Treating “people as if they were weeds” Shameful…
Yesterday Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the demolition of eight Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills, displacing some 1,500 residents. The order came after the Israeli High Court of Justice issued its decision supporting the move, agreeing with a 2000 finding by the Israeli Civil Administration that “there were no permanent residents in the area” and that those present were merely seasonal residents.The IDF has argued since 1999 that the villages needed to be destroyed because their presence has prevented the IDF from performing live fire drills in the zone. They also claimed that Palestinians in the zone could collect intelligence on Israeli tactics or gather weapons left over from training exercises and then “use them for terror purposes.”
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You’ve probably never heard of Immokalee, Florida. It isn’t on anyone’s list of “Top Ten Places to Visit”, but this impoverished little town is known as the Tomato Capitol of the United States. You’d think that a place with such a distinguished title would be proud to show the world what they do best, but you’d be wrong.
The tomato industry in the U.S. is valued at more than $5 Billion annually, but the poor migrant farm workers who spend their days in the blistering Florida sun picking hundreds of pounds of green tomatoes from pesticide-laden fields have historically been paid slave wages for their part in bringing these tomatoes to your table. For years this practice was largely unknown and continued unhindered until the public was finally made aware of the issue.
In 1993, a small group of workers banded together and began to organize and consider ways to improve the community and the conditions being endured by thousands of migrant farm workers. That group would go on to become the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization that now boasts 4,000 members and continues to make strides in improving working conditions and wages among the impoverished workers throughout the region. In the first five years they managed to increase the piece rate for tomato pickers by as much as 25% and yet the pay was still not a living wage.
They have had some great successes in getting individual restaurant and grocery chains supporting their efforts!
She might have won over her countrymen, but in the end, she couldn’t make it past the International Boxing Association, who decided on July 18 that she could not compete, citing concerns that boxing against opponents of much higher standards might threaten her safety in the ring. Not only is this a disappointment for Rahimi, her family and the aspirations of Afghan women athletes, it strikes a blow to the International Olympic Committee’s goal to have women athletes represent every country, just a week after Saudi Arabia, the last hold-out, reluctantly agreed to send two women athletes.
See and write to the men who denied her a right to compete! http://www.aiba.org/en-US/AIBA/ec/ec2010.aspx
So who is lying about expensive solar energy and why?
With over five million villagers enjoying solar electricity and Shakti technicians installing one thousand solar systems a day it’s time our development institutions put their scarce development dollars behind initiatives such as these. No one can work miracles in a traditional rural society, but entrepreneurial companies like Shakti are proving we can do far, far better than business as usual.
Only when local people across the Middle East took matters into their own hands did conditions change, and history resume. The sentiments of ordinary people such as those in Bab al-Hawa, Midan, Deir al-Zor and Deraa are far more significant that the pronouncements of the world’s powers. The sooner we learn this lesson, the better off we will all be.
The colonial era may finally be drawing to a close.
Not easy to read or think about but if kindness and compassion are not part of the food we eat, what will that, what does that do to us?
The following post is an eye-witness account of the horrors happening inside the Karantina Slaughterhouse. I have visited the slaughterhouse last Monday the 2nd of July with my Environmental and Public Health Class of the American University of Beirut. This post is accompanied with graphic images and a video which are placed at the bottom end for those who feel like they cannot handle it. This is only an eye-witness report. The data presented below come from either personal observations or from the authorities that were present at the time. The class and myself are preparing a report that will be presented to several ministries and newspapers accompanied with a petition that will be available for everyone to sign. I hope, we hope, that after finding out what exactly is going on in the Karantina Slaughterhouse, you would be motivated to sign the petition and spread the word. The report…
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Overview of Outdoor Idea
We want to build a hoop house (green house) to support community gardening for children and adults in Hamilton, Ohio. Neighborhood people will help build and learn how to build their own and how to garden for good health, nutrition, and bringing the community together.
The Specifics: What will the $5,000 fund?
The $5,000 will pay for materials to build a 40×80 foot hoop house, provide materials to build raised garden boxes inside it, organic planting materials, seeds, a water system, and will pay for water for at least first planting season. Reasonable ($20.00) season fees for using garden boxes and sales of surplus crops will pay for ongoing up keep.