Kim Jong Il led his nation through a devastating famine while frustrating the U.S. and other global powers with an on-again, off-again approach to talks on giving up nuclear arms in return for energy and other assistance. Kim was one of the last remnants of a Cold War-era that ended years earlier in most other countries.
His death was announced Monday by state television two days after he died. North Korea’s news agency reported that he had died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday after having a heart attack on a train, adding that he had been treated for cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long time. He was 69.
House Republicans will vote down a two-month payroll tax bill approved by the Senate this weekend, saying Monday that short-term solutions create instability for the economy and push the problem of a negotiating a longer deal into next year.
“Americans are tired of short-term fixes. Democrats and Republicans agreed that a payroll tax cut needs to be extended for a full year. The House passed a bill to do just that,” said House Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner said the House will vote to disagree with the Senate-backed bill approved Saturday and take their own legislation to conference with Senate negotiators through the regular order of business.
But Senate Democrats say Saturday’s vote was expected to be the last one of the year, and they have no plans to return to Washington before the next session in January. They add that they considered the Senate bill a bipartisan compromise. It passed 89-10.
For 884 million people, having no access to a safe water supply is a daily reality. Every year 1.4 million children die from diarrhoeal diseases – diseases transmitted through contaminated water and poor hygiene practices. Every day more than 3,800 children die from a diarrhoeal disease; that means one child dies every 20 seconds.
Unsafe water sources that people are forced to use every day are killing thousands.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada is attacking this travesty instals BioSand Water Filters in homes throughout the developing world. These simple household water filters effectively remove up to 99 per cent of all water-borne pathogens, along with particulate matter. The result is water that is safe to drink, cook and clean with.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada has provided more than 142,000 families around with the world with safe water through the BioSand Water Filter and another 2,000 filters are installed each month, along with essential health and hygiene training. It is our goal to have installed filters in 155,000 homes, schools, and hospitals by December of 2011 giving safe water to over one million people.
How You Can Help
Canadians can Turn on the Tap to clean water for a family at an average worldwide cost of only $100, providing a family with the filter, vital health and hygiene education and filter maintenance. Donate now to Turn on the Tap
Oxfam’s programs address the structural causes of poverty and related injustice and work primarily through local accountable organizations, seeking to enhance their effectiveness. We aim to help people directly where local capacity is insufficient or inappropriate for Oxfam’s purposes, and to assist in the development of structures which directly benefit people facing the realities of poverty and injustice.
Oxfam believes that poverty and powerlessness are avoidable and can be eliminated by human action and political will. The right to a sustainable livelihood, and the right and capacity to participate in societies and make positive changes to people’s lives are basic human needs and rights which can be met. Oxfam believes that peace and substantial arms reduction are essential conditions for development and that inequalities can be significantly reduced both between rich and poor nations and within nations.
FIBP has two collections out to support the charities listed above. The first is The Story Tellers’ Anthology, which donates all proceeds to Turn on the Tap. Each collection only costs 99 cents, and the anthology includes loads of stories, in assorted genres.
Christmas O’Clock is an anthology of two book and two stories, both geared for kids at Christmastime. All proceeds of Christmas O’Clock go to Oxfam to help children and families in an international effort. This collection also costs 99 cents.
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