This video from Ireland is about clerical sexual abuse.
From Dutch NOS TV:
More reports of Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse
Updated: Monday Mar 1 2010, 20:45
Last weekend, sixteen reports were received about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The reports were to the legal aid commission, established 15 years ago by the bishops to provide assistance to victims of sexual abuse by priests and other church workers.
The number of complaints that came in last weekend is approximately equal to the number that the commission normally receives in one year. The reason for this increase is the coverage of sexual abuse at a Catholic boarding school in ‘s-Heerenberg.
There were several Salesian Fathers in the sixties and seventies who have sexually abused children.
This is a video of the Sint Jan Cathedral in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Dutch walk out over homophobic communion
Monday 01 March 2010
Hundreds of people walked out of a Catholic church in the Netherlands on Sunday in protest at a priest’s refusal to give communion to a man on the grounds that he was homosexual.
People shouted and sang as they walked out of the Sint-Jan church in ‘s-Hertogenbosch a month after a priest in the nearby town of Reusel declined to give a communion wafer to an openly gay man during pre-lent celebrations.
Most Dutch people support equality for gay people, but the Catholic church insists on teaching that homosexual activity is sinful.
The man who was refused communion in Reusel said that all he wanted was to be treated the same as other Catholic congregants.
He said that if he was refused communion because he was a sinner, other sinners of all kinds should also have been banned from receiving the sacrament.
But ‘s-Hertogenbosch priest Antoine Bodar insisted that “receiving the wafer is not a right – someone is looking for a confrontation here.”
This is a Dutch video about the anti-homophobia action.
See also here.
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This video is called Bus ride through a Forest Fire in Queensland, Australia.
From Australian National University:
Logged forests burn easily
Tuesday, 02 March 2010
Decades of industrial logging in Australia’s wet forests have made them more fire prone, raising urgent fire management issues, according to an ANU academic.
Professor David Lindenmayer of the Fenner School of Environment and Society challenges current fire protection practices in the March issue of Australasian Science magazine, published today.
This video from the USA says about itself:
The WSWS spoke with Rio Tinto miners participating in a rally in Boron, California on February 24. Some 570 Borax mine workers have been locked out for four weeks after the union failed to reach an agreement with the company on a concessions contract.
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Four Rio Tinto staff go on trial in Shanghai: here.
A Chinese court has slapped four managers of transnational mining giant Rio Tinto with jail terms of seven to 14 years for accepting bribes and stealing commercial secrets: here.
Labor Struggle in Boron: Union Workers in CA Town Locked Out by Mining Giant Rio Tinto After Stalled Contract Talks: here.
Australia: Construction, mining, maritime and metal workers rallied outside the Sheraton Hotel on March 23 while chief executive of mining giant Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Sam Walsh, hosted a business breakfast for Rio bosses: here.
USA: Rhode Island school district seeks to tear up teachers’ contract: here.
Inaction by the US Senate last week will result in the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits and COBRA health care coverage for more than one million workers, beginning Sunday night: here.
As part of sweeping budget cuts, New York State Governor David Paterson has announced plans for a large number of closures and service reductions in the state’s extensive system of parks and historic sites: here.
Help Democracy Now! Cover the March 4th Protests For Education: here.
Sharp political divisions in Indonesia’s ruling coalition emerged as the representatives of political parties on a parliamentary special committee on the 2008 bailout of Bank Century presented their findings: here.
Dentist Yann Maidment explains to Belinda Rhodes that an increase in cases of teeth grinding is because of economic stress: here.
This video says about itself:
Vicky Short of the World Socialist Web Site interviewed Montserrat Martinez about her campaign to discover the truth about the mass graves that contain the remains of Republicans and leftists killed by Franco‘s forces during the Spanish Civil War and his regime that followed. She told the WSWS about the exhumation of the grave containing the remains of her grandfather.
The Spanish Supreme Court has allowed the fascist party, the Falange, to join a private prosecution brought against Judge Baltazar Garzón because of his attempts to investigate the crimes of the Franco dictatorship: here.
The massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake has left hundreds and perhaps thousands dead. The Chilean government has responded by imposing military rule in parts of the country: here.
Aftershocks Shake Chile as Rescue Efforts Continue: here.
Chile’s defense minister: Navy made mistake not sounding tsunami alarm: here.
Police have fired tear gas and imposed an overnight curfew in Concepcion on Sunday in an attempt to control desperate citizens looking for food in the city as Chile’s earthquake toll surpassed 700: here.
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Honduras‘s new right-wing government continued to take a hard line on Sunday, demanding the arrest of exiled former president Manuel Zelaya and stepping up a campaign of terror that has seen three opponents assassinated in the last month: here.
Ecuador: President Rafael Correa slated the dismissal of charges on Sunday against Colombia‘s top military commanders for their 2008 attack on a Farc rebel base in which 26 people died: here.
The 21st anniversary of the Caracazo rebellion was celebrated on Sunday which President Hugo Chavez said “heralded the beginning of the end of oppression and social exclusion in Venezuela“: here.
Honduras’s National People’s Resistance Front (NPRF) has declared that the opposition would organise a referendum calling for a constitutional assembly to mark the anniversary of the coup that ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya: here.
This video is called Deadly earthquake strikes Chile.
Rescue workers were still fighting on Sunday night to save scores of people trapped in apartment blocks in the Chilean city of Concepcion: here.