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Comité pour l’Annulation de la Dette du Tiers monde (CADTM)

Open letter to the Argentine people concerning the expropriation of the petroleum multinational Repsol

By CADTM Abya Yala Nuestra America, CADTM Europe CADTM Abya Yala Nuestra America, (CADTM AYNA) and CADTM Europe firmly support the sovereign right of the Argentine nation to declare YFP, the principal petroleum company operating within its territory, to be of public utility and to proceed to the expropriation of the stock held by the Spanish multinational Repsol. We fervently reject the international campaign of menaces and calls for heavy sanctions against Argentina initiated and (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 May 2012

Social Watch

Arab countries must follow their own models of democracy, not EU’s

“The European Union (EU) can assist in the process of democratization of Arab countries, but on our terms,” said Kinda Mohamadieh, program director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND, focal point of Social Watch) at the conference “Democracy & Development”, held in Warsaw. Activists from North Africa and the Middle East and representatives of Polish NGOs attended the forum that preceded a high-level ministerial conference for partner countries of the Southern neighborhood (...) read

date of on-line publication : 5 January 2012

Survival International

Peru approves ‘historic’ indigenous rights law

On Tuesday night, Peru’s Congress unanimously approved a ‘historic’ new law that guarantees indigenous people’s right to free, prior and informed consent to any projects affecting them and their lands. President Ollanta Humala says he supports consultation, and now has 15 days to sign the bill into law. It is a significant step away from the policies of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, who vetoed a similar bill. The ‘Prior Consultation Law’ complies with commitments set out in ILO (...) read

date of on-line publication : 30 August 2011


The Mediterranean : NATO finally comes to the aid of shipwrecked migrants, but the European Union refuses to admit them

The signatory organizations named below demand that the European Union provide a unified response to the tragedy in the Mediterranean. We insist that migrants and refugees who risk their lives crossing the sea must be admitted onto European soil. In response to the systematic failure of European ships to rescue shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, people across Europe and Africa cried out for justice. Finally, on July 11th a Spanish ship used by NATO forces, called the Almirante (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 July 2011

Survival International

Peru’s ‘final attempt’ to stamp out uncontacted tribes

Peru’s Indian Affairs Department has revealed plans to open up uncontacted tribes’ reserves to oil companies – just days before the country’s new government takes office. New laws would allow the state to grant oil and gas companies open access to the reserves, despite the extreme risk this would pose to the Indians’ lives. The proposal has generated a wave of criticism from indigenous organizations. Around 15 tribes have chosen to resist contact in the Peruvian Amazon; all face extinction if (...) read

date of on-line publication : 18 July 2011

Water and Culture

Italy’s public Says “No” to water privatization

Italy’s voting public have overturned no less than four laws by the Berlusconi government in today’s referendum. In the wake of Fukushima the public’s clear ballot against a revival of nuclear energy in Italy understandably takes up a prominent position in news headlines. The ballot is also being seen as one of a number of heavy blows Berlusconi’s fragile coalition has been dealt recently, after two serious regional defeats in Naples and Milan. In today’s referendum several questions were to be (...) read

date of on-line publication : 15 June 2011


Indian campaign against corruption

> Anna Hazare takes on government on Lokpal Bill

The anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and many civil rights activists started their campaign for a strong law against corruption at high places on Tuesday. Hazare started the campaign with an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, after paying homage to Mahatama Gandhi at his memorial at Rajghat. Just before starting the fast, Hazare made an offer to the Central government, asking it to involve prominent citizens and intellectuals in drafting the Lokpal Bill to effectively deal with (...) read

date of on-line publication : 6 April 2011

Amnesty blasts Indigenous policies

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to revoke the Northern Territory intervention that discriminates against Indigenous communities, as the Australian government tries to justify its continuation to the United Nations (UN). On August 5, Amnesty said: “Over three years, the Northern Territory Emergency Response has taken away many rights from Aboriginal communities.” It urged people to email the leaders of Australia’s major political parties to “demand that, regardless of the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 September 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS)

Native People Demand Autonomy Over Territory

In the view of governments, international bodies and some sectors of civil society participating in negotiations towards new global rules on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the REDD programme is the last chance to save tropical rainforests. But to the representatives of indigenous peoples who live in the forests in question, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) is just one of many superfluous mechanisms devised by governments and (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 August 2010

Inter Press Service (IPS)

Africa: Civil Society to AU: Investment Must Address Marginalisation

> By Diletta Varlese, Terna Gyuse and Joyce Mulama

No gathering hosted by Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is ever dull, and the Thirteenth Ordinary Session of the African Union, concluding in Sirte, Libya today has not disappointed. A surprise invitation to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is facing down massive popular protest over his disputed re-election as president, briefly threatened to overshadow the meeting, but he did not in the end attend. The other source of drama was the renewed challenge to the International Criminal Court, on (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 July 2009

South Africa: The army is called in

> IRIN Africa

The South African army has been called in to bolster police efforts to end the xenophobic clashes that have gripped the country’s richest province. According to a statement by President Thabo Mbeki’s office on 21 May, "[He] has approved a request from the South African Police Service [SAPS] for the involvement of the South African National Defence Force [SANDF] in stopping ongoing attacks on foreign nationals in Gauteng Province." Read (...) read

date of on-line publication : 22 May 2008

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

BURUNDI: VP’s resignation eases political deadlock

The resignation of First Deputy President Martin Nduwimana should help break a crippling political impasse and expedite peace talks in Burundi, according to an opposition leader. Nduwimana resigned on 7 November, saying he wanted to give the country’s institutions a chance to resume work. “I handed my resignation to the head of state who accepted it,” Nduwimana said. “I don’t want to be an obstacle to peace.” Burundi is struggling to recover from the devastation of a civil war that broke out (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 November 2007

Kenyan Minister warns against bilateral trade deals

> TWNSIDE (...)

The Kenyan Trade Minister, Mukhisha Kituyi, today spoke up against the danger of countries running to negotiate bilateral and regional trade deals with the impasse of the Doha negotiations at the World Trade Organisation.
"If we face hard decisions in the WTO, we should not run from there by going after bilateral deals," he said in a presentation at the Mid-Term Review session at UNCTAD.
At the same panel, Brazilian Ambassador Clodoaldo Hugueney reiterated the need for resumption of the Doha negotiations but added that "you can’t have a successful Round without dealing with development." He said that agriculture and development are at the centre of the Round, for the first time.
Kituyi, who also currently chairs the African Union Ministers of Trade, said that there is a rise of bilateralism as the Doha Round talks slowed down. Through bilateral and regional agreements, the developed countries were having the same aims as they had in other fora.
"Though the words change, the targets remain the same," he said. Referring to the latest European Commission paper on trade policy, he commented that the EU refused to be on the defensive and was going to go for "more market access."
The Kenyan Minister has on previous occasions spoken up on the imbalances and risks posed to developing countries in the Economic Partnership Agreements that the European Commission is negotiating with the ACP Group of countries. However, he did not mention the EPAs in his speech.
He added that many issues of concern to developing countries, such as the need to tackle agricultural domestic subsidies in developed countries and the use of special and differential treatment for developing countries, could only be dealt with in the multilateral system.  read

date of on-line publication : 27 October 2006

CRAY Charlie

The 10 Most Brazen War Profiteers (...)

The history of American war profiteering is rife with egregious examples of incompetence, fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement, bribery and misconduct. As war historian Stuart Brandes has suggested, each new war is infected with new forms of war profiteering. Iraq is no exception. From criminal mismanagement of Iraq’s oil revenues to armed private security contractors operating with virtual impunity, this war has created opportunities for an appalling amount of corruption. What follows is a list of some of the worst Iraq war profiteers who have bilked American taxpayers and undermined the military’s mission.
In early 2005 CIA officials told the Washington Post that at least 50 percent of its estimated $40 billion budget for that year would go to private contractors, an astonishing figure that suggests that concerns raised about outsourcing intelligence have barely registered at the policymaking levels.
In 2004 the Orlando Sentinel reported on a case that illustrates what can go wrong: Titan employee Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, an Egyptian translator, was arrested for possessing classified information from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Critics say that the abuses at Abu Ghraib are another example of how the lines can get blurred when contractors are involved in intelligence work. CACI provided a total of 36 interrogators in Iraq, including up to 10 at Abu Ghraib at any one time, according to the company. Although neither CACI, Titan or their employees have yet been charged with a crime, a leaked Army investigation implicated CACI employee Stephen Stefanowicz in the abuse of prisoners.  read

date of on-line publication : 25 September 2006

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