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Syria: a civil war or a war on cities?

Pressenza publishes this statement from two representatives of the Mayor’s for Peace organisation.  Blaming elements on both the government and opposition side of the conflict for the barbarities of war, the Mayors appeal for the elimination of weapons of mass…

North Korea nuclear test ‘inevitable’?

A third nuclear test by the DPRK (North Korea) has been all–but inevitable ever since the less than optimal results at its first two nuclear tests. Between 1945 and 1990, the US and Soviet Union conducted over 1000, and about…

Fear in Kashmir as authorities advise what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion

Guidelines were published on Monday in the Greater Kashmir daily warning people about the do’s and don’ts in the case of a nuclear bomb explosion.  These guidelines also found on the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Defence, Home Guard and State…

Japan to build world’s largest offshore wind farm

This article can be found its entirety on the New Scientist website. It’s goodbye nuclear, hello renewables as Japan prepares to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm this July. By 2020, the plan is to build a total of…

Dark edge to going bright Green

The traditional incandescent light bulb is in the news again in Hong Kong where an outright ban was proposed by government but vetoed by a lack of interest in that extreme measure by the general population. Robert Hanson, who has…

Hong Kong migrants, rights groups protest execution of Rizana Nafeek

Dozens of Hong Kong-based migrant workers, including Sri Lankans; migrant and human rights groups, protested today the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan maid, in Saudi Arabia. Nafeek was executed on January 9 for the death of her employer’s…

Nowhere left to run for factory owners in Asia

When the cost of labour started to rise in China a few years ago, many manufacturers thought it would be a smart move to decamp to smaller Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia where wages were a lot lower and…

Indian media pushing for change after gang-rape case

The response to a recent horrific gang-rape and murder case has highlighted the power of media to stimulate debate and change attitudes. The gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in New Delhi last month has grabbed headlines around…

Fukushima radioactive waste dumping scandal in Japan

In our continued publishing of material from Fairewinds Energy Education we send the link to their latest podcast.  In this report Japanese contractors responsible for collecting and disposing radioactive waste have been found to dump it in rivers and in…

SRI LANKA: An early warning

SRI LANKA: An early warning January 8, 2013: The Beginning of Sri Lanka’s Year Zero From the Asian Human Rights Commission On the 8th of January, the President of Sri Lanka will address a proposal to parliament to remove the…

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