Archive | June, 2010

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Finding Lessons of Solidarity in Auto Industry Shake-Up

Posted on 20 June 2010 by editor

Assembly line at Hyundai Motor Company's car factory in Ulsan, South Korea, which ranks fourth largest in the world in car production. Credit:Taneli Rajala/creative commons

By Bankole Thompson and Mitch Moxley

DETROIT/BEIJING , Jun 20, 2010 (IPS) – As thousands of people from around the world prepare to converge in Detroit, where expectations are high for the Jun. 22-26 U.S. Social Forum, activists and auto workers hope the meet will be an opportunity to chart a sustainable future for an industry that provides 1.7 million U.S. jobs. Continue Reading

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DR CONGO: Pursuing Rebels at What Price

Posted on 18 June 2010 by editor

FARDC troops on parade: activists fear continuing efforts to drive out rebels only intensifies violence against civilians - even by the army itself. Credit: Eddy Isango/IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, Jun 17, 2010 (IPS) – Operation Amani Leo, launched jointly by MONUC (the United Nations Mission in Congo) and FARDC (the Congolese army) in January to regain control of mining territories in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu from rebels, while ensuring security for the local population has been extended to September. But Congolese women are arguing for changes in the conduct of military operations. Continue Reading

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Civil Society Pushes for Action Ahead of MDG Review

Posted on 15 June 2010 by editor

A civil society representative participates in a panel discussion on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) entitled: "How do we build on results achieved and speed up progress towards universal access by 2010: Moving on to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015." Credit: UN Photo/Jenny Rockett

By Amanda Bransford

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 15, 2010 (IPS) – As a major high-level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals approaches at U.N. headquarters in September, anti- poverty and human rights activists are stepping up efforts to have their voices heard. Continue Reading

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MALAYSIA: Counsel Hold Out Hope for Youth on Death Row in Singapore

Posted on 15 June 2010 by editor

Two human rights activists in Singapore hold up a poster expressing support for death row inmate Yong Vui Kong. Credit:Ravi Madasamy/IPS

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15, 2010 (IPS) – A Malaysian youth is languishing in death row awaiting hanging after Singapore’s judiciary found him guilty of possessing heroin weighing 47 grams, lawyers fighting to save him tell IPS. Continue Reading

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MEXICO: Taking Fight for Decent Childcare to the Streets

Posted on 10 June 2010 by editor

Groups of promoters hit the streets, putting stickers on cars and collecting signatures. Credit:Daniela Pastrana/IPS

By Daniela Pastrana

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Jun 10, 2010 (IPS) – “Sometimes I feel sad when things don’t go ahead as well as I would like them to, but we have no alternative but to keep on trying,” says Lourdes Almada, a Mexican sociologist and activist for children’s rights, as she drives her pickup truck in Ciudad Juárez. Continue Reading

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Qué se juega en el acuerdo energético Perú-Brasil

Posted on 10 June 2010 by editor

Los mandatarios Alan García y Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reunidos para rubricar el polémico acuerdo. Credito: Presidencia Peru

Por Milagros Salazar

LIMA, 17 jun (IPS) – El pacto energético que acaban de firmar Perú y Brasil en la amazónica ciudad de Manaus nace con rechazo de poblaciones indígenas peruanas donde se construirían las centrales hidroeléctricas proyectadas. ¿Qué está en juego? Continue Reading

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A Global Civil Society Campaign to De-Legitimise Israel?

Posted on 09 June 2010 by editor

Free Gaza activists being marched away from a bus at the Ben Gurion International airport. Credit:Mel Frykberg/IPS

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4, 2010 (IPS) – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalise Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action? Continue Reading

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MEXICO: Civil Society Divided Ahead of Climate Summit

Posted on 09 June 2010 by editor

Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS TerraViva

By Emilio Godoy

MEXICO CITY, Jun 4, 2010 (IPS) – With less than six months before Mexico hosts the next global climate change summit, Mexican environmental organisations hosting the parallel civil society forum are divided on how to carry it out — which some fear could ultimately weaken their role at the negotiating table. Continue Reading

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Indígenas misquitas al rescate del ambiente

Posted on 07 June 2010 by editor

Courtesy Mimat website

Por Thelma Mejía

TEGUCIGALPA, jun (IPS) – En la apartada región de la Mosquitia, en el Caribe hondureño, un grupo de mujeres, la mayoría madres solteras, ancianas o viudas, comenzaron hace siete años a vencer el miedo y la timidez con un proyecto de reciclaje de basura que da sus primeros frutos. Continue Reading

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CAMBODIA: Aid Donors Urged to Demand Faster Reforms from Gov’t

Posted on 07 June 2010 by editor

With land-related disputes brewing in Cambodia, thousands of people stand to be evicted from what government calls state property. Credit:Irwin Loy/IPS

By Irwin Loy

PHNOM PENH, June 7, 2010 (IPS) – Yuen Mach sat on the floor of her wooden home, her hands nervously twisting a stalk of lemongrass into fibrous strands.

Ever since authorities told her that the plot of land that her family occupies and which overlooks Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak lake no longer belonged to her, but to a local company that plans to flip the site into a massive real estate development, her days have been filled with worry. Continue Reading

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