25 years after a major food crisis in Ethiopia, an Oxfam International report finds that many in the country still lack regular access to food and that international food aid, while saving lives, does not provide Ethiopia with the tools to prevent future food shortages, Report: Band Aids and Beyond. The UN’s World Food Program has called for emergency food aid to prevent mass starvation in Ethiopia. The country has suffered from four years of drought and experts fear that global climate change will only make the situation worse, BBC News. Scientists are working to increase food production as populations increase, New York Times.
The pay czar for the Obama administration, Kenneth Feinberg, is expected to call for 175 top executives at U.S. banks that received bailout funds earlier this year to receive pay cuts of about 90%, CNN. The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will undertake measures to increase small business stability, including allowing small local banks to qualify for loans at lower interest rates, New York Times.
Human Rights Watch reports that dozens of Uighurs are still missing after months of ethnic conflict in western China, Al Jazeera. Report: We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them.
Social media service Twitter has announced that tweets will appear in both Google and Microsoft search results, Associated Press.
58 people are dead after security forces fired on protesters in the African nation of Guinea today. They were protesting the current military government (which took power last December) and the expected announcement that the military leader currently in charge, Moussa Dadis Camara, will run in national elections in January 2010. Leaders of the opposition were also arrested at the rally, Al Jazeera.
China is preparing a massive celebration for October 1, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo gallery of the preparations, CNN. A CNN reporter, Emily Chang, was granted permission to interview members of the Communist Youth League in advance of the anniversary, CNN International. Tour of Mao’s hometown, CNN Asia.
The Oxfam international aid agency has issued an emergency call for aid to Ethiopia and other East African countries. The area is experiencing the worst drought in 10 years, BBC News.
A new study says that most corporations aren’t paying taxes in the United States:
The Government Accountability Office said 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2000.
Senators Byron Dorgan and Carl Levin requested the study so that the U.S. government can work to plug holes in the tax code, Reuters. The process companies use to avoid paying taxes is illustrated in the 2007 film Michael Clayton, IMDB.
The publication date of the memoirs of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been moved up from next spring to November 17 of this year. The book will be called “Going Rogue,” Associated Press.
A car bomb in Baghdad has killed at least 41 and injured more than 70. The blast took place in a northern Shiite neighborhood close to several restaurants. No group has claimed responsibility, but officials believe it is likely the work of al-Queda, MSNBC.
An investigation into Catholic-run reform schools in Ireland has found that thousands of students were abused in the schools from the 1930s until they were closed in the 90s. About 2,500 students were found to have been abused, with nuns and priests beating, raping, and humiliating students, Sky News.
Local journalists tell CNN that Ethiopian forces are back in Somalia. Ethiopia previously invaded Somalia in 2006 and say reports that they have again invaded are “fabricated” and propaganda, CNN.
Breaking reports say four men have been arrested after an alledged plot was discovered to blow up at least two New York City Jewish temples. More details as they emerge, BNO.