US rubber stamps Saudi slaughter in Yemen

As Yemeni journalists reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on September 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose three-year assault on the country has been made possible by US support, are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties.

Pompeo said: “The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments.”

The certification was met with anger by those who have demanded for months that the US stop providing the Saudis and UAE with fuel, weapons, and tactical support in the war. US Senator Bernie Sanders declared Pompeo’s statement “outrageous”.

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Former coal miner stops coal train, demands action on health disasters

On September 13, Micah Weekes, once a coal miner and now an anti-coal activist stopped a coal train heading into the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle.

A former scaffolder from the Central Coast, Weekes worked in the coal industry for nearly 10 years. He said he was taking action because of the coal industry’s toxic impact on people’s health.

“You don’t have to work in the industry to get sick from this. My kids are going to get sick. It’s already happening. People in my community have reoccurring respiratory illnesses, cancers and tumours.”

Weekes boarded a train at Sandgate Bridge at 6am and stopped trains heading towards the port. He was taken into custody, and released 4 hours later.

Weeks is demanding that the government transitions away from the coal industry because of toxicity to the health of workers and the communities.

Protesters tell PM: 'Take coal out of politics'

“Kick coal out of politics” was the key message protesters sent to the new Prime Minister from Cronulla Park on September 8.

The action in the PM's electorate involved some 500 people and was part of the global #Rise for Climate. It was one of 40 protest actions organised in all capital cities and some 30 other cities and towns across the country.

Actions focussed on clean energy where people and justice are put before profits were organised in 83 countries.

Speakers at the Cronulla rally included: Joseph-Zane Sikulu from 350 Pacific; Aref Taleb, a local youth climate activist with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition; and Miriam Lyons, from GetUp!

Isaac Astill, from the Stop Adani campaign, told the crowd: “We want to take democracy back from the control of the coal industry. The majority of Australians agree with us. Our challenge is to turn this sentiment into action.”

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