Over Easy: Around the World
Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.
In an effect that might have been anticipated, the side effect/peripheral damage of our first world big crackdown on human trafficking is producing abandoned cargo folks. The European Union asked for U.N. approval for a plan to board and destroy human trafficking boats in Libyan and international waters.
Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said that its primary responsibility was “saving migrants’ lives” and that to accomplish that, countries need to work together to root out human trafficking networks in Libya and neighboring countries.
“Saving lives on one side and dismantling the criminal organizations that are organizing smuggling and trafficking — the two things have to go hand in hand,” she said at a press conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
“It is not only a humanitarian emergency but also a security crisis, since smuggling networks are linked to and in some cases finance terrorist activities, which contributes to instability in a region that is already unstable enough,” she told the U.N. Security Council members earlier in a briefing.
Two boats of migrants were turned away by Malaysia in recent days, with an announcement by Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi ; ‘”We have to send the right message that they are not welcome here.”‘ Indonesia had turned away a boatload earlier in the week.
Rohingya are now being held on boats at sea, Lewa said, estimating that 7,000 to 8,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants are currently parked in the Malacca Straits, unable to disembark because of crackdowns on trafficking networks in Thailand and Malaysia, their primary destinations.
After working to bring jobs and prosperity to Nova Scotia with shipbuilding work, union leaders are under attack by owners of the docks and building facilities.
In the past week, Unifor Marine Workers Federation Local 1 president Ed Hatch was given three citations by the company, and vice-president David Ladouceur has been suspended for “insubordination.”
A main issue has been the employer trying to amend their collective agreement that ends in 2016, Ladouceur said.
They’re also talking about eliminating trades or subcontracting work outside of Halifax, Ladouceur said, which “we all should have issues with” because the union fought alongside Irving for the shipbuilding contract to land jobs for Atlantic Canadians.
“They didn’t get this contract on their own. Our collective agreement went with that contract up to Ottawa to prove that they had a stable workforce,” Ladouceur said.
In a deal reached yesterday a special deal was given shipyard owners; ‘It’s also undeniable that the taxpayers are funding the Irvings on both ends: taxpayers are paying for the ship contract, and they’re paying in terms of reduced tax receipts.’
With a deadline approaching to arrive at ‘reforms’ demanded by creditors, Greek’s finance minister warned that the nation is at the end of measures that it can use to shore up the nation’s economy.
Yanis Varoufakis gave the warning after eurozone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss the final €7.2bn tranche of Greece’s €240bn EU/IMF bailout.
Ministers said Greece had made “progress” but more work was needed.
Earlier, Greece began the transfer of €750m (£544m, $834m) in debt interest to the International Monetary Fund – a day ahead of a payment deadline….Its finances are running so low that it has had to ask public bodies for help.