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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-wildfires-latest-inmate-firefighters-prisoners-mendocino-complex-carr-fire-a8483571.html

California wildfire: Should inmates be fighting the state’s worst ever blaze?

 

Civil rights activists say that the incarcerated firefighters should be getting the same pay as their non-incarcerated peers. But, the programme can save the state up to $100m a year in firefighting costs

With the largest wildfire in the state of California’s history razing homes and businesses, the paid, professional firefighters who have been deployed by the thousands there to save lives are getting help from what may seem like an unexpected place: the state’s prisons, and thousands of felons who have signed up to risk their lives for just dollars a day.

More than 2,000 inmates have volunteered to join an army of 14,000 firefighters fighting at least three massive fires in the state, including 58 youth offenders, in a role that often results in 24-hour shifts where workers face potentially fast-changing conditions that could put firefighter lives in danger within moments. 

 

While the inclusion of inmate firefighters has provided a helpful boost to the response – and saved the state government as much as $100m – their employment has raised questions about whether the conditions of their work are exploitative – and whether it makes sense to pay people dramatically differently when they’re facing down the same potentially deadly threats.

“Absolutely – this is very inhumane,” Clarise McCants, the campaign director for the group Colour of Change, said, citing a vast pay inequity between incarcerated firefighters and those who did not come from state prisons to work.

“And, there needs to be a really big change so that people are actually treated fairly, so they have increased pathways to get out of prison early, so there’s fairness in that, and that they’re actually able to make a living once they get out,” Ms McCants continued.

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

Anyone forgot the concept of the criminal paying back their debt to society?  

 

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Yeah, I agree breaking the law is bad and they should pay back to society but sending minor criminal offenders into fire with very little compensation is just entirely unfair to them. 

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UN Finds ‘Credible Reports’ China Is Holding 1 Million In Secret Camps

A U.N. panel accused China of housing ethnic Uighurs in “a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”

 

.....members of the Uighur community and others Muslims were being treated as “enemies of the state” solely on the basis of their ethno-religious identity.

More than 100 Uighur students who returned to China from countries including Egypt and Turkey had been detained, with some dying in custody,......

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-uigher-internment-camp_us_5b6df2c4e4b0bdd062094159?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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49 minutes ago, hamradio said:

I saw the story this evening on NBC Nightly News. The spokesperson for the airlines said that we shouldn't worry because the man who took the airplane had not breached the security of the airport.

The emotionally distraught man was a regular baggage handler of more than 3 years and was authorized to be in the airplane area.

 It looks as though he was just one baggage handler who had a bad day and was in the right place at the right time to do what he wanted to do.

 

I know airlines put their pilots and flight crew through all kinds of rigorous physical and psychological tests.

But Maybe they should think about doing the same thing for ground crew and baggage handlers in the close in proximity of the airplanes.

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https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/globalization-chinese-characteristics-by-barry-eichengreen-2018-08

Globalization with Chinese Characteristics

The Trump administration’s “America First” policies have done more than disqualify the United States from global leadership. They have also created space for other countries to re-shape the international system to their liking.

BERKELEY – US President Donald Trump’s erratic unilateralism represents nothing less than abdication of global economic and political leadership. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, his rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, his tariff war, and his frequent attacks on allies and embrace of adversaries have rapidly turned the United States into an unreliable partner in upholding the international order.

 

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But the administration’s “America First” policies have done more than disqualify the US from global leadership. They have also created space for other countries to re-shape the international system to their liking. The influence of China, in particular, is likely to be enhanced.

Consider, for example, that if the European Union perceives the US as an unreliable trade partner, it will have a correspondingly stronger incentive to negotiate a trade deal with China on terms acceptable to President Xi Jinping’s government. More generally, if the US turns its back on the global order, China will be well positioned to take the lead on reforming the rules of international trade and investment.

So the key question facing the world is this: what does China want? What kind of international economic order do its leaders have in mind?

To start, China is likely to remain a proponent of export-led growth. As Xi put it at Davos in 2017, China is committed “to growing an open global economy.” Xi and his circle obviously will not want to dismantle the global trading system.

But in other respects, globalization with Chinese characteristics will differ from globalization as we know it. Compared to standard post-World War II practice, China relies more on bilateral and regional trade agreements and less on multilateral negotiating rounds.

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22 killed in bridge collapse, Italian prime minister says

From CNN's Vasco Cotovio

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says 22 people have been confirmed dead in the Genoa bridge collapse. He added that 16 people were injured, nine of them in serious condition.

https://edition.cnn.com/europe/live-news/genoa-bridge-collapse/index.html

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Summertime Radness Li'l ?Verified account @karengeier 6h6 hours ago

 
 

the bridge that collapsed in Italy killing 22 people was a private-public project that was known to be rife with corruption.

That’s why private-public partnerships don’t work.

The profit motive leads to **** ups that get people killed.

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https://www.rt.com/news/435800-yemen-bus-bomb-fragments/

US bomb pieces found at Yemen bus strike site as Pentagon says ‘we may never know’ who supplied it

Published time: 13 Aug, 2018 04:22Edited time: 13 Aug, 2018 09:27
US bomb pieces found at Yemen bus strike site as Pentagon says ‘we may never know’ who supplied it
FILE PHOTO: MK-82 bomb © Leila Gorchev / AFP
A Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb was likely used by the Saudi-led coalition to strike a bus full of children in Yemen on Thursday, a local journalist claims, after bomb fragments from the scene were recovered.

The Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in the Dahyan area of the Houthi-controlled Saada province last Thursday, leaving 51 dead, most of them children, and injuring at least 79 others. Just as the dust was settling at the scene of the strike with charred bodies being recovered, locals found fragments of the bomb used.

Harrowing images from the site, shared by journalist Nasser Arrabyee, show fragments that appear to be from the 500-pound MK-82 bomb, which the US continues to sell to Saudi Arabia.

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https://www.rt.com/op-ed/435787-saudi-canada-row-new-order/

Slavoj Žižek: Saudi-Canada spat reveals the real new world order

For years, experts believed liberal democracy would gradually spread around the world but the system has eaten itself and the result is a new global populism.

The most obvious factor in the ongoing conflict between Canada and Saudi Arabia is the grotesque disproportion between cause and effect. In that a minor diplomatic protest has triggered a set of measures which almost announce a military conflict.

Here’s what happened. Saudi Arabia finally allowed women to drive, but at the same time arrested women who campaigned for the right to drive. Among the arrested peaceful activists was Samar Badawi, who has family in Canada, and Ottawa demanded her release.

In return, the Saudi government proclaimed this protest a reprehensible interference in its internal affairs and immediately launched into sanctions. They included expelling the Canadian ambassador, canceling the state airline’s flights to and from Canada, freezing new trade and investment, the sale of   assets in Canada, the withdrawal of students and the repatriation of patients undergoing treatment in Canada.

And all this under the guidance of a crown prince who poses as a big reformer.

No Scruples

In reality, what we have is a clear sign that Saudi Arabia remains what it is, not a real state but a large mafia corporation run by a family. And a country which quite reprehensibly interferes in the internal affairs of Yemen, literally ruining the nation.

The message of simultaneously allowing women to drive and arresting those who demanded it is clear and unambiguous, there is no contradiction here: If small changes happen, they must come as an act from above and no protest from below is tolerated.

In the same way, there is absurd overreaction inherent in Saudicounter-measures to Canada’s protest note and the message is clear: Canada got it wrong, it acted as if we still in the period of universal human rights.

Indeed, the fact that Egypt and Russia supported Saudi Arabia in its measures, and that even the US and Great Britain, otherwise supposed great protectors of human rights, decided to stay out of the melee, makes it clear that a new world order is emerging in which the only alternative to the “clash of civilizations” remains the peaceful co-existence of civilizations (or of “ways of life,” a more popular term today).

Thus, forced marriages and homophobia (or the idea that a woman going alone to a public place is asking to be  raped) are OK, so long as they are limited to another country which is otherwise fully included into the world market.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/435787-saudi-canada-row-new-order/

Slavoj Žižek: Saudi-Canada spat reveals the real new world order

For years, experts believed liberal democracy would gradually spread around the world but the system has eaten itself and the result is a new global populism.

The most obvious factor in the ongoing conflict between Canada and Saudi Arabia is the grotesque disproportion between cause and effect. In that a minor diplomatic protest has triggered a set of measures which almost announce a military conflict.

Here’s what happened. Saudi Arabia finally allowed women to drive, but at the same time arrested women who campaigned for the right to drive. Among the arrested peaceful activists was Samar Badawi, who has family in Canada, and Ottawa demanded her release.

In return, the Saudi government proclaimed this protest a reprehensible interference in its internal affairs and immediately launched into sanctions. They included expelling the Canadian ambassador, canceling the state airline’s flights to and from Canada, freezing new trade and investment, the sale of   assets in Canada, the withdrawal of students and the repatriation of patients undergoing treatment in Canada.

And all this under the guidance of a crown prince who poses as a big reformer.

No Scruples

In reality, what we have is a clear sign that Saudi Arabia remains what it is, not a real state but a large mafia corporation run by a family. And a country which quite reprehensibly interferes in the internal affairs of Yemen, literally ruining the nation.

The message of simultaneously allowing women to drive and arresting those who demanded it is clear and unambiguous, there is no contradiction here: If small changes happen, they must come as an act from above and no protest from below is tolerated.

In the same way, there is absurd overreaction inherent in Saudicounter-measures to Canada’s protest note and the message is clear: Canada got it wrong, it acted as if we still in the period of universal human rights.

Indeed, the fact that Egypt and Russia supported Saudi Arabia in its measures, and that even the US and Great Britain, otherwise supposed great protectors of human rights, decided to stay out of the melee, makes it clear that a new world order is emerging in which the only alternative to the “clash of civilizations” remains the peaceful co-existence of civilizations (or of “ways of life,” a more popular term today).

Thus, forced marriages and homophobia (or the idea that a woman going alone to a public place is asking to be  raped) are OK, so long as they are limited to another country which is otherwise fully included into the world market.

 

 

I don't see any change here other than Saudi Arabia's strong reaction to Canada as it relates to sanctions.   It was always OK for nations with vastly different civil rights 'standards' to trade with each other.      E.g. The EU trades with the USA even though they disagree with the USA's death penalty policy.     The USA trades with Saudi Arabia etc...

So to me this sentence is nonsense: "otherwise supposed great protectors of human rights, decided to stay out of the melee, makes it clear that a new world order is emerging".    NOT.

No 'new world order is emerging';  this is the same 'world order' that has always existed.   Money trumps civil rights.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

I don't see any change here other than Saudi Arabia's strong reaction to Canada as it relates to sanctions.   It was always OK for nations with vastly different civil rights 'standards' to trade with each other.      E.g. The EU trades with the USA even though they disagree with the USA's death penalty policy.     The USA trades with Saudi Arabia etc...

So to me this sentence is nonsense: "otherwise supposed great protectors of human rights, decided to stay out of the melee, makes it clear that a new world order is emerging".    NOT.

No 'new world order is emerging';  this is the same 'world order' that has always existed.   Money trumps civil rights.

 

 

Well the US has always been for sanctioning and invading other nations because of human rights but then remained silent when it is their own allies. Also I wouldn't call the human rights situation in Europe and the US as too different at least when compared to Saudi Arabia. The US has tried to push liberal democracy in other nations but today, we're seeing a failure of that and a rise of right wing populism.

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Mark Ames Retweeted Arutz Sheva

Ukraine has done the equivalent of Germany changing its official Wehrmacht salute back to "Heil Hitler—Sieg Heil" Congratulations to NATO, Washington think-tank flaks, and all the little Nazis who made this EuroMaidan possible.

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https://www.dw.com/en/afghanistan-will-not-attend-peace-talks-with-taliban-in-moscow/a-45188310

Afghanistan will not attend peace talks with Taliban in Moscow

Kabul will not be sending a delegation to Russia-led peace talks with the Taliban in September, the Foreign Ministry told DW. The Afghan government said only it can initiate a peace process.

The Afghan government does not plan on sending a delegation to the planned peace conference with the Taliban in Moscow on September 4, a Foreign Ministry spokesman told DW on Wednesday.

"A peace process can only be initiated and brought forward by the Afghan government," ministry spokesman Sebghatullah Ahmadi told DW's Dari and Pashto service in a telephone interview. "The government will not participate in any further meetings that are not led by the Afghan government."

Ahmadi emphasized that the Afghan government maintained good relations with Russia and would continue to do so in the future. However, Kabul could only support peace talks "if Afghanistan's interests are at the forefront," he said.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow expects the Taliban to take part in the planned September 4 talks. The Russian government has invited 12 countries to take part in the Afghan peace conference.

The United States has already said it would not attend the conference, which will discuss the future of Afghanistan.

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http://fortune.com/2018/08/26/walt-disney-world-workers-win-15-dollar-minimum-wage/

Walt Disney World Union Workers Win Deal for $15 Minimum Wage

Walt Disney World employees will soon see an increase in pay, after an agreement was reached between the company and unions representing resort staff.

The Service Trades Council Union (STCU) and Disney announced the deal to raise wages to $15 an hour by 2021 on Saturday, according to CNN. The two have been in talks to increase pay for nearly a year, when the STCU asked for $15 an hour in August 2017, WKMG reported. At the time, Disney countered with $10.25.

A deal was reached by both parties late Friday night and will be voted on by union members on Sept. 5.

“I expect it to be a resounding ‘yes,'” Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here Local 362, said, according to CNN. “We’ve had excellent turnout. People feel so high … I walked in this morning at 7 a.m. for a staff meeting and people were clapping and cheering, and they just really feel great.”

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NBC NewsVerified account @NBCNews 5h5 hours ago

 

BREAKING: New report estimates "2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria,"

a far larger number than the government's official death toll count of 64, according to new independent report from GWU that was commissioned by island officials.

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/hurricane-maria-death-toll-puerto-rico-may-be-closer-2-n904426?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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A police captain who told the court that the arrests of the Reuters journalists in Myanmar were a setup was punished for his testimony with a year in prison

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Senator Dick DurbinVerified account @SenatorDurbin 2h2 hours ago

 
 

These are completely trumped up and ridiculous charges for two journalists who did their job by reporting ethnic cleansing atrocities in Myanmar.

Once again calling on the Burmese government to release them.

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https://www.rt.com/news/437385-south-north-korea-rail-us/

US military blocks proposed railway linking North & South Korea

US military blocks proposed railway linking North & South Korea
FILE PHOTO: North Korean railway workers next to a train © Kyodo / Reuters
US military officials have put the brakes on a proposed rail project that would connect the Korean Peninsula, underscoring growing differences between Washington and Seoul on engagement with the hermit kingdom.

The governments of the two estranged nations were set to begin preliminary plans for the rail link last week, but their application to send a train from Seoul across the length of North Korea was denied by the US-led United Nations Command. The multinational military body, which traces its roots back to the Korean War, controls movement across the demilitarized zone which separates North and South Korea.

The decision is the latest illustration of Washington’s hardline approach to dealing with Pyongyang. The US has demanded full denuclearization as a prerequisite to any economic cooperation with North Korea, while Seoul has taken a less extreme stance, favoring constructive engagement with its northern neighbor. South Korean President Moon Jae-in had expressed hope that the rail link would be completed by the end of the year.

Moon has invested considerable political capital into improving inter-Korean relations and has signaled his desire for large-scale investment in North Korea once sanctions are lifted.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-venezuela/venezuela-hands-china-more-oil-presence-but-no-mention-of-new-funds-idUSKCN1LU1EV

Venezuela hands China more oil presence, but no mention of new funds

BEIJING/CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela gave China another stake in the OPEC nation’s oil industry and signed several other deals in the energy sector, but Beijing made no mention of new funds for Caracas during President Nicolas Maduro’s visit to his key financier on Friday.

Maduro’s leftist government sold a 9.9 percent stake in the low-cost Sinovensa joint venture, where China National Petroleum Corporation has a 40 percent share, to China, it said in a statement.

The statement also said China and Venezuela had signed a “memorandum for cooperation in Ayacucho bloc 6,” located in Venezuela’s vast oil-rich Orinoco Belt, without elaborating.

 

China will drill 300 wells in Ayacucho and extend $184 million in financing for the joint oil venture Petrozumano, the statement added. A source at PDVSA, who asked to remain anonymous because he is not allowed to speak to media, said oil services and procurement at Sinovensa would be handled by Chinese companies.

It was unclear what China, which has ploughed more than $50 billion into Venezuelathrough oil-for-loan agreements, was giving in return.

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