Experiments with truth: 8/26/09

    • Within 300 feet of the Massey Energy’s Edwight mountaintop removal blasting site, two protesters scaled massive trees and unfurled banners from their 80-foot-high platforms to call on federal agencies to crack down on the scandal-ridden West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP) and stop the unsafe and reckless blasting in the area.
    • On Monday, hundreds of Zelaya supporters rallied near the hotel where an OAS delegation is holding talks with the coup government in an effort to seek the return of the ousted president.
    • The Federation of Workers’ Unions of Niger, which represent the country’s seven trade unions, and an opposition coalition plan a three-day general strike starting today. The strike is in support of a demand for a 50 percent increase in the salaries of government workers and a 50 percent increase in the state’s contribution to their pensions.
    • Argentine farmers will launch a seven-day strike starting on Friday that will freeze grain and beef sales from one of the world’s biggest suppliers of corn, beef and soybeans, to protest the government’s farm policy.
    • Rainforest Action Network (RAN) activists staged a die-in yesterday at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)’s newly opened downtown banking centre to protest its continued financing of Alberta tar sands production.
    • Around 100 employees of the cash-strapped public carrier Air India joined their counterparts from other parts of the country yesterday on a three-day hunger strike over delay in payment of salaries.


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