University of Texas is stepping down over a new state law which will allow concealed handguns to be carried on university campuses.

Frederick Steiner said the policy was not “appropriate” for higher education and “did not make logical sense”.

Texas passed the legislation last year and it goes into effect in August.

Many higher education officials and students have objected to the law, with concerns it may discourage students from attending universities in Texas. Continue reading University of Texas dean to quit over gun law