Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Features, Human Rights, International

by Jamison Maeda

Native American activist and six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Leonard Peltier, has been in prison in the US for 40 years for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. And thousands of people around the world believe him.

“…Leonard Peltier has committed no crime whatsoever,” said former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

In addition to Clark, the list of Peltier’s supporters over the years included Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Coretta Scott King, Amnesty International, Robert Redford, multiple Native American nations, documentarian Michael Moore, and it goes on. The Soviet Union cited Peltier’s case as an example of human rights abuses in the US.

The US justice system failing poor people and people of color is not news. But even in a climate of institutionalized discrimination and racial prejudice Peltier’s case stands out.
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Human Rights, International

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has threatened that a “Leave” vote on 23rd June would lead to a “profound economic shock” for NI, “an inevitable hardening of the border” and a” negative spill over effect in the Republic” All this is part of a “Project Fear” attempt to hoodwink Irish people in Northern Ireland and Britain into voting against their better interests in the upcoming referendum.

Project Fear is a tactic that has been used before. In 1999 there were the threats of job losses and economic ruin if the UK did not abolish the pound sterling and adopt the euro. In 2011 Germany’s Chancellor Merkel claimed that peace in Europe was under threat if Banks were not bailed out to protect the euro-currency.

Most objective studies on the costs and benefits of the UK leaving the EU suggest gains or losses between plus or minus 2% of GDP which in the long term scheme of things is not very much.
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Dáil Debates, Human Rights, International

Flint Water Crisis


Human Rights, International

by Jamison Maeda

imagesIn 1936, auto workers at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One staged the now famous Flint Sit Down Strike. This was a dangerous time to stage a strike in the auto industry. Local politicians were controlled by General Motors, and spies were hired to work undercover in the plants to gather intelligence about anyone attempting to unionize. But on the evening of 30 December, employees stopped work, locked themselves in the plant, and the sit-down strike began.

A few weeks into the strike President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged General Motors to agree to their terms and to recognize the United Auto Workers Union. The Flint Sit Down Strike lasted 44 days and only ended when General Motors agreed to establish of a fair minimum wage scale, and improve working conditions as well as workers’ safety. 
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