Archive for March 7th, 2013

07/03/2013

"The Tide Is Growing, But The System Does Not Realise It"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*, Rome, March 2013 – For those who think that “Occupy Wall Street”, the “Indignados” in Spain, the “World Social Forum ” and the hundreds manifestation of protest worldwide are expressions without concrete outcome, the result of the recent Swiss referendum (Sunday 3 March) on capping the salaries and bonuses of banks executives should make them think twice.

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Like it or not, two-thirds of the Swiss, who are not exactly a revolutionary people, have given the shareholders of financial institutions the right to decide salaries and bonuses of their executives, which is thus no longer to the cosy mutual enrichment of their boards, and another referendum is due shortly on limiting the salaries and bonuses of executives of companies of all sectors to a figure that does not exceed 15 times that of the average salary of their employees.

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07/03/2013

The Third Intifada?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*, TRANSCEND – Is this the third intifada? This question was raised this week by a number of Israeli security experts. And not only by them – their Palestinian colleagues were almost as perplexed.

**Second Intifada | Israeli soldiers in Nablus, during Operation Defensive Shield | Photo credit: Israel Defense Forces from Israel | Source:Standing Guard in Nablus | Wikimedia Commons.

**Second Intifada | Israeli soldiers in Nablus, during Operation Defensive Shield | Photo credit: Israel Defense Forces from Israel | Source:Standing Guard in Nablus | Wikimedia Commons.

All over the West Bank, Palestinian youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers. All the 4500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons took part in a three-day hunger strike.

The immediate reason was the death of a young Palestinian man during interrogation by the Shin Bet. The autopsy showed no reason for the death. It was no heart attack, as first (and automatically) claimed by Israeli officials and their stooges, the so-called “military correspondents”. So was it torture, as practically all Palestinians believe?

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07/03/2013

"Release of Inquiry Findings on CIA Interrogation Practices Urgent"

Human Wrongs Watch

A United Nations independent expert urged the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to release the findings of confidential inquiries into the detention and interrogation practices of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the administration of President George W. Bush, the UN reports*.

Source: Socialistworker.org

Source: Socialistworker.org

In a report to the UN Human Rights Council on 6 March 2013, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, said US authorities must “publish without delay, and to the fullest extent possible, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation programme.”

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07/03/2013

APRIL Is Now the Leading Driver of Deforestation for Pulp in Indonesia

Human Wrongs Watch

By Bustar Maitar* , Greenpeace, 7 March 2013 – In February we reported how Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) had stopped all deforestation in its suppliers’ concessions and committed to protect all remaining areas of rainforest in its global supply chain. However, there is another pulp and paper company in Indonesia that is now the leading driver of deforestation in the sector: APRIL.

Credit: WWF | Source: Greenpeace

Credit: WWF | Source: Greenpeace

Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited, or APRIL, is Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper producer. Its website boasts: “Go to a supermarket, stationery store, bookstore or many other types of consumer outlets in dozens of countries and the chances are you will happen to come across an item made from an APRIL product.”

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