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.*
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.*
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why a Park in Hong-Kong?
In the effort to establish a Park of Study and Reflection in Hong Kong we are informing regarding its details. This ‘Park’ intends to be a place of meeting, discussion and involvement of ordinary people who are disenchanted with the usual offerings of this mechanical-materialistic society that is out of control on every front.