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“Renewable Energy Can Enhance Japanese Energy Security”

Renewables can lower fuel imports, improve trade balance and address environmental imperatives, new report shows Tokyo, Japan, 24 October: Speaking in Tokyo on Friday, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z. Amin highlighted the benefits of renewable energy, citing reduced fuel import cost, economic growth and job creation impacts in Japan and countries around the world. “A s ...

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Hong Kong: seventeen years and nothing…

Things are not looking too bright in Hong Kong. The press is releasing news of ‘sources’ saying the main figures of the Occupy Central campaign are to be arrested. These include the three Occupy Central proponents Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming, also Jimmy Lai Chee-ying (Next Media) and Lee Cheuk-yan (unionist), the latter who proposed blocking of Central Government Offices. The source sa ...

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Philippines: poverty reflects failure of government not the person

Seven years ago, my first cousin, 22-year –old Maricel Mahinay, died from an illness aggravated by severe malnutrition. She was three months pregnant. Her death came two years after her first child had also died from a malnutrition related illness. By Danilo Reyes - Asian Human Rights Commission  (Note: this article was first published in the October 12, 2014 issue of the Sunday Examiner) Maricel, whom we c ...

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Hong Kong – surpassing the divide

Lao Tzu Chapter 18 of The Dao Article by Vonnie Boston. The mighty way declined among the folk And then came kindness and morality When learning and intelligence appeared, They brought with them a great hypocrisy The six relations were no more at peace, So codes were made to regulate our homes The fatherland grew dark, confused by strife: Official loyalty became the style. Paraphrase by translator R. B. Bla ...

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Turning fear into power — an interview with unarmed peacekeeper Linda Sartor

Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Linda Sartor is not afraid to die. Dedicated to nonviolence, she spent 10 years after September 11, 2001 traveling to conflict zones throughout the world as an unarmed peacekeeper, with roles ranging from protective accompaniment to direct interpositioning between parties when tensions were running high. She documents her work across the world — in Israel/Palestine, ...

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Singapore: democracy from another angle

Lionel Mok was inspired to pen these words because of the Occupy Central protests and his awareness of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech, on Sunday, August 17, 2014, plus his experience there in Singapore, and his comments are highly topical under the conditions of protest now current in Hong Kong. “Singapore is the best run country I have ever been to. The apparent calm and harmony on the surface bel ...

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HONG KONG: Concern about use of police excessive force and abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AHRC-ART-083-2014 October 15, 2014 An Article from the Asian Human Rights Commission HONG KONG: Concern about the use of police excessive force and abuse (Hong Kong, October15, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission expressed shock and sadness at the use of police excessive force/abuse as shown in amateur video footage now available to the public on YouTube. It is apparent that the ar ...

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Launch of UN Youth Advisory Panel in Bangladesh

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has asserted that young people are indispensable in the United Nations efforts to "eradicate poverty, contain the spread of disease, combat climate change and achieve the Millennium Development Goals" and has called on UN member states to "increase their investments in young people so they can do more." By Arup Barua* Following that call, UNCT (United Nations Conference on T ...

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Hong Kong Protests – the light and the dark

One of Hong Kong's Occupy movement’s leading lights is Joshua Wong Chi-fung who had his 18th birthday, yesterday - October 13, 2014 - which also marked the 16th day of the protest. Vonnie Boston* took him a couple well-wishing gifts and reports: “...he leapt as lightly as a cat over the highway barrier to meet me and thank me for my small gift and card of congratulations.  ‘We will not give up,’ he stated w ...

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