Headlines for Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- Year: 2013
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Palestinian boy near death; UN calls for probe of Jaradat death; ceasefire breach not the first
One of two teenaged boys critically injured yesterday during clashes in the West Bank is reportedly near death today. According to the Palestine New Network, Odai Sarhan was shot in the head by Israeli troops. Violence erupted during a funeral march for Arafat Jaradat, the married father of two children with a third on the way. Jaradat died Saturday while in Israeli detention. The United Nations has called for an investigation into his death. Tensions in the region continue to escalate. The al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade has claimed responsibility for a cross-border rocket fired from Gaza this morning. While many media outlets called the rocket the first violation of a cease fire brokered last November, Palestinian health officials say Israel has violated the cease fire nearly 100 times. Last month, Hamas spokesperson Ahad al-Ghusain addressed the issue.
“These violations are continuous, they actually injured many people and sometimes they killed some Palestinian people.”
Eight more Palestinians detained in Israeli jails have joined ongoing hunger strikes. According to prisoner advocates, they join Samer al Issawi and three others who have been on prolonged hunger strikes protesting their imprisonment.
Nigerian university closed after troops kill two students protesting campus living conditions
A state university in central Nigeria is closed today, after military forces shot dead three students during a protest yesterday. Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos.
Hospital sources said nine other students sustained gunshot wounds during the demonstration against poor living conditions at the Nasarawa State University in Keffi. The students had barricaded a highway to protest lack of water and electricity on their campus when armed soldiers moved in to quell the rally. Nigerian human rights groups condemned the use of excessive force to repress a peaceful protest by unarmed students. The human rights groups also called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deployment of armed soldiers. Following the shootings, the state government ordered the university to shut down. The substandard living conditions on the campus reflect the state of facilities at government owned universities throughout Nigeria. Most of the country's public schools are also in poor condition due to wide spread corruption under which public funds meant to maintain facilities end up in private pockets. Sam Olukoya, FSRN, Lagos.
Colombia miners in 3rd week of strike at one of world’s largest open pit coal mines
Coal miners in Colombia are in the third week of a strike. About 5,000 workers at an enormous open-pit coal mine called Cerrejon are calling for higher wages and better health care. The site is owned by a joint venture of mining giants Anglo-American, BHP Billington and Xtrata. Union Health Secretary Jose Brito told Al Jazeera that at least 700 workers at the mine suffer from serious work related illnesses.
“Workers are paying a very high price and we demand the company conforms to the international regulations.”
But company officials say that the incidence of work related illness at Cerrejon is lower than at any other mine company. Public protests last week in poverty stricken La Guajira department, where Cerrejon is located, slammed both the company and the local government; the former for not paying its fair share of taxes and the latter for misappropriating those taxes they do receive. Talks stalled last week. Negotiators are now discussing a framework to restart mediation.
Trayvon Martin killed one year ago; FL task force recommends updates to Stand Your Ground
Today marks one year since unarmed Trayvon Martin was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer while walking home from a market in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman faces second degree murder charges in the case, and pleaded not guilty on the basis of Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" gun Law. His trial is expected to begin in June. The law allows individuals to use deadly force in self-defense. Following Martin's death, a state task force reviewed the law. On Friday they released their report, which says the law should not be overturned. But the panel did recommend that the law be updated to limit the role of neighborhood watch members to observing events, and not intervening. Martin's parents will attend a candle-light vigil in his memory in New York City this evening.
Dozens of Republicans sign an amicus brief in support of gay marriage
A slew of Republicans have signed a friend-of-the-court legal brief that argues gay couples have the right to marry. The brief will be filed this week at the US Supreme Court in support of a case that seeks to overturn California's ban on gay marriage. The signatures include influential conservatives, some of whom served in former President George W. Bush's administration. Among them are former NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former Prop 8 supporter and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and two Republican members of Congress, Florida's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Richard Hanna of New York. The High Court will hear the Prop 8 challenge in March, along with a challenge to the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Filibuster ended; Chuck Hagel expected to win Senate approval as chief of US military
And eighteen Republicans crossed the aisle today and voted to end the Senate filibuster blocking a vote on President Obama's nominee for Pentagon chief. A former Republican Senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel is expected to win the nomination in a vote full Senate vote late this afternoon.