This 1 August 2016 video is called Unemployed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia face ‘food crisis’.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Saudi Arabia makes Asian workers hungry
Tens of thousands of laborers from countries like India, Pakistan and the Philippines are stranded in Saudi Arabia. They have not only lost their jobs but do not have passports and money.
Diplomats and politicians from the affected countries are now busy organizing help for their compatriots who are stuck. Last weekend the Indian Consulate in Jeddah distributed 16,000 kilos of rice, oil and onions. But the home countries cannot continue to feed their subjects: they need exit visas and plane tickets. …
The two largest construction corporations, Saudi Binladin Group (the family holding of terrorist Osama bin Laden) and Saudi Oger have dismissed in recent months tens of thousands of people.
“It often starts with people still at work but no salary is paid anymore,” says correspondent Joeri Boom. “Then the work stops. They often live together in camps, which were built by the company they work for. The next step is that the camps are closed. That means there is no water, no electricity and no food and then you are stuck.” …
Foreign workers after dismissals usually lose their residence permits. A passport they often do not have anyway anymore. The bosses keep that as a ‘guarantee’.
Joeri Boom: “That’s a measure in Saudi Arabia to ensure that workers who are paid very poorly, cannot go away. They really are stuck without money and without a passport..”
Furthermore, the workers are thus in the country illegally and may be fined. But without money and without possibility to leave they have to attend an urgent concern in Saudi Arabia: food and drink. …
Before the sharp drop in oil prices ten million foreigners, mostly from South and Southeast Asia, used to work here.
This 20 June 2016 video is called Fukushima rice to be sold in Britain.
7 million Bq of all β nuclides leaked as contaminated water in Fukushima plant: here.
Radioactive cesium fallout on Tokyo from Fukushima concentrated in glass microparticles: here.
Solar energy in Japan: here.
Fukushima rice will be available for sale in the UK starting in July. It will also be supplied to some restaurants in the city. … As was found in Taiwan, many times Japanese foods are not tested at all before being exported to other countries. Mixing of contaminated crops with those of lesser or no contamination is also not currently banned in Japan. The rice being exported from Fukushima is a variety called Ten no Tsubu: here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Gull turns orange after falling into vat of tikka masala
In Wales, a seagull [herring gull] has become all orange after a fall into a vat of curry tikka masala in a food factory. It has by now been so thoroughly washed that it is off white again, but it still smells like curry.
The animal flew on Monday into the factory and fell into the curry vat when it tried to grab a piece of meat. Employees saved the bird, which was then picked up by an employee of an animal hospital in Gloucestershire.
There the gull was thoroughly washed until it was no more orange, but the curry smell continued. “The smell surprised us most, he smelled really nice,” said an employee to The Guardian. If the gull will have recovered and its feathers after all the washing will be waterproof again, it will be released.
This video is about grassland birds in North Holland province in the Netherlands.
Translated from regional broadcaster Omrop Fryslân in the Netherlands, 2 June 2016:
Farmers’ organisation Boerengilde, in cooperation with BirdLife in the Netherlands, is starting a new brand of sustainably produced dairy. Jumbo supermarkets will sell the dairy. The new brand is for promoting meadows with lots of grassland birds on them.
The dairy brand will be launched on June 7 in Idzega village. Then the name will also be announced and there will be a discussion about the importance of grassland birds. Farmer Guild affiliated farmers are committed to working for meadow birds.
According to Dutch Vroege Vogels radio this morning, the new milk brand will come from meadows of which at least 10-20% is managed to make an optimum habitat for grassland birds.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Activists call on US to stop aiding dictatorship in Ethiopia
WASHINGTON, DC (May 7 2014) – Ethiopian Americans urged the US government to stop financing the tyrannical regime in Addis Ababa.
The rally was held in front of the State Department.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
“In parts of Ethiopia in a few months’ time there will not be any food if the international community will not help quickly”, says [Dutch Minister of Foreign Aid] Ploumen.
… Currently, 18 million Ethiopians depend on food aid, especially in the east and south of the country.
From the Catholic News Service, 13 May 2016:
Watching hungry schoolchildren in Ethiopia carefully put away one of the two biscuits they received at a food program, Msgr. John Kozar, president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, found the act touching.
He realized they were taking the second biscuit home to share with younger siblings or their mothers.
Meanwhile, the dictatorial government in Ethiopia has plenty of money for torture jails, for waging war in Somalia as Pentagon allies, for war against the people in Ogaden province, for warmongering against Eritrea, for violence against people demonstrating against ISIS, and for the lives of luxury of themselves and their cronies.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
France bans foie gras for three months over bird flu scare
The country is responsible for 75 per cent of the global production
Producers of foie gras have said they will lose millions of euros as France introduces a three-month ban on production.
The measure, which has been prompted by a bird flu scare, means breeders in 18 départments in south west France will not be allowed to have any ducks or geese in their slaughterhouses until August.
Foie gras – or fattened duck or goose liver – is considered a delicacy by some but is denounced as cruel by animal rights campaigners due the practice of force-feeding.
Breeder Florence Lasserre told the France Info news channel that her gavage room – meaning the room where the birds are force fed – was currently empty.
She said: “Usually it’s full here, and it feels a bit lonely now, but the main thing is that the virus doesn’t return.”
A highly virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was identified at a chicken farm in Dordogne in November last year triggering an investigation by a watchdog.
H5N1 is highly lethal for birds but humans are typically only infected when they come into close contact with the animals.
This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:
20 Orlando Police steal food from children, arrest 6 MORE for feeding the hungry
6/15/11 6 more activists arrested in Orlando for sharing food with the hungry. 2 young children are being served as close to 20 police officers swarm in and arrest the food servers. This brings the total number of arrests for this horrendous crime up to 21 people within a two week time period!
From ANSA news agency in Italy:
Stealing food out of hunger ‘not a crime’ rules Italy’s top court
Italy supreme court overturns four-euro theft conviction
Rome, May 2 2016 – Stealing food out of hunger is not a crime, Italy’s highest Cassation Court ruled Monday. In this way the judges overturned a 2015 conviction for theft against Roman Ostriakov, a homeless [immigrant] man who stole four euros’ worth of cheese and hot dogs at the supermarket. Stealing small quantities of food to fulfill “the essential need for nourishment does not constitute a crime”, the court wrote.
Ostriakov was stopped on his way out of the supermarket with the cheese and dogs in his pocket after a customer noticed he only paid for some breadsticks, reported him to management.
“The condition of the defendant and the circumstances in which the merchandise theft took place prove that he took possession of that small amount of food in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment, acting therefore in a state of need,” wrote the court.