Rabbit, Rabbit also, and May Day.
Around the world, demonstrations marked May Day workers’ movements to establish living conditions amenable to those who work for a living, who are the basic unit and support of society.
- Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters in Istanbul. Hundreds of riot police blocked protesters in the Besiktas district as they tried to breach the barricades leading up to Taksim square on the anniversary of clashes that sparked a protest movement.
- About 100,000 workers paraded on Moscow’s Red Square for the first time since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Waving Russian flags and balloons, the marchers carried placards showing their support for President Vladimir Putin’s muscular policy on Ukraine.
- In Cambodia, security forces armed with sticks and batons dispersed dozens of protesters near Phnom Penh’s Freedom park. At least five people were hurt. Across Asia, workers took to the streets demanding better working conditions and higher pay. Protesters were also out in force in Italy and Greece, marching against unemployment and austerity policies.
I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 1, 2014
Spreading its territorial boundaries has hurt Russia’s economy. Recession has been tracked in figures that indicate what the ruble is losing as the country flexes military muscle.
‘If you understand by recession two quarters of negative economic growth, then Russia is experiencing recession now,’ he added.
‘The difficult situation and especially the uncertainty surrounding the geopolitical situation… and escalation of sanctions are weighing very negatively on the investment climate.’
The IMF cut its 2014 growth forecast for Russia to 0.2% from 1.3% and said it expected the country’s economy to grow by only 1% next year.
Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has already cut Russia’s rating to one notch above ‘junk’ status.
Barrel bombs dropped on an elementary school in an Alawite area of Aleppo killed more than two dozen children Wednesday morning. ‘UNICEF said in a statement it was “outraged by the latest wave of indiscrimate attacks perpetrated against schools and other civilian targets across Syria.”
Syrian forces dropped the bombs on an opposition-held area of Aleppo, the country’s largest city, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. The LCC said 25 children died.
Barrel bombs typically consist of barrels stuffed with explosives and objects such as nails to maximize carnage. A video posted by opposition activists showed what appeared to be a pool of blood and a side of a building reduced to rubble.
The smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, El Hierro, will become totally powered by wind and water in June, turning off its existing carbon creating facility as it turns over.
Surplus power from the wind turbines will be used to pump fresh water from a reservoir near the harbor to a larger one at volcanic crater located about 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level. When there is little or no wind, the water will be channeled down to the lower reservoir through turbines to generate electricity in turn.
Photo by Jose Mesa under Creative Commons license