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  • 6.9 earthquake strikes off Northern California coast

    03/09/2014 11:34:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 9, 2014, 11:21 p.m. | Shelby Grad
    A magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred off the coast of Eureka in Northern California on Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor hit at 10:18 p.m. 50 miles west of Eureka in Humboldt County. According to the USGS, the earthquake was felt over a large swath of the North Coast as well as other parts of Northern California. …
  • Strikes sweep Egypt as economy struggles

    03/02/2014 4:49:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 3-2-14 | Heba Saleh
    The Egyptian government, sworn in on Saturday, takes office as a fresh wave of labour unrest sweeps the country, adding to the turmoil from a chaotic and violent political transition. In a televised address on Sunday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said he called on the “patriotism” of Egyptians and that this was the moment for work, not strikes. A crippling stoppage by bus drivers last week has just ended but postal workers in many parts of the country remain on strike. Doctors, pharmacists, steel and textile workers have all carried out industrial actions in recent days. The strike by about...
  • From fast food strikes to Wal-Mart: 2013 and the year in labor

    12/26/2013 7:52:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Salon ^ | December 26, 2013 | Josh Eidelson
    This time 13 months ago, low-wage non-union workers had just mounted first-of-their kind strikes against the behemoths of the post-crash economy: fast food and Wal-Mart. One year later, we still don’t know how either effort will end. But their fortunes may have diverged. What had started with a walkout by a couple hundred fast food workers in a single city has spread to pull thousands off the job in a hundred municipalities this month. Those strikes reflect the theory behind several of 2013’s high-profile U.S. union-backed non-union organizing campaigns: that courageous and well-crafted strikes that don’t shut down a workplace,...
  • Unreal: Obama Says Workers Who Shut Down a Factory Until Demands Met Would Be Fired (SEIU responds)

    10/03/2013 7:03:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 3, 2013 | Duane Lester
    Smartest. President. EVAR! NBCWashington ✔ @nbcwashington Obama: If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they'd be fired. Watch live: http://bit.ly/15NUP73 10:06 AM - 3 Oct 2013 Obama to Visit Rockville Company, Talk Shutdown President Obama plans to visit a Maryland construction company to talk about the government shutdown's effect on business. NBCWashington @nbcwashington 133 Retweets 25 favorites The video evidence:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The SEIU disagrees: Q: Can I be fired for being on strike? A: It is illegal for the employer to fire anyone for participating in a concerted action like a strike. This means that...
  • Dear Obama, It’s Time to Return Your Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s Why.

    09/07/2013 7:10:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9-6-13 | Kirsten Powers
    How does a Nobel Peace Prize winner justify launching missile strikes in Syria? Or for that matter, a five-year drone war in the Middle East? Kirsten Powers says: he simply can’t. Military action is, of course, sometimes necessary to maintain peace. Kosovo and World War II are good examples. But the president has not demonstrated that missile attacks in Syria would do anything to achieve peace. Worse, by all accounts, Obama’s “red line” threat was an off-the-cuff remark, not a well thought-out strategy. The U.S. should not attack another country because the president was careless with his words and now...
  • Any Syria strikes will be symbolic, limited: experts

    08/29/2013 9:13:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/29/13 | Michel Moutot - AFP
    Expected Western strikes on Syria will target the military, intelligence services and possibly sites with symbolic regime links, but will not alter the balance of power in the country, experts say. The raids, if they go ahead, would be aimed at punishing President Bashar al-Assad's regime and sending him a message rather than wiping out his military capacity and handing the rebels a decisive advantage, they say. "Specific targets should include the Damascus-area headquarters, barracks and support facilities of the fourth and Republican Guard armoured divisions, two units heavily involved in the bombardment of civilian areas," said Jeffrey White of...
  • Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide

    08/28/2013 5:05:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/13 | Candice Choi and Karen Matthews - ap
    NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's to pay workers higher wages. It's expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers. The biggest effort so far was over the summer when about 2,200 of the nation's millions of fast-food workers staged a one-day strike in seven cities. Thursday's planned walkouts follow...
  • Walt Disney’s Fascinating Political Journey (From Naive Socialist to Staunch Conservative)

    05/27/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2013 | CHRIS QUEEN
    Walt & Lillian Disney with Richard Nixon and his family at Disneyland, 1959 We tend to think of Hollywood as a bastion of leftism, and rightly so. Books like Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood demonstrate the deep-seated left-wing dominance of the entertainment industry. Even with the leftism prevalent in Hollywood’s Golden Age, many unabashed conservatives found success without compromising their principles, including one of the most creative minds in the business — Walt Disney.Several biographers and writers that I’ve read have tried to declare that Walt Disney was apolitical, but I find this conclusion not to be true....
  • Report: US apologizes to Israel for disclosing that Israel was behind Damscus strikes

    05/19/2013 10:07:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/19/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Israel Radio reported this morning (Sunday) that the United States has apologized to Israel for disclosing that Israel was behind the strikes on Damascus two weeks ago. According to the report, the decision to disclose that Israel was behind the strikes was made at a low level in the Pentagon, and the US Department of Defense is investigating how that happened. According to the report, Israel believes that it is now facing much stronger threats from Bashar al-Assad as a result of the disclosure.
  • Israel strikes at Syria-Lebanon border, sources say

    01/30/2013 6:20:02 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/30/2013 | REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
    A western diplomat and three regional security sources said Wednesday that Israel Air Force warplanes struck a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, hours after Lebanon reported a series of three overflights by Israel in its airspace. Israel has expressed increasing concern over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons as the country slides further into chaos after almost two years of civil war.
  • Our Greek Tragedy

    10/17/2012 6:55:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 17, 2012 | John Myers
    Regardless of who the President is after this close election, the equity markets and the U.S. economy are in trouble. Debt has spread throughout the Western world. The fallout is political dissonance, growing economic hardship and, in some places, mob violence.Ground zero for the spreading fear and panic is Greece, which was once the worldÂ’s greatest civilization and the birthplace of democracy, poetry and philosophy.There is violent evidence of the contradiction from what the ancients taught and what is unraveling in Greece. It would all just be another boring story at the end of the news day, except there is...
  • South Africa Is On The Brink Of Total Chaos As Strikes Are Leading To Fuel And Cash Shortages

    10/03/2012 2:23:27 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-3-2012 | Matthew Boesler
    South Africa Is On The Brink Of Total Chaos As Strikes Are Leading To Fuel And Cash Shortages Matthew BoeslerOct. 3, 2012, 11:02 AMThe labor strikes that have engulfed the mining industry in South Africa in recent weeks have now spread to one of the country's most vital industries – trucking. Without the trucking industry facilitating the flow of goods between purchasers and suppliers, things can get ugly pretty quickly, as they did in the U.K. in 2001 when truckers went on a similar strike and brought the British economy to the brink. Truckers are already entering their second week...
  • Emanuel Cutting Short Trip to Democratic National Convention

    09/04/2012 9:27:30 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | September 3, 2012 | Steve Miller
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be spending a lot less time at the Democratic National Convention than he’d originally planned. Originally, the mayor had planned to be in Charlotte from Tuesday through Friday morning. Now, his Communications Director Sarah Hamilton tells Newsradio that Emanuel has changed his plans. Hamilton insisted the mayor’s shortened trip to the convention doesn’t have anything to do with a possible teachers strike. She said Emanuel’s abbreviated trip likewise doesn’t have anything to do with the city’s higher murder rate this year.
  • South Africa police say they killed 34 platinum miners

    08/18/2012 3:08:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    <p>JOHANNESBURG — Frantic wives searched for missing loved ones, President Jacob Zuma rushed home from a regional summit and some miners vowed a fight to the death Friday as police finally announced the toll from the previous day's shooting by officers of striking platinum miners: 34 dead and 78 wounded.</p>
  • Newt Gingrich Heckled, Gingrich Staffer Strikes Photographer (video)

    01/25/2012 4:03:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/25/12 | Shark Tank Media, LLC.
    A protester and the crowd have a party
  • UK Expects Israeli Attack On Iran Next Month With US Logistical Support

    11/13/2011 10:45:11 AM PST · by drewh · 23 replies · 2+ views
    A senior Foreign Office official says British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported. The ministers were told that Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. According to the British paper, which has good military and intelligence ties in London, President Barack Obama would "have to support the Israelis or risk losing Jewish-American support in the next presidential election." The bigger concern is...
  • Greek tax, customs workers and taxis on strike

    09/13/2011 6:32:27 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 9-12-11 | AP via CNBC
    ATHENS, Greece - Union opposition to the Greek government's austerity program intensified Monday as tax collectors went on strike, and power workers vowed to sabotage a new emergency property tax aimed at plugging a budget gap spotted by international creditors. Tax and customs workers walked off the job for two days to protest cuts in their bonus pay while the power company union said it would "not allow the company to be used as a tax-collecting mechanism" for the property levy, which will be included on household electricity bills and is expected, together with fresh public sector cuts, to reap...
  • IAF strikes Gaza after Erez-crossing rocket damage

    08/25/2011 12:33:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/25/11 | staff
    10 rockets, mortal shells explode in Ehskol, Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Councils, Asheklon; no injuries; Erez border crossing damaged; 2 Islamic Jihad members killed, Palestinian report says. A ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza seemed distant Thursday evening as the violence in the south of the country continued with at least 15 rockets and mortar shells exploding in Israeli territory, and Israeli air strikes that reportedly left two Islamic Jihad members dead. The Code Red siren was heard throughout the Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Councils and in Ashkelon as 15 rockets and mortar shells fell throughout those areas, the IDF Spokesman's...
  • Obama on golf course as earthquake strikes

    08/23/2011 3:04:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/23/11 | Mark S. Smith - ap
    WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama was teeing off on a Martha's Vineyard, Mass., golf course on Tuesday when the ground around him was shaken by an East Coast earthquake. .. reporters traveling with him said immediately that they had felt it. .. In Martha's Vineyard, CNN broadcast video of Obama speaking on a cell phone on the golf course. It wasn't known what the call was about.
  • Suspected US drones kill 38 in Pakistan

    07/12/2011 4:41:56 PM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies
    The unusually heavy barrage suggests the US has no intention of halting its drone programme despite tensions with Pakistan Three suspected US missile strikes in north-western Pakistan in less than 12 hours have killed at least 38 alleged militants, an unusually heavy barrage at a time when relations between the two countries are badly strained, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
  • Libya Strikes Back, Hits NATO Warship

    05/17/2011 3:19:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/11 | Susan Jones
    From The Arizona Republic: Arizona may not wait for the federal government to finish building a fence along its 370-mile border with Mexico. A new law that goes into effect July 20 allows the state to build the fence itself, as long as it can raise enough private donations and get permission to build on federal, Indian, and privately owned land along the border. State Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, who sponsored the legislation, was meeting with Gov. Jan Brewer's staff Tuesday to discuss logistics. Speaking in El Paso, Texas, last week President Obama said the border fence is "now basically...
  • IDF strikes Gaza after barrage of rockets hit country

    03/24/2011 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 3/24/11 | POST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS
    Palestinians say Hamas targets hit by IAF planes; 6 mortar shells land in Eshkol, 12 rockets fired deep into Israel; Barak condemns attacks. Palestinian officials reported on Thursday evening that the IAF carried out air strikes on buildings belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Initial reports suggest that a number of people were injured during the strikes. Shorty after the IDF finished its operations in the Gaza Strip, 6 mortar shells landed in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday evening. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel...
  • Israel strikes arms depot in Gaza following Palestinian rocket fire

    03/24/2011 3:37:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/24/11 | Anshel Pfeffer and Yanir Yagna
    Palestinian sources say arms depot belongs to Hamas' military wing; attack comes after two rockets and several mortars were fired into southern Israel earlier Thursday; IDF to deploy Iron Dome next week, Channel 10 says. The Israel Air Force bombed an arms depot in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, which according to Palestinian sources, belonged to the military wing of Hamas. The attack was carried out around 8:30 P.M. local time, after two rockets and several mortars were fired from Gaza at southern Israel earlier Thursday. According to Palestinian reports, IDF forces also attacked a military facility which was...
  • IDF strikes targets in Gaza in retaliation to rockets

    03/23/2011 8:27:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/23/11 | Yaakov Katz
    Israeli airstrikes hit smuggling tunnels along Gaza-Egypt border as well as a Hamas training camp in central Gaza; action follows rocket attacks against Beersheba and Ashkelon; no reports of injured in attack. Talkbacks (8) IDF aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours on Thursday, Hamas said, a day after Palestinians fired about a dozen rockets and mortars across the border, striking deep into Israel. There were no reports of injuries in the attacks. Hamas said Israel targeted smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border, as well as one of its training camps in central Gaza.
  • Huffington Post contributors go on strike, propose collective bargaining

    03/05/2011 8:44:45 AM PST · by Qbert · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/4/2011 | Steven Nelson
    Arianna Huffington is being cast by some unpaid Huffington Post contributors as an unethical robber baron. With Huffington awash in funds from AOL’s $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post, contributors have called a strike to demand proper compensation. The Huffington Post, established in 2005, emerged as a leading source of aggregated news content and liberal commentary written by unpaid contributors. With the success of the site, founder Arianna Huffington rocketed to national fame, frequently appearing as a guest on cable news programs. Bill Lasarow, Publisher and Co-Editor of Visual Art Source, announced that his organization is “now going on...
  • Are Public Unions Public Ills?

    03/04/2011 5:58:29 AM PST · by statestreet · 4 replies
    davidpietrusza.com ^ | March 4, 2011 | David Pietrusza
    The image is inescapable. The Boston Police Strike of 1919, the ultimate vision of public employee strikes. Stores looted, people robbed, mobs running loose, and a governor tersely stating: “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anytime.” Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge fired all striking police officers and called in the National Guard to restore order. London and Liverpool had witnessed earlier strikes by their bobbies, with similar disruption. Winnipeg had suffered a strike by all of its municipal employees. Chicago and New Jersey had seen strikes by transport workers. Boston had also gone through a...
  • Booker T. Washington on Strikes

    02/23/2011 2:21:48 PM PST · by allmendream · 17 replies
    Up From Slavery | 1900 | Booker T Washington
    "When I reached home (West Virginia) I found that the salt-furnaces where not running, and that the coal-mine was not being operated on account of the miners being out on a "strike". This was something which, it seemed,usually occurred whenever the men got two or three months ahead in their savings. During the strike, of course, they spent all that they had saved, and would often retrun to work in debt at the same wages, or would move to another mine at considerable expense. in either case, my observations convinced me that the miners were worse off at the end...
  • Radical Suits and Their Suckers

    02/23/2011 3:25:52 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2011 | Christopher Chantrill
    Back in the 1970s my daughters used to say: "Let's play princesses!" and a grand old time they had. I imagine that in progressive families, the cry was different. "Let's play community organizers!" No doubt a grand old time was had by the baby radicals too. The trouble is that some people don't grow up. It's one thing to play community organizers in the back yard when you are a kid. It's another thing when real lives are at stake, as in Wisconsin. A better name for "community organizer" is "radical suit," because community organizers are really the lefty version...
  • Doctors Should Not Commit Fraud to Aid Unions, Says AAPS

    02/22/2011 10:55:17 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 37 replies
    AAPS ^ | Feb 21, 2011 | AAPS
    Some Wisconsin doctors have offered, at a public event, to write sickness excuses on request for protesting teachers, according to ABC News. A spokeswoman said that they knew they could “get in trouble,” but would take the risk because “teachers have no choice.” The teachers’ choice is to go to work, or go without pay and risk being fired. “It’s the same choice faced by everyone in the world who can’t use someone else’s earnings to pay the bills,” said Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). “Writing a phony sickness excuse is...
  • 64% say government workers should not be represented by a union

    02/19/2011 3:31:03 AM PST · by Scanian · 43 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | February 19, 2011 | Rick Moran
    I was shocked when I saw this number. The gravy train is really over for public employee unions. Citizens are sick to death of their strikes, threats of strikes, whining, caterwauling, and incompetence. It wouldn't be this bad probably, if government, at any level, worked. But Americans look at the cluster fark that government has become and wonder why we are paying these bozos so much? Politico: "A new poll from the Washington-based Clarus Group asked: Do you think government employees should be represented by labor unions that bargain for higher pay, benefits and pensions ... or do you think...
  • Strikes, Lockouts Remained Near Record Lows in 2010

    02/10/2011 9:22:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/10/2011 | Michael S. Derby
    Last year represented the second-least-active period for strikes and lockouts on record, in a sign of just how troubled the labor market has been, a U.S. government report Tuesday said. Over the course of 2010, there were only 11 major strikes or lockouts involving 1,000 or more workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The lowest year for work stoppages was 2009. Last year’s work stoppages “idled 45,000 workers for 302,000 lost workdays, a large increase compared to 2009 record lows, with 5 stoppages idling 13,000 workers for 124,000 lost workdays,” the report noted. The Labor Department report tracks...
  • World Social Forum starts as turmoil strikes Arab world

    02/06/2011 1:34:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/6/11 | Laurence Boutreux - AFP
    DAKAR (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people marched through Dakar on Sunday at the start of the annual World Social Forum, an annual leftist gathering taking place as anti-government protests sweep the Arab world. The 11th edition of the forum, an alternative to the elite World Economic Forum held in the posh Swiss ski resort of Davos last week, brings together anti-globalisation activists opposed to capitalism. This year participants are focusing on the popular revolt spreading across northern Africa with demands for democracy and criticism of dire social conditions reflecting the crisis of capitalism. Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales...
  • Change: Old Socialist Seeks Europeanesque ‘Strikes And Riots’

    12/31/2010 2:28:25 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 13 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 12/31/2010 | David Hogberg
    Ron Radosh notes that socialist Frances Fox Piven is back in the Nation magazine calling for a revival of the “Cloward-Piven Strategy.” For those unfamiliar with that strategy, Piven formulated it with her late husband, Richard Cloward, for an article in a 1966 issue of the Nation. According to DiscoverTheNetworks, the Cloward-Piven Strategy “seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”
  • North Korea threatens continued strikes on South

    11/23/2010 3:16:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | November 23, 2010
    North Korea threatens continued strikes on South Breaking News: President Lee meets in bunker; witness tells TV channel fire on island burning out of control By Agencies Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010. Several South Korean civilians and soldiers were wounded and many others were being evacuated to bunkers on Tuesday, a Seoul television reported. The island is located near the western maritime border between the two Koreas, 11 km (7 miles) from the North and about 115 km (71 miles) northwest of Seoul....
  • ABC News: Obama Strikes Out in Asia (Video)

    11/13/2010 11:19:35 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 13, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    Dateline: Asia
  • Hatching a ‘Reasonable Compromise’

    11/08/2010 4:56:48 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/8/2010 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah will likely become the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee early next year. From that perch, he’ll oversee the GOP’s tax-writing policy in the upper chamber. Before then, however, Hatch is keeping busy: In coming weeks, he will be one of the leading figures in the battle over extending Bush-era tax rates, which are set to expire at the end of the year. As he looks ahead, Hatch predicts that there could be a “reasonable compromise” with Democrats and the White House. He urges the president to “come in good faith” to the negotiating...
  • French Senate OKs Retirement Reform in Tense Vote

    10/22/2010 12:28:55 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/22/10 Filed at 2:55 p.m. ET
    PARIS (AP) — The French Senate, pushed into an early vote, approved on Friday a hotly contested bill raising the retirement age to 62, hours after riot police forced the reopening of a strategic refinery to help halt growing fuel shortages amid nationwide strikes and protests. In tense balloting after 140 hours of debate, the Senate voted 177-153 for the pension reform. The measure is expected to win final formal approval by both houses of parliament next week. President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government, keen to get the measure passed and quell increasingly radicalized protests, cut short the debate and voting...
  • As French Strikes Continue, Country Runs Out Of Gas

    10/18/2010 2:45:20 PM PDT · by FromLori · 33 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 10/18/10 | Tyler Durden
    As the ongoing strikes in France against austerity continue, and see increasingly more participation, the latest development is all too familiar to all those who travelled through Athens in the summer: huge lines for gas. About 1,000 gas stations across France have run out of fuel because strikers had blocked access to oil refineries and depots, Alexandre de Benoist, a Union of Independent Oil Importers official, told CNN on Monday. It gets worse: per the AP, the head of France's petroleum industry body said fuel reserves were "enough to keep us going for a few weeks." Jean-Louis Schilansky, president of...
  • France Strikes Over Increasing Retirement Age: The Meta-Economics of Success

    10/16/2010 6:29:21 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies
    Because higher education is largely paid for by taxing those who labor, the average French citizen does not enter the workforce until he is 22 to 25. That is, the care and feeding of the first 22 to 25 years of an average Frenchman’s life are paid for by somebody other than himself; first his parent or parents, then working citizens. After he himself begins working, this homme moyen expects to cease laboring at age 60. The care and feeding for remaining years of his life, which will total roughly between 20 to even 30 or more years, will be...
  • French strikes: 3.5 million take to streets to protest pension reform

    10/12/2010 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12 October 2010 | Henry Samuel in Paris
    More than three million people took to the streets of France in protest at pension reforms, with distant echoes of May 1968 as students and schoolchildren swelled numbers to record highs.
  • Commuters hit by Tube strike in the UK

    10/04/2010 7:33:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | October 05, 2010
    MILLIONS of commuters in London endured a grim journey to work today after staff on the Underground train network walked out for the second time in a month, sparking calls for tougher strike laws. People were forced to walk or cycle in heavy rain, squeeze on to packed buses or brave heavy traffic by driving as only 30 per cent of the Tube trains were running in the morning rush hour, according to operator London Underground. The strike follows a walkout in early September as part of a dispute between trade unions and London Underground managers over the planned axing...
  • Commuters Walloped by Strikes in France, London

    09/07/2010 6:15:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    AP via CNBC ^ | September 7, 2010
    Public transit ground to a halt across France and on the London Tube on Tuesday, with tourists and commuters bearing the brunt of a wave of discontent over government austerity measures. French unions challenged unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy with a major nationwide strike over plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, shutting down trains, planes, buses, subways, post offices and schools.
  • Strikes bring storm clouds to Greece

    08/02/2010 4:16:37 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 43 replies · 7+ views
    FT ^ | 2 Aug 10 | Kerin Hope
    Greece’s olive-clad hillsides and turquoise sea gleam as enticingly as ever under the hot August sun. But the country’s image as a relaxed Mediterranean destination has been taking a beating. Thousands of tourists were stuck beside the hotel pool last week because of a truckers’ strike that shut down petrol stations across the country. The strikes also triggered a wave of last-minute cancellations by Greeks in advance of the August break – the busiest period of the tourist season. “The strike’s been suspended – but the cancellations still stand. It’s turning out to be a very difficult season,” said Yannis...
  • US judge strikes down patent on cancer genes

    03/29/2010 5:44:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 392+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/29/10 | ap
    NEW YORK (AP) - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes, a judge on Monday struck down a company's patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet challenging whether anyone can hold patents on human genes was expected to have broad implications for the biotechnology industry and genetics-based medical research.
  • US justifies drone strikes for first time

    03/27/2010 8:48:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 659+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government for the first time has offered a legal justification of its drone strikes against Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, citing the right to "self-defense" under international law. The CIA attacks by unmanned aircraft in Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere have sharply increased under President Barack Obama's administration but have remained shrouded in secrecy, with some human rights groups charging the bombing raids amount to illegal assassinations. Broaching a subject that has been off-limits for official comment, State Department legal advisor Harold Koh laid out the legal argument for the strikes in a speech late Thursday, referring...
  • Greek taxis halted, customs staff extend strike (Running out of gas)

    02/19/2010 6:58:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies · 499+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 19, 2010 | Renee Maltezou
    Taxi drivers parked their cabs and walked off the job for 24 hours on Friday in the latest protest against the Greek government's EU-driven austerity programme, which protesters said would hurt only the poor. Some Athens filling stations began to run out of petrol as another strike by customs officials, which began on Tuesday, was extended until at least mid-next week. Long queues formed at petrol stations that still had fuel.
  • Israel strikes Strip in response to rocket attack

    01/07/2010 9:46:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 324+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 1/8/10 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The Israel Defense Forces launched a series of air strikes overnight Thursday against targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a Qassam rocket fired from the Strip hit southern Israel. One Palestinian was killed, two were wounded and several others were feared trapped inside the ruins, medics said. Explosions rocked Gaza City, Khan Younis and Rafah, sending flames shooting into the air.
  • Officials: Suspected US strikes kill 3 in Pakistan (Babar Raghzai .. North Waziristan)

    12/26/2009 3:38:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/26/09 | Rasool Dawar - ap
    MIR ALI, Pakistan – A suspected U.S. missile strike killed three people Saturday in a northwest Pakistani tribal region where militants focused on fighting the West in Afghanistan are concentrated, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. The missile strike was apparently the latest in a lengthy campaign of such attacks by the U.S., which rarely discusses the covert program but has in the past said it has taken out several top al-Qaida operatives. Pakistan publicly opposes the strikes but is believed to secretly aid them. Saturday's strike occurred in the Babar Raghzai area of North Waziristan and also wounded two people,...
  • Yemen strikes al-Qaida chiefs in US-backed assault

    12/24/2009 7:52:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 627+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/24/09 | Ahmed al-Haj - ap
    SAN'A, Yemen – Yemen's military hit suspected al-Qaida hideouts Thursday and targeted a gathering of top militant leaders, possibly killing a radical cleric linked to the U.S. Army major accused of the Fort Hood mass shooting, in strikes carried out with U.S. intelligence help, officials said. At least 30 militants were believed to be killed in the second such strike in a week. Pentagon officials could not confirm Thursday whether U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed in the strike. Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, before moving in 2002 to...
  • Official say U.S. missiles killed 17 in Pakistan (a swarm of Predators in action at the border)

    12/17/2009 9:14:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 863+ views
    AP on the News-Gazette ^ | 12/17/09 | AP
    MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) – Two suspected U.S. missile strikes, one using multiple drones, killed 17 people in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border Thursday, local intelligence officials said. The officials said the second, bloodier attack involved five drones and 10 missiles – an unusually intense bombardment. The missiles rained on North Waziristan, considered a safe haven for many militants including groups determined to push the U.S. and NATO out of Afghanistan. The strikes in North Waziristan are especially sensitive because they risk angering Afghan-focused militant groups who have agreed to be neutral as Islamabad cracks down on...