On September 1, some 150 protestors gathered at the main entrance of Iraq's large oilfield, Nahr Bin Omar, threatening to break in and disrupt production. Thousands of others assembled in front of the provincial government's headquarters in the nearby city of Basra, demanding that their grievances over service provision, unemployment and water pollution be addressed immediately. At least six were injured in clashes with the police and 16 arrested. These demonstrations have not been an isolated incident. Protests spread across the southern provinces of Iraq this summer, fuelled by frustration over lack of services, economic inequality and unemployment in a region full of lucrative oil deposits. Incapable of meeting the demands of protesters, the Iraqi government has resorted to a combination of coercive measures and collective bribing. Earlier in the summer, Iraqi security forces, allied with militias, killed at least 14 protesters and arrested more than 200, … [Read more...] about What should Iraq’s government do to address public anger?
TWO years ago, everybody who has the vaguest interest in sports or world affairs had their eyes on Rio de Janeiro.The Olympics was rolling into town and billions of dollars were spent on massive stadiums and lavish ceremonies to show the world Brazilians knew their stuff about sports and celebrations.Many would argue the Latin American powerhouse didn’t need to spend such eye-watering sums to show us they excel in these fields — but nonetheless, the money was spent and resentment towards it has grown ever since.This was a time when the Brazilian economy was in a huge recession, and state workers were being paid late, if at all.There were warnings then that the spiralling costs of hosting yet another major sporting event just two years after the World Cup would further jeopardise the country’s ailing economy.So, Brazilians took to the streets to protest the massive spending at a time when public services were under intense pressure.And, just months after the games had … [Read more...] about Anger builds over museum fire in Brazil as protesters gather
FURY has erupted in Brazil after a fire destroyed the cherished National Museum. As the country mourns the loss of the irreplaceable treasures, it has also begun pointing fingers at who was to blame.The museum held Latin America’s largest collection of historical artefacts, and officials suggested that the damage could be catastrophic, with most objects in the main building probably lost.For many in Brazil, the state of the 200-year-old natural history museum quickly became a metaphor for what they see as the gutting of Brazilian culture and life during years of corruption, economic collapse and poor governance.“It’s a crime that the museum was allowed to get to this shape,” said Laura Albuquerque, a 29-year-old dance teacher who was in a crowd protesting outside the gates.“What happened isn’t just regrettable, it’s devastating, and politicians are responsible for it.”The cause of the fire that broke out Sunday night is not known. Federal … [Read more...] about Anger in Rio as fire destroys Brazil’s National Museum
Angry residents say they are appalled that a large chunk of land in their village in Bedworth is being ‘shoehorned’ into future housing land plans at the eleventh hour. They say they are ‘appalled’ that Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is to include the former Hawkesbury golf course in its Borough Plan - a document which sets out where building should happen in the area in the next 13 years. It is set to be one of the main modifications that are due to go out for public consultation. But Hawkesbury Village Residents Association (HVRA) say the late addition means they have been given little time to challenge the plan. Roads can't cope Furious Lynne Price, chair of the HVRA, said: "We are appalled that the former Hawkesbury golf course is being shoehorned into the Borough Plan at this late stage without any initial consultation or discussion with the local residents taking place, despite other areas within the borough being given this opportunity. “In … [Read more...] about Villagers fume at plans for homes on former golf course
Like all the others pieces written by Secretary General World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr G N Fai, the one titled “The ostensible accession of Kashmir to India is a fiction: Ambassador Yusuf Buch” too makes a sensational claim which if true would change the entire discourse on Kashmir. Unfortunately, just like all his other claims the latest one regarding the “ostensible” accession of Kashmir to India being a “fiction” is based on personal presumptions rather than facts. Dr Fai tells us that this is the view of Ambassador Yusuf Buch who was former senior advisor to the United Nations Secretary General and whom Dr Fai aptly describes as “a living encyclopaedia on Kashmir.”Dr Fai starts his piece with former Ambassador Buch’s confession of how on the issue of Kashmir “We have made errors, we have miscalculated, we have not organised our campaign with the care it should have been” and this is an intelligent style of … [Read more...] about Time To Plan For Kashmir’s Future