Climate change: a lawsuit will pit children against the US government

A lawsuit against children against the US government, accused of failing to protect the planet's natural resources by burning fossil fuels, will begin on Oct. 29, an organization supporting the plaintiffs said on Thursday.

The case, brought to justice by 21 children, adolescents and young Americans, will be tried by a federal court located in Oregon, in the northwestern United States, said Our Children's Trust.

The complaint was tabled in 2015, when Democratic President Barack Obama was in power.

Young Complainants "insure that the US government, by voluntarily creating a national energy model that causes climate change, has violated their constitutional rights to life, to freedom and property, "the source said.

"By setting the trial date for October 29, the court recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis," said one of the youth lawyers, Phil Gregory.

When filing their complaint, the plaintiffs had assured that the US government had known since 1965 the risks of an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, but that it had not done enough to regulate them.

Russia: about fifty children intoxicated by gases emitted from a landfill

Toxic gases emitted by a polluting waste dump not far from Moscow resulted in the medical care of about fifty children, provoking anger of a rare virulence of the inhabitants against Russian authorities considered indifferent towards the ecological situation

"Do not kill our children!" or "I want to breathe! I want to live!" could be read on the placards of some 200 people gathered Wednesday afternoon in front of the Volokolamsk hospital, about 100 kilometers northwest of the Russian capital.

For weeks residents have been denouncing the inconvenience associated with the nearby Iadrovo landfill, which was put into production in 1979. Their protests led the authorities to promise to cover it with soil by the end of the month and install a degassing system in June.

But the situation worsened on Wednesday with the appearance of a foul odor, the air becoming difficult to breathe, especially around the landfill as found by an AFP journalist.

In total, 57 children sought medical assistance mainly because of vertigo, and five of them were hospitalized, according to a statement from the regional administration.

"We wake up every night because of this smell. And what are we going to do in the summer? How can we live like this? ", Told AFP Anna Louzova, 10-year-old schoolgirl.

The mayor of the city, Piotr Lazarev, He immediately blamed the Iadrovo discharge, located three kilometers from Volokolamsk, already in the sights of local residents. The latter have been demonstrating regularly in recent weeks, giving place in the countryside for the presidential election to scenes that have become rare in Russia in recent years, as any protest is met with firmness.

"The situation gets worse and worse each day that (…), particularly because of landfill gas discharges, "Lazarev said in an interview with Business FM radio. "These smells have a detrimental effect on the inhabitants of Volokolamsk, and many children have had to be treated today (…), because there was this strong smell."

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Reassuring, the local authorities identified a toxic gas leak in Iadrovo but assured that the situation was under control

In its daily report on the state of the air in the Moscow region, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations designated the Iadrovo Discharge as "Source of Air Pollution" in Volokolamsk and Surroundings.

However, after analyzing the air quality on Wednesday, "no concentration of polluting substances in the air above the norms has been found (…) No threat to the inhabitants of the city has been detected, "said the ministry.

But the inhabitants of Volokolamsk, who were numerous Wednesday to complain about social networks of stench on the streets s of the city, lost patience

 Volokolamsk residents holding placards asking:

Volokolamsk residents holding placards demanding "Do not kill our children!" are gathered in front of the local hospital. (AFP – Maxime POPOV)

In the afternoon, nearly 200 people were gathered near the Volokolamsk Central Hospital.

"It's been two months since the air here is unbreathable. nausea and hypertension, "told local AFP a local resident, Anna Grape, 50.

Greeted with cries of" shame! " and "Assassin!", the governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobiov, has promised to accelerate the closure of the landfill.

Faced with the growing number of complaints from disgruntled Russians throughout the country in recent months, the authorities recognized that the air quality measurement system was failing. Due to lack of funding, this system is simply absent or obsolete due to lack of modernization since the fall of the USSR.

The Mysterious Man of the Japanese Man Holder Custody 13 Thai Children

A Japanese businessman who won custody for 13 children born to surrogate mothers or surrogate mothers in Thailand was not widely known in his home country.

Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was given sole custody by a court in Thailand on Tuesday / 2), is the son of the founder of telecommunication and insurance company Hikari Tsushin. As a major shareholder, he earns billions of dollars of dividends annually. But he chose to shy away from the spotlight.

The surrogate mother or surrogate mothers are women who are bound by covenant with spouses or other clients to conceive the seeds of the client in exchange for certain.

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The media spotlight on Shigeta after the discovery of babies at a condominium in Bangkok in 2014, eased. Many have identified this as a result of defamation claims and pressure put forward by his father's company. The Japanese-language media referred to him as a 28-year-old unknown man.

Information from a court ruling on Tuesday, from doctors and a fertility clinic also did not help uncover the mystery of Shigeta.

Japanese lawyers reportedly represented Shigeta refusing to discuss the case that. Officials at Hikari Tsushin also declined to comment.

The company started as a business enterprise of business phones and office equipment. Now, the company is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and has more than 180 subsidiaries. Shigeta is the eldest of three brothers of the company's founder, Yasumitsu Shigeta. Shigeta has business in Thailand and Cambodia, where she has children through surrogate mother.

 Wassana Meechamnarn, 32, a former surrogate mother, spoke to an investigator to give testimony as witness to a baby scandal from a surrogate mother involving Japanese businessmen , at the Lumpini police station, in Thailand, August 25, 2018.

Wassana Meechamnarn, 32, a former surrogate mother, spoke to an investigator to give testimony as a witness to a baby scandal from a surrogate mother involving Japanese businessmen, police Lumpini, in Thailand, August 25, 2018.

Some Japanese tabloids in 2014 reported that Shigeta revealed he wanted to produce 100 to 1,000 children. If he succeeds, it will cost millions of dollars. He searched for equipment that could freeze and preserve his "high quality" sperm at home so he could keep producing children until old age, according to Japanese media reports.

Thai authorities dismissed the possibility of human trafficking and other criminal motives. 19659002] Mariam Kukunashvili, founder of New Light clinic in Thailand who recruited some surrogate mothers of the babies told Associated Press in 2014, that Shigeta told him "he wants to have 10-15 babies in a year and he wants continue to make the child until he dies. "According to Kukunashvili, Shigeta also told him that he wanted to advance in the general election and win by using the votes of his extended family.

The Shigeta case and several other cases have prompted the Thai government to ban pregnancy practices with mothers a commercial replacement for foreigners. As a result, many foreigners turned to Cambodia to find a surrogate mother. But Cambodia also later banned this practice. [fw/au]

When the UN ran out of words about children killed in Syria

New York
The United Nations Children's Fund Agency or UNICEF issued a blank 'statement' to express anger over the large number of fatalities, especially children, in the Syrian conflict. The latest attack of the Syrian regime in East Ghouta and Damascus sparked many fatalities.

"There are no words that can bring justice to the dead children, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones, "said UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappalaere, as quoted by Reuters Tuesday (20/2/2018).

The words open UNICEF 'blank' statements. Below that sentence, there are only 10 blank lines with quotation marks indicating clearly missing text.

A footnote at the bottom explains the meaning of this empty 'statement'

"UNICEF issued this empty statement.We no longer have words to describe our children's sufferings and anger, "the explanation explains.

"Do those who cause suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?" added the explanation.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's loyalist army has surrounded nearly 400,000 civilians trapped in the East Ghouta region for years. The siege was increasingly tightened throughout the year and the onslaught of the region continued to be enhanced.

The siege tactics and indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas contrasted with the internationally agreed 'war rules'

Syrian human rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Syrian government forces launching air strikes in East Ghouta on Monday (19/2) evening until Tuesday (20/2) morning. The attack reportedly killed more than 100 people, with at least 20 of them children.

(nvc / ita)

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Japanese man wins custody of 13 Thai children from surrogate mother

The Thai court ruled in favor of a Japanese journalist's request for "sole custody" of 13 of her children born to some Thai surrogate mothers, AFP reported Tuesday (20/2). Thus, the Japanese man could bring the children to Japan

Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to be in the spotlight in the scandal of "child factory" in 2014, after Thai police found a DNA link between him and nine babies found in the care of some babysitters 24 hours, in a luxury apartment in Bangkok

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The children are estimated aged between 2 weeks and two years at the time. Since found, they are placed under state care. He also later considered a biological father for four other children.

This discovery highlights the 'wretched-rent' industry in Thailand, which at that time has not been regulated, prompting authorities in 2015 to ban foreigners from paying Thai women into surrogate mothers .

Shigeta, reportedly the son of an industrial technology tycoon in Japan, left Thailand at the time the scandal arose and never directly explained why he has many children.

He then sued the Ministry of Social Development and Humanity to court to get the right (19459007):

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Bangkok Court grants custody to Shigeta on the grounds he has a lot of money to take care of the children and has set up nurses and nannies, in a dormitory "For the happiness and opportunity that will be received by all 13 children from their biological fathers, who have no history of bad behavior, the court decides they become legitimate children of plaintiffs," the Central Youth Tribunal said in a statement. statement. The statement did not name Shigeta for reasons of secrecy.

Shigeta, who did not attend the trial, was considered the "single parent" of the children, after surrogate moms from Thailand abandoned their rights, the court added. [19659002] Shigeta's attorney said he would contact the Social Welfare Ministry to discuss the transfer of the children from state parenting. He added that the timing of custody transfers would depend on the "readiness" of the children, who are on average four years old.

"The possibility of state-owned shelter officers is also needed to stay with them to avoid sudden changes," Kong said. Suriyamontol, Shigeta's lawyer, told reporters outside the courthouse

The Ministry of Social Welfare could not immediately be reached for comment. [fw/au]