Well, thanks to some encouraging ruckus in the last few months, you may actually have heard of TTIP: the anodynely-acronymed “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”. In plain English, it’s a massive trade deal between the EU and North America which could affect everything from healthcare choices to government banking regulations to the air we breathe. (And it gets better, TPP is the US-Asia Pacific counterpart.)
Since 2008, child poverty has increased in a majority of the 41 most affluent nations, UNICEF report finds
Furious with the government plan to impose tax on Internet data traffic, thousands of Hungarians rallied in front of the Economy Ministry in Budapest to protect the freedom of the internet from the ‘anti-democratic’ measure. Tens of thousands gathered in front of the Economy Ministry building on Sunday, urging the politicians to scrap the plan that will see internet service providers (ISPs) pay 150 forints ($0.62) for every gigabyte of data traffic transferred over their networks. Although the draft suggests that ISPs would be able to offset corporate income tax against the new levy, the protesters believe that eventually the new tax burden will end up pinned on common users. The Association of IT, Telecommunications and Electronics Companies has already said the tax would force them to raise prices.
Chevron’s repeated refusal to clean up its toxic contamination of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest constitutes an “attack” on civilian populations and should be investigated by the International Criminal Court in the Hague, impacted indigenous and farming communities charged this week in a formal complaint (pdf) to the global body.
As the prospect of global financial crisis beckons once again, will our elected leaders finally accept the need for an entirely new economic approach that breaks away from the primacy of growth and profit – or will their hand be forced by a resurgence of mass public protest?
Nigeria has been declared officially Ebola-free after a six week period with no new cases. Nigeria previously had 20 cases in total, of which eight died. Speaking at a conference in Tunis, the World Health Organization’s Director General Margaret Chan praised Nigeria’s success in controlling the deadly disease – brought to the country by a Liberian diplomat in July. Nigeria’s battle to stamp out the deadly fever was hailed a “spectacular success story” by WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz.
A new study shows that nearly half of Americans are so concerned about catching the Ebola virus that they are unwilling to travel abroad at all. A school in Cleveland cancelled classes, after learning that one staff member might have flown on the same airline – not even the same route – as one of the infected nurses. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan looks at how Ebola fear-mongering, conspiracies, myths, and cures are spreading – including an Ebola zombie post on social media that went viral.
Imagine a major city where 35 percent of all traffic is people on bikes. Or think even bigger–an entire nation where 27 percent of all trips are pedal-powered. These are real places located in modern societies with high levels of car ownership. Places not so different from the US named Copenhagen and the Netherlands.
Now, seven months after the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Sir Tim has cast doubt on the official version of events.
The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their work on promoting children’s rights.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the two were chosen for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Indian Kailash Satyarthi is a child rights activist who founded the Global March Against Child Labor. He has led the fight against child slavery and enabled the rescue of more than 80,000 children over three decades.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzay made the headlines for defying the Taliban. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for arguing that girls have a right to go to school. She has since set up the Malala Fund to help girls access their right to education.
“Umbrella Revolution” protesters in Hong Kong held their largest rally yet Saturday night, a defiant show of force following a threat by Hong Kong’s chief executive that he would “clear the streets” by Monday morning.
In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant. The 36-year-old, who remains anonymous, had a baby boy last month after receiving a uterus from a close family friend.
Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, exposes the debt vultures who enslave entire nations, the constantly changing definition of a terrorist, and the need for peace and self-determination for all nations. ‘In times of economic vultures and war falcons, we need more doves of peace.’