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    01-Sep-00
    • Government extends consultation period on RIP Act, and may consequently miss deadline for Human Rights Act.
    • Massive Seattle-style demonstrations in Australia coinciding with the Olympics will bring 5,000 armoured soldiers and 30,000 private security guards out onto the streets.
    • WWF report on Global Warming claims one third of world's habitat is at risk. November's Climate Summit is your chance to reduce pollution.
    • Court day looming for radical French farmers who trashed McDonalds last year in protest against USA's 100 per cent surtax on EU exports.
    • ICANN at-large members must vote for regional candidates before 8th Sept. APC recommends civil society candidates in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
    • The Police are calling for new legislation giving them even more powers, to help them fight Animal Rights activists, while the government plan to make it illegal to publicize the names of those involved in animal drug testing.

    25-Aug-00
    • A damning UN report expresses 'deep concern' over measures taken by the UK Government during the last three years to curb institutional and public racial discrimination.
    • Responsibility for environmental protection in Russia is passed to the Ministry of Natural Resources, which promotes large-scale commercial logging and mining. Environmental law groups are suing. Meanwhile Greenpeace has called for the raising of the wrecked nuclear submarine Kursk on environmental grounds.
    • Cyber voices against climate change. Add your voice to this web based campaign to demand a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions prior to the Climate Change Summit in November.
    • Labour's ethical arms trade bill "is dead" say Whitehall sources. Join Oxfam's campaign calling for legislation to control the arms trade to be included in the Queen's Speech.
    • The Tibet Foundation are hosting a panel discussion on democracy and the Dalai Lama on Saturday 2nd September.

    23-Aug-00
    15-Aug-00
    • Scientists' identification of human intelligence genes threatens to start new eugenics drive. Is the "nature and nurture" debate over?
    • As governments worldwide allow themselves to spy on private emails, there is uproar in US over new FBI carnivore "sniffer" software. Individuals are advised to anonymously encrypt their messages, using systems such as freedom.
    • China's first dissident website has been shut down. But as the number of Chinese online is doubling every six months, the authorities are struggling to keep up their control.
    • Tanzania declares AIDS a national catastrophe, while in Malawi, government ministers fall like flies.
    • The World Voices festival, (23-27 August), is "a gathering of young people from around the UK intent on pioneering change".

    07-Aug-00
    • A DTI consultation excercise is to draft proposals to extend the RIP Act, which has now received Royal Assent, to allow private companies and public authorities to intercept communications. Closing date for responses is 25th August.
    • The Government may ban asylum seekers from working. The Home Office says the "employment concession" is an "anomaly that acts like a magnet for bogus claimants". Yet EU Ministers say the EU needs to admit more than 75 million immigrants to cope with labour and skills shortages over the next 50 years.
    • Son of Star Wars. Despite strong criticism from British MP's, the US will press ahead with a National Missile Defence system which will involve development of Fylingdales. Critics, including Russia, Europe and China, say it is technically flawed and may fuel an arms race.
    • The Civil Society Internet Forum, launched in Yokohama by Civil Society organisations, including APC, aims to provide a framework for an open and democratic global Internet community. CSIF is currently focussed on the ICANN elections.

    28-Jul-00
    24-Jul-00
    • Lord Cope describes the RIP Bill as "ineffective and dangerous". The Bill is back in the Commons on Wednesday 26th July.
    • A Chinese web site operator faces up to 10 years in jail after being charged with subversionfor allowing links to news items about Tiananmen Square on his web site. Meanwhile French courts will decide whether French law can apply to a US web site.
    • MPs and leading campaigners call on the British Government to urgently reform the Export Credits Guarantee Department which grants insurance cover for projects including large dams, arms deals and polluting power stations.
    • "Squandered Summit" say campaigners as the G8 summit cancels $15 billion debt instead of the promised $100 billion, while costing $750 million to host in Japan.
    • A US aid package for Columbia requires coca crops to be sprayed with a herbicide which kills food crops, threatens human life and could remain in the ground for 40 years.

    17-Jul-00
    • The Terrorism Bill introduced by The Home Office ("Building a safe, just and tolerant society") is now law. It redefines as "terrorist" many forms of direct action.
    • Foreign Office support for the controversial Turkish Ilisu Dam project has been slammed by MP's who said "The project fails almost every internationally agreed test...". Find out what you can do.
    • Rebel leader George Speight has rejected an interim government announced by Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. Australia has announced sanctions.
    • Session reports from the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban are now available. There are strong feelings on either side of the controversy over whether HIV does or does not cause AIDS.
    • Have your say in who controls the Internet. Register now to vote ICANN's At Large directors. Read the excellent statement of guiding principles developed by the Civil Society Forum and passed to the ICANN meeting in Yokohama.
    • Join the Fauna Free Group campaign to close bear farms in China where bears are kept in atrocious conditions for bile extraction to make shampoo and aphrodisiacs.

    10-Jul-00
    • Last one out please switch off the lights. ISP Poptel is considering moving services offshore if the RIP Bill becomes law.
    • You can help end third world debt by joining the Jubilee 2000 Drop The Debt campaign to email the G7 leaders.
    • A South Pacific Whale Sanctuary proposal has been blocked by the IWC, meeting in Adelaide. Meanwhile volunteers are needed on Robben Island, SA, to help care for thousands of penguins after an oil tanker sank nearby.
    • Campaigning does work! (But we knew that already.) The Brazilian government has dropped a plan to increase the area and rate of Amazon forest destruction. A World Bank project, to lend China money to resettle about 60,000 poor farmers onto land Tibetans view as sacred, is halted pending review.

    30-Jun-00
    • RIP Bill: Despite Government amendments the 'RIP's house of cards is collapsing' say FIPR. Cyber-Rights group sent this open letter to the House of Lords. Consultants have estimated likely costs for data interception.
    • Bradwell nuclear power station will be closed within two years say BNFL, announcing a programme of closure for all British Magnox reactors.
    • No Star Wars at Menwith Hill. CAAB and Yorks CND are organising a demonstration on July 4th against expansion of the world's largest spy base into a larger US global surveillance system.
    • Forests and Soils Can Play Significant Role In Mitigating Climate Change says a new report available from the Pew Centre. Meanwhile of 5 EU countries only the United Kingdom is currently on track to achieve its Kyoto Protocol emissions reduction target.
    • "Silent disasters". The death toll from infectious diseases is 160 times greater than the number killed in last year's earthquakes, floods and cyclones says Red Cross. The WHO suggests that climate change will make matters worse.

    26-Jun-00
    • 'Elections are not the same thing as democracy'. Parliamentary elections took place in Zimbabwe at the weekend (June 24th and 25th). Click here for more news, comment and links from Zimbabwe.
    • Amnesty International have written an open letter to members of the House of Lords expressing their concerns over the lack of safeguards against human rights violations built into the RIP Bill. The Bill is in Committee stage in the House of Lords on 28th June.
    • 'A stark warning to others' or 'a tragedy waiting to happen'? Britain's asylum policies are called into question after 58 people died in a sealed lorry while trying to enter this country. Several meetings have been called in support of asylum seekers.
    • Chasque, APC member in Uruguay, plans to open up Internet access in Uruguay, challenging the big telco's in the process.

    20-Jun-00
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    • WomenAction 2000 reports from the The UN General Assembly Beijing +5 Special Session where women's organisations are lobbying for Women for a Change. Add your name to the list of people ratifying the NGO's Media Caucus Declaration that Communication is Vital for Women's Empowerment.
    • The Fiji government has issued press releases on the recent military coup there. Here is the sequence of events from May 19th to date (note: this link may not display properly in Netscape Navigator)
    • "The House of Lords is set to give the RIP Bill the roughest possible ride when it returns for its Committee Stage on 12th June". Internet think-tank FIPR reports on their reaction so far
    • President Mugabe has announced democratic elections for June 24th and 25th. The UN provides an index of daily news briefings while Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum monitors election related violence.
    • "Never in the history of mankind have we done so much, in so little time, to destroy the wonderful ecosystem that sustains us." Kofi Annan announcing World Environment Day on June 5th.

    26-May-00
    • The Home Office Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, which deals with interception and scrutiny of private emails by government authorities, reached it's second reading in Parliament on 25th May.
    • ZIMBABWE'S President Robert Mugabe has enacted special powers to allow the seizure of white-owned land.The Land Acquisition Act allows the Zimbabwean government to forcibly acquire white-owned farms for resettlement without adequate compensation.
    • Genetically modified oilseed rape seeds have been accidentally imported and planted in Sweden and the UK. Friends of the Earth has details.
    • The World Bank is deciding whether to continue to back a controversial oil pipeline from Chad to Cameroon. The environmental damage likely to be caused will severely affect local people, including the Pygmies of Cameroon, the Bagyeli. Find out more from Survival International.
    • Channel Four television is creating a map of Black and Asian history in the UK and wants contributions. Find out more from BLINK, the Black Information Network and Channel Four.

    22-May-00
    • The Sunday Times reported in its 30 April issue that MI5 has already started building a centre to monitor emails when The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law. Read reports on Jack Straw's vision of the future for electronic communications. Jack's Freedom of Information bill is also going through Parliament. Charter88 looks at what it entails.
    • GM oilseed rape was accidentally imported and planted in Sweden and the UK. Friends of the Earth has the latest. Prince Charles spoke as the BBC Reith lecture and urged 'respect for the Earth'.
    • Human Rights watch has written an open letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Regarding Sierra Leone. Christian Aid reports on the current situation in Sierra Leone.
    • This week the APC announced the winner of the Betinho Prize for creative use of information and communication technologies. To find out who won visit the APC website
    • The Millennium International Childrens Conference on the Environment is to be held in Eastbourne from 22 May to 24 May when one thousand delegates aged between 10 and 12 will meet to discuss environmental issues.
    • On 23 May the World Bank will decide whether to continue to back a controversial oil pipeline from Chad to Cameroon. The environmental damage likely to be caused will severely affect local people, including the Pygmies of Cameroon, the Bagyeli. Find out more from Survival International.
    • The anti-nuclear campaign Trident Ploughshares will hold a seven-day disarmament camp at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, from 18 to 25 May, with a mass blockade of the base on Monday 22 May.
    • Channel Four television is creating a map of Black and Asian history in the UK and wants contributions. Find out more from BLINK, the Black Information Network and from Channel Four.
    • Three years ago 2,000 Korean workers were fired after Sammi steel company was bought out by Posco multinational. Attempts to win their jobs back through legal action and information campaigns are still going on but now Posco is seeking to close down the workers' website for breach of copyright. Find out more from APC.

    15-May-00
    • The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, which deals with interception and scrutiny of private emails by government authorities, reached its 3rd reading in the House of Commons on May 8th. Read reports on Jack Straw's vision of the future for electronic communications.
    • Human Rights watch has written an open letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Regarding Sierra Leone. Christian Aid reports on the current situation in Sierra Leone.
    • The Trident Ploughshares May 2000 Disarmament Camp will be held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston near Reading in Berkshire from 18th to 25th May. CNDUK have information about Trident
    • This week the APC announced the winner of the Betinho Prize for creative use of information and communication technologies. To find out who won visit the APC website
    • The Millenium International Childrens Conference on the Environment is to be held in Eastbourne from May 22nd to May 24th when one thousand delegates aged between 10 and 12 will meet to discuss environmental issues.
    • "Each household throws away over a tonne of rubbish each year". Find out what you can do to help reduce it at the Women's Environmental Network exhibition at Old Spitalfields Market this week. Live life don't waste it, 18th to 21st May.

    05-May-00
    • Martial law has been announced in Bolivia after the citizens of Cochabamba protested the sale of the public water system to a private company backed by American multinational Bechtel. Find out more from Labournet
    • Mayday has long been a time of grassroots activity. Find out what happened this year, from Undercurrents . The Cannabis 2000 March and Festival in South London are part of the Worldwide Cannabis Action on 6 May.
    • The Millennium International Children's Conference in Eastbourne, UK, hosted by United Nations Environment Project and partners, still has some places for children between the ages of 10 and 12 with an interest in green or environmental issues.

    10-Apr-00
    • GreenNet reports on the Scrambling for Safety 2000 conference which took place on 22 March and tells you how to get involved as the RIP bill proceeds through Standing Committee. Also read about the Terrorism Bill and how it affects protesters and campaigners.
    • Join a protest on 13 April organised by Hackney Refugee & Migrant Support Group outside the offices of the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard, to show opposition to their inflammatory attacks on asylum seekers and migrants coming to the UK.
    • The Welsh Agriculture Secretary Christine Gwyther has approved the use of a genetically modified maize seed, T25, in Wales. Find out more from Genetics Forum.
    • The Mobilization for Global Justice takes place in Washington DC from 16 -17 April to protest against the IMF and World Bank. Additional information from Corporate Watch.
    • How long can Mugabe cling on to power in Zimbabwe? Africanews has coverage of the forthcoming elections and links to local media.

    31-Mar-00
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    13-Mar-00
    • Register now for the fifth open public conference on encryption, e-commerce and internet surveillance Scrambling For Safety 2000 Wednesday March 22nd. Jointly sponsored by GreenNet, Poptel, The Internet Service Providers Association and others.... Minister of State Charles Clarke MP, opposition parties, officials, legal, technical and industry experts in attnedance will explain the purposes and consequences of the proposed Home Office Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill and take questions from an expert audience. Read about the bills second reading and proposed ammendments...
    • Should the debts of poor countries be laid off and under what conditions ?
      The US congress publishes a report on the IMF and World Bank, The Bretton Woods Project fills in the back ground and the FT is there with recent comments an analysis...
    • Global Knowledge Conference ended on 10 March. It focussed on empowerment, access and governance aiming to produce a 3 year action plan backed with associated financial and political commitments...
    • Article 19 report shortcomings in the 1999 Malawi Presedential and Parliamentary elections; Flooding in South Africa worsens and now affects Madagascar; Human Rights Watch reports on the civilian suffering caused by Sudanese rebels

    03-Mar-00
    • Will peaceful protest become a crime? The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill has its second reading on 6 March. Get the background from GreenNet.
    • 8 March is International Women's Day. Find out what's going on, and how you can get involved.
    • The floods in southern Africa, particularly Mozambique, seem likely to worsen. The Africa Policy Information Centre (APIC) and the UN Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) will keep you up to date with the actions that are being taken both for immediate relief and for longer-term reconstruction from the disaster. GreenNet member CAFOD has details of how you can contribute to the appeal.
    • Pinochet goes home, but the debate continues: Human Rights Watch calls on abuse victims to use the "Pinochet precedent" to bring tormentors to justice in other countries; Amnesty International sees no turning back in the global fight against impunity. The BBC Pinochet file gives history, up to the minute news, and commentary.
    • The first ever information portal for development in Ecuador has been launched by APC member INTERCOM - Nodo Ecuanex. And following the recent military-campesino overthrow of the Ecuador government, INTERCOM has a new site about the indigenous people of Ecuador.

    25-Feb-00
    • APC member Green Spider, Hungary, reports on the tragic cyanide and heavy metal spill at the Baia Mare gold mine in Romania which is polluting the Tisza and Danube rivers. The WWF has told the European Commission that the accident was preventable and predictable.
    • Chechnya: Human Rights Watch is demanding an independent war crimes enquiry following fresh allegations of atrocities by Russian troops.
    • Another RIP issue...US spy system under attack: the European Parliament is to investigate the Echelon system for allegedly spying on EU companies. And the largest overseas monitoring station in the Echelon network is at Menwith Hill...
      ...where on 4 March CAAB and Yorkshire CND are organising a demo opposing US plans for a Ballistic Missile Defence facility.
    • On leap year day, 29 February, join the CAFOD Jubilee 2000 Action on Debt demo outside the Japanese Embassy in London.
    • Womenaction 2000 will be reporting live from the 44th regular session of the Commission on the Status of women (CSW) 28 Feb. to 17 Mar. The site will have daily news bulletins and an info mailing list for NGOs and others who cannot attend because of the strict accreditation rules.

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