|As fuel prices rocket, a new world energy order is emerging. It will bring with it a fierce international competition for dwindling stocks of oil, natural gas, coal and uranium, and also an epochal shift in power and wealth from energy-deficit states such as the US, Japan and the newly-industrialising China to energy-surplus states such as Russia, Venezuela and the oil producers of the Middle East. Michael Klare examines the likely consequences of the growing competition for the soon-to-be diminishing supply of energy
Oil at $150 a barrel, up sevenfold in six years. Unleaded touching £1.20 per gallon, diesel at more than £1.30 at even the cheapest UK pumps. Gasoline at $4.50-plus – an undreamt-of height – in the US, with diesel topping $5, forcing many truckers off the road. Home heating oil at prices that many cannot afford. Jet fuel so expensive that the major carriers have cut back on routes and some low-cost airlines have ceased flying altogether. Continue reading The end of the world as we know it
Nelson Mandela, the man credited with ending apartheid in South Africa, has marked his 90th birthday by calling for the rich to do more for the poor.
“If you are poor, you are not likely to live long,” he said at his village house in Eastern Cape province for a birthday interview. Continue reading Mandela celebrates 90th birthday
IDPs at the Mathare Chief’s camp in Nairobi. Photo: Allan Gichigi/IRI
NAIROBI, 22 July 2008 (IRIN) – Hundreds of Kenyans displaced during post-election violence in early 2008 in the capital, Nairobi, are still in camps more than two months after the government launched a countrywide resettlement programme.
“Many of the displaced were tenants whose houses were destroyed or have since been occupied by other people; dozens were landlords, mostly in the Mathare slums, and these are the ones whose resettlement is difficult,” Abdi Galgalo, the chief of Mathare, told IRIN on 21 July. Continue reading Hundreds still displaced in Nairobi
National Catholic Reporter
Story and Photos by PAUL JEFFREY Para, Brazil
July 11, 2008
The Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon Deep in the Brazilian Amazon,
Antonia Silva Lima lives in a place called Hope. She came to the rain forest more than two decades ago, following thousands of other migrants fleeing poverty in other parts of Brazil. The settlers moved deep into the forest and cut down trees to grow subsistence crops, only to be chased off their small plots by gunmen at the hire of government-sanctioned wealthy land grabbers. Then four years ago Lima and her family joined a small gathering of peasant farmers committed to living sustainably in the middle of the jungle without cutting it down. She was encouraged to join the project by Dorothy Stang, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur who gave the village its name: Esperança — the Portuguese word for hope. Continue reading The Brazilian Amazon: The legacy of an eco-martyr
Advocacy Group Cites Development Needs
By Stephanie McCrummen
Washington Post Foreign Service
NAIROBI, July 17 — U.S. aid to Africa is becoming increasingly militarized, resulting in skewed priorities and less attention to longer-term development projects that could lead to greater stability across the continent, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Refugees International.
The report warns that the planned U.S. Africa Command, designed to boost America’s image and prevent terrorism, is allowing the Defense Department to usurp funds traditionally directed by the State Department and U.S. aid agencies. Continue reading Report: U.S. Africa Aid Is Increasingly Military
by Mary Oishi
(Published in the February/March 2003 issue of The Burning Bush, feminist news & commentary for New Mexico.)
Since I am a Japanese American, people are shocked when I tell them that my adoptive mother was the daughter of KKK members. I grew up surrounded by white supremacists.
The cemetery in Pennsylvania where my adoptive dad is buried is replete with metal markers proudly proclaiming, “Royal Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.” The town where I attended elementary school had an ordinance until the late 1960’s prohibiting people of color from spending the night within the borough limits. I lived in an adjoining township, and rode a bus into town every day to attend school. In such a segregated environment, it is no wonder the kids on the bus shouted “Remember Pearl Harbor!” and pushed me out of bus seats and knocked books out of my arm and threw apples at me from behind. Everyone else in the entire school had one hundred percent European ancestry. It was not an easy place to grow up Japanese American: not at home or at school. Continue reading White Supremacy: Beyond the KKK