News Remix: Mar 23 – April1, 2012

0 Posted by - April 2, 2012 - Blog, Editorial, Policy, Public art, Screen, Visual art, Word

Nairobi graffiti by artists Uhuru B, Swift, Smokilah and Bankslave

Kenyan graffiti artists are painting the walls of Nairobi with reminders of government corruption. Executions are up in the Middle East – in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Yemen – as governments there continue their efforts to quell political turmoil. Malaysia is introducing a minimum wage for the first time, and experts warn that the fight against antibiotic resistant strains of tuberculosis has been lost.

Thousands of indigenous farmers marched in Guatemala City demanding land reform. Cambodian filmmaker Thet Sambath is being harassed and intimidated for claims made in his latest documentary that the Killing Fields were a result of Khmer Rouge party infighting. The Spanish Government has announced large-scale oil drilling near the Canary Islands. The costs of the London 2012 Olympics are now estimated at 450% higher than when the bid was won (including security costs to exceed $1 billion).

Citizen astronomers are helping to map the universe through websites like Galaxy Zoo. The World Bank is urging countries to treat illegal logging like organized crime. Czech officials fear a new wave of extreme-right terrorism from emerging networks linking German, Russian and Czech neo-Nazis groups. Annual global tobacco sales are estimated at close to $500 billion.

The Israeli Civil Administration is threatening to destroy solar panels and wind turbines in six West Bank communities because they lack the proper permits. Police in Angola have raided the offices of outspoken Folha 8, a private newspaper critical of violent crackdowns on protesters. Diesel prices in Sri Lanka went up 36%. And the Indian government has ruled against German pharmaceutical giant Bayer and is allowing a generic drug manufacturer to make and sell the cancer drug Nexavar, which will reduce costs of treatment from $5,500 dollars per month to about $175.

News Remix is a quirky restless glance into the wreckless feckless immediate past. Special thanks to The Guardian Weekly and IPS New Service.

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