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Pope Francis Calls for Global Bankruptcy Process

 

Pope Francis called for an international bankruptcy process in a news conference as he left Latin Americaon Monday. According to the Associated Press, when asked about the Greek debt crisis, Francis stated, "if a company can declare bankruptcy, why can't a country do so and we go to the aid of others?" Francis offered further comments noting that too many countries are struggling with high debts and he suggested a United Nations bankruptcy proposal could be the solution.‎

“Pope Francis knows that heavy debt loads cause poverty and inequality,” said Eric LeCompte, who consulted the Vatican on its position. LeCompte is the head of the religious development organization Jubilee USA Network. “The Pope's statement is a logical extension of the Catholic Church's strong support of debt relief for struggling countries."

Last year, LeCompte led a delegation of global Jubilee organizations to advise Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on the need for a bankruptcy process to address inequality. The Catholic Church is a founder of Jubilee USA and supports its efforts to win debt relief for struggling countries.

G7 Calls for Greater Global Economic Stability

 G7 Heads of State released their annual Declaration as their summit finished in Bavaria, Germany. The summit focused on rising debt levels and risks to global economic stability amid geopolitical tension around the world. They call for halting corruption and tax avoidance, reducing debt to more sustainable levels and increased transparency. 

"We support the words of the G7 to address tax and debt issues to build a more stable and transparent global economy," stated Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious anti-poverty coalition Jubilee USA Network. "We now need the G7 to turn those words into action."

G7 leaders discussed Greece's ongoing debt crisis at the summit. Greece is currently in negotiations for emergency funding from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. It is the most indebted country in Europe.

Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp Aug 4-8, 2015

 

The camp will be from August 4-8, 2015! The Location will be at the Emigrant Lake campground near Ashland, Oregon for campers age 13 to 19. The Camp registration fee is $150.00, but no one will be turned away if they can’t afford the fee meaning scholarships are available. Transportation assistance will be available and vans will be running from at least Portland and Eugene, Oregon and northern California.

 

 

5 Year Anniversary of BP's Deepwater Disaster- Houston Indymedia Radio- April 17th 015

 April 20th marked the 5 year anniversary of the start of BP's Deepwater Horizon massive leak into our Gulf. The BP owned, Transocean opperated oil rig leaked for 87 days, pouring at least 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, the largest marine oil spill ever. The initial explosion resulted in the death of 11 workers on the rig whose bodies were never found.

For the entirety of this show we talk about the effects of the spill. We are joined by Jayeesha Dutta from The Gulf Future Coalition, and Sheri Foytlin from Louisiana who was arrested April 15th, '015 during an action at BP's US Headquarters here in Houston.

African Mayors Call for Debt Cancellation for Ebola-Stricken West Africa

G20 Moves Forward on Ebola Debt Relief Plan. 

Interview with Raj Patel on Nutrition Gender and Food Security in Africa

Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing, will speak on “Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa." Patel is a Research Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, a Visiting Professor at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University in South Africa, and a Fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy. His current writing and film project is “Generation Food.” The event is sponsored by UT’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Ellie Main. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

Raj Patel on Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa

Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing, will speak on “Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa." Patel is a Research Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, a Visiting Professor at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University in South Africa, and a Fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy. His current writing and film project is “Generation Food.” The event is sponsored by UT’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Ellie Main. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

Robert Jensen on Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults

Challenging the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folk. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Journalism, Dr. Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive effects of modern life on human nature and the destructive effects of modern life on nature. As inequality and ecological collapse intensify, where do we look for values based on solidarity and sustainability? This talk is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s weekly Public Affairs Forum. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756 Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Michelle Dougherty. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

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