Thursday, August 29, 2013

Russia sends warships to Mediterranean to deter western strikes against Syria


The stakes just got higher for any military action by western powers planning strikes against the Syrian government as Russia and Iran are teaming up to prevent such strikes they say would be in violation of International law. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said in a statement, “Western military action against Syria would be an "open violation" of international laws and "Military action will bring great costs for the region”. The Russians are sending two ships to protect its interest in the region, a missile cruiser and a large anti-submarine vessel, which should arrive in a matter of days according to reports by Reuters. As protest gain momentum in the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed the UK is “legally entitled to take military action against Syria even if the Security Council denied authorization”.

We reported earlier this week that the South Carolina city council of Columbia passed measures described as criminalizing the homeless to prevent them from sleeping in business districts. The measures would require the Columbia Police to arrest those refusing to go to a homeless shelter and position police nearby to prevent anyone from leaving. However, the city manage and police chief and pushing back against the measure. The State reports, “Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor can police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse.”

CNN Money is reporting that fast food workers in 60 cities across the nation walked off the job today in protest of low wages. “Workers from fast food giants McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Yum Brands-owned KFC are calling on their employers to pay them a minimum of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.” The average fast food worker makes around $18,500 a year which considerably lower than the federal poverty income threshold.

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