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Labor rage: Arrests as General Strike locks Spain (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
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Published: 29 March, 2012, 09:58
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Spanish workers hold general strike over labour reforms
The only violence seemed to be when scuffles broke out between protesters and police as workers from Spain's largest unions picketed at the capital's bus depot early on Thursday.
A total of 58 people were detained and nine were injured, the interior ministry said.
Violence erupts on Spain's streets as thousands clash with police in 24-hour general strike
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 15:04 GMT, 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 15:19 GMT, 29 March 2012
Riot police took to the streets of Spain today as protesters burned bins, vandalised shops and attacked officers during a one day nationwide general strike.
Spaniards angry with having the eurozone's highest unemployment rate refused to go to work in protest at further crushing austerity measures being brought in by the new centre-right Popular Party government.
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Aircraft carrier left us to die, say migrants
Exclusive: Boat trying to reach Lampedusa was left to drift in Mediterranean for 16 days, despite alarm being raised
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guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 May 2011 21.30 BST
Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. Two of the nine survivors claim this included a Nato ship.
A boat carrying 72 passengers, including several women, young children and political refugees, ran into trouble in late March after leaving Tripoli for the Italian island of Lampedusa. Despite alarms being raised with the Italian coastguard and the boat making contact with a military helicopter and a warship, no rescue effort was attempted.
All but 11 of those on board died from thirst and hunger after their vessel was left to drift in open waters for 16 days. "Every morning we would wake up and find more bodies, which we would leave for 24 hours and then throw overboard," said Abu Kurke, one of only nine survivors. "By the final days, we didn't know ourselves … everyone was either praying, or dying."
International maritime law compels all vessels, including military units, to answer distress calls from nearby boats and to offer help where possible. Refugee rights campaigners have demanded an investigation into the deaths, while the UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, has called for stricter co-operation among commercial and military vessels in the Mediterranean in an effort to save human lives.
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Islamophobia as a political ploy
The fixation with diagnosing Islam's ills may mask deeper anxieties about upheavals in European and American societies
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guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 March 2012 09.48 BST
Looking at a cartoon that portrays American Muslims as terrorists-to-be from the perspective of free speech versus censorship alone absolves us from asking what the intention behind it is, or what context it appears in. The context in this case is one of increasing Islamophobia in Europe and North America, from the furore caused by proposals for a mosque in Manhattan to the fact that provision of halal meat has become a defining issue in the French presidential campaign.
The depiction of Muslims in the New York Post as hook-nosed Semites is no coincidence, sharing much in common with the anti-Jewish stereotypes widely prevalent not so long ago, when attacks on Jews as people masqueraded as critiques of their religious practices. This makes it difficult to uphold a classical liberal distinction between criticising "beliefs" and criticising "people", for the two are conflated in the racialised manner in which Muslims are often discussed.
Nor is this a simple matter of isolating the far right, for anti-Muslim animus can unite liberals and conservatives, as demonstrated by the Danish cartoon controversy. For the right, Muslims are to be excluded for not fitting into a Christian conception of the west; for sections of the left, because Islam is regarded as alien to a secular Enlightenment defined as European in origin.
California Mother Slain in Possible Anti-Muslim Hate Crime
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A note calling Shaima Alawadi, 32, a terrorist and saying she should go back to her country was left next to her body, according to friends and family members.
Open the door more widely to motivated foreigners
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The health ministry has announced the successful candidates for this year's national qualification examinations for certified nurses and nursing care workers.
Among the Indonesian and Filipino candidates who took the tests after working in the country as trainees based on bilateral economic partnership agreements, 47 passed the national qualification exam for nurses and 36 for nursing care workers.
They have studied while working full-time as trainees at hospitals and nursing care facilities across the country. Through such strenuous efforts, they passed the national exams, which include various kanji and technical terms that are difficult even for native Japanese speakers to read and understand. We look forward to their active contribution to this country.
During the past four years, Japan has accepted a total of 1,400 candidates for certified nurses and care workers from the two countries. These candidates, in principle, will be asked to return home if they do not pass the national qualification tests within three years in the case of nurses and four years in the case of nursing care workers.
Last year, only 4 percent of foreign nurse candidates managed to pass the qualification test, and there have only been 19 successful candidates in the field during the past three years.
However, the number of successful candidates went up this year, which marked the fourth year since the system's introduction, with the pass rate rising to 11 percent.
Improvements yield results
In response to criticism of the exams' high language barrier for foreign candidates, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has taken various measures, such as putting kana characters alongside some difficult technical terms and kanji, and putting English translations beside disease names. These measures appear to have helped increase the number of successful candidates to a certain degree.
This year, 94 trainees from Indonesia and one from the Philippines became the first batch of candidates to take the qualification exam for nursing care workers. Their pass rate stood at 36 percent, which turned out to be far above the figure for foreign nurses.
Health minister Yoko Komiyama has given instructions for more improvements starting next year: putting kana alongside all kanji characters used in both qualification exams and giving extra time for foreign applicants taking the tests under the EPA framework. These steps are proper yet still insufficient.
Many of these foreign trainees are certified as nurses and other related professionals and have actively worked in such professions in their own countries.
They are strongly motivated to learn about medical and nursing care services in Japan, be useful workers in this country and eventually convey their experiences here to their own countries.
Those who have passed the national qualification exams are expected to make use of their expertise, as capable workers at the ready, in hospitals and nursing care facilities, which are suffering from a chronicle shortage of labor. We urge the government to take measures to even more actively accept foreign nurses and nursing caregivers to this country.
Maintain extension system
Currently, the government has a special scheme that allows unsuccessful foreign nurse candidates to extend their stay by an extra year if they have attained certain scores on the qualification test, so that they will have another opportunity to take the exam.
We hope the government will maintain this system in the future. It also would be worth considering establishing a new system under which foreign candidates will be accepted as exchange students at educational institutions for nurses, nursing caregivers and other related professionals to enable them to stay in the country longer than under the current system.
If Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework, which is designed to promote free trade among member countries, it is expected to invigorate the movement of human resources, not only regarding nurses and nursing care workers but also in various other fields.
Accepting capable foreigners will help maintain the vitality of Japanese society, which is suffering from an aging population and low birthrate. Expanded acceptance of foreign nurses and nursing care workers will serve as a touchstone for such efforts.
(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, March 29, 2012)
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Indonesia to ban mini-skirts 'because they make men do things'
By RICHARD SHEARS
PUBLISHED: 07:16 GMT, 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 07:16 GMT, 29 March 2012
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