Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fuel price, fertilizer price, exploitation, trade agreements, Colombia farmers strike.

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As Farmers' Strike Paralyzes Colombia, President Questions Its Existence - ABC News: "For the general public, the president’s account is confounding at best. The situation is far from being under control. Basic food prices have doubled in some towns and cities, and few if any transport trucks or commercial vehicles are running through some of the country’s busiest states. Thousands of tons of produce are rotting or are being thrown away in more than five states since truckers are afraid to drive around the country to deliver their orders.

...All in all, there are four major groups leading the strike: potato growers, coffee planters, and other farmers from the country’s interior; milk and dairy producers; truckers; and small-scale miners. Each group has its own grievances, most of which date back several months."

Sunday, August 25, 2013

How environmental market solutions are used to undermine democracy and indigenous rights in Latin America

U.S. Funded Democracy Centre Reveals It’s Real Reason for Supporting the TIPNIS Protest in Bolivia: REDD $$$ | Wrong Kind of Green | the NGOs & conservation groups that are bargaining away our future: "Morales has been a world leader in his vocal opposition to REDD stating that “nature, forests and indigenous peoples are not for sale.” At the opposite end of the spectrum are the foundations (who serve as tax-exempt front groups for corporations and elites) who finance the NGOs who have led the campaign to discredit Morales are most all heavily promoting and investing in REDD. CIDOB is involved in pilot REDD projects funded by the NGO called FAN (Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza) which is funded by a slew of foreign interest entities/states and corporate NGOs such as USAID, Conservation International, European Union, American Electric Power, BP-Amoco and Dow Chemical‘s partner, The Nature Conservancy. Indeed, when it comes to the world’s most powerful NGOs voicing any dissent to the false solution of REDD, the silence is deafening. (http://www.redd-monitor.org/2011/10/26/manufacturing-consent-on-carbon-trading/)"

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Who will pay the high price of oil?

Truckers, Coffee Workers And Miners Protest Against Low Wages And Government Promises Unfulfilled: "Each group is fighting its own battle, but all of their demands are interconnected: Truckers are protesting low wages and the high prices of gas; coffee workers are demanding relief for their bankrupt industry; and miners are fighting against government interventions.

Santos, in response, said he would not bend to the demands, and he said the country’s budget simply cannot solve all of the countries exigencies."

Friday, August 2, 2013

Puerto Rico DOT holds textbook swap fair at main train station

DTOP :: ::: "With this event, we again provide an opportunity for parents and students to sell and exchange their books. We want to provide a place where parents can sell to other texts of their children. They will be the ones who negotiate the selling price. Again, this means of mass transportation serves commercial development platform for citizens " , Hernandez Ramos announced by press release."

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free public transport boosting economy in Medellín

The Guardian: " the £4m, six-section moving staircase has just been given a stylish orange roof, allowing people to ride up and down the hill, listening to piped music, in six minutes, rather than climb the equivalent of a 28-storey building, which took half an hour.
..., the escalator, which is free to use, has become the symbol of a rebirth..."