Archive | August 25, 2015

EPA which Spilt 3 Million Gallons of Toxic Waste Uses Oily Tanks to Deliver Potable Water to Navajos*

EPA which Spilt 3 Million Gallons of Toxic Waste Uses Oily Tanks to Deliver Potable Water to Navajos*

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye displays a residue-covered finger that he has just swiped through the pipe in a water tank meant to fill in for crops and livestock until the San Juan River is declared clean enough to use. The river was trained by chemicals after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of mining waste.

By Alysa Landry

Navajo President Russell Begaye has ordered police to confiscate large tanks full of water delivered to the reservation for farmers and ranchers to use for crops and livestock.

The water, which arrived in 16,000-gallon tanks, was intended to fill the gap caused on August 5 when Environmental Protection Agency crews working at Colorado’s Gold King Mine accidentally released three million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers. The spill prompted Navajo officials in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona to close access to the river and halt irrigation pumps while EPA officials tested the water.

Thirteen big, black water tanks were delivered to the New Mexico part of the reservation, with nine of those going to Shiprock. Residents lined up with buckets, barrels and tanks of their own, but quickly noticed that the water in the tanks was no more safe than was the river water.

“When people got water from some of those tanks, they put it in 6-gallon jugs and brought it to the chapter,” said Duane “Chili” Yazzie, president of the Shiprock Chapter.

Some of the water was reddish coloured or brownish. Some of the water was oily and some had a petroleum smell to it.”

Some residents used the water before realizing it was contaminated, Yazzie said. One woman complained that her plants had an oily sheen the morning after she watered them.

“These people are desperate,” Yazzie said.

“The hopes of the farmers of actually being able to save their crops was obliterated because the water is tainted.”

After hearing the complaints, Begaye decided to investigate on his own. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Begaye fills a Styrofoam cup with water from one of the tank’s spigots then dips a finger in the water.

“This is oily,” he says.

“How can anybody feed this to their cows? They are ingesting oil into their body, into their system.… For us to feed this to our animals, our crops, there’s no way.”

In the video, Begaye says he has asked the EPA to remove the water tanks. Then he ordered the Navajo police to confiscate two of the tanks for evidence.

The EPA had hired a local company, Triple S Trucking, to haul tanks full of water to the reservation. The water came from a nearby municipal water source .

In a statement to KOB-TV in Albuquerque, Triple S Trucking said it will investigate the problem. Triple S, which has offices in New Mexico, Utah and Pennsylvania, specializes in delivering water for fracking operations.

“Triple S Trucking has received assurances that each of the tanks that were used were steam cleaned and inspected prior to use at Shiprock,” the company stated.

“Triple S Trucking will continue to work cooperatively to investigate this complaint about contamination of the agricultural water.”

In a statement to KOB-TV in Albuquerque, Triple S Trucking said it will investigate the problem. Triple S, which has offices in New Mexico, Utah and Pennsylvania, specializes in delivering water for fracking operations.



Don’t make me laugh, why would EPA hire a c9many that specializes in water for fracking operations?

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Top Shia Cleric behind Iraq’s anti-Corruption Drive*

Top Shia Cleric behind Iraq’s anti-Corruption Drive*
By Rafiq A. Tschannen

Protesters chant in support for the Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, in the poster, during a demonstration in Basra, 550 kilometres southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on Friday (AP photo)

As Iraq attempts to curb rampant corruption and streamline the government, the country’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, is playing a crucial role supporting the reform drive.

Sistani, who is revered by millions and has unmatched prestige in Iraq, issued multiple calls for change this month, kick-starting Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi’s reform efforts and making it politically risky for Shia politicians to openly oppose them.

But even with Sistani’s backing and popular pressure from weeks of protests against corruption and poor services, the fact that parties across the political spectrum benefit from graft is a major obstacle to the nascent reform.

“Sistani’s calls for reform give Abadi the political space necessary to begin the process of change,” said Hayder Al Khoei, an associate fellow at the Chatham House think-tank.

“Some reform measures may certainly have been possible without the calls from Sistani, but the PM wouldn’t have had as much power or freedom to push them without this critical support,” said Khoei.

“Many Iraqis ran out of patience and protested against the poor conditions in the country and requested they be improved,” Sistani told AFP in a written reply from his office to questions on his decision to intervene.

The Marjaiya, or supreme Shia religious authority, “found that the time was favourable for a strong push”, said Sistani.

Sistani’s calls for change 

“The Marjaiya hoped that the political class that came to power through the ballot box would administer the country correctly and that major problems requiring the intervention of the Marjaiya… would not happen,” he said.

“Unfortunately, things happened differently.”

Corruption is widespread in Iraq, from low-level officials to those in senior posts, and services are abysmal, especially electricity, with Iraqis receiving only a few hours of government-provided power per day.

Amid a major heat wave that has seen temperatures top 50oC, thousands of people have turned out for demonstrations in Baghdad and cities in the Shiite south to vent their anger and pressure the authorities to make changes.

Their demands were given a boost when Sistani called on August 7 for Abadi to take “drastic measures” against corruption, saying the “minor steps” he had announced fell short.

Two days later, Abadi announced his reform plan aimed at increasing anti-corruption oversight, cutting government posts and reducing costly privileges enjoyed by top officials, among other measures.

Parliament signed off on the premier’s proposals as well as additional reforms, and Abadi has begun issuing orders for changes, including cutting 11 Cabinet posts and slashing the number of guards for officials.

Sistani said judicial reforms were needed, and Abadi responded by calling on the judiciary to introduce measures ensuring its independence and allowing it to fight corruption.

The reclusive Sistani only rarely intervenes in politics, instead focusing on religious matters and providing guidance to followers.

Danger of ‘partition’ 

He did however help to sink former Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki’s bid for a third term last year, and his call to arms against the Daesh terror group drew tens of thousands of volunteers.

“The popular protests were a serious wake-up call to the government, but Sistani gave Abadi the necessary political cover to do something about it,” said Khoei.

Ihsan Al Shammari, a political science professor at Baghdad University, said that for Shiite politicians, publicly opposing Sistani would be “political suicide”.

But that does not mean they will not oppose reforms behind the scenes.

“Sistani’s support is crucial in limiting Abadi’s opponents’ room for manoeuvre but it does not neutralise the threat,” said Fanar Haddad, a research fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore.

“The biggest obstacles to major change will come from the political parties themselves — including the prime minister’s own Dawa Party — who have benefited the most from the systematic corruption that has plagued the country,” Khoei said.

Sistani warned that if “true reform is not realised” in Iraq, the situation in the country will likely worsen and it could be “dragged to… partition and the like, God forbid”.

Corruption had already cost Iraq dearly in the conflict with Daesh, which overran around a third of the country last year, he said.

Without rampant corruption, especially in the security forces, and misuse of power by top officials, the Daesh “terrorist organisation would not have been able to control a large part of the territory of Iraq”, Sistani said.


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One-Third of U.S. Children Live In Poverty*

One-Third of U.S. Children Live In Poverty*

By Kit O’Connell

A women sits with her son for dinner in their new sparsely furnished apartment, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in New York. After leaving her husband who beat her for years, she and her little boy spent the next three years homeless because she couldn’t afford New York City rents. About one third of American children are now living in poverty. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


The financial collapse of 2008 and the absence of true economic recovery in the years since has left millions more children in poverty than before the recession. About 22% of American children live in poverty, and even that figure may not fully account for all those who are struggling.

According to the annual Kids Count Data Report, which ranks states based on the well-being of children living there, about 3 million more children were impoverished in 2013 than in 2008, an increase of 3% that brings the total number of children in poverty to 16,087,000. Following the report’s release, Al-Jazeera America and The Associated Press noted:

Poverty rates have nearly doubled among African-Americans and American Indians since 2008, and hardship is most severe in the South and Southwest, the report found.”

Other studies in recent years have yielded similar results. A 2014 UNICEF report looked at the decline in incomes since the financial collapse and found that over one-third of American children live in households where the combined income is less than 60 of the median household income in 2008, a sign of the so-called “jobless recovery” since the crash. Christopher Ingraham, analyzing the report for The Washington Post, noted that this makes the U.S. among the worst in the developed world for its treatment of children:

“The United States ranks near the bottom of the pack of wealthy nations on a measure of child poverty … In the richest nation in the world, one in three kids live in poverty. Let that sink in.”

Yet even these figures do not account for the total number of children from families that may struggle to make ends meet. The National Center for Children in Poverty reported in January that 44% of children in the U.S. — about 31.8 million children — come from low-income families.

Further, the idea of the “poverty line” itself, developed in the 1960s by the U.S. Census Bureau, may be out of date when it comes to inequality. For one thing, the poverty line was designed around the notion that most families would have a full-time housewife able to skilfully and economically prepare meals from scratch.

When John Light, a journalist and former associate digital producer for, looked at the problems of measuring poverty in 2013, he found most government measures failed to account for decades of changes in lifestyle and increases in food costs:

“[S]ome recent studies place the share of a family’s income spent on food as low as six or seven percent of total household expenditures. That would mean Americans today are spending roughly 1/14th of their income on food, compared with the one-third figure used to calculate the poverty guidelines.”

He found that other major, under-measured changes for American families include dramatic increases to the costs of childcare and travel, including longer daily commutes to work, as well as massive cuts in social welfare programs that can leave today’s families without a safety net.

Watch Disturbing trend: Rising number of children living in poverty:


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