court in Bhopal has refused
to reduce the murder charge against him. The leak in 1984 killed thousands
and maimed hundreds of thousands.The
Arab League again strongly
criticised plans for a US attack on Iraq and suggests any regime change
must come from within Iraq.
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is spreading along the coast of North-West Spain, an area that
has seen 3 tanker disasters in the past 25 years. As
fingers are crossed in the hope that the remaining 65,000 tonnes of
oil resting on the sea bed will stay where it is, the question
begs, is legislation
sufficient? Greenpeace ask you to act now and have your say. Join
their online discussion here.
- Overfishing in the Baltic and North
Sea is endangering sustainability of cod stocks.
A proposed pipeline, promoted by a consortium of oil companies led
by BP, to run from Baku in Azerbaijan through Tbilisi in Georgia
to Ceyhan in Turkey, is being seriously questionned by NGOs
from the three countries concerned.
Join FoE in taking action to stop UK support for the pipeline.
- US scientists are set to create a man-made
microbe. Allegedly, a step towards providing alternatives to meet
our growing energy demands.
- This week marks a victory for banana
workers of the Los Alamos plantation, Ecuador, part of the Noboa empire.
- Net activism could teach government ministers
a thing or two about getting citizens to engage in the political process
are being advised by their governments to leave Indonesia because
of fears of further terrorist attacks. The advice follows the bomb
blast in a Bali nightclub which killed more than 180 people. UK foreign
secretary Jack Straw said: "British citizens who remain should exercise
extreme caution, especially in public places, including pubs, restaurants,
bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreational venues and
other locations frequented by foreigners."
- a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia_china/story.jsp?story=343666">North
Korea has stunned observers by admitting that it has a secret nuclear
weapons programme based on enriched uranium. Although North Korea
was labelled as part of the axis of evil by George W Bush, and appears
much further ahead than Iraq with its nuclear weapons programme, suggestions
from the US are that it will take a diplomatic approach the problem.
in reducing world hunger has virtually come to a halt, according to
the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It estimates there
were 840 million undernourished people worldwide in 1998-2000. Unless
trends are sharply reversed, the goal of reducing the number of hungry
by half by 2015, set at the World Food Summit in 1996, will be unobtainable.
Anti-hunger campaigners have criticised
the FAO’s use of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti in awareness raising.
must use the Human Rights Act (HRA) to protect individual freedoms
under threat from governments seeking to combat terrorism, Britain’s
most senior judge, Lord Woolf warned.
numbers of Palestinian and Israeli children have been killed over the past
two years of the intifada. More than 250 Palestinian and 72 Israeli
children have died after recklessness, excessive use of force, or direct
or indiscriminate attack, says a new report by Amnesty International.
efforts by the US to gain the support of Russia and France for a military
attack on Iraq will centre on a carve-up of rights to Iraq's massive
oil reserves, according to an Observer report.
UK's children's rights record has been scrutinised by a UN committee
which says the government should drop the defence of 'reasonable chastisement'
which permits parents to hit children. High teenage pregnancy rate, children
in prison, school exclusions, and detention of child asylum seekers were
also highlighted as problems.
and mobile phones use are rising fast in Africa, according to a UN task
force. The number of people with internet accounts in Africa jumped by 20
per cent over the past 18 months. However, this still amounts to only about
one in 250 Africans are online, compared to one in two of North Americans
quantities of cut-price
HIV/Aids drugs intended for Africa are being intercepted, flown back to
Europe and sold at vast profits. An estimated £12m worth of Combivir
and other antiretroviral drugs made by GlaxoSmithKline are believed to have
from cloned animals is likely to reach shops as early as next year.
This comes after the US National Academy of Sciences concluded that there
is no evidence that cloned produce poses a food safety concern.
people are feared drowned after a
Senegalese ferry capsized off the coast of Gambia last week.
according to conservationists. The Worldwide
Fund for Nature is calling for urgent cuts to prevent the collapse of
across eastern and central Europe left at least 87 dead, with tens of thousands
of people forced to flee.
Muddy, stinking floodwater lapped through historic town and city centres
in the Czech
Republic, Germany, Russia and Romania, leaving millions homeless.Fears
run high for seal populations of western Europe as a deadly
virus, for which there is no treatment or prevention, returns. BT
is to run
trials that could bring broadband ADSL technology to small exchanges
where previously it was not commercially viable. Sponsorship bodies from
local authorities or development agencies will help finance services to
bring broadband to outlying areas.
- In the UK, FIPR,
a leading campaigning group for Internet Rights, has welcomed the halt
to controversial proposals to extend snopping powers. However, plans
for a new UK Internet snopping centre are to go ahead and Europol, the
police and intelligence arm of the European Union, are planning to implement
far ranging extensions of state power over private information.
Visit the GreenNet sponsored
Internet Rights UK site to find out about your online rights.
- The U'wa, one of the world's remotest, oldest and most
spiritual tribes, have perhaps succeeded
in praying oil off their land in their efforts to stop US oil giant
Oxy drilling their land.
- In the week that the Palace
was criticised over their use of timber from Africa's and the Brazilian
Amazon, a WWF
report reveals that almost one tenth of Britain's imports of timber,
paper and pulp comes from forests being illegally destroyed by loggers.
- A World Bank Inspection Panel Report has
conceded to criticism
of the controversial
Bujagali Hydropower Project in Uganda. Pressure
to reconsider the project mounted from a consortium
of northern and southern NGOs from across the globe, culminating in
a series of meetings with Executive Directors held in Washington on the
28-31 May. The
main conclusion of the report is that the planned dam violates the World
Bank's policies on involuntary resettlement, environmental assessment, natural
habitats, disclosure of information, and the economic evaluation of investment
- Germaine Greer, Jim Crace and Will Self were among a
number of invited guests who
refused to attend this year's Nestle sponsored Hay-on-Wye Literary festival.
writers joined the campaign to boycott Nestle products, by voting with
their feet. Nestle has long been the target of criticism for its agressive
marketing of infant milk formula in Southern countries. The publicity around
the boycott proved embarrassing both to the festival organisers and co-sponsors
- the Guardian - one-time supporter
of Babymilk Action's
- President Bush created
a massive new government agency to fight terrorism. The Department
of Homeland Security will 'control
our borders and prevent terrorists and explosives from entering our country',
he told Americans in a live TV broadcast.
- In a less
publicised move, the Bush administration accepted
that recent global warming is a result of human use of fossil fuels.
The Australian government used World Environment Day to reject calls to
ratify the Kyoto Protocol, now signed by 71 countries.
- Some of the complex
reasons for widespread hunger in southern Africa are reported in the
estimates four million tonnes of food aid are needed between now and
the end of the year.
calls for an enquiry over "green" procurement guidelines for Buckingham
Palace buildings following revelations that the Queens Gallery, re-opened
as part of the Jubilee celebrations, has been renovated with wood from Africa's
last remaining rainforests and the Brazilian Amazon. Architects commissioned
nearly 100 doors and other items of joinery made of African utile, sapele,
iroko, African mahogany and Brazilian Amazon mahogany for the Queen's Gallery.
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