Archive | September 2015

Russian Air Force Hit 8 ISIL Targets in Syria*

Russian Air Force Hit 8 ISIL Targets in Syria*

Russia has struck eight Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said, adding that civilian infrastructure was avoided during the operations.

Today, Russian aerospace force jets delivered pinpoint strikes on eight ISIS terror group targets in Syria. In total, 20 flights were made,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said.

As a result, arms and fuel depots and military equipment were hit. ISIS coordination centres in the mountains were totally destroyed,” he added.

Konashenkov said that all the flights took place after air surveillance and careful verification of the data provided by the Syrian military. He stressed that Russian jets did not target any civilian infrastructure and avoided these territories.

Russian jets did not use weapons on civilian infrastructure or in its vicinity,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Russian military announced the start of air operations in Syria in order to help the government fight terrorist forces. Syrian state television named at least seven areas targeted by the air strikes.

They included areas around the cities of Homs and Hama, which are 44 kilometers apart, according to various media reports.

Some reports also alleged that Russian jets hit a Free Syrian Army-controlled areas.

The targeted areas in today’s Russian air raid in Homs were those areas which fought ISIL and defeated it a year ago,” head of the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition Khaled Khoja claimed, adding that at least 36 civilians had been killed in five different areas during the strikes.

The US said that Moscow warned them of its actions one hour prior to the flights. Russia also urged Washington to clear the skies for its operations, but the US said it would not comply.

The US-led coalition will continue to fly missions over Iraq and Syria as planned and in support of our international mission to degrade and destroy ISIL (Islamic State),” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

Washington expects that conversations will take place with Moscow about operations in Syria.

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Canada Parliament Committee Calls for “Protection of Vulnerable Groups” from Wi-fi*

Canada Parliament Committee Calls for “Protection of Vulnerable Groups” from Wi-fi*

By Andy M.

The Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons in the Canadian Parliament issued a report on radio frequency electromagnetic radiation and health in June, 2015.  

The  Committee held public hearings regarding Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 recommended limits on safe human exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation.

Witnesses testified to the Committee or submitted briefs that raised concerns about the adequacy of Safety Code 6 to protect the population from health risks due to RF radiation.

Concerns were raised that the Royal Society of Canada’s review of Safety Code 6 for Health Canada was biased. That the review excluded 140 key research studies was of concern to Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST). Health Canada admitted that 36 of these studies which demonstrated health risks from exposures below the safety limit “were considered to be in scope and of sufficient quality for risk assessment.”

The witnesses discussed possible links between RF exposure and cancer, reproductive issues and autism. Concerns were raised about RF exposure in schools due to use of Wi-Fi; the need for RF exposure limits to protect vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants and children, and persons with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).

Most submissions recommended lowering the RF exposure limits in Safety Code 6. Russia, China, Italy and Switzerland were cited as examples of nations with lower exposure limits than Canada (or the U.S.). C4ST recommended “precautionary approaches regarding exposures to electromagnetic radiation from wireless communications devices that are as Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).”

The Standing Committee on Health made the following recommendations in their report to the Parliament (pp. 25-26):

Recommendation 1: That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.

Recommendation 2: That Statistics Canada consider including questions related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Recommendation 3: That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity testing, diagnosis and treatment, and its possible impacts on health in the workplace.

Recommendation 4: That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.

Recommendation 5: That the Government of Canada continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Recommendation 6: That Health Canada ensure the openness and transparency of its processes for the review of Safety Code 6, so that all Canadians have an opportunity to be informed about the evidence considered or excluded in such reviews, that outside experts are provided full information when doing independent reviews, and that the scientific rationale for any change is clearly communicated.

Recommendation 7: That the Government of Canada establish a system for Canadians to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields.

Recommendation 8: That an independent scientific body recognized by Health Canada examine whether measures taken and guidelines provided in other countries, such as France and Israel, to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment, to radiofrequencies should be adopted in Canada.

Recommendation 9: That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.

Recommendation 10: That Health Canada conduct a comprehensive review of all existing literature relating to radiofrequency fields and carcinogenicity based on international best practices.

Recommendation 11: That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into the link between radiofrequency fields and potential health effects such as cancer, genetic damage, infertility, impairment to development and behaviour, harmful effects to eyes and on the brain, cardiovascular, biological and biochemical effects.

Recommendation 12: That the Government of Canada and manufacturers consider policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.”

“Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians.” Report of the Standing Committee on Health, 41st Parliament, Second Session. House of Commons, Canada. June 2015. http://bit.ly/RF-EMR-Report-Canada-2015

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Brussels Demands extra €519m from U.K. Taxpayers*

Brussels Demands extra €519m from U.K. Taxpayers*

Britain has no control over how the European Union (EU) spends UK taxpayers’ money at a time when Brussels is asking domestic governments to engage in austerity at home, a leading policy analyst has warned.

Business for Britain campaign director Robert Oxley sharply criticized the EU on Wednesday after it emerged Britons face an additional EU bill of £384 million (€519 million) in 2016.

National ministers across Europe had agreed upon a €142.1 billion EU budget for 2016 in July, slashing the European Commission’s (EC) proposal by €1.4 billion.

However, the European Parliament’s (EP) budget committee has hit back, moving to increase spending by €3 billion.

The EP’s reversal of the cuts defies the demands of domestic governments, and is expected to become policy next month. It will likely anger Prime Minister David Cameron and Euroskeptics.

The €3-billion increase would ramp up Britain’s EU bill for 2016 to more than £12.5 billion (€17 billion) and risks derailing the PM’s agenda of limiting Brussels’ spending.

Cameron has sought to put a cap on the UK’s EU contributions prior to a referendum on Britain’s EU membership planned for 2017. Critics warn the spending row could eclipse Cameron’s negotiations aimed at reforming the EU prior to the vote.

The proposed €3-billion spending increase casts doubt over a deal the PM brokered to cap EU budgets in the long term. Secured in 2013, the agreement was hailed as “historic” at the time.

In a move to increase the EU’s budget, MEPs invoked an “exceptional circumstances” clause so that an additional €1.2 billion could be gathered from national parliaments to tackle the global refugee crisis and €500 million could be gathered to assist dairy farmers hit by a drop in milk prices.

However, Euroskeptic critics note the same piece of legislation was used in 2014 and risks becoming a pattern that could unravel Britain’s spending cap for 2014-2020.

Policy analyst for Britain’s Open Europe think tank Pawel Swidlicki said the EU should channel its resources from “wasteful and inefficient” areas of spending towards more pressing concerns. Such a move, he argued, could replace the need for spending increases.

Included in the EU’s budget for 2016, is an extra €18,000 in allowances for MEP assistants. This pay increase would offer each of the EP’s 751 deputies a yearly staffing budget of €275,000.

This seven-percent budgetary increase translates as a €207 million (£149 million) bill for MEPs’ personal assistants at a time when the EU is pushing for cuts to welfare pensions in many economically struggling Eurozone states.

EU finance ministers are set to debate the EP’s proposed spending increase in two weeks. However, they do not have the power to override MEPs.

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Russian Air Forces gets Syria’s Permission*

Russian Air Forces gets Syria’s Permission*

In response to questions about the presence of Russian air forces in Syria, the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said that the sending of Russian air forces was carried out upon a request of the Syrian state conveyed via a letter sent by President Bashar al-Assad to President Vladimir Putin.

A statement issued by the Presidency said that after the Russian Federation Council ratified a bill allowing President Putin to deploy Russian air forces abroad, questions were directed to the Presidency about the formula regulating the presence of Russian air forces in Syria, and the statement asserted that relations between states are governed by international accords, laws, and agreements signed between states for realizing their peoples’ interests and guaranteeing the safety and integrity of their lands.

The statement said that based on that, the sending of Russia air forces to Syria was carried out upon the request of the Syrian state via a message sent by President al-Assad and President Putin which included an invitation to send Russian air forces within the framework of President Putin’s initiative to combat terrorism.

Hazem Sabbagh

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Palestine Ends Two-State System, Returns to Occupied Status*

Palestine Ends Two-State System, Returns to Occupied Status*

Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine will go back to being a state under occupation, and that Israel must bear responsibility for the breakdown of peace agreements.

Gaza-Rafah Border2Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, hours after Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza, announcing that his country will no longer abide by the peace agreements with Israel, and that Palestine will go back to being a state under occupation.

“Israel has thus left us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the continuation of those agreements while Israel continuously violates them,” he said.

“As long as Israel is not committed … we for our part are not committed and Israel must bear full responsibility,” he argued, making it clear however that Palestine will not resort to violence.

Abbas had hinted he would drop a “bombshell” in his speech. Early in the speech he said,

The continuation of the status quo is unacceptable, because it means giving in to brutal force inflicted by the Israeli government.”

teleSUR’s correspondent in Gaza, Noor Harazeen reported Tuesday that the announcement might have involved a threat to dissolve the Oslo Accords, which set up the current governance arrangement, known as the two-state solution, between Israel and the Palestinian Authority 20 years ago, and re-declare Palestine an occupied territory.

Abbas declared,

 “We will not accept temporary solutions or a fragmented state,” continuing,

“We will seek to form a national unity government.”

Just an hour before, speaking at the U.N. Security Council, Venezuela also called on the U.N. to not “be hypocritical” and to be a leader in enforcing international law, which Israel is violating, and combat terrorism at its roots. Venezuela accused the Israeli state of terrorist acts against Palestine.

Abbas demanded U.N. support:

“I call on the U.N. … to protect the people of Palestine … we need your protection … we are being hit from all sides, we have no protector … please, please please, we call upon you, we plead with you.”

Abbas said that his country must be included in a solution, “It is from Palestine and with Palestine that peace will be achieved.”

He thanked those European countries that this year changed their position on the legitimacy of Palestinian statehood.

“If you support the two-state solution then you have to recognize both states,” he urged the rest of the world.

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Harazeen says that Abbas is between a rock and a hard place and that his speech should either be strong enough to take a true stand on behalf of his people, or he risks being called weak in the face of Israeli aggression. Ma’an news agency reports that the Hamas movement, which shares power with Abbas’ Fatah party in the Palestinian Authority, had urged Abbas to call off all agreements with Israel in his U.N. speech.

Abbas’ speech was prefaced by an article he wrote for The Huffington Post on Tuesday, where he accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” and that what Palestinians are going through is “even more dire” than apartheid.

“While the Israeli government pays lip service to the two-state solution internationally, domestically it employs policies aimed at destroying what’s left of Palestine,” he wrote.

Israel’s renewed aggression toward Palestine in recent weeks alone, Harazeen says, shows Israel is not willing to work within the peace agreement. It has bombed the Palestinian enclave of Gaza on two separate occasions and there has been Israeli police brutality towards Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Abbas will go directly to the U.N. rose garden, where he will participate in a ceremony with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to raise the Palestinian flag for the first time at the United Nations, in spite of condemnation from Israel.

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Negotiations Falter as Europe Balks at TTIP*

Negotiations Falter as Europe Balks at TTIP*

By Deirdre Fulton

While public opposition to the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—the massive proposed “trade” deal between the European Union and the United States—has grown steadily since negotiations started two years ago, new signs suggest that official government backing is also faltering across Europe.

In an interview with French regional newspaper Sud Ouest published Monday, Junior Trade Minister Matthias Fekl said TTIP negotiations were favouring American interests and “either weren’t advancing or were progressing in the wrong direction.”

“If nothing changes, it will show that there isn’t the will to achieve mutually beneficial negotiations,” he said, before adding: “France is considering all options including an outright termination of negotiations.”

Meanwhile, a group of more than 55 U.K. members of parliament (MPs) has signed onto a motion expressing major concerns about the mammoth trade pact, which civil society groups have dubbed a corporate giveaway. Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, put forward the Commons motion, and it has now been signed by every member of the Scottish National Party group at Westminster, as well as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Politico‘s Paul Ames wrote of the “cooling ardour on both sides of the Atlantic” earlier this month, saying that since talks began in July 2013, the trade deal “has lost some of its shine.”

“Concern over the impact of TTIP has united disparate groups,” he wrote, “from French farmers to German constitutional lawyers and politicians on the left and right.”

Almost 3 million people across Europe have signed a petition calling on the Commission to scrap the agreement.

Last week, the Oxford-based group ‘We Own It,’ which deals with national issues surrounding public services, held a demonstration against the proposed TTIP, warning that it could lead to private businesses being too heavily involved in public services.

Cat Hobbs, an organizer with the group, told the Oxford Mail:

“The idea is that it would open up new markets to private companies and the reality here is that it’s going to open up public services to private companies. Multi-national corporations’ rights will become more important than ours.”

And a much larger action is being planned for October 10 in Berlin, when over 50,000 demonstrators are expected to gather in front of the city’s central train station to protest both the TTIP and a similar deal between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). That event is part of the week-long International Days of Action against corporate-friendly trade deals.

Speaking to EurActiv about the planned demonstration, Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, head of the German progressive church coalition Brot für die Welt, called TTIP an “attempt to force the rules of rich industrialized countries upon global trade.”

Opposition to TTIP is particularly intense in Germany, where only 39 percent of the population backs the trade deal.

All of this backs up a thesis put forth earlier this month by American Prospect co-founder and editor Robert Kuttner, who wrote in an op-ed that both the TTIP and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be “on the verge of collapse from their own contradictory goals and incoherent logic.”

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More Subcontract Workers Go On Strike at West Coast Ports*

More Subcontract Workers Go On Strike at West Coast Ports*

By David Moberg

The nation’s largest port—spread across parts of both Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA—is a strangely varied workplace. And after years of tenacious effort, workers throughout the port may soon share one important tool their predecessors once had: a union and, therefore, a better job.

At one extreme of the state’s ports, there are longshore workers who belong to one of the most progressive unions in the U.S., the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. It has brought annual incomes of over $100,000 and higher skilled work to many of its members, once regarded as low-skilled.

At the other end, there are truck drivers (for “drayage companies,” that move goods from dock to warehouses), who are wrongly classified as “independent contractors”—as the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board recently determined—and who have unpredictable incomes, often below the minimum wage. And there are warehouse workers who typically earn $9 to $11 an hour but may work only part-time for a labour contractor or for the warehouse operator itself.

Once these jobs were unionized and paid reasonably decent “middle-class wages,”  but the unions—mainly Teamsters—lost their contracts and members. The employers vary, too, both in size and in organization—from parts of global corporations with sophisticated management to family-owned firms driven by personality (often a bit tyrannical or ideological).

After 10 years of trying, these low-wage workers are stepping up their game, raising the prospect of once again being unionized. And if that happens, it will be a testament to the workers’ willingness to take direct action, even at a risk to their jobs.

Thirty-eight drivers at a drayage company, Pacific-9, who have demonstrated at both state and local legal hearings that they have been misclassified as independent contractors and deprived of $6 million in back pay, are on their sixth strike in two years, an indefinite walkout that has already lasted ten weeks.

“They’ve shown resolve,” Teamster spokesperson Barb Maynard says.

“They’re not going back to work.”

A couple dozen warehouse workers at a facility owned by California Cartage, a large logistics firm, are on their first strike. They are leaders in a drive to improve work organized with the help of a worker centre, a partial, short-term walkout started Tuesday by a couple dozen leaders from a workforce that can range from 150 to 300, about half directly hired, half hired through a contractor.

The workers have received help from the Warehouse Worker Resource Center, an independent operation at the port that grew out of a Change to Win project in the warehouses of the “inland empire” near San Bernadino. The strike is a protest against retaliation for organizing and other unfair labour practices as well as a call for higher wages and safer working conditions.

In a class action suit filed last December, workers contended that since the warehouse land belongs to the city of Los Angeles, California Cartage should have been paying the city’s living wage under the city’s living wage law. That would imply the company owes workers millions of dollars.

Change to Win’s Strategic Organizing Center started out helping the Teamsters to organize a union of the short-haul truckers, and the Teamsters have recently won three union representation elections. One newly unionized company has been created out of one of the first strike targets. The head of the hedge fund that bought its predecessor is now shifting assets to the new company, called Eco-Flo. He has promised to negotiate a contract with the firm’s employees—dropping the contractor ruse—and to install a zero-emissions fleet of new trucks.

“He was open to what was going on,” Maynard said,

“ and saw the law catching up to the industry.” But he was also pushed by workers and by public pension funds that provided some of the investment capital.

The Warehouse Workers Resource Center, also nurtured by Change to Win in its origins, is not presently organizing for a union, although it is not opposed to unions. It aims to help workers organize to improve working conditions and to defend themselves against management, using direct action and the law to protect workers’ legally obliged pay and other rights. California Cartage is another big company with big clients—Amazon, Sears, K-Mart, VF—that sees itself as the logistics company of the future, and Resource Center spokesperson Sheheryar Kasoosji says that they want workers from the start to help define that future.

“There’s clearly an opportunity for this place to do better,” he says.

“It’s just a matter of calling on the company to do the right thing.”

“This year has been a watershed year in terms of our effort to do the impossible,” says Nick Weiner, a long-time Change to Win staff person directing the decade-old ports organizing project. “No one thought that truck drivers could even be organized, and no employer would recognize them as employees or sit down with them to have labour peace.”

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