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Presentation of NGO projects closes Conference in Nagasaki

Mayors for Peace Conference counted with the presentation of NGO projects and experience regarding nuclear disarmament. Rafael de la Rubia presented the proposals of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence together with members of different Japanese and international NGOs, as well as the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Suu Kyi appealing against Myanmar conviction

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to appeal against being sentenced to another one and a half years of house arrest. Her lawyer says the verdict delivered against her has no basis in law. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment and said it appears that the junta wants to put Ms Suu Kyi out of running for next year’s elections.

Worldwide campaign against Burmese military junta

A worldwide campaign for immediate action of the UN Security Council is being promoted after the Junta’s decision yesterday. After thirteen years of detention, Burmese pro democracy hero and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has just been condemned to another 18 months on trumped up charges with the purpose of keeping her out of running for next year’s elections.

I woke up with an earthquake

Was I dreaming? It looked like I was inside a spacecraft. It was leaving, but something was holding back the launch. Everything started trembling . And, suddenly I woke up. Yes, I realized that I was dreaming and yet something was going wrong. I looked up to the roof and I noticed chandelier swinging overhead. There was noise of plates and objects were shaking and bouncing.

Worldwide protest at Myanmar sentence

The opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to further 18 months home imprisonment which would prevent her from participating in Myanmar’s elections in May 2010. Ms Suu Ky won the Peace Nobel Price in 1991. In 1990 she had won the right to be Prime Minister when her coalition won 59% of the votes but a military junta prevented her from assuming office.

Overhaul of Fatah’s Central Committee opens a new chance for Peace with Israel

In the first poll in 20 years, though Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s continues in office, an important overhaul of Fatah’s Central Committee changed 14 of the 18 members with younger representatives. Fatah’s position has rejected violence and proclaims “two states for two people”. Their main condition is the removal of all Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Call for an Arctic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone

The Copenhaguen conference calls for Arctic nuclear-weapon-free zone to be demilitarized as Antarctica. It was attended by parliamentarians, academics, scientists, indigenous representatives and activists from Arctic countries and from established nuclear-weapon-free zones. Participants are flying to Thule military base, Greenland – site of B52 nuclear bomber crash in 1968.

Historic apology to aboriginal people in Australia: an example to the world

On February, 2008, an official apology to aboriginal people was issued by the government of Australia, for their past mistreatments, for the stolen generations, for breaking their communities, their families. Today they represent a 2% of the population. An equal opportunity society is the basis of a possible future for everyone.

Coup Government in Honduras to Accept OAS Delegation

Honduras’s de facto rulers said Sunday they had resolved a disagreement with the Organization of American States over a visit to the Central American country to discuss its political crisis. The government running Honduras since a coup in June had told OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza to stay away but now has changed its mind, and allows him to come with a delegation.

Obama meets with neighbouring leaders

United States President Barack Obama will hold a press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada at 1730 UTC. President Obama arrived in Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara, on Sunday evening for a day and a half of talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. In the agenda: Flu, drugs, NAFTA and the Honduras’s crisis.

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