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Government launches green deal

first_img Tags: NULL Energy secretary Chris Huhne yesterday announced plans to create almost 250,000 jobs in green industries as part of the coalition’s drive to be “the greenest government ever”. Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool, he said the “green deal” would lead to thousands of workers modernising around 26m homes to make them more energy efficient. CBI director-general Richard Lambert said: “We welcome Huhne’s commitment to developing clean coal and gas through four carbon capture and storage plants and his recognition of the important role new nuclear power will play in a low-carbon future.” But he said the CBI was against the idea of raising the EU emissions reduction target to 30 per cent. Tuesday 21 September 2010 8:27 pm KCS-content whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Government launches green deal whatsapplast_img read more

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Premier League Live : Man Utd, Leicester City wins, race for…

first_imgFootballLatest Sports NewsSport 1Liverpool3630334893 By Kunal Dhyani – July 17, 2020 Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Football And two of the three teams still in contention will be going head to head: Leicester and Manchester United both won on Thursday to ensure their meeting on July 26 will have plenty riding on it – notably tens of millions of pounds in potential Champions League prize money next season.Premier League Live : Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 9Arsenal3613149753 Earlier Leicester City registered home victory over Sheffield United. It left the two teams tied on points with two games remaining, with fourth-place Leicester only ahead by virtue of a superior goal difference.Before their final-day showdown at King Power Stadium, Leicester are away to Tottenham on Sunday and Man United host West Ham on Wednesday. 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Tadvest Limited (TAD.mu) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgTadvest Limited (TAD.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Tadvest Limited (TAD.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tadvest Limited (TAD.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tadvest Limited (TAD.mu)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileTadvest Limited is a private investment holding company that seeks to invest in attractive, high yielding cash generative assets such as companies both in the pre-Initial Public Offering stage and also the listed ones. The assets that the company is interested in mainly fall within the categories of industrials, consumer goods, commercial and residential property. Tadvest Limited is listed on both the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and the Namibian Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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The Hammerson share price is up 75%+ in a month. Would I buy now?

first_imgThe Hammerson share price is up 75%+ in a month. Would I buy now? See all posts by Manika Premsingh Manika Premsingh | Monday, 15th March, 2021 | More on: HMSO Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The FTSE 250 real estate investment trust (REIT) Hammerson (LSE: HMSO) had an uneventful start to 2021 on the stock market. Until late last month, that is. The Hammerson share price started rallying in the second half of February. And as I write, it has risen more than 77% in a month. Hammerson share price up despite poor resultsWhile many stocks have gained in recent months, I have not come across too many to make such impressive share price gains recently. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Even more impressive is the fact that the Hammerson share price climb is undeterred by its poor recent results. The shopping malls owner has reported its biggest loss to date. It also saw a sharp drop in rental income. Covid-19-related closures have meant that retailers have deferred payments. Improving outlook for retailers post-lockdownThe outlook for retailers has got better though. Signs of a pick-up in retail are visible already, even though we are only in the first phase of a lockdown easing programme. Retailers are slated to reopen from April 12 onwards. This should improve some prospects for shopping malls further.Growth forecasts for 2021 and 2022 have been upped recently for the UK. Economists are bullish on consumer spending in the foreseeable future, going by existing pent-up demand. There is also some speculation that we are in for a decade of high growth, which could mean a boom for many consumer-linked businesses. Macro risks aheadHowever, the one catch here is that we will know how the economy is doing only after the lockdown ends. There is the risk of business closures as supportive policies are gradually withdrawn. Taxes are also slated to rise to fund the government’s high debts accrued during the pandemic. And there is still the very real risk that the pandemic may not really be over. There are new coronavirus variants out there, and vaccines may be less effective against them. HMSO’s weak performanceEven if the economy does pick up pace and the spread of coronavirus variants is controlled, I am not sure that HMSO’s fortunes will improve significantly. I say this because both the company’s revenues and profits have been falling for a few years now. It has been streamlining its property portfolio, but so far the rewards of this have not been visible.Challenges for the physical retail industryHammerson’s poor performance can be seen in the context of the challenges that bricks-and-mortar retailers have faced in the past few years. Online shopping was on the rise in any case pre-pandemic, and in the post-Covid 19 world it will likely be stronger than ever before. I reckon that this sharp switch could make it harder than before for retailers to attract footfall to their stores. Shopping malls will, of course, be impacted as a result. The takeawayEven though the Hammerson share price increase may look attractive right now, I am not convinced it is the right pick for the long-term investor. I may instead want to consider another REIT with strong exposure to e-commerce — Tritax Big Box — which I also wrote about last week as a share with long-term potential. Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tritax Big Box REIT. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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New technology could potentially reduce costs of call centre services

first_imgA new helpline solution launched by new technology company Home Call Centre could potentially save charities thousands of pounds.The new system offers a unique, flexible, lowest-cost solution for charities that operate helpline or call centre services, using home-sourcing. This means employees, volunteers or call centre agents can work from home, removing all the fixed costs associated with traditional call centre operations.Charities still have complete control over all call centre activities through the simple administration system which can be managed from anywhere. The system works off home broadband and any PC. HCC installs a ‘magic box’ in each operator’s home, trains the person online and provides all training and ongoing account management and technical support. This includes setting up a charity’s own ‘wallboard’ to monitor inbound agents and campaigns, and create activity reports.Working from home means the technology is carbon neutral.Founder and managing director of Home Call Centre Bob Travers said: “Home-sourcing is already very successful in the commercial sector and we wanted to offer our technology to charities because we know it will create unique employment opportunities and drastically reduce operating costs while still safeguarding existing jobs.”Charities of all sizes can benefit from this new technology because it dramatically reduces the existing costs of support services such as helplines and inbound call campaigns and provides an ideal ‘disaster recovery’ option.www.homecallcentre.org.uk New technology could potentially reduce costs of call centre services  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 July 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Zika, the Olympics and the Brazilian coup

first_imgMore than 230 scientific researchers, bioethicists and health experts from around the world have written an open letter charging that it is unethical to hold this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, center of the world’s Zika crisis.World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan rejected the claims, saying the Olympics would not significantly alter the international spread of the virus.The scientists accuse the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of being in the back pocket of the International Olympic Committee and of supporting private developers linked to Brazil’s new right-wing cabinet who stand to gain big profits by hosting the games.Brazilian developer Carlos Carvalho made $1 billion from publicly funded development when Rio hosted the 2014 soccer World Cup. Cities hosting the Olympics may only break even financially, but landowners, developers and private business people profit from an increase in land acquisition, construction, tourism and foreign investment.‘Judicial coup’ gov’t protects wealthy profiteersThis May, in a maneuver described as a “judicial coup,” the government of President Dilma Rousseff of the center-left Workers Party was ousted in a supposed “anti-corruption” campaign led by Michel Temer, who immediately appointed an all-white, all-male, right-wing cabinet. The new government has already eliminated 4,000 public sector jobs and announced a labor “reform” that weakens workers’ rights.Many of the new cabinet members have themselves faced charges of embezzlement and corruption. The new minister of science is a creationist, an evangelical bishop. The minister of agriculture is a soybean tycoon who deforested large areas of the Amazon rain forest.Ricardo Barros, Temer’s new minister of health, has no background in medicine or health. He wants to bring the church into debates about abortion and contraception. In the middle of the Zika crisis, he said the new government may not be able to continue Brazil’s constitutionally guaranteed right to universal health care, which is facing cutbacks in the name of austerity. Barros is paying back more than a million reals — $296,000 — for fraud regarding the sale of garbage compactors and collectors when he was mayor of the city of Maringa.Barros claimed there would be practically “zero” risk of contracting Zika during the Olympics because mosquito populations will drop during July and August, Brazil’s winter months. However, many have pointed out that temperatures frequently rise to nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit during those months. Brazil spent 25 times more on the 2014 World Cup than on this year’s annual budget to combat the Zika-borne mosquito Aedes aegypti.Preparations for the games in Rio include sending in the National Guard to terrorize and remove over 400 families who live in favelas (shanty towns) around the site of the Olympics. Brazil, with one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world, has about 18 million poor people living on less than $1.30 a day, the largest number in the Western Hemisphere. They are not among those profiting or pushing for the Olympics to be held in Brazil.Zika is spreadingMeanwhile, Zika is spreading rapidly throughout Colombia. More than 12,000 pregnant women in Colombia have tested positive for the virus. The number of pregnant Zika-infected women in the United States has risen to 234 and the CDC says that thousands of pregnant women in Puerto Rico could be infected, which could mean dozens or even hundreds of infants being born with microcephaly, a birth defect causing slow brain development and abnormally small heads.In their letter published May 28, scientists argue that Zika is more dangerous and extensive than it was first thought to be. They say too little is known about Zika transmission or its effects on a developing fetus during various stages of pregnancy. The strain of Zika in Brazil has already resulted in 1,489 cases of babies born with microcephaly and other neurological disorders. About 30 percent of pregnant women there have been infected with Zika. (Harvard Public Health Review, May 2016)Replying to the scientists, the WHO argued that only a small number of tourists will contract Zika at the Olympics. But the scientists pointed out that a single infected person carried the virus into Brazil in 2013. Now, as many as 1.5 million people have been infected and it continues to spread rapidly.Sexual transmission, oral, vaginal and anal, plays a more important role in the spread of Zika than was previously realized. The CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases reports that Zika may live in sperm 62 days after the onset of symptoms, which are not always obvious. This could increase the potential and rate of sexual transmission of Zika.Wealthy sports fans staying in air-conditioned hotels in Rio may not feel they risk catching Zika. However, if Zika is spread internationally, it is women and poor people who will be impacted the most, especially those living in poor countries that haven’t got the resources to fight Zika. Seventy percent of the families affected by Zika-related illnesses live in extreme poverty.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Occupations amp up Black Lives Matter struggle

first_imgActivists with Millions March NYC began an occupation of New York City Hall Park the morning of Aug. 1. The protesters have renamed it “Abolition Square” to emphasize their commitment to a world without the state terror of policing.Organizers want the racist institution of the New York Police Department abolished and replaced by community-based policing that residents can hold accountable.As a path to that goal, activists said they would occupy Abolition Square until Mayor Bill de Blasio met three key demands: fire Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and end “broken windows” policing; defund the New York Police Department and invest in Black, Brown and working-class communities; and provide reparations to victims’ families and survivors of police terrorism out of the NYPD budget.By the end of Aug. 2, the MMNYC activists had won their first demand. Despite corporate news articles saying it wouldn’t happen, Bratton announced his resignation.In a statement to WW, Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party presidential candidate, urged widespread support for Abolition Square. She said of her visit there: “It was so inspirational being in the midst of young activists — Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ, those with disabilities — united around the issues of fighting for reparations for survivors of police brutality and family members who have lost loved ones to police violence, along with the demand to defund the NYPD, which has billions of dollars at its disposal to repress and oppress Black and Brown youth. This occupation, which many view as liberated space, deserves the solidarity of every progressive and revolutionary.”MMNYC is a “grassroots multiracial collective of organizers committed to building and strengthening the movement for Black lives,” according to the occupation’s press release. The activists represent communities at “the intersections of multiple social movements — Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous people, prison abolition and others.” Groups participating include Equality for Flatbush, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC (PPA), NYC Labor for Black Lives, NYC Shut It Down, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and more.Chicago’s Freedom Square, ‘Decolonize LA’The Abolition Square occupation reflects the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement struggle, with similar ongoing occupations in Los Angeles and Chicago. On Aug. 7, the Let Us Breathe Collective and other groups entered the 17th day of occupying Freedom Square in Chicago. The encampment is on an abandoned lot across from the Homan Square warehouse building, the Chicago Police Department “black site” now infamous for illegal detention and torture of 7,000 people, a majority of them Black. (The Guardian, Oct. 19, 2015)The short-term goal of Freedom Square organizers is reversal of recent reactionary Chicago City Council “Blue Lives Matter” ordinances that cap the statute of limitations on CPD “police misconduct” at five years and extend city hate crime policies to “protect police officers.” Organizers’ long-term goal is abolition of the police. (DNAinfo.org)By Aug. 6, Black Lives Matter-LA was in the 25th day of occupation of Los Angeles City Hall under the banner “Decolonize LA City Hall.”  The 24-hour-a-day occupation demands the firing of the LA police chief.Melina Abdullah, chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and a spokesperson for BLM-LA, described the LAPD as “the most murderous police department in the country,” most recently for killing Redel Jones, the 30-year-old mother of two. Police harassment of the occupation includes requiring the free-speech-protected encampment to pack up so cops can “clean” the area with power-hoses — for six hours at a time during the historic California drought. (risingupwithsonali.org)The connection between BLM issues and decolonization links the Los Angeles occupation and that of the Campamento Contra La Junta in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That months-long encampment, mostly by students, protests the U.S.-enacted PROMESA bill, which will impose a profit-driven, colonial-style control board, or junta, on the island nation of Puerto Rico. This neocolonization and economic takeover will hit unions especially hard, including teachers’ unions and the militant electrical workers’ union, UTIER. Solidarity messages have been sent to the Campamento from New York’s Abolition Square.BLM spreads internationallyThe BLM movement is expanding internationally in other countries. Demonstrations have been held in Britain, numbering dozens in Cardiff, Wales, to thousands in London. There, on Aug. 5 people in a BLM protest lay down on a road and blocked access to Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports.The actions marked the fifth anniversary of the killing of Mark Duggan, a Black man, by a police marksman, sparking uprisings across London. Other coordinated actions were held on Aug. 5 in Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and elsewhere.Imani Robinson, a spokeswoman for Black Lives Matter U.K., said of the protests: “This is an intentional disruption because our lives, our ability to live free and dignified lives, is being disrupted every day.” (Washington Post, Aug. 5)The BLM movement has also spread to other countries, including Brazil, Canada and several European nations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Targeting Iraq, Iran: U.S. threatens wider war

first_imgJan 7–Enormous demonstrations in Iran, Iraq and region-wide are expressing anti-imperialist rage, and signaling a new day, a rebirth of mass movements that will drive the U.S. out of the region.Philadelphia, Jan. 4. (WW photo: Joe Piette)A criminal U.S. act has kindled this firestorm.On Jan. 2, U.S. imperialism pushed its aggressive war against Iran to a new level. A U.S. drone carried out a sneak attack that assassinated top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Soleimani was on an official visit to Iraq, really on a mission to negotiate for peace. He was met by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who was also murdered in the drone attack. The PMF are officially part of the Iraqi Security Forces.The U.S. Defense Department admitted it carried out the attack following President Donald Trump’s orders.In the days after this war provocation, the following has taken place:In Iraq, tens of thousands joined a funeral march for the two military leaders murdered by the Pentagon. The Iraqi Parliament voted to expel the 6,000 U.S. troops that have been stationed in Iraq after its members heard evidence of a U.S. political assassination violating Iraq’s sovereignty.Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi had told the parliament that the U.S. government knew that Gen. Soleimani was traveling to Iraq as an official peace emissary to meet with him as part of negotiations with Saudi Arabia to de-escalate tensions in the region. Iraq was to act as mediator. Abdul-Mahdi said that Trump had also asked Iraq to play a mediating role with Iran. In Iran, government leaders have promised that they will strike back at the U.S. and that it will be a military strike. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people have marched in the streets in mourning for Soleimani and his Iraqi counterpart. A favorite chant was “Death to America!” — meaning the United States.From the U.S., Trump has sent a tweet threatening to destroy 52 Iranian cultural sites. Such an attack would be a war crime. Meanwhile, Washington has instructed U.S. citizens to leave Iraq.While the events have exposed some of U.S. imperialism’s weaknesses in Iraq and the region, they have made a major U.S. aggressive war more likely. U.S. humiliated in IraqTrump’s latest escalation follows a humiliating experience in Baghdad — on the very last day of 2019. An unarmed funeral procession of thousands walked unopposed past guard posts, layers of blast barriers and checkpoints into the most highly secured U.S. embassy compound in the world. Iraqi government security forces did nothing to block militia members and their leaders from entering the heavily fortified Green Zone where the U.S. Embassy is located.This bold action followed a mass funeral for members of Popular Militia units who had been killed in a U.S. bombing. It exposed the vulnerability of the U.S. occupiers.That embassy action sent a clear message: No U.S. base in Iraq is secure.The very Iraqi forces the U.S. relies on, in the most heavily fortified embassy in the world, opened the door. Clearly the U.S. has no allies. Even the Iraqi forces who collaborated have aligned against the U.S.Since then, the U.S. escalation included the well-publicized arrival of U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne Division in Kuwait, troops often used to evacuate U.S. citizens. Thousands of other troops are on their way in anticipation of a wider war.The role of U.S. imperialism is destructive all over the world. Nowhere has it been more destructive in recent decades than in the countries of the area from West Asia to North Africa that many call the Middle East.As the U.S. ignites a crisis, this is an important time to evaluate the U.S. position, its strength and its alliances, and evaluate the developments of peoples’ movements for sovereignty in the whole region.Green Zone: A U.S. bubbleThe Green Zone is a U.S.-created security bubble, a self-contained colony taking up 4 square miles of central Baghdad. It is surrounded by concrete blast walls and barbed wire fences fortified by sandbags, spotlights and checkpoints.The U.S. Embassy, within the Green Zone, occupies more than 100 acres of prime real estate. It is about the size of Vatican City. Six times larger than the United Nations headquarters in New York, it is the world’s largest embassy.That the most highly trained Iraqi security forces, supposedly trusted to guard U.S. interests, made no effort to stop the protesters as they marched into the heavily fortified Green Zone is a stunning development. It sends a message about the security of every U.S. base in Iraq.The Green Zone takeover was not an isolated or exceptional event. Rather it was the third time during the last few months of 2019 that U.S. power had been successfully challenged in entirely new and creative ways — and in a region that has been brutally dominated, occupied and willfully impoverished by U.S. forces for decades. The scale of these humiliating failures can best be appreciated when weighed against the grandiose promises of five consecutive U.S. presidents and some 30 years of failed U.S. sanctions, bombings and occupations that have tortured this region of vast wealth.Popular forces in motionThe Iraqi government is already weakened and divided by months of popular protests that have gripped Baghdad and the south of Iraq since early October.Attempted crackdowns on demonstrations calling for basic services, employment opportunities and an end to corruption have resulted in at least 470 dead and more than 20,000 injured. The continuing protests have developed into demands for a complete overhaul of the corrupt and sectarian political system established under U.S. occupation.In recent weeks, a series of rocket attacks has targeted military installations in Iraq where U.S. personnel are stationed. Occupation of Tahrir Square, also known as Liberation Square, was in force during the attack on the U.S. Embassy. U.S. strategy: Keep region dividedPublic anger had exploded after the U.S. bombed militias known as Popular Mobilization Forces, which are officially part of the Iraqi Security Forces. The U.S. attack on Dec. 29 killed 32 and wounded 55 people who had been honored as front-line fighters against the Islamic State group (IS). The U.S. said it launched the bombing in retaliation for a rocket attack on Dec. 27 near Kirkuk that killed a U.S. “contractor” (in fact, a mercenary). But the site the U.S. military chose to bomb was hundreds of miles from where the U.S. mercenary had died.The area bombed was the only border crossing controlled by Iraqi and Syrian forces, not the U.S. The crossing had been opened with great celebration after being in the hands of IS forces for five years. Last September, Israel bombed Syrian forces trying to open this crucial highway crossing.Opening this border post on the Syria-Iraq border meant that for the first time in 30 years, trade, travel and exchanges among Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon were potentially open and not under U.S. control.U.S. strategy for decades has focused on how to keep this entire region divided, dependent and at war. Syria. Iraq and Iran were divided against each other as U.S. policy inflamed sectarian, ethnic and religious differences.All these countries are under strict U.S. sanctions, so opening their ability to trade with each other is a huge, life-saving step forward. Knitting this destroyed region back together is a goal of those opposed to U.S. efforts to recolonize the area. By bombing this border crossing, the U.S. confirmed that its strategy is to forcibly divide the region.U.S. strategy vs. Iran, Iraq, Syria and AfghanistanEver since Iran’s 1979 revolution, the U.S. has tried to crush it with sanctions. It also tightened sanctions on Iraq in August 1990, followed the next year by a massive bombing campaign plus sanctions that led to the death of half a million Iraqi children. Then, in 2003, the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq, destroying its social and cultural fabric. More than 1 million U.S. troops cycled through Iraq — but they could not subdue the resistance.U.S. sanctions on Syria began at the same time the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. They became far harsher by 2011, with an all-out effort to overturn the Syrian government. Washington and its allies armed and supplied tens of thousands of foreign mercenary forces and then provided backhanded support to Saudi-created IS terrorists. IS became the new excuse for the U.S. military to bomb Syria and send troops into Iraq as “trainers.” In Afghanistan, 18 years of U.S. occupation have brought only wreckage and sectarian division.Nearly every political current in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, even those who collaborate with Washington, eventually have come to hate the duplicity and racist arrogance of U.S. domination.The only Pentagon solution to the growing resistance on every front is more war and even harsher sanctions. According to the Jan. 4 Washington Post, the U.S. has about 6,000 troops in Iraq with a brigade of 3,500 airborne troops arriving. There are over 14,000 U.S./NATO troops in Afghanistan. In Southwest Asia, from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean, there are a total of 70,000 U.S. forces. There are also tens of thousands of contractors and mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sending additional thousands of troops won’t change the U.S. inability to occupy and control a country, but it will escalate both the destruction and the resistance.Blaming Iran for U.S. failuresIt is U.S. policy to blame Iran for every setback and form of resistance in the entire region. Iran, although severely sanctioned and surrounded, is the only country that has escaped direct U.S. occupation and massive destruction.The Trump administration’s move to unilaterally cancel a legally binding accord, signed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, to end the sanctions on Iran, has heightened tensions in the region. New U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran are an effort to destabilize the country with hyperinflation and shortages.Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drillsBut Iran sent its own message as U.S. threats were escalated with the crisis in Iraq. It was a message the whole world took note of.One fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which connects to the Gulf of Oman. On Dec. 27, Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.The joint naval drill showed the determination to offer some protection to a region that has been openly looted by modern-day imperialist pirates. New trade deals and funds for rebuilding war-torn and sanctioned economies are on the drawing boards in Iran, China and Russia. It’s no longer a unipolar world.Expensive U.S. weapons of little useIn Sept. 14, 2019, attacks on Saudi Arabia’s energy giant Aramco at its vital Abqaiq main processing plant and gas plant, near the Khurais oilfield, temporarily halved the Saudi’s crude output. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility. But Washington and Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of the attacks — a charge Iran has strongly denied.Saudi purchases of over $67 billion in U.S. arms, including the famous Patriot missiles, failed to warn of or prevent the attack. Saudi Arabia is the world’s third-highest spender on the military. Its inability to protect its most critical oil facility set off alarm bells. U.S. Patriot missiles might be paper tigers.Low-flying, inexpensive weapons are a new challenge to Saudi defenses, which are designed for high-altitude missiles.2020: A new decadeUnbowed resistance and an abiding hatred of U.S. imperialism are a material force now deeply rooted in popular movements throughout the region. They are finding creative, low-tech ways of resisting the all-powerful U.S. monolith. They are also developing new alliances that can enable them to rebuild. Yes, the U.S. military machine and U.S. corporate power remain massive threats to many countries and an enormous waste of resources. The danger of an expanded U.S. war against Iran and Iraq, while continuing the wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, risks a global war that endangers us all. At the same time, events show that U.S. domination faces a fundamental challenge in 2020.Every voice and the greatest unity are needed to demand U.S. OUT!End the Wars! Bring ALL U.S. troops home!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Romney Releases Energy Plan

first_img By Gary Truitt – Aug 23, 2012 Facebook Twitter Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen applauded Romney’s commitment to domestic renewable fuels and his recognition of the importance of the RFS. He noted the RFS is helping to reduce America’s reliance on imported oil and create hundreds of thousands of jobs all across rural America. By working to remove barriers to market access for renewable fuels – Dinneen says America can help spur an economic recovery while securing our energy future.Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman also commended Romney’s recognition of the importance of the RFS to the economic and environmental welfare of the country and the need to open up the marketplace to renewable fuels. Coleman said the RFS and market access are two critical pieces of the puzzle when it comes to the ongoing development of the domestic biofuels industry. The AEC also noted the importance of the tax code when it comes to domestic energy development – and hopes Romeny will me more explicit in his campaign’s support for parity in the tax code for renewable fuels. Coleman says an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy isn’t possible if the U.S. tax code continues to offer incentives to oil and gas developers that are not being offered to renewable fuels projects. According to Coleman – leveling the playing field in the tax code is absolutely critical to achieving the energy security goals set forth by the Romney Campaign. Growth Energy President and COO Jim Nussle also weighed in on the Romney energy plan – stating he was pleased to see the importance of renewable fuels highlighted. Nussle said the support for the RFS and a diversification of vehicle fleets and fueling systems is an essential tool in achieving increased market access for home-grown American energy and providing consumers with a choice when they fuel up. Previous articleSmartStax® Standing Strong Despite Heavy Corn Rootworm PressureNext articleState Officials Discuss Drought Help for Farmers Gary Truitt Home Energy Romney Releases Energy Plan Facebook Twittercenter_img Source: NAFB News Service Romney Releases Energy Plan SHARE SHARE Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has outlined an energy plan that he projects would achieve North American energy independence by the year 2020. He wants to pursue dramatic regulatory reform to accelerate the exploration and development of oil and gas and to facilitate construction of vital infrastructure. Romney wants to modernize outdated environmental laws to take cost into account. Romney says he will increase production – permitting access to resources in the Gulf of Mexico, the Outer Continental Shelf, western lands and the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. He also plans to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on day one if elected President. Finally – he will invest in new energy technologies. More specifically – the Romney energy plan would support increased market penetration and competition among energy sources by maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard and eliminating regulatory barriers to diversify the power grid, the fuel system and vehicle fleets.last_img read more

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RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story

first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts Myanmar is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The second argument offered by Total’s management, the need to protect its employees, has been demolished by some of its own employees in Myanmar. June 7, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more News The story revealed that Total, which has been exploiting Myanmar’s Yadana offshore gas field since 1992, has always used complex financial mechanisms that allow MOGE – and therefore Myanmar’s generals – to retain hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on gas sales that should have gone to the Myanmar state in the form of taxes. MyanmarFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedPredatorsEconomic pressure In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The first argument has been dashed by the revelations about a tax optimization system that allows Total to avoid paying what it should to the Myanmar state while pouring millions into offshore accounts held by the military. According to RSF’s tally, nearly 175 million dollars were paid to MOGE in 2019. In March, the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the now-in-exile government resulting from the November 2020 elections, wrote to four energy multinationals including Total  urging them to suspend all operations involving Myanmar’ military and to freeze all payments to them. MyanmarFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedPredatorsEconomic pressure “Total’s cancellation of its ad campaign in Le Monde is a crude reprisal against a media outlet that simply published annoying truths,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It sheds even more light on the level of cynicism with which the energy group is trying to handle its Myanmar operations. It is high time for Total to match actions to words by suspending its activities in Myanmar and thereby ceasing to fund the junta and its relentless crackdown on press freedom in that country.”   A Total employee in Myanmar told the Myanmar Now website last month that a fellow employee was forced to resign after requesting unpaid leave in connection with the pro-democracy movement. Ninety percent of Total’s employees in Myanmar are Myanmar citizens and the threat of similarly being forced to resign discourages them in practice from participating in the anti-coup civil disobedience movement. Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Forced to resign to go further In an op-ed piece in the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche on 3 April, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné wrote that, “respect for human rights is at the heart of our code of conduct.” He said Total’s continuing operations in Myanmar were justified by its dual duty to pay taxes to the Myanmar state and to protect its employees there. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific According to Myanmar’s Assistance Association For Political Prisoners (AAPP), whose figures have been independently confirmed by an RSF source, a total of 84 journalists have been arrested since the coup d’état on 1 February, and around 50 of them are still being held. Total’s decision to cancel the 50,000-euro ad campaign planned for June was taken on 6 May, two days after Le Monde published an investigative piece about the French multinational’s dealings with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a consortium directly managed by Myanmar’s armed forces. Organisation News June 10, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 – Updated on May 17, 2021 RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story RSF_en Total is one of the 15 western and Asian multinationals operating in Myanmar to whom RSF began writing letters on 8 April urging them to take a stand against the junta’s oppressive behaviour. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns French oil giant Total’s cancellation of a big ad campaign in the French daily Le Monde in reprisal for a story about Total’s funding of Myanmar’s military. The extremely shocking cynicism of this decision matches the hypocrisy with which Total has handled its operations in Myanmar since last February’s coup, RSF says. Help by sharing this information News This file photograph taken on October 22, 2018, shows the logo of the French energy giant Total on its headquarters in the La Defense business district near Paris. French energy giant Total pulled adverts from Le Monde after it reported that the company was paying gas revenues to Myanmar’s military through a tax haven (photo : Alain Jocard / AFP). last_img read more