World Bank musters USD 5.5 billion for solar energy

The World Bank announced on Wednesday $US5.5 billion ($A6 billion) would be invested in solar energy projects in five countries of the Middle East and North Africa in a bid to combat climate change.

Scientist: Extinction threatens coral reefs unless CO2 limited to 350ppm

COPENHAGEN. Dec 9, 2009. Extinction of Coral reefs and 10-20% of marine species is likely if greehouse gases aren't brought down to 350ppm, warned Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg from the University of Queensland. He gave a presentation (audio 14mins 19s) at the US Pavilion at the COP15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen about the threat of climate change to the world's coral reefs. Over 500 million people living in approximately 90 nations are dependant in some way on coral reefs.

Riots and police brutality on first day of Alexandros Grigoropoulos murder anniversary


Riots have broken out in Athens and Salonica during the first day of A. Grigoropoulos murder anniversary with police demonstrating extreme brutality leaving two people seriously wounded by a motorised charge on the Athens march.

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2009 set to become the fifth hottest year on record, in the hottest decade

2009 is likely to be the fifth warmest year on record according to the World Meteorological Organisation, with the current decade being the warmest on record, eclipsing the 1990s, which in turn was warmer than the 1980s.

Above normal temperatures were recorded for most regions with North America experiencing conditions colder than normal in some regions. Global warming is producing more weather extremes, at greater frequency and intensity.

VideoChronic: Video Activism and Distribution in Indonesia
EngageMedia and Kunci Cultural Studies Center are pleased to announce the launch of Videochronic. This publication is the result of a collaborative research project charting how activists are engaging with video technologies in Indonesia, addressing some of the issues of technology-mediated social movements, and exploring the potential and limitations of online video distribution.


Appeal for Journalism Professionals - Pen Pal Project


To whom it may concern,

The Global Conscience Initiative is a grassroots NGO working to establish a human rights framework in Cameroon, West Africa. One aspect of GCI is the Media Watch Project, which aims at addressing and identifying human rights abuses in the media, government censorship, and the hegemonic styles of press that restrict truthful reporting.

WGAR News: Visit to Australia by Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan (21 Nov 09)

WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR website:

Visit to Australia by Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan
Government progress report on the NT Intervention
Upcoming NT Intervention Protests
Other NT Intervention Articles
Other Aboriginal Articles


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National Indigenous Times:
Indigenous poverty as 'morally outrageous' as torture: Amnesty head

U.S and European oil companies set to exploit Iraq's oil reserves

Suprise surprise, U.S. oil giant and the European company Shell have won acess to the best oil fields in Iraq worth tens of billions of dollars. Although the Chinese have won some access to Iraqi oil fields the plum fields are going to the U.S. and its allies as the trophies of war.

Iraq oil prize for Exxon, ShellMARTIN CHULOV, BAGHDAD
November 7, 2009