Stealing from the poor

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Wasting food is like stealing from the poor, says pope

ROME – Pope Francis denounces what he calls a “culture of waste” in an increasingly consumerist world: “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.” 

Around 1.43 billion tons of food, or one third of what is produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted every year. In the industrialized world the majority of waste is by consumers, often because they buy too much and have to throw away what they do not manage to eat. Better storage and reducing over-sized portions would sharply reduce the vast amount of food going to waste. 

Francis said the “culture of waste” is especially deplorable given the prevalence of hunger in the world. Hunger affects some 870 million people, while 2 billion suffer from at least one nutritional deficiency. 

The pontiff warned that too much focus on money and materialism meant financial market dips were viewed as tragedies while human suffering had become normal and ignored. “In this way people are discarded as if they were garbage,” he says.

Who can argue with that?

JMD

 jmdlive@lefuturistedailynews.com

Read More:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/05/18780415-wasting-food-is-like-stealing-from-the-poor-says-pope?lite

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/10/27/189731_ntnews.html

 

United Arab Emirates construction workers strike for more wages

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Arabtec  underpaid and exploited Construction Worker

DUBAI – Thousands of construction workers at Arabtec, the emirate’s largest construction company, hold second day of action over poor pay.

Thousands of workers employed by Dubai’s largest construction company have gone on strike for a second day to back their wage demands in a rare labour protest in the Gulf emirate, where trade unions are banned.

Workers employed by Arabtec, the company behind projects including the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, did not show up for work on Sunday. Employees said the strike began on Saturday and that the workers were determined not to end it without a pay rise. “They are upset at the low wages and also about not being paid for overtime work,” one employee told the Reuters news agency. He said workers at his site were paid between $160 and $190 a month. The protest started in Abu Dhabi on Saturday and workers in Dubai have joined. Most blue-collar workers in the Gulf Arab states are migrant workers hired on a contract basis from South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Migrant workers in Dubai are often employed at wages that are extremely low by Western standards and housed in dormitory-style accommodation on the outskirts of the city, part of the UAE, a regional business and tourism hub. The United Arab Emirates Labour Ministry told Reuters that a team of the ministry’s labour crisis management committee was “closely following the work stoppage”. The ministry added that Arabtec was paying the workers according to contracts it had signed with them, and said their accommodation was in compliance with labour regulations. It said the workers were receiving meals and had free transportation, housing and health insurance, services that it said were at least equal to their salaries.

JMD

 jmdlive@lefuturistedailynews.com

June 2013, The Beginning of a New Era

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June 2013, the beginning of a new era

Although from a scientific point of view that most doomsday scenario are mostly unlikely for the near future, there are worldwide signs all over the planet indicating that earth and mankind is now experiencing major changes, a major shift in civilizations is about to happen.

Since the origins of man, many societies especially have been ruled by religious and spiritual belief and all over the world, for years and years, the Apocalypse has been predicted.

It doesn’t take a nuclear physicist or a spiritual leader to predict that one day, this earth is going to die. All planets die one day and, when this will happen, if there are still men on earth, they will also die. This will be the end of the world, as we know it but certainly not the end of the universe. New planets are born everyday and the universe is still in expansion.

But, what about a possible global disaster that may happen in our days that could means the near extinction of man on earth?

History, science, studies and researches teach us that in the past, entire highly developed populations and civilizations suddenly disappeared from the surface of the planet on behalf of natural disasters. Entire species disappeared from the surface of the planet in a very short time period, even in minutes and all of this, without any warning. If this happen in the past, why can it not happen today?

An easy answer would be to say that with all the scientific equipment that we have around the world and in space, if there was something to happen, something to hit us we would see it coming days, weeks, months if not year in advance.

How arrogant and presumptuous!

What is worrying me is not what we know; it is what we do not know. Three thousand years ago, Egyptians were performing knee surgery, they were building pyramids and temples with unsurpassed, almost surgical, engineering and mathematical precision; two thousand years ago, Romans were building aqueducts, roads, amphitheaters…  What about the Babylonians and the days before?

What did they know that we do not know?

For most of them, most of these lost civilizations; they disappeared because of human wicked behavior and for most of them, they predicted that this was to happen again to the future for future generations and it did happen and, it will happen again.

Over the centuries, because of natural disasters and cataclysms, because of wars or human nature, we lost a lot of information and knowledge and a lot of the remaining information has often been locked or hidden in obscure vaults of the rich and powerful or a select few and even today, we are still wondering how they could have done it. Some would even pretend that aliens assisted them.

Today, to pretend that humanity is not going to be hit by a global disaster is foolishness. Today, because of our communication networks, because of the way we communicate and interact with everyone and every nation of the world, everything that we do on a local basis has an immediate impact or consequences on the rest of the planet. Changes that were taking days, weeks, months and year to happen now happen instantly. Everything that we do anywhere on the planet take global proportions.

Even though we know that are not going to be hit by a giant meteor tomorrow morning, even though we know that we are not going to be hit by a disastrous solar kill shot in the days to come, there is absolutely no guarantee that we are not going to be hit by a major volcanic eruption somewhere, by major earthquakes, by the inevitable tsunamis to follow, by major hurricanes or tornadoes or any other major surprise that mother nature may have in store for us. What about these possible men made events and disasters that can cause an entire population or civilization to vanish or disappear? Look at the Mayas, the Holocaust, and The North American natives, Syrians …

Whatever the predictions and the situation may be, we are living in times and days indicating that major events are to happen that will directly impact the life of many if not everyone on the planet. The signs are there and the date is June 2013.

JMD

Egypt now facing social chaos

Another one to hit the wall!

CAIRO (AP) – In an attempt to undermine activists who plan to mark the anniversary of President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in 2011 with anti-army protests, Egypt’s militaries have warned that the country is now facing conspiracies that seek to topple the state and spread chaos.

Since Mubarak’ step down, protest groups have grown harshly critical of the military’s handling of Egypt’s transition to democracy, accusing the army of trying to protect its power and committing human rights violations that rival those of Mubarak’s regime.

Continued unrest since Mubarak’s ouster has battered Egypt’s economy.

Le Futuriste Daily News

Sans le conflit, tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes

À une époque où le destin de la planète et des espèces repose sur les décisions arbitraires et intéressées de nos institutions financières, politiques et économiques, Le Futuriste Daily News se veut un outil de changement mondial reflétant la richesse et la diversité culturelle de l’ensemble des peuples, sociétés et nations de la terre. Pour tous ceux qui croient fermement que chacun, a droit à un minimum de respect et de décence, à des conditions de vie acceptables dans un monde enfin débarrassé de toutes formes de pollutions autant physiques et matérielles qu’idéologiques, économiques, culturelles, religieuses ou politiques, je vous invite à venir participer activement au changement.

Ignorant la futilité du quotidien, les débats pathétiques et toutes ces diarrhées verbales de tous ces vaticinateurs de tous les tems, nous couvrirons sans relâche les événements et les débats les plus importants et significatifs de notre temps. Nous nous y accrocherons et ne les lâcherons pas tant que nous n’aurons pas obtenu les résultats escomptés : justice et équité pour tous ; la suprématie de l’Être sur les institutions ; nos institutions au service de la population et non le contraire.

Notre mission :

Nous emparer des controverses débats et controverses quotidiennes et les alimenter de façon à générer des réactions de masse susceptibles de provoquer un changement durable.

La Grèce en grève contre les nouvelles mesures d’austérité

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Des manifestants brulent un drapeau allemand alors qu’ils tentent d’entrer dans le parlement grec à Athènes où a lieu une grève générale de 24 heures.

Une tendance mondiale qui va en s’accentuant.

Devant la perspective d’un nouveau train de mesures d’austérité possibles imposées par les créanciers du pays. La Grèce tourne au ralenti en raison d’une grève générale de 24 heures lancée par les deux principaux syndicats du privé et du public.

Sous le mot d’ordre «Ça suffit, on ne peut plus!», les sympathisants de la centrale syndicale du privé, la GSEE comptant 700 000 adhérents et celle du public, l’Adedy, comptant 350 000 membres ont manifesté à Syntagma, la place centrale d’Athènes, théâtre de manifestations massives depuis le début de la crise, il y a deux ans. Le plus grand cortège de manifestants était celui des sympathisants du syndicat procommuniste, le Front de lutte des travailleurs (Pame).

Au total, uniquement dans les rues des deux principales villes du pays, soit Athènes et Salonique au nord, la police recensait 20 000 personnes réunies pour s’opposer aux licenciements dans la fonction publique, à la baisse du salaire minimum et aux réductions des retraites complémentaires. Les manifestants résumaient ainsi leurs objections aux nouvelles réformes demandées par les créanciers du pays, zone euro, BCE et FMI qui en échange d’un engagement de la Grèce en faveur de ces mesures, ceux-ci s’apprêtent à accorder un deuxième prêt d’au moins 130 milliards d’euros, qui ferait suite aux 110 milliards accordés en mai 2010.

La Grèce en a besoin pour régler une obligation de 14,5 milliards d’euros, qui arrive à échéance le 20 mars prochain. Pour sécuriser l’aide européenne qui doit permettre d’éviter un défaut de paiement au pays dès le mois de mars, le gouvernement vise des économies budgétaires supplémentaires de l’ordre de 1,5% du PIB, soit environ 3,3 milliards d’euros. Mais la pilule ne passe plus auprès de la population grecque, qui a déjà accepté une première cure d’austérité depuis le printemps 2010 et ce, dans un pays plongé dans la récession depuis quatre ans, et où les prix à la consommation et les taxes continuent de s’envoler.

Tandis que des arrêts de travail ont été observés dans les transports urbains, le métro et les bus, écoles, ministères, hôpitaux, médias publics et banques étaient touchés par la grève, Les bateaux sont restés à quai, tandis que les trains ne fonctionnaient pas. En revanche, aucune annulation n’était annoncée dans le transport aérien.

Le plus sacré des droits

Nous vivons dans des temps dangereux

Quand le gouvernement viole les droits du peuple, l’insurrection est, pour le peuple et pour chaque portion du peuple, le plus sacré des droits et le plus indispensable des devoirs. Le droit de résistance à l’oppression demeure et demeurera toujours l’un des droits naturels et imprescriptibles de l’homme.