Victory in the campaign against the superquarry as the Scottish Executive
reject the plan. Lafarge are now taking the matter to appeal, but this
time around they've got government as well as protestors to contend with.Glastonbury
takes a year off - Michael Eavis today announced that there will be
Festival in 2001. "After much deliberation and consultation I have now
decided not to run the Festival this year. There
are many good reasons for this - ". Check the site to see if you agree.Links
are being drawn between
cancer deaths of Balkan veterans and US
(NATO) firings of an unknown quantity of depleted uranium rounds from
the A-10 'Warthog' planes - Calls
are mounting for European Union defence ministers to
the issue. See the Campaign Against
Depleted Uranium (CADU) site for information on how you can support
the profile of hacktevism
and hacktevists - The
Guardian reports on how big corporations and governments are trying
to curb the protests of cyber activists.Ford
Foundation international graduate fellowships - support for post-baccalaureate
study for Fellows from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and
Russia. The IFP, will award 350 new graduate fellowships annually, assisting
a total of 3,500 Fellows over the next decade.
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- British Energy workers
voted overwhelmingly for strike action, bringing a quarter of Britain's
electricity generation to a standstill by the end of this month, if union
demands aren't met.
- The Home Secretary, David Blunkett has produced
Crime and Security Bill, which allows terrorism suspects from other
countries to be imprisoned
without a trial for six months at a time, while withholding any evidence
held against them. The prisoner can then be re-incarcerated for further
six-monthly periods, pending a decision
that Blunkett reserves for himself. He declared a technical "state
of emergency" in order to override the Human Rights Act.
- Sweeping new police powers to access all communications
records will not
be restricted to anti-terrorism investigations, regardless of the Home
- Carbon sinks may only absorb carbon dioxide temporarily,
and therefore should
not be relied upon far into the future, as they could release it all
groups have lost their legal challenge to stop the government from opening
the new MOX plant at Sellafield. The Irish
government is yet to fight the decision though, on the grounds of polution
of the Irish Sea, and British Energy claims there
should be a moratorium on nuclear fuel reprocessing.
study by the UK Climate Impacts Programme is claiming that many UK species,
including the hedgehog, will become extinct within the next fifty years
unless pro-active conservation is implemented.
- There has been a 2,000
increase in the prison population in the five months since David Blunkett
became Home Secretary.
- Bring back caning and ban Harry Potter. Christian schools are fighting in
the courts to allow teachers to smack
and cane pupils, claiming it is in line with christian doctrine. Conversely,
Harry Potter books are deemed to go against the Bible's teachings, and have
in one school, while generally invoking
warnings concerning their supernatural content.
- A head teacher has chosen to show
pupils both sides of the argument in the bombing of Afghanistan, while
wearing a CND badge. The Department of Education are warning
teachers not to express a political stance on military action, and the
shadow education secretary has called his decision "wrong-headed and
- Critics will press
for trade reforms during this week's WTO meeting in Qatar. Demands include
the reforming of drug patent agreements. The US have been accused
of double standards for backing pharmaceutical companies' patents on
the one hand, and enjoying cut-price anti-anthrax drugs on the other.
television could be banned
from broadcasting in Britain. A media
propaganda centre is also being set up in Pakistan by the UK to counter
Taliban "untruths and lies". The head of Pakistan's leading political
party was arrested
for supporting protests against the President's pro-US policies.
- The US Air Force has finished testing a weapon designed to disperse
crowds by heating their skin with microwaves.
- The UK government is accused of a U-turn after proposing that 15
new nuclear power stations should be built as necessary "insurance",
even though wind
power will undercut fossil fuel prices within 20 years, and carbon
emissions can be cut without nuclear power.
- Decommissioning of a Windscale nuclear reactor was halted because of an
over the Atomic Energy Authority's ability to accomplish it safely
- The UK government is launching a scheme offering £3
million to companies for designing solar energy for public buildings.
- The US has an official school
for training international terrorists, which is funded by the government.
- President Bush has signed an executive order that allows any president,
past or present, to block
access to White House papers for ever.
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
- Anthrax terror attacks have been launched
against womens' health care clinics by anti-abortion protesters in the
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".
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
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
fire on civilians as they tried to flee across the border.
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
- Clare Short and the UN's World Food Programme have
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.
- Rally for Peace Saturday, 13th Join Critical
Mass, Pedal to Peace. To link up with the CND
Stop the War rally arriving Trafalgar Square. Assemble 12 noon South
Bank, under Waterloo Bridge, outside the National Film Theatre Cafe.
- The US is trying to restrict the operation of the editorially
independent al-Jazeera TV station in Qatar, annoyed at their airing
of anti-American opinion and coverage of the palestinian uprising.
- The US-led military strikes against Afghanistan have forced the UN
to halt its food aid effort indefinitely.
- Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are taking
the government to court to stop BNFL from opening their Mox plutonium
plant at Sellafield. The legality of the plant will also be challenged
by the Irish government, concerned over the radiation threat to their
shoreline and fishing grounds.
- US vehicle fuel mileage has fallen to the worst
level for twenty years, due to consumers' desire for inefficient sport
utility vehicles. An increase of only 3 miles per gallon would save 1 millon
barrels of oil per day.
- The German government has proposed the creation of EU
para-military police units to combat protesters at international gatherings.
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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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 600°C.
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.
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.
proposals to "voluntarily" reduce greenhouse gasses will be met with
distrust by EU leaders when Bush
presents them next week.
slump in world
coffee prices is producing huge profits for Nestle and "designer coffee"
retailers, while indigenous
farmers face destitution. To compound matters, they face the threat
of future industrialisation through GM
beans that are ripened by chemical spray.
Bush has released his new energy
plans for the US, increasing the number of nuclear and coal-burning
power plants. In contrast, the EU
will ratify the Kyoto Protocol, regardless of whether or not the US complies.
governments plan to allow law enforcement agencies access
to all communications data, including the retention
and archiving of all phone-calls, e-mails, faxes, internet usage and
websites for up to seven years.
Sense are offering a £40,000 prize for the Sustainable
Design Awards 2001. The deadline for submissions is 4pm on 25th May
Green Party have released their
reader) that includes plans for huge investment in renewable energy,
an end to factory farming, re-nationalising of the railways and the banning
of GM crops.
government has been secretly planning to sweep foot and mouth under the
carpet by burying
half a million animals near two primary schools and two playgroups in
an experimental chemical plant. Their plan is to liquefy half a million
carcasses in 15 80m long chambers from which fluids and gases will emanate
during the decomposing process, threatening the local water table.
planned road building project would cause devastating
damage to the Amazon Rainforest. It is also under threat from a government
bill to be voted on 30th May, that would legally allow Brazillian farmers
to log even larger areas of forest.
an independent study the WWF is urging people to drink tap water, suggesting
that bottled water
may not be any safer or healthier.
is a Rally for Kyoto
demo against climate change tomorrow, 5th May, from 11 am, outside the
US Embassy in London.
Mobil, one of the US oil companies pressuring George Bush against Kyoto,
has been exposed by a recent study - for environmental
violations and enforcement failures at their Baytown Refinery.
the independent media accounts
of the Mayday protests.
gives his backing to the dangerous US
Star Wars scheme, Bush outlines his plan
to dramatically expand the proposed National Missile Defense (NMD) system.
Bush became president, CND have gained several hundred new members per
the first time ever, the US
will not be re-elected to join the UN Human
Rights Commission which it helped to create. The same Human Rights Commission
has recently received praise for voting to stop the dumping
of toxic waste in developing countries. Unsurprisingly, the now-humiliated
US voted against the motion and in favour of toxic dumping - along with
US is suffering badly from high energy
costs and "anti-solar" power that cuts
off when the sun comes out.
Zapatista Army of National
Liberation had decided
to leave Mexico City today and return their caravan
to Chiapas, after the Mexican Congress refused to meet them for talks,
but they have now
agreed to stay on, accepting a new proposal to promote an indigenous
rights bill. Military
harassment has increased in Chiapas in their absence, and there are
rumours of marksmen hired by land-owners to intercept the commandantes
on their return journey.
inquiry has shown that vCJD deaths
are caused by eating BSE-contaminated beef. To compound matters, a
scientist is claiming that the incubation period can be as long
as thirty years, suggesting that anyone who ate beef before 1985,
when the most significant exposure occurred, could still be incubating
. . .(gulp!)
Mexican government has banned any new "interactive" dolphin
parks from opening, after
a dolphin died. Animal rights campaigners are demanding investigations
into the effects of humans swimming with dolphins in captivity.
public are to be consulted on how
scientists should proceed with investigating behavioural genetics.
are criticising the government's
pathetic plan for dealing with waste. You can help yourself by using
a new database of recycling
facilities, to recycle difficult materials such as batteries and plastic.
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"
Zapatista tour marched
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.
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.
persecuted Chinese spiritual group, Falun Gong, has received
an award for religious freedom.
is blamed for the worsening state of Birmingham Prison, since he received
a report of the terrible conditions two years ago.
and Mouth has broken out elsewhere - Europe,
Arabia - and farmers
are threatening to revolt
over new plans to slaughter healthy animals as a pre-emptive measure.
21st is an International Day for Climate Action. Find
out what is happening, and where.
Eden Project -
the "Environmental Bank of England" - opens
17th March, in Cornwall.
World's homeless now number as high as 100
million, and their situation is growing worse. Meanwhile the UK government
extra prison places which might improve matters.
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."
are given new
powers to stop protests outside homes, targeting animal rights campaigners.
believe the amendments threaten the right to peaceful protest.
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.
the new Terrorism
Act comes into force, rights
groups are concerned they will be used to stifle protest, deeming anyone
action - such as GM crop trashing - a terrorist.
A demonstration highlighted how Nelson
Mandella and his supporters are now considered terrorists.
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.
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.
- for their relentless exposés of government absurdities and
their coverage of the Big Brother Awards (which b.t.w. GreenNet co-sponsored).
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.
- 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.
- for keeping the pressure up on a range of issues affecting women
and the environment.
Media Association - for being one of the few excellent campaigning
organisations in the neglected area of Community Media.
- for a beautifully simple idea that makes a huge difference to organisations
in the South.