RedskyNews Category: Governments & Politics

Nuke Refugees Can Never Return

A former adviser to the Japanese cabinet has revealed the government has known for months that thousands of evacuees from around the Fukushima nuclear plant will not be able to return to their homes. Nearly seven months after the meltdowns

100 Protesters Arrested In Canada

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..More than 100 demonstrators were arrested Monday for storming the Canadian parliament to protest Ottawa’s support for a proposed pipeline to bring oil from Canada’s tar sands to the US Gulf Coast. Waves of environmentalists and aboriginals breached a police

Land Grabs Leave People Homeless

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Demand for cheap food and fuel in the rich world is driving poor people from their homes, according to Oxfam, as big business, including British companies, buy up millions of acres of land in the developing world in increasingly violent

BP Report Spreads Spill Blame

The final US government report into last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has blamed the companies involved in the project, saying they violated federal safety regulations. The 16-month investigation concluded that BP, rig owner Transocean and Halliburton, which performed

300,000 Homeless In Pakistan

Monsoon rain crippled Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi on Tuesday, and the unpopular government came under pressure to provide relief for about 300,000 people left homeless by floods in the south. Pakistan, regarded as one of the world’s most unstable countries,

Texas Wildfires Torch 1000 Homes

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Dozens of wildfires raging in rain-starved Texas are now reported to have engulfed more than 1,000 homes. The biggest of the blazes – 16 miles (26km) wide – in rural Bastrop County, is burning out of control for a third

Kenya Famine Refugees Under Attack

In this photograph taken Sunday Aug. 7, 2011,  A Somali refugee whose identity is being withheld to protect her as a rape victim, lays in her hut with her children at the Ifo refugee camp outside  Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. speaking to AP, she said she was gang-raped by five men after a group of families traveling together were ambushed. Sexual attacks against famine refugees from Somalis fleeing to Kenya are rising dramatically, but Kenyan police say they don't have enough manpower to stop the attacks. That lack of manpower underscores a larger problem for Kenya: Officials here say they are being overwhelmed by the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and they're letting U.S., U.N. and other world leaders know about it.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

DADAAB, Kenya – Marauding gangs and criminals are attacking Somali famine refugees more frequently as they flee across the border to Kenyan camps, but Kenyan police say they don’t have enough manpower to stop them. The lack of manpower underscores

Japanese Prime Minister Resigns

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government’s handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis. In a nationally televised speech, Kan said

Humans Need 3 Earths By 2050

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The World Wild Life fund says three planets worth of natural resources will be needed by the middle of this century if current consumption rates continue. The group’s Australian CEO, Demot O’Gorman, told a meeting at Adelaide Town Hall the

Population Deepens Water Crisis

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Population growth and water stress are driving Earth to a food and environmental crunch that only better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem will avert, a UN report issued on Monday said. The number of humans is expected