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    • As far back as 1997, the US wanted to build a pipeline through Afghanistan to pump oil from the as-yet-untapped central Asian oil fields. It now wants a government in place that will allow it to do it.
    • Anthrax terror attacks have been launched against womens' health care clinics by anti-abortion protesters in the US.
    • Tony Blair wants to postpone the freedom of information act for another three years - further delaying the public's access to information from government departments, as well as casting doubt on his own committment to the freedom of information act as "absolutely fundamental".
    • Shell is suing the communities of the Niger Delta for twenty-five million dollars for alleged damages to their equipment and operations during an attack by environmental activists in September.
    • Research supported by the World Bank has shown that economic development in the Amazon based on deforestation, agriculture and cattle ranching is doomed to collapse.
    • Calls to close Sellafield claim it is a "ticking time bomb" in the wake of the US terrorist attacks. The Green Party suggest the installation of anti-aircraft guns to defend the nuclear plant against suicide air attacks.
    • An Afghan refugee was killed by Pakistani soldiers who opened fire on civilians as they tried to flee across the border.
    • Dissent is growing among backbench Labour MPs over freedom of speech against the bombing of Afghanistan, in the face of threatened "consequences", to the extent that they have formed Labour Against the War to challenge Blair's policies.
    • Cluster bombs being dropped on Afghanistan are lying scattered and unexploded, posing a terrifying threat to villagers trapped in their homes by volatile "mine fields".
    • Clare Short and the UN's World Food Programme have been accused by Oxfam of serving "political masters" for opposing a pause in the bombing of Afghanistan. They told MPs that a pause is desperately needed to persuade truckers to travel far into the country, as meanwhile the humanitarian crisis worsens.
    • US universities have been passing students' personal information to the FBI, while illegally failing to inform the students concerned, of their investigation.

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    • Leaked government documents have revealed plans to sell patients' DNA data to pharmaceutical companies. Protesters fear the information will be leaked to the police, employers and insurance companies.
    • An Australian company have developed a machine gun technology that can fire one million rounds per minute, in what has been described as a "laser of lead". AOL's founder has invested $1 million in the company.
    • The UN has launched an aid appeal for the millions of Afghans facing starvation at the country's borders.
    • Cider apple growers will receive government grants to convert to traditional organic orchards.
    • Jack Straw is blaming "naive" internet rights campaigners for weakening security and allowing terrorists to pass through Britain. But experts claim that the low-tech methods used in the hijack attacks in New York point to a failure of intelligence work rather than inadequate technology.

    • An Asian community, subjected to biased policing and media coverage, and weeks of right wing provocation and violence, finally rose up in response, culminating in a three-day riot in Oldham. The BNP, capitalising on the nurtured racial hatred, won a disturbingly large number of votes in the Election.
    • The Chinese Communist Party have been disciplining or shutting down publications as part of a new clampdown on press freedom, to prevent their image from being tarnished on their 80th anniversary.
    • Food contaminated with banned GM ingredients could be sold with "GM-free" labels, under new proposals from the European Commission. Heavy US lobbying is to blame.
    • People could be eating meat infected with BSE through cross-contamination at slaughterhouses. Although EU rules demand that infected cattle be slaughtered at the same slaughterhouse on different days, and after sterilisation, they don't consider that the protein that transmits BSE withstands sterilisation at 600C.
    • The UN World Food Programme are threatening to close 116 bakeries in Tabul, North Afghanistan, unless the Taliban drop their restrictions prohibiting the employment of 25 Afghan women as researchers of food needs in the city.
    • Cumbrian farmers risk losing their centuries-old common rights to graze their sheep on the fells, as the MoD refuse to postpone an inquiry that the farmers cannot attend due to Foot and Mouth restrictions.
    • US proposals to "voluntarily" reduce greenhouse gasses will be met with distrust by EU leaders when Bush presents them next week.

    • In a "stunningly short-sighted" move, President Bush has gone back on his promise to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants. In a letter denying that CO2 is a pollutant, he said "we must be very careful not to take actions that could harm consumers"
    • The Zapatista tour marched unarmed into Mexico City on March 11th to deliver their demands to the Mexican Congress - a call for the implementation of the San Andres Accords of indigenous rights. As yet, offers of talks by the government have been seen as unsatisfactory.
    • Experiments to cure Parkinson's Disease by injecting brain cells from human embryos into the patient's brain have gone terribly wrong, even worsening conditions. Conversely, one sufferer has discovered that Ecstasy alleviates the strickening symptoms far better than any prescribed drug.
    • The persecuted Chinese spiritual group, Falun Gong, has received an award for religious freedom.
    • Jack Straw is blamed for the worsening state of Birmingham Prison, since he received a report of the terrible conditions two years ago.
    • Foot and Mouth has broken out elsewhere - Europe, Argentina, Saudi Arabia - and farmers are threatening to revolt over new plans to slaughter healthy animals as a pre-emptive measure.
    • March 21st is an International Day for Climate Action. Find out what is happening, and where.
    • The Eden Project - the "Environmental Bank of England" - opens 17th March, in Cornwall.

    • The World's homeless now number as high as 100 million, and their situation is growing worse. Meanwhile the UK government supplies 2,500 extra prison places which might improve matters.
    • Sexual and verbal harassment, limited medical care and compulsory overtime are confirmed as commonplace in Indonesian Nike factories. Nike is threatening to relocate its production out of Indonesia because "there are now so many new regulations to protect workers' rights."
    • Police are given new powers to stop protests outside homes, targeting animal rights campaigners. But Liberty believe the amendments threaten the right to peaceful protest.
    • Mass rape and sexual enslavement have been ruled as crimes against humanity in the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in which three Bosnian Serbs were sentenced to a combined 60 years in jail.
    • As the new Terrorism Act comes into force, rights groups are concerned they will be used to stifle protest, deeming anyone taking direct action - such as GM crop trashing - a terrorist. A demonstration highlighted how Nelson Mandella and his supporters are now considered terrorists.
    • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) have their report approved. It predicts that Europe will get colder and everywhere hotter, as just one of the aspects of dramatic change heading our way.


    • The Burma Campaign - for being the only GN hosted site to make it onto U2's album sleeve, with a call to action that's really raised the campaign's profile. Visit the site and add your voice to strengthen the BC's complaints against Lonely Planet.
    • Undercurrents - for their relentless exposés of government absurdities and their coverage of the Big Brother Awards (which b.t.w. GreenNet co-sponsored).
    • The Bretton Woods Project - for tirelessly unpacking and revealing the truth about World Bank and IMF action. Read the story behind the Bank's plans to build a Global Development Gateway, and add your name to the list of signatories opposed to the plan.
    • Electrohippies - GreenNet's Networker of the Year 1999 goes from strenth to strength - with Paul Mobbs at the helm - leading one of the internet's most useful activist resource centres.
    • Wen-UK - for keeping the pressure up on a range of issues affecting women and the environment.
    • Community Media Association - for being one of the few excellent campaigning organisations in the neglected area of Community Media.
    • ComputerAid - for a beautifully simple idea that makes a huge difference to organisations in the South.

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