Newscast for Friday, September 27, 2013

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 14:00
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As international leaders address Syria, Iran at UN’s General Assembly, advocates call for protections for domestic workers

The international group at the Hague that oversees the treaty banning chemical weapons said today it could send inspectors to Syria as early as next week. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also considering a proposal from the US and Russia that calls for the completion of inspections and the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria by November. This comes after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed Thursday on a draft resolution on Syria. US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said the resolution would create a “new norm” against chemical weapons use.

“The council discussed a draft resolution that will uphold this international norm by imposing legally-binding obligations on Syria, on the government to eliminate this chemical weapons program.”

The leaders agreed to a resolution that was legally-binding. Should the terms be violated, Western powers would have to go back to the Security Council to pursue military action. Iran’s nuclear program was another focus of leaders in New York, and talks took place between European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Java Zarif. Zarif said the discussions were substantial and business-like and yielded a pledge to hold formal talks in Geneva next month. Outside the UN General Assembly, activists and protesters are trying to raise awareness about other key international issues, including the abuse of domestic workers around the globe. And in some cases, allegations of abuse have even extended to diplomats themselves.  FSRN’s Salim Rizvi reports.

IPCC climate change report calls for “substantial” cuts to emissions, charts record warming

A major climate change report released today by UN scientists has found that human influence is the dominant cause of climate change and calls for “substantial and sustained reductions” in greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert serious consequences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report outlines alarming trends in warming oceans, increasing droughts and heat waves and rapid sea level rise. For more, we’re joined by Meena Raman, the climate change negotiations expert with the Third World Network. She’s in Stockholm, where the meetings have been taking place this week.

Lawmakers in seek to delay health care reform as government shut down looms

Today in Washington, the Senate narrowly passed a bill to keep the government funded through mid-December and restore funding to the Affordable Care Act that had been stripped out by the House earlier this week. Now, the House will either take up this bill or a competing one over the weekend. As the threat of a government shutdown looms next week, some lawmakers are still attempting to attach riders to the bills including deep cuts to government spending, the weakening of environmental protections and a one-year delay to the health care reform. On Capitol Hill, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein reports.

In Argentina, transgender people continue fight for rights more than a year after landmark bill

More than a year after Argentina passed a bill allowing transgender people to change their legal names and genders, many still experience obstacles to voting, health care and education. In Buenos Aires, Eilís O’Neill reports on the ongoing fight for these basic rights.

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