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03 Dec

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

The Guardian

Thai police drop barricades and ease tensions

Authorities drop barricades, letting demonstrators reach police headquarters and prime minister’s office

  • Time to go, Ukraine president told

    Pro-European protests in Ukraine

    Viktor Yanukovych called on to resign by opponents – including Vitali Klitschko – as protesters continue to control parts of Kiev

  • Kim Jong un’s uncle believed to have been ousted

    Kim Jong-un, with his uncle Jang Song-thaek

    Jang Song Thaek has held powerful roles in North Korea and his removal, if true, would have needed Kim Jong un’s approval

  • US calls on China to rescind threats

    Japan China row

    State Department warns of dangerous clash with allies in region hours after vice-president Biden arrives in Tokyo

  • Joe Biden
  • Joe Biden stops short of calling on Beijing to rescind zone it imposed in dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

  • US vows to help Japan defend status quo as China air defence row escalates

  • UNHCR in strasbourg

    Judges of the European court of human rights during a hearing at the court in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

    Guantánamo Bay detainees claim Poland allowed CIA torture

    Terror suspects subjected to extraordinary rendition tell European court of human rights they were waterboarded

    Lawyers for two men subject to extraordinary rendition by the CIA told the European court of human rights (ECHR) on Tuesday that Poland, which permitted a secret “black” site to operate on its territory, should also be held responsible for their torture.

    Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent and Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah, a stateless Palestinian, maintain they were waterboarded during interrogation in Poland. Both men are being held by the US in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

  • Opinion

    A crate of groceries at a food bank
    On 1 November, food stamp benefits were cut after Congress failed to renew an increase from the 2009 stimulus package. More cuts are on the table. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

  • Looking for fraud? Forget food stamp recipients, look at Wall Street

    Chris Arnade

    Chris Arnade: Food stamps keep 47 million from going hungry. Cuts hurt.

  • Hunger will drive kids to do crazy things. Like stay at school.

    A few weeks ago South Bronx public had a half-day, with dismissal at noon. Yet almost all the kids stayed an extra hour, waiting in the cafeteria to eat the schools’ free lunch.

    Teachers even got calls from parents of children who hadn’t stayed, asking them why they let their children leave without a meal. The teachers explained that this had never been an issue before. Kids had always left when they could. The parents responded, “That was before the cut in food stamps. We get $45 less a month now”.

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    New effort to organize low-wage bank workers in US targets entire industry

    NEW YORK — Adjacent to its lofty, glass-faced midtown headquarters, Bank of America operates a humble retail location for individuals and small businesses. The branch serves many customers who work in the Bank of America Tower —secretaries and tech support, analysts and executives. One such patron, a former investment banker raised by struggling immigrants but schooled in the Ivy League, recalled the disconnect between his sky-high office and the retail branch. “I wondered if they feel inferior,” he said of the bank tellers, who likely earned a fifth of his salary.

    Topics:

    Economy

    U.S. Financial Crisis

    Unions

    Related:

    Low-wage workers fight for more than money

    Median wage falls to lowest level since 1998

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