‘Boycott and sanction’ power to be stripped from UK councils | Politics | The Guardian

The Independent on Sunday reported that the move could prevent local authorities from refusing to trade with, or excluding from their pension fund portfolios, companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products and Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said it was a “direct attack on local democracy” with far-reaching implications for all campaign groups .“Public money should be used for the public good, not to support destructive industries like the arms trade that profit from war,” he told the Independent on Sunday.“The government is always stressing the importance of localism but this is a direct attack on local democracy and decision-making.“At the moment the focus may be on arms companies and Israel, but if these changes are allowed to go ahead then they could affect almost all campaign groups.”

Source: ‘Boycott and sanction’ power to be stripped from UK councils | Politics | The Guardian

A life unraveled

Heroin and other opioids have devastated Massachusetts families. Over the past year the Globe spent time with Raquel Rodriguez, a heroin addict from East Boston, as she struggled to get clean for her two young daughters. Raquel opened her life to us in hopes that her story might help someone else.

By Jessica Rinaldi
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High on heroin, Raquel Rodriguez reacted as her daughters, Estrella (left) and Mimi, ran back and forth across her small living room. Tomorrow Raquel will go to the clinic and get her first dose of methadone, but tonight she worries that she won’t be able to do it. Raquel has been battling with addiction for the majority of her life. Born to a heroin- addicted mother, she has memories of drug use and sexual abuse by her early teens. She has tried to quit using before, but this time she is determined to get clean for her two young daughters. “I want them both to have a childhood that I never knew existed. Happiness, joy, love,” she said.

(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Child Trafficking & Slavery | The Dark Side Of Chocolate | 3CHICSPOLITICO

“America’s largest and most profitable food conglomerates should not tolerate child labor, much less child slave labor, anywhere in their supply chains,” the complaint reads. “These companies should not turn a blind eye to known human rights abuses… especially when the companies consistently and affirmatively represent that they act in a socially and ethically responsible manner.”

Source: Child Trafficking & Slavery | The Dark Side Of Chocolate | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Gang-raped to avenge poll defeat, girl ends life – Times of India

Panchayat poll rivalry took a hideous turn in a village in Mirzapur district when the minor daughter of a winning woman block development council (BDC) candidate was allegedly gang-raped by her mother’s rivals. She later killed herself following police inaction.

Source: Gang-raped to avenge poll defeat, girl ends life – Times of India

Czech president Zeman says refugee wave is ′organized invasion′ | News | DW.COM | 26.12.2015

Czech President Milos Zeman has compared the refugees arriving to Europe with the Trojan horse, and called the influx an ‘organized invasion.’ His comments were met with outrage.

Source: Czech president Zeman says refugee wave is ′organized invasion′ | News | DW.COM | 26.12.2015

Native American San Carlos Apache tribe takes on BHP, Rio Tinto over plans to mine sacred site – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A group of Native Americans are taking on a subsidiary of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto to try to save a sacred desert area.

Source: Native American San Carlos Apache tribe takes on BHP, Rio Tinto over plans to mine sacred site – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)