International investigation reveals multinational fossil fuel campaign to undermine Copenhagen

Starting in July 2009, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists fielded an eight-country team of reporters to uncover the special interests attempting to influence negotiations on a global climate change treaty. A story emerged of far-reaching, multinational backlash by fossil fuel industries and other heavy carbon emitters aimed at slowing progress on control of greenhouse gas emissions.

Unions and refugee advocates call for humane response on refugee stand-off aboard Oceanic Viking

Photo by cactusdude666 on Flickr - Australia's Shame - Nov 2, 2009
Refugee advocates and the Australian Union Movement have called on the Rudd Government to take the 78 Sri Lankans on the Oceanic Viking to Christmas Island where their claims as refugees and asylum seekers can be processed. Many of them have languished in Indonesian Immigration Detention for several years and already have been determined as refugees. They are refusing to leave the Australian Customs ship Oceanic Viking to go to the Tanjung Pinang Detention Centre resulting in a standoff between the Australian Government and the Indonesian Government.

See also: Australia's refugee resettlement program from Indonesia grossly inadequate | Tell Kevin Rudd: respect refugees’ rights

Australia’s refugee resettlement program from Indonesia grossly inadequate

Once again we are witnessing a public hysteria building about asylum seeker boat people seeking the safety of a new home in Australia. A new report Behind Australian Doors: Examining the Conditions of Detention of Asylum Seekers in Indonesia (PDF) describes poor conditions across many Indonesian immigration detention facilities. Produced by lawyer and refugee advocate Jessie Taylor, the report highlights cramped conditions, grossly inadequate hygiene and sanitation, rodent infestations, inadequate and inappropriate food, polluted water, and a lack of medical care available to asylum seekers. Pitifully few people from these camps are selected for resettlement in Australia with an average of 50 people per year achieving resettlement.

Related: Behind Australian Doors Blog | Help bust the asylum seeker myths on Melbourne Cup day | Tell Kevin Rudd: respect refugees’ rights


War is Peace - Pilger on Obama

Below is an article from John Pilger that highlights the absurdity of Obama winning the recent Nobel Peace Prize whilst escalating the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan and threatening war in Iran. He also outlines how Obama at the behest of U.S. Imperialism is building 7 new military bases in Columbia, hoping to build on the "success" of the coup Honduras and turn back the tide of democracy in the U.S.'s backyard and bring back the era of death squads and neo-liberal economics.

War is peace. Ignorance is strength 15 Oct 2009

173 million people stand up against poverty

Between the 16th and the 18th October 173,045,325 citizens gathered at over 3,000 events in more than 120 countries,
demanding that their governments eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!”, now in its fourth year, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history, an increase of about 57 million people over last year.

Overfishing: Bluefin tuna crashing toward extinction

The 25% cut in the Australian quota for Southern Bluefin Tuna has been described by the Wilderness Society as a step in the right direction, but the cut is too little too late with the fish species teetering close to the edge of extinction. The Quota reduction was made in an agreement at the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna meeting in South Korea in October 2009. The fish was listed in 1996 as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Related: Papua New Guinea tuna factories threaten regional ecology, livelihoods


1,000 climate activists swoop on coal station in Britain

In a determined direct action at Ratcliffe Coal Power Station at Nottingham in England, 1000 Climate Activists have “swooped” on the power station in an effort to shut it down. The action resulted in dozens of arrests and protestors tore down fences and breached the perimeter at several points. Despite power supply not being interrupted, protestors considered the action a success through publicity gained and the fact it shows people are willing to attempt decommission coal power stations to bring down emissions, if the pollutions will not.

For a international environmental criminal court

By Uli Schmetzer

VENICE, October 4, 2009 – Inside the Doge’s Palace in a city that is in the frontline of global warming a group of crime busters, lawyers and experts tried to kick-start this weekend the idea of an International Environmental Criminal Court that would bring to justice those culprits deliberately polluting our planet.

Pre-Election 'Order and Security' in Greece

Pre-Election Order and Security ...
(translated from Greek)

In the evening of Wednesday, September 23, hooded terrorists of the "anti" terrorist "service" invaded two homes. They made a total of 4 arrests. The only "information" was nothing more than leaks from GADA (cop force), which the corporate journalists parrot manufacturing a climate of terrorist hysteria in order to replace and sweep under the carpet the real issues, the major scandals and the corruption of the govenment.


Afghanistan occupation quagmire enters ninth year

By Hamish Chitts

October 7 marks eight years since the US-led coalition of imperialist powers and their client states invaded Afghanistan. Using the shock of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington as a smokescreen, the invasion of Afghanistan was the first major step in the US rulers’ “Global War on Terror” — the official name of a sustained campaign of Pentagon and CIA operations aimed at crushing all opposition in the Third World to US political and economic dominance.