Archive for February 28th, 2013

28/02/2013

UK Defense Ministry Slammed for Wasting Billions in Public Funds

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By Russia Today*, February 28, 2013 – Over £1 billion in public money was spent by the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) on unused equipment and spare parts between April 2009 and March 2011, the Public Accounts Committee said. A further £3.4 billion in gear was stored and went unused.

**British Army Flag| Photo: George Bosanko | Wikimedia Commons

**British Army Flag| Photo: George Bosanko | Wikimedia Commons

Some £1.5 billion was reportedly spent purchasing 38 percent more raw material and ‘consumable inventory,’ such as clothing or ammunition, than was needed, according to a report published by the UK’s Public Accounts Committee.

“It is unacceptable that the Ministry of Defense is wasting significant amounts of public money buying equipment and supplies that it doesn’t need,” said Richard Bacon MP, a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

Some central non-explosive depots were reportedly filled to 80 or 90 percent capacity because of the department’s habitual hoarding.

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28/02/2013

‘The Energy Game Is Rigged’ – Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

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Emily E. Adams, Earth Policy Institute*, February 27, 2013 – The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. 

World Fossil Fuel Consumption 2011 | Earth Policy Institute

World Fossil Fuel Consumption 2011 | Earth Policy Institute

According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil fuel energy in 2011: some $100 billion for production and $523 billion for consumption.

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28/02/2013

Isreal-Palestine: “2013 Will Be a Decisive Year for the Two-State Solution,” Says Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of making progress this year in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and called on both parties to refrain from any actions that undermine prospects for resuming negotiations.

Israeli soldiers search a Palestinian's car at the Hawera checkpoint outside the town of Nablus in the West Bank. Photo: IRIN/Kobi Wolf

Israeli soldiers search a Palestinian’s car at the Hawera checkpoint outside the town of Nablus in the West Bank. Photo: IRIN/Kobi Wolf

“2013 will be a decisive year for the two-State solution,” Ban on 27 February 2013said in a message delivered on his behalf to the UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, which began today in Rome.

“Failure to make tangible progress only means the continuation of suffering, violence and instability in the whole region.”

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28/02/2013

‘World’s Youth Must Steer International Community Through Its Turbulent Period’

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“The world’s youth must take the helm in steering the international community through its turbulent period of economic and political transition and towards a more “prosperous, equitable and peaceful future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged in Vienna, adding that the United Nations was increasing its focus on global youth action to support this cause.

Source: UN Alliance of Civilizations

Source: UN Alliance of Civilizations

Speaking at a youth event at the Fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, in Vienna on 26 February, Ban told delegates representing “the largest generation of young people the world has ever known” that the world was waiting for their contribution on a host of urgent issues, UN reports.

“I am here today to ask you to help show us the way. The world is going through a period of transition – economic, demographic, political and environmental,” Ban said in his remarks, stating that although the challenges are profound, “so are the opportunities.”

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