GM strike ends after 40 days with 48,000 staff to return to work

Strike by workers who said they wanted a fair share of companys $25bn profits, started 16 September and reportedly cost GM more than $2bn The General Motors. The strike by more than 48,000 workers started 16 September and has so far cost GM more than $2bn, according to Wall Street estimates. It closed 34 GM plants across the US, forced suppliers to idle workers and disrupted operations in Mexico and Canada. Union members have been getting by on $275 a week in strike pay during the longest strike against GM since 1970. Some will return to work as soon as Saturday. While a majority voted to ratify the agreement, some said they were dissatisfied with the outcome. A worker speaking …

Zelenskiy’s brush with Trump won’t help him end Ukraine’s war | Liana Semchuk

The chances of peace in Donbass look slim, says politics PhD student Liana Semchuk At a press marathon in Kyiv last week, Volodymyr Zelenskiy end the war. Thats a tough ask for a former comedy actor who had barely got his feet under the presidential desk before being snarled up in a Donald Trump impeachment scandal that has led some Ukrainians to refer to their leader as Monica Zelenskiy. Ukraines war is rightly Zelenskiys priority, having now claimed more than Trump impeachment saga is an unwelcome distraction for him. It came as a result of a phone call with the US president in July. The call triggered a leak from a whistleblower, claiming that Trump had temporarily withheld military aid …

Weve been taken hostage: African migrants stranded in Mexico after Trump’s crackdown

Hundreds of migrants from Africa are stuck in Tapachula because of Mexicos willingness to bow to Trump and stem the flow of migrants Neh knew she was taking a risk when she got involved with English-language activists in mostly-Francophone Cameroon. She had no way of know that her decision would eventually force her to flee her country, fly halfway across the world and then set out on a 4,000-mile trek through dense jungle and across seven borders only to leave her stranded in southern Mexico, where her hopes of finding safety in the US were blocked by the Mexican governments efforts to placate Donald Trumps anti-migrant rage. It is just too much, sobbed Neh,at a protest camp set up by …

Airlines’ CO2 emissions rising up to 70% faster than predicted

Carbon dioxide emitted by commercial flights rose by 32% from 2013 to 2018, study shows Worldwide CO2 emissions from commercial flights are rising up to 70% faster than predicted by the UN, according to an analysis. Carbon dioxide emitted by airlines increased by 32% from 2013 to 2018, exposed the signed up to areleased by Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Prince Andrew denies seeing any suspicious Epstein behaviour

Duke of York issues statement distancing himself from deceased convicted sex offender killed himself in a New York jail earlier this month. This is particularly the case in relation to my former association or friendship with Mr Epstein, he said. Therefore I am eager to clarify the facts to avoid further speculation. Andrew said he met Epstein in 1999 and saw him once or twice a year during the time he knew him, and also stayed at several of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction, the duke said. I have said previously that it …

Nigel Farage attacks Harry and Meghan, jokes about ‘overweight’ Queen Mother

Exclusive: Brexit party leader labels Duke of Sussex terrifying while disparaging Queen Mother in Sydney CPAC speech Nigel Farage has derided the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their irrelevant social justice and environmental campaigns while abusing Prince Charles and describing the late Queen Mother as an overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker, in an incendiary speech to an Australian rightwing political conference. Farages speech to Sydneys Conservative Political Action Conference from which media were barred ranged across his views on Brexit, media bias and the United Nations, but he reserved his fiercest condemnation for members of the royal family, including princes Charles and Harry, and the Queen Mother. The Brexit party leader was laudatory about the Queen an amazing, awe-inspiring woman, …

Charming but dishonest and duplicitous: Europe’s verdict on Boris Johnson

As the Brexit deadline looms, Europe remains wary of the poker player behind the clown mask He is clever, cultivated, charming; witty, self-deprecating, wildly entertaining and oh so terribly British. Also dissembling, dishonest, dark, duplicitous, and a danger to his country and to Boris Johnson settles into his new role, vowing, do or die, to take the UK out of the EU without a deal in 90 days unless the 27 nations ditch an accord that took two years to negotiate, European politicians and commentators are both fascinated and appalled. Like many people, I was easily charmed by his demeanour, his self-confidence, his intelligence, said Han ten Broeke, a former Dutch MP specialising in EU affairs. Hes a pleasure to …

Afghan government and Nato killing more civilians than the Taliban

UN figures for first half of 2019 blame 717 deaths on pro-Kabul forces and 531 on militants Afghan forces and their international allies killed more civilians in the first half of 2019 than the Taliban and other militant groups, UN figures show, extending a trend that began in the peace talks with the Taliban enter what many hope will be their final stages, ahead of a presidential election set for the end of September. There have been concerns that both sides have ramped up violence as the peace process got under way, to strengthen their position at the negotiating table. Civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan from 2009-19. Photograph: UN mission in Afghanistan Gaining leverage in peace talks should not …

Canadian citizen detained in China as row continues over Huawei chief

Beijing arrests Canadian citizen on drug-related charges amid diplomatic crisis, following detention of Meng Wanzhou A Canadian citizen detained in China is being held on drug-related offences, Beijing said Monday, at a time of tense relations between the two countries. News of the latest arrest comes amid a diplomatic crisis sparked by sentenced two other Canadians to death for drug trafficking and blocked imports of Canadian agricultural products worth billions of dollars. Geng said Monday that the latest case had no link with a separate drug bust last week centred on the local branch of a language school in Jiangsu province, Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

G20: world leaders urge Trump and Xi to reach a trade deal or risk global economy

Financial markets fall amid growing fears that talks in Osaka will fail to break logjam Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have been urged to reach a trade deal or risk setting the global economy on a downward path as world leaders gathered in Japan for the G20 summit. Russian president Vladimir Putin, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and European president Jean-Claude Juncker heaped pressure on the two superpowers on Friday to settle their differences when they meet on the sidelines of the Osaka summit on Saturday. But financial markets fell across Asia on Friday amid growing fears that the talks will fail to break the logjam and see the US president carry out his threat of additional tariffs on Chinese …

The battle to turn Arkansas’s dry counties wet with Walmart’s help

Many Arkansas counties are forbidden from selling alcohol, but campaigners, including the Walton family, want that to change Warwick Milner sits outside Cove Creek Corner Store, a gas station in Cleburne county, Arkansas. Despite a nearby lake attracting tourists from neighboring states, the gas station cannot sell alcohol. In fact, there is no place within the entire county where wine, beer or liquor can be purchased and taken home. Last year Milner tried to change that, collecting enough signatures to put a petition on the 2018 ballot. He solicited the help of local businesses including the owner of the gas station knocked on residents doors and started a Facebook group. Thousands joined in support, and movers and shakers reached out …