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China protest worsens in Guangdong after villager death
By Michael Bristow
A stand-off between villagers and the authorities is continuing in southern China's Guangdong province.中国広東省、村民が腐敗に抗議 高まる緊張、犠牲者も
China's housing bubble is losing air
Home prices and sales plunge after China's government intentionally slams on the brakes. Some recent buyers stage demonstrations, destroy real estate offices and demand refunds of up to 40%.
By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2011
Reporting from Beijing— Falling home values. Debt-strapped borrowers. Real estate woes dogging the economy. It's old news in the United States, but now the air has started to leak from another great housing bubble — in China.
13 December 2011 Last updated at 18:40 GMT Share this pageEmailPrint
Canada under fire over Kyoto protocol exist
"It's a legitimate argument: China needs to step up." he says. "But how do you make it with a straight face when you haven't come anywhere close to meeting your own international obligations and you also want to turn around and sell China as much oil sands petroleum as it is willing to take?"
自分がしっかり削減していないのに、「どの面下げて」・・・というわけだが、 with a straight face となるわけですね。
Globe and Mail opinion columnist Margaret Wente dismisses the Durban talks as "absurd" and says climate change conferences are more about power and money and the opportunity for growing economies to "extract billions" from rich countries.
Meanwhile, Craig McInnes at the Vancouver Sun sees the Kyoto withdrawal as part of a larger abandonment by the Canadian government on the climate issue, and worries that while his fellow citizens say they care about the environment, they lack the will as consumers and citizens to make significant changes.
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Who will deliver the US postal service from destruction?
The US Postal Service faces drastic closures, thanks to a bogus financial crisis – cuts that threaten America's very way of life
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 December 2011
So how did an organisation that actually earned a $6131m revenue surplus over the last four years – which included the worst recession since the 1930s – get so deep in debt, with a $10bn deficit this past fiscal year?
The USPS is the victim of an invented crisis. The 2006 Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act forced the postal service to unnecessarily prefund its retiree health benefits 75 years into the future at the rate of $5.5bn a year over a ten-year span.
Picture a homeowner whose bank suddenly demands its mortgage paid in full not in 30 but in three years, with the homeowner reduced to desperate but futile measures of selling off furniture and appliances to avoid foreclosure.
DECEMBER 14, 2011 · 4:58 AM
Ohio Landlord Fights ‘White Only’ Pool Sign Ruling
A landlord found to have discriminated against a black girl by posting a “White Only” sign at a swimming pool wants a state civil rights commission to reconsider its decision.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein, who’s white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at a pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents.
The parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out of the duplex in the racially diverse city to “avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment,” the commission said in a release announcing its finding.
An investigation revealed that Hein in May posted on the gated entrance to the pool an iron sign that stated “Public Swimming Pool, White Only,” the commission statement said.
Several witnesses confirmed that the sign was posted, and the landlord indicated that she posted it because the girl used in her hair chemicals that would make the pool “cloudy,” according to the commission.
Hein, of Cincinnati, hung up when The Associated Press called her for comment Tuesday. A message was left at her lawyer’s office.
The commission’s statement said that its investigation concluded that the posting of such a sign “restricts the social interaction between Caucasians and African-Americans and reinforces discriminatory actions aimed at oppressing people of color.”
Commissioners were scheduled to hear Hein’s request for reconsideration at a meeting Thursday in Columbus, commission spokeswoman Brandi Martin said.
If the commissioners uphold their original finding, the case would be referred to the Ohio attorney general’s office, which would represent the commission’s findings before an administrative law judge, Martin said.
Penalties in the case could include a cease-and-desist order and even punitive damages, but the administrative law judge would determine any penalties, Martin said.
It still would be possible for the parties to reach a settlement before resorting to legal action, she said.
Any decision by the administrative judge could be appealed to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati, Martin said.
DECEMBER 14, 2011 · 4:55 AM
Chick-Fil-A Cashier Fired After Mocking Asian Customers On Receipts
A cashier at an Orange County Chick-fil-A is out of a job after she wrote offensive names mocking Asian customers.
Instead of taking the name of two Asian customers, the cashier wrote “Ching” and “Chong” on their receipt, UC Irvine student Kevin Lee said.
DECEMBER 14, 2011 · 2:07 PM
Spanish Police Accused Of Rampant Racial Profiling By Amnesty International
Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Spanish authorities of using racial and ethnic profiling, with police singling out people who are not white in order to meet quotas.
In a new report, the human rights group said some police stations in Madrid have weekly and monthly quotas for ID checks and detentions of immigrants not carrying residency papers or work permits, encouraging officers to target people belonging to ethnic minorities, even if they are living legally in Spain as residents or are citizens.
“People who do not ‘look Spanish’ can be stopped by police as often as four times a day,” said Izza Leghtas, the Amnesty researcher who investigated and wrote the Spain report.
The group said African and Latin American immigrants — both legal and illegal — are most frequently targeted by officers who demand their IDs in neighborhoods with heavy immigrant populations, on public transportation and in parks.
A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry on Wednesday said the ministry rejects the allegations and does not carry out racial profiling. She was not aware if ministry officials had received a copy of the Amnesty report.
[Source 1: Washington Post]
[Source 2: Amnesty Org]
Russian poll protests: calm after the storm
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Published: 11 December, 2011
OWS to open second camp in NYC
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Published: 14 December, 2011
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