Asia

16.09.2010

Bangladesh – Microcredit not intended for entrepreneurs

*Those who know something about Grameen Bank will know it is a Bangladesh outfit and idea so where was that country in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post’s Business Section September 16, 2010, article “Grameen in mainland microfinance venture”? Not even a passing reference to the originator nor the proud originating country!* »

08.09.2010

Pakistan – Floods take their toll

*Words are not enough to describe the miseries and suffering of helpless and homeless people from Gilgat to Karachi. The flood has affected more than 2 crore people in Pakistan, causing huge loss of life, loss of livestock, breaking the infrastructure, and decimating property, all due to heavy monsoon rains - Pritam Rohila, Association for Communal Harmony in Asia.* »

08.09.2010

Hong Kong-Pakistan – On Humanist Actions

*“It is good you make this appeal - your countrymen are in dire need. However, you have to understand that our way is not humanitarian it is new humanist - we address the individual to change in a radical yet non-violent way his or her attitude to others and to our self - that’s our main aim.” Tony Henderson, chairman, Humanist Association of Hong Kong.* »

03.09.2010

Vietnam – “We can live without harming the environment”

Walking through many places in the world to call for people to plant trees, protect the environment and on the occasion of this interview, telling of his exploits in Vietnam, Yuji Miyata shares with Earthwalker Paul Coleman on a visit to Patagonia some anecdotes from his chosen path in life as Japan's "Johnny Appleseed". »

01.09.2010

Campaigning for Pakistan

Whilst tens of millions struggle to survive the flood devastation, 30% of Pakistan's budget revenue will be sent abroad to foreign creditors for massive loans made to dictators years ago. Rescue efforts for tens of millions of people whose lives have been devastated could be crippled. Avaaz campaign is trying to persuaded creditor governments to drop debt. »

30.08.2010

Flooding Continue in Pakistan, a Month After Disaster Began

In Pakistan, it has been a month since torrential monsoon rains triggered the country’s worst natural disaster on record. As many as 20 million people have been left homeless due to the massive flooding. UN officials say an estimated 72,000 children in flood-affected areas are at high risk of death because of severe malnutrition. »

21.08.2010

Education for Nonviolence

More than 180 teachers from Gumaca and Lopez of Quezon province participated in and recently concluded two six-day workshop series organized by Ang Komunidad Para Sa Ikauunlad ng Tao, the Philippine organization linked internationally to The Community for Human Development. Held separately in the towns of Gumaca and Lopez, the workshop lasted the months of July and August. »

10.08.2010

UN: 13 Million People Affected by Floods in Pakistan

The United Nations says the number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan has now exceeded 13 million which is more than the combined total of people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined, though the death toll in Pakistan is far lower. »

04.08.2010

Hiroshima mayor, China activists win ‘Asian Nobel’

The three-term mayor of Hiroshima who spearheaded a global campaign for nuclear disarmament and a photographer who documented river pollution in his native China are among the 2010 winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards. The awards are considered Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. They are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957. »

01.07.2010

4.037 cities demand the elimination of nuclear weapons

Mayors for Peace announced that 4.037 member cities in 144 countries and regions have joined the campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons by 2020. Dr. Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima and President of Mayors for Peace spearheads an international campaign for nuclear weapon states to stop considering cities as targets for weapons of mass destruction. »

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