News from Around the Globe, September 14, 2012
The following is an assortment of current news stories from around the world.
South Africa – continuing coverage of the Marikana miner’s strike which is in its fourth week.
Timeline: August 10, 2012; 28000 employees of the Lonmin Mining Company (the 3rd world’s 3rd largest producer of platinum) go on strike demanding higher wages and safer working conditions. August 16, 2012, during a demonstration involving thousands of strikers, 34 workers were shot and killed by police. August 30, 2012 270 workers charged with murder as a result of the August 16 deaths. September 10, 2012, thousands of miners across the country walk off their jobs in a show of solidarity with the Marikana miners.
Striking workers have rejected the Lonmin mining company’s latest offer to settle the now 4 week old Marikana Mine strike. Worker’s demands include improved safety conditions and a base wage increase from 4000 Rand to 12,500 Rand. Lonmin, the world’s 3rd largest producer of platinum offered a wage increase of 900 Rand. This was the first proposal Lonmin has made to the workers since the strike began.
As worker unrest continues to sweep across the country, South African Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, stated that the country will deal forcefully with illegal strikes. Radebe’s statements focused on the strikes as an economic issue and did not discuss the demands by the workers for safer conditions and higher wages. Characterizing the strikes as an issue that will affect the economy of the entire country, Radebe said that the State will use force to end illegal strikes.
Democratic Republic of Congo.....Ebola outbreak continues According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola outbreak that began on August 17, 2012 and has killed 31 people, is not under control and could spread in the coming weeks. The Ebola virus, kills between 50% and 90% of those who become infected. An outbreak in neighboring Uganda killed 16, but is considered unrelated to the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Meanwhile, the Ebola outbreak in Uganda has been declared over.
New Turkish Constitution will offer protection for the country’s atheists. Turkey, like America, is officially a secular country. However, like America, it has an extremely vocal religious community. Turkey has been working on a new constitution which will be more modern, inclusive and democratic.
Approximately 8000 people have been evacuated as a result of an erupting volcano, located 25 miles from the capital city, Guatemala City. An additional 25000 people may need to be evacuated if the volcano continues erupting.
Protests over the recent anti Islamic film continue to spread as Sudanese rioters attack German Embassy and British mission. The attacks on the German embassy were prompted by a popular sheik, who announced on his State radio progam that people should protest the Germans, because of anti Islamic graffitti that was recently painted on Mosques in Germany. the film was produced in America.
Two human interest type stories from the country of Chili….
In a story that would absolutely never occur in modern day America, a Russian in prison on drug smuggling charges made his professional soccer debut…….while still serving his sentence.
This is not a political story, but as a dog lover it qualified as an 'Editor's Choice' story.
America loves dogs perhaps more than any other country. This opinion piece acknowledges the cultural differences in the treatment of dogs and how it is contributing to a growing problem of abandoned dogs in Santiago, Chili.
From democracies to dictatorships, governments around the globe are trying to figure out how to control the internet. The government of Vietnam has announced a crackdown on anti government websites. Vietnamese government workers are now banned from reading anti government websites. New laws are currently being drafted to give the government greater authority to deal with those directly involved in the publishing of websites.