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Issue No. 2318

Corrie’s an death ‘accident’, says Israel

An Israeli court has ruled that 23 year old activist Rachel Corrie’s death in 2003 was an “accident”. An Israeli army bulldozer crushed her as she blocked its approach to a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip. Her family, who brought the civil case, plan to appeal.

Haiti: hurricane hits the poorest

At least 19 people are dead and tens of thousands homeless after Hurricane Isaac hit Haiti last weekend.

Haiti was impoverished by colonial rule, US intervention and interference from the International Monetary Fund. So two and a half years after an earthquake’s devastation, 400,000 homeless Haitians still live in camps.

Hurricane Issac also hit the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and is headed for New Orleans—seven years after Hurricane Katrina. Some 53,000 people living near New Orleans have been told to evacuate. It’s not clear where they should go.

Namibia strike wins demands

Workers at the Namibian state broadcasting corporation NBC won their week-long strike on Wednesday of last week. The government has agreed to provide £750,000 to fund strikers’ pay demands.

Public television and radio stations had been off air and management admitted they were not able to run even a skeleton service.

Spanish miners are fighting on

Several hundred miners in Bierzo, northern Spain, began an unofficial strike against subsidy cuts on Thursday of last week.

That day saw 165 pickets stop 412 miners from working, according to the Unmisa company. By Saturday regional union officials said the majority of the company’s 2,000 were striking.

This follows a two-month national miners’ strike earlier this summer. The UGT and CCOO unions called that strike off. Many miners hope to strike together in the autumn.

Women’s groups—composed of miners’ wives and female miners—have continued to protest, and many miners hope to strike again in the autumn.

IMF demands cuts in Egypt

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants to impose harsh austerity conditions on Egypt in return for new loan.

After a summit in Cairo with IMF chief Christine Lagarde, President Mursi in Egypt announced that the IMF was set to lend around £3 billion.

But the demands for Egypt to cut its budget deficit and cut back on public sector spending including fuel and food subsidies are harsh. They will hit millions of the poorest Egyptians.

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Tue 28 Aug 2012, 16:56 BST
Issue No. 2318
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