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Times Online
Quotes Susan George

America has become so right wing that it will make little difference whether John McCain or Barack Obama is elected as the next President in November, according to a leading US academic.

Susan George, author of Hijacking America: How the Religious and Secular Right Changed What Americans Think, told the Edinburgh International Book Festival that America has become a “homogenised” society, virtually unrecognisable compared with 30 years ago.

August 2008
Inter Press Service

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 18 (IPS) - Southern African non-governmental organisations have put forward demands to their governments in resistance to the continuing talks on economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states.

Organisations forming the Southern African People's Solidarity Network (SAPSN) took part in a street protest in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Saturday August 16.

August 2008
Welt Online

More than ever before, authorities waging the global war on drugs are up against real insurgents.

Worldwide, illicit cultivation of opium and coca – the raw materials for heroin and cocaine – is rising as militants in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar consolidate their control of key drug-producing areas, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime warns in a new report.

„The explosion of narcotics in those areas is explained by their presence and the protection they offer,“ agency chief Antonio Maria Costa told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

July 2008
Rabble.ca

Japan was forcefully intolerant of dissent, and seemed bent on not allowing any embarrassments.

The Group of Eight Summit was held July 7-9 on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. I have had some time to reflect on the protest that took place July 5, organized by Japanese NGOs, and how it reflects the wider context of the meetings.

July 2008
People\'s Democracy, Vol. XXXII, No 28

In the backdrop of the current developments with regard to the India-US nuclear deal, Anveshan, a Delhi-based forum organised a panel discussion on “Nuclear Deal and National Interest” on July 07, 2008 at the Muktadhara Auditorium, New Delhi. The panellists were Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor at the School of International Studies, JNU, Achin Vanaik, Professor of Political Science, Delhi University, Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research, B S Chimni, Professor of International Law, JNU and Prabir Purkayastha, Energy Analyst, Delhi Science Forum.

July 2008
CNN.com
Quotes Kevin Smith

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The evidence seems incontrovertible: If you get on a plane these days, you are almost certainly contributing to climate change.

Although arguments vary about the scale of the impact of the aviation industry, scientists, politicians and the industry itself acknowledge airlines are a major source of carbon emissions.

The European Union estimates airlines contribute about three percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the 27-member bloc; some put the figure globally at closer to ten percent.

In the last decade air passengers with

July 2008
Associated Press
Quotes Walden Bello

Sapporo, Japan (AP): More than a thousand people marched in northern Japan on Saturday to protest an upcoming summit of top industrialized countries, and police briefly clashed with marchers, detaining four people.

July 2008
Washington Post

SAPPORO, Japan (Reuters) - Twenty South Korean activist farmers have been detained by Japanese immigration for over 19 hours and expect to be deported, a spokesman for the group said, in further signs of growing security jitters from the host nation ahead of a G8 summit.

Japan has so far detained and questioned around 40 people, including journalists and academics, although many have been allowed to enter the country after several hours.

"They are classifying people unilaterally, without sufficient information or standards," Hong Hyung-suk, spokesman for the Korean Peasants League told R

July 2008
www.humanite.fr

Espionnage . Nestlé a fait infiltrer un groupe local d’ATTAC pour mieux le contrôler. Une bombe qui discrédite le géant de l’agroalimentaire jusque dans son fief.

Lausanne (Suisse), envoyée spéciale.

La Suisse est en émoi depuis quinze jours mais, promis, cela n’a rien à voir avec une histoire de ballon rond. Au centre de l’emballement figure une star d’ordinaire beaucoup plus discrète. Celle qui s’est érigée en enfant chérie du pays : la multinationale Nestlé. Son siège borde les rives du lac Léman à Vevey, à quelques kilomètres de Lausanne.

June 2008
Reformatorisch Dagblad

NEW YORK (IPS) - De recordoogst van de Afghaanse papaverboeren en de stijging van de Colombiaanse cocaproductie dreigen het drugsprobleem in de wereld te doen toenemen. Ongeveer 208 miljoen mensen hebben de voorbije twaalf maanden illegale verdovende middelen gebruikt, schat het VN-Bureau voor Drugs en Misdaad (UNODC) in zijn Werelddrugsrapport 2008.

Bijna 26 miljoen mensen zijn verslaafd.

Volgens het UNODC produceerde Afghanistan in 2007 zoveel opium dat het wereldaanbod vorig jaar verdubbelde in vergelijking met 2005.

June 2008
Gazet van Antwerpen

De recordoogst van de Afghaanse papaverboeren en de stijging van de Colombiaanse cocaproductie dreigen het drugsprobleem in de wereld nog te doen toenemen. Ongeveer 208 miljoen mensen hebben de voorbije twaalf maanden illegale verdovende middelen gebruikt, schat het VN-Bureau voor Drugs en Misdaad (UNODC) in zijn Werelddrugsrapport 2008. Zowat 26 miljoen mensen zijn verslaafd.

Volgens het UNODC produceerde Afghanistan in 2007 zoveel opium dat het wereldaanbod vorig jaar verdubbelde in vergelijking met 2005.

June 2008
Inter Press Service

Paris is the latest city to take action to put water back into public hands, and they may be part of a new trend.

June 2008
The Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — More than ever before, authorities waging the global war on drugs are up against real insurgents.

Worldwide, illicit cultivation of opium and coca — the raw materials for heroin and cocaine — is rising as militants in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar consolidate their control of key drug-producing areas, the U.N.

June 2008
European Water News

A new website, launched on Thursday 12 June, reveals how more and more water services are returning to public management, with news this month that water in the city of Paris - home to the world's two biggest private sector water companies - is to be returned to public control.

The site will track the "remunicipalisation" of cities, regions and entire countries around the world, providing case studies from places which have already returned to public control and information on campaigns in places around the world where private companies are

June 2008
Il Manifesto

Il sindaco di Parigi, Bertrand Delanoë, ha annunciato che la municipalità non ha intenzione di rinnovare i suoi contratti con Suez e Veolia, le due aziende private che gestiscono i servizi idrici della capitale.

June 2008
Le Monde diplomatique

Corporate Europe Observatory et le Transnational Institute, engagés de longue date dans les luttes pour la republicisation de l’eau, en Europe et dans le monde, viennent d’ouvrir le site remunicipalisation.org qui présente une cartographie mondiale des collectivités qui ont repris la maîtrise publique de leurs services d’eau.

June 2008
Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - Recent major increases in supply from Afghanistan and Colombia threaten a recent stabilisation in the world's illicit drug market, according to the U.N.'s World Drug Report 2008 launched Thursday.

The report says Afganistan had a record opium harvest in 2007 that resulted in doubling of the world's illegal opium production since 2005, and Colombia had an increase of 27 percent in coca cultivation in 2007.

The report says that most cultivation -- 80 percent -- took place in five southern Afghan provinces, where Taliban insurgents profit from drugs.

Antoni

June 2008
Mizzima news

New Delhi – The Burmese military junta has claimed that its drug eradication campaign has brought about a drastic decline in opium cultivation in the country.

June 2008
Libération

Triplement du prix du blé en un an, émeutes et famines en Afrique, et, devant l’émotion, conférence internationale à Rome sur l’avenir de l’alimentation… C’est arrivé en 1973-1974. Pour la première fois, la production alimentaire mondiale a baissé durant la campagne 1972, à cause des intempéries. Les prévisions enthousiastes de la révolution verte - cocktail de pesticides, engrais et nouvelles variétés à haut rendement - survenue dans les années 60 sont revues à la baisse.

June 2008
Inter Press Service

PARIS, Jun 23 (IPS) - The announcement by the Paris municipality that water services will return to public hands by 2010 is in line with a global trend of ending privatisation of such services.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoë announced Jun. 2 that the municipal administration would regain control of all water services for the city, ending a private monopoly that has lasted more than 100 years.

The contracts with the world's two biggest water service companies, Suez and Veolia, will not be extended after Dec. 31, 2009.

"We want to offer a better service, at a better price," Delanoë said.

June 2008