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07.08.2013

Hiroshima – stark images by a Palestinian

Hiroshima – stark images by a Palestinian

I and Oliver Stone both spoke at Hiroshima on the anniversary of the first nuclear bombing in human history and we are slated to speak in two days at Nagasaki on the anniversary of the second nuclear attack. My speech is below. These remain the most starkest of acts of… »

06.08.2013

Oliver Stone joins Jeju residents’ battle against naval base

Oliver Stone joins Jeju residents’ battle against naval base

Photo: Film director Oliver Stone shakes hands with priests and brothers Moon Jeong-hyun (right) and Moon Kyu-hyun at a concert supporting the opposition to the construction of a naval base in Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island, August 3.  Acclaimed director is touring Asia in criticism of the US government’s… »

03.08.2013

Narhi Park – another site for Silo’s ashes

Narhi Park – another site for Silo’s ashes

Sunday 21st July 2013 at Narhi Park of Study and Reflection, Bihar, India; a gathering of around fifty humanists meeting on an all-India, plus Asia guests, occasion who jointly took the opportunity to scatter ashes of Silo at the site. It was a sunny morning fresh from the nightly showers… »

30.07.2013

Highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries

Highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries

Tragedy of poisoned school children in India provides another reminder The tragic incident in Bihar, India, where 23 school children died after eating a school meal contaminated with monocrotophos, is an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from markets in developing countries, the UN Food… »

14.07.2013

No to uranium plant in Jiangmen

No to uranium plant in Jiangmen

Jiangmen, about one hundred miles up the Pearl River from Hong Kong, has been the scene of thousands taking to the streets in protests against a proposed uranium mining and manufacturing project in that area. Authorities backed down over the project following marches by thousands of residents and pressure from… »

13.07.2013

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Masao Yoshida has died of cancer of the oesophagus. He was 58. He had led the efforts to stop the radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami induced a triple meltdown. He famously disobeyed orders from his Tepco (Fukuyima’s plant’s owners)… »

09.07.2013

Japan’s Election – International Petition Asks Prime Minister Abe not to Amend Japan’s Peace Constitution

Japan’s Election – International Petition Asks Prime Minister Abe not to Amend Japan’s Peace Constitution

Japan will hold elections of the Upper House of the Diet on 21 July 2013. Several parties, notably Prime Minister Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, have made constitutional revision a priority. If they obtain a majority – and they are in a good posture to get it – they will push… »

06.07.2013

Islamists and Democracy: Cautions From Pakistan

Islamists and Democracy: Cautions From Pakistan

Success in free elections held after the “Arab Spring” protests in Tunisia and Egypt has brought Islamists to power through democratic means, and Islamist influence is on the rise throughout the Arab world. Much of the debate about liberal democracy’s future in Arab countries focuses on the extent… »

04.07.2013

Hong Kong’s upbeat July 1 showdown despite typhoon

Hong Kong’s upbeat July 1 showdown despite typhoon

Over 100,000 demonstrators filed along the streets of Hong Kong 1 July this year in the annual protest march that is on every activist’s agenda in this vibrant city. The march marks the handover of the British colony to Beijing that took place in 1997. The number of 100,000 taking… »

02.07.2013

Bangladesh – Government Grab on Grameen

Bangladesh – Government Grab on Grameen

When Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Prize in 2006, in conjunction with the now renown micro-credit organisation Grameen, it was a great day of jubilation in Bangladesh. Since that day, the organisation has continually got better and its methods were exported and implemented world-wide. Yunus, then a Fullbright… »

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