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* WE, WOMEN OF THE WORLD, ARE TURNING OUR GRIEF INTO STRENGTH
8th march : International Women’s Day 2013
We, women of all peoples, ages, classes and sexualities, are resisting the growing criminalisation against us, our protests and our proposals. The streets and public spaces are ours! We are organised in our social movements, despite the pressure we face to remain within the domestic space; we persist in our fight for progressive laws that strengthen our formal rights, despite the repression and violence we face from governments and religious institutions. We are all women in resistance celebrating the progress we have achieved! We are all Filipina women celebrating the passage of the Reproductive Health Law!
We are saying “Enough” to the violence against us. Again and again, we are taking the lead and taking to the streets in the fight against all forms of violence and the normalisation of this violence within our societies. We are denouncing violence as structural; as a tool of control of our lives, bodies and sexualities within the capitalist, neo-colonialist, patriarchal system. We are all Indian and Bangladeshi women fighting against rape, sexual violence and the impunity face by its perpetrators! We are all Mayan women breaking the silence in the courts in our demand for justice! We are all Mozambican women in the successful struggle to pass the domestic violence law!
We, indigenous women, are fighting back. We are mobilising massively at the local and international levels. We are demanding that our governments respect our rights and those of our peoples and territories, and we are creatively using the tools of struggle available to us. We are all B’laan Filipina women and Mayan, Xinca and mestiza Guatemalan women protecting our territories – our land and our bodies – from mining and hydroelectric industries! We are all Idle No More protesters and Canadian First Nation women challenging the longstanding discrimination and injustices faced by indigenous peoples! […]
* THE UNITED STATES: AN IMPOVERISHED, DELUSIONAL SOCIETY
By Glen Ford, The Greanville Post
Europe is headed for deep turmoil because Europeans have something to defend.”
Thanks to the U.S. corporate media’s great skills of obfuscation, omission and just plain lying, Americans are quite confused about the political and financial crisis in Europe, and what it means on this side of the Atlantic. People in the United States harbor vague fears that the social turmoil they see playing out in European elections and on the streets may come here. This scares them, which is almost funny, in a very sad way, since what European working people are struggling to avoid is being forced to live like most Americans, at the total mercy of the rich.
Europeans are righteously upset because they have something quite precious to lose: a social safety net that provides levels of security that Americans have never experienced, and that many cannot even imagine. Since most overworked or underemployed Americans don’t know how Europeans actually live, they find it difficult to understand what all the fuss is about. U.S. corporate media fill in the vast blanks in American consciousness with slanders against Europe – the relatively comfortable French and the devastated Greeks, alike – branding them all lazy slackers who don’t want to work hard or pay their bills. America’s damn near nonexistent social welfare structure is packaged as a virtue, while the sights and sounds of European protest are made to seem ominous, dangerous, selfish. […]
* EVERYTHING IS OK
* GREEKS PANIC AS DRUG FIRMS SLASH MEDICINE SUPPLIES BY 90% ON BAD DEBTS
By Tyler Durden, zerohedge
Greece is facing a serious shortage of medicines amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country because of the economic crisis and, as The Guardian reports, concerns that the drugs will be exported by middlemen because prices are higher in other European countries. Rubbing further salt into the Greek (un-medicated) wound, the Red Cross slashed its supply of donor blood to Greece because it had not paid its bills on time. Pharmacies in Greece describe chaotic scenes as clients desperately search from shop to shop for much-needed drugs. Greece’s Pharmaceutical Association said “around 300 drugs are in very short supply,” adding that “It’s a disgrace. The companies are ensuring that they come in dribs and drabs to avoid prosecution. Everyone is really frightened.” The fear for the multinationals remains that wholesalers can legally sell to other nations at higher prices and a “combination of Greece’s low medicine prices and unpaid debt by the state.” Lines form early and ‘get very aggressive’ one pharmacy exclaimed, “We have reached a tragic point.”
Via The Guardian,
Greece is facing a serious shortage of medicines amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country because of the economic crisis and concerns that the drugs will be exported by middlemen because prices are higher in other European countries.
Hundreds of drugs are in short supply and the situation is getting worse, according to the Greek drug regulator. The government has drawn up a list of more than 50 pharmaceutical companies it accuses of halting or planning to halt supplies because of low prices in the country. […]
* SAVE THE HOMELAND OF ARISTOTLE
Source: Justice for Greece
The “Save the homeland of Aristotle and the getaway to the Holy Mountain” campaign calls for citizens all over the world to raise their voice in condemnation against the development of mining activities and the installation of gold extraction heavy industry, chemical byproducts and toxic waste ponds in the holy land of the philosopher Aristotle, which is the natural gate to the monastic community of the Holy mountain.
In this unique environment, the Greek government has allocated 317000 acres of land to mining companies that aim to transform a highly valued ecological paradise to a huge mining center. Their target is to create numerous surface and underground mines, set up a sulfuric acid chemical plant, dig for gold, silver, copper and other metals and use an ancient forest ecosystem to place their toxic waste ponds.
If we allow this to happen, the result will be a non-reversible, of the first magnitude ecological and cultural disaster of the area with our forests and rivers full of toxic waste, our sea contaminated with heavy metals and the air we breathe fouled by hazardous airborne particle dust while enormous reserves of water will be drained.
People from the four corners of the globe that have suffered the consequences of gold mining in their lands have the following advice to offer: “The only solution to deal with the consequences of gold mining is to stop it once and for all”. […]