As reported by mainstream Israeli news outlet Haaretz, the victim, 42-year-old Talal Siad, was having a celebratory Eid al-Fitr family day with his wife and 5 children at Meymadion Water Park on Thursday, when they witnessed Tel Aviv police repeatedly spraying pepper into the eyes of a teenager on the ground.
The teen victim had been involved in an altercation which occurred between some families at the park. Israeli police intervened, but witnesses say the officers used “unnecessary force.”
Although Western mainstream media headlined Coca-Cola’s plans to increase its market share in India by $5 billion, what it failed to mention is that communities located near the beverage giant’s India bottling plants are not exactly rolling out the red carpet.
According to the India Resource Center (IRC), “Communities across India living around Coca-Cola’s bottling plants are experiencing severe water shortages, directly as a result of Coca-Cola’s massive extraction of water from the common groundwater resource. The wells have run dry and the hand water pumps do not work any more.”
As detailed by the IRC, further impingements upon Indian communities by Coca-Cola include:
polluting groundwater & soil with waste from its plants, rendering the community’s drinking water “unfit for human consumption“
selling toxic waste to Indian farmers as “fertilizer“
selling its product in unregulated form (as outlined by the IRC, the Coca-Cola sold in India contains arsenic and “high levels of pesticides…that could never be sold in the US or the EU”) Continue reading →
South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science & Technology (MEST) is set to remove specific examples of the theory of evolution from school textbooks across the country.
Evolutionary examples of horses and birds may remain, but examples of human evolution will be stricken from textbooks.
As reported by Slate, “…just like in the United States, tensions exist [in South Korea] between those who promote science education and those whose religious beliefs conflict with what’s being taught.”
The 1989 Tiananmen Square protest ended in military suppression resulting in the deaths of hundreds to thousands of protesters. An exact number of the victims has never been released by the Chinese government.
As reported by Reuters, June 4, 2012 saw Chinese internet crackdowns on specific search terms such as “six-four” (for June 4th) and “23” (for 23rd anniversary), as well as more obscure terms such as “never forget.”
This number, however, accounts only for planned new homes in the Beit El settlement; it fails to include an additional 550 homes to be constructed in other areas of the occupied West Bank, as revealed by Israel’s Construction Minister, Ariel Attias.
Though Israel, and its ally the U.S., differentiate between legal settlements and illegal outposts, the U.N. and the rest of the international community “views all Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory as a violation of international law,” as reported by the Associated Press.
As reported in The Guardian, British Cooperative Group (BCG), one of the largest food retailers in the United Kingdom with a policy already in place against importing produce from illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, is now extending that policy by ending trade with companies who still export such products.
Or is the country’s military leadership running the show?
As reported in The Atlantic, this question is being pondered by the U.S. government following North Korea’s recent defiance of a February 29 nuclear weapons agreement with the U.S.
The agreement, celebrated as “a major breakthrough in the years-long standoff over the future of North Korea’s nuclear program,” stipulated that North Korea would halt its uranium enrichment program, and allow international monitoring of its nuclear sites in exchange for the provision of 240,000 tons of food aid by Washington. Continue reading →
So says Sheishenbek Baizakov, head of Kyrgyz penitentiary services in Krygystan, located in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia – a former Soviet nation which hosts a U.S. air base.
Whose mouths are being sewn shut?
As reported by BBC News, more than 1,300 Kyrgyz prisoners in various penitentiaries, have sewn their lips together in protest against abuse and poor living conditions.
This action was taken following a recent decision by prison authorities to force-feed the nearly 7,000 prisoners already engaged in a long term hunger strike.
“They [the prisoners] are demanding that state prison authorities and guards stop beatings,” a human rights official said. “They are worried that if they stop their hunger strike they will be beaten again.”