Monday, May 12, 2014

#HEADLINES: Mexico Legalizes Vigilantes, Pope Calls for Wealth Redistribution, Miami and Climate Change, Fracking, Fast Food Strike, Brazil Stadium Protest, Somalia Food Crisis


Mexico legalises vigilantes to fight cartels -- Al Jazeera English
"Mexican authorities have begun handing out blue uniforms and assault rifles to vigilantes in the country's western region, legalising a movement that formed last year to combat a vicious drug cartel.

Scores of farmers lined up at a cattle ranch on Saturday to receive the uniforms of the newly created rural state police force in Tepalcatapec, one of the towns that founded the self-defence militias in the lush agricultural state of Michoacan."


Pope Francis Calls For 'Legitimate Redistribution' Of Wealth To The Poor -- Huffington Post
"Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the 'economy of exclusion' that is taking hold today.

Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who are meeting in Rome this week."


Miami Finds Itself Ankle-Deep in Climate Change Debate -- New York Times
"A new scientific report on global warming released this week, the National Climate Assessment, named Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage as a result of rising sea levels. Alton Road, a commercial thoroughfare in the heart of stylish South Beach, is getting early ripples of sea level rise caused by global warming — even as Florida’s politicians, including two possible contenders for the presidency in 2016, are starkly at odds over what to do about it and whether the problem is even real."




U.S. considers fracking fluid disclosure rules -- Reuters
"The Obama administration announced its first steps on Friday toward what could be tighter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has revived U.S. oil and gas production, seeking public input on whether companies should be forced to disclose the contents of so-called fracking fluids.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would gather public comment for 90 days on whether it should require chemical manufacturers to disclose what is in the fluids that are injected into shale seams to release trapped oil or gas, a technology that has transformed the oil and gas industry."


National fast food worker strike going global: Worker movement protest wages -- The Examiner
"Major fast food chains including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC in at least 150 cities throughout the United States will be participating in a strike by the workers in the fast food industry on May 15. This one day protest reported yesterday according to CNN Money is happening because workers are demanding higher wages, the minimum is so low many have to choose to feed their families or pay other bills because their salaries can’t handle both and they aren’t getting the respect or worker’s rights either."


Thousands occupy land near Brazil stadium -- Al Jazeera English
"The Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo will host the opening World Cup match next month. But people in a nearby working-class neighbourhood say rents have tripled in recent months. Hundreds of families are camping out to draw attention to the lack of affordable housing in the city."


Somalia food crisis: 50,000 children 'at death's door' -- The Guardian
"Failing rains, severe malnourishment, enduring conflict and poor sanitation have left Somalia facing a humanitarian crisis, with 50,000 children "at death's door" and 2.9 million Somalis at risk of hunger, a coalition of aid agencies has warned.

Twenty-three charities – including World Vision, Oxfam, Save the Children, Care International and the Norwegian Refugee Council – have united to highlight the perilous state of the country and make an urgent appeal for the $822m (£485m) shortfall in humanitarian funding. Somalia has received only 12% of the money it needs this year."

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