This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- May Day protests highlight financial crisis, worker exploitation
- U.S. declares H7N9 bird flu a ‘significant’ public health danger
- Buddhist on Muslim violence continues to spread in Burma (Myanmar)
May Day protests highlight financial crisis, worker exploitation
Indonesian workers dress as ants to protest worker exploitation (AFP)
In Jakarta, Indonesia, some of the tens of thousands of demonstratorsmarching through the city came dressed as ants — complete with brightred outfits and antennae — to depict the exploitation of workers.
Across Europe, May Day demonstrators protested against austeritythat has dramatically increased unemployment and dramaticallyreduced benefits.
In Greece, public sector workers walked off the job in a one-daystrike. In France, marchers carried banners protesting Socialistparty president Francois Hollande saying, “Where are the realsocialists in our government?”
Probably the greatest labor anger on this May 1 took place in Dhaka,Bangladesh, the site of a multi-story clothing factory that pancakedand collapsed last week, killing thousands of workers. Across Asia,workers are protesting poor building standards enforcement, and thefact that similar disasters could happen at any time. Activists inthe UK have been wearing tee shirts saying, “A woman died inBangladesh so that I could wear this shirt.” CS Monitor
U.S. declares H7N9 bird flu a ‘significant’ public health danger
With the continued spread and high death rate of the H7N9 bird flu inChina, America’s department of Health and Human Services (HHS) isauthorizing the use of previously unauthorized diagnostic procedures.According to HHS:
“The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) isissuing this notice pursuant to section 564(b) of the FederalFood, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD) Act…. On April 19, 2013, theSecretary determined that there is a significant potential for apublic health emergency that has a significant potential to affectnational security or the health and security of United Statescitizens living abroad and that involves the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
On the basis of this determination, she also declared thatcircumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency useof in vitro diagnostics for detection of the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus pursuant…. The Secretary also specified that thisdeclaration is a declaration of an emergency with respect to invitro diagnostics as defined under the Public Readiness andEmergency Preparedness (PREP) Act Declaration for PandemicInfluenza Diagnostics, Personal Respiratory Protection Devices,and Respiratory Support Devices.”
The H7N9 bird flu virus has already had a mutation that allows it tospread more easily among birds, and another mutation that allows it tospread from birds to humans. It’s believed that it’s three mutationsaway from turning into a serious pandemic that may kill tens orhundreds of thousands of people.
This has nothing to do with how clever or competent governmentagencies are in China or the U.S. or in the United Nations. This hasto do with complete luck — whether the right combinations of genescome together and recombine or mutate into a form that will spreadrapidly from human to human. Federal Register and BBC
Buddhist on Muslim violence continues to spread in Burma (Myanmar)
Muslims pour water on burning mosque in Okkan, Burma (VOA)
On Tuesday, a mob of hundreds of Buddhists descended on a Muslimcommunity in Okkan, Burma, hurled bricks and set hundreds of homes andmosques on fire. Terrified Muslims fled to fields to escape theattack, and came back to find that they’d lost all they had, withtheir homes in piles of rubble. Violent attacks of this sort beganlast year in Rakhine state in southwestern Burma, and have beenspreading to other villages, with the worst happening about a monthago in central Burma. (See “5-Apr-13 World View — Meiktila, Burma, violence has echoes of Kristallnacht”) Tuesday’s attack brings the violence veryclose to Rangoon (Yangon), Burma’s largest commercial city. It’s hardto see how this spreading violence can continue much longer withoutspiraling into a major war between Buddhists and Muslims that willspread beyond Burma. BBC and AP