Syria: thinking through the disarmament process

The duopoly that is passing for global governance right now has its positive side.  The two largest militaries in the world, the US and Russia, are seriously coordinating their actions towards a common goal, however specific that might be: the CW disarmament of a UN Member State. In the Framework Agreement, the two powers express […]

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At last, Key congratulates Chinese Nobel prize winner

On Friday the great news came through the Liu Xiaobo, jailed for his promotion of the Chinese democracy manifesto, Charter 08, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Within 24 hours we had congratulatory messages from Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner,  the European Commission chief, Jose Manual Barroso, etc.  Green co-leader […]

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Liu Xiaobo awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident and democracy campaigner, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”. Liu is in jail for 11 years for advocating for democracy and human rights in China. NY Times reports that China threatened that relations with Norway would be damaged if […]

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Hospitals, morgues overflow and coffin supply running very short

Moscow has worst heatwave since records began Muscovites are dying from extreme heat and smoke faster than their bodies can be stored, cremated or buried Morgues are overflowing and one crematorium in the Russian capital is working around the clock in three shifts “The cheapest coffin costs 6,700 roubles ($225) but there are only a […]

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Cambodia deports Uighers to China – and an uncertain fate.

There has rightly been a big international outcry at Cambodia returning 20 Uigher asylum seekers to China, where have been detained. The deportation, on December 19,  flies in the face of all refugee law, that people shouldn’t be returned to persecution. Heavy political pressure and bribery seems to have worked for Beijing. Just after the […]

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A meaty dilemma

Paul Roberts, author of The End of Food, has a compelling article in Seed magazine, Carnivores like us, which begins looking at the impact of China’s new-found meat eating revolution: Thanks in part to the meatier diet, the number of people suffering physical stunting has fallen from three in 10 in 1980 to half as […]

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Trade agreement with China – the right to change our mind

Scoop’s Election 08 site has just posted a detailed analysis of the Annex 13 investment rules in New Zealand’s preferential trade agreement with China.  In it US Professor and international trade law expert, Matthew Porterfield, suggests New Zealand might gone too far in its efforts to protect the rights of foreign investors: “The language of […]

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The Record Falls – Jan ’08 is the new world record for crude oil (plus condensate) production

Nate Hagens over at The Oil Drum says: The EIA’s newest International Petroleum Monthly shows World C+C production for January was 74,466,000 barrels per day, eclipsing the heretofore peak of May 2005 by 168,000 barrels per day. (thanks to Ron Patterson for the heads up and to Khebab for the quick graphics). Fig 1.- World […]

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A saga about bees, biosecurity and GE

There was an article in the Gisborne Herald over the weekend where Gisborne beekeepers argued that the Government is sacrificing New Zealand’s environment and biosecurity in order to promote free trade. Beekeepers were protesting about the Biosecurity and Hazardous Substances Legislation Amendment Bill, which passed last week despite opposition from the Greens and the Maori […]

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