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

..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

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

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

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

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

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

Fukushima ‘Off-Limits For Decades’

The Japanese government says highly radioactive areas around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will remain no-go zones for decades after the damaged complex is stabilised. Authorities say they plan to bring the stricken nuclear plant to a state of cold

Japan Radiation At Lethal Levels

Fukushima nuclear power plant radiation recordings of external gamma radiation have been so high this week, they went off scale said veteran nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson on Thursday after the famous physicist, Dr. Chris Busby told the Japanese people this

Japan Plant Shutdown Faces Delay

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Wednesday that it may fail in its bid to achieve “cold shutdown” at its tsunami-hit nuclear plant in Fukushima by January, as the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years rumbles

Food Prices Threaten The Poor

Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned Monday. Global food prices in July were 33 percent higher than a

Islamic Defence Raids Food Store

Makassar. Dozens of members of the Islamic Defenders Front attacked and ransacked a food stall in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday. The attack, sparked by the fact the food outlet was operating during Ramadan, forced a number of shop employees,

China Storm Costs $480 Million

China said a tropical storm caused losses of about 3.1 billion yuan ($480 million), destroying hundreds of homes as it battered the country’s east coast before slamming into North Korea on Tuesday. The Chinese weather agency said it had downgraded