By Alex Lantier, WSWS. Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim world. The protests reflect broad popular opposition to Washington’s wars, its violation of elementary democratic rights in the conduct of the “war on terror,” and its exploitation of the region as a source of cheap labor. (English | French)
By Staff, Witness Bahrain | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. On February 9, 2012, after being sentenced to life imprisonment for peacefully calling for reforms, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja launched a hunger strike and vowed he would persevere until freedom or death. Others from his family who have been imprisoned include his son-in-law Wafi Kamel Al-Majed, who was also arrested during the Spring 2011 crackdown and held for 10 months, and daughter Zainab al-Khawaja, arrested in April for demanding her father’s release. In these fearless interviews, Abdulhadi’s wife Khadija Al-Mousawi reports on her daughter’s arrest and her husband’s recent force feeding, and Wafi discusses his hopes for Bahrain.
Julio Godoy interviews marine biologist Maria Jose Juan Jorda, IPS, Tierramérica | Enrique Gili, IPS. Berlin, Germany — The world’s tuna populations, and particularly bluefin tuna, are being overfished to extinction. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) admits that the system for monitoring catches is prone to fraud and misinformation. Vessels fly flags of convenience, change their names, swap crews and continue to operate despite numerous violations for overfishing. (English | Spanish (1st article only))
By Ishaan Tharoor, Time Magazine | Chebucto | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Since 1991, Somalia’s 3,330 km (2,000 miles) of coastline — the longest in continental Africa — has been pillaged by foreign vessels. An estimated $300 million worth of seafood is stolen from the Somalia’s coastline each year by the real pirates, which include France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S. Belize and Honduras allow their flags to be used by ships that are evading European Union regulations on fishing for tuna and shark.
By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Yale Environment 360 | Eco-Watch. “Perpetual growth is the creed of the cancer cell.” The view that overpopulation is not our problem just does not wash. Using the I = P x A x T equation, one can see that the population problem in the U.S. is the most serious in the world. The total impact of the U.S. is gigantic, several hundred times that of Bangladesh. These classic articles date from 1992 and 2008, which makes them all the more relevant and urgent.